Team fights are a core part of every single League of Legends game, and there are no two ways about it. Games will be decided in these big clashes between players from both teams. It can even take just one, as it often does, especially in professional play.
To be at the Top of your game when it comes to team fights, your Team’s roster needs to have adequate Champions. There are plenty of roles and classes that can partake, but only a select few are built around this. We went over the Best Teamfighting Champions previously, and in this list, we’ll cover the ones that come from the Top Lane.
The Top Lane is usually regarded as the 1v1 Lane or the Isolationist Lane. While this may be true to some extent, it is only a matter of time when the Top Laners will come down and join the fray. It may even come to them.
So, let’s dive into our Top 5 Best Teamfighting Top Laners in the current game.
This Yordle is what I despise to see on the Top Lane. Not only is his Laning Phase great, packed with damage and a lot of mobility, but everything about him clicks. He has pokes, movement speed, and stuns for days.
While they make him a great Laner, those exact reasons make him an amazing Team fighter. Kennen has always been known for his initiations into large numbers of enemies, often even whole teams. Building Zhonyas and Hextech Protobelt, Kennen can use his W, run and dash into the enemy team and Ult while in Zhonya’s. It is a straightforward strategy that has worked for time immemorial.
Kennen can subsequently stun the entire enemy team and not briefly mind you. This strategy only gets better if the enemy team is distracted with fighting others, as is usually the case in chaotic team fights. This allows him to be unobstructed in his endeavor of applying heavy CC while saving Zhonya’s for a more dire situation. Kennen is a great entry pick if you want to play Top and simultaneously have a solid map presence.
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The notorious mountain brute that knows only like 5 words is one of the best Team fighters in the game, period. There are scarce other examples that can do what Malphite does, even fewer that can do it better. Malphite, simple as he is, is also a great entry pick for new players, allowing them to learn both the Laning Phase and the Team fighting mechanics that League has to offer.
Malphite has a lot of CC that can help him remain dormant in Lane. But what makes him great in Team fights is his Ultimate and his W and E in some way. He can knock up the entire enemy team if utilized correctly. Of course, this means the enemy makes the mistake of clustering too close to each other, the likelihood of which is small in higher elo matches. But, even knocking up one vital enemy that can be quickly killed is pivotal for increasing your chances of winning the game.
Malphite is simple, easy, and enjoyable to play, both in Lane and later on. What really makes him special is the options you have with him despite his outdated nature. You can go full tank, either Armor, Magic Resist, or both. But you can also become a mage Assassin like no other, opting for a full AP build with a bit of tankiness mixed in. This depends on the situation, but whatever you choose, you won’t miss out on the fun.
Ornn is one of those picks that you will rarely see, and I’m sad that it’s like that. I love playing him, and he is one of the best, if not the best anti-AD Tanks in the game. A lot of his build is designed around building defenses, and it even increases the damage on some of his abilities. He is a powerful Champion who can easily chunk enemies and will likely be a menacing opponent to face in Lane.
While his Laning is something to talk about, it is not the topic of this article. Ornn’s Team fighting potential lies in the CC he can dish out quickly and efficiently. He can use his E in combination with either the terrain or his Q to dash in and knock up enemies in a solid AOE. He can also call in his good ol’ ram and slam the enemy team with it, knocking them up and, if they were hit by it once, it would proc his passive. The passive does % max HP so it will hurt a lot.
Ornn is not easy to utilize due to his CC being tailored around skill shots. They are not too difficult to pull off, though they will take some practice to learn completely. I highly recommend that you play this Champion, and it really, really saddens me that I rarely see him anymore. The Assassin burst meta diverges players from the slower, more strategic Champions, and I just hope that changes soon.
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Lillia’s latest changes gave her the ability to obliterate people without much effort. The sole reason she is included so high on this list (and why she’s included at all) is the damage she can dish out currently. Whenever I write these articles, I look at what’s best right now. I’d rather include some other Champion on here that I may be biased towards, but it wouldn’t accurately represent the game’s current state.
Lillia can destroy enemies, eviscerate health bars and disintegrate Champions like there was no tomorrow. Her kit has good Team fighting spells, but they are lackluster compared to some Champions literally built around the concept. But, she has what most lack, damage. And it is so high that I have almost no words to describe it.
She’s one of the hottest picks right now, and I strongly recommend you give her a spin in the Top Lane. If you don’t win your Team fights with her, at least I can guarantee that you’ll make their Top Laner DC with how bad he’ll lose against you.
Illaoi has for long been one of my most hated Champions in League of Legends. I kept her on a permaban for years as a Top Lane main. It just HURT me to see her in the Lane at all. She’s almost unbearable to play against, and there are too few picks that can put up with her in any real capacity. Even if you could, then comes her Team fighting prowess where she can dominate entire teams even when disadvantaged herself.
Most of this lies in her passive Tentacles that she can multiply in various ways. She can then use them with her Ultimate, which is, to say the least, powerful beyond imagining. I think even saying that is an understatement. However, it does work only in a limited area. Despite the long range of the Tentacles that deal obscene amounts of damage, they are immovable so escaping them is possible.
Illaoi can use her abilities to steal your soul and make the Tentacles focus and follow you around, though they are easy to dodge if she’s not slamming you down with them in the middle of a fight. She also heals a crap top from this, so you know, balance and all that. Avoid her like the plague, ban her if you want, and be sure to utilize a good tank and a lot of ignites to stop her from doing what she does best: Slam.
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Team fights are vital, and the Top Lane provides every Team with many options to choose from. This list shows us the current best, and it will probably change soon, at which point I’ll make sure to update it. The League of Legends meta is volatile and can be drastically altered with just a single patch.
Team fighting Champions are plenty, but only some are the best, so check out our other articles for other lanes as well.
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