“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask”, famous words from the most villainous of mid laners, the mage-melting Kassadin. Find out who else thinks they are really in charge in our League of Legends Mid Lane Tier List for August 2013 (Patch 3.10)
- Score is an indexed and weighted composite of Average Win Percentage (I1), Average KDA (I2), and Pick/Ban Rate (I3). Why these stats? Read the FAQ.
- All stats are for solo queue ranked Summoner’s Rift.
- Champions are placed into tier lists statistically based on the Standard Deviation of their scores, the author then attempts to explain their placement within the rating system, no champion is placed subjectively.
Tier 1: Kassadin
Champions in Tier 1 have scores two standard deviations above the mean score and are extreme outliers, making them definitively overpowered.
Score Range: 90.69-100.00
- The waning popularity of AD Assassins has planted Kassadin firmly on top of the mid lane rankings for several months now. With TF now firmly nerfed out of must pick/ban status in 3.10, it should largely be Kassadin and Ahri dominating the rankings. Both of them have been the most contested picks in mid-lane tournament play the last few weeks, and they score as the highest two in my system for Patch 3.10 August. Kassadin is the anti-magic answer to almost any AP mid laner in the game, and with less and less people willing to play AD mids, he is thriving. Kassadin wins 53% of his games, sports a nearly 3.0 KDA (which is insane for an assassin), and is picked or banned in 52% of games. He is the reckoning of the current mid-lane meta. Unless you can pick an AD Mid into him (for which there are actually many good options presently), or convince your bot lane to 2v1 him while you suffer 1v2, he is going to be tough to stop.
Tier 2: Ahri, Lux, Swain, Zyra, Brand, Master Yi, Ezreal
Champions in Tier 2 have scores one standard deviation above the mean score and are very strong.
Score Range: 85.71-90.68
- Ahri is the other mage who has seen extensive picks/bans in competitive play in the last month in all regions of the world. Her value is her enormous versatility, and through itemization she is capable of being a sustained DPS, assassin, tanky mage, CC machine, objective pusher, or whatever else you need. She can match-up with pretty much any champion in the game 1v1 and at least break even. All of that makes her a “can’t go wrong” pick as a mid laner, even blind or early in a draft order.
- Safe mages who bring a ton of on-demand CC to win engagements are always fantastic picks. Lux, Swain and Zyra are all right there. Lux and Swain need a bit of a ramp-up to be effective, and Zyra needs to use her spells carefully and not get caught out, but all three are just great hard CC heavy impact champions.
- Brand is slept on, and has been since last patch. His lower mana costs lets him blow the ass out of his extremely high damage combos on the regular, and he’s had over a 53% win rate for over a month. His kit is one-dimensional, but that one-dimension is destroying everything in his path. If you like high damage combo casters, Brand is who you want to be playing right now.
- Master Yi and Ezreal are the best melee and ranged AD picks in the mid lane right now.
- Revamped Master Yi has gone from a Tier 5 champion to a Tier 2 champion, they took all the big play capabilities of AP Yi and bundled them up with the strong sustained damage of AD Yi, I don’t think he’s broken like some others may, but he’s extremely potent right now.
- Blue Ezreal mid is something that has become extremely popular in the pro Korean scene and the North American challenger scene. It makes sense because Ezreal going Blue doesn’t really need a support to protect him, he’s extremely self-sufficient, he can duel with just about anything and win, and having him with a second AD Carry in the bot lane enables enormous amounts of tower pressure and objective control. As long as you can convince your team to pick up an AP Top laner to round out your team composition, you can’t be countered out in lane or team fights.
Tier 3: Xerath, Anivia, Kayle, Twisted Fate, Talon, Kennen, Viktor, Orianna, Galio, Morgana, Fizz, Nidalee, Annie, Cho’Gath, Zed
Champions in Tier 3 have scores above the mean and are exactly that, above average picks.
