VMan7's 5v5 Ranked Tier List.

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VMan7

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07-25-2010

Last update: 04/26/2011!

I'll start this off with saying that I feel that every champion is viable at every Elo setting, however, some are obviously more adept than others for being useful. That being said, this is based off of my personal experience. I'd gladly take a lower tier hero on my team if you're good with him, instead of a higher tier hero that you've never played. These are listed from left to right in terms of power.



  • Tier 1: Zilean, Janna, Sion, Amumu, Kassadin, Ryze, Irelia, Taric, Ashe, Twisted Fate, Karthus, Nocturne, Alistar.
  • Tier 2: Renekton, Evelynn, Shen, Corki, Karma, Annie, Anivia, Singed, Shaco, Rammus, Miss Fortune, Tristana, Blitzcrank, Urgot, Cho’Gath, Nunu, Teemo, Lux, Malzahar, Warwick, Jarvan IV, Olaf, Swain, Veigar, Udyr, Caitlyn, Brand.
  • Tier 3: Ezreal, Xin Zhao, Maokai, Master Yi, Nasus, Trundle, Kennen, Malphite, Morgana, LeBlanc, Kog’Maw, Poppy, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Sona, Katarina, Nidalee, Garen, Akali, Soraka, Gragas, Galio.
  • Tier 4: Tryndamere, Heimerdinger, Sivir, Gangplank, Dr. Mundo, Twitch.
  • Tier 5: Mordekaiser, Pantheon, Fiddlesticks, Jax, Kayle.
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Tier 1 -
This is the tier that you most likely be banning from. Kassadin, Irelia, and Ryze are each amazing heroes and will roll you if they go unchecked. It's important to either gank these heroes or deny them gold; they scale extremely well. Expect to see at least three of these heroes banned every game.

Tier 2 -
All solid choices. Creating a team of entirely tier 1 and 2 characters will give you a distinct advantage over other players who chose from tier 3/4/5, however slight it may be. Although some are below the tier 1 characters, each of these fill their own niche and can be used to sway battles easier than lower tiers.

Tier 3 -
Obviously the middle class, there's nothing wrong about this tier. They fill their specific roles nicely and are a good addition to a team. Compromised from both heroes that have been nerfed from tier 1/2 and heroes that have been buffed from tiers 4/5, Riot is most likely happy with their placement at this point, with the ending of the seed needing slight tweaks.

Tier 4 -
This is probably the specialty tier. Although there are other heroes that fill their roles better, these heroes played correctly can still hold their own, and will find themselves inside certain lineups (Example: Morgana from tier 3 + Tryndamere from tier 4). These heroes have either been nerfed from a higher tier, or have just not received any buffs in awhile while the metagame has changed too much for their niche to be useful.

Tier 5 -
Although arguably the bottom of the barrel heroes, they can be used as a surprise pick or for a particular strat - a turtling team would pick Fiddlesticks to stop the enemy from pushing, for example. These heroes either take too long to get going, or are just outshined by other heroes that do the same job.



Now of course, these lists are subject to change as the game continues to evolve and patch. I'll be updating the list periodically, so long as it doesn't get downvoted into a closed thread. Feel free to post your opinions, and to create discussion about what I've posted.

I'll also be attempting to explain my placement for certain heroes as I go along.

My livestream channel: www.livestream.com/vman7
I also frequently stream on solomid.net, when my internet doesn't shoot me to 600 latency =P

An Alistar thread I made: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=177649
Thoughts on the new Ryze: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=522957

To help people that are just starting out in ranked play, I figured I'd put in here 5HITCOMBO's various threads that he's made, mainly aimed at how to become a better player, as well as several other topics about the game.
5HITCOMBO's [Learn 5HIT] Threads:

[Learn 5HIT] Why I'm 1800+ and how to get here: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=452151

[Rant] 5HIT on scrubs:
http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=480014

[Real 5HIT] The Luck Factor:
http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=506240

[More 5HIT] From Us to You:
http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=483863

[Talk 5HIT] Learn to Outplay:
http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=737947

Other current US tier lists:
Elementz 5v5 Ranked - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=109533
TheOddOne 3v3 Ranked - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=314355

EU tier lists:
Wickd's 5v5 Ranked - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=242417

"Outdated" Tier lists:
Grackis 5v5 Ranked - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=169533
L0CUST 5v5 - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...ad.php?t=50866
MegaZero 3v3 Ranked - http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=225654

