A grand total of 98 games have been played at League of Legends Worlds 2022 so far. With the tournament’s Group Stage having just come to a close, it’s time to check in on those Worlds 2022 Pick’Em Crystal Ball champion category picks to see what’s been moving and shaking since our first post at the end of the Play-Ins Stage.
To offer a reminder, the five subcategories are ‘most picked champion’, ‘most banned champion’, ‘highest win rate (minimum five games)’, ‘champion played in the most roles’, and ‘champion with the most deaths’.
The champions which occupied each category coming out of Play-Ins were Aatrox (most picked), Kalista (most banned), Tahm Kench (highest win rate), Maokai (most roles), and Leona (most deaths) respectively.
Once again, stats will be sourced from Games of Legends and Oracle’s Elixir. So, without further ado, let’s get into it and see how the Worlds 2022 Pick’Ems have evolved.
Most picked champion(s) – Aatrox and Maokai
It’s unsurprising that Aatrox has once again topped the chart, and it’s equally unsurprising that Maokai now joins The Darkin Blade there. Aatrox has consistently proven why he’s a high-priority pick – not least because of Bai ‘369’ Jia-Hao’s absolutely disgusting performance on him against DWG KIA.
The triple-flex threat of Maokai, meanwhile, has continued to grant The Twisted Treant an equally-important place in the draft. Although he was mostly played in the jungle during the Play-Ins, Maokai has spent most of the Group Stage in the top lane. In fact, he hasn’t been utilised as a support since Zdravets ‘Hylissang’ Galabov picked him against Beyond Gaming on Day Four of the Play-Ins.
These two power picks are unlikely to go anywhere far anytime soon, though fierce competition from Sylas (37 picks) and Sejuani (36 picks) means we could see a shuffle around at the top.
Most banned champion – Caitlyn
Although she only sports a 30% win rate across the 10 games she has featured in, Caitlyn has racked up a monstrous 60 bans across both stages of the tournament.
In the hands of the top botlaners Worlds has to offer, Caitlyn is an absolute menace. Additionally, for teams that like to play towards top lane, blind picking Caitlyn is extremely valuable due to both her laning prowess, and the fact that she scales well for a lane bully.
While the Sheriff of Piltover has found herself behind bars the most so far, both Aatrox and Yuumi (58) aren’t too far behind.
Highest win rate (minimum five games) – Sivir
As Tahm Kench’s Worlds 2022 Group Stage appearances have left much to be desired, the Kench has well and truly been benched. As part of the almost satanic Sivir/Yuumi bot lane combo, Sivir has risen to relinquish the catfish of its title of ‘highest win rate champion’, having been piloted to victory in 91% (or 10 out of 11) games played.
In second place we have Yuumi (84%) who, were it not for an unfortunate Nilah incident during Play-Ins, would match her main lane partner’s success rate. Finally, in joint-third-place are Gragas and Ahri (80%).
Champion(s) played in the most different roles – Maokai and Seraphine
Maokai had already found a home in the top lane, jungle, and support roles by the time Play-Ins ended, leading to much speculation over who would join him as a triple-threat next.
Thanks to a last gasp lock-in by 100 Thieves support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-hyun, Seraphine has finally technically been played in three different roles – mid lane, bot lane, and support. Yes, it is up for debate as to whether or not the latter of the three should count, seeing as huhi played her as a farming carry, but let’s try not to sweat the details too much…
As for who could join them next, our money is still on Sejuani. With that said, we’d love to see Sett – who has already been utilised as a midlaner and support – make a smashing return to the top lane, however unlikely that is at this point.
Champion with the most deaths – Maokai
Statistically, the United States is the biggest producer of timber in the world, which perhaps explains why Maokai has been chopped down so often over the course of the tournament. Everyone’s favourite spooky tree has fallen 118 times so far, with Kim ‘Canyon’ Geon-bu’s 12 deaths contributing the most from a single player.
While Leona is no longer the most-defeated champion in the game, she is a close second with 104 deaths to her name. In third place is Aatrox with a slightly more respectable 94.
Everything looks to be coming up Maokai in this latest update, but will we see him uprooted from his current spots in the rankings by the end of the LoL Worlds Quarterfinals? We’ll just have to tune in from October 20 when JD Gaming takes on Rogue to find out.