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Tahm Kench Statistics for l Mordekaiser l

Author's performance with Tahm Kench compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
6
Win %
40
Kills
2.9
Assists
9.8
Deaths
5.7
KA:D Ratio
2.2
Gold Earned
9.6K
Creep Score
68.0
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Reasoning behind summoning spells:







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Lets you avoid ganks, finish off enemies, and lets you flash Q to stun and follow up with W for a great way to catch out the enmy team. 


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Early game: Allows you to reset lane if you die, TP bot lane for sexy ganks

Mid game: Allows you to TP in for objectives

Late game: Allows you to push a lane while your team sits in another and TP in when you need to. Also allows you to TP in behind to eat the enemy back line (very devastating) and finally allows you to defend against splitpushers.

Once again, there is no better alternative. TP provides game changing possibilities.

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If you are support 

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
Passive
Q
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W
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E
3
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R
6
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An Acquired Taste
An Acquired Taste

Tahm Kench's basic attacks and damaging abilities apply An Acquired Taste to enemy champions, stacking up to 3 times. Against enemies with three stacks, Tahm Kench's Tongue Lash.png Tongue Lash and Devour.png Devour gain additional effects.

After 7 seconds, An Acquired Taste stacks decay once every 0.5 seconds.


This makes Tahm's abilities better when they have 3 stacks. in fights try to get 3 stacks so your Q can stun first allowing you to get an extra hit or two before using your W to devour. This will give you a bit more damage and could be the difference between winning and losing a fight. If the target is high priority such as an assasin you can auto Q auto and devour them.

Tongue Lash
RANGE: 800
 
COST: 50 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 6
Tongue Lash

ACTIVE: After a brief delay, Tahm Kench lashes his tongue in the target direction, dealing magic damage to the first enemy hit and Slow icon slowing them for 2 seconds.

  • MAGIC DAMAGE: 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+ 70% AP)
  • SLOW: 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70%

An Acquired Taste.png AN ACQUIRED TASTE: The target is also Stun icon stunned for 1.5 seconds.

Tahm Kench can activate Devour.png Devour during Tongue Lash to devour enemy minions or monsters from a distance.


Use this to CS minions you may miss as well as harass in lane. Also use this to stun enemies with 3 passive stacks at range. Also remember you can press W while using this skill to eat minions at range. It helps when you want to steal jungle camps or scuttle crabs from opponents (or allies trolololol) Remember this has a huge slow on it so you can use it to try to escape fights as well. I max this second because it offers more than maxing E second.

Devour
RANGE: 250
 
COST: 90 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10
Devour

ACTIVE: Tahm Kench swallows the target enemy minion, monster, or allied champion, making them untargetable and unable to take any actions for a short duration.

  • DURATION: 4 / 4.5 / 5 / 5.5 / 6

An Acquired Taste.png AN ACQUIRED TASTE: The target can be swallowed for half the duration, Suppression icon suppressing them, removing their shared vision and reducing their Sight icon sightradius to only their immediate surroundings.

  • REDUCED DURATION: 2 / 2.25 / 2.5 / 2.75 / 3

While Tahm Kench has an ally in his belly, he gains bonus movement speed, which doubles when moving toward an enemy champion. Tahm Kench is Slow icon slowed by 95% while he has an enemy champion in his belly.

「 MOVEMENT SPEED: 15 / 17.5 / 20 / 22.5 / 25% 」

After a brief delay, Tahm Kench gains the ability to cast Regurgitate while his belly is full. Allied champions can exit at will.

I max this second because it helps with wave clear in lane when devouring minions and shooting them.

This skill is pretty tricky to use so I will divide this into 2 parts:

Scenarios to use on Enemies:
1. If they have 3 stacks and you want to deal damage to them fast you want to devour and then spit them out fast.
2. If they are near your tower Devour and run into your tower so they will take tower shots
3. If you are in a teamfight and the target is high priority you can devour them and keep them in your belly for as long as possible ( you can still use your auto attacks and your Q while enemies are in your belly)

Scenarios to use on allies:
When you need to run away (W gives you a 25% movespeed bonus with an ally in your mouth)
When you want to run at them (W gives a 50% movespeed bonus running at enemies with ally in belly)
When they are going to get destroyed EX: Zed Ults your ADC or a warwick ults your AP carry. You can use your W to save them.
When you are about to win the game: you can W your ally and throw them into the enemy fountain causing them to die. FUN FUN FUN

Thick Skin
COST: 50 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12
Thick Skin

PASSIVE: Tahm Kench stores all damage he takes as Grey Health on his health bar.

While Thick Skin is not on cooldown, and after taking no damage for 2.5 seconds,Tahm Kench rapidly heals for a portion of his Grey Health over time, consuming it in the process.

