LoL: Winner And Losers Of Preseason 11- Top Lane Edition

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LoL: Winner And Losers Of Preseason 11- Top Lane Edition

Which top laners should you be playing in the preseason?

Preseason has settled down and Riot doesn’t plan on making any big changes before Season 11. Get a head start on your competition by learning the meta and picking the champions that won the preseason.

S Tier – Champions that you should pick if they aren’t banned

Splash art of Odyssey Malphite with the champion towering as a mountian creature as he stands menacingly


Malphite – The rock in the top lane, a champion that is relatively easy to play and has a strong impact on the game.

  • Malphite is a tank that benefits from the Season 11 item changes, with more ability haste built into his items, he comes online much faster.
  • Point and click ultimate is easy to use and counters tons of champions with high mobility.
  • Scaling, compared to his peers Malphite is a tank that scales better into the late-game. Malphite’s armor and shields only increase in strength as the game goes on thanks to his synergizing passives.

Kayle – The hard carry that can’t be nerfed, if you want to hard carry from top lane, Kayle is your champ.

  • Kayle brings Ability Power to the table while being a ranged top laner that is hard to shutdown.
  • Items only enhance Kayle’s scaling as she scales with levels that evolve her champion's capabilities.
  • Kayle has been nerfed multiple times, but innate scaling and item synergies allow Kayle to maintain relevance in season 11.

Shen – Win games by influencing the map; Shen brings pressure to the game the moment he hits level six.

  • Global ultimate that can change the outcome of the game with a click of a button.
  • High utility, has a taunt, a shield from auto-attacks and a global shield that can act as a teleport.
  • Despite being a tank Shen has a strong presence in lane with a built-in shield and enhanced auto-attack damage. This allows Shen to win matchups and snowball his lane and win the game.
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A Tier – Champions that are strong, but require a little more work to pull off

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Aatrox – The quintessential Goredrinker abuser

  • Insane synergy with Goredrinker allows Aatrox to get in and deal massive amounts of damage while healing up back to full.
  • Has decent matchups across the board allowing him to be picked early on without worrying too much about counter picks.

Camille – High skill cap top laner for those who want to show off their mechanical prowess

  • Camille is a mechanical champion that takes a lot of skill to pull off, however, for those who can handle her, she has the ability to 1v9 games.
  • Capability to kill both tanks and squishies with built-in True Damage to her Q.
  • Synergizes well with champions due to her ultimate that lets her lockdown any target.

Maokai – A simple lockdown champion for those looking to bring utility from the top lane.

  • The extra damage addition to Sunfire in season 11 has allowed Maokai to trade better in matchups that used to be harder for him in the past.
  • The lockdown capability of his kit allows Maokai to negate the enemy carries and let his own teammates have room to work with.
  • Like Malphite, having added ability haste to abilities make Maokai come online faster and bring more to the table.

B Tier – Viable, but have less impact than higher tiers

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Fiora – One v One queen, insane side lane splitter

  • Fiora is an extremely good side laner who can manage to outplay anyone with her outplay potential.
  • While considered a tank killer she currently struggles against meta picks who build Sunfire.
  • Synergizes well with new items along with the added ability to build grievous wounds from Chempunk Chainsword allowing her to one v one champions with heavy healing.
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Wukong – Strong champion that struggles in lane versus meta picks

  • Wukong is a beast outside of lane phase, with invisibility and two knock-ups he can make the game impossible to play for enemy carries.
  • While powerful, Wukong struggles against meta tanks and loses kill pressure as the tanks scale into mid-late game.
  • Needs to snowball lane to have an impact on the game.

Cho’Gath – Infinitely scaling tank that has good matchups into meta picks

  • Cho’Gath is a tank top that performs well into other tank top laners making him a good blind pick for top lane.
  • Lacks consistency compared to other top laners such as Shen or Malphite who both have point and click abilities to help their team win.
  • Infinite scaling on Cho’Gath’s ultimate allows his team to always have the better frontline in the late-game.

Losers of the Preseason (Don’t play these champions)

Splash art for League of Legends champion Gangplank, a pirate with an old pistol crushing an orange in his hand

Gangplank – The man crit items forgot about

  • Itemization towards Infinity Edge’s cost efficiency point is much harder for Gangplank to obtain, forcing him to go towards Attack Damage builds.
  • Comes online too late in the game to have any impact on the game’s outcome.
  • No longer hyper scales into the late-game due to Critical Strike changes.

Jayce – The lane bully that can’t beat tanks

  • Low outplay potential against tanks that lock him down.
  • Easily campable and provides little to his team when behind.
  • Weak itemization choices after his first two core items making him have trouble scaling.

Sett – The tank killer who has no itemization choices

  • No synergy with mythic items forces Sett to choose between lackluster builds.
  • Blade of the Ruined King second gives Sett decent side-laning but struggles in skirmishes outside of lane phase.
  • Due to itemizing towards tankier builds in the late game, Sett only has a small window in the early game where he outshines his counterparts.
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Alex is a Rutgers University student studying Communication and primarily plays League of Legends in his free time. He is currently ranked Grandmaster as an ADC and his favorite champion is Ezreal. Alex has been following the competitive League of Legends scene since season 3 with his favorite region being the LCK.