Aug 15, 2016

2016 Best Champions Tier List - Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 6.16 Update

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As Riot prepares for the world stage, they provided a light patch to prevent massive upsets. However, as the meta flows, each champion's strength continues to vary slightly from patch to patch, even without direct nerfs and buffs. This time around, we see the meta shifting towards high attack damage-based top laners, whereas the heal and shield suppports continue to dominate the bot lane.

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Preface Chatter

As Riot prepares for the world stage, they provided a light patch to prevent massive upsets. However, as the meta flows, each champion's strength continues to vary slightly from patch to patch, even without direct nerfs and buffs. This time around, we see the meta shifting towards high attack damage-based top laners, whereas the heal and shield suppports continue to dominate the bot lane.

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!
Be sure to check out our new Optimal Champion Bans by Division Listing!

Patch 6.16 Summary
Buffs: Lulu, Mordekaiser, Nautilus, 
Nerfs: Irelia, Sona, Viktor

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  • Added Kled to top and jungle
  • Added jungle Mordekaiser

    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: Soraka, Sona, Janna

    God Tier Rising: Soraka (Support)
    God Tier Falling

    Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:

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

    Tier 1 Rising: Gragas (Jungle), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Jax (Top), Lissandra (Top), Lucian (Marksman), Nautilus (Top), Renekton (Top), Riven (Top), Shaco (Jungle), Xin Zhao (Jungle)
    Tier 1 Falling: Singed (Top), Twisted Fate (Mid), 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, Rumble, Kindred, Nidalee, Jax, Elise, Malzahar, Graves, Irelia, Udyr, Quinn, Trundle, Ekko, Shyvana, Master Yi, Diana, Poppy, Dr. Mundo, Nunu, Lee Sin, Maokai, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Aatrox, Nautilus, Aurelion Sol, Pantheon, Mordekaiser, Evelynn, Cho'Gath
    Marksman: Ezreal, Vayne, Graves, Kalista, Draven, Corki, Kindred, Varus, Urgot
    Top Lane: Volibear, Fiora, Olaf, Shen, Zac, Maokai, Garen, Nasus, Trundle, Cho'gath, Graves, Malzahar, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Rammus, Poppy, Gnar, Fizz, Mordekaiser, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Galio, Hecarim, Aatrox, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Heimerdinger, Karma, Jayce, Rengar, Vladimir, Kassadin, Nidalee, Aurelion Sol
    Support: Karma, Vel'Koz, Alistar, Zyra, Brand, Bard, Morgana, Nautilus, Trundle, Sion, Thresh, Lulu, Annie

    Tier 2 Rising: Vel'Koz (Support)
    Tier 2 Falling: Alistar (Support), Master Yi (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle)

    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, KledKog'Maw, Tahm Kench, Taric, Nasus, Gangplank, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen
    Marksman: Kennen, Twisted Fate
    Top Lane: Kled, Cassiopeia, Warwick, Udyr, 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: Cassiopeia (Top), Udyr (Top), Warwick (Top)

    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

    • Blitzcrank [Tier 1 Support] - On a field dominated by heal and shield-based supports, many all-in based champions find themselves on the losing end of trades as they get kited into oblivion. However, Blitzcrank is one of those time-honored champions that can always be valuable, no matter what Riot stacks against him. One game-changing hook is all it takes...
    • Gragas [Tier 1 Jungle] - Whenever our friends from Korea take the world stage, they inevitably fall back to an old favorite: Gragas. A play-making machine, Gragas continuously finds new ways to come back stronger than ever before. The current favorite build is Runic Echoes + Iceborn Gauntlet into full tank, which appears to be working extremely well. This build allows Gragas to deal excellent sustained damage while also granting him amazing turret diving potential.
    • Kled [Tier 3 Jungle/Top] - Although his kit does seem to have potential, he is currently under-performing on release, much like the rest of Riot's complex champions.We'll see how he does after a bit of practice and time, but in his current stage, he seems a bit weaker than others.
    • Mordekaiser [Tier 2 Jungle] - The new quality of life buffs allow Mordekaiser some more flexibility when using his ghost. As a jungler he also gains almost guaranteed access to the Dragon ghost if your team is winning, granting him a large amount of free stats in the form of health.
    • Nautilus [Tier 1 Top] - The latest Nautilus buffs were quite good, giving him even more crowd-control abilities than before, which was already his strong suit. Expect to see him more, but top lane is still dominated by high AD-based champions.
    • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - The time is coming soon where Shaco becomes...flavor of the month expert ganker with the ability to rapidly snowball games, Shaco's main weakness was always the late game. However, by securing early dragons and counter-jungling, Shaco's gank flexibility allows him to be a complete nuisance from early to mid-game.
    • Soraka [God Tier Support] - After Sona's nerfs this patch, Soraka is looking better than ever. At this point, I say she is stronger than Sona by a small margin now.
    • Twisted Fate [Tier 1 Mid] - Despite the rapid drop off in win rate this patch, Twisted Fate is one of those champions that has always historically pulled through. As a result, I think we can give him the benefit of the doubt and chalk this one to a statistical anomoly.
    • Yasuo [God Tier Top] - Yasuo continues to dominate the top lane this patch, and his Trinity Force + Frozen Mallet build continues to be an utter pain to deal with.
    • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.

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