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Aug 14, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.16 Update

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Hi everyone and welcome to the newest version of the Patch 7.16 tier list! This time around it looks like the top two most played junglers (Lee Sin and Kayn) are both showing their difficulty level. With new junglers spamming the rift with these two moderately difficult champions, 26 out of 41 (63%) of junglers are showing win rates above 50%! Unless you've been practicing quite a bit with these two, it's probably best not to take them into ranked for the first time...

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.16
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

Hi everyone and welcome to the newest version of the Patch 7.16 tier list! This time around it looks like the top two most played junglers (Lee Sin and Kayn) are both showing their difficulty level. With new junglers spamming the rift with these two moderately difficult champions, 26 out of 41 (63%) of junglers are showing win rates above 50%! Unless you've been practicing quite a bit with these two, it's probably best not to take them into ranked for the first time...

Anyway, 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 7.16 Summary
Buffs: Fiora, Sion, Vi, Fizz
Nerfs: Caitlyn, Maokai, Corki, Galio, Leblanc, Orianna, Taliyah
Tweaks: Cassiopeia, Syndra

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Malzahar, Ahri, Anivia, Annie
Jungle Cho'Gath, Sejuani, Maokai
Top Lane Darius, Jarvan IV, Maokai
Marksman Twitch, Draven, Tristana
Support JannaBlitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising:
God Tier Falling: Maokai (Top/Jungle)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneKassadin, Katarina, Twisted Fate, Aurelion Sol, Vel'Koz, Xerath, Talon, Zed, Ziggs, Zilean, Fizz, Orianna
Jungle: Nunu, Jax, Warwick, Gragas, Rammus, Dr. Mundo, Kha'Zix, Elise, Rek'Sai, Ivern, Jarvan IV, Shyvana, Master Yi, Nocturne, Vi, Lee Sin, Kindred, Nidalee, Kayn
Top: Kled, Jax, Irelia, Riven, Pantheon, Yasuo, Talon, Jayce, Wukong, Singed, Tryndamere, Cho'gath, Akali, Swain, Garen, Quinn, Sion, Renekton, Kayle, Nasus, Yorick, Camille
Marksman: Jinx, Jhin, Kog'Maw, Vayne, Miss Fortune, Lucian
Support: Sona, Taric, Alistar, Lulu, Nami, Karma, Rakan, Bard, Zyra, Zilean

Tier 1 Rising: Kassadin (Mid), Nasus (Top), Jayce (Top), Quinn (Top), Shyvana (Jungle), Singed (Top), Sion (Top), Sona (Support), Vi (Jungle), Wukong (Top), Zed (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Jhin (Marksman), Lucian (Marksman), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Orianna (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Taliyah, Syndra, Karthus, Ekko, Lux, Yasuo, Corki, Leblanc, Morgana, Kayle, Brand, Jayce, Viktor, Karma, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Vladimir, Akali, Gragas, Lucian, Galio, Azir, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Evelynn, Shaco, Zac, Graves, Xin Zhao, Hecarim, Amumu, Skarner, Rengar, Rumble, Wukong, Olaf, Poppy, Volibear, Trundle, Pantheon, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Aatrox, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Ekko
Top: Aatrox, Fiora, Galio, Rumble, Gangplank, Trundle, Gragas, Malphite, Teemo, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Illaoi, Shen, Kennen, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Kayn, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Karma, Urgot, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Caitlyn, Ashe, Kalista, Sivir, ZiggsVarus, Xayah, Ezreal
Support: Thresh, Braum, Leona, SionBrand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Nautilus, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Aatrox (Top), Karthus (Mid), Syndra (Mid), Taliyah (Mid), Sion (Support), Thresh (Support), Xin Zhao (Jungle)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Kennen, Ryze, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, WukongNasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Teemo, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
Jungle: Galio, Kayle, Malphite, Diana, Camille, Riven, Talon, Tryndamere, Kled, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, 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: Kennen, Quinn, Corki, Graves, Urgot, Kindred
Support: Malzahar, Galio, Cho'GathCamilleFiddlesticks, Trundle, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Syndra

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling

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

  • Caitlyn [Tier 2 Marksman] - Post-nerf Caitlyn performs poorly on the charts, sporting one of the two lowest win rates of any marksman on the rift. Not only did Riot nerf her early lane phase power, but with the influx of tanks and assassin buffs on the rift, marksmen are weaker in general if they're not late game hypercarries like Twitch or Draven.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - Kassadin's one of those champions that can snowball a game by himself. However, if he doesn't have good roaming pressure his team can quickly be baited into a 5v5 ARAM mid against high waveclear, long-range champions. As long as this doesn't happen though, Kassadin is an extremely powerful laner that can dominate the rift once he hits level six.
  • Kayn [Tier 1 Jungle] - The Kayn effect is starting to show. One of the top two most played junglers directly under Lee Sin, Kayn and Lee sport a bottom four win rate in solo queue. This results in over 60% of the junglers in the game having an above 50% win rate. This doesn't deter players from picking him though! Despite the fact that most people don't do well with him, he's certainly still a power pick if you can snowball and feels great once you get going. Gotta warn you though, even players with over 200 games on him are still at a sub 50%.
  • Lee Sin [Tier 1 Jungle] - Similar to the Kayn effect, the Lee effect is also extremely strong in the current meta. As the most played jungler in the game, Lee always has a major impact on other junglers across the board. However, unlike Kayn, players with over 50 games as Lee start seeing some serious fruits to their labors. In the current meta, Lee still continues his usual damage + tank build, but if you get bored or really ahead, his full lethality build is also remincent of the old Bloodthirster builds.
  • Maokai [God Tier Top] - Even after his nerfs, Maokai continues to be very powerful as a top laner. He doesn't get quite as much percentage damage as before on his sapling toss, but sapling bush cheeses are overrated anyway. The downside is that he does get a little bit of a reduced objective control around Baron, since with tanks leading the way through unwarded territory his saplings get a lot of percentage health damage in.
  • Orianna [Tier 1 Mid] - The constant staple of mid-lane, Orianna received quite a substantial nerf this time around. Although the damage nerf doesn't look particularly big and she also got a slight quality of life buff, the damage nerf makes it more difficult for players to reliably waveclear early on without tossing in a few more auto-attacks for a clean clear. The shield reduction also makes it more difficult for her to punish trades, resulting in a much more balanced Orianna.
  • Quinn [Tier 1 Top] - In this world of lethality, it's a surprise that Quinn hasn't meandered back to the top yet. Part of this is likely due to the tank meta setting in, but she still does extremely well if she cheeses hard during the early levels of laning phase. With her massive roam potential, Edge of Night + Youmuu's  + Duskblade is absolutely bonkers on her.
  • Taliyah [Tier 2 Mid] - Taliyah may not have needed much of a nerf, but the slight increase in her Threaded Volley [Q] mana cost does reduce her ability to punish opponents early on in the game for her early cheese.
    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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