Jan 17, 2017

2017 Champion Tier List - Ranked 3s Twisted Treeline - Patch 7.1 Update

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As Season 7 ramps up into full force, more players are looking to get on their ranked climb. Personally I'm still grinding out the 5s ladders, but am looking to get back into 3s this season as well. Meanwhile, I've dug through the stats and compiled the list below for the new season.

Check it out and feel free to ask questions!

SEASON 7 -  PATCH 7.1 RANKED 3'S TIER LIST
THE TWISTED TREELINE

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

Introduction

As Season 7 ramps up into full force, more players are looking to get on their ranked climb. Personally I'm still grinding out the 5s ladders, but am looking to get back into 3s this season as well. Meanwhile, I've dug through the stats and compiled the list below for the new season.

Check it out and feel free to ask questions!

Current Metagame
Right now there are THREE main methods of playing Twisted Treeline:
  1. Duo top with a support like Taric and a marksman like Graves or Caitlyn
  2. Two solo lanes with a jungler (Generally mages stay bot)
  3. Duo top with a melee bruiser w/Smite + Taric or Maokai and a standard AP or ranged AD bot
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.

Updates
  • Added Camille Top
  • Added Corki Marksman
  • Added Alistar Support

Toolkit and Options
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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 Brand, Syndra, Cassiopeia
Jungle Maokai, Poppy, Skarner
Top Lane Graves, Darius, Illaoi
Marksman Graves, Caitlyn, Jhin
Support Taric, Maokai

God Tier Rising: Cassiopeia (Bot), Jhin (Marksman), Maokai (Support)
God Tier Falling: Syndra (Bot) 

Tier 1

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

Bot Lane SoloMorgana, Anivia, Lux, Orianna, Vel'koz, Ahri, Swain, Malzahar, Karma, Ziggs, Zilean, Viktor, Graves, Lulu, Jayce, Galio, Annie, Lissandra, Kayle
JungleJarvan IV, Tahm Kench, Nocturne, Zac, Gragas, Rek'Sai, Mordekaiser, Wukong, Trundle, Hecarim, Nunu, OlafGraves, Elise, Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix, Amumu, Shyvana, Diana
Top Lane SoloJarvan IV, Jayce, Garen, Yasuo, Camille, Wukong, Irelia, Olaf, Poppy, Fiora, Renekton, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Trundle, Pantheon, Gangplank, Tahm Kench, Maokai
MarksmanCorki, Lucian
SupportTahm Kench, Leona, Poppy, Nautilus, Bard, Trundle, Gragas

Tier 1 Rising: Bard (Support), Karma (Bot), Olaf (Top), Orianna (Bot), Poppy (Support), Tahm Kench (Jungle), Wukong (Top/Jungle)Ziggs (Bot), Zilean (Bot),
Tier 1 Falling: Hecarim (Jungle), Kayle (Top), Leona (Support), Morgana (Bot), Nautilus (Support)

Tier 2

[Viable/Balanced Choices | Common Picks]

Bot Lane SoloXerath, Vladimir, Taliyah, Gnar, Yasuo, Ekko, Cho'Gath, Leblanc, Singed, Ryze, Kennen, Diana, Rumble
JungleIvern, Shaco, 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
MarksmanVayne, Draven
Support: Braum, Sion, Alistar, Volibear, Annie, Lulu, Karma

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Braum (Support), Ivern (Jungle), Shaco (Jungle), Vayne (Marksman)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Bot Lane SoloCorki, Zyra, Fizz, 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

  • Caitlyn [God Tier Marksman] - Caitlyn's ability to push and harass from early to late allows her to snowball extremely effectively on this map. The only downside is her somewhat weaker mid-game after enemy bruisers pick up a defensive item. However, she is extremely safe as long as she saves her net to dodge jungle ganks from Zac and Rek'Sai. By simply placing her traps in her jungle chokepoint, she effectively keeps her entire team safe from jungle pressure.
  • Camille [Tier 1 Top] - Although Camille is extremely powerful in 5s, her power is somewhat reduced on this map as a result of the limited number of squishy targets to crush. Nevertheless, don't underestimate her outplay ability, which is more than enough to solo carry games if she snowballs.
  • Graves [God Tier Top/Marksman] - Graves works exceedingly well as a flex pick, and can play against any meta with great success. This means that first picking Graves allows your team to quickly shift into a support/jungle meta as required during the pick/ban phase.
  • Skarner [God Tier Jungle] - Skarner's power on Twisted Treeline is quite a bit higher than on Summoner's Rift as a result of his shrine mini-game shrine positioning and how often he gets to use them while farming and during team fights.
  • Syndra [God Tier Bot] - Syndra is still very strong, but I'm moving her down a spot after this patch's nerfs. 
  • Taric [God Tier Support] - Taric should really be in a class of his own, but since Maokai works so well as a flex pick for jungle and support, I've moved him up to God Tier to keep Taric company. Meanwhile, Taric still stands out as a pure support with his stun that takes up nearly the entire lane and of course, his game-changing ultimate.
Disclaimer:
  • 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!

Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

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