The Most Played League of Legend Heroes in 2022

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In the past 20 years or so, the video game industry has gone through quite a number of changes. The biggest of which, of course, is the wider, mainstream acceptance of gaming as a valid form of entertainment, not just for children, but for people of all ages. Gone are the days when the friendly face of Super Mario was the mascot of games. Today, much more popular are games oriented towards adults, that explore adult themes like war, sex, conspiracy, politics, etc. Among the most popular gaming franchises today are included games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher series, etc.

The rising popularity of video games, has also led to an interesting development in the world of competitive gaming. Namely the rise of the professional gaming scene. Playing games competitively has always been a huge part of gaming, however, in the early 21st century, this competitiveness was taken to the Nth degree, and the pro-gaming circuit first came about. It wasn’t until just a couple of years ago, though, that so-called eSports became popular. And there is no game more popular in eSports today, than League of Legends.

League of Legends is a MOBA game, in which players form teams, with the goal of capturing the enemy team’s base. LoL eSports is one of the biggest and most productive forms of eSports, with LoL pro players being some of the most popular names in the gaming world. In this article, we are going to take a look at the most popular heroes in League of Legends, which have seen the most play in 2022.


Is it any shock that Jinx was the most popular hero in 2022? A machine-gun toting, rocket-launching, explosive-hurling, eccentric girl, capable of laying waste to an army of enemies, Jinx didn’t really need the popularity boost she got from the hugely successful Arcane Netflix show (in which she was the main character).

While Jinx began her story as an innocent girl, with a knack for tinkering, she was transformed into the destructive force we see in the game by a freak accident, which altered her physiology, as well as her psychology.


In terms of mechanics, Aphelios is a hard counter for Jinx. A diverse marksman and long-range fighter, Aphelios players can stay far away from Jinx’s explosives, all the while sniping from a safe distance. In 2022, thus far, Aphelios has been among the most picked characters in tournaments, and in casual play.

However, it isn’t just the mechanics that make Aphelios so beloved. With a cool, dark look, a bit on the edgy side, Aphelios will certainly appeal to fans of darker fantasy shows and novels, and will certainly be the go-to choice of World of Warcraft fans who have mained Night Elves throughout their gaming career.


One of the elite warriors known as Kinkou, Shen is a mystical ninja, which already nets him a huge amount of fans. Magic and ninjas seem to be the two most beloved things in popular culture, and coupling that with the fantastic abilities which Shen can use, it is very little surprise that he is among the most picked LoL heroes of all time.


Finally, we get to Darius. The classic example of an armored knight, Darius is a battle-hardened, axe-toting leader of men, much in the same vein as some of Fantasy’s greatest characters, such as Conan the Barbarian and Druss the Legend. His “Hemorrhage” ability is one of the best, and most beloved in the game, and coupling that with his fantastic design and backstory, makes Darius one of the first choices of any player, new and seasoned.

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