Tahm KenchThe River King | Ranked #47 out of 82 in Top
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Top Lane (94%)
Tahm Kench Top Lane Counters: 28,83916,0418,8443,42544782 matches, 55 counter champions
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Tips Against Tahm Kench in Top Lane Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors
Cryniu says “Trata de evitar o amortiguar el daño de su Q.
Intercambios cortos, prioriza atravesarlo con la Q porque él acumula mucha vida.
Te sugiero la tenacidad en las botas de mercurio.
Es complicado matarlo, pero en los primeros niveles sueles hacer más daño.”
Biotic says “Together with Braum very insane matchups. You can abuse him and immobalize him so his W isuseless. Be carefull if he gets meele and builds up stacks. Just cc him and go on distance again. You can roam in lane, he cant really punish your adc. If you gank make sure to focus Tahm.”
Kocykek says “Tahm Kench is a walking immortal champion. Early on you can't fight him, he kills you. After you'll poke him a lot he can still kill you on low hp. You have to get Divine first so try to survive to this point.”
GG Cannon says “Your spiderlings can constantly block his Q and escaping his knock up in spider form isn't too awfully hard. The annoying part is his barrier and health regen, making him very hard to actually kill.”
Setting0988 says “TAHM KENCH TAKES NO DAMAGE BY THE WAY IT MAKES NO SENSE HOW MUCH DAMAGE HE DOES LIKE WITH 3 AUTOS AND A Q ALL OF MY HP IS GONE LEVEL 3 LIKE IM PLAYING SETT THAT SHOULDNT HAPPEN WHY DOES THAT HAPPEN? RIOT FIX YOUR GAME”
magician4444 says “Stand behind minions. Don't eat free Q's. Try your best to juke his Q's when you're out in the open. He can easily get onto you with his W. Kiting him and dodging most of his Q's will result in an easy matchup but he still has the potential to mess you up if you're not careful. ”
Rodos says “Tahm is an other Even enemy in your lane. As i said to the 2 other champions above its how will you both of you play in the game. I will give you a personal eample of mine to declare you what i mean. In these 4,5 years i main illaoi i have played with lots of tahm mains. From some of them i have lost like i was playing the game for the 1st time and i have beat others with 10 kill diff. But still tahm is an annoying enemy to play against. ”
Your Desired Username says “Very similar to Mundo, just chill behind minions and there isn't really much he can do. If he farms in melee range spam poke him with q and e as he simply cannot retaliate. The only point in the game where you actually have to be careful is when it's early into the game and the wave is on his side. One single misstep can mean certain death here so watch out and make sure you're capable of fighting him when you're this far extended, otherwise he can simply perma slow you and kill you. This is also the reason why ignite is a must in this lane, as it just fixes this problem. Post-6 just avoid taking quick trades and always extend into an all-in. You beat him if you don't miss too many Q's with ult ignite. You outscale him super hard but only ult this guy if there's no better option in teamfights as he's just way too hard to kill within 7 seconds.”
boboderaffe says “Stay out of his way during laning phase. If he dives interrupt it with your E.
He can either eat you OR one of his teammates during a teamfight. If he chooses to eat you during your ult, you will lose a lot of damage. If he eats one of his allies, wait for him to cast his dive and interrupt it with your E.
You can also cast your W in the direction he is probably going to spit out his teammate or cast it on where he comes up again, should he have the chance to dive away.
Don’t get eaten. ”
BreadedBreadCrum says “Kench Bench is an annoying tank to deal with. High sustain with his black health and deals high damage with R and Q. Stuns like you too. Take Grasp or Lethal Tempo. Block his Q with your E, as you can't block anything else really. Go Divine or BoRK.”
Rayli36 says “Only disgusting players have fun while playing this abomination.But your champ is pretty good against him.Stay behind your minions and when he gets too close you can engage him with Q-E.When you're low on hp try to use your Passive+potions or go to base.
Take MR in defensive runes.”
AlexFL7000 says “Tahm Kench's rework has made him extremely strong in top-lane. He is always extremely tanky, and will cc you until you die. Try to play safe against him, you can maybe kill him level 3 when you have your W due to your extra move speed, but you would need to dodge his Q's and his W's very well. Recommended Items: Shadowflame, Void Staff
Princeps says “This matchup is literally impossible. Only way you can win is if you solo kill him level 1-3. Once he gets his bramble or 2 Ruby crystal it's unwinnable. Ask your jungle to gank early since Tahm is easily gankable. ”
LunaticDancer says “Almost Tiny, he's seriously weak, which is great. Gambler viable, D Shield. He's only dangerous if you're left with him alone, with no minions to shield you from him, so avoid that at all cost. He's a tank and you melt tanks. You can interrupt his W teleportation with your wall by bumping him mid-cast with the collision. If he's caught by you, he's gonna take a massive hit.”
COJA says “Difficult to kill, but think of it in a good way. As long as you are constantly hitting him, he will heal you. His waveclear is bad so you can freeze on him and force him to walk up. Do not engage in an autoattack contest with him. You will lose. His shield can also block your Q damage very easily, so be careful while all-inning him.”
Turkthunder says “Tahm Kench as he is towards other champions is simply difficult to deal with especially in high ELO but I believe if you know how to properly avoid his semi OP abilities you will be fine or at least I believe so.”
Eduardocwalle says “Lane phase bully, builds full tank and shreds ur HP bar, good job Rito, good job. Later u will outscale him but the healing and shields are still there, Just be carefull and try to survive lane, play with the wave so he can´t poke u for free with his Q.”
Adventfaith says “In lane, this is a wet noodle fight. You guys won't be able to kill each other. Late game depends on the impact you provide to your team. Avoid taking his Q's if possible and walk towards him when he dives to dodge.”
MCSwavest says “This stupid elo boosting piece of shit champion will be near impossible to kill even before he's backed. You aren't building kraken so good luck doing damage. Your best bet here is to outsustain him and run as soon as you smell danger. ”
Black Demon Ezel says “The River King is rude as ever with the seemingly endless CC he has. Avoid him as much as possible and try to predict where his nasty, froggy, tongue will lash out before you get hit by it”
I Am Goliath says “Quick Tips
#1 You win levels 1-2, levels 3-9 you're just scaling and surviving
#2 I like conqueror (optional) since I play more for the level 9.
#3 Fight in minion waves so he can't Q you
#4 You can buffer his Q and W, you CANNOT buffer his ultimate so E away before he gets 3 stacks if you think he is going to ult you.
#5 Phage and boots is what I try to get ASAP to be safe in this lane, cull if I early back before phage. I like hullbreaker in this matchup for the mixed resists.
