Nov 3, 2018

FOTM Ranked Solo Queue Tier List (High Elo) ~ Patch 8.21 - November

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FOTM Tier List For Patch 8.21 -
Looking for a tier list that gives you a better idea of what champions other players think are powerful in the current meta? This list takes out the unorthodox selections from the standard tier list and uses a data-driven approach to pick out what players are most afraid of and think are strongest. In this patch, the God Tier mid laners include [LeBlanc, Yasuo, Zed, Akali, Irelia]; Jungle [Lee Sin, Graves, Xin Zhao]; Bot Lane [Lucian, Kai'Sa, Ezreal]; Top [Viktor, Urgot, Darius, Irelia]

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SEASON 8 - November - PATCH 8.21
FOTM RANKED META LEAGUE TIER LIST
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FOTM League Tier List

Looking for a tier list that gives you a better idea of what champions other players think are powerful in the current meta? This list takes out the unorthodox selections from the standard tier list and uses a data-driven approach to pick out what players are most afraid of and think are strongest.

As we come to a close this season, we're still seeing a strong trend towards kill heavy champions in all-lanes. Assassins reign supreme in the mid lane, and champions with heavy early game kill potential are also top tier bot. Meanwhile, old favorites are still chugging along in the jungle, and Lee Sin still proves to be every jungler's favorite champion design closing in on almost a decade.

Check out the full tier 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 8.21 Summary
Buffs: Ashe, Ezreal, Ivern, Karthus, Karma, Zac, Zoe, Edge of Night, Essence Reaver
Nerfs: Alistar, Aurelion Sol, Irelia, Kai'Sa

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The Tier List

God Tier [High Priority Picks]:
Mid: LeBlanc, Yasuo, Zed, Akali, Irelia
Jungle: Lee Sin, Graves, Xin Zhao
Bot Carry: Lucian, Kai'Sa, Ezreal
Top: Viktor, Urgot, Darius, Irelia
Support: Thresh, Pyke, Morgana

Tier 1 [Meta Picks]:
Mid: Ahri, Kassadin, Ekko, Lissandra, Fizz, Viktor, Malzahar, Orianna, Lux, Veigar, Zoe, Twisted Fate, Aatrox, Katarina, Syndra
Jungle: Jax, Camille, Kayn, Kha'Zix, Evelynn, Nocturne, Master Yi, Taliyah, Rengar, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Nidalee, Shaco, Rammus, Kindred, Hecarim
Bot Carry: Draven, Jhin, Vayne, Xayah, Sivir, Miss Fortune, Tristana, Caitlyn
Top: Aatrox, Jax, Sion, Akali, Yasuo, Garen, Riven, Fiora, Camille, Poppy, Renekton, Gangplank, Nasus, Teemo, Malphite, Jayce, Shen
Support: Alistar, Rakan, Nami, Brand, Braum, Leona, Lulu, Blitzcrank, Janna, Soraka, Zyra, Lux, Zilean

Tier 2 [Crowd Favorites]:
Mid: Talon, Vladimir, Ryze, Diana, Anivia, Xerath, Vel'Koz, Brand, Galio, Karthus, Cassiopeia, Annie, Swain, Azir
Jungle: Warwick, Udyr, Pantheon, Amumu, Twitch, Vi, Zac, Elise, Olaf, Wukong, Ekko, Nunu & Willump, Fiddlesticks, Poppy, Shyvana
Bot Carry: Jinx, Ashe, Twitch, Varus, Heimerdinger, Kalista, Kog'Maw
Top: Kled, Ornn, Tryndamere, Illaoi, Cho'Gath, Singed, Gnar, Pantheon, Dr. Mundo, Vladimir, Rengar, Rumble, Kennen, Lissandra, Yorick, Swain
Support: Karma, Bard, Nautilus, Zoe, Sona, Tahm Kench, Fiddlesticks, Vel'Koz, Veigar, Taric, Poppy, Teemo

Tier 3 [Playable]:
Mid: Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Heimerdinger, Zilean, Jayce, Corki, Kennen
Jungle: Ivern, Tryndamere, Rek'Sai, Diana, Skarner, Sejuani, Trundle
Bot Carry: Quinn, Mordekaiser, Corki,
Top: Maokai, Heimerdinger, Quinn, Ryze, Wukong, Kayle, Olaf
Support: Gragas, Shen, Xerath, Malphite, Annie, Galio

Tier 4 [Rarely Seen]:
Mid: Kayle, Mordekaiser
Jungle: Volibear, Cho'Gath, Singed, Quinn, Maokai
Bot Carry:
Top: Tahm Kench, Mordekaiser, Volibear, Karthus, Trundle
Support: Kennen, Maokai, Volibear, Kayle


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

  • Akali [God Tier Mid] - The more practice that players get with Akali, the more it becomes apparent that her kit continues to be abused in increasingly annoying ways that makes playing against a practiced Akali main completely unfun. The good news is that her skill floor is still pretty high, which means the majority of Akali players you go against won't be at the level where she's an auto-win.
  • Janna [Tier 1 Support] - The bot lane support meta keeps evolving into a high kill-pressure lane. While Janna currently isn't that popular, expect her to start rising up as a result of her insane disengage potential, which directly counters engage supports.
  • Leblanc [God Tier Mid] - Players are quickly wising up her her damage potential, and are much more patient when it comes to poking down enemy champions. Leblanc players used to live for the one-shot and ended up exposing themselves to a lot more potential crowd control and damage. Now, most are satisfied with chunking enemy marksmen for 80% of their health and waiting around for a while to see if they stick around. This results in a much safer play-style, and Leblanc is thriving.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - Lucian still has the strongest level 2 powerspike in the game. However, after nerfs to other marksmen he's pretty much the best mid to late game marksman for taking down both enemy tanks and squishies alike. 
  • Pyke [God Tier Support] - In line with the kill-lanes bot, Pyke has quickly found his niche as one of the top two most popular supports in the game. His engage potential is immense, and he's far more slippery than most other assassins. The best part is, you never get yelled at for KSing with your ultimate...unless you're laning with a Draven.
  • Rakan [Tier 1 Support] - Rakan's almost undodgable crowd-control via his W + R is only made stronger by the incredible range that he can pull it off at. Early game he can suffer if he doesn't get enough pressure on the enemy lane, but otherwise he's an amazing support whose late-game engage potential is second to none.
  • Urgot [God Tier Top] - Urgot's unsealed spellbook build has done wonders over the last two months, and despite not having a strong damage rune, he's able to snowball lanes and run through enemy teams by himself. Meanwhile, the realization that QSS can remove his ultimate probably did more harm than good since the magic resist won't help with the bulk of Urgot's damage.
  • Viktor [Tier 1 Mid] - Viktor mid is seeing a strong resurgence as a result of his success in the top lane. He's not terribly mobile with his E max mid-lane, but his lasers are still very fun to use and minion dematerializer really helps to take out full minion waves early on. 
Disclaimer:
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.
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