Nov 25, 2017

2017 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 7.23 Update

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In Patch 7.23 Leona blazes the trail to glory this patch via her incredible damage output and rune synergy. Meanwhile, Zoe made quite a ruckus this patch with her absurd long-range one-shots. If you're looking for the ultimate counter to her though, drop in a quick pact with Malzahar, who's doing even better than ever before.

Anyway, check out the list below and stay tuned for some more updates on what's strong and what's not!

SEASON 8 - Preseason - PATCH 7.23
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

In Patch 7.23 Leona blazes the trail to glory this patch via her incredible damage output and rune synergy. Meanwhile, Zoe made quite a ruckus this patch with her absurd long-range one-shots. If you're looking for the ultimate counter to her though, drop in a quick pact with Malzahar, who's doing even better than ever before.

Anyway, check out the list below and stay tuned for some more updates on what's strong and what's not!

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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 7.23 Summary
Buffs: Gragas, Illaoi, Jinx, Taliyah, Predator (Keystone
Nerfs: Rammus, Shyvana, Summon Aery (Keystone), Zombie Ward (rune)

Mid-Patch Changes:
Buffs: Ivern, Nunu, Ornn
Nerfs: Sona

Updates

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The Tier List

God Tier List

[Highest Influence | Good In Almost Every Situation | Easiest to Gain LP With]

Mid Lane MalzaharKatarina, Ahri
Jungle Xin Zhao, Jarvan IV, Cho'Gath
Top Lane Teemo, Maokai, Shen
Marksman Ezreal, Miss Fortune, Twitch
Support Leona, Sona, Lulu

God Tier RisingAhri (Mid)
God Tier Falling: Sona (Support)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTwisted Fate, Anivia, Veigar, Annie, Zoe, Zed, Xerath, Morgana, Vladimir, Fizz, Kassadin, Talon, Vel'Koz, Lux, Jayce, Ziggs, Zilean, Orianna, Ekko
Jungle: Maokai, Rammus, Sejuani, Shyvana, Udyr, Jax, Warwick, Ezreal, Kha'Zix, Kayn, Nocturne, Vi, Kindred
Top: Jarvan IV,  Jayce, Wukong, Singed, Pantheon, YorickMalzahar, Urgot, Ornn, Cho'gath, Malphite, Kayle, Vladimir, Jax,  Akali, Swain, Gangplank, Quinn, Irelia, Fiora, Sion, Garen
Marksman: Vayne, Kog'Maw, Tristana, Kalista, Xayah, Draven, Varus, Jinx, Sivir, 
Support: Soraka, Janna, Blitzcrank, Taric, Alistar, Nami, Nautilus, Zilean, Xerath

Tier 1 Rising: Fiora (Top), Garen (Top), Irelia (Top), Kayn (Jungle), Lux (Mid), Malzahar (Top), Nautilus (Support), Ornn (Top), Shyvana (Jungle), Tristana (Marksman), Vayne (Marksman), Xerath (Mid), Xerath (Support), Yorick (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Anivia (Mid), Zed (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Azir, Taliyah, Syndra, Kennen, Yasuo, Aurelion Sol, Leblanc, Karthus, Corki, Kayle, Brand, Viktor, Karma, Cassiopeia, Gangplank, Swain, Diana, Lissandra, Akali, Gragas, Lucian, Galio, Ezreal (AD), Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rek'Sai, Elise, Evelynn, Dr. Mundo, Hecarim, Gragas, Lee Sin, Nidalee, Master Yi, Shaco, Zac, Quinn, Graves, Amumu, Skarner, Rengar, Wukong, Volibear, Nunu, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch,  Aatrox
Top: Kennen, Talon, Kled, Yasuo, Riven, Tryndamere, Renekton, Nasus, Galio, Camille, Rumble, Trundle, Gragas, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Illaoi, Darius, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Kayn, Graves, Gnar, Rammus, Rengar, Warwick, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Diana, Kassadin, Aatrox
Marksman: Ashe, Jhin, Caitlyn, ZiggsLucian
Support: Zyra, Karma, Rakan, Thresh, Braum, Sion, Brand, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Teemo, Vel'Koz, Bard, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising: Elise (Jungle), Evelynn (Jungle), Hecarim (Jungle), Quinn (Jungle)
Tier 2 Falling: Aurelion Sol (Mid), Kennen (Top), Nidalee (Jungle), Nunu (Jungle), Rek'Sai (Jungle), Talon (Top), Zyra (Support)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