Sandor Clegane98 says “Pretty tanky from that thickerino thingy,although you flat out win in every scenario vs him in the early levels provided you dont he spat out in the tower range.
Dshield or Dblade.”
StreamSn1per101 says “this guy is just annoying, he will tank your full combo even with the new build and proceed to one shot you as a hypertank, if you have to go agsint this guy use the grasp build and play safe and wait for ganks”
MrZoltannn says “Tahm Kench is an easy matchup, as mini gnar you can easly dodge his Q and prow W on him, if he wants to go all-in at lvl 3 you can easly turn the battle, you just need to dodge his W knockup. lvl 6 all in is risky.”
Anoying bro5 says “Don't fight him early game. This is not an enjoyable lane. Dodge his Q. Look to parry the final passive Q or W that he uses. This can be tricky but its the only real use of you parry in this lane. You win once you hit 6 and have tiamat. DO NOT DIE PRE 6. ”
Stinkee says “Tahm has been a threat in the top lane a few times but currently he is not great and easy 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. He does mostly magic damage so you can consider buying Mercury Treads and other magic resist items.”
Sovereign Kitten says “Finally the Kench has been Benched slightly making him more of a support champion again more than a dominating Top laner. He can still easily run you down or surprise you with his (W) from bushes or while you're near his tower to get behind you and potentially knock you up. Once you get slowed by Tahm there really isn't any escape especially later on when he has acquired Frostfire Gauntlet. He should be easier to deal with, but still it would serve you well to play a more mobile approach with a max E and W, and purchasing Swifties to avoid being run down. He is tanky, has a massive shield and slows / sustain. ”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(R) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q). (Recommended Items: Demonic Embrace, Mercury's Treads) (Outscaling Edge: Singed) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Tahm Kench) (Mega Adhesive prevents and stops from Abyssal Dive(W) being cast) (Auto attack stops Abyssal Voyage before casting animation)”
LiL Bunnie FuFuu says “Complete hell to lane against after lvl 2-3. His W completely mitigates Thresh range advantage by allowing him to jump on you at any time and force a bad trade. Does good magic damage making the soul scaling useless. In lane you will be forced to sit under tower and wait for jungler to try and kill the frog. The upsides are that he does not push very well and can be locked down in teamfights. Q and E will both cancel his W. He falls off very hard.”
quinn adc says “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.”
Amphawn says “Make sure not to get poked down by his Q, and don't get hit by his W. Fairly easy lane although he will probably win an early all in. He has a stupid amount of tankiness, so just try to poke him out of lane once you hit 6. May want to build GW.”
At_Tar_Ras says “dodge lol. disgusting pick. i haven't played enough to truly tell you what to do in this guide except to dodge so i'm sorry abt that. rule #1 against these cheese picks is to never die to them, no matter what. tahm isn't as impactful as you outside of lane as you can blitz to his squishies whilst he just gets popped by anyone in your team that has an LDR at hand. *reminder: tell your moron ADC to build LDR if there's a tahm.”
slogdog says “Tahm Kench has mobility with W now, able to jump out of your cage. He's also incredibly tanky and does a lot of damage. His combo of Q and W is also undodgable, so try to dodge as many Q's as possible. Thankfully, Yorick can W him while his channeling W, so try to that as much as possible, although it is hard as you can't see him when he jumps into the ground.”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(R) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q). (Recommended Items: Mercury's Treads) (Outscaling Edge: Dr.Mundo) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Tahm Kench) ”
Raen says “Tough opponent, he will outdamage you at early. After 1/2 items you should win skirmishes. He will stack a lot of hp so Botrk against him will be good choice. Don't let him to make 3 stack at you cuz Devour deals huge dmg.”
SaltCat says “I rarely see that frog anymore, but when i do i am not happy, level 1 play passive, level 2 also , level 3 with stacked passive you can kill him, just be carefull of his stacks, you can just go for a trade and when he is close to full stacks just Q away”
LoLReal says “Fairly easy tank match up. This champ is strongish now and he's seeing a lot more play, but Darius is a solid counter to him.
Stand in minions to avoid his Q and out trade him. He will have a lot of difficulty getting his 3 stack stun off in his favor because we will just 5 stack passive him and kill him.”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(R) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q).(Recommended Items: Mercury's Treads) (Outscaling Edge: Trundle) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Tahm Kench) ”
A_Drunk_Carry says “Pretty much a wet noodle lane. Tahm won't die, you won't die. Dog and frog hanging out on a log. Just stack up. And get executioners early, to lower his healing off consuming his shield. Beware 2v1 jungler ganks since Tahm's teleport ult is now one of his basic abilities”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(R) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q).(Recommended Items: Abyssal Mask, Glacial Shroud) (Outscaling Edge: Malphite) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Even) ”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(W) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q). (Recommended Items: Blade of the Ruined King, Mercury's Treads) (Outscaling Edge: Warwick) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Even) (Primal Howl and Infinite Duress prevents and stops from Abyssal Dive(W) being cast) (Auto attack stops Abyssal Voyage before casting animation)”
Kacto15 says “No lo dejes que llegue a las 3 cargas de la pasiva, o te hará mucho daño, hacer trades cortos con el, disengage antes de sus 3 cargas, powerfarmear y ofrecer mas rendimiento en teamfights, ese campeón solo sirve en la fase de líneas, puedes ir sion LETALIDAD O TANQUE”
Phrxshn says “Prevent yourself from getting 3 stacks of An Acquired Taste or his Tongue Lash(Q) and Devour(R) will gain enhanced effects. Avoid making long trades with Tahm Kench. Stop trading with Tahm Kench if he activates Thick Skin(E). Dodge his Tongue Lash (Q).(Recommended Items: Mercury's Treads) (Outscaling Edge: Even) (Sustained 1v1 Trades: Tahm Kench) ”
montybucket says “After his rework, tahm kench has become yet another problem to deal with. This is a skill based match up. I'd suggest legend; tenacity along with merc treads. He has a lot of CC and a surprising amount of damage for a tank, but he can't deal with your own healing and ultimate, make sure his ult is down before you use yours. The best way to win lane is to try and get 6 first then all in. NEVER TOWERDIVE A TAHM KENCH. ”
LilPaniniUwU says “Los cambios en Tahm lo han convertido en un campeón relativamente molesto con el que lidiar en el carril superior. Él puede fácilmente atropellarlo o sorprenderlo con su (W) de los arbustos o mientras está cerca de su torre para ponerse detrás de usted y potencialmente golpearlo. Una vez que Tahm te frena, realmente no hay escapatoria, especialmente más adelante cuando haya adquirido Frostfire Gauntlet. Te será de gran utilidad jugar con un enfoque más móvil con un máximo de E y W, y comprar Swifties para evitar que te agoten. Es tanque, tiene un escudo masivo y ralentiza / sostiene. Hasta que sea nerfeado, sería prudente bloquearlo como objetivo. No hay mucho que puedas hacer más allá del nivel 6 solo con él.
