Jul 3, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.13 Update

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Hey folks, the latest tier list is now available! Sorry for the late update, I was out of town for a bit. Meanwhile, this patch looks like there was relatively little in the way of changes for mid and bot lane, but quite a few shifts in the top and jungle meta. With the new Cinderhulk buff, your favorite utility junglers are ready to jump back into the fray.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 7 - PATCH 7.13
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

Hey folks, the latest tier list is now available! Sorry for the late update, I was out of town for a bit. Meanwhile, this patch looks like there was relatively little in the way of changes for mid and bot lane, but quite a few shifts in the top and jungle meta. With the new Cinderhulk buff, your favorite utility junglers are ready to jump back into the fray.

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 7.13 Summary
Buffs: Gnar, Kindred, Maokai, Poppy, Rek'Sai, Shaco, Trundle, Xayah, Rammus
Nerfs: Galio, Kennen, Kha'Zix

Updates
  • 7/6: Added description on Maokai top
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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, Malzahar, Anivia, Annie
Jungle Nunu, Zac, Ivern
Top Lane Fiora, Darius, Jarvan IV
Marksman Caitlyn, Twitch, Draven
Support Blitzcrank, Thresh, Sona, Janna

God Tier Rising: Jarvan IV (Top), Malzahar (Mid)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneKassadin, Katarina, Orianna, Twisted Fate, Aurelion Sol, Vel'Koz, Xerath, Talon, Ziggs, Taliyah, Zilean, Syndra, Karthus, Galio, Fizz
Jungle: Jax, Warwick, Kha'Zix, Elise, Shaco, Rammus, Rek'Sai, Gragas, Sejuani, Vi, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Lee Sin, Maokai, Nocturne, Nidalee
Top: Jax, Irelia, RivenKled, Galio, Pantheon, Yasuo, Talon, Aatrox, Tryndamere, Jayce, Maokai, Akali, Swain, Renekton, Wukong, Kayle, Yorick, Quinn
Marksman: Miss Fortune, Ashe, Lucian, Kog'Maw, Vayne, Kalista, Jinx
Support: Soraka, Lulu, Nami, Karma, Rakan, Bard, Sion, Zyra, Zilean, Alistar

Tier 1 Rising: Jax (Top), Maokai (Top/Jungle), Rammus (Jungle), Rek'Sai (Jungle)
Tier 1 Falling: Riven (Top)

Tier 2

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

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

Tier 2 Rising: Trundle (Top)
Tier 2 Falling

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge Than Usual | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Kennen, 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: Kennen (Mid)

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

  • Blitzcrank [God Tier Support] - Blitzcrank has always been an extremely powerful support, capable of changing the tide of games by himself. However, now that he's been sanctioned as a professional level pick, maybe we'll see some nerfs to his kit in the near future.
  • Draven [God Tier Marksman] - Draven's been quite a powerhouse for a while now. Once he gets Death's Dance he's virtually unkillable, and he synergizes incredibly well with both peel supports and with all-in supports. As a result, first picking him for your team is naturally a very safe bet, and if Caitlyn is banned out he can quickly snowball through a lane.
  • Jarvan IV [God Tier Top] - The Prince of Demacia continues his slow rise through top lane as a powerful potential counter to blink-less marksmen like Draven and Twitch. his powerful armor reduction spells also work extremely well in this high damage marksman meta.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Mid] - Malzahar is an extremely safe lane bully that can quickly scale out of control in the mid to late game once he gets two or three items. His ability to take out half a marksman's HP with a single bouncing dot makes him very potent in the chaos of a solo queue team fight. His ultimate is also very good, especially when combined with Ionian Boots and the resolve tree mastery for extra Flash cooldown reduction time.
  • Maokai [Tier 1 Top] - As far as Maokai goes post rework, his ultimate's always been a somewhat lackluster spell as a result of its incredibly slow move speed. However, now that they've increased the range by 20%, he can reach the end of the lane more often, resulting in engages that actually work rather than simply saving it for counter-engages.
  • Nunu [God Tier Jungle] - Nunu's always been very strong, but this patch he's especially broken with the buff on Cinderhulk. By increasing the bonus health multiplier, Nunu is tankier than ever before, effectively rendering him unkillable mid to late game. Combine this with nerfs on Kha'Zix (the second most popular jungler), Nunu is extraordinarily strong now.
  • Rammus [Tier 1 Jungle] - Improved dance moves were a great addition to Rammus' kit, but it's really the Cinderhulk buff that's leading him to victory this patch.
  • Riven [Tier 1 Top] - I'm moving Riven down a bit simply because as many of you identified, she does need some significant practice to be good and win with. As a result, I'm moving her down to Tier 1 for now.
  • Trundle [Tier 2 Top] - Trundle buffs should have helped him quite a bit, but the main problem is that top lane meta champs are still largely glass cannon duelists rather than the tank meta champions that Trundle excels against.
  • Zac [God Tier Jungle] - Even though we may never see him played again with the 10-ban system, Zac continues to be quite strong in the current meta. However, you'll rarely experience it, so he might not be worth practicing on the off-chance someone forgets to ban 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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