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The newest support champion to join the League is Thresh Thresh, the Chain Warden. This gruesome specter wields wicked, articulated chains, and specializes in harassing and disrupting opposing teams. His collection of crowd control effects thwarts enemy plans, while harvesting Damnation.png souls allows Thresh to grow in power.



When Thresh stalks the Fields of Justice, minions, monsters and opposing champions occasionally manifest their essence as souls after they die. Gather the souls of fallen foes to power up Thresh's Armor and Ability Power. Thresh gains no Armor per level normally.

Death Sentence
Death Sentence
  • Passive: Thresh winds up his attacks, dealing more damage the longer he waits between strikes.
  • Active: Thresh throws his scythe forward, dragging the first enemy struck a fixed distance toward him. Activate Death Sentence Death Leap.png again to hurtle towards the bound unit.

Dark Passage
Dark Passage

Thresh hurls his lantern towards a target location. Nearby allies gain a shield while inside the lantern's area of effect. Teammates who click the lantern will be pulled to Thresh.


Thresh sweeps his chain, Airborne icon knocking all enemies in the direction of the blow.

The Box
The Box

Thresh creates a prison of walls around him that Slow icon slow and damage enemies that cross through.

In game, Thresh is a support that thrives on communication and cooperation. He controls fights by displacing enemies and Dark Passage.png repositioning allies.

During the laning phase, Thresh uses the range of his basic attack to terrorize opposing champions with his Death Sentence.png Death Sentence passive. He shields his lane partner with Dark Passage.png Dark Passage and - with well-executed positioning - offers them the unique benefit of the Dark Passage.png lantern's escape potential. Flay.png Flay's versatility lets Thresh push enemies into range for further harassment or swat them away to protect an ally.

In the mid game, the synergy between Thresh's abilities shines. An opportune Dark Passage.png lantern can bring a teammate along for the ride when Thresh hooks an enemy with Death Sentence.png Death Sentence. Flay.png Flay can chain into a mid-range Death Sentence.png Death Sentence to knock an opponent up and grab them out of the air. Thresh can put enemies in an even scarier situation by isolating them in The Box.png The Box or can cast The Box.png The Box and then drag or knock enemies into it to trigger the damage and massive slow from breaking its spectral walls.

Because Thresh scales through collecting souls for Damnation.png Damnation, an effective soul harvester will become a potent damage-soaking tank during the transition to late game. In team fights, Thresh frustrates enemy positioning with Flay.png Flay and Death Sentence.png Death Sentence, while shielding allies with Dark Passage.png Dark Passage. The Box.png The Box can inflict heavy burst damage and split enemy teams as they try to disengage.

Thresh Screenshots

Optimize Thresh by collecting Damnation.png souls and protecting your allies before wreaking havoc in team fights. Your opponents better listen carefully for the scraping sound of his encroaching chain, or it may be the last sound they hear!

Champion Spotlight
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Thresh Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Sightstone item Targon&#039;s Brace item Boots of Speed item
Essential Face of the Mountain item Locket of the Iron Solari item Boots of Mobility item
Aggressive Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Righteous Glory item
Protective Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Relic Shield item Health Potion item
Essential Aegis of the Legion item Face of the Mountain item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Iceborn Gauntlet item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Targon&#039;s Brace item Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Face of the Mountain item Locket of the Iron Solari item Mercury&#039;s Treads item
Offensive Talisman of Ascension item Banner of Command item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item


Playing As Thresh Thresh
  • Communication is key when making use of Thresh Thresh's Dark Passage.png lantern. Let your teammates know how you like to use it.
  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence and Flay.png Flay can be combined in either cast order for powerful combinations.
  • Thresh Thresh can collect Damnation.png souls without needing to kill units himself. Planning your map position to be near the most deaths will help to maximize Damnation.png soul collection.
Playing Against Thresh Thresh
  • Thresh Thresh's Death Sentence.png Death Sentence has a long cast time. Watch for the cast to begin to take evasive actions.
  • Intentionally breaking a wall of The Box.png The Box can allow a vulnerable ally to escape unscathed.
  • Thresh Thresh relies on collecting Damnation.png souls for a portion of his defense and damage. Try punishing him when he moves to collect them.


