In terms of slang, being called a dirty rat has a lot of negative connotations. Normally, you’re considered a liar, a schemer who betrays their allies and is only out for themselves. Maybe you think of noted dirty rat Peter Pettigrew, or Randall from Recess or even Gollum. A clever, tricky scheming rat that doesn’t jump into mind immediately is probably jungle Twitch, whose antics allow for quicker climbing because of his mischievous ways.
Jungle Twitch has all the qualities of a powerful solo queue pick — an obnoxious skill that is difficult to deal with in more uncoordinated environments, scaling to stall and eventually win mid and late game fights and a long range ability that is difficult to collapse on. Beyond that, the pick also has really great win rates regardless of proficiency on the champion due to all the factors above. The Chinese zodiac suggests that 2017 is the year of the Rooster, but jungle Twitch may just prove that it’s actually the year of the Rat.
Why does this work?
Jungle Twitch is one of the cheesier early game picks available to players. The ability to go invisible allows Twitch to flank enemies through unsuspecting angles and as a result guarantee kills or summoner spells. The need for blue buff in this case is actually greater than the need for the slow and damage from red buff, due to your high burst damage with a stacked E. More blues means more stealth which means more gank opportunities.
Twitch’s jungle clear is exceptional, as he is able to expunge targets early, keep the poison stacks, and expunge again on cooldown. In a sense, Twitch starts the game with red buff damage which will help him clear much faster. With W, he can area of effect clear camps, while taking Q second and doing solo camps such as gromp and red buff with his massive attack speed from masteries, runes and his Q buff.
In early levels, Twitch is all about ganking and keeping his lanes ahead. The difference between Twitch in lane and Twitch in the jungle is that the latter doesn’t care for scaling, thanks to his unencumbered jungling. Invades early aren’t as much of an issue because of his healthier clear through kiting. Once Twitch is double-buffed, that’s when he truly comes online. Every lane is gankable, but don’t go to lanes assuming you can be seen. Your stealth allows you to take each and every angle to help your allies and turn your opponents into ratatouille.
And if you’re feeling especially in line with the mentality of a dirty rat? Grab red first and gank a lane at Level 2 to completely tilt someone off the face of the planet.
Twitch’s ultimate makes those ganks even more deadly, and your second red buff lines up well with Twitch getting Level 6. Make it rain with his Level 6, Skirmisher’s Sabre and Runaan’s for teamfights and skirmishes. As you continue into the game, Twitch jungle also scales well as a second AD carry, especially when using items such as Bloodrazor enchantment and Runaan’s Hurricane, which can turn Twitch into an immediate tank shredder.
- Hunter's Machete + Refillable Potion
- Skirmisher's Sabre
- Boots of Mobility or Berzerker's Greaves
- Bloodrazor Enchantment
- Runaan's Hurricane
- Infinity Edge
- Mortal Reminder
- Guardian Angel
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.