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Feb 4, 2015

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - Dec - Patch 5.2



Preface Chatter

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Ahri patch. It would be called the Azir patch, but he's banned in every game so he's a non-factor regardless of how much people want to play him. Anyway, check out the complete listing 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 5.2 Summary
Buffs: Annie, Nidalee, Syndra,
Nerfs: Akali, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Rek'Sai, Zed
Tweaks: Ahri, Tristana
  • Jungle Nidalee Added
  • Fizz top added
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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Azir, Zed, Ahri, Leblanc
Jungle Gods: Rek'SaiJarvan IV, Vi, Lee Sin, Nidalee, Fiddlesticks
AD GodsGraves, Kalista
Top Lane Gods: Irelia, Lissandra, Rek'Sai, Gnar
Support Gods: Janna, Thresh

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

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

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Fizz, Syndra, Diana, Lulu (AP), Pantheon, Kayle, 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, Aatrox, Zac, Nunu, Cho'Gath, Shen, Darius
AD Carry: Miss Fortune, 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, Taric, Fiddlesticks, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Nunu, 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, 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

  • Akali [Tier 2 Mid] - Akali nerfs have dropped her down quite a ways. Although the general consensus is that she's still playable, she's not banned nearly as much anymore.
  • Azir [God Tier Mid] - With his oppressing in-lane poke and potential for insanely high AOE damage if enemies stay in range of his soldiers, Azir has become a strong ban at all divisions as he's annoying to play against and is extremely popular at the moment.
  • Cassiopeia [Tier 1 Mid] - A somewhat late addition to the FOTM party, Cassiopeia was actually nerfed, but as people saw professionals playing her again in tournaments on last patch, more have picked her up and her play rate is surprisingly fairly high considering her nerfs this patch.
  • Fizz [Tier 3 Mid] - Fizz's "tweaks" aka nerfs have brought him to a fairly low point. Although he's still playable, he's not banned nearly as much anymore.
  • Nidalee [God Tier Jungle] - With the  changes to Nidalee's damage to neutral monsters this patch, she's become a hotly contested pick for solo queue jungler. Her damage is quite high if she lands her spear, and her insane gap closer makes her a popular pick with a very satisfying execute.
  • Rek'Sai [God Tier Jungle] - Despite nerfs, Rek'Sai remains highly sought after in solo queue, mostly due to her mobility and insane dueling potential.
  • Sivir [Tier 1 ADC] - After high usage on the professional scene, Sivir's popularity in solo queue has greatly rise as well.
  • Tristana [Tier 1 ADC] - Although still largely (smalley?) the same yordle we've all grown  up with, Tristana's visual update has given her new breath, and people are picking her up more and more over the other older ADCs with no changes.
  • 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. Might have to pick up nidalee and azir to see what the buzz is all about...

  2. Niklas HopperFebruary 05, 2015

    I'd like to mention that Tristana's kit was changed though, just not to a great extent.

  3. Not sure how tristina is the same.....

  4. You have Sivir in bold but didn't say anything about her.

  5. ItsTheFerrettFebruary 05, 2015

    "Despite nerfs, Rek'Sai remains highly sought after in solo queue, mostly due to his mobility and insane dueling potential"
    Rek'sai is a girl, silly head

  6. NotEnglish But Spaghetti :DFebruary 05, 2015

    "his mobility"
    poor rek'sai

  7. :( I hope they dont nerf Nidalee. Been playing her jungle since the change and now shes becomming popular ._.

  8. kalista is fking broken

  9. kalista is fking broken

  10. So this tier list is actually or ?

  11. SSJSuntasticFebruary 05, 2015

    Fixed for clarity

  12. LoL hypster spotted ^^

  13. SSJSuntasticFebruary 05, 2015

    They serve different purposes. This list is more meta based.

