Dec 14, 2015

2015 Champion Tier List - Solo Queue - Patch 5.24 Update

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Hi everyone and welcome to the new list! The keystone masteries are still the talk of the show, and after Riot's latest changes, the meta's starting to shake up quite a bit.

In this patch, assassins are making a comeback along with bursty AP champions courtesy of the Thunderlord's Decree buff. Meanwhile, tank based junglers are still powerful in the current meta as they provide some front line potential to go along with all these damage based laners.

Anyway, check out the full list below!

SEASON 6 - PATCH 5.24 SOLO QUEUE TIER LIST
"Division Climbers"

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

Preface Chatter

Hi everyone and welcome to the new list! The keystone masteries are still the talk of the show, and after Riot's latest changes, the meta's starting to shake up quite a bit.

In this patch, assassins are making a comeback along with bursty AP champions courtesy of the Thunderlord's Decree buff. Meanwhile, tank based junglers are still powerful in the current meta as they provide some front line potential to go along with all these damage based laners.

Anyway, 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 5.24 Summary
Buffs: Ashe, Bard, Caitlyn, Jinx, Kog'Maw, Nidalee, Riven, Sivir, Xin Zhao, Ziggs
Nerfs: Anivia, Brand, Dr. Mundo, Hecarim, Karthus, Kindred, Malzahar, Miss Fortune, Quinn, Rammus, Skarner, Soraka, Swain, Tahm Kench, Twisted Fate
Tweaks: Azir

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Updates
  • Added Jungle Quinn
  • FOTM Tier List Updated!
  • 12/24: 
    • Kalista Mid added
    • Jungle Poppy moved up to Tier 1
    • Top Poppy moved to Tier 2, updated description.
  • 12/25: Strongest Champions When Mastered - December Edition Updated
  • 12/31: Illaoi moved up
  • 1/1: Lucian & Jinx moved up, Vayne moved down

The Tier List

God Tier [Highest Influence]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Brand, Anivia, Lux
Jungle Gods: Dr. Mundo, Rammus, Jax
Marksman Gods: Miss Fortune, Lucian, Jinx
Top Lane Gods: Malphite, Dr. Mundo, Trundle, Tahm Kench
Support Gods: Janna, Brand, Soraka, Blitzcrank

God Tier Rising: Ahri (Mid), Lucian (Marksman), Malphite (Top), Talon (Mid), Trundle (Top),
God Tier Falling: Blitzcrank (Support)

Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:
Mid-Lane: Talon, Zed, Malzahar, Twisted Fate, Fizz, Vel'Koz, Diana, Kayle, Morgana, Swain, Annie, Zyra, Quinn, Xerath, Lulu (AP), Wukong
Jungle: Quinn, Amumu, Master Yi, Udyr, Nocturne, Rengar, Vi, Volibear, Sejuani, Shaco, Kindred, Lee Sin, Skarner, WukongPoppy, Maokai
Marksman: Graves, Vayne, Quinn, Tristana, Kalista
Top Lane: Wukong, Shen, Kayle, Nasus, Quinn, Renekton, Illaoi, Irelia, Gangplank, Garen, Sion, Jarvan IV, Fiora, Rengar, Cho'gath, Pantheon, Kennen, Darius, Jax, Swain, Volibear, Tryndamere
Support: Sona, Nami, Nautilus, Taric, Leona, Braum, Tahm Kench, Thresh

Tier 1 Rising: Diana (Mid), Gangplank (Top), Garen (Top), Kennen (Top), Kindred (Jungle), Lucian (Marksman), Master Yi (Jungle), Morgana (Mid), Nasus (Top), Rengar (Jungle), Sejuani (Jungle), Shaco (Jungle), Shen (Top), Sion (Top), Talon (Mid), Wukong (Top/Jungle), Xerath (Mid), Zed (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Hecarim (Top), Irelia (Top), Jax (Top), Kalista (Marksman), Kayle (Mid), Lee Sin (Jungle), Maokai (Jungle), Quinn (Top), Renekton (Top), Soraka (Support), Taric (Support), Tryndamere (Top), Twisted Fate (Mid)

Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:
Mid-Lane: Cho'Gath, Karthus, Yasuo, Galio, Katarina, Ziggs, Vladimir, Kog'maw (AP), Varus, Orianna, Karma, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Veigar, Kennen, Gangplank, Viktor, Leblanc, Kassadin, Jayce, Ekko, Pantheon, Cassiopeia, Zilean, Corki
Jungle: Tahm Kench, Xin Zhao, Hecarim, Shyvana, Zac, Rek'Sai, Kayle, Warwick, Elise, Malphite, Ekko, Sion, Fizz, Aatrox, Nunu, Nautilus, Jarvan IV, Fiddlesticks, Trundle, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Evelynn, Cho'Gath, Irelia
Marksman: Corki, Draven, Ashe, Sivir, Ezreal, Caitlyn, Kindred, Varus, Twitch, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Zac, Gnar, Singed, Lissandra, Akali, Vladimir, Diana, Hecarim, Aatrox, Riven, Olaf, Yasuo, Teemo, Lulu, Rek'SaiPoppyNautilus, Xin Zhao, Morgana, Maokai, Yorick, Heimerdinger, Karma, Malzahar, Jayce, Nidalee, Galio, Fizz, Warwick, Udyr, Lee Sin, Viktor, Vi
Support: Vel'Koz, Lulu, Morgana, Alistar, Zyra, Lux, Shen, Bard, Annie, Zilean, Sion, Karma

