Who You Should Be Playing In League of Legends: Thresh
by James Bates
Ever since his introduction, Thresh has either been the most popular support champions in the game or close to it. Players love hook champions, no matter what their viability, and with good reason. The playmaking ability of a Thresh or a Blitzcrank is very obvious, and players love to feel like they made an impact on a game. One of the reasons that players traditionally dislike playing the support role is it's perceived lack of impact, but that's not the case with a champion like Thresh. While a Mantra'd Defiance might win a teamfight in much the same way that a Death Sentence onto the enemy Syndra does, one of those two looks much more impressive than the other, so it's no wonder that players have always opted into picks like Thresh over his mage-like brethren.
Now, though, Thresh is far from an off-meta pick like he has been in the months past. The rise of the mage support metagame at the end of Season 6 and the beginning of Season 7 at first seemed like the death knell for Thresh, as he simply couldn't lane against many of those champions profitably. He was forced to rely on hitting a Death Sentence onto a priority target in order to have any impact at all in the early stages of the game, and that was a pretty tough ask when Malzahar could just interrupt a hook with a simply voidling spawn. Now, however, all of the mages have been taken down a peg and Thresh has been given new toys to play with.
The new Relic Shield line works wonders on Thresh, as it allows him to position more aggressively when teamfights begin without fear of being harassed to death. Furthermore, the former crop of aggressive mage supports like Malzahar and Zyra, both of whom gave Thresh fits, have been replaced with champions like Sona, who is quite vulnerable to a Thresh lane due to her weakness to all-in engagements. While Lulu is still a lingering threat -- that lane is horrifyingly bad, and we cannot recommend you pick Thresh into it -- she's also a very common ban, which is giving Thresh plenty of time to shine.
In both North America and Korea he's gone from being the most played support with a middling win rate to instead being both the most played and most successful support in solo queue, all in the span of one patch. Whether it's due to his ability to counter champions like Sona, who's also very popular at the moment, or his nearly unprecedented peeling -- a valuable attribute in a tank-fill metagame like this one -- Thresh has risen above the rest of the pack in a big way. Now that picking him isn't a suicidal move in the laning phase, it's finally time to break out the Dark Star Thresh and take over the rift, but make sure to report back and let us know how it goes!