Best Champions By Role

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Aelexe

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01-30-2012

Hey there.

Could someone please provide me with a list of the best heroes for each role in LoL? I feel I need to buckle down with a select hero for each role in order to improve my ability.


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Burbinator

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01-30-2012

jungle: lee sin, skarner, udyr. honorable mention nocturne rammus

ad carry: sivir (but will be nerfed next patch...). Corki/trist/vayne/graves/cait are a tier below

ap carry: vlad (!) ahri/cass/xerath/kennen/ryze/morg

support: sona, soraka, alistar (hard to play)

solo top: gangplank. Most variety here because easiest lane to counterpick. Riven, rumble also pretty strong.

keep in mind tho that a lot of picking depends on who fits your team comp and counterpicks too, so just learning who is "best" isnt' necessarily going to win you games if you get counterpicked all the time.


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oogabuga

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01-30-2012

It is worth a note that just about every champion is viable, except Eve. It is best to find one that suits your play style.


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Slumber Jack

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01-31-2012

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Originally Posted by Burbinator View Post
jungle: lee sin, skarner, udyr. honorable mention nocturne rammus

ad carry: sivir (but will be nerfed next patch...). Corki/trist/vayne/graves/cait are a tier below

ap carry: vlad (!) ahri/cass/xerath/kennen/ryze/morg

support: sona, soraka, alistar (hard to play)

solo top: gangplank. Most variety here because easiest lane to counterpick. Riven, rumble also pretty strong.

keep in mind tho that a lot of picking depends on who fits your team comp and counterpicks too, so just learning who is "best" isnt' necessarily going to win you games if you get counterpicked all the time.
Jungle: You forget Shyvana. Amumu is also extremely underrated.

AD Carry: Miss Fortune and Ezreal have been seeing more appearances in tourneys than Cait and Vayne as of this last patch. Caitlyn is actually almost never seen due to her need to dominate the laning phase to be useful at all past the laning phase, and I'm confused as to how you forgot Kog.

AP Carry: You forget Rumble, Galio, and Mordekaiser, all who are frequent picks in the tournament scene.

Support: Nunu sees more appearances than Alistar.

Top: Yeah all counter picking. Agreed. Odd you would list GP first.


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D0VAHKllN

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01-31-2012

Don't forget Annie for AP.

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Everspace

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01-31-2012

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Jungle: You forget Shyvana. Amumu is also extremely underrated.

AD Carry: Miss Fortune and Ezreal have been seeing more appearances in tourneys than Cait and Vayne as of this last patch. Caitlyn is actually almost never seen due to her need to dominate the laning phase to be useful at all past the laning phase, and I'm confused as to how you forgot Kog.

AP Carry: You forget Rumble, Galio, and Mordekaiser, all who are frequent picks in the tournament scene. These are technically bruisers, with Galio being a Mage/Tank

Support: Nunu sees more appearances than Alistar.I dissagree. I would also like to mention Janna

Top: Yeah all counter picking. Agreed. Odd you would list GP first.
Just about all the champions are solid picks for one reason or another. Learn to like all of them to get the best advantage on the enemy team.

Very few champs are completely worthless (and the ones that are were made to be like that for now), although I would recommend staying away from the awkward Support-Mages like Karma, Lux and Orianna unless you know what you are doing.


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Panzerfaust

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01-31-2012

Looking for the 'best champions' so that you can play them hoping to improve your chances of winning is plain silly. It's one thing to look for 'champions that are typically picked earlier in draft games,' but you first need to understand what that means. Sure there are champions that are picked earlier and champions that are 'left until later,' but that doesn't make the former better than the latter. Rather all it really means is some champions are easier to build team comps around, some get countered by more champions, some are only really effective as counters (again, draft pick here), and some are simply countered hard by a select few champions.

Keep in mind that balance in this game is constantly shifting; most pros don't even play the 'best picks' that frequently because they might not be all that familiar with them, especially if they're a new champion (and thus they haven't had time to experiment with them). When it comes down to it, familiarity and enjoyment of a champion far outweighs trying to get a 1% power boost by picking X over Y. Does that mean counter-picking isn't good? Not at all, but specifically planning beforehand to play only a handful of champions - because they're 'the best' - is setting yourself up for meh performances at best. Actually, speaking of counter-picking, the commonly perceived 'best' champions, by new players at least, are more likely to have people searching for counters to them. This means sure you might have first picked your favorite champion, but the enemy now has several rounds to try to counter-pick you.


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happymeal007

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01-31-2012

http://rog.clgaming.net/tier-lists/46-jungle/latest

at the top of the list you can choose what bracket your trying to play in. this is by no means a spot on list this is a list made up from diffrent people on for what is strong due to buffs and what got nerfed. ie blitz in teir 3 but a good played bliz can win the game for you with great grabs

like i said this just give a good idea on how the meta is working currently.


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Burbinator

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01-31-2012

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Originally Posted by Thunder Tongue View Post
Jungle: You forget Shyvana. Amumu is also extremely underrated.

AD Carry: Miss Fortune and Ezreal have been seeing more appearances in tourneys than Cait and Vayne as of this last patch. Caitlyn is actually almost never seen due to her need to dominate the laning phase to be useful at all past the laning phase, and I'm confused as to how you forgot Kog.

AP Carry: You forget Rumble, Galio, and Mordekaiser, all who are frequent picks in the tournament scene.

Support: Nunu sees more appearances than Alistar.

Top: Yeah all counter picking. Agreed. Odd you would list GP first.
Shyvana is a good jungler, but a good all around jungler? No, she needs a specific team comp, thanks to her lack of cc. She's very popular now because of m5, but remember m5 used her when her fireball still procc'ed redbuff... she's a very good jungler still, but I don't think on the same tier as the others after that tiny change. Yup I love mumu but he's easily coutnerjungled and lacks the gank presence of rammus, an amazing guy to have on your team but really hard to say "best in role".

ad carry: lmfao, god, just because I didn't list them doesn't mean I don't think they're good. I only listed vayne/graves because the nerfs are so recent and it's hard to say where exactly they stand now. Never claimed my list is definitive, either.

ap carry: again, morde needs a good team comp and fits a specific role very well but in terms of overall viability is not as strong as some of the others. I did mention rumble but you tend to see rumble top more than you do middle. Galio is also exremely counterpick specific. He's amazing vs double ap comps for obvious reasons, but if you fp him they'll pick someone who doesn't lose to mr stacking (you can always swap lanes if they pick ad but he still loses to some ap's who can counter his push and out sustain him)

top: gp is a good overall pick because unless you **** up you won't lose lane entirely. Not many lanes he gets shut down entirely in terms of counterpick. Strong melee because of E and passive, good ranged harass, good scaling into late game. I can't say the same for many other champions; many of the other common melee tops are very vulnerable to counterpicks like ryze or kennen.

I think the main problem you have here is you want to give him suggestions based on tournament play (i.e. 5v5 premade) instead of solo queue... I agree a lot of the champions you listed are great and all but I wouldn't say they beat out the others i listed without good team strategy (shyv, morde no cc. nunu no sustain as a support. amumu reliant on team to prevent counterjungle and needs team to follow up on his ult, etc etc)