How to tell whether or not a champion is viable for tank role

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Diomedes

Junior Member

03-01-2013

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Originally Posted by RedHaro View Post
Quick, a Xin Xhao just jumped out of the bush and is attacking your ADC... What do you do?

If you have any solution to save your adc, then yes your champion is a viable tank.
(Champions such as Garen and Mordekaiser are not a tank cause they can't do **** against the xin xhao that is on top of the ADC)
Vayne condemns Xin to the wall and saves the adc. Therefore Vayne is a viable tank.
Annie stuns Xin. Therefore Annie is a viable tank.
There's a difference between being able to peel and being able to tank.


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Lajinn5

Senior Member

03-01-2013

Im Wukong so I spin to win all over Xin's face because his toplane fed me


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Mestaaja

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03-02-2013

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Originally Posted by RedHaro View Post
Quick, a Xin Xhao just jumped out of the bush and is attacking your ADC... What do you do?

If you have any solution to save your adc, then yes your champion is a viable tank.
(Champions such as Garen and Mordekaiser are not a tank cause they can't do **** against the xin xhao that is on top of the ADC)
I could always bring exhaust. Ergo, every champion is a viable tank.


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Etherimp

Senior Member

03-02-2013

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Originally Posted by iRequiem View Post
LOL this thread.

A Tank is not a champion who can save another with a skill, a tank is a champion who can get in there with high chances of survivability. So the statement of garen not being a tank is somewhat false. Garen is actually classified as a bruiser whos survivability is above average and is able to deal an average amount of damage. A tank such as cho'gath is used for his survivability and his utility. All tanks have some sort of utility such as a stun, knock up, silence, etc.Garen can be used as a tank, since his q gives him movement speed and the ability to silence a champion target he is able to get in there silence who he needs to and spin. because hes in the midst of the enemy the enemy champs would burn abilities. THATs where the survivability comes in, This is why most initiators are tanky champions.

Mmm NO. Garen is not a tank. Garen is a tanky dps. There's a difference.

There are 5 "classes" and a few sub-classes.

Tank -> Low to Moderate Damage, Support/Disruption abilities, Bonus defensive stats/passive/abilities. Amumu, Rammus, Sej, Leona, Alistar, Taric, etc, fall into this category. Can build straight defense and remain effective due to abilities either providing debuffs, initiation, disruption, peeling, or support.


Tanky DPS -> Moderate damage, Mostly Melee/Close Range, Mostly Offensive abilities with some additional defense to survive in the mix, typically fall off as they are forced to build Defense and Offense.

-AP Tanky DPS (Morde, Vlad, Cho'gath) Note: Mainly AOE and not always purely melee, but less durable than AD.

-AD Bruisers (Garen, Olaf, Wukong, Trundle etc) Note: Mainly melee, usually excel at single target dueling and mobility to get and/or stay in range.

-Anti Carry Bruisers. AP example: Akali, Diana.. AD Example, Jax or Irelia.


Carry -> High damage potential, low to moderate survivability, Primarily offense based abiltiies/passive and steroids.

-AP Carry, Often AOE, usually has some form of CC, bursty damage dependent upon cooldowns, high base damage and level dependent. Anivia, Annie, Malzahar, Brand, etc.

-AD Carry Usually mostly Single Target damage, scales with items, builds ~80% offensive items, mainly uses auto-attacks for damage, other abilities for gap closing, escapes, steroids, or finishers. Little or no CC.

-Melee Carry, such as Yi, Fiora, Tryndamere.. Highest Single target damage, but lacks CC and the survivability that Tanky DPS have. Usually has some kind of damage steroid and gap closers.

Support -> Abilities are centered around providing the team with auras, buffs, etc. Usually have some kind of CC abilities, often have heals or shields, but are not very useful on their own. Jana, Sona, Soraka, Lulu, etc.

Anti Carries/Assassins are a sort of "sub class" of all other carry classes. They usually have extremely high burst DPS, cooldown dependent, and kill/farm dependent.. They scale fast and hard, but if they get behind, they usually suffer. Often has gap closers and escapes but little in the way of survivability or sustain. AP Examples include, Le'Blanc, Katarina, while AD examples include Pantheon, Kha'Zik, Xin, etc.


To summarize..

Tank, Tanky DPS, AP Carry, AD Carry, Support.

Anti-Carries, assassins, duelist, bruisers, junglers, initiatiors, peelers are all sub classes or "attributes" which any class can have.


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Devious Rogue

Senior Member

03-03-2013

I think the closest kind of champ in LoL to a traditional PvE tank is a Bruiser-Peeler. Someone beefy and takes damage, but can also protect other, squishier members of their party through means other than to kill the threat as quickly as you can.


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