Dec 8, 2016

2016 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 6.24 Update

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines as we gear up to the official start of Season 7! To start things off, the Rylai nerf certainly sent mid-lane into a tailspin, and things at the top are starting to look a lot different from what we remember at the end of Season 6.

Meanwhile, the Colossus and Fervor changes are also changing the meta in some unexpected ways. It's still early in the patch though, so we'll keep a close eye on things as they progress. Stay tuned for more updates in the upcoming days, and check back soon to stay armed with the freshest game knowledge possible!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 6.24
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

This List has been updated, and new versions are available via this link

Preface Chatter

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines as we gear up to the official start of Season 7! To start things off, the Rylai nerf certainly sent mid-lane into a tailspin, and things at the top are starting to look a lot different from what we remember at the end of Season 6.

Meanwhile, the Colossus and Fervor changes are also changing the meta in some unexpected ways. It's still early in the patch though, so we'll keep a close eye on things as they progress. Stay tuned for more updates in the upcoming days, and check back soon to stay armed with the freshest game knowledge possible!

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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 6.24 Summary
Buffs: Akali, Azir, Fiddlesticks, Garen, Katarina, Kog'Maw, Nidalee, Varus
Nerfs: Ivern, Leblanc, Rengar, Twitch, Vayne
Tweaks: Master Yi
Item Changes: Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Liandry's Torment
Mastery Changes: Courage of the Colossus, Fervor of Battle

Updates
  • Added Nasus mid
  • 12/9: 
    • Lee Sin jungle moved up a bit
    • Moved Taric top to Tier 3
  • 12/14:
    • Added Camille to Top [Tier 1] and Jungle [Tier 3] 
    • Camille moved up a bit in Tier 1
  • 12/15:
  • 12/16: Moved Camille to God Tier
  • 12/18: Moved Camille up further
  • 12/29: Kassadin mid moved up
  • 12/30: Added Marksman Ziggs
    • Moved Draven up a bit
    • Ziggs moved up
  • 12/31: Rengar up
    • Rammus down
    • Skarner down
    • Ziggs moved up, Leblanc moved down
  • 1/2: Ziggs marksman moved up, Ezreal moved down
    • Shen top moved down
  • 1/8: Yasuo mid moved up a bit

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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, Lux, Ziggs, Twisted Fate
Jungle Vi, Hecarim, Shaco, Shyvana, Ivern
Top Lane Camille, Darius, Poppy, Maokai 
Marksman Twitch, Jhin, Caitlyn
Support Janna, Soraka, Blitzcrank

God Tier Rising: Darius (Top), Leblanc (Mid), Lux (Mid), Maokai (Top), Soraka (Support), Twisted Fate (Mid)
God Tier Falling: Ivern (Jungle), Poppy (Top)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneLeblanc, Annie, Malzahar, Syndra, Jayce, Kayle, Corki, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Xerath, Orianna, Vel'Koz, Katarina, Karthus, Zilean, Morgana, Fizz, Viktor, Brand, Kassadin, Anivia
JungleLee Sin, Nocturne, Jarvan IV, Rengar, Skarner, Zac, Rammus, Rek'Sai, Amumu, Graves, Kha'Zix, Wukong, Jax, Xin Zhao, Olaf, Evelynn, Rumble, Elise
TopJayce, Kled, Nautilus, Malphite, Yasuo, Wukong, Kayle, Jarvan IV, Renekton, Shaco, Singed, Irelia, Riven, Sion, Quinn, Kennen, Swain, Nasus, Gangplank, Pantheon, Fiora, Zac
MarksmanJinx, VayneZiggsMiss Fortune, Ezreal, Varus, Sivir
SupportZyra, Sona, Nami, Leona, Zilean, Brand, Thresh, Taric, Karma

