Thresh Build Guide by C9LemonNation
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Face of the Mountain Build
Threats to Thresh with this build
Thresh has been a top tier support since he was created, and is THE champion you must know to call yourself a support player. He can be played in many different ways and has an extremely high skill cap.
0/9/21 is a fairly normal support runepage the Gold,CDR and movement speed from the utility tree are very important. If you are against an especially poke based lane (such as Corki/Karma as an example), go 0/16/14 and grab Evasive(reduce 4% AOE magic dmg).
I take the most efficient tank stats in every rune slot. Fairly straightforward. Many Thresh players take attack damage reds to make their flay empowered spells more effective, but I find just being as tanky as possible allows you to make more plays.
(Q) Death Sentence|
Cooldown: 20/18/16/14/12 seconds
(W) Dark Passage|
Cooldown: 22/20.5/19/17.5/16 seconds
1: For trading in lane, by laying it down on both of your feet.
2: Helping your ADC (or anyone else) avoid dying. Make sure you put it in front of them.
3: Pulling in someone to force a kill. Generally used to pull in your jungler for an incredibly
strong gank. You should commonly flash forward well the person is in the air for even more
4: Vision, checking bushes.
Cooldown: 9 seconds
(R) The Box|
Cooldown: 150/140/130 seconds
Face of the Mountain build: Starting Relic Shield gives you and your lane partner the most regeneration during laning phase, and is ideal vs poke lanes.
Talisman of Ascension build: This is a better scaling build, as Talisman's speed boost active is extremely effective late game for choosing team fights.
Annie is very strong vs Thresh, due to her super long AA range and strong all in potential.
Thresh can constantly harass Blitz with his ranged auto attack, where as Blitz has no harassing abilities back. If Blitz decides to pull Thresh, Thresh should generally win the fight.
Caitlyn is quite annoying to force an engage upon as Thresh, due to her high range and bush control.
Sona: Thresh can force the battle, and he wins it.
Zyra is one of the strongest support vs Thresh. She outranges you, outharasses you, and wins all ins due to her plants if you manage to engage.
Braum is a very difficult matchup for Thresh. He sits back throwing his Q's, if you ever land a hook on him he can mitigate the damage from the trade and jump out. If he lands a Q on you, especially post lvl 6, you are dead.
Morgana can safely harass you and throw Q's at you, well using her shield to block any hook you throw. She outscales and eventually wins.
Tips and Tricks
Flay can interrupt many gap closers, such as Jarvan IV's Demacian Standard + Dragon Strike combo or Shyvana's ultimate. I recommend watching for these initiations and attempting to use your Flay to counter them as much as possible.
Dark Passage can be blocked by enemies if they stand directly on it, or by enemies placing wards upon the lantern. I recommend throwing the lantern in front of your retreating ally's, rather than right on top of them, so they have room to click it.
After you hit a Death Sentence, you have a short amount of time before clicking it to throw Dark Passage to an ally. They can click it and ride along with you on the death sentence pull!
Thresh is very good against champions without good all in, since he is able to force fights with his E and Q. So champions like Sona, Blitzcrank who can’t win an all in fight with Thresh during the early game are all good matchups vs him. Against these champions he should be constantly trying to fight. Use Dark Passage on you and your teammate before going into to harass to ensure you win the trades. Pay attention to the map, and if you are worried about a gank stand behind your ADC with your shield ready.
Throw shield behind yourself to get a teammate into the fray. Well they are in the air, Flash forwards, and immediately Flay the enemys backwards into you. Drop your ult, and well they are extremely slowed, throw Q directly at them for a guaranteed catch. If they still have flash up, be patient with your Death Sentence and wait until after they use Flash before using it.
Move around the map attempting to make plays. I recommend going to your strongest lanes and trying to snowball them. You should have Boots of Mobility by this time. I often will be constantly moving between mid and bot lane, attempting to shield my teammates away from ganks, or make plays on the lanes myself.
Make sure to keep the map warded with your Sightstone. It got buffed in the newest patch, and now you can keep 3 wards up at a time with just the normal sightstone.
This is extremely situational depending on what is happening in the game, but you should be looking to control the map and initiate plays upon the enemy team / keep your team alive.
Generally you should be sticking with your team.
Role in Teamfights
1: Initiator: Use your Death Sentence or Flash to get into the middle of their team and drop your ult.
2: Peeler: Stay close to your ADC and use all of your skills to peel any enemies trying to get onto him. Do not stand directly on top of him, as you want him to be able to use your shield as a jump.