Since League of Legends has so many champions, it’s natural that some of them would be weaker than others. We often measure a champion’s power based on how well they do in the early game, the mid game, or in the late game. And while some champions may perform very badly early on, they can be pretty exceptional in the late game.
However, some champions don’t seem to be particularly good in any phase of a League of Legends match. They also don’t possess any unique strengths that may convince players to take them seriously. Sure, there are mains for these picks too, but they’re few.
And so, I’ll go over the top 10 worst League of Legends champions up to date. Season 11 gave us some insights into why some picks are clearly better than others, so it’s a perfect time to dive deep into this topic.
And if you’re interested to know which 10 champions are the worst picks in League of Legends right now, scroll down and let’s begin!
I’d say that Singed is ultimately the worst champion in LoL. And don’t get me wrong – some characters on this list will have significantly worse champion designs. However, Singed has nothing he can offer to make up for his shaky and unreliable playstyle.
The first reason Singed is such a bad champion in season 11 is that he doesn’t have burst damage. And all of his damage is actually damage-over-time or DoT. DoTs are generally scarier in a tank meta because they burn the target based on max HP. But in such a fast assassin meta, DoTs are nowhere near as effective.
Additionally, Singed doesn’t have anything to help his team with. Sure, he can fling someone over his back, but that’s pretty much it. The rest of the time he spends running around the rest of the enemies, being nearly useless.
Singed has also one of the weakest laning phases in League. He loses most matchups in the top lane, first because he is an AP pick and second because he doesn’t have abilities that could help him early on. And unless he is going for the proxy playstyle, he can’t be an efficient pick early on in League of Legends.
Most players can agree that Skarner is the saddest champion in League of Legends. He hasn’t received any significant change in over a decade, and he doesn’t fit the modern style of LoL in any way.
Now, Skarner doesn’t have a poor champion design either. It’s actually very exciting and fun to play Skarner. However, I’d say that his champion design is aged and seems like it dates from another century.
First of all, he is all melee champion with no mobility spells other than a burst of movement speed. He does an okay amount of damage, but most players can kite him around. Skarner’s ultimate can be a game-winning tool, but it only works in combination with Flash (5 minutes cooldown). Additionally, players can simply buy Quicksilver Sash and remove his R altogether.
So, can you still play Skarner and find success with him? Sure, but it’s much more difficult winning games as Skarner than as Zac, Rek’Sai, or Rammus. Rammus, for example, received a mini-rework that gave him a jump in addition to his movement speed. So overall, he is a better champion than Skarner right now!
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Let me be clear – Poppy hasn’t performed so badly in season 11 like the rest of these picks. However, Poppy also doesn’t have anything special to offer either. You can “cheese” it with her by going for a lethality build, but that won’t work in every game. And here’s why!
Poppy was one of the best picks, while League of Legends was afflicted with the tank meta. She was one of the most played champions because she was so defensive. She has a shield, an ability that stops all dashes, a stun, and a knock-up that sends enemies back to base!
And even though her ability kit doesn’t seem so bad on the surface, it’s very weak compared to other champions. For example, Poppy can only stun champions if they’re near terrain. And her ultimate doesn’t do any damage, so it’s mostly just a fun button right now.
On the other hand, the only way to deal damage as Poppy is to go for the lethality build, like I already mentioned. Of course, you’ll be very squishy, which isn’t great considering Poppy needs to get into melee range to do anything.
So, that’s why Poppy is one of the worst League of Legends champions!
When Ivern first came out, many players laughed at his ridiculous champion design. And even though he proved an effective pick in particular matches, he also remained one of the most unpopular champions in the game.
What makes Ivern so weak in season 11 is his lack of damage. Sure, he has utilities such as spawning brushes and his pet Daisy that could tank objectives. Ivern’s shield is also a fantastic tool for defending teammates.
But the truth is, Ivern can’t do anything alone. He is extremely dependent on his teammates to do well in the laning phase. And if his bot or mid don’t deal damage, he’ll likely lose the game. No amount of shields can supplement a good DPS in season 11.
Other than that, Ivern is simply not an exciting champion to play. There are a handful of people who truly enjoy his playstyle. But most of us don’t want to spend our time running around Summoner’s Rift, spawning brushes and healing allies. And so, Ivern is one of the worst champions in League of Legends!
It’s strange to admit that Bard is one of the worst champs in LoL, simply because he is also one of the most interesting picks to play. His champion design is very unique, and there isn’t another champion in the game that comes close to his playstyle. However, Bard isn’t an effective pick at all!
The first reason why Bard isn’t so desirable as a support is that he roams constantly. Players understand that he has to collect his notes in order to deal more damage. However, most ADCs don’t want to deal with that at all!
Next, Bard’s ultimate can be defined as one of the best and one of the worst abilities in the game. If Bard times it right, his ultimate can win the team fight. But if he times it poorly, it ruins the game for his teammates.
