Feb 27, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.4 Update

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 Nerfs to Maokai this patch means that top lane is ready for a new dominant champion. There's a new player in the Top Lane God Tier, and you'll have to scroll down to find out who (it's not Leblanc).

Meanwhile, nerfs on Jhin and Corki also open up bot and mid lane to changes, but it looks like the usual suspects are back in action. Where's Cho'Gath in all this? Mostly hanging out in status quo, as the rework ended up a bust for this hairy bugger.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.4
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

Nerfs to Maokai this patch means that top lane is ready for a new dominant champion.

There's a new player in the Top Lane God Tier, and you'll have to scroll down to find out who (it's not Leblanc).

Meanwhile, nerfs on Jhin and Corki also open up bot and mid lane to changes, but it looks like the usual suspects are back in action.

Where's Cho'Gath in all this? Mostly hanging out in status quo, as the rework ended up a bust for this hairy bugger.

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 7.4 Summary
Nerfs: Corki, Jhin, Katarina, Maokai, Ryze
Buffs: Cho'Gath, Bard, Cassiopeia, Knight's Vow

Updates
  • Nidalee Support removed
  • Added explanation for Syndra support
  • 2/28:
    • Moved Graves jungle up a bit
    • Moved Malzahar support 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 Leblanc, Ahri, Talon
Jungle Ivern, Shaco, Rengar
Top Lane KledQuinn, Fiora, Pantheon
Marksman Miss Fortune, Twitch, Jhin
Support Janna, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Ahri (Mid), Kled (Top), Leblanc (Mid), Shaco (Jungle)
God Tier Falling: Pantheon (Top), Talon (Mid)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneAnivia, Quinn, Ziggs, Twisted Fate, Malzahar, Ekko, Annie, Morgana, Yasuo, Xerath, Jayce, Zilean, Zed, Syndra, Orianna, Katarina, Vel'Koz, Lux, Kayle, Karthus
JungleWarwick, Graves, Kha'Zix, Hecarim, Nocturne, Vi, Lee Sin, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Skarner, Jax, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Elise, Shyvana
TopSion, Singed, Mordekaiser, Yorick, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Tryndamere, Talon, Camille, Akali, Malphite, Rumble, Darius, Yasuo, Jax, Riven, Swain, Wukong, Kayle, Renekton, Nautilus, Nasus, Irelia, Gangplank
MarksmanVarus, Draven, Kog'Maw, ZiggsCaitlyn
Support: Sion, Sona, Nami, Malzahar, Leona, Zilean, Thresh, Taric, Lulu

Tier 1 Rising: Anivia (Mid), Hecarim (Jungle), Gangplank (Top), Jax (Top), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Lulu (Support), Malzahar (Mid), Master Yi (Jungle), Mordekaiser (Top), Morgana (Mid), Quinn (Mid), Shyvana (Jungle), Sion (Top), Swain (Top), Talon (Top), Warwick (Jungle), Yorick (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Elise (Jungle), Graves (Jungle), Jarvan IV (Jungle), Jayce (Mid), Katarina (Mid), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Malzahar (Support), Nautilus (Top), Zed (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-LaneCorki, Fizz, Brand, Kassadin, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Aurelion Sol, Cassiopeia, Pantheon, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Ryze, Varus, Taliyah, Akali, Gragas
JungleRammus, Amumu, Zac, Rek'Sai, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Kindred, Maokai, Gragas, Volibear, Rumble, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Nidalee, Diana, Nunu, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopGaren, Illaoi, Zac, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Trundle, Shaco, Teemo, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Ryze, Cassiopeia, Rammus, Karma, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Fizz, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
MarksmanVayne, Sivir, Jinx, Ezreal, Kalista, Quinn, Ashe, Tristana, Lucian
Support: Karma, Zyra, Brand, Braum, Morgana, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Ivern, Bard, Nautilus, Tahm Kench

