Dominion Tier List - Jayce Era

Note:
This tier list is based off of our (Elalya & Talith PA) experiences in the Dominion competitive scene. It is purely our opinion based on our perception of two factors: the actual strength of a champion, and how valuable of a pick they are.

Please remember that a strong team composition may not consist solely of top tier champions - it is important to balance factors such as damage type and to fill all necessary roles.

Compositions are more flexible on Dominion--here are a couple of things to factor while putting together a team.

  • What is the ultimate goal of the comp?
  • What do your picks counter? Which of their picks counter yours?
  • What individual hero synergy is there on your team? Are there any skills which interfere with each other? (Think Gragas and Janna.)


Note 2:
If you’re wondering about why a champion is placed here, check the first post and there’s a comprehensive (it may become outdated in time, in which case I will rewrite summaries for each champion) listing on each placement. Alternatively, just feel free to ask below.

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Tier 1  --  Kassadin, Urgot, Rammus, Yorick, Darius, Malphite,  Poppy, Lulu, Wukong, Pantheon, Jax, Jayce
Tier 2  -- Cassiopeia, Nunu, Sona, Warwick, Janna, Jarvan IV, Riven, Irelia, Malzahar,Teemo, Amumu, Ezreal, Nidalee, Kog’Maw, Rumble, Gragas
Tier 3  --  Udyr, Maokai, Blitzcrank, Evelynn, Alistar, Leona, Dr. Mundo, Swain, Varus, Skarner, Volibear, Twisted Fate, Renekton, Gangplank, Ryze, Kayle, LeBlanc, Shyvana, Shen, Karma, Annie, Lux, Olaf, Trundle, Vayne, Fizz, Graves, Talon, Xerath, Ahri, Zilean,  Heimerdinger, Tryndamere,  Nocturne, Lee Sin, Corki
Tier 4  -- Morgana, Singed, Xin Zhao, Soraka, Master Yi, Fiora, Brand, Karthus, Caitlyn, Ashe, Hecarim, Garen, Nasus,  Sivir, Galio, Fiddlesticks, Twitch, Nautilus, Ziggs, Tristana, Taric, Anivia, Cho’Gath, Akali, Kennen, Sion, Shaco, Draven, Katarina, Viktor, Vladimir, Veigar, Sejuani, Miss Fortune, Mordekaiser, Orianna
               
Stay Positive Tier* -- Zilean (POOTERSS)

HUEHUE Tier -- What’s that, arch-rivals? You lost in the Ro16--twice in a row? AHAHA.

Hard to Place on a Team: Zimike - We dislike our own captain so much that we sent him to sub for the enemy team.


Unplaced**: We’ve seen enough Jayce to know that he is an absolute monster.

*I just want to leave a special place for the POOTERSS meta, a strategy in which one person (usually Zilean) perpetually backdoors points with the goal too much aggression from the other team, thus weakening their stance on the map. It’s easily countered by having one person (like Janna) just follow him around and then turning a blind eye to it which then turns the game essentially into a 4v4. It’s not very good unless you build a comp which really likes small skirmishes.
**In general, I delay placing champions for one release cycle.

Bolded champions are ones that have moved.
Italicized champions are ones who are probably going to move yet, but I’m postponing it for one reason or another.

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A basic explanation on what the different tiers mean:
In a hope that people will actually read this, I am going to keep it short and sweet.

Tier 1:
Required bans/priority picks.
Tier 2:
Priority picks/picks that comps are built around.
Tier 3:
Situational picks/counter picks.
Tier 4:
Lesser grade picks/infrequent counter picks/extremely situational picks.

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Malphite moved up in Tier 1:
Every single tourney this guy keeps on showing why he is a must pick/ban. He is the end all answer to crushing the enemy AD, and can single handedly make entire compositions not work. It is disgusting just how strong this guy is throughout the game.

Jayce placed in Tier 1:
Usually we delay placement by one release cycle, but we feel that we’ve experienced enough of him with the delayed post that we can accurately place this monster. He starts out as an absolutely devastating AD caster, just chunking people with accelerated shock blasts and then he scales into a monster of a ranged AD.

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Nunu moved up from Tier 3 to Tier 2:
The increased damage and reduced cooldown on consume reduces the harshness of his early game because now he can eat the lone melee minion from the opening and the lane will naturally push really hard. Late game he is a fortress that produces snowballs and really awesome buffs. He’s mostly just a stall lane, but he facilitates ganks extremely well. He also beats up AD Malz really hard, which is the sprinkles. JUST INJECTING SOME OF MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION HERE, THOUGH: IF YOU PLAY NUNU, THEN YOU’RE A BAD PERSON. HE MAKES BOTTOM LANE BORING. JUST STOP. IF YOU PLAY NUNU AT BOT THEN YOU ARE EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH THE COMMUNITY. <3

Warwick moved down from Tier 1 to Tier 2:
The wolfman drops again! Noooooo! There’s basically two reasons that he’s dropping down to tier 2. First off, he takes a long time to scale and so he’s a lot harder to fit into comps. Second, recently there have been a LOT of new champions that have become powerhouses and so his relative strength has dropped down quite a bit compared to a few months ago. He’s still really good, just quite not worthy of the officer’s club.

