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Jan 16, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.1 Update

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 After the longest patch duration of 2016/2017 so far, we are finally free and clear into the seven series. This patch features strong meta shifts in the bot lane as Ziggs and Malzahar take over the marksman and support roles, forever changing the way the lane is played.

Meanwhile, jungle nerfs mean that other lanes are starting to make a bigger impact, but the top three junglers continue to get banned out every game for good reason.

Lucian and Kalista received a few love bumps this time around, but it doesn't seem enough to put them back in the spotlight. Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.1
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

After the longest patch duration of 2016/2017 so far, we are finally free and clear into the seven series. This patch features strong meta shifts in the bot lane as Ziggs and Malzahar take over the marksman and support roles, forever changing the way the lane is played.

Meanwhile, jungle nerfs mean that other lanes are starting to make a bigger impact, but the top three junglers continue to get banned out every game for good reason.

Lucian and Kalista received a few love bumps this time around, but it doesn't seem enough to put them back in the spotlight. Check out the full list below!

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The purpose of this list is to pick out the champions that when played, will allow you to climb divisions the fastest by winning more games. This list contains more off-meta and counter-meta placements that do well against popular picks.
If you're looking for a more meta based tier list based on popularity, be sure to check out the FOTM list as well!
For a list of champions with the highest *potential* in the game without regard to difficulty or team synergies, check out the list of strongest potential champions in each position!
Be sure to check out our new Optimal Champion Bans by Division Listing!
Patch 7.1 Summary
Buffs: Draven, Kalista, Lucian, Talon 
Nerfs: Camille, Karma, Kennen, Lee Sin, Poppy, Ryze, Shyvana, Syndra, Zz'Rot Portal

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The Tier List

God Tier List

[Highest Influence | Good In Almost Every Situation | Easiest to Gain LP With]

Mid Lane Ahri, Ziggs, Katarina, Twisted Fate
Jungle Vi, Hecarim, Rengar, Shaco, Ivern
Top Lane Camille, Darius, Nautilus, Maokai 
Marksman ZiggsTwitch, Caitlyn
Support Janna, Soraka, Blitzcrank, Malzahar

God Tier Rising: Katarina (Mid), Nautilus (Top), Rengar (Jungle), Ziggs (Marksman)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

[Strong/Preferred Choices | Faster to Learn and Win | Works Well In Solo Queue]

Mid-LaneCorki, Leblanc, Lux, Annie, Malzahar, Syndra, Jayce, Kayle, Yasuo, Xerath, Orianna, Talon, Zilean, Vel'Koz, Cassiopeia, Karthus, Morgana, Fizz, Brand, Kassadin, Anivia
JungleKha'Zix, Lee Sin, Shyvana, Nocturne, Jarvan IV, Skarner, Zac, Rammus, Rek'Sai, Jax, Amumu, Graves, Xin Zhao, Evelynn, Elise
TopJayce, Kled, Malphite, Yasuo, Riven, Poppy, Wukong, Kayle, Jarvan IV, Renekton, Singed, Fiora, Sion, Quinn, Swain, Nasus, Gangplank, Pantheon, Zac, Irelia
MarksmanDraven, Jinx, Jhin, Vayne, Varus, Miss Fortune, Sivir
SupportZyra, Sion, Sona, Nami, Leona, Zilean, Brand, Thresh, Taric, Karma

Tier 1 Rising: Corki (Mid), Draven (Marksman), Fiora (Top), Jax (Jungle), Jayce (Mid), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Riven (Top), Sion (Support), Talon (Mid), Varus (Marksman), Zilean (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Cassiopeia (Mid), Irelia (Top), Jinx (Marksman), Lux (Mid). Poppy (Top), Shyvana (Jungle)

Tier 2

[Viable/Balanced Choices | Common In Solo Queue | Needs Practice To Get Good]

Mid-LaneZed, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Pantheon, Aurelion Sol, Ekko, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Quinn, Lissandra, Ryze, Varus, Taliyah, Akali
JungleWukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Warwick, Volibear, Rumble, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Malzahar, Quinn, Master Yi, Diana, Nunu, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopKennen, Yorick, Illaoi, Rumble, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Tryndamere, Akali, Shaco, Teemo, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rengar, Lissandra, Vladimir, Ryze, Vayne, Volibear, Mordekaiser, Garen, Rammus, Karma, Cho'gath, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Talon, Diana, Hecarim, Kassadin, Aurelion Sol
Marksman: Corki, Ezreal, Kog'Maw, Ashe, Tristana, LucianKalista, Quinn, Graves
Support: Braum, Morgana, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Bard, Nautilus, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 Rising: Kalista (Marksman), Karma (Top), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Taliyah (Mid), Talon (Top)
Tier 2 Falling: Ezreal (Marksman), Kennen (Top), Olaf (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle), Shaco (Top), Viktor (Mid), Wukong (Jungle)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-LaneCho'Gath, Vladimir, Nasus, Lulu, Galio, Mordekaiser, Wukong, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Heimerdinger, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Nidalee, Teemo, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, Kha'Zix
Jungle: CamilleNidalee, Riven, Talon, Aurelion Sol, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Tahm Kench, Cho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Karthus, Leona, Darius, Shen, Kog'Maw
TopShen, Galio, Cassiopeia, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Malzahar, Nidalee, Aatrox, Warwick, Udyr, Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Azir, Taric
MarksmanUrgot, Kindred
Support: Trundle, Lulu, Miss FortuneAnnie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Heimerdinger (Top), Lulu (Mid). Nasus (Mid), Vladimir (Mid)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-LaneMaster Yi, Soraka, Leona, Elise, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench, Janna
JungleTaric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
TopTaliyah, Alistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum, Soraka
MarksmanKennenTwisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
SupportNunu, Elise, PantheonTeemoAshe, Anivia, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, Syndra, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling: Taliyah (Top)

