Wild Rift Counter-picking Guide: The ultimate champion counters cheat sheet

Who counters who in the Rift?

One of the best strategies one can do in League of Legends Wild Rift right from the very start of the game is knowing which champion to pick in which situation. Depending on the enemy champion that will go against you in your lane, one can gain an advantage even before the game starts by picking a champion that is naturally stronger than the one the enemy picked. It is called counter-picking and it will give you a massive advantage that you can exploit when the game starts. In this Wild Rift guide, we will be discussing various ways which aid in counter-picking a player that is foolish enough to blindly pick his/her champion in the champion selection. We will also learn about different aspects of counter-picking in Wild Rift. Let’s get into it!

Elements of Counter-picking

Champion Kit and mechanics

A champion kit refers to its abilities and how they work. To explain it, some champion’s design can work extremely well and horribly bad, depending on who it is against. Using this to advantage is a knowledge that every player needs to climb in rank and win more games. This is what every player should know.

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A simple example would be counter-picking a Baron Lane bruiser Wild Rift champion like Darius who relies on sticking on his targets, with a champion that has a ranged advantage like Kennen. The range advantage makes it easy for the player to sneak in auto-attacks in between farming which will soften up his health. Therefore, one can eventually go for an all-in trade and kill him in a 1v1 scenario. In this case, the laning phase of Darius will be much harder to play and survive than it will be for Kennen. One should be able to come out of it with a significant advantage over the opponent.

General Counters

Besides a champion’s kit, there are other game elements that can potentially counter another champion. In this section of the guide, we will discuss general counters that players can use to win more and make games easier. They are likes of Crowd Control, Items & Enchantments, and Summoner Spells. They can be pretty self-explanatory but for a detailed explanation regarding the said topics, look further into the guide.

1. Crowd Control

Commonly termed as CC, Crowd Control is a blanket term used in League of Legends: Wild Rift to describe abilities or spells that remove or diminish the control a target unit has over aspects of itself. This is such as being able to cast spells or initiate movement commands. As crowd controls impact a unit’s combat ability, they are essentially more specialized forms of debuffs. There are many forms of crowd control with common ones such as stuns and slows, and rarer ones like blinds.

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Crowd control in Wild Rift

In case, one is wondering how crowd controls can potentially counter champions, some champions are capable of popping off and dealing so much in just a short amount of time, but are easily punished by crowd control. An example would be Katarina, she can do so much in a short amount of time. But her ultimate can be easily shut down with a stun. There are also some champions who heavily rely on using basic attacks like Draven. They can be easily countered by blinds.

2. Items and Enchantments

The second on the list is none other than items. As you know, items play a huge role on Wild Rift for several reasons, including how they make a champion significantly stronger in terms of their damage and durability. When it comes to countering champions, items are one of the main factors.

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Items in Wild Rift

To explain this, we will give a few examples. Firstly, most champions heavily rely on a certain form of damage which is either AD (Attack Damage) or AP (Ability Power). Meanwhile, these damages are reduced by Armor and Magic Resistance respectively. Secondly, some champions have strong and natural healing on their kit, including Dr. Mundo. However, there are items that are designed to weaken any form of healing which is called grievous wounds.

This type of debuff can be found in certain items such as Mortal Reminder, Thornmail, and Morellonomicon. Thirdly, there are some items such as Frozen Heart, which slows the attack speed on an area around the player. Randuin’s Omen, which specifically reduces damage from critical hits, and Phantom Dancer, which gives a shield when reaching low health to counter assassins and burst damage. There are more into it but if the player is looking for more, one must make sure to check out our itemization guide.

3. Summoner Spells

The third and final thing to be mentioned on the list under General Counters are summoner spells. Let’s be real here, summoner spells are pretty self-explanatory. However, lots of players don’t realize that summoner spells are situational, and interchanging them will definitely help in winning more games. This is more important for Baron and Mid laners since their 1v1 lane is very matchup-dependent.

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Summoner Spells in Wild Rift

To explain these further, we will mention some of the summoner spells and how they counter certain champions. Exhaust is a summoner spell that slows and reduces damage on a targeted champion, this is especially effective against assassins and marksman champions that can be shut down for a while when used. Ignite is another one, which gives grievous wounds which are as mentioned before, counters healing. Additionally, it is not always necessary to get Flash + Summoner Spell of choice all of the time, mix the summoner spells, experiment with them, and find out about them further yourself!

Playing around Weaknesses

As mentioned before, every champion has a kit. The thing is that a champion’s kit may provide a lot. However, it is certain that it will miss on some aspects, these are called weaknesses. A good player will make use of this to his/her advantage, or in other words to counter the enemy matchup.

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Play around the weaknesses in order to exploit the enemy!

