COUNTER CHAMPIONS - Courtesy of http://www.lolcounter.com/ Udyr, Yorick, Olaf, Malphite, Trundle, Jax, Riven, Irelia, Renekton, Darius
SERIES INFORMATION Champion minis are short by design. The goal is that players who are going up against a champion for the first time can quickly learn the basics of that champion, even during a loading screen. These will be loosely prioritized based on free week champions.
If you want a series that offers mechanics, play tips, and countering tips in far more depth, check out my 'Don't Feed' series here on YouTube.
BASIC INFO Be aware that I aim to cover the most popular way a champion is played, not the only way they can be played.
Damage / Damage Type This rating refers to the damage a champion contributes both over time and with burst abilities. Damage type refers to the majority of their damage output. Attack Damage carries will always be rated as Very High due to their potential scaling with gear.
Range This refers to the distance that most damage will come from.
Burst This is the damage a champion can put out in a very short period of time. Note that this is rating is specific to ability combos that rapidly deal damage, not very high sustained damage from normal attacks. High Burst tends to beat champions who rely on Sustain.
Effective Health This is the amount of raw damage a champion can take, factoring health, armor, magic resist, and shields. High Effective Health champions may still have core vulnerabilities (for example, a high Armor Malphite may still be vulnerable to Magic damage; read about high Armor and high Magic Resist below). Champions with high Effective Health tend to beat champions who rely on burst damage.
Sustain This is the ability to sustain one's health through life steal, health regeneration, or healing abilities, often leading to an ability to slowly bring down high health opponents over time with harassment. To the extent that mana plays a part in survivability, that is also included in the Sustain rating. Item purchases do not count towards Sustain. Sustain tends to beat champions who rely on Effective Health.
Utility Utility refers to crowd controls and other abilities that may affect the outcome of skirmishes and teamfights. For healing or other allied bonuses, utility will usually only be counted if they can affect teammates as well.
Mobility Specifically refers to dashes, blinks, or other abilities that allow for travel around the map. Does not factor in movement speed, but high movement speed may be effective in some of the same situations where high mobility is effective.
Speed Refers to movement speed during engagements. Most champions will be moderate.
Strong Normal Attacks Team should purchase Frozen Heart and/or Randuin's Omen.
AOE / Secondary Damage Consider purchasing life steal or spell vamp.
High magic resistance Purchase Void Staff if you are a magic damage dealer.
High armor Purchase Last Whisper if you are a physical damage dealer.
ABILITIES Flash If I refer to Flash I am also referring to blink abilities and, depending on context, other movement abilities.
Skillshots Stay on your toes and keep moving. If laning against a skillshot champion, purchase boots first. Some skillshots can be blocked by staying behind minions.
Crowd Controls Reduce with Tenacity items such as Mercury's Treads. Break with Quicksilver Sash or Cleanse.
Fast Counter with slowing items such as Phage, Frozen Mallet, Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Randuin's Omen, Bilgewater Cutlass or Hextech Gunblade. (Situationally prevented by Master Yi, Olaf, Garen, and Evelynn)
Strong Healing/Regeneration Use healing reduction effects from Ignite or champion abilities. Alternatively, purchase Executioner's Calling or Morello's Evil Tome.
Channeling Interrupt with most crowd controls.
Suppression / Strong Debuffs Break with Quicksilver Sash.
Strong Farmer / Pusher Have teammates flank them if they overextend.
Weak Farmer / Pusher Keep minions pushed to tower to force them to defend lane or lose it and increase difficulty of last hitting.
Initiator / Poke Initiators are champions who can start skirmishes and teamfights quickly. Poke champions are able to harass from a far enough range that they can avoid direct fights. These are both counters to each other, as strong initiation will overcome poke, but consistent poke can discourage initiation. Initiation in League of Legends tends to be stronger than poke, but it depends on the players and champions.
The Banshee's Veil item tends to counter both. Pushing objectives and ignoring champions who rely solely on their poke can also be effective.