League of Legends Patch 9.6 tier list: ADC edition

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Which AD Carries sit atop our League of Legends tier list following the Patch 9.6 adjustments?

There weren’t a ton of big changes to Patch 9.6 that affected the ADC roster. A few champions – Caitlyn and Xayah – got buffs and the double Tear build for Ezreal got nerfed. Does that mean a new champion will be named the best ADC in League of Legends in our Patch 9.6 tier list?

The tier list

S tier: Vayne
A tier: Jinx, Lucian, Draven, Sivir, Caitlyn, Kai’Sa, Twitch, Ezreal, Neeko, Ashe
B tier: Tristana, Jhin, Miss Fortune, Xayah, Kog’Maw, Kalista
C tier: Varus
D tier: Yasuo, Cassiopeia

Rising champions

Neeko (C tier to B tier)

Neeko got a little bit of love in Patch 9.6, having a little of the attack speed that was taken away in the mid-patch hotfix put back. Neeko ADC wasn’t much of a meta pick back then, but the Curious Chameleon has been gaining in terms of pick rate and recognition by the tier lists we survey.

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In the last patch, only half of the sites even listed Neeko as a pick on their tier lists. Now, all eight of the sites we referenced for our tier list include Neeko in the ADC position. Only two of them rate her lower than a B on their list.

Falling champions

Yasuo (B tier to D tier)
Yasuo’s been on the decline for a few patches now, dropping in the top and mid lanes after the Conqueror changes back in Patch 9.4 and 9.5. He remained a fairly accepted pick in the bot lane, but now more sites are taking him off of their ADC tier lists. When he is listed, he’s generally thought highly of, though, meaning there are still a lot of sites that consider him to be an effective pick in this position.

Lucian (S tier to A tier)
Last patch, Lucian fell out of the top spot in our ADC tier list for the first time. Now, he’s fallen out of the S-tier for the first time since we started making our tier lists.

To be fair to the Deathslinger, he is rated as an S-tier pick by five different sites, but he’s also considered to be D tier by two others – U.gg and Lolalytics. This means that he’s only a high A-tier pick now, but there is still a wide amount for support for claiming Lucian is a top pick in the ADC role.

Miss Fortune (A tier to B tier)
On the contrary to Lucian and Yasuo, there seems to be a fair bit of consensus about MF’s status in the meta. She’s generally rated around B-tier, with a few sites listing her as an A or C-tier champion.

It’s unclear why exactly she’s dropping now, after being a bit on the rise just a few patches ago. My guess would be that she’s a decent, though not strong, pick for the foreseeable future.