How To Play Mid In League Of Legends
Last Updated: September 1, 2021
Do you want to single-handedly carry your team to victory? Every role in League of Legends can carry a game in their own little ways. But none of them can carry as hard as the Mid Lane. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know on how to play the most challenging yet incredibly rewarding role League of Legends has to offer.
Mid Lane is probably the easiest role to get into but the hardest to master. Some of you may be thinking that playing Mid is just pushing the lane and killing your lane opponent. That’s just the bare minimum. It takes a lot of skill and understanding to maximize your efficiency in a role that is built to carry the team on their back when everyone else loses their lane.
Why Play Mid?
Mid is the most popular role in League of Legends. I mean it’s not surprising. Most of the highlights you’ll see in pro play comes from the mid laners. You’ll see these guys just 1v9ing their opponents and straight up wrecking the competition. If you think about it, most of the greatest League of Legends players all played mid. Faker, Dopa, Bjergsen, Perkz, Caps. There’s too many to mention. It’s popularity and flashiness in the competitive scene is a big reason why this role is very popular.
Mid lane also has the WIDEST champ pool out of every role. Champions that are usually played in other roles, constantly pop up in the mid lane usually as a counterpick to certain champs or because they’re suited to the current meta. You’ll see all sorts of champions like Tanks, Bruisers, ADCs, Mages, Assassins, even Supports.
Not only that, playing mid lane has a lot of positional advantages. You’ll find yourself literally in the middle of the map. This opens up a lot of opportunities for you to easily help all the other members of your team.
So if you’re looking for a role with a lot of flexibility in terms of champion pool and playstyle, you should give mid lane a shot.
Types of Mid Lane Champions
Like we’ve said before, there’s a lot of champions you can use in the mid lane. If you’re skilled and crazy enough, you could argue that you could play literally any champion in this role. But despite a wide champ pool, there’s generally two types of champions you’ll be using when playing mid.
Mages are spell-based champions who deal a lot of magic damage. It’s a general term used to describe champions who build a lot of Ability Power items and often spam their spells to deal damage. There are a ton of different mages with different play styles. You got Burst Mages. These champions use their spells to deal a lot of damage in a short period of time. Leblanc, Annie, and Veigar are good examples of Burst Mages.
Then there’s the Sustained Mages. Unlike Burst Mages, these champions deal sustained damage through combos over an extended period of time. Vladimir, Ryze, and Malzahar are great examples of Burst Mages.
Lastly, you have the Control Mages. These are champions who use spells that can zone out their enemies because of their range, crowd control, and huge areas of effect. Lux, Orianna, and Anivia are good examples of Control Mages.
Next up we have the Assassins. These champions have a lot of mobility built into their kits plus they deal insane amounts of burst damage in the blink of an eye. These champions are favored by pro players like Faker as it helps them rack up kills to get a lead and easily shut down the enemy team’s carries. You’ll find most champions in this class to be the stars of montages and highlight reels.
Most Assassins have some form of mobility like dashes, blinks, or stealth in their spells that allow them to slip in and out of team fights. Having insane mobility also makes you slippery, giving you a chance to heavily outplay anyone who tries to fight you.
Zed, Yasuo, Katarina, Akali, and Talon are some of the best champions the assassin class has to offer.
There really is no shortage of champions you can use in the mid lane. There are certain matchups that favor you when you use champions from a different role. Take Galio for example. He’s been a staple mid lane pick for a while now. He started out as a strong counterpick to burst mages and assassins. He’s tanky enough to absorb their damage and he is a strong counter-gank presence thanks to his ultimate. It’s for these reasons that he’s thrived in the mid lane. Basically, the other champions that don’t fall under Assassins or Mages exist because they’re strong counterpicks or are just really good in the meta.
So Who Do I Pick?
While you can technically use anyone in this role, it’s best to stick with Mages or Assassins when you’re starting out. They’re generally safer as opposed to other classes. Riot fully intended to have Assassins and Mages played in the Mid Lane so they’re designed in a way that they’ll succeed in this role. You can branch out to using other champions in Mid, but save that for when you fully understand the nuances and mechanics in the role.