Et Lutum says “Annoying match up because since you are not running flash, he can set up really good ganks against you with his slow if you don't have passive up which will be often due to the cool down on his q. The laning is decent, although feels like you have less kill pressure.”
SilverAvalanche says “He is a tank but with very high kill pressure, especially post 6, so try and show waves in and roam before that. then you can freeze and farm up. Try and short trade with him and dodge his Q, you can also Q from behind your minions and hit him when he goes to CS, like Mundo.
Just be really careful of his W, so instead of running towards your tower, you should run down through river, so unless their jungler was pathing up to you then you should be good but to be honest I would run towards any champ that is not TK.”
pokeyminch5236 says “Tahm is a tank with huge damage output and CC potential, so it's best not to fight him. It's crucial to dodge his W so he doesn't get the mana and CD refund on it. Play safe, don't let him get close to you”
lucaazo says “He can jump whenever he wants and he can do a lot of cc, get a shield and do some dmg for longer fights. He can escape fights also so the best thing to do is to play safe. Roam other lanes. He wont do so much dmg to towers so you can roam and help your team.”
Drake6401 says “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.”
Rhoku says “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.
The Rock Titan says “"[Phase Rush, Doran's Shield, Q > W] - This lane is impossible to win and you can't win any trades
- Just farm as much as you can, and if he comes to trade, just phase rush away
- You can go greedy and take cd runes, conditioning / overgrowth for max value
- Roam a lot, look for ganks, you need to our KP him!"”
YasTilt says “His Passive is really annoying, You can try to take QSS against him. his Wave Clear is not the best and you can block his Q with your W. You can buy The Collector if you want to shred his Armor. He devours champions with R instead of W, after the rework. Try to dodge his W, because he can now airborne. He's a little bit weaker but still annoying so he keeps his place in Major Threats.”
FeedLaneGetCaryd says “(Conditioning+Magic Resist+DBlade) Tahm Kench can be beaten lvl 1-2, if you kite him, dodge Q's and land E. Get Executioner's. Stand behind minions, to avoid getting hit by Qs. Don't fight him at all solo before second item. If you get junglers help, save E to stop his W. If he W's into you - run, you can't beat him even in your minion wave. After you get Black Cleaver - he is a free kill.”
jmp_01_ says “Go Conqueror. This champion is overtuned at the moment. You can ban him if you feel like it. But after he buys Bramble Vest and Bami's you just lose every trade, it doesn't matter what you do.”
SqualoBaffo says “against Tahm Kench it is really difficult, a lot of sustain, and he can easily apply 3 stacks to us and then ult, almost unkillable.
I recommend banning it!
contro Tahm Kench è veramente difficile, tantissimo sustain, e ci puo' facilmente applicare 3 stack per poi ultarci, quasi inammazzabile.
consiglio di bannarlo!”
Melyn says “Poke him out and make sure he never gets in range to eat you (which leads to your death). The most important thing here is not blowing your whole combo on the enemy ADC when his devour is up.
Additionally, respect the level 6 gank assist that he brings with his ult. ”
Hecki says “Even though Tahm Kench was nerfed in the latest patches, he still is a threat if you don't space correctly or dodge his Q's. Most TK players will ignore you in the early levels so just try to hit every sweet spot of your Q. Usually you just poke him down until he has to go back since there is never a real window where you can finish him. So try to outfarm him and wait for your jungler to gank. Save up your Q to cancel his W when he tries to escape.”
IvernLover74856 says “Been seing this a lot recently since his rework. Sadge.
Your E+Ignite doesn't kill lvl1. You need at least 2 full E procs.
He will stack armour. Go DShield since he also does fat tongue damage.
When he walks in to lick you early, dodge it and punish him by full-proccing E.
In mid-late game, you will NEED armour pen to kill him.
Go Sunderer -> cleaver -> bork
He can eat you in your ult so you don't get the healing.
Prioritise stacks over CS - roam for far stacks. He'll let you do it. Similar to Galio.”
DemonicTrail says “Not a fun lane, but winnable, try not to get hit by his Q to stop him from healing, and stay away from his tower on reaching lvl 6, or he will just run you down, ult you and throw you under tower”
KoKoNwoo says “AVOID TONGUE DANGER DANGER DANGER. Can save e for when he tries to hope out with his w if you are getting a gank. 1v1s against this monster are very difficult to win. As long as you dodge most of his Qs through laning phase you should be able to survive. Look to take other fights against the enemy jungler or carries. ”
Unmasked Kayle says “[Dodge?] Kayle cannot do much against Tahm. He can kill you every time his dash is up, and his slow makes it impossible to run away from him once he hits you. He can just walk at you and zone you from exp range and you cannot do anything about that because he takes no damage from you.”
IAmStryker says “Starting items:
He will try to bush cheese you by going into a bush and then channeling his W to knock you up and out trait you. Try to dodge his Q as good as you can because it heals him.
You will need 2+ Items to ever fight a TK in the wild or he will just win lane.
Tank Shredder build will be very efficient against him if you didnt lose lane with in the first 3 minutes of the game.”
JaxIsAHobo says “With the recent changes to the frog, he's become an extremely obnoxious laner. You have to play practically perfectly into tahm, and avoid his tongue strikes. This is easily done by simply sitting in the middle of your own minions, or by side stepping his Q entirely if you feel comfortable with it. I put him at a 4 for now, in hopes of nerfs, but if he's here to stay as he is, I recommend just banning or dodging him entirely. Build sunderer and play to scale.”
MrShykun says “MATCHUP A RISQUE. NE PRENEZ PAS DE RISQUE INUTILE. ÉVITEZ SON Q. POKEZ-LE AVEC VOS Q DERRIÈRE VOS MINIONS POUR QU'IL NE PUISSE PAS RÉPONDRE. CONQUEROR EST TRÈS BON CONTRE LUI. NE LUI FAITE JAMAIS FACE IL VA FALLOI LE KITE ET JOUER AVEC LUI ET ESQUIVEZ SES Q. LES BOTTES DE MERCURES FONCTIONNE BIEN CONTRE LUI. Tahm kench top est rare de nos jours, mais quand il était méta, il était broken. Il est chiant car il possède un shield représentant ses pv il peut vous maintenir a son corp a corp et il fait des dégâts en pv max il vous détruit au corp a corp il va donc falloir jouer avec le conqueror et vos stacks. Mais le bon côté, s'il perd la lane vous pouvez simplement le chain kill encore et encore. Ne prenez pas le coup de langue, car le slow peut parfois amener votre mort. Touchez un maximum de Q derrière vos sbires pour qu'il ne puisse pas riposter. S'il devient trop tanky pour tuer, couperet noir sera un bon achat contre lui. Vous le battez au niveau 6 avec votre ultime si vous esquivez ses capacités. Tahm kench a également une mobilité inexistante en faisant de la viande de qualité pour votre jungle si il passe dans le coin car il n'aura aucun moyen de s'enfuir.”
