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Twisted Fate Guide - by Halfhand, Rank 1 TF WORLD

Season 12 [Patch 12.10] - Updated


Best Overall Runes


Spells

Skill Priority

Best Overall Build


🧙🏻 Introduction

Before you read through my guide I would like to introduce myself as a way to make my guide more credible. I'm Halfhand, the Rank 1 Twisted Fate player in the world. I've been playing Twisted Fate since season 6 and have accumulated over 1 million mastery points on him.

🏆 Rank 1 Twisted Fate 🥇 Some of my Achievements

In season 12 I reached Grandmaster playing Twisted Fate with a 66% winrate. I am currently aiming for Challenger.

My accounts: Halvhand (EUW), Pnpm (EUNE) My Midlane Champion pool: Twisted Fate, Orianna, Viktor, Ryze, Cassiopeia, Syndra

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🤔 Why you should play Twisted Fate

  • You don't need to be a mechanical god to win games on him. Most Twisted Fate players like 'Dopa' have great macro understanding which allows them to win a lot of games without having to rely on mechanical outplays and solo kills.
  • 
    Twisted Fate
    fits in basically every team composition. He's not AD, so you don't have to worry about having a full AD team and his kit is perfect for setting up your team for victory.
  • His ultimate
    Destiny
    is the perfect tool to abuse bad positioning from your opponents.
  • High elo junglers love playing with good
    Twisted Fate
    players, as he is the perfect champion to set them up for succes (Global Ultimate
    Destiny
    and point and click CC
    Pick a Card
    ). This is especially important in the current meta where playing for your jungler is a really good strategy to win more games (jungle is OP).
  • 
    Twisted Fate
    's passive
    Loaded Dice
    gives you extra gold for every minion you kill. This allows you to get a gold lead without even getting any kills.

Check out my Dopa Twisted Fate review

Subscribe to my channel for more Twisted Fate related content. (Live commentaries, Reviews, Coaching sessions, ..)

General tips

  • Try to get around 7cs+ /minute.
    Twisted Fate
    's passive
    Loaded Dice
    gives you extra gold for killing minions. Your last hitting skill will also be something you can rely on every single game.
  • Don't be tunneled in on trying to kill your opponent in lane.
    Twisted Fate
    's kit isn't really designed to do this. Focus on surviving the lane and try winning the game through good use of your ultimate
    Destiny
    .
  • Don't permanently group with your team. If you have your ultimate
    Destiny
    up you can easily go into sidelane to farm solo XP/gold. Keep watching your team though, so that you can ult in if they need you.
  • Play towards one win condition. Its often better to ult botlane 4 times than to split your ults between top and bot. Play towards someone on your team that is performing well, don't try to help your 0/6
    Nasus
    get back into the game. Ignore lanes if they are too far behind to become relevant again.
  • Make sure you have a fully
    Stacked Deck
    before using your ultimate
    Destiny
    for optimal damage output.
  • Watch some of my educational gameplay commentaries/coaching sessions to better understand how to play Twisted Fate.

🎞️ ▶️ Twisted Fate Coaching Session 🎞️ ▶️ Twisted Fate Gameplay Commentary


✔️ Twisted Fate pros & cons

Pros

  • Good waveclear
  • Extra gold from passive
    Loaded Dice
    
  • Great roaming potential with
    Destiny
    
  • Point & click CC with
    Pick a Card
    
  • Great champion to onetrick
  • Perfect jungle/adc facilitator

Cons

  • Has a lot of bad matchups
  • No escape tools (immobile)
  • Requires a lot of macro understanding 🧠
  • Really hard to master
  • Low damage compared to other meta champions in midlane

📜 Runes

👑 Dopa'I personally don’t think that the choice of runes matter that much. Runes are balanced, so using one rune over another is a matter of taste. The important thing is that you have to play according to the runes and spells that you have chosen.'

Electrocute setup



Electrocute
is the most standard rune setup for 
Twisted Fate
 and will serve you well in most games. It gives you a lot of extra kill pressure when using your ultimate
Destiny
. Electrocute will help with getting a kill when your jungler ganks or when you ult to sidelane. This rune setup is also very good against melee champions (easier to proc the rune on them), or non bully ranged mages (no need to go defensive spellbook setup).

Matchups where you want to take the Electrocute setup:



  • Electrocute




What do all my runes in the Electrocute setup do exactly?

  • Breakdown

Unsealed Spellbook setup



Unsealed Spellbook
setup gives you a lot of extra defense. Take this rune setup when you feel like you will have a hard time in laning phase.

Matchups where you want to take the Unsealed Spellbook setup:

The reason it is good against these champions is because when going spellbook you can go into resolve tree secondary.  

