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Oct 21, 2015

Weird Picks #33: Mid Lane AP Tahm Kench

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Hey everyone and welcome back to this week's episode of Weird Pick Wednesday! This week we're focusing in on a recent Faker favorite, Tahm Kench mid! With his powerful tank slaying abilities and personal death denying shield, Tahm Kench is a favorite of many players for his "omgish" plays.

Meanwhile, how about AP Tahm Kench mid? Is he good enough to bring to the center stage? Read on!

Introduction

Hey everyone and welcome back to this week's episode of Weird Pick Wednesday! This week we're focusing in on a recent Faker favorite, Tahm Kench mid! With his powerful tank slaying abilities and personal death denying shield, Tahm Kench is a favorite of many players for his "omgish" plays.

Meanwhile, how about AP Tahm Kench mid? Is he good enough to bring to the center stage? Read on!

How to Play
Runes: 3 Ability Power Quints, Magic Penetration Reds, Flat Armor Yellows, Flat Magic Resist Blues
Masteries: 21-9-0, Standard AP Laner Masteries
Abilities: Q, W, E, then prioritize  R > Q > W > E
Core Items: Morellonomicon, Luden's Echo, Deathcap, Zhonya's Hourglass, some go Rod of Ages

Why It Works

High Scaling Low Cooldown Q
Kench's tongue lash is surprisingly low mana at a rate of 50 mana at all levels. This combined with his 70% AP ratio and 6 second cooldown means that he can deal an impressive amount of damage providing he's not missing his Q or using it to CS. Although he only starts with 325 mana, this is generally sufficient if you're conservative with your spamming until you hit level 2.

Strong Roaming Potential
Similar to other global champions like Twisted Fate or Pantheon, Tahm Kench represents a champion with excellent roaming potential. One extra perk from his ultimate is that he can also bring the jungler along for the ride, allowing for ganks from unconventional angles that would otherwise be easily spotted by wards.

Anti-Burst Damage
Against the multitude of high burst mages mid lane, Tahm Kench does relatively well surviving in lane. Using his thick skin, enemy champions effectively need to burst through his entire healthbar twice before actually killing him.

Gameplay Video

For the skeptics among you, or for those that just want to see the playstyle in action, here's a video of Faker playing AP Tahm Kench:



Potential Pitfalls

Low Waveclear
Although Tahm Kench can use his Devour for waveclear, it immediately sets his finisher on cooldown. At 14 seconds at level one and 90 mana, it's not exactly reliable to use constantly.

Low Range and Slow Burst Speed
While he does a decent chunk of damage at medium range, his overall range is still low and unable to hit through minions. His burst also requires him to close the gap and get the three stacks up, meaning that he's unlike either an assassin or a poke mage. Instead, he seems to fit more into a close range 1v1 type champion, which you would think fits better top lane.

Low AOE Damage
A primarily single target damage dealer, Tahm Kench has a ton of utility when it comes to taking down all sorts of champions. However, to go along with his low waveclear abilities, he also has low AOE skills, meaning that if your team needs to take down a single backline target quickly, they're going to have to rely on someone else to get the job done.

Conclusions

Faker is an insanely good mid laner. However, his success at Tahm Kench mid shouldn't indicate that it's in any way a good pick. While Tahm Kench may be good as a champion on the world stage, he doesn't seem to be good enough to warrant taking him mid lane just to have him.

Suggested Rating: Low Tier 3

What do you think about Mid Lane AP Tahm Kench? Comment below!


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