Tier 2 Rising: Kalista (Marksman)
Tier 2 Falling: Corki (Mid), Garen (Top), Illaoi (Top), Karma (Support), Maokai (Top), Pantheon (Mid), Poppy (Top), Rammus (Jungle), Shen (Top), Zac (Top), Zyra (Support)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Cho'Gath, Vladimir, WukongNasus, Lulu, Galio, Mordekaiser, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Heimerdinger, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Teemo, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
Jungle: Camille, Riven, Talon, Tryndamere, Kled, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Tahm Kench, Kog'Maw
TopZed, Cho'gath, Volibear, Vayne, Galio, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Malzahar, Nidalee, Aatrox, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Taric
MarksmanCorki, Graves, Urgot, Kindred
Support: Trundle, Miss Fortune, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Maokai, Kayle, Kennen, Fiddlesticks, Taliyah, Syndra

Tier 3 Rising: Fiddlesticks (Support), Syndra (Support)
Tier 3 Falling: Corki (Marksman), Graves (Marksman)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-LaneKha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
JungleCho'Gath, Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
TopBlitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, Nunu, Leblanc, Elise, Braum
Marksman: Kennen, Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser, Thresh
Support: Nunu, Elise, Pantheon, Teemo, Ashe, Anivia, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Galio, 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

  • Camille [Tier 1 Top] - Camille's currently a state where she's relatively balanced, resulting in far fewer bans. Now players are beginning to play her more often and are discovering additional combos and new mechanics. As a result, she's slightly stronger than she was directly after her nerf, but nowhere near broken or unplayable. Feel free to pick her up if you like her flashy playstyle!
  • Cho'Gath [Tier 3 Top] - Cho's rework was relatively tame, and although he has the potential for infinite stacks, getting tankier doesn't necessarily prevent him from getting annihilated by three item carries as his damage isn't abusive enough to survive kiting. He's difficult to lane against for certain champions, but his overall game impact remains limited, even when he gets ahead as a result of powercreep.
  • Corki [Tier 2 Mid] - Riot nerfed Corki quite hard this patch by reducing his Missile Barrage [R] damage significantly, and also giving enemy laners the ability to foresee when he has his Big One ready for massive burst. This greatly reduces his ability to safely outplay, and thus reduces his overall effectiveness.
  • Graves [Tier 1 Jungle] - After the Youmuu changes, Graves is still plenty strong, but Black Cleaver is performing better on him.
  • Kled [God Tier Top] - SSJSuntastic's getting aboard the sleeper pick hype train again with the young Kled top in God Tier. As an extremely tanky champion combined sporting amazing synergy with Fervor of Battle (recently buffed), Kled is very abusive in the top lane. This leads into an extremely dominant mid to late game team fighting ability, and he easily runs down enemy champions for free kills. Maokai's nerfed, lethality's nerfed, Black Cleaver's buffed, and Kled top is ready to run the show.
  • Maokai [Tier 2 Top] - The nerf on Maokai's sapling waveclear absolutely crushed his lane dominance ability, and they gave him a little love tap on his Arcane Smash [Q] mana cost to make sure his early game under turret really suffers.
  • Mordekaiser [Tier 1 Top] - Mordekaiser is another one of those sleeper picks that nobody really understands. His trading power is phenomenal, and if he can roam bot and pick up dragon, that can easily snowball into turrets and additional objectives to throw the game wide open.
  • Shaco [God Tier Jungle] - The sweeper changes on his boxes was actually a very large buff for him, as he can now drop boxes during fights with sweepers activated and still have them pop off. This also allows him to use his boxes for zoning, even when the enemy runs through with sweeper on their way to Baron/Dragon. 
  • Yorick [Tier 1 Top] - Yorick plays somewhat similar to Illaoi in that landing his Mourning Mist [E] spells complete disaster for the enemy laner. His ability to deal massive damage is very underrated, and for some reason many people still don't know how to get out of his Dark Procession [W]. This results in longer than average crowd control durations as they struggle to escape.
    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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