Rumble moved up from Tier 4 to Tier 2:
I kind of have to apologize for this one. I always knew he was strong, and for some reason he was still in tier 4. Recently however, people have begun to pick him up and show just how strong he is. The fact that he does AP damage also automatically makes him a little bit more valuable because there aren’t very many viable sources of magic damage. Very tanky, very high damage and excellent team fighting ability.

Gragas moved up from Tier 3 to Tier 2:
The fat man strikes back! Always really liked him, but recently the whole tanky AD off-tank thing from like 16 months ago where you get a trinity on him is coming back and it’s really good. He’s actually a reasonably good substitute for Malphite because his barrels also reduces IAS by 40%. The buffs to his body slam will probably just make the AD off-tank build more viable. He’s a fun champ, and he deserves to be played so I’m actually pretty happy about this.

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Swain moved up in Tier 3:
The buff to his decrepify and the release of super chalice is really starting to pay dividends. Birdman is very strong, and if you need a good source of magic damage then he will likely be your man. He also counters a lot of melee teams, specifically bruisers like Riven who don’t have a hard gap closer.

Volibear moved up from Tier 4 to Tier 3:
The armored bear needs someone who can support him to be effective, but if he has that then he will tear entire teams to shreds. Yeti powered polar bears is one of the most terrifying things in the game.

Kayle moved down from Tier 2 to Tier 3:
She was a bit too high. She’s still really good, a well placed ultimate can swing games and her scaling is quite high. It’s more that when I think about it, in general I’d prefer to have a Ezreal or a Kog’maw on my team to a Kayle.

Shen moved down from Tier 2 to Tier 3:
He can’t really fight anyone heads up any more, and so now that his global presence is getting nerfed significantly there’s not really a good reason to put him onto a team over someone like Alistar or Leona.

Zilean moved up in Tier 3:
Non-POOTERSS Zilean is pretty solid all around. He works really well with items like Frozen Heart and has a lot of specific synergies with heroes like... a certain polar bear. “Back in my day, we would never have allowed armored bears into the league...”.

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Caiflyn moved up in Tier 4:
The increased range on her ultimate works quite well in conjunction with map control characters like Nidalee. Once she picks up a little bit of CDR, her ultimate’s cooldown dips down to ~40 seconds and the armor shred from Nidalee makes Caiflyn quite a bit more dangerous.

Draven placed into Tier 4:
His core axe catching mechanic does not work well on Dominion.

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Questions? Feel free to post below and we will be more than happy to answer and questions that you have.
Different opinion? Voice them, just do it in a constructive manner.

Thanks for reading! :)

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Comments

  • #26 ninbushido

    Teemo and Blitzcrank also make good pooters due to their speed boosts. Also, Blitz can cap a point and then when someone comes to stop him...BAM CC COMBO IN THE FACE UNDER THE NEWLY-CAPPED TOWER WITH TONS OF ATTACK SPEED BASHING ON THEM AND THE TOWER TOO. Teemo...yeah, shrooms everywhere...half of the movement speed boost is a constant passive...shrooms are map control. To anyone out there wanting to know how to build pooters, it's basically get Boots of Mobility and then stack Zeals due to cheap cost for the movement speed. As for Zilean, Boots of Mobility and Zeals but ALSO CDR FOR USE OF HIS OWN SPEED BOOST AND REWIND are important too.

  • #25 saMutoru

    How do you build Zilean in the Pooters-Meta?

  • #13 Desocrit

    So, could you point me towards, or even write, a good Dominion guide? Right now I'm apparently 1700 elo (according to lolmatches), but honestly have no idea what I'm really doing, besides killing lots of people and afk defending points...

  • #11 KingOfLucario

    Just curious, but how does Kassadin manage to be No.1 on the list in a game mode mostly dominated by melee bruisers? I'm not questioning it, just asking how Kassadin functions in Dominion and what makes him so powerful there.

    Also, what build would he use in Dominion?

  • #16 Elalya

    This game mode is all about mobility, and a good Kassadin player abuses this. Until this most recent patch, the other thing that made him incredibly broken was a build known as RyzeKass: you just build mana tank items (think a Ryze build) like frozen heart and then stack his ultimate up 4-5 times. Every time you jump on someone you do a LOT of damage while still being incredibly tanky and maintaining a huge amount of mobility so you're impossible to kill.

  • #10 PilatesExpert

    How do you build Jayce, Nunu, Darius? Sorry for asking for alot but those are the champs I really like to play but I would like a more experienced build to follow.

  • #12 Talith_PA

    Completely ignore Jayce's recommended items. It does not fuel what makes Jayce such a strong pick and instead tries to turn him into an auto attacking bruiser similar to Irelia or Jax, which they will do better.