Tier 2 Rising: Akali (Top), Ezreal (Marksman), Karma (Mid), Karthus (Mid), Lux (Support), Zilean (Mid/Support)
Tier 2 Falling: Aatrox (Top), Cho'Gath (Mid), Diana (Top), Draven (Marksman), Gnar (Top), Hecarim (Jungle/Top), Lissandra (Top/Mid), Singed (Top), Tahm Kench (Jungle), Xin Zhao (Jungle), Yasuo (Mid), Zac (Jungle/Top)

Tier 3 [Needs Higher Skill/Knowledge Than Usual]:
Mid-Lane: Ezreal (AP), Syndra, Azir, Nidalee, Akali, Teemo, Ryze, Master Yi, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Urgot, Sona, Mordekaiser, Tahm Kench, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Evelynn, Leona, Elise, Tristana (AP)
Jungle: Diana, Gragas, Olaf, Nidalee, Kha'Zix, Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Zed, Malzahar, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Alistar
Marksman: Kennen, Mordekaiser, Urgot, Twisted Fate, Thresh
Top Lane: Rumble, Ryze, Ekko, Zed, Cassiopeia, Gragas, Mordekaiser, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Talon, Karthus, Shyvana, Urgot, Kassadin, Azir, Alistar, Leblanc, Vayne, Nunu, Elise, Braum, Taric
Support: Volibear, Malphite, Veigar, Trundle, Xerath, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Nidalee, Pantheon, Ashe, Anivia, Teemo, Lee Sin, Gangplank

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Karthus (Jungle), Poppy (Jungle)

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

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling: Poppy (Top)

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

  • Brand [God Tier Mid] - Despite the simultaneous nerfs on Brand and Deathfire Touch, his synergy with Rylai is still insanely good when combined with his passive. Add this to the new Frost Queen's Claim meta, and his mid to late game is potentially even more potent. Brand does not require many items to get strong, but scales well anyway, a deadly combo.
  • Dr. Mundo [God Tier Jungle] - Even after the nerfs to Dr. Mundo this patch, his win rate is still holding steady. As a champion who synergizes incredibly well with the masteries and current meta in general, Dr. Mundo is going to need more than a few numbers tweaks to knock him off the must-ban list.
  • Hecarim [Tier 2 Jungle] - Hecarim's nerfs this patch combined with the buff in Thunderlord's Decree dropped him down quite a few pegs. Not only is his damage lower comparatively speaking, but his tank stats were also hit substantially.
  • Jax [God Tier Jungle] - The drop on Guinsoo's Rageblade does not really affect him much. He does deal a bit less damage, but as his primary role is to delete single targets and provide an AOE stun, not much has changed for Jax.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - Lucian currently holds the title as the second most picked marksman, but continues to also sport a higher than normal win rate. This by itself warrants a closer look. His extreme mobility coupled with his long-range nuke allows him to have a very flexible kind of playstyle. Although he does require some planning and mechanical ability to play to his fullest, he is highly valuable even at an average level.
  • Malphite [God Tier Top] – Attack damage based assassins continue to rise in popularity, commonly resulting in five AD champions on a single team. By selecting Malphite, teams gain an advantage from the start. Additionally, his initiation via ultimate is still arguably the easiest and most effective spell in the game.
  • Poppy [Tier 2 Top] - After the hotfixes on Poppy went live (on the champion everyone strangely said was already OP), she's feeling a lot better now. Since the majority of her damage relies on her successfully pinning a champion against a wall to get her bonus damage, stun, and second part of her Q proc, failing to do so basically makes her completely useless whereas hitting it makes her super strong.
  • Quinn [Tier 1 Jungle] – Although she’s not a popular jungle pick quite yet, it is definitely time to acknowledge her as a viable and powerful jungler. Her ultimate is an insanely strong movement tool, and combined with the new Thunderlord’s Decree buff, she is a powerful ganker.
  • Rengar [Tier 1 Jungle] – The new assassin mastery and Thunderlord’s Decree have helped Rengar tremendously when it comes to deleting carries. There is not much else to say except that he still does what he always did, but better.
  • Talon [Tier 1 Mid] – Similar to Rengar, the assassin mastery and Thunderlord’s buff made him much better at his job. This combined with the Deathfire nerf increases Talon’s power comparative to other mid laners.
  • Trundle [God Tier Top] – After the second patch in a row with Trundle leading the charge on top lane win rates, it seems like we should take a closer look at the champion. Generally, Trundle exists as a tank killer and always pops back up whenever tanks start showing up on the rift. However, it seems like he has actually been performing poorly against tanks like Malphite. Instead, Trundle’s early game sustain appears to be the culprit behind his success, and Grasp of the Undying synergizes incredibly well with Trundle's passive. By building tank and continuously trading with his melee opponents, Trundle is able to prevent them from snowballing, and eventually out-trading against the majority of champions. He also synergizes incredibly well with Deadman’s Plate, but still suffers from a lack of hard engage. In a nutshell, his current strengths lie in his ability to shut down top laners in almost any 1v1 solo queue setting.
  • Wukong [Tier 1 Mid/Top] – Similar to the other assassins, Wukong works extremely well with the new Thunderlord’s. I think we may see his return to be a mid-lane FOTM pick after the inevitable nerfs to Zed.
  • Yasuo [Tier 2 Mid] – As a champion that does not synergize particular well with Thunderlord’s, Yasuo is starting to fall behind the other melee assassins in terms of sheer power.
  • Zed [Tier 1 Mid] – Although Zed is still a very high skillcap champion, the new masteries are insane on him. While other AD assassins tend to be more AOE based assassins, Zed’s split push and 1v1 strategies come into full force in this patch. This results in both a very high play rate and win rate, something that is rarely seen on a high skill cap champion and certainly a cause for concern.

Disclaimer:

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

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