Whether you’re a budding player or a seasoned veteran in LoL, there’s no arguing that mid lane is one of the most dynamic roles in the game.
And as with every patch, some champions are just that much better than others, so here’s our mid lane tier list for Patch 10.17!
Keep reading to discover the ultimate picks for mid lane, ranked by their ban rate, win rate, as well as the top 3 counters to each of the champions we feature.
S-Class Mid Lane Tier List
The S-class champions are the best possible picks thanks to their significant power advantage over other potential picks in mid lane.
1. Yone, The Unforgotten
Ever since his release in Patch 10.16, the new champion Yone has been crushing it as a powerhouse champion that mixes the playstyles of an assassin with that of a bruiser.
His kit is super versatile, and he packs quite the punch in mid lane. In addition to this, Yone has fantastic synergy with practically any team comp, making him a very solid pick for the mid lane in just about any rank bracket.
Yone’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Yone Ban Rate: 8.46%
Yone Win-Rate: 51.42%
Yone’s Rune Choice: Conqueror, Domination
Yone’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Yone: Phantom Dancer, Infinity Edge, Berserker’s Greaves
Yone’s Biggest Counters: Annie, Jax, Malphite
2. Zed, The Master Of Shadows
Zed’s slice and dice playstyle has always been popular, and his powerful “tons of damage” style kit has proven itself to be effective in the mid lane across just about any given season of LoL.
Zed’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Zed Ban Rate: 2.84%
Zed Win Rate: 51.17%
Zed’s Rune Choice: Electrocute, Precision
Zed’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Zed: Duskblade of Draktharr, Mercury Treads, Youmuu’s Ghostblade
Zed’s Biggest Counters: Morgana, Heimerdinger, Kennen
3. Kassadin, The Void Walker
As one of the oldest champions on the rift, Kassadin has had his share of falling out with favor as a mid lane carry. However, in Patch 10.17, he is strong, mobile, and dishes out tons of damage, allowing you to carry games like it’s nothing.
Kassadin’s Champion Difficulty: Moderate
Kassadin Ban Rate: 3.14%
Kassadin Win Rate: 52.42%
Kassadin’s Rune Choices: Fleet Footwork, Domination
Kassadin’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Kassadin: Rod Of Ages, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Lich Bane
Kassadin’s Biggest Counters: Karthus, Swain, Malzahar
4. Diana, Scorn Of The Moon
When you think of dive and dominate type champions in League of Legends, it’s just very hard to top Diana’s domineering kit and playstyle. Despite being a near-purebred carry, she is incredibly survivable and while her kit is super simple to master – its utility and damage output is absolutely astounding.
Diana’s Champion Difficulty: Easy
Diana Ban Rate: 2.7%
Diana Win Rate: 52.25%
Diana’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Sorcery
Diana’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Diana: Nashor’s Tooth, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Zhonya’s Hourglass
Diana’s Biggest Counters: Annie, Corki, Anivia
A-Class Mid Lane Champions
1. Vladimir, The Crimson Reaper
Despite not quite making it into the S-class, Vladimir is a very powerful mid lane duelist thanks to his amazing healing and powerful ultimate. And with enough of a snowball going, you’ll be able to 1v5 in no time – making him one of the best picks in our mid lane tier list.
Vladimir’s Champion Difficulty: Moderate
Vladimir Ban Rate: 2.24%
Vladimir Win Rate: 51.81%
Vladimir’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Sorcery
Vladimir’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Vladimir: Hextech Protobelt-01, Ionian Boots Of Lucidity, Zhonya’s Hourglass
Vladimir’s Biggest Counters: Annie, Malzahar, Anivia
2. Katarina, The Sinister Blade
If you’re looking for a dynamic playstyle with a mindblowing damage cap – Katarina is the champion for you. If you manage to master her mechanics, her kit will prove to be deadly, and you’ll be wiping our entire enemy teams.
Katarina’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Katarina Ban Rate: 1.4%
Katarina Win Rate: 58.06%
Katarina’s Rune Choices: Dark Harvest, Precision
Katarina’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Katarina: Hextech Gunblade, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Zhonya’s Hourglass
Katarina’s Biggest Counters: Kayle, Jace, Malzahar
3. Yasuo, The Unforgiven
If you’re in love with the new champion, Yone – his younger (yet older by release-date) brother, Yasuo, should be right up your alley too!
Yasuo’s kit is very similar to Yone’s, having served as the inspiration for it in the first place. And if you’ve played anything more than a few games of League of Legends, you’ll know that it’s super powerful in the right hands.
