"League of Legends": Top 5 Kill Steal (KS) Champions
Some people play League of Legends (LoL) to have fun. Others play to win. There's a third category of people so vile, so dastardly, that the mere mention of them is enough to send off most people in the first two categories in a rage. They are the Trolls!
Trolls just love to grief their allies. Whether it is throwing themselves at the nearest enemy turret with no regard for self-preservation, chewing out their allies for even the most unbelievable claims, or being KSers. Ah, KSers: The bane of every single self-respecting player. Well, mostly the carries. Most other roles can survive without getting fed. However, carries start chafing under the pressure of being underfed at later stages of the game. In fact, staple carries such as Ashe become useless without early game feed.
So, if you're going to be one of those people, there are five champions that stand head above shoulders above the rest in terms of KS potential. If you're not going to be one of those people, then it would behoove you to know this information anyway so you can keep a close eye on people playing these champions (and because they're actually pretty good champions, so why not learn about them?).
First, however, let's explain what KSing actually is.
What Is KSing?
Well, everyone seems to draw the line on what actually constitutes kill stealing in a different place, so here's my personal take on it:
KSing is when your ally has done most of the work for getting a kill and you land the last hit. This is especially true if you come out of nowhere to do the deed. A critical exception to my personal definition is when the target will survive if you do not intervene. In this case, that is not a KS. However, the knowledge of when a target will die or not requires game experience.
Another corollary to my definition is if it is a support that has done most of the work. Listen, supports and tanks are my two favorite roles. However, let's face it, you don't need the feed if you're playing those roles. The carry does. So, if I'm playing support or tank and have done most of the work and the carry steps in, the carry can have it. Most people don't see it that way though.
So, having said that, here are the top 5 kill steal champions, in no particular order!
First up in this list of five is everyone's favorite Yordle, Teemo! Mind you, by favorite, I mean that most people despise him with a passion, 10% or so idolize him, and a very small minority tolerate him. Why do people hate Teemo? Well:
- Despite what anyone would have you think, he's very much Plug and Play. You can build him hybrid, attack damage, ability power, or attack speed, and he functions more or less equally in any of the four builds.
- He's easy to build as mentioned above. However, what makes this annoying is that Teemo is ridiculous. His E is a passive that boosts his basic attacks with poison damage. His Q basically neuters carries that rely on basic attacks as it guarantees that they will miss. His W makes him speed up so that you can't escape him or catch him. All in all, his power to effort ratio is ridiculous. Even a complete newbie can dominate with Teemo if they make sure not to over-extend too much. Of course, for higher levels of Elo there are far better choices from a power/effort ratio, but this hub is about KSing!
Thus, Teemo earns the dubious honor of having a spot in the top 5 of KS champions. Why? Again, it's the E. Heck, all damage over time champions (Brand, Cassiopeia, Zilean to name three) qualify as this if they feel like it. There's nothing like you dropping someone down to 5% of their HP and then Teemo drops in and shoots a dart at the enemy right between the eyes. If the target doesn't flat-out drop from the basic attack, the poison will finish the job. It doesn't help that most of the Teemos I've played with are jerks. Teemo, my dear readers, is a troll enabler and KSer through and through!
Ahh, Mr. Noxus himself. After he was released, Riot Games had to buff Garen because the poor Demacian was strictly worse. The only reason Darius isn't part of every professional's lineup is that he is almost obnoxiously easy to shut down (no escapes or haste in his kit). However, he has great potential in fights where his target is forced to commit. His passive causes the target to bleed out for extra damage. His Q hits everyone around him and hits champions harder if they are on the outer half of the radius. His W cripples the target, slowing them down, and making Darius' job easier. His E pulls the target in (get over here!) and grants passive Armor Penetration.
However, Darius' ultimate both takes the cake and is the chief reason why Darius is such a nasty KSer. See, Noxian Guillotine's cooldown refreshes is Darius scores the final hit with it. Let me repeat that: If Darius' ult is the final blow on an enemy, it automatically cools down.
So, here's a cruel hypothetical situation:
You're Graves and your ultimate is on cooldown since you used it to soften up a pair of targets. However, your E is about to be ready, so you're going to use it to get a neat double. Fair? Not when Darius is around! Darius leaps in and Guillotines one of the targets (for maximum grief, the one closest to you), and then Guillotines the other the next second. You now have a double assist after doing most of the work.
Having both experienced and seen this countless times, I find it hilariously ironic that some Dariuses cry wolf at getting KSed. Seriously, you play one of the best champions for KSing and you're complaining that others are doing it to you?
