Tryndamere Build Guide

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z3rg3m3n's 2k ELO Solo Top Tryndamere

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Tryndamere Build

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  • Introduction

    Hey, everyone, and welcome to my Tryndamere guide!

    As many of you may know, I'm z3rg3m3n, the player who is in large part responsible for popularizing solo top Tryndamere.

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  • Pros / Cons

    -High damage output
    -Great escape mechanism
    -High sustain([skills/tryndamere/q.png]Bloodlust)
    -Awesome mid/endgame farmer
    -Excellent ganker

    -Easily focused
    -Item dependent
    -Weak earlygame
    -Low team utility (only [skills/tryndamere/w.png]Mocking Shout)
    -Countered by [summoners/exhaust.png]Exhaust and [summoners/ignite.png]Ignite

  • Masteries + Runes

    My masteries are 25/5/0. In the offensive tree, I take all the AD/AS/dmg masteries, I take Summoner's Wrath and Demolitionist (I do not take Butcher). In the defensive tree, I take Summoner's Resolve, 2 points in Resistance, and 2 points in Hardiness.

    For Runes, I take:
    Armor Pen reds.
    Armor yellows.
    Magic Resist blues.
    Movement speed quints.

    I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

    Some other rune types to keep in mind: flat AD, attack speed, crit damage. I have tried them out, but I honestly much-prefer my own rune setup. It may, however, be preference-based.ɉɉ

  • Summoner Abilities

    I take Ghost and Cleanse, which I feel are the most beneficial for offensive and defensive potential. I will go into all viable summoner spells and give an explanation of each:

    Ghost. You need Ghost. No matter what other summoner spell you take, Ghost is essential. It is the summoner spell that lets you chase, stay on target, and escape. Unknown to many people, movement speed is actually one of the most important factors in considering whether or not your champion gets to autoattack while chasing. This has to do with the programming, and most people have experienced it whether or not they're aware of it (Ever chase someone and your character suddenly stops instead of attacking/using ability? This is due to programming and movement speed. This is also why it is recommended that you manually move in-between autoattacks)

    You already have the gap-closing spin and you have a possible-slow [skills/tryndamere/w.png]Mocking Shout. Trust me. Take Ghost.

    Cleanse recently got buffed to remove exhaust and ignite, and with the new masteries, you can take improved cleanse, even if you're in the offensive tree! These are great buffs which make cleanse a must-take summoner spell, and it synergizes perfectly with Ghost. Cleanse can be used both defensively and offensively, and Tryndamere with cleanse, ghost, and ult, can secure a kill on practically any champion that is overextended! Be aware of your enemies' abilities (stuns/slows) and their summoner spells (exhaust/ignite) to know when to best use cleanse! And remember that it grants a lot of tenacity for a short amount of time.


    Ignite is good for a few things, and it's very kill-oriented, and I value it as as somewhat below cleanse and ghost, but it's still a great spell. Its uses are:

    A) Healing debuff. It helps you kill and burn through pesky healing whether in the context of a 1v1 or a teamfight.

    B) High Damage & DOT (Escaping targets & Teamfights): Ignite's damage is actually very significant. You can apply it for a killing blow on a target that would otherwise get away, since it is a Damage over Time. Players with a late flash or a built-in flash that's coming off cooldown can be effectively killed with ignite. This is especially true when they reach "safe zones" such as towers or their allies.

    You can also use ignite to kill a target that's almost dead but trying to kite you/escape in a teamfight. Tryndamere needs to be constantly attacking. You don't want to spend too much time chasing after one target, even if you kill him, and you don't want him to get away. Ignite solves this dilemma.

    Lastly, you can use Ignite to kill a target or help your team in last-ditch situations where you're about to die or you have to escape.

    This summoner spell is honestly amazing. It helps shut down enemy carries and it helps you & your team catch them. It's pretty self-explanatory. This summoner spell is about as useful as ignite, perhaps a bit more or a bit less, depending on team compositions.

    It can be good for backdooring and getting to team objectives midgame like dragon. But I would caution you on using this spell. It's a big tradeoff for Tryn, but it may be useful in one or two situations.

    Since it was nerfed and other spells are immensely better now, there is basically no reason to ever take flash anymore. It's not worth it.

    Any spell other than these = no. Just no.

  • Skilling Order

    I take Spin level one. Then, I prioritize Bloodlust -> Mocking shout -> spin/ult (One level of ult at 6)

    [skills/tryndamere/e.png]Spinning Slash level 1 gives you mobility that prevents enemy harass / ganks.

    [skills/tryndamere/q.png]Bloodlust gives you sustain and damage.

