How good would people actually say Xin Zhao actually is? I rarely see him and when I do it is a coin toss between him being mediocre in the game or carrying well.
From what I can gather, he is fairly more gear dependant than other AD's, but I'd still like another opinion.
His jungling seems fine and even ganking before lv6 is very easy. I feel that is where he has shines the most. Once mid game happens, when I play him or facing one, Xin typically falls off in this weird place where he needs to roam gank with others or just farm. 1v1'ing between lv8-14 seems like Xin's weakest unless he has become well fed in the early levels. I don't feel that he has become weaker, but other champs start to come out stronger like Jax, Fiora, Talon, ect.
Once lv15-18 comes around and if Xin didn't get his necessary gear, he falls off, and I've noticed this the most when facing Xin. I'm not against building an AD with some defensive items, but I find him to be the most subseptible to cc's because he is very in-your-face.
I generally feel that Xin needs to be accompanied by someone with hard cc such as Alistar, Fiddlesticks, or Leona. When building him defensive with a Randuins/Banshees and GA, he can certainly dive, but loses a lot of damage to the point that all he is good for is initiating. When building him offensively he can do a lot of damage but because of the style of play, is his the first target and cannot get a way out without the hard cc he is accompanied with.
I hope my feelings of Xin are mislead, but a clear picture of this guy would be nice.