Bragging Rights

Tier 1:

Gragas, Lulu

You can generally get away with firstpicking these champions every game for different reasons, they are strong all-around, hard to counter and can't be countered fully.

Tier 2:

Shyvana, Irelia, Ryze, Aatrox, Renekton, Jarvan IV, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Dr. Mundo, Trundle, Jax

Strong champions but they lack the allaround power that tier 1 toplaners possess. They are all amazing in soloqueue if played effectively(not trundle lel).

Tier 3:

Rumble, Kayle, Singed, Vladimir, Yorick, Yasuo, Riven, Lissandra, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Zac, Rengar, Kennen, Akali, Shen, Malphite, Warwick, Karthus, Darius, Olaf, Urgot.

The average. Some of these are amazing soloqueue picks but lack the safety needed to be amazing in competitive play. Most of them are great to be used as counterpicks against certain champions/comps while others are just weaker versions of tier 1/2 champions.

Tier 4:

Lucian, Karma, Teemo, Xin Zhao, Zed, Vayne, Nasus, Elise, Wukong, Poppy, Garen, Fiora

Can work ok in soloqueue but other than that they are far too weak in order to see play more than once a year competitively. These are picked mainly by one-trick ponies and rely on cheese in order to beat their opponent. Their weaknesses are far too big and therefore they get wrecked by coordinated teams. Some of these are just bad versions of higher-tier toplaners.

Tier 5:

Shaco, Nocturne, Heimerdinger, Quinn, Gangplank, Udyr

Don't pick these against a good team, ever.

Insanely strong laner, amazing 1v1, amazing 1v2 and amazing when forced to roam through lanes and jungle. Weak when behind due to being fully reliant on stats, but shouldn't fall noticably behind because of how safe he is. Relatively weak endgame.

Largely based on utility making her effective even if behind. Is a small lane bully who can safely farm even if she's behind due to a long range and defensive spells. This means that she doesn't really have any big weaknesses other than being even or at a disadvantage vs Ryze 1v1. Loses to Yorick although she shouldn't be at a disadvantage anyway in later stages of the game in comparison to Yorick.

Great laner versus all melee champions especially with the new Blade of the Ruined King, loses some of those lanes but should outscale anyone but Trundle, Irelia, Jax and Aatrox when it comes to 1v1ing. Is great at splitpushing because of her waveclear and 1v1 lategame(E + blade too strong). Good teamfighter once she gets sticking power through Randuin's Omen and Blade of the Ruined King. Gets owned by a lot of pokey ranged champions such as Kennen, Ryze, Vladimir and Lulu. The problem is bigger now since laneswitching got nerfed.