Yasuo’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Yasuo Ban Rate: 4.9%
Yasuo Win Rate: 48.37%
Yasuo’s Rune Choices: Conqueror, Domination
Yasuo’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Yasuo: Berserker’s Greaves, Phantom Dancer, Infinity Edge
Yasuo’s Biggest Counters: Akali, Riven, Talon
4. Fizz, The Tidal Trickster
If you’re the sort of player that likes to bide their time and capitalize on opponents’ mistakes by ambushing them with a huge burst of damage – Fizz is going to be a fantastic pick for you.
The Tidal Trickster, while somewhat hard to play for newer players, has a versatile and effective kit. This kit allows him to take control of the mid lane and pull off effortless ganks that snowball his advantage towards becoming a magic damage powerhouse towards the mid-game.
Fizz’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Fizz Ban Rate: 1.74%
Fizz Win Rate: 51.68%
Fizz’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Inspiration
Fizz’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Fizz: Hextech Protobelt-01, Sorcerer’s Shoes, Lich Bane
Fizz’s Biggest Counters: Malzahar, Kennen, Zilean
B-Tier Mid Lane Champions In LoL
1. Talon, The Blade’s Shadow
Even though he lost a bit of prowess when Riot nerfed Edge of Night – Talon is a fantastic champion to play in soloque ranked games. His early-game prowess and his near-unstoppable roaming ganks make him an absolute menace and earn him a well-deserved spot in our mid lane tier list for Patch 10.17. And if you manage to pick up one or two kills early, Talon snowballs into an absolute monster that can solocarry games.
Talon’s Champion Difficulty: Moderate
Talon Ban Rate: 0.82%
Talon Win Rate: 50.40%
Talon’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Sorcery
Talon’s Summoners: Flash, ignite
Core Items For Talon: Boots Of Mobility, Duskblade Of Draktharr, Youmuu’s Ghostblade
Talon’s Biggest Counters: Karthus, Annie, Jayce
2. Ahri, The Nine-Tailed Fox
As the beloved foxy vixen of League of Legends, Ahri is unsurprisingly one of the most popular champions in the mid lane. However, looks aside, she packs a very powerful kit with lots of kill potential. And despite losing her place in the META over the season, she is still a fantastic pick to go with if you’re unfamiliar with any S-class or A-class champions.
Ahri’s Champion Difficulty: Moderate
Ahri Ban Rate: 0.50%
Ahri Win Rate: 51.82%
Ahri’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Sorcery
Ahri’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Ahri: Luden’s Echo, Sorcerer’s Boots, Morellonomicon
Ahri’s Biggest Counters: Swain, Zilean, Twisted Fate
3. Syndra, The Dark Sovereign
This ball-slinging mistress is certainly a terrifying opponent in the midlane. Despite being weaker than in past patches, Syndra is still viable by all means, and definitely still has some carry potential when in the right hands, making her an undeniably viable pick in our mid lane tier list .
Syndra’s Champion Difficulty: Moderate
Syndra Ban Rate: 0.53%
Syndra Win Rate: 49.11%
Syndra’s Rune Choices: Electrocute, Sorcery
Syndra’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Syndra: Luden’s Echo, Sorcerer’s Boots, Morellonomicon
Syndra’s Biggest Counters: Katarina, Swain, Fiddlesticks
4. Cassiopeia, The Serpent’s Embrace
Despite making a far more pronounced appearance as one of the best combos in the bot lane (and a surprisingly deadly one at that) – Cassiopeia is still a tried and true mage, as evidenced by her consistently stellar win rate across numerous patches in Season 10. However, she is far more mechanically challenging than most of the champions we’ve covered and isn’t a good fit for newer players.
Cassiopeia’s Champion Difficulty: Hard
Cassiopeia Ban Rate: 1.12%
Cassiopeia Win Rate: 54.15%
Cassiopeia’s Rune Choices: Phase Rush, Domination
Cassiopeia’s Summoners: Flash, Ignite
Core Items For Cassiopeia: Archangel’s Staff, Rylai’s Crystal Sceptre, Liandry’s Torment
Cassiopeia’s Biggest Counters: Morgana, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol
And there you have it – our ultimate mid lane tier list updated for Patch 10.17 in League of Legends.
We hope that our mid lane tier list has given you a few new ideas for champions to pick up and learn, as well as some inspiration on potential counter-picks and item choices that can help you excel in ranked games with the champions you pick up.
Best of luck on the rift, summoner!