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Sep 23, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Patch 4.16


Preface Chatter
Hi everyone, and welcome to the fifth rendition of the FOTM Tier List! While it's not nearly as popular as the solo queue list, I know a few of you have been requesting it, so here we gooooo!

  • Lucian takes over the top spot as the most popular champion on the rift, if only because of Tristana's MASSIVE ban rate;
  • Cassiopeia remains "playable" despite having a lower win rate than Urgot.
Patch 4.16 Summary
Buffs Nerfs: Cassiopeia
Search for a champion:
The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Yasuo, Talon, Fizz, Zed, Akali
Jungle Gods: Kha'Zix, Vi, Lee Sin
AD Gods: Tristana, Lucian
Top Lane Gods: Nidalee, Yasuo, Maokai, Irelia, Akali
Support Gods: Morgana, Thresh, Braum

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

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Zilean, Pantheon, Annie, Kassadin
Jungle: Master Yi, Elise, Skarner, Fiddlesticks, Nocturne, Volibear, Nautilus, Olaf
AD Carry: Ezreal, Twitch, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Wukong, Renekton, Trundle, Cho'gath, Udyr, Vladimir, Olaf, Xin Zhao, Warwick, Swain, Dr. Mundo, Lissandra, Zed
Support: 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 CarryTwisted 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. I think Renekton does belong in Tier 3. Even though he is my most played champion, he has fallen out of favor

  2. this is popularity list

  3. lol irelia is picked often cause she ever have an impact in the game no matter how she's playing

  4. god tier support is a bit sad,tons of people playing tresh cause they think he's OP and then fail grabs and fed enemy's bot lane

  5. Not seeing jungle Fizz on this list, but its getting to the point (at least in lower leagues) where every game he isnt banned and doesnt go mid, someone takes him jungle. That's my experience anyway.

  6. Chris PetkovSeptember 23, 2014

    I can't decide between Zed and Yasuo so which one should I buy?

  7. In lower elo it seems like Cass is practically a must pick for whatever reason.

  8. Two completely different champs, and if you're looking to climb the elo ladder I'd stay away from Zed and Yauso.

  9. funny, i permaban lucian, i hate him so much, riot was like "lets make a 0 mana cost escape with reset and make him do tons of damage" thats so bm ;-;

  10. Anas R'ghiouiSeptember 23, 2014

    Flavor Of The Month

  11. I know. "has fallen out of favor" = not popular

  12. This list is bullshit. Week ago Wukong was marked as GOD tier on top and with no changes or patches he became tier 2? WTF

  13. Reading comprehension is OP

  14. yep this is true and the same with Blitz.

    Generally when people don't know how to play support and are "forced" into it (last pick), I noticed they tend to pick Blitz/Thresh/Leona a lot and screw up.

    I wish they would just pick safer "easier"/passive supports like Soraka, Janna, Taric etc.

  15. Face of the Mountain, I mean... Flavor of the month.

  16. BonafideBarnabusSeptember 24, 2014

    why? i mean if mastered they are the biggest monsters of champions ive ever seen (especially Yasuo)

  17. BonafideBarnabusSeptember 24, 2014

    Fizz jg is stupid and no one wants it in solo queue

  18. BonafideBarnabusSeptember 24, 2014

    Nerfs hit him pretty hard and well he just gets beaten by other top laners

  19. BonafideBarnabusSeptember 24, 2014

    riot cant seem to nerf or buff right thats what shits me, when they said they were nerfing lucian they made him stronger. they wanted to nerf twitch a little when he became OP after his VU now he is shit and now they are taking soooooooooooooooo long to nerf the super OP champs like Tristana and to be honest idc if tristana becomes shit after it

  20. BonafideBarnabusSeptember 24, 2014

    you lost? lol

  21. People low in the ranks like to treat ranked games like normals...

  22. Unless you are a god at Yasuo then you'll need someone on your team to have a knock up. Fizz has his troll pole for much raging -_-

  23. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen unfortunately...

