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Jul 30, 2014

Patch 4.13 Analysis

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Introduction

Looks like Riot's really got my work cut out for me as this patch introduces a plethora of changes! Although some people have noted that this patch's tier list will probably take me a bit longer than usual, I'll definitely try and get it out in a reasonable time.

In the meantime, here are my initial thoughts on the changes:
Tl;dr: Lee sin spanked, Vayne and Lissandra got a huge buff, Riot still trying to balance Braum, and Sona is now some sort of Melee ranged support. Most champions largely unchanged despite the massive list.

Changes

Nerfs: Elise, Evelynn, Gragas, Lee Sin, Lulu, Yasuo, Ziggs, Kog'maw, Lucian, Tristana, Braum, Nami, Thresh
Buffs: Hecarim, Jax, Olaf, Kayle, Leblanc, Lissandra, Lux, Vel'koz, Graves, Sivir, Varus, Vayne, Janna
Tweaks: Shyvana, Sona

Full Patch Notes

Nerfs

Elise [Relatively Unchanged]: Although a simple missile width nerf can work wonders (see Nidalee) and the Rappel change does diminish her escape and engage slightly, I think she'll largely remain unchanged. Those who are good at her will still be good at her, and the other 90% of people will largely continue experiencing her bottom 10 win rate in solo queue. She does have potential though.

Evelynn [Likely dropping to Tier 2]: Tier 2 isn't bad guys...the only reason I don't put her in Tier 3 is because of her potential early game snowball. Otherwise just between you and me, she's already been high Tier 2 material all along.

Gragas [Largely unchanged from Tier 1]: Although his waveclear has been nerfed, he did get a slight buff on his tanky build late game, which I think will translate into an equivalent exchange in the grand scheme of things.

Lee Sin [Likely moving down to Tier 2]: For both top and jungle, I think he'll be fairly balanced now. Jungle should be hit softer than top and may still remain Tier 1.

Lulu [Dropping a bit in Tier 1]: Oh Lulu, so close to God Tier...SO CLOSE

Yasuo [Dropping in Tier 1]: I don't think the nerfs will be enough to place him in Tier 2, but as he's getting hit on both offensive and defensive fronts, we can't be entirely sure.

Ziggs [May move to Tier 1]: I think that nerfing ziggs may have just opened the door to a lot of other viable mids including assassins like Akali.

Kog'Maw [Likely staying in God Tier]: While this hurts his late game significantly, it basically doesn't affect his early and mid game as few people begin leveling spittle until late anyway.

Lucian [May move to Tier 1]: Need to see how this pans out, but it's significant.

Tristana [Likely to stay God Tier]: Nerfed early and her snowball potential is reduced, but she still has a monster late game and safe laning phase.

Braum [Likely dropping, possibly to Tier 1]: Maybe 3rd time's the charm? His rate of movement will largely be impacted by his win rate.

Nami [Likely staying the same]: Nami's actually been rising in strength lately, but this will probably keep her in line. Don't be surprised if she even moves up a bit.

Thresh [Likely staying the same]: Still a very skill reliant champion, his playstyle will remain largely the same. 

Buffs

Hecarim [Possibly moving back up to Tier 2]: Bit of a damage increase, not sure if it'll be enough. Other junglers getting nerfed will assist him in his climb.

Jax [Unchanged]: Quality of life buff, but he didn't seem that hard to last hit with to begin with.

Olaf [Moving up]: Anything that gives this guy lane dominance will definitely improve his overall gameplay, and this is one contender you'll want to keep an eye out for if Riot's got him on his buffdar.

Kayle [Moving up a little in Tier 2]: 

Leblanc [Largely unchanged]: Bottom of the barrel win rate right now, but she still has the potential to snowball. I'd prefer if she remained unplayed.

Lissandra [Likly moving mid/top to Tier 1, support may move to 3]: HUGE buffs on Lissandra, I think she'll be a hotly contested pick this patch.

