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Apr 24, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.8 Update

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Hey everyone and welcome to the latest tier list release! I've hopefully still got a bit more in me to finish up the ban list and 3s list tonight, so stay tuned!

Rakan and Xayah are both looking low on the win rate charts on release as all champions should with kits as complex as theirs. However, don't sit on them too long, as their kits are certainly much stronger than the numbers would lead you to believe.

Meanwhile, Ivern is still ANNIHILATING the rift despite the minor nerf he received in 7.8 that prevents him from blocking epic monsters with a single bush.

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.8
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

Hey everyone and welcome to the latest tier list release! I've hopefully still got a bit more in me to finish up the ban list and 3s list tonight, so stay tuned!

Rakan and Xayah are both looking low on the win rate charts on release as all champions should with kits as complex as theirs. However, don't sit on them too long, as their kits are certainly much stronger than the numbers would lead you to believe.

Meanwhile, Ivern is still ANNIHILATING the rift despite the minor nerf he received in 7.8 that prevents him from blocking epic monsters with a single bush.

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 7.8 Summary
Buffs: Aatrox, Amumu, Karthus, Lissandra, Ryze
Nerfs: Ivern, Malzahar, Nautilus
Tweaks: Shen, Udyr

Updates
  • Xayah and Rakan Added
  • 4/26: Cho'Gath Top/jungle moved up

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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, Annie, Anivia
Jungle Ivern, Nunu, Amumu
Top Lane Fiora, Darius, IreliaKled
Marksman Lucian, Kog'Maw, Twitch, Xayah
Support Lulu, Janna, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Amumu (Top), Anivia (Mid), Irelia (Top)
God Tier Falling: Kled (Top)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneFizz, Kassadin, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Vel'Koz, Xerath, Syndra, Talon, Ekko, Ziggs, Taliyah, Yasuo, Zilean, Aurelion Sol, Karthus, Leblanc, Katarina, Zed
Jungle: Warwick, Shaco, Jax, Graves, Kha'Zix, Hecarim, Vi, Lee Sin, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Zac, Master Yi, Elise, Gragas
Top: Pantheon, Malphite, Renekton, Talon, Sion, Fizz, Jax, Aatrox, Tryndamere, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Rumble, Akali, Gragas, Yasuo, Riven, Galio, Swain, Wukong, Kayle, Gangplank, Camille
Marksman: Caitlyn, ZiggsDraven, Vayne, Ashe, Miss Fortune, Kalista, Jinx
Support: Sion, Rakan, Sona, Nami, Bard, Leona, Thresh, Zilean, Braum, Alistar

Tier 1 Rising: Aatrox (Top), Camille (Top), Elise (Jungle), Ekko (Mid), Fizz (Mid), Gragas (Top), Karthus (Mid), Leblanc (Mid), Rumble (Top), Taliyah (Mid), Thresh (Support), Xerath (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Orianna (Mid), Shaco (Jungle), Tryndamere (Top)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Galio. Lux, Morgana, Kayle, Brand, Jayce, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Vladimir, Akali, Malzahar, Gragas
Jungle: Nocturne, Kindred, Skarner, Shyvana, Rammus, Rengar, Rek'SaiRumble, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Maokai, Volibear, Trundle, Pantheon, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Nidalee, Aatrox, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Ekko
Top: Teemo, Nasus, Nautilus, Singed, Mordekaiser, Quinn, Yorick, Garen, Illaoi, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Shaco, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cho'gath, Trundle, Cassiopeia, Karma, Urgot, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Ezreal, Jhin, Sivir, Varus, Tristana, Kennen
Support: Taric, Karma, Galio, Zyra, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, NautilusMalzahar

Tier 2 Rising: Aatrox (Jungle), Cho'gath (Top), Pantheon (Jungle), Rengar (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Galio (Mid), Lux (Mid), Malzahar (Mid/Support), Mordekaiser (Top), Morgana (Mid), Quinn (Top), Singed (Top), Teemo (Top), Trundle (Top)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

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

Tier 3 Rising: Cho'Gath (Jungle)
Tier 3 Falling: Dr. Mundo (Top/Jungle), Kayle (Jungle), Quinn (Mid)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Kha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
Jungle: Cho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Blitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum
Marksman: Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
Support: Miss Fortune, Elise, Pantheon, Teemo, Ashe, Anivia, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling

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

  • Aatrox [Tier 1 Top] - Aatrox in his current form is similar to Shyvana. People know that if you let him hit you for too long you'll die, and all his moves are fairly telegraphed. He's not particularly interesting and it's obvious what he's planning to do. What's not obvious however, are the numbers behind his skills. In the past he's been lackluster and the brunt of many jokes. However, after a few numbers buffs he's becoming a true contender, and works well as a split-push beast and tank slayer. 
  • Anivia [God Tier Mid] - Anivia's constantly putting out great numbers, and was only hampered a bit when assassins were extremely strong. The utility on her wall is a great engage/disengage tool, and her waveclear allows for extended periods of turtling if your team is behind. Pushing against this bird in solo queue is nigh impossible if she plays her cards right, and even starving her of blue buff is a lost cause when she's building tear and a catalyst item.
  • Irelia [God Tier Top] - Irelia with Blade of the Ruined King is extraordinarily powerful right now, and if she's lucky enough to be against a double AP composition, Wits End + Spirit Visage makes her completely unkillable while simultaneously dealing massive damage.
  • Malzahar [Tier 2 Mid] - Malzahar as a mid-laner is taking the brunt of the hit aimed at support Malzahar. While support Malzahar can simply be an ult-bot and stay effective, Malzahar's voidlings are basically useless in lane now that they can be intercepted and killed en route.
  • Nunu [God Tier Jungle] - Everyone's sleeping on Nunu jungle. He counters all the AD-based champions that are popular on the rift right now, and if Ivern's any indication, support-based junglers are still very good as long as they have the clear speed. If there's anything Nunu definitely has, it's jungle clear speed. 
  • Rakan [Tier 1 Support] - Rakan is largely played incorrectly right now as everyone keeps hoping he's a damage-based support. If you wanted a damage-based melee support, you're looking in the wrong place. As with all tanky supports, Rakan is best played defensively, and synergizes incredibly well with heavy AOE champions like Rumble or Vel'Koz. His crowd-control combo is extremely good, and if he builds like he should, it's very difficult to pin him down. Either way, if his win rate continues to be as low as it is right now, he'll probably get buffed a little and push him over the edge.
  • Trundle [Tier 2 Top] - Trundle's definitely suffering from a lack of tanky champions on the rift to steal stats from.. Top laners and junglers are comprised of heavy damage dealers, and supports are almost largely shield/heal based. As a result, Trundle's a bit lackluster with his lack of hard-CC and burst damage. 
  • Xayah [God Tier Marksman] - Xayah is one of those champions that on release, is obviously going to be extremely overpowered some day. She's already showing up incredibly high on the charts even in her first week of release, and I would expect her to be toned down a bit in the future. She's incredibly bursty and has great potential for outplaying a massive chunk of spells in the game as a result of her ultimate.
    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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