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Oct 8, 2016

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 6.20 (October)

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The purpose of the FOTM list often confuses people, and I think it's time to really hone in on what my focus for this one is. This is a list that focuses in on what champions you should pick up and learn if you want to be like the big boys up top. In order to crack the pro scene, players expect you to be able to play the champions they like best in their team compositions.


Preface Chatter

The purpose of the FOTM list often confuses people, and I think it's time to really hone in on what my focus for this one is. As many of you know, professionals and high impact streamers often define the meta.

Therefore, certain champions start to fall by the wayside, which is what the main tier list aims to find, often resulting in the majority of people disagreeing, and I am fine with that as long as we can discuss civilly.

Meanwhile, this list is not a "sheep" list, but instead a list that focuses in on what champions you should pick up and learn if you want to be like the big boys up top. In order to crack the pro scene, players expect you to be able to play the champions they like best in their team compositions.

Although most of us will not reach that point, we still want to try, and so this list is being redefined more as a list that applies to players who are not simply looking to climb the ladder, but instead to reach the very top.

Check out the full list below!

The purpose of the "Flavor of the Month" ("FOTM") list is to show which champions are popular in today's metagame in terms of pro picks and high Elo choices.
If you're looking for the division climber solo queue tier list, be sure to check it out via this link!
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 6.20 Summary
Buffs: Cho'Gath, Nunu, Taliyah
Nerfs: Jinx
Tweaks: Ashe, Vladimir

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  • Kled Jungle removed
  • 10/10: Rumble/Poppy Top moved up

    The Tier List

    God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
    Mid-Lane Gods: Yasuo, Zed, Ahri, Syndra, Leblanc
    Jungle Gods: Zac, Lee Sin, Hecarim
    Marksman Gods: Jhin, Lucian, Ezreal, Caitlyn
    Top Lane Gods: Kennen, Yasuo, Riven
    Support Gods: Soraka

    God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Ezreal (Marksman), Kennen (Top), Syndra (Mid)
    God Tier Falling:

    Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
    Mid-Lane: Lux, Viktor, Orianna, Annie, Katarina, Fizz, Twisted Fate, Veigar, Ekko, Brand, Malzahar, Vel'Koz, Cassiopeia, Aurelion Sol, Lissandra, Anivia, Gangplank
    Jungle: Kha'Zix, Graves, Nidalee, Vi, Evelynn, Elise, Rengar, Gragas, Skarner, Sejuani, Nocturne, Amumu, Shaco, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Ekko, Fizz, Jax
    Marksman: Vayne, Jinx, Miss Fortune
    Top Lane: Darius, Irelia, Gangplank, Malphite, Fiora, Poppy, Gnar, Illaoi, Yorick, Rumble, Renekton, Jax, Ekko, Shen, Kled, Pantheon, Teemo, Tryndamere, Jayce, Wukong.
    Support: Thresh, Janna, Braum, Blitzcrank, Alistar, Tahm Kench, Bard, Nami, Sona, Karma

    Tier 1 Rising: Aurelion Sol (Mid), Skarner (Jungle), Tahm Kench (Support), Vel'Koz (Mid), Xin Zhao (Jungle),
    Tier 1 Falling: Darius (Top), Janna (Support), Thresh (Support), Yorick (Top)

    Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
    Mid-Lane: Kassadin, Ryze, Vladimir, Diana, Morgana, Zilean, Taliyah, Xerath, Karma, Azir, Kennen, Akali, Swain, Ziggs, Jayce, Talon, Varus
    Jungle: Rek'Sai, Fiddlesticks, Diana, Volibear, Jarvan IV, Kog'Maw, Wukong, Malphite, Shyvana, Olaf, Rammus, Warwick, Udyr, Kindred, Trundle, Pantheon, Malzahar,
    Marksman: Ashe, Kog'Maw, Tristana, Sivir, Draven, Twitch, Varus, Kalista, Corki
    Top LaneNasus, Vladimir, Garen, Olaf, Trundle, Swain, Ryze, Fizz, Maokai, Volibear, Hecarim, Sion, Tahm Kench, Cho'gath, Rengar, Jarvan IV, Kayle, Dr. Mundo, Graves, Akali, Lissandra, Singed, Nautilus, Malzahar, Zac, Quinn,
    SupportBrand, Leona, Morgana, Annie, Lulu, Taric, Zyra, Zilean, Nautilus

    Tier 2 Rising: Zilean (Mid)
    Tier 2 Falling: Ashe (Marksman), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Leona (Support), Morgana (Support), Nasus (Top), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Twitch (Marksman), Vladimir (Mid/Top)

