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Jul 3, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Patch 4.11



Preface Chatter
Hi everyone, and welcome to the first ever 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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  • 7/8: Maokai moved up; Skarner moved down; moved some other stuff...
  • 7/9: Moved Tristana/Caitlyn up
The Tier List

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

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

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

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Leblanc, Talon, Jayce, 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, Lulu, Darius, Kennen, Teemo, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Quinn, Warwick, Aatrox, Elise, Volibear, Kha'Zix, Karma, Poppy, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Gangplank, Zac, Mordekaiser, Sion, Talon
Support: Alistar, 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!

  • 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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  1. Have you ever played Nidalee top, OMG

  2. Charlie RipJuly 03, 2014

    Why talon on Tier 3? He didn't got hit by the patch and I think he's still a very solid pick against many meta champions, at least he deserve tier 2 :P

  3. Charlie RipJuly 03, 2014

    You're right, I was confused about this list because i didn't read the preface chatter lol, thank you anyway :)

  4. SSJSuntasticJuly 03, 2014

    Sorry about that, it's a new thing I'm trying out; I think it'll be helpful overall once people get used to having it around :)

  5. I've read through this a few times and I'm kind of confused as to what this is as compared to the solo que tier list. Is this the list for if you are equally skilled with all champions?

  6. SSJSuntasticJuly 03, 2014

    No, this list is literally a popularity contest for what's common to see on the rift at this point in time.

  7. jatavien barnardJuly 03, 2014

    Basically I took this as "The TEAM queue tier list". Not particularly good at grinding solo queue but good strong champs that are ban/play worthy outside of bronze, silver and gold. Is that correct or am I off?

  8. Pretty accurate popularity list.
    Nevertheless, I think Darius is more popular than Tier 3, and Thresh is pee-your-pants worthy, but it's very useful, good job.

  9. no, this sounds pretty accurate. ive felt the same way too

  10. what does FOTM stand for again?

  11. Jarett 'Panda' LogliaJuly 03, 2014

    Flavor of the month

  12. Jarett 'Panda' LogliaJuly 03, 2014

    Darius is becomes less popular the higher elo you get. As per Lolking stats, Bronze = 10.1%, Silver = 9.2, Gold = 6.9, Plat = 4.8%, Diamond = 2.7, Challenger = .5% Overall = 7.3.

  13. Jarett 'Panda' LogliaJuly 03, 2014

    SSJ said, this is not a power of champion list this is just a popularity list. And based off his love of stats, I'm sure he spent some time on lolking looking at the pick percentages.

  14. Elise's are pretty rare sub Gold 3 anymore. The FOTM jungle was pretty stale between FF patches and the current one.

  15. I got a question, what it the normal route for adc building, I see LCS going Borak first, but most of the times when I SoloQ they get IE first, wondering wha would be a better start?

  16. Also, I really like zac even after the nerfs/small buffs he got. Does anyone think he can carry a SoloQ?

  17. ShadowSectJuly 03, 2014

    I haven't seen a mundo in Solo Queue since forever O.O

  18. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    Zac was never a carry, but as a jung his ganks can feed the ADC and the APC no problem

  19. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    well it depends on the ADC

    1-Vayne, Twitch and Kog you should rush Bork cuz they need the speed to make there Damage, Vayne W, Twitch W and Kog W are main source of damage
    so you go Bork > Shyv/Phantom > IE > LW is the best for them.

    2-Jinx, Varus, Quinn, Graves, Miss Fortune, Tristana and Sivir, you go for BT then IE or IE then BT because they have their built in attack speed and there damage scale with their kit is huge, I prefer you go BT for life steal and easier trade early game
    so BT > IE > Shyv/Phantom > LW

    3-Corki, Lucian and Ezrael they love Trinity Force, so you rush it then BT then IE
    so Trinity Force > BT > IE > LW

    going for IE first isnt bad but with lack of life steal early game isnt a good idea either

  20. I thoguht you dont get BT anymore and you get Borak?

  21. Timmy KuecherJuly 03, 2014

    If it's a popularity list, it's decent.

  22. Zac vs Amumu?

  23. Alex MardirossianJuly 03, 2014

    Just curious, how come Malzahar got dropped to tier 3? i feel like all the nerfs to other mid laners he would've moved up if anything...

