5 Worst Top Laners in League of Legends Preseason 2021

Some top laners do not perform well in Preseason 2021
Some top laners do not perform well in Preseason 2021 | Courtesy of Riot Games

League of Legends Patch 10.23 made its entrance to the Rift with a bang. With major item reworks, shop appearance, jungle camps adjustment, and some balance changes, it feels like Summoners are learning new game again. While there are so many item build combinations on champions that are yet to be explored, based on multiple statistics sites, the following top laners have the lowest win rate.

5 Worst Top Laners in League of Legends Preseason 2021

5. Lucian

Lucian
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Traditionally as AD Carry, players have been utilizing Lucian's kit in mid and top lane. In mid, usually he is paired up with farming jungler. His presence is to constantly have mid priority over the enemy mid laner. However, in the top lane, he has a very obscure purpose. He's not a tank, not a bruiser, and not that mobile (compared to other top ADCs such as Vayne or Kalista). With these flaws, it is no surprise that his win rate is only 45.02% as a top laner.

4. Ryze

Ryze
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Ryze is particularly weak against pushing and aggressive champions. His wave clear is also not necessarily the best. His short range does not help as well. However, he deals massive sustained damage, especially late game. With a win rate of 45.1%, he is in odd position where he wants to be impactful in team fights or act as a split pusher.

3. Vladimir

Vladimir
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Deemed as a late game champion, Vladimir can become a dangerous monster with seemingly unlimited heal, damage amplifier, and invincibility ability. Just like champions such as Azir or Kassadin, Vladimir is not expected to be ahead during laning phase. With a win rate of 44-46%, it is likely that either enemy top laners are significantly ahead or the game never reaches past 20 minutes.

2. Tryndamere

Tryndamere
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Tryndamere by theory is a pretty solid champion. He can split push, get multikills in group team fights, and tower dive well. He has quite few counters as well. If the enemy top laner is a tank, he has trouble finishing them off. But if Tryndamere himself builds tanky items, he then lacks base attack damage that other top laners have (e.g. Irelia, Darius, or Jayce). He also lacks CC which makes it hard for him to execute enemies.

1. Gangplank

Gangplank
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A constant pick in various professional tournaments this year, Gangplank suffers a low win rate of around 44.0%. His global ultimate, if executed correctly, can be game-changing. Whether it is for team fights or wave management from across the map, playing GP requires communication and awareness. After all, how can we forget Suning's Chen "Bin" Ze-Bin's barrel that obliterated G2 Esports in Worlds 2020?