A New Player's Guide to Team Comps

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chaser676

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01-23-2013

To start off, we need to presuppose your team is running the traditional solo/solo/adc&support/jungle meta.

These are team comps you are likely to see in competitive play, but rarely in solo queue. Should you ever create a ranked 5's team or do a 5 man premade in normals, running a planned and organized team comp will take you further than you'd think. I'll be giving example teams after each description, but these are by no means ironclad or the best way to run a comp, it's just a way to get you thinking.

Lets talk about the different types.

AOE-
One of the oldest and well known comps on the list, taking an AOE (area of effect) heavy team will give you amazing teamfighting ability. Your main goal. here is to get out of laning phase as fast and as strong as you can. As soon as you start grouping up, you'll be pressing R to win.
Example team-*
Top- Wukong
Mid- Orianna, Karthus
Jungle- Amumu
Adc- Graves, Ezreal
Support- Fiddlesticks, Taric, Zyra


Poke-
Another old composition. Poke teams are capable of stupidly strong siege and harass. Harass your opponents in lane, dragon, baron, towers, really whatever. Your big counter here are initiation teams, which we will encounter later.
Example team-
Top- Jayce
Mid- Nidalee (AP), Lux, Zyra
Jungle- Kha'Zix, Mundo
Adc- Ezreal, Corki
Support- Blitzcrank, Lux, Lulu


Push-
This team comp has gotten extremely popular since the introduction of the Korean pro scene into the world circuit. Expect to see two towers down by 10 minutes and an inhibitor down by 20. Push teams will likely put their Adc/support in the top lane to force an early turret. Junglers will likely camp lanes that are already winning to make pushing even easier. Champion picks will usually be characterized by their wave clear or escape abilities. This comp relies on gaining early objectives and global gold to snowball a lead.
Example team-
Top- Ezreal/Corki/Graves and Leona/Blitzcrank/Sona, Caitlyn and Nunu
Mid- Anivia, Morgana
Jungle- Cho'Gath
Bot- Olaf, Singed, AD Nidalee


Initiation-
Similar to an AOE comp, initiation teams rely on hard cc and forced engages. Good initiation champs will usually have AOE cc that can be used at range. Once someone commits to a fight, your entire team better get behind it and start fighting. Initiation teams have some of the best teamfighting in the game, but getting behind can turn that engage power into just a minor advantage. Very strong against poke teams, who are strong at a distance but don't want to teamfight. Weak against de-initiation.
Example team-
Top- Malphite
Mid- Orianna, Lux, Zyra
Jungle- Amumu, Sejuania, Nautilus, Nocturne
Adc- Ashe (don't play initiation comps if you aren't willing to play Ashe)
Support- Leona, Alistar, Zyra, Lux


De-Initiation-
You only want to take this comp against an initiation team. De-initiation abilities allow you to shrug off hard engage, making most initiation teams useless. Look for lots of mobility and knock back. This is the team comp I'm least familiar with, take my examples with a grain of salt. If you have better picks, I'll edit them in.
Example team-
Top- Jayce, Nidalee
Mid- Kassadin, Ahri
Jungle- Dr. Mundo
Adc- Ezreal
Support- Janna


Those are the big 5. They are the most common and traditional team compositions. There are several other comps that are just as effective which I will cover next. However, I want to emphasize how important it is to understand the principles of these 5 compositions before proceeding.


Protect the Kog'Maw-
If you're fond of putting all your eggs into one basket, this team is for you. You'll have a team fully built to stopping the enemy from diving and killing your ad carry, so that means you'll need an ad carry that has the potential to do the equivalent of a full team's damage. This is where Kog comes in. With the right comp, Kog hurts. Kog hurts bad. Huge range and % health damage means you're going to shred the enemy team. That being said, Kog has no escapes and is the squishiest of the squishies. He needs support, and he needs it badly. You pretty much HAVE to take nunu as a support, bloodboil is what makes Kog a monster. You'll need a beefy team that has hard cc to stop the enemy team. Watch out for dive oriented teams; Olaf, Vi, and Nocturne will ruin your day.
Special note- Vayne can theoretically fill in for Kog as your ad carry. She has insane scaling (silver bolts) alongside great mobility (escapes and invisibility). However, her short attack range means you'll have to get up close and personal to do your damage. Be warned.
Example team-
Top- Malphite, Jarvan
Mid- Zilean, Kayle
Jungle- Nautilus, Lee Sin
Adc- Kog'Maw
Support- Nunu


Double AP/WOTA
Once a quite prevalent strategy, this composition has fallen out of favor ever since the will of the ancients and Vladimir nerfs. However, it is still quite effective. Here you will see an AP Mage/bruiser going top as well as going mid, usually with the two having some sort of synergy. Common combos include Vladimir top with Kennen mid or Rumble top with Vladmir mid. By stacking will of the ancients auras alongside Vlad's potent damage amplification, a Kennen with an hourglass or a well placed Rumble ult will devastate a clumped team.
Example team-
Top- Vlad, Rumble
Mid- Vlad, Kennen, Orianna
Jungle- Fiddlesticks, Elise
Adc- Miss Fortune, Graves, Ezreal
Support- Lulu, Taric, Zyra


Shred-
Time to shred. With the penetration changes this season, the prevalence of shred items has led to the eventual shred composition. By reducing an opponents resistances, you can deal near true damage. Items like black cleaver, last whisper, abyssal scepter, and void staff are all important purchases here.
Example team-
Top- Xin Zhao, Nidalee
Mid- Kayle, Karthus
Jungle- Vi, Amumu, Fiddlesticks
Adc- Corki
Support- Soraka


Global-
If you enjoy total map control, this comp is for you. By having champions that can affect battles no matter where they are in the game, you can easily swing the game in your favor. The key point to this strategy? Use your advantages every time they're up- don't sit on them.
Top-Shen, Pantheon
Mid- Twisted Fate, Karthus, Pantheon
Jungle- Shen, Nocturne
Adc- Draven, Ashe, Ezreal
Support- Soraka


There are many other strategies to try- don't feel limited to these. This is just an introductory sample into some common compositions you may encounter. I plan on updating this list periodically. Good luck on the field summoners!


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chaser676

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01-23-2013

One and only bump


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Cheshire Lunacy

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01-24-2013

awesome guide, thanks.

by the way who's a good support to accompany champs like MF?


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01-24-2013

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Originally Posted by Cheshire Lunacy View Post
awesome guide, thanks.

by the way who's a good support to accompany champs like MF?
Nunu for the attack and movement speed. Makes it easier for her to escape who has no form of escape ability like Corki, Ezreal, Graves, and Vayne. Also compliments her attack speed steroid. His slows from Q and R helps offensively and defensively as well.

Zyra is also great with Miss Fortune. Vine snares and ultimate help secure kills and escapes. Double AoE is a painful combination.

Nami offers great CC, decent heals, attack damage buff that compliments Impure Shots along with a short movement speed buff.