Nov 17, 2015

Solo Queue FOTM Tier List - October- Patch 5.22

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In the latest patch, marksman are definitely some of the most influential champions on the rift. You'll see them being played mid, top, and even jungle from time to time, but I've temporary left them off since it seems to be more of an accepted rarity than a real meta.

Meanwhile, assassins are definitely more popular than ever as players try and quickly take out marksmen before they can dish out too much damage. This also boosts up the popularity of "peel" type supports.

Surprisingly, the popularity of tank champions didn't rise much, despite their ability to counter most assassins.

Check out the full listing below! 

SEASON 5 - October- PATCH 5.22 FOTM TIER LIST
"THE POPULAR KIDS"

Preface Chatter

In the latest patch, marksman are definitely some of the most influential champions on the rift. You'll see them being played mid, top, and even jungle from time to time, but I've temporary left them off since it seems to be more of an accepted rarity than a real meta.

Meanwhile, assassins are definitely more popular than ever as players try and quickly take out marksmen before they can dish out too much damage. This also boosts up the popularity of "peel" type supports.

Surprisingly, the popularity of tank champions didn't rise much, despite their ability to counter most assassins.

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 5.22 Summary
Buffs: Draven, Ezreal, Jinx, Leblanc, Shaco, 
Nerfs: Sivir, Kindred
Tweaks: Ashe, Kalista, Lucian, Tristana, Twitch, Varus, Vayne, Urgot
Reworks: Quinn, Graves, Corki, Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune, Caitlyn, Ashe
Bugfixes: Azir, Renekton, Riven, Sion, Volibear, Wukong, Zed
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The Tier List

God Tier [Pee Your Pants - BAN]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Yasuo, Veigar, Zed, Leblanc, Diana
Jungle Gods: Tahm Kench, Lee SinKindred
Marksman GodsGravesCaitlyn, Vayne
Top Lane Gods: Fiora, Darius, Riven, Yasuo
Support Gods: Tahm Kench, Thresh, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Diana (Mid), Graves (Marksman), Lee Sin (Jungle), Riven (Top), Soraka (Support), Tahm Kench (Jungle), Yasuo (Mid/Top), Zed (Mid)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1 [Expected Powerhouses]:
Mid-Lane: Ahri, Lux, Fizz, Twisted Fate, Kassadin, Annie, Viktor, Orianna, Brand, Ekko, Talon, Katarina, Azir, Malzahar, Anivia, Ryze
Jungle: Elise, Diana, Rengar, Vi, Amumu, Ekko, Master Yi, Rek'Sai, Xin Zhao, Jarvan IV, Gragas, Evelynn, Fizz, Shaco, Kha'Zix, Nocturne
Marksman: Lucian, Jinx, Tristana, Miss Fortune, Kog'Maw, Ezreal
Top Lane: Tryndamere, Garen, Renekton, Tahm Kench, Jax, Gangplank, Irelia, Malphite, Gnar, Vladimir, Shen, Ryze, Olaf, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Rengar, Pantheon, Quinn
Support: Blitzcrank, Janna, Braum, Leona, Morgana, Alistar, Sona, Annie, Lulu

Tier 1 Rising: Alistar (Support), Amumu (Jungle), Brand (Mid), Ekko (Mid), Ezreal (Marksman), Fizz (Mid), Gragas (Jungle), Janna (Support), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Jax (Top), Kassadin (Mid), Katarina (Mid), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Leona (Support), Lucian (Marksman), Master Yi (Jungle), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Nocturne (Jungle), Pantheon (Top), Quinn (Jungle), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Ryze (Mid/Top), Sona (Support), Tahm Kench (Top), Talon (Mid), Tryndamere (Top),
Tier 1 Falling: Ahri (Mid), Blitzcrank (Support), Elise (Jungle), Garen (Top), Jinx (Marksman), Lux (Mid), Viktor (Mid)

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Ezreal, Gangplank, Lulu (AP), Syndra, Morgana, Quinn, Kayle, Lissandra, Akali, Vladimir, Cho'Gath, Xerath, Swain, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Cassiopeia
Jungle: Shyvana, Udyr, Nidalee, Skarner, Zac, Wukong, Hecarim, Pantheon, Warwick, Malphite, Jax, Sejuani, Volibear, Rammus, Olaf
Marksman: Kalista, Corki, Sivir, Ashe, Draven, Twitch
Top Lane: Wukong, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Cho'gath, Ekko, Kennen, Maokai, Rumble, Singed, Diana, Jayce, Sion, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Nidalee, Volibear, Trundle, Lulu, Aatrox, Gragas,
SupportNami, Brand, Nautilus, Bard, Shen, Karma, Lux, Taric

Tier 2 Rising: Akali (Mid), Brand (Support), Ezreal (Mid), Gangplank (Mid), Hecarim (Jungle/Top), Jax (Jungle), Kayle (Mid), Lux (Support), Malphite (Jungle), Sivir (Marksman), Taric (Support), Udyr (Jungle), Volibear (Jungle), Zac (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Cho'Gath (Top), Ekko (Top), Kalista (Marksman), Nautilus (Support), Olaf (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Skarner (Jungle), 

