League of Legends

League of Legends Patch 11.6 Top Lane Tier List

Silence, stuns, and other forms of crowd control are favored in top laners.
Silence, stuns, and other forms of crowd control are favored in top laners. / Courtesy of Riot Games.

The top lane tier list for League of Legends Patch 11.6 is here. While many factors, ranging from farming to teamwork, play a role in the efficiency of a champion, we have chosen the ones we believe make a great impact even if they are playing against their counters. Bear in mind, this list is not absolute, and with that disclaimer out of the way let's get into it.

League of Legends Patch 11.6 Top Lane Tier List

S-Tier

  • Cho'Gath
  • Urgot
  • Riven
  • Darius
  • Garen
  • Fiora
  • Camille
  • Ornn
  • Gnar

In no particular order, these top laners usually tend to perform well even against their counters. They have enough crowd control in their kits to assist in team fights, while also being able to deal enough damage to get a kill and turn the fight in their favor.

A-Tier

  • Shen
  • Sett
  • Malphite
  • Poppy
  • Wukong
  • Nocturne
  • Jax
  • Sion
  • Aatrox
  • Tryndamere
  • Singed

These champions may seem like they are all over the place, but they can be separated into a couple of categories. You have tanks like Poppy, Malphite, Jax (and more) who are a pain in the late game if you are in the enemy team. Seriously, it takes a lot to kill these, which makes them great initiators. Nocturne and Wukong can be played almost like assassins that become the nightmare of enemy squishy champions.

B-Tier

  • Nasus
  • Quinn
  • Irelia
  • Viego
  • Kayle
  • Akali
  • Sylas
  • Kennen
  • Yorick

A common trait among these champions is that they have to snowball in order to be efficient. Nasus has to get his stacks, Irelia has to get her items fast, these are all champions that fare better in the late game than in the early phases of the match.

C-Tier

  • Jayce
  • Renketon
  • Rumble
  • Dr. Mundo
  • Zac
  • Gangplank

With the upcoming nerfs to Renekton, he has a spot in this tier as do the others. Unlike higher tiers, it is more difficult for these champions to play around their counters (albeit not impossible) and they all have limited mobility. Ganks from mobile junglers can affect them in the early phases of a match, so taking this into consideration, they ended up in this tier.

D-Tier

  • Tahm Kench
  • Ryze
  • Warwick

These champions can poke early game, which is different than most other champions in this entire list who tend to have an awkward laning phase but compensate later on when their core items are built. And while Tahm Kench can hit from a distance, and Ryze can deal quite a lot of damage, it is not enough to be a vanguard during team fights. Warwick has a playstyle that favors him focusing on one champion; not five.