Originally Posted by Loammi
I just recently started playing 5v5 and I noticed that the middle lane is always soloed. This idea seems backwards to me. The middle lane can be flanked by both sides, so it seems like you would want at least 2 champions there. I asked about this in pre-game chat, and my whole team said that you ALWAYS start by soloing mid, but 30 seconds isn't enough time to explain why.
Well one lane is always gonna be solo. And i think you have it backwards too: it's not the flanks that gang mid, it's mid that's gonna gang the flanks.
Sure, mid can get ganged, but it's less likely to be successfull. That's due to several factors:
- mid has the lowest tower to tower distence. This means that you are closest to your own tower and can tower hug very fast if needed.
- People low level will have a smaller inpact (mid is alway some levels up)
- You will have ultimate - ganger will most likely not.
As you have noticed, at low levels champions are weak compared to towers and minions. That's why they have to level up before they can roam the map freely. An unseccessfull gang from a side lane means that he is gonna leave his lane, loose experience, and not be very effective. The solo will most likely be the first person to be able to successfully gang.
Side lanes are much more vulnerable to ganging because people extend far from their tower and there is more place to chase targets down.
As you can see, the solo is much more likely to gang then get ganged. A good player can easily counter a gang coming from a 2-man lane. That is why you want the solo mid, so he can have more options where to gang, as opposed to a side lane, from where he could only gang mid.