Bone Plating
Overgrowth
 will give you the survivability you need against these champions.
Unsealed Spellbook
 is also good when you play against a mage that can easily poke you out of lane and force you to take a bad base like; 
Anivia
Orianna
Syndra
Zoe
or 
Viktor
. The reason spellbook is good against poke heavy mages is because you will be able to go 
Teleport
and tp back to lane after you get poked down by them. You won't have to take a bad base, which you would have to take if you went 
Electrocute
. After teleporting you can now swap out
Teleport
for another summoner spell like 
Ignite
(for extra kill pressure) or 
Exhaust
(for even more defense).



  • Spellbook




What do all my runes in the Spellbook setup do exactly?

  • Breakdown

☄️ Summoner Spells

When I go the

Electrocute
setup I will always go
Ignite
to all in on damage for my level 6 powerspike. The powerspike I will be playing towards is having my ultimate
Destiny
,
Ignite
and
Electrocute
up. This will often be enough damage to get a kill onto someone. (Keep in mind
Twisted Fate
is not a champion like
Talon
. You won't really be able to one shot someone who is full HP, so make sure you have teammates around to help you.)

When I run the

Unsealed Spellbook
setup I will often go for
Teleport
with it. This is because of the really hard matchups where you will be forced to take a bad recall (miss minions/xp). Use
Teleport
to get back to lane faster and swap to
Ignite
or any other defensive spell like
Barrier
/
Exhaust
afterwards.

  • Spells

🃏 Abilities



If you're wondering what Twisted Fate's ablities do, feel free to watch this video :)

Ability skill order= Q

Wild Cards
 -> W
Pick a Card
-> E
Stacked Deck
Of course you unlock your R
Destiny
 whenever you can. This will be at level 6, 11 and 16. For the first 3 levels you should go E -> W -> Q I really like the
Stacked Deck
level 1 for farming and pressuring the opponent. The only time I go W-Q-E is when I am zoned away from my farm lvl 1. (Which could happen in these matchups;
Anivia
,
LeBlanc
,
Viktor
,
Akshan
.)

  • Skill Path

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⌛ Item Build

  • Items

Standard Items

    Situational Items

    • Expand for a detailed explanation

    Late Game Items

    • Expand for a detailed explanation

    When do I buy which boots?

    • Expand for a detailed explanation

    ⚔️ Matchups

    

    Twisted Fate
    doesn't really have "winning lane matchups" as this champion is designed to play the map and win through macro, not by solo killing your opponent in lane. Keep this in mind when laning. Twisted Fate's laning phase is often just surviving and last hitting as many minions. When you hit level 6
    Destiny
    you play the map and outroam your opponent.

    • EXTREME
    • HARD
    • EVEN
    • EASY

    💖 Synergies

    

    • IDEAL
    • STRONG
    • BAD

    🧠 Twisted Fate Concepts

    Here are a few important concepts you should understand when playing

    Twisted Fate
    


    Identifying your win condition

    

    Twisted Fate
    is far from a solo carry champion. His identity is more that of a supportive midlane roamer comparable to
    Karma
    ,
    Galio
    &
    Ryze
    . Therefore he will always in a way be reliant on his team to close out the game with him. Because of his identity it is really important to be able to identify who you should be playing towards during the game. The 2 strongest carry roles in the current meta are ADC and jungle. So most of the time you want to be playing towards either one of them.

    When to play for your botlane ✔️

    • Your botlane has a lead over their opponent. (More cs, more turret plates, more items, ...) This indicates they are probably better players, hence why it might be a good idea to get them further ahead.
    • Your support has a strong follow up on your ultimate
      Destiny
      + gold card combo. (Examples;
      Nautilus
      ,
      Thresh
      ,
      Leona
      ,
      Pyke
      ,
      Blitzcrank
      ,
      Bard
      , ...) This makes it really easy to CC chain the enemy and kill them.
    • Your adc is a hardcarry marksman. (Examples;
      Jinx
      ,
      Aphelios
      ,
      Vayne
      ,
      Twitch
      ,
      Tristana
      )

    When not to play for your botlane ❌

    • Your botlane is really far behind
    • Your support has a no decent follow up on your ultimate
      Destiny
      + gold card combo. (Examples;
      Lulu
      ,
      Senna
      ,
      Karma
      ,
      Renata Glasc
      ,
      Soraka
      ,
      Janna
      , ...)
    • Your adc is a supportive marksman. (Examples;
      Jhin
      ,
      Ezreal
      ,
      Sivir
      ,
      Ashe
      )

    When to play for your toplaner ✔️

    • Your toplaner is stomping his opponent.
    • Your toplaner has good followup on your ultimate
      Destiny
      + gold card combo. (Examples;
      Camille
      ,
      Jax
      ,
      Urgot
      ,
      Renekton
      )
    • The toplane matchup is volatile. Meaning; The first champion to get ahead will most likely roll over the other one. (Examples;
      Fiora
      vs
      Irelia
      ,
      Riven
      vs
      Darius
      ,
      Jayce
      vs
      Tryndamere
      )