SemPelo says “At least right now most champions cant quite fight tahm kench if he has a bit of bonus health from items,one of them is Pantheon.
He can destroy you if you get too close of his turret,he can slow you with his Q and ult you under tower.”
LilPaniniUwU says “take barrier/ignite. Honestly the lane isn't that bad but I put him as extreme because he will deny you kills all game. His ability to eat allies you sleep is definitely a hard coutner to your playstyle.
KillMeKillMe says “He's just as tanky as you, if not more so. he can deal good damage, he has shielding and sustain to deal with poke. He can use his ult to spit you into his turret and it deals percent health damage.
His Q slows you and heals him for percent missing health.
His W let's him dive to a location, avoid this. It's knock up, stun, deal damage, and refund some of his mana if it hits. He can't do anything for 0.65 seconds after diving though, so you have some time to get away or attack if you dodge it.
His E lets him get a huge shield or, if he hasn't taken damage for 4 seconds, possibly heal up to full. Keep hitting him when he's low.
He can also swallow an ally and give them a shield, but generally people use it on enemies.
I'm explaining the abilities because they're all very good and understanding how they work is very important against a good tahm kench.”
Bombabo says “Although he lost his devour on W, his knockup is very easy to hit on Urgot, and his Q healing makes him a tough guy to take down. Play very safe early game, even if it means giving up some farm. He will likely be VERY aggressive, because he can afford it”
Vandenelis says “he is probably the strongest 1v1 extended trade dueler in the early game. So just take short trades and kite him, if he is in your wave you can take the trade. He falls off hard In the late game team fights”
XtheZ115 says “Ah, my other main. Kench is one tough customer, but his weakness is Singed's main strength- being kited. However, if he does make you actually fight him-
When he eats you, your Q still deals damage while you are inside him. So long as he doesn't spit you out under his tower, you will be fine laning against him. Note that his sustain will make for an uneventful top lane if you lane against him, provided he tries to build against you. ”
Lupus_ToplaneMain says “After his rework, he is really powerfull and his passive isnt red anymore when its on 3 stacks. This makes it harder to see. His W knock-ups when u are in the circle, which makes it a good parry, but it can be a hard parry. Its a hard matchup and his ult (eating you) is VERY STRONG. disengage if you have maxed stacks of his passive on you.”
SettVEVO says “Be wary of his early levels as he does unexpected damage. He is a laning phase champion which means he is really good at laning, but falls off on teamfights, that is unless you feed him then he will be a terror for your teammates as well. I advise to play safe if you aren't confident against him. If he is low and hasn't popped his shield you can actually E stun into W to kill him before he can pop it, you can also ult right after W if he still survived it. Be mindful of his W it takes a long cast and is predictable, you can also cancel it with E and R if he is using it to run away. Always E stun before W so he doesn't shield your W damage. A good ult target as he will have some health in his items.”
Byku2506 says “It can be easy if you will dodge all his ranged attacks, and start fight with your Q, cause in the end of fight you can use 2nd time Q after few second. Slow push him and always try to catch him after if you only make 1st kill.”
qosmox says “Look to short trade often with either a couple of emp. Q's or just a single grasp auto. Try to do this while standing behind one of your minions to deny him from Q'ing you. If it ever seems like you will get 3 stacks onto you, taunt away before it happens. Only use your taunt aggressively if you have a big HP lead already and know he cant turn on you and kill you with 1 combo.”
CucumberSandwich says “The reworked fat frog stomps Amumu. He out damages you with his autos and Q, when you try to fight him. His new ult means your burst damage all but disappears. Just try to not fight him, and you will be far more useful than him in the late game and teamfights.”
Drygur says “Start a Doran's Shield, be careful with Tahm, go for short trades.
When he gets his stacks of Acquired Taste (P) built up he will more than likely win the the trade. Focus on farming and scaling into the mid to late game.”
calbino says “As a tank, Tahm Kench's dueling potential is wild. Of course, his teamfight isn't very good. That being said, don't underestimate him. His passive combined with grasp easily out trades your damage early, and he'll stack armor.”
RareParrot says “1 tongue and he slaps your ass with almost no potential to fight back if you dont want to die, now has a gap closer which doubles as a knock up just try to survive the lane and build boots.”
ForgottenProject says “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.”
SethPRG says “A bit stronger than previous Season because of buffed tank items, so it's very hard to win a 1v1 if he has hail of blades or ignite, just don't take any dumb early trades with him in lane and you'll be fine. Let him shove in on your tower, just make sure you can CS under your tower and dodge his Q poke or you won't have a good time. Goredrinker is your best mythic for this matchup as you'll want to use your ult to set up good engages. Divine Sunderer could be your alternative Mythic Item if he is armor stacking and the enemy team comp can easily dodge your ult engage. Past level 6 you should be able to fight him and win so long as you're not behind, just try to E cancel one of his AA to delay him voring you for as long as possible. If you let him shove then eat you, you can use your ult to throw him into your tower, but good players aren't stupid enough to do that, so it's best to save your R to dodge Tahm's Q stun. Just be careful of his roaming potential from his ult, and don't push too far in lane or when splitting with him absent or he might bring a friend to say hi to you. His utility in team fights is pretty terrible other than being able to become a meat shield and saving someone in his belly for a few seconds. He can also be used as a nuke for the enemy backline. He really doesn't have utility unless he gets three stacks from his passive, so if you engage on his team he has to respond and by then it will probably already be too late, your team will have secured the fight. Take Mercury Treads and eventually go Abyssal Mask.”
Kaizin says “I haven't had a lot of experience with this matchup, but I'd suggest building health as his Q base damage is very high, 280 at max points. Try to position behind your minions that way he can't hit you with his Q. You can short trade with Tahm Kench once you're level 3 but only short trade when you have your E up. Otherwise he'll definitely win the trade.”
shadowbloodedge says “It's Tahm Kench. His health gives him power, his CC is more ridiculous than yours, he can teleport people in and out of fights, and his shield is alot stronger than yours. Hes a menace to deal with especially since he scales health alot faster than you can.”
