Mar 26, 2016

2016 Champion Tier List - Solo Queue - Patch 6.6 Update

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Hi everyone and welcome to the Patch 6.6 solo queue tier list! This patch features quite a few non-impactful nerfs on powerful champions from last patch, resulting in little movement on the high end.

On the other hand, Jhin's finally coming into his own as people are starting to fully understand his capabilities, pushing him up to the second most feared marksman in the game.

Check out the full details below ~

SEASON 6 - PATCH 6.6 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 Patch 6.6 solo queue tier list! This patch features quite a few non-impactful nerfs on powerful champions from last patch, resulting in little movement on the high end.

On the other hand, Jhin's finally coming into his own as people are starting to fully understand his capabilities, pushing him up to the second most feared marksman in the game.

Check out the full details 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 6.6 Summary
Buffs: Cho'gath, Ekko, Jayce, Karma, Kha'Zix, Maokai, Orianna,
Nerfs: Alistar, Azir, Fiora, Janna, Kalista, Lulu, Lux, Master Yi, Nidalee, Quinn, Shyvana,

Item Nerfs: Enchantment:Runic Echoes, Tiamat, Titanic Hydra, Zz'Rot Portal

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The Tier List

God Tier [Highest Influence]:

Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Zed
Jungle Gods: Shyvana, Udyr, Master Yi, Xin Zhao
Marksman GodsSivir, Graves, Jhin, Twitch
Top Lane Gods: Nautilus, Malphite, GravesPoppy, Quinn, Sion, Pantheon
Support Gods: Janna, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Graves (Top), Jhin (Marksman), Poppy (Top), Soraka (Support)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:

Mid-Lane: Malzahar, Anivia, Twisted Fate, Morgana, Kayle, Fizz, Lux, Corki, Annie, Vel'Koz, Diana, Zyra, Brand,  Talon, Karma, Yasuo, Zilean
Jungle: Amumu, Volibear, Gragas, Sejuani, Graves, Vi, Ekko, Skarner, Nidalee, Warwick, Quinn, Zac, Rammus, Kindred, Shaco, Jax, Nocturne, Trundle
Marksman: Kog'Maw, Corki, Lucian, Ashe, Ezreal, Quinn, Jinx, Kalista, Miss Fortune
Top LaneKayle, Wukong, Trundle, Rammus, Shen, Nasus, Darius, Dr. Mundo, Garen, Jarvan IV, Swain, Volibear, Zac, Tryndamere
Support: Sona, Nami, Nautilus, Taric, Leona, Trundle, Brand, Braum, Alistar

Tier 1 Rising: Corki (Mid), Darius (Top), Fizz (Mid), Gragas (Jungle), Graves (Jungle), Karma (Mid), Kindred (Jungle), Kog'Maw, Lux (Mid), Tryndamere (Top), Vi (Jungle), Yasuo (Mid), Zilean (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Corki (Marksman), Kalista (Marksman)

Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:

Mid-LaneCho'Gath, Quinn, Lulu, Wukong, Galio, Katarina, Azir, Gangplank, Karthus, Ziggs, Vladimir, Xerath, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Viktor, Kennen, Leblanc, Aurelion Sol, Kassadin, Swain, Jayce, Pantheon, Syndra, Orianna, Cassiopeia
Jungle: Elise, Poppy, Wukong, Kha'Zix, Fiddlesticks, Diana, Dr. Mundo, Rumble, Nunu, Hecarim, Rek'Sai, Lee Sin, Maokai, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Aatrox, Nautilus, Irelia, Jarvan IV, Tahm Kench, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Evelynn, Rengar, Cho'Gath
Marksman: Vayne, Tristana, Draven, Caitlyn, Kindred, Varus, Urgot
Top Lane: Renekton, Cho'gath, Gangplank, Irelia, FioraAkali, Yasuo, Teemo, Riven, Kennen, Gnar, Singed, Illaoi, Lissandra, Ryze, Jax, Vladimir, Ekko, Tahm Kench, Diana, Hecarim, Aatrox, Olaf, Lulu, Rek'Sai, Xin Zhao, Morgana, Maokai, Heimerdinger, Karma, Malzahar, Jayce, Rengar, Nidalee, Galio, Fizz, Aurelion Sol, Warwick, Udyr, Urgot, Lee Sin, Viktor, Vi
Support: Thresh, Poppy, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Lulu, Morgana, Zyra, Lux, Shen, Bard, Annie, Sion, Karma

Tier 2 Rising: Irelia (Jungle), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Akali (Top), Azir (Mid), Diana (Jungle), Elise (Jungle), Fiddlesticks (Jungle), Fiora (Top), Renekton (Top), Wukong (Jungle),