To give a few examples, there are champions that do not have any form of sustain. This means that they are more punished by trades and especially poke. Also, there are a number of champions that are immobile. This means that gap closing abilities will be very against them and hitting them with abilities is much easier.

Wild Rift Counter-picking Cheat Sheet

Here is our Wild Rift Counter-picking Cheat Sheet! This sheet is composed of all the champions in the Patch 2.4 update. This along with their Champion Counters, General Counters and Weaknesses. One must use the following information to be able to totally counter different champions through several different ways to help to win the better matchup or better the game.

Final Thoughts

Champions (in Alphabetical order) Champion Counters General Counters Weaknesses
AhriYasuo, Diana, Annie, FizzQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, MR, Mobility ToolSkillshot Reliant, Ult is the only mobility tool
AkaliGalio, Lee Sin, Garen, Diana, Annie, Renekton, AsheShadow Enchant, Exhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Stasis Enchant, MRSkillshot Reliant, Long Cooldown on Mobility Abilities, Gold and Exp Dependent, Missing ULT is highly punishing
AkshanAhri, Tristana, Fizz, Akali, Lucian, YasuoStasis Enchant, Flash, Barrier, Exhaust, Ghost
Mobility tools
Weak against critical damage champions, low damage ult.
AlistarJanna, Vayne, SorakaTrue Damage, Statis Enchant, Flash, Mobility ToolLong Cooldowns,
AmumuDr. Mundo, Shyvana, Olaf, Kha’ZixQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, MR, Mobility ToolRequired to Stick to be Effective, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Weak Early Game
Annie Ziggs, Orianna, Lux, ZedQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, Gap Closers, MRClose Range, Immobility, Only has CC every once in a while, Positioning-Reliant
AsheEzreal, Jinx, DravenCC, Gap Closers, Quicksilver EnchantImmobility, Positioning-Reliant, Weak Early Game, Missing ULT is highly punishing
Aurelion SolFizz, Zed, Yasuo, Kha’Zix, Ziggs, AlistarTenacity, Protobelt Enchant, MRImmobile, Positioning-Reliant, Long Cooldowns
BlitzcrankAlistar, Braum, Leona, EzrealProtobelt Enchant, Flash, Mobility ToolAbility 1 Reliant, Long Cooldowns,
Braum Leona, Soraka, Alistar, VayneQuicksilver Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, Flash, Mobility ToolSkillshot Reliant, Missing ULT is highly punishing
CamilleFiora, Teemo, Garen, Nasus, Darius, RenektonPlated Steelcaps, Statis Enchant, CCAbility 3 Reliant, Item and Gold Dependent
CorkiDr. Mundo, Draven, Ashe, VarusCC, Gap Closers, MRSkillshot Reliant, Weak Early Game, Gold and Exp Dependent
DariusKennen, Vayne, Jax, Teemo, Zed, RenektonStatis Enchant, Armor, Plated Steelcaps, CC, Mobility ToolRequired to Stick to be Effective, Not Resetting ULT is highly punishing,
DianaRenekton,Exhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, Mobility ToolMissing ULT is highly punishing
Dr MundoDarius, Shyvana, Olaf, Fiora, VayneGrievous wounds, Ignite, Strong DPS, Mobility Tool, CCRequired to Stick to be Effective, Relies heavily on healing
Draven Varus, Blitzcrank, Nami, LeonaArmor, Blind, Exhaust, CC, Frozen Heart, Randiun’s Omen, Relies on his strong early game, Doesn’t scale well, Immobility, Positioning-Reliant, Relies on Support, Relies on getting a lead
EvelynLee Sin, Rengar, Ahri, Annie, Twisted FateExhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, MR, Shadow EnchantVery Long Cooldown on ULT, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Squishy, Immobile without Ult
EzrealDraven, Miss Fortune, Akali, Vayne, Tristana, CorkiCC, Gap Closer, Skillshot Reliant, Falls off Late Game,
FioraMalphite. Pantheon, Renekton, Darius, Singed, TeemoPlated Steelcaps, CC, Ignite, Bramble Vest, Required to Stick to be Effective, Relies heavily on passive, Falls off Late Game,
FizzDiana, Annie, Akali, OriannaExhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, MRMissing ULT is highly punishing,
GalioJanna, Braum, Yasuo, VayneQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, Mobility Tool, Protobelt Enchant,Long Cooldowns, Skillshot Reliant
GarenTeemo, Darius, Pantheon, FioraTrue Damage, Required to Stick to be Effective
