Some champions in League of Legends are just flat-out stronger than others.

Mid lane is one of the game’s easiest roles to carry with, mostly because you have easy access to any other part of the map. Oh, and a lot of damage. Great mid laners are those that can effectively roam to other lanes while keeping good pressure on their own mid lane opponent. Champions that can do that well are indispensable.

This list of top-tier champions can be affected depending on a number of things. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players’ tastes, but usually there’s some kind of balance change behind the whole thing. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do it for you.

Galio Pros

    Max percent health damage Innate tankiness Global ultimate

Cons

    Melee mage Predictable movements High mana costs

Talon Pros

    Low counter play Small mana costs One of the best mobility spells in the game

Cons

    Need to know when to roam to obtain maximum advantage Weak against tanks

Kassadin Pros

    Low-cd flash with ultimate Strong AoE damage Scales really well

Cons

    Weak laning phase Melee Requires constant jungler attention vs ranged AD matchups

Pantheon Pros

    Immunity on a basic ability King of laning phase Global ultimate

Cons

    Melee Scales poorly into later stages of the game

Pantheon has become more popular recently in the mid lane following his success in the support role. He’s picked up the mantle and come back to reclaim his glory in the middle lane with his oppressive kit that makes life hell for any mage. He has his E which helps him block all incoming sources of damage from one direction, which makes him the perfect teammate if you’re a jungler. Dives are easy with a Pantheon on your team, so be ready to have a lot of jungle intervention early on that should help you snowball out of control.

Zed Pros

    No mana High skill cap One of the rewarding mastered champions in the game

Cons

    Weak against tanks Hard to come back if behind

Zed is one of the most popular assassins on the Rift with whom the arguably best League of Legends player Faker became known for. The skill cap is tremendous and the difference between a one-game Zed and a one-hundred-game Zed can be easily seen.

The recent revert of his nerf from Season 3 brought him back to terrorize the Rift once again.