When it comes to the mid lane in competitive play, control mages and AD carries take up the likely choices for people such as Bjergsen and Jensen. However, there are a few stellar picks that totally avoid being seen in competitive play. Often, this is because more co-ordinated teams can shut down these picks.
Or, it's also because no one plays it, so they have no idea it's good. Pros often are late on some trends as a result. This seems to be the case for Fiddlesticks mid, which has a top four solo queue win rate in mid lane despite having a less than 0.5% play rate.
Middlesticks proves that the only thing to fear is not fear itself. Also a silence... and a lot of crows.
Why does this work?
Middlesticks has some of the most annoying lane trading patterns available to a champion. The ability to silence foes from afar and ruin their day by preventing a returning barrage of harassment is the first way in which Middlesticks holds his own.
As well, recent changes to drain make its uptime more consistent, meaning that he can just sustain back up without issue after taking any sort of trade. This means that playing Middlesticks will automatically net you a health advantage.
In lane, ganks are incredibly easy as well, as your Q provides a substantial amount of crowd control in combination with your silence. Mobility is completely nullified in a lane against Fiddlesticks, and that can be exploited with your ultimate at later stages as well.
People in solo queue are exceptionally uncoordinated together for the most part. So why not exploit that with an ultimate whose usage excels in fog of war? Bonus points for lower Elos where they are less likely to even look at the map. Utilizing your passive in combination with Crowstorm will give you a great teamfight advantage and cause much grief and chaos among the enemy team.
Deathfire Touch is also a mastery with great synergy with Middlesticks, mostly because of his basic abilities being single target. This means that you get the largest amount of damage, and have it refresh as Drain continues ticking and Dark Wind bounces between targets. As your ability power skyrockets, Deathfire Touch will be even more damaging than Thunderlord's Decree in the mid and late game, and will hit multiple targets.
One of the expected downsides of Middlesticks would be waveclear, but maxing E gives you your biggest waveclear ability and forces enemy minions to eat crow.
- Doran's Ring + two Health Potions
- Lost Chapter
- Sorcerer Shoes
- Zhonya's Hourglass
- Void Staff
- Liandry's Torment
- Banshee's Veil or Rabadon's Deathcap
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a news editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.