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.
Despite once being a must-pick in high ELO and pro play, Kindred is now one of the least popular champions in League of Legends. She was a bit too strong so Riot nerfed her, this isn’t the main cause of her lack of popularity, though. The current meta favours early game above all else and for Kindred, she needs to hit late game to become a serious threat. Her weaknesses are just too exploitable at the moment.
Neither Riot nor players are quite sure what class Singed belongs to. He’s a unique champion with a very straightforward playstyle. Only Singed mains use him, anyone else who picks him is likely doing so for his troll and cheese potential. His kit is just so out of place and boring to use that players just see no reason to pick him.
Oh how the mighty have fallen, Azir’s kit has had numerous things removed or nerfs since his release. His abilities inherently have a bullying nature, with enemy players often having a bad taste in their mouth when playing against him. This led to a number of severe nerfs that have completely gutted him. Once a mainstay on the pro stage, he’s never even considered nowadays and he’s under-performing completely. Riot are intentionally leaving him in this sorry state until they can give him a small rework.
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.
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.
5. 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.
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.
This is a huge surprise, it should be said that Corki has a decent play rate in KR but an abysmal popularity in the other regions. The constant changes and nerfs are to blame for his poor amount of appearances as when he is decent to play, his pick-rate skyrockets. He’s not particularly boring to use, nor does he have a difficult kit, he’s just really weak at the moment.
My baby :'(
As a Rek’Sai main, it’s hard to see her in such a horrific state. The discrepancy between solo and pro play has seen her be average in solo if she’s good in pro play, while if she’s average in pro play, she’s terrible in solo. Riot know this so they’ve gutted her for both types of play with the aim of reworking her soon. She’s never had a high pick-rate due to her kit being difficult to get used to but after all the nerfs, she’s barely picked at all.
Urgot has consistently been the least popular champion for a long time now and for good reason, he sucks. With a terribly ineffective kit, an ult that is completely out of place, an aged model and boring playstyle, he won’t be seeing play until his upcoming rework. This rework is due in the next few patches so we won’t have to wait too long!