Golden Guardians support player Olleh selected Dr. Mundo in today’s win over TSM, marking the first time the champion has ever been picked for the support position in a major League of Legends game.
Olleh earned first blood on TSM AD carry Tactical in today’s game while laning alongside his AD carry Stixxay, who was playing Senna. Golden Guardians’ approach in the bottom lane revolved around feeding farm into Olleh during the laning phase in order as part of a widely accepted “fasting Senna” strategy. By the time the game ended, Olleh finished with a scoreline of 2/0/6 and 267 CS to his name.
Olleh may have picked Dr. Mundo in today’s game against TSM because of the buffs the champion received as a result of the “durability update” in Patch 12.10. The champion’s improved defensive stats turned him into a late-game tank for Golden Guardians, who relied heavily on Olleh to establish a beefy frontline in the later stages of today’s game.
Dr. Mundo had been picked three times as a support during the 2021 season, but never during an official major region game. The champion was picked twice as support in Oceania’s LCO Split 2 last season and once in Korea’s Kespa Cup, an unofficial tournament, last December. All three of those picks notably came following Dr. Mundo’s full-scale rework implemented in Patch 11.12 last summer, according to League stats site Gol.gg. The previous iteration of the champion was never picked as a support.
Historically, Dr. Mundo has been picked over 1,100 times as a top laner, according to Gol.gg. He has only 150 combined picks across all other roles on Summoner’s Rift, with most of those selections in 2021. While he was a significant pick last season, Dr. Mundo was also at the forefront of the professional meta in 2018 and 2014.
Olleh and Golden Guardians will look to push the meta further when they return to action on the LCS stage next Saturday, July 2, against Immortals.