Explorers, after a week of intensive calculations, testings, and arguing; we’ve finally come up with the long-awaited updated Tier List for Version 1.5! This list is effective as of November 29th, 2018.
Big thanks to the entire incredible team at Metahub: Dwebble, Pocemon, MnBrian, Reebecca, Triceratops, JHVS, ZhengTann, Jacqueline, CHayes99, Professaurus, Antithesis, Temerity, NathanH96. A special shout out to Legomin1314 and PokeFodderYT as well for the help creating this list. Finally, HUGE thanks to our amazing artist, Orange Heart for these incredible graphics! Make sure to show him your support right here!
Editor’s note: BoonSlevin had no part in this project. The entire thing was carried over by the incredible team which I am thankful to be a part of everyday! Believe me when I say this, things got heated during the deliberations! BoonSlevin only served to put pressure.
Important Note 1: For 1.5, we had too many Dinosaurs to maintain our usual Tiers. We had to find a way to be more inclusive and for the list to be more representative of the actual Tiers experienced in the game. Therefore, the classification was adapted to reflect this reality. Among these changes, 2 new Tiers were created: Tyrant and Omega! Tyrant rank is the new highest ranked! Yes, we dared create a rank higher than APEX. In your face ApexPredators. We also felt that between Alpha and Survivor there were too many Dinos, so we split that in two. We also eliminated Carcass tier, since we don’t think any Dinos at the moment warrant being in Carcass. Specialist was changed to Scavenger to avoid confustion.
Important Note 2: Articles laying out the thought process behind all this will soon be available as well. These articles will focus on each Dinosaur individually, so expect so quality content in the week to come!
Tyrant > APEX > Alpha > Omega > Survivor > Scavenger > Hatchling
Interpreting the Tiers
If you are familiar with tier lists, this should be pretty self-explanatory. However, we’d like to add in a precautionary note on taking this tier list as a straight-up prescription for team building. Make sure to build a balanced team and keep specific counters in mind. An all Tyrant-Apex team probably won’t be bad per say, but you may be passing up some good lower tier dinosaurs that would mesh well with your team. That being said, here is what we have in mind when putting a dinosaur in a specific tier…
Hatchling – These Dinos are fresh from the egg and have some growing up to do. They tend to have niche uses but even within that niche they are outdone by most other dinos.
Scavenger – Scavengers are opportunistic, preying on the poor Hatchling tier dinos below them and one each other when the situation presents itself.
Survivor – Though these dinosaurs are somewhat outclassed by others, they perform at least one role pretty well and can pull off surprise victories on occasion. They are the backbone of early to mid game teams.
Omega – These are solid dinosaurs that can carry your team mid-game and still hold their own in higher arenas, though they become noticeably more situational.
Alpha – These dinosaurs are among the best in the game and are capable of easily defeating most of the dinosaurs in lower tiers. The only thing they really have to fear is…
Apex – These dinosaurs define the meta and can win against almost anything not in this tier. They either have a single, difficult to counter strategy or are able to tank hits and deal big damage.
Tyrant – These Dinosaurs are the Kings of this current meta and they will be able to perform incredibly well under most circumstances.
Keep in mind when creating this tier list we evaluate each dino at even levels, while ignoring availability. In past lists we weighed heavily on each individual dinos head to head matchups as if they were both the starting dino in a battle. However, the game is evolving which brings some good news and some bad news. The good news is more depth for the players and a bigger variety in possible teams and synergy in teams being quite important. The bad news, it makes evaluating dinosaurs a bit more subjective since suddenly you have to weigh the importance of individual strength versus what each does for the team as a whole. At the end of the day, each match begins with 4 dinos and due to Swap-In Abilities and Hit & Run abilities being on generally powerful dinos we felt the need to evolve in the way we determine tier placement. Head to head match ups are still a part of the decision but are holding less weight overall.
All in all, we think this was a pretty big change in terms of balance. We keep seeing a growth in the number of top tiers, to the extent that we had to literally create a new Tier, which means that Ludia is doing quite a good job at making more and more dinosaurs viable at the highest levels of play!
We like to see some variety and personal expression in teams being used and we can definitely see it shaping out that way even more then before! Share your thoughts on our newest tier list and stay tuned for another article that will outline some of our thoughts behind the changes that were made!