For a lot of players, ranked can be a frustrating experience in League of Legends. Between the teammates who refuse to coordinate, the vastly different skill levels, and the odd smurf or two, you can sometimes feel like you’re going backward. But there are a few champions, if mastered, that can help you beat the system and take you to the next level.
And with just a few days left before League’s ninth ranked season finishes and ranked rewards get distributed based on divisions, you have to make sure the champions you’re picking are the right ones that will help you carry and climb higher in solo queue.
Below are five champions—one for each role—that will help you climb the ranks. They aren’t all easy to learn, but they’re the kind of champions you’ve probably already been demolished by and wondered “why are they so good?” Once you master these champions, it becomes easier to learn the mechanics of the lane (or jungle) itself and improve yourself as a player—and then the real climb can start.
Top lane – Darius
If you’re a top laner looking for a champion that can solo carry a game, look no further than Darius. He’s as ferocious as he looks when it comes to winning lane and leading his team to victory.
Although he isn’t the best peeler for carries, his sustain is still high. And Darius is all about making his opponents bleed out. He hasn’t received any recent changes but that didn’t stop players from bringing him to the top of the meta. He fits into almost any matchup and is easy to pick up and play.
Winning the laning phase shouldn’t be a struggle with Darius since he deals high damage and can heal up with Q, which easily wins him trades. If you snowball well into the late game, you might be able to dunk the full enemy team alone.
Jungle – Kha’Zix
As seasons pass, Kha’Zix’s dominance on the Rift comes and goes. It’s as if players sometimes forget how easy it is to carry games with him until cheese picks surface ahead of the season’s end.
So if you’re a jungler with just a few days left to climb the ranks, think about Kha’Zix. If you know how to play him, you’ll likely have a few kills just minutes into a game. His kit allows for fast jungle clears, easy ganks, and quick movement around the map. And his damage output is very high.
While Kha’Zix isn’t a strong protector of carries, he doesn’t struggle with jumping to the enemy’s backline to assassinate squishy champs. Strong Kha’Zix players can close out a game alone. Besides, he’s fun to play.
Mid lane – Yasuo
Yasuo has been a reckoning force on the Rift since his release. His high damage burst, in-lane mobility, the wall, and the dangerous ultimate that can turn the tables of a teamfight kept this champion at the top through nerfs and buffs.
Although Yasuo requires a certain understanding of his kit before a player can truly play with his full potential, the turnover is amazing. Besides, mastering Yasuo can be a fun experience. He provides quick wave clear, poke resistance, and has incredible potential to snowball through the game.
Once your Yasuo is equipped with Infinity Edge and Statikk Shiv, rarely any matchup will prove to be a problem. And if you manage to catch enemy carries with his ultimate in a late-game teamfight, you basically win the game for your team.
Bot lane – Kai’Sa
Kai’Sa is easily one of the top-tier units in League. As an ADC, she’s easy to pick up and quickly learn. Although it may feel like she struggles in the laning phase due to her short-range, slower wave clear and a non-damaging ultimate, her damage output later in the game is insane and she can solo-carry games.
One of the unique traits of Kai’Sa is that you can pick if you want to build her AD or AP, meaning you can adapt to your team’s composition even though you’re a bot lane carry. Her ultimate can be used both to pick up a kill and escape from an undesirable teamfight.
With the level scaling, Kai’Sa becomes a big damage dealer who gains invincibility and can scout wide ranges, allowing you to perfectly position yourself for the next fight. If you enjoy “making plays” with your ADC, Kai’Sa is a perfect bot laner for you.
Support – Pyke
Although Blitzcrank overshadowed Pyke for a little while after he was buffed and Pyke was nerfed, the spotlight is back in the hands of the one with a harpoon. He may not be healing himself as much, but he hasn’t lost his executing power.
Pyke’s gold sharing is valuable to the team, but he can roam and secure kills for an early lead as long as the ADC is comfortable playing alone while their support is traversing the Rift.
He can engage, disengage, poke, and CC. Shields won’t stop you from executing with Pyke and the camouflage on his W allows for outplays. Pyke’s biggest downside is probably his high ban rate, together with the fact that you’ll likely be sitting on more kills than your ADC.