A clear selection of accessible LoL characters

This MOBA is not too friendly to newcomers. It may feel like League of Legends throws players to wild waters to teach them how to play. This approach works generally well (for motivated gamers). Still, some additional help is always handy. Understand the best LoL Champions for beginners with this guide on esports.gg!

The best positions for beginners in League of Legends

League of Legends features more than 160 Champions. These powerful characters battle on the map Summoner’s Rift trying to destroy Nexus, the main structure of the opponent’s base. Sure, it’s the main game mode, and variations are possible, like LoL Arena.

Summoner’s Rift has three lanes that connect the bases of two teams: Top, Mid, and Bottom. More info on them can be found in our League of Legends guide for beginners.

The lanes are shown in the following pic.

Three lanes of Summoner’s Rift (image via leagueoflegends.fandom.com)
Three lanes of Summoner’s Rift (image via leagueoflegends.fandom.com)

Depending on the lane a Champion fights on and their role in a LoL team, there are five common positions for the players. Not all of them are good for beginners in League of Legends.

  • Top — the best for beginners
  • Mid — it’s a good position, but maybe not the first one to play
  • Support — beginners can play here, but skills are needed to succeed
  • Jungle — pretty difficult, requires a good experience
  • Bottom (ADC, Attack Damage Carry) — the most difficult for beginners

Let’s discuss these LoL positions with a focus on how beginner-friendly they are.

Top

A general description of this role would be “fight alone”. In a way, the Top lane is distant from the main team action. Players here can not really hope for a lot of help, even a Jungler and a Mid may or may not come. This applies some extra obligation but also gives a unique feeling of might, internal power.

The Top position in League of Legends is arguably the best for beginners. Not only is it satisfying to play, but also it allows players to get berserk and highlight their strength. 

Mid

Activities on the Mid lane are somewhat similar to what you do on the Top one. It’s the shortest connector between the bases, and a lot of battles happen here. The biggest difference is that Mid laners should be ready to help teammates. They are close to both other lanes, Top and Bottom. 

Sure, this also means that support is more likely to come to Mid, especially from a Jungler. But even this aspect requires skills from the player — good communication.

Being a versatile player, able to boost the teamplay everywhere, is the key feature for the Mid position in LoL.

Support

While playing this position/role in League of Legends, you should take care of both the Bottom lane and your AD Carry teammate. When a Carry gains power, they are vulnerable, and a Support should keep opponents away. When a Carry shines with their might, a Support can roam around the map more and help other players.

The aspect of being near your (more experienced) teammates is quite appealing for beginners. It feels good to be there with your Carry. The responsibilities are high, though. The Carry role is crucial for the team victory, but reaching this goal is rather impossible with failed early and mid game — which depends on a Support.

Jungle

This LoL position is exciting yet difficult. The main mission of Junglers is to farm resources from monsters and help teammates when opponents combine powers to attack them.

An obvious challenge here is to know where and when to farm. Junglers should know the map perfectly and understand spawns of the monsters.

Being mobile and active in different areas is a good feeling, though. It is worth your extra practice for the Jungle position.

Bottom

Such players stay on the Bottom lane together with Supports. Their Champions are somewhat weak in the beginning but become a powerhouse in the end. It’s hard for beginners to play Carry in League of Legends.

You should be patient and know when to farm minions and when to retreat. You should feel the moment of becoming strong enough for your active offense, and you should know how to be successful in this phase.

The Bottom lane is one of the most notable and even respectful positions in LoL, but it requires significant experience and skills.

The Best LoL Champions for beginners

The division of Champions by their positions is not strict and ultimate. It’s generally based on the common opinion of many players, but the same abilities can shine on different lanes.

Beginners should still follow general recommendations. But don’t be limited by them. In this League of Legends guide, we show an initial direction. This basic knowledge will help you to learn the ropes and fund a path to your personal success. Of course, feel free to experiment with everything in the game, including the positions/roles of LoL Champions.

Top Champions

Tanks and Fighters are generally the best Top laners for beginners in LoL. Tanks are awesome in mass fights thanks to their high health and good damage (especially in the later stages of the game). Fighters have good abilities for winning 1v1 and 1v2 battles. Quite often, such Champions are quick enough to escape unnecessary dangerous situations.

