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Examples of champions and their assigned classes

Every champion in League of Legends has an assigned class, with a limited number also possessing a secondary class. This class represents a defined set of patterns in player's behavior, responses and reactions to environment (including but not exclusive to enemies and own team). This may also include preferred item and ability paths, summoner spells, stats, runes or masteries.

The available classes are as follows:

Development

As of V3.10, a champion's primary and secondary tags are now listed separately in the client's champion overviews. However, the in-client Summoner Profile and champion select only feature filters by primary attribute. The official champion list will use both primary and secondary indiscriminately when filtering by attribute.

On April 14th, 2016, Riot announced the intent to rework Champion Classes[1]. The full list of champions was released on June 1st, 2016. [2] At this time, a small number of champions are unclassified.

Most notably, the changes include:

  • The renaming of Assassins into Slayers, and Supports into Controllers.
  • Adding subclass to all classes.
  • Substantially less secondary classes.

On May 24th, 2017, Riot followed up with a final draft of the intended changes. [3] At this point, the League of Legends Wiki updated to using the new class structure.

Changes include:

  • Disruptor subclass of Controller removed.
  • Catcher subclass added to Controller, with a substantial rearranging of "support" champions.
  • Unclassified was formally recognized as a class, conjecturally referred to on the Wiki as Specialist. This class absorbed many of the former Disruptors.

While not yet active within the client or on the website, Riot employees and shoutcasters now actively use the new class system.

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Champion attributes

Trivia

  • Three champions currently contain a Class within their title: SionSquare The Undead Juggernaut, SkarnerSquare The Crystal Vanguard and ThreshSquare The Chain Warden. Incidentally, not one of these champions is in their implied class.
  • The given Class only represents the role that a champion was explicitly designed to fulfil, and their recommended items will be geared toward fulfilling the role. However, players are free to explore whatever variation they desire - such as Mage icon Artillery Kog'Maw.
  • Before the classes and subclasses changes, there were very few champions with just single class and most of those were either mages or marksmen. As of May 24th, 2017, only 4 champions feature secondary classes.
  • There has never been a Melee role Melee Marksman icon Marksman.
  • There has never been a champion classified as both Slayer icon Assassin and Tank icon Tank.
  • JayceSquare Jayce and VarusSquare Varus are the only physical-damage champions to have ever been classified as Mage icon Mages. During the development of the class rework, GangplankSquare Gangplank was briefly classified as a Mage icon Burst champion.
  • Prior to the class rework:
    • NidaleeSquare Nidalee was once classified as an assassin and controller.
    • KayleSquare Kayle was once classified as a fighter and controller.
    • UrgotSquare Urgot was once classified as a marksman and tank.
    • AsheSquare Ashe was once classified as a marksman and controller.
  • RakanSquare Rakan was the first champion released with Controller icon Controller as their only class. Before him, all other "supports" had a secondary class.

References

  1. Dev Blog: Classes & Sub-Classes
  2. Champion Subclass List V1
  3. Taking another look at subclasses