Some champions in League of Legends are just flat out stronger than others.

For the marksmen and markswomen of League, or the ADCs, there are several types of champions to play. There are attack-speed-focused hyper carries like Jinx and Tristana, and then there are the face-melting high early damage carries like Draven and Jhin. Fortunately for players, the ADC meta in Patch 12.3 allows players to choose whichever one suits their tastes because all the marksmen champions are mostly viable right now.

This list of top-tier champions can change depending on a number of factors. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players’ tastes, but usually there’s some kind of balance adjustment behind those changes. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do that for you.

Here are our top five ADC for League’s Patch 12.3.

Zeri

Image via Riot Games

Pros

  • Scales well
  • Mobile

Cons

  • Squishy
  • Mana devouring early

Zeri, the newest League champion, makes it to our list for a good reason. When mastered, you’ll pretty much be able to dish out outrageous amounts of damage all the time, especially in the later stages of the game. Perfecting Zeri isn’t easy, though, and nor is surviving in the early game. 

Item build

Screengrab via Riot Games

While Zeri is most certainly strong in teamfight situations, one of her biggest weaknesses is being squishy and having no lifesteal (which you should rarely build on her). Taste of Blood and Ravenous Hunter are enormously useful on the champion for this reason. When it comes to the main tree of runes, it’s pretty self-explanatory. You want to increase your attack damage, attack speed, and movement speed. The choices listed above are tailor-made for Zeri. 

Ability priority

On Zeri, you should be aiming to go for R>Q>E>W to maximize your skills. Your ultimate is the biggest factor in teamfights. Stacking your overcharge can turn you into one of the biggest hypercarries in the game.

Burst Fire (Q) is essential when clearing waves in the early game and increasing damage in early skirmishes. Therefore, you will often pick it as your first skill to max out. Once you reach level eight, you can start spending your points on Spark Surge, which pairs nicely with her Q.

Game plan

Zeri isn’t the greatest champ when it comes to the early game. As a result, you should avoid picking too many fights in the laning phase. Your damage won’t be high enough to make an impact, and you’ll still be fairly squishy. Try your best to make it to the mid to late game. That’s when the fun begins.

Once you hit level 10 or 11, try to roam around the map and pick up any additional farm and kills you can get your hands on. In teamfights, be careful with the enemy front line, especially champions with crowd control at their disposal. Zeri is mobile, but when she’s caught, she’ll go down in seconds.

The key to victory will be overcharging with your Lighting Crash. If you can pick up enough stacks, virtually no champions will be a danger to you, especially when you know how to position yourself correctly. Remember to use your basic attacks and Q as often as possible.

Kai’Sa

Image via Riot Games

Pros

  • Mixed damage
  • Invisibility
  • Late-game beast
  • Flexible build path

Cons

  • Low range
  • Hard to come back if behind

Kai’Sa is a flexible AD carry that can fit into multiple compositions easily. She can build AP, AD, or attack speed and remain effective as long as she builds them in the correct scenarios. For instance, flat AP is best used for reliable burst damage, but full AD and crit is used for high-risk, high-reward bursting due to relying on crits. The attack speed and attack speed hybrid builds work best against teams with tons of tanks. They put out the most consistent and reliable DPS due to her true damage passive.

Item build

Screengrab via Riot Games

While there are plenty of viable keystones for Kai’Sa, the most efficient one to help you have a great early game is Hail of Blades from the Domination tree. It allows you to make quick trades with the opposing bottom lane without exposing yourself too much. Taste of Blood alongside Ravenous Hunter offers additional sustain both in and out of the laning phase. Eyeball Collection is taken from the second row since it’s the easiest to stack to get additional AD.

The secondary tree is Precision for Presence of Mind and Legend: Bloodline. Both these runes aim to fix two of your core weaknesses, mana, and lifesteal, which you won’t be getting from itemization.

Ability priority

Kai’Sa’s skill priority is: R>Q>E>W. You want to max Q as soon as possible to farm waves efficiently and poke enemies when needed. You want to max E second to get a reduced cooldown on your attack-speed steroid alongside the invisibility when upgraded, allowing you to be slippery in teamfights. The damage per level from W isn’t as impactful as the other two abilities, so max it last.

Game plan

Your general goal as Kai’Sa is to reach your power spike and assist your teammates in taking objectives. Your power spike occurs when you get enough AD, AP, or attack speed to upgrade your abilities, granting you additional damage or utility.

During the laning phase, you need to focus on forcing good trades for you and your teammate. Use Hail of Blades on cooldown to get efficient trades, while also making sure to activate Taste of Blood on cooldown to help you have a better laning phase.

Once you get out of your laning phase with your Guinsoo’s Rageblade, keep up with the farm and make sure to stick around with your team for the neutral objective. They’ll be the key to your victory once you use the Rift Heralds for early gold leads or the Baron to siege the enemy. As the game goes by and you get stronger, remember to stick around with your team so you don’t get picked up by enemy split-pushers and killed before your team can help you.

Ziggs

Image via Riot Games

Pros

  • Strong kit
  • Easy to play
  • Cheap power spike

Cons

  • Forces your team to pick up an AD carry in other roles

Ziggs is one of the most powerful bottom laners in the Patch 12.3 meta. He has cheap power spikes due to his high base damage. His long range abilities allow you to easily play the champion by keeping your opponents at bay and just spamming your spells. He is hard to counter due to his disengaging tool that can knock opponents back, and usually, only a good jungler’s impact can set him behind.

