What does AFK Farming Mean in League of Legends?

What does AFK Farming Mean in League of Legends?

Anyone who has played League for a while will tell you that it’s in your best interest to close out games as fast as possible. Dragging out games because you’re having fun might have some detrimental effects.

There are only 18 levels and 6 item slots in the game, so if you don’t end matches quick enough, you’d be providing everyone with enough time to catch up after you’ve hit your peak.

However, extending match durations can benefit you in certain ways. There are some champions in the game who can scale indefinitely as the match progresses.

These “infinite scalers” have some ability in their kit that scales indefinitely over time depending on how many stacks they attain of said ability.

These infinite scalers implement a strategy called “AFK farming” to stack as much as possible. If you don’t know about the term “AFK farming”, or if you’re new to League, keep reading; and it will all be explained to you in a moment.

With that out of the way, let’s get started, shall we?

You should also read: Is AFK farming bad?

AFK Farming

AFK Farming


In League terms, “the act of farming cs while having little to no participation in the game is called AFK farming. The individual performing this act is called an AFK farmer”.

AFK farming is not a strategy recommended by most players because helping teammates and trying to take objectives are some of the core aspects of League. However, as I said earlier, some champions (infinite scalers) benefit from AFK farming.

These infinite scalers can use this strategy in their favour for building a farm lead against their opponent. The more farm they get, the more stacks they attain.

If left unchecked, these infinite scalers can start to be problematic. Your strategy should revolve around neutralizing them and ending the game ASAP, if they’re allowed to play the game and farm, they would become too strong to deal with.

Is Infinite Scaling Even a Useful Mechanic?

There are mixed reactions from League experts when asked this question; some think it is, and some think it isn’t. However, they all agree that it’s an awful mechanic and shouldn’t exist in the game. Let me explain:-

People must go out of their way to stop champions like Nasus and Veigar from snowballing and taking over the game. However, even if they don’t snowball and fall behind, there is still a chance that they will stack up and get back into the game.

It makes people change their playstyle. They have to keep killing these champions repeatedly. Otherwise, these champions would farm up and become insane killing machines that can’t be handled.

There are 11 of these champions in the game, listed below:

  1. Chogath
  2. Bard
  3. Shyvanna
  4. Nasus
  5. Veigar
  6. Senna
  7. Kindred
  8. Sion
  9. Thresh
  10. Sylas
  11. Swain

Not all of these champions are as good as the others, so here is a list of the top 3 best stacking champions in League of Legends.

3. Cho’Gath – The Terror of the Void

Cho’Gath - The Terror of the Void

The “Unkillable Health Monster”, Cho’Gath is a tank that plays top-lane. Cho’Gath is a late-game hyper-carry with a decent early to mid-game. His primary power source is his tankiness, which he builds over time by stacking health.

Cho’Gath’s ultimate allows him to eat enemy champions, minions, and monsters while dealing true damage. Once he eats these enemies, he gains permanent max health while growing in size and getting bigger.

Cho’Gath’s only enemies are ranged top-laners such as Vayne, Quinn, etc. But there really isn’t much that can be done about ranged top-laners. Just pray that your team is good enough to get you to the late-game.

Cho’Gath can attain these stacks indefinitely from champions. However, non-champions stacks are only limited to 6.

Note: Cho’Gath’s ultimate only allows him to stack if it is used as a lethal blow.

 2. Nasus – The Curator of the Sands

Nasus - The Curator of the Sands

The chosen one that ascended, Nasus is mainly played as an AD champion in top-lane. Nasus’s “Stacking Power” comes from his “Q”. His “Q” is an enhanced auto-attack that deals physical damage. If it executes a champion or minion, permanent damage is added to his “Q”.

His “Q” stacks indefinitely and can be used to take over in the late-game even if you fall behind during the laning phase. He is a pretty basic champion, quite easy to play and master. After level 6, you can run down most champions and kill them. However, you need to play safe and avoid fights before that.

Remember to take ghost on Nasus because enemies tend to run away from you rather than fight you. Ghost really helps in chasing mobile champions or even ranged champions that can kite you.

Nasus is also one of those champions that are countered by Vayne, but in all honesty, who isn’t countered by Vayne?

1. Veigar – The Tiny Master of Evil

Veigar - The Tiny Master of Evil

One of the oldest champions in League of Legends, Veigar was released in 2009. He has since been quite a popular pick among mid-laners. Veigar’s strength comes from the fact that he is an “infinite scaler”.

Veigar’s passive allows him to stack  ability power depending on the number of minions or monsters killed with his “Q”. He can also stack AP by hitting enemy champions with his other abilities or scoring takedowns.

He can stack his ability power indefinitely, and it’s not that odd to see a 1000 AP Veigar in the late game that can one-shot everyone. His only weakness is his mobility, or lack thereof. That is why you need to make sure to use your “E” for emergencies only because you’re quite vulnerable without it.


Whether you like them or not, it’s clear that these “infinite scalers” bring a lot to League in general. If you think we’ve missed any important detail about them, then comment below and provide us with your feedback.

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