Tryndamere Overview Infographic
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Table of Contents
Why Play Tryndamere
Before we start on the Ultimate Guide to Tryndamere, we first want to tell you why you should play him. His overall strengths and weaknesses are as follows:
- Permanent priority.
- Deceptive pick.
- Objective control.
- Late game scaling.
- Abuses lack of coordination in SoloQ.
- Not for anxious players.
- Good kiting.
- Laning takes practice to learn.
- Bad team macro-wise.
- No wave clear.
These champions give Tryndamere a hard time in-game, due to having a kit that can stop Tryndamere from doing what he wants to do. Here are some of the biggest counters and how you can try to overcome the challenges they bring.
Azir is considered a counter because of his kiting mechanics. From far away, Azir can poke you down with W (Arise!) and Q (Conquering Sands). He avoids facing you upfront and tends to slowly wither your HP in the laning phase. Try to hold on and focus on farming near your turret. If you have the opportunity to fight him at level 2, do so, as he most likely will not have his E (Shifting Sands), giving you the chance to make him use his Flash. When you reach level 6 you can harass him and try to beat him to death, as he is squishy.
Rumble is considered a counter because he, like Azir, has the capabilities to poke you with magic damage. His Q (Flamespitter) is easy to maneuver even with minions covering you. He also has his W (Scrap Shield) to absorb damage from you. Level the playing field by stacking your Q (Bloodlust) while he tries to harass you and then quickly attack with E (Spinning Slash) and W (Mocking Shout) to slow him down. Having Tryndamere with the least amount of HP will give you a tremendous amount of attack damage, and Rumble will be surprised by that.
Sylas is considered a counter because his entire kit focuses on moving in and out of the fight while stealing your greatest ability. He is a very mobile champion that can hit you with his chains and then tag you for a 2v1 fight with his jungler. He also has his W (Kingslayer) that can damage you while also receiving HP back. The most disgusting thing is that he also steals your ultimate (Undying Rage) with his own ultimate (Hijack), which levels you in every fight. Look for opportunities when his ultimate is down or when he cannot steal your ultimate yet, as he’ll be losing an important ability of his kit.
These champions work well with Tryndamere and should be considered being picked alongside him if possible. Here are some of the biggest synergies and how you can abuse them.
Gangplank works well with Tryndamere because of his ability to aid you anywhere on the map while also dealing heavy damages to your targets. Gangplank can transition into a waveclear functionality after lane phase. His global ultimate, Cannon Barrage is an effective tool against mages that are showing up in the jungle and ADC now with the current meta. Tryndamere can delay the game and take up plenty of space if played right so GP gets to scale and be wrecking ball with you later in the game.
Zac works well with Tryndamere because of his high caliber CC mechanics. He can set up ganks where enemy laners could not see him, which is a great fit for you. You’ll be able to focus on dashing in with E (Spinning Slash) and keep hitting your auto-attacks that can critically hit your target. If enemies try to escape, Zac has Q (Stretching Strikes) and R (Let’s Bounce!) to quickly pull or push the enemies.
Caitlyn works well with Tryndamere because of her long range. With the use of W (Yordle Snap Trap), she can hold a target in one spot and shoot a headshot that critically hits the enemy. This is great for you, as an additional champion that can critically hit an opponent can hasten the killing. And if the target escapes your demise, she’ll be able to shoot him out with her ultimate (Ace in the Hole).
Tryndamere Summoner Spells
Tryndamere recommended summoner spells are Teleport and Flash. Using Teleport in the game can provide pressure to other lanes. This will help you roam to help other allies that need your damage and increase your lead. Flash is the go-to spell, as it gives you the mobility to chase and escape enemies.
If you want extra chasing power you can use Ghost and Flash instead. Ghost helps you stick better to your target as you constantly smash them with your auto-attacks.
