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Nov 4, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - November - Patch 4.18



Preface Chatter
Update: As the season winds into its close, I thought this would be a good opportunity to do some updates on this list for November. Check out the details below!

  • Yasuo falls out of favor
  • Rammus and Ryze part of the new "must ban" list
If you're looking for the regular solo queue tier list, be sure to check it out via this link!
Patch 4.18 Summary
Nerfs: Kha'Zix, Lucian, Tristana, Viktor, Wukong, Yasuo;
Buffs: Azir, Ezreal, Gangplank;
Tweaks: Sion, Akali;
Search for a champion:
The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Zed, Fizz, Akali, Zilean
Jungle Gods: Rammus, Kha'Zix, Vi, Lee Sin,
AD Gods: Lucian
Top Lane Gods: Ryze, Gnar, Maokai, Akali
Support Gods: Morgana, Thresh

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

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Annie, Ziggs, Twisted Fate, Kassadin
Jungle: Master Yi, Shaco, Sion, Elise, Skarner, Nocturne, Volibear, Nautilus, Evelynn
AD Carry: Ezreal, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Sion, Nidalee, 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, Azir, Pantheon, Cassiopeia, Leblanc, Kayle, Nidalee (AP), Morgana, Lissandra, Mordekaiser, Swain, Viktor, Brand, Vel'Koz, Malzahar, Anivia, Ryze, Galio, Vladimir, Zyra, Karma, Veigar, Heimerdinger, Karthus, Gragas, Kha'Zix, Tristana, Cho'Gath, Kennen
Jungle: Olaf, Trundle, Kayle, Jax, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Shyvana, Gragas, Diana, Malphite, Tryndamere, Hecarim, Aatrox, Sejuani, Zac, Nunu, Cho'Gath, Darius
AD Carry: Miss Fortune, Graves, Varus, Ashe, Sivir, Quinn
Top Lane: Kayle, Malphite, Azir, Alistar, Singed, Gragas, Darius, Kennen, Teemo, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Quinn, Aatrox, Elise, Volibear, Kha'Zix, Karma, Poppy, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Gangplank, Zac, Mordekaiser, 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. Mister ApolloOctober 15, 2014

    This list almost seems more accurate then the solo Q list

  2. I really think Riven mid deserves better than T4. She's definitely not T1 or anything but I don't think its that bad considering she still snowballs like a train and can solo carry.

  3. SSJSuntasticOctober 15, 2014

    Some people prefer this one more, that's why I put up both.

  4. This one is more like the "champions played very often and considered to be op"- list.
    The other one is more about hidden op champs that are good to carry soloq if executed well.
    I could be completely wrong because its only my point of view.

  5. Ben HaertelOctober 15, 2014

    This is a FOTM tier list, which does not place champions based on viability but on popularity.
    Ask yourself, is Riven mid POPULAR?
    If I took Riven mid, would my team's reaction be NOT AMUSED?
    Hint: The answer is most likely YES.

  6. Rafik VardanyanOctober 15, 2014

    Hey SSJ, love your tier lists :D ...but i wanna know...would the FOTM list be better if im trying to see what champs are good to play in a ranked 5s team? I main top lane and i want to expand my champ pool but a lot of the champs from the solo queue list wouldnt work (obviously) so i just wanted to make sure if this list would be better to look at when im talking about ranked 5s champions. Thank you :)

  7. I've been wondering, what makes a champ a "Crowd Favorite"? Is the list purely based on popularity? I'm only really asking since Annie was in "Playable" last I checked, now she's in "Crowd Favorite".

  8. Oh cool, new titles for the tier's. yuhp... Nice new names.

  9. Rafik VardanyanOctober 15, 2014

    That makes sense, thanks xD Yea ofcourse the comp matters but since top lane is more or less an island im usually able to pick champs like Maokai or Ryze almost any game, so I just wanted to know what other champs i can play in ranked 5s in general. I guess what im looking for is a tier list of champions for ranked 5s :p

  10. Marciano IsseltOctober 15, 2014


  11. the only reason i would ban lee sin is so i dont have to have him in my team.

  12. shahin yazdanfarOctober 16, 2014

    Why is evelynn so popular? She is sooo bad after nerfs probably tier 2-3 more like 3

  13. KingofMongoose .October 16, 2014

    pick rates

  14. She can walk past wards (invisible) and as most people are lower elo (silver) she stops face :D

  15. Can you delete this stupid fucking list, tired of people banning akali because of your nonsense

  16. whole different crowd commenting on this list than the other one.

  17. I wouldn't put Yasuo so high on these lists unless he got a buff recently I don't know about. Just my two cents.

  18. Josh ThurlowOctober 19, 2014

    If you can utilize her properly she is quite powerful, just like elise. Both of which are in Tier 3 in the Solo Queue list.

  19. Rammus should be T3 top

  20. Matias Ignacio Araneda ArayaOctober 19, 2014

    jayce mid should be god tier #worlds

  21. With the small buffs to Ezreal. Did it help him any?

  22. SleepySheepyOctober 23, 2014

    urgot should be a god in all lanes...

  23. Steve MaddenOctober 23, 2014

    Yasuo God tier ? i think is pick rate has been lowered and he isnt that strong imo

  24. Too bad I'm never gonna ban Lee Sin, its almost an advantage at low ELO when someone on the other team chooses him...

