Mar 26, 2017

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 7.6 - April

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Patch 7.6 is ramping up and the newly reworked Galio is certainly the star of the show. He's showing up in nearly every position and doing well in all of them, despite his relatively difficult skill set. Meanwhile, Graves and Lucian continue to be highly prized fighters in the Summoner's Rift arena for their powerful sustained damage and high mobility.

SEASON 7 - April - PATCH 7.6

Preface Chatter

Patch 7.6 is ramping up and the newly reworked Galio is certainly the star of the show. He's showing up in nearly every position and doing well in all of them, despite his relatively difficult skill set. Meanwhile, Graves and Lucian continue to be highly prized fighters in the Summoner's Rift arena for their powerful sustained damage and high mobility.

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 the Optimal Champion Bans by Division Listing!

Patch 7.6 Summary
Nerfs: Quinn
Buffs: Aatrox (already active), Cho'Gath, Fiddlesticks, Gnar, Miss Fortune, Orianna, Varus
Rework: Galio

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid-Lane Gods:  Katarina, Zed, Ahri, Yasuo
Jungle Gods: Graves, Lee Sin, Galio
Marksman Gods:  Lucian, Vayne, Kog'Maw
Top Lane Gods: Camille, Fiora, Yasuo, Galio
Support Gods:  Lulu, Thresh, Janna

Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
Mid-Lane: Talon, Galio, Orianna, Vladimir, Syndra, Twisted Fate, Fizz, Malzahar, Ekko, Jayce, LeBlanc, Viktor, Lux, Anivia, Kassadin, Cassiopeia
Jungle: Rengar, Shaco, Kha'Zix, Ivern, Hecarim, Elise, Warwick, Evelynn, Master Yi, Zac, Gragas, Vi, Xin Zhao, Nidalee
Marksman: Ezreal, Caitlyn, Jhin, Draven, Ashe, Twitch
Top Lane: Riven, Darius, Renekton, Nautilus, Gangplank, Rumble, Jayce, Talon, Irelia, Kled, Shen, Fizz, Vladimir, Malphite, Gragas, Pantheon, Jax, Teemo, Tryndamere
Support: Blitzcrank, GalioMalzaharKarma, Nami, Soraka, Braum, Zyra, Morgana, Leona

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Gangplank, Annie, Ziggs, Veigar, Xerath, Vel'Koz, Taliyah, Ryze, Swain, Diana, Morgana, Brand, Zilean, Lissandra
Jungle: Nocturne, Jarvan IV, Kindred, Jax, Pantheon, Rumble, Fiddlesticks, Olaf, Amumu, Quinn, Nunu, Rek'Sai, Rammus
Marksman: Jinx, Miss Fortune, Kalista, Varus, Tristana
Top Lane: Poppy, Swain, Maokai, Gnar, Singed, Ekko, Nasus, Warwick, Illaoi, Kennen, Quinn, Kayle, Akali, Garen, Cho'Gath, Wukong, Sion, Aatrox
Support:  Sona, Brand, Nautilus, Bard, Alistar, Zilean, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Taric

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Azir, Akali, Aurelion Sol, Karthus, Kayle, Corki, Cho'Gath
JungleShyvana, Twitch, Wukong, Sejuani, Skarner, Cho'Gath
Marksman Sivir, Ziggs
Top Lane: Olaf, Yorick, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Jarvan IV, Mordekaiser, Ryze, Xin Zhao
Support: Miss Fortune, Annie, Lux, Fiddlesticks, Veigar

Tier 4 [Rarely Seen]:
Mid-Lane: Kennen, Fiddlesticks
Jungle: Volibear
Top Lane: Tahm Kench, Lissandra, Heimerdinger, Rammus
Support: Sion, Trundle

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

  • Galio [God Tier Jungle] - The latest Galio rework brought him from one of the least played champions in the game to one of the most played. In his current state, players are picking him up in every role except marksman, and with his current win rate it's unlikely we'll see nerfs to him for a patch or two. His kit is fairly complex, but very rewarding when used correctly. His ganks also have a very satisfying Nocturne-esque feel, and combos extremely well with the all-time favorite, Yasuo. His crowd-control spells are also very good, and in the jungle he can maximize his Winds of War [Q] damage and passive splash damage for surprisingly quick clears.
  • Galio [God Tier Top] - Galio top offers many of the same benefits as jungle Galio, and his teleport ganks are very effective as long as one of your teammates can stick on the enemy targets for his ultimate. His waveclear is also excellent in lane, and his roaming ganks are great for early mid and jungle kills.
  • Galio [Tier 1 Support] - As a support, Galio is somewhat worse off than his jungle and top lane in my opinion. Although he deals decent damage, his lack of Redemption synergy reduces his effectiveness, and he can't use his Winds of War [Q] to maximum effect as a waveclear device. However, he can still synergize extremely well with another diver, resulting in great team fights.
  • Graves [God Tier Jungle] - Graves jungle continues to dominate the meta as one of the most potent junglers in the game. His latest build runs Black Cleaver and Phantom Dancer, but even as his build evolves, he continues to be very effective as a highly tanky sustained damage dealer.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - Whether you're playing the Blade of the Ruined King + Cleaver Lucian or the Trinity Force Lucian, he continues to be an hyper carry at all stages through the game. Heavy peel supports like Lulu are also very popular in the current meta, resulting in high snowball potential.
  • Lulu [God Tier Support] - Lulu's success in the current meta is largely a result of auto-attack heavy champions coming back into the fray, making the best use of her attack speed boost on her Whimsy [W]. The latest Blade of the Ruined King rework also helps her out greatly, combined with the fact that Jhin is now seeing reduced play time, a champion that synergizes poorly with Lulu as a long range sniper that doesn't scale with attack speed.
  • Malzahar [Tier 1 Support] - Malzahar support used to be fairly meta, but after the nerfs and the rise of Lulu support, he's largely falling out of favor unless it's as a second pick.
  • Quinn [Tier 2 Top] - Quinn's latest nerfs dropped her into a manageable state. She is still an excellent lane bully, but the large reduction in her one shot burst potential results in more counterplay for enemy champions.
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for hero selection.
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