League of Legends MSI Champion Spotlight: Tahm Kench
by James Bates
For the majority of the League of Legends community, Tahm Kench enjoys a reputation as one of the least fun champions in the entire game. His sole purpose seems to be to ruin montages, as his ability to Devour an ally and move them to safety denies kills from Enchanted Crystal Arrows and Death Marks alike. While other champions exist to make things happen, this master of the culinary seems to exist solely to stop things from happening, a fact that hasn't exactly endeared himself to the League of Legends playerbase.
anyone who thinks that Tahm Kench exists solely to protect his (insert hypercarry here), however, clearly wasn't around at the time of his release, as the first iteration of Tahm Kench wasn't played as the support he is now, but was instead a top laner. Against other melee-only champions, Tahm Kench was and is one of the most obnoxious top laners in the entire game, as anyone that gets close to him has to contend with his bonus damage from HP as well as the threat of being Devoured, which few champions can survive profitably. While Tahm Kench is terrible against ranged champions of all shades, you don't want to be the Riven who's stuck laning against him.
Or, as it turns out, the Fizz. Earlier today, team Rampage brought Tahm Kench to the t op lane to combat the Red Canids' Fizz pick, and while Rampage did end up losing the game, it had little to do with Tahm Kench, who did exactly what he was supposed to in the lane. Not only did he smash Fizz during the laning phase, he actually managed to get a 1v1 solo kill against him, as Devour and Tongue Lash are both no joking matter for a champion like Fizz, whose only real option in a fight is to simply auto attack his target, which rarely works out in his favor against Tahm Kench. Next time you find yourself facing down a Fizz in the top lane, give the big catfish a shot. Early game you can shut the Fizz down with your superior trading, while a single Devour on your ADC later in the game can turn the fight around dramatically, as the Fizz who was just trying to assassinate said carry is now stuck awkwardly in the midst of your team. It's definitely a worthwhile counter, so give it a shot and let us know how it goes!