Hello, and welcome to the new and improved Meta Tier List.
This list focuses on giving an overall vision of the current balance between mechs in the game. I do this by looking at the strongest build(s) for each mech, and judging them against one another, ignoring things like weight class and range.
Due to the number of mechs in the game and how close the balance is, there is little differentiation in the power levels of mechs within each sub-tier. I’ve done some ranking within sub-tiers, but most of it isn’t terribly strict.
The old focus on including every variant proved unsustainable, but I like the new format much better.
- Every chassis will have at least one build ranked on this list.
- In order to have multiple builds listed here, the builds must be different enough, notable enough, and good enough for me to consider it worthwhile.
This cuts down on the wall of text, makes it easier to update, and I feel it helps clarity by removing clutter. If you liked the old way better, sorry, but the Clan and IS variant tier lists will still include all unique variants.
Basic description of the Tiers:
- Tier 1: Reliably awesome mechs
- Tier 2: Unreliably awesome, or reliably good mechs
- Tier 3: Unreliable and/or mediocre mechs
- Tier 4: Extremely unreliable and/or bad mechs
Huntsman Patch (31-Oct-2016)
Low: Large Pulse Battlemaster BLR-2C | Laser Vomit Battlemaster BLR-1G | Dakka & PPC Warhammer WHM-6R | Dakka Warhammer Black Widow | Dakka Night Gyr | ER PPC Summoner | ER PPC Hunchback IIC HBK-IIC-A | Gauss Vomit Timber Wolf TBR-S | Laser Vomit Timber Wolf TBR-A/C/D
High: Dakka Dire Wolf | UAC/10 Hunchback IIC HBK-IIC | Dakka Mauler | UAC/5 Hunchback IIC HBK-IIC | Brawler Kodiak Spirit Bear | Dakka & PPC Marauder | Laser Vomit Warhammer WHM-6D | Large Laser Grasshopper GHR-5P | Laser Vomit Grasshopper GHR-5H | Laser Vomit Hunchback IIC HBK-IIC-A | ER PPC Nova
Low: UAC/5 Cyclops | Small Pulse Nova | Gauss Vomit Dire Wolf DWF-W | Large Pulse Banshee | Laser Vomit Black Knight | UAC/5 Jagermech | SRM6 Griffin | Dakka King Crab | Laser Vomit Catapult Jester | Small Pulse Arctic Cheetah | Large Pulse Spider | Large Pulse Thunderbolt | Poptart Huntsman | ER Med Jenner IIC JR7-IIC-A | Splat Jenner IIC JR7-IIC
High: Dakka Vomit Cataphract | UAC/5 Shadow Hawk | Laser Vomit Enforcer | Small Pulse Jenner IIC JR7-IIC-A | Brawler Atlas | Dakka Vomit Highlander | Large Laser Stalker | Brawler Jenner Oxide | PPC Awesome | Gauss Vomit Ebon Jaguar | Large Pulse Crab | Med Laser Locust | Dakka Vomit Orion | Laser Vomit Hellbringer | Laser Vomit Stormcrow | Laser Skirmisher Blackjack BJ-1X | Large Pulse Shadow Cat
Low: Dakka Vomit Highlander IIC | Gauss Vomit Warhawk | SPlat Summoner | Splat Catapult CPLT-A1 | Large Laser Quickdraw | Large Pulse Wolverine | Laser Vomit Executioner | Splat Mad Dog | PPC Blackjack BJ-3 | Med Laser Cicada | Med Pulse Firestarter | Laser Vomit Rifleman | Laser Vomit Hunchback | Laser Vomit Trebuchet | ER Med Ice Ferret | PPC Panther
High: Brawler Gargoyle | Dakka Vomit Orion IIC | Laser Vomit Adder | Large Pulse Raven | Med Laser Wolfhound | Poptart Victor | Laser Vomit Zeus | Large Pulse Centurion | Laser Vomit Archer | Laser Vomit Urbanmech | Large Laser Dragon | Laser Vomit Viper
This is the first update since the stealth refresh of the Meta Tier List, and I don’t feel like much change was needed. Only 2 mechs were changed/moved, and the Huntsman was added of course.
- Moved the Summoner up to near the top of Tier 2: The Summoner with PPC nips is a badass mech. It may make it to Tier 1 in time, but it’s still hard to justify the firepower for the tonnage (though not that hard)
- Updated the Hellbringer’s build: It’s just a new laser vomit build – a bit nicer, but not improved by that much so its position stayed the same.
- Added the Huntsman to low Tier 2: For the most it’s worse than the Hunchback IIC, but not too much worse. That Gauss cooldown does feel like it takes forever, though.
Since the last update to this tier list was huge and I didn’t post about it anywhere, here’s a recap of those change notes:
This change has been needed for a while, and I’ve been working on hacking it into the existing system for some time. I’ve poked around the effected pages and it seems to be working, but let me know if anything fell through the cracks. Right now the main issue is that, in the Build Database, mechs that are in the Meta Tier list don’t all have variants listed for them… It’ll probably be that way for some time, but I’m sure I’ll fix it eventually.
And lemme know what you think about the rankings on reddit – I’m feeling pretty good about them, but if you think that one mech is lower-rated than another, feel free to yell at me. I might disagree, but I might not.
As for the Night Gyr, I struggled with the rating. I’m not sure if it’s better than the Timber Wolf, and I’m not sure if it’s better than the Battlemaster or Warhammer either. But overall, I found that I just did well with it, even better than I felt like I was doing, so it’ll stay where it is for now.