Champions: 20 Champs Who Dominate Pro Play but Suck in Solo Queue

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Trundle, League of Legends.
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Why do these champions dominate pro play but suck in solo queue?

5. Trundle

Why he’s good in pro play: One of the best counters to tanks like Ornn, Sejuani, or Maokai, Trundle is often picked in games specifically to negate those front-liners for the opposition. He also has a fairly solid jungle clear once he has a Bami’s Cinder and great sustain so he’s hard to duel. Plus, he has a decent gank set-up with his Pillar, which can not only slow but also force the enemy to walk a longer path to escape.

Why he sucks in solo queue: First of all, no one plays tanks in solo queue, and if they do they’re basically never building properly, so Trundle’s main utility is non-existant. Second, having a great clear means nothing when you’ll be facing hyper-scalers like Master Yi in the jungle. And finally, it appears borderline-impossible for any regular Trundle player to land a proper Pillar, making his ganks totally worthless.

6. Karma

Why she’s good in pro play: A super-versatile champion with a fairly flexible build that can also go into three different lanes (top, mid, and jungle)? What’s the downside?

Why she sucks in solo queue: An enchanter support with little-to-no utility other than giving allies a shield and speed up? Or a low-damage mid/top laner with no sustain (let’s be real, no one is using Mantra to empower Focused Resolve) and very little reliable waveclear? What’s the upside?