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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.)
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The Tier List

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

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: Ahri, Yasuo, Zed, Syndra, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Ziggs, Akali, Katarina, Lux, Xerath, Lulu (AP)
Jungle: Elise, Maokai, Jarvan IV, Pantheon, Amumu, Warwick, Rengar, Udyr, Wukong, Xin Zhao
AD Carry: Vayne, Jinx, Corki, Ezreal, Draven
Top LaneJax, 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, Pantheon, Diana
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!

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  1. Jody HuskyAugust 13, 2014

    im sorry but zed is not percieved as a power house mid at all especially with the emergence of talon.

    people cry when their mid takes zed.

  2. SSJSuntasticAugust 13, 2014

    No need to be sorry, but Zed is twice as popular as Talon.

  3. where is Swain? and Fiora? on the top? -,-

  4. Jody HuskyAugust 13, 2014

    did you consider the free champ week? because before he was free he was pick 15% of the time to yasuo's 25%. Though he is more popular then talon i think talon is stronger but that is a different discussion.

  5. SSJSuntasticAugust 13, 2014

    Oh Talon's definitely stronger for sure, and I know Yasuo's definitely more popular, I just mentioned that for comparison.

  6. Raydy GonzalezAugust 13, 2014

    the morgana nerfs were so weak it was like a big FU from riot the change in her black shield is only 5 points. use to be 355 at max lvl now its 350. also only 25 dmg a lvl from her ult 50 for full combo. Trist is out of control and i really cant stand seeing her in every game able to solo carry cause she has too many escapes jump kill jump getting to close to trist jump, but unlike every other adc she can actually launch a whole team back with her ult if she wants to disengage. ive never seen such a strong late game that actually vayne cant even compete with. I would ban trist every game if it was up to me, but people dont see her as a threat like i do until end of the game where no matter what she is too strong.

  7. This is the FOTM tier list - the one you should essentially disregard because all it does is tell relative popularity and what "meta fags" want.

    Not the actual one.

  8. Zed is probably the worst AD Assassin Mid right now for the purpose of an assassin, but the safest and most (defensively) mobile.

    but pretty much everyone values him as a mid pick because of his safety to farm while behind as an assassin really easily, and his safety in general. So I agree with you putting him Tier 2. He's still liked to be seen due to his stupid safety in his kit.

  9. Dr. Mid LaneAugust 13, 2014

    I am not going to lie. In Normals* I played 14 Swain games in a row, and won every single one of them. Swain is like automatic win ever since you moved him up to god tier..

  10. Dr. Mid LaneAugust 13, 2014

    And I am only Silver... He is easy as hell!

  11. drack fareliAugust 13, 2014

    Let me rework that sentence ... WHAT DO YOU BUILD ?!?!?!?!

  12. BegclawmrfAugust 13, 2014

    I adore Kennen ADC, I don't know why it works so well, but it does for some reason. I usually get IE if I'm doing well (so most games) and I assume I might get like a SShivv if I'm not doing well? he seems like he's kinda like Caitlyn, actually. Also wait my baby Diana is getting popular mid lane? This is unacceptable, she's mine, you meta sheep. Same for Swain too, this is both awesome because the rarer ones are becoming popular, but also not so awesome because of the same reason.

  13. BegclawmrfAugust 13, 2014

    I used to play him a lot and I still play him a bit now, I usually rush RoA and then just build accordingly. Abyssal can be good, Zhonyas can be good, Rylais can be good, sometimes I'll get a Wota, I haven't tried Liandry's but maybe it can be good.

  14. Raydy GonzalezAugust 13, 2014

    so is his mom

  15. Warwick BotAugust 13, 2014

    Am I the only one who plays fiddlesticks top sometimes?

  16. Austin NguyenAugust 13, 2014

    Alistar top? Somebody teach me their ways!

  17. afancynameAugust 13, 2014

    Kennen adc's might work in lower elo's but generally not work against regular adc's. Mainly due to his short AA range. Also, he doesn't have any abilities that scale with AD.

  18. afancynameAugust 13, 2014

    Check out the last few LCS match highlights

  19. afancynameAugust 13, 2014

    Fiora lvl 1 and Swain lvl 2. Your point?

  20. KingoftheSocksAugust 13, 2014

    If there's one champ lower elo hates its Yasuo. Every game he gets banned/picked and if you don't you get shouted cause you banned Katarina or Morgana instead.