    Tier 3 [Playable]:
    Mid-Lane: Kayle, Karthus, Lulu, Zyra, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Corki, Jhin, Quinn, Heimerdinger, Galio, Ezreal, Kog'maw (AP), Nidalee (AP), Gragas, Mordekaiser, Urgot,
    Jungle: Maokai, Twitch, Rumble, Nunu, Quinn, Poppy, Kayle, Aurelion Sol, Dr. Mundo, Cho'Gath, Taric, Tryndamere, Tahm Kench, Nautilus, Sion, Aatrox, Taliyah, Nasus, Shen, Darius
    Marksman: Quinn, Graves, Urgot, Kindred, Kennen
    Top Lane: Taliyah, Rammus, Gragas, Cassiopeia, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Heimerdinger, Aatrox, Aurelion Sol, Diana, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Rek'Sai, Zed, Shyvana, Kassadin, Mordekaiser, Warwick, Udyr, Kha'Zix, Karma, Vi, Master Yi, Viktor, Talon, Azir, Urgot
    Support: Trundle, Vel'Koz, Poppy, Malphite, Veigar, Shen, Lux, Sion, Kennen, Nunu, Gragas

    Tier 3 Rising:
    Tier 3 Falling:

    Tier 4 [Not Amused]:
    Mid-Lane: Jarvan IV, Kha'Zix, Wukong, Malphite, Teemo, Riven, Tahm Kench, Tristana (AP), Elise, Fiddlesticks, Sona, Evelynn, Leona, Soraka, Janna
    Jungle: Leona, Zed, Fiora, Riven, Gangplank, Blitzcrank, Alistar
    Marksman: Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser
    Top Lane: Vayne, Elise, Galio, Braum, Alistar, Nunu, Soraka
    Support: Taliyah, Galio, Fiddlesticks, Xerath, Teemo, Volibear, Kayle, Maokai, Anivia, Gangplank, Nidalee, Orianna, Yorick, Elise, Lissandra, Ashe, Leblanc

    Tier 4 Rising:
    Tier 4 Falling:

    Instructions and Caveats:
    • This tier list details which champions are most popular in today's current metagame, for better or for worse. Selecting a high popularity champion and doing mediocre is always favorable to selecting a low tier champion and doing mediocre for team morale.

    Champion Explanations

    • Brand [Tier 1 Mid/Tier 2 Support] - After a decent number of picks on the world stages, players now remember the sheer damage output that Brand can dish with relatively little in the way of items. His utility with Rylai is also exceedingly annoying, and he is getting picked up quite a bit more often now. However, his low mobility keeps him from becoming too popular, especially since the Koreans prefer Ryze in a similar damage role.
    • Evelynn [Tier 1 Jungle] - Evelynn is usually a solo queue Goddess, wrecking havoc on unsuspecting enemy players. Currently, players are picking up Hextech Protobelt on her with great success. Her burst is greatly amplified by the item, and she can pounce on unsuspecting enemies with ease as well as initiate via massive damage.
    • Kennen [God Tier Top] - Anybody watching the championships can see that playing against a good Kennen is not something that you want to deal with. As a result, he is being banned more than ever for his high burst damage and insane mobility. More on that in this FOTM article.
    • Nidalee [Tier 1 Jungle] - Similar to Kennen, Nidaleee has shown up extremely often across all regions for her powerful gank strength and good synergy with poke compositions. Even when she gets nerfed out of the meta, die-hard Nidalee fans always make her work. If you are looking for a long-term champion, Nidalee is a great pick-up. 
    • Nocturne [Tier 1 Jungle] - Players are picking Nocturne more and more lately, and that is simply a result of Jhin's exceedingly high popularity. Not only does Nocturne's ultimate prevent Jhin from properly aiming his sniper shots, but it also allows Nocturne to quickly dash in from long range while Jhin is standing immobile.
    • Riven [God Tier Top] - Riot's attack animation cancelling changes resulted in an extremely powerful Riven combo. Already one of solo queue's favorite damage queens, this only increased her popularity further.  
    • Ryze [Tier 2 Mid] - One of Korea's favorite damage dealers, where he places on this list is largely determined by the region that you play in. His win rate is not very high across all regions, but his damage potential is extremely good and his ultimate can result in extremely potent plays with good coordination.
    • Skarner [Tier 1 Jungle] - After a few early picks in the championship, Skarner's finally getting some loving. His slow are extremely potent against low mobility champions, but Quick Silver Sash still takes away a lot of his potential. 
    • Tahm Kench [Tier 1 Support] - Don't bench the Kench, he's making an extremely strong showing lately. One of the tankiest supports alive, his devour ability is extremely good for saving allies from near death while crowd-controlled. However, he is not picked up too often for solo queue simply because of the coordination necessary to play him well.
    • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for hero selection.
    Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

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