    When not to play for your toplaner ❌

    • Your toplaner is really far behind. (Don't help your toplaner when he is 0/5. Even when he is spam pinging for help. It makes more sense to play for a winning lane rather then trying to get a losing lane back in the game.)
    • Your toplaner has no followup on your ultimate
      Destiny
      + gold card combo. (Examples;
      Vladimir
      ,
      Gangplank
      ,
      Teemo
      ,
      Kayle
      )
    • The toplane matchup is tank versus tank or scaling vs scaling. (Examples;
      Dr. Mundo
      vs
      Malphite
      ,
      Vladimir
      vs
      Kayle
      )

    When to play for your jungler ✔️

    • Your jungler is stomping his counterpart. (more cs, higher level, more items, ...) This idicates he is probably a better player, hence why it might be a good idea to get him further ahead.
    • Your jungler is a carry champion. (Examples;
      Rengar
      ,
      Evelynn
      ,
      Lee Sin
      ,
      Hecarim
      ,
      Kha'Zix
      ,
      Kayn
      , ...)

    When not to play for your jungler ❌

    • Your jungler is really far behind compared to his counterpart
    • Your jungler is a tank. (Examples;
      Amumu
      ,
      Sejuani
      ,
      Zac
      ,
      Rammus
      )

    

    Disclaimer. These are just general examples. League of Legends is far more complicated than this, but hopefully this gives you a general idea on how to play towards your win condition.


    Map Awareness

    🗺️ Map awareness is a really important skill for every

    Twisted Fate
     player. Looking at the map will make you be able to determine when and where to use your ultimate. When you are laning you should look at the mini map every few seconds. Once your ultimate
    Destiny
    is up, you should look at the minimap a bit more because now you will have to look for an actual opportunity to ult in. Playing with locked camera and never panning your camera towards your teammates means you will be missing opportunities for your R.


    Wave pushing

    At level 5 you will need 2 q's to kill the caster minions, this strategy can be used to get a good recall/base timer. You can shove in the wave fast, recall and by the time you are back in lane you won't miss any minions. Example of me doing it here: https://youtu.be/j_jvdevdvGE?t=308


    Using Dematerializer properly

    Running my rune setup you will have 3 dematerializers at the start of every game. Use one demat on every type of minion to get more damage on those minions throughout the game. For every demat used you will deal 6% extra damage to that type of minion. You can also use your dematerializer to get a good base. Example of me doing it here: https://youtu.be/bDILDuIr8Eo?t=266


    River Control & Warding

    Twisted Fate's ultimate isn't completely global. Ulting to a sidelane you will have to walk into the jungle/river. This is why you want vision control over these areas, as then walking into river/jungle is a lot less dangerous. Warding the river is the single most important thing to establish river control. It will allow you to use your ultimate a lot more effectively. Try to always have at least 1 

    Control Ward
    on the map. Preferably you want to place this in 1 of the river bushes. Example of where to place your trinkets and control ward below


    First Crab spawn

    Always try to play for your jungler when the first Scuttle crab is about to spawn. Scuttle crab gives a lot of gold and junglers will want to take atleast one of them. Make sure you have your wave pushed in so you can move first in order to help your jungler if needed. If you can't move first because you managed your wave badly or the enemy outplayed you, ping your jungler back. Then he has to decide whether he wants to give the crab or contest it. If he doesn't want to contest try to coordinate with your team to get the other crab. The important thing to remember here is that you have to play for your jungler. If he doesn't care about the crab then you can just stay in lane, no problem. But most junglers will want to get at least one crab at 3:15.


    Jungle synergy

    Synergy with your jungler is really important when playing Twisted Fate. Try to coordinate ganks together. If you want to ult bot at level 6, let your jungler know. That way he can alter his pathing to be botside when you are about to hit 6. If you are 4 man bot you can often easily secure dragon after ganking.


    Wave management

    Wave management is a very important skill to have as a 

    Twisted Fate
     player or as a midlaner in general. It is very complicated and can't be explained in a compact guide. I will try to go over some of the more important things but if you are really getting into higher mmr (Diamond 3-2 +) I would recommend looking more into this yourself or booking a coaching session with me.

    The first minion waves Into easy matchups like 

    Kassadin
    Katarina
    ,
    Talon
     you mostly look to harass them in the first few levels. But make sure you don't sacrifice too many minions. Always make sure your wave is either; pushing in fully, coming to you or stable in the middle of the lane. Every time you cross the middle part of the lane to push in the minions under the enemy tower you should beware of the enemy jungler position since you are susceptible for ganks.

