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A lot is happening in the top lane meta right now!

The Top Lane Tier List for Patch 12.9!


You want to get better at League of Legends? You’ve read our guides and still aren’t getting better? Well then, you’re probably playing the wrong champions. But don’t worry we’ve got something for you right here. The tier list series right here on Riftfeed in which we look at the best champions of every Patch. Today we’re looking at the LoL Patch 12.9.

LoL patch 12.03 brought a lot of changes to the Toplane, giving a big distinction between fighters bruisers and juggernauts. It's a while so now we've got a pretty clear idea of how this has impacted the meta.

Top Lane Tier List - S-Tier Toplane Picks of LoL Patch 12.9?

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.9: No. 3 – Riven

Battle Bunny Prime Riven
Not as good as the original Battle Bunny skin, but still pretty great. | © Riot Games

Riven is notorious for being one of the hardest Toplaners in the game. Played by pro's like BoxBox and Viper, Riven is really strong in the hands of a one trick. For a while Riven has had a really positive winrate but it's never been enough to offset how difficult she is to play. But this week we're pretty sure that, she's strong enough that with a basic understanding of her kit anyone can make her work.

Definitely test her out in normals a few times, partly because she has unique mechanics and a really complex build path. But once you've got a few games under your belt she should be a solid pick for gaining LP in solo queue.

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.9: No. 2 - Kayle

Solar Eclipse Kayle
They call her the Suneater. | © Riot Games

Kayle hasn't seen a lot of play for a while. She's a hyperscaling toplaner in a meta of fighters and bruisers so she never had a strong enough lane to scale. However recently Kayle has been seeing play due to some good matchups being popular top lane. Contrary to how she was played since her rework, Kayle in her current state is playing for level 11. As level 11 and Riftmaker + Nashors has been enough to let her carry fights. From there she is able to snowball into her level 16 spike where she really turns on.

Kayle isn't super mechanically challenging but she requires discipline. With a bit of practice and some patience, Kayle will become a consistent threat in the hands of a good player. If you're a fan of the righteous angel gone rogue archetype, then this patch is a great time to try and play some Kayle.

  • Did you catch our guide for Renata?

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.9: No. 1 – Quinn

Warden Quinn
Valor to me! | © Riot Games

Toplane hasn't been changed very much this patch because they did a big item overhaul in 12.03 so Riot is giving the meta a chance to settle. However it is very clear that Quinn is extremely strong in the meta right now. This is because she wasn't affected by the Teleport nerfs, and she has maintained her agency and control over the game when other Toplaner's lost it.

The hardest thing about playing Quinn is mastering her macro. Most Toplane matchups are about mechanically outplaying your opponents and building a lead, and while Quinn isn't mechanically easy, it's much more important to use her Ultimate to your advantage have good macro. A good Quinn player can tear the map apart and end the game single handedly without getting a single kill. It's just incredibly hard...

Make sure to pick her up this patch, as she is sporting a 53.65% winrate right now!

Top Tier List in LoL Patch 12.9: The Other Top Lane Champions

While the S-Tier Top Laners tend to be the best, there are still a lot of really good picks in case these champions aren't available. Let's also take a look at some of the bottom tier champions, which you should take a note of and avoid!

Top Lane Tier list 12.9
Not a lot of changes this patch, but expect big waves next patch!

The A-Tier Top Picks of 12.9:

If you're not a fan of the S-tier picks or they are banned, this is where to look. The A-tier champs are good, but don't warrant nerfs so they usually are about the same.

  • Riven - Win Rate: 52.91%, Pick Rate: 4.6%
  • Garen - Win Rate: 51.56%, Pick Rate: 6.84%
  • Aatrox - Win Rate: 50.05%, Pick Rate: 5.54%
  • Yorick - Win Rate: 51.05%, Pick Rate: 2.87%

Top Lane is in a pretty ruthless spot right now, only a select few champions are truly 'viable' due to several patches of neglect in the Toplane. This means the Toplane meta has been kind of stale recently, because Quinn, Shen and Singed have been able to dominate freely along with champions like Riven and Garen.

The D-Tier Top Picks of 12.9:

If you care about you're rank, you would be wise to stay away from these champions in their current state. While they aren't all necessarily unviable, they are too difficult to make work and take way too many games to learn. You will be better off picking almost any other Toplaner right now.

  • Irelia - Win Rate: 49.02%, Pick Rate: 5.67%
  • Kennen - Win Rate: 48.74%, Pick Rate: 4.89% 
  • Renekton - Win Rate: 47.05%, Pick Rate: 1.43%
  • Rumble - Win Rate: 48.2%, Pick Rate: 1.3%

Gwen hasn't been fairing very well recently as far as winrate, and yet her pickrate and presence in high elo is going up. Because of the durability update in 12.10 it's a good idea to start learning Gwen, as high DPS true damage champions are going to be strong for sure next patch. This means champions like Fiora and Gwen are going up in priority, so make sure to start picking her up now!