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League of Legends Best Top Lane Champions

Updated on May 25, 2016

League of Legends has many top lane choices and this guide is intended to help you choose what champions to play and what champions are the strongest champions with the best skill sets. When choosing a champion to play you want to be sure this champion is idol and can provide enough damage and utility to win team fights and win games. Who doesn't want to win games?


Vi is an strong pick and excels really well at taking down enemy carries. Her ultimate is the worst nightmare of a carry because there is really nothing you can do to stop it. Using her effectively, however, involves combining her ultimate with other ultimate in order to take down key targets.


Akali can be devastating in the top lane because she has really high burst damage and spell vamp. The problem is that she is somewhat vulnerable at early stages in the game. The key to beating Akali is to take advantage of her early game weakness and shut her down before she gets strong.


Malphite is considerably broken at the moment. Not only does Malphite have a great ultimate that can disable an entire team, but he also has an attack speed de-buff the can be extremely useful disabling carries and attack speed heavy teams.

  • Who to pick Malphite against? Pick Malphite vs attack damage bruisers in the top lane or champions revolve around attack speed. This champs include Jax, Irelia, Olaf, Jarvan, Master Yi, and Wukong.
  • Who to not pick Malphite against? Champions like Kennen or Vlad can really shut down Malphite and make it extremely hard to survive in lane. Kennen combined with auto attacks and magic damage can shut you down and make it hard to farm.


Kayle is really good at harassing and doing damage to other top laners while staying relatively safe behind her long range. Her ultimate is also very powerful in protecting carries and making the enemy waste abilities. You are able to give your carry invisible status in team fights, but you have to make sure that you are using the ability on time and on the proper target.


Riven has always been a strong pick top because of her strong burst and high damage early. Riven can dive in and do damage and exit with a shield making it very easy to win trades. That what is all about winning trades. Riven is very hard to gank and very hard to counter making her a great top lane.

  • Champions Riven counters: Yorick, Jarvan, Irelia, Gangplank. Riven beats this champs rather easily.
  • Champions that counter Riven: Kennen, Tryndamere.

When playing Riven the key is to be really aggressive and try to deny the enemy as much as possible. Riven is one of the most powerful early game champs and taking advantage of that will be your key to success. She is also very strong when she gets her ultimate so engaging at 6 is usually a good idea.

Kha Zix

One of the strongest top laner in the game and also one of the best assassins in the game. Kha is able to make it into the team fight stealthy and take out targets. Also, the refresh on his jump allows him high mobility and easy escape/engage. Really strong pick and a must learn for the novice top laner.


Shen is a monster in the top lane due to his tankiness and his ability to sway fights and have a presence across the map. Not only does he have a great ultimate he also has an aoe taunt that can win team fights.

  • Champions that Shen counters: Irelia, Malphite, Kennen.
  • Champions that counter Shen: Olaf, Teemo, Yorick.

Shen is a great top laner and to use him effectively you have to time your ult right and watch the map. He is a monster once you learn the ropes. You want to make sure you can last hit with Shen and use his shield to block damage when you trade. He is really effective and staying in lane and farming. Overall he is a very safe laner with a strong late game.


Darius one of the best top lanes. He just brings so much damage to the table and is a real monster if he gets ahead. He is one of the most snowball champions in the top lane and can sway games in your teams favor if he gets fed. Also, he can farm from a distance with his q, but this does however push the lane and can leave you vulnerable.

  • Darius can be very weak at early levels especially against champions with strong poke. It is important that you choose the trades you do and make sure that you do more damage than you take. Once you get your ultimate you can go in and take advantage of your extremely high damage.
  • Darius is countered by champions like Yorick that can pole him from a distance and harass him out of lane.


Elise has proven to be quite a terror in the top lane. She is able to poke at champions really well and her ultimate allows her to be a little tanky. The key with her is to poke with her venom without allowing the enemy laner to trade with you. I found her rather easy to play. If you are good at mid champions and not a very good top lane she is definitely a good pick. I also see a lot of potential to pull of a lot of cool plays with her.

  • Harass with your venom and make sure that you trade more damage than you take. You want to make sure that you are very aggressive early so you can take advantage of your poke.

  • Counters: I did not see many champions that are able to counter her. I would say a mage like vlad can compete and trade with her pretty well. Overall strong pick at the moment.

Cho Gath

Ever since they gave Cho that slight buff he has been a strong pick all around. Not only is he really good in the top lane but also in the mid and the jungle. His sustain is great and his feast is really, really strong.

