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May 22, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.10 Update

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 Hey everyone and welcome to the latest tier list for Patch 7.10. This one should have come out a few days earlier, but I had to attend a wedding and was out of commission for a bit. The good news is, we've finally isolated the indirect Thresh buffs, and after two patches in a row of continuous domination, he's ready to objectively be on top of the support mountain for the first time in a long time.

Meanwhile, Riot overdid it a bit on the blob, and Zac's bouncing around wrecking havoc everywhere he pleases.

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.10
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 for Patch 7.10. This one should have come out a few days earlier, but I had to attend a wedding and was out of commission for a bit. The good news is, we've finally isolated the indirect Thresh buffs, and after two patches in a row of continuous domination, he's ready to objectively be on top of the support mountain for the first time in a long time.

Meanwhile, Riot overdid it a bit on the blob, and Zac's bouncing around wrecking havoc everywhere he pleases.

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 7.10 Summary
Buffs: Rakan, Udyr, Yorick, Zac
Nerfs: Fizz, Graves, Ivern, Lee Sin, Lulu, Maokai, Renekton, Sejuani
Reworks: Heimerdinger, Kassadin, Rammus

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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, Anivia, Annie
Jungle Zac, Ivern, Nunu
Top Lane Riven, Fiora, Darius, 
Marksman Caitlyn, Lucian, Twitch
Support Thresh, Sona, Lulu, Janna, Blitzcrank

God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Riven (Top), Thresh (Support), Zac (Jungle)
God Tier Falling: Annie (Mid) 

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneKassadin, Katarina, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Vel'Koz, Xerath, Syndra, Talon, Ekko, Ziggs, Taliyah, Yasuo, Fizz, Zilean, Aurelion Sol, Karthus, Zed, Leblanc
Jungle: Warwick, Kha'Zix, Elise, Shaco, Gragas, Sejuani, Vi, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Lee Sin, Kindred, Nocturne
Top: Irelia, Kled, Pantheon, Yasuo, Talon, Jax, Aatrox, Tryndamere, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Akali, Gragas, Swain, Renekton, Wukong, Kayle, Rumble
Marksman: Ashe, ZiggsDraven, Kog'Maw, Miss Fortune, Xayah, Vayne, Kalista, Jinx
Support: Bard, Nami, Karma, Sion, Soraka, Leona, Zyra, Zilean, Braum, Alistar

Tier 1 Rising: Ashe (Marksman), Elise (Jungle), Gragas (Jungle), Kindred (Jungle), Nami (Support), Nocturne (Jungle), Renekton (Top), Zyra (Support)
Tier 1 Falling: Fizz (Mid), Irelia (Top), Karma (Support), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Lee Sin (Jungle), Rumble (Top), Sejuani (Jungle), Xayah (Marksman)

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, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Nidalee, Hecarim, Jax, Amumu, Graves, Skarner, Shyvana, Rammus, Rengar, Rek'SaiRumble, Wukong, Olaf, Poppy, Maokai, Volibear, Trundle, Pantheon, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Aatrox, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Ekko
Top: Galio, Gangplank, Camille, Malphite, Sion, Teemo, Nasus, Nautilus, Singed, Mordekaiser, Quinn, Yorick, Garen, Illaoi, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cho'gath, Trundle, Cassiopeia, Karma, Urgot, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Tristana, Ezreal, Jhin, Sivir, Varus, Kennen
Support: Taric, Brand, Rakan, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, NautilusMalzahar, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising: Heimerdinger (Mid), Nidalee (Jungle), Tristana (Marksman)
Tier 2 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Camille (Top), Fizz (Top), Galio (Top), Gangplank (Top), Graves (Jungle), Hecarim (Jungle), Jax (Jungle), 

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Ryze, Corki, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, WukongNasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, 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: Sejuani, Shaco, Dr. Mundo, Zed, Volibear, Ryze, Vayne, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Nunu, Malzahar, Nidalee, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Taric
Marksman: Quinn, Corki, Graves, Urgot, Kindred
Support: Galio, CamilleFiddlesticks, Trundle, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Syndra

Tier 3 Rising: Nunu (Top)
Tier 3 Falling: Galio (Support), Sejuani (Top), Shaco (Top)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Kha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
Jungle: Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Blitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, 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

  • Ahri [God Tier Mid] - Ahri continues her existence as the gold standard for mid-laners. She has burst damage, initiation, and more gap closers/evasion techniques than almost any other mid-laner. Although the only thing she truly excels at is staying alive, her ability to fit into any team composition makes her a keystone champion that allows her to maintain her dominance in solo queue.
  • Fizz [Tier 2 Top] - This time around, Riot decided they were tired of the massive amount of bleed damage and active damage from his Seastone Trident [W] as a result, it was greatly nerfed and essentially destroyed tank/bruiser Fizz. He still works as an assassin, but he does not receive quite enough free stats to be an offensive nuisance while building pure tank. 
  • Graves [Tier 2 Jungle] - Similar to Fizz, the powers that be are fed up with seeing Graves in every game. His damage and cooldown was reduced on all ends, and he now deals significantly less damage than before. When you combine this with the previous magic resist nerfs on True Grit [E] followed by buffs on a ton of AP-based junglers, Graves is really feeling the pain.
  • Heimerdinger [Tier 2 Mid] - The new Heimerdinger plays well and appears viable in the currently meta. I would avoid picking him into difficult match-ups against high waveclear, but otherwise, he seems fine.
  • Riven [God Tier Top] - The quality of life changes on Riven's animation canceling changed her from merely a one-off nuisance in the hands of a true master to a serious nuisance even in the hands of a semi-serious casual player. 
  • Sejuani [Tier 1 Jungle] - The nerfs to Sejuani reduced her overall durability significantly in the early to mid-game, resulting in a much more manageable jungler.
  • Thresh [God Tier Support] - I've been a bit hesitant to move Thresh up too quickly, but it really appears that he's here to stay at the top tier. Back in Patch 7.9, many champions received magic resist per level. However, since the majority were ranged champions, they didn't see much in the way of movement. Thresh on the other hand, is a champion that consistently jumps into the fray and builds a significant amount of health. This means that the magic resist per level scaling actually becomes quite a strong impact on his overall effectiveness. Combining this with the Face of the Mounttain changes allows Thresh to be much more of a presence than before as a result of his increased hidden durability stats.
  • Zac [God Tier Jungle] - Doubling the knock-up duration on his Elastic Slingshot [E] and changing his Stretching Strikes [Q] into a health-scaling ability was pretty good for Zac. Toss in increased range, doubled blob generation, quality-of-life buffs, increase the slam damage by 50% and all of a sudden you have an extremely broken jungler that's an absolute pain to deal with. Welcome to the patch of the Zac friends.
    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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