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

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling: Ekko (Jungle), Fizz (Jungle), Nautilus (Jungle), Olaf (Jungle), Poppy (Jungle), Rumble (Jungle), Sion (Jungle)

Tier 4

[Low Benefit Based On Effort Used]

Mid-Lane: Kha'Zix, Nidalee, Master Yi
Jungle: Nasus, Gangplank, Fiora, Karthus, Shen, Darius, Zed, Malzahar, Aurelion Sol, Garen, Alistar, Yorick
Top: Blitzcrank, Udyr, Taliyah, Alistar, Leblanc, Braum
Marksman: Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser
Support: Miss Fortune, Pantheon, 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

  • Ezreal [God Tier Marksman] - Ezreal continues to DOMINATE the rift with his Kleptomancy rune setup, and even if they nerf the build he'll likely remain on top with Press the Attack unless they nerf manamune too. 
  • Leona [God Tier Support] - Leona's simply synergizes too well with the new runes, especially the Aftershock keystone. She's extremely oppressive at all points in the game and even if you win a trade she'll just walk back to lane and kill you once you have no summoners. Be sure to go Precision secondary for maximum snowball potential.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Mid] - If it's even possible, Malzahar is even MORE powerful this patch ever since the release of Zoe. As a complete hard counter to the new champion, Malzahar not only beats most match-ups, but dominates the champion everyone's trying to play. His voidlings and passive block her sleep, and his pushing ability makes it very difficult for her to CS...which also goes for every other match-up.
  • Malzahar [Tier 1 Top] - The fact that Summon Aery multi-procs off a single Malefic Vision [E] makes him incredibly good at harassing. As a top laner, he's essentially faceroll as long as you don't run into any jungle ganks.
  • Teemo [God Tier Top] - Similar to Malzahar but with the added bonus of an escape mechanism and free wards, Teemo's still just as strong before despite the Summon Aery nerfs.
  • Vayne [Tier 1 Marksman] - After the release of the new Project skin you expect Vayne's win rate to drop, but it actually rose quite a bit. Her synergy with Press the Attack is only further amplified by her sick skin, which as everyone knows makes her deal extra damage (I'm kidding).
  • Xerath [Tier 1 Mid] - Xerath has largely remained off the radar, but works extremely well with the Arcane Comet and Manaflow Band runes. Now that Summon Aery has been nerfed, he's stronger in comparison.
  • Yorick [Tier 1 Top] - The main key to Yorick's success lies in the Demolish rune in the Resolve tree, which allows him to basically annihilate turrets during his split push via his undead army.
  • Zoe [Tier 1 Mid] - As a mid-laner Zoe can snowball exceedingly hard to the point where she one-shots enemy marksmen as a long range sniper from the fog of war. She also has a crazy amount of utility, making her insanely slippery and difficult to deal with. That being said, she's reliant on initiating the skirmishes instead of getting jumped on, and new players may find themselves dying before her crowd control can go off. Meanwhile, her waveclear early on is also weak and abusable. However, she's certainly a very powerful champion and I expect her to only be stronger as players practice her more.
  • Zoe [Tier 2 Support] - Support plays a bit different from mid lane, and I think Zoe does have some advantages and disadvantages to this lane. She certainly has an easier time landing CC from the fog since that's all she needs to concentrate on, but her roam is inconsistent as her CC can be difficult to land. This also translates to lane uncertainty as her lane allies may have trouble figuring out what to expect from their support.
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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