Changelog:
7/25/2010 - Fiddlesticks moved from tier 4 to tier 3.
7/26/2010 - Blitzcrank to tier 3. Nunu tier 3 placement seeded lower. Cho'Gath to tier 4.
7/29/2010 - Ezreal tier 1 seeded higher. Vladamir enters the list into tier 2. Xin Zhao tier 3 seeded lower.
8/4/2010 - Vladimir seeded higher in tier 2. Gragas seeded higher in tier 2. Jax seeded lower in tier 3.
8/12/2010 - Ezreal seeded first in tier 1. Galio enters the list into first seed in tier 3. Kog'Maw to first seed in tier 4. Olaf moved into tier 3.
8/13/2010 - Kog'Maw to tier 2.
8/26/2010 - Shaco moved to bottom of tier 1. Kog'Maw to tier 1. Garen to tier 1. Heimerdinger to bottom of tier 2. Soraka to near bottom tier 3. Olaf to tier 2. Pantheon to tier 2. Ashe to tier 3. Galio lower in tier 3. Malphite to tier 3. Kennen to tier 4. Teemo to tier 5. Shen lowered in tier 2. Mordekaiser to bottom tier 3. Nunu to tier 4.
8/29/2010 - Urgot bottom of tier 5.
9/2/2010 - Kennen to tier 2. Kassadin up in tier 3.
9/14/2010 - Kog'Maw to first seed in tier 1. Vladimir up to tier 1. Miss Fortune enters the list into tier 2. Kayle down to tier 2. Warwick up in tier 2. Tristana up in tier 2. Udyr lower in tier 2. Olaf higher in tier 2. Anivia up to tier 2. Nidalee up to tier 2. Kassadin up to tier 2. Malzahar to first seed in tier 2. Janna up to tier 2. Xin Zhao to fist seed in tier 3. Zilean down to tier 3. Katarina down to tier 3. Heimerdinger down in tier 3. Corki to first seed tier 4. Jax down to tier 4.
11/16/2010 - Kassadin to tier 1. Galio to tier 1. Sona tier 1. Corki tier 1. Twitch tier 1. Ezreal down to tier 3. Taric down to tier 2. Garen down to tier 2. Shaco down to tier 2. Malphite to tier 2. Miss Fortune up in tier 2. Katarina to tier 2. Nasus down to tier 3. Mordekaiser up in tier 3. Twisted Fate up in tier 3. Nunu to tier 3. Urgot to tier 3. Soraka down to tier 4. Kayle down to tier 4. Heimerdinger to tier 4. Teemo to tier 4. Ryze down to tier 5. Tryndamere, Dr. Mundo, and Evelynn changed positions in tier 5.
11/18/2010 - Swain enters tier 2. Irelia enters tier 2. Lux enters tier 3. LeBlanc enters tier 4. Rammus to tier 2.
11/21/2010 - Anivia to tier 1. Malphite to tier 1.
11/23/2010 - Sona to first seed in tier 1. Corki up in tier 1. Lux to tier 2. Akali to tier 2. Irelia down to tier 3.
11/26/2010 - Kog'Maw down in tier 1. Janna up in tier 2. Evelynn to tier 2. Soraka to tier 3.
03/08/2011 - Entire revamp of the tier list. Many positions swapped, too much to document here.
03/08/2011 - Removed Alistar from mulitple tiers, added shaco. Updated description of tiers. Added Ryze remake thread discussion. Removed Sona from a double listing.
03/10/2011 - Added 5HITCOMBO's various threads for people being new to ranked play. Removed Soraka from double listing in tier 3.
04/24/2011 - Brand enters the list at the end of tier 2. Karma to tier 2. Caitlyn to tier 2. Maokai to tier 3. Sona to tier 3. Galio to tier 3. Pantheon down to tier 5.
04/26/2011 - Forgot Nocturne. Enters at tier 1.

Notes for this update:

Karma to tier 2 - After the recent amounts of tweaking, she's in a good spot. She's missing some reason to use Mantra on W, other than that she's actually an excellent mage/support, being able to save people and do massive amounts of aoe damage.

Caitlyn to tier 2 - Viable AD carry at this point. Amazing lane phase and the ability to stay out of the way for most of the fight. Her ult also now hurts once you get it to rank 2/3.

Maokai to tier 3 - After him getting slight buffs to his movespeed and damage, he's still not that great a hero, however he has excellent roaming capabilities, as well as a great way to punish people who move out of line with his W.

Sona/Galio to tier 3 - Received slight buffs/mana cost tweaks etc that make them less of a hassle and viable choices.

Pantheon to tier 5 - Poor Pantheon, he used to be really good, until the nerfed his QWE and soon to be his R. Really he's only decent at laning now and falls off too hard - 2.5s to do a full HSS is terrible. Can't even build glass cannon anymore, need to do tanky dps + atma's/LW for any damage.


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zbishop

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07-25-2010

janna is not tier 3


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Neverlike

Senior Member

07-25-2010

inb4 someone says XIN OP


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IlikeIke

Senior Member

07-25-2010

xin zhao is not tier 3..


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yamers

Senior Member

07-25-2010

xin tier 3.

what?


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A Kawaii Loli

Senior Member

07-25-2010

lol@list.

Also not yellow post makes any tier list not credible.


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Klaven

Member

07-25-2010

I very much agree with Taric in tier 1 and Soraka in tier 2.
It may or may not be my ranked solo elo showing (1400s currently) but Taric seems to have a bigger impact on the game as he is much harder to take out of a team fight.

I am curious about Trist being ahead of Ashe in tier 2.

Tristana brings the healing debuff and probably better damage- but is that a big enough advantage over Ashe who brings one of the best initiations in the game + slow + hawk shot?


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SuzakuII

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07-25-2010

so... xin... how about that(like everyone's comment). theres no way to stop xin, hell i've seen xin taking 1v3 and killing all 3 even if the 3 got stuns and blinds. he just plows through them and took no more than like 1000 damage while dishing out 5k damage to kill 3 heroes.


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BRETT F4VRE

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07-25-2010

you have cho in tier 5

i'd like to have a word with you, that word would be "BASTERD"


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FDru

Senior Member

07-25-2010

Isn't it mandatory to include a reason why your opinion matters when you make these?