  25. I want to buy Volibear or Darius, but I can't decide. Any opinions and reasons for them?

  26. Punjabi PumaOctober 27, 2014

    What makes Master Yi Top tier 3?

  27. For top lane or jungle?

  28. Isn't this a popularity list? I'm not completely sure as I have only seen this list a few times.

  29. Because he is terrible top? Lol. Have you ever faced a Yi top? I literally destroy them no matter what top laner I chose.

  30. I think in this list Lulu mid should be moved down. I've gotten a lot of "WTF why are you lulu mid??" by people.

  31. DivideByInfinityNovember 03, 2014

    I still see it time to time.
    Not bad.
    Not what it used to be.
    But still viable and still used.

  32. DivideByInfinityNovember 03, 2014

    So fun to play
    Plus Dunkmaster :3

  33. Steve MaddenNovember 04, 2014

    Soraka supp tier 4 ? tsm odd one destroys everything with it

  34. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    THIS. I take jungle, never ban lee sin, enemy team picks lee sin, 90% of the time its an easy win. Also helps if i instruct my team not to attempt to go yasuo, then i dont ban him either and low and behold theres a high chance the enemy team has yasuo or lee sin.

  35. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    Hes terrible. But for this tier list its about popularity, and he is played a lot for some reason.

  36. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    IP comes free. Add to that your wins for the should be able to have both in no time at all, even if you just play 5-10 games a week. Just make sure you get those daily wins and you sir, can have both!

  37. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    Same with Yasuo!

  38. But then if you don't jungle, it;s just as likely he will be on your team. Even in plat I hate when a lee sin is on my team. And I wouldn't say it's the best thing to allow the enemy team to have both lee sin and yasuo on the same team. That combo is so annoying, even though individually they are both terrible champs.

  39. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    That's the key, you must take jungle. Otherwise sure, go ahead and ban him so you don't have him on your team. I think the two of them together are still pretty awful, of course assuming this is solo queue we're talking here.

  40. It's not that it's a good game-winning combo. It's just makes me rage so hard when I die because the enemy lee picks me off with a flash kick ino yas ult combo. I still would kill myself if both were on my team at the same time.

  41. SquirrelNutkinsNovember 04, 2014

    Lol that would be hilarious to see. I might actually dodge if I had both of them on my team and I wasn't in my most comfortable position, as long as its not promos or something. I from now on am always looking to make a tactical dodge if need be. Looking up people before the match begins on Lolking is a helpful tool to mastering the tactical dodge.

  42. I seriously dont know why highly mobile assassins are always overplayed no matter how good or bad they are. Maybe they are fun champs to play but if your champ has a low win rate(LEE SIN at 46% be like) why is it so important to play him? I especially see this in the jungle where its Kha'Zix vs Lee Sin when I dont go jungle. This still happens if we have a ton of mobility-carries in other lanes. If I jungle in this situation I typically go Amumu, Sejuani, Skarner, or Nautilus to put a tank in the team comp other than the support. In top lane its the same situation in the form of Riven vs. Fiora. If one is picked vs me, why not counter it with Renekton when your team isnt tanky instead of picking the 4th mobility-carry champ. In mid I see Yas vs Fizz most of the time, my counter is Swain(Vs. Yas) or Galio(Vs. Fizz). I only see the non-diversity in bot lane in the form of Lucian but Lucian is OP without a doubt so I cant complain there. Maybe I over-value tankiness but Is a dash really more important than any nukes, sustain, tankiness, or AoE?

  43. Charlie JamesNovember 05, 2014

    odd one is a jungler come on man

  44. Steve MaddenNovember 05, 2014

    Then i meant dyrus

  45. That long ass tier 4 support list.... Elise? Yorick? has anyone actually ever played them support?

  46. I don´t know whats the big deal with Maokai top, he just can´t carry in soloq

  47. RIP your memory

  48. Dude they have CC so they MUST be supports! (Wood 12 logic)

  49. Justin SmithNovember 10, 2014

    Dyrus is a top laner... The TSM Support is Lustboy, and I've NEVER seen him play Soraka (or really anything outside of Nami with the very [I repeat, *VERY*] occasional Thresh/Janna/Braum, although he did play Alistar support with WildTurtle in ranked a couple weeks ago)

  50. elise was played as a very strong support pick in lcs before. and for yorick just his ult ^^ (2 adcs,op.)

  51. poppy jungle is tier 4? i dont think so

  52. Jonathan Van EgmondNovember 14, 2014

    Because this is FOTM and popularity, NOT strength. Look at the other tier list

  53. Jonathan Van EgmondNovember 14, 2014

    As you said, mobile champs are fun and League of Legends is a game so if people think they can win while having fun, they'll do it

  54. I see your point but they dont win as much as other champs and it pisses me off when I see them all the time lol

  55. Move ryze, rammus, and vi down and j4, amumu, syndra, irelia, rengar, and kat up. Also wukong should be t1 top, kayle should be t2, and every adc is above mf.

  56. Wrong tier list, and if it was on the right one then it would still be wrong.

  57. DivideByInfinityNovember 27, 2014

    You should make two of these a month!
    Or at least update them!
    Because I haven't seen a Ryze in forever, and a lot of things have changed.

  58. Thanks for that suck reasoning.

  59. Where would Malhazar be in the mid lane? Who would be better azir or Malhazar


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