  • TOTAL HEALTH RESTORED: 20 / 26 / 32 / 38 / 44% of Grey Health

ACTIVE: Tahm Kench converts his current Grey Health into a shield which slowly decays over 6 seconds.

Use this when you are about to die. Not much to say about this skill. Don't use it too early and don't use it too late!

You can also use this in lane when taking harass against champions with long cooldowns like garen or renekton or Jarvan since they will be unable to deal damage to you until their skills are up again.

I max this last because it only decreases cooldown with rank.

Abyssal Voyage
RANGE: 4000 / 5000 / 6000
 
COST: 100 MANA
 
COOLDOWN: 120 / 110 / 100
Abyssal Voyage

PASSIVE: Tahm Kench's basic attacks and damaging abilities deal bonus magic damage.

  • BONUS MAGIC DAMAGE: 20 (+ 4 / 6 / 8% bonus health)

ACTIVE: Tahm Kench channels for up to 15 seconds, highlighting the path to his intended destination to allies while opening his maw to offer up to one allied champion the chance to come with him. Once an ally has climbed in or if Tahm Kenchdecides to go solo by Abyssal Voyage2 reactivating Abyssal Voyage, he begins a 1-second channel which, upon completion, blinks him and his ally to the target location, arriving after a 0.5-second delay.

Taking damage interrupts Abyssal Voyage, putting it on a 10-second reduced cooldown. Abyssal Voyage cannot be activated while Devour.png his belly is full.



Hard skill to use in solo Queue if you want someone to follow you. Works better in 5s. But in solo Queue I mostly use this to gank mid lane by ulting under the enemy turret and diving them with my mid laner. With your E it makes it really easy to towerdive. You can also use this in teamfights to go behind the enmy and disrupt their backline. If you want to set up a gank with your jungler you should tell them in the chat rather than pinging so they know what is going on. If I have Teleport up I also like to back, gank bot with my ult, then teleport back up top lane.


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

    I like to get this vs all AD matchups because you can burn them while you eat them. Also helps with waveclear.
    Nice item to get second. YOu get super tanky and it gives CDR now.
    Get this vs AP matchups. Has good Synergy with your E.
    Get this vs if you need more CDR and against AD champions.
    I get mercury treads most of the time since you need to get close range to deal damage. Tabi is nice if mostly AD champs.
    Possible Build Vs AD Team
    Possible Build Vs AP Heavy Team
    Possible Build Vs Balanced Team
    Everyone loves vision
    My Jungle item path CInderhulk > boots > warmogs > titanic then it all depends

Situational Items

    Get this if your support will not. It helps your team a lot. I like banner for the pushing power
    If your team needs more engage
    I really only buy this Elixer.
    Really strong item on tahm. It gives an auto attack reset to help get 3 stacks on passive. Great damage because you are a auto attacking tank.
    If your team needs more Magic pen

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gnar
    Hard
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Riven
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Hard
  • Tryndamere
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Hard

VS

Aatrox

Easy

This was an easy matchup for me. Start flask 3 pots. Start W first and try to farm until 6. At level 6 you can win every fight. Go sunfire cape first. He is an auto attack based champion so it is really easy to get 3 stacks on him. At 3 stacks stun him with Q, auto attack, then W him and drag him back to your side of the lane. Repeat until he is dead (twice)

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

VS

Darius

Hard

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Easy matchup because mundo scales off HP and you deal % HP. I got sunfire cape first for the waveclear. Going to be a farm fest until level 6 because he will just sit back and farm with Q. If he tries to farm with auto attacks you can out trade him as long as you get 3 stacks and W him. Dont go too deep because he will just Q you to death. At level 6 you can zone him from farm and you can deny him farm by blocking his Q.

VS

Fiora

Hard

Fiora deals True damage and it is %HP. Really hard to get stacks because she is fast and she can block your W with her W. I would avoid picking tahm in this matchup. Best you can do is farm safe and ask for jungler help because you can lock her down while the jungler kills her. Look to roam mid or bot with your ult then TP back top when both are up. 

VS

Gangplank

Easy

VS

Garen

Easy

VS

Gnar

Hard

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

VS

Irelia

Medium

VS

Jax

Medium

VS

Jayce

Medium

VS

Kennen

Hard

VS

Lissandra

Hard

VS

Malphite

Easy

VS

Maokai

Medium

VS

Pantheon

Medium

VS

Renekton

Medium

VS

Riven

Easy

VS

Ryze

Hard

VS

Singed

Medium

VS

Trundle

Hard

VS

Tryndamere

Hard

VS

Vladimir

Hard

How do I play top Tahm? Back to Top

Early Game:


Pre 6 Tahm is pretty weak. He has high Mana cost on his W and he has no wave clear or safe Harass. Pre 6 you will mostly want to farm and try to not get pushed constantly under tower. Your biggest weakness at this stage is being pushed under tower because you will not be able to farm well there with low AD and high mana costs. If your opponent tries to harass you while close to your tower try to get 3 stacks, devour, walk to your tower, spit them out under tower and attempt to kill them if possible. The only real strength you have pre 6 is your 200 attack rage which is huge for a Melee Champion.