Tryndamere Runes and Keystones
Tryndamere recommended runes are Fleet Footwork, Triumph, Tenacity, and Last Stand on Precision as primary, and Second Wind with Revitalize on Resolve as secondary. This rune page gives you the movement speed you need to chase down targets, as well as the ability to reduce CC on you with Tenacity and deal heavy damage while you have low HP with Last Stand. Having Resolve as the secondary tree provides higher healing capabilities with your Q (Bloodlust), which is great for trading.
You can also use Lethal Tempo, Triumph, Tenacity, and Last Stand on Precision as primary, and Nimbus Cloak with Transcendence on Sorcery as secondary. This boosts your attack speed in a few seconds, and is great for short trades. You want to build this to stick to your target and kill them instantly in a few auto-attacks.
Both rune pages will have stats of +10% attack speed, +9 adaptive force, and armor or magic resist depending on the matchup.
Tryndamere’s recommended items change depending on the situation. However, the following items will give you a good idea of what to build in different situations.
Tryndamere starts with Doran’s Blade, as it increases damage, lifesteal and HP that you can use to trade better in the lane.
Tiamat is core on Tryndamere because it provides more damage and healing to your stats. It is also a great early game purchase to help you clear waves faster and have an active that can proc damage to nearby enemies. Use this item to have better damage output early in the game and snowball a lead.
Essence Reaver is core for Tryndamere because it increases AD, CDR, and critical chance. Buying that BF sword dramatically boosts your damage and will deal a lot of damage to your targets. You do not benefit from the mana refund, but the items within it are optimal to you and will be of great use to smack your targets.
Stinger is core for Tryndamere because it increases your attack speed and CDR in the early game. Having this item before buying full Trinity Force is great, as you’d hit enemies faster and your abilities will be up and running in no time.
Use Berserker’s Greaves to further increase your attack speed in the early game and hit more critical auto-attacks.
Use Ionian Boots of Lucidity when you want to focus on spamming more abilities to confront your targets.
Offensive Situational Items
If you want an item that can gap close while shredding enemy HP, you can build Blade of the Ruined King. This item gives AD, attack speed, and lifesteal. When you have this item your basic attacks deal 12% of your target's current health as AD, which is great against tanks. You also have the ability to slow targets and stick to them with ease.
If you want a drastic increase in critical damage you can build Infinity Edge. This item excels at boosting your AD and critical chance through the roof. Acquiring this item will surely shred squishy targets easily.
If you want more critical items that pop targets, you can build Stormrazor. This item provides great AD, attack speed, and critical chance. It also energizes your basic attacks, which means having a great synergy with Fleet Footwork. You’ll be bursting enemies out while also gaining more movement speed.
Defensive Situational Items
If you are having trouble with opponents with CC you can build Mercurial Scimitar. Having Quicksilver sash as an early buy helps you to negate their CC, which can ultimately kill you. When you have the full build, you’ll be having extra AD as well as lifesteal fit for your auto-attacking capabilities.
If you want to reduce the healing of your enemies you can build Mortal Reminder. This is an amazing item that can inflict Grievous Wounds with just its Executioner’s Calling. And when you have fully built the item, you’ll be wrecking the enemies’ HP bars like they are nothing.
Full Build Example
An example full build for Tryndamere Mid can consist of
- Essence Reaver
- Berserker’s Greaves
- Trinity Force
- Blade of the Ruined King
- Mortal Reminder
This is the most recommended build path for Tryndamere in the mid lane. You can 1v9 any opponents and get insane win rates in a short amount of time. No one can stop your late game damage and no one can run away from you. Squishy champions like mages and ADCs will get bursted out by this item build. You’ll be shredding tanks with defenses like they didn’t have one.
Passive - Battle Fury
This passive is where Tryndamere gets his strength. He makes use of this with every auto-attack in teamfights. You get your early lane kills with this passive that increases your fury and critical chance and by extension threatens your opponent, so you can keep sustaining yourself, as this combines with your Bloodlust.
Q - Bloodlust
This is what makes Tryndamere strong when his health is low. Its ability to enhance your damage combined with your passive that increases your critical chance, makes it a simple yet effective combination. Its active can also reverse fights, as enemies don’t expect the amount of healing it gives to you. We spam this to stay in the lane even in the toughest matchups.
