League of Legends: Building A Winning Champion Pool For Season 10

League of Legends. Courtesy of Riot Games.
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Pool Party Zoe, Gangplank, and Caitlyn. League of Legends.
Pool Party Zoe, Gangplank, and Caitlyn. League of Legends. /

Preseason brings a number of changes to the game that should shake up tier lists, so now is a fantastic time to build a winning League of Legends champion pool to learn for Season 10! 

Patches for League of Legends happen every 2 weeks, which means you need a smaller pool of champions to stay on top of matchups. Most people’s recommended size is 3-5 champions per role. Playing more than 5 champions in a role becomes difficult to maintain high gameplay performance.

Bruce Lee once said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Better to become very skilled with a few champions than average with many, but play 3-5 instead of one tricking a champion so you can’t get banned out.

You want to consider the following when picking a champion pool:

  • Damage Type – We want multiple options here so the enemy team can’t stack armor or magic resistance if our team picks champions with one damage type.
  • Frontline / Backline / Utility – We need to pick champions that can be played in different team fight roles to adapt to what our teammates are trying to do. Frontline to peel for the hyper carry, backline damage threats to win fights, or a split pusher to pull pressure off of our siege composition. Try to give yourself options.
  • Pick/Ban rates – Congratulations! You mastered the new Over Powered champion after 40 hours in the practice tool. It’s banned every game. You never get to play it. Unlucky. Pick champions where this will not happen.

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With those considerations in mind, a good balanced champion pool would look something like this:

Physical Damage
<Champion 1> Backline
<Champion 2> Frontline
<Champion 3> Utility

Magical Damage
<Champion 4> Backline
<Champion 5> Frontline
<Champion 6> Utility

I use something like this linked google sheet to figure out my jungle pool:
Google Sheet With Champion Attributes

If you’re trying to win and climb then make sure to pick champions from the top of competitive tier lists. Conversely, if you’re looking for a challenge then the bottom of the tier list is the way to go! Your win rate can change  +/- 10-20% due to your champ pool alone so choose wisely.

In Season 10, the elemental dragon changes will warp the champion meta since some champions will become stronger in multiple dragon environments. Champions like Kha’Zix and Rengar will love the Ocean Dragon bushes due to their passives, and the speed boosts from the Cloud Dragon to help them flank and make picks. They will probably be stronger since ~50% of games will have these two environment changes. Think through your champion pool and try to add champs that will be a better fit with the Season 10 changes.

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Now you have all the tools you need to pick a proper champion pool. Limit your pool to 3-5 champions, play strong champions, and play champions that can fit into any team composition. This will set you up for success in Season 10!