Vainglory Meta Overview and Tier List

Last update: Vainglory 4.11, 2019/01/31


We saw in the previous patches comps of 3 utility heroes (top laner, jungler, captain), and 2 damage dealers (mid and bot laner) which will get most of the gold being dominant. The recent balance changes didn’t change the overall meta, which is still mostly around tanks and CC.

WP=Weapon Power
CP=Crystal Power
/=one or the other
You can find complete builds in the Hero builds article

If an hero is D/E or lower tier in a certain role, he won’t be listed for that role.
If an hero is D or lower in ALL roles, he will be listed in his best role, so that the tier list contains at least once all heroes.

Fortress is a D tier Jungler and E tier Captain. He is irrelevant in all other roles. Due to this, he’ll be listed as “D” tier for jungler, but not written at all as captain.

The purpose of a tier list is to give a general idea of the “overall power” of a hero, provide a good perspective of the meta. But depending on synergy, counter picks and other factors (a “weak” hero may be a comfort pick, or, for reasons, be extremely hard to play against for someone) it might be a good idea to pick/ban certain heroes who are not top tier. In draft don’t just look at the tier list, but your specific situation. What did your teammates pick? Your enemies? Are you experienced with hero X? If you’re not, likely you won’t do good even if said hero is top tier.

The previous tier lists were not receiving updates after release, so, if the meta changed through a patch (it happens constantly), there wouldn’t have been any update on that until the next patch release.
To stay up-to-date with the ever changing meta, from now on the tier lists will receive updates whenever needed. So, check this page every now and then, rather than reading them only once per patch.
You’ll find a small note about the latest tier list update at the top of the post.
Tier lists won’t receive updates once a new patch comes for 7-10 days.

The latest hero released will be included after his release for glory.

Note: in this tier list update, we decided to go back to the multiple sub-tier system, such as A+, B+, C+, D+ etc

Tier List from other high elo player
L3oN EU, ex pro player
Oldskool NA, ex pro player, World Champion

Of course, they use their own metric and ranking system, so you can’t compare their S/A/B tier to ours. There might even be disagreement on a certain hero (ranked very low in a tier list, and very high in another).
Without API, and, more important (as API would still not show the meta at the highest level of play), an e-sport scene, it’ll be always be very hard to rank heroes, as it becomes very subjective.


The enemy bot laner and jungler will constantly put you under pressure in a 1v2 situation, alongside this, they have the Weapon Power buff, while none of the buffs is near you. Due to this, you can’t farm properly, so avoid playing late game heroes here.
For this reason, usually utility builds are recommended due to their overall lower price and great sustain.
Tanky heroes and/or heroes with great escape tools (to survive ganks) like assassins are usually recommended for this lane.
Your main job is to survive and do not let your turret go down easily while your teammates try to win the other lanes. Do not fed! And protect the turret as long as possible. Just remember: if you die, turret will go down right after anyway in most situations. If you have to, give it up. Better to lose a turret than to lose a turret AND die on top of it. You’re only making things worse.
If your mid laner rotates, let him take the farm if you’re going for a tanky top laner. To rotate there and help you he missed some cs in his lane, and usually mid needs the golds more than you do, as buy damage is much more expensive than utility/defensive items.

Usually top laners starts by taking treant, then move to the top lane.
Farm the treant’s camp to heal. However, be careful: chances are, the enemy jungler will try to steal it most of the times. Be sure to not get killed while farming the treant.


Lance Utility
San Feng Utility


Catherine Utility
Grace Utility
Grumpjaw Utility


Adagio CP/Utility
Anka CP
Baptiste Clockwork Utility
Blackfeather CP
Rona WP
Tony Utility


Alpha WP
Glaive WP
Joule WP
Leo Utility
Malene CP
Petal CP
Reza CP
Warhawk CP


Mid laner play 2v2 with the captain against the enemy mid laner and captain.
Usually a late game hero. Since the Crystal Orb is near, this lane plays a CP hero. Your main goal is essentially to get fed (and do not allow the enemy mid laner to get fed). You have 1 more siege minion per wave compared to the other lanes. Your ability to get gold for yourself, and also your captain (which takes ambient gold from mid lane mostly) will be critical for the team.
Due to the river boosts, you can quickly rotate to the top or bot lane. Consider that you will lose in cs by doing so, it might not worth it if you can’t get kills. However, you might take top lane’s farm to compensate.
Blackclaw only appears in this lane.
For all these reasons, mid lane is usually the most important of the 3 lanes, and arguably the most important role.

