League of Legends MSI Champion Spotlight: Lissandra

by James Bates

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LeBlanc's mobility got you down? Do you find yourself eternally frustrated by Playful Trickster to the point that you would to anything to just kill that damn fish? Do you want to make Ekko players around the world cry as you remove their ultimate from consideration fight after fight? Do you enjoy spamming emotes while a helpless Zed or Talon try to burst you and just have all their damage ignored? Well, then do I have a mid laner for you! The queen of lockdown, the assassin slayer herself, and one of the rarest mid lane picks in the game right now: Lissandra!

As I just intimated, Lissandra has one niche at the moment that she excels in beyond description. Shutting down assassins. Her ultimate, Frozen Tomb, is just about the most powerful tool available in the game when it comes to dealing with the likes of a Zed or a LeBlanc, as it has the dual functionality of either protecting you from all of their burst, or immobilizing them outright so your team can brutalize them before their escape spells come online. Against certain champions -- *cough* Fizz *cough* --  that's an extremely valuable set of abilities that negates much of what makes the enemy champion strong.

It ain't all roses for Lissandra, however. While the Gigabyte Marines might have just done a great job of showing what the champion is capable of in the right matchups, there definitely are matchups where Lissandra will be dead weight. You'll notice that all three champions that we just mentioned share one thing in common. They're all very short range and rely on hard committing to fights in order to be effective. Against champions with that paradigm, Lissandra is great. Against ones that don't do exactly that, however, Lissandra is hot garbage that will struggle to just survive in lane against early on. Champions with long range such as Orianna or Syndra do a number against Lissandra in the laning phase, and Lissandra will be forced to rely on ganks in order to just survive these lanes, much less get ahead. You can count on the enemy team knowing that too, however, so be careful in those lanes. It's often best just to play from behind, and break off into split pushing once the game moves to the mid game, as most of those same long ranged champions will struggle to match your effectiveness in the side lanes.

Overall, Lissandra is a niche pick without a doubt, but one worth keeping in mind. Against the picks that she prospers against, she's a ruinous presence that few can match head on. But when she's matched against the champions that counter her, she's a very skill-demanding champion that will ask a lot of its pilot. Be careful about picking her, but know that if you pick her in the right situations she's a force to reckoned with. Let us know how it goes for you on the rift!

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.