Patch 6.3 Competitive Tier List
With patch 6.3 shaking things up significantly, it's time I update my Tier List for competitive play. As always this list is based entirely on my opinion and while that is influenced by statistics and team's priority, this won't just be a list of the most picked champions. I'll also include a brief First Pick/Rotation Tier list at the end to show which champions I would prioritize most highly overall.
I recently released an article that details the new stat I came up with to properly evaluate Champion Winrate: Adjusted Winrate. The concept is to show the difference between the Winrate of the Champion, and the Winrate the same teams have in games without the Champion. There's now enough of a sample size to at least consider this data, and I'll be referring to it at times throughout this list. You can read the whole article with all the stats here:
Competitive Top Tier List patch 6.3
Tier 1 Fiora, Gangplank, Lulu, Lissandra, Malphite, Poppy, Gnar
Tier 2 Quinn, Rammus, Trundle, Graves, Olaf, Irelia, Jarvan, Rumble
Tier 3 Hecarim, Nautilus, Maokai, Jax, Sion, Zac, Mundo, Kayle, Yasuo, Shen, Galio, Cho'Gath, Tahm Kench, Ekko, Renekton
Fiora has established herself at the top here in terms of Adjusted Winrate, and only behind the flexibile Lulu/GP in pick priority. Poppy has been a safe pick for a while, but saw significant nerfs this patch and it's possible this is now too high for her but I'll leave her here now due to her consistency and versatility. Malphite has rightfully risen to battle the tide of multi-ADC compositions (although I'm surprised it took as long as it did). Gnar sports an outrageous 14% Adjusted Winrate in a limited 23 Picks after todays LCK games, and with the Poppy nerfs I think he's on par with her as a safe teamfighting option.
Quinn has become a priority pick for several teams despite mediocre results so far (-10% Adjusted Winrate), but She's hurt significantly by Malphite's presence. Rammus is the new name here popping up in LCK and currently sitting atop the Solo Q Winrates for Top. He provides an ultra-scaling option against multi-ADC compositions that has huge engage potential, and he can easily farm out lane against most melee Tops.
There are several viable but unexciting Tanks in Tier 3 capable of fitting a compositions needs in teamfights, and it's possible I'm underrating several of them if Zz'rot's Portal is as powerful as some contend it is (and I think they may be right).
Competitive Mid Tier List patch 6.3
Tier 1 Lulu, Corki, Gangplank, Lissandra
Tier 2 Viktor, Ahri, Twisted Fate, Zed, Leblanc, Lux, Orianna, Zilean, Kog'Maw, Anivia, Kassadin, Fizz
Tier 3 Varus, Jayce, Lucian, Cassiopeia, Syndra, Ziggs, Ekko, Yasuo, Diana, Azir, Cho'Gath, Morgana
The top level of Mid has taken a hit with Ryze disappearing and Corki seeing slight nerfs. Duskblade has not had the impact many expected and there continues to be a paucity of AD options at the position.
With so many ADC's running around burst champions continue to lead the second Tier, Zed remains underrused as a powerful AD option, although he did take a slight nerf this patch due to his expected abuse of Duskblade. Kog'Maw is pretty insane this patch, and against passive Mid's there's no reason he couldn't farm out the first 20 minutes and become a monster, this may be too low.
Competitive Jungle Tier List patch 6.3
Tier 1 Nidalee, Gragas, Rek'Sai, Lee Sin, Kindred, Elise
Tier 2 Graves, Nunu, Ekko, Volibear, Udyr, Master Yi, Quinn, Zac
Tier 3 Nocturne, Olaf, Evelynn, Shaco, Pantheon, Vi, Rammus, Xin Zhao, Shyvana
Nidalee has risen in priority as teams have become more efficient at abusing her insane clear speed and siege potential to snowball games out of control. Gragas saw major buffs this patch and is the go to tanky teamfight Jungler now in my eyes. Elise falls due to the presence of other stronger AP options.
