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Dec 25, 2013

AP Teemo In Preseason - OP Status


The State of Preseason Teemo

With the removal of Oracle and the limitation on pink wards to 1 per player, the growth of Teemo has expanded beyond our wildest imaginations.

Why Is Teemo OP?

While AD Teemo with a regular old Blade of the Ruined King/Frozen Mallet is still very strong as a tanky duelist, it's really AP Teemo that has everyone running for cover.

With a simple Liandry's Torment and Nashor's Tooth, Teemo has enough damage and cooldown to completely surround objectives and make it impossible for the enemy team to make any plays. It's because of this that support Teemo is now a viable pick for solo queue

His win rate is hovering around 53%, which lands him at the top 10% of all champions. Fortunately, his pick rate isn't quite at the top yet so if you want a chance to earn some free (preseason) elo, here's a good time to abuse the rat before he starts being banned as much as Evelynn.

How to Counter Teemo

There's really no easy way to counter Teemo by yourself, which is why he's extraordinarily strong in solo queue. However, if you can organize your team enough to get them to upgrade their ward trinket into the PINK ward version, you can easily have a enough pink wards in any one location (like near Baron). This is usually enough to prevent the entire team from getting chunked before any teamfight even begins.

Another key item is to get an Aegis of the Legion, which has fallen out of favor since supports are generally building AP or large tanky items like Randuins. However, spreading enough magic resist amongst your teammates is key if you don't want your squishies getting 2 shot by mushrooms.

One last tip on countering Teemo is that most top lane Teemo players are very aggressive early due to their natural ability to counter melee laners. If you want to win against Teemo, gank him before level 6 or else it'll be nearly impossible to catch the little critter.

Meanwhile, since nobody actually buys enough pink wards in solo queue and Aegis of the Legion is almost never seen...

All aboard the Teemo Free-elo Train!


Teemomere Concept Art by givemeapiggy

What do you guys think? Had any crazy run-ins with the critter? Have your own way to deal with the rodent problem? Comment below!

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  1. Alessandro StamattoDecember 25, 2013

    Besides the vision changes, Teemo greatly benefits from the masteries changes: giving him more hybrid damage.

  2. SSJSuntasticDecember 25, 2013

    Very good point!

  3. TheBoyWhoLivedDecember 26, 2013

    AP Teemo top means his team will almost certainly lack a bruiser and, depending on the supp/jungler, even a tank. Couldn't this be taken advantage of in any counter?

    I don't like AP Teemo mid because he's too vulnerable to early ganks, so it's top you'll be seeing most often.

  4. SSJSuntasticDecember 26, 2013

    The main reason that this is okay is that his percentage based damage makes quick work of any HP advantage having a tank gives the enemy team. His blind also stops a lot of top bruisers from doing anything useful before getting melted.

  5. I absolutely love the art of Teemomere and I find it so true from when tryndamere used to be God-Tier (Hate that champ)

  6. There should not be an op teemo. However, there should be a deleted teemo :P

  7. Nick WerlineDecember 27, 2013

    So is Teemo support OP or just Teemo in lane?

  8. SSJSuntasticDecember 27, 2013

    I wouldn't say Teemo support is OP, but Teemo is very strong right now and definitely playable as a support.

  9. how many points of mastery will you put for teemo SP?

  10. (strandedon)thewrongbeachDecember 28, 2013

    best teemo is non-existant teemo

  11. I just feel so bad that I'm playing Teemo when i do. I feel like such a duck :(

  12. TEEMO HAYDARJanuary 04, 2014

    If riot cannot delete this feckin rat at least they can change his e into something similar to Jinx's q where it activates and every time you use it it uses man and then a passive on it similar to kog'maw ults where it uses more ap every time you use in a certain amount of time.


  13. plus more tanky while keeping the same damage

  14. LOL, it seems that u just got owned by a Teemo!
    IMHO, he's a great champion.

  15. I can turn invisible. Is that good enough? *evil chuckle*

  16. Actually, nobody gives a shit about that. People get annoyed when you walk over a mushroom (which happens all the times because by endgame the map is filled with them), and then you/your team (cause its AoE) is at half health and needs to recall. Not only that but it gives you huge vision control and is just a major pain in the ass.

  17. Carl GoldbergJuly 23, 2014

    I can turn invisible, poison you, and a lot of people either think I'm OP or horrible. Who am I?



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