Is Senna the most versatile bot laner in League of Legends?
As Season 11 of League of Legends moves along, one champion has become a monster in competitive play and has turned into a massively flexible pick. Senna has been a staple in professional play since her release but may have just transcended to a new height this season.
As of right now, the champion is one of the highest-picked bot laners and can be flexed between support and carry roles with ease. Senna is definitely a powerful pick in the current meta, but is she as versatile as many professional teams think she is?
Fasting Senna sees a lot of success
Support Senna, or fasting Senna, is a build that puts the champion in the support role as opposed to her other, more carry-oriented build that requires a composition to be built around her. This build has opened a world of possibilities in terms of lane partners as teams can pair another champion that consumes resources with its bot laner and does not take away much terms of damage to Senna.
Some combinations include Wukong, Hiemerdinger, and Sion. All three have different synergies with Senna and add another layer of damage to a team’s composition. This style of play is also the most optimal strategy currently as Senna support has a much higher win rate at 56%, rather than Senna carry at 42%.
Senna also works well with many of the mages that like to flex to the bot lane like Syndra or Seraphine.
Pro League of Legends teams get creative with Senna
Professional teams have been increasingly creative with Senna and what they like to pair her with. In either a carry of support role, Senna can be partnered with a tank champion or a mage champion. Both provide different advantages to each team, and will always be relevant in the game as they will most likely receive more resources than a support would with another champion.
Right now, many teams are pairing Senna support with a tank champion like Galio and Tahm Kench or crafting a very potent bot lane with a mage like Seraphine or Zilean. The type of lane usually depends on the team's solo laner champions and whether the team needs a strong mage presence or another tank to protect the Senna.
Will we see more Senna in pro play?
Senna is currently a very potent pick in professional play but not to the point that it may need to be changed in a patch. The champion was released as a support and since Senna is performing well in that role, Riot may not see a reason to nerf her.
But as mages are becoming more and more powerful this season, Senna may be the go-to support for teams that want to add another strong mage to its composition. So for right now, Senna may remain in her current state as one of the most flexible champions in the game until the meta shifts to a point where she becomes a must-pick or must-ban in the professional scene.
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