“TL;DR - SKILL MATCHUP. KEEP AN EYE ON HIS PASSIVE STACKS. HE CAN DODGE YOUR Q EASILY WITH HIS Q. IF HE JUMPS IN AND USES COUNTER STRIKE, USE E AND THEN Q WHILE WALKING AWAY. DON’T TAKE TOO MANY BAD TRADES. FREEZE WAVE INTO HIM. HE SUCKS VS FREEZES. CONQUEROR IS GOOD. AFTERSHOCK IS DECENT. Jax is a very strong champion and can be tricky to beat for a newer Darius. Aftershock works well into him but with the nerfs, I’d recommended Conqueror. You really do not want to die to Jax in this lane. If he gets fed he will be too strong to match on a splitpush and will easily be able to 1v2. The removal of Spear was nice as you can actually play around his E now as opposed to him permeanently having it up before. But Sanguine blade is a very strong buy on him as it makes him quite difficult to beat in a splitpush 1v1 setting. A Bork rush also makes Jax INSANELY hard to 1v1. If he takes E level 1 which is what most Jaxes take, try to land as many Qs onto him as possible. You want him to use up his corrupt pot stacks as much as possible as him surviving your bleed stacks thanks to it is the most tilting thing on the planet. A good Jax will most likely jump into you with Q if you try to Q him so try to be wary of that. If he jumps onto you with his counter strike up, you want to pull him in and then Q him as you walk out. This will give you both free damage and stop him from properly utilising his stun. You want to keep an eye out on his passive, as if he attacks you with it stacked up, he will beat you down very quickly. You treat Jax like you would most other DPS heavy toplaners. By kiting him. Having a higher AA range along with ghost and your W slow makes this very doable. Try not to use your W when he uses counter strike. There is a trick you can pull off where you activate your W and then hit him with it JUST as the stun goes off. This way, even if you are stunned, the animation for the W will continue playing and it will actually hit him. But doing this requires you to have knowledge of how long Jax’ counter strike is. He is VERY easy to kill if you have the wave pushed into your side of the lane and you spike harder than him at level 6 (provided you are both at high hp). Steelcaps + Bramble is a good combo vs him. If he goes ignite, DO NOT FORCE ALL INS WHEN YOU ARE LOW HP. HE WILL BEAT YOU.”
“If the Jax you are fighting is going (E) into (Q) into (W) you simply hold your blind for when he initially lands on top of you. This will prevent empowered damage once you are stunned. However, if he is using (W) into (Q) into (E) you will most likely have a very bad time since you can not blind that initial combo so (Q) him after he is on top of you and he uses his (E). Don't attack him while he is in his (E). BOTRK was buffed and it makes him an absolute monster late game, so try and close out the game before it gets to this point. Focus all of your attention to (Q) him in fights.
“Mostly skill matchup. It's a fight of "I dare you". You always want to work around Jax's E. If he fails to block your stun, you win. If you try to stun his dodge mode, you lose.
You want trades to be short and he likes them long. His Q makes this tricky. To counter this, I suggest not using E as your engage. You both have no ranged poke so he can't kite you. Try to outsmart his stun and hit yours. At the point use your dashes to either chase him for double dash to a safe distance for round 2.”
“If he takes E lvl1 dont fight him and possibly even Q out of the range if necessary. His counterstrike can be triggered early and there is about a .75 sec window of failure. I usually count 1 sec in my head and then parry, but it depends on the player. You have to get used to their style as this is a skill match up. ”
“Whenever Jax says "Imagine if I had a real weapon" I think "Imagine if I played a real champion" because Jax slaps fast and hard. Bramble is good here, your W cancels his Q and in most cases your passive lets you outrun the range of his E, especially if you run at him, get the move speed, fling him and walk out.”
“Despite the dodge of his E, he's not particularly threatening. Watch out for him holding onto his third autoattack (post level 6), as he can do significant burst to outtrade you with careful management of his abilities.
The main reason he's so easy is because he only has one gap closer and no movement speed. Flaying the jump will keep him off you, though he may still be able to land the stun. If he does prematurely E as he leaps, use your Q instead for the same reasons as the Fiora matchup, the stun will NOT interrupt your Q animation, so you'll minimise his advantage. From there you can hit him back before flaying him away for distance, and kite to outtrade.
When his Q is on cooldown, he is extremely vulnerable to poke and bullying. You'll be more worried about pushing too far and getting ganked, so don't let your guard down.”
“Jax is a somewhat annoying matchup for you. His counter strike stops you from proccing your passive. He isn't too nimble so he cannot dodge your Q very well. Overall, he is free food IF you manage to activate your passive early on into the fight. The longer it goes without your passive, the more likely it is he is going to beat your face in. And he snowballs SUPER hard so try not to die to him. Land your Qs and get Ninja Tabis ASAP. One more thing, don't fight him when he has his passive stacked up. Wayy to much DPS. The good thing about this matchup is that you can basically poke him down with Q and disengage with E if he jumps on to you. This will give you free damage and if you E properly, he won't even get his stun off. A few of these will put him in a bad position where he can't really win. If all else fails, your Ultimate should give you enough strength to just brute force him and beat him down. If it can be helped, keep your ultimate for when he activates his ultimate so that you steal his bonus resistances too. But they are often negligible so ult when you NEED to.”
“Only annoying threat about this match up is his E (Dodging the auto attacks). Not to big but easy to deal with in lane if you can keep your distance when he tries to jump on you.”
“Jax’s only way to trade with you early is his E, so abuse him when it's on cooldown. A good Jax will E → Q to catch your E, so try to time getting away as soon as you see his E animation. Once Jax finishes his Triforce, he becomes a powerhouse.”
“Hard matchup if the jax is good, I recommend going PTA in this lane and playing for the early game because he is very squishy early, the big things against jax is you don't want to fight him if he gets his passive stacked up on minions first so don't let him do that on minion waves, and the other big thing is his counterstrike blocks your W, so in this matchup I like to E into his counterstrike right when I think he is going to release it, to do this you have to first bait his counterstrike out first with auto attacks which most of them will do, and then just E into him right as it's going off (they can activate it early so you have to judge the timing) and then you can trade with W, overall this matchup isn't too bad unless the jax is really good, you can be very agressive early on in this lane, and you will also outscale jax surprisingly now that spear of shojin is gone.”