A bit of theorycrafting here for this post, but a bit of background information first.
Currently a Silver IV player, can do all roles, but I normally prefer mid. Lately, I've taken to playing Zed quite heavily as I enjoy his playstyle and his skillset. Zed, as you may know, is one of those champions that all-ins when the other team has blown most of their load in order to destroy a high priority target.
A common trend I've noticed for many players is a team's inability to teamfight properly. There are a few key points here as a solo (mid) laner:
- Winning your lane
- Pushing it/roaming to help your lane snowball
- Know your champion's role in a teamfight
The last one is particularly problematic in my mind as an assassin like Zed. In the unfortunate event that your team lacks the capability to teamfight properly (Examples include someone going man-moding and 1v4ing them, people continuously getting caught or your ADC forgets how to kite/auto attack.), do you think this severely limits an assassin's impact in a game?
Let's take for example a few other assassins:
- Akali - Punishes poor positioning/random people who get caught. In the end, she has diving capabilities, and a disengage/escape mechanism.
- Diana - A hybrid perhaps between an assassin and a traditional bursty caster. Split pushing potential increases with Nashor's Tooth build.
- Kha'Zix - Great poking, reset on Evolved E is great following up/disengaging. Single target burst is excellent.
The problem with this is that in order to effectively eliminate a target in a teamfight, you need...well, a team with you. My question is this:
What can you do as an assassin if you're never given an opportunity to assassinate?
There's other options.
Split pushing. But let's look at that -- Some champs can't split push well. (Think LeBlanc) Also, if you're the carry on the team and the main source of damage, how will you contribute to a teamfight if you're not there? (Never mind that your team may bitch at you for not "being with the group") The idea is to separate the enemy team and make them waste time to try and stop you. And if they catch you? What will your team be doing while you split push?
This game is highly dependent on teamwork and communication, but we can't get that every single game. We hear it all the time. "Do your best", "Dominate your lane", "Snowball off of early kills and go roam". Teamfights are such a crucial part of it in the end, and I feel that if you can't contribute, you can't win. Are assassins a good idea in solo queue?
I'm not bitching about my team. I don't think I'm a great player. I make mistakes just like everyone else. The point of this is how to capitalize on certain advantages and minimize disadvantages for your team as an assassin midlaner.
What do you think?
TL;DR -- Solo queue time. Is it better to play a more traditional mid-laner with a ton of utility/burst or an assassin if your teammates are unable to secure fights together? (Lux/Orianna vs. Kha'Zix/Zed for example.)