- S Tier: Alistar, Brand, Cho’gath, Hecarim, Jhin, Kai’Sa, Kennen, Leona, Lulu, Maokai, Miss Fortune, Ornn, Pyke, Rammus, Senna, Seraphine, Tristana, Veigar, Vel’Koz, Xerath, Yuumi, Ziggs.
- A Tier: Ahri, Akali, Amumu, Anivia, Annie, Ashe, Blitzcrank, Caitlyn, Diana, Dr. Mundo, Ezreal, Fiddlesticks, Gangplank, Gnar, Gagas, Heimerdinger, Illaoi, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Jinx, Kalista, Karma, Kayle, Kog’Maw, Lissandra, Lucian, Lux, Malphite, Malzahar, Nautilus, Neeko, Orianna, Qiyanah, Rakan, Rel, Rumble, Ryze, Samira, Sejuani, Shen, Sion, Sivir, Skarner, Soraka, Syndra, Taric, Thresh, Twisted Fate, Twitch, Urgot, Viktor, Volibear, Zac, Zilean, Zoe, Zyra.
- B Tier: Aatrox, Aphelios, Azir, Bard, Camille, Cassio[eia, Draven, Fizz, Ekko, Elise, Galio, Graves, Irelia, Janna, Kassadin, Kindred, Kled, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Lillia, Mordekaisser, Morgana, Nami, Nausu, Nidalee, Nocturne, Nunu, Okaf, Pantheon, Poppy, Quinn, Renekton, Riven, Shyvana, Sett, Singed, Sona, Swain, Sylas, Tahm Kench, Taliyah, Teemo, Vayne, Vi, Viego, Vladimir, Warwick, ukong, Xayah, Xin Zhao, Yasuo, Zed.
- C Tier: Aurelion Sol, Braum, Corki, Darius, Evelynn, Fiora, Garen, Katarina, Kayn, Kha’Zix, Master Yi, Rek’Sai, Rengar, Shaco, Trundle, Udyr, Yone.
- D Tier: Ivern, Jax, Talon, Tryndamere, Yorick.
League of Legends is one of the most popular games on the planet for a few reasons, with its various game modes and competitive experiences. After a hard day in solo queue or more casual gameplay, the ARAM game mode is an excellent addition. With that said, here is a rundown on an ARAM Tier List to make it easier to know which Champions are good and bad in the one-lane game.
Tier Rankings Explained
S Tier – The best of the best on the game mode
A Tier – Generally quite strong and can do well, may need an extra piece or some conditions to meet before work properly.
B Tier – Clear Strengths on ARAM, with a few more notable weaknesses.
C Tier – Generally weak for ARAM. Only pick these if there are no other better options available.
D Tier – Champions that flat out don’t work in ARAM for whatever reason.
S Tier 11.11
Vel’Koz is one of the strongest poke mages on the ARAM mode. Image via Riot Games.
Due to the power of AOE CC some tanks have, Mao’Kai, Hecarim, and Ornn are incredibly strong. The likes of Mao’kai and Ornn have ults that can almost guarantee hit everyone considering the lane’s size. Furthermore, Ornn can buy items in the lane, making him break one of the game’s fundamental rules. Hecarim joins this list with his incredible dive potential threats and put them in awkward positions. There are no safe points for the backline other than how far they are from the frontline making Hecarim a dangerous threat. With the recent LoL 11.8 patch, Rammus has a dive ability with his ult, making him a great dive ultimate, with an aoe slow on an area that greatly impacts with the width of the only lane.
The Mages 11.11
As you can see, there are several burst AP Mages on this list. The AP bust mages that can poke at incredible ranges are extremely strong on the ARAM mode. This is even past the 15% reduction to abilities hit from 1000 units away. Ziggs, Vel’Koz, and Xerath are the prime examples of the abusers.
Karthus is a wild card on this list because he tends to scale later into ARAM. Karthus builds that grant a lot of ability haste allow him to semi-frequently press his ultimate at level 16. Combine this with the amount of AP he will generate means that he will chunk squishies for half their hp on cooldown with no real way to regenerate either hp outside of base regen or potential life steal and spell vamp.
Teamfight based Mages are also solid on this ARAM Tier List. Veigar has the potential to scale indefinitely, with him having a great single target burst and pick setup with his cage on a thin lane. Kennen is another amazing team fight mage, with the Summoner Spell, Snowball allowing him to easily land on multiple targets with his ultimate to create team fights.