SirGRC says “Worth a Ban: Maybe
He falls off later in the game but do not underestimate his damage. Try to poke at him and not let him get his passive stacks up otherwise it will turn a fight easily. ”
Humitaxx says “Tahm Kench is one of those Tanky champions you cannot out tank, so going with the Tank build will not win you lane, since your true damage will not outdamage his hp, go with a regular build for longer, more damaging fights in your favor, if you do go tank, just wait for ganks, since he will always outtrade you with all of his slows and also by eating you, if he gets ahead, don't leave your tower unless you get a gank”
deathwalker7119 says “Don't even try to fight level 1, you will just lose (guaranteed). You need to parry his eat while dodging his lick so he can't stun you. Predict that once you hit 3 stacks, he will automatically try and eat you or stun you, just parry right when you hit 3 stacks. You need to take front facing vitals then run back into your wave so he cant poke you. Watch out for the big ass shield.”
Womsky says “Scaling runes, ignite and doran's sheild, oh well! He was a juggernut and a states ball before they decided to kill his ass, used to be a nightmare matchup, but now its just cool and you scales way harder than him, just take harash trades with him level 1 and 2 before he gets his E "grey health" so you can set him up for a hard laning phase, just dont let him AA you 3 times cause it could go pretty bad if he do so, if you feel you cant kill him just scale and kill him later, he is not a big threat, just a cheese match up, or troll honestly.”
tibs2 says “Play safe early. You will not kill this champion 1v1 ever so just do not try. Bright side is that this champion is not useful mid-late game and you will be 100x more useful. Do not play into his only win con and die to him early. ”
AmericanNut says “He is tanky, and has a VERY strong early game, maybe even better than Pantheon's, if he's at the top lane with grasp of undying and domination runes, then get anti-heal and mercury treads.”
Noodles912 says “Annoying lane. Tham is still OP IMO. No one will kill each other in this lane. Tham will be a tank and look to soak damage in teamfights. You want to look to one shot back line. Farm naturally, and outscale him. Don't let him proc grasp.”
TheShadowCotoco says “🇧🇷: TAHM KENCH É MUITO FORTE, VOCÊ NÃO IRÁ CONSEGUIR LUTAR COM ELE ATÉ QUE VOCÊ FAÇA LIANDRY OU CRIAFENDAS E CORTA CURA.
🇺🇸: TAHM KENCH IS VERY STRONG, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIGHT WITH HIM UNTIL YOU MAKE LIANDRY OR RIFTMAKER AND THORNMAIL.”
negoZoma69 says “Should be free lane when playing support, but if you're top then you have to be a bit more careful, because if he repeatedly lands his Q on you(which has a large hitbox) he can kill you. So stay inside minion wave and put pressure on him, don't let him walk up in range to Q you. You outscale him.”
Zaloufi says “This champ counter every toplaner in early game, even Darius can't trade him without a skill gap. You really need to dodge his Q because of the slow (or even the stun) to win the trade in early game. His E has low cooldown so he can clutch even at lvl 6 with your ult. Once you manage to survive the laning phase, Tahm Kench is much less powerful in late game so it's not really a big deal.”
Hesychia says “Eh... Not Gonna Say Much. He has a freaking slow which stays for millions of years, he has a freaking movement speed which stays for millions of years, he is so tanky that you can't even damage him. He uses his shield to absorb your ult damage, He is just too annoying, he makes 3 stacks and he eats you. then deals huge damage. Stay under tower and beg your jungler to gank you as much as he can...”
Pawn Sacrifice says “lf he's a good TK player, you better understand how TK kit works, or just play trully agressive until level 3, and if you don't get the FB, wait your jungler and the perma W, when you reach lvl 09.”
LunaticDancer says “A rare, dangerous pick. A good Tahm can stunlock you while dealing massive damage. Too bad you can crowd gank him with your bois, which easily outdamages him. Something to be wary of is that he can use his W on your Maiden and throw her under the tower for an easy kill. Generally be careful to not enable him to combo you, either have your full squad out or be near the turret, or he will run you over with his lick combos.”
Ravenborne says “Very rare matchup nowadays. Just do not get stunlocked and go BC into this matchup. He will try to hug you so just E to get some distance for your Q or just run away. Also stand behind minions so he can not land his Q on you”
BigManYam says “Tahm Kench will harass you early game around level 2 due to the fact that you're very vulnerable early game making you a very easy target for first blood due to the fact he can all in very early due to his passive. ”
ChevalierArlo says “É bem raro ver esse cara no top. Caso apareça, fica a seu critério sua build. Evite trocas longas no início e... Proteja sua donzela. Já vi alguns com um suposto fetiche em casadas.”
ModelitoTime says “The most annoying matchup in my opinion. Hail of Blades Tahm Kench running full tank is so annoying for me, just try to poke him and dodge his tongue, it slows you alot and he can proc his passive easily with his Hail of Blades then swallow you. You outscale alot but the entirety of the lane phase is just so annoying. ”
Dannala says “Rare to see top these days but will appear occasionally. Very tanky but easy to harass and bully out early on so he fall behind. He's mostly a stalling wall and if he goes in he most likely has a jungler ready to assist him when he has to activate his shield and turn on you, don't fall for the bait but do punish him if you know his jungler isn't nearby. If you can't make sure he will activate his shield trading is pointless as he will heal up a large portion of it.”
AWierdShoe says “Look to short trade often with either a couple of empowered Q's or just a single grasp auto. Try to do this while standing behind one of your minions to deny him from using his Q you. If it ever seems like you will get 3 stacks onto you, taunt away before it happens. Only use your taunt aggressively if you have a big HP lead already and know he cant turn on you and kill you with one combo.
Saarlichenbog says “This is a slightly Kalista favoured matchup. The two main things that could turn this matchup in Tahm's favour is knowing that he can compete with Kalista's level 1-3 powerspike and his E thickskin which can soak up an unexpected amount of damage. Otherwise, by simply being able to dodge his Q skillshot, Tahm doesn't really have any other tool to get on top of you and coupled with his bad scaling allows you to win this matchup.”
Bradybattlemask says “Can eat Maiden and spit her out under his tower, which messes with her AI and 50/50 chance she sits under tower and dies. Kench is a lane bully that you just need to kite and farm agaisnt.”
Captain Dantems says “Só farma e não deixa ele ficar forte, pois se isso acontecer gg ff aos 15. Tanka muito e dá muito dano. Grasp com inspiração ou com conqueror. Se quiser pode até pegar poção corrupta.”
