For the last three years, the competitive top lane metagame has always revolved around tanks, with a number of notable exceptions like the release of Black Cleaver. Whether it be the strength of the old Sunfire Cape, Courage of Colossus, or the more recent Doran Ring stacking, there's always been something keeping the tanks on top.
Well, not anymore.
See, the lack of hard tanks in the top lane is opening the way for a class of champion that we haven't seen in a long, long time: squishy melee champions that are weak to crowd control. A year ago Akali was a meme pick because while you might dominate the lane, you'd still just get hit by Twisted Advance later on in the game and get instantly killed. But what if there was no Twisted Advance? Well, then apparently you'd be free to get late-game
But Akali isn't the only champion that's suddenly stuck her head out again on the competitive stage, as last night also featured a far, far stranger pick. Akali was at least in the realm of possibilities, as she's been a solo queue star for a number of weeks now. Mordekaiser, however, wasn't on anyone's radar last night, at least not until Longzhu Khan picked the Master of the Metal and pounded the
So why are these bizarre picks cropping up? Why now? Well, as previously mentioned, there just less hard crowd control in the game right now than there has been in years past. It's not unusual to see a team like
So should you try out these picks in your own games? Absolutely. Akali has been strong for quite some time now, and her win rate before 25 minutes is the best in the entire game. The fact that her win rate plummets like a rock after 30 minutes shouldn't dissuade you, as Akali's high-tempo playstyle ensures that's rarely a problem. If the game went that long, it was because you already got shut down.
Change is coming to the league, and it's a change that will benefit those who stay ahead of the curve. Give both of these champs a whirl in your upcoming solo queue adventures, and let us know how it goes!