Aug 22, 2018

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 8.16 - August

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 The latest FOTM list is available with Ahri back on top as one of the most popular mid laners in the game! Meanwhile, players have grown a healthy respect for Draven and his crazy ability to snowball bot lane. Zoe nerfs don't seem to deter die-hard fans, and Hecarim's slowly creeping up after the latest round of buffs.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - August- PATCH 8.16
FOTM RANKED META TIER LIST
"PLAY LIKE A PROFESSIONAL"

Preface Chatter

The latest FOTM list is available with Ahri back on top as one of the most popular mid laners in the game! Meanwhile, players have grown a healthy respect for Draven and his crazy ability to snowball bot lane. Zoe nerfs don't seem to deter die-hard fans, and Hecarim's slowly creeping up after the latest round of buffs.

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 8.16 Summary
Buffs: Hecarim, Amumu, Leona, Nautilus, Rammus, Sion
Nerfs: Aatrox, Fizz, Orianna, Quinn, Rakan, Taliyah, Tryndamere, Wukong, Zoe
Tweaks: Trundle, Tahm Kench

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid: Zed, Yasuo, Ahri, Akali, LeBlanc
Jungle: Lee Sin, Graves, Evelynn
Bot Carry: Jhin, Kai'Sa, Draven
Top: Darius, Garen, Yasuo, Akali
Support: Morgana, Pyke, Thresh

Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
Mid: Zoe, Fizz, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Talon, Ekko, Vladimir, Lux, Katarina, Ryze, Malzahar, Kassadin, Irelia, Syndra, Veigar
Jungle: Master Yi, Jax, Camille, Nocturne, Kindred, Kayn, Kha'Zix, Rengar, Xin Zhao, Aatrox, Gragas, Shaco, Pantheon, Nidalee, Fiddlesticks, Hecarim, Taliyah
Bot Carry: Ezreal, Lucian, Miss Fortune, Jinx, Caitlyn, Quinn, Vayne, Varus
Top: Jax, Gangplank, Riven, Irelia, Fiora, Camille, Aatrox, Quinn, Malphite, Renekton, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Teemo, Gnar, Vladimir, Tryndamere, Poppy
Support: Nami, Rakan, Alistar, Blitzcrank, Lulu, Leona, Soraka, Brand, Zoe, Braum, Janna, Fiddlesticks, LeBlanc, Zyra

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid: Anivia, Aurelion Sol, Xerath, Diana, Vel'Koz, Brand, Swain, Viktor, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Karthus, Azir, Wukong, Annie
Jungle: Wukong, Jarvan IV, Warwick, Rammus, Trundle, Amumu, Udyr, Vi, Tryndamere, Sejuani, Zac, Elise, Dr. Mundo, Ekko, Riven, Nunu
Bot Carry: Xayah, Tristana, Ashe, Swain, Twitch, Sivir, Heimerdinger
Top: Kennen, Sion, Yorick, Cho'Gath, Shen, Jayce, Kled, Urgot, Pantheon, Illaoi, Singed, Rumble, Ornn, Wukong, Rengar, Maokai
Support: Lux, Karma, Bard, Sona, Zilean, Tahm Kench, Shen, Vel'Koz, Nautilus, Taric, Teemo, Malphite, Xerath

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid: Ziggs, Galio, Jayce, Zilean, Corki, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Shyvana, Poppy, Twitch, Olaf, Rek'Sai, Diana, Skarner
Bot Carry: Kalista, Kog'Maw, Ziggs, Mordekaiser
Top: Swain, Ryze, Tahm Kench, Olaf, Trundle, Kayle, Heimerdinger
Support: Gragas, Veigar, Poppy, Kennen, Sion, Annie

Tier 4 [Rarely Seen]:
Mid: Kayle, Mordekaiser
Jungle: Singed, Cho'Gath, Volibear, Ivern, Maokai
Bot Carry: Corki,
Top: Nautilus, Volibear, Mordekaiser, Lissandra
Support: Maokai, Galio, Ornn, Volibear

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

  • Aatrox [Tier 1 Top] - Looking at Aatrox, it's tough to see how he could be difficult to play. Most players seem to be content button mashing and hoping that will be enough to take down enemy champions. However, he's got a ton of mechanics to practice in order to maximize his damage, and players are slowly but surely getting the hang of pound enemies to oblivion.
  • Ahri [God Tier Mid] - After some initial uncertainty, players are quickly rotating back onto the Ahri train. While many people still have a somewhat distorted view of her not doing enough damage, she certainly has plenty to one shot a squishy and get away with it too.
  • Akali [God Tier Mid] - Akali post-rework is one of those champions that everyone seems to look at and think, "she's probably really good...if only I didn't suck at her". Time will tell if that's true or not, but it certainly doesn't stop players from trying.
  • Fiddlesticks [Tier 1 Support] - After the latest round of nerfs, Fiddlesticks is notably weaker than last patch. As a result, most people are rotating off him onto some of their other favorite supports. Not surprisingly Morgana is still very much on the top of everyone's minds since she's always been kept around as a result of her utility.
  • Fizz [Tier 1 Mid] - The balance between unplayable and broken seems to notch on just a few stat point, and Fizz is a great example of that, and with a tweak here and buff there, he's back to being incredibly powerful again.
  • Garen [God Tier Top] - Garen continues to dominate this patch, and not just because of his skin. As a true damage dealing lane bully, his strat is easy, but powerful.
  • Graves [God Tier Jungle] - Somehow, Graves manages to stay off the nerf radar time and time again. His damage is insane, his mobility is obnoxious, and that's without even talking about his smokescreen....whose idea was that one anyway?
  • Nidalee [Tier 1 Jungle] - Nidalee is back in popularity these last few patches after nerfs on other popular junglers. She's still not the most consistent of junglers, but she's just so darn fun to play and satisfying to 100 to 0 someone.
Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
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