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Feb 12, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.3 Update

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 Despite already being incredibly broken last patch, Quinn is still flying around deleting everyone at top speed. That's what happens when she isn't played on the professional circuit I guess! Anyway, this time around I've cleaned up the Tier 3 and Tier 4 champions, coupled with weekly once-over of all the champions as a whole.

Meanwhile, Ryze is still showing very weak solo queue performance despite how much he's pick/banned, and Shen is proving to be a subpar solo queue pick although he's gaining a lot of play time on the pro scene.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.3
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

Despite already being incredibly broken last patch, Quinn is still flying around deleting everyone at top speed. That's what happens when she isn't played on the professional circuit I guess! Anyway, this time around I've cleaned up the Tier 3 and Tier 4 champions, coupled with weekly once-over of all the champions as a whole.

Meanwhile, Ryze is still showing very weak solo queue performance despite how much he's pick/banned, and Shen is proving to be a subpar solo queue pick although he's gaining a lot of play time on the pro scene.

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 7.3 Summary
Nerfs: Camille, Ivern, Jayce, Kha'Zix, Leblanc, Malzahar, Rengar, Vi, Zyra
Buffs: Tristana, Vladimir

Updates
  • Removed:
    • Jungle Taliyah
    • Jungle Leona
    • Mid Elise
    • Mid Janna
    • Mid Leona
    • Mid Soraka
    • Top Aurelion Sol
    • Top Azir
    • Top Hecarim
    • Top Master Yi
    • Top Morgana
    • Top Soraka
    • Top Viktor
  • Added 

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Corki, Talon, Quinn, Ahri
Jungle Graves, Ivern, Kha'Zix, Rengar
Top Lane Quinn, Maokai, Pantheon, Fiora
Marksman Miss Fortune, Jhin, Twitch
Support Janna, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Blitzcrank (Support), Corki (Mid), Fiora (Top), Jhin (Marksman), Graves (Jungle), Ivern (Jungle), Maokai (Top)
God Tier Falling: Ahri (Mid), Kha'Zix (Jungle)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneZed, Ziggs, Twisted Fate, Anivia, Leblanc, Katarina, Ekko, Annie, Lux, Jayce, Pantheon, Yasuo, Xerath, Zilean, Syndra, Orianna, Vel'Koz, Kayle, Karthus, Malzahar
JungleShaco, Nocturne, Hecarim, Vi, Lee Sin, Warwick, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Elise, Skarner, Rammus, Jax, Xin Zhao
TopNautilus, Jarvan IVKled, Singed, Jayce, Tryndamere, Camille, Akali, Malphite, Rumble, Darius, Yasuo, Riven, Poppy, Wukong, Talon, Kayle, Renekton, Sion, Swain, Nasus, Shen, Zac, Irelia, Garen, Illaoi
MarksmanVarus, Draven, ZiggsCaitlyn
Support: Sion, Sona, Nami, Leona, Zilean, Zyra, Malzahar, Thresh, Taric, Karma

Tier 1 Rising: Akali (Top), Anivia (Mid), Ekko (Mid), Garen (Top), Jarvan IV (Top), Illaoi (Top), Rumble (Top), Singed (Top), Talon (Top), Tryndamere (Top), Varus (Marksman), Warwick (Jungle), Zed (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Caitlyn (Marksman), Camille (Top), Jayce (Top), Kayle (Mid), Malzahar (Mid/Support), Orianna (Mid), Vi (Jungle), Ziggs (Mid), Zyra (Support)

Tier 2

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

Mid-LaneFizz, Brand, Kassadin, Morgana, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Aurelion Sol, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Ryze, Varus, Taliyah, Akali, Gragas
JungleShyvana, Amumu, Zac, Rek'Sai, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Volibear, Rumble, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Master Yi, Nidalee, Diana, Nunu, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopGangplank, Kennen, Yorick, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Shaco, Teemo, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Ryze, Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser, Rammus, Karma, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
MarksmanVayne, Sivir, Jinx, Corki, Ezreal, Quinn, Kog'Maw, Ashe, Tristana, Lucian, Kalista, Graves
Support: Brand, Braum, Morgana, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Bard, Nautilus, Lulu, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 Rising: Cassiopeia (Top), Gragas (Mid), Lulu (Support), Nidalee (Jungle), Warwick (Top)
Tier 2 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Brand (Mid/Support), Cassiopeia (Mid), Fizz (Mid), Jinx (Marksman), Gangplank (Top), Kassadin (Mid), Morgana (Mid), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Shvyana (Jungle), Sivir (Marksman), Vayne (Marksman), Zac (Jungle)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Cho'Gath, Vladimir, WukongNasus, Lulu, Galio, Mordekaiser, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Heimerdinger, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Teemo, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
Jungle: Camille, Riven, Talon, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Tahm Kench, Kog'Maw
TopZed, Cho'gath, Volibear, Vayne, Galio, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Malzahar, Nidalee, Aatrox, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Taric
Marksman: Urgot, Kindred
Support: Trundle, Miss Fortune, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks

Tier 3 Rising: Warwick (Top), Wukong (Mid), Zed (Top)
Tier 3 Falling: Cho'Gath (Top), Vayne (Top), Volibear (Top),

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-LaneKha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
JungleCho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
TopBlitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum
Marksman: Kennen, Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
Support: Nunu, Elise, Pantheon, Teemo, Ashe, Anivia, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, Syndra, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling: Aurelion Sol (Jungle), Blitzcrank (Top), Cho'gath (Jungle), Darius (Jungle), Fiora (Jungle), Gangplank (Jungle), Karthus (Jungle), Kha'Zix (Mid), Malzahar (Jungle), Nasus (Jungle), Nidalee (Mid), Shen (Jungle), Udyr (Top), Zed (Jungle)

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

  • Amumu [Tier 2 Jungle] - Amumu in his current form is largely the same as before. However, the main issue with his current state is the fact that almost all his hardest counters were drastically buffed by the lethality changes. As a result, assassins that he used to be able to tank with ease are now able to delete him in with impunity. 
  • Blitzcrank [God Tier Support] - Nerfs to Zyra and Malzahar this patch give Blitz an overall increase in power. Not only were they two of the most popular supports last patch, but they were also two of Blitz' most difficult lanes as a result of their ability to block his hooks and deal massive damage from a range.
  • Caitlyn [Tier 1 Marksman] - Caitlyn is still a decent marksman (markswoman). However, she does not benefit as much from lethality as other AD champions. Her main source of damage late game comes from her passive headshots, and lethality builds lack the attack speed necessary for her to maximize her passive potential.
  • Corki [God Tier Mid] - As Corki is continuously picked on the pro scene and more people bandwagon on, the strangest thing is that his win rate actually continues to increase as players start seeing what kind of potential impact Corki can dish out via his package delivery. 
  • Fiora [God Tier Top] - This patch's Camille and Jayce nerfs certainly helped Fiora out, and she performs extremely well against lethality based squishies via her riposte. She also does well against tank champions as a result of her percentage damage via her passive. Just stay away from Pantheon.
  • Jarvan IV [Tier 1 Top] - Jarvan is one champion that's being largely overlooked top lane as a strong beneficiary of the lethality changes. His ability to snowball is extremely high as a result of his built in armor penetration on his Dragon Strike [Q], and 100 to 0 enemies with ease at all points in the game with his full combo.
  • Jhin [God Tier Marksman] - Jhin was always a lethality master, and the latest buffs only cemented him as a top tier marksman. Now with the added bonus of Edge of Night in his arsenal, he is extremely difficult to outplay as a result of his absurd fourth auto damage.
  • Malzahar [Tier 1 Support] - Malzahar support was fun while it lasted, but in his current state he is just like any other support. He's good, but not overwhelmingly overpowered. It might be time to switch back to a more traditional freelo support like Janna.
  • Quinn [God Tier Top] - Quinn surprisingly did not receive any nerfs this patch. With Youmuu's and Edge of Night, she has free reign to literally go Behind Enemy Lines [R] and take out squishies in four hits with a simple E -> auto -> Q -> auto combo. Her laning is oppressive, her roam is oppressive, and her pet is oppressive. Nerf PLEASE.
  • Zed [Tier 1 Mid] - Zed's usually a champion that needs a good amount of practice to play. However, with the lethality buffs and Edge of Night + Youmuu's, it's now relatively easy to jump straight in, delete a targets via button mashing, and jump back out without taking too much damage. Of course good Zed players can accomplish much more, but either way in his current state he's pretty strong.
  • Ziggs [Tier 1 Marksman] - Ziggs as a marksman has largely been tossed by the wayside in favor of Jhin and Varus for poke damage and lethality fun. However, he still works well as a marksman, especially when your team is packing Zed or Talon mid. Once lethality is nerfed a bit, I would still expect to see him hanging around bot lane.
    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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