Usually, you’ll start from the Crystal Guardian and the two bears, to then move to the mid lane. Remember to get the Crystal Guardian and the two bears through the game. If your jungler buys damage, be sure to only take 1 bear to hit level 2 on the first rotation, then leave the bears to your jungler.
You can read a more detailed guide to the mid lane here


Celeste CP
Magnus CP
Skaarf CP
Viola CP


Adagio CP
Ishtar CP
Malene CP
Samuel CP
Shin CP
Skye CP
Vox CP


Idris CP
Karas CP
Varya CP
Warhawk CP


Captain buys utility item and they don’t buy damage. His job is to help the mid laner and eventually rotate to help top/bot. But mostly, you’ll stay in the mid lane since there is 1 more siege minion per wave (you gain more ambient gold here) and due to the river it’s faster to reach the other lanes starting from mid.
Depending on the situations there are many things you could do: body block, help your mid laner to push the wave, or trade damage with the enemies to stop them from csing or potentially even get a kill (try to let your mid laner last hitting, so that he gains the most golds from the kill).
You also need to protect the mid laner from ganks, and help farming the Crystal Guardiad and two bears early game, as usually mid laners can’t tank well.


Lyra Utility


Catherine Utility
Grace Utility
Lance Utility
San Feng Utility
Phinn Utility
Viola Utility


Adagio Utility
Ardan Utility
Churnwalker Utility
Lorelai Utility
Yates Utility


As the jungle offers less gold than the lanes, utility junglers are recommended over ones that need to buy damage (damage is more expensive than utility). However, assassins and warriors may show up rarely.

Utility Junglers:
Sometimes you”ll go mid to gank or protect turret and more rarely to the top lane (usually, mid and the captain will help the top lane), however, you’ll mostly focus on help the bot lane. Consider give the jungle camps to your bot laner (and help him farming), especially from mid-game onward, to fed him.
Depending on the situation, help the bottom laner to clear waves fast, push (possibly, freeze for a while to amass 2-3 waves before doing this) and apply pressure. If possible kill the enemy’s top laner, otherwise you can just try to take turret tanking his damage or while he clears the waves you pushed to his turret.
Uusally, you’ll clearn the Goldoak and the Weapon Guardian for the first minutes, and then you’ll give the jungle’s camps to your bot laner.

Damage Junglers (wp, cp): they will usually roam around the map, trying to gain kills. They’ll clear the Goldoak, Weapon Guardian and the two bears (1 bear or none first rotation, as the mid laner needs at least 1 bear to hit level 2)


Baptiste Clockwork Utility
Catherine Utility
Churnwalker Utility
Lance Utility
Tony Utility


Anka CP
Blackfeather CP
Grace Utility
Grumpjaw Utilty
Inara Utility
San Feng Utility


Ardan Utility
Flicker Utility
Glaive WP
Malene CP
Reim CP
Reza CP
Rona WP
Yates Utility
Ylva Utility


Koshka CP
Fortress Utility
Taka WP


Krul CP/WP


The late game weapon carry, since the weapon power buff is near. Pressure the enemy top laner and take his turret with the help of the jungler. Depending on the comp, you might farm the jungle camp with the help of your jungler (hypercarry strategy, where you take the jungler farm for yourself if the team agree), otherwise you’ll start at the healing treant then you’ll move to your lane. From mid game onward you should also take the Weapon Guardian. Similarly to the mid laner, you’ll be one of the most important damage dealers of your team late game, so be sure to get fed.


Caine WP
Gwen WP
Kensei WP
Kestrel WP
Kinetic WP


Miho WP
Skye WP
Vox WP


Baron WP
Ringo WP
Silvernail WP