27 December 2017 - 06:00

League of Legends mid lane tier list

These are the best mid lane champions of Season Seven.
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Some champions in League of Legends are just flat-out stronger than others.

Mid lane is one of the game's easiest roles to carry with, mostly because you have easy access to any other part of the map. Oh, and a lot of damage. Great mid laners are those that can effectively roam to other lanes while keeping good pressure on their own mid lane opponent. Champions that can do that well are indispensable.

This list of top-tier champions can be affected depending on a number of things. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players’ tastes, but usually there’s some kind of balance change behind the whole thing. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do it for you.

Here’s our mid lane tier list for League's Season 8.

Tier One

Champions in this tier are the strongest in the current meta, and it doesn’t take much effort to carry yourself through the ranks of solo queue with them.

Katarina

Katarina benefited from the new runes more than any other mid laner in the game. By taking the Domination rune path, she gets a ton of damage stats, as well as a magic penetration buff from Sudden Impact and a huge burst from Electrocute. With these tools at her disposal, Katarina’s early game is much stronger than it used to be, enabling her to snowball even faster than before.

Malzahar

For the last couple of months, Malzahar has been at the very top of the mid lane ladder. When runes came out and introduced Summon Aery to his kit, he became even more oppressive, so Riot nerfed his ultimate ability pretty hard in Patch 7.24 to compensate. He’s still ridiculously strong, and one of the easiest mages to play in the game, making him an excellent choice for climbing the ladder.

Morgana

Following Morgana’s mini rework in Patch 7.24, she’s been a monster in the mid lane. Her passive spell vamp was replaced by a healing system that heals her based on a percentage of her damage (so basically, it’s spell vamp). It heals her for much more than the old passive, allowing her to sling a Q into the Raptor pit at any given moment to heal back a big chunk of health. Her Tormented Soil’s cooldown is reduced by five percent each time an ability heals her, meaning it can be cast again immediately after running out if you time your other spells properly.

Twisted Fate

As far as safe mid laners go, none are much better than Twisted Fate. He has a point-and-click stun that locks victims down for an easy Q, and his ultimate allows him to roam much more easily to snowball. Mages love crowd control and roaming, and Twisted Fate does it the best. He’s another extremely easy-to-play champion with high effectiveness, making him a great tool for climbing..

Tier Two

The second most powerful mid laners take a little bit more effort to play well, but when executed properly they can carry a game just as hard as the best.

Xerath

Xerath is among the control mages that may be a little too strong, but one of the few who haven’t been nerfed yet. The reason may be that he’s particularly susceptible to ganking and divers, whereas champions like Syndra have much easier methods of pushing enemies away. What Xerath has on all other control mages, however, is range. Lots and lots of range. With the right team comp full of protection and peel, Xerath has tons of time to set up and launch artillery from a safe distance.

Anivia

The big bird of League in is a great place right now. She hasn’t been buffed recently, but she finds herself at home with her crowd control heavy kit against the current meta of short-ranged mid laners and immobile marksmen. Between her Q, wall, and ultimate, she has plenty of tools for separating those pesky tanks on the front line from their precious carries in the back. Oh, and she deals a ton of damage.

Vladimir

Vlad has been hovering near the top of the mid lane ladder all year, but he hadn’t really gained enough popularity to be considered a reliably good pick. Now, however, he’s one of the most popular mid laners in the game thanks to his synergy with the new runes and the high raw AP they provide him.

Corki

Thanks to the Manaflow Band and Fleet Footwork runes, Corki can spam his abilities and kite around enemy mid laners better than ever before. His burst has been reliable all year, but the runes put him over the edge into the realm of the best. Unfortunately, he still isn’t a very good ADC, which is his intended role, but he’s perfectly comfortable gunning down mages and assassins in the mid lane.

Tier Three

This is an interesting tier because champions at this level aren’t exactly strong in the meta, but if you can learn how to play them well, you can still make them work to carry games. It might require a bit of extra effort to get there though.

Jayce

With the lethality meta back in full swing, Jayce has re-entered the fray after a few months on hiatus. His poke has been amplified by the raw damage provided by the new runes as well as Arcane Comet and Summon Aery. Electrocute is also a very solid option for the Jayce that loves to engage in full combos often, and Sudden Impact gives him a nice boost when he dunks. He also has a few options for the secondary rune page, as he’s able to take Precision for Triumph and Coup De Grace or he can choose Sorcery for the sustainability from Manaflow Band. There are several powerful options for Jayce, making him a very versatile pick.

Taliyah

Taliyah plays the late-game extremely well, but her early game is very sub-par. She needs time and items to start deleting people, and up until that point, she’s only really useful for her crowd-control. When she does get rolling, she carries very, very hard. Also, there’s only a couple champions in the game that can roam and gank from mid as well as she can, but make sure you don’t wall off your own team from escaping in the process.

Annie

With the addition of the Hextech Protobelt, this insane toddler found herself much better off. With a mini-flash and Tibbers every minute, she excels at catching the enemy team unaware and blowing them up with a couple of spells. The only issue with Annie, however, is that she only has three damaging spells with semi-high cooldowns. That means if she can’t get the kill, she’s a sitting duck.

Talon

This Assassin’s Creed rip-off was reworked back in 2016 as part of the big assassin class update. Since then, he’s been in a very nice state. He used to dominate the meta when lethality items were built on everyone, but as those items died out, he lost a bit of his effectiveness. He still deals a lot of damage, and he roams from mid very well with his parkour, so he can help snowball other lanes if his is going poorly.



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