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Apr 29, 2015

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - May - Patch 5.8

Hi everyone! Since I was a bit late on the last few Flavor of the Month tier lists, I figured I'd release a quick update on the new solo queue meta as there's been a ton of changes, largely in the way of top laners and junglers.


Preface Chatter

Hi everyone! Since I was a bit late on the last few Flavor of the Month tier lists, I figured I'd release a quick update on the new solo queue meta as there's been a ton of changes, largely in the way of top laners and junglers.

I'll adjust this list in a few weeks as the community digests the changes. I'm expecting a slight shift in the AD carries and possibly a rise in top lane Mundo and mid lane Ryze.

Highlights include the return of Shyvana top with smite, along with an unexpected rise in Urgot's popularity in solo queue with recent LCS play. Check out the full listing below!

The purpose of the "Flavor of the Month" ("FOTM") list is to show which champions are popular in today's metagame, so you can learn how to beat them!
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 5.8  Summary
Buffs: Ryze, Bard, Blitzcrank, Dr. Mundo, Kha'Zix, Mordekaiser, Pantheon (Clarity Buff);
Nerfs: Ahri, Caitlyn, Graves, Jinx, Nunu, Sion;
Tweaks: Shen, Yasuo;

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  • 4/29: Volibear jungle moved up, Pantheon jungle moved down

The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Leblanc, Zed, Katarina
Jungle Gods: Sejuani, Hecarim, Gragas, Nidalee, Rek'Sai
AD GodsGraves, Kalista, Jinx
Top Lane Gods: Hecarim, Irelia, Vladimir, Riven, Sion,
Support Gods: Morgana, Janna

God Tier Rising: Gragas (Jungle), Kalista (ADC), Morgana (Support), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Vladimir (Top),
God Tier Falling: Sion (Top)

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: Cho'Gath, Xerath, Ahri, Annie, Lissandra, Diana, Nidalee (AP), Cassiopeia, Orianna, Vladimir, Lux,
Jungle: Vi, Nautilus, Amumu, Nunu, Lee Sin, Jarvan IV, Fizz, Maokai, Zac, Volibear, Pantheon, Fiddlesticks, Shaco, Rengar, Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix,
AD Carry: Vayne, Sivir, Lucian, Caitlyn, Corki
Top LaneShyvana, Lissandra, Fizz, Rumble, Nasus, Cho'gath, Kennen, Gnar, Darius, Pantheon, Jax, Rengar, Lee Sin, Jarvan IV, Fiora, Jayce
Support: Thresh, AnnieNautilus, Blitzcrank, Leona,

Tier 1 Rising: Amumu (Jungle), Annie (Support), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Lee Sin (Jungle), Lucian (ADC), Nunu (Jungle), Shyvana (Top), Vayne (ADC), Volibear (Jungle)
Tier 1 Falling: Pantheon (Jungle)

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: ViktorLulu (AP), Talon, Yasuo, Ziggs, Jayce, Twisted Fate, Urgot
Jungle: Malphite, Master Yi, Warwick, Wukong, Sion, Evelynn, Elise, Nocturne, Udyr
AD Carry: Tristana, Ezreal, Draven, Quinn, Twitch,
Top Lane: Rek'Sai, Yasuo, Tryndamere, Maokai, Wukong, Nidalee, Renekton, Malphite, Trundle, Lulu, Gragas, Olaf, Xin Zhao, Warwick, Swain, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Zed
SupportBraum, Sona, Nami, Lulu, Karma, Alistar

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Quinn (ADC), Tristana (ADC), Viktor (Mid)

