Build Guide by NoobEater
Not Updated For Current Season
Not Updated For Current Season
This is how I play Twitch. It is by no means the best way, but it's how I've had a lot of success. Please note: many of the things in this build change depending on the game, so following the item build 100% IS NOT how you get the best results.
Can solo-carry a team
Scares the other team when he goes invis and can show up everywhere on the map
Pentakills, who doesn't love them?
Blinds shut him down
Oracle's and vision wards destroy his ganking ability and get him focused in teamfights.
Riot hates him. They hate him so much.
21/0/9 is the way to go. since I run cleanse+flash, I don't go for the Ghost mastery, but if you decide to get ghost, by all means get that. Also, I find that the exp mastery helps out a lot, but if you are having mana issues go for the mana regen one.
Cleanse and Flash are personally my favorite. [Flash] is amazing for repositioning in fights, just jump over a wall and pop your ult, then proceed to own the entire other team. Cleanse is SO important, since the main way to counter twitch is to blind him. Ghost is another viable option on him, but I feel like the other two are just better.
ARPen reds are the only red runes to run on twitch, no questions asked.
For yellows, I personally use MP5/lvl mainly since I haven't invested in dodge yellows yet. I can't say how well dodge works, but it's definitely a viable option.
Blues, I have flat CDR, it let's you get your ult back up in time. If you're having mana issues, it may actually be better putting the MP5/lvl here, simply because dodge is more important than CDR. However, I have not experimented with these yet, so I can't say for sure.
Flat health quints are by far the way to go. Early survivability FTW.
Twitch's passive, this adds a poison that does damage every second for 6 seconds. The max number of stacks you can have on one person is 6. This skill isn't mainly used for the damage, but instead to get the most out of your W and E skills.
This is what Twitch is know for (and his ult ofcourse) Sneak around in stealth, but be very careful of [site wards] and [oracle's elixir]s Going out of stealth grants you a very nice attack speed bonus, so ALWAYS make sure you go into stealth before a fight. Granted, if the fight already started, don't hit stealth and wait for it to go up before fighting (although, if this happens you most likely have bad positioning)
Twitch's Slow is great for ganking and for stopping runners. It's got a nice long range, so you don't have to be right next to the person to use it.
Great finisher is you're afraid of getting KSed, you want to try to use it once you get 6 hits off on the other team for the most damage. If you have a good team that doesn't KS the carry then you don't need to worry about using this as a finisher, so just hit it after 6-10 attacks.
Spray and Pray
This is what lets Twitch hit his godmode level. Get into a good position, press this, then destroy the entire team. Of course, use this in a bad position and get yourself owned. I'll talk more about positioning in the "gameplay" section.
Here's the really important part.
Doran's Blade+ Health Potion Common start for any Ranged DPS
on the next base, items you buy are highly dependent on what farming you're doing and your playstyle. If you're going to keep farming, buy as far into the tree for Mercury's Treads as you can, and if you have enough to buy a doran's blade buy one, then buy HP pots until you're out of gold (or stop at 3). If you're going to gank, grab a total of 3 Doran's blades (buy 2), then as far into the merc tread tree as you can, with some HP pots. I would really suggest trying to gank the enemy if your team can coordinate well, and the other team doesn't as much.
Then, you're going to try to stay in lane until you have 1850 for a B. F. Sword, but if you can't don't doe trying. Buy the BF and then Pickaxe, then just finish the Infinity Edge
Next, you have to choose between phantom dancers and bloodthirster's. The phantoms will give more DPS, but the bloodthirsters will give you the boost in healing over the other team. If there are starting to be major teamfights, I would point towards the bloodthirster, otherwise phantom is your best bet. Another thing that is possible is to buy the Vampiric Scepter before you get the dancer's.
Next, start on your anti-tank item. The Last Whisper or a Madred's Bloodrazor if the other team's tanks are stacking armor. Usual candidates for buying the MBR are Cho'Gath, Dr. Mundo, and Vladimir (even though he's not a tank). Just check on what they're building. HOWEVER, it you have a mage that's owning faces on your team and the other team's tank is building Magic Resist, skip the LW/MBR for more AD and buy the ASpd item once you know what the other team's tank is building.[/i]
To be honest, I've never really gotten past this point. The last item has lots of different options you can choose. Some suggestions are Yomuu's Ghostblade, The Black Cleaver, Madred's Bloodrazor (or last whisper, depending on which you got before) or Banshee's Veil if they have a nuker killing you.
other options for items:
Frozen Mallet is great for kiting the other team, although you will have Venom Cask and as the carry you will most likely have lizard buff on you most of the time.
The Bloodthirster stacking is something that I haven't tried doing much of, not sure of how effective it will be, but feel free to give it a try
things not to buy
Zeke's Harbinger is usually a great item on a carry, the only problem is that it ruins your invisibility. If the other team looks and sees the debuff on them and they can't see you, then they know that you're right near them and they will be careful
alright, time for the other main part of the guide.
You have two choices early on: farm or gank. I usually go for farming, since it's a more reliable way of getting gold. However, if you're bad at last hitting minions and/or you see that the other team is overextending and there are easy kills, go gank. Farming, you'll want solo top or a lane with a support. If you're team doesn't run a jungler for some reason, you'll probably want to take a dual lane with anybody except another carry. Mid only if you absolutely have to, and only if you plan on farming a fair bit. if you're plannign on ganking, go into a double lane with somebody that can hold 1v2. To gank somebody, stealth and run in behind them. Then, attack them a few times (use your ult if you have it) until they have about 4-6 hits on them or they really start running. Pop your W as SOON as this happens, in order to get the most out of it. Then, hit E as soon as you have 6 hits then keep attacking. Also, you want to make sure that your teamates are in a good position to go for the person.
Small teamfights will be popping up here and there. Personally, I dislike midgame the most, due to the fact that you don't really have all the items to kill everything, and you can't farm because you'll get ganked. you'll want to carry around a green elixer all the time for the extra power in teamfights.
POSITIONING IN TEAMFIGHTS:
This is SO important for Twitch. The BEST place to position yourself is on a ledge so that melee champions can't hit you, like on top of a ramp. Since you obviously can't always have this positioning, just stick behind the tank if you can't get into the best spot. MAKE SURE YOU STAY IN STEALTH UNTIL AFTER SOME CC IS BLOWN. It's so important, since Twitch can just as easily destroy a team as get crushed instantly.
This is all about teamfights, and lucky for you Twitch is amazing in teamfights. Like I said before, positioning is CRUCIAL in winning. Remember to always keep an Elixir of Agility up when you're fighting, and try to drink it right before the fight instead of in base. Other than that, roflstop the other team into oblivion :D
Any suggestions/question, the comment feature is wide open waiting for you.
Changes will be logged here.
11/29 added pros and cons of Twitch, edited format of skills
11/30 Added section for other options for items
12/14 in patch 126.96.36.199, twitch was changed HEAVILY. I've been looking around to see how to best build him now. I've sttled )for now) on Infinity Edge into phantom dancer's and then say goodbye to survivability ONLY because I've been playing with better teams that are just bursting twitch down so much that it doesn't even matter if you get the MR, HP, and armor from Guardian Angel. However, it is still a good item on him. I'm looking into reworking items somewhat.