Apr 24, 2017

2017 Champion Tier List - Ranked 3s Twisted Treeline - Patch 7.8 Update

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Hey everyone! As the final post of the day, I'm giving the 3's list a bit of a lift. Now that they've changed the spawn timers, this map feels much smoother than before. They also tried to nerf the support meta a bit, but I'm not quite sure if they succeeded. Instead, people are gravitating back towards the tanky utility jungler and still feeding their gold to their top lane carry.

We'll see how the meta slowly evolves, but for the mean time I've also added in a separate category for duo top lane melee since it's so popular now.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 -  PATCH 7.8 RANKED 3'S TIER LIST
THE TWISTED TREELINE

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

Introduction

Hey everyone! As the final post of the day, I'm giving the 3's list a bit of a lift. Now that they've changed the spawn timers, this map feels much smoother than before. They also tried to nerf the support meta a bit, but I'm not quite sure if they succeeded. Instead, people are gravitating back towards the tanky utility jungler and still feeding their gold to their top lane carry.

We'll see how the meta slowly evolves, but for the mean time I've also added in a separate category for duo top lane melee since it's so popular now.

Check out the full list below!

Current Metagame
Right now there are THREE main methods of playing Twisted Treeline in order of popularity:
  1. Two solo lanes with a jungler (Generally mages go bot, but sometimes they shift depending on match-up)
  2. Duo top with a melee bruiser w/Smite + melee support w/heal + exhaust and a standard AP bot
  3. Utility "Jungler" like Maokai or Poppy and marksman top
    • This runs differently from the jungler comp as the utility jungler ends up giving the majority of the farm to the marksman top and doing peel-duty with support items.
For the most part higher tier teams prefer one of the two support metas and funneling gold into a hypercarry, whereas lower divisions tend to be more comfortable running a jungle comp.

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 Xayah and Rakan\
  • Removed:
    • Mordekaiser [Jungle]
    • Trundle [Jungle]
    • Jayce [AP Lane] (For clarity)
    • Graves [AP Lane] (For clarity)
    • Singed [AP Lane] (For sanity)
    • Shyvana [Solo Top]
    • Kha'Zix [Solo Top]
    • Rek'Sai [Solo Top]
    • Quinn [Marksman]

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

AP Lane Brand, Syndra, Orianna, LuluGalio
Jungle Poppy, Amumu, Jarvan IV
Solo Top Darius, Illaoi, Fiora
Duo Top Graves, Kayle, Xin Zhao
Marksman Lucian, Graves
Support Taric, Braum, Nautilus

God Tier Rising: Amumu (Jungle), Fiora (Solo Top), Jarvan IV, (Jungle) Lulu (AP Lane),
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

AP Lane: Zilean, Anivia, Morgana, Swain, Cassiopeia, Ahri, Lux, Vel'koz, Malzahar, Karma, Ziggs, Viktor, Annie, Lissandra, Kayle
Jungle: Ivern, Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix, Skarner, Tahm Kench, Galio, Maokai, Shaco, Nautilus, Nocturne, Zac, Gragas, Hecarim, Nunu, OlafGraves, Elise, Diana
Solo Top: Renekton, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Galio, Garen, Yasuo, Camille, Graves, Jhin, Wukong, Irelia, Olaf, Poppy, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Trundle, Pantheon, Cho'Gath, Gangplank, Tahm Kench, Maokai
Duo Top: Yasuo, Mordekaiser, Master Yi, Illaoi
Marksman: Xayah, Caitlyn, Jhin, Corki
Support: Lulu, Tahm Kench, Leona, Maokai, Poppy, Nunu, Bard, Trundle, Gragas

Tier 1 Rising: Kha'Zix (Jungle), Nautilus (Jungle), Nunu (Support), Zilean (AP Lane)
Tier 1 Falling: Galio (Top), Graves (Solo Top), Shaco (Jungle), Skarner (Jungle), Tahm Kench (Jungle)

Tier 2

[Viable/Balanced Choices | Common Picks]