  24. How is this tier list different from the other tier list?

  25. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    When to get BT and when you Botrk for ADC

    lets take jinx for Example
    1- her Q gives her attack speed or 110% damage per AA
    2- her W zap scale 140% of her total AD
    3- her Ulti scale 50%-100% of her bonus AD
    so BT would be better on her because the higher AD she has the more her skills deal damage

    and now Vayne
    1-her Q deals 30%-50% scale of her AD, no base damage
    2- her W Silver Bolts is her main damage and burst, the third mark will deal 20-60 + 4%-8% of her target maximum health as TRUE DAMAGE, so it doesnt scale with her AD at all
    3- her ultimate gives her 25-55 bonus AD, also doesnt scale with her AD
    so Botrk would be a better choice for her it gives her more attack speed and will stack her W faster, it will do better damage also with her W, and since she doesnt rely a lot on her skills to do damage but on her AA Botrk would be a better choice

    so you should which item will do better with BT and Botrk, i gave you 2 Examples, if the ADC skills scales well his AD BT would be a better choice, if it doesnt and the ADC rely more on his AA like Vayne and Kog, Botrk would be a better choice

    sorry for the long comment

  26. ShadowSectJuly 03, 2014

    This is a popularity list O.O

  27. ShadowSectJuly 03, 2014

    This tier list is based off of popularity, while the other is how strong a champion is.

  28. Mitty TasterJuly 03, 2014

    I think it was because of the nerfs to the defensive mastery tree, and spirit visage.

  29. just wondering, from your explanation there, it seems as if tristana synergises perfectly with botrk, yet he labelled her down as a preferred BT start. i know she has her incredibly strong in-built AS steroid, however since none of her skills scale of ad i feel as if BT s somewhat of a waste and that maximising dps should be the main focus. just a thought, interested in seeing what you think of that :)

  30. I like you and your comments. Too bad there isn't a subscribe option >_>

  31. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    1- Vayne's silver blots is her main damage so she need to stack it fast so she need AS items for it

    2- Kog's barrage deals a % damage per shot so Botrk passive will be great with it and his Q does Armor and MR reducation so he doesnt need that much AD because he ignores most the targets Armor

    3- Twitch need to stack his Venom so fast too so he also need more speed even with his Q AS Botrk will just make him more scary

    4- Tristana got her Q which gives 30% AS at lv 1 and 90% AS at lv 5, she doesnt have any skill that stacks, so I think with her Q AS and her range increasing per lvl BT will do better to her, even though she doesnt have any AD scale in her kit, her AA range and AS need more Damage not more speed

    this is just my opinion after all, you can build you ADC the way you see it right

  32. NeedshowerJuly 03, 2014

    I have a question... why is irelia tier 1? i didnt play her for a while. i gave her a try... am i building her wrong? i dont find her strong. THank!

  33. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    Amumu is awesome, now he is one of the best jung, and his ulti is a fight changer so he is better in team fights, but without blue he is usless, Zac ganks are more effective and his passive allow him to dive easly, so he feed the ADC and APC very well, you cant say who is better as a champ, i think it depends on the summoner and how you use either of them

  34. SilverDonoJuly 03, 2014

    thank you bro, I appriciate it

  35. NeedshowerJuly 03, 2014

    i think it depends on the champion. Champions like vayne or twitch or lucian is better with botrk since they are more of an assasinating/kiting champ that is happy with that extra %damage and AS. Whereas, cait, tristana, sivir are better off with ie which provides great crit. (you should usually go double dorans if u are going in this path). I think corki is fine with tri force too. Again, it all depends on which adc you play. I hope this helped.

  36. After the patch, she works with a on-hit build with more attack speed, but only time will tell if she stays god-tier strong. Her other builds are less viable than before.

  37. Aatrox? From 1 to 3

  38. wukong onlyJuly 04, 2014

    rush trinity force. I've just lost a game because of an irelia that lost lane finished her triforce along with her giants belt and just destroyed our team. And a lot of pros are saying shes extremely strong right now and her win rate skyrocketed as well as her play rate and ban rate. After a few more nerfs to top laners she will probably find her way to god tier.