The Botlaners 11.11
The best ADCS on this list are Jhin, Kai’sa, Miss Fortune, Senna, and Tristana. Kai’sa is one of the best champions in the game right now anyway, and her strength on ARAM is still there. The added benefit for ARAM is she can go a full AP build if the team lacks ap, and do huge chunks of damage every few seconds if she lands a W – basically a better Nidalee. On the other hand, Jhin scales incredibly well with attack damage and can chunk down everyone with his fourth shot. Both Tristana and Miss Fortune are best team fighters, with quick movements speed, powerful team fight based ultimates. Finally, Senna has the potential to scale infinitely by collecting souls. It is not unusual to see Senna start auto-attacking towers from outside their range in longer game ARAMs.
Lulu, Seraphine, and Yuumi are the S Tier Enchanters due to the strength of their utility for team fighting. Lulu’s ult is great for those insane team fights that you have no chance of escaping from. On the other hand, Yuumi’s and Serpahine’ ult are kind of like Mao’kai’s and Ornn’s with some huge CC the lane’s size. Plus, the added sustain even through the healing reduction built into ARAM is still rather strong.
Last on the list are tank supports. Not much is different to the support meta in the regular League of Legends Tier List, as Leona and Alistar are two of the best anyway. Leona’s point and click ultimate’s range works well, combined with her dive and damage reduction. Furthermore, Alistar can freely get on opponents with Snowball and knock up key targets, even headbutting the backline to the front line. Combine this with his huge damage reduction ultimate, and Alistar is one of the best tanks on ARAM, period.
The oddball on the list is Pyke. Pyke is one of the best ARAM Champions in the game. His ability to great picks with his ultimate and the lethality Pyke build causes lots of damage on squishies. Following this up with his ultimate resets on kill, it becomes too easy for an ARAM Pyke to get a Penta Kill.
C and D Tier
You may ask why we are jumping from the S Tier to the C and D Tier? Well, that is largely due to the A and B Tier being relatively decent. Some Champions have a few weaknesses they can over, come, like Kayle and Kog’Maw. There are fine Champions that help round out comps in the ARAM Tier List B Tier, like Kled. Going into detail in these sections is not entirely needed considering the number of champions and situations they are helpful.
However, the C Tier and D Tier need some explaining to understand how bad they are D Tier Champions because their kit is straight-up bad, or their role in the game doesn’t work in ARAM. As you can see, the typical fighting split pushers that rely on being up close and personal fail here. Jax and Tryndamere will straight up lose and feed due to getting poked out early. Even then, the champions are split pushers, and you, by default, cant split in ARAM. Yorick is a bit more salvageable because he has some ok CC, but it’s still nothing to shout about.
Consequently, Talon and Kayne are low on the list because of the interactions with the map. Talon has an ability that allows him to jump over walls, which is made irrelevant in ARAM. Kayne’s wall interactions are a little better, but he falls in the same spot as a jungle melee that needs to hit people to get his passive built. Unfortunately, he can’t really get a form without running it down in the early game.
In most cases, the rest of the C and D Tier Champions are either Junglers, with no real way to gank, or Top Laners with terrible gap closing on ARAM. Most of these are a little better in Season 11, with Mythics like Stridebreaker and Snowball combining to give them some extra room to be playable. However, they still pale in comparison to everything else.
What is ARAM?
The aim of the ARAM game mode (All Random All Mid) is to take down the enemy nexus, just like in Summoner’s Rift. However, the twist is that there is only one lane, and the champions you get are completely random, with a reroll pool, and a maximum of two rerolls depending on your reroll generation.
Based on the champion you get, you have to make a decent team comp or pick the most fun and crazy playstyles. From there, it’s about messing around, having some fun, doing some crazy plays, and ultimately aiming to win the game in a light-hearted manner.
All of this is relevant as this feeds directly into the ARAM Tier List. The unique rules of ARAM help to generate gold faster, which means you can’t buy or heal up from the Spawn Fountain unless you have died and respawned. Furthermore, Riot creates ARAM specific buffs and nerfs for almost every champion, with changes coming in every patch. For this reason, this LoL tier list is going to look a little different from our other LoL Tier List.
With all that said, I hope you enjoyed looking at our thoughts on the best ARAM Champions, and the worst… May the ARAM elo be with you.