In top until around level 5 or 6, Teemo is extremely vulnerable. I find that the absolute best way to handle these trying times to simply focus on farming for the first 10 minutes. Meanwhile try to get off as many pokes with your
as you can. If you feel like you are going to out lane your enemy then you can be more aggressive. Use
to move in to deal damage. Teemo can actually dive an enemy under their tower fairly easily using
and if you get out quickly enough you'll usually only take a single tower round. If you start getting dived to your tower, then you need to be the smarter person and use the tower to your advantage. If you're facing a diving AD bruiser like
try to use your
to disable them under your tower. A good 60-110 CS in this time period will set you up nicely for the more expensive mid game items like
Facing off against an AP top can either be as simple as rushing your
or it could end with you getting your face eaten when
hits you with his
. For the most part I choose to run full On-Hit in this situation. Grabbing my
as quickly as I can is next thing on my mind after boots.
is particularly tricky to deal with, because you end up having to run AP just to get him to stop
can be a pain because he usually ends up having more sustain than you once he gets his
he will poke you down every time. The rule of thumb to follow with Teemo is to know when and where to be aggressive. If you are getting owned top, then it is far better to not give the other team the gold for killing you. Also remember that Double Golems are up most of the time, just ask your jungler if it's ok for you to take them, 9/10 times they'll say go ahead.
Now we move to the truely Teemo part of a lane guide. Shroom placement!
This guy has it figured out as well.
Overall good Top lane guide. I'd recommend reading it as well.
The idea of effective shroom placement is to get the shroom close enough to the middle of the lane that the enemy top will hit the shroom chasing you, or running from you. But you also have to keep the shroom in a place where minions won't pop it. You also want to make sure that you use a portion of your shrooms to ward river. This reduces the threat of a gank tremendously.
The Purple teams top shroom placement is represented by the purple dots.
The Blue teams top shroom placement is represented by the blue dots.
Also keep in mind that you can bait the enemy top into one of your shrooms in order to get away, or get a kill!
It may not occur to some people why exactly a champion that mids can mid. I personally believe that a champion mids because they are capable of handling pressure from all sides. For example,
has the range to farm with his
while remaining back far enough to be able to
before he can
Teemo has his
to protect him and his
makes him elusive. The only issue with this plan is the fact that Teemo has about half the range of most mid carries, and his aoe protection must be placed manually by Teemo. This means that you have to be tricky with your
and dodge as much poke as you can to run down the enemies mana. You can also wait for them to put their poke on cool-down and
in for a
combo! If you can avoid getting poked down yourself you will generally be able to rip open the enemy mid by level 5-6. At which point your
allows you to be far more aggressive.
Shroom placement is basically the same deal as top, but you have two sketchy, gankable sides to worry about.