Okay let’s move on to the A Tier which consists of Brawler, Void, Blaster, Celestial, Chrono, Mech-Pilot, Infiltrator and Blademaster! This tier is all about strong traits that you commonly see in top four compositions and are overall consistent.
Up first is Brawler! Brawler is important because having a strong front line is necessary for any composition. Because this trait is a health increase it’s not as easy to counter as say Vanguard which is weak against both magic damage and the item Last Whisper. While there are items, such as Red Buff, that do better against high health targets or champions like Miss Fortune who does damage based on the targets health, there aren’t a lot of weaknesses for Brawlers. The Brawler champions are also quite versatile and whether it’s two or four Brawler you’re likely to see this trait played in multiple meta compositions.
The new hot pairing with Brawler, which isn't new at all, is Void! Void wasn't fully figured out early on in 10.10 but nearing the end we see now that it, along with Brawler, is a really strong trait. This is mainly due to the strength of Kha'zix 3
is no slouch and carries his weight well for this trait. Cho'gath
is really the only one suffering from being mediocre in Void but the other two carry him well enough. This is definitely the surprise trait of 10.10 as it looked poised to fall back into obscurity with the mana printer nerf.
Moving on we’ve got Blaster up next! Blaster remains a popular trait mainly due to Jinx and Miss Fortune. Jinx has fallen slightly off as a main carry but is still a key champion in several builds and to complement her you’re going to want at least one other Blaster. Miss Fortune we’ve talked about several times and as she has two easily splashed in traits it makes sense to have both of them in when playing her. Overall this trait isn’t as reliant on four Blaster as it was in previous metas but at every stage of the game you can easily be running two of this synergy and you’ll find it to be useful.
Our next two traits are the two premier splash traits you’re going to want in most compositions starting with Celestial! Celestial is a super common trait to splash in at later levels as having a bit of healing for your team is quite valuable. Not only that but a lot of the champions in this trait are viable in the meta such as Xayah, Kassadin, Rakan, Lulu and Ashe. Having multiple viable champions and being an easily splashed in two piece synergy makes this trait highly valued.
The second splash trait you’re going to see almost every game is Chrono! After going through a bit of a rework this synergy has found its place as a fantastic splash trait. Generally you’re going to only run two Chrono as getting that initial bump of attack speed is going to do the most, especially later in the game when team fights are quick. Much like Celestial this synergy is just really easy to fit in at later stages especially since it also has viable champions like Shen, Wukong, Thresh and Blitzcrank. Even Caitlyn and Twisted Fate are valuable as one cost champions throughout the game in the right compositions.
Alright it’s time for the usual pair of traits, Mech-Pilot and Infiltrator! These two have remained a consistent threat in the meta and even though the build of Mech/Infiltrator has had its power reduced it’s still a key composition in the meta. Not much really needs to be said about these two traits that hasn’t already been said. Although it is worth noting Infiltrator has applications other than Mech/Infiltrator as it’s still seen in Cybernetics with making Irelia an Infiltrator and also has had play in Void/Brawler with Kha’zix as one of the carries.
At the end of A Tier we have Blademaster! This is a trait that you’re going to see played a lot as a lot of the champions are viable with both Xayah and Kayle as top tier carry champions. Overall this trait is an essential part of multiple compositions but is never the main star of any particular build.