League of Legends has seen many Champions releases throughout the decade. It has been over 10 years since League of Legends was released. This makes it no wonder why there are so many different Champions in the game currently.
With over 150 characters on the roster, League is definitely an expansive game. They are all unique to themselves and can only be grouped by certain aspects. One of these aspects is viability, and unfortunately or not, some Champions are better than others.
Even the slightest change can impact a Champion’s viability in a live environment such as LoL’s. Patches and updates can bring new stuff to the table and make some obsolete. Here, we will talk about those Champions immune to patches and changes.
We like to regard them as broken, which can mean a few things – either technical brokenness (bugs and exploits) or just sheer power. Whichever it is, we’re going to look into it today.
Also check out our broken Junglers while you’re at it. We’re covering the Top Lane in this article, and we will cover the rest of the roles soon.
Darius has been a dominant force on the Top Lane ever since he was reworked into a Juggernaut, alongside some others. This new power level turned Darius into a formidable opponent, one capable of singlehandedly destroying even multiple enemies. He is undoubtedly the most challenging Champion to face for a newbie Top Laner, and there are several reasons for that.
First off, the damage. Darius can deal so much damage with ease, making him pretty unbearable. Everyone dreads fighting him, as he can slice you to death in seconds. He has this sort of danger zone around him, and if you get too close – you’re more or less done for. He has a knack for sticking to you once he gets close enough.
The second reason is – people just don’t know how to fight him. They consistently get into the danger zone mentioned above, allowing Darius easy kills. He is strongest in the early to mid game, and drops off towards the later stages. If you manage to survive for long enough, you will outscale him. The problem is that’s difficult to do, as even in a gank situation, Darius can 1v2 without too much hustle.
At any rate, he is definitely one of the most broken Champions ever to release and has garnered quite a reputation. I highly recommend you give him a try, and you will reap the benefits immediately.
Illaoi is much of the same as Darius. Although she does have one thing that truly makes her a horrifying Champion to see in the Lane. Before I get into it, I have to mention that people, too, misunderstand her. They underestimate what she can do and consistently drop themselves into situations whence there is no escape. She is heavily reliant on one spell, the soul grab, and if you manage to dodge that – you’re pretty much set.
Anyhow, the one thing that makes Illaoi nonetheless insanely powerful is her Tentacles and her Ultimate. These two in combination can be deadly, even for an entire team. I can’t even recount the number of times Illaoi had made a Pentakill in split seconds. People are often left wondering what the hell has just happened.
The easiness with which Illaoi can perform such deeds makes her a terror of the Rift. However, her inherent weaknesses make her nigh unplayable in the higher ranks. Like Darius, she is the bane of the newbie’s existence and will exert her power over them as much as possible.
I recommend you give her a try, though Darius is much better, in my opinion. They’re in the same category, at the same level, up to you.
Riven is a peculiar addition to this list. This mostly comes from the fact that she is the most challenging Champion in the game, apart from maybe Aphelios. Difficulty means that her full potential is locked behind hours and hours of gameplay and effort, and I refrain from including such Champions on our lists. However, Riven’s technical brokenness is a good reason for her inclusion, so let’s talk about it.
I don’t think that there’s a single Champion in this game with as many bugs and glitches as Riven does. Her animation cancels, combinations, etc., are all critical parts of her kit, which takes more than a few games to learn. I’ve watched countless videos of Riven players doing things that definitely weren’t intended to be done. This has garnered her a ton of infamy among the community and respect for her players.
Riven can turn this technicality into actual broken-level gameplay. If played by the right hands, she becomes one of the most potent Champions ever to set foot on the Rift. Hell, she can be so broken at times in every way possible that 1v5s are a joke for her.
However, I wouldn’t recommend her despite all the praise and infamy. I mean, she takes up so much time and effort to just learn, exponentially more to master, that it simply isn’t worth it. There are so many Champions out there that are way easier and can offer similar performance. So check those out instead.
Gangplank is also a peculiar addition, as there might be some other Champion way more broken than him. However, as a Gangplank main, I couldn’t help but include him. He can reach power levels so high that people have yelled “broken” at me more times than I could even remember.
