Bruiser Tier List

Bruisers: 1) Udyr, 2) Yorick, 3) Lee Sin, 4) Gangplank, 5) Shen, 6) Olaf, 7) Riven, 8) Galio, 9) Jax, 10) Warwick, 11) Irelia, 12) Fizz, 13) Singed, 14) Nidalee, 15) Cho'Gath, 16) Shyvana, 17) Wukong, 18) Malphite, 19) Skarner, 20) Trundle, 21) Talon, 22) Nasus, 23) Nocturne, 24) Nautilus , 25) Dr. Mundo, 26) Jarvan IV, 27) Tryndamere, 28) Renekton, 29) Pantheon, 30) Poppy, 31) Blitzcrank, 32) Volibear, 33) Garen

The definition of a bruiser:

- Often a tanky champion who can absorb a lot of punishment but also dish out a lot of damage.

- A champion with high survivability who's also a melee champion. (Nidalee is the exception as she's hybrid)

- Bruisers often solo top as they have high survivability and top lane is the easiest lane to die in. These champions can also be played middle lane or even sent to 2 v 1 bot when running different strategies but predominantly they will be top lane.

- Champions like Wukong, Talon and a few others can be played mid lane and completely counter a lot of enemy AP carries. Bruisers can be played mid from time to time and should be considered when looking at the bruiser tier list.

Don't see a champion listed in the tier list who you consider a good competitive bruiser? It's probably because I don't and other competitive teams don't value them as competitive picks. Want to raise an argument for why a certain champion should be considered for the competitive list just post below and let me know why in a constructive way!

"No one, not even pros, can presume to know everything. Whether they promote or discourage a character is subject to debate at all times. These debates are encouraged in a respectful manner as we're trying to create the best tier lists possible for your enjoyment." Stonewall - Elementz

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  • #32 Lyrannikin

    Nocturne is  a horrible top lane most bruiser destroy him he pushes the lane and easily runs out of mana if he wants to win a lane and his ultimate is a complete waste during the lane phase compared to how great nocturne is as a jungler you can't really justify laning him top

    Renekton is beaten by many laners who actually know how to play against him if you simply build armor in the lane phase he can't  burst you down or harass you low and he drops of late game compared to other bruisers unless fed renekton has no presense in the game.

     

  • #22 pagan4life

    I dunno about a list like this. It's hard to say GP is so much higher than poppy, yet poppy can completely ruin GP in lane and then go on to selectively assassinate anyone she wants from that point on.

     

    Of course, some of those above poppy definately out-do her in lane.

  • #21 cyberrico

    People get so emotional over these lists.  If that's the case, let's clear some things up so we know where this list is coming from.  Is this list based on what Elementz considers in order the top bruisers rated purely based on their general performance as a solo top in the laning phase only at only 2400+.  Because if it takes into consideration the viability of these champions for normal human players (the other 37 million of us) based on their mid and late game as well?

    Do you see where I'm going with this?  Because if it's not based on the absolute top top top tier of play and represents my low level of play as well, GP is a friggin stud top early, mid and late game.  The other 12 of you who have mastered the zen art of countering him with everyone on that list should probably crack open a beer and enjoy Earth Day.

    Besides, this list isn't for you top guys.  It's for people like me who are learning top lane and are trying to figure out what some good champion choices are. 

  • #20 viappio

    Renekton top 3 imho.. awesome early damage with easy lvl 6 tower dive, and late game isn't that bad, plus selfhealing and no mana.. with a gap closer and a mini stun. Just watch the wickd stream..

  • #19 FozzPlaysTrundle

    i feel your underrating plenty of champs (mainly trundle) and overrated some other (GP definately), hopefully with updates things will look better

  • #17 inkyes

    No Rumble?

  • #18 EchoOfNoise

    Quote from inkyes »

    No Rumble?

    right now there seems to be no ap tops yet since there is no vlad, rumble, or akali. but there does seem to be galio so im confused

    Last edited by EchoOfNoise: 4/21/2012 6:57:42 PM
  • #16 paintballreturns

    Glad to see Jax getting his recognition top lane. But i disagree with no teemo, as he DOES get tanky with Mallet and such, same with vlad, who is a bruiser by definition, just AP bruiser.

  • #14 TheBirdOfPreyRoG

    Note: All of these are the first iteration of this new format, as things settle down he will go into a deeper analysis of each list of hwy champ X is or isnt placed higher or lower then Y etc.

  • #13 Caliax

    Please give us reasons as to why a champion is #1,2,3 etc.  I understand this is draft so the list will be a bit strange if applied to solo queue.  But Fizz?  Jax?  These two are rather situational top lanes don't you think?  I've rarely - if ever - seen these champs top.  I've never seen Nocturne top.  Elementz, we enjoyed your old tier lists for your explanations.  Please keep that up.  I know it's a ton of work for you but it's rather pointless to have a list without explanations.  Especially when there aren't any champs that are blatantly OP.  In other tier lists, for example the Brawl tier list there really isn't much debate that Meta Knight is number 1 because he's blatantly OP.  But in league, it's debatable who the best champ at each role is.

  • #12 contagioned

    Shen at 5 and Olaf at 6 are the ones I disagree with today (and Renekton). I'll be back tomorrow again.

    Last edited by contagioned: 4/21/2012 4:29:21 PM
  • #11 Avaelon

    Elementz, I don't know if you're reading comments right now, but I hope you read this one.  I am not a troll, I'm not making blank threats to stop reading your lists or calling you an idiot, but I do feel like the lists (in the form you are currently making them) are next to useless.

