League of Legends guide for a beginner: what is a champion?

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  • Caster-Enchanter: defensive champions who focus more on amplifying their allies’ effectiveness by shielding or healing them from enemy damage. On their own, an Enchanter is fragile. Combined with their lack of damage, enchanters only do well when paired with a champion with offensive abilities.
    • Enchanter champions: Janna, Lulu, Karma
    • Enchanters in popular culture: Chansey, Talisa Stark, Dr. Stephen Strange
  • Caster-Catcher: champions who specialize in locking down opponents with crowd control abilities. Although not as reliant on their allies as Enchanters, Catchers are also generally immobile and fragile but do slightly more damage.
    • Catcher champions: Morgana, Bard, Rakan
    • Catchers in popular culture: Spiderman, Kirby, Jynx
  • Mage-Burst: champions dealing magic damage who aim to lock them down a single target and then use all their abilities to kill them. Burst Mages struggle heavily against beefier targets who can shrug off their initial spike of damage.
    • Burst champions: Syndra, Veigar, Annie
    • Burst in popular culture: Scarlet Witch, Garydos, Danerys Targaeryn
  • Mage-Battlemage: champions who dominate fights taking place over large areas with sustained. Usually having relatively short combat ranges and need time to burn down their opponents with spells, However, Battlemages also have significant defensive capabilities to allow them to keep pumping out their damage at short range.
    • Battlemage champions: Anivia, Swain, Rumble
    • Battlemages in popular culture: Vileplume, Buffy Summers, Voldemort
  • Mage-Artillery

    : With massive range, these champions are able to whittle down their opponents over time with multiple uses of their spells. However, Artillery Mages are severely punished when enemies can close in on them, due to their extreme fragility and limited mobility.

    • Artillery champions: Xerath, Ziggs, Lux
    • Artillery in popular culture: Pikachu, Cyclops, Poison Ivy