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Fizz, Akali, Syndra, Azir, Pantheon, Kayle, Morgana, Zilean, Mordekaiser, Swain, Brand, Vel'Koz, Malzahar, Anivia, Ryze, Galio, Kassadin, Zyra, Karma, Veigar, Heimerdinger, Karthus, Gragas, Kha'Zix, Tristana, Kennen
Jungle: Rammus, Skarner, Olaf, Trundle, Kayle, Jax, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Shyvana, Diana, Tryndamere, Aatrox, Cho'Gath, Shen, Darius
AD Carry: Ashe, Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune, Varus, Urgot
Top Lane: Kayle, Ryze, Singed, Akali, Kassadin, Teemo, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Quinn, Aatrox, Elise, Volibear, Udyr, Kha'Zix, Karma, Poppy, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Gangplank, Zac, Mordekaiser, Talon, Azir
Support: Zyra, Kennen, Soraka, Taric, Fiddlesticks, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Nunu, Gragas

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling

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
Top Lane: Heimerdinger, Alistar, Vayne, Galio, Nunu, Soraka
Support: Teemo, Volibear, Lux, Kayle, Maokai, Anivia, Veigar, Gangplank, Malphite, Nidalee, Orianna, Poppy, Galio, Shen, Bard, Yorick, Elise, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc, Caitlyn

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling

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

  • Cho'Gath [Tier 1 Mid] - At the moment, Cho'Gath is extremely popular as both a top laner and a mid laner. However, his mid-lane is currently the major cause of his spike in ban and popularity. The reason for this is that as the only remaining mid laner with a reliable silence, Cho is an absolute beast against many popular burst casters, especially with his naturally high defenses.
  • Fizz [Tier 3 Mid] - With the changes to Fizz shifting him back from an on-hit Fizz to a more burst type caster, Fizz mid is starting to see minor upticks in popularity. However, it's not back to mainstream yet.
  • Gragas [Jungle God] - With nerfs and constant bans on Sejuani, players are looking to new junglers with similar skillsets to replace and/or defeat her. Gragas fits the bill nicely and is largely considered by most professionals to be Sejuani's rough second in the jungle scene when played at a high level.
  • Irelia [Top God] - Interestingly enough, Irelia draws a lot of bans, but isn't all that popular when she's open to play. It seems that people acknowledge her strength to carry, but simply don't play her as she's a somewhat boring champion for some.
  • Janna [Support God] - Similar to Irelia, she draws plenty of bans simply because she counters a lot of people's favorites champions.
  • Jarvan IV [Tier 1 Jungle] - With the new Cinderhulk meta, Jarvan players who prefered aggressive glass cannon J4 have slowly faded out, leaving the classical tanky support tank Jarvan IV players picking up where they left off.
  • Kalista [AD God] - As a champion with plenty of sustained damage, she's become popular for kiting and shutting down the tanks in the current meta, especially as she is very effective against enemy slows with her passive.
  • Kennen [Tier 3 Support] - Kennen support has risen in popularity due to professional play. While solo queue players tend to still be a bit skeptical of how effective it is, he's starting to gain acceptance in the position.
  • Lee Sin [Tier 1 Jungle] - Tanky Lee Sin is starting to make a resurgence as players adapt to the Cinderhulk meta.
  • Lucian [Tier 1 ADC] - As the field was completely dominated by Jinx and Graves in Patch 5.7, old favorites like Lucian have started popping up as people tired of playing just two champions.
  • Lulu [Tier 2 Mid] - Classically more of a top bully role, with the introduction of smite top laners, Lulu has found her place back in mid lane with her strong poke, shields, and all around utility.
  • Nautilus [Tier 1 Jungle] - Nautilus has become somewhat of a highly respected pick in solo queue at the moment ever since his buffs and subsequent introduction to Cinderhulk. 
  • Nunu [Tier 1 Jungle] - With an absurd winrate, people couldn't ignore Nunu for long. He scales insanely well with Cinderhulk's bonus HP, and although his kit does require game knowledge to make a large impact, he's largely unkillable and uncatchable. Apparently that impacts games in a positive way. 
  • Quinn [Tier 2 ADC] - After the initial interest in her faded away after her buffs and people started realizing "blind" means you can't hit her with autos, she's dropped back to where she was before the changes.
  • Shyvana [Tier 1 Top] - With the smite teleport meta in full swing, Shyvana has become extremely popular as a top laner, especially in high Elos. She does also require a large amount of game knowledge to use effectively though, as solo invades tend to be risky in solo queue.
  • Urgot [Tier 2 Mid Lane] - With his new scaling shield and strong popularity, Urgot's come back into mid lane as an accepted and somewhat feared bully.
  • Viktor [Tier 2 Mid] - After the initial flavor of the month hype died down, it seems the new Viktor mains were left holding the bag as they realized he's pretty average after all. All aboard the Urgot train!
  • 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. Lol, and the new patch is coming out today. SSJ please :P

