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Dec 27, 2014

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Dec - Patch 4.21



Preface Chatter

Happy holidays everyone, and welcome to what will probably be the last FOTM Tier List ever...this year. As we close out 2014 strong, new faces are in the crowd at the top of the list, most notably the new champion, Rek'Sai! Check out the full list below~
If you're looking for the regular solo queue tier list, be sure to check it out via this link!
For a list of champions with the highest *potential* in the game without regard to difficulty or team synergies, check out the list of strongest potential champions in each position!
Patch 4.21 Summary
BuffsAzir, Cassiopeia, Diana, Galio, Jarvan IV, Jax, Kennen, Nocturne, Shen, Shyvana, Varus, Yasuo. Zac;
Nerfs: Corki, Fiddlesticks, Jayce, Lucian, Pantheon, Rengar, Warwick;
Tweaks: Cho'Gath, Sejuani, Soraka
  • 12/28: Sejuani jungle moved up
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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Zed, Fizz, Akali, Syndra
Jungle Gods: Rek'SaiFiddlesticks, Pantheon
AD Gods:
Top Lane Gods: Rek'SaiGnar, Irelia, Akali
Support Gods: Thresh, Janna, Morgana

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: AzirLeblanc, Yasuo, Katarina, Ahri, Kassadin, Talon, Orianna, Lux, Jayce, Xerath,
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Warwick, Vi, Shaco, Lee Sin, Xin Zhao, Sejuani, Udyr, Kha'Zix, Maokai, Amumu, Rengar, Master Yi
AD Carry: Lucian, Jinx, Graves, Vayne, Ezreal, Tristana, Corki
Top LaneRiven, Lissandra, Jax, Darius, Rengar, Jayce, Yasuo, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Nasus, Lee Sin, Rumble, Jarvan IV, Fiora
Support: Leona, Braum, Blitzcrank, Soraka, Sona, Alistar, Nami, Lulu,

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Annie, Lissandra, Ziggs, Twisted Fate
Jungle: Sion, Elise, Skarner, Nocturne, Volibear, Nautilus, Evelynn
AD Carry: Twitch, Draven, Caitlyn, Sivir, Ashe, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Azir, Maokai, Sion, Wukong, Nidalee, Renekton, Trundle, Cho'gath, Udyr, Vladimir, Lulu, Shyvana, Olaf, Xin Zhao, Warwick, Swain, Dr. Mundo, Zed
Support: Annie, Zilean, Karma

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Diana, Lulu (AP), Pantheon, Cassiopeia, Kayle, Nidalee (AP), Morgana, Zilean, Mordekaiser, Swain, Viktor, Brand, Vel'Koz, Malzahar, Anivia, Ryze, Galio, Vladimir, Zyra, Karma, Veigar, Heimerdinger, Karthus, Gragas, Kha'Zix, Tristana, Cho'Gath, Kennen
Jungle: Wukong, Rammus, Olaf, Trundle, Kayle, Jax, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Shyvana, Gragas, Diana, Malphite, Tryndamere, Hecarim, Aatrox, Zac, Nunu, Cho'Gath, Darius
AD Carry: Miss Fortune, Kalista, Varus,  Quinn
Top Lane: Kayle, Malphite, Ryze, Alistar, Singed, Gragas, 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, Malphite, Teemo, Gangplank, Riven, Fiora, Fiddlesticks, Kog'maw, Ezreal (AP), Sona, 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, 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.

Champion Explanations

  • Azir [Tier 1 Mid] - Azir's utility and "fun" level are absolutely through the roof and offers plenty of damage to boot. Although difficult to master, his abilities are very satisfying to use. 
  • Gnar [Top God] - Despite nerfs on Gnar last patch, this yordle still remains high on the popularity list with his unique abilities and kiting power.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - The Riftwalker recently made a strong comeback as one of the most mobile champions on the rift. Despite not receiving any changes, many players are starting to feel their way back into the cycle.
  • Leblanc [Tier 1 Mid] - Similar to Kassadin, despite being essentially the same, nerfs on alternate champions have brought Leblanc back into the spotlight. With her flashy plays and strong gap closer, she remains a top contender mid lane in the eyes of most people.
  • Lissandra [Tier 1 Top] - Nerfs on Ryze created a void for the ranged AP top players, and Lissandra fills the void quite well. At the moment, she's extremely popular for her strong initiation skills.
  • Pantheon [God Tier Jungle] - Despite nerfs to his jungle via the change in dragon damage, Pantheon remains a highly popular pick. He can no longer effectively stall out at dragon with full health the entire time, but his passive still remains strong in the jungle as a form of sustain.
  • Rek'Sai [God Tier Jungle/Top] - Rek'Sai is the new queen of the rift, with her insane mobility, CC, and damage. More thoughts on Rek'Sai available here.
  • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - With the new jungle valuing small creep camps highly, Shaco has made a comeback in the jungle with his strong counterjungling abilities. While still somewhat of a high skill champion in terms of knowing what to do when, he remains a popular selection for many junglers looking for constant action.
  • Soraka [Tier 1 Support] - Surprisingly, Soraka remains highly popular in her current state, even more so than Sona. As a very simple to use support with a few unique mechanics to her, she is very user friendly while still offering some interesting playmaking abilities.
  • Warwick [Tier 1 Jungle] - After nerfs last patch, he's much more in-line with other strong junglers on the rift. Although still a force to be reckoned with, he's not longer a must ban champion.
  • 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. what r ur thoughts on garen? in lower tiers where ppl suck at kiting, hes really strong. usually i go ~10/2 with him by mid game, but he falls of really hard late game. hes like renekton, he has a lot of free damage early but falls of hard later. (i go 10/2 by doing troll builds like sunfire into ie into youmuus into spirit into trinity force and boots somewhere)

  2. SSJSuntasticDecember 27, 2014

    I think Garen's fairly balanced right now, he has some trouble in teamfights.

