Teemo Counters: How To Counter Pick Teemo

Teemo, “I’ll F*** Em’ Up”. Well, he actually says, “I’ll scout ahead”. But, we know what he means. Teemo is capable of playing any role and can build both AD and AP damage. He uses poison as his main damage dealer and has a blind. He can also vanish if he does not move for a set amount of time. In this article, we explain how to effectively counter Teemo.

Best Teemo Counters

  • Yorick
  • Pantheon
  • Rumble
  • Akali
  • Cho’Gath
  • Zed
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Teemo Counter Picks

Now that you know who counters Teemo, you can finally counter pick Teemo in any matchup. Let’s take you through some tips on how to use a few of these champions who are counters to Teemo. After, there is a general section explaining how to use any LoL champion as counters for Teemo. After all, if you know how to play against Teemo, you can play safely and effectively to defeat Teemo in a lane.

Rumble

Rumble is a little weak at levels 1-3. But by level 4-5 you can start to be a real pain for Teemo. Either Start Q level 1 to shove the wave immediately, or just go with E and W at early levels to survive. By rank 3 Q you can trade. Teemo’s range is short.

Pantheon

Teemo can’t harass Pantheon without putting himself in range of his pokes and burst. Pantheon doesn’t need auto attacks to kill Teemo so minions offer Teemo no advantage and he is zoned.

Yorick

If you see Teemo drop a mushroom you can use Omen of Pestilence (W) to pop the mushroom and take no damage.

Cho’Gath

You can farm and poke Teemo simultaneously with Vorpal Spikes. Your sustain outlasts his damage and wait for 6 when you can kill him from 75% HP.

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Tips For Playing Against Teemo

  • Avoid fighting a Teemo if you’re an auto-attack based champion. His blind will mess you up.
  • Teemo is weak against gap closers, as his Move Quick is on a long cooldown.
  • As a jungler, consider a red trinket, as most Teemo’s will protect themselves from ganks with their shrooms.
  • When chasing Teemo, don’t take his exact path, he is most likely running to his shroom farm. Try to chase a bit off to the left or right.
  • If Teemo uses his blind to harras you, punish him by engaging him, as soon as the blind is over. Especially early his Q is most of his damage, so you should be able to win the trade.
  • Purchasing Doran’s Shield can counter Teemo early game by reducing damage from his auto attacks and restoring health, but bear in mind that Toxic Shot is not blocked. This is especially useful for melee champions who will take occasional harass from Teemo in lane.
  • If you’re playing on Summoner’s Rift, Control Ward in the strategic place where you think Teemowill place his Noxious Trap. You also can attempt to bait him into taking out your Control Ward in order to engage a fight.
    • Oracle Alteration is a great counter to Teemo, revealing and disabling his traps whilst giving you true sight to sweep out , even more, mushrooms or see through his Camouflage.
    • If you’re playing Twisted Treeline, Arcane Sweeper will help you see his Noxious Trap or Teemo himself that is hidden with his Camouflage.
  • When facing Teemo as an auto-attack reliant champion, it is best advised to buy a Quicksilver Sashto remove the blind CC from his Blinding Dart.
  • Use Spectre’s Cowl when up against an AP Teemo, as it will mitigate a good portion of his damage output and restore you some health.
  • Use a Health Potion when you are low on health and are affected by Toxic Shot, that way you can negate the poison damage from his Toxic Shot.
  • Since most of Teemo’s damage output comes from autoattacks with his Toxic Shot, consider building Randuin’s Omen and Frozen Heart. More especially so with the former as it’s passive and active can negate Move Quick.
    • Keep in note that Toxic Shot deals a lot of magic damage instead of physical damage and you still need some magic resistance along with attack speed reduction.
  • When chasing an enemy Teemo that enters Camouflage, area of effect and skillshot abilities can forcibly cause Teemo to break stealth and attempt to escape. Knockback and knockup effects will break Teemo’s Camouflage as well.
  • When facing AP Teemo during early game, he will typically poke and run while letting his poison deal damage and lowering your health gradually, until he is able to burst you down. Be prepared to pull away if he approaches, and use Health Potions to keep your health high.
  • Do not chase Teemo if he attacks once and then runs, particularly AP Teemo, as he is most likely luring you through a field of Noxious Traps.
  • If you are using a champion whose damage output is either strongly or entirely based on their auto attacks (ex. JaxVayneKog’Maw, or even Teemo himself) you need to purchase items to mitigate Teemo‘s Blinding Dart
    • Quicksilver Sash and items providing Tenacity are quite useful (ex. Mercury’s Treads and Moonflair Spellblade)
  • If you’re using a long-ranged marksman champion such as TristanaCaitlynKog’Maw with Bio-Arcane Barrage activated or Jinx using Fishbones, take advantage of your extended range in order to stay away from his Blinding Dart.
  • Teemo is often played top lane and very rarely mid lane because his Blinding Dart, his damage over time with his Toxic Shot and his kiting kit potential with his Move Quick and Noxious Trapscan give most melee bruisers (i.e. NasusRenektonJaxGangplankWukongTryndamereAatroxRengarOlafTrundle, and Darius), assassins (i.e. FizzAkaliMaster Yi, and Diana) an extremely hard time. However, keep in note that Blinding Dart only blocks auto-attacks and does not block damage and crowd-control effects from abilities. Because of this, AP mages with spells that can outrange and out-push him (i.e. Lux and Ziggs) or AD casters with spammable ranged abilities (i.e. Pantheon and Zed) can lane decently well against Teemo and zone him out.
  • Most Teemo players disregard building defensive items and are therefore easy to kill. Look for opportunities to engage and burst him before he can retreat to his minefield.
  • Noxious Traps grants Teemo strong map control by granting minor vision in addition to the strong slow and damage over time makes Teemo relatively difficult to gank after level 6. Coordinate with your jungler before level 6 to shut down his farming and bring Oracle Alteration if necessary.
  • In mid-late game, a Spell Shield (Shroud of DarknessBlack Shield, or Banshee’s Veil) can help with clearing Noxious Traps.
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By using the champions who counter Teemo and the LoL Teemo counter tips above, you can now develop a strategy to help you, as a summoner, become an effective counter to Teemo players.

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