  2. The DoctorApril 29, 2015

    its actually 5.8 list

  3. someone gift me kalista IGN: Jabers9 server: EUW

  4. Alphawold1312April 29, 2015

    what about kalista
    mid lane? :D i mean it is very good cause of her disengage and engage easy to gank cause of ult and so on

  5. KirasathinApril 29, 2015

    Before ~2-3 weeks I suggested the same! Kalista middle is insanely fun and can dodge skillshots easily. Btw, I saw PowerofEvil playing Varus on middle, so yesterday I tried it and it is good, stacking AD + Mana + Armor penetration his Q deals insane damage and late game it can be spammed really frequently.

  6. Felipe Daniel Zúñiga LópezApril 29, 2015

    mmmmm.... and what about sejuani?

  7. Tim VecchioniApril 29, 2015


  8. "After the initial flavor of the month hype died down, it seems the new Viktor mains were left holding the bag as they realized he's pretty average after all."

    Viktor average? Lol wut. They just weren't worthy of Glorious Evolution.

  9. Yeah... Viktor is pretty average if he doesn't win lane, but if he gets fed his laser does like 10,000 damage.

  10. Because i need her and never someone gifted me :((

  11. Um... well good luck with that but maybe just in case save up some ip :)

  12. davessoncoqApril 29, 2015

    kalista is not a very good tankbuster, because you typically don't build crit on her. her e takes too long to stack against full tanks.

  13. But wouldn't new patch means new fotm? That's what I would think.

  14. He does not have to win lane, it's completely enough when he doesn't lose it. And after losing the lane pretty much every champion becomes average.

  15. Finally support kennen in here! But only tier 3? Come on play him, it would be fun ^_^

  16. He's already predicted the changes. :D

  17. tharsh3blowsApril 29, 2015

    I'm not trying to be that guy, but I feel like Annie should be either in the same tier or below wherever Vel'koz is since he's such a hard counter. On the other hand, Vel hates Kat and Zed so I understand. It's just funny seeing Annie above Vel knowing the matchup.

  18. Wow, I now feel so obliged to spend good RP points that I paid for with actually money to gift someone I haven't met or probably even played with.

  19. I like that Jinx didn't move...

    ...because real Jinx players know that this "Nerf" means nothing.

    A good Jinx player should never be close enough to the target to feel much of the reduced damage. 35% of the enemy's missing HP is what made the ability strong, not the AD ratios at close range.

    Enemy is at 1/4 HP, they are dead.. thats the only time you should be burning your ult outside of TFs anyway. (Too easy to dodge in long-range 1v1)

  20. Afonso BatistaApril 29, 2015

    I really cant understand, how you put singed in tier 3, his late game is one of the strongest in game, and really impossible to kill and gank. Lacks from push power, but can get a lot of free kill for his team.

  21. DivideByInfinityApril 29, 2015

    He's never played and the bad pathing that is currently in the game destroys him.