Lux [Rising a bit in Tier 1]: I don't think her late game will be as overwhelming as some think, as a lot of other glass cannons will also be very strong at that point. If her 100 to 0 is enough to take out a substantially higher number of people with her passive without being fed during mid game however, that could change.

Vel'koz [May move to Tier 1]: That's a pretty substantial buff, and I think it'll bring Vel'koz up quite a ways through his poke and combo ability.

Graves [May move up a bit]: His level 6 combo potential just got very high, and should be enough to kill in more situations than before. His late game also received a bit of a buff, and should bring him closer to other champions provided this Vayne buff hasn't been overdone.

Sivir [May move up a bit]: Pretty big buff to her late game team buff, we'll see how this pans out. If champions like Akali start coming back into the scene then her chasing power may prove to be more valuable than it seems right now.

Varus [Largely unchanged]: Although Varus is largely balanced right now, the change seems to just be a reminder that this champion exists.

Vayne [Huge buff, we'll see where she lands]: Vayne just got a massive buff and will likely come back into the scene as a pro pick of choice. However, we'll have to see if this also translates to be enough for her to be overpowered again for the rest of the population. My thoughts point to yes with nerfs on a lot of supports and junglers this patch, but be sure Riot will have their eye on this one.

Janna [Unchanged]: The changes this time around seem too small to have much of an effect, if any, on her power level.

Tweaks

Shyvana [Largely unchanged]: She's a bit more bursty now in teamfights, which is probably more of a buff.

Sona [Likely moving down to Tier 2]: Without seeing her live, it seems like her overall power level has been decreased. She's no longer a simple champion to play and now has a more complicated set of rules to follow when it comes to positioning and item selection.

Item/Summoner Spell Changes

Frostfang was nerfed slightly, which puts a damper on champions like Morgana. I don't think it's substantial, but it does delay her sightstone slightly.

Heal was nerfed, but I think it's still a better alternative to Barrier. Exhaust was tweaked, and now it's stronger early game and weaker late game. Be sure to use it BEFORE your AD carry uses his burst to maximize the arpen.

What are your thoughts on the patch? Agree/disagree? Comment below!

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Jul 29, 2014

Official Patch 4.13 Notes Released!

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Summary

Oh wow, there are a TON of changes up for the new patch, meaning this next tier list is going to see some significant changes. Bear with me in the meantime!

Nerfs: Elise, Evelynn, Gragas, Lee Sin, Lulu, Yasuo, Ziggs, Kog'maw, Lucian, Tristana, Braum, Nami, Thresh
Buffs: Hecarim, Jax, Olaf, Kayle, Leblanc, Lissandra, Lux, Vel'koz, Graves, Sivir, Varus, Vayne, Janna
Tweaks: Shyvana, Sona

Preliminary Patch 4.13 Analysis up
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Jul 20, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Patch 4.12

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SEASON 4 - PATCH 4.12 FOTM TIER LIST
"THE POPULAR KIDS"

Preface Chatter
Hi everyone, and welcome to the second rendition of the FOTM Tier List! The aim of this list is to highlight the most popular champions that are perceived as "strong" in the current meta, and give a broad understanding of which champions you'll likely be facing on the fields of justice.

While this list does not necessarily highlight champions that will give you the highest chances of winning and gaining rank, understanding what each of these champions do from the top on down will definitely assist you on your climb. (This is what the meta sheep will be following.)
If you are looking for the Nerfplz recommended solo queue champion tier list, please click here to be redirected.
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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Fizz, Kassadin, Yasuo
Jungle Gods: Lee Sin, Evelynn, Maokai, Vi
AD Gods: Lucian, Tristana, Caitlyn
Top Lane Gods: Jax, Renekton, Rengar, Yasuo
Support Gods: Braum, Morgana, Thresh

