League of Legends: 5 Best Top Laners on Patch 10.8

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Here are the 5 best top laners on Patch 10.8 for carrying games and climbing the League of Legends solo queue ranked ladder!

Top lane remains the most underrated role in League of Legends mainly due to the fact that it’s not rated at all. The northern-most section of Summoner’s Rift is often referred to as an “island” due to its lack of impact on the game state, so it’s important that you lock in the best top laners on Patch 10.8 to maximize your presence in solo queue.

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The current League of Legends meta involves more damage-oriented top laners than usual with bruisers, duelists, and mages dominating the top lane champion pool while tanks reside in the jungle role.

As a result, the 5 best top laners on Patch 10.8 are all high damage dealers and look to win games by out-carrying their opposing laner and providing high DPS in skirmishes and team fights.

5) Teemo

52.17% Win Rate | 5.6% Pick Rate | 10.1% Ban Rate

The most annoying champion in League of Legends has wriggled his way into the top lane S tier on Patch 10.8 due to his unmatched poke in lane and excellent damage output during late game team fights.

Teemo wins lane against every melee opponent thanks to his safe auto-attack range and poke damage of Q – Blinding Dart and E – Toxic Shot.

The Swift Scout can then snowball his early experience/gold/kill lead by placing R – Noxious Traps around the top lane to further punish his lane opponent while avoiding ganks from the enemy jungler.

Upon reaching the late game, Teemo can either cause chaos by split-pushing and using P – Guerrilla Warfare to confuse the enemy team, or he can join team fights and act as a second marksman with a bunch of AP items under his belt.

The choice is yours!

4) Mordekaiser

50.64% Win Rate | 11.2% Pick Rate | 20.4% Ban Rate

Mordekaiser remains one of the most successful reworks in League of Legends history as the once bland, identityless champion has morphed into the exciting and terrifying Iron Revenant who dominates the top lane in Season 10.

The somewhat overloaded nature of his kit combined with his ability to isolate a member of the enemy team during a 5v5 makes Mordekaiser a highly prized champion in any meta.

In lane, opponents are permanently under threat of a quick E – Death’s Grasp and Q – Obliterate combo, which also triggers P – Darkness Rise for an also too easily won trade.

As for the late game, Morde carries his team by forcing an enemy carry out of the fight or 1v1’ing them in the R – Realm of Death to give his team a numbers advantage.

3) Nasus

52.56% Win Rate | 7.7% Pick Rate | 11.7% Ban Rate

When it comes to scaling top laners, no champion can offer more than Nasus. The Curator of the Sands is a pretty easy target in the early game, but let him reach 1000 stacks of Q – Siphoning Strike and you’re in trouble.

To pilot Nasus you have to be patient and avoid falling behind. Obviously farming up with Q is a priority, but avoiding unnecessary deaths from jungle ganks is the priority during the laning phase.

Once you’ve reached the 20-30 minute mark with a Trinity Force and defensive item in your inventory, it’s time to win the game. Either split-push and destroy your opponent in the 1v1 with R – Fury of the Sands or join team fights and run down enemy squishies with W – Wither.

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2) Garen

51.21% Win Rate | 12.7% Pick Rate | 17.5% Ban Rate

The 2 best top laners on Patch 10.8 have been everpresent in the top lane S tier throughout Season 10, the first of which is Garen.

Despite being hit with pretty significant nerfs on 10.6 and 10.7, the Might of Demacia somehow retains a 51%+ win rate and remains a very popular top lane pick on the current patch.

Ultimately, it’s impossible to match his inherent P – Perseverance sustain during the laning phase, defensive attributes of W – Courage, and ability to chase enemy carries with Q – Decisive Strike during team fights.

1) Darius

50.25% Win Rate | 10.7% Pick Rate | 48.1% Ban Rate

The other S tier mainstay in the top lane is Darius, the high damage bruiser than can single-handedly create a gold lead during the laning phase and snowball it through to team fights with ease. Here’s how:

Step 1) Safely farm up while poking with Q – Decimate whenever there’s an opportunity.

Step 2) When your lane opponent is low enough, pull them in with E – Apprehend and slow them with W – Crippling Strike to finish the kill or blow summoner spells for a free kill later on.

Step 3) Use your experience/gold/kill advantage to push out the wave and roam with your jungler into enemy territory or down to the mid lane to snowball your lead.

Step 4) Get involved in 5v5s around key objectives and be sure to use R – Noxian Guillotine once your opponent drops below the threshold for a reset and easy team fight wins.

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Who do you think are the best top laners on Patch 10.8? Which top laners would you like to see buffed on Patch 10.9?