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Mar 14, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.5 Update

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 This patch's lethality changes certainly did a number on several crown favorites this patch. Meanwhile, the Ryze nerfs continue to pummel an already suffering solo queue champion in order to make things more fair at the professional level.

Lastly, we have the introduction of the new Stornborn Pact mastery. It still seems weak compared to Courage of the Colossus, but it's a welcome addition to Olaf and Nunu's mastery choices.

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.5
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

This patch's lethality changes certainly did a number on several crown favorites this patch. Meanwhile, the Ryze nerfs continue to pummel an already suffering solo queue champion in order to make things more fair at the professional level.

Lastly, we have the introduction of the new Stornborn Pact mastery. It still seems weak compared to Courage of the Colossus, but it's a welcome addition to Olaf and Nunu's mastery choices.

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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 7.5 Summary
Nerfs: Leblanc, Miss Fortune, Rengar, Ryze, Varus
Buffs: Kindred, Lucian
Tweaks: Fizz
Rework: Aatrox

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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, Talon
Jungle Ivern, Shaco, Graves
Top Lane Kled, Quinn, Fiora, Pantheon
Marksman Kog'Maw, Twitch, Caitlyn
Support JannaLulu, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Graves (Jungle), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Lulu (Support)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneAnivia, Twisted Fate, Ekko, Katarina, Fizz, Syndra, Quinn, Ziggs, Malzahar, Annie, Morgana, Leblanc, Yasuo, Xerath, Zilean, Orianna, Aurelion Sol, Vel'Koz, Kassadin, Lux, Zed
JungleNunu, Warwick, Jax, Kha'Zix, Hecarim, Nocturne, Vi, Lee Sin, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Skarner, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Elise
TopDarius, Tryndamere, Talon, Sion, Singed, Mordekaiser, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Akali, Malphite, Rumble, Yasuo, Riven, Teemo, Swain, Wukong, Kayle, Renekton, Gangplank, Nautilus, Irelia
MarksmanLucianZiggsDraven, Vayne, Ashe, Ezreal, Jhin
Support: Sion, Sona, Nami, Leona, Zilean, Malzahar, Braum, Thresh, Tahm Kench

Tier 1 Rising: Braum (Support), Darius (Top), Ekko (Mid), Ezreal (Marksman), Fizz (Mid), Gangplank (Top), Jax (Jungle), Kassadin (Mid), Katarina (Mid), Lucian (Marksman), Nunu (Jungle), Syndra (Mid), Tahm Kench (Support), Talon (Top), Tryndamere (Top), Twisted Fate (Mid), Vayne (Marksman), Ziggs (Marksman)
Tier 1 Falling: Jhin (Marksman), Leblanc (Mid), Malzahar (Support), Zed (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-LaneTaliyah, Kayle, Brand, Jayce, Karthus, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Vladimir, Akali, Gragas
JungleShyvana, Rengar, Rammus, Amumu, Zac, Rek'Sai, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Volibear, Rumble, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Nidalee, Kayle, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopNasus, Yorick, Camille, Garen, Illaoi, Zac, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Shaco, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Karma, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
MarksmanSivir, Jinx, Kalista, Varus, Miss Fortune, Varus, Miss Fortune, Ashe, Tristana
Support: Taric, Karma, Zyra, Brand, Bard, Morgana, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Nautilus

Tier 2 Rising: Bard (Support), Rammus (Top), Rengar (Jungle), Taliyah (Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Camille (Top), Jayce (Mid), Karthus (Mid), Kayle (Mid), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Nasus (Top), Shyvana (Jungle), Taric (Support), Varus (Marksman), Yorick (Top)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

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

Tier 3 Rising: Nunu (Support)
Tier 3 Falling: Corki (Mid), Diana (Jungle), Malphite (Jungle), Pantheon (Mid), Quinn (Marksman), Ryze (Mid/Top), Varus (Mid)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-LaneKha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
JungleCho'Gath, Nasus, Aatrox, 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: Miss Fortune, Elise, Pantheon, Teemo, Ashe, Anivia, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling: Aatrox (Jungle), Miss Fortune (Support)

