League of Legends Tips: What is a Carry?

Games 12.08.2016

In this League of Legends Guide we want to explain what the hero name Carry means for any novices who may not yet understand these terms, or for beginners and those who simply want to be better in LOL. First things first, what is a Carry? A Carry is a champion who begins the game relatively weak, depending more on the support of his teammates, and then increases in strength and prominence throughout the game, primarily responsible for quickly generating gold. Being first “carried” by his teammates, the Carry is—with the right Item Build—stronger at the end of the game and can stave off the enemy and carry the team to victory. This is a simplified explanation; however, there are actually two distinct types of Carry in LOL—AD Carry (Attack Damage) and AP Carry (Ability Power), the differences between which we will now explain in more detail.

LoL AD Carry: Basic Tips

In League of Legends, the AD Carry (ADC) is one of the most important roles, since it is the player in the game capable of the most damage, which is essential for eliminating the opposing team. For this reason, one would usually choose a champion who attacks over a wide range. However, despite being able to dole out hits, the Carry champion cannot handle taking too many hits personally and therefore must be supported and protected by his team members. Furthermore, as a LoL AD Carry fully relies on physical damage to cause maximal damage with both normal attacks and automatic hits, the active skills of Carry champions are less important. What is important is that a Carry is correctly positioned in fights. As the AD Carry is effectively a glass canon—powerful but also incredibly fragile—he must always seek the protection of his team. For the opposing side, targeting the ADC is one of the primary objectives, which is why a Carry should always have an escape plan in store and must be able to rely on his team at all times. When the game starts, the AD Carry enters League of Legends mostly on the bot lane, because it is so close to the dragon which he, in collaboration with the Jungler, can kill and thus win the team some extra gold. In addition, the main task of the ADC is to start killing Creeps to begin collecting gold and other items as soon as possible. The early game is a window where the Carries of both teams race for progress to offer the highest benefit to their respective teams.

AP Carry in League of Legends: Tips and Basics

In LoL the AP Carry (APC) is the second variant of the Damage Dealer, who does not deal out physical damage by standard attacks like the AD Carry, but instead performs based on his abilities, usually magical powers. In the late-game, the AP Carry may prove to be a crucial factor in tipping the scales; if the team’s AD Carry is behind that of the opponent, putting the whole team behind, a good AP Carry can sometimes singlehandedly turn the game around and eliminate the entire opposing team. For this reason, sometimes the APC shows most of his strength in the middle of the game, whereas the ADC shows it at the end. It is also the job of the AP Carry to start collecting gold as soon as possible, to be able to gain access to better items. In contrast to the ADC which starts in the bot lane, the APC is positioned more in the mid-lane in order to farm Creeps and keep the mini map in view at all times. Contrary to the ADC, the APC should be a bit more flexible and help his Jungler and his team members onto other lanes should they run into difficulties. Since the APC relies mainly on his capabilities, he must watch his Mana budget very closely—if there is no Mana available, the APC will quickly become useless in the fight. The best play is for the APC to get the Blue Buff from the Jungler. Also, the AP Carry should always keep a close watch of the opponent. If the opponent has disappeared from the mid-lane, this is the appropriate time for the APC to buy or fetch a buff or launch a counter-attack on a different lane or at least warn his own team. In this League of Legends Guide (league of legends guide for beginners) we want to explain what the hero name Carry means for any novices who may not yet understand these terms, or for beginners and those who simply want to be better in LOL. First things first, what is a Carry? A Carry is a champion who begins the game relatively weak, depending more on the support of his teammates, and then increases in strength and prominence throughout the game, primarily responsible for quickly generating gold. Being first “carried” by his teammates, the Carry is—with the right Item Build—stronger at the end of the game and can stave off the enemy and carry the team to victory. This is a simplified explanation; however, there are actually two distinct types of Carry in LOL—AD Carry (Attack Damage) and AP Carry (Ability Power), the differences between which we will now explain in more detail. LoL AD Carry: Basic Tips In League of Legends, the AD Carry (ADC) is one of the most important roles, since it is the player in the game capable of the most damage, which is essential for eliminating the opposing team. For this reason, one would usually choose a champion who attacks over a wide range. However, despite being able to dole out hits, the Carry champion cannot handle taking too many hits personally and therefore must be supported and protected by his team members. Furthermore, as a LoL AD Carry fully relies on physical damage to cause maximal damage with both normal attacks and automatic hits, the active skills of Carry champions are less important. What is important is that a Carry is correctly positioned in fights. As the AD Carry is effectively a glass canon—powerful but also incredibly fragile—he must always seek the protection of his team. For the opposing side, targeting the ADC is one of the primary objectives, which is why a Carry should always have an escape plan in store and must be able to rely on his team at all times. When the game starts, the AD Carry enters League of Legends mostly on the bot lane, because it is so close to the dragon which he, in collaboration with the Jungler, can kill and thus win the team some extra gold. In addition, the main task of the ADC is to start killing Creeps to begin collecting gold and other items as soon as possible. The early game is a window where the Carries of both teams race for progress to offer the highest benefit to their respective teams. AP Carry in League of Legends: Tips and Basics In LoL the AP Carry (APC) is the second variant of the Damage Dealer, who does not deal out physical damage by standard attacks like the AD Carry, but instead performs based on his abilities, usually magical powers. In the late-game, the AP Carry may prove to be a crucial factor in tipping the scales; if the team’s AD Carry is behind that of the opponent, putting the whole team behind, a good AP Carry can sometimes singlehandedly turn the game around and eliminate the entire opposing team. For this reason, sometimes the APC shows most of his strength in the middle of the game, whereas the ADC shows it at the end. It is also the job of the AP Carry to start collecting gold as soon as possible, to be able to gain access to better items. In contrast to the ADC which starts in the bot lane, the APC is positioned more in the mid-lane in order to farm Creeps and keep the mini map in view at all times. Contrary to the ADC, the APC should be a bit more flexible and help his Jungler and his team members onto other lanes should they run into difficulties. Since the APC relies mainly on his capabilities, he must watch his Mana budget very closely—if there is no Mana available, the APC will quickly become useless in the fight. The best play is for the APC to get the Blue Buff from the Jungler. Also, the AP Carry should always keep a close watch of the opponent. If the opponent has disappeared from the mid-lane, this is the appropriate time for the APC to buy or fetch a buff or launch a counter-attack on a different lane or at least warn his own team.

Which Champions are Particularly Suitable?

The champions, that are particularly powerful in League of Legends as AD Carry and AP Carry can change with the current Meta Game; however, the following heroes belong in the respective categories: The League of Legends AD Carry Champions:

 

  • Ashe
  • Caitlyn
  • Corki
  • Draven
  • Ezreal  
  • Graves
  • Jinx
  • Kog
  • Maw
  • Lucian
  • Miss Fortune
  • Quinn
  • Sivir
  • Tristana
  • Twitch
  • Urgot
  • Varus
  • Vayne

The League of Legends AP Carry Champions:

  • Ahri
  • Akali
  • Anivia
  • Annie
  • Azir
  • Brand
  • Cassiopeia
  • Diana
  • Fizz
  • Galio
  • Gragas
  • Karthus
  • Katarina
  • LeBlanc
  • Lissandra
  • Lux
  • Malzahar
  • Nidalee
  • Orianna
  • Ryze
  • Swain
  • Syndra
  • Twisted Fate
  • Vigar
  • Viktor
  • Ziggs