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Jul 6, 2015

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - July - Patch 5.12

Hi everyone and welcome back to the latest in the FOTM series. In this patch, Runglaive Ezreal makes his short-lived debut (slated to be eliminated next patch). Meanwhile, some familiar faces are taking over the top of the list, including Jungle Gragas and Support Alistar.


Preface Chatter

Hi everyone and welcome back to the latest in the FOTM series. In this patch, Runglaive Ezreal makes his short-lived debut (slated to be eliminated next patch). Meanwhile, some familiar faces are taking over the top of the list, including Jungle Gragas and Support Alistar.

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 division climber 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 5.12 Summary
Buffs: Braum, Elise, Jarvan IV, Jax, Lux, Trundle, Tryndamere;
Nerfs: Ashe, Ekko, Gragas, Ryze;
Tweaks: Galio, Malphite;

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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Ekko, Ahri, Azir, Katarina
Jungle Gods: GragasSejuani, Vi, Rek'Sai, Hecarim
AD GodsKalista, Vayne, Jinx, Caitlyn
Top Lane Gods: Ryze, Vladimir, Ekko, Hecarim, Irelia, Cho'gath,
Support Gods: Thresh, AlistarAnnie, Janna

God Tier Rising: Ahri (Mid), Alistar (Support), Annie (Support), Azir (Mid), Caitlyn (ADC), Ekko (Top), Kalista (ADC),
God Tier Falling

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: LeblancEzreal (AP)Yasuo, Annie, Vladimir, Zed, Cho'Gath, Viktor, Lux, Orianna, Diana, Ziggs, Fizz, Twisted Fate, Xerath
Jungle: Rengar, Nidalee, Evelynn, Amumu, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Fizz, Jarvan IV, Maokai, Zac, Shyvana, Nunu, Volibear, Pantheon, Shaco
AD Carry: Graves, Lucian, Sivir, Ashe, Corki
Top LaneGnar, Riven, Renekton, Nasus, Sion, Maokai, Rengar, Fizz, Jax, Malphite, Kennen, Darius, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Lee Sin, Jarvan IV, Akali, 
Support: Morgana, Nautilus, Blitzcrank, Leona, Bard

Tier 1 Rising: Evelynn (Jungle), Fizz (Jungle), Jax (Top), Lucian (ADC), Lux (Mid), Rengar (Top), Shyvana (Jungle), Viktor (Mid), Xerath (Mid), Yasuo (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Ashe (ADC), Cho'Gath (Mid), Leblanc (Mid), Nunu (Jungle), Riven (Top), Zed (Mid)

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Malzahar, Cassiopeia, Lulu (AP), Talon, Morgana, Kog'maw (AP), Nidalee (AP), Anivia, Jayce
Jungle: Nautilus, Master Yi, Xin Zhao, Ekko, Warwick, Wukong, Sion, Elise, Nocturne, Udyr
AD Carry: Tristana, Ezreal, Draven, Quinn, Twitch,
Top Lane: Fiora, Jayce, Rumble, Shyvana, Cassiopeia, Yasuo, Wukong, Shen, Nidalee, Lissandra, Volibear, Trundle, Lulu, Gragas, Olaf, Swain, Urgot, Garen, Dr. Mundo
Support: Braum, Sona, Nami, Lulu, Soraka, Karma

Tier 2 Rising: Ekko (Jungle), Master Yi (Jungle), Soraka (Support)
Tier 2 Falling: Fiora (Top), Jayce (Top), Rumble (Top), Xin Zhao (Jungle)

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

Tier 3 Rising: Vel'Koz (Support)
Tier 3 Falling: Fiddlesticks (Jungle), Kayle (Top), Warwick (Top), Xin Zhao (Top), Zed (Top)

Tier 4 [Not Amused]:
Mid-Lane: Gangplank, Wukong, Malphite, Teemo, Riven, Fiora, Tristana (AP), Elise, Fiddlesticks, Sona, Soraka, Janna
Jungle: Leona, Zed, Yasuo, Fiora, Riven, Poppy, Gangplank, Malzahar, Blitzcrank, Alistar
AD CarryTwisted Fate, Kennen
Top Lane: Alistar, Vayne, Galio, Nunu, Soraka
Support: Teemo, Volibear, Lux, Kayle, Maokai, Anivia, Veigar, Gangplank, Malphite, Nidalee, Orianna, Poppy, Galio, Shen, Yorick, Elise, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc, Caitlyn

Tier 4 Rising: Gangplank (Mid)
Tier 4 Falling: Elise (Mid), Tristana (Mid)