  39. skill build try to max 2nd and second 3rd skill , item build , a trinity force and other tank item , tank item depends with ur enemy , try it , don't max 1st skill first , it bring less benefit

  40. Mundo is a tank that counters tanks thanks to his q, so he was awesome in the top tank meta, but now the trend is having bruisers in the top lane, like Jax, specially in this patch where the tank junglers are stronger thanks to the new item. If you can counterpick the enemy champ with Mundo still really strong, he does very well against Ryze for example, because if he survives the laning phase, he's a beast. Also, a thing that I love about Mundo is that you force the enemy toplaner to pick ignite, so if you pick teleport he can't follow you (well, Shen can, but is the only one) and he has good roaming to bot lane because of his permaslow.

  41. Ok thanks, I was a bit confused, its all good now!

  42. Also, just to put it out there, if anyone wants to duo with me just add me at: achan55 (although im only silver 2 trying my best) thanks!

  43. Instead of getting double dorans can you get vamp sepc instead, which is better?

  44. Singed tier 1? I enjoy a lot playing him but I didn't see one in months xD

  45. SilverDonoJuly 04, 2014

    just why Talon is Tier 3?
    i know he is not the best mid lane but I think he is a tier 1
    he has the fastest Burst in the game
    W>E>Q>AA>R is 1 sec combi and can kill any squishy champion
    what do you think guys?

  46. SilverDonoJuly 04, 2014

    well he too tanky and annoying, and also too fun to play

  47. SilverDonoJuly 04, 2014

    I play Irelia

    1- she is weak before lv 9
    2- max her W first
    3- get her Botrk as a first item for more sustain
    4- then get Trinity Force because her Q apply on-hit effect so Spellblade will do much damage
    5- then tank her
    6- she has the highest built-in Trinsity so she is a beast in team fights

    so late game she could be as strong as Jax

  48. SilverDonoJuly 04, 2014

    well Kayke more going to the AD build

  49. SilverDonoJuly 04, 2014

    I agree, get her Trinity Force and then tank her
    her Hunt gives her a huge benefit in lane

  50. How hard would you guys say Yasuo was hit by the E nerf?

  51. NeedshowerJuly 04, 2014

    hmm... i guess it all depends but vamp sepc has been nerfed if i remember correctly. double dorans are for lane dominance with that nice life steal

  52. NeedshowerJuly 04, 2014

    umm not much.. in fact its really more often. i just dont count them. so sometimes i do alot of damage and im like wow still op!

  53. You play Irelia for the stupidly good one item power spike with Trinity Force. Anything else and you should probably be playing Jax.

  54. Completely depends on the champ, how the lane is going, your own team, and the enemy's team.

    Basic rule of thumb is - IE is a very greedy, very powerful build. If you can delay your first back until you have over 1500 gp, and you're playing as an auto attacker, it's a good build. If you back with less gold, you can go for BotRK or Triforce, depending on whether you're playing an auto attacker or a caster.

    If your enemy is going for a very expensive build like IE, you can punish that by rushing BotRK and having a relatively significant powerspike while they're still ramping up. If you have a sustain support like Sona, Soraka (if anyone still plays that) or Nami, you can get away with only a single Doran's into a beefy item like TF or IE. If you're against a Karma Corki lane with a playmaking support, you'll probably want multiple Doran's or a Vamp Scepter.

    If you're behind, it's usually a good idea to be greedy with your build. Go for PD over Shiv, save up for big buys - there's not much pressure for a losing lane to make plays, so you want to play for the mid-late game. If you're ahead, you want to spend as much money as you can and try to eke out as much immediate advantage as possible - if you can get a completed item, you generally want to. Money in your pocket is a lead you're not using. Also, if you're very ahead, it's worth considering a 3rd or 4th defensive item - generally speaking, picks are the easiest way for a losing team to get back into the game, so a banshee's veil can be the best way to cement a lead.

    Above all, never fall into the trap of building the same items every game. Every game is different, and there are pros and cons to every build. Build for what your team needs out of you, in your particular situation.

  55. Ik, but is a popularity list so...

  56. SSJSuntasticJuly 05, 2014

    This is a different list based on popularity, I think you're looking for this one: Sorry for the confusion.

  57. So double dorans is they way to go??

  58. Thanks for that HUGE reply, nice to know the community isn't terrible, everyone including you are helping me become a better player!

  59. Hmm, I read this, seems like you put a lot of thought into this reply, which I respect because everything your saying makes a lot of sense. (Thanks!)