ItsPaulygon says “This might be tricky for you especially if the Tahm is good. Once he gets tanky, you will have a hard time. Try to avoid fighting as he has his grey health stuff. Just take as much cs as you can since you can't really kill Tahm easily.”
GLP1 says “Kled is very good against tanks for his high damage and because he will always have the free passive because they can't kill him without the mount.
this is an extension in tanks always tries to be careful because this one if it has much more damage.”
Mordekaiserrrrrrr says “Tahm kench is moderately annoying with his Q stun and W eat, but if you don't let him stack his passive, you easily out damage him, and his ultimate gives him no extra kill potential, so your level six is a huge powerspike compared to his. ”
NirvanaBunny says “Try to stay out of his poke range, if he devours you and spits you back toward his ADC you could be in for a bad time. He also has low mobility so it shouldn't be hard to run away from him. You are also able to interrupt his ultimate!”
Penguinoverlord1 says “He can kill you very quickly early game and get out of control if you don't respect his level 1-3 potential. Just try to stay out of his range early game and don't over commit on any trades as he favors extended trades. You probably won't be able to kill Kench in lane without your jungler so just try to poke him off with your grunts and your E in order to cs.”
qasddsa says “Get an early Blade of the Ruined King, dodge his tongue, and stay out of melee range. Don't get greedy if you start to get low since he can easily turn on you with gray health. In lane, harass him as much as you can without being attacked or tongued.”
ERNESTSAURUS says “FLEET FOOTWORK SETUP - DORANS SHIELD / 3 REJUVENATION BEADS + POT =
Tahm Kench top used to be a thing if I'm not wrong last season, where he can obliterate all other toplaners and there was close to no counter play to him (I remember perma banning him), but he got severly nerfed and he's not really played toplane anymore except of some One Tricks or Auto Filled Supports. As for laning Phase just make sure yo farm behind minons to dodge his Q poke and try to not get him to Devour you since he will just Regurgitate you away from your tower and stack his Passive on you, Respect his damage since its a lot for being able to play as a Top and Sup. Similar to Pantheon or Rengar, once they will hit 6 and you played passive all lane they will look to Roam so make sure you have vision on River and ping a lot to your team whenever he's not in lane. Once you get lvl 6 and Sheen spike you can look to do trades against him, usually short ones never work since he has his E but the way to beat it is to do consistant short trades, usually look to alternate between a normal autoattack, Q and E to prevent him of healing himself to the point he is low enough Nasus can Flash + Q kill him or he has to back off, just be careful if you try to do this really hard while close to his torret, he can Devour and Regurgitate into his tower but usually Nasus wins the All Ins. Later on to the game his teamfight isn't the best but he does have really good peeling for his ADC or Backline so keep that in mind, Splitting against him is the key, since he doesn't have enough damage to take Nasus down and even if he pokes you to chunk you to half HP, just Lifesteal with Legend Bloodline + Nasus Passive back to full and you should be fine, you outscale him quite hard.”
Bouhhsolene says “Tahm Kench is annoying, with his Q and his tankiness, he will go frontline and tank for his teammates. If you kill him it's free dps for you. Don't stay alone in lane and just wait till teamfight.”
Grayified says “Fleet Footwork Runes and Build. Ignite + Flash. Dorans shield start. Do not look for fights or trades with tahm kench. Make sure that when he applies a stack on you that you let it fall off before walking in his range again. The only trade you should take with tahm kench is an auto attack + spin out when you are going for a minion to farm. Try to let tahm kench push you in always, if the wave is starting to push towards him that is bad. He can all in you very well and he wins short trades and extended trades. Only chance you have of beating him is with jungle ganks or if he runs out of mana. If you can, swap with your mid laner (if your mid laner can handle tahm kench) as you will most likely have an easier time against any other opponent than tahm kench. You do not outscale tahm kench in the 1v1, but you do outscale him in team fights. Tahm kench does not have good scaling in a fight where you can destroy squishies. When splitting go opposite side of the map where tahm kench is and use your mobility to outrotate him as much as possible. UPDATE FOR 9.14, Tahm kench got SIGNIFICANT nerfs and is no longer a hard matchup, but still can be annoying to deal with.”
Rakuretto says “Tahm Kench can be your biggest nightmare, even more if he is running Hail of Blades. Luckily the champ is not very popular lately, so you're not gonna face him that often. If so, then you're screwed.”
Nabura says “Not really a popular top laner anymore but when he used to be played this matchup was quite cancer. Not really sure what to say but this matchup is not that common so you shouldn't have to worry about him.”
EntxRecoil says “Fleet Footwork Runes and Build. Ignite + Flash. Dorans shield start. Do not look for fights or trades with tahm kench. Make sure that when he applies a stack on you that you let it fall off before walking in his range again. The only trade you should take with tahm kench is an auto attack + spin out when you are going for a minion to farm. Try to let tahm kench push you in always, if the wave is starting to push towards him that is bad. He can all in you very well and he wins short trades and extended trades. Only chance you have of beating him is with jungle ganks or if he runs out of mana. If you can, swap with your mid laner (if your mid laner can handle tahm kench) as you will most likely have an easier time against any other opponent than tahm kench. You do not outscale tahm kench in the 1v1, but you do outscale him in team fights. Tahm kench does not have good scaling in a fight where you can destroy squishies. When splitting go opposite side of the map where tahm kench is and use your mobility to outrotate him as much as possible. UPDATE FOR 9.14, Tahm kench got SIGNIFICANT nerfs and is no longer a hard matchup, but still can be annoying to deal with.”
Chili Dog says “Runes: Grasp, Shield, Second Wind, Unflinching + Tenacity, Last Stand or Conqueror, Triumph, Tenacity, Last Stand + Bone Plating, Unflinching.
Sub Runes: CDR, Damage, Armor
Tahm Kench...the attack speed building tank. This is a very rough lane for Riven. Especially if he manages to eat you. Stay behind minions and freeze wave under tower. Nothing much you can do without jungler help. ”
Swaim says “Tahm's laning phase is insane. You should be able to win pre 6 but after that the entire lane is a nightmare for an Aatrox player. He has good sustain, he's really tanky and his damage is crazy. For teamfighting however, Tahm is pretty much useless compared to Aatrox. Try to farm up and play to outscale him. Mid to late game he shouldn’t be much trouble to fight.”
