Can non-tanks tank?

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nyttyn

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05-02-2011

Just asking, because for example, teemo tank seems to work, but he has low base stats. Is it really nessecary to have good base stats for someone to be a tank? For example, janna has reasons to attack her without even having AP, could she work as a tank?


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Necrotroph

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Anyone can work as a meat shield by building defensive items but only true tanks can initiate and allow carries to be able to attack the other team while not taking too much focus fire.


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nyttyn

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Originally Posted by sicily84 View Post
Anyone can work as a meat shield by building defensive items but only true tanks can initiate and allow carries to be able to attack the other team while not taking too much focus fire.
Does this mean that Janna could make for a good tank? Her Q is a skill-shot version of Malphite's ult, her ult pushes everyone away and heals her team, her W slows fleeing enemies, and her E can shield her or a ally in trouble.


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Aircross

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05-02-2011

Any champion can be built tanky.

Not all champions are tanks.


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PlayerFour

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05-02-2011

Tanks are tanks because they can either keep the enemy off your own carry or keep the enemy carry suppressed, all the while absorbing damage output from the enemy team. Teemo as a tank is meaningless because he can't fulfill either of the first two criteria; there is ZERO reason to attack him, since he does no damage (and poses no threat) and he cannot provide the CC necessary to save his team.


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Janus

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05-02-2011

Tankarina works fairly well, for some reason once she starts spinning no one can resist attacking her.


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yellowfrog

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05-02-2011

Multiple tanky DPS that itemize more heavily for defense substitute fine for a "true" tank I think. I am 1000 elo and dropping though

Jarvan, Blitzcrank, and Xin somewhat as well all have good cc abilities to keep enemies off of your team.


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OBITWIZZLE

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05-02-2011

you can tank like a mofo with sivir. warmogs, atma's, BV, go to town.


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Racist Grandpa

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05-02-2011

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Originally Posted by nyttyn View Post
Does this mean that Janna could make for a good tank? Her Q is a skill-shot version of Malphite's ult, her ult pushes everyone away and heals her team, her W slows fleeing enemies, and her E can shield her or a ally in trouble.
In theory yes.

You would have to consider base stats too, no use building tanky if you have the same hp @lvl18 that Shen has @lvl1.

Im not implying her stats are low, in fact I have no idea.


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PoisonedTea

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05-02-2011

some can but the best tanks have can start a battle not just running into battle like amumu or rammus who have jumps or speed boosts