Before I start, I just wanted to say I messed up in my post in the captain tier list forum as I don’t really have as much experience with captain as with carry so I’ll just make an accurate list for carry instead of contributing to the captain one as I have much more say in this aspect.
Take note that is mostly for SOLOQ(Do I really have to put in capital letters)
4. Malene/Samuel(The only reason for this is because he is better as a jungler atm)
5. Lyra CP(IT can work really well, trust me. I just played Lyra CP last night and she was insane, not the AC build but the Burst build. Works really well in soloq)
Tier 2(Removed entirely)
VERY IMPORTANT: Malene remains dominant in pro play mainly because they are skilled and the players know how to pilot her to her full potential. However in mid tier soloq, players aren’t very skilled, meaning that this nerf will affect them very much. This means that Varya, Skaarf, Celeste or Samuel will be better for soloq instead of Malene. This doesn’t apply if you are a skilled Malene player.
VERY IMPORTANT 2: I used vg.pro to help me decide the positions and Celeste currently sits at the top of all mid laners if you don’t count Malene who is only at the very top because of her insane ban rate.
VERY IMPORTANT 3: I referred to excoundrel’s video and tweaked it slightly
Celeste has once more become the queen of mid lane(SOLOQ) after the nerfs to fellow god-tier mid laners last patch, namely Malene and Samuel.
Malene’s already lower damage potential compared to other mid laners was further lowered, and her ultimate cooldown has been raised again, making her much weaker in the early game and much easier to shut down. However she is still very dominant in pro play due to her kit and useful CC she provides.
Samuel’s empowered damage took another hit this update, and in the early-mid game suffer much more because of it. His late game is still substantial, but it can’t really compete as well against Varya and Skaarf who are in the God Tier along with Celeste. Because of this, he fares well better as a jungler rather than in mid for Celeste, Skaarf, Varya and Malene feel more at home there compared to samuel.
Varya’s damage is insane, especially in the late game, and the nerf to Malene and Samuel makes it easier for her to trade against them, as she had difficulty laning against them in the early game especially.
Skaarf’s poke and ultimate provide insane damage at any stage of the game, making him very consistent. He also fares well against celeste, making him a good counter pick. His AOE damage however isn’t the best if you compare it to Celeste, Samuel and Varya(Malene naturally has less damage so we don’t count her in)
However in pro play, Malene and Samuel remain dominant, and Skaarf isn’t very popular in pro play either. The Tier list in pro play will look more like…
The top 3 can be switched depending on what region and pro player you talk to but those are still the top picks in pro play despite the nerfs.
What do you guys think? You can provide constructive criticism about the accuracy of this list and I may edit it depending on what other higher tier soloq players think as I only managed Tier 6 gold last season(embarrassed face) but I watch a lot of pro play so I still have a good idea on who is meta and who isn’t.
The Tier 1 picks except Malene and Samuel are more of niche picks though it is still possible to play them.