  • Darius — a melee Fighter/Tank, able to deal massive damage with his ax. His attacks and abilities are straightforward and effective.
  • Fiora — Fighter/Assassin; she is a good duelist, and it’s a good idea to target Fiora’s sword against one chosen opponent. The Champion can speed up her movement and attacks. 
  • Malphite — his primary role is Tank, but the stone creature is also a Fighter. Malphite looks and feels immensely powerful. He smashes everything in his way, and beginners in LoL may find this satisfying.
  • Olaf — another Fighter/Tank in our list with a lot of damage. Olaf’s abilities allow him to be effective in 1v2 fights. The Champion is especially strong in the early and mid stages. Olaf can throw his ax and protect himself from magic, which is impressive.
  • Sett — this Fighter/Tank brings some bad-guy vibes to the game. Sett is good at melee fights, and his increased speed helps players chase opponents. His charging ability really gives the feeling of power!
Darius (image via leagueoflegends.com)
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Olaf (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Sett (image via leagueoflegends.com)

Mid Champions

The official roles of Mage and Marksman are suitable for staying on the Mid lane. Both are good rangers and can keep a safe distance from opponents while still dealing damage and farming minions. Some Fighters, Tanks, and Assassins can also do the job here thanks to their killing skills.

  • Akshan — this Marksman/Assassin combines effective ranged attacks and great damage in 1v1 duels. Beginners to LoL may like staying away from opponents but still being able to chase and damage them. The ability to resurrect teammates may be helpful on neighboring lanes.
  • Galio — just look at this guy; his huge figure easily reveals a Tank. Galio is a Mage too. A great feature of this LoL Champion for beginners is his relatively easy combos from long-range to close-range abilities. And yeah, with some adaptation, you will enjoy the feeling of his might.
  • Jayce — you have two styles with this Fighter/Marksman. Jayce can be effective at close range, but he also can damage from a distance. It’s a good variety to have. Still, beginners should know how to combine that in the dynamic play. Experience with Jayce may teach you different stances and show what you personally like more.
  • Naafiri — you take this Assassin, and you get a canine pack, ready to fight for your team. Naafiri is quick and has long-reaching abilities. It gives beginners the feeling of being effective in 1v1 duels.
  • Vex — the cute but gloomy Mage uses her dark side to destroy opponents on Summoner’s Rift. Vex can attack from a distance, but she also has close-range tools for offense and self-defense. It’s relatively easy to control Vex, and you may enjoy her somewhat grampy style.
Akshan (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Galio (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Jayce (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Naafiri (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Vex (image via leagueoflegends.com)

Support Champions

One of the official LoL roles is Support, which nicely corresponds to this playing position. Mages can bring healing abilities to the table. Tank and Fighters are good at protecting their Bottom Carry.

  • Braum — a Support/Tank; Braum has an unbreakable shield, which can be used as a protection for a Carry. Combined with Braum’s ranged attacks and applied stun effects, this makes the Champion a great team player, which is great for beginners.
  • Morgana — a Mage/Support; Morgana uses her dark powers to damage opponents from a distance, but she also can heal and protect her allies. This Champion is easy access to a wonderful world of magic in the Support position.
  • Rell — if a position of Support is more about active offense for you, consider taking this Tank to your LoL matches. She is an awesome knight, who can ride a mighty horse. Rell feels in battle exactly as she looks: quick and super dangerous. She is accessible and still effective. Rell also has good tools to protect a Carry.
  • Seraphine — this Mage/Support does not look like a classic MOBA character, and that makes Seraphine exceptionally good for beginners. She shows that you don't have to stick to traditional archetypes and can express yourself through your LoL Champion. The girl sings to damage opponents from a distance.  She can shield an ally and speed them up. Seraphine can be a good Mid laner too, which also shows beginners how versatile characters in League of Legends can be.
  • Taric — protection of others is the main thing for this Fighter/Support. Taric can heal and shield allies, stun opponents, and be effective in fights. You have a good chance to learn some simple LoL combos with this Champion.
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Morgana (image via leagueoflegends.com)
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Taric (image via leagueoflegends.com)

Jungle Champions

Speed and damage are important for Junglers in LoL. Fighters are pretty good for this role/position. Some features of Tanks and Assassins will also be helpful for farming monsters.