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Galio, Kog'maw (AP), Varus, Jayce, Pantheon, Zyra, Karma, Nidalee (AP), Heimerdinger, Karthus, Gragas, Kennen, Mordekaiser, Urgot, Zilean
Jungle: Dr. Mundo, Fiddlesticks, Kayle, Nautilus, Sion, Maokai, Nunu, Aatrox, Trundle, Nasus, Tryndamere, Cho'Gath, Shen, Darius
Marksman: KindredMordekaiser, Varus, Kennen, Quinn, Urgot
Top Lane: Fizz, Xin Zhao, Lee Sin, Nautilus, Rek'Sai, Kayle, Akali, Zed, Shyvana, Kassadin, Teemo, Swain, Yorick, Warwick, Elise, Udyr, Kha'Zix, Karma, Poppy, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Zac, Mordekaiser, Heimerdinger, Talon, Azir, Urgot
Support: Zyra, Zilean, Vel'Koz, Kennen, Trundle, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Gragas

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Dr. Mundo (Jungle), Fiddlesticks (Jungle), Kindred (Marksman), Mordekaiser (Marksman), Zilean (Support), Zyra (Support)

Tier 4 [Not Amused]:
Mid-Lane: Jarvan IV, Kha'Zix, Wukong, Malphite, Teemo, Riven, Tahm Kench, Tristana (AP), Elise, Fiddlesticks, Sona, EvelynnLeona, Soraka, Janna
Jungle: Leona, Zed, Fiora, Riven, Poppy, Gangplank, Malzahar, Blitzcrank, Alistar
MarksmanTwisted Fate
Top Lane: Vayne, Galio, Braum, Alistar, Nunu, Soraka
Support: Xerath, Teemo, Volibear, Kayle, Maokai, Anivia, Veigar, Gangplank, Malphite, Nidalee, Orianna, Poppy, Galio, Yorick, Elise, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc

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

  • Caitlyn [God Tier Marksman] - After the latest rework, Caitlyn is a master of zone control and very satisfying to play. Although her kit does have a lot more small mechanical quirks, her playstyle feels very smooth in lane. Her late game has always been troublesome since she's an early to mid game champion rather than a late game hypercarry. However, with games becoming shorter and shorter, that may not be much of a problem.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - The latest mastery changes make it much easier for him to sustain through the laning phase. As a very cyclical champion, it seems like he's back in action after some strong showings on the latest professional scene.
  • Kindred [Tier 3 Marksman] - A short period after Kindred's initial release, they've quickly settled down into a primary jungle role. Rarely seen as a pure marksman nowadays, Kindred is much stronger as a jungler. Especially after the recent change to Kindred's passive, you'll almost never see Kindred bot lane except during a gank now.
  • Lee Sin [God Tier Jungle] - In a meta where early game champions reign supreme, it seems that many people are gravitating towards Lee Sin again. 
  • Lux [Tier 2 Support] - Somehow, Lux support has become an accepted "thing" in the current meta. As a very strong mid laner at the moment as a result of her utility, it's no wonder that she's making a comeback as a support.
  • Mordekaiser [Tier 3 Marksman] - Since the latest patch chock full of marksman reworks, Mordekaiser as a Marksman is now relegated to the back of people's minds. Without the generous buffs that critical hits and attack speed offer most marksman, the master of metal is the master of none.
  • Quinn [Tier 2 Mid] - A great duelist from the beginning with surprisingly high burst damage, Quinn mid is definitely starting to rise in popularity. Her ultimate now allows her to roam quickly and efficiently, hallmarks of a great mid laner. Her main drawback is mostly the lack of strong AOE damage or hard CC, but otherwise she works well as something of a hybrid assassin with sustained range damage (something like Jayce).
  • Riven [God Tier Top] - Despite the fact that her win rate's sunk to an all time low, Riven's popularity this patch is at an all time high. It's possible there's a correlation here, and it just so happens that a lot of people who aren't good at Riven are playing her at this time. 
  • Ryze [Tier 1 Mid] - Similar to Kassadin, Ryze is still feeling the effects of Faker playing him at worlds, and continues rising in popularity.
  • Soraka [God Tier Support] - Currently one of the most annoying champions at higher divisions, Soraka is able to play extremely passively and keep her partner marksman alive through everything. With the new masteries and marksmen being particularly overpowered this patch, Soraka is definitely very influential.
  • Tryndamere [Tier 1 Top] - His perfect synergy with the Warlord's Bloodlust keystone mastery earned him a massive boost in popularity. Until the mastery gets hotfixed, you'll be sure to see more and more of him until then.
  • Yasuo [God Tier Mid] - Similar to Tryndamere, Yasuo's an absolute monster right now pre-Warlord's nerf. The new Statikk Shiv is also insanely good on him, which is a huge bonus to his overall strength.
Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for hero selection.
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