The best thing about League of Legends is that tens of millions of players worldwide have the option to experiment with champions, roles freely, item builds, rune pages, and summoner spells. Even though Riot does its part of updating and evolving the game with each season, what makes us love the game is the players themselves and how they come together to find new, innovative ways to use champions.
Over the years, various off-meta and very fun-to-play combinations have come forward purely out of players trying out winners in unusual roles. We have seen a very OP Lucian mid. Players began taking Zilean to mid-lane and dominated the game. Riot had to react to how out of control a Zilean mid-laner was proving to be and nerfed some of Zilean’s abilities. Top-laners have played Vayne, and with her characteristic third shot that deals actual damage, enemy champions are left struggling against a Vayne top-laner.
And perhaps, the most fun to play combos have been developed in the bot-lane.
1. Blitzcrank and Thresh
I know what you are thinking. How can two support champions be played together in the bot lane? But when played right, this combination can dominate the bot-lane. Blitzcrank can grab enemies with his Q, and at the same time, Thresh can drop his lantern with his Dark Passage. If Blitzcrank is at the right place at the right time, you get to see Blitzcrank grabbing the enemy champion and simultaneously being pulled back through the lantern to Thresh.
The enemy champion is in for a shock as he might get dragged across half the width of the bot lane. Thresh can then use his ultimate box in the enemy champion. Blitzcrank can power fist him and use his ultimate as well. There’s very little chance that the enemy champion can escape out of this trap.
The next time you see Blitz and Thresh together in the bot lane, it’s a very safe bet that this is the trap they are going to try to pull you into. If the enemy AD carry gets caught like this a few times in lane, the bot-lane is won for sure. This is how two support champions can dominate and win a bot lane.
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2. Katarina and Samira
Both Katarina and Samira are squishy damage dealers. But both of them have very cool ultimates. Katarina’s Death Lotus can do a lot of damage to the three closest enemy champions. The only downside is that Katarina is vulnerable to all sorts of disables such as stuns, slows, etc., while casting her Ultimate.
Samira is also vulnerable while casting her ultimate but can actually move about during her Ultimate while Katarina can’t. Samira also does a massive chunk of damage to surrounding enemies during her ultimate. What if both of them combine their Ultimates in bot-lane?
The only thing to keep in mind that both Katarina and Samira are vulnerable to disables while casting their Ultimate. You need to make sure the enemy bot-lane has either used up their disables or are at low mana before deciding to cast your ultimates together.
The enemy teams would be caught in the flurry of damage by Katarina’s Death Lotus and Samira’s Inferno Trigger. They would probably have to burn both summoner spells to escape from this onslaught of damage. And the best part is that it will look very cool!
3. Vladimir and Swain
Swain and Vladimir are both very similar and very different in several ways. Both are AP magic damage dealers that become tanky in the late game. Vladimir’s passive helps him scale up his maximum health with increases in his ability power and vice versa. Similarly, Swain’s abilities let him tear up soul fragments from enemy champions that help him increase his maximum health. Both Vladimir and Swain’s ultimates are helpful in team fights for crowd control. And both of them can be an exciting and fun to play combination in the bot-lane.
Absorbing damage won’t be an issue with two tanky mages in the bot lane. Swain and pull enemies close to him or root enemies at a particular spot while Vladimir can suck the life out of enemy champions with Transfusion. Doing this in quick succession a few times in lane will leave the enemy champions feeling harassed and probably frustrated. Both Swain and Vladimir can keep healing along the way.
It can be enjoyable to play bot-lane. Finally, when cast together after you have reduced enemy champions to below 50% health, both their Ultimates can result in an almost guaranteed kill.
4. Ahri and Evelynn
Both Ahri and Evelynn are adept at ‘charming’ or ‘alluring’ enemy champions before dealing maximum damage with their abilities. Combining their capabilities in the bot lane can be lethal and also very fun to play with. The enemy AD carry is likely to get caught in at least one of their abilities, i.e., “Charm” by Ahri or “Allure” by Evelynn. The trick is to time your abilities together and try to catch the enemy AD carry off guard. Once seen, you can use the rest of your abilities, and a kill is almost guaranteed.
On the other hand, if the enemy support is problematic, you can use Allure or Charm to temporarily put the support out of combat and then focus all your abilities on the squishy damage dealer, i.e., the AD carry. It’s enjoyable to play bot-lane because both Ahri’s Charm and Evelynn have similar dynamics. After you reach level 6, both Ahri and Evelynn can also escape difficult team fights or ganks by the enemy junglers by using their ultimates.
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5. Veigar and Anivia
Although both Veigar and Anivia are primarily mid-laner mages, they have often been played by champions in the role of support as well. But these two support champions can also make for a very fun to play bot-lane as well. Veigar can cast his Event Horizon and limit enemy mobility. At the same time, Anivia can use Crystallize and form an ice wall preventing enemy champions from running away.
If timed correctly, the ice wall by Anivia can make enemies run into the walls of Event Horizon by Veigar, and they will get stunned, giving you the chance to inflict further damage. When enemies are trapped like this, use both Veigar and Anivia’s ultimates in the space where the enemy champion is trapped. It will be next to impossible to escape this trap.
These abilities are suitable for escaping enemy champions coming at you as well. Just plug the ice wall between you and the enemy champions and if that doesn’t stop them somehow, use the Event Horizon and simply make a tactical retreat.