Oct 25, 2016

2016 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 6.21 Update

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Welcome back to the latest tier list update! Ranked queues are still shaking fromt the shock of seeing Miss Fortune support on the world stage, and competitive play as we know it may never be the same. Meanwhile, we are clearing seeing a lot of influence on champion choices from the tournament, despite the fact that they are playing on Patch 6.18. Some of the picks are still very good, whereas others have already been nerfed. Make sure to check out the list below to maximize your ranked play!

"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

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Preface Chatter

Welcome back to the latest tier list update! Ranked queues are still shaking fromt the shock of seeing Miss Fortune support on the world stage, and competitive play as we know it may never be the same. Meanwhile, we are clearing seeing a lot of influence on champion choices from the tournament, despite the fact that they are playing on Patch 6.18. Some of the picks are still very good, whereas others have already been nerfed. Make sure to check out the list below to maximize your ranked play!

Which champions work best in solo queue? Which ones are the safest to reliably climb with? Which ones can you POWER through the ranked grind by smashing through in the quickest and most efficient way possible? Check out the 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!
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Patch 6.21 Summary
Buffs: Ivern, Kog'Maw, Nasus, Ziggs
Nerfs: Nidalee, Graves, Nunu, 
Tweaks: Lee Sin, Master Yi, Yorick,

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The Tier List

God Tier [Highest Influence]:

Mid-Lane Gods: Ahri, Annie
Jungle Gods: Vi, Nunu, Sejuani, Zac
Marksman Gods: Jhin, Miss Fortune, Jinx, Caitlyn
Top Lane Gods: Kennen, Malphite, Yasuo, Jayce, Irelia
Support Gods: Janna, Sona, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Jayce (Top), Nunu (Jungle)
God Tier Falling: Jinx (Marksman)

Tier 1 [Strong/Preferred Choices]:

Mid-Lane: Vel'Koz, Brand, Twisted Fate, Anivia, Morgana, Kennen, Kayle, Syndra, Corki, Viktor, Katarina, Malzahar, Lux, Orianna, Karthus, Zilean, Yasuo
Jungle: Dr. Mundo, Jarvan IV, Skarner, Amumu, Graves, Shaco, Hecarim, Kha'Zix, Nocturne, Nidalee, Wukong, Xin Zhao, Volibear, Olaf, Kindred, Fiddlesticks, Elise
Marksman: Twitch, Ashe, Vayne, Sivir
Top Lane: Kayle, Wukong, Jarvan IV, Riven, Illaoi, Swain, Nasus, Renekton, Teemo, Quinn, Sion, Tryndamere, Darius, Pantheon, Jax, Singed, Gangplank, Olaf, Rumble, Gnar, Fiora, Poppy, Trundle
Support: Nami, Vel'Koz, Brand, Zyra, Leona, Braum, Zilean, Sion, Taric

Tier 1 Rising: Dr. Mundo (Jungle), Fiora (Top), Gnar (Top), Nasus (Top), Nocturne (Jungle), Orianna (Mid), Poppy (Top), Shaco (Jungle), Sion (Support)
Tier 1 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Anivia (Mid), Nidalee (Jungle), Riven (Top), Trundle (Top), Yasuo (Mid)

Tier 2 [Viable/Balanced Choices]:

Mid-Lane: Galio, Xerath, Ziggs,Aurelion Sol, Cassiopeia, Akali, Talon, Zyra, Gangplank, Karma,  Fizz, Zed, Swain, Veigar, Jayce, Diana, Cho'Gath, Lulu, Wukong, Leblanc, Quinn, Pantheon, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Ryze, Kassadin, Ekko
Jungle: Gragas, Maokai, Rammus, Warwick, Trundle, Rengar, Udyr, Rumble, Jax, Lee Sin, Malzahar, Irelia, Quinn, Evelynn, Shyvana, Master Yi, Diana, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Aurelion Sol, Pantheon, Ekko, Mordekaiser,
Marksman: Tristana, Lucian, Ezreal, Draven, Graves, Corki, Kog'Maw, Varus, Quinn
Top Lane: Ekko, Graves, Akali, Yorick, Zac, Rengar, Kled, Maokai, Nautilus, Lissandra, Volibear, Garen, Rammus, Cho'gath, Malzahar, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Mordekaiser, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Shen, Diana, Hecarim, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Heimerdinger, Kassadin, Nidalee, Aurelion Sol
Support: Karma, Morgana, Thresh, Alistar, Bard, Nautilus, Trundle, Tahm Kench, Lulu, Annie

Tier 2 Rising: Akali (Mid), Cassiopeia (Mid), Ekko (Top), Quinn (Mid), Ryze (Mid), Ziggs (Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Graves (Top/Marksman), Talon (Mid), Tristana (Marksman), Yorick (Top)

Tier 3 [Needs Higher Skill/Knowledge Than Usual]:

Mid-Lane: Sona, Vladimir, Taliyah, Varus, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Nidalee, Kog'Maw (AP), Teemo, Master Yi, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Mordekaiser, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Kha'Zix, Malphite, Leona, Elise
Jungle: Rek'Sai, Poppy, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Kog'Maw, Tahm Kench, Cho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Ivern, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Taric, Karthus, Leona, Riven, Darius, Shen
Marksman: Urgot, Kalista, Kindred, Kennen, Twisted Fate
Top Lane: Galio, Aatrox, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Warwick, Udyr, Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Ryze, Karma, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Vi, Talon, Shyvana, Taliyah, Azir, Leblanc, Vayne, Nunu, Elise, Taric
Support: Miss Fortune, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Ivern, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks, Nunu, Pantheon, Elise, Teemo

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Shen (Support), Urgot (Mid), Volibear (Top), Xerath (Support)

Tier 4 [Low Benefits for Effort Used]:

Mid-Lane: Soraka, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench, Janna
Jungle: Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Marksman: Mordekaiser, Thresh
Top Lane: Alistar, Braum, Soraka
Support: Ashe, Anivia, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, Syndra, 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.
  • This tier list takes data from ALL players; however, since the majority of players fall in the first three tiers, the majority of data points will come from there.
  • Win Rates are important in analyzing each champion's strength but are not the end-all criteria for any champion's position.
  • The creator of this list is diamond, so there may be some personal bias towards higher tier play on certain champions.

Champion Explanations

  • Jayce [God Tier Top] - Riot really wanted us to pick Jayce back up, but tried very hard not to make him toxic again. As a result, we ended up with a melee form heavy Jayce that no longer spams his tear build. Instead, most Jayces now opt for armor penetration stacking for MAXIMUM damage. By picking up an early Youmuu's Ghostblade and Black Cleaver, he has the ability to 100 to 0 enemies with his combo, just not on a 3 second cooldown.
  • Karma [Tier 2 Support] - Karma is extremely popular in professional play, but not necessarily because she's the "best" support. As a flex pick, Karma is very good for juking the enemy team as she fits into a variety of team compositions. However, her skills really shine when you team can coordinate engagements and retreats. In the world of solo queue, your ultimate often just leaves the team split as half runs quickly one way and half runs quickly the opposite.
  • Lucian [Tier 2 Marksman] - Many people see Lucian in Tier 2 and say "win rates aren't everything, this lists sucks". However, the fact of the matter is that Lucian does not beat the meta, he simply IS the meta. Everyone plays him, and thus champions that dominate him in lane do well. Meanwhile, his late-game relies on a strong early, which is largely dependent on your support. In solo queue, this makes it a hit or miss, although he can get very snowbally.
  • Miss Fortune [Tier 3 Support] - Oh this one. make sure you read the full article on Miss Fortune support, but essentially she's a niche pick. Only get her if you have Jhin or Ashe on your team, and preferably only if the enemy team is running some sort of poke support (Zyra). Otherwise, she's a fairly subpar pick. Her laning phase is excellent, which might lead people to pick her more often, but her strength with and against jungle ganks is quite poor. You will need the support of your team to make sure the pick is effective, which again, may be lacking in solo queue.
  • Nami [Tier 1 Support] - Against Jhin, Nami is God Tier for certain, however, she is a more average pick against the majority of other lanes. Even if you play her up against Jhin for a potential free win, watch out for Braum as he can make the easy win a bit more difficult. For those of you that are unsure of what I mean, just throw your ultimate at Jhin every time he uses his ultimate for the luls.
  • Nunu [God Tier Jungle] - Despite the nerfs on Nunu this patch, he remains a very strong pick in solo queue. He is intensely tanky and does a good amount of damage. This allows him to tower dive squishies with ease, and his ultimate now does very good damage as a result of the changes to the slow. However, it's easy to get lulled into a false sense of security when you realize enemy champions do no damage to you, so keep in mind that his late game is not very good unless your marksman gets fed.
  • Vayne [Tier 1 Marksman] - The "new" crit build on Vayne covers a lot of her previous weaknesses and actually makes her quite viable for being Vayne in a lane dominant meta. The Statikk Shiv allows her to clear waves early to mid game, and the Infinity Edge gives her burst damage without relying on the third shot. This makes her extremely effective against both squishies and tanks. Additionally, she does well against a lot of the popular marksman like Jhin and Ashe (mid-game) as a result of her ability to tumble their core spells.
  • Zyra [Tier 2 Mid] - Zyra is almost never seen mid-lane anymore, which is somewhat of a pity. She's certainly a sleeper pick at the moment, and pretty much only seen as a support (92% of the time). However, she does an insane amount of damage for relatively few items, and can build just as tanky as other sustained damage mid-laners. Her main drawback is how squishy she is, but you could say that about a lot of other mid-laners. I personally think she's very underrated in the role right now.
  • The purpose of this list is for discussion and to provide a starting point for champion selection.

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