  14. SSJSuntasticFebruary 05, 2015

    Also fixed

  15. Antonio MartínezFebruary 05, 2015

    its weird how things vary from server to server in las azir is barely used and considered kinda weak same as nida jg and kalista wile yasuo is still considered a god

  16. Not at all. Apparently some pro player(s) have been using her lately. I'm only aware of this as people state in the champion select. I dont follow or watch 'pro' players or the LCS etc.

  17. Nidalee is quite strong Azir is only super strong when you're capable of playing him, which to be completely honest, the massive skill cap on him makes it so often times he's a little bit more effective than if the Rapors could move around. (Yes I actually mean the jungle camp.)

  18. Exevier EtcheverryFebruary 05, 2015

    I'm disagree in a few points (imo):

    1. Evelynn and Elise should be tier 3: Their popularity is veeery low, and their winrates are very low. Is very know that Elise isn't a popular or good pick in bronze-platinum. (Even diamond). The same for Evelynn.

    2. Ashe should be tier 3: I know that she is a good pick, but a lot of people think "omg ashe?? lol pick graves pls ashe is noob, she dont has scape". I quote: "Picking them one at a time isn't going to cause much of a concern on your team."

    3. Lissandra mid should be tier 1: A lot of people see the crescent popularity of Lissandra (in bans and picks). Therefore a lot of people (in low elo) thinks that Liss top is op but Liss mid too.

    4. Leona sup should be god tier: The most popular support (surpassed by Thresh in 4%). Very picked, very banned.

  19. I'd say there are 2 main reasons for the rising pick rate on Tristana:

    -New shit, let's all try her!
    -Broken pressure power.

    Seriously, I've played her a lot and I can definitely say she is annoying as fuck. Her power to push enemies under their tower is bigger than before, and not even under tower they are safe thanks to the strong damage she can do by planting her E on the enemy turret (which helps pushing a lot btw). The nerfs to her AtSpd/lvl managed to balance her a bit, but the burst she has now is simply amazing.

  20. Gabriel Thomazine DamettoFebruary 05, 2015

    Ive played with her and yes, she still is a hyper carry and is almost as good as the old tristana.

  21. She is in god tier. Just not in the FOTM though

  22. I don't think Tristana should be that high because once you get past all the bells and whistles Riot has placed on her she still got nerfed pretty bad

  23. This is the Fotm tier list not the solo queue this one basically ranks them on popularity, Elise and Evelynn are pretty unpopular and have rather low win rates so they're kinda stuck where they are but LCS players like Meteos can play them as if they were god tier. Ashe is kinda unpopular because she is more utlity then damage and people expect ADCs to bring more damage then utility though you still need utility rather be a straight glass cannon for example jinx she has a lot of utility and damage so that's what makes her so strong and popular. Lissandra mid is dwarfed by Lissandra top and since so many people play her top more that's why Lissandra mid is so unpopular and that 4% still makes Thresh more of a popular champ then leona

  24. What about fizz jungle? His w now nukes jungle creeps, so his clear is decent. maybe tier two?

  25. that was exactly the point. you were cool before cool was a thing.

  26. Oh i see :) I'm sorry, I didnt understand ^^

  27. Sir JigglypuffFebruary 06, 2015

    I was plat 5 last season, now i'm unranked.
    Since they closed the ELO i stoped playing league, and now i'm playing again, and i'm a bit out of the meta.
    ¿Should i follow this tier list or the other?

    In my opinion i think the other is better for plat, but i dont know what to do.

  28. SSJSuntasticFebruary 06, 2015

    I personally would follow the other list, it highlights who I think is strong in the current meta. This list highlights which champions ARE the current meta or perceived as strong by the majority of people.

  29. onii swagchanFebruary 06, 2015

    where the fuck is amumu support what the hell??

  30. truly 10/10 support

  31. astersimpsonFebruary 06, 2015

    gonna have to agree on this one.

