For yet another season, for most League of Legends pro teams in many regions, Akali has been on the permanent ban list.
The champion has been a power pick through meta and seasons, always important and crucial for teams to either take away from the opponent or first choose for themselves. Since her rework in Season 8, which gave her some versatility in the lane and an updated kit with the increased mobility of more modern champions.
The rogue assassin has been a constant presence. In almost each team composition, she can operate. Akali works well whether the enemy is diving, cleaning up team fighting, or split pushing.
Akali before rework – League of Legends
Before her rework, Akali was a very niche assassin, played only by players with quirky or big champion pools. She was by no means considered a high-level champion, outclassed by other assassins like Leblanc and Talon.
In her first four seasons, she had a mere 21 appearances, with nine of those coming in her first three. In season five, her lowest pick rate was when she was not picked in a single professional match. That is very closely matched with only one match with her season six pick rate.
Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani had the most matches with this champion with five, registering only one win.
Akali after rework
In the middle of Season 8, Akali was reintroduced to the game and instantly saw her pick and ban rates increase dramatically. Since her new version could play both in the mid and top lanes, for most teams, she was a powerful weapon in the draft phase.
The top European league adopted her early, with the region having the highest pick rate in all regions and Luka “Perkz” Perković having the champion’s most games at five.
Since then, She has been banned more than she has been chosen and has been recognized as a staple of their players by both China and Korea. In Season 9, those regions claimed the highest pick rates for the champion. Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Heo “ShowMaker” Su had outstanding assassin stats, putting more than 10 games with the champion in a double-digit average KDA.
The ban on picking rates was even more skewed towards bans in the more recent history of Season 10. Over 1,000 bans were logged by the champion to only 448 picks across all regions.
The Best Akali players
While many times the champion has been flexed to the top lane, the players with the most games on her are all mid-laners. European assassin expert Adam ‘LIDER’ Ilyasov is the player with the most games, and the second best win rate.
With a 67 percent win rate, the Norwegian has put in 30 games with Akali. “Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, Chovy, and ShowMaker are the other players that top the leaderboard in win rate and KDA.
Akali is a flexible assassin that can work well in any meta, and she has a good chance of winning the early laning stage. Apparently, until Riot Games makes the decision to nerf her in a more dramatic way, she will always be part of the professional champion pool.