    Its interesting to see how champs are perceived the higher you go. I imagine Diamond/Challenger are more scared of champs you might see in the lcs than, Yasuo/Fizz/Jax which is what Silver seems to hate

  21. FailedExperimentAugust 13, 2014

    I build rod of ages, zhonyas, liandrys/spirit visage (build one after the other) and then rabadons. boots come after rod.

  22. Why is rengar god tier?

  23. I would rather ban vi than yasuo lol just cuz her ult is an almost guaranteed pick.

  24. Your username says otherwise... lol

  25. Im right there with u, ALL ABOARD THE SWAIN TRAIN!

  26. Ryan Choi( the reason I get a million noob Rengars nowadays) would like to have a word with you...

  27. Aleksandr EdoneusAugust 14, 2014

    Actually I think that Vayne is the only adc that can compete with Tristana in late game... Vayne has a nice combo stun/true damage/shadow attack which can (if used properly) shred to pieces a fed Tristana...

  28. Raydy GonzalezAugust 14, 2014

    yeah for that stun you have to be pretty close or ambush her, but the point is in an open field trist can easily kill vayne she can jump in front ult you back then just AA while you still cannot even retaliate

  29. Raydy GonzalezAugust 14, 2014

    right now if i am banning i will not ban yasuo cause i will pick him up and i Ban tristianna jax and morgana

  30. Dr. Mid LaneAugust 14, 2014

    Rod of Ages. Zhonya. And so on. Nothing special. No deathcap though. I do not really like that item anymore... Compared to Zhonya, I won some serious fights by simply pressing zhonya.

  31. Dr. Mid LaneAugust 14, 2014

    RoA. Zhonya. So on. Death cap is not a good item on him IMO, unless you are greedy and fed. ZHONYAA IS A MUST.
    Abyssal is a nice item. VISAGE IS NOT WORTH THE BUILD. Trust me when I say it. You will heal more simply stacking AP than getting visage. And you will hyper carry your games because your E is broken as hell.

  32. Ok, RoA and Zhonya, but what else?
    my last game with him i went like:
    Merc Treads, RoA, Spirit visage, Frozen <3,lyandri's and i think void staff or randuins ( i really can't remember)

    Is that an "ok" build?

  33. Dr. Mid LaneAugust 14, 2014

    Just got promoted my first time yesterday in ranked. Silver V to Silver IV, and won playing Swain!! He stomps all match ups!! I played vs a fizz and ap tristana and WON BOTH MATCH UPS. EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO COUNTER HIM. His safe laning and insane damage output can not be ignored! Not going to lie. He needs nerfs. But more of defense nerfs that damage nerfs. Damage nerfs would be mean as hell!

  34. The reason the "Swain Train" is not becoming a thing is because no one owns Swain

  35. Trist is supposed to have a strong late game... that's the whole point of her passive. Shitty pathetic attack range at lvl 1, slightly longer than Caitlyn's at lvl 18.

  36. Some of the "not amused" for supports make me laugh that anyone is dumb enough to actually try something like Veigar support. He has a stun, but as a support he won't be getting any Q stacks and he'll be all around useless aside from his stuns.

  37. Some popular streamers are used to play him, for instance OnlyRengar (i don't think he still does it), and Ryan Choi (the 4 Dorans blade GOD). They are very good, so ppl try to play like them, Also rengar is a pretty nasty assassin, that's my opinion on why :)

  38. I kinda agree...i miss the big sup yetti

  39. Well, let's count the ways... He's got high burst, no mana to worry about, cc, stealth, gap closer and health regen all built into his kit. If you don't punish him in the laning phase, once he hits 6 he starts roaming and letting all those other lanes snowball which just makes him a monster.

  40. Jinx's late game - 130% attack speed steroid that is technically permanent.

    That's something to be afraid of.

  41. Tier 4 is what I saw in bronze all day, or Akali Support

  42. Red ShortsAugust 14, 2014

    Yorick support is viable... it really is... ;-;. His sustain, poke, and slow are really good for laning, plus his ghouls tank towers and do damge to them while his ult can give the adc that boost they need for a kill.

  43. >short AA range

    Well, to be fair, he shares AA range with most ADC's. (550)

    People saying 550 is short AA range should realize that only six ADC's are higher than that, and three of them (Jinx/Trist/Kog) aren't for half the game, and one (Jinx) probably prefers her mini gun.

    As for Kog, it's his steroid, so it's most of the game not up. Longer team fights = worse for Koggy.

