Aug 9, 2015

2015 Champion Tier List - Solo Queue - Patch 5.15 Update

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Hey everyone, this time around we have a relatively light patch, mostly because of the high amount of effort used towards updating the new HUD. How are you guys liking it? Anyway, we do have the reworks on both Teemo and Fiora hitting this patch, and it definitely seems like there's a strong learning curved involved.

SEASON 5 - PATCH 5.15 SOLO QUEUE TIER LIST
"Division Climbers"

This List has been updated, and new versions are available via this link

Preface Chatter

Hey everyone, this time around we have a relatively light patch, mostly because of the high amount of effort used towards updating the new HUD. How are you guys liking it? Anyway, we do have the reworks on both Teemo and Fiora hitting this patch, and it definitely seems like there's a strong learning curve involved.

Check out the full list below!

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The purpose of this list is to pick out the champions that when played, will allow you to climb divisions the fastest by winning more games. This list contains more off-meta and counter-meta placements that do well against popular picks.
If you're looking for a more meta based tier list based on popularity, be sure to check out the FOTM list as well!
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 5.15 Summary
Buffs: Teemo;
Nerfs: Nidalee, Sivir;
Tweaks: Ekko, Fiora, Gangplank, Zeke's Harbringer

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The Tier List

God Tier [Highest Influence]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Annie, Talon
Jungle Gods: Kayle, Shyvana, Warwick, Elise
AD GodsSivir, Jinx
Top Lane Gods: Irelia, Wukong, Riven, Malphite, Shen
Support Gods: Janna, BlitzcrankNautilus

God Tier Rising: Blitzcrank (Support), Malphite (Top), Shyvana (Jungle)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:
Mid-Lane: Malzahar, Diana, Morgana, Twisted Fate, Anivia, Cho'Gath, Viktor, Lux, Swain, Varus, Brand, Heimerdinger, Kog'maw (AP), Vel'Koz, Xerath, Karthus, Wukong, Karma, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Fizz
Jungle: Xin Zhao, Diana, Nidalee, Udyr, Amumu, Nocturne, Jax, Aatrox, Master Yi, Vi, Ekko, Pantheon, Sion, WukongRek'SaiEvelynn, Volibear,
AD Carry: Ashe, Draven, Vayne, Miss Fortune, Corki, Varus
Top LaneTryndamere, Renekton, Vladimir, Rengar, Singed, Heimerdinger, Kennen, Cho'gath, Gnar, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Nasus, Kayle, Diana, Swain, Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser, Aatrox, Yasuo, Fizz, Rumble, Lulu, Rek'Sai, Pantheon
Support: Soraka, Sona, Leona, Brand, Braum, Thresh

Tier 1 Rising: Cho'Gath (Top), Fizz (Top), Gnar (Top), Kayle (Top), Morgana (Mid), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Renekton (Top), Singed (Top), Swain (Top), Thresh (Support)
Tier 1 Falling: Ashe (ADC), Sona (Support)

Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:
Mid-Lane: Katarina, Ziggs, Orianna, Lulu (AP), Yasuo, Vladimir, Zed, Galio, Kennen, Akali, Pantheon, Zyra, Cassiopeia, Nidalee, Corki, Lissandra
Jungle: Hecarim, Nunu, Nautilus, Shaco, Maokai, Sejuani, Fizz, Skarner, Rengar, Gragas, Fiddlesticks, Lee Sin, Trundle, Cho'Gath, Jarvan IV, Poppy, Irelia, Rammus, Kha'Zix, Malphite,
AD Carry: Kalista, Kog'Maw, Caitlyn, Tristana, Graves, Ezreal, Twitch, Quinn, Lucian
Top Lane: Sion, Nautilus, Akali, Poppy, Xin Zhao, Urgot, Morgana, Maokai, Garen, Lissandra, Darius, Yorick, Teemo, Karma, Malzahar, Nidalee, Jax, Gangplank, Quinn, Galio, Volibear, Warwick, Zed, Trundle, Udyr, Lee Sin, Gragas, Jayce, Olaf, Viktor, Kha'Zix, Vi
Support: NamiTaric, Alistar, Lulu, Morgana, Zyra, Vel'Koz, Shen, Bard, Annie, Lux, Karma, Xerath,

Tier 2 Rising: Galio (Top), Kog'Maw (ADC), Quinn (Top)
Tier 2 Falling: Gangplank (Top), Nami (Support), Nidalee (Mid), Sion (Top), Taric (Support), Teemo (Top)

