Although it varies from team to team, some champions are better played in unusual ways from what we normally see in SR.
Q_Q mummy used to be a great choice as an AP CC bursty mage. However riot saw how that caused issues, so his AP ratios are less strong. So at this point his tank build outshines his AP build in ARAM unless you really have a ton of CC and tankiness already, you could get away with AP.
Cho gath is a really good tank. Normally he builds AP tanky similar to singed. However sometimes you may want to build him with a lot more AP and with some extra cooldown reduction. Landing rupture is vital to winning with him, and having it do damage is worth it.
Eve still sucks on this map. She can't sneak up on people most of the time unless you have taken down a tower. She needs to build beefier than normal to live through team fights. Once late game comes though she should be okay if you near full build.
Ezreal is STRONG. He ults at any point and he can push the lane, and also end up hitting the enemy most of the time. Just so strong. He can go AP or AD, both are fine here, AP scales his ultimate much better. Hybrid might be viable(or even the best), but I have yet to get him and try it out yet. If your team has good pushing power go AP for better damage against the enemy champions. Go AD if your team has no pushing power or if no one else is AD.
Get 5 tiamats and boots I'm not kidding...
This is a choice you can take. tiamat damage stacks on her ultimate and since everyone is clustered up, her ultimate can pull off some aces that will infuriate the enemy. However if you don't feel like being a tiamat jerk, play her normally.
He is the meta breaker. I only want to mention him because foolish people tend to stack Magic resist on him even if the enemy has no AP champions. Don't do that. Treat him like a tank. If you are winning, you should consider getting at least 1 AP item. Otherwise be as tanky as you can like normal. Get Athene's unholy grail on him. It gives him tons of AP and the passive is a must so he can spam spells.
HE IS NOT A TANK. Build some attack damage or something. Tank garen is about as useful as AP riven except he steals kills.
Build her like a glass cannon mage.
Building her hybrid here is easier than on SR, and it does really well, you get the pros of being a mage and the pros of being an AD carry. However, when in doubt, play her AD carry.
Build him AP with
. If your team has no AD and/or too much AP, then you should go AD carry. His ultimate as AP is really strong so AP is normally the best.
Build her as an on hit champion, as AD lulu or as AP lulu. She is very flexible. She is godlike with a teemo on your team. Just take note that she is like other supports, build her like a mage and you are pretty safe.
Build him like a tank, but you can actually build him as a tanky DPS or as a tanky mage. If you build him tanky mage, you can do good poke with his seismic shard, and his ultimate is out of this world with AP. Tanky DPS malphite is good at doing his part in a team fight if you need that edge with some more AD. However if your team lacks CC and tankiness just build full on tank.
AP master Yi is iconic to ARAM. This is where he shines. He has stupidly overpowered sustain with his heal. He can alpha strike for tons of damage into fights to start them, and meditate while he gets hit, and often times still comes out of it with more HP. Go AD yi if you have a team full of AP champions that have no other build options for a balanced team.
HE IS NOT A TANK. He is an AP mage, build him like one.
Nasus is really hard to play, he can't farm his Q so he isn't as strong. Some people build him as a tanky mage, however you are safe building him like you normally would too.
AP nidalee is strong under a few conditions.
- You are good at landing her spear
- your team can push lane really well, clearing creeps so you can spear better
- You think the game won't go to a point where the enemy AD can own you or the tanks can easily eat spears.
- Your team lacks AP champions and has at least 1 ad carry
Nid is dependent on her team a lot. I hate seeing people play AP nid against a tanky team or with a team that can't clear out minions. Buiser nid is a good choice more often than you would think.
Nocturne is not very good here. Like eve he relies on showing up to exploit overextended, weak and alone enemies. On this map he has very very few chances to use his ultimate. Most of the time the enemy is all within vision of each other anyhow. Its usually only good to clean up team fights or to get into them if you just respawned. In strange situations where an enemy is near your tower while your team is on the enemy side, you can use it to catch people trying to get executed.
Go AP unless your team is all squishbags and do this(empire nunu style):
Rammus is like the worst ARAM champion early game, but devestating with the right items. SInce this game is all about AP, don't be afraid to get 2 or more
. Early game you need to sit back and play it safe. even though he is a tank, early-mid game you want to let someone else initiate then come in and use your spells to disrupt the team. Level up the Defensive shell or taunt first.
Don't go AP shaco. End of story.
Singed can go more AP than tanky here mid game if you are doing well enough to warrant it.
AD sion is better. I bet you thought I was going to say "Go AP unless you have enough AP already". Nope its quite the opposite. AP sion is shut down too easily here, 5 people burst him and he loses his shield and thus all his good AP damage. Even if your team is all AD, AP sion is still pretty weak for a choice unless the enemy can't stun or slow you AP isn't a smart choice.
She does good getting AP items, but she should still pick up all the aura items.
are AP items but still provide an aura. Her heals become very powerful as AP.
Go AP. Sometimes tanky AP soraka is good if the enemy can kill you really fast or CC you hard. Soraka is kind of squishy.
Build him tanky %90 of the time. If your team is already too tanky, take him as a top lane style tanky dps, or if you really must for whatever reason, AP taric...I don't suggest it though.
Teemo can pretty much do whatever he wants.
- AP teemo can shroom the relic points. If your team gets them yay, if the enemy team gets it, they lose more health than they gain when they hit the mushroom. AP teemo hurts early/mid, and mid/late his shrooms stop enemy pushes dead in their tracks.
- AD carry teemo is strong as heck. early game you can auto attack once on people to apply the poison for good damage and later on you can just chase or escape anything for easy kills. He is super mobile. Start with boots on him if you can.
- on hit teemo. Is powerful with lulu. It isn't the safest build, but in some cases it cane be powerful.
- Tankmo yeah this is funny and if you have no one else to tank, do it. Core item on tankmo is
Because of the reduced healing passive on the map vlad may seem like a crummy champion to get. However he is actually extremely powerful. His core items should be
. If you have another person going AP, beg them to also get a WIll of the Ancients to increase your healing and AP further. Because of how sustain is superior on this map, Vlad is king.
Don't build him as a pure tank
Don't build magewick
Build him AP! He will probably still need a lot of mana regen to be spammy. I suggest the doran ring or tear of the goddess start.