W - Mocking Shout
This is Tryndamere’s only CC tool. This ability reduces the attack damage of nearby targets and slows enemies that are trying to escape. This works great when your opponents turn their backs and give you enough time to use E and hit your auto-attacks.
E - Spinning Slash
This is Tryndamere’s ultimate engaging and disengaging ability. This ability synergizes with your critical strike auto-attacks and they will reduce its cooldown. This is great for Tryndamere, as this is his only dashing skill to stick to targets.
R - Undying Rage
Undying Rage is what makes Tryndamere unique. It gives him 5 second of immortality and a boost of his fury, which will increase the damage of his critical auto-attacks. With the perfect timing, you’ll be able to go inside turrets, beat your target, and easily escape with your E.
Ability Skill Order
The skill order for Tryndamere is R > Q > E > W. The reason is that you want to maximize the damage of your Q (Bloodlust) and increase your damage when you have low health, while also gaining the highest amount of healing from the ability. Focus on leveling E (Spinning Slash) next, as this ability helps you go in and out of fights. Take W (Mocking Shout) last, as its sole purpose is to slow targets and reduce their AD. Start with E at level 1 and take 2 skill points of Q before getting your W. This will provide the damage and sustain you need for the early game skirmishes. You can then prioritize the abilities you need. Take your R at 6 and skip it until levels 17 and 18, as it offers you nothing in combat.
A power spike is when a champion reaches a level or builds an item that makes him a lot stronger than other champions in the game. Tryndamere’s power spike is when he reaches level 2 and 6, because level 2 gives you access to sustain spam (Q) and level 6 is when you can elect to dive, bait, or just trade aggressively knowing your ultimate (Undying Rage) is available. Having the item Tiamat means most midlaners cannot interact with you anymore. You shove, ignore, and dive the midlaners that are stubborn. After that you can get vision, take objectives, and roam to bot or top for a dive if you like.
AA + E out combo
You must be willing to harass under tower or in tricky spots with your AA + E combo. This is the staple Tryndamere combo, and good Tryndameres abuse this even if they are turtling under the tower.
R + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + AA + E + Q out Combo
Meme combo but the point stands. You need to use ultimate (Undying Rage) at the last second, and also save your Q (Bloodlust) and E (Spinning Slash) to go out and survive, unlike most bad Tryndameres tend to do.
E + AA combo
This combo is mostly for Fleet Footwork. You need to constantly try to harass your opponents while pushing and you are hoping to out-sustain them to draw jungle ganks.
How to Play Tryndamere
Tryndamere’s early game isn’t great like Riven’s level 1, but it isn’t that bad either. You can win most level 1 trades with Doran’s Blade and passive (Battle Fury). When you get to the lane, start hitting minions to max your fury. Once your fury is maxed you can start smacking the enemy in the face with your critical hits. When you get level 2, get Q (Bloodlust). This is when you go aggressive with E + AA combo. Remember to keep auto-attacking, as that will have more advantages. If your enemy backs off, just go back to CSing. If they get low, it will be easier for you to kill them. Tryndamere does really well against anyone who relies on cooldowns to fight, so take advantage of that. He doesn’t need spells to do damage, so abuse that. Don’t forget to bait their CC and abilities first before going in, as your E (Spinning Slash) is your only engaging tool. Try to hold your Q (Bloodlust) as long as you can, like for a life or death situation or when they back off.
Once you get into the mid game Tryndamere has already placed a skill point in his ultimate (Undying Rage) and facing enemies 1v1 is not a problem. Combine forces with your jungler and face 2v2 skirmishes in your lane. When you get their HP low enough, it will be easy for you to cast your ultimate and burst them out. Any aid from allies that can lock enemies in one place can give you the chance to deal with your target quickly and easily.
- Split-pushing – When your Teleport is up you can put more pressure on the map by roaming and split-pushing the other side. If your allies are trying to get Dragon, you can push the top lane and get plates to earn more gold for you and your team. Once you’ve taken the turret at the top you can easily Teleport and assist your allies contesting the objective.