  32. You really hate malzahar SSJ...don't you?

  33. Final Boss VeigarFebruary 07, 2015

    Heimerdinger, highest win rate toplaner, Tier 4. I like that

  34. this is FOTM teir list silly, and also he is more of a midlaner

  35. Wukong.....?

  36. What is FOTM ?

  37. KingoftheSocksFebruary 08, 2015

    Flavour of the Month, basically any picks who have become really popular who the last month or so.

    EG. Jungle Nidalee is the FOTM currently as it being played in LCS and is thought on the whole to be having fairly good success all around

  38. You can have a 100% winrate but have 0% pickrate on this lsit

  39. Nott SSJ just everyone else Malz is ranked pretty high on the solo queue tier lsit

  40. yeah and full AP amumu mid

  41. Azir getting nerfed not worth, though Nidalee might be a good pick

  42. Wait why is Blitzcrank jungle on this tier list but not on the other

  43. This list is what most - not all - believe is currently awesome to play whilst the other is what SSJ believes personally

  44. Yeah things vary a lot from server to server, but i am from LAS diamond 1 and azir is a god since like 2 weeks ago, no one bans kalista and yasuo is considered kinda trashy... I think that picks vary more depending on elo, for example in bronze-gold you can still see the nasus and lucian bans lol

  45. Antonio MartínezFebruary 08, 2015

    of course i was speaking from my perspective tought i am silver 2 still i think this tier list represents lower elos

  46. the fact that ali is t-4 and trundle isn't even on the jungle list confuses me.

  47. Tbh trundle should be higher. I'm not saying blindly raise him, but try trundle with devourer into bork or tri force. And just counter jungle early til u get devourer. It is basically the equivilant of last seasons udyr

  48. Waiting for the Nidalee nerf. Extremely broken atm.

  49. True, leona is pretty broken atm so she should be god tier.

  50. As a Nidalee main player, she is actually OP, i just want that Riot revert the buff in the jungle and dont touch her stats.

  51. Visiblehades2February 11, 2015

    So kalista went from tier 3 to God tier. she is definitely not God tier one hit cc and she melts like a popsickle on a hot summer day

  52. Ezreal (AP), Sona WTF? Sono with AP Ez at Tier 4 GG

  53. I definetly think jungle sion is at LEAST 1st tier if not god tier, clears incredibly easy at full health, effective ganks that FORCE flash and if your laner lands hard stun can easily result in a kill. Late game has potential game changing ult+q combo. Every time i pick sion i win, Im on a 9 game winning streak 0 losses maybe one or two games where our lanes won solo

  54. To think about it, what you just said applies to literally every ADC except Urgot and maybe Graves/Sivir.

  55. calle perssonFebruary 16, 2015

    Yeah if a adc melts like an popsticle it's usually bad positioning over anything else. Other then the passive she's pretty similar to any other adc.

  56. Josh ThurlowFebruary 20, 2015

    Wrong list. This is the FOTM list. Based on popularity. If you're looking for carrying potential and whatnot, go to the Solo Queue Tier List

  57. singed in tier 3... ow... my flavor of every month.... bae... singed op

  58. SSJSuntasticFebruary 22, 2015

    This is the FOTM tier list, Tier 3 is playable, just not popular.

  59. I know, I am lamenting over his relative unpopularity, not criticizing your placement of him. I actually have this site bookmarked because I find you to be spot on in pretty much every placement, especially on the solo que tier list.

  60. SSJSuntasticFebruary 22, 2015


  61. i dont see the point in this. other than giving people false ambition to play something in the lcs

  62. SpadeAce4444February 25, 2015

    Well, Sion is really popular these days as top laners in silver where I am, don't know just see a lot of sions.

  63. Interestingly enough for about the past 2 or even 3 months I have not seen a single Azir ranked in any of my games ;p

  64. SmarterThanYouFebruary 27, 2015

    The point in this is to show people who the popular champions are this month... duh read the title to find out what it's about

  65. Onur BulunMarch 03, 2015

    Is this list including bronze and silver?


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