These are the most unique mid lane champion picks in LoL esports
There are tangible differences between the LoL mid lane champion picks across the regional esport scenes that can tell us a lot about their respective playstyles.
LEC: ADC in the lol mid lane
Corki (partially in LPL)
Corki has always been a very niche pick that comes as a response to a scaling mage, usually Azir. This is because both will have an uninteractive laning phase, with Corki outranging Azir the later the game goes.
The Daring Bombardier got indirectly buffed with the “Immortal Shieldbow” build, granting him lifesteal, crit chance & a shield to survive. Basically, everything that Corki was really weak at is given to him all in one item. Paired with his scaling, he will become a big menace the longer the game goes on.
Since Corki hasn’t been touched in patch 11.9, we think that he will be viable in certain team compositions or matchups.
Tristana has had a strong presence in Season 11 so far. The gunslinger’s strength consists in her ability to be flexed between mid and bot.
While most regions prefer playing her in the bot lane, the LEC drafts her a lot more in the mid lane. Tristana usually is picked up as a counter to certain mages, like Syndra or Viktor. She has insane priority thanks to her pushing power, as well as the kill threat at any point in lane with her burst combo.
With League of Legends shifting more and more towards flexibility, Tristana will remain in the meta unless she gets nerfed to the ground.
Lol Mid Lane LCK: No one else plays these champions
Usually seen as a top laner, Renekton was nerfed in recent patches due to her high presence across various regions.
Korea, however, decided to flex him into the mid lane, when the top lane matchup gets rough. The Crocodile is able to jump on most stages and quickly shove the waves to get priority in mid. His goal is to take priority and help the jungler during early game skirmishes as well as early drake control.
Despite all the upsides, Renekton mid requires to get leads and to be extremely aggressive. Most teams won’t be willing to put time into training him, so unless the Korean representative picks him, we won’t see Renekton mid at MSI.
Zoe used to be one of the most oppressive mages in the game. Her long-range spells, as well as her ability to use enemies’ summoner spells, made her a strong blind pick that would beat most matchups.
Now that she got nerfed and changed over time, Zoe has become a situational mage that shines particularly in the mid-game. She works best in team comps that want to make picks around the map.
Korea seems to be the only region that actively picks her, with a total of 7 games. Her win rate is very low though, at 28.6%, signaling that maybe she isn’t one of the best champions in the meta.
While she can be a passable pick, there are many other champions which are more powerful in this meta. For this reason, we think that Zoe won’t have much presence at the tournament.
Lol Mid Lane LPL: Carry or utility, choose one
With more games in the LPL Playoffs, the variety of champions in China is much larger compared to other major regions. As a result, one of the champions that made its way back to competitive play was Zilean.
The Chronokeeper is a pick that is rarely present in the pro scene. His utility, however, is known to many. His wave clear allows him to stay on par with other meta mages, and his ultimate can be game changing.
We don’t think Zilean is one of the strongest mid laners, but we might see him again once the best-of series come around. He gets more value in situations where the draft plays a major role, as teams will adjust themselves according to the flow of the series.
Karma has a similar case to Tristana: she can be a triple flex (top, mid and support) and is strong in all these roles.
With many of the meta junglers relying on movement speed buffs (Chemtank junglers), Karma is an obvious combo that teams can further exploit and utilize to their advantage.
In the LPL, she was mainly used as a mid lane champion. Her strong ability to shove waves makes the lane very easy and allows to take control of objectives.
Similarly to top lane, we will see if she will be present at MSI with a new build, following the nerfs of the “MoonStaff” build.
Kassadin has always been an LPL special: no one else plays him in other regions. He’s weak lol mid lane is compensated by an enormous carry potential in the later stages of the game.
He’s usually picked in designated matchups that aren’t able to punish him in the early game. Played twice during Playoffs, he dominated both games with a total of 14.5 KDA.
The Chinese League always wants to get draft edges with highly situational champions. What’s impressive is that the players are always able to pilot them and have them ready when it’s the right moment. It’s less common in Western regions and it should be something that teams need to work on.
Lol Mid Lane LCS: The only region playing it…
Yone has become the better version of his brother Yasuo. He has a more reliable engage with his R, as well as some magic damage which helps the overall damage distribution of the team.
The downside, however, is that he’s very unforgiving when making mistakes with his E. Not to mention that, since he deals mostly physical damage, there must be a magic damage champion somewhere else on the map, which creates a small handicap in terms of draft.
It will be interesting to see if Luka “Perkz” Perković will pick him up at MSI: things will surely get really spicy then…