Aug 1, 2016

2016 Best Champions Tier List - Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 6.15 Update

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The latest tier list for 6.15 features a strong shuffling of mid-laners this patch because of the large scale nerfs on Viktor and Malzahar. Additionally, the marksman shift from Lucian/Ezreal to Jhin/Ashe is bringing back a lot of power to bruisers that were formerly lacking as a result of their high cooldown gap closers, like Zac.

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Preface Chatter

The latest tier list for 6.15 features a strong shuffling of mid-laners this patch because of the large scale nerfs on Viktor and Malzahar. Additionally, the marksman shift from Lucian/Ezreal to Jhin/Ashe is bringing back a lot of power to bruisers that were formerly lacking as a result of their high cooldown gap closers, like Zac.

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Patch 6.15 Summary
Buffs: Corki, Jarvan IV, Kassadin, Renekton, Shyvana, Vayne, Zyra
Nerfs: Braum, Hecarim, Karma, Malzahar, Shen, Sona, Taliyah, Viktor, Vladimir
Tweaks: Nidalee

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    The Tier List

    God Tier [Highest Influence]:

    Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Annie, Anivia
    Jungle Gods: Zac, Amumu, Sejuani,
    Marksman GodsJhin, Ashe, Jinx
    Top Lane Gods: Gangplank, Yasuo, Irelia, Darius
    Support Gods: Sona, Janna, Soraka

    God Tier Rising: Anivia (Mid), Annie (Mid), Gangplank (Top), Jhin (Marksman), Yasuo (Top), Zac (Jungle)
    God Tier Falling: Soraka (Support)

    Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:

    Mid-Lane: Twisted Fate, Katarina, Viktor, Vel'Koz, Aurelion Sol, Brand, Morgana, Kayle, Zilean, Gangplank, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Talon, Lux, Zyra, Karthus, Xerath, Galio, Swain
    Jungle: Volibear, Vi, Wukong, Kha'Zix, Gragas, Skarner, Rammus, Fiddlesticks, Shyvana, Master Yi, Rek'Sai, Nocturne, Hecarim
    Marksman: Sivir, Miss Fortune, Twitch, Tristana, Caitlyn, Kog'Maw, Quinn
    Top Lane: Kayle, Wukong, Teemo, Quinn, Ekko, Jarvan IV, Singed, Malphite, Tryndamere, Riven, Kennen, Akali, Rumble, Swain, Pantheon, Sion, Illaoi
    Support: Blitzcrank, Nami, Taric, Leona, Braum, Zilean

    Tier 1 Rising: Ekko (Top), Katarina (Mid), Master Yi (Jungle), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Taric (Support), Tristana (Marksman), Wukong (Jungle), Yasuo (Mid)
    Tier 1 Falling: Hecarim (Jungle), Illaoi (Top), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Pantheon (Top), Sion (Top), Twitch (Marksman), Viktor (Mid)

    Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:

    Mid-LaneAkali, Zed, Veigar, Orianna, Sona, Syndra, Karma, Malzahar, Jayce, Kennen, Diana, Cho'Gath, Lulu, Wukong, Taliyah,  Leblanc, Pantheon, Ziggs, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Kassadin, Quinn, Ekko, Urgot
    Jungle: Rengar, Warwick, Xin Zhao, Shaco, Jarvan IV, Rumble, Kindred, Nidalee, Jax, Elise, Malzahar, Graves, Irelia, Udyr, Quinn, Trundle, Ekko, Diana, Poppy, Dr. Mundo, Nunu, Lee Sin, Maokai, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Aatrox, Nautilus, Aurelion Sol, Pantheon, Evelynn, Cho'Gath
    Marksman: Ezreal, Lucian, Vayne, Graves, Kalista, Draven, Corki, Kindred, Varus, Urgot
    Top Lane: Volibear, Fiora, Olaf, Shen, Zac, Maokai, Nautilus, Garen, Nasus, Trundle, Renekton, Cho'gath, Graves, Malzahar, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Rammus, Poppy, Gnar, Lissandra, Fizz, Jax, Mordekaiser, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Galio, Hecarim, Aatrox, Lulu, Cassiopeia, Xin Zhao, Heimerdinger, Karma, Jayce, Rengar, Vladimir, Kassadin, Nidalee, Aurelion Sol, Warwick, Udyr
    Support: Alistar, Karma, Zyra, Brand, Bard, Morgana, Nautilus, Trundle, Sion, Thresh, Vel'Koz, Lulu, Annie