GragasYasuo, Ahri, Fizz, Evelyn, Akali, Diana, ZiggsQuicksilver Enchant, TenacitySkillshot Reliant,
GravesEvelyn, Lee SinRandiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Bramble Vest, ArmorSkillshot Reliant,
IreliaFizz, Zed, Galio, Akali, Yasuo, Malphite, Teemo, Ziggs, SeraphineProtobelt, Flash, Stasis Enchant, Crystalline ReflectorSkillshot reliant, difficult combos, Relies on landing her stun for maximum damage
JannaSona, Nami, Diana, Blitzcrank, LuxGap Closer, Long Range, Long Cooldowns, Kit is purely reactive, Immobile, Positioning-Reliant
Jarvan IV Graves, Vi, Lee Sin, Xin ZhaoMobility Tool, Statis Enchant, Protobelt Enchant,Ability 3 + Ability 1 combo is dodgeable
JaxDr. Mundo, Malphite, Renekton, Pantheon, Garen, Singed, DariusExhaust, Bramble Vest, Required to Stick to be Effective
JhinAshe, Miss Fortune, Vayne, Jinx, Draven, Varus, Ezreal, Tristana, XayahSlow Resistance, Tenacity, CC, Randiun’s Omen,Skillshot Reliant, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Immobile, Positioning-Reliant
JinxEzreal, Corki, Draven, Varus, Tristana, AsheRandiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Gap Closers,Relies on allied peel and setup, Immobile, Positioning-Reliant
Kai’SaDraven, Miss Fortune, Ashe, Jinx, JhinRandiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Relies on upgrading abilities,
KatarinaGalio, Gragas, Malphite, Tryndamere, IreliaCC, Exhaust, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, Mobility ToolGetting her ULT cancelled is highly punishing, Relies on getting reset from passive
KennenRengar, Nasus, Dr. Mundo, GarenTenacity, MR, Quicksilver Enchant, Flash, Statis Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, Mobility ToolSkillshot Reliant, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Immobile without Ability 3
Kha’ZixWukong, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Lee SinArmor, Exhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, Shadow EnchantRelies on Isolation,
Lee SinXin Zhao, Vi, AmumuCC, Exhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, Mobility ToolRelies on hitting Ability 1, Relies on strong early game, Relies on getting a lead
LeonaRakan, Braum, Seraphine, JannaQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, True Damage, Protobelt Enchant, Mobility ToolSkillshot Reliant, Long Cooldowns, Missing ULT is highly punishing
LucianZiggs, Ezreal, Jinx, Seraphine, Lux, Tristana, Braum, Blitzcrank, MalphiteHard CC, Flash, Long-range ultimates, Stasis Enchant, Protobelt, Ignite, Exhaust, BarrierLow range, ultimate blocked by minions and turrets, high cooldown on abilities
LuluSona, Blitzcrank, Leona, NamiGap Closers, Long-rangeImmobile, Kit is purely reactive, Short-range, Immobile, Positioning-Reliant
LuxBlitzcrank, Nami, LuluQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, Protobelt Enchant, Mobility Tool, Gap Closers, Skillshot Reliant, Immobile, Positioning-Reliant
MalphiteNasus, Akali, Garen, Singed, DariusProtobelt Enchant, Mobility Tool, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Immobile without ULT
Master YiAmumu, Jax, Evelyn, Vi, Xin Zhao, Jarvan IV, GragasCC, Frozen Heart, Randiun’s Omen, Statis EnchantRequired to Stick to be Effective, Weak Early Game,
Miss FortuneJhin, Varus, Ashe, XayahCC, Protobelt Enchant, Mobility Tool, Gap ClosersMissing ULT is highly punishing and requires proper setup
NamiBraum, Leona, Sona, BlitzcrankQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, Slow Resistance, Skillshot Reliant
NasusDarius, Singed, Wukong, Garen, Fiora, Vayne, KennenCC, Grievous wounds, Ignite, Weak Early Game, Required to Stick to be Effective
OlafEvelyn, Master Yi, Kha’Zix, Gragas, Lee SinGrievous wounds, Ignite, Mobility Tools, Required to Stick to be Effective, Relies on allied followup, Vulnerable to CC without ULT
Orianna Pantheon, Ahri, Corki, Katarina, Zed, Fizz, TristanaMR, Protobelt Enchant, Gap Closers, Skillshot Reliant, Missing ULT is highly punishing
PantheonSinged, Rengar, Akali, Camille, Galio, Lux, Ahri, CorkiQuicksilver Enchant, ArmorDoesn’t scale well, Relies on strong early game
RakanSona, Janna, Braum, Lux, LuluQuicksilver Enchant, TenacityAbilities can be dodged,
RammusShyvana, Kha’Zix, AmumuQuicksilver Enchant, TenacityMissing ULT is highly punishing, Ability can be cancelled
