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5 Best Wave Clear Mid Laners in League of Legends

Wave clearing is a key ability in League of Legends that determines who has lane priority in-game. If you can wave clear fast, it means you can roam other lanes without having to worry about your opponent crashing his wave into your tower before you can even go back. Mid laners are the ones who are most expected to roam other lanes and help their teammates in their respective lanes. 

Champions that have great wave clear are also great for the late game as they can easily set up their lane priority before taking a major Objective like the dragon or taking down Baron Nashor. In this list, I will show you the best champions to do a wave clear in the mid lane and how they can impact the map by roaming at different phases of the game.

5. Ryze

Nobody beats Ryze at wave clear speed because his E that spreads the damage to minions has a really low cooldown, his Q also resets its cooldown every time Ryze uses another ability so he can spam his spells on stacked minions and disperse of them pretty quickly. It also has very high damage making you clear waves fast even in the late game. 

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Different Playstyles for Each Phase

Early Game Playstyle

Once you reach level 2, you can already wave clear minions but that doesn’t mean anytime you see a wave of minions you will immediately kill them. There are lots to consider before cutting the wave down, you have to take wave management into consideration. 

If you push the lane too fast in the early game, your enemy can easily freeze the lane under his tower and you will be very vulnerable to a gank. So just focus on wave management and last hitting minions in the early game.

Mid Game Playstyle

During mid game, you’re gonna want to crash your minion waves more often so you can roam other lanes. Ryze is a great roaming mid laner because of his ultimate that lets him teleport a short distance, you can also use this ability during a tower dive but use it at the right moment so your team gets out just in time the enemy dies.

Late Game Playstyle

Ryze is an all-around champion meaning he can also excel in the late game with his stacked mana and AP damage. If enemies are pushing your inner turrets, you can trust Ryze to thin the wave down before it even reaches your tower. 

4. Twisted Fate

TF’s Q and red card W are great for wave clears, they can deal high damage to minions to clear them all at once. Fast wave clear comes hand in hand with roaming other lanes and Twisted Fate is really great at helping other lanes especially if he has teleport on his summoner spells. His ultimate is almost as wide as a global cast range meaning he can respond to any lane within a second.

Different Playstyles for Each Phase

Early Game Playstyle

Focusing on CS is the best thing TF can do in the early game because of his passive that gives him bonus gold for each minion he kills. You can easily freeze a wave by threatening your opponent in the mid lane with your W shuffle, and if the enemy manages to freeze the lane under his tower, you can also easily break it by wave clearing it with your Q and your Red card. 

Mid Game Playstyle

During mid game, if you have a Sheen, you can easily gank a lane with your ultimate and start off with a gold card. Your team would greatly appreciate this and it can easily turn the odds over to your allies at whatever lane you decide to gank.

Late Game Playstyle

Late game TF is really not that strong but he can still do wave clears. You might want to get your allies the lead during the late game because TF can’t do that much in the late game especially when squishy champions build magic resist items. 

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3. Lux

Lux has a really low cooldown on her ultimate that some players use her ultimate to wave clear in the late game. Her abilities also deal AOE damage which works great on clearing a large minion wave.

Different Playstyles for Each Phase

Early Game Playstyle

Lux can poke her enemies in the early game with her E and her Q, keep chipping away at your opponent’s HP with your E but watch closely that you don’t hit many of the caster minions so you can still have control over the wave. 

Mid Game Playstyle

During mid game, Lux should build up a huge wave and crash it towards her enemy’s tower, if she manages to crash it to her enemy’s tower she can roam to either top or bot lane, her ultimate has a very long range that can be used to help her teammates even if she is still on the way.

Late Game Playstyle

Build ability haste items to keep Lux’s ultimate cooldown really low, also pick the ultimate hunter rune to lower her ability haste even further. 

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2. Talon

Talon has one basic AOE ability and that comes from his W, he can use this to instantly kill a group of caster minions. Buying an early game Serrated Dirk allows Talon to one-shot caster minions and easily cut down melee minions with his basic attacks or his Q. 

Different Playstyles for Each Phase

Early Game Playstyle

During the early game, Talon can easily take the first blood if he has an ignite. Performing a quick combo on his enemy and proccing his bleed effect and stacking it with an ignite will surely guarantee a kill. If you manage to kill your enemy, try to gain control of the minion wave and zone your enemy away from it.

Mid Game Playstyle

Youmuu’s Ghostblade should be your very first item build because it synergizes with your wall jump. Not only will it boost your AD damage but its active effect will allow you to roam the other lanes faster.

Late Game Playstyle

Being an assassin, you are least expected to do the wave clears and should focus more on taking down the enemy’s backline, but if you need to defend your towers Talon can simply go to the wave and use his ultimate and W to clear the waves fast.

1. Vel’Koz

If you need quick trimming on the huge wave crashing towards your tower, Velkoz is one of the best champions you can use. His combo alone deals massive true damage to minions and if that’s not enough, he can use his ultimate to ultimately put an end to that minion wave. 

Different Playstyles for Each Phase

Early Game Playstyle

If you want to wave clear in the early game, you’re gonna have to level your W first. If the enemy in the mid lane has fast wave clears as well, you need to even the scales and use your combos on minions to prevent it from crashing on your tower. You can also use your Q to poke your enemy once in a while so that you can take the lane priority and roam other lanes.

Mid Game Playstyle

Velkoz can freeze any lane by threatening his enemies with his long-range spells, once major objectives are up, he can easily crash his minion wave and quickly give your jungler aid in killing major objectives fast.

Late Game Playstyle

During the late game, if your enemies manage to push your lanes, do not be afraid to use your full combo on the minion wave to save your turrets from getting destroyed. 

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Conclusion

Wave clearing is a very important mechanic, especially during the late game. Having the ability to clear huge minion waves fast means you can save your towers from falling down, never mind your ultimate getting used on minions, after all, they will just go on cooldown and towers won’t get rebuilt once they are destroyed.

Tony Fallon
Tony Fallon
I started playing League of Legends in Season 2, and I've been playing it ever since then! My highest rank was Grandmaster (Season 10), and last Season I've managed to get to Master. I've decided to create this blog to help other fellow League players with tips on how to get better at different aspects of the game! My mission is to help you improve in League of Legends, and I truly believe that I can do that since I have high knowledge of the game.

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