Graves saw significant nerfs as well, and while he still has carry potential his early skirmishing took a big hit. Ekko saw a buff and with the strength of Runic Echoes and Iceborn Gauntlet he's an interesting options.
We have seen more low kill early games than ever this season, and at some point teams need to reconsider their notions of what a Jungler needs to bring. Obviously kills are far from the only measure of Jungle pressure, but it may be time to give farming Junglers a longer look. Champions like Yi and Zac in particular could absolutely wreak havoc on these multi-ADC compositions if they are given the time to scale, which happens very frequently in lane swaps.
Competitive ADC Tier List patch 6.3
Tier 1 Kalista, Kog'Maw, Lucian, Corki, Caitlyn
Tier 2 Tristana, Ezreal, Miss Fortune, Ashe, Varus, Jhin, Sivir, Vayne, Quinn
Tier 3 Draven, Jinx, Twitch
Kalista is the Queen of Adjusted Winrate currently (+8% on 88 Picks), I already considered her very close to Lucian and Corki and this combined with Corki's nerfs vaults her to the head of the pack. Kog'Maw is the new face here, and while there is certainly risk his power when protected is just insane. His laning phase isn't as bad as you might think, and even if he does have a poor early game he will still become a threat the instant he has two items. Caitlyn has emerged as a powerful siege champion and is extremely relevant as the only pick with a clearly advantaged matchup against Kalista. There's a big gap between Tier 1 and 2 here, and I would almost never take someone from a lower Tier if a Tier 1 is available.
Ezreal has had extremely poor results to this point (-10% Adjusted Winrate), and this is despite the advantage of getting extra value from Iceborn during this AD heavy meta. Vayne is desperately in need of a meta change with all these multi-ADC compositions outranging her and no tanks to kill. Sivir is in a similar spot with few brusiers to speed up, but with wave clear particularly valuable due to the popularity of siege compositions she will be one to keep an eye on if the buff to her W comes through.
Competitive Support Tier List patch 6.3
Tier 1 Bard, Thresh, Alistar, Janna
Tier 2 Morgana, Braum, Soraka, Trundle, Taric, Poppy, Nautilus, Tahm Kench, Leona, Nami, Lulu, Karma, Brand, Sona
Tier 3 Vel'Koz, Zyra, Zilean
Alistar was arguably buffed this patch as his playmaking is now completely reliable, that being said I have felt he was overrated all season as the clear #1 Support in most teams eyes. Morgana, Janna, Thresh, and Bard all have significant leads on him in Adjusted Winrate (all though to be fair he has a much larger sample size). Regardless I think the four Tier 1 Champions are all extremely close and can be prioritized in whatever order you want based on player comfort and game situation.
While Alistar's Adjusted Winrate is simply average, Braum's is downright dreadful at -14%. Teams are vastly overrating him right now, and while it makes sense that his shield would be valuble in the multi-ADC meta, many of these champions can easily kite him out with his skillshot reliant CC. Too often he throws out an Ultimate that merely provides a slow zone, blocks a couple autos and then does little to nothing the rest of the fight.
Similar to Malphite, Taric should absolutely be a consideration with this much AD running around, and his raw power level isn't as low as people think.
First pick/rotation Tier List
Tier 1 Gangplank, Lulu, Corki
Tier 2 Kalista, Kog'Maw, Lissandra, Nidalee
Tier 3 Fiora, Gragas, Lucian
GP/Lulu/Corki could be listed in any order, as the only three champions in the game that are high Tier 1 in multiple positions.
Kalista and Nidalee have shown to be powerhouses, and Kog'Maw will likely be one as well (including possible flex potential). Lissandra is in fact Tier 1 in two positions as well, although slightly lower in power than the three from Tier 1.
Fiora is a powerful pick with a clear playstyle, and Gragas is a hot commodity in my opinion should Nidalee be banned. Lucian remains a safe early pick should two of Kalista/Corki/Kog be banned.