Some champions in League of Legends are just flat-out stronger than others.
Mid lane is one of the game’s easiest roles to carry with, mostly because you have easy access to any other part of the map. Oh, and a lot of damage. Great mid laners are those that can effectively roam to other lanes while keeping good pressure on their own mid lane opponent. Champions that can do that well are indispensable.
This list of top-tier champions can be affected depending on a number of things. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players’ tastes, but usually there’s some kind of balance change behind the whole thing. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do it for you.
Here are our top five mid laners for League’s Patch 11.10.
- Low counter play
- Small mana costs
- One of the best mobility spells in the game
- Need to know when to roam to obtain maximum advantage
- Weak against tanks
Talon is one of the best attack damage-oriented mid laners in the current meta. The meta favors early skirmishes and roams from mid to help the bot lane extend their lead, which leads to tower plates and drake control.
His E ability is potent for roaming and helps him travel huge distances in the blink of an eye. Coupled with his assassin kit, which focuses on snowballing early, Talon perfectly fits into the current meta.
There are two viable routes for Talon right now. This is the most popular one that seems to be more successful. Precision primary grants you access to Conqueror, which is easy to stack as Talon. Once fully stacked, the damage increase coupled with the healing granted makes you a nightmare even for tanks later on in the game. Legend: Tenacity is taken alongside Last Stand to make you less vulnerable to crowd control and deal more damage if you get caught.
The Domination secondary grants you extra healing to help you out during the laning phase and increases your teamfight potential by being harder to kill.
Talon’s skill priority is R>Q>W>E. While W is your AoE ability and should help you farm during the laning phase against ranged champions, Q is your primary ability if you’re in melee range. In most games, you’re going to be against melee champions, so it’s advised you max it. After that, focus on the other damaging ability and level E last.
Talon is an early to mid-game champion. He excels at pushing his lane with his low cooldown W. Once you acquire Prowler’s Claw, you can begin roaming to the top and bottom lanes for kills every time your ultimate is up. You aren’t a great laner and shouldn’t focus on laning. If you sit in a lane and farm evenly, you’ll most likely lose later on. Your goal should be to roam as much as possible and use your E to its maximum potential.
With your side laners having some advantage, you can focus on getting towers, drakes, and easier kills once some towers are down and enemies start to overextend. Keep up an aggressive playstyle around the map and don’t let your opponent’s carries pick up free farm.
In the later stages of the game when you group up with your team, look for creative flanks to ambush the opposing carries with your huge burst damage.
- Powerful burst damage
- Can take over games alone
- Rewarding if mastered
- Flexible build
- Relies on a roaming playstyle
Katarina is one of the most powerful mid laners after having received multiple buffs in recent patches. She is becoming a menace in the solo queue due to her flexible build, which allows her to counter various champions easily. If left uncontrolled, she can snowball and take over games with her roaming playstyle. Her dash allows her to bypass terrain easily and gank from unexpected angles, giving her team plenty of opportunities to set up ganks.
The two core rune builds for Katarina are either Domination primary with Precision secondary or vice versa. The most important aspect is to decide whether you need the burst from Electrocute or the sustain from Conqueror.
The rune page with Electrocute gives you access to more damage early on via Sudden Impact and Eyeball Collection on top of sustain with Ravenous Hunter. The secondary precision tree is picked up for Triumph and Coup de Grace. The first one is aimed to help you escape after low-health plays, while the second is picked up for the additional damage to secure the kill against your opponents.
Katarina’s skill priority is R>Q>E>W. Maxing Q first is your priority since it gets a lower cooldown with each rank up and is your main damaging ability. It also helps you by putting a dagger on a location, to which you can jump with E. Your mobility spell therefore should be maxed in accordance with Q to be able to jump around as much as possible and be a huge nuisance for the opposing team. W is maxed last since the utility and power of Q and E are much higher.
Katarina is one of the strongest mid lane assassins and excels at taking over games with a couple of early-game kills. Your low cooldowns combined with your high base damage give you plenty of opportunities to snowball. You should use this to your advantage and look for proactive plays during the laning phase.
If you try to adapt a passive playstyle, you won’t be useful in the long-run and the enemy can outscale and shut you down. Keep up an aggressive playstyle and try to win your lane. After you do, you’ll be able to freely roam the map and either kill the opposing jungler or help your side laners.
With plenty of viable build paths, build accordingly to what you need. Don’t rush the same item every game and adjust to various game states. There are a couple of strong first rush items, such as Hextech Rocketbelt, Nashor’s Tooth, and Blade of the Ruined King. All are great in various compositions. Some are good for the additional mobility while others are good for sustained fights. Keep an eye on the enemy buildpath to know what to build and look for proactive plays throughout the entire game to increase your winning chances.
- Flexible playstyle
- Strong roaming capabilities
- Low cooldowns
- Doesn’t scale very well into the late game
- Weak against tanks
Qiyana’s kit allows her to push mid lane without getting punished easily, then roam to a side lane for a gank or objective. Her low cooldowns enhance her capability to poke, root, and juke enemies depending on nearby elements. She does really well in the current meta which doesn’t have that many tanks to absorb her damage, easily deleting most squishy meta champions in the blink of an eye with the proper item build and runes.
