I never was a big fan of healbots. I don’t mind supporting, but… There’s a reason that Support Nautilus is kinda my thing. So you can imagine how psyched I was when they announced this guy. Thresh is, without a doubt, the most unique support released, but is he worth dropping your hard-earned money or IP on? Let’s find out.
Thresh is another one of those aggressive supports, but with an emphasis on positioning and catching people off-guard as opposed to hard crowd-control. His lantern is easily the coolest part of his kit. I’ve been in a few games with and as Thresh, and that lantern has so much potential. The downside of this is that you’ll either want your team on some kind of voice chat, or you’ll need to be really good at predicting and signalling things at the right time. Also, an interesting note is that you can gather souls for Thresh’s Damnation passive by tossing your lantern at ’em. Speaking of his passive, you’ll want those souls. Thresh doesn’t gain armor per level, but picking up souls gives him some along with a nice boost to his ability power and increases the damage of his Q’s passive.
Aside from that, Thresh’s kit is pretty familiar to anyone who’s played Nautilus or Blitzcrank before. His chain’s active allows you to tug an enemy a certain distance, but it’s best used (from personal experience) to initiate. Pull yourself in, use The Box, and exhaust whoever looks threatening. The chain takes a while to get used to, though, as Thresh has a short windup animation before he actually throws it. Thankfully, this works in your favor. Learning the timing of the windup will give you a nice tell for when enemy Threshes go for a pull.
Thresh’s knockback, Flay, is probably the hardest part of his kit to really learn. It can knock people in two directions, either pulling them in to your team or knocking them away. The range is also deceptively short, so that’s something else you’ll need to take into consideration. I honestly haven’t been able to get much use out of it, outside of knocking back an about-ready-to-charge Xin Zhao.
Thresh’s ultimate isn’t much to write home about. It’s got great combo potential with his hook and it seems to do a respectable amount of damage, but that’s about it. It is really satisfying to stop runners with it, though.
Anyway, conclusion time. Thresh is a high skill cap support with a ton of potential. If you really liked Blitzcrank (or Pudge, from DotA, I suppose) but wished you could help allies more, pick him up. Just don’t expect to get the hang of everything right away, and make sure you tell teammates that they can click the lantern to jump back to you, since a fair number of people still don’t know about it. If you’re not that big of a Blitz or Pudge fan, then wait until free week to see if he’s worth your money. That’s about all I’ve got on this guy, so I’m out. As always, thanks for reading and have a good’un.