Additionally, Bard’s tunnel can be used by his enemies too. His stun is often unreliable because it requires a second target or a terrain. And his heal needs to be charged first. So, Bard shouldn’t be your go-to champion for carrying games in LoL!
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6. Nunu & Willump
Since the start of League of Legends, Nunu’s only strength has been efficient jungle clearing. Yes, he does incredible damage to monsters and objectives such as Baron or Dragons, but that’s pretty much it. He doesn’t have anything else that could really impact the outcome of the game.
For example, Nunu’s damage without his ultimate is mediocre at best. Even tanky junglers can outdamage Nunu in any match, so he’s often looked at as a second support in the team.
On the other hand, Nunu’s crowd control isn’t that brilliant either. Sure, his giant snowball knocks enemies up and immobilizes them for a while, but the ability can be easily dodged. And it’s also tough for Nunu to aim his snowball because he has to navigate it through the terrain.
If you like playing Nunu & Willump in the jungle, I won’t tell you to stop. You can definitely win games by getting objectives around the map for your team and even ganking the lanes. However, picks like Jarvan IV, Lee Sin, and Kha’Zix will always be superior choices for the role to Nunu.
Many of you won’t agree that Udyr is one of the worst champions in League of Legends. After all, he can be an incredibly powerful pick. And season 11 brought Udyr back in the professional play too, thanks to the Turbo Chemtech mythic item. But that lasted only for a patch or two. And after Riot Games nerfed Turbo Chemtech, Udyr returned to his unpopular state as well.
Now, there is no discussion whether Udyr is a strong champion or not – he is! But nothing in his ability kit excites people to play him! That’s because all of Udyr’s abilities are actually auto-attack enhancers. And this means that no matter which button Udyr activates, nothing happens except that his next basic attack gets buffed.
For most players, this isn’t an exciting playstyle. Being able to only deal damage with auto-attacks is a poor champion design, in my opinion. It definitely fit LoL when the game was still young. But now, it’s simply outdated.
In my opinion, Udyr definitely needs a rework. He has interesting lore and aesthetics, and I think Riot Games could really make a special champion out of him. But for now, he remains at the bottom of popularity in League of Legends.
8. Aurelion Sol
If we agreed that Skarner is the saddest champion in League of Legends, then the second place would go to Aurelion Sol. I’m not sure why exactly Riot Games treat Aurelion Sol the way they do, but it’s apparent to everyone that he is currently one of the weakest picks in the game.
When Aurelion Sol first came out, he introduced a very engaging playstyle in the mid game. His abilities were unique, and he could roam around the map to help his teammates and score kills. Riot Games didn’t like that professional mid laners used Aurelion Sol in such a way, so they nerfed him about a hundred times in a row.
As a result, no one really plays Aurelion Sol anymore. And they have no reason to! Nearly all mid lane champions perform better overall. And no matter whether it’s the damage, the roaming, or something else, you can find an easy replacement for Aurelion Sol. For example, you have Twisted Fate, Galio, and Taliyah.
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Just like Udyr, Skarner, and Singed, Tryndemere comes from that old-school champion design in League of Legends. His abilities are so simple that after one game, a player becomes an expert in Tryndamere. There are no hidden tricks, advanced mechanics, or anything more that you could learn from playing this champion. He is just a strong melee auto-attacker!
Now, Tryndamere deals great damage. In fact, he is so deadly that he has a high ban rate even in season 11. That’s also partly because people don’t want to deal with his split-pushing madness. Trynda can also duel most champions in the game.
But the reason why Tryndamere is one of the worst League of Legends champions is that no one has fun playing him. It’s simply boring to only use your basic attacks for fighting while having no skill shots to aim.
Players have been praying to Riot Games for years for a Tryndamere rework. He lacks complexity, challenge, and a sense of progress. His playstyle is outdated, and we need a new barbarian warrior in the game!
Neeko is a bit of a “special” case. I put her in 10th place for a reason, and I’m not sure whether she truly deserves to be on this list. However, here are my reasons for this choice.
Neeko has a fantastic champion design. And it feels very exciting to play her because all of her abilities are fun. She has a snare and burst damage, she can spawn illusions to trick her enemies, and her ultimate can win team fights. But… none of these function so well in actual games, do they?
In reality, playing Neeko feels very “clunky.” Both her E and Q animations travel slower than your average ability, and it’s pretty difficult to hit. On the other hand, you can rarely catch someone in your ultimate as Neeko because everyone can simply walk away from it while you stand in place.
And the fact that Neeko is one of the most unpopular champions in League doesn’t help either. There are easier and better AP mid laners than her, so players go for them instead.
But I believe that if Riot could tweak Neeko’s abilities a bit and buff her up, she can become one of the best mid lane champions in the game!