The word "Meta" is thrown around a lot and can be confusing to players that have just started out or just learning the game. The meta is the way that champions are placed respectively into their lanes and roles based on the map and other factors. If you have no idea what the meta is this guide will start by explaining what the meta is and move into explanations.
The meta currently is a mage mid, bruiser top, jungler in the jungle, and ranged carry and support bot.
- Mage/Caster - Mid
- Bruiser - Top
- Ranged Ad - Bot
- Support - Bot
If you have watched tournaments or competitive play this meta is used in nearly every single lane and there is a specific reason to why the meta is the way it is. The meta is this way for the following reasons:
- Why is the mage mid? The mage is mid to obtain levels and a significant amount of gold. Because this lane is a solo lane, you gain more experience which is vital to obtaining damage through abilities. Also, mid lane has the ability to roam a lot and effect other lanes. This is most important for casters due to there crowd control and high burst.
- Why is the bruiser top? The bruiser is top because of their high sustain and durability. The sustain gives them the ability to farm very well without dying of being forced out of lane. Unlike ad carries they do not need to be baby sat with a support.
- Why is the ranged carry bot? The ranged carry is bot because it allows these champions to farm very well and obtain massive amounts of gold for expensive and high damage items. This allows for them to be extremely powerful in the late game. Unlike mages, they do not need levels to do damage, but they do need gold. Bot lane allows them to farm with the help of the support.
- Why is the support bot? The support is there to help the ranged carry to farm and prevent ganks through warding and abilities. Supports help protect the carry and allow them to farm. Supports also do not take cs or minion kills from the ranged carry in order to help them become as strong as possible. The bot lane is also close to dragon for dragon control.
The meta is important to understand and learn once you become higher in level and experience more competitive play. Until then, enjoy the game and learn as many champions as you can and focus on improving your mechanics to the best of your ability. I hope this guide helped you in understanding the meta.
Lane swapping is a way to disorient the enemy and give one of your lanes a slight advantage. This is more common in ranked games and allows your carries to get more farm while denying an enemy lane. By doing this you give your team a slight edge to pick the lane accordingly.
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... on May 31, 2017:
Baxter on December 28, 2013:
The article explains almost nothing about WHY the lanes are designated a certain way. It just basically says "to farm."
Loki on December 16, 2013:
Add a mini jungler explanation (gank potential, counter jungling, objective control) and you've got yourself a stellar starter guide and good hub for info.
Noctis on August 22, 2013:
You forgot to explain the Jungler, but anyway nice guide.
sayyaad3 on November 26, 2012: