Welcome to the IS Variants Tier List!
Inspired by the original internal tier list used by PGI for the original quirks, I created my own version which will be updated as the game shifts. The unique feature of this tier list is that it includes every IS variant in the game, and that there is a build linked for each one optimized for PUG play.
What with the introduction of the Meta Tier List, I’ve decided to reformat this particular list to be builds which are most appropriate for that variant, rather than being the most optimized. Might sound dumb, but going for full-on optimization leads to a lot of cookie-cutter builds on variants with unique points that I would like to be using instead. I also wanted to try to keep each variant’s build distinct from that of the other variants of that chassis, but this isn’t always do-able.
Huntsman Patch (31-Oct-2016)
Tier 2: Stalker STK-4N, Mauler MAL-1P, Battlemaster BLR-3S, Stalker STK-3H, Stalker STK-5S, King Crab KGC-000, Banshee BNC-3E, Cyclops Sleipnir, Stalker Misery, Atlas AS7-S, Atlas AS7-D-DC, Cyclops CP-10-Q
Tier 3: Cyclops CP-11-P, Cyclops CP-11-A, Battlemaster BLR-1S , Highlander HGN-732B, Highlander HGN-732, Mauler MAL-2P, Zeus ZEU-9S, Battlemaster BLR-1D, Battlemaster BLR-3M, Battlemaster Hellslinger, Stalker STK-3F, King Crab KGC-000B, Awesome AWS-8Q, Stalker STK-3Fb, Awesome AWS-8R, Stalker STK-5M, Atlas Boar’s Head, Cyclops CP-10-Z, King Crab KGC-0000
Tier 4: Zeus ZEU-5S, Highlander HGN-733P, Awesome AWS-9M, Zeus ZEU-6S, Zeus ZEU-6T, Victor Dragon Slayer, Victor VTR-9K, Victor VTR-9S, Victor VTR-9B, Zeus ZEU-9S2, Highlander HGN-733, Highlander HGN-733C, Highlander Heavy Metal, Mauler MAL-1R, Cyclops CP-11-A-DC, Banshee BNC-3S, Banshee La Malinche, Atlas AS7-D, Atlas AS7-K, Atlas AS7-RS
Tier 2: Black Knight BL-6-KNT, Thunderbolt TDR-9SE, Catapult Jester, Jagermech JM6-DD, Marauder MAD-3R, Quickdraw QKD-5K, Quickdraw QKD-4G, Black Knight BL-6B-KNT, Black Knight BL-7-KNT, Thunderbolt Top Dog, Orion ON1-V, Marauder Bounty Hunter II, Catapult CPLT-K2, Rifleman RFL-5D, Rifleman RFL-3N
Tier 3: Catapult CPLT-A1, Catapult Butterbee, Rifleman Legend Killer, Rifleman RFL-3C, Marauder MAD-5M,Thunderbolt TDR-5SS, Cataphract CTF-3D, Thunderbolt TDR-5S, Grasshopper GHR-5N, Jagermech JM6-S, Quickdraw QKD-4H, Catapult CPLT-C4, Jagermech JM6-A, Jagermech Firebrand, Cataphract CTF-0XP, Marauder MAD-5D, Cataphract Ilya Muromets, Archer Tempest, ARC-5W
Tier 4: Cataphract CTF-3L, Catapult CPLT-C1, Warhammer WHM-7S, Thunderbolt TDR-9S, Cataphract CTF-1X, Cataphract CTF-4X, Orion Protector, Grasshopper GHR-5J, Orion ON1-VA, Orion ON1-K, Dragon Flame, Dragon DRG-1N, Archer ARC-5S, Archer ARC-2R, Cataphract CTF-2X
Tier 1: Enforcer ENF-4R
Tier 2: Griffin Sparky, Trebuchet TBT-5J, Griffin GRF-3M, Wolverine WVR-6K, Hunchback HBK-4P, Blackjack BJ-1, Blackjack BJ-1DC, Blackjack Arrow, Crab CRB-27B, Hunchback HBK-4J, Hunchback HBK-4SP, Griffin GRF-2N, Blackjack BJ-3, Blackjack BJ-1X, Shadowhawk SHD-2D2, Shadowhawk SHD-2H
Tier 3: Hunchback HBK-4G, Shadowhawk SHD-2K, Blackjack BJ-2, Cicada CDA-3M, Shadowhawk SHD-5M, Centurion CN9-AL, Crab CRB-27SL, Cicada CDA-2A, Cicada CDA-3F, Cicada CDA-2B, Cicada X-5, Enforcer ENF-5P, Phoenix Hawk PXH-2, Phoenix Hawk PXH-1K, Phoenix Hawk PXH-1B, Hunchback HBK-4H, Trebuchet TBT-7M, Trebuchet Loup de Guerre, Kintaro KTO-20, Shadowhawk Gray Death, Wolverine WVR-6R, Wolverine WVR-7K, Shadowhawk SHD-2D, Wolverine WVR-Q
Tier 4: Vindicator VND-1AA, Vindicator VND-1R, Crab CRB-27, Wolverine WVR-7D,Trebuchet TBT-7K, Griffin GRF-1N, Centurion CN9-A, Centurion Yen Lo Wang, Trebuchet TBT-3C, Centurion CN9-AH, Crab CRB-20, Enforcer ENF-4P, Enforcer ENF-5D, Trebuchet TBT-5N, Griffin GRF-1S, Kintaro KTO-18, Kintaro KTO-19, Kintaro Golden Boy, Hunchback Grid Iron, Centurion CN9-D, Phoenix Hawk PXH-1
Tier 3: Locust Pirates’ Bane, Locust LCT-1V, Jenner JR7-F, Firestarter FS9-H, Firestarter Ember, Wolfhound WLF-1A, Wolfhound WLF-1, Raven RVN-3L, Wolfhound WLF-1B, Urbanmech UM-R60L, Jenner JR7-D, Jenner JR7-K, Spider SDR-5D, Panther PNT-9R, Panther PNT-8Z
This Tier List is in need of a bit of a revamp, but I’m going to be waiting until the incoming balance changes before going through with that. So most of the changes are just based on mechs that have been added.
- Added STK-3Fb to Tier 3: lack of weapon quirks really holds it back, but the ECM is nice.
- Added CTF-3L to Tier 4: MASC is cool, but it doesn’t make up for lacking weapon hardpoints.
- Added BJ-2 to Tier 3: Seems to be a pretty decent brawler, but hard to say it’s better than any of the mechs currently in Tier 2.