    Jayce is an AD caster that transitions into an extremely hard hitting AD carry lategame. You primarily level his Q, then his E, then his ultimate. This maximizes his power as an AD caster in the earlygame.  Eventually, lategame you will have an Infinity Edge and other AD items and finally have a higher level W to put it to good use. You start boots + Prospector's Blade and pots, then pick up Brutalizer with either Ionian or Mercury's Treads. If they have scary burst AP you pick up Mercury's Treads and Hexdrinker. Next up is Infinity Edge and Executioner's Calling, with Last Whisper either before or immediately after depending on if your enemy is picking up armor or not. Do not waste any gold on attack speed items. Stack as much AD, crit chance (not phantom dancers), and armor penetration as you can and you will carry like you would not believe. Defensive options should include Frozen Mallet or Entropy, Atma's Impaler, and Maw of Malmortius.

    A lot of things will work on Darius, but the most effective builds start Prospector's Blade and boots, get Ionians or Mercury's Treads, get a Last Whisper midgame, and then either include Trinity Force or go Randuin's  Omen + Odin's Veil.

    Nunu bot is basically all about building CDR and resistances in the order that best counters whomever he is up against. Items like Athene's Grail, Frozen Heart, Warden's Mail, Thornmail, and then more offensive AP items once you feel you can't be killed.

  • #17 PilatesExpert

    Thanks alot for that. How do I raise my elo in dominion so I don't get matched with idiots? I really like it, but I hate playing with the worst people on my team.

  • #18 Talith_PA

    Quote from PilatesExpert »

    Thanks alot for that. How do I raise my elo in dominion so I don't get matched with idiots? I really like it, but I hate playing with the worst people on my team.

    Getting stuck with idiots is something that never goes away, regardless of ELO. When they end up on your team you just have to learn to deal with them instead of letting it affect you. 

    ELO hell is that special place where you feel like you belong at a higher level than you currently are. To break out of that hell, just focus on correcting any mistakes or mechanical errors you make. As long as you stay positive, in time you will find yourself carrying many more games and reaching a higher ELO.

    It's all about maximizing the potential of the champions you enjoy, in the many different situations you find yourself in - something everyone can continue to work on. I still have room to improve on my best champions, despite many people calling me the best Ezreal, Riven, and now Jayce in High ELO Dominion.

     

  • #19 PilatesExpert

    How did you get High ELO in Dominion, did you do it solo? Should I be going bot? Will it increase my ELO quicker if I use something like Yorick bot and just facerolling people? 

  • #20 Talith_PA

    I solo queued and played Ezreal, Riven, and Ahri nearly every game.

    Spamming the most powerful and generally banned champions will certainly win you more games, but eventually you become a player that can't win at his ELO unless he plays an OP champion. We already have too many of those; players that you call trolls if they aren't on their particular OP.

    I'd worry less about what your actual ELO is and focus more on becoming great at champions you really enjoy, not just because they get you easy wins but because you find their play style or mechanics fun and engaging. You improve upon your play and your ELO will rise as you do. 

  • #21 PilatesExpert

    Quote from Talith_PA »

    I solo queued and played Ezreal, Riven, and Ahri nearly every game.

    Spamming the most powerful and generally banned champions will certainly win you more games, but eventually you become a player that can't win at his ELO unless he plays an OP champion. We already have too many of those; players that you call trolls if they aren't on their particular OP.

    I'd worry less about what your actual ELO is and focus more on becoming great at champions you really enjoy, not just because they get you easy wins but because you find their play style or mechanics fun and engaging. You improve upon your play and your ELO will rise as you do. 

    Thank you for all of your replies, i really do appreciate it. What is your opinion on gp10 items and runes?

  • #22 Elalya

    Items: You don't get the GP10 components for the gold, but because they build in to excellent items (like Randuin's). Since they're not cost-efficient items, generally get them last (ie when building a Randuin's you can buy a ruby for 475, but spending an extra 350 for 20 hp and a negligible amount of gold is not worth it when you could be picking up the cloth armor component instead). 

    Runes: Waste in all circumstances.

  • #23 PilatesExpert

    Thanks again for your replies. I was interested in getting into dominate dominion if i'm correct that is the tournament style dominion. The problem is that i'm a little money tight and I only have 2 rune pages. Will this prevent me from playing in it?

  • #24 Talith_PA

    DominateDominion is free to enter and play in. Assuming you have a team you enter with and you usually cover a certain role on that team then having only two pages shouldn't be a problem.

  • #8 IrradiatedRaddex

    Does Mordekaiser really have to be that low? He may not be as good as Heimerdinger, but he's a strong lane pusher.

    ...And his Ult has the ability to turn around team fights.

  • #14 Elalya

    He might be a bit low, but he's one of those champions which just has such a hard time fitting into the meta. He flails around top and does nothing without items, but he loses almost every single match-up at bottom. There are a couple of niche situations where he might be useful, but for the most part he's just... bleh.

  • #7 RawR

    except from T1 , T2-4 is just gibrish and nunu is hard botlane is a joke. stop play passive botlane, gank is not that big of a issue on dominion because 4 is needed most of time at the fightning point

     

     

     

     

  • #9 Elalya

    ಠ_ಠ One does not simply gank a Nunu... but even if one could, the fact that a bottom lane must be ganked means that they are winning their lane. If Nunu has the presence if mind that people are incoming, he's durable enough, fast enough, and has enough snowballs locked and loaded that he ought to be able to just walk away.

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