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Jarvan IV moved up to tier 2 - I believe I had him too low for what he's capable of. He's still a pretty damn good top lane that I underestimated a bit since his nerfs.
Galio moved down to tier 2 -I think some other's are starting to out shine him so I am moving him down to let some others take their place in front of him.
Yorick moved up to tier 1 - You know there was that argument that Yorick can be countered by Trundle (heal passive) and Nasus (free farm with Q) in lane but even then who even picks that stuff in competitive play top lane anymore? And even then how much does it really counter him? I think personally Yorick would still dominate Nasus early laning phase and combined with a gank he could destroy a Nasus. I only see the one true counter to him top which is Trundle because he literally gives him health on every ability making him the ultimate counter to Yorick but EVEN THEN there's a time and a place for a Trundle pick and who says it's always going to be the right match up and who says Yorick won't simply 2v1 you bot lane? I think he's overall still very strong and even with these counters he still crushes almost every lane. I believe him to be tier 1 worthy and I should of never moved him out of tier 1.
Wukong moved up in tier 2 - Monkeys been impressing me in tournament play with what he can do top lane. He's also a counter to a lot of AP's top most noticeably the ever popular Vlad pick, and when fed he dishes out oh so much damage. I feel good in moving him up as a competitive pick.
Gangplank moved down to tier 3 - He's not even on the radar anymore it seems.. No competitive top laner wants him. I've talked to lots of top laners and they all say he's been too nerfed, too weak and granted I am not a top lane playing player when I have seen GP's in solo queue they just seem to be out done by the other current stronger top lanes. I'll have to check more into this but the general consensus of the pro scene right now from the information I've got is that he's not so good anymore. I do however think he's not as bad as people say he is so I am only moving him down to tier 3.
Nidalee moved down in tier 2 - Moving champs around so the tier list looks better is all. I feel she needs to be moved down a bit.
Malphite moved up to tier 1 - Even though I've been very biased vs Malphite in the past I cannot deny his power top lane. He's so incredibly good top lane and I think a lot of pro's just starting realizing this as well. He's been getting more and more popular recently in the competitive scene and it's for good reason. He just completely counter's any AD damage on the enemy team. His E spell combined with Frozen Heart he can almost completely stop the auto attacks from enemy AD champions which is something that was overlooked for a long time in the competitive scene. That along with his quite strong laning phase due to his Q spam, passive shield, and movement speed buff when he Q's something it makes him hard to gank as well. I think tier 1 suits him quite nicely. It seems I had him completely pegged wrong.
Jax moved up in tier 1 - Make it to late game and Jax OP. Not the mention his early and mid are also quite strong. A fed Jax is OP and there's ways of making sure that happens like camping top lane, and letting Jax free farm. It's really that simple.
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!
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