Thresh Build Guide by Lanternman
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Resolve + Inspiration
+15-135 Health (at levels 1-18) and +10 ability power or +6 attack damage, adaptive
Coin Build 8.11
Threats to Thresh with this build
|Ivern||He relies solely on his ability to hit his Q. Easy Peasy Daisy. But his shield actually does some damage so be careful|
Why Play Thresh?
- VERSATILE SKILLSET
- ABLE TO PLAY BOTH PASSIVE AND AGGRO STYLE
- LONG RANGED HOOKS & LANTERN
- CC ABILITY TO PEEL, STUN, SLOW
- WEAK BODY, HP, TANK
- HARD TO MASTER
- DIFFICULTY TO LAND HOOKS
TIP # 1
Thresh is the most versatile champion in the game with hard set of cc skills. Champions like Rakan, Thresh, Bard are champions that require a steep learning curve but reward the player tremendously.
Thresh is a really versatile champion because his Hook range is significantly longer.
Make sure to effectively abuse this as this is one of its biggest strengths.
I believe that Challenger level thresh players are so adequate in changing the offense and defense playstyle that the enemy player can almost never predict the timing and always be a second late to respond. Therefore, it is critical to know how to play flexibly.
As a general rule of thumb, always make sure to read the minimap to first identify where the enemy jungler is, if they have global backup skills (Teleport, Twisted Fate Ult, Galio, Shen Ult and so on). It is advised to stay away from engaging in combat whenever the enemy jungle is absent on the map, even if you can land a good hook, don't follow with your second Q - that allows you to dash towards the subject, since you will likely land in a bad spot with the enemy jungler's potential backup.
Abusing this in Ranked will help boost win rates significantly as a support player.
TIP # 2.
1. THE LESS NUMBER OF ACTIVATION ITEMS THE BETTER.
After AEGIS item was nerfed, I like to build Knight's Vow instead.
2. First Item - Rush Boots (Mobility / CDR)
Thresh is a champion that needs to land hooks, combos in order to impact the game. Having more movement speed will let you have an advantage over the enemy laners so that you will be able to land hooks easier simply by walking up to them, (first using your flay), then landing a secure hook.
3. [Buy As Many Control Wards as you can]
As a general rule, Always have 2+ pink wards in your item slot during the entire game to set up easier ganks, secure vision, delete enemy wards when lens trinket is down.
Also, After the Aegis nerf, I like to upgrade the ward item, buy boots, build zekes and knight's vow into redemption. If all add feel free to buy frozen heart, randuins, thornmail and warmogs after.
[ Note on CDR BOOTS ]
What happens with Maxing your Q ability first is that, mid game at around 20~30 minutes, you will feel the drastic change on the CD of your Hook. Your hook's CD goes down by a lot when you hit a target. But with CDR boots and Frozen Heart, your cdr is maximized to 40%, EVERY 3~5 seconds you get a chance to hook the eneemy champions. It is OP and fun at the same time so make sure to try out CDR boots as well.
I like to personally max out my Hook for less CDR.
One recommendation. Don't level up your abilities at lvl 1. Try to see what is happening until 1:30 when Red/Blue buff spawns. you will be surprised at how many times you can save a teammate from the enemy bot lane by leveling up a w, or even get a kill by landing your q before that or landing a 5 man e as you watch the enemy team walk into the tri-bush. For example you can learn the lantern at level 1 when you see you teammate get hooked by the enemy blitzrank/nautilus, and most times you will be able to save him.
Or when your team decides to go invade, you can either flay or hook depending on the number of the enemy team. For instance, if theres 5 of you and 2 of them, obviously they are going to run and so you want to level up your q and hook them instantly to secure a kill. But when they are stacked up as 5 v 5 lvl 1. Then you want to instantly level up your flay to maximize the number of people getting hit by your single skill which increases the damage and cc done as a whole.
Notes on Ranked Play
So I've been playing thresh for more than 3 years now and I learned quite a few things.
Save your hook for when they flash out or dash away. A small tip is to hook them behind where they are going. This is very common among thresh users and most people will try to juke the thresh hook by stepping backwards. This gets meaningless as you branch up in the ladder, but it is the majority of the player's tendency to do this so it might be in your interest to utilize this as much as you can
Don't force plays. This is one of the biggest things thresh players make mistakes on. They land a great hook and just automatically go in but a lot of the times they end up dying. Don't force plays.
Don't play thresh just to land prediction hooks. Always play to win.
Please don't leave the adc to die because you never peeled for him. It is actually more ideal for the jungle and top laners to initiate.
Even if you landed a sick hook, or a sick engage don't go in if the enemy is a malphite, alistar or when you are in a disadvantageous situation. Please read the map before trying to make plays.
Don't overextend because you are too focused on making plays. Play passively when you can and play aggresively when you can. Thresh is such a versatile champion that allows the player to switch playstyles with ease.
People you team with are strangers, don't flame, don't be angry, don't get insulted at their offensive chats, always use the mute button when they show signs of tilt, toxicity. Only focus, however, on improving yourself, your knowledge and yourself as a person.
Focus on the game, getting vision, playing around with junglers, trying to anticipate for their ganks, knowing their strengths and power spikes and playing passively when enemy caitly has a BF and your vayne has dorans shield.
Always play around the adc, mute him if he starts to flame, protect him, stay with him if he pushes a side lane, buy pink wards and lighten up the map around the areas where your team will be focusing on in the next 3 minutes.
Believe in yourself, never give up. Believe in teammates. Don't play support in lower elo like silver though, you'd be better off playing off-roles there.
I will be updating the matchups and creating a blitzcrank guide later so check it out.