Jan 13, 2018

2018 Champion Tier List - Ranked 3s Twisted Treeline - Patch 8.1 Update

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The 3s meta has largely been stagnant for the last few months as the map loses player base to the broader Summoner's Rift. However, as per tradition let's take a look at the meta at the start of the season. We're clearly seeing a lot of overlap with the Summoner's Rift meta, but the old faithfuls like Poppy and Morgana continue to be high priority picks here.

Meanwhile, Zoe is drawing a lot of bans, but does considerably worse than in her 5v5 universe, likely because of the lack of enemy summoner spells which reduces her utility by quite a bit.

SEASON 8 -  PATCH 8.1 RANKED 3'S TIER LIST
THE TWISTED TREELINE

Introduction

The 3s meta has largely been stagnant for the last few months as the map loses player base to the broader Summoner's Rift. However, as per tradition let's take a look at the meta at the start of the season. We're clearly seeing a lot of overlap with the Summoner's Rift meta, but the old faithfuls like Poppy and Morgana continue to be high priority picks here.

Meanwhile, Zoe is drawing a lot of bans, but does considerably worse than in her 5v5 universe, likely because of the lack of enemy summoner spells which reduces her utility by quite a bit.

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 Zoe
  • Ivern jungle moved to Tier 4
  • Caitlyn marksman moved to Tier 4

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

AP Lane Malzahar, Morgana, Brand
Jungle Kayn, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Poppy
Solo TopIllaoi, Darius, Yasuo
Duo Top Kayle, Yasuo, Xin Zhao
Marksman Xayah, Graves
Support Taric, Braum, Sejuani

God Tier Rising: Brand (AP), Cho'Gath (Jungle), Graves (Marksman), Kayn (Jungle), Malzahar (AP), Maokai (Jungle), Morgana (AP), Xayah (Marksman), Yasuo (Solo/Duo Top)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

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

Tier 1 Rising: Jax (Top), Gnar (Solo Top), Shyvana (Jungle), Teemo (Top), Vel'Koz (AP)
Tier 1 Falling: Anivia (AP), Garen (Solo Top), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Lucian (Marksman), Orianna (AP), Sejuani (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,  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, Dr. Mundo, Xin Zhao, Riven, 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: 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

  • Garen [Tier 1 Solo Top] - Garen has the potential to be a God Tier top laner, but I've taken him down a notch simply because he has some trouble against 1v2 lanes. As a result, you can pick him when you see the enemy team is going solo top comp but may want to avoid him in the 1v2 lane. As a non-flexible pick, he works as a counter but not as a first pick every time.
  • Kayn [God Tier Jungle] - Although the jungle meta isn't particularly favored at higher divisions, it works for the majority of cases and is the simplest one to pull off without good coordination. Kayn has more wallspace than ever to work with on this map, and as a result performs exceptionally well as long as he doesn't fall behind against tanks.
  • Malzahar [God Tier AP] - Malzahar's strategy on this map is extremely difficult to beat, which involves spamming the wave, controlling the relic, and locking down one person (out of three). Overall, I'd say he's the best single pick for bot lane but can still be beaten with some coordination and a QSS.
  • Morgana [God Tier AP]  - The rework actually helps Morgana quite a bit. She can stay in lane for even longer than before, and doesn't really need the relic to do so. This allows your jungler to pick it up for additional sustain while she continuously pushes waves in. Her early game ganking power is also better than Malzahar's, and does happen to counter him if you're running a top lane carry comp.
  • Yasuo [God Tier Top] - Yasuo is particularly good on Twisted Treeline as he can run in any composition and doesn't give away what your team's strategy is by picking him. He could even go bot lane and be fairly effective, making him a great first pick...provided someone on your team can play Yasuo.
  • Zoe [Tier 1 AP] - Zoe doesn't get quite as many summoner spells on this map, and also has some trouble getting a good shot off as a result of the lack of vision. Her jumps also don't provide her much of an advantage here as the walls are too large, but her E does gain some incredibly travel distance. This makes her ganks very effective without her needing to go too far. The main issue on the other hand, is that her push power early game isn't very good. This means your team may be at either a level disadvantage if she gets pushed in too hard and the enemy team invades.
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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