This is a community-driven one-for-all Zinx build guide. You are welcome to update it if you see any aspect of his gameplay is missed. All updates are moderated.
Last updated on Aug-07: updated to reflect changes from v42.0 (Aug-08 2017)
Table of Contents
- Abilities Analysis
- Deck Considerations
- Deck Build #1
- Deck Build #2
- Heroes Synergy
TL;DR on Zinx
After hundreds of failed attempts the 348th was a perfect success - Zinx was born. Zinx utilizes her mana to be extremely durable and deal deadly damage over time to her enemies.
Focus on building mana and durability.
Kitty Claws will augment Zinx’s basic attacks causing them to apply a damage over time effect. This Kitty can have multiple of these DoT effects going at a time as long as she keeps landing basic attacks. One stack isn't deadly, but keeping several stacks on a target can easily cause them to flatline.
Ricochet Stun is a skill-shot with unique properties. The projectile will stun whomever it hit then ricochet and find a new target within a small radius stunning that enemy. It will then bounce more times stunning each enemy longer than the last. the number of bounces is based on the level of the ability.
Bad Medicine allows Zinx to release a devastating wave of energy that deals damage over time to enemies caught in its path. The length of the wave increases the longer you charge the ability. This is Zinx’s primary tool of waveclear and the damage can add up if enemies stay in the area of effect too long.
And finally your ultimate is Dirty Healing which comes with an active and passive component. While active Zinx will consume mana to instantly heal herself for 50% of any damage taken, the passive component grants Zinx bonus mana regen based on a percent of her missing mana. Dirty Healing can make Zinx very durable allowing her to tank tons of damage as long as she has the mana to do so.
Zinx relies on mana to both take and deal out damage. When playing Zinx you must balance taking damage, casting abilities and utilizing your passive to regenerate mana. If you focus on casting your abilities you won't have Mana to tank damage, and if you take too much damage you won't have mana to cast abilities. It's important to maintain a perfect balance to surgically dismantle your enemies. Be careful when taking damage if you don't have mana to pay for the damage you'll pay with your life.
Claw your enemies to pieces as Zinx.
Lore of Zinx
- Denies the rumor that she once had a tail.
- Believes that precision and process saves lives.
- Dislikes most people, but feels compelled to help them anyway.
- High sustain potential
- Deceptive damage with damage over time (DoT) abilities.
- Zinx requires constant control over her Mana pool until the late game
- No burst damage at all.
Zinx's Abilities Analysis
Ranged basic attack dealing Basic Damage.
Can be modified with Kitty Claws to apply DoT like the Black Buff does.
Zinx charges her gun and fires downward. When the projectile hits the ground it creates a field of energy, deals Ability Damage on direct hit and leaves an AOE that deals DoT Ability Damage ove a short period of time. Takes 0.75 seconds to reach maximum charge. Can be fired early to create a smaller field.
Bad Medicine is a cast with charging phase which does not limit your movement. Charge affects only the area of effect size but not the damage. Requires position mastery to properly place the ability and deal maximum damage (which is equal to placing the ability in an area where your enemy will present longer). When Zinx charges the ability it is indicated by a clear visual effect.
Using the ability. Bad Medicine is a primary wave clearing tool for Zinx. Make sure you adjust the way you cast the ability based on how the minions are lined. Besides laning Bad Medicine works well in narrow map areas (e.g. in the Jungle) and makes good combo with Crowd Control like Root or Stun.
Zinx toggles her pistol into an empowered state. While empowered her Pistol Shots cost Mana per shot and apply DoT Ability Damage over a short period of time to enemies.
Kitty Claws is a toggle for her Pistol Shots. This toggling mechanics works exactly like Suppression Mode of GRIM.exe. I.e. you hit the ability - you switch the mode. You can switch the ability as often as once a second. If there is no enough Mana then Kitty Claws will automatically switch off. Kitty Claws requires execution mastery and mastery f Mana Pool control.
Mana. Kitty Claws drain Mana very fast, especially during early game you can deplete your Mana Pool in just a few seconds.
Using the ability. Aim carefully. The ability works as a bonus to your basic attacks and therefore hitting a target hiding inside their minion wave can be challenging. Remember that when Kitty Claws are enabled then your enemy sees that and can be ready to show their bullet dodging skills.
Damage. Damage is applied over a period of time and therefore can be misleading to your enemy. If you successfully land a series of hits then your opponent may just not notice in time that they are already seconds away from an inevitable death. It's like what happens with Hive or Morigesh.
Medium range projectile that after hitting an enemy ricochets to the nearest enemy in a 650 unit radius. The first enemy hit is stunned briefly. Enemies hit by the ricochet are stunned for 0.25 seconds longer than the last enemy. Will not ricochet to previous targets.
Ricochet Stun is a cast with targeting phase which does not limit your movement and can be cancelled. If confirmed with your basic attack button, it will travel between your enemies (Heroes or minions) and stun them. If you hit the first target it then will not miss. It is a projectile that can be stopped by walls and force shields (see Bulwark or Containment Fence), can be halted by Quelling Gale, or denied by Backlash.