RenektonGaren, Vayne, Kennen, Gragas, Rengar, MalphiteBramble Vest, Armor, Quicksilver Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, IgniteRelies on strong early game, Relies on passive
RengarRammus, Vi, Xin Zhao, Jarvan IV, Lee Sin, GragasGrievous wounds, Ignite, Exhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, ArmorRelies on getting a lead, Long Cooldowns
RivenRenekton, Teemo, Fiora, Nasus, GragasFlash, Blind ability by Teemo, Barrier, Exhaust, Protobelt enchant, Grievous Wounds, Quicksilver EnchantAbility reliant, weak early game, long cooldowns
SennaSeraphine, Lux, Braum, Blitzcrank, Thresh, Vayne, Tristana, Teemo, JinxQuicksilver enchant, Flash, Protobelt enchant, Stasis Enchant, Crystalline ReflectorRelies heavily on collecting souls for damage so weak early game, low Attack speed, skillshot reliant
ThreshBlitzcrank, Braum, Lux, Galio, Nami, Ezreal, Tristana, Corki, LuluQuicksilver Enchant, Flash, Barrier, Ghost, Hard CCRelies on souls for armor since he gains no armor with level-up, weak early game, 1st ability reliant, missing ult is punishing, low mobility
SeraphineYasuo, Braum, Nami, Blitzcrank, Galio, Pantheon, Zed, FizzQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, Gap Closers, Probelt Enchant,Skillshot Reliant, Long Cooldowns, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Immobility
ShyvanaEvelyn, Dr. Mundo, Xin Zhao, Rengar, OlafExhaust, Statis Enchant, CC, Required to Stick to be Effective (Unless AP build), Weak Early Game, Long Cooldowns, Missing ULT is highly punishing
SingedRengar, Darius, Vayne, Camille, Kennen, GarenMR, Slow Resistance, Required to Stick to be Effective
SonaGalio, Braum, BlitzcrankQuicksilver Enchant, TenacityLong Cooldowns Early Game, Missing ULT is highly punishing, Weak Early Game
SorakaSona, Leona, Nami, JannaGrievous wounds, IgniteRelies heavily on healing,
TeemoPantheon, Vayne, Wukong, Malphite, Dr. Mundo, Kennen, YasuoMR, Quicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, CC, Gap ClosersImmobile without Ability 2
TristanaYasuo, Draven, Miss Fortune, Jhin, Jinx, Kai’Sa, VayneExhaust, Statis Enchant, Randiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Relies on allied setup
TryndamereSinged, Malphite, Wukong, Jax, RenektonGrievous wounds, Ignite, Exhaust, Randiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Bramble VestRequired to Stick to be Effective
Twisted FateYasuo, Zed, Annie, Tristana, Corki, KatarinaTenacity, Quicksilver Enchant, MR, Gap Closers,Long Cooldowns,
VarusJhin, Vayne, Tristana, Ashe, BraumQuicksilver Enchant, Tenacity, CC, Armor or MR (Depending on his build)Skillshot Reliant, Missing ULT is highly punishing
VayneMiss Fortune, Draven, Lee Sin, JinxFrozen Heart, Randiun’s Omen, CCWeak Early Game, Relies on allied setup
ViShyvana, Dr. MundoStatis Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, Long Cooldowns
WukongSinged, Dr. Mundo, Darius, Garen, Shyvana, Lee SinPlated Steelcaps, Armor, Statis Enchant, Protobelt Enchant, Exhaust, CC, Shadow EnchantHas no sustain
XayahVarus, Jinx, Ashe, DravenCC, Mobility ToolHas weak follow-up, Relies on hitting Ability 3,
Xin ZhaoJax, Wukong, ViCC, Statis Enchant, Protobelt EnchantRequired to Stick to be Effective, Relies on strong early game,
YasuoDarius, Garen, Annie, Renekton, Malphite, PantheonRandiun’s Omen, Frozen Heart, CC, Bramble Vest, Mobility ToolRequired to Stick to be Effective, Relies on hitting Knock-up or allied setup
ZedMalphite, Gragas, Tryndamere, Garen, AnnieExhaust, Barrier, Lifeline, Statis Enchant, Armor, CCSkillshot Reliant, Relies on burst, Long Cooldowns
ZiggsYasuo, Zed, Diana, Tristana, FizzCC, Gap Closers, Protobelt EnchantSkillshot Reliant, Weak Early Game, Missing ULT is highly punishing

That’s all for our Wild Rift Counter-picking Guide! Remember, counter-picking is based on experience and repetition of games in Wild Rift. The champions and other things mentioned are not the only possible counters, and there could be some stuff that has been left out. In case a player is really looking into counter-picking, he must study every champion and find out more about them and how they work. Have fun on the Rift!

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