Jun 4, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.11 Update

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  Patch 7.11 is here and it looks like the Age of Kassadin has returned. His early game may still be lackluster, but once he hits level six and picks up a Rod of Ages, it's only a matter of time before he puts the enemy team in shutdown mode.

Meanwhile, the love taps on Caitlyn and Zac don't seem to be doing much, and Malzahar (mid) looks like he's doing much better after the tweak, at the sacrifice of Malzahar support's potential.

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.11
FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST
"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With"

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Preface Chatter

Patch 7.11 is here and it looks like the Age of Kassadin has returned. His early game may still be lackluster, but once he hits level six and picks up a Rod of Ages, it's only a matter of time before he puts the enemy team in shutdown mode.

Meanwhile, the love taps on Caitlyn and Zac don't seem to be doing much, and Malzahar (mid) is doing much better after the tweak, at the sacrifice of Malzahar support's potential.

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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 7.11 Summary
Buffs: Dr. Mundo, Lee Sin, Malphite, Renekton, Sion
Nerfs: Ahri, Caitlyn, Lucian, Syndra, Yasuo, Zac
Tweaks: Kindred, Malzahar, Maokai
Reworks: Rek'Sai

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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, Anivia, Kassadin, Annie
Jungle Zac, Ivern, Nunu
Top Lane Fiora, Riven, Darius
Marksman Caitlyn, Twitch, Xayah
Support Thresh, Sona, Janna, Blitzcrank

God Tier Rising: Kassadin (Mid), Xayah (Marksman)
God Tier Falling: Riven (Top)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneKatarina, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Vel'Koz, Aurelion Sol, Xerath, Talon, Ziggs, Taliyah, Zilean, Malzahar, Syndra, Karthus, Zed, Leblanc
Jungle: Warwick, Kha'Zix, Elise, Shaco, Gragas, Sejuani, Vi, Evelynn, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Lee Sin, Nocturne
Top: Irelia, Kled, Galio, Pantheon, Yasuo, Talon, Jax, Aatrox, Tryndamere, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Akali, Swain, Renekton, Wukong, Kayle, Rumble
Marksman: Miss Fortune, Draven, Ashe, Lucian, Kog'Maw, Vayne, Kalista, Jinx
Support: Soraka, Bard,  Lulu, Nami, Karma, Rakan, Sion, Zyra, Zilean, Alistar

Tier 1 Rising: Aurelion Sol (Mid), Draven (Marksman), Galio (Top), Malzahar (Mid), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Rakan (Support), Soraka (Support)
Tier 1 Falling:  Lucian (Marksman), Lulu (Support), Syndra (Mid) 

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Ekko, Galio. Lux, Yasuo, Fizz, Morgana, Kayle, Brand, Jayce, Viktor, Karma, Kennen, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Veigar, Diana, Lissandra, Vladimir, Akali, Gragas, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Graves, Nidalee, Hecarim, Jax, Amumu, Skarner, Shyvana, Rammus, Rengar, Rek'Sai, Kindred, Rumble, Wukong, Olaf, Poppy, Maokai, Volibear, Trundle, Pantheon, Udyr, Twitch, Quinn, Aatrox, Sion, Fizz, Nautilus, Ekko
Top: Gangplank, Camille, Gragas, Malphite, Sion, Teemo, Nasus, Nautilus, Singed, Mordekaiser, Quinn, Yorick, Garen, Illaoi, Shen, Kennen, Maokai, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Vladimir, Cho'gath, Trundle, Cassiopeia, Karma, Urgot, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: ZiggsTristana, Ezreal, Jhin, Sivir, Varus, Kennen
Support: Braum, Leona, Taric, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Nautilus, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising: Graves (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Braum (Support), Ekko (Mid), Fizz (Mid), Gragas (Top), Kindred (Jungle), Leona (Support), Yasuo (Mid), Ziggs (Marksman)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Ryze, Corki, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, WukongNasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Zyra, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Urgot, Ezreal (AP), Azir, Teemo, Jarvan IV, Ezreal (AD), Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
Jungle: Dr. Mundo, Galio, Kayle, Malphite, Diana, Camille, Riven, Talon, Tryndamere, Kled, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Cho'Gath, Tahm Kench, Kog'Maw
Top: Sejuani, Shaco, Dr. Mundo, Zed, Volibear, Ryze, Vayne, Lulu, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao, Nunu, Malzahar, Nidalee, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana, Taric
Marksman: Quinn, Corki, Graves, Urgot, Kindred
Support: Malzahar, Galio, CamilleFiddlesticks, Trundle, Annie, Poppy, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Shen, Xerath, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Kennen, Taliyah, Syndra

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Malzahar (Support)

Tier 4

[Low Benefits for Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Kha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi, Tristana (AP), Evelynn, Tahm Kench
Jungle: Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Taric, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Blitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, 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

  • Ahri [God Tier Mid] - Ahri's beginner-friendly nature took a hit this patch with her numbers shifting over from her no-aim Fox-Fire [W] and Spirit Rush [R] spells over to her Charm [E]. However, the things that made her strong to begin with are still largely intact; namely her low cooldown triple flash with AOE damage and her powerful waveclear via her Orb of Deception [Q].
  • Caitlyn [God Tier Marksman] - Prior to this patch, Caitlyn was a bit broken, and after this patch, well, she's still a bit broken. There's not much else to say, but the removal of the headshot passive from Hurricane was always more of a late-game factor, whereas Caitlyn's early to mid-game dominance is still very much present.
  • Fizz [Tier 2 Top] - After the last few rounds of nerfs, top lane Fizz is performing terribly on paper. In practice, he can still snowball hard a few games, but AP Fizz definitely seems like the way to go. Players still trying to make bruiser tank Fizz work will generally find some difficulties staying relevant as the game progresses.
  • Graves [Tier 2 Jungle] - At higher divisions, Graves is still very decent, and can snowball given the right circumstances. However, treat him as a close-range glass cannon, which makes it difficult for less skilled players to pick him up as his margin for error is very low.
  • Kassadin [God Tier Mid] - After nerfs after nerfs on other mid-laners, it's finally time for Kassadin to shine again. Do you miss getting the 0-2 Kassadin roaming at level 6 for double kills? Can't say I do. Unfortunately for the both of us, he's back and it looks like he's here to stay.
  • Lulu [Tier 1 Support] - After the nerfs, Lulu is still very much playable, but feels fairly balanced compared to the other supports in a solo queue setting. She's still strong, but I don't think she's ban-worthy anymore.
  • Malzahar [Tier 1 Mid] - Buffing Malzahar's Call of the Void [Q], Malefic Visions [E],and Nether Grasp [R] amplified his guaranteed damage. The delay reduction on his Q also made it much easier to hit, resulting in a more oppressive laning phase and a more consistent crowd-control.
  • Malzahar [Tier 3 Support] - Malzahar's support abilities took a big hit this patch after the reworked damage on his Nether Grasp [R], resulting in less free scaling. The shift to ability power and reduction in voidling damage also knocked him down a few pegs. I don't think he's worth playing as a support at this point.
  • Rek'Sai [Tier 2 Jungle] - Rek'Sai's rework makes her feel a lot more interactive, but her numbers aren't showing good results so far. I think her kit idea is fine as is, but needs a few more buffs in terms of numbers to make her viable.
  • Zac [God Tier Jungle] - The 0.25 second faster visual indicator on his Elastic Slingshot [E] is basically a nonfactor in terms of reducing his overall power as a champion, and he continues to soundly dominate the rift.
    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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