Are you bored with the familiar top lane cards, when playing “worn hands” and still eating before your opponent? Then try Taric top lane, an extremely interesting choice of top players to challenge Korea.
* Terminology Note:
Meta: stands for Most Effective Tactics Available, roughly translated: The most effective tactics that can be used at the moment.
At first glance, you might think this is a troll game, when Taric is a pure support general with a set of healing, stun, armor-immortal buffs. But what if he used those same moves on himself, and then “smashed” his opponent in the top lane by himself? It is the extremely “weird” gameplay of a Korean challenger ranked player, known as DangerousBoy Ady – famous for his extremely unique top lane “curricula” such as Rakan top, Shyvana top, Thresh top, … And today we will find out what this guy’s Taric top has that even our Faker – Hide on bush has to put to the test.
Our Demon King Faker also tested this very interesting card
With somewhat brusque gameplay, Flash seems unnecessary for Taric. Use Express instead. Express helps Taric overcome some of the weak points of mobility, to constantly follow the enemy and escape when necessary. Rush also has a much faster cooldown than Flash (210s vs. 300s), making it possible for Taric to use this spell more often.
Both Ady and Faker use Teleport in the other slot, because Taric is still essentially a champion that works with teammates. Teleport will make it easier for Taric to support other positions on the team as well as more versatile in the late game. However, it was Ady and Faker in the Korean challenger rank, a very different environment from Vietnam. If you want a more fierce and combative gameplay, why not choose the Burning summoner spell. Ignite will give Taric an extra amount of finishing damage, making him ready to solo kill any opponent in the top lane.
The gem Ady uses is Phase Acceleration. Phase Acceleration acts as a mini Express spell, helping Taric track enemies in combat as well as hand-to-hand combat with opponents. The Energy Ribbon and Power Up are also essential options for Taric, giving him more mana and cooldowns, two of Taric’s most important top lane stats.
In addition, in certain matches such as Tryndamere, Irelia, … Ady also used for herself the Ready to Attack rune to increase damage to Taric cards. The Accuracy rune also has Presence of Wisdom, which greatly supports this top lane Taric’s mana.
In most matches, start with the Mutant Potion. Pumping the pot every time “collision” with the enemy, Taric will make good use of the restored health and mana as well as the burning damage of the potion. If you encounter champions that range from top lane, you can go to Doran’s Shield to better stay in lane when your opponent is constantly poking you.
Tears of the Goddess is Taric’s most important equipment. Taric’s gameplay consumes a lot of energy, and Tear is the most mana equipment in the game. With the price of only 400 gold, get this item right after the first return. Once you have 360 stacks of tears, you can start building Ice Armor, an item that is also very strong on Taric with additional health, cooldown reduction, and mana regeneration.
The mythical equipment that Ady put on Taric is the Gauntlet of Ice and Fire. In addition to the extremely suitable additional stats for Taric such as health, skill regeneration, the Snow Frost passive of this equipment is the most powerful thing on Taric. Making his basic attacks deal extra damage and slow enemies every 4 seconds is a near perfect combination with Taric’s playstyle of constantly hitting his opponent with his hand. However, in some games, if you find it too difficult to approach the opponent, the Accelerated Armor is also a good choice for Taric in the top lane.
Other items: In the remaining item slots, choose tank/support items depending on the situation of the match. Heart of Ice is very good when facing a team with a lot or full of physical damage with bonus armor and 2 important stats for Taric, mana and skill cooldown. However, Ady often replaces this item with Randuin’s Ice Shield, an item that gives Taric more resistance to the opponent’s melee champions. Cape of Thorns/Armor of Thorns is an item that counters champions with strong healing abilities such as Irelia, Fiora, Sylas, Lee Sin, etc. Choose Natural Armor or Spiritual Armor if the enemy has a lot of magic damage. Other equipment you can choose from depending on the game situation.
Shoes: Choose Barbed Shoes when the opponent has a lot of physical damage, or Mercury Shoes when the opponent has a lot of magic damage and crowd control skills. If you don’t feel the need for the resistance from the two boots mentioned above, you can also build the Ionian Enlightenment Boot to take advantage of this equipment’s 20 cooldowns.
Instructions on how to play
Maximize skills in the order E>Q>W. Raise E at level 1 and Q at level 2.
Taric’s playstyle will revolve around his Courage passive. After using an ability, Taric’s next 2 attacks will launch faster – quite similar to Lee Sin’s Chaos passive. In addition, these 2 attacks deal bonus magic damage and reduce the cooldowns of 3 of Taric’s basic abilities. This is the tool that helps Taric deal a fair amount of damage, and most importantly, continuously heal, buff himself and stun opponents, when all 3 of Taric’s skills are restored very quickly. when fighting. Blending well with Taric’s passive and skills, you can easily defeat enemies in the same lane, while they still don’t understand why you are so strong.
When in lane, trade hits with your opponent with the combo EAAQAAQAA. With passive damage + stun + Q heal, you will always gain health in exchanges like this with enemies. You can then step back to wait for the E cooldown thanks to Phase Acceleration. Or in some situations when the enemy is pushing high, you can completely turn on Speed, use E and continuously attack – basic attack – use skills to solo kill the enemy. Taric’s dry damage is quite large, and your opponent will be unpredictable.
In addition, with the nature of a support champion, Taric’s gank support is perfect. Use W on your jungler and then skillfully angle E correctly. The opponent when pushing high will be very easy to lie down when being ganked by Taric’s jungle. And when it comes to pushing minions into enemy turrets, R – Cosmic Radiance will be a great tool for you and your jungler/mid laner to cross turrets and take out the top enemy. Call on your teammates often to make the most of this Taric card.
In combat, you should not be too greedy to rush into the opponent’s gunner, when Taric is a very “prison” general in crowded fights. Instead, regularly use your skill set to cover your teammates, especially the ultimate R, along with “throwing” at those who dare to rush into your main force. However, Taric’s damage is still enough to put pressure on the opponent’s main force, so if you see your best friend’s opportunity, don’t hesitate to rush in and defeat the enemy team’s gunner. . All in all, knowing your strengths and making smart decisions are the keys to winning teamfights.
DangerousBoy Ady’s Taric Top is playing at the Korean server Challenge rank
Top lane Taric is an interesting and powerful pick in the top lane, well worth a try if you’re tired of the familiar meta picks. However, you should “test” him in regular matches first, if you think it’s okay, then bring it in and break the top lane in ranked mode.
See Also: PBE: End of Teleport, First Health Pot nerf?