How to Wild Rift: Understanding team compositions

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How to Wild Rift: Team Composition (Image: Yahoo Gaming SEA, Riot Games)
How to Wild Rift: Team Composition (Image: Yahoo Gaming SEA, Riot Games)

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Knowing the ideal way to play a teamfight might be hard in League of Legends: Wild Rift, especially with thinking about all the intricacies and small details of every champion on your team.

I'm here to teach you how to simplify your team's champion composition, the easy way to figure out how to identify the style, and teamfight optimally in your games.

The trinity

To start, let's set up a basic rock paper scissors format of team compositions that you will see in a majority of your ranked games.

The first group is your hard engage compositions, with champions that like to dive deep into the enemy backline, like Malphite, Wukong, Fizz, Kai'Sa, Rakan.

Secondly, kiting compositions, which are more adept in disengaging and want the enemy to chase them. Such champions include Darius, Graves, Orianna, Xayah, Braum.

While these champions are also able to initiate and start a teamfight, they benefit more when playing a standard front-to-back fight, as they're mainly champions that are either short-range or have a hard time closing the distance between them and the enemy.

Lastly, your poke or siege compositions, where it's ideal to wither down the enemy first by throwing long-range artillery spells.

Champions like Jayce, Ziggs, Varus, Lux excel at this. While these champions can kite back and play a role as a secondary engage in a teamfight, they prefer a slow and stable game where they can control the pace from a safe distance.

There are also compositions that utilise a game plan of split pushing, having a strong duelist carry champion to take over the game by pressuring the side lanes. It is more unlikely to find a team organised enough to perform this composition at a high level in ranked.

Now, let's focus on the 3 main archetypes of engage, kite, and poke. The triangle is generalised this way: Kite > Engage > Poke > Kite

Engage compositions play into a Kite composition's win condition of wanting the enemy to run into them and their ability to thwart their initiation.

Kite compositions are susceptible to getting outranged and poked down without having enough initiation options to dive the enemy in a teamfight.

Poke compositions will want a slower-paced game that Engage teams can easily mess up the flow of.

But it's not always going to be this black and white, right?

Especially since you will likely not have only one type of champion in every game you play in. (Although it is advisable that if your team has already picked three engage champions, you should follow the theme.)

Once you enter the loading screen, you should analyse what do the majority of your champions prefer out of the three themes?

Example: Your team picks Jayce, Vi, Ziggs, Kai'sa, Alistar.

Analysis: Jayce and Ziggs are great at poking the enemy, whereas Vi, Kai'Sa, and Alistar are much stronger at engaging and initiating a teamfight.

To maximise the strengths of both themes, we'll want to poke first, then engage the enemy team after they are lower on HP, rather than start a fight on equal grounds.

*This can also depend on who the most fed member on the team is, if your Ziggs and Jayce are both 0/10 while you are 10/0 on Kai'Sa, maybe you don't have to care about how the two feeders prefer to play, and rather, think about how you can carry the game with your champion and their preferences.

**You also will want to analyse the enemy's team composition and their preferred theme. If your team is mostly picking engage champions and the enemy has all disengage and kite champions, you could double down on the engage OR find another solution to solve the disadvantage, such as picking poke champions that are stylistically good into the enemy but still offer good value in initiation.

That'll be it from me on the trinity of team compositions.

I hope that it helped you to understand how you should analyse your team and the enemy team to know what your and your opponent's win condition is when teamfighting.

Glaceox is a Singaporean Wild Rift coach with five years of coaching experience spanning across League of Legends PC as well. He also streams and makes community guides for Wild Rift.

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