Top vs Bot--What's the Difference?!

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johntiger1

Junior Member

01-23-2013

Could someone please explain the difference between the two? I'm a fairly new player but my friends all play LoL and insist that top is for solo melee. Is this just a convention or is there an actual, geographical difference between the two lanes?


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beermanfu

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01-23-2013

Bot lane is closer to dragon, so the adc and support go bot lane, so you have more people closer to dragon, to take or contest it. Top lane is solo generally because you have a jungler in the game, so there will be two solo lanes.


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Sereg Anfaug

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01-23-2013

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Originally Posted by beermanfu View Post
Bot lane is closer to dragon, so the adc and support go bot lane, so you have more people closer to dragon, to take or contest it. Top lane is solo generally because you have a jungler in the game, so there will be two solo lanes.
This.


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Fat Ninja

Senior Member

01-23-2013

Yep. Mainly for dragon control.


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Delete Teemo

Senior Member

01-23-2013

Also, top lane is longer, and way more gankable. So you want a tough character who can survive a gank.


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Jacob Grimm

Senior Member

01-23-2013

i.e. a "Bruiser" like Garen, Darius, Pantheon, etc. Characters who can hang solo for the first few levels. Bottom lane you want your ADC and Support. The Support keeps the ADC alive while they get CS. As soon as they get a gank (like 6 or so) they grab the dragon.

Now you can change things up if you want, and sometimes that confuses the enemy enough to work, but more often than not straying from the meta results in a loss. Remember, the meta isn't some arbitrary rule imposed by Riot, it is the system that has evolved over time as the most efficient way to win the game. Ignore it at your own peril.


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RUSHCO Dangler

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01-23-2013

at low levels, a lot of games will be played without a jungler. most pre-lv 30 junglers are smurfs. in a low level game with no jungler, there really is no difference between top and bot. but with a jungler, u want the solo to be top because of dragon, as mentioned before.


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Darth Starkiller

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01-23-2013

Top Lane is a lane dominated by Champions with very high dps, durability, or sustainability. An example of each would be Darius, Garen, and Warwick, respectively. These lanes are typically very passive in the early-mid game, as both are fully aware of the threat the opposing team's jungler poses in the early stages of the game. This lane is arguably the one that is ganked the most, and generally the most successfully.

Bottom lane is smaller/shorter in length than Top, but is typically occupied by the ADC and the Support of your team. The Support (or in some cases Tank replacement) will attempt not to farm the minions, while the ADC stays passive and farms. There is rarely any First Bloods in this lane, as the Support typically has either a large amount of CC (Janna) or a wide range of supporting abilities like heals (Soraka), and kills rarely happen until mid-game, when ultimates become available and the lane phase begins to reach its end.


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Luucidx

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01-24-2013

To cover a point no one has yet to discuss.

Top lane isn't always necessary for only melee champions. Teemo, Nidalee, Rumble, Vladmir, and Jayce comes to mind which are viable picks which provide teams certain things whether its global map pressure or lane pressure.

Having a tank/bruiser for top lane is favorable as the typical AP carry and AD carry will most likely be too squishy to initiate teamfights. Balanced teams are the way to go as they guarantee a greater chance of success. At least, in my opinion.


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IS134793e5f3c35e84c7d25

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01-24-2013

each team needs one jungler, and since dragon is bot lane, you'd want your duo lane to either be mid or bot lane. but since mid lane is already really safe of a lane(due to short distance between the 2 turrets), it is preferred to have a support on the bot lane protecting the ranged ad carry(closer to dragon than top lane). but in this meta ranged ad carry is just a liability. and picking 3 strong solo laners for each lane is actually preferred, as long as you have a comp that can't be poked and is also good at poking. unless it is a good ranged ad carry like ezreal or graves or cait, who have good self mobility spells and cait makes the list due to strong early game and poking.


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