Item build

Screengrab via Riot Games

There are various build paths for Ziggs, but the most powerful one is focused on picking up the Sorcery primary tree and combining it with either Domination or Inspiration. Inspiration is recommended for Biscuit Delivery and Magical Footwear, two powerful runes that will give you increased sustain and movement speed. If you get a couple of early kills, you’ll receive the Boots of Speed fast, allowing you to dodge opponents’ ganks with ease.

Ability priority

Ziggs’ skill priority is R>Q>E>W. Q is your bread-and-butter ability, allowing you to poke and farm minions with the same ability. E is maxed second for the increased damage and slow on the mines and W is maxed last since its utility is lower compared to Q or E. If you get caught, having a lower cooldown on W won’t matter since you’ll die due to being squishy before it becomes back up.

Game plan

Ziggs is one of the most popular bottom laners in the current meta. He has an easy way to farm via his Q and passive, while also being hard to punish due to his abilities’ range. Even if enemies try to engage you, you can just use your W to jump away while also knocking the opponents away.

As the game progresses and you get your core items such as Liandry’s Anguish and Demonic Embrace, your power will increase a lot, so you should look to group with your team and force teamfights or pick up objectives. Look to keep a safe distance from your opponents and don’t go too close if you want to avoid getting blown up, since you’ll be lacking resists to reduce the damage from your opponents.

Jinx

Image via Riot Games

Pros

  • High damage
  • Great scaling in the teamfights with Get Excited!
  • Powerful global ultimate and impressive CC tools for an AD carry

Cons

  • Low mobility
  • Weak early

Jinx is another marksman who makes a difference in the late game, and since season 12 started, she’s been popular both in professional and ranked games.

Item build

Screengrab via Riot Games

Similar to Zeri, Jinx relies on auto attacks to stay afloat. The runes that fit Jinx the best often don’t vary at all. The only change is picking Cut Down instead of Coup de Grace. That’s because, in teamfights, you’ll want to shred through the enemy tanks and assassins.

Ability priority

For Jinx, go for R>Q>W>E. There’s not much explaining needed here. Her ultimate is a mighty tool when you’re trying to finish a low-on-health enemy on the other side of the map. Q is Jinx’s most powerful ability, though. Pow-Pow is great for the laning phase, and Fishbones excels in the late game. Zap! is also great at maximizing your damage, so it’s a natural third choice.

Game plan

The game plan for Jinx is pretty much the same as most late-game marksmen. With her kit, however, you have the potential to make an impact in the early game. If you find yourself in a favorable situation, don’t shy away from fights, since they could slingshot you to the middle game.

With Jinx, you want to build a bit of everything—critical strike chance, attack speed, attack damage, and some survivability—so that you’re a lethal weapon past the 30-minute mark. The closer you are to your full build, the more dangerous you become. 

Jinx has some playmaking potential, but it’s easy to get lost. Get Excited! is one of the best tools for an AD carry, but it requires strong positioning in teamfights. Always try to have your support or one of the tanks next to you so you’ll have some help to activate your passive and start rolling through the opponent team. 

Vayne

Image via Riot Games

Pros

  • Hugely mobile and tough to target in the late game
  • Potential to solo carry the game
  • Incredible burst damage

Cons

  • Tough to master
  • Once behind, hard to come back

With the surge of late-game AD carries making their way onto the list of the best marksmen in the game on Patch 12.3, Vayne surely had to be one that came along. Her strong kit, high mobility, and ridiculously high damage make her extremely dangerous post-30-minute mark.

Item build

Screengrab via Riot Games

Like the champions mentioned above, she also has a great impact in the late game. Her most deadly weapon is her auto attacks—which, along with her powerful kit, cement her as one of the strongest champions in the game.

With Precision runes, you want to maximize your attack damage and attack speed. But don’t hesitate to pick Last Stand when the enemy team has multiple burst-oriented champions. The same rule goes for Cut Down.

Much like with other late-game champions, you should pick the Domination tree to increase your chances of survival.

Ability priority

Choose  R>Q>W>E. With Tumble (Q), you increase your damage next hit, which is great for finishing minions early and also escaping skillshots from the enemy bot lane. Both Silver Bolts (W) and Final Hour (R) make Vayne the most deadly. You should spend points on your ultimate whenever you get the chance, and maximize W as your second skill. While Condemn doesn’t deal a great amount of damage, it’s still useful, especially in one-vs-one scenarios. Make sure to spend a point on it at level three.

Game plan

At this point, you should probably already know what the game plan is in the late game when it comes to hypercarries. Do your best to farm during the laning phase and try to make it past the 25-minute mark. Once you’re there, you should be a force to be reckoned with.

Try your best not to fall behind. If you do so, not only it will be harder to catch up with the rest, but it will also make you a vulnerable target. The quicker you make it to your full build, the better.

With Vayne, you have the potential to single-handedly win teamfights in the late game. And in Q and E, you have two incredible abilities to dodge enemies. This, however, will require a lot of practice, so watch your step.