Xin Zhao is a great initiator to combat. Lead the front to start a fight and use your ultimate to do the most damage possible.
Try to position yourself so your ultimate's knockback is most effective.
Return to base if your Health is low and Akali has her ultimate available.
Akali can still be hit by area effect spells while obscured inside Twilight Shroud. Doing so will briefly reveal her position.
Akali's Five Point Strike is powerful when used at maximum range and energy. Engage on her when she has low energy to maximize your chance of winning trades.
The stats shown on this page show some important Xin Zhao versus Akali counter statistics that may help us realize the differences and similarities between the two. Xin Zhao’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Akali’s KDA ratio of NaN, highlighting that Xin Zhao may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Akali..
Xin Zhao usually has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than his opponent does. On average, he receives more damage than Akali. This commonly reflects differing health capacities, but it can also hint that the one champion has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both League champions are great champions. Both champs have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Xin Zhao usually loses when playing against Akali, with a 48.0% win rate. Therefore, Xin Zhao makes a bad counter for Akali.
While Xin Zhao does have a lower winrate than Akali, when facing one another, Xin Zhao also has a much lower level of difficulty that makes him a less difficult character to pick up and master. You may get destroyed when picking Xin Zhao into Akali.
Furthermore, Xin Zhao has almost no amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Akali. This makes her just as valuable during team fights, especially when trying to counter champions with a ton of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion in League of Legends, in Xin Zhao vs Akali matchups, Akali is the better champion with a lower win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your team members during teamfights.
Xin Zhao is a trash counter for Akali. Make sure you focus your actions on maximizing your gold and cs and clearing objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Xin Zhao against Akali.
To truly master Xin Zhao to counter Akali during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should keep reading to gather a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you mind the build and suggestions presented here, you will increase your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Xin Zhao often accumulates a lot less CS relative to Akali. Champions who typically don't take many minion kills typically don't require much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. They are capable of scaling properly off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champs with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the values reported here to do well.
The best items to focus on in your Xin Zhao versus Akali build consist of Eclipse, Blade of The Ruined King, and Death's Dance. When Xin Zhao used at least these three items in his build, he did much better countering Akali than with many other typical counter builds. In fact, Xin Zhao had an average win rate of 48.0% when playing against Akali with these items in his kit.
To have the best likelihood of crushing Akali as Xin Zhao, Xin Zhao players should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Magical Footwear, and Cosmic Insight runes from the Precision and Inspiration rune sets. Out of all the runes players used for Xin Zhao vs Akali fights, this order of runes yielded the best win rate. Notably, these runes averaged a 48.0% win rate overall.
By default, tips, stats, and builds on how to beat Akali as Xin Zhao are presented for all skill levels, merged. To narrow the stats and builds to a particular player tier, you may use the selection menu earlier in the counter matchup guide.