Ability Usage
  • Thresh Thresh's strength as a support comes from his incredible amount of utility, CC, and AoE, stemming from his ability to displace and disable enemies with his Death Sentence.png Death Sentence, Flay.png Flay, and The Box.png The Box. His Dark Passage.png Dark Passage can be used as a reliable escape or a way for allies to easily follow up with him. His passive, Damnation.png Damnation allows him to continually gain power as the game progresses to make him deceptively strong and durable. However, champions with strong disengages can hinder him from utilizing his power to his full potential.
  • While Damnation.png Damnation allows Thresh Thresh to continually gain power, he starts off weak. Be cautious early game.
    • Throwing Dark Passage.png Dark Passage on to nearby souls can let you collect them without getting close.
    • This tactic can be useful if you are in a lane against champions who can be more aggressive than you earlier, have a fair amount of poking abilities, or ways to counter your CC (e.g. Lulu Lulu, Ezreal Ezreal, Morgana Morgana, and Braum Braum.
    • Avoid using this method too much as Dark Passage.png Dark Passage has a long cooldown and can leave you without mana to use your other abilities.
  • Flay.png Flay's passive is strong enough to make building attack damage worthwhile.
    • While the passive's damage scales off attack damage, it is still magic damage, and will benefit from magic penetration.
    • At rank 5, with no attack speed bonus, it adds ~24% of your attack damage per attack.  Which is ~20.5 at level 18, without any damage bonuses. (Pending Testing)
    • It's worth saying that the passive effect does not encourage continual attacking, as you will not get any bonus damage if you do not let the ability 'charge'.
  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence is a great initiation tool. Consider the merits of pulling them vs pulling yourself. Keep in mind that it can also be cast on neutral monsters. This can be used to escape, set up jungle ganks, or to simply increase mobility.
    • While landing a Death Sentence.png Death Sentence is often a decent way to engage, it may not always be the most reliable option; simply walking up towards the enemy and using Flay.png Flay towards yourself can make it substantially easier to land a hook or at least blow an enemy Flash.png Flash.
  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage is a great way to save an ally.  Not only do you shield them, but you can allow them to escape if they click the lantern.
    • Consider teaming up with melee champions who have dashes, such as Xin Zhao Xin Zhao or Jax Jax. They can jump on the enemy, be shielded from counterattacks, and jump back to safety.
    • If an ally is coming in to gank your lane, you can place the lantern in his path and initiate, the jungler/ally can use the lantern to jump to you and help secure the kill quickly.
  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage can be a good scouting tool, particularly when checking the Baron Nashor Baron and Dragon Dragon pits. However, be wary of the ability's long cooldown.
  • Flay.png Flay is a good escape and chase tool, depending on the cast direction.
    • If you catch a fleeing enemy with Death Sentence.png Death Sentence immediately use your Flay.png Flay to push them further towards your allies or turret, securing their doom.
    • Flay.png Flay can also counter enemy dashes, such as Leona Leona's Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade.
  • Just as Flay.png Flay's active is useful, so is its passive. Wait for it to charge, and then basic attack an enemy champion for decent harass damage. This method is especially useful in the early game.
  • If an enemy is camping inside The Box.png The Box and refuses to touch one of the walls, consider using Flay.png Flay to push them into one. The slow and damage will be worth it especially if you Flay.png Flay them towards a turret or allies.
  • Death Sentence.png Death Sentence can actually be sped up by casting Flay.png Flay in the same direction immediately after, causing the ability to more closely mimic the speed of Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab. This can be especially useful against champions with high evasion potential (such as Ahri Ahri)
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • With abilities that scale off ability power and attack damage, as well as having heavy crowd control, Thresh Thresh can make use of many stats, allowing him adapt to changing situations and match ups, but is most often played as an off-tank support.
  • Thresh Thresh has many starting options as a support depending on how he's played.
    • Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin is an option to sustain yourself when not as experienced with Thresh Thresh, and Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension's active can help you engage with your team.
    • Targon&#039;s Brace item.jpg Targon's Brace can also be a decent option to sustain both yourself and your lane partner.
      • To clarify, the execute component from Targon&#039;s Brace item.jpg Targon's Brace only works with melee attacks and Thresh Thresh's are ranged at all times; however, the damage build up from Flay.png Flay allows him to last-hit much easier than other ranged supports and activate the heal.
