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Tahm Kench Statistics for Capt Calamari

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

Value
Average
Games Played
2
6
Win %
0
40
Kills
6.0
2.8
Assists
15.5
10.1
Deaths
7.5
5.8
KA:D Ratio
2.9
2.2
Gold Earned
13.2K
9.7K
Creep Score
43.5
69.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

The better choice would always be the exhaust-flash but sometimes when you're facing someone like 16.png the ignite can really come in hand

New Runes Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
2
4
5
7
9
W
1
8
10
12
13
E
3
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Never change this, unless you want to play aggressive so you can start with Q instead of W, but i always prefer to play safe 


when playing jungler always start with W for swallow the monster

Passive (an acquired taste): this passive will apply a stack of acquired taste on every skill or aa you'll land, at 3 stack your Q and W will be buffed against that target, if not renewed, the stack will expire in few seconds


Q (tongue lash): this is your main harrass tool, it provide a good damage plus a huge slow, has a fast cd and when it'll hit a target with 3 stack will even stun him instead of slow. Max this first ALWAYS


W (devour): well. This is the reason to play 223.png. It's a crazy funny skill and it provides a fantatic save tool or peel, the way you'll make use of this skill will determinate your skill as a 223.png player. N.B: tell your adc that if you swallow them and they press on the mouse THEY'LL SPIT THEMSELVES OUT, and it can result in a death



E (thick skin):this great skill provide a fantastic heal if you won't die. So be brave and try to never press the E button unless you're sure to die, cause this great skill will in poor words reduce all the damage you've received of a consistent 44% (powered up by the visage)


R (Abyssal voyage): This is the main source of damage of tahm, it gives you a HUGE buff to ALL your damage, aa included, and this is the reason tahm can reck almost everyone alone and being tanky at the same time. Of course this skill is your main tool for pro plays, and fast return to the lane, just remember to always ping or write in chat when you're going to use it and WHERE are you going, no one likes to be teleported into the enemy fountain ( :P happened)


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Best start.
    start like this only if they've a jungler like warwick
    standard start

Core Items

    Core in every game. The boots provide the extra speed you need for do your job, Buy always first the sight stone, and switch your trinket to the red one
    choose one of these. I usually prefer the blue one because tahm has no problem in clear jungle campes, but you can choose. ALWAYS take the cinderhulk

Situational Items

    This is one of my favorite items on tahm, i usually get this first if they've 2 or more AP or if their AP is someone with Aoe damage like orianna
    Fantastic. The job of tham is to stay in the center of the team fight (or peel) and this item provide a huge debuff to the enemy attack speed and of course great stats too
    a great item on tahm, never take banshee. This item buff his damage and of course make his E almost a full heal every time, get this third of fourth
    best combo damage/tankiness for tahm, i always tend to build this as third if they've a lot of burst or mixed damage or fifth in other case. I rush this item after titanic hydra when playing jungler
    after your complete jungler item and shoes this is what you MUST rush, when playing jungler, always start with the giant belt.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Easy
  • Braum
    Medium
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Leona
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Hard
  • Nami
    Easy
  • Sona
    Medium
  • Soraka
    Hard
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Taric
    Easy
  • Thresh
    Easy
  • Zilean
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Alistar

Medium

6/10


this lane can be either REALLY easy or a real pain. The problem is that if you swallow your adc 12.png can flash Q and then headbutt both of you at the same time, just care about this and it'll be easy

VS

Annie

Medium
6.5/10
skill matchup, you must protect your adc and be ready to eat him if stunned, but be aware because annie is REALLY bursty, you must be faster.

VS

Bard

Easy

3/10


No one will die. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING

VS

Blitzcrank

Easy
3/10
just don't be pulled and all will be okay, easy save for your adc with your W

VS

Braum

Medium
3/10
Nothing special, no one will die, you can see when braum is going to stun your adc so just eat him  ;)

VS

Janna

Easy
0/10
Really passive lane, almost impossible to eat someone of the enemies because of the janna's peel, farm. That's it

VS

Karma

Medium

7/10


Well this can be really annoying, unlike 1.png , 43.png can poke relentless, and her poke HURT, you won't be in trouble thanks to your E but your adc will be poked down as hell, and tahm can save 1, 2 , 3 times but if your adc is always low life it could be a problem. Focus on farm, try to block some Q and wait for the jungler