Post 6 you are really strong. you no longer have issues farming under tower. Your skills hurt a lot more as well as your basic attacks. Go for kills now, just be aware of where the enemy jungler is. Also you can look to roam and ult the enemy mid laner if they have no escape. I like to ult right under the mid laner's tower so they have no chance to run away. the Tankyness from your E makes you really good at tower diving. 


You can also push up your lane, back, roam bot lane and use your Ult to gank bot lane then TP back top.


Mid Game:


Mid game Tahm is his strongest. He has really high damage right now and really good chase potential making it easy to win dragon fights.
Use your ult to catch out unsuspecting people and make sure to block off escape routes with your ult. When using your W you want to most of the time Keep them in your belly as long as possible because you can still use auto attacks and your Q with them in your belly. This keeps them out of the fight making it essentially 4v5 for that time.
You want to use W on your Allies if they are about to blow up from a mage, or they like get ulted by warwick or something. Or if you want to hard engage eat an ally and run at the enemy team with the speed boost.
You also want to mostly group as Tahm. You have good 1v1 capabilities but you are more useful in a teamfight.

Late Game:


Late Game tahm is a bit weaker due to needing to get 3 stacks on someone to be able to do anything. You won't be able to burst people down as fast. Now you need to think hard about useing your W on enemies or allies. Check to see who is fed. If your ADC is fed consider peeling for them. If only one person on the enemy team is fed consider trying your best to devour them. Use your ult to block escape routes after fights are ending to pick people off. 

It is very hard to write about a late game for a champion because every game is different. Use your judgement to come out on top!

Tips and Tricks Back to Top

You can Use your W in lane to pull people underneath your tower and force them to take tower shots. This can net you kills.

Auto Q Auto is the fastest way to devour someone. With Titanic Hydra you can also Auto Hydra Auto then use Q for a stun then use W to devour.


If the enemy is close that you want to devour try autoing 3 times and Q for the stun and auto one 


or two times before using devour. It gives you a small amount of extra damage and may win you the fight.


If your ally is getting warwick, malzahar, or is about to be wombocomboed from a stun use your W to save them. Your ally will love you for it. 


You can eat minions from a distance by pressing W after Q. You can steal buff camps and scuttle crabs with this tactic.

If you are against a ranged champion take E level 1 to mitigate the harass you will take.


You can take scuttle crab REALLY fast thanks to your W



Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros:
Top Tier Tank
Good Initiation
Decent CC
Decent Damage
Really strong when ahead can lane bully
Long range ult
can save bad teammates with W
Has a suppress

Cons:
Melee
No Mobility
Needs 3 Passive stacks to do anything
Weak Pre 6
Low Damage compared to other top laners
Weak against ranged champions

 

About the Author Back to Top

Hello friends! My name is Andrew. I am a third year at the University of Cincinnati studying Industrial Management. I am a student athlete and I play for the school's League of Legends team. Currently, I am sitting at Master tier. My favorite champions are Tryndamere, Sion, Mordekaiser, and Tahm Kench. 


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 


Check out my  Sion guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/322851 
Check out my Mordekaiser guide at: http://www.lolking.net/guides/381186


I really like Tahm Kench and have been playing him nonstop since I first Tried him top lane. I am currently playing him on my smurf in Diamond V Elo and here are my recent results. I hope you enjoy my guide as I will be constantly updating it!



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My Stream Follow Me To Learn To Be A Better Tahm Back to Top

The best way to improve is to watch high level streams of people who main the champion you want to play. The reasoning is because you can learn every matchup and learn build paths against certain matchups that may not be in guides. I watched Boxerpete and fwii and played 100s of games of Tryndamere before I could play him at a diamond level. 


I am by no means the best but I am diamond and Season 5 I peaked at Diamond II 97LP. 
I mostly play Sion, Tryndamere, and Tahm at the moment so if you want to see those follow my stream!


My streams link is: http://www.twitch.tv/tastypotatox 


I don't have a set time that I stream because I am a college student. 
Also there is a donation button if you are feeling generous :3


Thank you again everyone for reading :D

Changelog Back to Top

9/15/2015 - Guide Created. Need to add Matchups and How to play him top lane as well as other roles. Will Finish soon.


9/16/2015 - Updated how to play top tahm section and tips and tricks. Need to get more data on champion matchups as well as more tips tricks and infor for the game.

9-29-2015 added rest of matchup I have played. Will detail them soon. Its always the ResidentSleeper part of writing a guide.

6-29-2016 - Updated for 6.13 TAHM BUFFS YAY

8-23-2016 - Edited runes, items, summoners, and some of the skill descriptions
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