AP Lane: Xerath, Vladimir, Taliyah, Gnar, Yasuo, Ekko, Cho'Gath, Ryze, Kennen, Diana, Rumble
Jungle: Rakan, Wukong, Cho'Gath, Lee Sin, Sejuani, Rek'Sai, Dr. Mundo, Pantheon, Sion, Vi, Volibear, Yorick, Rengar, Warwick
Solo Top: Volibear, Riven, Shaco, Nautilus, Ekko, Kennen, Hecarim, Singed, Sion, Yorick, Gnar, Teemo, Kled, Dr. Mundo, Xin Zhao, Riven, Jax, Lee Sin, Rengar, Talon, Aatrox
Duo Top: Jayce, Fiora, Aatrox
Marksman: Vayne, Draven
Support: Sion, Alistar, Volibear, Annie, Karma

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Rek'Sai (Jungle), Wukong (Jungle)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

AP Lane: Leblanc, Corki, Zyra, Fizz, Heimerdinger, Talon, Teemo, Kassadin
Jungle: Shyvana, Jax, Ekko, Udyr, Nidalee, Malphite, Fiddlesticks, Evelynn, Nasus
Solo Top: Tryndamere, Diana, Udyr, Nasus, Malphite
Duo Top:
Marksman: Jinx, Ezreal
Support: Morgana, Soraka, Malphite

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Jax (Jungle), Leblanc (AP Lane), Shyvana (Jungle)

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

  • Ahri [Tier 1 AP] - Ahri in her current state is getting played quite often as a champion similar to Hextech Gunblade Leblanc from Summoner's Rift. Some players are electing to pick up Morellonomicon then Gunblade, in order to give Ahri increased sustained damage and tower pushing potential. I don't know if it's necessarily better than going full AP and simply having someone like Jayce top lane for tower crushing, 
  • Amumu [God Tier Jungle] - Amumu's latest buffs make him quite strong in Twisted Treeline. His ability to bandage over walls and to absolutely melt tanks allows him to remain relevant and scale well into the late game.
  • Braum [God Tier Support] - Braum synergizes incredibly well with auto-attack reset champions (Xin). In certain scenarios he can be better than Taric depending on your team comp. Examples are if you have a Xin Zhao or a Yasuo as your duo partner or you're fighting a Brand.
  • Galio [God Tier AP] - Galio's waveclear works especially well on this map, and he is very powerful if you plan on running a Yasuo comp. Even if you're not, he's a versatile champion that can fit into several teams.
  • Kayle [God Tier Duo Top] - Kayle is one of those champions whose early game is prone to cooldown abuse, but her late game is unstoppable once she ramps up to two or three items. She also works well with a variety of support champions, but definitely take Nunu if you see a Kayle on the enemy team.
  • Lulu [God Tier AP] - Lulu works well in nearly every team composition. Although her damage tends to be somewhat low, she more than makes up for it through her excellent waveclear and sheer utility.
  • Nunu [Tier 1 Support] - Nunu is stronger than ever before as a result of his buffs. He also makes Kayle nearly impossible to beat in the right hands. Luckily, he also counters Kayle extremely hard as a result of his double attack speed slow.
  • Rakan [Tier 2 Jungle] - Rakan has potential to be a decent support, but the fact that he can't proc relic shield does pose a bit of a problem on this map, as he ends up being choked for farm. He does do fairly well as a jungler though, and his utility plays well with the rest of the meta. I wouldn't consider him powerful though.
  • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - The new spawn timers on this map are kinda annoying for Shaco. It means he gets one less box up, which makes it much more dangerous for him to invade. 
  • Xayah [Tier 1 Marksman] - Xayah has the potential to be exceedingly annoying on this map if you let her snowball. Against champions with high cooldown abilities like Amumu or Syndra, Xayah can be incredibly difficult to deal with. However, like all marksmen she tends to be somewhat squishy, so if you can pin her down with some undodgable crowd-control, she can be nullified fairly easily.
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!

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