Rastub P says “He is the most annoying to fight against her u got to play safe at early game if the player is good playing has her or at least can play the champ u have to stay under turret or u get DEATH. ”
qazx1427 says “Off-meta is off-meta for a reason. Tahm Kench can, and will, 100-0 you if he gets in range, but he can't. He lands a Q on you, he's going to run forward since that's his only engage, so you can just W him and remove his health bar. Your ult does max health damage, and he can't stack his passive on it, so your L6 just destroys him. To make things even better, he's a HP stacker, so you can just buy Liandry's to watch him die even quicker. Much like Darius, this is a very, very satisfying lane.”
ShroudedBRH says “Tahm mainly acts as a frontline/ disengage. It takes a while to whittle him if your lane opponent is weak you can take trades from within your own creep wave to avoid the majority of Tahms damage”
Fiora Pogjet says “Just a busted champion. Much armor and a Q spam in the earlygame. You won't win trade just go for front vitles. You can try to prarry his 3rd passive hit with q or if he tries to eat you. Lvl 6 u will beat him cause your ult does more.”
Kingarthur720 says “Fleet Footwork Runes and Build. Ignite + Flash. Dorans shield start. Do not look for fights or trades with tahm kench. Make sure that when he applies a stack on you that you let it fall off before walking in his range again. The only trade you should take with tahm kench is an auto attack + spin out when you are going for a minion to farm. Try to let tahm kench push you in always, if the wave is starting to push towards him that is bad. He can all in you very well and he wins short trades and extended trades. Only chance you have of beating him is with jungle ganks or if he runs out of mana. If you can, swap with your mid laner (if your mid laner can handle tahm kench) as you will most likely have an easier time against any other opponent than tahm kench. You do not outscale tahm kench in the 1v1, but you do outscale him in team fights. Tahm kench does not have good scaling in a fight where you can destroy squishies. When splitting go opposite side of the map where tahm kench is and use your mobility to outrotate him as much as possible. UPDATE FOR 9.14, Tahm kench got SIGNIFICANT nerfs and is no longer a hard matchup, but still can be annoying to deal with.”
Dantheman81 says “This matchup is not very hard as much as it is frustrating. A good Tahm Kench is nearly unkillable and his tankiness only grows as the game progresses. This will be a split pushing game for you so I recommend you take that route and keep his supporting abilities and escape away from teamfights by forcing him to come to you.”
Angela du Seithr says “Tahm Kench est un bully contre les duellistes et les gros corps à corps, vous n'avez pas ce soucis contre lui. Mais évitez de le sous-estimer, gardez une distance de respect afin d'éviter de vous prendre un trade complet. Visez à le forcer à utiliser son bouclier plutôt que de le laisser régénérer si possible.”
Sq_09 says “If he Ws you, you're dead. Try keeping him away from you at all costs and just run if he hits a Q. Take care of flank-Rs and keep in mind, that you can trade your R for his W if really needed. You can't really kill him tho and poking does few aside from stacking your grasp. ”
ShinyEmo says “Actually can 1v1 and kill you. His W is a huge threat. Try to dodge his Q's with your Q. You will need sustain. Go for the on-hit build. Keep in mind that his E will give a huge shield to him and consider twice before fighting him. ”
Loki029 says “Just poke him while farm, be Aware of his 3 stacks, (Hint: use silence to avoid his Grey shield to Pop up and nullifying your ult, use e and w before he gets you in to still deal damage, build hybrit, all in at lvl 6 to win”
ForgottenProject says “This cool Champ means anti-fun early game
His Q is his main damage and it’s a skillshot, so try to dodge it
You can parry his W and stun him (but higher elo players won’t let you do this)
Parrying his Q will stun him if you have 3 stacks
You win after level 6 because your R is a lot better than his in fights”
Pedrokis says “Você bate bastante nele, mas ainda assim é bem chato por causa da passiva. / Se ele tiver ignite (raro pra kct), evita de trocar nos primeiros níveis. / Se ele tiver quase te stackando com a passiva (ficando quase vermelho), já joga o W nele: ele vai ficar MUITO lento, fazendo com que seu W seja praticamente garantido de puxar e que você não fique muito mal posicionado.”
Daedralus says “Although this guy can pack quite a punch, he is not very fast at it especially early on with high cool-downs and no real attack speed. You want to shut this guy down tho or he can be a problem with his tanky nature. Save your E damage reduction for when he gets 3 stacks so you aren't damaged as much from his lick + swallow. Go for early harassment and dodge his lick as much as possible to force him out of lane. Your Q is your friend here for healing and you might want to get W second for attack speed and passive regeneration. Your attack speed and his overall low base MS will be what brings him down. ”
ExfIamed says “Now if for some reason someone left the door open for the special needs kid with half his brain missing and he gets on a computer you're gonna come across this big guy, you CANNOT beat him no matter what, ask for jungle assistance or just dodge cause he outscales you as well.”
Loevely says “Statball. He has super high stats that Rengar cant really deal with. Go Grasp and dorans shield and only fight him when you're at either near max ferocity or at max. W max is recommend but not a necessity. ”
Quezel says “This is very rare to see now ever since kench has been nerfed but the matchup is quite easy if you do encounter it. Kench is difficult to poke out due to his grey health but you win all in quite hard until he stacks MR just constantly fight him after level 4 and rush liandries.”
mightydylan101 says “Kench is sometimes played top but you can easily win this matchup if you punish him early. Be sure not to walk up far as his slow from his lick is annoying. You win trades early but he gets way too tanky in the later game and also starts to do more damage as he scales AD off of his max health.”
Hamstertamer says “Borderline unplayable early game. TK makes melees cry, outtrades them, zones them, and eats them. But then, they just picked TK toplane, so it's kind of a "win lane lose game" pick. Tough it up, only thing he can do is be annoying, he can't kill you unless you mess up hard. Short trades are good so take them, just walk away immediately and disengage with W if needed so he'll never stack his passive. An early MR item is a must.”
Hugys says “Tahm can be quite the problem to deal with due to his passive. "An Acquired Taste" which after hitting a target and stacking up to 3 times, will allow him to swallow you. You have to understand that he can also gain additional effects from these 3 stacks with his other abilities. Allowing him to stun and kite you down with very little effort. I personally recommend building PTA allowing you to deal with his tank side and also the ability to out kite him with ghost. He becomes a real threat late in the game due to his tank-on-hit nature with wit's end. Remember he is full AP do not build armor against him, that would be a mistake, since all of his abilities deal %health as AP. You can take other runes, but you really should take it into consideration of whether you want to shut him out of the early and mid game, or deal with him never an hope your team can take him out. Use minions to block his tongue lash, never stay near him when he paths towards you, back off because he will win these trades if you let him touch you.”