    Into harder matchups where it doesn't really make sense to look for early trades like 

    Syndra
    Viktor
    Yasuo
    ,
    Zed
     you mostly want to keep the wave in the middle or just out of your tower range. This way you can safely farm and are not really gankable.

    Once you hit level 6

    Destiny
    you can look to hardpush the wave in order to ult to the sidelane without losing too many minions. If you don't have your
    Destiny
    up ask yourself if it makes sense to push in or not.

    These are some basic wave management tips for Twisted Fate. I could write a 30 page guide on wave management alone so to make it more easy for you guys to take in I highly recommend you to watch Curtis his video about 'Midlane Fundamentals - wave management' shown below.

    Feel free to watch this if wave management interests you. All credit goes to Curtis!

    Using your ultimate

    Your ultimate 

    Destiny
    is the single most important spell 
    Twisted Fate
    uses to influence the game. This tool if mastered can win you unwinnable games, turn a 2v3 in a 3v3, backdoor the enemy nexus or camp one opponent so hard he decides to go afk. I have had it all and I can say 
    Twisted Fate
    's ultimate is the reason I like him so much.

    Your first ultimate method 1  This is the most basic method and is also used by Dopa in most of his games. For your first ult you should try to base at lvl 5 to buy your first items. In most games you want these items on your first base;  

    Boots
    Dark Seal
    Amplifying Tome
    + 1  
    Control Ward
    . Run to lane after buying your items, get level 6 and start looking for ganks. If there are no opportunities don't feel pressured to use your R 
    Destiny
    . You can always hold on to it and wait for a better window.

    Your first ultimate method 2  Method 2 is very abusable in lower elos. You can greed and stay in lane to get level 6, then base, buy items and look for an ultimate from the base (example; walking straight bot). After your ult bot you can walk back to midlane and you will most likely not lose a lot of minions. The reason this only works in lower elos is because in Higher elos I often get poked out before that. Lower elo players will rarely punish you, meaning you can stay in lane longer and greed your base timings. Example of me ulting from base: https://youtu.be/68KBNki_iVk?t=424

    Ult usage after that  Your ults after that are really dependent on the game state. I myself often try to ult after I base. I do this because I will have spend all my gold and therefore I will have more damage. If you ult somewhere with 2k in the bank you are missing out on alot of damage. So, run from fountain to bot/top, ult in and after that you can run mid to catch your minions.

    Sidelane control Always try to heavily control one side of the map. For example you play fully for botside in order to secure dragon soul. Or you play fully for topside in order to get multiple heralds and play the map. Ulting bot, then top, then bot again is often a bad idea since its better to play for one winning side instead of cutting losses on both sides.


    Splitpushing

    Since 

    Twisted Fate
    his ultimate is a global ability, splitpushing is another really important skill/concept to understand.

    DO NOT 5 MAN ARAM MID WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR R (

    Destiny
    ) UP After the laning phase ends try to go into a solo lane. This will give you a lot more xp and gold compared to sitting mid with your entire team and sharing all the xp/gold between 5 players. Whenever you have your  Destiny up you can also splitpush and join the fight with your R 
    Destiny
     if needed. This is probably one of the most common mistakes lower elo players make. The amount of gold and xp that is wasted in lower mmr because everyone is always trying to 5 man aram in a lane is insane. You can get really big level and item leads by just focusing on catching sidelanes on your own.

    Lane swaps Once your bot ganks with 

    Destiny
     start paying off and you manage to get bot tower, your botlane should swap with toplane. Let them both go top and you will farm up mid and pressure from there. You do this because a botlaner & support give off a lot more pressure than you on your own without R. Since you already took bot tower you want to move your pressure point from the botlane to toplane in order to get tower & herald.

    Basic rule set of catching waves After about 15 - 20 minutes the laning phase will most of the time be ending. In most games the XP / Gold is shared like this; - The ADC & Support will take the midlane experience. - You and the toplaner will catch the sidewaves. This can change from bot to top depending on the game state. - The jungler will catch waves if really needed and farm the jungle camps.

    ❗ Splitpushing Disclaimer ❗

    Twisted Fate
    is not a splitpusher like
    Tryndamere
    ,
    Camille
    ,
    Jax
    ,
    Fiora
    &
    Nasus
    . These champions have the goal to 1v1 the opponent and get towers in the sidelane.
    Twisted Fate
    is far weaker in an isolated 1v1 compared to these champions. So you have to be a bit more careful when pushing sidelane on your own. When I refer to splitpushing I mean sitting in a sidelane and catching solo xp and gold. Only pressure the enemy with your sidelane push if you are a lot stronger or if you have someone shadowing you (jungler or support are backing you up).


    💛 Outro

    Congratulations you've made it to the end of my guide! I would like to thank you for reading through. I hope you learned something and wish you the best of luck with your games 🙂 If you have any questions feel free to join my discord server

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