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Oct 17, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.20 Update

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 Hi folks, and welcome to the latest tier list! This time around we've got a hand full of buffs, but otherwise relatively little movement. There are definitely some impacts from the world stage, but the meta is relatively stable right now leading into the end of the season.

Ardent Censer supports continue to dominate solo queue, but Lulu isn't performing as well as she does in the professional scene, likely because to use her effectively you need to anticipate rather than just react.

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.20
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

Hi folks, and welcome to the latest tier list! This time around we've got a hand full of buffs, but otherwise relatively little movement. There are definitely some impacts from the world stage, but the meta is relatively stable right now leading into the end of the season.

Ardent Censer supports continue to dominate solo queue, but Lulu isn't performing as well as she does in the professional scene, likely because to use her effectively you need to anticipate rather than just react.

Anyway, let's jump right in!

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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 7.20 Summary
Buffs: Brand, Graves, Karma, Ornn, Tahm Kench

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane MalzaharTalon, Anivia
Jungle Sejuani, Cho'Gath, 
Top Lane Cho'gath, Vladimir, Maokai, Jayce
Marksman Twitch, Kog'Maw, Tristana
Support Janna, Soraka, Sona

God Tier Rising: Kog'Maw (Marksman), Vladimir (Top),
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTwisted Fate, Veigar, Annie, Ahri, Vladimir, Azir, Kassadin, Katarina, Vel'Koz, Xerath, Zed,  Jayce, Ziggs, Zilean, Fizz, Orianna, Ekko, Aurelion Sol
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Maokai, Kayn, Jax, Warwick, Gragas, Rammus, Ezreal, Dr. Mundo, Kha'Zix, Elise, Xin Zhao, Rek'Sai, Ivern, Shyvana, Nocturne, Vi, Lee Sin, Kindred, Nidalee, 
Top: Jarvan IV, Yasuo, Kled, Singed, Fiora, Darius, Tryndamere, Riven, Pantheon, Talon, Wukong, Jax,  Kennen, Akali, Swain, Gangplank, Quinn, Sion, Kayle
Marksman: Miss Fortune, Xayah, Draven, Jinx, Sivir, Vayne
Support: Lulu, Rakan, Blitzcrank, Taric, Alistar, Nami, Karma, Bard, Zyra, Zilean

Tier 1 RisingAzir (Mid), Veigar (Mid), Vladimir (Mid),
Tier 1 Falling: Miss Fortune (Marksman) 

Tier 2

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

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

Tier 2 Rising: Ornn (Top),
Tier 2 Falling

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: 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

  • Azir [Tier 1 Mid] - Azir in his current state is fairly powerful as of Patch 7.19, and continues to advance in the rankings as old players remember how much fun he is and start practicing the emperor again. His play-making ability is immense, and his ability to harass the multitude of melee assassins out of lane pre-6 is quite good. The only drawbacks he has at the moment are still his relatively high mana usage, but as long as you manage your resources well he can be extremely good.
  • Ezreal [Tier 1 Jungle] - What was supposed to be a fad has bloomed into a full on mainstream pick. Ezreal is currently one of the most feared junglers on the rift as a result of his irritatingly powerful early-game ganking power. This translates to excellent snowball potential with his ranged red buff attacks, and applies a ton of pressure during the early game phase of the game. As long as your team has some sort of front line, he becomes difficult to deal with. Fortunately, ardent censer supports are still all the rage and melee supports are still lacking.
  • Kog'Maw [God Tier Marksman] - Kog'Maw is one of those champions where players used to be skeptical about his ability to survive in a solo queue environment where support players play offensive-based picks like Brand or Leona. However, in the current state of the game most players choose to pick up peel supports like Janna, Lulu, and Soraka, then rush Ardent Censer. This results in an extremely powerful Kog'Maw that can shred through enemies with the overpowered Guinsoo's Rageblade.
  • Lulu [Tier 1 Support] - Someone's going to yell at me for this one for sure, but Lulu simply doesn't do as well in a solo queue environment as someone who provides true healing like Soraka or Sona. If you are skilled with Lulu and your marksman partner knows how to trade properly she can be devastating like you see on the world stage, but otherwise it's generally better to have someone who is effective regardless of good spell timing.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Mid] - Malzahar continues to be a solo queue powerhouse as he delivers excellent lane presence, particularly effective post-6 roams, and simply devastating amounts of damage. 
  • Ornn [Tier 2 Top] - After the latest round of buffs, Ornn has become somewhat of a lane bully and plays similar to a tanky version of Rumble with less mobility but more durability and crowd control. I think we'll see him start to be a prime pick in solo queue as long as Yasuo is banned.
  • Singed [Tier 1 Top] - Singed continues to dominate the top of the charts in terms of win rate, but as long as he's hard countered by Teemo and Heimerdinger it's tough to say he really deserves God Tier as his hard-counters are insanely easy to play and difficult for Singed to do anything against.
  • Vladimir [God Tier Top] - Vladimir is back on top as the premier lane bully, and with professional players showing us on the world stage the proper way to engage with his ultimate, this means even solo queue players are using him effectively most of the time.
    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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