League of Legends Patch 9.8 tier list: top lane

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Has Riot listened to the calls of “please nerf Riven” or is the Exile still running over the top lane of League of Legends?

We’re back, once again, bringing you good readers another edition of our League of Legends tier list for top lane! For those of you new or returning but just don’t remember, our goal with this tier list is to audit the tier lists and rankings of multiple different sites to give you the average strength of each champion in the five roles of League of Legends.

To do so, we take each rating for the tier list and normalize that value, making sure that an A rating on one site and a “God tier” rating on another can be accurately compared. This is done by creating a normalized value based on all rankings given out by that site so the average standardized rating is 0.00 with higher numbers being good to very good rankings and negative numbers being bad rankings.

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For full transparency, you can find the full audit of our numbers here. When evaluating the tier lists, we tried to only use data for Platinum plus players. The individual sites we audited are also listed below (note the rankings are as of 8 PM EST on April 18).

Without further ado…

The tier list

S tier: Jax, Riven, Hecarim
A tier: Kayle, Urgot, Vladimir, Renekton, Darius, Irelia, Gangplank, Kled, Teemo, Yorick, Kennen, Jayce, Camille, Nasus
B tier: Olaf, Garen, Fiora, Vayne, Rumble, Pantheon, Illaoi, Yasuo, Wukong, Poppy, Malphite, Akali, Sion
C tier: Shen, Tryndamere, Quinn, Neeko, Rengar, Sylas, Ryze, Gnar, Dr. Mundo, Ornn, Cho’Gath, Aatrox, Volibear, Singed
D tier: Nautilus, Maokai