League of Legends: Patch 9.22 mid lane tier list is again led by Zed

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New Additions


New subtractions


Rising Champions

Katarina (A+ ⇒ S tier)
Cassiopeia (B+ ⇒ A tier)
Aurelion Sol (C ⇒ B tier)
Lux (C ⇒ B tier)
Anivia (C ⇒ B tier)
Veigar (C ⇒ B tier)
Galio (C ⇒ B tier)
Jayce (F ⇒ D tier)

Falling Champions

Twisted Fate (A ⇒ B+ tier)
Orianna (B+ ⇒ B tier)
Pantheon (B+ ⇒ C tier)
Ziggs (D ⇒ F tier)
Garen (D ⇒ F tier)


  • There is pretty strong agreement among the tier lists we pulled data from as to the top five mid laners on this list, with the only exception being Talon. It is notable that since Patch 9.18 four out of the top five mid laners have been assassins.
  • Cassiopeia got a hefty win rate improvement in Patch 9.22, up 1% to 53.5%, which is top-five for her role.
  • Ezreal entered the mid lane meta last patch with fairly underwhelming results. While his ranking in the F tier didn’t change, his abysmal win rate went down to 42.6%, which is worst for a mid laner in this patch.
  • For the third-straight patch, Aurelion Sol has the best win rate among mid laners. His win rate actually improved by over 1% and currently sits at 56.9%, albeit with a pick rate under 1.5%.

Next. Patch 9.22 breakdown. dark

Buffed champions


Riot still can’t figure out how to properly balance the Unshackled, electing to buff his base stats and the mana cost to his W – Kingslayer. The result was a 1.3% improvement to his win rate, but only a small improvement in his rating. Sylas remains in our F tier, but maybe he’ll improve in a future patch.

Nerfed champions


Kayle has been a monster in pro play and solo queue, causing Riot to nerf the damage on her Q – Radiant Blast and the mana cost on her W – Celestial Blessing. While she remains in the B+ tier where she had been in the last patch Kayle’s win rate, which was previously top 10 among mids, dropped by over 1% as a result of the Patch 9.22 nerfs.


The nerfs to Malphite‘s R – Unstoppable Force AP ratio was directly targeted at his mid lane presence. His win rate is actually slightly up in Patch 9.22, though his pick rate fell below 1%. He remains in the D tier and I wouldn’t be surprised if he falls to the F tier in the future.


Finally, we have Pantheon, who was unquestionably hurt more by his nerfs than any of the other three. The damage nerfs to his Q – Comet Spear and dash speed nerf on his W – Shield Vault dropped him to C tier from the B+ tier.

Pantheon had a win rate in the top 10 among mid laners, but in Patch 9.22 that dropped out of the top 25. His 1.7% win rate drop is a big reason why he fell two tiers this patch.