- Objective control – Rift Herald can easily be taken when you have pushed your lane. Having two Rift Heralds in the game can be very beneficial for winning, so take them if possible. For Dragons, ward the area before trying to get it, as you might face-check and lose your ultimate. Even if that is the case, your damage in this phase can not be underestimated.
This is where you shine. Having a full build with a 100% critical chance will surely delete any opponents you face. You have the damage and you will burst squishy targets like ADCs, supports, and mages. Use that advantage to smack them, so the enemy team will lose their highest damage dealers. Tanks will no longer be a problem, as you will have critical damage items on top of BotRK and Mortal Reminder to destroy their defenses. Do not go alone, as you want your allies to start the engage and let the enemies cast their CC before you go in. This way it will be easier for you to stick to the enemies and constantly keep hitting your critical auto-attacks. When you plan on taking Baron Nashor and Elder Dragon, position yourself at the back and try to flank their backline, so they will either back off or die. This will give you the teamfight and ultimately siege turrets and destroy their nexus with ease.
Tryndamere Tips and Tricks
- You can go all-in at level 2 on all matchups if you have a full fury bar.
- Wait for the enemy to cast their CC before going in.
- Whenever you push in the mid lane, dash into the enemy raptors with your E and get more gold.
- Your AA + E out combo is a great way to trade in the lane. Prioritize this combo.
- Hold your Q as long as you can, as this will be the game changer in teamfights.
- You can kill enemies under turrets with your ultimate and then quickly dash out with E.
These below videos are great game play examples for how to play Tryndamere.
Frequent Mistakes/Noob Traps
hese are things most Tryndamere players do that shouldn’t be done at a high level elo.
Mistake #1 – Consuming fury before ulting. Fury is the most important aspect of Tryndamere. Activating your Q when the enemies take a small portion of HP from you is a noob move. You will be losing your stacks and most likely you will not out-trade your opponents if you do this. Try to hold it as long as you can, as this turns any fights around your favor.
Mistake #2 – Using your ultimate to run. Your ultimate can save you from dying, but it doesn’t mean you should click it every time. Instead of your ultimate, why not use your E and quickly heal yourself with Q to disengage after going for the kill? This is a much better move than wasting Undying Rage.
Mistake #3 – Not being aggressive. Most players don’t trade aggressively often enough to leverage their sustain. You deal great damage in the early game. Use that advantage, as only focusing on farming will not give the lead you need.
Mistake #4 – Being afraid to dive people late game. You have a 100% critical chance in the late game. Why not use it to go under turrets and delete squishy targets? Split-pushing is useless if you don’t scare people into thinking you’ll actually dive the person defending the lane.
Similar Champions to Tryndamere
Listed below are some champions you can use to replace Tryndamere. Similar to him, they bully their opponents in the lane. When he isn’t available because he is either banned or picked by the enemy team, knowing these champions will give you a variety to choose from, safeguarding your LP from going down and keeping your games awesome.
Amazing engage. Great in teamfights with his ultimate. Amazing slows. Rumble rides his machine and uses his knowledge to create firepower. Allies that have high CC can boost his ability to burn through the enemy team. A Flamespitter and a dash of The Equalizer, and you’ll see burning HP bars going down in a second.
Strong early game. High mobility. Master split pusher. Renekton is a versatile champion that can deal heavy damage to targets while peeling for his allies. Very few counters can face the crocodile, and he is ready to Slice and Dice through enemies and dominate in the game. If you can’t pick Tryndamere, you still have this monster to shred your enemies.
Lots of mobility. Hard to pin down. Carry potential. No trouble is too difficult for Ekko. With his bright mind and insane weapon at hand, he can go in with Parallel Convergence and stun targets while he slaps them to death. Mistakes are often a problem, as you’ll never be able to repeat the right moves. But with Ekko, he can get up and go back to where he was moments before with Chronobreak.
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