    [skills/tryndamere/w.png]Mocking Shout's slow and AD debuff is awesome and worth taking over slightly reduced ult CD (the Rage is basically a non-factor).ɉɉ

  • Items

    A) Starting Items
    If I'm up against a tanky/high harass opponent in lane ([champ/udyr.png]Udyr, [champ/garen.png]Garen, [champ/renekton.png]Renekton, Etc.), I take [items/dorans-shield.png]Doran's Shield. The extra base health, the armor (vs the opponent AND creeps, when you get creep aggro), and the health regeneration are very, very important.

    If I'm up against a squishy/low harass opponent in lane ([champ/nidalee.png]Nidalee, [champ/vladimir.png]Vladimir, [champ/irelia.png]Irelia, etc), I take boots + health potions. The mobility is very nice, but you have to think about whether the potions will last you and how effective it is vs [items/dorans-shield.png]Doran's Shield.

    There are honestly a lot of fringe cases, and a lot of it can be decided by how much jungle support each team will be granted, and whether or not anyone can lane swap. I might take [items/dorans-shield.png]Doran's Shield sometimes vs [champ/jarvaniv.png]Jarvan IV, and at other times take [items/boots-of-speed.png]boots + [items/health-potion3.png]pots vs [champ/jarvaniv.png]Jarvan IV. This isn't an exact science, but these are general parameters I have.

    [items/cloth-armor.png]Cloth Armor + [items/health-potion5.png]potions: I have changed my mind about this starting item set. I used to dislike it because it is not cost efficient unless you are building [items/wriggles-lantern.png]wriggles, and I felt that this would offset your carry build too much in midgame. However, I think that against some matchups, like [champ/renekton.png]renekton or an offensive [champ/gangplank.png]gangplank, it is probably the best and safest choice, and building wriggles can be beneficial vs an AD-heavy team comp, or for a bit of extra jungle/dragon/baron control. I still do not buy wriggles most games, as I do believe it offsets Black Cleaver by a lot, but I do think it is a good item for some situations.

    I've seen many people asking about other starting item sets:

    [items/dorans-blade.png]Doran's Blade / [items/long-sword.png]Longsword / [items/brawlers-gloves.png]Brawler's gloves: The biggest problem I see with these is that they're extremely risky, and not necessarily more beneficial than the other starting item sets.

    B) Midgame Items:

    I always buy [items/berserkers-greaves.png]Berserker's Greaves on my first time back to base. Very cost-efficient, and they give stats that you need. Yes, sometimes you may want [items/mercurys-treads.png]Mercury's Treads instead of [items/berserkers-greaves.png]Berserker's Greaves - but you won't need [items/mercurys-treads.png]Mercury's Treads until much later in the game, and you can buy/sell [items/berserkers-greaves.png]Berserker's Greaves at a minimal cost, when compared to the benefit. Basically, buying [items/berserkers-greaves.png]Berserker's Greaves gives you the level 2 boots ASAP with stats that are useful, at a very low cost.

    Here is, again, where it gets tricky. I change my build immensely at this point based on many factors, such as how much gold I have, the enemy team composition, and what I want to accomplish.

    To elaborate and give a couple of examples:
    Vs. a [champ/nidalee.png]Nidalee, I might rush a [items/zeal.png]Zeal and a [items/vampiric-scepter.png]Vampiric Scepter to match her mobility and lane sustain.
    Vs. an [champ/irelia.png]Irelia I might stack [items/dagger.png]Daggers to impose my advantage upon her, since she's low-harass and melee.

    There are many routes to take. My most common ones are:

    1) [items/zeal.png]Zeal -> [items/vampiric-scepter.png]Vampiric Scepter -> [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver

    2) [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver, directly.

    3) [items/dagger.png]Dagger stacking (2-3) + [items/vampiric-scepter.png]Vampiric Scepter + possibly [items/zeal.png]Zeal -> [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver.

    Another route to think about is rushing [items/youmuus-ghostblade.png]Youmuu's Ghostblade. I tend not to do it, but it's certainly not bad. I much prefer [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver, most of the time. I think [items/youmuus-ghostblade.png]Youmuu's Ghostblade might be a better buy in SOME cases, though.

    Let's compare.

    [items/youmuus-ghostblade.png]Youmuu's Ghostblade: 2687 combined cost. 30 attack damage. 20 armor pen. 15% CDR. Activatable.

    Pros: 1) You can rush [items/the-brutalizer.png]The Brutalizer for its benefits for 1337 gold. It grants 25 damage, 15 armor pen, and 10% CDR. It is extremely cost efficient and a good early-buy.

    2) Activatable 20% movespeed / 50% attack speed for 4 seconds / up to 8 seconds if you're attacking.

    Cons: 1) Without its active, it is lackluster. Very lackluster.

