Since the Keystone Rework back in the preseason of Season Eight, Aery has been the core keystone for Teemo, especially with Aery being particularly broken on Patch 7.22. Although Aery is still a great keystone on Teemo, with the new AP item rework a few patches ago, Grasp of the Undying has recently taken the spotlight by giving Teemo the ability to win matchups he would once lose. Top lane is the easiest to gank, camp, and counter-pick making it the most punishing lane. Therefore, the importance of poke, sustain, and survivability becomes magnified. This build gives Teemo, who is already an oppressive laner, more sustain, survivability, and ultimately more opportunities to harass with minuscule punishment from enemy minions.
About the Build
As far as I know, this build originated from xBlotter. However, after talking with him and discussing the pros and cons of the build, I’ve made a few changes that I feel have improved it.
Grasp of the Undying: Grasp grants you insane sustain in lane and gives you a huge advantage when going for all-ins and extended trades.
Bone Plating: Bone Plating is the best rune for fending off assassins; it mitigates any burst the enemy laner can potentially output.
Conditioning: Conditioning is the best option for this row. However, if you’re laning against a high amount of poke, then I’d recommend taking Second Wind.
Overgrowth: Every other option in this row is garbage.
Taste of Blood: Taste of Blood took over Feast’s role; it gives you a chunk of health back that makes a huge difference in the laning phase.
Ravenous Hunter: When fully stacked, Ravenous Hunter is too efficient to pass up. With Teemo’s Toxic Shot (E) technically being ability damage, you’re essentially life stealing off your auto-attack’s on-hit damage.
When to Use This Build
I highly recommend using this build when laning versus champions who can poke you out of lane and force you to back early. This build is essential when playing against champions who rely on winning all-ins. For example, champions like Camille and Jayce become ineffective and this build allows you to auto-win the lane.
Any standard build AP Teemo build can work with this rune setup. However, due to the runes being buffed by health items and AP items now granting a large amount of health, I prefer to build lots of health and damage, while still maintaining 40 percent CDR.