We take a look at the League of Legends top lane meta in Patch 10.3.
The changes to top lane were relatively light in Patch 10.3, with champions in the role that received buffs or nerfs mainly being targetted due to their power in other roles. While top laners are stifling screams as they deal with the menace that is Soraka top lane, we give a look at what League of Legends champions are the strongest in the role.
Top Lane Tier List
S tier: Sett, Soraka (*), Darius
A+ tier: Mordekaiser, Ornn, Kled (⇒)
A tier: Fiora, Camille, Singed (⇑), Jax, Shen (⇒), Vladimir (⇑⇒)
B tier: Tryndamere (⇐), Renekton, Malphite, Garen, Teemo, Kayle, Riven, Illaoi (⇑), Yasuo (⇑), Quinn, Aatrox (⇑), Gangplank, Irelia (⇑), Kennen (⇑), Rengar (⇑), Pantheon (⇑⇒), Maokai (⇑⇒)
C tier: Urgot, Nasus, Poppy, Gnar, Cassiopeia, Cho’Gath, Rumble, Dr. Mundo (⇑), Yorick (⇓), Volibear (⇑), Vayne (⇑), Ryze (⇑), Lucian (⇑), Heimerdinger (⇑⇒)
D tier: Sion (⇐), Sylas, Jayce, Sona (*), Akali (⇓), Olaf
F tier: Nocturne (*), Wukong (*), Hecarim (*), Karma (*)
- * = 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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- Well folks, our greatest fears have come true. Soraka has not only joined the top lane tier list, she’s S tier ahead of everyone except the overpowered Boss, Sett. With the second-highest win rate in the role (54.3%), Soraka is dominating more than any other top laner other than…Sona. Who has a 60% win rate as a top laner.
- Other notable top laners in terms of win rate are Urgot and Singed, but Darius has the highest win rate for a champion with over 5% pick rate (other than Soraka). On the other side, just like in the mid lane, Akali has the lowest win rate followed by Irelia and Ryze.
- The biggest boost in our rankings from the last patch (Soraka doesn’t count, she just got here) is for Volibear, who went from the D to mid-C tier in Patch 10.3. Other champions who got significant boosts are Dr. Mundo, Rengar, and Yasuo.
- The biggest drop in our ranking in Patch 10.3 is, unsurprisingly, Akali. Just like in the mid lane, the nerfs from this patch absolutely crushed Akali and she is currently floundering in the low-D tier despite the hotfix that came in.
Lowest win rate in top lane, rated in the low-D tier, and she needed a hotfix right after the patch came out. Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?
The nerfs to his Scrap Shield were aimed at his strength as a flex pick between mid and top, but Rumble hasn’t exactly been a power pick in the top lane. His rating in our tier list remained the same from last patch, but his win rate fell significantly in Patch 10.3, by over 1.5%.
No one was surprised to see the Boss get taken down a peg, with nerfs to his base health regen and Haymaker (both the cooldown and the damage). Sett remains the strongest top laner in Patch 10.3, with one of the highest pick rates in the role in Plat and above. Don’t be surprised to see him back in this section in a future patch.
I hate that I have to even bring up that Sona got nerfed in this patch, but those Song of Celerity movement speed nerfs probably kept the best top laner by win rate from being even higher than D tier in her first foray into our ranking.
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.