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 this is worldwide play-rate but individual regions have much different metas and playstyles!
Shyvana struggles in almost every pre-season as Riot make their usual huge jungle changes. Thriving in high speed environments, this champion is hugely feast-or-famine. Capable of being overbearing in the right metas, Shyvana struggles to make an impact when the jungle doesn’t favor her.
Players know her strengths and weaknesses, even low ELOs don’t bother with her as there’s so many power-farmers who can do her job better right now.
Gone are the days of “protect the Kog’Maw” Ardent Censer meta, and good riddance I say. There’s nothing quite like watching a Kog’Maw shred through a full-build Sion in a few auto attacks. That’s in the past though, Kog’Maw takes too long to get going nowadays, with such a reliance on items.
Snowballing and early game endings are all the rage in this meta, it’s outright impossible for Kog’Maw to be useful in those first 20 minutes.
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.
Yorick’s rework was massive, turning him into an actual fun champion instead of the bore-fest he was before. Some problems arose though, his minions are difficult to click if you’re bad at the game, so like 70% of players. So he had to be nerfed, now he’s barely viable at any skill level.
I still think he’s very fun to play and extremely unique so it is a bit weird to see him on this list!
You’d think Trundle early game presence combined with the buff to allow his Q to damage turrets would have pushed him into viability. You’d be wrong, players (particularly in the pro scene) used Trundle as a pillar bot but the addition of 2 seconds to its cooldown has shafted him completely.
Buffs to his Q base damages haven’t been enough for players to turn their heads unfortunately.
Don’t expect Kayle to be on this list for long, we know the next Visual/Gameplay Update (VGU) is coming for her, with Morgana receiving a mini-update at the same time. Kayle is a weird one, similar to Kog’Maw in the way she’s reliant on items.
Although, Kayle does have more of an early game presence. Perhaps it’s due to Riot not giving her much love in recent years, understandably due to her needing larger work.
Oh do I miss pre-rework and pre-tremor-nerf Rek’Sai :'(
Thematically, this champion is pretty damn awesome. For a long, long time, Rek’Sai was a nightmare to balance since her Tremor Sense is OP in pro play but not-so-good in lower ELOs. As a result, she ended up with no damage and was resigned to being a knock-up bot.
Then her rework came, she lost her identity as a tanky CC-bot and instead became…nothing really. Her abilities were rejuvenated with additional damage scaling and her ult was reworked but now, she doesn’t offer anything that another champion can do 5 times better.
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.
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.
The introduction of Predator boosted Skarner’s viability somewhat, as he could use the keystone to secure easy ults. But now, his clear speed is allows his counters to completely run his jungle. Without his effectiveness as an ult bot, Skarner is useless.
Update: #1 spot was previously held by Urgot (pre-rework)
1. 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.