    2) It is not even close to being a best-in-slot item for [champ/tryndamere.png]Tryndamere. You will need to sell it later on in the game for better items, and have lost a good deal of gold.

    3) If you are CC'd / kited during your active, you will only get 4 seconds instead of 8. This is pretty significant.

    [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver: 2865 combined cost. 55 attack damage. 30% attack speed. 3-time stacking debuff (up to 45 armor penetration debuff)

    Pros: 1) Very reliable. Does not depend on a cooldown activatable. Grants extremely good stats to [champ/tryndamere.png]Tryndamere (attack damage, armor pen, attack speed) at all times.

    2) It is a DEBUFF. What does this mean? It is better than just armor penetration. ANY person attacking the target with AD ([champ/tryndamere.png]Tryndamere + allies) will benefit from the 45 armor penetration debuff. Also, you can actually get people BELOW 0 armor and do OVER 100% damage with this debuff (which you cannot do with regular armor penetration.)

    Cons: 1) You need to stack the debuff. Yeah, it's only 3 hits, but I should mention it.

    2) It does not have a big "payoff" until you have the combined item.

    For only an extra 200 gold, I'll gladly take [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver most of my games.

    Either way, these armor pen/attack speed items are actually core for [champ/tryndamere.png]Tryndamere. [items/infinity-edge.png]Infinity Edge costs 1000 more gold than either of these and it doesn't offer armor penetration or attack speed. I buy IE in long games after [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver, but unless the enemy is all stacking armor (which they shouldn't be doing because of marginal cost), armor pen / attack speed items are better than [items/last-whisper.png]Last Whisper / [items/infinity-edge.png]Infinity Edge

    Let's recap for a second. Our build should now be something like:


    C) Endgame Items:

    From here, I tend to buy [items/infinity-edge.png]Infinity Edge or [items/quicksilver-sash.png]Quicksilver Sash or finish a [items/phantom-dancer.png]Phantom Dancer or build a [items/starks-fervor.png]Stark's Fervor or build a [items/last-whisper.png]Last Whisper. Endgame items are mostly determined by enemy team composition and their items and summoner spells. [items/quicksilver-sash.png]Quicksilver Sash lets you take out an exhaust or a stun or an [summoners/ignite.png]Ignite or dots. [items/infinity-edge.png]Infinity Edge can do some massive damage combined with [items/the-black-cleaver.png]The Black Cleaver if the enemy isn't stacking armor. Maybe you need high movement speed and reliable crits. [items/phantom-dancer.png]Phantom Dancer will help. I can't really give you guys a comprehensive analysis, but keep these items in mind.

    NOTE: Many times you will need to buy things in a different order or buy different items altogether. In general, I feel AP items to be a waste on [champ/tryndamere.png]Tryndamere. I make an exception when there's an enemy [champ/karthus.png]Karthus, and I buy [items/abyssal-scepter.png]Abyssal Scepter to counter his [skills/karthus/r.png]Requiem until endgame. Just want to let you guys know that you have to adjust your build to the situation. Maybe buying an endgame [items/guardian-angel.png]Guardian Angel is the way to go! It just depends.

    NOTE 2.0: This is a general build for optimizing at high-end ELO games. Yes, you can build differently and "do well" at different ELO ranges. But the thing is, my build is focused around high ELO. Atmogs( Atma's Impaler with Warmog's Armor) build can be strong, but it is also extremely expensive, you don't optimize tryn's role, and you don't get any payoff until very very endgame. There is only a certain amount of time and gold that you have in high ELO games. You have to optimize for that.ɉɉ

  • Gameplay

    I want to make a disclaimer that you should adjust your gameplay for each and every situation, in order to maximize your potential. It may be easier in hindsight, and everyone should learn from their success and from their mistakes. Here are some of my replays that will hopefully let you see how I play (viewed through lolreplay):

    Game One:

    This game was pre-patch, but it's vs some good players like Therainman and Theoddone, and one of the rare games where I take exhaust. In this game, I like to show how to be a team player on Tryndamere.

    Game Two:

    This game is post-patch, and the most noteworthy thing about it is showing how to press your advantage and snowball. I start the game mid, as I work with my ally karthus by asking him to go top vs teemo, as he would counter me in lane. Karth and Yi end up getting first blood on teemo, and as Morgana goes top, I swap with Karthus again. This time, Teemo comes back alone, underleveled, and he makes the grave mistake of overextending and not kiting. This effectively costs him the game as I kill him once more, and shut him down while snowballing.

    I may upload some more in the future. I hope these are helpful.ɉɉ

  • Final Comments

    It was a pleasure writing this and I truly hope this helps players looking for help on Tryndamere.



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