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League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBAs and PC gaming titles. The game has so much depth to it with all the items in the game, Champions, and more. Every two weeks, Riot Games releases a patch, where the developers aim to change the most broken to the weakest things in the game. With that said, let’s look more into a LoL tier list as we break down the strengths and weaknesses of the games Champions.
Tier List ranking breakdown
Every Tier list breaks down into different ranks, typically ranging from S to D.The higher up the list, whether that is for their strengths in solo queue, the meta or other actors.
FYI: The positions of some of Champions on this list are going to be different to our specific Tier Lists for every role. Some Champions may look worse than others when compared to their counterparts in their role, However, when placed in the context of every Champion in League of Legends, they may look more attractive. For example, Caitlyn is a little better on a global list, as she isn’t that bad in everyday elos, especially played against other lesser-skilled champs. Although, when compared specifically with other ADC’s, she is notably a little worse off.
Moreso, this League of Legends Tier List also assess Champions that can play multiple positions. For Example, Gragas is classified as an A Tier Support and Jungler, however, he has an S Tier pick on this LoL Tier List, as he is important in the meta. His position in our specific tier lists doesn’t value him that high because his place in those positions is a little awkward at times. But that doesn’t excuse his power level in the metagame. The same can be said for popular and top tier picks in certain roles dropping down because of a variety of reasons in the main tier list, such as noob trap, hard to play, easily countered in other positions, etc.
S+: Alistar, Darius, Gnar, Gragas, Graves, Hecarim, Kai’sa, Jinx, Leona, Lillia, Lucian, Rell, Seraphine, Thresh, Tristana, Twisted Fate, Udyr, Volibear.
S: Blitzcrank, Camille, Elise, Kalista, Nocturne, Orianna, Renekton, Rammus, Senna, Yorick.
A: Azir, Cho’Gath, Dr. Mundo, Ezreal, Janna, Jhin, Kennen, Lulu, Morgana, Nidalee, Nunu, Olaf, Ornn, Rakan, Riven, Sion, Shaco, Shen, Skarner, Sylas, Syndra, Viktor, Yasuo, Zoe.
B: Aatrox, Ahri, Akali, Amumu, Aphelios, Ashe, Bard, Brand, Caitlyn, Draven, Ekko, Evelynn, Fiora, Miss Fortune, Galio, Malphite, Irelia, Gangplank, Jarvan IV, Jax, Jayce, Karthus, Karma, Katarina, Kayle, Kayne, Kha’Zix, Kindred, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Maokai, Mordekaiser, Neeko, Nautilus, Pantheon, Pyke, Rammus, Rek’Sai, Rengar, Ryze, Sett, Soraka, Tahm Kench, Taliyah, Talon, Trundle, Urgot, Varus, Vayne, Viego, Warwick, Wukong, Xin Zhao, Yone, Zac, Zed, Zyra.
C: Anivia, Annie, Aurelion Sol, Braum, Cassiopeia, Corki, Diana, Lux, Fiddlesticks, Garen, Heimerdinger, Illaoi, Ivern, Kassadin, Kled, Malzahar, Kog’Maw, Lissandra, LeBlanc, Nami, Nasus, Poppy, Quinn, Rumble, Samira, Sejuani, Singed, Swain, Taric, Teemo, Tyndamere, Veigar, Vel’Koz, Vi, Vladimir, Xerath.
D: Fizz, Qiyanah, Shyvana, Sivir, Sona, Ziggs.
The top dogs of the top lane tier list
Gnar is one of the most picked Top Laners in both Solo queue and professional games. Image via Riot Games.
Some of the best top lakers in the game right now are the ones that have a great laning phase, or so some serious work in team fights. The ability to control the wave for map pressure, take Rift Herald, and teleporting the bot lane for Dragon control is very important, so the following Champions are the best in the LoL Top lane list.
Gnar – Gnar got some buffs heading into Season 11, which allows him to put lane pressure out, and effectively have his ultimate up whenever he enters Mega Gnar. What this means is that there is a fairly reliable engage tank top laner. Combine this with the Mini Gnar form and players have a decent ranged trading top laner with the kit to control the lane and set up jungle ganks.
Renekton – The big old crocus Riot Game’s Season 4 pinnacle of design. A top lane that has clear strengths and clear weaknesses. The crocodile is strong in lane with its bully potential but falls off in the game’s later stages. Instead, Renekton becomes a disrupter tank-type character. Due to his ability to bully the lane, he can get solid map control and aid his team at key objectives to snowball the game.
