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

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Why do these champions dominate pro play but suck in solo queue?

17. Rek’Sai

Why she’s good in pro play: Rek’Sai provides not only the unique terrain-traversal ability of Lee Sin and Nidalee, but she also provides exceptional crowd control (her knockup) that those two champions lack. This makes her incredibly difficult to avoid in the early game. Additionally, her Tremor Sense allows your team to have a vision advantage the other team can never match.

Why she sucks in solo queue: You cannot teamfight on Rek’Sai, at all. She’s incredibly one-dimensional in her play pattern (tunnel in, flash, knock up a target, do all your spells and avoid CC with ult) so that if she’s not massively ahead she can get kited and killed quite easily. Oh, and no one who isn’t a professional is going to use her Tremor Sense properly. Ever.

18. Ryze

Why he’s good in pro play: Ryze offers players fairly strong wave clear and crowd control if they combo their spells correctly. He scales incredibly well and with his ult he can splitpush quite effectively. His ultimate also allows him to move teammates to or away from fights as he pleases.

Why he sucks in solo queue: That ult is never used properly in solo queue and will often just bait your teammates into following you into a death trap. Plus, his spell combos, while not particularly tricky to pull off, can be difficult to understand (something about runes…and not the kind you set before the game starts).