LoL Nexus Blitz tier list: All Nexus Blitz meta champions, ranked

Take your strongest picks into the chaos.

The League of Legends Nexus Blitz beta splashart with Jinx, Galio, Blitzcrank, and more fighting.
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With more than 160 champions to choose from in your next Nexus Blitz game, everything can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve ranked all the best League of Legends champions to play in the returning mode.

Nexus Blitz is back after years of asking, with the chaotic mode already drawing in new and returning players alike. The playlist, which Riot Games originally introduced as an experimental LTM in 2018, ramps League’s gameplay up to eleven with wild events that can change the entire game. With how uncontrollable things are, you’ll want to make sure you play the right champs.

Here’s the tier list of the best champions in League’s Nexus Blitz.

League Nexus Blitz tier list

Overpowered picks


The official artwork of Star Guardian Seraphine, featuring the champion in a white outfit with orange highlights singing on her stage.
The Starry-Eyed Songstress is finally getting her time to shine. Image via Riot Games

Seraphine is the perfect League champion when it comes to Nexus Blitz. Not only can she dish out the damage (make sure you build ability power) but she has enough sustain for the team to stick out long engagements and really push for objectives on the way to cracking open the Nexus. The mode’s extra mana regeneration only turns her into even more of a powerhouse.

  • Practically infinite spellcasting resources.
  • Dual-threat as a damage dealer and healer.
  • Fits seamlessly into any team comp.


PsyOps Kayle floating above the battlefield
The Righteous feels unbeatable enough when she doesn’t get extra experience. Image via Riot Games

Kayle is helped massively by the ramped-up experience in Nexus Blitz, meaning she gets to skip her weaking laning phase, hit her breakpoint spikes earlier and quickly become a juggernaut. Kayle is one scary pick: she wins around 66 percent of all matches. If you’re feeling spicy, throw a Deathfire Grasp in your build for its high-damage active.

  • Faster scaling means Kayle hits the late-game far earlier.
  • Outscales a large majority of the roster.
  • Performs well in both one-vs-ones and hectic teamfights.


Robot Kog'Maw fires a volley in League of Legends
*Insert bugle noise here*. Image via Riot Games

In a mode based around scrapping and team fighting as much as possible, it makes total sense the AD carry built to motor down enemies shines here. Kog’Maw quite enjoys grabbing the mode’s unique Golden Spatula item (all those juicy stats!) and his dominance in the Blitz battlefield is plain to see⁠—whenever he escapes the ban phase, he wins more than 65 percent of the time.

  • Extremely reliable damage makes him a teamfight threat.
  • Serves as the centerpiece of most team comps.
  • Reaches his power-spike much faster than in Summoner’s Rift .


League's new Street Demon Brand skin as the champion prepares for battle on the Rift.
The power you feel hitting a five-player Pyroclasm… there’s nothing else like it. Image via Riot Games

Brand enjoys all the same benefits Seraphine does, especially the four bonus mana regeneration blessed to Nexus Blitz players. Nothing is more brutal than a Brand ultimate in Nexus Blitz, with a perfect combo sometimes enough to just spell defeat for the team unlucky enough to get sizzled.

  • Sustained damage makes him a threat at all stages.
  • Close-quarters make his skillshots more reliable.
  • Pyroclasm (R) hits like a truck in the later stages of a game.


Mythmaker Zyra in League of Legends
Make them think more about dodging your plants than winning the game. Image via Riot Games

Zyra is the third of the spellcasting triumvirate that takes full advantage of the bonus mana regeneration in Nexus Blitz. Like Brand, the Rise of the Thorns can take over any close skirmish with her mighty Stranglethorns ultimate.

  • Potential to go full AP greatly increases her damage ceiling.
  • Plants summoned by her passive are somehow even more annoying.
  • Bonus stats provided in Nexus Blitz make her one of the mode’s best glass cannons.

S Tier — Burst, CC, and dashes

Samira leans back in League of Legends
You’re going to want to bring lots of damage into your Nexus Blitz matches. Image via Riot Games

These League champions can do it all in Nexus Blitz, though they’re a little behind the four power picks at the very top of the rankings. In a mode that needs plenty of burst damage, these champs bring it in droves. Many also have strong mobility or vital crowd control to swing the key battles.

Nexus Blitz 2023 A tier champions, featuring picks like Jinx, Nasus, Teemo, and others.
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  • Graves
  • Jinx
  • Lillia
  • Lux
  • Maokai
  • Nasus
  • Samira
  • Sivir
  • Swain
  • Taliyah
  • Teemo
  • Veigar
  • Ziggs

A Tier — Dominant team fighting

Porcelain Lissandra casts a spell
Controlling the battle is key to any good Blitz victory. Image via Riot Games

Nexus Blitz has a lot of fighting so you’re going to need the characters that hit the next level when swinging haymakers in the middle of battles. Whether they’re dominating bruisers, explosive marksmen, or mighty mages, these A-Tier champions are the ones you want on your side in the fights.