Gragas – League of Legends has a healing problem, and Gragas is one of those benefiting too much. Gragas has the engage and team fighting to be a relevant Top laner. However, the damage reduction from his W and the passive healing processing from his abilities every few seconds means he can sustain well. Gragas is one of the strongest characters for this reason.
Sion – Sion has recently found himself climbing the top lane’s ranking due to the desire to have a fast-rotating top laner fitting the tanking department. Sion naturally gains more max HP when he gets kills due to his W passive. Furthermore, he has a nice slow, knock up, and engage tool with his R charge. It requires a bit of skill to land properly, but it certainly causes problems for his foes when it does.
Camille – Camille has surfaced as the best duelist in the top lane. Her engage is incredible and can be used to disengage. Furthermore, her ultimate locks down a target caught in her cybernetic cage, allowing a key target to be assassinated with little outplay. The rest of her abilities are generally really good at bursting in the lane.
LoL Jungle Tier List analysis
Udyr is one of Season 11’s best Junglers. Image via Riot Games.
The jungle is one of the strongest roles in League of Legends. The jungle is one of the strongest because of the impact the role has on the game. It can snowball entire lanes in one gank while controlling key winning objectives. Here are the Champions in the LoL Jungle tier list breakdown.
Udyr – Udyr is one the shining stars of Season 11, with his ability to rapidly clear the jungle, gank and be a general nuisance in the game. Udyr’s phoenix stance is the go-to for clearing packs with the fiery AOE damage on Jungle camps. He can also build his passive’s speed up by changing stances, following up with Bear Stance, gaining even more movement speed with a stun on his auto-attack. Because of the tankyness and damage in his kit, he can also clear Dragon and Baron objectives daily well. The other reason why Udyr is so strong is down to the Turbo Chemtank, boosting his overall gap closing speeds.
Hecarim – the horseman is a recent resurgence in the jungle priority. Hecarim is one of the Bruiser Junglers that can clear and also gank effectively. He naturally closes gaps with his charge, and the dive on his ultimate is a good way of getting on top of enemies, fearing them, and then charging them backwards, closer to his team.
Lillia – Lillia is one fo the more disruptive Junglers in the game. Despite her squishiness, Lillia is one of the most controlling, quickest movers, and fastest clearers in the game. She positions well in this LoL Jungle tier list because of these reasons. The ability to put several enemies to sleep with her ultimate is precious. Furthermore, she can build ticking max HP damage or run the Moonstone Renewer support build to become a better team player depending on composition.
Graves – Graves is the king of the jungle. Graves may have finally fallen out of the meta; However, he is still terrific. Graves as a tremendous clear, with the ability to push back on camps. Furthermore, he puts out severe damage, with a long-range snip ultimate. He also counters champions well with his smoke ability too. Overall, Graves is a grand Champion to climb solo queue.
Olaf – At the start of Season 11, Olaf was a monster. Although, the new Mythic item, Goredrinker, had a lot to do with that. Riot nerfed the item several patches ago, and it caused Olaf to fall a bit. Despite this, the Viking Berserker still runs rampage on the Riff. He has decent slowing for a gap closer, which is now flattered with the new Stridebreaker effect brought in 11.5. The time makes him hard to peel against, especially when he pops his ult, which makes him immune to CC.
LoL Mid Tier List breakdown
Twisted Fate is one of the most banned Mids in the game right now. Image via Riot Games.
The mid lane is one of the slower lanes in the game. Typically, control mages dominate the current era of the game. Most Champions strong in the LoL Mid tier list breakdown have a solid team fight, with great sustained wave clear.
Orianna – The number one midlaner right now. Orianna is the mid lane queen, as she can destroy minion waves reliably in a Q and W combo. Of course, this isn’t as reliable in the early game, as mana costs outweigh spamming her abilities. On the contrary, she has a good auto attack enhancer, meaning last hitting mobs is generally better than any other mid in the category. Combine this with one of the most devastating ultimates in LoL; it becomes clear why she is the #1 pick in the LoL Mid tier list.