Tier 3 [Needs Higher Skill/Knowledge Than Usual]:
Mid-Lane: Jayce, Ezreal (AP), Syndra, Azir, Ekko, Leblanc, Teemo, Ryze, Zilean, Master Yi, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Urgot, Sona, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Kassadin, Veigar, Elise, Tristana (AP)
Jungle: Zac, Olaf, Nasus, Karthus, Gangplank, Fiora, Zed, Malzahar, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen, Dr. Mundo, Yorick, Garen, Tryndamere, Alistar
AD Carry: Urgot, Twisted Fate, Kennen, Thresh
Top Lane: Ryze, Ekko, Master Yi, Talon, Dr. Mundo, Fiora, Karthus, Zac, Shyvana, Tahm Kench, Alistar, Leblanc, Vayne, Nunu, Elise, Taric
Support: Tahm KenchTrundle, Zilean, Gragas, Maokai, Volibear, Kayle, Kennen, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Malphite, Nidalee, PantheonAshe, Anivia, Teemo, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Veigar

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Fiora (Top), Tahm Kench (Top), Teemo (Mid), Trundle (Support)

Tier 4 [Low Benefits for Effort Used]:
Mid-Lane: Soraka, Janna
Jungle: 
AD Carry:
Top Lane: Kassadin, Azir, Rammus, Soraka
Support: Orianna, Poppy, Elise, Galio, Syndra, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling:

Instructions and Caveats:

  • Champions in BOLD I will talk about shortly
  • Champions UNDERLINED may be over/undervalued, but aren't/haven't played enough for me to make a better judgement.
  • Within each tier the champions are strongest from left to right, but within a tier each champion's strength is relatively close. This is especially true for Tiers 2 and 3 where these champions are ALL highly playable and player dependent on how strong they are in-game.
  • This tier list takes data from ALL players; however, since the majority of players fall in the first three tiers, the majority of data points will come from there.
  • Win Rates are important in analyzing each champion's strength, but are not the end-all criteria for any champion's position.
  • The creator of this list is diamond, so there may be some personal bias towards higher tier play on certain champions.

Champion Explanations

  • Ashe [Tier 1 ADC] - Ashe is still my favorite AD carry for anybody who isn't quite sure what they're supposed to be doing as an AD carry. She has all the tools necessary to succeed, along with the second highest range in the game and unparallelled utility. That being said, she does lack a bit in the late game snowballing damage strength, which works to diminish her strength somewhat as she's easily dispatched 1v1 in solo queue if her arrow misses or gets dodged.
  • Blitzcrank [God Tier Support] - Blitzcrank has a ton of minor indirect buffs that turned out to be sizable buffs for him. First and foremost is the change to the yellow starting item, which allows him to gain that late game inescapable speed boost without sacrificing as much early game strength. The changes to the mastery tree from a while ago also mean that he can skill the slow reduction on the first tier of the defense tree, effectively cutting down his self-slow on his W by a significant amount.
  • Fiora [Tier 3 Top] - After the rework to Fiora, she's definitely at an all-time low (think release Azir status). It's hard to tell at this point whether it's purely due to mechanical difficulty or simply terrible stat bases, but time will tell. 
  • Kayle [God Tier Jungle] - Many of you question the sheer power of Kayle jungle. It's true that she can be counterjungled early on, but her natural synergy as an on-hit based champion means that her late game with sated allows her insane amounts of damage, and the capability to split push freely knowing that even if the enemy team sends two to try and stop her, she can kill at least one.
  • Malphite [God Tier Top] - With the top of the AD carry list composed of champions like Sivir and Jinx and the massive surge of champions like Master Yi in the jungle, it's really no wonder that Malphite's back in action with his exceedingly useful attack speed slow on his E.
  • Nami [Tier 2 Support] - Nothing particularly against Nami, she's still very viable and a strong support. However, as a floating 50% for a very long time now, I just think she's more suited to Tier 2 [Balanced]
  • Singed [Tier 1 Top] - The changes to Rylai allow him to power-spike damage much earlier than before without sacrificing his tankiness too soon. This means that he farms faster and gets bigger than ever before.
  • Sivir [God Tier ADC] - Despite minor nerfs to her this patch, she still remains very strong, although at some divisions Jinx does outdo her.
  • Soraka [Tier 1 Support] - Nothing particular against Sona, but at lower divisions most players have trouble fully utilizing Sona's aura actives, especially shield procs and power chords. This means that for most players, Soraka is superior, especially since her ultimate will instantly proc Ardent Censer for all her allies regardless of where they are on the map.
  • Tahm Kench [Tier 3 Support] - From anecdotal experiences, I've definitely seen Tahm Kenches do well, but also seen equally many do poorly. His current win rate does seem to imply more of Tier 4 position, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt as his kit is still very unique and difficult to master. It does however, provide insane benefits if you manage to snowball.
  • Teemo [Tier 2 Top] - For a champion so heavily redesigned, a solid 46% win rate in the first week really isn't too bad. I think he's actually not terrible, but nothing to write home to mom complaining about.
  • Trundle [Tier 3 Support] - After an initial Trundle hype and difficulty adapting to his skillset, it seems like players are realizing that kiting him it actually very easy and trading with him head on in melee range is probably not the best of ideas.

Disclaimer:

  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.

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