Time Warp is an effective way to enable allies to finish off enemies, or escape from a losing battle.
Chronoshift is a powerful deterrent to attacking your carries, but casting Chronoshift too early in a fight can cause the enemy to switch targets too soon, making it less effective.
You can combine the use of Time Bomb and Rewind to place two Time Bombs on a target quickly. Placing the second bomb will detonate the first and stun all nearby enemies.
Xerath's range can be intimidating, but most champions who close distance with him can trade favorably.
Banshee's Veil will make it much harder for Xerath to land Shocking Orb on you.
Xerath takes a long time to engage Rite of the Arcane. Watch for his spellcast animation and start dodging.
The stat comparisons shown on this page clarify some strategic Zilean versus Xerath matchup stats that can help us grasp the distinctions between this set of champs. For instance, Zilean’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is better than Xerath’s ratio of NaN, demonstrating that Zilean may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Xerath..
Zilean often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than his matchup does. Commonly, he receives more damage than Xerath. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the one champ has less mobility and thus is unable to escape additional damage when engaged or poked.
Both LoL champs are great. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Zilean usually loses when facing off against Xerath, with a 47.0% win rate. Thus, Zilean makes a poor counter for Xerath.
While Zilean does have a lower win rate compared to Xerath, when they face off with one another, Zilean also has a lower learning curve that makes him a less time consuming character to pick up and master. You should expect to face a difficult match when picking Zilean into Xerath.
Moreover, Zilean also has a very large amount of utility and CC, a similar amount to Xerath. This often makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.
While there is not a single best champion in League of Legends, in Zilean vs Xerath matchups, Xerath is the better champion with a much lower win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during late stage team fights.
Zilean is a bad counter for Xerath. You will do well by focussing your strategy on keeping up your gold income and clearing objectives. If you can do that, you should hold your own as Zilean against Xerath.
If you would like to truly master Zilean to counter Xerath during both the laning and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to learn a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you listen to the build and suggestions shown above, you will grow your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.
Zilean usually racks up less CS compared to Xerath. Champions who on average don't earn much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are capable of scaling well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champions with a lot of CS, such as hyper-carries, typically have to have several high cost items to be effective. In either case, try to do better than the values reported here to do well.
The top items to prioritize in your Zilean versus Xerath build include Shurelya's Battlesong, Zhonya's Hourglass, and Shard of True Ice. When Zilean bought at least these three pieces in his build, he performed much better countering Xerath than with many other commonly used builds. In fact, Zilean had an average winrate of 47.0% battling Xerath with this build.
To have the highest likelihood of beating Xerath as Zilean, you should equip the Summon Aery, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Waterwalking, Cheap Shot, and Relentless Hunter runes from the Sorcery and Domination rune sets. Out of all the rune sets players picked for Zilean vs Xerath face-offs, this composite of runes resulted in the best win rate. In fact, these runes gave a 47.0% win rate overall.
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