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Before you start read. Be CAREFUL! A tank is one of the most difficult role in LoL! This article will show you some tricks and types of tanks that you can use.
After a lot of fun with tanks, this is my contribution with them.
So.... do you plan to play as tank? Welcome to the teamplay world!
You will NEVER see pentakill on your score, you Will NEVER become the most damage dealer on the match, you will die a lot of times to save your carry and you will take A HUGE amount of damage!
Yes... this ... is... a... TANK! =D
So, why are you choosing a tank? My personal answer is: every team needs a tank to be successful and (almost) nobody wants to fill this difficult role.
Is it possible to be a tank and carry the game? NO! It was possible if you got an OP Mordekaiser or an OP Garen with tons of sunfire stacks. However, it is not possible anymore. And believe me, this is not a way to play as a tank, if you like to kill, try AP or AD carries, the tank role should not be your role.
They are a MUST have in a team, if you donÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½t have a good main tank, you will lose a game in 90% of the cases. They are very equilibrate and almost every tank item can be used by them without any problem. I think that the main tanks (at least for me!) are: Rammus, Shen, Amumu, ChoÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½Gath and Galio. To be a main tank, the champion should have at least a good skill to initiate a fight, protect the teammates, at least one type of CC (stun, airbone, taunt, slow) and should not be AD or AP dependent. They are tanks right? YesÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã�Â¦ so, their items should be banshee veil, sunfire cape, thornmail, force of nature, raduins, warmog, guardian angel, leviathan, aegis of the legion, etc. All teams needs one of them. However, those tanks are really really team dependant. You will never see a Rammus killing everyone, BUT, he will get more than 15 assists in a long game, because EVERY time he was there to save the teammates.
Always remember, a good team NEEDS a main tank, an AP carry, an AD Carry, a support and a jungler. DonÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½t worry if you are a support tank, like nunu, and your team has already a support champ, in this case, your role in early game is jungle, you will let someone to have a level advantage
AP nukers, low CC on the enemies (e.g. annie, akali, vladmir, kassadin, karthus): force of nature, hexdrinker and guardian angel. It will keep your HP and will give you MR.
High CC on the enemies (e.g. ryze, morgana, pantheon, jax, eve, sion, etc): Banshee Veil and Mercury Threads. It will keep you without CC.
High auto attack damage (e.g. kogÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½maw, tryndamere, twitch, tristana, fortune, etc): thornmail, sunfire and frozen heart. It will rape them more than sunfire.
Lots of squishy teammates (e.g. TF, Ryze, Annie, Corki, Ashe, Tristana, Tryndamere, etc): Aegis of the legion!
Vs. Madred Bloodrazor? Stack MR and it will solve some of your problems.
A heal guy on your team: spirit visage. It will reduce your cooldown and will boost the effectiveness in heal that you will receive.
Do you need more HP?: warmog (Remember, rush a defensive item BEFORE this item)
For a better CD and chance do slow: Raduins Omen. (Yeah, lets spam the ultimate!)
Are you outfarmed or buying lots of wards? Go for heart of gold as the first item. (I always rush this as my first item!)
Are you outleveled and outfarmed and you canÃ�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½t play as a tank because you are too weak? Stack doran shield. Remember this is the LAST thing that you should do. Stack doran shield is very different than stack doran blade or doran ring.
Be wise with EVERY item that you will start. ALWAYS keep the survivability rather than damage. It means, not sunfire just for an easy farm!
Ã�Â¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã�Â¢ 8. Conclusion