Instructions and Caveats:

  • Champions in BOLD I will talk about shortly
  • Champions UNDERLINED may be over/undervalued, but aren't/haven't played enough for me to make a better judgment.
  • Within each tier, the champions are strongest from left to right, but within a tier each champion's strength is relatively close. This is especially true for Tiers 2 and 3 where these champions are ALL highly playable and player dependent on how strong they are in-game.
  • Win Rates are important in analyzing each champion's strength but are not the end-all criteria for any champion's position.
  • Professional Picks may not necessarily translate into good picks for solo queue ladder, the two have slightly different meta-games and skill levels.
  • The creator of this list is diamond, so there may be some personal bias towards higher tier play on certain champions.

Champion Explanations

  • Caitlyn [God Tier Marksman] - Caitlyn is one of the strongest utility-based marksman available, and can easily zone a team fight or chain crowd-control together via her cupcakes at little risk to herself. Her long range also allows her to abuse the early game and perform well late game, resulting in the safest marksman possible in a meta that abuses them to no end.
  • Draven [Tier 1 Marksman] - Draven's latest buffs allow him a lot more scaling damage into the late game. This gives him more tank-killing ability than before, resulting in a more effective mid to late game snowballing potential.
  • Kalista [Tier 2 Marksman] - Kalista's latest buffs are not enough to place her back into the mainstream marksman role, especially with long range marksmen like Caitlyn and Ziggs being the primary choices. However, it's a step in the right direction, and if you enjoy playing Kalista she's certainly more viable than last patch.
  • Katarina [God Tier Mid] - Katarina is one of those champions I hesitate placing too high. She lacks good wave clear, is notoriously difficult to play at a high level, and can be shut down via crowd-control. However, her snowballing abilities are absurd, her burst damage and mobility are easily abusable, and her roaming capabilities allow her team to snowball easily into double kills bot for dragon control and first tower gold.
  • Lucian [Tier 2 Marksman] - Similar to Kalista, this gunslinger is definitely a LITTLE stronger than before, but not so much that he can stand up to the Caitlyn and Ziggs lanes. If you're good at Lucian keep at it. Otherwise, he's not quite a core pick up just yet.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Support] - Where do I even start with this guy? Much of his power certainly comes from players underestimating his damage, especially die hard support/markman mains who rarely see Malzahar in lane, much less have to deal with him pre-six. His voidling spawn at level one is incredibly strong, and he gets another power spike at level two and of course another power spike at level six. It's also incredibly satisfying to block things like Blitzcrank hook, Karma Q, Morgana Q, etc. with his voidlings, and tilts enemy laners to no end. Be sure to check out this article for more information.
  • Rengar [God Tier Jungle] - Rengar is one of the most commonly banned junglers, and for good reason. He's a bit of a feast or famine type champion as a result of his bonetooth necklace, but if he gets one or two early kills, the rest of the game is history. The only thing holding him back is a somewhat weaker pre-six gank comparaed to someone like Kha'Zix. However, he can make due if he lands his bola, and his new-found lane mobility gives him the ability to chase down fleeing enemies as he breaststrokes his way to victory.
  • Shaco [Tier 2 Top] - Shaco's never been the same after the hotfix nerfs to him last patch, and it shows. He still works, but his lack of waveclear as an AP champion does hurt him top lane, and as an AD he needs to duel against some incredibly obnoxious bruisers in the current meta.
  • Shyvana [Tier 1 Jungle] - After the nerfs to jungle, Shyvana finds it more difficult to simply farm her way to victory, resulting in a slightly less powerful jungler.
  • Sion [Tier 1 Support] - Sion support works extremely well with Caitlyn right now as a result of his crowd-control chaining ability and insanely good roam/gank potential. He also ends up as an excellent initiator post-six, making it very difficult for enemy teams to split-push without getting caught out.
  • Ziggs [God Tier Marksman] - The cancer known as Ziggs bot has changed the meta forever. As an incredibly annoying mage to begin with, marksmen now get a taste of his bombs 10 minutes earlier. More on how it works here. Personally, I'd rather just ban him out every game before he snowballs into five turrets in 12 minutes.
    Disclaimer:
    • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.

    Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

    If you're looking for a more meta based tier list based on popularity, be sure to check out the FOTM list as well!
    For a list of champions with the highest *potential* in the game without regard to difficulty or team synergies, check out the list of strongest potential champions in each position!
    Be sure to check out our new Optimal Champion Bans by Division Listing!

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