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Twisted Fate Build Guide by Halfhand

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[11.2] S11 Twisted Fate guide - Halfhand - Master Tier EUW

By Halfhand | Updated on January 23, 2021
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Phase Rush
Manaflow Band
Absolute Focus
Gathering Storm

Minion Dematerializer
Cosmic Insight

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist


Summoner spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Middle Lane
Ranked #40 in
Middle Lane
Win 51%
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Ability Order

Threats & Synergies

Threats Synergies
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Ideal Synergies
    - Try to get +8 cs/min (Twisted Fate's passive gives you more gold from minions)
    - Don't die in lane (You are never really supposed to win lane, you go even in lane and play the map)
    - Time your recall so you have items when you are using your first ultimate
    - Improve your wave control so your opponent doesn't get the chance to freeze the lane on you.
    - Twisted Fate is a champion that requires great macro understanding so don't dwell too much on mechanical missplays. Focus on your map movement/positioning.
    - Watch Dopa replays/streams.
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Hello to all my Twisted Fate Collegues/enthousiasts!

I'm Halfhand! In season 10 I reached Master tier in EUW playing Twisted Fate in 90% of my games. I also have over 500k mastery points on him.

My Twisted Fate rankings
- Top 30 in EUW
- Rank 1 in EUNE
- Rank 26 in the world

Playing Twisted Fate I've come up with my own customized runes/build shared with you in this guide.

Feel free to follow me on Twitch to watch me play or follow me on social media! During season 11 I will try to stream my games for you guys to watch.

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Twisted Fate is a very unique champion in the sense that you don't have to be mechanically gifted to win games on him. Most Twisted Fate players have a really good sense of macro which allows them to win games. You can be very creative when playing this champion in terms of roaming, cheese invades, etc...

His global ultimate Destiny makes him a perfect soloq champion since he is able to abuse bad positioning from enemies very easily. For example; you can ult on the enemy adc when he is greeding to farm an extra wave on his own. Because of this alot of Korean pro players see Twisted Fate as the perfect soloq champion.

His passive Loaded Dice allows him to get alot of extra gold without having to get kills. You can essentially only farm minions and get a gold lead against your opponent. This means that you don't need to mechanically outplay your opponent in lane in order to get ahead in the game.

High elo junglers love playing with good Twisted Fate players because he is easy to setup ganks with and has very good wave pushing which allows him to move first for crab/dragon/herald. It also allows them to invade the enemy jungler when Twisted Fate has his r Destiny available.

Twisted Fate gives alot of pressure without even doing anything. When you push your waves and move out of vision the enemy team often tends to play scared because they don't know where Twisted Fate is moving. He could be in the river ready to ult on top of them.

This is why opponents in high elo often refuse to push their waves because they know Twisted Fate will ult on them. This gives your team alot of 'free' pressure when you are out of vision.
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Phase Rush: Phase rush allows you to reposition for a followup gold card after your first one really nicely. Or you can use it to escape after walking in for a gold card engage.
Manaflow Band: After the nerfs to nimbus cloak I feel like manaflow band is the best option here. Mana is always nice to have on Twisted Fate and with the removal of Rod of Ages you don't have alot of mana anymore early/mid game because now you rush Hextech Rocketbelt.
Absolute Focus: This in combination with Gathering Storm and Minion Dematerializer allows you to oneshot the backline caster minions with one Q at level 9. Which gives you alot of nice waveclear allowing you to roam faster.
Gathering Storm: This gives you an insane amount of Ability Power in the late game. I've had games where I was getting close to 1000ap just because this rune has such great scaling. At 40 minutes you will be able to oneshot the adc with stacked deck W + Q.
Minion Dematerializer: Use all of these on backline casters for an increased amount of damage on them allowing you to waveclear easier.
Cosmic Insight: Because the new mythic item Hextech Rocketbelt is an active and most games you also buy Zhonya's Hourglass (another active item). This rune is really nice to reduce the cooldown.
Because I go Absolute Focus, Gathering Storm and Minion Dematerializer I can go Attack speed in offense since we don't need to AP in order to one shot the backline casters at lvl 9. The attack speed is really nice early game in order to farm.