Tier 1 Rising: Anivia (Mid), Ezreal (Marksman), Fizz (Mid), Gangplank (Top), Jax (Jungle), Katarina (Mid), Kled (Top), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle), Singed (Top), Varus (Marksman), Ziggs (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Annie (Mid), Brand (Mid/Support), Karma (Support), Kennen (Top), Malphite (Top), Malzahar (Mid), Nautilus (Top), Vayne (Marksman), Viktor (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-LaneKarma, Zed, Kennen, Pantheon, Aurelion Sol, Ekko, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lulu, Quinn, Lissandra, Ryze, Talon, Varus, Akali, Vladimir, Nasus
JungleSejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Warwick, Volibear, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Malzahar, Quinn, Master Yi, Diana, Nunu, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopYorick, Illaoi, Rumble, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Tryndamere, Akali, Teemo, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rengar, Lissandra, Vladimir, Ryze, Vayne, Volibear, Mordekaiser, Garen, Rammus, Cho'gath, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Hecarim, Heimerdinger, Kassadin, Aurelion Sol
Marksman: Draven, Corki, Ashe, Tristana, Lucian, Kog'Maw, Quinn, Graves
Support: Braum, Morgana, Alistar, Sion, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Bard, Nautilus, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 Rising: Corki (Marksman), Ekko (Mid), Pantheon (Mid), Poppy (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Akali (Mid), Illaoi (Top), Kennen (Mid), Nunu (Jungle), Rumble (Top), Volibear (Jungle), Yorick (Top)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-LaneCho'Gath, Taliyah, Galio, Mordekaiser, Wukong, Zyra, SonaKog'Maw (AP), Heimerdinger, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Nidalee, Teemo, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, Kha'Zix
Jungle: CamilleNidalee, Riven, Talon, Aurelion Sol, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Tahm Kench, Cho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Taliyah, Fiora, Zed, Karthus, Leona, Darius, Shen, Kog'Maw
TopShen, Galio, Cassiopeia, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Malzahar, Nidalee, Aatrox, Warwick, Udyr, Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Karma, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Vi, Talon, Shyvana, Taliyah, Azir, Taric
MarksmanUrgot, Kalista, Kindred
Support: Trundle, Lulu, Miss FortuneAnnie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks

Tier 3 Rising: Mordekaiser (Mid), Riven (Jungle), Taric (Top)
Tier 3 Falling: Cho'Gath (Mid), Galio (Mid), Kog'Maw (Mid/Jungle), Mordekaiser (Jungle), Taliyah (Mid), Wukong (Mid), Zyra (Mid)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-LaneMaster Yi, Soraka, Leona, Elise, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench, Janna
JungleTaric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
TopAlistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum, Soraka
MarksmanKennenTwisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
SupportNunu, Elise, PantheonTeemoAshe, Anivia, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, Syndra, Yorick, Lissandra, Leblanc

Tier 4 Rising:
Tier 4 Falling: Nunu (Support)

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 3 Mid] - The Emperor is BACK! Unfortunately, he's not all the way back...despite getting a small buff, this patch also brought a nerf to his core (Rylai). As a result, he's just as dismal as he was last patch, if not more so. Although he can still be strong if he gets ahead, most of the time he's just not worth the trouble.
  • Brand [Tier 1 Mid] - Some people were hyping up the changes to Rylai as a major buff to Brand. However, Brand is a champion that is reliant on the Rylai slow to guarantee his stun landing. As a result of the reduced slow on his core, players are starting to miss more key stuns at clutch moments, resulting in a slightly poorer performance.
  • Kled [Tier 1 Top] - The new Fervor buff works quite well on Kled as a result of his Violent Tendencies passive, which boosts his attack speed coupled with a final attack execute at the end based on his bonus AD. He was always quite tanky, but now he has the damage to back it up as well.
  • Kog'Maw (AP) [Tier 3 Mid] - I guess we can't abuse AP Kog'Maw mid after all...after dropping both the base damage on Void Ooze (E) and the AP ratio from 0.7 to 0.5, he's largely incapable of clearing waves efficiently now. 
  • Leblanc [God Tier Mid] - Despite the tweaks to Leblanc this patch, now that players have learned how to play her as more of a sustained damage mage than a burst mage, she's doing incredibly well in solo queue.
  • Lee Sin [Tier 1 Jungle] - Although Krugs were nerfed this patch, Lee is still quite strong in the new jungle. As a result, I'm leaving him where he is. We'll see how heavily he was affected as the patch goes on.
  • Nasus [Tier 2 Mid] - Although Nasus is certainly very good at laning, he's definitely still more of an unorthodox pick. As a result, his kiting playstyle doesn't lend itself to the straight-forward burst most players expect out of their mid laner. See this article for more details!
  • Singed [Tier 1 Top] - Arguably the biggest winner when it comes to the Rylai changes, Singed is incredibly potent right now. At 40% slow with the old Rylai on his fling, enemy champions would quickly lose hope and give up chasing him. However, at 20% enemies try a little harder to catch the mad scientist only to fall prey to the poison trail. Meanwhile, and probably more importantly, the reduced cost allows him to pick up his tank items earlier, which greatly amplify his potential. The majority of his slow potential (his poison trail) is essentially unaffected as a DoT that always slowed by 20% anyway.
  • Soraka [God Tier Support] - The double whammy nerf to Rylai's and Colossus made a lot of the other supports that counter Soraka weaker. As a result, Soraka is now stronger in comparison. 
  • Twisted Fate [God Tier Mid] - Twisted Fate has always been an incredibly good solo queue champion. Now that Rylai's is nerfed this patch, I think he's ready to be moved up to God Tier as a result of the pure havoc he can wreck on enemy teams and his super safe laning phase.
  • Vayne [Tier 1 Marksman] - The nerf to her tumble reverted her back to her original state before she became the beast she was in Patch 6.17 onwards. Now, her mid-game is much more manageable and keeps her from snowballing into late game with ease. 
    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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