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How to tank?

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Baalhrezem

Recruiter

05-02-2011

I've been thinking about what a tank's roles are supposed to be recently. I came across a few things, mainly a tank needs the following things:

(a) An initiation move, sometimes can be settled with a summoner spell
(b) A CC move to save teammates, you can not get this through items
(c) A way to be a major soak, sometimes can be settled with plenty of items

The strongest of each of these (in my opinion) are:
(a) Amumu's Bandage Toss + Ult or optionally Alistar with flash
(b) Alistar's Pulverize and Headbutt
(c) Rammus' Defensive Curl

This is an easy way to tell whether or not you can tank. Take the obvious choices Shen or Rammus. Rammus has (a) powerball, (b) Taunt and powerball knockback, and (c) defensive ball curl.

Shen has (a) Stand United, (b) Shadow Dash, (c) his W. His W is a little weak but can be made up for in items.

Now take examples of things that obviously aren't tanks. Mordekaiser lacks a way to initiate and offers little to no cc depending if he bought Rylai's. Mundo lacks an intiating way of other than just walking into the enemy team, has a poor cc choice, but excels in (c).

Another example: Udyr. Udyr has (a) Bear Stance + Ghost, (b) Bear Stance, (c) Turtle Stance. Yet Udyr is commonly not seen as a main tank of the team. Why? He is lacking in the (a) department. He is very reliable on walking up to an enemy team, and his initiation can easily be stopped. As compared to Malphite's Ult.

tl;dr: What champions have the kit to be a tank, but are not normally seen as such?


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ZiggyOnMars

Senior Member

05-02-2011

smell your teammates next move
be aggressive,
the most difficult part is how to cooperate with your teammates by movement signal.
You need to sense their move , it test the level of how good empathy you are


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Reikken

Senior Member

05-02-2011

Annie has (a) and (b) covered with AoE stun applied on her ult and/or W, and Molten Shield helps with (c).

(a) She has pretty high base damage on her AoEs, so the area disable comes with a nice chunk of damage, and they're ranged, reducing the need for some kind of gap closing move. On (b), she can cycle out stuns pretty quickly, but she does need a target to use Q on or else the cycling is slow going. usually not a problem, but sometimes it can be. Also she can potentially be caught without a stun immediately on hand. (c) She has about 250 less health at 18 the likes of Amumu. E more than makes up for that in that particular case, but it's still worth noting. leaves her less beefy than, say, Udyr. Her E also causes her to do more damage if she's being attacked.


Quote:
ZiggyOnMars:
smell your teammates next move
be aggressive,
the most difficult part is how to cooperate with your teammates by movement signal.
You need to sense their move , it test the level of how good empathy you are

Did you read the first post?


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