It’s time to dive into Bot Lane! Normally, I like to do things Top>Jungle>Mid>Bot, but a few factors weighed in here.
So let’s start with a review and an update of our previous data. Youll note that these infographics are a bit different than the previous ones. Anywhere text or a bubble has been colored a shade of red, yellow, or green, that represents a losing, even, or winning record, proportional to the intensity of that color.
So while we can see that Lucian, Caitlyn, Jinx, and Sivir are the top picked ADCs, we can also see that Lucian has a losing record (43%), Caitlyn has a near-even record (52%), and Sivir/Jinx have winning records (56%/55%). Looking at the next-most-picked ADCs, we have Ezreal (29%), Draven (67%), and Vayne (80%). For now, let’s ignore Vayne, because she’s only played by CandyPanda and Doublelift. We can also leave Draven out simply due to a low number of picks. This leaves us with a few questions:
Thresh, Leona, and Annie are the major supports from a pick perspective, but Thresh is the only one with a winning (59%) record. Leona has a pitiful 41% win rate, and Annie is sitting at 46%. Morgana has seen rather crushing success against Thresh and Leona, while Lulu has done quite poorly, with no winning matchups that aren’t 1-0.
Morgana is the only matchup that Thresh loses (33%), and he wins every other matchup hard:
In turn, Morgana beats both Thresh (67%) and Leona (83%).
Finally, Annie beats Morgana (67%); while there have been only 3 games of this matchup, Vander (who popularized support Morgana this season) even says that that matchup is extremely scary in the mid-to-late game unless you have ninja reflexes.
This data is unsurprising, given that Thresh has been picked or banned in 113/128 games. It does raise questions about the 56 Annie bans, however, as Annie holds a losing matchup against both Thresh (41%) and Leona (48%). Perhaps EU and NA teams are still living in the shadow of the fear of Royal Club?
So what supports and ADCs go best together?
It turns out that Thresh synergizes with every ADC. Seriously, if that doesn’t make you want to play Thresh every game, let me reiterate what we’ve seen so far. Thresh has a winning record vs every support but Morgana, and a winning (or even) record with every major ADC.
Leona, on the other hand, struggles with almost every ADC but Sivir and Lucian. This makes a lot of sense; Jinx wants to push towers, while Caitlyn would prefer to poke and push. Neither of these particularly synergizes with Leona’s all-in style. Leona is strongest when bursty ADCs like Corki and Graves are strong, and that time isn’t now, especially with Morgana support seeing more play.
Annie doesn’t have great synergy with most of the ADCs, but she is spectacular with Jinx, and has done well with Vayne thus far. Her ability to bully lane makes up for their early weaknesses, and allows them to be come extremely scary.
Morgana’s has been picked mostly with Lucian and Caitlyn and Sivir, all of whom can disengage easily, while poking their enemies down (although more data would be welcome).
Why is everybody playing Ezreal with Leona? 2-8 is a painful record. Other than that, his record isn’t that bad (3-4).
Some of my infographics were left out to save space; find them below:
Support v Support – In progress; check back tomorrow!
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