Gangplank’s brokenness comes from his barrels and their insane damage. You see, Gangplank’s Q and barrels both can apply on-hit effects. This means that any extra damage from Trinity Force or similar items transfers onto these two spells. Even critical strikes apply, and that’s when things get very interesting.
With just a single barrel, which in and of itself has extra damage and penetration, Gangplank can obliterate people’s HP. I’ve made triple and even quadra kills with just one well-placed barrel. The critical strike on barrels can cause them to deal upwards of 3000 damage, an insane amount that you will rarely see with any other Champion.
Gangplank does take a lot of skill, however. Barrel placement is something that can never truly be learned, as a keen-eyed opponent can defuse you at any moment. Still, the barrels are a genuine threat to the entire enemy team, making Gangplank a real menace.
I highly recommend giving him a try, as you won’t have a similar experience elsewhere. He’s a unique and incredible Champion with a ton of potential, so be sure not to miss out.
Jax is the most uncomplicated Champion Top Lane has to offer. He is also severely broken – here’s why.
Jax has one of the most basic ability kits and designs in the history of League. This creates an atmosphere where everything he does is insanely overpowered. Since the kit is so condensed and not overloaded – he requires some good values to remain usable. Jax’s damage is so massive at times that he can chunk half an enemy’s HP in just a single W and R combo.
By the time you reach the game’s later stages, Jax will likely be an immortal beast that everyone dreads. In all levels of play, from the lowest to the highest, Jax is a formidable Champion that no one really wants to face. He is difficult to contain, easy to learn and master, and so bloody intense.
He is undoubtedly among the best Champions Riot has ever created, and the day they rework him (may it never come) is the day I will quit the game. Until then, Jax only is the way to play. I highly recommend you play him as he can’t exactly lose a game. Well, except when facing Teemo, but he’s not today’s topic.
Also read: Best Junglers Against Squishy Teams
Fiora is undoubtedly one of the most unbearable Champions to play against on the Top Lane. If you’re a Champion with high reliance on your CC, I’ve got bad news. Fiora can directly deflect any of your attempts at subduing her and will return the favor. Her damage, speed, and sustain are just some of the aspects that make her utterly broken.
Recently, I’ve liked her and have been playing her sporadically. This has shown me just how far this Champion can go in dominance. She can use her passive to harass her opponent into submission constantly. If she gets low, the passive can heal her. If the enemy builds defense, it gives her true damage. There’s so much in such a simple spell, and Fiora uses it to the fullest.
She and Jax are at the top of the food chain when it comes to fighting. Which is better is a matter of debate, and even in the lore, the two are rivals. Sometimes I will say the former, sometimes the latter. But as a Jax main, I’ll have to side with him.
I recommend you give her a try and see for yourself what I mean. Fiora can scarcely be beaten by any Champion on the Top Lane, as she has some form of countermeasure for everyone.
Irelia is one of the more difficult Champions in League of Legends. She isn’t precisely Riven, but she does come close at times. Mastering her is a chore and will take you hours upon hours to reach. But that doesn’t stop her from being broken and utterly insane. Even newer players with her can achieve greatness, which comes from her borderline overpowered kit.
CC, true damage, healing – everything and more is contained within her wretched abilities. She can bash people to death without even breaking a sweat. And good luck trying to catch her, as she can swiftly dash through the minions and Champions. Playing against Irelia is a game of cat and mouse. However, she has a knack for turning you into the mouse more often than not.
Her full potential is locked behind her difficulty, fortunately, or unfortunately. Not many players in the game can do what she actually can do, and that’s why I wouldn’t exactly recommend her. She’s an incredible Champion with near-infinite potential, but that potential takes way too much effort for my liking.
If you want to give her a try, go for it, but I’d advise against that.
As we can see, the Top Lane is full of interesting, powerful, and broken Champions. Every role has them, and we will cover the rest soon. In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on our website for more similar content. We put a lot of effort into what we do, and we do it just for you.
I hope you’ve found this list fun and informative to read, and I wish you all the best on the Summoner’s Rift.