LCS Meta: The Most Popular Champions 6/20 – 6/27 (2016)

Jun 28, 2016

It can be difficult to keep up with the meta in League of Legends. New patches are frequent and PBE tweaks are constantly being shared. Staying on top of upcoming changes is an everyday thing for competitive players.

I like to cheat when it comes to knowing what champions are strong on the current patch. I just play whatever the pros are playing. While solo ranked play is almost a completely different game than the structured LCS macro oriented style, if a champion is good enough to be picked in the LCS it’s certainly going to be viable in dynamic queue.

You can use this list of champions to help choose a new main, work on expanding your champion pool, or test out a new role.

LCS Meta: Most Picked Champions This Week

Thanks to data provided by Games of Legends, here are the most picked champions in the LCS for the week of 6/20 – 6/27.

Top Lane LCS Meta Trends

Trundle (38), Irelia (30), and Shen (20) were the most played top lane champions this week.

Irelia has shown to be very strong thanks in part to the recent Trinity Force changes. She is built as a bruiser, yet still remains capable of one-shotting squishy targets. Irelia also has decent mobility later in the game once her Bladesurge (Q) is able to one-shot minions.

Shen is back in the meta for the first time since his rework. He’s still the same champion with the same play style, just with a little more scaling power and utility. Meanwhile Trundle remains a relatively safe pick in the top lane thanks to his powerful ultimate and useful pillar.

Jungle LCS Meta Trends

Rek'Sai Jungle
Rek’Sai is a power farming jungler who uses her ultimate to ensure she is always roaming around the map. She is by far the most popular jungler in competitive play right now. (Image via Riot Games.)

Rek’Sai (45), Elise (38), Gragas (20), Graves (17), and Nidalee (16) were the most played jungle champions this week. Hecarim, Olaf, and Kindred were the only other jungle champions with 5+ picks.

Rek’Sai is a big power pick in the jungle right now. In addition to being picked 45 times across 85 games this week he was also banned in 20 other games, making for a 76% global pick/ban rate.

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Nidalee was the most banned jungler this week drawing 33 bans. She is indeed still strong despite the nerfs to her Pounce (W) reset. Elise and Gragas are the most popular AP jungle picks in her absence.

Mid LCS Meta Trends

Azir is scary strong late game, but difficult to master. It’s probably worth putting in some game time on a champion this strong.

Viktor (27), Azir (25), Karma (19), Vlad (18), Ryze (13), LeBlanc (11), and Cassiopeia (10) each received 10 or more picks this week while Lissandra, Twisted Fate, Kassadin, Varus, and Zilean each earned 5 or more picks.

Vladimir and Ryze were the most banned champions overall this week, drawing 64 and 56 bans respectively. Why aren’t you practicing them yet?

ADC LCS Meta Trends

Are you hyped yet? Be careful picking Ashe into assassins or gank heavy junglers. You might not survive laning phase due to her lack of mobility.

Jhin (37), Sivir (30), Ezreal (28), Ashe (28), and Lucian (27) were the most picked AD carries this week. As usual the ADC meta revolves around a core group of 3-5 champions. The next most picked ADC was Caitlyn, who was picked only 8 times.

Utility AD carries are in. Jhin has long range crowd control, Ezreal can do the same thanks to Iceborn Gauntlet, Sivir has On the Hunt, and Ashe has her arrow for engage. Lucian doesn’t offer any utility, just a ton of damage.

Support LCS Meta Trends

Braum LCS Meta
Braum doesn’t have the strongest laning phase against bully ranged supports, but his team fighting is S+. (Image via Riot Games.)

Braum (47), Karma (33), Bard (23), Nami (22), and Thresh (20) were the most picked supports in competitive this week. Zyra, a hot pick last week, received only 6 total picks this week. This week teams passed on her high damage for the greater utility offered by Braum and Karma.

4/5 of the most picked supports these week are ranged supports, a trend continuing from MSI. Braum is the exception, but he makes up for it in team fights by threatening to stun multiple players with Concussive Blows (Passive) and block the enemy’s damaging projectiles with Unbreakable (E).

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Jamie Jacobs is a bot lane main who once won 17 consecutive Janna games. His favorite champions are Thresh, Kalista, and Bard. Jamie writes about competitive League of Legends and the professional gaming scene every week at Esports Edition.
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