Score Range: 80.73-85.70
- Twisted Fate drops from Tier 2 to Tier 3. This set of nerfs really hurt. I’ve played him a few times since 3.10 dropped and his card picking is mercilessly quick now, you have to really be on point to hit each one in the right window of time. His global passive is gone as well. I’d say it’s safe to say that this guy is not worth a ban anymore, but long seasoned veteran TF players will still be able to turn out big plays on him.
- Morgana drops from Tier 2 to Tier 3. She’s lost 1% on her win-rate since July and her KDA has lost about 0.25 a game. I’m not entirely sure what explains this fluctuation, but it looks as though she’s having a slightly tougher time in mid lane than last month. I still think she’s a great all-around pick in most circumstances.
- Fizz and Zed are great picks if you want to roam and gank out of the mid lane. If you were fortunate enough to catch Ninjas in Pyjamas play last week in the European LCS, you got to see two amazing games from NiP Bjergsen on both Zed and Fizz where he cruised across the map split-pushing objectives and ambushing enemy players with brutal 100-0 kills. If that style of game play appeals to you, both of those guys are great picks.
- Cho’Gath is a good choice if you want to run a very tanky AP mid laner to deal with a bursty enemy team. He’s not a good pick if your team needs a great deal of damage from the mid.
Tier 4: Malzahar, Zilean, Pantheon, Ziggs, Rumble, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Katarina, Akali, Gragas, Diana, Jayce, Vladimir, Ryze, Karma, Mordekaiser, Sion, Karthus
Champions in Tier 4 have scores below the mean and are exactly that, below average picks, best used in situations where a team composition is favorable for them, or made favorable by their addition.
Score Range: 75.76-80.72
- Malazhar drops from Tier 3 to Tier 4. He’s lost almost 3% win rate since July. Updated Note: Reddit user Wolvenheart pointed out to me that “his minion targeting priority was ‘fixed’ aka broken since now they stick to the wrong targets unless you go in close and auto-attack the enemy champ, significantly decreasing his poke potential if you can’t afford to take the damage” which must significantly reduce his trading potential and better explains the drop-off. Hat tip to him.
- Pantheon mid can be a scary pick if you want to unleash manly air-drops on side lane ganks, but there are a lot more reliable choices than him generally, and he gets beat in lane pretty bad by hard pushers who prevent him from roaming.
- Rumble mid is a decent bruiser mage choice, especially if you have a blue-hungry jungler, and want to bully out a weaker opponent’s mid lane pick.
- Ryze and Karthus ate a couple of nerfs in 3.10 to directly hit their professional tournament play, but they were already fairly weak solo queue choices. They both have big early game problems, and most solo queue games don’t get late game enough to allow them to open up their dominance at full item build. Vladimir hasn’t been changed, but he falls into this same category for all the same reasons.
Tier 5: Kha’Zix, Veigar, LeBlanc, Heimerdinger, Syndra
Champions in Tier 5 have scores one full standard deviation below the mean or worse, and are weak picks in almost all circumstances, unless used by extremely skilled players or those who have
explicit reasons for selecting them.
Score Range: 0.00 – 75.75
- Kha’Zix is a champion I’ve tested extensively recently, and regardless of how you build him now, his margin for error on all-in engagements is razor thin. If you make a single mistake on any aspect of dueling with him, you will be blown up. It’s pretty much impossible to replicate his old style of play which was missile rack spamming into easy all-ins, with the numbers on his kit now it’s just not possible to do that anymore. I wouldn’t recommend a Kha’Zix pick unless you are on point like a fighter pilot and are ready for the stress of super-fast engagement decision-making on every single team fight.
- The full suite of unreliable burst mages remains in the bottom of Tier 5 on my list where they have all been for numerous months now. The nerfs to Aegis and removal of Bulwark might open up more game time windows for them to assert dominance, but by and large they don’t have the utility or scaling reliable damage to win games, and that’s why they always score so low.