  22. Matias Ignacio Araneda ArayaApril 29, 2015

    He can easily win any lane because he has no counter or relative low counterplay plus his late game teamfight is really strong, at the end viktor is just a better version of orianna with the same utility and more damage IMO

  23. He doesn't have the same amout of utility as Orianna. She can shield an ally, haste her whole team and her ult is much more reliable version of Viktor's upgraded W. I agree with the counter part tho. A good Viktor will rarely lose lane to anyone.

  24. I agree, he is all about damage and he has problems if he is behind - but still, it does not make him "average", especially considering how strong his laning phase is.

  25. KeiisankiiApril 29, 2015

    Viktor is my main mid laner. Just a better/worse version of Annie depending on the match up, though I still prefer Viktor due to the poke.

  26. The list isn't made up by who counters who, but what champions are most popular and see better results in w/e lane they are in.. aha

  27. Johan SellbergApril 30, 2015

    I do not agree with Kog Maw being so far down.. Ok i do understand he isnt played that much. But in this meta his w eats the tanks and makes him a must pick when the other team goes tanky. So with the changes of the cleaver as well to improve tank eating abilities. He gets really powerfull as adc.. A kog with Botrk, cleaver eats tanks so fast.

  28. Rondall Engle IIApril 30, 2015
    This list is the flavor of the month picks, basically these are the picks that people are going to either want you to pick or want you to ban tiered by that priority. The list that I linked is more relevant to their power, level of play, and win rate, so if you check it out Kog'Maw is actually sitting in Tier 1, which I feel is an appropriate placement.

  29. Why nid O_O

  30. w/b lulu adc... i have an 100% winrate with it

  31. Jens ColeMay 01, 2015

    Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
    Mid-Lane: Nidalee (AP)

    since she became a top tier jungler she's getting only nerfs and she wasn't a top mid lane pick before those nerfs. also she has nothing to kill tanks now as her %hp from W got removed. explain please.

  32. Gragas is an awesome jungler nowadays.

  33. Dinger went from tier 1 mid/top laner to tier 3 mid and tier 1 top


  34. SotosmojooMay 01, 2015

    Haha this made me laugh

  35. CYCO ABHIMay 01, 2015

    How is Xerath tier 1???

  36. tharsh3blowsMay 01, 2015

    That's why I included the last part. d:

  37. Dazed and DeadMay 02, 2015

    Try looking at the Solo Queue list. This is the FotM list which is a popularity contest.

  38. Dazed and DeadMay 02, 2015

    Definitely not FotM. Try suggesting it on the Solo Queue tier list.

  39. The DoctorMay 02, 2015

    Can you explain what that means?

  40. Boomerang T.K.OMay 02, 2015

    You should possibly consider changing Garen a little. With the recent change to Black Cleaver I think theres an argument for moving him up. Also, SaintVicious has been spamming Garen jungle & claims its one of the strongest junglers in the game. I am not convinced, but I think it should be at least acknowledged as existing but putting it tier 4.

  41. Xenothic DozeMay 02, 2015

    Anivia from Tier one to Tier 3, but why? Big jump but no explanation.

  42. ur just salty u dont have the SKILZZ for lulu adc, and also u probably follow the meta like a dog on a leash oops

  43. ahh i didnt realize there was 2 diff lists, ty

  44. Some_LizardMay 03, 2015

    apart from her w being flat damage, i must ask what nerfs?

  45. Wukong jungle should at least have be placed with Vi, Jarvan and Xin in tier 2. The new possibility for fighter tanks to build cinderhulk and Black Cleaver, buffed these kind of junglers in my opinion.
    I think you should reconsider or clarify =)
    what's your thoughts?

  46. Dazed and DeadMay 04, 2015

    You are on the wrong tier list. This is the FotM tier list. Click on Solo Queue Tier list.

  47. Blue SentinelMay 07, 2015

    I'm not sure that I want to trust the Saint, but I would like to see others try out Garen jungle before saying anything else.

  48. AD CarriedMay 09, 2015

    read the title. this list is for the favorites, not the strongest in the lowbie meta

  49. Strange I never see Xerath


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