We take a look at this week's free champion rotation. Is your main free to play?
The constant changes in League of Legends make the game quite confusing at times. The addition of champions each year makes the oversight of 150 champs almost impossible. Thankfully, Riot introduced the weekly champion rotation, which allows players to test out the champions for free.
Riot Games loans out around 10% of playable champions for free each week. This keeps League of Legends interesting and gives players the opportunity to experiment. Once you hit level 11, you gain access to the free champion rotation. The free champion rotation switches up every single Tuesday, so be prepared to try some new stuff on Summoner's Rift weekly.
Free Champion Rotation: 9 August – 16 August
These are the champions that are part of this week's free champion rotation:
- Nunu & Willump
- Tahm Kench
This isn't a great week, unless you're a huge Amumu fan, 'cause most of the champions that are available are absolutely not meta. Some lanes, like the mid lane didn't even get a single champion, while the bot lane players only got an ADC. Riot really needs to balance these out a bit better. I mean, at least give each lane two champions to choose from. Instead, we're left with five different supports, where only one of them is really viable.
Who is the best top laner in this free champion rotation, you might ask? That would be Aatrox. He is insanely strong at basically all stages of the game, but he really shines in team fights. He has an insane amount of sustain and AoE damage, and though he might not be a tank, it is really difficult to kill him. Even in the lane, he is super annoying to face, 'cause he spams his Q over and over, and heals like crazy. Super fun to play, not so fun to play against.
If you're looking for a good jungler, then you have to go with Amumu. He is absolutely nuts right now, and is also a menace in the support role. He has insane engage, a ton of cc, and that's all you really need from him. Even with all that, he is super easy to play, and basically, anyone can just pick him up and dominate. If your team is in dire need of a tank or just an engage champion, then you HAVE to go with Amumu, by far the best choice.
As for mid-lane picks in this free champion rotation, you should pick no one because there isn't a single champion I would recommend playing in the mid lane in this week's free rotation. Yes, technically you can play Kai'Sa mid, but that's a pick from a couple of months ago, and it just sucks after all her AP scaling nerfs. Yeah, looking a bit dry in the mid lane this week, so just stay away from it.
For you ADC mains, it's going to be Kai'Sa, and not because she is good, but because she is the only option you can play as an ADC. Similarly to the mid lane, this ain't the week for ADC players. Kai'Sa just really isn't that good. She can get punished really hard in the early game, and in the late game, other ADCs are just better at team fighting or carrying, so also stay away from the bot lane in this week's rotation.
Finally, we get to the support role and in this free champion rotation, you should go for Sona. Gotta be real, Amumu is the better pick, but since we already featured him in the jungle, we decided to go another way in the support role. There are a lot of support picks in this week's rotation. Unfortunately, they are all tank engage supports, and it just isn't their meta, unless of course, you're Amumu - he seems to be the only viable one. So yeah, stick to enchanters, and Sona is one of them.
So, that's it, guys. Try out a few of these unique champions from this champion rotation, and maybe you'll find your new main? Who knows. We'll be back next Tuesday to see who you can try in the next free champion rotation!