Champion Picks: Week 2

Originally published at: https://esportsone.com/blog/champion-meta-week-one/

Following the Champion meta is crucial as picking the right Champions for your Captain gives you a huge bonus! If you are unsure how captains work, we recommend reading up on our Scoring System.

In this article we will take you through each role and provide the stats on 5 Champions that are either heavily contested or are worth picking!

Keep in mind there has only been one week played so the Champion meta will change a fair bit!

TOP LANE CHAMPIONS

LEC

Recommend:
Aatrox
Ornn
Mordekaiser

Consider:
Gangplank

Avoid:
Rumble

LCS

Recommend:
Aatrox
Gangplank
Mordekaiser

Consider:
Ornn

Avoid:
Rumble

Aatrox is our safest pick for both LCS and LEC, he has already secured a spot in the Champion meta due to his high pick rate and a low ban rate. In the LCS he was picked 7 times which would mean an easy +50% points for your captain if this trend continues. For the LEC he was the second most picked, but had a 75% win rate which indicates if picked, your captain could have a super high score. Avoid picking Rumble, teams have indicated that they he is too strong to verse and was banned a whopping 8 times in the LCS and 6 times in the LEC.

JUNGLE CHAMPIONS

LEC

Recommend:
Gragas

Consider:
Jarvan IV
Lee Sin
Elise
RekSai

Avoid:
Olaf (not featured)

LCS

Recommend:
Lee Sin
Javan IV

Consider:
RekSai
Elise
Gragas

Avoid:
Olaf (not featured)

The stats from week one show that Gragas is a very worthwhile pick for any LEC Captain, with 5 games played and a 100% win rate. The LCS wasn’t on the Gragas hype train in week one and heavily favored Lee Sin with an 80% presence and a serious win rate flex of 83%. We suggest not considering Olaf in the Champion meta at this point, he was banned more than picked which means he is unlikely to be played in both the LCS and LEC.

MID LANE CHAMPIONS

LEC

Recommend:
LeBlanc
Cassiopeia

Consider:
Qiyana
Zoe

Avoid:
Yasuo (Not Featured)
Oriana

LCS

Recommend:
Zoe
LeBlanc
Oriana

Consider:
Qiyana

Avoid:
Lucian (Not Featured)
Cassiopeia

There is a few interesting teachings for week one, the standout one is that the Mid meta is very unclear. LeBlanc was heavily contested in both leagues which shouldn’t change going into week two. Zoe looked very strong in the LCS and would be worth picking especially on players that have already won using her. We recommended Cassiopeia as she was played 4 times in the LEC, but there is a slight risk she will drop out of the Champion meta 0% win rate. Avoid Yasuo in the LEC as he was banned 4 times and won his only game played so the trend of banning him may continue.

BOT LANE CHAMPIONS

LEC

Recommend:
Aphelios
Senna

Consider:
Miss Fortune
Varus
Xayah

LCS

Recommend:
Aphelios
Senna

Consider:
Miss Fortune
Xayah

Avoid
Varus

Wow…Senna and Aphelios were both heavily contested, in this early stage it’s hard to not pick them for your Captain (especially in the LCS). Alternatively, the LEC Champion meta has more variance with their picks from week one so consider Miss Fortune, Xayah and Varus as they all had a decent amount of airtime.

SUPPORT CHAMPIONS

LEC

Recomend:
Nautilus
Braum

Consider:
Rakan
Leona
Tahm Kench

LCS

Recomend:
Tahm Kench
Leona

Consider:
Nautilus
Rakan
Braum

After week one it feels like the Champion meta has already formed in both the LEC and LCS. The LEC has mad love for Braum with a whopping 8 games played, Nautilus wasn’t far behind with 5 games played. Both Champions seem valid picks if you choose a support as your captain. For the LCS Tahm Kench and Leona would be safest bets. All 5 Champions in the table could be picked which is both a pro and con, adding additional win rates after week two will help paint a better picture.

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