League of Legends: Breaking Down a Protect the KogMaw Composition

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If you’re heading into solo queue, flex queue, or Clash, you should have an idea of different strategies your team might run. In this guide we’ll break down one of the more infamous game plans – Protect the KogMaw.

Believe it or not, AD Carries were previously a lot stronger than their current state. On top of that, games used to run a lot longer than the current average of 25-30 minutes. Combining these two factors created a meta revolving around late game, scaling carries that were key to winning teamfights and thus winning games.

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During that time there was one prevailing ADC-centric strategy that showed its face in solo queue and competitive play every so often – the “Protect the KogMaw” composition. This approach involved picking KogMaw (obviously) along with a number of supportive champions that stacked shields on the carry while he front-lined and applied damage to any nearby enemy champion. Although any marksman could slot into the carry role, Kog was the main benefactor due to his lack of self-peel, high range, and max health damage on his W – Bio-Arcane Barrage.

The thinking behind this strategy is to spam shields, heals, and crowd control immunity on the KogMaw while he continues to pump out damage to the enemy team. It was such a successful game plan that we often saw it head into pro play, with the likes of Arrow and Piglet playing the “Jugger’Maw” in competitive matches. So how do you pull off this team composition in solo queue, flex queue, or Clash? Here’s the breakdown of how to draft and execute “Protect the KogMaw” compositions: