Dec 11, 2016

2016 Champion Tier List - Ranked 3s Twisted Treeline - Patch 6.24 Update

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The latest changes to Rylai's and Colossus in Patch 6.24 definitely sparked a few changes especially the jungle and bottom lane. Although players are still somewhat mixed in terms of whether they think Rylai's was a nerf or a buff for certain champions, the initial numbers are showing a nerf on everyone who used it as a core item.

Meanwhile, Ivern is doing quite well on this map, even with the Colossus nerf.


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The latest changes to Rylai's and Colossus in Patch 6.24 definitely sparked a few changes especially the jungle and bottom lane. Although players are still somewhat mixed in terms of whether they think Rylai's was a nerf or a buff for certain champions, the initial numbers are showing a nerf on everyone who used it as a core item.

Meanwhile, Ivern is doing quite well on this map, even with the Colossus nerf.

Current Metagame
Right now there are THREE main methods of playing Twisted Treeline:
  1. Duo top with a support like Braum and a marksman like Lucian
  2. Two solo lanes with a jungler (Generally glass cannons stay bot)
  3. Duo top with a melee bruiser w/Smite + Braum or Maokai and a standard AP or ranged AD bot
It seems for the most part higher tier teams prefer the support meta running exhaust + heal, whereas lower divisions seem to do better with the level advantage from having a jungler.

Most strong top lane solo champions will also do well with a support with strong CC for invasion potential.

Based off of this, I'm splitting this tier list into "roles" similar to the solo queue 5s list. However, as there are only 3 positions open, I won't be including every champion into this list. If you feel that I've missed out on a strong champion, please let me know and I'll include it in the next update.

  • (Jungle) - Added Ivern
  • (Top Lane Solo) - Added Shaco
  • 12/20: Moved Mordekaiser Top up

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      The Tier List

      God Tier List

      [Highest Influence | Good In Almost Every Situation | Easiest to Gain LP With]

      Bot Lane Solo Syndra, Brand, Morgana
      Jungle Maokai, Poppy, Skarner
      Top Lane Graves, Darius, Illaoi, Kayle
      Marksman Graves, Caitlyn
      Support Taric, Braum, Nautilus

      God Tier Rising: Morgana (Bot)
      God Tier Falling: Kayle (Top)

      Tier 1

      [Strong/Preferred Choices | Faster to Learn and Win]

      Bot Lane SoloCassiopeia, Lux, Anivia, Vel'koz, Ahri, Karma, Orianna, Swain, Malzahar, Viktor, Graves, Lulu, Jayce, Galio, Annie, Lissandra, Kayle
      JungleJarvan IV, ShacoIvern, Nocturne, Hecarim, Zac, Rek'Sai, Mordekaiser,Nunu, OlafGragas, Graves, Elise, Trundle, Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix, Amumu, Shyvana, Diana
      Top Lane SoloJarvan IV, Jayce, Garen, Irelia, Yasuo, Poppy, Fiora, Renekton, Mordekaiser, Trundle, Pantheon, Gangplank, Tahm Kench, Olaf, Maokai, Wukong
      MarksmanLucian, Vayne, Jhin
      SupportTahm Kench, Trundle, Maokai, Leona, Poppy, Gragas

      Tier 1 Rising: Garen (Top), Lux (Bot), Nocturne (Jungle), Shaco (Jungle), Swain (Bot)
      Tier 1 Falling: Anivia (Bot), Jarvan IV (Top), Jayce (Top), Lucian (Marksman), Malzahar (Bot), Viktor (Bot), Zac (Jungle)

      Tier 2

      [Viable/Balanced Choices | Common Picks]

      Bot Lane SoloXerath, Zilean, Vladimir, Taliyah, Gnar, Yasuo, Ekko, Cho'Gath, Leblanc, Singed, Ryze, Kennen, Diana, Rumble
      JungleTahm Kench, Wukong, Cho'Gath, Lee Sin, Sejuani, Jax, Dr. Mundo, Pantheon, Sion, Vi, Volibear, Yorick, Rengar, Warwick
      Top Lane SoloVolibear, Riven, Shaco, Cho'Gath, Nautilus, Ekko, Kennen, Hecarim, Singed, Sion, Yorick, Gnar, Teemo, Kled, Dr. Mundo, Xin Zhao, Riven, Jax, Lee Sin, Rengar, Talon, Aatrox, Shyvana, Kha'Zix
      Marksman: Draven
      Support: Bard, Sion, Volibear, Annie, Lulu, Karma,

      Tier 2 Rising:
      Tier 2 Falling

      Tier 3

      [Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

      Bot Lane SoloCorki, Zyra, Fizz, Ziggs, Heimerdinger, Talon, Teemo, Kassadin
      JungleEkko, Udyr, Nidalee, Malphite, Fiddlesticks, Evelynn, Nautilus, Nasus
      Top Lane SoloTryndamere, Diana, Rek'Sai, Udyr, Nasus, Malphite
      MarksmanJinx, Ezreal, Quinn
      Support: Morgana, Soraka, Nunu, Malphite

      Tier 3 Rising:
      Tier 3 Falling

      Tier 4

      [Not Played Often | One Trick Ponies]

      Everybody else. Not to say that you can't win with other champions, but for the most part the ones above will give you plenty to work with. Feel free to try out other strategies and post your experiences in the comment section below!

      AD/AP Positioning

      Due to the way the map is arranged, bot lane is generally considered the "safer" lane, so the solo laner almost always goes here. However, as this game mode is somewhat uncommon, you may see teams send two champions to bot lane. As a result, it's generally best to send an AP bot with long range waveclear, as these champions can deal with both 1v1 and 1v2 lanes.

      This means that for the most part, the AD based champion will go top. However, swapping these around isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's a good idea to make sure that you have a mix of damage types so that the enemy team can't easily itemize against you.

      When you duo in one lane with a support, top is almost always better as it's easier to invade their jungle through the top lane, and it's much easier to bully the melee laner as well since they generally lack ranged waveclear.

      Champion Explanations

      • Brand [God Tier Bot] - Although Rylai's Crystal Scepter was nerfed, he can pick it up earlier than he used to. As a result, the changes don't impact him quite as hard as for other champions. I'm not convinced it's an overall buff for him, but he is definitely still one of the strongest mages on this map as a reusult of his high percentage damage in small areas.
      • Darius [God Tier Top] - After changes to Colossus, Darius is back on top as the strongest 1v1 and 1v3 champion in the game. Although he can be countered via a ranged carry strategy, this is generally more for high-level play and means that leaving him open results in nearly a must-pick.
      • Garen [Tier 1 Top] - After his buffs this patch, Garen is seeing a lot more play as a result of his ability to synergize with damage junglers like Nocturne and Jarvan IV via armor reduction.
      • Ivern [Tier 1 Jungle] - Similar to Summoner's Rift, Ivern is doing quite well on this map as a result of his powerful crowd control spells and difficulty to kill. Daisy also does extremely well in narrow corridors to pull off multi-man knockbacks and soak up dangerous skillshots.
      • Lux [Tier 1 Bot] - Despite the influx of utlimate skin Lux's, she is still performing very well on the rift. Her waveclear is decent, and her insanely good burst allows her to be a big threat when it comes to catching enemy players from the fog of war.
      • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - On a map without wards, Shaco was always decent. However, ever since his rework he is even stronger than before because of his box duration and new AOE box ultimate. This gives him more presence than ever before, resulting in a jungler than can quickly snowball the game and still be relevant late game.
      • Taric [God Tier Support] - In any support composition, Taric reigns supreme. His stun essentially takes up the entire lane when he's linked with another champion, and his ultimate can be absolutely game-changing if the enemy has no way of disengaging. 
      • Viktor [Tier 1 Bot] - The Rylai nerf hit Viktor fairly hard, as he now has difficulty landing the second part of his laser without some additional crowd control. He is still very strong if you can land all his spells, but the difficulty is of course, the landing part.
      • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
      • While I'm by no means a guru on the Twisted Treeline I do enjoy playing the game mode quite a bit and look forward to climbing the new flex ladder.
      • That being said, take this tier list with a grain of salt and feel free to engage in open debate in the comment section with your own thoughts and comments. As the game mode isn't all that popular right now, hopefully this list will help spur some of you to try it out!

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