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

  • Alistar [Support God] - As a hotly contested pick with a massive "w0w" factor on the professional scene with his ability to constantly make massive plays, Alistar has recemented himself in the top echelon of supports. 
  • Annie [Support God] - Similar to Alistar, Annie has the ability to make huge plays on a short cooldown in the form of heavy near-instantaneous AOE CC. However, where Alistar provides more defensive options in the way of a heal, Annie makes up with using sheer damage.
  • Caitlyn [ADC God] - Ever since her buffs the previous patch, Caitlyn's back on track as a top AD carry. Her abusive early range is highly appealing to many and her ability to scale into the late game is definitely higher with the changes. 
  • Ezreal (AP) [Tier 1 Mid] - Probably not a surprise to most, the changes to Ezreal's ability to deal magic damage with his Q (courtesy of Runeglaive) shot him up in the rankings as an extremely fast paced, ranged burst mage.
  • Fiddlesticks [Tier 3 Jungle] - As a relatively unpopular champion as of late, Fiddlesticks seems to be further dropping in the rankings after the switch from Magus to Runeglaive, which hurts him and helps many other AP junglers.
  • Gragas [God Tier Jungle] - With nerfs on Sejuani, Gragas seems to be the permanent staple on the top tier jungle gods on the scene at the moment. With his utility and plenty of free stats, he's definitely a crowd favorite.
  • Leblanc [Tier 1 Mid] - Although heavily nerfed, Leblanc remains a terror mid lane. She has a much smaller margin of error but definitely still has the capability to burst down champions much faster than they'd like.
  • Lucian [Tier 1 ADC] - With nerfs on Ashe and a resurgence of more Vaynes, Lucian's coming back onto the scene as one of the few with enough burst damage to trade with Vayne head to head. As two short range AD carries, they match up very well when it comes to feeling even while CSing.
  • Master Yi [Tier 2 Jungle] - With the prevalence of early level 2 counter-junglers annoyingly pervasive, Master Yi is one of those junglers who can clear so fast that he's already finished with his second buff and gone by the time the enemy jungler can get to the other side of the map.
  • Ryze [Top Lane God] - Ryze continues his domination at the top of the list of most banned champions at the moment, although he has to share some heavy space with Ekko. Not to worry, plenty of bans to go around.
  • Sejuani [God Tier Jungle] - Despite nerfs on Sejuani, she's still largely banned as a champion who's just annoying to play against. Gragas is a clear winner ahead of her at the moment, but she's still on the radar.
  • 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. Jordan LewisJuly 07, 2015


  2. MasterOfMetalJuly 07, 2015

    Ah the list for the flock, suppose i do agree that janna and jinx belong up there, the rest.... well i guess the community thinks they do

  3. InfratoxicJuly 07, 2015

    Poor fiddle, he is funniest junglers to play this says.

  4. Where is Kennen ? :o

  5. Is Teemo and Volibear (for example) really played more as a support than Brand or Xerath? Cause they are not at the tier list.

  6. Well, in my experience I have mot played with or against any xerath or brand supports, but I have played with a teemo support about twice, so yeah it might be the fact that no one plays them.

  7. When I play him I sometimes feel i dont do much damage and so.... He is kinda like sustained dmg, right? Q'ing always when available and trying to stay alive, using Blood Pool when in serious trouble and stuff.

  8. I played Master Yi recently and he is decent clearer. pretty fast i think.

  9. Paul WeijtensJuly 07, 2015

    Why can champions be so low on the standard tier list be so high here?

  10. SSJSuntasticJuly 07, 2015

    This list is based on popular opinion

  11. koolaidfromthehoodJuly 07, 2015

    wait till sated devourer comes out

  12. crowd favorites :3

  13. Yup, I have heard about that

  14. FOTM= Favourite Of The Month. Or, Flavour of the month.

  15. Puddleglum567 .July 07, 2015

    Play him mid lane, he can flat out sustain any damage that an opponent can dish out, provided that they aren't fed

  16. Even in lategame I sometimes feel like I do no damage as vlad for some reason.

  17. Rafael SaldanhaJuly 07, 2015

    Cait is pretty good late game, actually, any adc focused on basic attacks who has an escape or a huge range is good late game (tristana, vayne, kog'maw, twitch), draven lacks escape and a big range, so he's no that great. Caitlyn has a big range AND escape, so she can auto attack very easily in team fights and kite with her E. I'm Plat 1

  18. Connor WoodJuly 07, 2015

    you must be building him wrong, or maybe facing bad team comps, he does pretty insane damage late game, always make sure you have e fully stacked, press it before you fight, just keep stacks up

  19. SpaceDolphinJuly 07, 2015

    I feel like AP Ezreal will drop really hard after the runeglaive tweak takes effect. Oh well, he had a good run.

  20. xSuB_zEr0_fYrExJuly 07, 2015

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. Look at Akali jungle with runeglaive. I've found Ad runes with mixed masteries in the jungle works best along with runeglaive straight into Gunblade. It's seriously strong and I recommend you take a look at it.

  21. disisdeathwingJuly 08, 2015

    his e is crucial to damage, also his ult.

  22. I think Syndra rules midlane if u play her good :) but u need more than a few games to master her :)

  23. tcatalano25July 09, 2015

    Is ekko really still god tier after all the nerfs?

  24. Osukā YunJuly 11, 2015

    nah. LCS pretty much proves what rules what right now. theres a reason why smite ez in mid is being picked last week. pretty sure the pros thought about what champs are good atm or not already. and if they didnt pick syndra then its probably not good

  25. Osukā YunJuly 11, 2015

    vlad was created since season 1.. u shoulda picked him up ages ago. too late for that now tho. gotta keep up with the meta. skip him and move onto something better

  26. Really? You copy everything from lcs? ...

  27. koolaidfromthehoodJuly 15, 2015

    pls no..not that guy....

  28. koolaidfromthehoodJuly 15, 2015

    also, some champions that are good in solo queue suck in organized 5v5 play like the lcs

  29. yes his attack speed is fucked so much

  30. Fuckboy mcshitfuckJuly 24, 2015

    "Keep up with the meta"
    k sheepy

  31. And why does PowerofEvil play Syndra midlane in the EU LCS?


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