Apr 10, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.7 Update

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The latest Patch 7.7 is full of nerfs on some of the most obnoxious champions on the rift, like Katarina, Rengar, and Shaco. Unfortunately, they've also buffed some of the most annoying champions on the rift, namely Alistar, Bard, and Kassadin. I can't decide if I'm happy or sad...either way...

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SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.7
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

The latest Patch 7.7 is full of nerfs on some of the most obnoxious champions on the rift, like Katarina, Rengar, and Shaco. Unfortunately, they've also buffed some of the most annoying champions on the rift, namely Alistar, Bard, and Kassadin. I can't decide if I'm happy or sad...either way...

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 7.7 Summary
Buffs: Amumu, Alistar, Bard, Jarvan IV, Jinx, Kassadin, Lux, Nunu, Volibear
Nerfs: Camille, Galio, Graves, Katarina, Rengar, Rumble, Shaco, Talon

Updates
  • Ivern support removed
  • 4/11:
    • Fizz top moved up
    • Kennen marksman moved up
    • Rumble jungle moved down
    • Added Gunblade Leblanc article

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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, Annie, Orianna
Jungle Ivern, Nunu, Shaco
Top Lane Kled, Fiora, Darius
Marksman Lucian, Kog'Maw, Twitch
Support Lulu, Janna, Blitzcrank, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Annie (Mid), Darius (Top), Nunu (Jungle)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneKassadin, Twisted Fate, Anivia, Ekko, Fizz, Vel'Koz, Syndra, Talon, Lux, Quinn, Ziggs, Malzahar, Morgana, Yasuo, Xerath, Zilean, Aurelion Sol, Katarina, Galio, Zed
JungleAmumu, Warwick, Jax, Graves, Kha'Zix, Hecarim, Vi, Lee Sin, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Zac, Master Yi, Gragas
TopPantheon, Tryndamere, Malphite, Renekton, Irelia, Talon, Sion, Fizz, Singed, Mordekaiser, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Akali, Yasuo, Riven, Galio, Teemo, Swain, Wukong, Kayle, Quinn, Gangplank
MarksmanCaitlyn, ZiggsDraven, Vayne, Ashe, Miss Fortune, Kalista, Jinx
Support: Sion, Sona, Nami, Bard, Leona, Zilean, Braum, Alistar, Thresh

Tier 1 Rising: Alistar (Support), Bard (Support), Fizz (Top), Gragas (Jungle), Jinx (Marksman), Kassadin (Mid), Lux (Mid), Pantheon (Jungle), Renekton (Top), Zac (Jungle)
Tier 1 Falling: Amumu (Jungle), Graves (Jungle), Katarina (Mid), Talon (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-LaneLeblanc, Taliyah, Kayle, Brand, Jayce, Karthus, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Vladimir, Akali, Gragas
JungleNocturne, Elise, Kindred, Skarner, Shyvana, Rammus, Rek'Sai, Wukong, Olaf, Sejuani, Poppy, Maokai, Volibear, Trundle, Dr. Mundo, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Nidalee, Kayle, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Pantheon, Ekko
TopRumble, Nasus, Camille, Nautilus, Yorick, Garen, Illaoi, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Trundle, Jax, Shaco, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cassiopeia, Karma, Dr. Mundo, Urgot, Gragas, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
MarksmanEzreal, Jhin, Sivir, Varus, Tristana, Kennen
Support: Malzahar, Taric, Karma, Galio, Zyra, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Nautilus

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Elise (Jungle), Ezreal (Marksman), Kindred (Jungle), Nocturne (Jungle), Rumble (Top), Skarner (Jungle), Tahm Kench (Support)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

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

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Camille (Top), Galio (Jungle), Rengar (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

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

  • Amumu [Tier 1 Jungle] - Amumu's changes this patch coupled with the removal of Graves' magic resist on true grit really scales him up quite a bit this patch. He's always been a decent jungler, but greatly fell off when lethality became the new hip trend. However, now that the would be assassins and counterjunglers are nerfed, this crybaby still scales up to an insanely powerful percentage (and true damage) tank.
  • Annie [God Tier Mid] - In solo queue, Annie's ability to pick off enemy champions or entire teams every time she has flash is largely the reason why she's so successful. Even if the enemy team sees Annie walking around with her stun charged, there's really very little they can do to counter-initiate as a result of how fast her combo executes. Meanwhile, in lane she pushes very hard for literally free mana costs. 
  • Camille [Tier 2 Top] - Camille is still being picked quite often on the professional stage, but that's mostly because they're playing on last patch. The nerfs on patch 7.7 to this chick largely stagnant her growth potential.
  • Darius [God Tier Top] - Darius in his current form is extremely good at snowballing and destroying the lives of melee champions. The fact that he hard counters Galio in lane is also quite helpful to his success.
  • Galio [Tier 3 Jungle] - As a jungler, Galio is largely hampered this patch by the nerfs on his base damage, resulting in slower clear speeds and getting to top lane just a little too late. Meanwhile, his early ganks are not terribly potent as a result of slow gap closer. His team fights are still very strong, but he's definitely better as a laner now.
  • Graves [Tier 1 Jungle] - The magic resist nerf obviously only hurts Graves when there are magic damage dealers on the enemy team. Meanwhile, he's still the same Graves you know and love, just don't first pick him and end up against a quadruple AP team.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - I would watch out for a quick rise of Kassadin. Personally I think he's an awesome pick right now, but beware of heavy push/poke champions, as they ruin Kassadin's day if he can't snowball. 
  • Leblanc [Tier 2 Mid] - The new gunblade build on Leblanc is interesting, but not terribly potent in solo queue. Personally I think it's somewhat more of a gimmick, but we'll do an article on that later this week.
  • Lux [Tier 1 Mid] - The Lux buffs may have looked game-breaking to start out with, but it really doesn't seem like it did too much for her. Her ultimate cooldown was already low to begin with, and if she kills off a champion during a team fight it's largely in her team's favor and doesn't usually need another ultimate. 
  • Shaco [God Tier Jungle] - The Shaco nerfs definitely hurt him a bit, but his jungle clear potential is still exceedingly good with Tiamat, and the flexibility he has with paths and gank patterns is very difficult to match by any other jungler in the game.
    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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