Feb 12, 2018

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 8.3 - February

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Jhin buffs this patch didn't push him up much, but expect him to jump back into the meta if Tristana and Varus are nerfed. Meanwhile, we're getting mixed reviews on the Swain rework and players are opting to ban him rather than deal with an oppressive enemy or incompetent player on their own team.

No more Kha'Zix nerfs this time around, but he continues to be the only jungler players truly fear.

SEASON 8 - February- PATCH 8.3

Preface Chatter

Jhin buffs this patch didn't push him up much, but expect him to jump back into the meta if Tristana and Varus are nerfed. Meanwhile, we're getting mixed reviews on the Swain rework and players are opting to ban him rather than deal with an oppressive enemy or incompetent player on their own team.

No more Kha'Zix nerfs this time around, but he continues to be the only jungler players truly fear.

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 8.3 Summary
Buffs: Jhin, Lucian, Master Yi, Tryndamere, Viktor
Nerfs: Azir, Jarvan IV, Katarina, Kog'Maw, Ryze, Sejuani, Zoe
Tweaks: Swain

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid-Lane GodsZoe, Zed, Yasuo, Katarina
Jungle GodsKha'Zix, Lee Sin, Sejuani
Marksman GodsTristana, Varus, Vayne
Top Lane Gods: Gangplank, Yasuo, Nasus
Support Gods: Lulu, Janna, Thresh

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

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid-Lane: LeBlanc, Taliyah, Ryze, Vel'Koz, Diana, Syndra, Brand, Cassiopeia, Annie, Ziggs, Talon, Akali, Morgana, Aurelion Sol, Lissandra
Jungle: Vi, Twitch, Udyr, Elise, Hecarim, Graves, Rek'Sai, Gragas, Amumu, Pantheon, Kindred, Wukong, Ekko, Cho'Gath, Nocturne
Marksman: Twitch, Jinx, Jhin, Kalista, Miss Fortune
Top Lane: Urgot, Akali, Pantheon, Renekton, Tryndamere, Kled, Singed, Yorick, Tahm Kench, Aatrox, Rengar, Rumble, Kennen, Poppy, Trundle, Wukong, Galio
Support: Brand, Bard, Karma, Sona, Shen, Zyra, Lux, Zilean, Xerath

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid-Lane: Jayce, Karthus, Zilean, Karma, Fiddlesticks, Heimerdinger, Kayle
Jungle: Diana, Ivern, Maokai, Fiddlesticks, Tryndamere, Aatrox, Trundle
Marksman: Sivir, Ashe, Quinn
Top Lane: Kayle, Dr. Mundo, Ryze, Olaf, Heimerdinger, Mordekaiser, Quinn, Nautilus
Support: Nautilus, Vel'Koz, Fiddlesticks, Sion

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

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

  • Alistar [Tier 1 Support] - Alistar in his current form is incredibly oppressive and players favor him for his heavy all-in plays to counteract the heavy shield sustain metas. Although he was stronger pre-nerfs on Unsealed Spellbook, he still fills the role of tank quite nicely with all the assassin top and jungle players.
  • Braum [Tier 1 Support] - Similar to Alistar, Braum allows your team to run the double assassins without giving up a front line. He also counters a variety of meta top laners like Ornn, and is incredibly potent against the hypercarry meta. A well positioned Braum + Yasuo shield combo can negate almost the entirety of the enemy team's burst potential.
  • Kha'Zix [God Tier Jungle] - Kha'Zix is one of those champions that feels incredibly overtuned in a meta without tanks. He can absolutely dominate games from start to finish, and a snowballing Kha feels very unhealthy to play against.
  • Kog'Maw [Tier 1 Marksman] - After his nerfs Kog'Maw is seeing reduced play all around. He's still strong late game with at least three offensive items. However, other hypercarries do his job better.
  • Sejuani [God Tier Jungle] - The nerfs to her mobility don't stop her from executing powerful ganks and team fight initiation. Although she's not a solo carry jungler anymore, Sejuani is still very reliable and players that enjoyed playing her pre-nerf may not feel much of a difference.
  • Swain [Tier 1 Mid] - The new Swain is very hit-or-miss. He's not exactly an easy champion to play, but he's also not super complicated either. We've seen a quick rise from 44% to 48% in win rate through the patch as players learn to play him properly. While most agreed he was unplayble on release, pioneers have shown that he is indeed viable with the right setup. Late game, his low cooldown Q is very powerful.
  • Tristana [God Tier Marksman] - Tristana is always everyone's go-to with nerfs on other hypercarries, and this time is no different. She's currently in nearly every game and is incredibly safe to play and great from start to finish.
  • Varus [God Tier Marksman] - Varus is one of those marksmen that pops up once in a while, then stays for much longer than expected for an unmobile hypercarry. In this low CC meta, Varus' ultimate is extremely potent for initiating and counter-initating team fights. His burst damage is also very high and his lane presence very oppressive. In his current form, he feels similar to Kog'Maw from last patch.
  • Zoe [God Tier Mid] - Zoe is another one of those hit-or-miss champions that can either one shot enemy teams from the fog of war or simply miss every skillshot and do nothing all game. However, her ability to miss 10 skillshots then one shot the enemy marksmen is a bit broken. As a result, players tend to either ban or pick her up to prevent feeling that tilting level of gameplay.
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
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