Jan 29, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.2 Update

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Welcome to the patch of lethality, where anybody who consistently builds lethality is now incredibly overpowered. Similar to the League of Cleavers fiasco where Black Cleaver was morbidly strong back in 2012, AD casters are again too strong for their own good. Meanwhile, the new Warwick rework is proving to be very popular, but not terribly overpowered as far as the stats are concerned.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.2
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

Welcome to the patch of lethality, where anybody who consistently builds lethality is now incredibly overpowered. Similar to the League of Cleavers fiasco where Black Cleaver was morbidly strong back in 2012, AD casters are again too strong for their own good. Meanwhile, the new Warwick rework is proving to be very popular, but not terribly overpowered as far as the stats are concerned.

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 7.2 Summary
Buffs: Akali, Gragas, Graves, Lulu, Master Yi, Nidalee
Nerfs: Darius, Katarina
Tweaks: Yasuo
Reworks: Warwick

Updates
  • 1/30: Graves jungle moved up
  • 2/3: 
    • Moved Quinn marksman back down to Tier 2
    • Moved Lulu support up to Tier 2
  • 2/7:
    • Shen moved up to Tier 2

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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, Ziggs, Talon, Quinn
Jungle Kha'Zix, Vi, Rengar
Top Lane QuinnPantheon, Jayce, Camille
Marksman Miss FortuneTwitch, Caitlyn, Jhin
Support Janna, Soraka, Blitzcrank, Malzahar

God Tier Rising: Jayce (Top), Jhin (Marksman), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Quinn (Top/Mid), Pantheon (Top), Talon (Mid)
God Tier Falling:

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTwisted Fate, Corki, Leblanc, Katarina, Lux, Annie, Malzahar, Jayce, Kayle, Yasuo, Xerath, Orianna, Anivia, Zed, Zilean, Pantheon, Ekko, Syndra, Vel'Koz, Karthus, Morgana, Fizz, Brand, Kassadin
JungleShaco, IvernHecarim, Nocturne, Graves, Lee Sin, Jarvan IV, Elise, Skarner, Zac, Rammus, Jax, Xin Zhao, Warwick, Shyvana, Evelynn, Amumu
TopFiora, Kled, Maokai, Nautilus, Malphite, Darius, Yasuo, Riven, Talon, Poppy, Wukong, Kayle, Jarvan IV, Renekton, Singed, Sion, Swain, Nasus, Gangplank, Zac, Irelia
Marksman: Draven, Varus, Jinx, ZiggsVayne, Sivir
Support: Zyra, Sion, Sona, Nami, Leona, Zilean, Brand, Thresh, Taric, Karma

Tier 1 Rising: Anivia (Mid), Elise (Jungle), Ekko (Mid), Fiora (Top), Quinn (Mid), Nocturne (Jungle), Pantheon (Mid), Syndra (Mid), Talon (Top), Varus (Marksman), Warwick (Jungle), Zed (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Darius (Top), Hecarim (Jungle), (Ivern), Katarina (Mid), Maokai (Top), Nautilus (Top), Shaco (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Twisted Fate (Mid), Ziggs (Marksman)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Aurelion Sol, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Ryze, Varus, Taliyah, Akali
JungleRek'Sai, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Volibear, Rumble, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Malzahar, Quinn, Master Yi, Diana, Nunu, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
Top: Kennen, Shen, Yorick, Illaoi, Rumble, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Tryndamere, Akali, Shaco, Teemo, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rengar, Lissandra, Vladimir, Ryze, Vayne, Volibear, Mordekaiser, Garen, Rammus, Karma, Cho'gath, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Hecarim, Kassadin, Aurelion Sol
MarksmanCorki, Ezreal, Quinn, Kog'Maw, Ashe, Tristana, Lucian, Kalista, Graves
Support: Braum, Morgana, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Bard, Nautilus, Lulu, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 Rising: Lulu (Support)
Tier 2 Falling: Cassiopeia (Mid), Rek'Sai (Jungle)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Cho'Gath, Vladimir, Nasus, Lulu, Galio, Mordekaiser, Wukong, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Heimerdinger, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Nidalee, Teemo, Gragas, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, Kha'Zix
Jungle: Camille, Nidalee, 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
Top: Galio, Cassiopeia, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Malzahar, Nidalee, Aatrox, Warwick, Udyr, Rek'Sai, Morgana, Zed, Blitzcrank, Karthus, Viktor, Lee Sin, Master Yi, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Azir, Taric
Marksman: Urgot, Kindred
Support: Trundle, Miss Fortune, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Master Yi, Soraka, Leona, Elise, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench, Janna
Jungle: Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Taliyah, Alistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum, Soraka
Marksman: Kennen, Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
Support: Nunu, Elise, Pantheon, Teemo, 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.
  • 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

  • Hecarim [Tier 1 Jungle] - Despite the lack of direct nerfs this patch, Riot hit Hecarim with a few indirect nerfs this last patch, namely in the way of the jungle nerf coupled with buffs on lethality-based junglers. Although he is still quite the powerhouse, he's slightly weaker in comparison with other junglers, and makes a slightly smaller impact overall.
  • Katarina [Tier 1 Mid] - Katarina's AD nerf really only effects her hextech gunblade build and early game trades for the players that chose to go long sword. However, the main issue this patch is the comeback of Zed stronger than ever, who does fairly well against Katarina as a another manaless champion that can dodge a large chunk of her burst. Although she's not exactly helpless against him, this means that she doesn't get a helpless poke-based mid laner to snowball off of for a large chunk of her games.
  • Kha'Zix [God Tier Jungle] - The latest lethality changes brought Kha'Zix to a whole new level of annoying. His ability to scale through the early to mid-game creates an immense pressure, especially with the ability to delete tanks with ease. When assassins can delete tanks, you get some absurd snowballing effects.
  • Miss Fortune [God Tier Marksman] - Miss Fortune is arguably the single marksman who gains the most from lethality changes. As a result, the old favorite duskblade build is back and stronger than ever before. 
  • Pantheon [God Tier Top] - When you think about lethality, few gain quite as much benefit from a buff as Pantheon. His damage output early to mid-game was always very good, but hampered by his ability to hurt tanks. However, with the latest buffs he is able to roll through even the densest of champions with ease earlier than ever, resulting in a quickly snowballing champion that dominates any champion 1v1.
  • Quinn [God Tier Top/Mid] - Although Pantheon is overwhelmingly strong right now in lane, Quinn tops them all as a champion that should never have the amount of instant burst that she does. Her trades are devastating, her roam is devastating, and seeing her in games right now will likely leave you with psychological damage. Nerfplz.
  • Talon [God Tier Mid] - Similar to Pantheon and Quinn, Talon received a large indirect buff this patch via the lethality changes, and now steamrolls teams if he gets ahead.
  • Twitch [God Tier Marksman] - Despite building no lethality, Twitch remains extremely powerful simply because of his potential damage output and ability to take out enemy squishies before they can respond by ganking them in lane while they're farming.
  • Warwick [Tier 1 Jungle] - I have mixed feelings about the new Warwick. His ability to 1v1 low HP champions is absurd, but when people aren't below 50%, his damage output is substantially lower. His win rate isn't particular high right now, but I definitely see some potential in him.
    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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