League of Legends

5 Best Top Laners in League of Legends Patch 11.7

The best top lane champions are those with survivability and utility.
The best top lane champions are those with survivability and utility. | Courtesy of Riot Games.

League of Legends Patch 11.7 arrives March 31, so here are the five best top laners expected to dominate the latest update. Taking that into consideration, as well as statistics regarding win-rates and what works best in the current meta, the champions that made our list are the following:

5 Best Top Laners in League of Legends Patch 11.7

1. Garen

Both his builds and kit make him a great juggernaut, and the silence in his "Decisive Strike" ability makes for a great counter to top laners that heavily rely on combos, or glass cannon assassins. With a great mana-less laning phase, and a forgiving gameplay that enables snowballing, Garen is our pick for the best top lane champion this patch.

2. Gnar

Having both ranged attacks and melee attacks proves useful in Gnar's laning face, but his crowd control makes for a great team fight initiator that has been seen in the professional (and casual) scene of the game. His Mini form also provides players with a lot of mobility that is not often seen in tanks.

3. Darius

Damage over time, execution moves, and slows make Darius one of the best melee fighters in the game. Being able to pull enemies close makes it a great opportunity for a fight to go from a 5-v-5 to a 4-v-5 quickly, and early game Darius's passive leads enemy champions to consume health potions quickly. Overall, his only downside is a lack of mobility, for which he compensates with damage and crowd control.

A great teamfight initiatior with a strong laning phase, Malphite made it to our top 5 list.
A great teamfight initiatior with a strong laning phase, Malphite made it to our top 5 list. | Courtesy of Riot Games.

4. Malphite

Similar to Mega Gnar, Malphite has a great kit for initiation and his ultimate is a good tool against squishy enemies in the backlines. He scales off of armor, and has a passive that allows him to take less damage during the laning phase. Slows, stuns, and knock-ups make him a champion to watch out for during teamfights.

5. Urgot

Urgot has seen an increase in win-rates as of recently, and his passive deals a lot of damage early on. His kit includes stuns, lock-ons, and slows that allow him to pick on squishy targets easily. Not to mention that being able to displace enemies works wonders in the middle and later parts of the game.