    700-710 - Trist, Kog, Jinx
    650 - Caitlyn
    600 (Ashe)
    575 - Varus
    550 - Everyone Else
    525 - Jinx MG, Quinn, Graves
    500 - Sivir, Lucian, Teemo (He's marked as marksman even if he's really... an AP one.)

  44. A moment of silence for Zilean, he's in tier 4 fro both supp and mid ;(

  45. Riven jungle tier 4?

  46. Ignore anything lcs and look at how everyone else builds. Trinity and static then depends on how you're doing and what they have for damage.

  47. I play Veigar supp ;_;

  48. Josh ThurlowAugust 15, 2014

    That's too much Defense for Swain. He's just a beefy AP. Mostly healthy though. I very good base build on him are boots (Sorc best, but Mercs/Tabi if needed), ROA, Liandry, Rylais, Zhonyas. Last item dependent. Spirit Visage, Deathcap, DFG.

  49. Josh ThurlowAugust 15, 2014

    This list just seems so... Randomly different from all the other regular tier lists. Tons of changes. Why is Amumu ranomly mid Tier1? He's a good pubstomp low elo. I can't say much for ADC for I don't do it often but isn't Jinx just scary as hell? Same as Kog? Kog's high damage is his W which wasn't touched I think.

  50. Kass god tier? I was thinking RIP after that ult CD

  51. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    im going to only reply to you about this, hopefully everyone will read this comment and will stop commenting things like you did. This a FLAVOR OF THE MONTH list, not a tier list. Amumu is still #1 in god tier in the tier list. all that tier 1 means in this list is that he isnt popular. both jinx and kog are still god tier, but they arent as POPULAR as god tier. this is literally a popularity list.

  52. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    800 on twitch, btw

  53. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    fizz is supposed to counter swain? who the hell thought of that? he is a melee assasin that is required to get in your face to burst you down, which is the perfect matchup for swain. tristana i kind of get though.

  54. Oh yeah, forgot. Thanks.

  55. FOTM tier list

  56. Only with ult, shouldn't be included in this kind of list :S

  57. Fizz can deny your snare with e and all your ult healing with w, not a really hard counter, but is not easy to play against.

  58. Josh ThurlowAugust 15, 2014

    Ohhh. Ok, thank you.

  59. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    sorry if i seemed harsh, as i reread it gives off that sense, but it was starting to frustrate me. Hopefully you understand.

  60. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    also, i know everyone furgot urgot, but he's listed at 425 :D

  61. Ben AwesomeAugust 15, 2014

    my main complaint is that tristana starts with what would be a normal attack range (550). so she has a strong late game without having a weak early game. I think that tristana needs a lower range earlier to complement the immense range later. for instance have her start with 500 range, but increase the per level scaling so the end result is the same. I think that's what makes tristana that overpowered.

  62. I consider it because the range matters in team fights A LOT. Main problem with Twitch is his is rather limited compared to the rest.

  63. What does that mean?

  64. Devin WhittemoreAugust 16, 2014

    Zilean tier 4 with all the LCS usage? He's been doing well because he's so broken.

  65. maybachmanzAugust 16, 2014

    Upsetting Urgot isn't even considered a Mid-Laner anymore.

    He is almost Tier 1 mid laner, every game no matter who plays him

  66. Ben AwesomeAugust 16, 2014

    i think that its hard for swain to kill fizz, but its nearly impossible for fizz to kill swain. this is a farm lane.

  67. flavor of the month with emphasis on month

  68. Sunfire cape and abyssal's

  69. Ramiro RiveraAugust 17, 2014

    Where is Zilean Mid? ._. is OP pls

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  71. I think the names for the tiers are kind of bad.
    "crowd favorite"? I think not. Cassio is not that much of a crowd fave is she?
    Tier 1 should be crowd faves
    Tier 2 should be viable

  72. afancynameAugust 19, 2014

    true, I stand corrected on the AA range. But my other point still stands that adc Kennen has almost no abilities that scale with AD and that will hurt him in fights.

  73. afancynameAugust 19, 2014

    Well the OP seems to imply that he has not seen an Alistar top and would like to learn it. The easiest videos of that to find would be from the LCS, at least for a start to get some idea how to go about it.

