League of Legends Patch 9.12 tier list – top lane edition

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League of Legends Patch 9.12 saw two champions get massive reworks and a change to one popular starting item. How has that changed up our top tier list?

Our final aggregated tier list of Patch 9.12 brings us to the top lane. League of Legends introduced the reworked Mordekaiser and massive changes to Ryze, and some sites were not able to rate them sight unseen (and their rankings may have been off by people’s unfamiliarity with their kits). For that reason, both champions will not be featured on our tier list (though we will discuss both of them and how strong they appear to be).

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As always, these rankings are determined by collecting data from the tier lists and rankings of eight different sites to give you the average strength of each champion in the five roles of League of Legends. To explain how we develop this tier list 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.

If you’re interested, you can also find all of the underlying data for this and all the past patches here. We also provide some guidance for how to use these tier lists (i.e. what do we mean when we say a champion is S tier vs. A tier) here. When evaluating the sites and tier lists, we used data for Platinum plus players worldwide. The individual sites we audited are also listed below (note the rankings are as of 5 PM EST on June 13).

The aggregated tier list for top laners in Patch 9.12, was determined by the average ranking among the following sites, excluding the highest and lowest scores:

The tier list

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