League of Legends: 10 Champions that Can Make You a Better Laner

League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.
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League of Legends. Photo Courtesy of Riot Games.
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Becoming a better laner in League of Legends is much easier if you try out these ten champions!

4. Fizz

Skill: All-ins

But what happens if your champion doesn’t have the range and zoning tools to safely corral your opponent? In those cases, especially when you’re playing an assassin, you can’t afford to simply play the lane normally and take quick trades. Instead, you have to bide your time and wait for an opportunity where you can all-in your opponent and threaten to kill them.

Whereas a champion like Renekton is perfectly happy to take a quick trade and whittle his opponent down, mid lane assassins do not have that luxury. If they stay in lane, their opponent with a range advantage will likely be able to equalize the health lost in the trade before their next trade combo comes up.

For champions like Fizz, then, the key is to avoid damage from your opponent as best you can and look for spots when you can all-in. This not only includes the principles from trading, but also looking for spots where your opponent mispositions or wastes an ability to farm.

Other champions: Tryndamere, Draven, Pyke

5. Ahri

Skill: Wave Management

Most people think that “managing waves” just means keeping the waves in a state where you can farm them. However, that’s one small aspect of this skill.

Wave management generally means the ability to keep the wave in the state most advantageous to you, whether that be a freeze, slow push, or fast push. Ahri is the ideal candidate for learning wave manipulation because she has the tools to set up all of these wave states. With her Q, she can quickly push a wave, but she can also use her W to help farm a wave so it freezes. Here auto animation is also relatively smooth for a mid laner, so you won’t be missing a lot of farm when you just attack minions.

Other champions: Mordekaiser, Lucian, Lulu

6. Talon

Skill: Roaming

Champions that are “roamers” care less about their own CS advantages as they do about impacting the map. They function sort of as second junglers, moving from their lane to other lanes (or into the enemy’s jungle) to help get themselves and other laners ahead.

Talon is the ideal candidate to learn how to roam on because his kit is built for the roaming playstyle (with his wall jump), his all-in pattern is quite simple to execute, and he has tools in his kit (his W) to push the wave. Becoming a better roamer is all about identifying windows where nearby lanes are in kill threat and pushing your wave so that you won’t miss too much gold and experience when you roam. This also prevents your opponent from following your roam, as they would miss gold and XP.

Other champions: Corki, Bard, Rengar, Kled