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: Syndra, Katarina, Twisted Fate, Ziggs, Orianna, Akali, Jayce, Xerath, Zed, Lulu (AP), Diana
Jungle: Elise, Jarvan IV, Pantheon, Amumu, Warwick, Rengar, Udyr, Wukong, Xin Zhao
AD Carry: Jinx, Vayne, Corki, Ezreal, Draven
Top LaneNidalee, Irelia, Gragas, Lulu, Jayce, Pantheon, Shyvana, Ryze, Tryndamere, Riven, Nasus, Wukong, Lee Sin, Rumble, Jarvan IV, Fiora, Singed
Support: Nami, Leona, Lulu, Blitzcrank

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Lux, Cassiopeia, Ahri, Pantheon
Jungle: Skarner, Nautilus, Volibear, Fiddlesticks, Nocturne, Olaf, Trundle,
AD Carry: Twitch, Kog'Maw,
Top Lane: Trundle, Cho'gath, Udyr, Vladimir, Olaf, Xin Zhao, Akali, Swain, Dr. Mundo, Lissandra, Zed
Support: Janna, Annie, Alistar, Sona, Zyra

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Leblanc, Talon, Kayle, Nidalee (AP), Morgana, Lissandra, Mordekaiser, Swain, Viktor, Brand, Vel'Koz, Malzahar, Anivia, Ryze, Galio, Annie, Vladimir, Zyra, Karma, Veigar, Heimerdinger, Gragas, Karthus, Sion, Kha'Zix, Tristana, Cho'Gath, Kennen
Jungle: Kayle, Jax, Dr. Mundo, Rammus, Nasus, Shyvana, Gragas, Diana, Malphite, Master Yi, Tryndamere, Hecarim, Shaco, Aatrox, Kha'Zix, Sejuani, Zac, Nunu, Cho'Gath, Darius
AD Carry: Miss Fortune, Graves, Varus, Ashe, Sivir, Quinn
Top Lane: Kayle, Malphite, Warwick, Darius, Kennen, Teemo, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Quinn, Aatrox, Elise, Volibear, Kha'Zix, Karma, Poppy, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Gangplank, Zac, Mordekaiser, Sion, Talon
Support: Fiddlesticks, Gragas, Vel'Koz, Taric, Karma

Tier 4 [Not Amused]:
Mid-Lane: Elise, Wukong, Teemo, Riven, Fiora, Fiddlesticks, Kog'maw, Zilean, Ezreal (AP), Soraka, Janna
Jungle: Leona, Zed, Shen, Yasuo, Fiora, Riven, Poppy, Gangplank, Malzahar, Blitzcrank, Alistar
AD Carry: Twisted Fate, Kennen, Urgot
Top Lane: Heimerdinger, Vayne, Galio, Nunu, Soraka, Alistar, Urgot
Support: Teemo, Nunu, Volibear, Lux, Kayle, Soraka, Zilean, Nautilus, Maokai, Anivia, Veigar, Gangplank, Malphite, Nidalee, Orianna, Poppy, Elise, Galio, Shen, Yorick, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc, Caitlyn

Instructions and Caveats:
  • Champions in BOLD I will talk about shortly
  • Champions UNDERLINED may be over/undervalued, but aren't/haven't played enough for me to make a better judgement.
  • Within each tier the champions are strongest from left to right, but within a tier each champion's strength is relatively close. This is especially true for Tiers 2 and 3 where these champions are ALL highly playable and player dependent on how strong they are in-game..

Champion Explanations
  • As this is a relatively new thing I'm trying out, no champion explanations yet. Feel free to comment in the DISQUS area as to your thoughts and I (or another visitor will likely respond in a quick manner.)
For a full analysis on champion changes this patch, check out this link!

Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for hero selection.
Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

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Jul 17, 2014

2014 Champion Tier List - Solo Queue - Patch 4.12 Update

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SEASON 4 - PATCH 4.12 SOLO QUEUE TIER LIST
SEASON 4 UPDATE

Preface Chatter
Good day mates, and welcome to Patch 4.12, in this week's patch you'll start seeing a few more Alistar players jump into the field, some more aggressive Lucian play, and my favorite, Ezreals trying to hit themselves with their own essence flux! (I suspect many fails incoming)

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