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Choosing the Right Champion

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Do you see yourself as an unstoppable avatar of destruction, or are you an immovable mountain, silent and eternal? Perhaps you would like to be a cunning predator - lurking in the jungle, ready to strike from the shadows? Whatever your playstyle is, we have a Champion for you!

We have over one hundred and ten Champions to choose from in League of Legends - each with a unique blend of special abilities, art and lore. The sheer amount of choice can seem daunting, but fear not - following the tips below, you should be able to pick out a Champion that will let you play the way you want to!


What do you want to do?

Champion filtering

A note on Champion adaptability

Making a decision

Still not sure if you want to commit?


 

What do you want to do?

Our Champions are divided into several roles which roughly represent their attitude towards combat:


Assassin

Assassins are able to eliminate an enemy Champion in an instant by pulling off a powerful combination of attacks and abilities.

  • High movement speed
  • Abilities that allow them to reposition and/or maneuver quickly
  • High burst damage (Attack Damage or Ability Power)

"Violence solves everything!" - Katarina, the Sinister Blade

 

Marksman

A marksman attacks from range, and primarily use their abilities to maintain safe positioning and provide additional firepower. They are usually defined by the following characteristics:

  • Glass cannon – high damage but very low defense
  • Consistent damage throughout a fight
  • Adept at maintaining distance from opponents
"One tribe, one people, one Freljord." - Ashe, the Frost Archer

 

Fighter

Fighters dish out and absorb high amounts of damage.

  • Engages in close range with a balance of offense and defense
  • Abilities help mitigate damage taken or amplify damage dealt in key situations
  • Varied item build paths
"The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him." - Garen, the Might of Demacia

 

Mage

Mages rely primarily on using skill combos to maximize damage. While they're capable of dealing massive damage, they're squishy and usually lack an escape route.

  • Often reliant on chaining spells together to maximize damage
  • Skills range from high single-target burst damage to devastating area of effect attacks
  • Fairly vulnerable while their skills are on cooldown
"Ready to set the world on fire?" - Brand, the Burning Vengeance

 

Support

A Champion that manipulates the battlefield through more subtle means than sheer damage output. Often in control of providing vision through wards and dictating map control.

  • Very high combat utility, incapacitating or weakening enemies and strengthening allies
  • Item build paths often include items with abilities, further increasing utility
  • Significantly stronger when fighting near their team
"Gems? Gems are truly outrageous. They are truly, truly, truly outrageous." - Taric the Gem Knight

 

Tank

Tanks have the strongest defensive capabilities in the game.  Their abilities usually focus on increasing these capabilities, as well as dealing damage which increases the longer they stay in the fight. They're often the first Champion to engage the enemy team in combat.

  • Very large health pool, armor and magic resistance
  • Damage-dealing capabilities that start low but increase as a battle rages
  • Able to initiate fights with the enemy team and stay alive until their team can safely engage
"Mess with the bull and you get the horns!" - Alistar the Minotaur

If you're still unsure about the roles above, we suggest that you try out the Battle training. You will be able to choose between Ashe, Ryze or Garen and they should give you an understanding of the basics.


 

Champion filtering

When searching through Champions, you can filter them by role. Click on your summoner profile and select the Champions tab in the client.

Adjust the Champion filter by ticking various roles or typing their name into the Find window. You can also select the pool of Champions that you want to filter the results from, i.e. owned or not owned Champions. After applying the filter, the Champions that match the query will be displayed on the right of the filter menu. You can even use the text filter during Champion select, as shown below!


 

A note on Champion adaptability

Many Champions fit within more than one of these roles, or can be specialized differently based on their item build. For example, Vayne is a marksman, but her short-term stealth mechanics and potential for high burst damage makes her feel a bit like an assassin. Leona is a powerful support champion, but she has a short-term, highly defensive buff as well as persistent, threatening damage through her passive.  This makes her a competent tank.

You can further establish your Champion's role (or help them blend two roles) through their item build.  The recommended items for each Champion is a decent template for a standard game within the Champion's role, but you should definitely experiment to find the right build for you and your team each game. Naturally, we encourage our Summoners to experiment and try out different combinations!  If you find a build that supports your playstyle, create a custom Item Set to help you remember it for future games!


 

Making a decision

The only thing better than defeating your opponents is defeating your opponents in style. - Jayce

Before you invest in a Champion, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you like the look of the Champion, or its skins?
  2. Do you like the story behind the Champion?
  3. Does this Champion's playstyle sound interesting?

If you answered yes to all 3 questions, then go for it, but remember that there's no point in buying a Champion just because of their abilities or current balance situation We're always on the lookout for necessary balance changes, so don't bet on abilities to be too strong or too weak forever.

If you want to find out more about the Champion's background and motivations, you can click on their portrait in your list of owned Champions (or in the Store). You can also preview the said Champion's skills and abilities by watching the videos in the Abilities section.

 

Free Champion Rotation

Every week we choose 10 different Champions that can be played for free.  We choose a variety of Champions from different roles, to help players test out Champions they might be on the fence about, or simply to help pad out a new player's roster.  If you would like to know more about how we choose the Champions for Free Rotation, you can read about it here:

http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=46045


New Player Champion Rotation

There's a lot to learn in League of Legends, so it's easier for new players to start with Champions who have relatively straightforward abilities. Before players reach level 6, they can take advantage of a special Champion rotation suited to newer players. This pool is different per region and changes occasionally, but will always include Champions whose abilities are intuitive and forgiving.


 

Still not sure if you want to commit to a Champion?

If you want to read up on all of our existing Champions, check out this page:

http://gameinfo.na.leagueoflegends.com/en/game-info/Champions/

Also, we frequently run various sales and promotion events which reduce the price of Champions and skins. You can catch them in our Sales News Page here:

http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/store/sales

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