  74. Nichael NigelAugust 19, 2014

    Personally, I would put Hecarim higher on the list. In soloq, he does absurd amount of damage and pretty good at ganking and teamfighting

  75. Raydy GonzalezAugust 19, 2014

    lol strong late game doesnt mean she should shit on your team by herself. too much escape and safe laning phase means any good trist can make it to late game.

  76. For god's sake, FLAVOR OF THE MONTH tier list is based on POPULARITY not STRENGTH OR PERFORMANCE

  77. Hey SSJ, I think the tiers are mislabeled. They imply strength, not popularity, which is where I think the main source of confusion is coming from. Perhaps changing "god tier" (which implies strength) to something else that implies popularity would be better.



  78. yeah he's bad

  79. Josh ThurlowAugust 20, 2014

    It's ok. I figured it was because others asked. Thanks for at least taking the time to tell me :)

  80. Trevor KumarAugust 20, 2014

    yas god tier top ? please justify ?

  81. Nicolò LevoratoAugust 21, 2014

    want to get free point for all your favorite games? try, you won't repent!

  82. Nicolò LevoratoAugust 21, 2014

    want to get free points for all your favorite game? try, you won't repent!

  83. Plz use my idea SSJ:
    Celebrities (God),
    Swaggers (Tier 1),
    Friends (Tier 2),
    Acquaintances (Tier 3), and
    Class Clowns (Tier 4).

  84. People love him, his actual strength should be tier 2 because tanks own him. HOWEVER THIS IS A POPULARITY TIER LIST NOT A STRENGTH TIER LIST.........................................................

  85. FailedExperimentAugust 23, 2014

    Why is ahri tier2? She is incredibly popular as of late.

  86. SSJSuntasticAugust 23, 2014

    True, moved her up :]

  87. I was honestly expecting Jungle Riven Top tier or tier 1.

  88. BallsneezeAugust 25, 2014

    why is swain a top lane god?

  89. I was honestly expecting you to not spam your comment.

  90. Keenan Kenbub FraleyAugust 27, 2014

    Top lane yasuo isn't popular, either, so it doesn't make sense either way.

  91. Uhm, spam..?

  92. Just some months ago people wanted to report me for playing him and now this...

  93. People mind is so stuck in the past... I mean Kass, Lee and Eve god lmao ! On the other side you see wukong-mid and heimer-top t4...Malphite, Teemo, MF, Rammus, Swain, Malza, Brand, Morg and Heimer t3...Warwick, Fiddle and Fiora underated...vayne over jinx...zed, yasuo and TF just overated. #dumblogic #flavorsmellthebutt #amused

  94. cassiopeia tier2 ?i haven't seen her for ages.

  95. Moderated ? Strange... Not insulting someone, neither the author or a specific person here..sorry if you took #dumb or #smellb*** personaly, because your work to underline people misconception is perfect with this list.

  96. SSJSuntasticAugust 30, 2014

    It's showing up fine for me

  97. Strange, now it appears again (I searched for it and reloaded 3 times before writting my previous com). I finally found it in my profile history with a small orange bar attached to it (to the left of my pic) so I naturally concluded it had been moderated. Maybe you should check for this problem because I'm probably not the 1st one :)

  98. He has it all : a built-in sustain (R), perfect itemisation with a RoA rush (+ Zhonya, perfect with R), giving him decent tankyness, he can hold 2v1 easily punishing most ganks (he has a snare, a slow, a DoT increasing all damages). I can't count the times I got a double kill top : snare + ignite on the incoming jungler + DoT + ult + slow on the facing top... And you trye to stuck to them while keeping your ult on.

  99. -____- it's the fotm tier list....

  100. Yes, and ? When I said "people" and "misconception" it's pretty clear it's not ssj's list but the community opinion... " -___- " ;)

  101. SSJSuntasticSeptember 01, 2014

    I'm not sure how you navigate around the site in terms of comments, but I find that if you go to a comment specific link then certain replies don't show up unless you go back to the main page. It's not something that can be resolved on my end though.

  102. And you use tiers to explain it, nice try lol

  103. I don't see the point in what you are trying to explain...but then you should be right magicarpe. Have a nice day :)

  104. I think Leona should be moved up to God on here, higher pick rate than Morgana atm.

  105. The reason he has TF higher on here is cuz TF is more popular than everyone u mentioned.

  106. Again I repeat : I totaly understood it was a "popular" tier list and I was just making fun around what I perceived stupid (or just dated perceptions of who is Op or not) in these popular beliefs :) . Period.

  107. Where is Gnar? Can you add him in this tier list?


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