So, you want to main Teemo? There’s a few things to know before committing yourself to the most notorious champion in League of Legends.
Although it may sound cliché, there’s no other champion in League of Legends that’s quite like Teemo; his unique playstyle and overall gameplay experience allow his skillcap to be quite low, but difficult to master.
Teemo functions as a hybrid of an Attack Damage Carry (ADC), Assassin, and Bruiser.
Your positioning is key when playing Teemo; just like ADCs, you must have reliable Kiting mechanics and the ability Auto Space effectively. Although it was originally a meme, there are distinct differences between Auto Spacing and kiting. Auto Spacing is the ability to effectively keep your distance from enemy champions, whereas Kiting is the ability to move your character between auto-attacks.
Teemo was thematically intended to play as an AP assassin. However, with different items being introduced to League of Legends over the years, people have adopted different playstyles like On-hit Teemo and Bruiser Teemo.
Even with the recent nerf of Frozen Mallet back in Patch 8.4, building Teemo as a Bruiser has been a viable option for years and, in certain matchups, more optimal than AP Teemo.
With these three playstyles intertwined, most of the mechanics and game knowledge you learn while playing Teemo can be carried over to other roles and vice versa.
No other champion in League of Legends has abilities similar to Teemo’s Toxic Shot (E) and Noxious Trap (R); they are the abilities that define Teemo as a champion and allow him to be the most versatile champion in League of Legends.
Hate in General
Be mentally prepared for the outlash that your teammates may exert when choosing Teemo in Champion Select. It’s no secret that Teemo isn’t the best teamfighter, but don’t let your teammates comment discourage or persuade you to stop playing Teemo. Any champion can be one-tricked to high-elo once they’re mastered.
You will generally never escape the flame and blame from your teammates. Even as a high-elo Teemo main myself, I still get the occasional Teemo flame. Brush it off and, no matter what you do, don’t tilt.
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
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Enjoy yourself and don’t the game too serious.