VS

Leona

Easy

3/10


easy, just eat your adc when leona engage 

VS

Lulu

Easy

4/10


she can poke a bit, but with a bit of positioning of your adc is nothing to be worried about, avoid go for her because of the Q, her slow is huge

VS

Morgana

Hard

8/10


many times i had to face a morgana with tahm because her E won't let you swallow enemies. The best thing to do is just bait the shield and go for the other one, or better: wait for your jungler.
To be honest with the practice i managed to get rid of this lane easily, so it's a 8/10 only if you're a newbie with tahm, practice will help you a lot 

VS

Nami

Easy
3/10
Bubble? LOL you W 
bye

VS

Sona

Medium

6 or 6.5/10


Just like Karma the problem here is the harrass, tahm struggle to deal with continuous poke so just play safe and wait for your jungler

VS

Soraka

Hard

999/10


i fucking hate this lane, it's IMPOSSIBLE to kill the adc, so if you want to engage, engage soraka (unless you've ignite). It's hard only because is annoying as hell, no one will die

VS

Tahm Kench

Easy

EATCEPTION


well, follow this guide and you'll be ahead 

VS

Taric

Easy

he throw stunning gems? you eat!

he thinks you're ezreal? YOU RUN

VS

Thresh

Easy

4/10


a bit more difficult than leona because of the AOE slow of E and the ultimate, but the plan is always the same: he grab? you eat

VS

Zilean

Medium

4.5 or 6/10


this can result in a bad lane if zilean is good: a fast double bomb on your adc's head can really hurt, and you'll be able to only negate one (if you eat in time), so just hope that your adc know how to press the right mouse button for dodge

VS

Zyra

Medium

4.5 or 6


just be aware of the plants and DO NOT try to destroy them, they hurt with sustained damage. If your adc know how to dodge it will all be ok, if your adc is a monkey (as always) eat him predicting the 143.png's E (they'll even flame at you, just mute them)

Introduction Back to Top

Hi everyone!

This is my first guide so please excuse me if i'm not that good (even my english isn't that perfect)

223.png is a champ i fell in love with since his release, i just love his playstyle and his unique kit. I hate rankeds because they're too stressfull (started to play them 1 week ago and made 9/10 victories only with tahm and leona) but i played him A LOT in normal and team ranked.
His unique kit allow him to be REALLY tanky and at the same time a treat for the enemy carry with his completely unexpected damage. People tend to underestimate you and they'll realize to be dead just too late

So let's get started!

N.B: i'll keep updating this guide with matchups and other things, so if you think something is missing make sure to tell me

Playstyle: Early Back to Top

This is really important:

you CAN'T go aggressive with 223.png early! don't even try it! in the first level (1-6) tahm lack of damage wich is provided by the ult and is easily harrassed and over traded by most of the bot lanes. In the early just focus on your adc's farm and to keep him alive. Stay behind him, hit some Q on the enemy adc and ward where needed, this isn't your time to shine, just do what you're created for: protect

Playstyle: Mid game Back to Top

From lv 6 to 13 tahm will start to shine, and it's now that you've to make plays: at level 6 you can coordinate with your jungler for return with the ult behind the enemy bot with your adc while your jungler flank them. You can even go back alone and return behind them with your jungle! Coordination is everything with tahm.

Another good thing to do is gank mid with your adc, don't be afraid of take a kill on a enemy midlaner that's pushing

Now there will be some team fight, and your job could be to:

- create an engage by eating someone like 113.png or 32.png or 150.png (in mega form please) and spit them right in the center of the enemy team (don't be afraid to flash)

-Eat the main target of their team like an adc or apc, trust me when i say that your W reck EVERYONE, it deals % damage, and will even completely negate the treat of an enemy for some precious seconds.

- peel for your adc by swallowing him or the enemy, this is kinda the most influent choice: which one i've to eat? my adc or the enemy? well the answear only depend on the case: if the enemy is a squishy one you can consider to eat him, go a bit far, spit him and immediatly Q, so that your adc had the time to escape or refresh cd, in the other case eat your adc is the safer option, but not that reward

Playstyle: Late game Back to Top

Kinda the same for the team fight section in the mid game.

Now you're tanky as hell, just let them know you're there to eat!

Me Back to Top

Fell free to contact me for ask something or even play together, i'll be happy to do so :)

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