I am a top/mid and need to know who is the most viable mid right now. I have been looking at Syndra but she looks hard to play. Who else is good? I like to poke early game but be able to combo someone down fast as well. Suggestions?
Your main focus early game should be farming, not engaging the enemy. Pick someone who can farm with ease and harass if your lane opponent tries to zone. Good choices are Orianna (my personal favorite), Anivia, Karthus, Lux and Swain.
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If you don't want something hard to play, Ryze, Katarina, Kayle, and Kha'zix come to mind. They are all pretty dominant right now and require very little skill to perform their combos (not that a bad player would do well - just that their tools are easy to use).
Other dominant mids ATM are Ahri, Twisted Fate, Orianna, and Lux, but they have a little more effort required than the other 4.
I definitely wouldn't recommend Syndra until you feel comfortable mid lane, she's typically played as a kiter except for when she wants to go balls deep with her ult, so good knowledge of how to position will be important (and hitting her E can sometimes be a pain).
If you want someone who's good early, get Pantheon. He's a real pain to just about every AP character early on. As for bursting people down, Ryze and Syndra are very good at this and have the ability to poke a bit early on.
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