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I have just reached level 30 in League Of Legends and I would like to approach the ranked solo game. I read about the banning system, that allow to ban 4 champions from the game, before champion selection.

I am wondering now if there is an updated list of most frequently banned champions, so that I can check which are the probabilities that I can use my preferred champions.

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I am low elo at the moment, but the most banned champs tend to be Vlad, Morde, Rammus, Tryndamere. Nice question, I would also like to see a list. –  theorise Jan 21 '11 at 15:28
    
I agree with Vlad and Rammus, but I don't think Trynd and Morde are as common as you think -- I expect Shen and Amumu are banned at least as much. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 21 '11 at 15:45
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There doesn't exist such as list, the best you'll get is by checking who was banned in each official tournament (WCG?). Riot would not disclose which champions are most likely to be banned in ranked solo because that information is just as sensitive to balance as your elo. However, this guy has a good summary of who is worth buying and almost never gets banned: leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=260159 –  Sadly Not Jan 21 '11 at 16:09
    
Looking at bans in past tournaments isn't valid either, as there is no "tournament version" of the game -- i.e., the game gets continually patched tuned and adjusted, and changes between tournaments. –  Raven Dreamer Jan 21 '11 at 22:04
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Please note that this answer is impossible to nail down, and with new champions being added at a rate of 1 every 2 weeks, on top of the meta shifting ever so slightly every few months, it's impossible to put together a comprehensive all-encompassing list. Factors like Region (EU vs. NA), ELO brackets, 5 man team compositions, FOTM picks, and personal bias all have a distinct effect on these picks.

I realize this question is old, but I feel compelled to expand upon some points here.

Note that these points are strongly tied in with the North American metagame, which revolves highly around 5v5 teamfights and lane pushing. The Euro servers have a slightly different mentality to them, and thus these may not apply there.

High Mobility

Being able to get to and from fights, as well as escape when low / from ganks is important. Characters with built in escapes like Shaco, Kassadin and Ahri are all examples of high mobility champions. The inability to gank these characters early-mid to mid game as well as the inability to finish them off in a teamfight without solid CC gives them a distinct presence advantage.

Lane Presence

This is fairly broad, but characters that change how you lane can be strong options for bans at times. Ults with long range like Nocturne, Pantheon, Twisted Fate, Ziggs, or pure global ults like Gangplank, Soraka and Karthus all drastically affect how aggressive you can be in lane once those champions hit 6. This can be especially devastating for a bottom lane who is generally reliant on a strong CS .

Initiators

Characters that are designed to force teamfights can often turn tides of the game by controlling when and where fights happen. Rammus, Galio, Maokai, Morgana, Amumu are all examples of strong initators (though not necessarily all ban-worthy for various reasons). These champs tend to be fairly durable as well, to survive the initial punishment they receive for forcing a fight. This doesn't necessarily have to be the case though. Sona, for example, is incredibly frail but can do an amazing job of initiating with a well placed ult.

Strong Snowball Champs

Snowball champs refer to the ability to jump farther ahead than everyone else in terms of damage/ability once they get even a little bit in front of the competition. Characters with scaling and spammable abilities, true damage, sustainability and steroids will often fall into this category. AD carries tend to fall in here, some more than others. You'll also see chain-casters (Ryze, Cassiopeia, Karthus, Vlad) and bruisers with natural damage boosts (Irelia, Lee Sin) in this category.

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In addition to that in EU servers I noticed that at low ELO levels Vlad and Trynda are banned very often. Probably because of their ultimates. Due to the fact that there are no lists of banned champions stats available, I mark your as answer because it gives very good suggestions to understand if a champion has good chances to be banned in ranked games. –  Drake Jun 9 '11 at 10:56
    
@Drake Vlad is sometimes, albeit rarely, banned on NA servers at low ELO as well due to his snowball effect (much like Vayne) as well as his strong teamfight presence and survivability. His natural life leech and pool are just inherently strong, and lower ELO brackets tend to not know how to counter him. –  TheQ Jun 9 '11 at 13:27
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Although they're opinion-based, Elementz has two tier lists up on his site: one for Solo Queue and one for Draft Mode. You can use these to figure out which champions to ban.

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I edited with the links I think you were referring to; if I'm made a mistake please rollback and correct. –  Mana Jan 30 '11 at 11:44
    
Thanks, they were what I was talking about. There is no true list, but with careful enough consideration you have a good set of options. –  TehTooya Jan 30 '11 at 20:36
    
@Mana this answer is now totally broken. None of the links work. That domain isn't even owned any more. –  ryan Jun 14 '13 at 18:54
    
@ryan Shoot. Guess that's what happens when we rely on links not rotting. Thanks for letting me know, I'll see if I can retrieve the content using Wayback Machine or something similar in the morning and edit the answer with the results. –  Mana Jun 15 '13 at 4:29
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This site keeps a bunch of info on league including most banned, win rates per champ, and whose most popular at the time. It's updated regularly so you can check it anytime you go to play and know it's accurate. It also includes stats globally or per region as well. Some charts even sort by different Divisions to give an even more accurate depiction.

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+1 This is how you know what the popular bans are, and it's 100% accurate filtered by region. –  Sadly Not May 13 '13 at 20:24
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There is no such list (at least no official and an inofficial list wouldn't have valid information on that).

So You just can ask some Players that have some higher ELO. Rammus is often the first character that gets banned, because of his extremly strong taunt. Vlad gets banned pretty often too, because of his high life and life leech/high damage skills. Nidalee gets banned pretty much too, though not as much as Vlad and Rammus. Then you have some characters that are more likely to get banned than others. Here's a selfmade list (not ranked/sorted at all) :

  • Amumu
  • Evelynn
  • Karthus
  • Kennen
  • Malphite
  • Singed
  • Teemo
  • Twisted Fate
  • Veigar
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I lost my three primaries before reaching your list :( –  Sadly Not Apr 6 '11 at 18:20
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