Syndra – The best champion for outplaying opponents in one button. Syndra has some of the strongest burst in the game. Landing the Syndra ball on an opponent with her E knock them back and stuns them. She can then put more burst with a Q and W before, ulting with as many balls as she can. A squishy typically dies in that two-second window, and tanks get left with a red mark on their face too. In the lane, Syndra easily pressures the opponent by blowing waves up by spending all her mana. If Syndra can destroy the wave and earn the creep score, she can snowball. All she needs to do is base, buy Lost Chapter or the mana elements of it, and return to lane with Teleport.
Zoe – The sleepy mid laner is one of the strongest mids in the game. Zoe has an incredible burst, which can be initiated from a safe distance away. Furthermore, her Sleep Bubble Trouble is strong and can send someone to bed even through structures. However, Zoe is a hard champion to play. If the user plays her well, then she is an incredibly overpowered champion.
Azir – Your emperor has arrived. The sandy man commander is a staple of the mid lane. The amount of safe harras he can do in the laning phase with his soldiers is solid. Furthermore, the soldiers auto-attack hit everything in range, making it a decent wave clearer. The difference between Azir is he can set up his team for a fight so well. The Emperor’s Divide throws a wall, displacing enemies and preventing them from pathing through it. Using this well with a team can annihilate enemies or even peel against them.
Twisted Fate – Twisted Fate’s power lies in three areas, consistently clearing waves, several options from his W, and his ultimate, allowing him to TP to the action on a fairly small cooldown. However, Twisted Fate finds himself banned rather frequently because of these strengths, making him fairly hard to play in higher elo draft settings.
The best Marksman in the LoL ADC Tier List
Kai’sa is arguably the most played Champion in all of Season 11. Image via Riot Games.
Marksman is in a rather healthy spot right now. In Season 11, the Mythics Marksman can build are super tasty, with every option being quite strong and flavourful. Furthermore, Hail of Blades becoming a new favourite means there’s a nice shift in the bot lane meta. Here are the champions topping the LoL ADC Tier List.
Kai’sa – the most dominant ADC for the entirety of Season 11. Kai’sa benefitted a lot from the new Mythic items, and the combination of the Hail of Blades rune getting priority. Kai’sa has a few good options, with Galeforce a good escape tool and burst window with its mini execution active. Kraken slayer is the other good choice, with the first few seconds of combat equalling a burst from her abilities, passive and Kraken Slayer’s true damage. Also,Kai’sa is good because her E invisibility, mixed damage, and absorb/dash ultimate make her a pain to contend.
Kalista – Kalista is another Hail of Blades abuser, which blows up enemies with the combination of her spear’s ramp up damage. Furthermore, Kalista is a good tool right now for allowing her tanky supports to engage. Despite needing to scale with Kalista, with Hail of Blades, she is a much better laner. It is easy to see why Kalista is gaining traction all over the world.
Tristana – one of the more recent emerges in the game. Tristana can take out towers with ease through her E’s enhancement. Alternatively, she can put this on the big bruisers in the top and jungle or blow them up. Alternate this with her ultimate’s knockback effect, and Tristana is rather self-reliant against the meta fast movers. Furthermore, Tristana can play aggressive with her jump or use it defensively. Either way, she is one of the better mobile options right now.
Lucian – Lucian is more a flex pick these days, allowing for both a bot lane and a mid lane option. Lucian’s strength lies in his laning phase, putting out decent harassment with a nice range and auto-attack power. Furthermore, he has a nice dash, which gets a quicker cooldown the more he procs his passive. Also, the gradual changes to ADC mana items are better. Essence Reaver is great for his sustain, combined with Navori Quickblades furthering his abilities prowess if players go down that route.
Xayah – Xayah is one of the only champions that benefit from runes other than Hail of Blades. Xayah takes Lethal Tempo, which grants a bucket load of Attack Speed for several seconds. The use of her W granting her an AS steroid also means she has to potential to dish out so much damage in a short space of time. Besides, her abilities can peel for herself, issuing out potential roots for multiple enemies, and her ultimate buys her time and makes rooting easier. Since the meta relies a lot on tanker opponents, Xayah has one of the best shredding builds in the game.
The best allies in the LoL Support Tier List
Rell is Season 11’s most impactful Support. Image via Riot Games.
Support has been rather stagnant in recent months. The emergence of the team fight tanks has caused the role to be a form of engagement, with peeling a secondary mission. With that said, there are a few clear winners in the LoL Support tier list.
