Patch 9.19 arrived almost two weeks ago, shaking the meta as Riot plans to make more champions viable for competitive matches without breaking the current meta.
Also known as the World’s patch, the update brought nerfs and buffs for a large number of champions. As expected, the update has affected the tier lists in a significant manner. Below you will find a list of top lane champions split into tiers.
The rankings were elaborated with the help of data provided by setups. An in-house system is used to convert grades and ratings into a normalized value, which is valid across all the sites. Read below to see the latest tier list for top lane champions.
S: Mordekeiser, Jax, Pantheon, Kled, Darius
A: Vladimir, Renekton, Teemo
B+: Riven, Garen, Gangplank, Kennen, Illaoi, Shen, Fiora
B: Camille, Irelia, Malphite, Urgot, Quin, Yasuo
C: Aatrox, Akali, Dr. Mundo, Nasus, Singed, Sion, Olaf, Ornn, Volibear, Tryndamere, Rumble, Yorick
D: Cho’Gath, Heimerdinger, Jayce, Gar, Swain, Ryze, Vayne
F: Karma, Maokai, Neko, Sylas, Viktor, Tahm Kench
New kids on the block
Heimerdinger, Maokai, and Tahm Kench have fluctuated between being inside and outside the meta during Season 9. In most cases they were of the tier list, but the recent buffs have changed their status.
Several champions have become more viable, advancing from a tier to the one above during this path. Many have been the subject of consistent buffs during this patch. However, the opposite is also available as other champions have received major nerfs. While the power levels may not be so different in the long run it is clear that players have reacted to the new changes as numbers continue to shift.
The patch also included a selection of bug fixes and performance improvements, and several bugs that were tied to the use of a specific champion skill have been removed.
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