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League of Legends is one of the most popular esports games out there, on par, if not more popular than Dota 2. While Dota 2 has larger prize pools of the two, its tournaments aren’t quite as present throughout a competitive esports year. And, while Dota 2 is usually slower paced, making it unattractive for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time learning and playing the game, League of Legends numbers millions of players each day. In this article, we’re taking a look at the top 10 most popular LoL champions in 2022!
The LoL esports scene is filled with regional leagues and global tournaments, featuring numerous esports teams from various esports countries. This makes League of Legends betting an attractive option for punters who are looking to perfect their craft and win some bets.
Looking at the numbers, there are usually two teams that are considered the strongest in their respective regions, so the safest betting route is to bet on them with either match-winner bets or outrights.
If you’re interested in LoL betting, here’s the quick and easy process to get you started:
Theoretically, it is possible for this to be an available betting market on an esports betting bookmaker’s website. It would definitely fall under the ‘special bets’ category of betting markets, seeing as it’s a unique type of bet.
However, due to the sheer number of League of Legends champions, this rarely occurs if ever. Nonetheless, you should pay attention to which betting markets are offered for each upcoming esports tournament as these bets are most likely to appear only for the World Championship.
On top of that, the odds surrounding these bets would be fantastic considering there are usually around 40 champions that are ‘part of the meta’.
League of Legends champions are in-game characters controlled by the players. There are currently 159 champions in the game, all of which specialize in certain team roles. Each champion has four (in some cases more) main abilities that ‘scale’ with specific metrics (attack damage, attack speed, ability power, health, armor, magic resist, etc.).
Players can also pick two global abilities (unrelated to specific champions meaning players can choose these additional spells on any champion they play) and use unique ‘rune pages’ for enhancing the champions’ abilities.
There are 3 main lanes on the map that the champions use in the initial phases of the match. The traditional strategy is to have one champion in the Top Lane (tanks, bruisers, assassins most commonly), one in the Jungle (can be any type of champion but most commonly tanks, bruisers, assassins, and mages), one in the Mid Lane (most commonly mages, assassins, bruisers, and marksmen), and two in the Bot Lane (one support champion and one AD carry/Marksman champion).
The biggest damage dealers are usually Mid Lane champions and AD Carries while Top Lane champions usually protect their team or harass the enemy. Junglers ‘gank’ each of the lanes at their discretion, providing much-needed firepower and support in weakening the enemy side.
Overall, League of Legends is a fast-paced game that isn’t hard to learn. However, it is hard to master, and it takes a long, long time to unlock all the champions. On top of that, most players ‘main’ (specialize in) 10-15 champions. It’s worth noting that this champion rotation often changes as the meta evolves which makes the players themselves evolve.
Champions are unlocked with an in-game ‘currency’ called Blue Essence. Blue Essence is earned by playing the game, completing missions, and smelting loot that the player doesn’t need. Blue Essence can also be purchased with real money, as can champions.
A quick word of note – these 10 champions are the most popular champions in the past month. This doesn’t mean they’re the best champions in the game, just that their playstyle is enjoyable for players. It’s also worth remembering that champion efficiency and strength change with each patch, especially larger updates that change some aspects of gameplay.
Champion Type: Marksman/Mage
Champion Role: AD Carry
Usual Lane: Bottom Lane
Champion Type: Marksman
Champion Type: Mage
Champion Role: Support/AP Carry
Usual Lane: Bottom Lane/Mid Lane
Champion Type: Fighter/Assassin
Champion Role: DPS/Assassin
Usual Lane: Mid Lane/Top Lane
Champion Type: Marksman/Bruiser
Champion Role: Jungler
Usual Lane: Jungle
Champion Type: Marksman/Support
Champion Role: AD Carry/Support
Champion Type: Assassin/Fighter
Champion Role: Nuker/DPS
There are currently 159 champions in League of Legends with 2 or more set to release in 2022. The most recently released champion is Renata Glasc, a support-role champion.
Betting on League of Legends can be profitable as well as fun. The LoL regional leagues (LEC, LCS, LCK, LPL, etc.) are active throughout the year with one pause in May/June (for MSI) and in the third quarter of the year for the World Championship (or Worlds).
This sort of schedule provides plenty of betting opportunities with the World Championship being the pinnacle of said opportunities.
The most popular champions in League of Legends in the last month have been Ezreal, Lucian, and Lux. Ezreal and Lucian are Marksmen (or ADC; AD Carry) while Lux can be played in the roles of Support and Mid (AP Carry).
Ezreal has been picked 3,800,000+ times, Lucian 2,990,000+ times, and Lux 2,875,000+ times (information provided by OP.GG; keep in mind that champion popularity may change, even every day due to meta changes, game updates, buffs/nerfs, etc.).
The largest and most prestigious League of Legends esports tournament is the World Championship, featuring the best of the best in their respective regions which makes the competition fierce.
MSI is a mid-seasonal tournament that may not be the largest of the bunch but it is a pretty popular tournament that gathers teams from numerous esports regions.
If you’re just starting out with LoL betting, you’ll have the most luck with match-winner and over/under bets.
However, take some care when placing over/under bets as their outcome is somewhat connected to the current meta. As an example, nowadays there’s plenty of damage and the gameplay is fast paced, meaning games will likely last shorter and feature more kills than usual. Keep an eye on the trends so you’re always on top of the game.