  • One of the stronger champions in the top lane. He really isn't hard countered by anyone. He is an overall safe pick.
  • Make sure you can last hit well with Cho so you can take advantage of his passive. The better you are at hitting those the more sustain you will have and the better you will be at laning.

Other Strong Top Laners.

  • Irelia
  • Quinn
  • Zed
  • Rumble
  • Hecrium
  • Xin Zhao
  • Yorick
  • Vlad
  • Lee Sin
  • Warwick
  • Jax
  • Jayce
  • Olaf
  • Kayle
  • Kennen
  • SInged
  • Urgot
  • Nasus
  • Tryndamere


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      teemo 3 years ago


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      alex 3 years ago

      why the fu ck is aatrox not on this list

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      Zach 3 years ago

      Has the world forgotten about poppy? The first five games of ever playing her I was able to shut down top. She owns wukong, vladamir, and some others. However I will say garren and Darius were tough but with a decent jungle you'll destroy them. Also her ult in great when staring a team fight and her burst damage makes it possible to ravage the adc while still tanking.

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      Nikt 3 years ago

      hahah its FUNNY where is renekton

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      Tiko Nelson 3 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

      Dude this list is either old or terrible. Vi, while playable top, excels in the jungle due to her lvl 6 amazeganks. Akali will get sh** on in top lane by any AoE champ or bruiser champ, ie, people who play top lane. Malphite is decent but since he's old, he has mana issues. Shens been out of play for forever. Elise is a jungler and cho doesn't see play because he's also quite old. Teemo is never out of favor and fiora is actually in favor right now. That's not even going into the fact that champions that are "in-favor" differ from region to region.Proceeding to make a better top lane champ selection.

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      HellYEXjS 4 years ago


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      papokrto 4 years ago

      cho gath is best at mid

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      Nathanz 4 years ago

      missing Zac?!

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      Wedge18 4 years ago

      I've been dominating with Teemo top :3

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      Mark Passarelli 4 years ago from Lakewood Colorado

      Any top lane champion can be played well and a lot of winning depends on the individual player. The champions I list are my opinion and champions that I think have solid kits in League of Legends.

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      bob 4 years ago

      hello? nidalee?

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      Red dragon 4 years ago

      hmmm yorick should be higher up seeing that has almost no counters or any i can think of.

      apart from chogath who i would guess would be his biggest counter but there just gonna both farm

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      BfMDevOuR 4 years ago

      No renekton? He is overlooked a lot but if played half decent there is no HARD counter to him.

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      xNukerr 4 years ago

      Where is Garen? He counters the most Tanks.

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      farmino 4 years ago

      Where is Wukong??

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      Derp 4 years ago

      why does it say hecrium?

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      qwerty 4 years ago

      voli top

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      .. 4 years ago


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      nitemare 4 years ago


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      Lightman3 4 years ago

      you are missing talon?

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      Markus 5 years ago

      Jarvan. Enough said. Smack u silly with J4

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      BC iPrex 5 years ago

      I'm having nice win streak with Renek also.. though i'm only silver d:D

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      Pacev 5 years ago

      Where are Renekton and Garen? Renekton is considered one of the strongest top lane champions atm and Garen was always strong pick...

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      Chris 5 years ago

      No Urgot?

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      Jesus.. 5 years ago

      How can you make this list, without Jarvan IV amd Pantheon..

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      Icedone77 5 years ago

      Singed should at least be in the okay category... I ranked top with him all the time and rarely lose. Good farm, Gets tanky, still does a lot of dmg, hard to catch out of position, great slow, and a peel for your adc.

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      Gamemaster 5 years ago

      What about yorick ?

      He's an opponent you can't win easy against

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      toplaner 5 years ago

      nice article

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      snoc 5 years ago


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      Ian Scholl 5 years ago


      She is a beastly top laner and can escape every gank with the heal + Speed boost W. She is, in my opinion, the best top laner in the game because almost nobody counters her since she's hybrid.

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      Devkarven 5 years ago

      Love me some malphite top lane

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      shizngiggles 5 years ago

      Lol Nasus isn't even remotely close to being one of the best top laners. He is widely considered to be one of the most brokenly bad champs in the game right now along with Karma.

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      Pie 5 years ago

      Olaf is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      BabyFace 5 years ago

      Where is Wukong??

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      LPLOL 5 years ago

      Well Olaf is getting missed in this List, he is almost invincible, but only a few pick him.

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      iluvsuomi 5 years ago

      what about renek?

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      SOmeguy 5 years ago

      What about Rumble he is a strong top lane as well

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      BOss 5 years ago

      Jayce and darius are one of the best top lane champions