These are the most popular Challenger champs and roles in Season 10

Melany M. February 14, 2020

The solo queue experience is different in every region, but the high elo ranks might be more similar than previously imagined. A redditor created a spreadsheet comparing the challenger ladders in North America, Europe, and Korea, and the parallels are clear.

Start with the most played champions by the Challenger players. It’s not a surprise that the most popular champions are exactly the same that are played on stage. Many of the players in Challenger are professional players that compete in one of the leagues. The players might also be amateurs looking for a chance to get scouted or streamers playing for an audience.

  • Top lane: Sett, Aatrox, and Irelia. In North America, top laners are playing Camille over Irelia.
  • Jungle: Lee Sin, Elise, and Qiyana. In Korea, Qiyana is not a popular jungle pick and is preferred in the mid lane. In this region, the third most popular pick is a tie between Ekko and Rek’Sai.
  • Mid lane: Lucian, Akali, and Diana. Solo queue is the only chance the pro players get to play Akali. This is the most banned champion in all regions, which led to her massive nerfs in patch 10.3. Korean players are not that into the Diana pick and instead prefer to play Pantheon.
  • Bot lane: Miss Fortune, Aphelios, and Senna. The three regions reached a consensus when it came to the top three picks in the bottom lane. The priority changes from region to region, as Senna is the least popular of the three in Korea and North America, but the second favorite in Europe.
  • Support: Thresh, Leona, Nautilus, Senna, and Tahm Kench. Engaging supports are the meta. The surprise here is Senna, who was intended to be a support and is often played as a bot laner.

Role distribution in Challenger across the regions

Role NA EU KR
Top lane  18%   21%   20%
Jungle  22%  22%  20% 
Mid lane  22%  19%  18%
Bot lane  15%  21%  22%
Support  21%   16%  19%
Fill  2%  1%   1%

 

The role distribution in Korea is close with one or two points between roles. In North America and Europe, the difference is more significant. Bot laners are not as likely to get to Challenger in North America as they are in the other regions. In Europe, the supports are the unpopular ones with only 16% of the Challenger players on this role.

Jungle and mid lane are the most impactful roles in the game and are the most popular across the regions. It’s surprising to see how many top laners get to Challenger. According to a survey by Riot Games, the LCS players consider the top lane to be the least impactful role in the game. The top laners are not letting these beliefs affect them however, and they keep climbing high.

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