I often get asked why I use phase rush over electrocute. There are alot of reasons for this. I feel like the way I play Twisted Fate I can make use of Phase Rush alot better than Electrocute.
Main reasons why I take Phase Rush over Electrocute:

1) Twisted Fate is very movement reliant to land gold cards. Phase rush helps with repositioning for a second rotation of Pick A Card + Wild Cards.

2) Phase Rush allows you to escape ganks very easily. And since Twisted Fate is often camped this is really nice.

3) A month after I started using Phase Rush on AP TF, Dopa came out with his League of Legends concepts/secrets. In this Dopa stated quote: ' I personally don’t think that the choice of runes matter that much. Runes are balanced, so using one rune over another is a matter of taste. The important thing is that you have to play according to the runes and spells that you have chosen.'

4) Now that Rod of Ages is gone and you rush Hextech Rocketbelt you have no mana at all. Taking Phase Rush in sorcery tree allows me to go Manaflow Band for extra mana.

5) The combination of Gathering Storm + Absolute Focus + Minion Dematerializer allows you to clear waves insanely fast.
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Hextech Rocketbelt

Lich bane

Zhonya's Hourglass
First item should always be Hextech Rocketbelt. This is your mythic item. For now this seems to be the best mythic item for Twisted Fate if you are building him AP. The active is really insane to position yourself for a good gold card on high priority targets. Dopa (The best AP Twisted Fate player in the world) also rushes this item.

Lich Bane synergises really well with Twisted Fate because of the movement speed it gives and the passive.

Zhonya's Hourglass This item allows you to ult into 3 opponents, stun the high priority target, do your damage rotation. Activate Zhonya and wait for your team to arrive. The item gets you out of alot of sticky situation were you would otherwise die.


Rapid Firecannon

Banshee's Veil

Mejai's Soulstealer
Rapid Firecannon If you feel like you don't need zhonya (No AD/assassins in enemy team) then you can buy RFC as third item. This item extends your gold card range by alot and will catch alot of people offguard. If ahead you can legit zone off an entire team when holding your card. I myself don't tend to buy this item alot anymore. I feel like Hextech Rocketbelt + Rapid Firecannon as a combo is a bit overkill. I would much rather prefer another ap item then.

Banshee's Veil. This item is really good against heavy AP comps or champions that start fights with one cc spell like (Blitzcrank, Sejuani, Thresh, Malphite, Nautilus, Ashe, ...)

Mejai's Soulstealer is a perfect option if you have a 10 stack Dark Seal from an early buy. If I have less than 6 I never upgrade my Dark Seal. Another thing to keep in mind is that this item requires you to stay alive in order to keep the stacks so I always make sure I have zhonya/banshees before I upgrade Dark Seal so I can make sure I don't die and lose all my stacks. This item is extremely underlook and broken in season 11. Make sure to buy a Dark Seal whenever you have the chance.


Ionian Boots

Mercury's Treads

Plated Steelcaps
Ionian Boots of Lucidity seem to be the best in the game atm. Lots of pro players even rush them. Since we also run cosmic insight in our runes it makes it even better. Together with Cosmic Insight it lowers our Flash & Ignite by alot. Flash is lowered to 3:50 instead of 5:00. Ignite is lowered to 2:19 instead of 3:00.

Mercury's Treads. If you play against heavy cc/ AP dmg (for example; Lissandra, Leona, Sejuani, Maokai, ...) you buy Mercury's Treads.

Plated Steelcaps If you play against heavy auto attack/ AD dmg (for example; Zed, Khazix, Vayne, Pyke, Rene, ...) you buy Plated Steelcaps.