The Domination primary is essential on Qiyana. It has the extra damage needed from Electrocute with Eyeball Collection, additional armor penetration, and movement speed needed for quick roams. Inspiration secondary allows you to remove some weaknesses during the laning phase by having more sustain and allowing you to spam your abilities more often. Time Warp Tonic in particular is one of the strongest early game runes and gives you plenty of kill opportunities against your laner by running them out of resources. If you manage to burn their health potions, and you still have a stack or two of the Corrupting Potion, you can easily go for kills if they’re at around half of their healthpool.
Qiyana’s skill priority is the following: R>Q>E>W. Q is the bread and butter ability enhanced by the elements picked with W. By maxing it, you get the needed damage to farm safely and poke opponents. E second allows you to get in and out of fights more effectively by having a lower cooldown on the dash.
Qiyana is an early to mid game champion and doesn’t transition that well into the late game. As a result, you need to apply pressure early on. A core item to rush on her is Boots of Mobility. They’ll allow you to base and move to a side lane without losing much pressure in the mid lane. Rushing lethality items will increase your mid-game power spike and allow you to have one-shot capabilities on squishy champions. Focus on snowballing yourself and your teammates before the game goes into the late game where Qiyana is weaker compared to other meta champions.
If you, however, do reach the late game, always look into flank opportunities against squishy carries so that you don’t get blown up by the opponent’s carries.
- Immunity on a basic ability
- King of laning phase
- Global ultimate
- Scales poorly into later stages of the game
Pantheon is a great mid lane pick, especially against all the squishy mages. He has an oppressive kit that is hard to deal with for any mage. The early game damage from his spears combined with his kill threat force mages to play on the defensive for the most of the laning phase.
His E, which allows him to block all incoming sources of damage from one direction, makes him the perfect teammate if you’re a jungler. Dives are easy with a Pantheon on your team, so be ready to have a lot of jungle intervention early on that should help you snowball out of control.
The Precision primary rune page is the best on Pantheon. It grants you access to three keystones that you can use well: Press the Attack, Fleet Footwork, and Conqueror. Overall, Conqueror scales the best and allows you to slice through tanks and squishies with ease. Triumph will help you survive in low-health encounters. Legend: Tenacity will reduce crowd control duration on you, and Coup de Grace acts as the perfect finisher, especially when combined with your Q ability.
Pantheon’s secondary rune page is more flexible, with Inspiration holding superiority over others due to the extra sustain from Biscuit Delivery and Time Warp Tonic.
Pantheon’s skill priority is R>Q>E>W. Maxing Q is essential on Pantheon since it acts as your primary tool to wave clear and poke the enemy down. E is maxed second due to how strong it is as a basic ability. It allows you to deny crucial spells and execute early dives without issue.
Pantheon has a clear game plan. He wants to snowball as soon as possible and finish the game before it gets to a stage where he’s less useful. He scales well early on with Lethality items, making him a huge threat in the mid stages of the game where he has two Lethality items.
You want to shove the mid lane and look for opportunities to roam around the map—that’s the easiest way to snowball and get early kills. Once you secure a couple of early kills, get Eclipse and keep roaming around the map, getting objectives in the process of killing enemies as well.
You fall off in the later stages of the game, so it’s important to try to finish the game as soon as possible by keeping up with your roams. Carry a sweeper lens to prepare death bushes and jump on unsuspecting enemies.
- No mana
- Flexible build path
- Fun to play
- Rewarding to master
- Hard to play
Rumble is the latest mid lane innovation after he received some buffs in Patch 11.8. He became so dominant that Riot decided to revert some buffs in Patch 11.9, but it didn’t lower his power level that much. He feels good to play and is rewarding to master in the middle lane. His lane pressure combined with his ability to quickly move to top or bottom and throw his ultimate makes him a great teammate.
The most popular and useful build for Rumble right now is Sorcery primary and Domination secondary. Arcane Comet is easy to proc with your Q or E, allowing for huge outputs of damage early on against your laner. On top of that, Scorch acts as some additional damage early, which can enable you to constantly shove the opposing mid laner into his tower. Nimbus Cloak acts as a safety net in case you get ganked. The movement speed granted after using a summoner spell will make him swift and hard to catch. Transcendence is a nice boost to your ability haste.
The secondary tree gives you access to Taste of Blood, which is crucial as a melee champion. The other useful rune is Ultimate Hunter to reduce your ultimate cooldown.
Rumble’s skill priority is the following: R>Q>E>W. Q is your main ability for farming and poking opponents early on. E is maxed second due it being the only other offensive basic spell outside of Q. W is for resilience and should be maxed last.
Use your Q early on to poke and last-hit enemies. With Arcane Comet, you have two ways of activating it, either via Q or E. Try to make sure that it’s always on cooldown and keep blasting your opponent with them alongside Scorch early on to force them on the defensive.
Aim to farm early and get your core items of Night Harvester and Sorcerer’s Shoes. These two items will elevate your power level to new heights, allowing you to either crush your opposing laner or roam to other lanes. You can easily move to top and middle and throw your ultimate to assist your allies in achieving a takedown. Try to use it on cooldown to set up kills across the entire map, which will snowball you and your teammates.
In the later stages of the game, you should stick with your team or at least prepare for flanks around the opposing team for great ultimates to unleash devastating amounts of damage. Don’t try to walk to them head-to-head since they’ll most likely be prepared for your damage and your utility will be rendered useless.