  • Thresh Thresh's ability power ratios are fairly low, but he gains extra on-hit magic damage, making magic penetration from items like Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter a valuable stat.
  • Flay.png Flay's passive component has great damage potential and can be combined with several other effects for devastating results.
    • ​Since the passive multiplier grows between attacks, you will not get a fully multiplied effect building both attack damage and attack speed.
    • With a lot of souls (at least 100), Nashor&#039;s Tooth item.png Nashor's ToothWit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End, and Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane, Thresh Thresh can deal decent DPS.
    • With lots of AD and time to wind up, Thresh Thresh can deal a very high amount of damage in a single hit. (up to 450% AD if using an Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge and not counting collected souls)
      • The bonus damage is magical and thus that component will not crit.
  • Thresh Thresh's gap closer, crowd control, and the ability for allies to move to him with Dark Passage.png Dark Passage allow him to be a great initiator. Consider building tank and aura items like Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter, or Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari.
    • Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari is probably the best item when playing support, even though he can't shield the entire team with Dark Passage.png Dark Passage anymore, he still makes great use of its stats as a tanky support while granting his teammates magic resistance and a shield.
  • Thresh Thresh's effectiveness in several roles depends very much on the number of soul he has collected.
    • Under 100 souls, your armor is lower than that of the most champions. Thus, you should consider buying items with high armor values or play defensive.
    • Between 100 and 200 souls, you can consider building something more offensive or refocus on magic resist or health if you are building as a tank. You have matched the armor of many champions, and with 115 souls you surpass Maokai Maokai, having the highest base armor at level 18 (passive abilities, such as Shatter.png Shatter not included).
    • Over 200 souls, you can build Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap and Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane to start becoming an offensive champion, having 162 base armor (surpassing even Taric Taric) and 150 AP, only by the collected souls. You can also add a Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End for powerful magic resistance reduction, or a Nashor&#039;s Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth to this build for adding on-hit, AP-based magic damage. In this case, you should take some magic resist and health item, like Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil or Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage.
  • Building Thornmail item.png Thornmail can be very effective, since the armor from Damnation.png Damnation, which replaces his armor growth stat, is considered bonus armor and therefore increases its damage for each soul.
  • Since Thresh Thresh receives a lot of his power through Damnation.png Damnation, zoning him out from collecting souls is especially effective. Take into account your own minions' positions as these are where souls may spawn.
    • Thresh Thresh will commonly use Dark Passage.png Dark Passage to collect souls. It can be a good idea to wait until Dark Passage.png Dark Passage goes on cooldown before going on the offensive.
    • Remember that every death leaves Thresh Thresh with downtime where he can't collect souls. His passive can be his downfall if successfully utilized against him.
  • Thresh Thresh has high offensive capabilities, but only in a relatively close range.
  • Thresh Thresh's Death Sentence.png Death Sentence is his main initiation ability, and much like playing against other aggressive supports, avoiding it will limit his ability to get on top of you and unload his combo.
    • Using allied minions to shield yourself can be effective, but note that Thresh Thresh may still choose to pull himself anyway to get in range for his other spells.
  • Thresh Thresh is not very durable early on, and harassing him will make it risky for him to use his spells effectively. Use these opportunities and his high cooldowns early on to force fights.
  • Be aware that Dark Passage.png Dark Passage can be used to quickly bring one of Thresh Thresh's allies into a fight. Try to gain vision of areas behind Thresh Thresh from where his reinforcements could approach.
  • Dark Passage.png Dark Passage when used to help his allies escape can be halted or prevented by placing obstacles (such as wards or pets) or moving onto the lantern and blocking it with your own hitbox.
  • You can Cleanse.png Cleanse Death Sentence.png Death Sentence's stun, and break the chain to prevent Thresh Thresh from Death Leap.png Death Leaping into your team by using Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible on a hooked ally. It can also be self-cast.


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