Jax is a top-lane fighter. He is not the best early game champion, he becomes a bit stronger in the mid-game once you get your core items, but the late game is really where Jax thrives. He can split push in a side lane to win a game and he also has insane 1 vs 1 potential and great escape with Leap Strike (1st Ability) being able to jump away or onto champions and Counter Strike (3rd Ability) which allows him to dodge auto attacks.
Jax uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well with his kit. Trinity Force is the perfect item and a must-buy on Jax. This item gives him some damage and tank stats. Trinity Force's passive effects also work really well with Jax's abilities. Empower (2nd Ability) is a great way to proc the spell blade passive. Jax also works really well with the extra movement speed you get from the rage passive allowing him to chase down enemies easier. Sterak's Gage is a great example of a tank item that works well with Jax. It gives him some health and when he is low on health he gets a shield to keep him alive longer.
For runes, we have the following:
Jax is a fighter so he wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This allows him to get the stacks pretty fast with his abilities, which allows him to get more damage on the enemies.
This helps out Jax in the early game get that extra bit of damage when last hitting minions and trading vs the enemy champion.
As a melee champion, it is very helpful to have more health regeneration especially for the laning phase as most of the time, you will be poked out by ranged champions.
A great rune for if you get low in the laning phase and need that extra bit of healing and get some free money.
Jax struggles a bit in the early game. You need to make sure you play passive in the early game and farm up until you at least get your core items unless you have a great opportunity to go in if the enemy makes a mistake. In the laning phase use Counter Strike (3rd Ability) when last hitting minions, this ability dodges all incoming attacks from the enemy to keep you safe. Remember you can always use Leap Strike (1st Ability) to jump to any minions or monsters.
Once you get to the late game and you have your core items this is where Jax becomes really strong. At this stage of the game, the best thing you can do is split-push, this means going to one of the side lanes (top or bottom) and pushing the minions. Jax's 1 vs 1 potential is really good because of his kit and he pushes towers really fast. Make sure you keep an eye on your team and use the Teleport (Boots enchant) to group with your team if they look like they need help. When in a team fight your main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline! Use your combination of Counter Strike (3rd Ability) and Leap Strike (1st Ability) to stun the backline and deal a lot of damage.
Overall Jax is a pretty simple champion to play. Nothing too flashy and crazy. He's better at later stages of the game and if you like split pushing and being able to jump on the enemy back line to kill the enemies the Jax is a great champion for you.
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