Sep 28, 2016

2016 Best Champions Tier List - Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 6.19 Update

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Hi everyone! I know I said we would get this list up on Sunday or Monday, but the stat sites were a bit slow to update this patch and I ran into some timing issues. Thanks for being patient!

In this patch, Corki is making a strong comeback, but the Godyr does not seem like it is in full bloom just yet. Maybe we just need to find the right build. Meanwhile, the Kog'Maw tweak looks like a nerf from the initial numbers flowing in, but that might be because of sub-optimal builds now.

There are a bunch of other changes, so be sure to check out the full list below!

SEASON 6 - PATCH 6.19 FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

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

Preface Chatter

Hi everyone! I know I said we would get this list up on Sunday or Monday, but the stat sites were a bit slow to update this patch and I ran into some timing issues. Thanks for being patient!

In this patch, Corki is making a strong comeback, but the Godyr does not seem like it is in full bloom just yet. Maybe we just need to find the right build. Meanwhile, the Kog'Maw tweak looks like a nerf from the initial numbers flowing in, but that might be because of sub-optimal builds now.

There are a bunch of other changes, so be sure to 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 6.19 Summary
Buffs: Corki, Dr. Mundo, Singed, Udyr
Nerfs: Anivia, Aurelion Sol, Cassiopeia, Kled, Soraka, Twitch
Tweaks: Kog'Maw

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Updates
  • 9/28: Yorick Top moved up
  • 10/1: Kennen top moved up 
  • 10/2: 
    • Kennen top/Nidalee Jungle moved up (FOTM Report)
    • Syndra mid moved up
    • Wukong jungle moved down
    • Brand Support moved up
  • 10/8: FOTM Tier List updated

The Tier List

God Tier [Highest Influence]:

Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Annie, Anivia
Jungle Gods: Vi, Zac, Amumu, Sejuani
Marksman Gods: Jinx, Jhin, Miss Fortune
Top Lane Gods: Yasuo, KennenMalphite, Irelia
Support Gods: Janna, Sona, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Annie (Mid), Blitzcrank (Support), Janna (Support), Kennen (Top), Malphite (Top)
God Tier Falling:

Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:

Mid-Lane: Vel'Koz, Brand, Twisted Fate, Morgana, Yasuo, Kayle, Syndra, Zilean, Katarina, Kennen, Corki, Viktor, Lux,
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Graves, Nidalee, Hecarim, Kha'Zix, Skarner, Wukong, Shaco, Rammus, Xin Zhao, Volibear, Nocturne, Dr. Mundo, Olaf, Fiddlesticks
Marksman: Caitlyn, Twitch, Ashe, Sivir, Tristana, Kog'Maw
Top Lane: Riven, Darius, Kayle, Wukong, Illaoi, Swain, Renekton, Teemo, Quinn, Jarvan IV, Jax, Tryndamere, Graves, Rumble, Pantheon, Sion, Singed, Gangplank, Jayce, Olaf, Yorick
Support: Nami, Brand, Zyra, Leona, Vel'Koz, Braum, Zilean

Tier 1 Rising: Brand (Support), Corki (Mid), Dr. Mundo (Jungle), Hecarim (Jungle), Kennen (Mid), Nocturne (Jungle), Olaf (Jungle/Top), Riven (Top), Swain (Top), Syndra (Mid), Yorick (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Ashe (Marksman), Darius (Top), Fiddlesticks (Jungle), Gangplank (Top), Zyra (Support)

Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:

Mid-Lane: Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Karthus, Galio, Xerath, Zyra, Gangplank, Karma, Ziggs, Talon, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Akali, Orianna, Zed, Swain, Veigar, Jayce, Diana, Cho'Gath, Lulu, Wukong, Leblanc, Pantheon, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Kassadin, Quinn, Ekko, Urgot
Jungle: Kindred, Gragas, Warwick, Trundle, Rengar, Udyr, Rumble, Jax, Elise, Lee Sin, Malzahar, Irelia, Quinn, Evelynn, Shyvana, Master Yi, Diana, Nunu, Maokai, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Aurelion Sol, Pantheon, Ekko, Mordekaiser,
Marksman: Lucian, Ezreal, Vayne, Graves, Draven, Corki, Varus, Quinn
Top Lane: Akali, Poppy, Fiora, Volibear, Rengar, Kled, Ekko, Zac, Maokai, Nautilus, Gnar, Lissandra, Garen, Nasus, Trundle, Rammus, Cho'gath, Malzahar, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Mordekaiser, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Shen, Diana, Hecarim, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Heimerdinger, Kassadin, Nidalee, Aurelion Sol
Support: Alistar, Taric, Karma, Bard, Morgana, Sion, Nautilus, Trundle, Thresh, Lulu, Annie

