Another month has passed, and that means another edition of the ESFI Competitive League of Legends Tier List is here!
This month has been a little quieter than the last few. The LCS was on break and all other regions took a break for a week so their All Stars could travel to Shanghai and represent their region in the All Star tournament. But the LCS is right around the corner and the ESFI Tier List is here to give an idea what the pros are thinking of breaking out in its first week of competition.
For those new to this list, the ESFI competitive tier list is completely objective and based on the past month’s highest level picks and bans at premiere LAN events from around the world, and is not based on the opinion of any person. When the big money is on the line, these are the picks and bans you saw from the professionals. May’s stats come from the EU and NA Promotion tournaments, OGN, LPL, GPL, and the All Star tournament (excluding the 1v1 and 2v2 skill competitions).
The ESFI Professional League of Legends Champion Tier List is a representation of the recent picking and banning trends of professional level teams. The list itself is completely mathematically based off the usage and effectiveness (wins and losses) of the champions by professionals and not the potential usage and subjective strength of said champions. Several high end tournaments and leagues throughout all regions of the League of Legends playing world were surveyed with relevant stats (painstakingly) gathered from each of them.
From there, each champion’s stats are put into a formula that spits out a rating that accurately represents the usage and effectiveness of the champion as seen under each portrait which is then used to split the champions into five main tiers which are accompanied by the biggest winners and losers in that tier from the previous month.
God Tier – Picked or banned in most games
Zac pulled a Thresh by sneaking into the top tier after his first full month in competitive play. Riot has been exceptionally hit or miss when it comes to new champions being viable (or at least considered viable) immediately at the professional level. Champions like Zac, Thresh, Vi (before nerfs), Zed, Elise, and Kha’Zix have been receiving notable playing time while champions like Quinn and Nami have seen close to zero.
With all the new blood taking over the tier list, it’s interesting to note that Twisted Fate, one of the original 40 champions, has been in the top tier for five straight months. In fact, this is the second month in a row TF has scored first place overall.
Top Tier – Often picked, commonly banned
|Malphite; Ezreal||Shen; Rumble|
There is something nice about seeing Malphite being played often. That visual when you see Malphite charging in and his team right behind him right before a giant team fight followed by the sound of knocking up the entire enemy team is extremely satisfying. The teams and fans in the LPL absolutely adore him. At the All Star tournament in Shanghai, the Chinese fans rejoiced when the LPL All Stars were able to pick Malphite against the NALCS All Stars – then cheered again as Malphite helped the LPL All Stars smash North America.
Mid Tier – Uncommonly banned, sometimes picked
|Nautilus; Diana||Karthus; Nasus|
Nautilus raised himself out of the depths this month, mostly because of the European promotion tournament where he had a 61% pick/ban rate and a 64% win rate. Other regions also tested the waters with Nautilus towards the end of the month, so expect to see Nautilus sink the competition more often when the LCS starts.
Nasus took a bit of a hit once his nerfs on Wither went into effect on the competitive server. It is unclear if the big dog will be back with his old bite and wave clearing ability or if these recent nerfs reduced him into an “all bark” kind of dog.
Low Tier – Situationally banned, common specialty pick
|Blitzcrank; Ahri||Volibear; Lux|
Blitz is back baby! No longer will we only see the dainty grabs of Thresh and Nautilus. Oh wait…he was banned 16 times and only picked 5? Damn.
Despite the lack of picks, teams still seem to respect (or fear) the Blitzcrank pick enough to get him up in this month’s tier list. Hopefully we’ll see some more Blitz on the Rift instead of the “Banned” column this June.
Lower Tier – Situational and specialty picks
|Darius; Fiddlesticks||Twitch; Miss Fortune|
Miss Fortune had a horrible month in May. Not only did her play rate go down considerably, she had the lowest win rate at 23%.
Fiddlesticks, on the other hand, made his first appearance in the ESFI tier list. Fiddle has been getting a lot of looks in Korea at OGN: The Champions, especially at the support position. A three second fear plus a potentially game changing ultimate (even without items) is just too good to let go.
It is going to be interesting to see what will come out of the pros in the upcoming LCS. There has been about a month and a half of downtime – time the pros probably have been experimenting with new champions, roles, and items for the upcoming season to gain that extra edge. There has been a bit of a buzz around the newly-refurbished Sejuani in the pro scene, so don’t be confused if you see your favorite boar rider riding into Summoner’s Rift this summer.