Did the Aatrox and Illaoi Buffs make them viable?

Top 5 Strongest Top Laners in LoL Patch 10.20: Teamfight or Split-Push?

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Shen Patch 10.20

Shen is ready to stand united with his team this patch (Image Credit: Riot Games)

Aatrox was buffed in this patch, making his ultimate just a tad bit stronger, but was it enough to have him shoot up the rankings? He has been sitting in the C-tier for the last few patches. An unexpected newcomer is Illaoi who was also buffed on Patch 10.20. Is the Kraken Priestess able to be viable this patch?

In this LoL tier list, we show you the best champions for each lane in relation to Patch 10.20. We especially focus on the win rate and the carry potential because often you will have to carry your teammates in any given game. Today, we will take a look at the top lane.

Don't play Top Lane? We've got you covered with further guides on all other lanes:

Which Champions Are the Strongest in the Top Lane in LoL Patch 10.20?

5. Illaoi (Win Rate: 50.3%)

Illaoi Patch 10.20

Her tentacles make her one of our top champs this patch (Image Credit: Riot Games)

The Kraken Priestess was buffed this patch and has made her way up the priority list, especially in lower elo brackets. She is a lane dominant champion who is also a key teamfighter. The cooldown reduction to her passive – Prophet of an Elder God let’s her spawn even more tentacles which makes her extremely strong in the mid to late game.

4. Shen (Win Rate: 51.0%)

Shen Patch 10.20

Shen can be a tank or damage dealer – the choice is yours (Image Credit: Riot Games)

Shen’s ability to make cross maps plays is his strength. He can be off, split pushing while your team is 4v5-ing, and come in at any moment with his ultimate to even out the fight. Shen has good peel as well as base damage which make him a threat in all stages of the game.

3. Darius (Win Rate: 50.7%)

Darius Patch 10.20

Darius is here once more (Image Credit: Riot Games)

Darius? Haven’t heard of this champion yet. He is also one of our constant champions on the top-lane list. Even though he isn't’ the most mobile champion, he is still one of the strongest. His burst damage is insane, and anyone stuck in lower elo should pick up Darius since his damage output cannot be matched by anyone else in the top lane right now.

2. Malphite (Win Rate: 51.8%)

Malphite Patch 10.20

Malphite rocking on the opposition (Image Credit: Riot Games)

Malphite has really gone up the priority list with this patch and the last. Playing the giant rock will make you the responsible one for any fight initiation since you’ll be the one to rush in and knock up opponents. You’ll also become the main frontline of any teamfight, so be prepared to itemize accordingly.

He is the perfect pick into any AD-heavy composition since he does suffer a bit against Mages who can melt through his armour. Picking Grasp of the Undying as your rune will help you sustain in lane and win any match up, so you can farm up to become the tank your team needs for the later stages of the game.

1. Fiora (Win Rate: 51.3%)

Fiora Patch 10.20

EN GUARD! Fiora is back once more! (Image Credit: Riot Games)

What is it about this champion that just makes her such a great pick every single patch? She seems to always slip into our list as one of the top champions. Fiora is just a very strong split pusher which is very valuable in the later stages of a game. While everyone is ARAM-ing it in mid, you’ll be able to move to a sidelane and push forward into the opposition base.

She is also relatively safe in the early game with her E – Riposte able to deny any all-in ganks by enemy junglers. Picking up Conqueror as your rune is also key since you’ll be able to continuously pick up stacks against minions. The extra AD is a huge help in the laning phase and the true damage is also great against any enemies who build armor items like Bramble Vest or even Ninja Tabi.

Top 5 Mid laners in LoL Patch 10.20

Are your mains on our list? What did you think of the Illaoi Buffs? Did you think they'd make her this strong? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook! For more information regarding the upcoming patch 10.21 keep reading on EarlyGame.

Sabrina Ahn

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