Miss Fortune

Aug 17, 2014

Top Team Comps #38: Zhonyas Misdirect Comp

Clutch Zhonya players are the kings of misdirect. After your team blows everything trying to kill them, they'll suddenly find themselves surrounded and in dire need of disengage.

This team capitalizes on Zhonya's Hourglass as much as possible, which means that it's going to rely heavily on AP damage. Extremely fun to play and extremely frustrating to play against, check out the line-up below!
Top: Rumble
Mid: Swain
Jungle: Fiddlesticks
AD Carry: Miss Fortune
Support: Morgana
- Extremely strong AOE
- Strong initiation
- Very hard to kill
- Multiple sources of high damage
- AP heavy
- Requires good positioning
- Vulnerable to disengage/mobility teams

Overall Strength: Very Strong
Difficulty to Counter: Difficult
Difficulty to Execute: Medium
Fear Potential: Very Scary

This team has a large variety of initiation and counter-initiation openings including Rumble ult, Morgana ult/bind, Fiddle ult, and Swain snare. This means that they can pick and choose exactly when they want to engage/disengage. However, for the most part you'll want to try and initiate with your ults as this team lacks poke and sustain.

Ideally, you'd want Morgana, Swain, and Miss Fortune visible with Fiddlesticks and/or Rumble hidden and ready for a counter-engage.

Item Choices
While Zhonyas rush on Morgana and Fiddlesticks may be suitable, Rumble and Swain may want to choose to grab some of their main damage/sustaining items first before initiating the full on Zhonya's composition. If your team happens to be THAT far ahead, Miss Fortune may consider the item as well. It does scale somewhat with her skills.

Additionally, consider skipping deathcap for void staff first since your team is extremely AP heavy and the enemy team will likely be rushing magic resist.

Although this team has a decent lvl 1 start, the preference for Fiddle will generally be to protect his jungle instead. Your lanes have a strong early game, which means that most teams will have trouble surviving counter-jungling without strong team synergy.

Beating this team involves high amounts of map control, good sustain/disengage, highly mobile champions, and/or champions that can tank through the damage.

As the team is very AP heavily, obviously some magic resist will do wonders as well.

Here's a sample team that would do well:

Top: Maokai - With Rumble's high use of skills, Maokai will have an insanely high amount of sustain in lane. His ultimate is also a game-changer with the damage reduction.
Mid: Ziggs/Vel'koz - As Swain excels at hand to hand combat, you'll want to be as far away as possible when poking. Both these champions work well in this case.
Jungle: Amumu - With his ability to stun champions over walls, he'll be ideal in stopping Fiddle ults. However, take great care in not initiating prior to finding the dirty scarecrow.
AD Carry: Ezreal - Fighting against a strong AOE team like this, his poke and escape will be extremely valuable.
Support: Janna - Ideal for disengaging dangerous champions, but beware once they get Zhonyas. After they finish their builds, relying on your ult wont save your team anymore.

All in all this team comp is pretty hard to beat as the champions stand. Ideal for blindpick stomping.

Got more ideas for team compositions? Ways to improve on this one or counter it? Post them below in the comment section!

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Aug 16, 2014

2014 Champion Tier List - Solo Queue - Patch 4.14 Update



Preface Chatter
Hey everyone, and welcome to the Patch 4.14 update, where although the champions themselves have remained relatively unchanged this patch, some FOTM changes have brought fresh faces into the mix.

Since this patch was pretty short and boring, I'll release this before the full analysis (if I have time to do one at all). Anyway, without further adieu, let's get right into the list!


Aug 13, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Patch 4.14



Preface Chatter
Hi everyone, and welcome to the third rendition of the FOTM Tier List, back by popular demand. As this is an early release, I'll adjust as the patch ages.

  • Alistar Top rising;
  • Thresh and Lee Sin still awkwardly popular;
  • Vayne dropping in popularity with Trist rising; 
  • The "Swain Train" is not becoming a thing; and
  • Warwick top rising; (I'll take some credit).
  • 8/14: Moved Nidalee up to God Tier;
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: Kassadin, Yasuo, Fizz
Jungle Gods: Lee Sin, Vi, Evelynn
AD Gods: Tristana, Caitlyn, Lucian
Top Lane Gods: Yasuo, Nidalee, Rengar, Maokai, Renekton
Support Gods: Morgana, Braum, Thresh

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

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

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Leblanc, Jayce, 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, 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, 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, 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!

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


Official Patch 4.14 Notes Released!



Nerfs: Gragas, Kassadin, Kog'maw, Maokai, Morgana, Orianna, Rengar, Syndra, Xerath
Buffs: Zed