“Recommended: Standard Runes & Teleport
Tips: He's very strong in extended 1v1s. You can prevent his Passive stacks by blocking AAs with W. Work on dodging his Qs and/or passive shield them.”
“You can use minions to body block his (Q), along with his (W) as if he gets 3 stacks he can eat you. Just don't stand too close to your minions as the AoE is rather large when he spits the minion back out with his (W). Don't let him fully stack on you, because his (Q) will stun you at full stacks allowing him to eat you or catch you out in the middle of a gank or team fight. If you just so happen to have no minions around to block his (Q), you need to learn how to side step and predict or bait it out/run away and (Q) his attempts to stack and eat you. He is very tanky and normally goes with Wit's End to deal damage.
“48 Armor at Lv1? Q-Spam that has a weirdly large hitbox? Takes no Damage because Conqueror is Nerfed as hell? I wonder what the Problem is.
Don't bother fighting him early you will not win. Only Q-Poke Front Vitals.
He has a Supporting Ultimate so you start beating him once you Hit Level 6.
Parry the Q that will stun you when you're at full stack of his Passive OR his Devour.”
“TL;DR - CHEESE MATCHUP. JUST DON’T GET CHEESED AND YOU SHOULD BE GOOD TO GO. DODGE HIS Q. POKE HIM DOWN WITH Q FROM BEHIND YOUR MINIONS SO HE CAN’T FIGHT BACK. CONQUEROR IS VERY GOOD INTO HIM. CLEAVER IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING. KITE KITE KITE! DON’T EVER FIGHT HIM STRAIGHT UP AND TRADE AAS WITH HIM. HE CAN KEEP YOU STUNLOCKED UNTIL HE END OF TIME. MERC BOOTS WORK INTO HIM.
Tahm Kench top is a rare pick nowadays but when he was meta, he used to be a crazy strong pick. He is annoying because you have to destroy his health bar twice. But on the bright side, if he loses lane to you you can just dumpster him over and over again. The trick is to be careful when he just walks at you. Don’t get his by his Tongue, as the slow can sometimes be a death sentence. Poke him down with your Q as much as possible while staying behind minions so he can’t retaliate. Don’t sit next to him and get into an AA match with him as he WILL win. If he gets too tanky to kill, Cleaver will be a good buy into him, ESPECIALLY with the removed true damage of Conqueror. On the bright side though, the Conqueror healing allows you to stay in fight longer vs him…until he buys Bramble Vest. You beat him Level 6 with your ultimate if you dodge his abilities. AND he is bad vs ganks.
“N/A atm, need to see more of this champ this season.”
“This guy needs more respect than expected. Be very vigilant of the stacks he has on you. I made this mistake and died in lane to him once. Lesson learned. If he has a stack on you, don't engage. Break the fight as soon as you get your damage. He WILL win extended trades with you early on.
Your Empowered W breaks his shield so keep that in mind, especially when going for a killing fight. He will most certainly try to hold onto it so only use W when it can kill him or he used his shield.”
“Due to the nerfs in patch 9.14 for Tahm Kench, he is no longer a great top laner and is much easier to deal with. He is extremely susceptible to ganks. Freeze under your tower, let him push up and ask for a gank. He will be very easy to kill with your jungler. You can max any ability here. I prefer to go comet and max E here to poke him down and help setup for ganks. You will also be rushing Abyssal Mask which will not only make you tankier and have more sustain against the Kench but it will increase the magic damage he takes.”
“Literally all you need to know is that if Tahm Q slows you, AA-E-AA to proc phase rush. This means he cant walk up to hit you with W, ever.
Stand behind minions, and if he Q slows you, use phase rush to escape. He relies on this slow to use W on you, which is all of his damage.
If you go even in this lane then it is a win for you becasue Tahm relies on getting ahead to do anything in this matchup.”
“Kench is similar to Mundo in that you have to play around your minion wave to be able to deal with him. His Q does a lot of damage and the slow is obnoxious. Stand in or behind minions to avoid it and poke him occasionally. You probably won't be able to solokill him, but he's not difficult to gank.
You can't win the 1v1 just focus on surviving him and keeping him off your team. Sunfire and tenacity boots will be needed so you can move.”
“Avoid trading pre 6. Once you are 6, you have a little bit of kill pressure. ”