Tier 3 [Needs Higher Skill/Knowledge Than Usual]:

Mid-Lane: Ezreal (AP), Veigar, Ekko, Nidalee, Akali, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Teemo, Ryze, Master Yi, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Urgot, Sona, Jhin, Mordekaiser, Tahm Kench, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Evelynn, Leona, Elise, Tristana (AP)
Jungle: OlafAurelion Sol, Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Zed, Malzahar, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen, Yorick, Garen, Alistar
Marksman: Kennen, Mordekaiser, Twisted Fate, Thresh
Top Lane: Rumble, Zed, Cassiopeia, Gragas, Yorick, Mordekaiser, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Talon, Karthus, Shyvana, Kassadin, Azir, Alistar, Leblanc, Vayne, Nunu, Elise, Braum, Taric
Support: Tahm Kench, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Veigar, Xerath, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Nidalee, Pantheon, Ashe, Anivia, Elise, Teemo, Lee Sin, Gangplank

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling

Tier 4 [Low Benefits for Effort Used]:

Mid-Lane: Soraka, Janna
Jungle:
Marksman:
Top Lane: Soraka
Support: Orianna, 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

  • Alistar [Tier 1 Support] - A jack-of-all trades, Alistar in the previous patch was a strong mix of all-in and sustain, resulting in many different match-ups where he could out-trade enemy laners. However, now that his sustain is nerfed, his lane match-ups are more prone to ranged harass on the marksman.
  • Aurelion Sol [Tier 2~3 Mid/Top/Jungle] - So far, Aurelion is primarily being played in the Middle and Top, where he has the ability to zone out enemy champions via his passive. However, he definitely has potential to be a strong ganker and could also eventually be strong in the jungle once players get used to his skill set. He's definitely not a pick-up and wreck type of champion, but his skillset certainly has the ability to make some interesting plays.
  • Elise [Tier 2 Jungle] - Prior to this patch, Elise was already on a slow decline as a result of the high CC tank meta from top lane, making it difficult for her to successfully gank consistently. This patch, the Runic Echoes nerf also created a small reduction in her strength, moving her into a balanced state.
  • Fiora [Tier 2 Top] - Fiora's significant damage nerfs in 6.6 dropped her out of an overpowered state to a much more manageable level. She's still very much viable, but not as overwhelming as before, at least not without building some damage instead of tank items.
  • Graves [God Tier Top] - Nerfs this patch on Titanic Hydra and Tiamat have created an opening for Graves top to become comparatively stronger. As a champion who never built those items to begin with, Graves now duels better than ever before.
  • Jhin [God Tier Marksman] - Quickly taking over the spotlight, Jhin is one of the more feared marksmen on the rift now that players understand his damage potential and play style. His damage doesn't consistently rain down on foes, but the amount of burst on his last hit often leads to surprising outplays.
  • Karma [Tier 2 Support] - Although Karma received a buff to her shield power, it definitely impacts her mid lane trades much more than her support prowess. Karma performs adequately in a 1v1 situation, but does still have a bit of trouble in late game team fights as a result of her low range and somewhat small hit box on her main nuke.
  • Kog'Maw [Tier 1 Marksman] - After bug fixes last round, Kog'maw quickly scaled back up from an insultingly low 44% win rate to an above 50% one. The nerfs from Patch 6.5 hurt, but significant nerfs on a few marksmen and supports also make him stronger in patch 6.6 in a relative sense.
  • Lux [Tier 1] - The changes to Lux's shield obviously don't do much for reducing her damage output, but her team fight defensive utility is significantly lower. As a result of the reduced missile speed, she's less capable of negating fast spells, but is definitely still a very strong champion.
  • Master Yi [God Tier Jungle] - The Riot love tap with the nerf bat was clearly mild to say the least. In some instances, it may have even been a buff. Overall he's a little weaker than before, but still quite the powerhouse.
  • Nidalee [Tier 1 Jungle] - Despite the nerfs to Nidalee this patch, she's overall in a similar spot as a result of the nerf to Zz'Rot Portal. Because of the reduction in split push ability, teams are now more prone to teamfighting. This gives Nidalee more time to throw down poke for higher game impact.
  • Poppy [God Tier Top] - A powerful top lane champion that doesn't rely on Tiamat or the Hydra series, Poppy top is comparably stronger this patch.
  • Soraka [God Tier Support] - After nerfs to Alistar and Janna, Soraka is now "stronger" with two of the most popular supports reduced in value.

Disclaimer:

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

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