Jan 27, 2018

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 8.2 - February

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Ranked is now in full swing and players are pulling out their top champions to meet the challenges that face them on the Rift. However, newcomer Zoe is ranking up high with the best of them, and players love her powerful one-shot potential and short cooldown bursts.

Meanwhile, Tristana's back on top with the nerfs to Vayne, and Evelynn continues to stick around. She's much more manageable now that they've nerfed her absurd burst damage though.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - February- PATCH 8.2
FOTM RANKED META TIER LIST
"PLAY LIKE A PROFESSIONAL"

Preface Chatter

Ranked is now in full swing and players are pulling out their top champions to meet the challenges that face them on the Rift. However, newcomer Zoe is also ranking up high with the best of them, and players love her powerful one-shot potential and short cooldown bursts.

Meanwhile, Tristana's back on top with the nerfs to Vayne, and Evelynn continues to stick around. She's much more manageable now that they've nerfed her absurd burst damage though.

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 8.2 Summary
Buffs: Ekko, Jinx, Nunu, Sona
Nerfs: Evelynn, Ezreal, Kha'Zix, Malzahar, Ornn, Vayne
Tweaks: Pantheon

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid-Lane Gods: Zed, Yasuo, Zoe, Katarina, Azir
Jungle Gods:  Lee Sin, Sejuani, Kha'Zix
Marksman Gods: VayneTristana, Jinx
Top Lane Gods: Gangplank, Yasuo, Nasus
Support Gods: Lulu, Janna, Thresh


Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
Mid-Lane: Orianna, Vladimir, Malzahar, Ryze, Xerath, Ahri, Fizz, Kassadin, Twisted Fate, Lux, Veigar, Ekko, LeBlanc, Anivia, Syndra, Diana
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Kayn, Evelynn, Shyvana, Nunu, Warwick, Rengar, Jax, Master Yi, Xin Zhao, Zac, Nidalee, Rammus, Vi, Shaco, Camille
Marksman: Ezreal, Xayah, Kog'Maw, Varus, Caitlyn, Draven
Top Lane: Riven, Vladimir, Camille, Gnar, Darius, Illaoi, Fiora, Ornn, Jax, Shen, Teemo, Maokai, Malphite, Jayce, Irelia, Garen, Akali, Cho'Gath, Renekton
Support:  Leona, Blitzcrank, Alistar, Braum, Nami, Rakan, Morgana, Soraka, Brand, Taric



Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: Taliyah, Vel'Koz, Brand, Corki, Cassiopeia, Talon, Morgana, Ziggs, Annie, Akali, Galio, Jayce, Viktor, Lissandra, Aurelion Sol
Jungle: Udyr, Elise, Graves, Twitch, Skarner, Ekko, Hecarim, Gragas, Rek'Sai, Amumu, Kindred, Wukong, Pantheon, Nocturne, Ivern
Marksman:  Twitch, Jhin, Miss Fortune, Sivir, Kalista
Top Lane: Urgot, Pantheon, Singed, Kled, Sion, Yorick, Tryndamere, Kennen, Rumble, Poppy, Rengar, Trundle, Kayle, Wukong, Tahm Kench, Ryze, Swain
Support:  Tahm Kench, Bard, Karma, Sona, Shen, Zyra, Xerath, Lux, Zilean


Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane:  Karma, Karthus, Zilean, Swain, Heimerdinger, Fiddlesticks, Kayle
Jungle: Maokai, Cho'Gath, Diana, Fiddlesticks, Trundle, Olaf, Aatrox
Marksman: Lucian, Ashe, Quinn
Top Lane: Aatrox, Dr. Mundo, Galio, Heimerdinger, Olaf, Mordekaiser, Quinn, Nautilus
Support:  Nautilus, Vel'Koz, Fiddlesticks, Annie

Tier 4 [Rarely Seen]:
Mid-Lane:  Kennen, Gragas
Jungle: Volibear, Tryndamere, Dr. Mundo, Aurelion Sol, Poppy, Quinn
Marksman:
Top Lane: Talon, Lissandra, Gragas, Volibear, Karthus
Support: Sion


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

  • Azir [God Tier Mid]: Azir in his current state scales incredibly hard into the late game. His early game does have some mana issues, but that's simply because players try and do too much too early. If you can get Nunu on your team with Azir in combination, Azir's potential is absolutely incredible.
  • Evelynn [Tier 1 Jungle]: Despite nerfs to Evelynn, she continues to see heavy play. Her gank power is strong and her ability to outplay enemy champions via her ultimate is solid. This allows her to continue succeeding despite the nerfs to her E damage.
  • Malzahar [Tier 1 Mid]: Similar to Evelynn, Malzahar continues to see high play in most divisions. He's by no means overpowered at this point after the nerfs in Patch 8.2. However, his pick potential is still very useful in most team compositions.
  • Nasus [God Tier Top]: The removal of Tailsman of Ascension's active hurt Nasus quite a bit. However, he continues to be fairly strong simply by virtue of being Nasus. In this era of hypercarries, his Wither [W] is quite good for reducing the enemy DPS.
  • Nunu [Tier 1 Jungle]: Nunu's latest buffs make him incredibly dominating in the jungle. Check out our full article for more details
  • Ryze [Tier 1 Mid]: Ryze is one of those champions that continues to have low win-rates across all divisions, but everyone just assumes the people playing him suck at him. Professionals still pick him up for his incredible mobility and mind-game potential. His damage isn't too shabby either.
  • Sejuani [God Tier Jungle]: Since it's ranked season now, Sejuani is back in action as the tankiest engage champion available to junglers now. She's tough to kill, deals an incredible amount of damage as a tank, and her crowd-control limits enemy outplay potential.
  • Tristana [God Tier Marksman]: Since Vayne's nerfed, players are picking up alternative hypercarries. Tristana is now the most played marksman in the game and for good reason. She's safe, pushes hard, and scales well into the late game.
  • Vayne [God Tier Marksman]: Vayne's one of the top 10 champions that never go out of style, and a little nerf never kept players from picking her up. She's still perfectly viable, but you may want to be more selective about which teams you pick her into.
  • Vladimir [Tier 1 Mid]: Vladimir is another one of those tryhard champions that players pick back up during the ranked season. He's one of the few mid-laners that can double as a front line, and he certainly deals an absurd amount of damage at the same time.
  • Zoe [God Tier Mid]: Zoe's very popular right now as a result of her low counterplay potential once she hits her Drowsy [E]. At lower divisions, it's possible to catch her out when she uses her ultimate recklessly. However, at higher divisions it can be extraordinarily difficult to lock her down.
Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
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