Wow, has it already been a month? Sure as hell seemed short, but with the LCS in full swing and providing us with a seemingly endless stream of awesome games every week, it’s no doubt time seems to have past a little faster. With that short month though, comes another edition of the ESFI Tier List!
For those who didn’t catch last month’s ESFI Professional Tier List, this list is completely objective and based on the past month’s highest level picks and bans at premiere LAN events, not on the opinion of any one person. When the big money is on the line, these are the picks and bans you saw from the pros. February’s stats come from the NA and EU LCS, OGN Club Masters, and the GPL.
In order to create a more consistent rating from month to month, the formula used in last month’s list has been tweaked. The changes to the formula now takes into consideration the number of games surveyed in the specific month, so we should be able to see the trends much better, so long as there is a sufficient sample size.
Additionally, we heard you’d like to see some raw stats, so we made it happen – check that out at the bottom of the page.
As always, please do not take this as an end all, be all for your solo queue adventures. This is merely a snapshot of what the professional players are using in professional team matches. All champions have their potential viability in solo queue (unless you play Fiora top…just kidding…sorta). Champions like Xerath and Wukong are great champions, but they haven’t seen much competitive play this past month – thus are rated very low in this list.
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
|Xin Zhao; Jarvan IV|
Twisted Fate rises a few slots this month due to an absolutely absurd win rate of 69.5%, one of the highest of February. Xin Zhao, Jarvan, and Elise all join TF in this tier due to the ability to become extremely tanky front liners who can get on the enemy carries extremely easily. While none of them have extremely high win rates, they’re sitting high compared to Shen, whose win rate has fallen to about 40%.
Top Tier – Often picked, commonly banned
Vi came out of the gates and onto Summoner’s Rift with guns (or mechanical fists, in this case) blazing, and immediately beacme a favorite amongst the top junglers after her release on the tournament realm. Conversely, Olaf, despite being in the second tier, has seen little to no play once his nerfs went live on the tournament realm. His success this month is almost all because of the week or two delay from public realm to tournament realm for patches.
Singed is a completely new champion on the list, mostly because of Dignitas KiWiKiD’s exceptional effectiveness. Many people have followed KiWiKiD’s lead with comparable success, giving Singed an extremely strong win rate at 73.7%.
Mid Tier – Uncommonly banned, sometimes picked
|Alistar; Lulu||Kha’Zix, Ezreal|
Along with the rest of Dignitas, Patoy is contending a single champion into this tier list. He has brought Alistar back from the brink of obscurity and reminded everyone why Alistar was permabanned back in Season 2. On Alistar’s back, Patoy has earned the second highest KDA in the entire LCS at 14.1 and has been able to help push his team into the driver’s seat in North America.
Low Tier – Situationally banned, common specialty pick
|Volibear; Thresh||Zyra; Katarina|
Despite having an inherent disadvantage by becoming available in the middle of the month, Thresh has already made his mark on the competitive scene with more than half of his activity coming from bans. We’ve seen some glimpses of what Thresh can do (see: EDWARD), but hopefully next month we’ll see a lot more plays and tricks players can accomplish with him.
Lower Tier – Situational and specialty picks
|Diana; Gragas||Nunu; Jayce|
Much like his teammates on Singed and Alistar, Dignitas’s Scarra brought Diana onto the tier list almost by himself. Dignitas is 5-0 with Scarra on Diana, and has caused three targeted bans against Diana when teams play Dignitas. Similarly, Scarra also helped bring Gragas to the list going 2-1 and forcing four bans.
Everyone else…but not really. Last month there was a huge drop in rating once you got off the “lower tier” section. This month was a lot more even, as it seems pros are trying to find those “hidden OP” champions now that the LCS is going full steam and forcing teams/players to innovate, lest they be left behind.