Played by millions all over the world, League of Legends has over 100 champions that have thousands of mains everywhere. Each champion has their own loyal fanbase, players who will play their favourite champion even during the darkest of times. However, some champions are nerfed that much they become unplayable, even for the most hardcore mains. These champions go from being pro picks to barely played, here are the 10 least played champions in League of Legends!
Please note that popularity depends on the region, this list takes the playrate from NA, EUW, KR and EUNE into consideration. Volibear for example has one of the lowest pick-rates in KR but isn’t in the top 10 for the other regions.
The main focal point of Volibear’s lack of success is his immobility, he has his movement speed boost but that’s about it. Aginst a semi-competent team, Volibear is completely useless as he gets kited constantly and fails to have an impact on the game. Sure, he’s a super-tank with high damage that can carry low-ELO games but there are others who do that better, who get picked over Voli.
Update: #10 spot was previously held by Kindred
How the mighty have fallen. It wasn’t even a year ago that SKT T1 Bengi chose Olaf to receive his Worlds 2016 winners skin. A mainstay in pro play for many years, Olaf has found it more and more difficult to find a place in the meta. There’s way too much support for Olaf to be able to do anything, carries will smile whenever they see Olaf picked by the enemy team.
Update: #9 spot was previously held by Singed (pre-rework)
Being outshined by tons of other mages at all points in the game has taken its toll. Lissandra’s passive is arguably her biggest flaw, as it doesn’t provide much compared to other mages. Her burst is too low and while her CC/mobility are decent, there’s still no justification for picking her. It’s a shame too, as Lissandra was a breath of fresh air in pro play.
Update: #8 spot was previously held by Azir (pre-rework)
You’d think Aatrox’s recent changes would make him more popular but nope, his play rate is still going down. He still suffers from the same issues, too easy to kite and barely effective when he does get in melee range. Aatrox’s damage and sustain can be good but in a meta full of carries who 3-hit any non-tanks, as well as powerful supports making them unkillable, is difficult for Aatrox to make an impression.
Update: #7 spot was previously held by Karthus
After he became broken during the Juggernaut update, Morderkaiser saw pro-play and solo queue popularity. He was definitely too strong though so nerfs came his way. This left him in a weird spot where he requires a nearby ally to maximise his potential (horrible for a solo laner) but doesn’t even perform well in the bot lane. He’s also really slow, escaping or chasing down targets is much more difficult than other juggernauts. He can be OK for those Morde mains out there but everyone else finds his playstyle bizarre and not worth picking.
Update: #6 spot has no changes
Karthus isn’t that bad of a champion in terms of damage, he just requires a lot of play-time and learning for a player to maximise his potential. Players simply don’t have the patience when there are tons of other mages who do the same damage, but are much easier to learn and play. A lack of ability to make ‘plays’ is also a detrimental factor, as is the fact he’s fairly easy for the opponent to play around.
Update: #5 spot was previously held by Aurelion Sol
4. Aurelion Sol
There’s nothing wrong with Aurelion Sol, his kit is simply too awkward for the majority of players to use effectively. He still sees high ELO and pro play, albeit rarely. To win games with Aurelion Sol you need to learn his unique mechanics which have an extremely high skill floor and ceiling. Also, most players find him boring to use, which is a big factor in deciding whether or not a champion will be popular.
Update: #4 spot was previously held by Skarner
Described as the most boring champion in League of Legends history, Nunu is nowhere near the worst champion on the list in terms of viability. Many great players have described Nunu’s playstyle as “making the enemy jungler as useless as Nunu is” and they’re not wrong. The only way this godawful champion will ever see play is when he’s overpowered, players simply don’t want to deal with such a boring kit.
Update: #3 spot was previously held by Corki
Surprise, surprise. Ivern, upon release, was catastrophically good. A supportive jungler would fit well into today’s meta if they were balanced enough. Riot decided they didn’t like Ivern being so powerful so they absolutely gutted him, as well as buffed his counters. Now considered a troll pick, the few players who bother to learn this confusing champion are disappointed when it comes to winning on the Rift.
Update: #2 spot was previously held by Rek’Sai (pre-rework)
Similar to Mordekaiser in the way that Skarner came out of the Juggernaut update as a broken mess, he’s now ignored by the majority of the community. No one enjoys his ‘spires’ passive, not even Skarner players. His kit is also ineffective and exceedingly boring, there is no reason to pick him at all.
Update: #1 spot was previously held by Urgot (pre-rework)