Ricochet Stun does not deal damage. Maximum stun duration possible is 2.5 seconds.
Similar abilities. Imagine Thunk but capable of ricocheting. It will be Ricochet Stun.
Using the ability. As any CC Ricochet Stun is a good tool to freeze a target and follow up with Kitty Claws, to peel for yourself or your ally of you are pulling back, or to convince your enemies to stay longer in an AOE of your Bad Medicine. Peeling with Ricochet Stun is very effective since it's the only ability that can stun an entire enemy team if grouped. For the same reason it's very dangerous if you are having a fight in the Jungle.
[Active]: Zinx toggles a defensive barrier around her body. While in this state Zinx heals 50% of all damage dealt to her and removes Mana based on the damage received.
[Passive]: Zinx gains Mana Regen proportional to her missing Mana.
Dirty Healing is what makes Zinx unique. When the ability is active her total health pool is basically doubled until she has mana. Every hit she takes is split between her HP and Mana making her capable of sustaining a lot of damage. However if her HP is low even full Mana will not save.
Zinx's Deck Considerations
As already mentioned Zinx is all about Mana and controlling its level. Her ultimate, Dirty Healing, allows her to share damage between Health and Mana pools but her abilities are expensive. This unique design helps her to mitigate a lot of punishment but as soon as her Mana is depleted she is a sitting duck with no protection and no abilities to cast.
Having said that her Cards should be emphasizing her strengths:
- Mana. She should have big Mana Pool in order to be tough and have enough Mana to cast abilities.
- Health. Zinx should use some Health cards as well since Dirty Healing is not taking all the incoming damage but just a part of it.
- Armor is also a good choice for the same reason of survivability.
- Power. Her DoT abilities have good scaling factor and benefit well from Cards. However you need to balance between Power and all the stats mentioned above.
Zinx is a hero with insane built in Mana Regen starting from level 5. It opens up a lot of opportunities to use cards that cost Mana or depend on Mana Pool and/or missing Mana. On the other hand Hydroverser is not a good card for Zinx since she's rarely has her Mana Bar full. You'll find yourself mostly around 10-20% early and mid game and around 30-40 when you are maxed out.
Core Cards for Zinx
Amp Crystal is a very good starter Card for 1+1+1 upgrades. Provides both Mana and Power for surviving through early and mid game.
Bubble Tap will take a lot of advantage from Zinx's high Mana Pool. This card will actually make Mana to really take all the incoming damage for a short period of time or until the shield is destroyed. It can be used proactively in the beginning of a fight or as the very last chance when your enemies are going all in to kill you.
Zinx Deck Build #1
Zinx Deck Build #2 (Coming soon)
Gameplay with Zinx
Zinx is an Offlane Hero. Of course like nearly any Hero in Paragon she can work on other lanes but the left lane is the one for her kit. She has decent wave clear and has tools to both peel for herself with Ricochet Stun, and deal significant focused damage with her Kitty Claws.
Until you reach level 5 you will have to lane carefully and use your Mana wisely as Zinx can drain it very rapidly. Save your Ricochet Stun to peel for yourself in case your opposing Carry and Support duo will try to kill you. Remember that Zinx has no escape abilities to re-position herself to a safer place, only that Ricochet Stun. When you see an attempt to attack you use the ability and try to land it when your opponents are close to their minion wave. This way you can make Stun longer.
Lane safely and land last-hits with your basic attacks.
Try not to use Bad Medicine often unless there is a big wave of minions coming otherwise you will just deplete your Mana with no big impact to wave clear.
As soon as you get your ultimate you can be more aggressive while still keeping your Mana Pool in check. Remember that your Mana regeneration depend on how much Mana you miss. Try to keep your pool at about 40 to 50% in order to have decent regen while using your abilities frequent enough.
During team fights star away from the front line. Zinx can take a lot of damage and survive. The thing is that she can't deal damage and take it simultaneously. Both will hit her Mana Pool and end up in death. Pick the most squishy target and apply your DoT abilities. Use your Ricochet Stun to disrupt channel abilities, prevent enemy from backing up or peeling for your allies. This ability is very powerful against grouped enemy.
Late game you will have Mana pool high enough to try doing both: tanking damage and casting abilities. You can try being on the front line, however still keep an eye on your Mana Pool. And do not expose Zinx for a focused fire of all your opponents.
Tips and Tricks with Zinx
- Coming soon
Heroes Synergy (Coming soon)
Zinx and Dekker
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V41.4 (Jul 25 2017)
We are making a few balance adjustments to Zinx. These changes will improve her overall health as we approach the new gameplay experience in V42. Zinx was intentionally designed for the new item system, and we feel like she needs some help over the next two weeks.
- Base mana increased (240 → 260)
- Mana per level increased (53 → 58)
- Kitty Claws mana cost decreased (60/80/100/120 → 24/32/40/48)
- Dirty Healing mana regen increased (2/4/6% → 4/6/8%) of missing mana
- Attack speed per level increased (0 → 1.2)