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16. Nidalee: Nidalee has been through many phases of her life. Originally a tanky bruiser for the top lane, she eventually became a staple of the mid lane for the power of her spears. Her current kit focuses on her ability to transform from a wild huntress into a prowling animal, and it feels like her most comprehensive and engaging kit yet. Marking enemies with your spears and then leaping after them makes you feel like you're on the hunt, and while no one ability she has is as dangerous as her old spears, she can still output tremendous damage if played effectively. No champion plays quite like Nidalee, and it's that unique blend of multiple skillsets and playstyles in one champion that makes her such an interesting part of League.
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15. Ashe: The quintessential frost archer, Ashe is one of the oldest champions in League of Legends, but even through countless changes, patches and reworks, she still feels like one of the best carries to play. Her ability to launch volleys of arrows and kite enemies around, always keeping them just far enough away, became the blueprint for many marksmen to come, but Ashe's ability to do it still feels unmatched. Her ultimate, a giant crystal arrow, brings it all together, allowing her to start a fight herself or stop an enemy team from getting the jump on your allies. She's careful, precise, and quite dangerous in the right hands. Ashe continues to be both a brilliant "starter carry" and a fantastic champion to master, even at the highest levels.
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14. Riven: Playing as Riven feels inherently different from playing as any other champion. With no mana and only cooldowns to worry about, her focus is on stringing together her abilities in interesting ways. Her Q gives her three short hops to work with, and she also has a close-range stun and dash to keep her mobility and presence high. Since using an ability empowers her next attack, you have to always be mindful that you're dealing the most damage you can while still executing properly. She's a challenging champion to learn, but rewards those willing to spend time mastering her abilities; a well-played Riven is truly intimidating, often able to crush her lane on pure skill alone.
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13. Udyr: Udyr has no ultimate, which already sets him apart from 99 percent of this list. The master of the wild has four stances, or forms which he can move in and out of to enhance his abilities. This means that Udyr has a unique power spike and a much different playstyle from most others—he never casts "skills," he just changes what his attacks do. Running around stunning foes in bear stance, then switching to turtle to soak up damage, followed by tiger for attack speed or phoenix for the area burn, Udyr is always active and attacking. He's always fun to try new items or builds on, and his many stances give him plenty of ways to tackle any situation.
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12. Leona: This tanky support might be one of the best around at getting in the enemy's' face and being aggressive. Able to stun and slow with all of her abilities, each skill she uses leaves a gleam of light on her target, which allied champions can detonate for extra damage. Playing Leona means turning on your shield, erupting your Eclipse on as many foes as you can see and charging headfirst into the fray, a far cry from many other supports who prefer to keep their distance and wait it out. If you like getting aggressive while still supporting your teammates, there's few others that do it like Leona.
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11. Blitzcrank: I hate-love Blitzcrank. He's great when you're on his team, because his signature Rocket Fist can jet out and grab enemies, pulling them right into your team for a quick end. When he's on the other team that happens to you, and you hate him for it. Either way, no one really catches people out like Blitz, able to instantly turn a patient back-and-forth into a full-on engage with one grab. He's one of the biggest playmakers in League, changing the game fundamentally every time he's picked.
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10. Jinx: Of all the champion releases Riot Games has put out, few were as hyped-up or exciting as Jinx. A full-blown music video showcasing her crazy antics was the first introduction to her character, a punk-rock anarchist who loves guns and explosions. Her ability to switch between a minigun or rocket launcher as her weapon gives her versatility and depth, she can zone out offensive threats with her chattering-teeth traps, and her Ultra Mega Death Rocket is a glorious weapon of mass champion destruction. Jinx is pure insanity and fun to play, and shows how concept can sell a champion just as well as the kit.
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9. Janna: This gathering storm of a support brings every tool you'd need to effectively back up your team. Able to create massive tornadoes that can disrupt foes, shield her teammates and give them a backwind in order to speed them up, Janna lets others shine while she floats in the back, deciding who to assist next. Each part of her kit rewards smart and opportunistic play, as well as enforces smart player choice in when to use her abilities. This is a support that rewards the patient helpers out there, and one of the better designed supports in any game around.
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8. Annie: "Have you seen my bear Tibbers?" A mild mannered child with a tendency to light things on fire, her true power comes in turning her teddy bear Tibbers into a massive flaming beast that rips apart enemies. Annie's kit benefits those who keep track of her passive, which makes her fifth ability stun those hit by it. The ultimate Annie moment is always landing a massive Tibbers summon on all five members of the opposing team, stunning them all in place and then burning them to a crisp. It's one of the coolest ultimates and most unique champion designs in the game.
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7. Jarvan IV: The fact that Jarvan always remains relevant in some form, through every patch and change, is a testament to his design. The interaction between his flag and lance, letting him dash through enemies knocking them up, is pure brilliance. His Cataclysm shows that some of the best ultimates are the true game-changers: locking his enemies inside a pit, where Jarvan and his team can freely strike them down, is just amazingly fun. The bearer of the Demacian standard has one of the best kits around, and leads to some really exciting (and sometimes hilarious) moments.