    Tier 2 Rising: Fiora (Top), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Jayce (Mid), Rengar (Jungle), Syndra (Mid), Urgot (Top)
    Tier 2 Falling: Ezreal (Marksman), Fizz (Top), Karma (Mid/Support), Lucian (Marksman), Malzahar (Mid), Olaf (Top), Rumble (Jungle), Shen (Top), Vladimir (Top)

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

    Mid-Lane: Corki, Varus, Vladimir, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Ryze, Nidalee, Kog'Maw (AP), Teemo, Master Yi, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Mordekaiser, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Leona, Elise
    Jungle: Tryndamere, Olaf, Kog'Maw, Tahm Kench, Taric, Nasus, Gangplank, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen
    Marksman: Kennen, Twisted Fate
    Top Lane: Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Ryze, Lee Sin, Yorick, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Vi, Talon, Shyvana, Taliyah, Azir, Leblanc, Vayne, Nunu, Elise, Taric
    Support: Tahm Kench, Shen, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Veigar, Lux, Xerath, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Pantheon, Elise, Teemo

    Tier 3 Rising:
    Tier 3 Falling: Vladimir (Mid)

    Tier 4 [Low Benefits for Effort Used]:

    Mid-Lane: Soraka, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench, Janna
    Jungle: Garen, Alistar, Yorick
    Marksman: Mordekaiser, Thresh
    Top Lane: Alistar, Braum, Soraka
    Support: Ashe, Anivia, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gangplank, 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

    • Annie [God Tier Mid] - After the nerfs to Viktor and Azir, more mages are rising back up to the top. A constant crowd favorite, Annie is always a great fallback for mid laners who are looking to find the same burst level as their flavor of the month mid laner. With her powerful AOE stun and massive burst potential, Annie is a lane bully that can consistently trade off victoriously with the best.
    • Aurelion Sol [Tier 1 Mid] - Aurelion Sol is extremely underrated now. Despite his low play rate, he plays perfectly into the tanky mage meta and deals immense sustained damage. Additionally, the scaling on his abilities is quite good, and ends up being a tanky sustained burst mage if he can position properly, something that Riot should never allow existing on the rift.
    • Jinx [God Tier Marksman] - When marksman mains say, "I don't think Jinx is that overpowered", what they mean to say is, "I don't think I always dominate my lane with Jinx". As a champion that snowballs insanely hard late-game through resets, I don't know why this comes as a surprise. Many marksman players prefer the solo mentality where they can quickly burst down enemies using champions like Lucian. However, Jinx remains insanely strong when it comes to actually winning the game, and her tower-pushing abilities make her very strong with the new first blood tower mechanic.
    • Shyvana [Tier 1 Jungle] - The new buff to Shyvana's Dragon's Descent (R) allows her to transform into a dragon much more often, resulting in an overall very impactful champion.
    • Sona [God Tier Support] - The hotfix nerfs still leave Sona incredibly strong in the current meta. Not much more to say...
    • Tristana [Tier 1 Marksman] - Similar to Jinx, Tristana is extremely strong in the new tower-pushing meta. Her wave clear abilities allow her to easily bully out popular laners like Lucian, Vayne, and Ezreal.
    • Vladimir [Tier 3 Mid] - After repeated nerfs because of professional level play, Vladimir ended up in the bottom of the casual barrel along with Azir. Despite this, he remains viable, though not overpowered anymore by any means.
    • Yasuo [God Tier Top] - For a champion that is played as much as Yasuo does, he retains an incredibly high win rate as a top laner. His core items are very efficient and he works well as a lane bully against many melee champions, especially with the Frozen Mallet + Phantom Dancer build. Even if that all fails, his team fight ability remains high via his AOE CC, which can easily snowball off popular supports like Janna and Nami to great effect.
    • Zac [God Tier Jungle] - It's hard to say that Zac is *the* strongest jungler in the game, but he is definitely extremely good right now because of a multitude of factors. His ganks are very potent and varied, which results in an incredibly number of otherwise ungankable angles. The marksman shift from Lucian + Ezreal to Jhin + Ashe also allows hunt down enemy glass cannons with ease.


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