For beginners, great champions to start out with are Annie, Twisted Fate, or Malzahar. Annie is a very beginner-friendly champion that has a low skill floor with abilities that have a lot of hard CC. Malzahar is very similar to Annie as he’s a safe pick who can stop enemies from diving him thanks to his ultimate. Twisted Fate, on the other hand, is a little more challenging, but helps develop a players’ decision making when it comes to ganks and roams. His global ultimate is great for picking up kills and setting up ganks.
Like we say in every other role, you need to farm in the early game. We cannot stress enough how important it is to get a gold and XP lead from your opponent. Try your best to harass your enemy with your spells to deny them from last hitting minions. Manage your wave early so that you can out-trade your opponent and open up opportunities to roam.
Vision control and warding is an aspect of playing Mid that a lot of people tend to overlook. Despite being in the shortest lane in the map, mid laners are the most vulnerable to ganks. You’re stuck in the middle so that leaves you open to ganks from the enemy Jungler who could come out of either side of the river whenever you mess up or overextend. Learn key spots and choke points where the enemy Jungler could pass through and place wards around these areas. Good ward placement will help save you from dying and prevent your enemies from getting ahead.
At this point in the game, you should be looking to get lane priority. This means that you should be pushing your minion wave faster than your opponent. This will give you an advantage in gold and will allow you to roam around the map. When you shove a minion wave towards your opponent’s turret, they have no choice but to clear it or risk losing out on gold while receiving damage on their turret. While they’re busy clearing out the wave, this is the perfect time to roam and look for potential kills in other lanes.
Like the Jungler, the Mid Laner is in a prime position to directly impact the success of the other lanes. Your ability to roam can be a little situational at times. If you’re a mobile assassin, you should always shove waves and roam to other lanes. However, if you’re playing a mage with very little mobility, it’s best to coordinate with your Jungler instead of roaming all by yourself. Being slow can leave you vulnerable and can get you killed if you’re not careful. More often than not, success in League of Legends is built around teamwork. Communicate with your team effectively to ensure that your roams will not go to waste.
In the late game, your primary focus is to either group with your team to secure objectives, or to push the side lanes. Most mid lane champions have excellent wave clear, so use this to your advantage when pushing the side lanes. Communication is very important as knowing when to group is something that can’t be taught. You need to develop a feel for certain things so that you can make the necessary adjustments and make the right decisions.
If you’re playing as an assassin or a burst mage, you should always look to find picks and target the enemy’s highest damage dealer. If you have the mobility, try to flank the enemy so you can easily get to their back line. However, if you aren’t playing a mobile champion, just focus on zoning and dealing as much damage as you can. If you have AOE crowd control, now’s the time to make plays and try to hit as many enemies as possible. Once you win a key team fight, now’s the time to siege the lane and secure your victory.
- Don’t force fights. Some players get careless just because they’re slightly ahead. It’s okay to bully your opponent in lane, but don’t overextend.
- Be nice to your Jungler. Mid laners will often blame the Jungler and call jungle diff whenever they lose their lane. Instead of flaming your teammates, just focus on what you can control and do your best in lane. Besides, Junglers have to take care of other lanes too. It’s called Mid Lane not Me Lane.
- There’s a lot of Summoner Spells you can use. It goes without saying that you’ll be taking Flash most of the time. The other one mostly depends on the matchup and your champion’s strengths and weaknesses. If you think you’ll be vulnerable to CC or burst damage, take Cleanse or Barrier. Your opponent is very mobile? Take Exhaust. Want to have more presence around the map? Take Teleport. Want to be aggressive early on? Take Ignite.
- Always keep an eye on your lane opponent and warn other lanes if you think they’ll be susceptible to ganks.
- Try to watch professional players. These players understand the ins and outs of the role they’re playing. Mimicking what they do and understanding the reasoning behind it can go a long way in helping you get better at your role.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Mid in League of Legends. Remember to have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!