Many pro players were sceptical of the new 5-ban system when it was first introduced, it massively increased the strategies required for victory. The pick/ban phase has never been so important, entire champion pools can be wiped out if needed. Despite this, a resurgence has been seen upon the champions picked in pro play, this season’s World Championship is arguably the best ever. Plenty of different champions are viable yet a select handful were banned a LOT more than others. As you go through the list, you’ll understand why…
Ban count: 28
As the Worlds meta mostly revolved around the AD carry, it makes sense for a support like Lulu to make this list. For the average player, her kit can be confusing to master but in the hands of a pro, Lulu is exceptional. Even though she was banned in 28 of 80 games, she still managed to become the most picked champion in the entire tournament. This support champion is greatly versatile, able to be effective in many situations and this makes her ban-worthy for many pro teams.
Ban count: 29
The disparity between solo queue and pro play has always been an issue with Shen, his ult can single handedly win engagements. In a co-ordinated team, Shen can be way too powerful and many players would rather not see him on the Rift. His safe laning and gank follow-up potential also makes him an ideal candidate for most team compositions.
Ban count: 32
Perhaps the safest of supports, Janna is the choice for you if you want to make it out of laning phase alive. A key abuser of the busted Ardent Censer (Worlds was played on the patch before its nerfs), teams are forced to first pick Janna if they can or ban her if they don’t have first pick. The likes of Kog’Maw & Twitch have their poor early game negated by the pure safety Janna brings to the table, making her a valuable support.
Ban count: 34
Ardest Censer abusers will always be pick/ban in pro play while the item is strong, not least Rakan. As well as insanely high shields and heals, Rakan brings strong engage and synchronizes really well with his counter-part Xayah. He’s a great pick to have an impact at all stages of the game and can easily turn the tide of an entire series with a single good engage.
Ban count: 35
It’s great to see Sejuani back on the pro scene, supertanks with great CC are sorely needed in an ADC meta. Most champions will be 3-hitted by an ADC with 2-3 items but not Sejuani, who can tank massive damage while providing valuable slows and hard CC. Her ganks are powerful after hitting level 6 too, such a huge power-spike cannot be allowed to be used against pro players so they ban her away!
Ban count: 36
A fed Jayce can quickly snowball the game, he has a great early game especially in lane against tanks. Of course, he does fall off late-game as the tanks get items but that’s only if they manage to last longer than 20 minutes. Under the control of pro players such as Khan and Huni, Jayce will demolish top lane and roam soon after. It’s critical you don’t allow this champion to disrupt your strategies and the easiest way to do that is to ban him.
4. Jarvan IV
Ban count: 37
Pretty much a generalist of League of Legends, Jarvan IV is so damn good at what he does. What does he do? Everything. You’ll find this champion maneuvering across the map, bringing great CC, initiation, ganks and surprising damage. His ultimate ability is perfect for locking down out-of-place carries and wasting summoner spells. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better front-liner in the game.
Ban count: 44
Banned in over half of the games played at Worlds 2017, Xayah is a hyper-carry with a surprisingly decent early game. All it takes is a small mistake from the opponent and Xayah will shred the entire team for the rest of the game. Her ultimate in particular makes her extremely viable, as it can be used to evade initiation from tanks and follow up with a short root.
Arguably the most important aspect is the built-in attack speed boost on her W, this allows her to go straight for an Essence Reaver without suffering too much in DPS. In a meta filled with late-game hypercarries, Xayah being able to spike faster is amazing!
Ban count: 52
Most commonly played in the mid lane, this colossus can slot right into most team compositions like a glove. Even though he’s a late game supertank, Galio has respectable wave-clear which makes for a remarkably safe laning phase. After he hits 6, he can back-up anyone on his team from the mid-lane which helps immensely against enemy ganks or roams. This is why his ban-rate was so high, it’s way too difficult to take a Galio out of the game and he’ll have a huge impact if you don’t.
Ban count: 80
The first and only champion to have a 100% pick/ban rate without actually being picked. Kalista is the perfect ADC, bringing vision, sustained damage, burst, objective control, mobility, engage & support safety. Rend stacks are epic for taking down Dragons or Barons, it’s almost like a secondary, more powerful Smite cast. She does so much for her role, enough to make her arguably the most broken champion in League of Legends World Championship history…
Combine this with the abundance of Ardent Censer supports and you have a god-like marksman whose ban-rate is justified!