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

  • Aurelion Sol [Tier 1 Mid] - In his current state, Aurelion Sol is still a very underrated mid-laner. His burst damage is surprisingly high for a sustained damage dealer, and the health pool he gets from Hextech GLP-800 and Rylais makes him quite difficult to kill, even if he gets hit by crowd-control. As a champion his kit is certainly very unique to his playstyle, but it could be worth mastering if you enjoy the concept.
  • Braum [Tier 1 Support] - Braum provides one of the best Lucian support synergies in the game. With Lucian on the rise, it makes sense that Braum is now worth more in solo queue as well. Meanwhile, the new Stoneborn Pact works well on him, though I think Colossus may still be better.
  • Kog'Maw [God Tier Marksman] - The latest Blade of the Ruined King changes make him quite powerful. When you combine this with the lethality nerfs and general marksman nerfs all-around, Kog'Maw becomes an excellent choice in solo queue. The majority of his damage also comes from his auto attacks rather than from his spells, which allows him to do well against the highly mobile mage-like marksmen like Lucian and Ezreal.
  • Leblanc [Tier 1 Mid] - Riot's nerf to Leblanc's Distortion [W] was absolutely brutal. If you try and play her in her old style of maxing Distortion first, she's probably around Tier 4. However, her Shatter Orb [Q] max followed by Ethereal Chains [E] is still quite good, especially since they increased her wave clear ability with that skill.
  • Lucian [Tier 1 Marksman] - Lucian's buffs look fairly subtle on the surface, but they really make him quite a bit more responsive and allows him to cleanly scale into late game.
  • Lulu [God Tier Support] - Lulu's been a bit of a sleeper pick since she's more of a hybrid shield/damage support rather than a pure shield support. However, as redemption was nerfed, she's slightly more even with the strongest shield/heal supports. The assassin meta also allows her to be very effective as a kill denial tool to keep the marksmen alive.
  • Miss Fortune [Tier 4 Support] - As the meta moves away from Zyra support and Miss Fortune was hit with a few nerfs, her abilities as a support are pretty weak now. Her Make It Rain [E] still does a ton of damage, but there are really better supports you could be playing.
  • Nunu [Tier 1 Jungle] - Nunu's been completely ignored as a jungle for the past few patches mostly because none of the keystone masteries really did much for him. However, the introduction of the latest Stornborn Pact mastery allows him to start being quite powerful. His max rank Ice Blast [E] has a four second cooldown. Incidentally, Stornborn Pact stays active on movement impairing abilities. Meanwhile, it scales with health, and few junglers can stack health quite as well as a Cinderhulk Nunu with Consume. 
  • Rengar [Tier 2 Jungle] - Rengar's changes this patch leave him quite a bit more vulnerable to turnaround ganks. This leads to weaker snowballing early game and falling behind. If you're good at him he's still a powerhouse since his damage wasn't changed, but there's more counterplay available against him than before.
  • Ryze [Tier 3 Mid] - Ryze was never really in a great spot for solo queue to begin with, despite being a competitive scene powerhouse. This last patch really did him in, and I would really stay away from him unless you happen to be a monster Ryze.
  • Teemo [Tier 1 Top] - Teemo has always been a champion that most player consider a bit of a troll. He's extremely lane dominant, but has difficulty during team fights. However, His Hextech Gunblade build is incredibly strong, and allows him to actually soak a decent bit of damage via lifesteal. In kite-based team comps and AOE crowd control teams, he performs quite well and currently deals the highest average damage of any top laner in the game. 
  • Tryndamere [Tier 1 Top] - The latest Blade of the Ruined King changes made him quite a bit stronger. Although the active was always good, Tryndamere's monster attack speed stacking builds definitely give him a lot more bang for his buck with the BoTRK rework.
    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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