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Sep 5, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Patch 4.15



Preface Chatter
Hi everyone, and welcome to the fourth rendition of the FOTM Tier List! In this patch we see a resurgence of mid lane assassins, as well as a continued domination of Yasuo over the ban list. Check out the highlights below!

  • Akali and Talon surge higher;
  • Alistar actually MORE popular than pre-nerf;
  • Lee still crowd-winner
  • 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: Yasuo, Talon, Fizz, Akali, Kassadin, Zed
Jungle Gods: Kha'Zix, Lee Sin, Vi, Evelynn
AD Gods: Tristana, Caitlyn, Lucian
Top Lane Gods: Nidalee, Yasuo, Maokai, Alistar, Rengar
Support Gods: Morgana, Braum, Thresh

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

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

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

Tier 4 [Not Amused]:
Mid-Lane: Elise, Wukong, Teemo, Gangplank, Riven, Fiora, Fiddlesticks, Kog'maw, 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, Nautilus, Maokai, Anivia, Veigar, Gangplank, Malphite, Nidalee, Orianna, Poppy, Elise, Galio, Shen, Yorick, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc, Caitlyn

Instructions and Caveats:
  • This tier list details which champions are most popular in today's current metagame, for better or for worse. Selecting a high popularity champion and doing mediocre is always favorable to selecting a low tier champion and doing mediocre for team morale.

  • 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. >God tier Zed, Rengar and Renekton.

  2. People has discovered the power of Talon, this only mean one thing, his nerf, good bye to another of my mains. :'c

  3. SSJSuntasticSeptember 05, 2014

    I think ardent censer is a bit situational on lux since as support she's still somewhat more of a damage mage than a utility mage (although her utility is undeniable).

    Renekton actually seems to be falling out of favor, moved him down a bit.

  4. Nuuuu Akali is my under appreciated baby, no one can take her!

  5. I know?

    But I haven't seen those guys played or banned much. Lolking supports my logic, too.

  6. Hmm, that's true, but if Warwick's attack speed buff is OP than a support Lux with good shield-throwing skills would be pretty strong with an attack speed buff as an addition to said shield imo.

  7. I've seen Zed played a lot nowadays in unranked/Bronze elo. I would agree with Renekton, interestingly enough I'm starting to see Nasus more often. In my personal experience Rengar is still really popular.

    At the end of the day there are so many champions considered to be "op" nowadays that you could ban the 6 most feared champions in league and STILL be accused to not banning somebody "op" making this sort of tier list hard to make xp

  8. Yah, I honestly don't see RageCroc played much at all anymore except when I play him in normals. Not sure what the cause has been, but he is not able to bully as much early on, which kind of negates the entire point of picking him since late game all you are is a meat shield who brings armor shred, some AOE damage, and 1 stun. Really just too many top laners right now who are more powerful and bring more to the fight late game (I'm looking at you Ryze and Maokai).

  9. SSJSuntasticSeptember 05, 2014

    Moved Renekton down, Zed and Rengar are based on ban rate

  10. I dunno, the Rengar is weird. Less ban rate than Jax and popularity but higher on this list?

    Zed's popular in low elo apparently, but I've only seen like... one, in my elo (Plat) in the last few weeks. So I guess, it depends.

  11. SSJSuntasticSeptember 05, 2014

    Possibly, I've been seeing a bunch lately. I think most people think he's strong though. Even in terms of true strength i think he's pretty decent and has some room for error now.

  12. FailedExperimentSeptember 05, 2014

    Why is Kassadin still on god tier? I haven't seen him at all after the nerfs.

  13. MasterOfMetalOPSeptember 05, 2014

    I love how all the champs I consider threats are the ones in tier two or three, the ones in one and even two are so commonplace (mostly) that it is easy to counter them, where the champs in t3 are rare(ish) and powerful if used correctly, and I have to figure out and analyze play patterns to look for openings. and t4 are t4 for a reason (yes I am talking about urgot). some champions are weak unless fed (like yasuo) and easy to counter (again yasuo) from teir one, and while I understand that this is a popularity list, IMO popular champions should at least be based on strength (I marvel at people addiction to mobility). now my rant is done
    any comments I have made will be biased from my personal experiences

  14. SSJSuntasticSeptember 05, 2014

    Ban rate still very high

  15. Ardent censer is always situational because it's a luxury item. Besides it's best on Alistar, turns his e into a warwick "w".

  16. hey
    i am just gonna leave this here

    Elise Can outlane pretty much all of the top lane god tiers

    except for maybe Nidalee
    And it is still a close match up if you don't get speared in the face

  17. SSJSuntasticSeptember 06, 2014

    When Elise was first released she was mostly seen top because of her amazing range on her poke, it's since been nerfed though. Who knows, maybe it'll start being a thing again someday...

  18. Yasuo should have his own tier. I swear, his is picked/banned basically all of the time (and even if he isn't someone always tries to pick him). Even when he doesn't get banned, and he get picked up by the enemy team people still say "OMG WHY YOU NO BAN YASUO" as soon as he does remotely well...

    Also, could someone explain why Sydra is so high in tier one, despite the fact she is never banned and rarely picked.

    I was also going to ask why Thresh is higher than Leona... then I saw her pick rate plummeted from 28% to 13% after the 18th of August. This actually really confuses me, why was this? It seems far too consistent to be just chance...

  19. because syndra is incredibly strong, and fun to play, she should be god tier tbh, because if you are half good at her, then you can't be beaten or countered

  20. dunkdaddydariusSeptember 09, 2014

    Lol I main yasuo fizz akali talon zed, who all happen to be the got teir mids :P

  21. this tier list is based on popularity

  22. Does Zyra support have the biggest discrepancy between her tier list ranking and her fotm list ranking? Even when she was ranked as god tier, she was still never played

  23. SSJSuntasticSeptember 09, 2014

    Nah, probably Swain, Vel'koz, Fiora, Warwick, Lee Sin, and Yasuo probably have more discrepancy if recent memory serves correctly.

  24. Yas and Lee? What I mean by discrepancy is the biggest difference between the FOTM list and the tier list. Zyra is (or at least until previously was...) ranked high on the tier list, but extremely low on the FOTM list.

    That swain difference is pretty huge tho :P. I never see him in game and he's crazy strong.

  25. SSJSuntasticSeptember 09, 2014

    Yas and Lee differ in the opposite way. That difference list is mainly based off how many angry comments I get daily about them.

  26. that's quite a few mains you have there.

  27. FailedExperimentSeptember 21, 2014

    Is Eve still a popular pick? I think her pick rate is around 3% now and win rate around 47%. I haven't seen her at all lately.

  28. Matthew BalentineDecember 28, 2014

    karma support doesnt even get an honorable mention


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