TFT Tier List: Best TFT Champions for Patch 12.12

TFT Tier List: Best TFT Champions for Patch 12.12

Welcome to our Teamfight Tactics Tier List for Patch 12.12

Hey everyone, welcome back to our weekly champ strength analysis.

Similar to our LoL tier list, our TFT tier list is curated in collaboration with top-level players, such as Ace of Spades and Salvvy. This list is optimized to help you climb.

The first major patch of Set 7 is here, and there are quite a lot of changes. Most of the changes are nerfs to existing overperformers, but overall, the meta hasn’t shifted too much. Some comps are still good, but some new comps are quickly rising to the top.

Looking for info on the upcoming Set 7? Check out our all-in-one Teamfight Tactics Set 7 reveal article that covers all champions, synergies, and more!

TFT Tier List for Patch 12.12

TFT Tier List Patch 12.12

Early Game Tier List

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Braum, Ezreal, Karma, Leona, Gnar, Shen, Thresh
Great (A-tier) Aatrox, Ashe, Heimerdinger, Jinx, Kayn, Lillia, Nidalee, Qiyana, Sejuani, Tahm Kench, Taric, Tristana, Yone
Good (B-tier) Nami, Senna, Sett, Skarner, Twitch, Vladimir

Mid Game Tier List

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Anivia, Braum, Ezreal, Lulu, Gnar, Leona, Olaf, Shen, Swain, Thresh, Volibear
Great (A-tier) Ashe, Diana, Elise, Heimerdinger, Illaoi, Jinx, Karma, Kayn, Lee Sin, Lillia, Nunu, Qiyana, Sejuani, Sylas, Tahm Kench, Taric, Tristana, Varus, Yone
Good (B-tier) Aatrox, Nami, Nidalee, Ryze, Senna, Sett, Skarner, Twitch, Vladimir

Late Game Tier List

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Anivia, Bard, Corki, Hecarim, Idas, Lulu, Neeko, Olaf, Ornn, Pyke, Shyvana, Sona, Soraka, Talon, Xayah, Yasuo, Zoe
Great (A-tier) Ao Shin, Aurelion Sol, Daeja, Diana, Elise, Illaoi, Lee Sin, Nunu, Shi Oh Yu, Swain, Sy’Fen, Sylas, Varus, Volibear
Good (B-tier) Ryze

General Champion Commentary

1-Cost Champions

Karma A to S

Karma is a great unit with strong traits in Jade and Evoker which are both very good traits to transition into the mid game and late game.

Heimerdinger S to A

Heimerdinger was a go to early game unit for Trainer and for magic damage comps. With many of those comps being nerfed, Heimerdinger moves down a tier.

Vladimir A to B

As mentioned, magic damage and mage comps were nerfed a decent bit this patch, so Vladimir is also moving down.

2-Cost Champions

Jinx B to A

This change is mainly due to Corki being a stronger carry this patch.

3-Cost Champions

Anivia B to S
Volibear B to S

Anivia got buffed a nice amount, but Volibear really got buffed also. Along with the nerfs to other comps, Legend comps are broken now.

Sylas S to A

They removed the Mana Reave from Sylas. The nerf to Mage comps also hurt, but Sylas is still useful as a Whispers.

Ryze A to B

Ryze Reroll saw some play, but he’s been nerfed quickly.

4-Cost Champions

Talon A to S

They fixed some of Talon’s damage, and he still is a strong carry along with Xayah.

Daeja S to A

Daeja has some carry potential, but not on par with other carries.

Sy’fen S to A

The same goes for Sy’fen, can potentially carry, but doesn’t quite make the top tier.

Shi Oh Yu S to A

Jade is a very good trait to have and it’s flexible, but we’ve seen Idas be used a bit more than Shi. This may change this patch, but we’ll see.

5-Cost Champions

Aurelion Sol S to A

ASol was nerfed pretty hard. The Mage comp is somewhat dead now, and if even the high roll Mage ASol can’t carry, I doubt regular ASol can carry hard enough.

TFT Tier List Methodology

Our goal is to deliver the most correct tier list we can. When data becomes available, we will add that to our decision making as well.

To ensure accuracy, we work with experts with multiple Queen accounts like Ace of Spades and Saintvicious to scientifically test hypotheses and come to logical conclusions. We will update these as frequently as possible until the meta settles.

We justify our decision making in the notes, so be sure to read that and weigh in. We welcome feedback to figure out what we missed!

Units are valued in the following ways:

  • S-tier = Super powerful and contested champs that everyone wants and forms comps around.
  • A-tier = Champs that fit very well into powerful comps in the meta.
  • B-tier = Champs that are situational but still fit into good comps.
  • Not on the list = Champs that are rarely contested and have better alternatives for their comps or just don’t fit into a strong comp at all.

In the current state of the game, items are a big component of champ strength and champs that work well with them are high value. Right now, we’ll be organizing by unit cost.

This allows you to understand when a champion is valuable and when they start to fall off. This also allows you to understand how you should value your economy with the rolls you are getting. If this doesn’t work out or is too complex, then we will iterate in the future.

We evaluate a specific unit at a specific point in the game assuming it has a reasonable rank for that point and it’s in a comp that works for it.

If a unit usually carries and has good items, it is evaluated in that context since items are so integral to the game.

Please remember that TFT is highly situational so ALL units can be used. Explore and help us figure out the things we may have missed!

To learn about the latest new TFT Set, head to our all-in-one Teamfight Tactics Set 7 reveal page that covers all champions, synergies, and more!