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Dec 13, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.24 Update

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 Hi everyone, sorry for the delay, it's just been one of those weeks...anyway, we've got some extra data this time around since we're posting a bit later in the cycle, so there are fewer early patch anomalies this time around. Illaoi is looking particularly strong, and Morgana's still very good in her current state despite last week's hotfix.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - Preseason - PATCH 7.24
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

Preface Chatter

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay, it's just been one of those weeks...anyway, we've got some extra data this time around since we're posting a bit later in the cycle, so there are fewer early patch anomalies this time around. Illaoi is looking particularly strong, and Morgana's still very good in her current state despite last week's hotfix.

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 7.24 Summary
Buffs: Aurelion Sol, Bard, Camille, Darius, Evelynn, Galio, Ivern, Karthus, Riven, Zyra, 
Nerfs: Ezreal, Jarvan IV, Leona, Malzahar, Maokai, Ornn, Shen, Sona, Taric, Xin Zhao, Yorick, Zoe 
Tweaks: Morgana
Updates
  • Added Morgana Jungle
  • 12/15 Update:
    • Unbolded Miss Fortune (ADC)
    • Sona support moved to Tier 1
    • Blitzcrank support moved to God Tier
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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane MalzaharMorgana, Katarina 
Jungle Xin Zhao, Rammus, Shyvana
Top Lane Teemo, Maokai, Illaoi
Marksman Miss Fortune, Ezreal, Twitch
Support Leona, Taric, Blitzcrank

God Tier Rising: Blitzcrank (Support), Illaoi (Top), Morgana (Mid) Rammus (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Taric (Support)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneZyra, Twisted Fate, Xerath, Corki, Zed, Ahri, Anivia, Azir, Veigar, Annie, Zoe, Vladimir, Fizz, Kassadin, Talon, Vel'Koz, Lux, Jayce, Ziggs, Zilean, Orianna, Ekko
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Sejuani, Udyr, Jax, Warwick, Ezreal, Kha'Zix, Kayn, Nocturne, Vi, Kindred
Top: Jarvan IV,  Jayce, Malphite, Wukong, Singed, Pantheon, Quinn, Yorick, Malzahar, Urgot, Nasus, Ornn, Cho'gath, Kayle, Shen, Vladimir, Jax,  Akali, Swain, Gangplank, Irelia, Fiora, Sion, Garen, Riven
Marksman: Vayne, Kog'Maw, Tristana, Kalista, Xayah, Draven, Varus, Jinx, Sivir, 
Support: Lulu, Soraka, Sona, Janna, Alistar, Nami, Zyra, Nautilus, Zilean, Xerath

Tier 1 RisingAzir (Mid), Corki (Mid), Malphite (Top), Nasus (Top), Quinn (Top), Riven (Top), Xerath, (Mid) Zed (Mid), Zyra (Mid/Support)
Tier 1 Falling: Ahri (Mid), Cho'Gath (Jungle), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Lulu (Support), Shen (Top), Sona (Support)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Taliyah, Syndra, Kennen, Yasuo, Aurelion Sol, Leblanc, Karthus, Kayle, Brand, Viktor, Karma, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Diana, Lissandra, Akali, Gragas, Lucian, Galio, Ezreal (AD), Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rek'Sai, Elise, Evelynn, Dr. Mundo, Hecarim, Gragas, Lee Sin, Nidalee, Morgana, Master Yi, Shaco, Zac, Quinn, Graves, Amumu, Skarner, Rengar, Wukong, Volibear, Nunu, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch,  Aatrox
Top: Kennen, Talon, Kled, Yasuo, Tryndamere, Renekton, Galio, Camille, Rumble, Trundle, Gragas, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Darius, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Kayn, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin, Aatrox
Marksman: Ashe, Jhin, Caitlyn, ZiggsLucian
Support: Karma, Rakan, Thresh, Braum, Sion, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Teemo, Vel'Koz, Bard, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Ryze, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, Wukong, Nasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Teemo, Jarvan IV, Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
Jungle: Olaf, Poppy, Ekko, Ivern, Fizz, Galio, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Nautilus, Diana, Rumble, 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, Nidalee, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana
Marksman: Kennen, Quinn, Corki, Graves, Urgot
Support: Malzahar, Galio, Cho'Gath, CamilleFiddlesticks, Trundle, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Syndra

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Ekko (Jungle), Fizz (Jungle), Nautilus (Jungle), Olaf (Jungle), Poppy (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle), Sion (Jungle)

Tier 4

[Low Benefit Based On Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Kha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi
Jungle: Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Blitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, Leblanc, Braum
Marksman: Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser
Support: Miss Fortune, Pantheon, 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

  • Illaoi [God Tier Top] - Kleptomancy Illaoi is incredibly good right now and is surprisingly versatile in combat. Using this build gives her an incredible amount of gold generation, and as anyone who plays ARAM often enough knows, her power relies much more on good positioning than on the stats she has.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Mid] - Despite the latest nerf to Malzahar, he continues to be extremely powerful as a laner carrying through to the late game. His utility really more than makes up for the nerf on his ultimate damage, and his late game pick potential and pushing ability is second to none.
  • Morgana [God Tier Mid/Tier 2 Jungler] - Morgana's latest changes allow her to be quite a good mid laner like she used to be. She's incredibly safe and her ability to sustain through practically anything make her extremely reliable. When you combine this with her brain-dead roaming potential, she works well as both a mid laner and a jungler. 
  • Ornn [Tier 1 Top] - Ornn's nerfs hit his win rate a quite hard this patch. However, in large part it's because Ornn players are likely too used to his old numbers and need time to adjust to what kind of trades they can and can't take. At higher divisions he continues to excel and dominate team fights and the late game.
  • Quinn [Tier 1 Top] - Quinn's ability to take over solo queue games is still very underrated. Her lethality build allows her to duel practically anyone in the game, and the Precision tree allows her to snowball very hard. While she does have to deal with some very annoying top laners in the current meta, if she loses lane to jungler ganks she can still roam around the map post-6 for free kills.
  • Shyvana [God Tier Jungle] - As I've previously mentioned at other points in the year, Shyvana is one of those champions whose kit is just so basic and so easy to use that her strength is largely a simple numbers game. The new masteries work so well with her kit that she simply clears faster and hits harder than other junglers in the current meta, allowing her to counterjungle or simply clear and gank very effectively.
  • Taric [God Tier Support] - The number of dive champions in the current meta allows Taric to fit in quite nicely in nearly every composition. Despite the armor nerf he received this patch, he continues to be very good, especially with his play rate rising. This allows players to see him more often and start making plays with his allied stun positioning.
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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