Rell – The most recently released support in League of Legends is the most dominant. The Champion took some time to take off, but now people get her; she is nigh unstoppable. The plethora of CC from her W, Q, and R means she is a huge disruption to her enemies. Not to mention the ability to win lanes from successfully landing her W is worth noting. Finally, Rell naturally benefits from other tanks on the opposing side by stealing resistances from her Q or passive attacks.
Leona – Leona entered Season 11 off the back of being incredibly popular in Season 10. Her abilities are all in, completely locking down opponents, Leona can root with her E, hard stunning on her Q, and AOE slow/stun built into the R. The ability to throw a potential AOE stun out at range is where she shines the most. The key reason why this is strong because the range makes it relatively riskless to set up a fight. Finally, Leona’s W offers so much resistance she becomes nigh unkillable during it.
Alistar – The big cow is one of the toughest Supports in the game. The support is another all in CC bot. Alistar uses a point and click headbutt, into a pulverise to knock them up. He can then chain stun after a few seconds when is E is active. Combine this with a CC cleansing ultimate, which grants a 70% reduction to all damage temporarily, and Alistar is a clear favourite for team fight focused gamers.
Thresh – Unlike the other supports in this best lol support tier list breakdown, he isn’t as all in. Thresh has a few safety options with his lantern’s escape tool, which can also be used to get the jungler or the top lane in the thick of it. Thresh’s Q is also very powerful when landed at all stages of the game. Furthermore, his Flay is good at continuing the CC’s pressure and peeling opponents off his carries.
Rakan – While not as high up as these other supports Rakan is a quality support. Rakan has a great point and click engage and disengage, followed by huge disruption his high movement speed taunting. The issue with Rakan is that he is very coinflip. Out of all the engage supports, Rakan is the least defensive, meaning he can go splat rather quickly. Furthermore, Rakan is also stronger when laning with Xayah because of the passive bonuses. Rakan works very well, but there are a few weaknesses to keep in mind compared to the other Supports in this LoL Support tier list.
Others worthy of note
Nocturne has recently surfaced with a new cheesy build. Image via Riot Games.
While League of Legends is a fairly easy game to identify with roles in certain lanes, there are a few exceptions. In the recent patches, some Champions have become strong, and are occupying certain niches. Here are some honourary mentions in this regard and some usual solo queue stompers.
Nocturne – The nightmare of the Rift is back. The Champion has been spotted in 11.5 and 11.6, getting played in Mid lane, Top lane and the Jungle with the reworked Stridebreaker, allowing his engage to land with ease. Nocturne also has a mini global engage ultimate, allowing him creative plays.
Zilean – With the rise of Everfrost in recent patches, Zilean mid has returned. The pick has always been a pocket pick. But the added CC reliability of slowing and rooting enemies from Everfrost into stuns from his Q makes him a lot more menacing in 11.6.
Senna – Fasting Senna is a new one that has been popular for several patches. The idea behind the pick is to play her support for the laning phase, as this allows her to get more souls. Once the gold item expires, she can begin farming normally and begin ramping for Kraken Slayer, Guinsoos and other AD items.
Yasuo – the windy assassin in the Mid laner maintains to be a popular solo queue special. Yasuo is one of those Champions decent in lower elos, and can still be a big threat in higher elo games. The snowball potential on this Champion is worth noting for ranked grafters who want to carry but requires time to master.
Darius – Another solo queue stomper. Darius is one of the kings of duelling in the Top lane, and can snowball incredibly well. It is widespread across the LoL community how destructive a fed Darius is. It is fairly common to see a Darius destroy carries, easily getting multi-kills every single fight.
Seraphine – Since the release of Seraphine, she has been a problematic Champion. Now that players have gotten used to her, Seraphine’s abilities are too strong. The heal and shield on her are strong, the range of her roots and slows is vast, and the chain reaction of taunts from her ultimate can reck even the most safely positioned enemy. Mastering Seraphine is a must pick and ban at the moment. Riot’s recent nerfs haven’t made her budge, and players can do so in either Mid, ADC, or Support positions based on pro play.
As you can see from the Tier List, the current state of Season 11 has quite the mix and match of Champions performing well. There is a solid range of Mids, Tops, Supports and more topping the LoL tier list. Even in these lists, you can see some of the more notable pics include S to B tier Champions, meaning players can find something they want and perform well on in the game. We will aim to keep this updated for every patch Riot releases.
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