  24. Blitz is really an over all good pick, but i would NEVER pick him into hard engagers like amumu, rammus, etc.

  25. I dunno about anyone else but I've been playing Galio in normals this past week and averaging a KDA of like 16/3 or something every game. Even against Yasuo. But Cassiopeia is the one that actually shut me down. Don't know how or why. (I'm Silver V so take it as you will).

  26. Yeah if you suck at support I'd actually suggest Blitz, he doesn't have to land a grab to be effective, he literally just has to be in lane. Janna would be a good pick too but Soraka and Taric? Soraka is too squishy and Taric is no good right now. Leona is also kinda hard to mess up with and doesn't really get hard countered by anyone.

  27. Actually I think a lot of people are confused about this list. What's the difference between this and like the most popular champions on lolking?

  28. SSJSuntasticSeptember 24, 2014

    This list also takes into consideration ban rate as well as champions that people think are "strong" but happen to just not play as much as they think they should either based on boring skillsets (amumu) or fear of skillcap (ahri/xerath).

  29. Yasup seems a waste of money, he is perma baned

  30. I hardly disagree. If you dont land your grab you are just a dead weight. Also i tend to see what i like to call "The gap closer blitz", This little dude is the one that hooks an Ulted kennen, amumu ou any bruiser closer to you adc.

  31. I disagree, Leona is a strong independant woman, who doesn't need one adc to stomp her lane.

  32. i think riot isnt nerfing trist and lucian bcs of worlds, once it ends riot is going to destroy those fuckers

  33. Ssj, in which tier do your think talon will fall? With his silence remove, he has lost almost of all his little early game power, but he still has a lot of quick burst, though

  34. High tier 2 imo

  35. MasterOfMetalSeptember 24, 2014

    love the confusion this list causes

  36. QwerzoppingbobSeptember 25, 2014

    Lee in mid is a beast. Just sayin'

  37. Adrian FrancoSeptember 25, 2014

    Da fuck is vlad?

  38. MasterOfMetalSeptember 25, 2014

    vlad is da fuck

  39. No, I said those unfamiliar with supports should NOT pick blitz, thresh, leona.

    Please... I've seen this too often. Don't know support? - ok pick blitz cos huehuehue hooking is funny. Miss all hooks in lane. Then in teamfights land the hook on Amumu or Jarvan.

    If not familiar with supports, just pick a more passive one like sona, janna, soraka. At least can help sustain the adc in lane and ward.

  40. Is Evelynn still viable?

  41. Jason StoreySeptember 28, 2014

    did you see oracles come back?

  42. Worlds is being played on 4.14, nerfing Tristana any time since 4.15 would not affect worlds. Maybe they don't want a huge patch right before season 5, but who knows. Worlds isn't the problem though.

  43. Truth TellerSeptember 28, 2014

    Low Elo. Where no one buys wards or pink wards.

  44. Rys #VOLTAPADILHASeptember 30, 2014

    TEEMO? WTF teemo in tier 4

  45. Blubbernugget510October 02, 2014

    Funny you said that on a 4.16 tier list.

  46. I'm aware of that, I was saying that worlds wasn't the reason that Tristana has yet to be nerfed substantially, because it's played on an older patch.

  47. Lee SeunghwanOctober 03, 2014


  48. Lee SeunghwanOctober 03, 2014

    but if you are God at thresh then, good luck to the enemy team

  49. Just a suggestion, but maybe you should name these after the month instead of the patch, Riot seems to be working faster on patches now, putting you a couple patches behind by name, but if you marked it as say October FotM Tier list, it would make it seem more as if you were on top of things, cause I noticed being too patches behind by title, people have stopped commenting, the newest comments being almost a week old, and I would hash that out to being they believe its an outdated tier list, even though it is a monthly thing, and if they checked the date its only a little over 2 weeks old.

  50. SSJSuntasticOctober 11, 2014

    I like that suggestion :P

  51. :D The admin of my favorite tier list likes my idea! Whoo!


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