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Jan 27, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.2 Update

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Plenty of movement this patch as a result of nerfs on some of the common keystones. Meanwhile, the Nunu buff is proving to be quite difficult to deal with, and he's already gotten a bit of a slap on the wrist in the form of a minor hotfix.

Lastly, marksmen are seeing a mixup after nerfs on Vayne and the relic shield meta, and Kog'Maw looks like he's the new winner of this patch.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.2
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

Plenty of movement this patch as a result of nerfs on some of the common keystones. Meanwhile, the Nunu buff is proving to be quite difficult to deal with, and he's already gotten a bit of a slap on the wrist in the form of a minor hotfix.

Lastly, marksmen are seeing a mixup after nerfs on Vayne and the relic shield meta, and Kog'Maw looks like he's the new winner of this patch.

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, browse the strongest potential champions in each position!
Be sure to visit our Optimal Champion Bans by Division too!
Patch 8.2 Summary
Buffs: Ekko, Jinx, Nunu, Sona
Nerfs: Evelynn, Ezreal, Kha'Zix, Malzahar, Ornn, Vayne
Tweaks: Pantheon

Updates
  • Added Nunu report
  • 1/28: 
    • Moved Galio mid up
    • Morgana Jungle removed
    • Support Syndra, Taliyah, Yorick removed
    • Rengar jungle moved up
    • Dr. Mundo jungle moved down
  • 2/4:
    • Varus marksman moved up

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Vladimir, Katarina, Orianna
Jungle Nunu, Sejuani, Shyvana
Top Lane Gangplank, Nasus
Marksman Kog'Maw, Twitch, Tristana
Support Janna, Lulu, Nami, Taric

God Tier Rising: Gangplank (Top), Kog'Maw (Marksman), Nunu (Jungle), Sejuani (Jungle), Tristana, (Marksman) Vladimir (Mid)
God Tier Falling:

Tier 1

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

Mid-Lane: Ahri, Zoe, Malzahar, Fizz, Morgana, Twisted Fate, Xerath, Corki, Brand, Zed, Anivia, Veigar, Vel'Koz, Lux, Ziggs, Aurelion Sol, Annie, Diana, Zilean, Ekko, Galio
Jungle: Xin Zhao, Rammus, Warwick, Jarvan IV, Udyr, Jax, Kha'Zix, Kayn, Nocturne, Vi, Shaco, Evelynn, Kindred, Lee Sin
Top: Kled, Yasuo, Vladimir, Sion, Yorick, Urgot, Illaoi, Teemo, Maokai, Jarvan IV, Gnar, Camille, Jayce, Malphite, Wukong, Singed, Pantheon, Darius, Kayle, Riven, Shen, Jax, Akali, Swain, Heimerdinger, Fiora
Marksman: Varus, Jinx, Miss Fortune, Xayah, Vayne, Draven, Ezreal
Support: Braum, Blitzcrank, Soraka, Alistar, Thresh, Brand, Zilean

Tier 1 Rising: Annie (Mid), Brand (Mid), Braum (Support), Evelynn (Jungle), Fizz (Mid), Galio (Mid), Gnar (Top), Jinx (Marksman), Kled (Top), Riven (Top), Sion (Top), Urgot (Top), Xayah (Marksman), Xin Zhao (Jungle), Yorick (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Ezreal (Marksman), Illaoi (Top), Malzahar (Mid), Teemo (Top), Vayne (Marksman), Zoe (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Jayce, Kassadin, Talon, Azir, Taliyah, Syndra, Kennen, Yasuo, Leblanc, Karthus, Kayle, Viktor, Karma, Cassiopeia, Swain, Lissandra, Akali, Gragas, Heimerdinger, Gangplank,
Jungle: Camille, Graves, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Rengar, Rek'Sai, Elise, Hecarim, Gragas, Nidalee, Master Yi, Zac, Quinn, Amumu, Skarner, Wukong, Volibear, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch, Dr. Mundo, Aatrox
Top: Ornn, Garen, Quinn, Irelia, Cho'gath, Malzahar, Kennen, Talon, Tryndamere, Renekton, Galio, Rumble, Trundle, Aatrox, Gragas, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Olaf, Fizz, Ekko, Rammus, Rengar, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Graves, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Sivir, Ashe, Jhin, Kalista, Caitlyn, Lucian
Support: Leona, Rakan, Shen, Bard, Sona, Nautilus, Xerath, Zyra, Karma, Sion, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Garen (Top), Jayce (Mid), Leona (Support), Kalista (Marksman), Kassadin (Mid), Ornn (Top), Quinn (Top), Sivir (Marksman)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

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

Tier 3 Rising:
Tier 3 Falling:

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, Taliyah, Alistar, Leblanc
Marksman: Twisted Fate, Mordekaiser
Support: Miss Fortune, Pantheon, Ashe, Anivia, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, 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

  • Braum [Tier 1 Support]: After the nerfs to aftershock, most melee supports other than Braum are slightly weaker in comparison. Additionally, Braum has the added advantage of being able to completely negate Ornn's ultimate, one of the most popular top laners on the rift right now.
  • Gangplank [God Tier Top]: Despite the nerfs to Kleptomancy, melee champions were affected a bit less than others. As a "melee" champion with long range abilities, Gangplank continues to excel.
  • Illaoi [Tier 1 Top]: As Illaoi rises in popularity, as does the number of players who learn how to counter her properly. When you combine this with the nerf to Kleptomancy, Illaoi's starting to lose some of her power. However, she remains a powerful pick, especially against melee heavy team compositions.
  • