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Jul 15, 2017

2017 Champion Tier List - Ranked 3s Twisted Treeline - Patch 7.14 Update

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 Wow, I've been pretty inactive lately...procrastination nation right? Trying to get back on the horse though, starting with this Twisted Treeline Tier List, freshly updated with the new champion, Kayn! This time around Garen's a must pick/ban as a result of his minor rework. Luckily, he's just my kind of champion, easy and effective!

Check out the full list below!



Wow, I've been pretty inactive lately...procrastination nation right? Trying to get back on the horse though, starting with this Twisted Treeline Tier List, freshly updated with the new champion, Kayn! This time around Garen's a must pick/ban as a result of his minor rework. Luckily, he's just my kind of champion, easy and effective!

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.

  • Added Kayn jungle
  • Added Master Yi jungle
  • Added Sejuani support

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

AP Lane Anivia, Orianna, Malzahar
Jungle Poppy, Sejuani, Jarvan IV
Solo Top Garen, Darius, Illaoi
Duo Top Kayle, Graves, Xin Zhao
Marksman Lucian, Caitlyn
Support Taric, Braum, Sejuani

God Tier Rising: Anivia (Bot), Caitlyn (Top), Garen (Top), Kayle (Top), Malzahar (Bot), Orianna (Bot), Sejuani (Jungle),
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

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

Tier 1 Rising: Kled (Top), Maokai (Support/Jungle), Yasuo (Top), Vel'koz (Bot), Trundle (Top), Zac (Jungle), Ziggs (Bot)
Tier 1 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Brand (Bot), Fiora (Top), Galio (Bot), Graves (Marksman), Lulu (Bot), Nautilus (Support), Syndra (Bot), Zilean (Bot)

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, 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, 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

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

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

  • Anivia [God Tier Bot] - Anivia's ability to divide enemy teams and section off bottlenecks with her AOE are extremely potent on this map. Combined with the increased play in Trundle after his buffs, the double wall comp is simply something most people would rather AFK than deal with.
  • Brand [Tier 1 Bot] - Brand is still very strong in his own right, but with Yasuo so strong and popular, he's losing a lot of his former potency.
  • Garen [God Tier Top] - This Garen buff strong. The newly reworked Garen is an absolute monster on Twisted Treeline, a place where he was already strong as a monster tank that could shred both tanks and squishies equally fast. Meanwhile, his villain passive is much stronger on this map since he gains percentage true damage against 33% of the team vs 20% of the team on Summoner's Rift.
  • Illaoi [God Tier Top] - Illaoi continues to be one of those feast or famine type of champions. If she starts snowballing, she can chunk nearly 3/4 of the enemy's health after hitting a single Test of Spirit [E]. Meanwhile, if she falls behind early, the enemy team just laughs as they clear all her tentacles...unless of course she hits them all with her ultimate and they fail to move... 
  • Kayn [Tier 1 Jungle] - The new champion Kayn is fairly difficult to play, but his ability to gank through the walls works well on this map, especially since there's no vision of him coming and the corridors are tight.
  • Kled [Tier 1 Top] - Kled players are definitely enjoying him on this map. His ultimate is especially good due to the lack of wards on this map and long straight corridors, and his 1v1 ability is excellent. If enemies are unable to burst him before he gets back on his dinosaur, bad things happen...for them.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - Lucian's amazing 1v1 potential is also amplified greatly by the reduced players on this map. He's more of an outplay type of marksman than one that needs babying, and the straight alleyways allow him to unload his full ultimate clip with ease.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Bot] - Some players will likely disagree with Malzahar's placement here. While it's true that he can be countered by QSS and his lvl 1 push power is not the highest, if you're running two AD based champions top and jungle, then forcing the enemy team to spend on a QSS is very worth.
  • Zac [Tier 1 Jungle] - Zac for most people is terrifying. His ganking power is certainly good, and his crowd-control is out of this world. However, in his current state, if you can get past the initial early game stage of his ganking power, most team comps can still deal with him as long as they're durable enough to survive the initial burst.
  • 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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