League of Legends Patch 10.1 tier list: Sound the Ornn Horn

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We take a look at the League of Legends top lane meta in Patch 10.1.

We close out our review of Patch 10.1 tier lists by looking to the top lane. Here are the best and worst League of Legends champions out there for players looking to climb from the top lane.

Top lane tier list

S tier: Darius, Mordekasier, Ornn (⇑⇒)
A+ tier: Fiora
A tier: Camille (⇐), Kled (⇐), Kayle, Jax, Malphite, Quinn (⇒), Teemo (⇒), Renekton (⇒)
B tier:  Vladimir (⇐), Shen, Garen (⇓), Singed, Riven, Yasuo, Tryndamere, Kennen (⇑), Akali (⇑), Yorick, Gangplank, Irelia (⇑), Aatrox, Nasus, Rengar, Illaoi
C tier: Maokai (⇐), Olaf, Rumble, Ryze, Cho’Gath, Urgot (⇓), Gnar (⇑), Pantheon (⇓), Dr. Mundo, Lucian (⇑), Sion (⇑), Vayne (⇑), Jayce (⇑⇒)
D tier: Cassiopeia (⇐), Volibear (⇐)
F tier: Diana (⇐⇓), Heimerdinger (⇓), Sylas



  • * = new to the tier list this patch
  • ⇑ = improved (rated at least one tier higher than the previous patch)
  • ⇓ = declined (rated at least one tier lower than the previous patch)
  • ⇐ = borderline-up (within 10% of being in the next-higher tier)
  • ⇒ = borderline-down (within 10% of being in the next-lower tier)


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  • The ten best top laners remained pretty consistent throughout the preseason and that hasn’t changed in Patch 10.1. It remains a diverse mix of brusiers, juggernauts, fighters, and some tanks.
  • The champ with the biggest improvement in this patch is Gnar, who rose into the mid-C tier. He’s also sitting at a pretty decent win rate of 50.5% this patch. The last time he ranked this high on our tier list was Patch 9.14.
  • On the other side, Heimerdinger took the biggest hit in our top lane tier list in Patch 10.1 following those recent nerfs in Patch 9.24b. His win rate is down to 47.9% but before the nerfs he had over a 50.8% win rate.
  • Speaking of win rates, Singed is the winningest top laner with a 54.1% win rate on a 1.9% pick rate. The highest-rated top laner with a pick rate over 5% is Ornn, who has an 11.9% pick rate and 52.4% win rate.
  • On the other hand, Ryze top has the lowest overall win rate (46.1%) and Aatrox has the lowest win rate (47.4%) for top laners with a significant pick percent (13% pick rate).

Buffed Champions


Jayce got a little love to the base damage on his Q – Shock Blast that helped him out of the D tier. He’s only in the low-C tier in Patch 10.1 and his win rate is a paltry 48.5%. However, that is up over 1% from his win rate in the last patch.


Sylas got both buffs and nerfs in Patch 10.1, but the overall result was that he remains in the F tier. It should be noted that his ranking did rise slightly and his win rate (47.2%) is up almost 2% from where it was last patch (45.5%).

Nerfed Champions


League of Legends players have been waiting for the day that the Iron Revenant would get the nerfs he’s so badly needed and they came in Patch 10.1, but they may not have been enough to topple the top lane king. The nerfs to his Passive – Darkness Rise, unfortunately, left him still in the S tier. The good news, though, is that his win rate cratered to  49.1% (the first time it’s dipped below 50% in five patches) so he does appear to be weaker.

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Methodology: These rankings were determined by finding the average standardized score of a champion from nine different tier lists from sites around the internet. This is done by assigning a certain weight to each different score, rank, or grade given by these sites (for instance, both a “Diamond” rating and “A” grade would be worth a 90 score). The standardized score is then determined by looking at the average score given to all champions in every role by that site as well as the standard deviation of scores given (so that sites that give out more high grades will not have their As be worth the same as a site that gives out very few high grades).

The full, underlying data can be found here. This link also includes the full listing of how the scores are assigned. Champions must be rated by at least half of the sites audited in order to qualify for our tier list.