    I've been reading your tier lists a long time.  I get what they are and what they aren't.  I understand the purpose of the lists - as you've said many times, they are an amalgamation of how powerful the champion is in its given role, and how desirably the champion is to team comps in the current meta - a wonderful example being Xerath's placement on the tier list, since while he is very very powerful and has a strong presence in lane and out, he does not fit into most of the team comps pro's are running.  Can you see Alex Ich supporting invasions with Xerath?  Not going to happen.

    With that said, I feel that currently, they are just a list of names.  What was valuable about your tier lists in the past was not what RANKING the champion was actually at, or in what tier - no one who didn't want bragging rights really cared about what tier their favorite champion was in.  What people wanted to know was your opinion on WHY.  Some of the people below me sum it up well - I do not see how Yorrick or GP top could possibly be desirable than Olaf or shen in the current meta, but you seem to think they are?  Why?  The tier list is supposed to show us who you believe to be the more valuable, desirable, and useful picks in that situation, but without an explanation, that information is useless as the lay player has no idea in what situations (comp wise) that holds true.

    I understand that the videos you put together previously took quite a bit of effort, and it took more effort besides that to put your thoughts in a row to justify why you feel champions fall where they do, but without it, I am getting nothing out of this list except a vague sense of dissatisfaction and confusion.

    I'm sorry, but I feel you missed the mark here, Elementz.  I will be back to see the rest of the tier lists and the watch their updates, and hope to be impressed.

  • #15 Yaamahri

    As far as Yorick goes, he's widely considered the king of solo top because he has more inherent tankiness than any other solo top. More sustain because of Omen of Famine. Hits like a truck and can make your carry a hyper carry. He's also really difficult to lane against. His only downfall is it requires a team who knows what they are doing to synergize with him.

  • #9 Greenmoloch

    If this list really just compares the power of these champs as top lane picks, why the hell would you place Nocturne and Fizz higher than Renekton, Jarvan, Tryndamere and several others in the list....

    Last edited by Greenmoloch: 4/21/2012 3:48:15 PM
  • #8 Arruke

    Could you explain your reasoning behind putting GP, irelia, and singed so high in the list as compared to Poppy, Renekton and Volibear? In my experience at least, GP gets shut down by tons of people top lane and he counters next to no one. Irelia is in a pretty bad spot since her sustain nerfs on top of her collective nerfs which is agreed upon almost universally as the reason to her decline in popularity and effectiveness vs other bruisers. Singed also doesn't make a lot of sense because of his bad early game and insecurity in lane pre 6. Renekton seems to be better than 90% of the common top lane picks, just look at wickd. I also don't see how WW is in a lower spot than GP or Shen either, he dominates top lane vs pretty much everyone. I understand this is your opinion, which I have nothing against I'd just like some extra insight into why you put certain champions into the positions you did. Also, as a Poppy and Renekton main and top lane as my main role, I can deal with them being so low so people underestimate me and pick GP/Olaf/Shen to try to beat me ^_^

  • #10 DarkSoulRC

    Quote from Arruke »

    Could you explain your reasoning behind putting GP, irelia, and singed so high in the list as compared to Poppy, Renekton and Volibear? In my experience at least, GP gets shut down by tons of people top lane and he counters next to no one. Irelia is in a pretty bad spot since her sustain nerfs on top of her collective nerfs which is agreed upon almost universally as the reason to her decline in popularity and effectiveness vs other bruisers. Singed also doesn't make a lot of sense because of his bad early game and insecurity in lane pre 6. Renekton seems to be better than 90% of the common top lane picks, just look at wickd. I also don't see how WW is in a lower spot than GP or Shen either, he dominates top lane vs pretty much everyone. I understand this is your opinion, which I have nothing against I'd just like some extra insight into why you put certain champions into the positions you did. Also, as a Poppy and Renekton main and top lane as my main role, I can deal with them being so low so people underestimate me and pick GP/Olaf/Shen to try to beat me ^_^

    I agree with this! Renekton and Tryndamere are very good top laners. Poppy is all skill based, but if played well, is one of the best in game. A good Poppy is unstoppable. She will make every team fight 5v4 or 5v3 in seconds. But, like I said, she is extremely skill based.

  • #7 TheMagicStik

    I think I'm going to stop looking at your Tier lists now, you put GP at #4 and Galio is NOT a bruiser. Olaf, Lee Sin, and Shen should be top 3 then Udyr, Yorick, Riven. Honestly this is a very poor list.

  • #6 iargue

    Please defend your placement of Gangplank at such a high rating.

    There are few circumstances were I would ever choose GP (And neither would the pro's. Look at his win rate at ipl. Hes better in the jungle then the top lane now).

    Hes been nerfed over and over and over again. They keep nerfing his q to the point where using it is just a waste. It doesn't give enough gold to merit its mana cost at low levels (You can use it probably 5-6 times, for 4 extra gold a shot), and its harrass without crit chance is not even close to enough damage to merit using. Thus he loses the only advantage her had against melees in a fight. Shen, olaf, and riven can all walk over him because he simply cant keep his mana up in the lane long enough to be efficent.

  • #5 SovietRed

    hey Elementz what about urgot? Is he not also a bruiser as well?

  • #4 Niceguydan8

    I would like some feedback on why you are putting these champions where you are putting them.  I do think this list is better than the AP list (Swain -_-) but your justifications would help me understand why you are putting champions in the place you put them.

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