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Jan 23, 2015

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Dec - Patch 5.1



Preface Chatter

Hey everyone, it's 2 days in since Riot reset the ranked queues and while I'm sure most of you are happily grinding away, it's also about time to drop in for some updates to the FOTM tier list! Check out the goodies below! This rendition features a STRONG move-up from an old gun-slinging favorite, Graves!
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 5.1 Summary
Buffs: Azir, Elise, Evelynn, Hecarim, Kalista, Renekton, Skarner;
Nerfs: Corki, Gnar, Janna, Jayce, Rek'Sai, Sona, Syndra;
Tweaks: Nautilus
  • 1/25: Azir moved up
  • 1/29: Akali moved down, added top lane Kassadin, Vi moved up
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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Zed, Azir, Fizz, Leblanc
Jungle Gods: Rek'Sai, Jarvan IV, Vi, Lee Sin
AD Gods: Graves
Top Lane Gods: Rek'Sai, Gnar, Lissandra, Irelia,
Support Gods: Janna, Thresh

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

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Annie, Lissandra, Ziggs, Twisted Fate
Jungle: Warwick, Sion, Elise, Skarner, Nocturne, Volibear, Nautilus, Evelynn
AD Carry: Ezreal, Twitch, Draven, Ashe, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Azir, Tryndamere, 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: Syndra, 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, Shen, 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, 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

  • Leblanc [God Tier Mid] - Leblanc is back on top of the top 5 most banned champions again this time around, mostly because of how disappointing it is to die to a fed Leblanc without being able to fight back. Meanwhile, we'll have to see how she does after DFG is removed from the game.
  • Jarvan IV [God Tier Jungle] - Jarvan's finally taking his rightful place in the eyes of the populace, and they've finally recognized  his power for what it is...the strongest. 
  • Graves [God Tier ADC] - Graves is receiving tons of attention lately in heavy AOE compositions, and is the current go-to now that Lucian's been heavily nerfed. They have similar skillsets, so the transition has been pretty ubiquitous. 
  • Lissandra [God Tier Top] - Lissandra's definitely the most popular AP top laner now in terms of how much people fear her (Akali doesn't count). With her powerful AOE damaging abilities, she's definitely very powerful right now.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - Professional play has vaulted Kassadin up high in terms of FOTM, While overall he does pretty mediocre at most levels of play, a fed Kassadin is absolutely impossible to escape from and definitely somewhat annoying to play against.
  • Pantheon [Tier 1 Jungle] - Nerfs to his jungle have had slow ripple effects, and as expected most are slow to pick up that he's significantly weaker than before. While still playable, his popularity is slowly fading in favor of other champions, such as the ever popular Lee Sin.
  • Tryndamere [Tier 2 Top] - Not surprisingly, with so many death defying champions and blinking champions popular on the rift, Tryndamere has become frustrating for most non-Tryndamere mains to pick up and start playing. This results in a quickly declining play rate for Ashe's main squeeze.
  • Syndra [Tier 3 Mid] - Nerfs on Syndra this patch combined with a lot of public ranting has dropped her out of the limelight. Syndra mains still play her, but in a week or two I expect to see her ban rate to drop significantly out of the picture.
  • 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. Please! ADD Malzahar top...

  2. CommonSenseGuyJanuary 24, 2015

    This isn't the real tier list. This is for meta fags who want to play what's perceived as popular.

  3. SSJSuntasticJanuary 24, 2015

    That's not a very nice way to put it

  4. So are people finally just realizing that Azir is/always has been strong and playing him more? (Thanks bjerg) Or are people just more open to playing him now that he's much less buggy?

  5. CommonSenseGuyJanuary 25, 2015

    It's shit.

  6. "Tryndamere has become frustrating for most non-Tryndamere mains to pick up and start playing", LOLOLOLOL

  7. SSJSuntasticJanuary 25, 2015

    He takes a lot of ranged harass and tends to get bullied hard unless he can get an early cheese play in. For new players it's difficult to know who they can beat in an all in.

  8. AmphibiousFrogJanuary 25, 2015

    You really should put Ezreal up higher, I see him in almost every game.

  9. what do you think about Kass top especially with Akali and Liss Tops now

  10. ChickenkitchenJanuary 26, 2015

    He got a ton of buffs and he's less buggy, which obviously leads to him being played more. Also, I can't believe this is happening but he will receive a new buff in patch 5.2. His Q will get more range (750>850) and I just can't believe that he is getting another buff after doing so well in both SoloQ and LCS.

  11. ChickenkitchenJanuary 27, 2015

    Acording to this it is a buff.

  12. Morgan FreemanJanuary 27, 2015

    Why is Master Yi in tier 1?

  13. Nathan NixonJanuary 27, 2015

    Check this one, it is a direct quote from a red.

  14. R.I.P my dear Akali :(

  15. DFG removal will put LB higher in term of win rate as she never really needed it to instant 0-100 every carry... But DFG was really hepfull to the less bursty mid laner who wanted to stand a chance to compete with her in a 1v1.

  16. Kassadin top is my main currently. I have an 88.9% win rate with him, and I see him as being very very strong. The build I use is:
    Tear, RoA, tanky boots based on their team comp(usually merc), Archangels, Iceborn Gauntlet, then just build items based on your situation. You can go a more tanky route with things like Abyssal, Zhonyas, Rylais maybe, etc. or you can go for a Rabadons/Void Staff. Kass is a champion where you have to know how to build based on the situation you're in, not just off a set build. RoA and Archangels are pretty much necessary though. Hope this helps!

    (You can take him mid as well, 21/9/0 AP, straight AP runes)


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