  60. hey dude - i just wanted to say i love your site and your tier lists. i look forward to them each patch. i'm currently silver 2 and I love hearing more about the top-tier meta w/o following LCS. thanks again! keep it up

  61. Kayle 56%-57% winrate, i think you should delete her from god tier

  62. Lee SeunghwanJuly 06, 2014

    dude how high did you expect the winrate would be? 56%-57% winrate is considered REALLY high

  63. Oh thanks a lot man!

  64. You'reAMoronJuly 07, 2014

    LB? Wasn't she nerfed a lot? Same with LB and Kayla. Maybe I read the Patch notes wrong. Also wasnt Jax nerfed quite a bit?

  65. Pretty hard actually, you can't stack the damage like before. Don't go for the Voyboy E level anymore. Level Q and play more safe.

  66. I dont get those new godtier champ since i haven't played lol for a while can you explain how Yasuo,Kass and rengar are that high

  67. Squid FishJuly 07, 2014

    It also depends on the game, if you are up, you typically want to keep that advantage and snowball, so ie would be good for that. Where as if you are down or even, which is normally what happens in LCS, the adc's go even, you build botrk for the sustain and passive damage, as well as the utility active.

  68. Squid FishJuly 07, 2014

    You left out Caitlyn...

  69. Squid FishJuly 07, 2014

    wrong reply. myb

  70. Squid FishJuly 07, 2014

    You left out Caitlyn.

  71. Squid FishJuly 07, 2014

    but you forget the passive on BoTRK, That is why you want to rush it on Tristana, because she relies solely on auto attacks, and ad alone won't get you through the mid game comfortably. Building BoTRK as first item on Tristana gives her the extra damage that she lacks, due to minimal damage on her skills.

  72. Ok, I will also keep that in mind, thanks!

  73. Dagannoth RexJuly 08, 2014

    This is the FOTM tier list. The Solo Queue tier list is the main tier list.

  74. blutduersterJuly 08, 2014

    What are your thoughts on Amumu after the changes to SotAG? buffs on the item would mean buffs for him, right? so additionally to his already amazing kit comes buffs to his early game weakness...
    I think he deserves god tier: an Amumu that gets rolling and survives pre-6 can barely be stopped

  75. Jody HuskyJuly 08, 2014

    So when looking for reference for banning do we look at this cause this
    is what people want to play or do we base bans off what people "should"
    play. AKA solo queue tier list.

  76. Jody HuskyJuly 08, 2014

    So when looking for reference for banning do we look at this cause this
    is what people want to play or do we base bans off what people "should"
    play. AKA solo queue tier list.

  77. What do you mean by buff? They nerfed my APumu.

  78. Spartan09July 09, 2014

    Did u forgot jax?

  79. But you can dive demacian towers

  80. SSJSuntasticJuly 09, 2014

    You should base bans off this list since they're more likely to be picked if they're not banned.

  81. thestoebzJuly 10, 2014

    Apmumu was trash.

  82. WELL-...H. Wellh... Uhm. I think Talon he deserves TIE 2. That's a good spot for him.


  84. this isnt a tier for the strongest champions, it's for the popularity of champions we see in game

  85. SilverDonoJuly 12, 2014

    ohh didnt notice, thank you for telling me :)

  86. Jon SmithJuly 12, 2014

    It's funny because Elise is one of the best and most adaptable jungle chanps. So easy to carry a game with her.

  87. Spartan09July 14, 2014

    Aatrox tier 3??!??!?!?He is op as fuck .-.

  88. NotEnglishJuly 14, 2014

    this tier is based on popularity,not on the effective strenght of a hero

  89. NotEnglishJuly 14, 2014

    ap amumu is really strong but tank amumu is practically immortal while still high damage for a tank

  90. NotEnglishJuly 14, 2014

    this tier list is based on popularity

  91. ShadowSectJuly 14, 2014

    This list is based off of popularity, not how good they are.

  92. ShadowSectJuly 14, 2014

    This list is based off popularity, not how good a champion is O.O

  93. cuz his e is so fkin stupid, I'm gonna jump here and u cant do anything about it. I ban him every game cuz of it...

  94. JellyNinjaJuly 16, 2014

    Hey SSJ. I have an upcoming 1v1 tournament, I was wondering if you could just make a very simple 1v1 tier list for me (crap, decent, good, god) THANK YOU!!1!!1111!111!

  95. SSJSuntasticJuly 16, 2014

    Hard to say, most of that is going to come down to skill; I'd suggest playing an early game champion though.


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