For beginners in League of Legends, it’s a good idea to learn the Jungle first, even in training with bots or coop vs AI. Lurk around, explore, and fight to gain crucial experience. Then bring it to PvP with one of the following Champions.

  • Amumu — the mummy is Tank and Mage, which makes Amumu quite good at mass battles against monsters. He can increase his magic damage, and he can attack many targets at once. The Champion shows beginners how to farm in the Jungle. Still, Amumu is somewhat weak in early stages, and this should be taken into account.
  • Graves — he is a typical hunter, so it feels natural to take this Marksman to the Jungle. Shots by Graves are easy to land, and they deal massive damage. The Champion can roam in the woods pretty quickly. The guy is deadly in 1v1 duels while still keeping a safe distance.
  • Warwick — in a way, this Fighter/Tank simply belongs to the Jungle. Warwick is a scary wolf, who knows how to deal with monsters. The ability to restore some health while attacking makes the Champion more self-sufficient during long travels. Whenever it is needed, Warwick enters his berserk mode, for example, to finish an opponent. It’s a good Champion to learn the Jungler position.
  • Wukong — as a Fighter/Tank, the Monkey King is very satisfying to play in the Jungle. He effectively initiates battles against many monsters, but Wukong is also a good duelist while fighting other LoL Champions. His general playing style and set of abilities is easy to grasp.
  • Xin Zhano — a Fighter/Assassin; when the Champion chooses a target, he becomes a killing machine. That works well against massive and valuable monsters. The healing ability can be very helpful in the Jungle. In fact, Xin Zhano is quite straightforward, which is a good feature for beginners playing such a complicated role.
Amumu (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Graves (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Warwick (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Wukong (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Xin Zhano (image via leagueoflegends.com)

Bottom Champions

Attack Damage Carries in League of Legends grow their strength closer to the end game. In the beginning, it is a good idea for them to keep a safe distance from danger. The Marksman and Mage roles are good choices.

Still, let us say this once again, the Bottom position is not exactly for beginners in the game. The following characters are rather recommendations for beginners on the Bottom lane, not in the game in general.

  • Ezreal — a Marksman/Mage, the guy is easy to play even in this difficult position. Ezreal relatively quickly reaches his powerful stage and deals good damage after the initial gain of XP. Ranged abilities and teleportation help the Champion stay out of trouble. Ezreal has simple yet effective combos. He somewhat struggles against Tanks at a close range.
  • Jinx — people really like to play this Marksman in League of Legends, and especially after the success of Arcane. This fame gives an essential motivation to learn the Champion (she is not too easy) and the Bottom Carry role. The damage by Jinx is amazing, but time is needed to reach that stage. She feels weak in the beginning, and her lack of rush movement is an additional challenge.
  • Miss Fortune — you may know this Marksman from LoL tutorials. Miss Fortune is quite simple to play even in the early stages, but you still have to take care of her. The Champion depends on Mana quite a lot, which makes her vulnerable and less effective in the beginning. The speed of movement and the set of abilities make Miss Fortune a great team player, so LoL beginners learn to not be just a solo fighter.
  • Smolder — it’s another Marksman/Mage on the Bottom lane. The cute dragon clearly emphasizes the growth of a Carry from a weak character to a powerful Champion closer to the end game. You need to be very careful with Smolder to let him increase his damage and improve abilities. This progression obviously makes the dragon challenging to play, though.
  • Varus — a Mage/Marksman, this Champion has good abilities for ranged battles. Varus combines charging 1v1 attacks with big damage and nice moves against many targets. While on the Bottom lane, Varus is great at team fights, even at relatively early stages. His downside for beginners is the necessity to be accurate with the shots.
Ezreal (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Jinx (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Miss Fortune (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Smolder (image via leagueoflegends.com)
Varus (image via leagueoflegends.com)

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