League of Legends is considered as one of the most played video games currently. It is a multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) developed by Riot Games, wherein two teams, composed of powerful champions, battle in the arena to destroy the opposing team’s Nexus.
The roles of each champion are determined in the selection screen as the team discusses and picks the one which is most eligible and can make a great contribution to the team-play. This post will tackle more about the champion roles, lanes, and how you would pick a certain champion.
Currently, the standard meta, the layout frequently played because of its efficiency and high win rate, is composed of the following roles:
Either a Tank, an Off-tank, an Assassin, a Fighter, or combination of those
Magician or Assassin (AP Carry)
Jungler can be a Tank, an Assassin, or a Fighter
Marksman (AD Carry) and Support
In order for you to properly select which champion to use, you have to start picking your role first. Let’s get to know more about the roles for each champion or lane and let me start off with the most popular one which is the AP Carry.
The AP CARRY can be a Magician or Assassin. They usually do extreme damage to enemy champions because of their skills. However, just like on most games, magicians/assassins can be easily killed because of their low HP and squishy build. AP champions are usually ranged and can do burst damage to enemy champions. However, their basic attacks produce very little damage unless bumped by a passive or a skill.
Commonly used AP Carry Champions:
Ranged AP: Ahri, Anivia, Azir, Brand, Cassiopeia, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Lux, Malzahar, Orianna, Syndra, Veigar, Vel’Koz, Viktor, Xerath, Ziggs
Assassins: Akali, Diana, Ekko, Fizz, Kassadin, Katarina, LeBlanc, Nidalee, Talon, Yasuo, Zed
Melee AP: Fizz, Diana, Katarina, Gragas
Supports are champions whose abilities help and buff their teammates. Examples of these skills are shields, heal, speed and stat buffs. They also usually have crowd control effects to start or engage a team fight, disengage a team fight, disable the enemy champion or team, or save the team from dying which may result to more kills.
The Support role is very vital but is not that popular because it merely relies on the team for gold. A Support cannot carry the game unlike other roles. However, having a good Support can increase the chance of winning and can make a huge difference when it comes to map vision, protection, good engages, and attaining objectives.
Support may seem like an easy role, but it is not. Supports have a lot of duties and these are the following:
-Warding: Vision is very important in League. With the right vision of the map, your team can create better engages, counter enemy’s objectives, and kill enemies without losing much spell cooldowns.
-Protection: The Support’s lane partner is the AD Carry (Marksman) so its duty is to protect the Marksman at all cost so that he/she can slay more and live.
-Setting Up Engages: Most Supports poke and harass the enemy champion until your Marksman is ready to make the kill. Supports are not there to have good KDA. The kills (on minions and enemies) and are supposed to be given to your Carry so that they can have more items.
Support Champions: Annie, Alistar, Bard, Blitzcrank, Braum, Leona, Lulu, Morgana, Nami, Nautilus, Sona, Soraka, Tahm Kench, Taric, Thresh, Zyra
The Jungler can be a Fighter, a Tank, or an Assassin. Junglers deal with the jungle camps for gold and level, and will visit and gank any lane to secure a kill. Most champions can be a Jungler, but not all of them are effective as one. Usually, effective Junglers are those champions with damaging crowd control effects. Although, the Jungler role is more effective if the Summoner (player) is very knowledgeable of the game and its rotation (spawn of jungle camp monsters, when to take an objective such as kill, Dragon buff, Baron Nashor buff, and towers).
Commonly played Jungler Champions: Amumu, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Kha’Zix, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Nocturne, Rek’Sai, Rengar, Sejuani, Shaco, Skarner, Trundle, Udyr, Vi, Warwick, Zac
The Marksman is a difficult, but a very rewarding role. Playing one takes a lot of patience and determination as you have to farm as many minions as you can because this role is very dependent on its items. It is also very crucial that the Marksman stays alive during the team fight. Aside from the damage they deal to enemies, staying alive after the clash also means taking out enemy towers and a chance to secure Dragon or Baron Nashor kill, which are very important objectives as well. A good Marksman is good in farming and poking enemies at the same time. Also, a Marksman with good kiting mechanics is considered to be a strong Marksman.
Marksman Champions: Ashe, Caitlyn, Corki, Draven, Ezreal, Graves, Kalista, Lucian, Kog’Maw, Miss Fortune, Quinn, Sivir, Varus, Vayne
TANK/OFF-TANK/FIGHTER/BRUISER (TOP LANER)
Top Laners are mostly Fighters, Bruisers, Tanks, Off-Tanks, or sometimes, Assassins. These champions build damage, health, armor, magic resistance, and tenacity. Basically, it is a combination of damage and defense. Most of the top laner champions are melee with gap closer abilities to better engage in team fights.
Mostly played Top Laner Champions: Darius, Fiora, Garen, Irelia, Jax, Maokai, Olaf, Renekton, Sion, Wukong