A particularly evil example comes in the form of everyone's obviously Viking (but not quite since League of Legends doesn't take place on Earth) Berserker Olaf. Olaf is one of my favorite champions due to the ability he has to stick on an opponent until that opponent is down:
- Essentially, it starts with the Q. Undertow allows Olaf to throw one of his axes to slow down an opponent. What makes this ability so nasty is that it damages all enemies it passes through, and suffers NO damage mitigation, unlike things like Caitlyn's or Varus' Q.
- Olaf's W allows him to hit harder and gain temporary life steal and spell vamp. It's what LoL players call a steroid. Steroids in League of Legends are always a good thing.
- The E is basically Noxian Guillotine lite. It's more of an early-game ownage device and a late-game ability to contend with people with triple-digit Armor and not insta-lose every confrontation (especially to nasty counters like Malphite).
- Finally, that Ult. Ragnarok gives passive Armor Penetration, prevents Olaf from being disabled when activated, and grants Armor and Magic Resist for the time it is active as well. So, you snared Olaf, Morgana? No, you didn't. Lulu slow? Denied!
Seriously, there's a reason why Olaf is played so much as a solo top in the pro scene. Of course, for KS trolls, there's quite nothing like a good Undertow to an enemy's face. I've had fights I've slaved over get KSed from under my nose by a well-timed Undertow just as I'm about to land my next ability. Undertow travels fast. Trolls like fast. Trolls like Undertow!
Thankfully, I haven't run into too many Olaf KSers recently. Just keep in mind that they do exist!
Hahaha, oh man. Karthus. You can love him or hate him, but boy does he win games. Let's see:
- Karthus may very well have one of the nastiest passives in the entire League. The ability to persist for seven seconds after perishing (with infinite mana) allows you to continue being a factor in a crucial teamfight, IF your team can keep the fight around the location of your corpse.
- He has a spammable Q. Mind you, it doesn't hit that hard against multiple units and you have to time it, but in the hands of an expert, it is deadly.
- His W allows you to slow down victims trying to get away from your E. Alternately, it keeps them from getting to you and is just beautiful for messing with enemy positioning in team fights.
- That E. Seriously, Defile is the nastiest aura I've seen in this game and perhaps in other games of a similar bent as well. Basically, for an obscene mana cost per second, everything in late game melts around you. It makes engaging a late-game Karthus tedious, to say the least.
- Finally, Requiem. It has inspired YouTube parody videos such as "Press R to Win!"
The sad part is that it is true more often than not. The mere presence of a Karthus forces people to acknowledge the fact via build alterations. What, you don't want to counter build Karthus? Ok, don't forget he has two more sources of damage besides his Ult.
For KSers and trolls, Requiem is a godsend. Who cares about securing kills when you can just prevent your allies from getting kills themselves? Just press R to KS!
Note: To be fair, a fed Karthus is deadly, so perhaps it is in your team's best interest to let you get fed. Still, it's a bit obnoxious to try to deliberately KS in such a way.
The last member of our quintet of KSing champions is one of the first to join the League of Legends. While Season 3 hasn't been kind to Ashe's early game (power creep has had a detrimental effect as well), she still has a good amount of utility if you know how to use her effectively. But, we're here to talk about KSing potential, right? So, what's the next best thing to an ultimate that hits all enemies at the infinite range? How about an Ult that hits one enemy at the infinite range?
That's Ashe's Enchanted Crystal Arrow in a nutshell. Wait, is that Nidalee going to get that gank? ECA coming up! Could that be my Miss Fortune gearing up to get a triple? Hmm, let's see if I can at least make that a double instead?
The griefing possibilities are endless, and limited in part only by the fact that Ashe wants to build attack damage and attack speed and ECA scales off of ability power.
Have You Ever KSed in "LoL"?
Don't Be That Person!
In conclusion, the five champions I have listed seem to have the greatest amount of KS potential, at least in my book. I feel the need to mention that you should actually not make a habit of KSing to grief other people, since:
- Griefing is bad and bannable (don't do to others as you would do to yourself).
- You will lose games you may have won, just to be spiteful and a Troll.
Don't be that person. Rise above the KSing!
Note: Ok, you'll still fear the trolls that drop out of games, the ones that throw themselves on turrets to intentionally feed, and the ones that badmouth everyone and their own mother. But, at least you won't have to worry about your feed getting stolen if you can secure them!
On a serious note, I'd like to thank you for reading this hub. Feel free to talk about stories like this that have occurred in your League of Legends games! And, I don't think I have to tell you that an important thing to read under all of the hyperbole and angst is that these five champions are pretty good. Play them and see if their general playstyles suit you!
Until the next time, take care and have fun!