A Tier Champions in Nexus Blitz, with names like Darius, Caitlyn, and Jax featured in the image in tier list form.
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  • Aphelios
  • Ashe
  • Caitlyn
  • Cassiopeia
  • Cho’Gath
  • Darius
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Illaoi
  • Janna
  • Jax
  • Jhin
  • Karthus
  • Leona
  • Lissandra
  • Malzahar
  • Miss Fortune
  • Morderkaiser
  • Morgana
  • Nilah
  • Ornn
  • Pantheon
  • Rell
  • Renata Glasc
  • Senna
  • Sett
  • Singed
  • Sion
  • Sona
  • Soraka
  • Taric
  • Twitch
  • Urgot
  • Varus
  • Vayne
  • Vel’Koz
  • Viktor
  • Vladimir
  • Xayah

B Tier — Strong champs

Prestige Spirit Blossom Master Yi is the ultimate reward in the newly evolved Worlds 2023 battle pass event.
Plenty of League champs can work in Blitz if you know them well enough. Image via Riot Games

There’s nothing these B-Tier champions truly do wrong in Nexus Blitz but they just don’t have those shining lights. If you know how to pilot these characters well, they’ll still earn you plenty of wins.

LoL champions ordered in Nexus Blitz B tier with Amumu, Zac, Gwen and others all listed across five rows
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  • Aatrox
  • Ahri
  • Alistar
  • Amumu
  • Anivia
  • Annie
  • Diana
  • Draven
  • Ekko
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Galio
  • Gangplank
  • Gragas
  • Gwen
  • Heimerdinger
  • Ivern
  • Jarvan IV
  • Jayce
  • Kassadin
  • Kayn
  • Kindred
  • K’Sante
  • Lulu
  • Master Yi
  • Milio
  • Nami
  • Neeko
  • Orianna
  • Poppy
  • Quinn
  • Rakan
  • Ryze
  • Shaco
  • Shyvana
  • Skarner
  • Sylas
  • Syndra
  • Tahm Kench
  • Trundle
  • Vex
  • Viego
  • Volibear
  • Wukong
  • Xerath
  • Xin Zhao
  • Yasuo
  • Yone
  • Yorick
  • Zac
  • Zed
  • Zeri
  • Zilean

C Tier — Pocket picks

Talon Twitch and Taric in a tavern drinking
At least your out-of-left-field picks have the surprise factor. Image via Riot Games

Here is where you want to start considering why you’re picking these champions. C Tier is not necessarily bad, but League characters who have slid down to this rank are going to struggle to kick it with the big boys in ranks above and what they bring to the table in Nexus Blitz. We recommend only picking these champions if you have prior experience with them and are comfortable using to carry games. While there are certainly differences between Summoner’s Rift and Nexus Blitz, players who are pre-exposed to these champions should find that their skills translate over between game modes.

C Tier of Nexus Blitz champions with
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  • Akshan
  • Aurelion Sol
  • Azir
  • Bel’Veth
  • Briar
  • Elise
  • Ezreal
  • Fiora
  • Fizz
  • Garen
  • Gnar
  • Hecarim
  • Irelia
  • Kai’Sa
  • Kalista
  • Karma
  • Katarina
  • Kennen
  • Kha’Zix
  • Kled
  • Lucian
  • Malphite
  • Naafiri
  • Nautilus
  • Nocturne
  • Olaf
  • Renekton
  • Rengar
  • Riven
  • Rumble
  • Sejuani
  • Shen
  • Talon
  • Tristana
  • Twisted Fate
  • Udyr
  • Vi
  • Zoe

D Tier — The worst to play

The splash art of Elderwood Rek'Sai, where the Void jungler is covered in tree bark and otherworldly plants.
Look, maybe just avoid these, but we can’t stop you. Image via Riot Games

Don’t play these characters. They’re all fun, of course, and some even shine on Summoner’s Rift, but in Nexus Blitz there are just better options.

D Tier of Nexus Blitz champions featuring weak picks on the game mode's map like Nidalee, Lee Sin, Braum and more.
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  • Akali
  • Bard
  • Blitzcrank
  • Braum
  • Camille
  • Corki
  • Evelynn
  • LeBlanc
  • Lee Sin
  • Nidalee
  • Nunu
  • Pyke
  • Qiyana
  • Rammus
  • Rek’Sai
  • Thresh
  • Tryndamere
  • Warwick
  • Yuumi

When does LoL’s Nexus Blitz end?

Nexus Blitz will remain in the game for about another month, with the mode set to go offline on Nov. 27, 2023. Riot has a reputation for only bringing this mode back once every few years, so if you’re enjoying yourself, you better get out there and play some more, because it’s not guaranteed that it will return to the rotating game mode schedule on a regular basis.


Isaac McIntyre
Aussie Managing Editor for Dot Esports. I began writing in sports at Fairfax Media in Mudgee and Newcastle, before falling in love with esports and gaming, from League of Legends to Crusader Kings, the One Piece TCG, and Trine. Got a tip for us? Email: [email protected].


Michael Kelly
Staff Writer covering World of Warcraft and League of Legends, among others. Mike's been with Dot since 2020, and has been covering esports since 2018.