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The Top Lane Tier List for Patch 12.14!

Snow Moon Illaoi Splash Art
Even though her skins are few, all of them are great. | © Riot Games

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 12.14.

LoL patch 12.14 didn't bring a ton of changes to toplane, but there's still 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 12.14?

Top lane has quite a bit of variety so we'll be talking about the best Champions to play in top lane among the 40 champions that are viable there!

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.14: No. 3 - Shen

Pulsefire Shen
Easily one of my favorite skinlines. | © Riot Games

It's a little bit of a mystery as to why Shen is top tier right now. He didn't receive any buffs and neither did his items, he snuck into the 1st spot pretty quietly. Shen will always be strong due to his global ultimate and his ability to function without gold or resources. The most likely reason for Shen's strength is how safe and consistent he is. Toplane is a lane that's all about counter matchups and punishing mistakes, it's the least friendly to new players. Because of this matchup dependent lane, Toplane doesn't have 'blind safe' or champions that can win lane without having counter pick. The last blind safe champion was Gragas because of his extreme sustain. He has since been nerfed and Toplane has been lacking a champion that is blind pickable since. That's where Shen comes in, while he's not quite blind pickable since he has a few bad matchups, he's safe enough and he has enough utility that no matter his items or his matchup he's going to be impactful and help his team.

Shen also has a good damage split and works well in any team comp so you don't even have to worry what your own team is going to be. All of these things combined make Shen the most solid pick toplane right now. So if you find yourself autofilled Toplane, Shen should be your go to right now.

Additionally, Shen has one of the strongest Level 2 spikes in the game, so you can look to cheese your opponent with the E-Q combo and try for an early kill, this can lead to Shen having an advantage in lane. Zac has been played in jungle almost entirely since his release, maybe finding himself in support occasionally. However recently a top Zac playstyle has surfaced that has proved extremely effective in current meta. Able to choose between a high damage AP build or a durable tanky build, Zac actually has quite a bit of versatility. 

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.14: No. 2 - Olaf

Sentinel Olaf
Does anyone know why Riot made Olaf a sentinel? | © Riot Games

After receiving his mid-scope update recently, Olaf has been absolutely dominating in the top lane, able to go toe to toe with the other meta bruisers and fighters. However, with how strong Olaf is in extended fights, he is becoming one of the best champions in the game, being able to run teamfight's over single-handedly if he plays right. 

Olaf's changes make him especially good in toplane because he's got really strong dueling now at level 6 because most champions struggle to kite him or escape, and no champion can straight up fight him to the death. Be aware his ultimate runs out really quickly now so you have to be playing pretty carefully as Olaf if you want to manage your ultimate properly. But when done right, he is much more rewarding than before his update!

  • Did you catch our guide for Nilah?

Best Top Laner in LoL Patch 12.14: No. 1 – Zac

Battlecast Zac
Who doesn't love Lava Zac? | © Riot Games

Zac has been played in jungle almost entirely since his release, maybe finding himself in support occasionally. However recently a top Zac playstyle has surfaced that has proved extremely effective in current meta. Able to choose between a high damage AP build or a durable tanky build, Zac actually has quite a bit of versatility.

It's pretty weird to think about a champion like Zac building AP. But his scalings are so shockingly high that when he does build AP his damage goes absolutely Nuclear. So when you find yourself against a lot of squishy immobile opponents, consider giving AP Zac a try and see how you like it. To make the build work you want to take First Strike for your Keystone and then either Riftmaker or Night Harvester for your mythic. From there you can just build regular AP items, try to prioritize items that give either HP or resistances like Demonic Embrace or Zhonya's Hourglass. You won't need a lot of AP or pen to one shot foes, so you can spec into some more survivability if you'd like.

As for Zac's tanky playstyle, it revolves around the interactions between Sunfire Aegis and Demonic Embrace. Once Zac has both of these items he will do a really solid amount of damage while still being a strong frontliner for his team. The thing that sets Zac apart from other tank champions, is his absolutely ridiculous engage range. Zac's E allows him to gain access to backline champions unlike any other champion. So make sure to keep an eye on the enemy champions in champ select so you can see who your possible victims are.

Top Lane Tier List in LoL Patch 12.14: 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!

Toplane Tier list 12.13
A lot of champs are really strong right now! | © Riot Games

The A-Tier Top Picks of 12.14:

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 are usually about the same.

  • Mordekaiser- Win Rate: 51.20%, Pick Rate: 6.47%
  • Tahm Kench- Win Rate: 53.96%, Pick Rate: 3.20%
  • Garen- Win Rate: 51.10%, Pick Rate: 7.73%
  • Singed - Win Rate: 53.76%, Pick Rate: 2.50%
  • Poppy - Win Rate: 52.20%, Pick Rate: 1.02%

Top Lane is dominated by bruisers and champions that love longer fights. Aside from that, tanks are always an option and will always be helpful in any team comp. But generally stick with bruisers. 

The F-Tier Top Picks of 12.14:

If you want to win, just stay away from these champions, basically no point in playing them unless you're a one trick. 

  • Volibear- Win Rate: 48.94%, Pick Rate: 4.05%
  • Jayce - Win Rate: 47.66%, Pick Rate: 1.64%
  • Kennen - Win Rate: 47.36%, Pick Rate: 2.05%

Kennen is in some desperate need of attention from Riot. He's an amazingly well designed champion who fits a niche role in the toplane, but he's just not above water in the current meta. With a little bit of love he'll definitely find his place though, let's hop Riot's thinking of something!