Rabadon's Deathcap

Void Staff

Elixir of Sorcery
Rabadon's Deathcap You should only buy deathcap when you already have around 3 AP items. This because it increases your AP by 35%. So buying it second item means the passive goes to waste.

Void Staff. If your opponents are stacking magic resist I prefer to buy void staff before I get deathcap.

Elixir of Sorcery This item can win you late game teamfights. If after 20 minutes you have 500 gold to spare and you know a fight is coming up make sure you buy this item since it synergises really well with Twisted Fate. Lich Bane + Elixir of Sorcery allows you to shred down turrets like its nothing.
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Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Most TF players go W-Q-E first 3 levels.
I go W-E-Q because I really like the stacked deck level 2 for farming and pressuring the opponent. The only time I go W-Q-E is when I am zoned away from my farm lvl 2. (Which rarely happens).

Twisted Fate doesn't really have winning matchups. He isn't designed to stomp lane and spread his lead that way. The way you play him is to go even in lane (not die). Use your global ultimate to get other lanes ahead and splitpush in the mid game.

First crab spawn
Always try to play for your jungler when the first crab is about to spawn. Make sure you have your wave pushed in so you can move first. If you can't move first try to follow. Your jungler will let you know whether he wants to go for the crab or not. If he doesn't want to contest try to get the other crab. Getting double crabbed as a jungler is often a deathsentence to the game. (Or atleast thats what alot of junglers think).

Jungler synergy
Synergy with your jungler is really important when playing Twisted Fate. Try to coordinate ganks together. If you want to ult bot at level 6, let your jungler know. That way he can alter his pathing to be botside when you are about to hit 6. If you are 4 man bot you can often easily secure dragon after ganking.

Your first ult
For your first ult you should try to base at lvl 5 to buy your first items. Run to lane, get level 6 and start looking for ganks. Or you can greed, stay in lane, get level 6, then base and look for an ultimate. But I often get poked out before that. This depends on the elo you play in. Lower elo players will rarely punish you, meaning you can stay in lane longer and greed your base timings.

Ult usage after that
Your ults after that are really dependent on the game state. I myself often try to ult after I base. So I run from fountain to bot/top, ult in and after that I can run mid to catch my minions.

Your mythic item
Once you have your Hextech Rocketbelt you have alot of kill pressure. Remember after you jump forward with Rocketbelt you have 75% bonus movement speed towards the enemy target. Meaning you can keep running towards them if you are not immediately in range for your stun. This means a guaranteed hit almost all the time.

Sidelane control
Always try to heavily control one side of the map. For example you play fully for botside in order to secure dragon soul. Or you play fully for topside in order to get multiple heralds and play the map. Ulting bot, then top, then bot again is often a bad idea since its better to play for one winning side instead of cutting losses on both sides.

Lane swaps
Once your bot ganks start paying off and you manage to get bot tower swap lanes with your botlane. They will both go mid will you will farm up bot and pressure from there. You do this because a botlaner & support give off alot more pressure than you on your own without R. Since you already took bot tower you want to move your pressure point from the botlane to midlane.

Stacked Deck
Whenever you are looking for ults always make sure you have a Stacked Deck. This gives you alot of extra damage when ganking. Example; I use my q on the wave instead of auto attacking to clear it. This way I save my stacked deck for my ult.
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As of season 11 I offer coaching to any players who would like to learn from me. I don't only coach Twisted Fate players! I charge €20 for 1 session 60 - 90 min.

In this session:

- We go over your (possible rune/build/champion pool issues)
- We go over a pov gameplay you recorded and uploaded to youtube. (NO REPLAY!)
- We have a look at your mental aspect in the game (toxicity, giving up, ...)
- We go over your schedule (when are you playing games? Are you playing too many?)

* All the above can change depending on your personal requests!

If you are interested you can message me on my discord so we can talk about the details. Discord:
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