Tier 2 Rising: Corki (Marksman), Gnar (Top), Kindred (Jungle), Rammus (Top), Rengar (Top), Sion (Support), Udyr (Jungle), Ziggs (Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Akali (Top), Aurelion Sol (Mid), Cassiopeia (Mid), Galio (Mid), Gragas (Jungle), Karthus (Mid), Kled (Top), Lissandra (Top), Malzahar (Mid), Nautilus (Top), Swain (Mid), Talon (Mid), Taric (Support)

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

Mid-Lane: Sona, Vladimir, Taliyah, Varus, 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: Rek'Sai, Poppy, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Kog'Maw, Tahm Kench, Cho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Taric, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen
Marksman: Kalista, Urgot, Kindred, Kennen, Twisted Fate
Top Lane: Galio, Aatrox, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Warwick, Udyr, Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Ryze, Karma, Lee Sin, 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: Aatrox (Top), Galio (Top), Karma (Top), Taliyah (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 judgment.
  • 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

  • Corki [Tier 1 Mid/Tier 2 Marksman] - After the latest buffs to Corki, he is back in a viable state both as a mid laner and as a marksman. However, he does work much better as a mid-laner as a result of his high wave clear and poke abilities. As a marksman, he lacks good synergy with popular items like Youmuu's and Duskblade, which reduces his potentially greatly. 
  • Janna [God Tier Support] - After the nerfs to Soraka, Janna is back on top as the best passive support in the game. Although she can still be countered by a variety of champions and via good 2v2 synergy, her ability to safely get her marksman through lane phase through favorable trades makes her the best support in the game.
  • Kennen [Tier 1 Mid] - Combined with Hextech Protobelt, Kennen's initiation and burst damage are through the roof. Typically, Kennen players had a major issue being effective without flash, as they would quickly get knocked away by champions like Alistar. Now with Alistar falling out of favor and a Protobelt under his well...belt, Kennen is stronger than ever before and his ability to both 1v1 and 1v5 are incredible.
  • Kled [Tier 2 Top] - After Kled receives his ultimate, he becomes an extremely powerful initiator. However, he still works much better in organized team play. In solo queue, his ultimate can potentially result in suicidal tendencies as teams refuse to follow up. That being said, his potential is still very high and is certainly worth testing out and practicing if you like him.
  • Malphite [God Tier Top] - The top five most popular top laners right now other than Malphite are Riven, Darius, Irelia, and Gnar. As a massive armor stacker, Malphite performs well against all of them as long as he does not go aggressive early on. Meanwhile, all the top marksmen are extremely auto-attack based except for Jhin, resulting in a large indirect boost to Malphite. A champion that works in every composition, he is certainly an excellent pick for ranked ladder climbing now.
  • Miss Fortune [God Tier Marksman] - While Youmuu's Lucian was extremely popular, people continuously looked for similar champions to counter him, resulting in Jhin and Miss Fortune with similar builds. However, now that Jhin was nerfed a couple times, it looks like Miss Fortune is the last man (woman) standing with the same level of absurd burst damage...play her while you can! Since the meta shifted back to low mobility marksmen, she also has a much easier time landing the full duration of her ultimate. 
  • Nocturne [Tier 1 Jungle] - Attack damage based items like Duskblade and Youmuus are extremely good right now, and many teams enjoy employing a dive-based composition. This places Nocturne in an excellent meta spot coupled with strongly synergizing item builds.
  • Soraka [God Tier Support] - Despite the large nerf to Soraka's heal, early game, it is completely unaffected at max rank. As a result, she remains an extremely strong pick, but can no longer make up for an excessively aggressive marksman early game.
Disclaimer:
    • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.

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