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Thresh Build Guide by B1O221

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League of Legends Build Guide Author B1O221

Supporting as Thresh, The Chain Warden

B1O221 Last updated on April 15, 2015
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Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
3
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 21



Threats to Thresh with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Morgana Morgana isn't hard at all. Thresh is too tanky to kill and his autoattack is much stronger than Morgana's. Trade often with autoattacks and feel free to go for all-in trades, you'll win either way.
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Soraka Soraka is not tanky enough to survive burst combo with Thresh + any burst AD. It's not ideal to trade against Soraka due to her huge sustain, but do try to get grabs in. All-in fights are going to be your best bet against Soraka.
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Introduction

Thresh is one of the strongest supports in the current meta. He has high utility, damage, and is tanky, even while building team oriented items. His kit is very rewarding when used properly, and his high mechanical skill cap means you'll always have something to improve on. By dominating your lane and properly cc'ing priority targets in the late game, you can easily carry your team to victory with Thresh.


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Pros / Cons

Pros


  • High damage with Flay passive
  • Three forms of CC
  • Low Mana costs
  • Very powerful vs AD teams with so much free armor
  • Can save allies with Dark Passage

Cons
  • No sustain
  • Hard to learn
  • Skill shot based
  • If you get behind and can't collect souls, you will get bursted in team fights
  • No scaling MR as a tank, very susceptible to AP burst.


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Abilities




Damnation: // Damnation is Thresh's Passive. When minions that are nearby to Thresh die, they have a chance of dropping a soul. When Thresh collect a soul, he permanently gains 0.75 armor and ability power. As a result of this, Thresh does not gain armor and ability power per level like other champions. You should try and collect between 4-6 souls per level.



Death Sentence: // Death Sentence is Thresh's Q. After an 0.5 second windup, Thresh throws his hook towards a target. If it hits a champion, minion, or monster, thresh will tug them towards him twice. If he activates the ability again when the hook is attached, he will be pulled to the hooked target.

You're going to want to max out [Death Sentence] first, before [Flay] and before [Dark Passage].

Tips and Tricks
  • // Because of the long windup, try and judge where your opponent is going to be and cast it there rather than where they are currently.
  • // Land hooks through walls and terrain and then activate this ability again to pull yourself to your target for an easy kill or setup.
  • // Save your hooks early game as the cooldown is very long and the mana cost is very high.



Dark Passage: // Dark Passage is Thresh's W. Thresh throws a lantern to a target location. Standing near the lamp will grant one ally and thresh a shield from incoming damage for a short period of time. If an ally clicks the lantern, they will dash to Thresh.

You're going to want to max out [Dark Passage] after [Death Sentence] and [Flay].

Tips and Tricks
  • // The Lantern can be used to collect souls that are out of your reach.
  • // Use the lantern to help allies escape from bad situations
  • // Use the lantern to move allies to you faster when going in for a kill.



Flay: // Flay is Thresh's E. The passive of Flay grants bonus Auto Attack damage based on how many souls you have acquired. When cast, Thresh sweeps his chain in a area towards a target direction. Any Champions, minions, or monsters will be pulled in the direction o the cast.

You're going to want to max out [Flay] after [Death Sentence] and before [Dark Passage].

Tips and Tricks
  • // After landing [Death Sentence] cast flay backwards, away from your target to pull them even closer to you.
  • // Use flay to push back overwhelming minion waves or pursuing enemies.
  • // Use flay to re-position enemies in team fights for easier kills



The Box: // The box is Thresh's Ultimate. After a short channel, Thresh summons a five sided box around him. When broken, these walls do massive damage and slow enemies by 99%. This is useful for trapping enemies for ganks and easy kills.

Like all ultimate abilties, you're going to want to level up [The Box] at levels 6, 11, and 16.

Tips and Tricks
  • // In team fights, try and capture as many enemies in the box as you can to make kills for your teammates easier.
  • // Use [Flay] to force enemies to run through a side of The Box.


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Runes

Runes

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
9

Greater Mark of Health
9

Greater Quintessence of Gold
3
9x Greater Mark of Health

Thresh is a tank. His passive allows him to stack massive amounts of armor. This health will help him through the early game.

9x Greater Seal of Armor

Standard yellows for support; you take physical damage from the enemy AD, support AA's, turret shots and creep damage.

9x Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

You are usually in the front line so MR helps your survivability. Most supports do quite a bit of magic damage too so it helps a lot in lane.

3x Greater Quintessence of Gold

As a support, Thresh doesn't farm. these gold quintessences will help him with gold generation throughout the game so he can keep up.


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Masteries

Masteries
2/5
2/5
1/1
3/5
1/1
1/5
3/5
3/1
1/1
3/1
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1/5
1/1
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1/5
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1/1
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0/9/21 seems to be a really strong mastery set up for the season 4. The gold generation you can get is really high and the 9 points in defense give you a bit of durability. The reduced cool down of active items is especially useful on Face of the Mountain, allowing you to shield your allies more often


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Summoner Spells

Summoner Spells: and

Flash is core in league right now for almost all heroes, Thresh being one of them. Flash lets you Flash Flay, Flash Death Sentence, Flash away from ganks, and Flash into the enemy while your junlger is taking your Dark Passage. This spell has so much versatility and not taking it would put you at a disadvantage.
Exhaust is also a great summoner spell on supports. It gives Thresh and other champions not only a slow, but a armor and magic resist shred as well.


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Items

As a support, Thresh has many responsibilities. The first and most important one is to help the AD Carry in the bot lane get fed with CS and easy kills. For this reason, you start with a Relic Sheild

Another essential role of the support is to grant vision to your team. Early game, buy multiple Stealth Wards or Vision Wards to grant vision of common hiding places of a jungler waiting for a gank. While doing this, rush a Sightstone so you can be efficient in placing wards all over the enemy jungle. Vision gives your team a huge advantage.



Face of the Mountain is a very important item in this build. It gives a lot of health, contributing to becoming a tank. Also, it gives CDR, making you more dangerous with lower cooldowns on your hook. Finally, its active effect allows you to shield an ally. This can help you get your squishy teammates out of bad situations.

The Ruby Sightstone is an upgraded version of the Sightstone which allows you to place down 5 wards instead of 4. Again as the support, one of your responsibilities is to provide vision of the enemy's jungle to prevent their jungler form killing your allies.

The Locket of the Iron Solari is a powerful item that when used effectively, can turn the tides of a team fight. Its unique aura, the Legion Aura, grants bonus magic resist and health regeneration to all allies around you. Then, its active allows you to shield yourself or an ally from magic damage for a few seconds. This is very useful when taking on opponets that rely heavly on magic damage such as Veigar or Lux.


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Summary

In conclusion, Thresh is a very tanky support that can still dish out punishment with his abilities. In the current meta, he is the most popular support being played. Have fun playing Thresh and don't get caught by Lucian.