The bottom lane is often considered one of the most impactful roles in League of Legends. The team that gets their bottom lane ahead typically have priority over important objectives like dragons. This also opens up the ability for the bottom lane to rotate around the map and take more towers. The following are five bottom lane duos that are expected to see play and be heavily contested at Worlds.
Xayah and Rakan
Xayah and Rakan are one of the strongest bottom lane duos in the game due to their synergies when paired together. Since they’re lovers in the lore, they receive additional bonuses in their kits.The Lover’s Leap ability on their passives allow them to join each other during a recall. Xayah’s W, Deadly Plumage, grants bonus attack speed, movement speed and increased basic attack damage to both her and Rakan. Rakan’s E, Battle Dance, grants him bonus range on his leap if Xayah is the target. Expect this duo to be heavily contested throughout Worlds, to the point where a team will second pick Xayah or Rakan just to take it away from a team that first picks Xayah or Rakan.
Ezreal and Yuumi
Yuumi tends to find the most success on champions that are hard to kill and can easily escape a sticky situation. If a champion that Yuumi is attached to is killed, then she will most likely die as well due to her lack of escape abilities. Ezreal works well with Yuumi, because of their ability to engage and disengage from a fight with Ezreal’s E, Arcane Shift, and Yuumi’s R, Final Chapter. They provide strong poke and sustain, which are strong during the laning phase and essential for a siege team composition. An issue is that Yuumi has an incredibly high ban rate across regions. The recent nerfs to her kit in recent patches may lower the priority teams place on banning her
Lucian and Braum
Lucian and Braum are a strong early game duo that look to bully their lane opponents. Braum has strong crowd control abilities, which can easily set up kills with Lucian’s high damage output. Their main synergy is found in their passives. Braum’s passive, Concussive Blows, requires four basic attacks to stun a target, and Lucian’s passive, Lightslinger, grants him an additional basic attack after using an ability. Once they both reach level six they have increased kill potential with their ultimate abilities. A weakness of this lane is that they tend to fall off in the later stages of the game.
Sona and Taric
Sona and Taric is a duo support lane that focuses on surviving the laning phase and scaling into the late game. Both provide strong crowd control and survivability through their healing and the invulnerability granted from Taric’s ultimate, Cosmic Radiance. Teams fighting against this duo will often look to exploit their weakness in the early game through pressure and ganks. Teams will look to include heavy damage dealers in their solo lanes to fully utilize the supportive power of Sona and Taric in the late game.
Caitlyn and Morgana
Caitlyn and Morgana are a strong duo together, because of their ability to lock down a target for an extended period of time. If Morgana lands her Q, Dark Binding, then Caitlyn can follows this up by placing her W, Yordle Snap Trap, directly on the target. At max rank, this totals to over four seconds of crowd control. This is also an incredibly safe lane due to the range advantage that Caitlyn and Morgana have over other bottom lane champions. The range advantage alongside the spell shield on Morgana’s E, Black Shield, presents a difficult task for enemy junglers looking to gank the lane.
While there are plenty of viable bottom lane choices, expect to see these five bottom lane duos heavily contested at Worlds. Kai’Sa is another strong ADC that can fit in most team compositions, because of her flexibility to either build AD or AP. Nautilus is another strong support, because of his innate tankiness and having a kit that is overloaded with crowd control. Xayah and Rakan stand out as being the priority duo lane for worlds, but expect teams to get creative with their bottom lane decisions in the diverse metagame.
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