Poppu says “Tahm is a good tank but usually tends to build HP items. If you build Merc Treads and Sunfire, you can sustain a bit more if you're not hit with his abilities. Good suggestion is to try to out trade him with procs of Grasp and Q, E him whenever you get the chance to pin him, and save W to retreat.”
Petethebossch says “Never fight him. He can 100-0 you if you are not ready with his w. Get help from the jungle to make him useless. Once he can't 1v1 you he is just a a support. Wait until triforce if you don't get jungle help. Don't go for cs he is near unless under tower. Watch his shield as well.”
homxr says “This champ is rarely taken top, but when he is, is one of the most oppressive and annoying champions. His slows and stun make him very sticky. Be very careful. Trade when you can hide behind minions. Rush Black Cleaver.”
EvilOranges says “HELP...
D-Shield. Currently is broken, does a surprising amount of damage. Respect him, keep your distance, and don't let him proc his passive. Sets up ganks really easily. If you are confident take Conqueror, if not Summon Aery or possibly Klepto to keep up with him late game.”
Devitt45 says “Try to farm until you get Black Cleaver, and try to dodge his Q ( the one where he sends his tongue out far) and W as you get hit a third time so you take less damage from his eat and/or stunned from his Q.”
0mega best says “Your worst counter. He outanks you and does more poke damage which slows you, making you do nothing to him. He blocks your R with is shield and can eat you and bring you under tower, if against him, farm and call for ganks, or simply swap with midlane if possible, he is just too strong.”
BrvndonLmao says “I believe Tahm Kench to be a bit of a problem for Riven, basically you have to go for very small trades and play lane passive, you wont really win all in's that often, ask for jungle help in lane. He's a very big threat due to his shield and sustain in fighting and in lane.”
LighterDay says “Tahm thrives a lot in solo fights. His abilities can keep Mordekaiser at bay since they have some form of CC to them. Tahm's tankiness also makes it impossible even do damage since his shield scales with any champion damage he takes, so soloing him will only make his shield grow.”
ImpossibleLogic says “I don't understand how this thing works. Tahm has a global ultimate so he can easily appear behind. While slow, he easily does the same to you and has greater poking range. He is pretty much unstoppable as he can slow, stunt, and pull you away from turret or from your kit.”
Brentard says “You'll have to fight this guy in 2 stages; 1 to get his health low, then again to actually kill him due to his shielding mechanic. try not to go toe to toe his autos do more damage, and then its difficult to run away. Q his Q and W when he is going to eat you/stun. ”
DrMoneybags says “Kench is a lot like Darius, he will always win extended trades. Just take short trades and prevent him from getting his stacks onto you. He has a lot of %HP damage, which easily counters kled's passive. Taking conqueror in this matchup will help against his tankiness and in extended trades. Bait out his W shield before using most of your damage. Walk around your minions to avoid his Q. Ping MIAs to keep him from roaming, and ask for jungler help early on.”
Arcthunder says “Kench is very dangerous if you don't tread carefully. Two-Coats will look for a Devour on you if he lands his Q, and his long trades are unrivaled. Whittle him down instead until you can all in.”
Qubert64 says “Don't fight him head on. Poke him down repeatedly and stay behind minions. Use your q's increased auto range. Might want klepto if you are confident you wont slip up. DO NOT TRADE LEVEL 1. HE WILL KILL YOU.”
Fruxo says “Don't take long trades as Tahm usually wins those very often. He can swallow you in order to position you incorrectly for both ganks and to setup kills, and so being near him is not a wise choice, instead poke him down from far away. His Shield can also be pretty annoying but if you play it right it shouldn't be much of a problem.”
NirvanaBunny says “Try to stay out of his poke range, if he devours you and spits you back toward his ADC you could be in for a bad time. He also has low mobility so it shouldn't be hard to run away from him.”
The Lost Drawing says “Casi dándole a Darius.
No se ve mucho, parece 'troll' pero no lo es.
>>>Su 'early game' es muy fuerte mas a nivel 3 ya que se cura de los 'trades' y te mete un 'stun', un 'slow' y te traga con lo cuan tiene tiempo para evitar daño y recuperar enfriamiento
>>> Todo el daño es AP tanto en runas ('Aliento del Agónico') como habilidades
>>> Tanquea mucho en TF por su escudo que se pone, tiene 'peel' y hace buenas cazadas con su 'R', pero no tiene movilidad y si lo encuntran mal posicionado se muere (pero muy lento xD)
>>> Cuando se coma a alguno de sus aliados en TF tirale tu 'R' (o trata) es 2 * 1”
E61K says “Start Doran's Blade and go for Conqueror. Believe it or not but this fat catfish counters you. Generally you won't lane against him but if you do keep in mind that Top Kench has one of the strongest laning Phases out of all champions. His post level 3 all-in is more powerful than yours so respect it. At 6 it isn't won either since he effectively has 2 health bars and Darius hates a lot of health. If he snowballs on you you're gonna get destroyed in lane. In this lane you either just accept the fact that you can't fight him early and farm until you have your core or you dodge his Q's by side-stepping them or fighting in your minion wave. Tahm might be a beast in lane but he scales like garbage and he has no real waveclear. He can also save teammates from your R if he is quick enough. This is one of the very few matchups where I would think about building BORK at some point. Luckily for you almost nobody plays Tahm Top because, aside from a few very good matchups for him, it's troll.”
SwiftOblivion says “Strengths: High base damage early, Great Sustain. Inherently tanky. Instant CC on devour, Grey Health + Shield. Weaknesses: Out-scaled, Utility ultimate, Low mobility. He is a matchup that is designed to beat you in lane. You will have a very difficult time winning any extended trades against him early because of his passive and grey health. You do not want to be in a position where he can get multiple passive stacks on you. Never let him get you to 3 passive stacks unless you are committed to an All-in. There is no point in trying to riposte his Devour once you are at full passive stacks because it is extremely difficult to do so. It would be more beneficial to Riposte one of his auto attacks when you are at 1 or 0 stacks so that the attack speed slow makes it that much more difficult for him to stack his passive in the first place. Primarily Q poke for vitals and focus on farming early so once you hit your one to two item power-spike you can split-push against him easily.”
Mouadyam says “surprisingly annoying matchup, especially early on, avoid him until you have your R and, for the love of god, dont ult him while he has his shield on (did it too many times). careful when he has full stacks on you as his W base damage is fairly high.”
Demon Lord AC0 says “As a Tahm Kench main, I know this guy very well... You can Windwall his Q, and though it has a very low CD, It's best to do so once he gets 3 stacks, since you'll block a stun... He will probably eat you after that too. You'd better not trade against him until mid-game. Best chance is to rush BORK, Merc Treads and start Doran's Blade. ”