Feb 24, 2018

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 8.4 - February

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 Lee lost his Tracker's Knife and players are scrambling to find a better fit. They're floating towards Rengar, but my money's on Warwick for their final destination. Meanwhile, Volibear buffs are breathing some new life into him, but he's by no means a top pick for most players just yet.

SEASON 8 - February- PATCH 8.4
FOTM RANKED META TIER LIST
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Preface Chatter

Lee lost his Tracker's Knife and players are scrambling to find a better fit. They're floating towards Rengar, but my money's on Warwick for their final destination. Meanwhile, Volibear buffs are breathing some new life into him, but he's by no means a top pick for most players just yet.

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 8.4 Summary
Buffs: Darius, Poppy, Renekton, Jax, Evelynn, Fiddlesticks, Kalista, Kog'Maw, Swain, Talon, Volibear, Zed 
Nerfs: Gangplank, Ornn, Shyvana, Tristana, Twitch, Xin Zhao, Zoe
Tweaks: Gnar, Rengar

Many Item/Rune changes as well, more details here

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid Lane: Zed, Yasuo, Katarina, Orianna, Ahri
Jungle: Kha'Zix, Warwick, Sejuani
Marksmen: Tristana, Vayne, Ezreal
Top: Darius, Camille, Yasuo, Gangplank
Support: Lulu, Janna, Thresh

Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
Mid Lane: Twisted Fate, Fizz, Zoe, Viktor, Azir, Vladimir, Veigar, Xerath, Ekko, Lux, Kassadin, Galio, Ryze, Swain, Malzahar, Anivia
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Rengar, Lee Sin, Kayn, Evelynn, Jax, Zac, Master Yi, Camille, Skarner, Volibear, Shyvana, Nidalee, Xin Zhao, Shaco, Rammus
Marksmen: Xayah, Varus, Caitlyn, Draven, Jinx, Lucian
Top: Sion, Riven, Nasus, Fiora, Rengar, Gnar, Vladimir, Jax, Swain, Illaoi, Teemo, Renekton, Malphite, Irelia, Shen, Garen, Maokai, Singed
Support: Alistar, Blitzcrank, Braum, Nami, Leona, Rakan, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid Lane: Corki, LeBlanc, Cassiopeia, Taliyah, Syndra, Brand, Vel'Koz, Diana, Talon, Ziggs, Akali, Annie, Morgana, Aurelion Sol, Karthus
Jungle: Udyr, Fiddlesticks, Vi, Nunu, Elise, Twitch, Hecarim, Rek'Sai, Amumu, Graves, Kindred, Gragas, Pantheon, Ekko, Wukong
Marksmen: Twitch, Kog'Maw, Jhin, Miss Fortune, Sivir
Top: Cho'Gath, Ornn, Urgot, Jayce, Poppy, Akali, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Volibear, Kled, Rumble, Yorick, Tahm Kench, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Galio, Trundle
Support: Soraka, Bard, Taric, Karma, Zyra, Sona, Shen, Zilean

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid Lane: Lissandra, Jayce, Zilean, Karma, Heimerdinger, Kayle, Mordekaiser
Jungle: Nocturne, Cho'Gath, Ivern, Diana, Maokai, Aatrox, Trundle
Marksmen: Ashe, Kalista,
Top: Kennen, Dr. Mundo, Ryze, Wukong, Kayle, Heimerdinger, Olaf, Quinn
Support: Lux, Fiddlesticks, Xerath, Nautilus

Tier 4 [Rarely Seen]:
Mid Lane: Gragas, Kennen, Mordekaiser
Jungle: Tryndamere, Olaf, Poppy, Dr. Mundo
Marksmen:
Top: Nautilus, Talon, Karthus, Lissandra, Gragas
Support: Vel'Koz, Annie




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] - For a support that's banned as often as Alistar, you'd be surprised how little he gets picked. Either way, players still fear his powerful all-in abilities and nearly impossible to kill tank status. 
  • Camille [God Tier Top] - The latest changes on the resolve tree make her nearly unkillable early game. This plays right into her style of abusing enemy laners from a safe distance until she's farmed enough to 100 to 0 them.
  • Darius [God Tier Top] - Darius buffs this time around are considerably good. When you add this to the new resolve tree, he's exceedingly strong and snowballs easily into the late game with his increased percentage based armor penetration on his Apprehend [E]
  • Lee Sin [Tier 1 Jungle] - The loss of sightstone and Tracker's Knife definitely lost Lee a few fans, but players are still playing him. Good players are compensating with more control wards and some are even building Eye of the Equinox.
  • Katarina [God Tier Mid] - Players are quickly learning to abuse the new Morellonomicon and Spellbinder on Katarina, two items that synergize perfectly with her playstyle. In her current form, Katarina is particularly difficult to deal with ever since they nerfed the Perfect Timing rune in Patch 8.4.
  • Kha'Zix [God Tier Jungle] - The massive nerf to Perfect Timing makes it incredibly easy for Kha'Zix to snowball through the game now, resulting in more kills than ever before. 
  • Rakan [Tier 1 Support] - Rakan's quickly rising through the ranks as one of the favored supports of high division players ever since he got the Apdo seal of approval.
  • Rengar [Tier 1 Jungle] - Everyone is trying out the "new" AKA reverted Rengar, but so far it seems like the "old" Rengar was better. Meanwhile, he's still the most played jungler now that Lee Sin's lost his Tracker's Knife.
  • Warwick [God Tier Jungle] - Warwick's early game dominance is realy starting to ramp up now, and most players who enjoyed Lee's early game are now moving over to Warwick instead if they haven't already decided to be Rengar mains.
  • Xayah [Tier 1 Marksman] - Xayah in the current meta is amazingly good as a result of the exceessive number of assassins on the rift. Paired with Rakan, her ability to 2v5 is extremely high.
  • Zed [God Tier Mid] - Zoe nerfs caused a lot of mid lane specialists to default back to their second favorite anti-fun champion, the master of shadows himself.
  • Zoe [Tier 1 Mid] - Meanwhile, despite the nerfs to Zoe's kit, players are still banning her quite often out of habit. Even when she's not banned she's definitely picked up less than before, but the trauma of being one shot from the fog of war lingers on with many players.
Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
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