  3. Ok. Why isnt blitz pee in your pants ban? Is there some trick where your teamates in silver figure out how not to get pulled on lane ans feed 3 times before lvl 6?

  4. Joaquin SosaDecember 27, 2014

    I think Graves be considered as Tier God right now . His amazing burst damage it does have great synergy with supports with good CC , and their mobility is not at all bad

  5. plz explain rammus in tier 3 jung o.O

  6. SSJSuntasticDecember 27, 2014

    He's playable but not popular right now

  7. so does this mean that their hasn't been any popular "God tier" worthy ADC?

  8. SSJSuntasticDecember 28, 2014

    Not at the moment no, some people are still hanging onto Lucian but most have given up

  9. let me tell u a secret. despite lack of cc mordekaiser is amazing

  10. You dont have Lissandra as a Mid Laner on here

  11. Michael ArcherDecember 28, 2014

    Step 1: ctrl + f
    Step 2: type in "Lissandra"
    Step 3: Find Lissandra in T2 mid

  12. Dennis LegendsDecember 28, 2014

    How did Sejuani get from God Tier to Tier 3 without a nerf or an explanation?

  13. There should be Tier 5 (BAN- the player who plays it) with Urgot for all roles

  14. Jay AlabangasinfandrallabatralDecember 28, 2014

    Sorry guys wich difference between "solo queue FOTM tier list" and "solo queue tier list"? what FOTM stands for?

  15. Daniel BarcelosDecember 28, 2014

    So does Olaf, but he is still in tier 2

  16. FOTM stands for flavor of the month. This means a champion that has become popular pretty quickly over the last couple of weeks. A good example of a FOTM right now is Lissandra.

  17. SSJSuntasticDecember 28, 2014

    This is the FOTM tier list, not the solo queue tier list. She should be higher on this list though, moved her up.

  18. SSJSuntasticDecember 28, 2014

    On the solo queue tier list they're both balanced, but people just happen to think Olaf is stronger on the FOTM list due to Korean influence.

  19. Jay AlabangasinfandrallabatralDecember 28, 2014

    thank you!

  20. DontBePotatoDecember 28, 2014

    What about Lee Song support god tier??? I play eveyday on eune deserve chalonger, but teamates suck now I stack in elo hel, gg

  21. SSJSuntasticDecember 28, 2014

    Lee Singa too stronk

  22. Josh ThurlowDecember 28, 2014

    wrong list. there is a link above that has the tier list. this is FOTM list.

  23. Visiblehades2December 29, 2014

    Where is tryndamere top? I don't see it

  24. Visiblehades2December 29, 2014

    Disregard this comment I'm apparently blind.

  25. Visiblehades2December 29, 2014

    Why did kalista go from tier 1 too tier 3 D: she's my favourite AD carry q.q

  26. Joaquin SosaDecember 29, 2014

    Sorry but, what's the difference?

  27. DazedandDeadDecember 29, 2014

    Yeah. If you get stuck with that kind of bot lane partner, Blitz might as well be in the GGRageQuit tier. But, generally, you should not be getting grabbed that much... Ever. He is pretty easy to predict.

  28. MasterOfMetalDecember 30, 2014

    Mordekaiser es numero uno

  29. AP Lee Song Support #vvvortic

  30. Daniel BarcelosDecember 30, 2014

    Sory, i don't realy know nothing about the Korean lol scenario. Wath Korean influence?

  31. Remember that Kalista's E is not working properly; only doing half the damage. Most players are aware of this so a lot of people are avoiding her since it's a pretty great disadvantage. I'd say her popularity might spike back up where it was once her damage output has been fixed.

  32. Storm IsteryDecember 30, 2014

    Why isn't Lee SIn tier god?

  33. DazedandDeadDecember 30, 2014

    Maybe... I hadn't heard about that actually... nor can I easily find a post anywhere talking about it.

  34. where is Brand support?

  35. I'm new here, what's FOTM

  36. Iraq LobsterDecember 31, 2014

    this tier is so different compared to the other, why?

  37. Iraq LobsterDecember 31, 2014

    flavour of the month, a term which originated in WoW and basically means the monthly trend.

  38. TheMortarGuyJanuary 04, 2015

    why arent there any god tier ad carries?

  39. Harbinger KassadinJanuary 05, 2015


  40. Kevin NicolasJanuary 05, 2015

    Graves not AD God?

  41. Dennis LegendsJanuary 08, 2015

    there is a function to search for a champ.

  42. Brandon PursifullJanuary 10, 2015

    Rek'sai support, don't dismiss it before you try it.
    -good poke with burrow Q
    -peel and engage with unburrow knockup
    -tremor sense to counter invis champs like twitch, shaco, eve, etc
    -engage and escape with tunnels
    -good damge to help secure kills with Q and E
    -map presence with ult and i recommend tele as well

    I build tanky and mobile with mobility boots, face of the mountain, randuins, sightstone, and spirit visage as core.

    Not claiming she is best as support or even great, but definitely viable; especially against bot lanes without a whole lot of sustain.

  43. HotsauceShoTYMEJanuary 11, 2015

    Shen is better than a bottom tier Jungler.

  44. this list is more accurate than the other one imo

  45. SSJSuntasticJanuary 23, 2015

    Feel free to use this one then

  46. FFS use your reading comprehension "FOTM TIER LIST"

  47. Lee Sin is still perceived as one of the strongest junglers, I think he should be God Tier on FOTM.

  48. SSJSuntasticJanuary 24, 2015

    This is why I gotta forward the comments to the new page every time I update :P Patch 5.1 FOTM is out since yesterday

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