With September and October coming up as the biggest months in competitive League of Legends history, it’s time for you to get interested! It’s the biggest online game in the world, and there are too many reasons to be excited about League of Legends. Games are relatively short and filled with action. Each game is a completely new experience. The skill cap is immense. The game’s development is incredibly active, and the meta is always changing. League of Legends is a game that is completely alive and always improving.
Including more than 100 Champions, everyone finds a few that they really stick to. The Champion you select to enter a game with will completely determine your gameplay experience and how you enjoy playing out the match. Finding the right Champion is the first step to falling in love with League of Legends. In this post, let me help you do just that.
Entry-level players to League of Legends should be sure to watch the Champion Spotlight videos that follow beneath each header below! They do a great job of introducing and helping explain some of the material I’ll discuss in this article.
Lee Sin is looked at as one of the most complex and skill-dependent Champions in the entire game. The things you can do with Lee Sin are so much fun, and he’s honestly the one Champion that I can play absolutely terribly with and still enjoy myself.
First, Lee Sin is dependent on using energy to cast his abilities instead of mana. Energy-based Champions often come across as the most fun, because it’s a resource that you don’t have to be scared of using. The regeneration rate is just ridiculous when compared to mana, which means that you can cast your abilities in fast succession without having to worry about being conservative. Lee Sin has a total of seven abilities, where most other Champions have only 4. This is because his non-Ultimate abilities enable the use of a secondary skill after each initial cast. Watching the video above does a great job of explaining this concept and how it benefits Lee Sin.
Lee Sin’s abilities that are bound to your Q and W keys are what make him such a fun Champion (in my opinion). His Q lets you throw out a linear skillshot (which is a non-targeted ability, thus offers a chance to miss) that, if landing on an enemy Champion or minion, can be activated again to leap to that Champion or minion and deal damage. Essentially, it’s a way to close the gap between you and someone else. This is great, because Lee is a melee champion.
Lee’s W-key ability allows you to immediately dash to a friendly Champion, minion, or ward. Jumping to wards is one of the coolest mechanics of Lee Sin. Using this technique, you can make amazing escapes, reposition yourself at perfect angles to attack the enemy, and just move around much faster. It’s performed by quickly dropping a ward and casting the ability bound to your W key, which lets you immediately dash on top of the ward.
Jumping around as Lee is way too much fun. He’s viable in the jungle, top lane, mid lane, and can even support if you can play him well enough.
Vayne is the Champion you go to when you want some of the strongest one-on-one capabilities in the game. Vayne is reliant on speed, positioning, and mechanics.
At almost any given time as Vayne, you should be stronger than your opponent (assuming you’re against another Marksman). Vayne only has two true abilities. Her Q-key ability allows her to tumble a short distance in the direction of the cursor, empowering her next basic attack to do more damage. Her E-key ability allows her to fire a powerful shot at the enemy, knocking them back and stunning them if they are pushed against any piece of terrain on the map. Vayne’s W-key and Ultimate abilities are considered to be “steroids,” meaning that they add additional damage to your basic attacks. Playing Vayne seems like a task more simple than other Marksmen, but she is not easy.
As you can see in the highlight above, there is a ton of outplay potential on this Champion. Her Q is on a very short cooldown and will allow you to tumble around and reposition constantly. You can cast it every two seconds when you’ve leveled the skill five times. This makes dodging skillshots and escaping Champions so much easier.
League of Legends is actually a pretty slow-paced game during most points of a match. Vayne is one of the few Champions that you can build for speed and play well with. Items that grant movement speed and attack speed are some of the most useful on Vayne.
Play Vayne. You’ll have fun killing everything in sight. She works well in the bottom and even top lane.
As one of the newest Champions in the role, Thresh has proven that playing as a Support can be a lot of fun.
There are a couple things that a Champion needs to be considered a decent Support in this game. The two most important things are some form of crowd control (a knockback, a stun, a slow, etc.) and a shield or heal. Thresh offers both, plus a lot more.
Blitzcrank has always been one of the most popular Supports because of his “hook” ability, allowing you to reach out and grab an enemy Champion and pull them into you. Thresh’s Q ability is very similar. The ability is much longer, the skillshot itself is narrower, and it stuns an opponent on impact. If the ability lands, you won’t pull a Champion or minion into you, but you can choose to pull yourself to them. It’s one of the strongest forms of crowd control in the game and lane opponents completely fear it. As the game progresses, landing Thresh’s Q-key ability can mean certain death or even a won game.
On top of that, Thresh’s W is unlike any other skill in the game. Casting this ability will allow you to throw out a lantern that will shield any allied Champion that passes over it. An allied Champion can then right-click on this lantern to immediately dash to Thresh’s location. The range on this ability is quite far, which allows you to assist your teammates in escaping situations that may have otherwise meant certain death. Here’s one particular play using Thresh’s Q and W abilities you may enjoy:
Thresh’s passive ability is really neat, too. When enemy minions or monsters are killed, some drop “souls” that Thresh can walk over and automatically pick up, giving him added AP and armor statistics. Supports have a really tough time in getting anything aside from items that grant gold over time and wards, but this is a cool way to scale up yourself as a tank and strengthen the shield on his lantern.
Many people play Thresh because his Q-key ability is so powerful. It’s an ability that you can miss 50 times in the same game, but if you land the important one it could seal the game for your team. There aren’t many Supports who are as much fun as this guy!
There are over 100 more Champions for you to try, but these three are some of the best and most fun in the entire game. You’ll see them picked in casual and competitive games, and they are such skill-oriented Champions that you’ll never stop improving with them if you play enough. If you want to see these Champions in action and played by some of the best players in the game, check out my article showing off a few of the best League of Legend streamers to watch out for.
What are some of your favorite Champions to play on League of Legends? Let me know in the comments below!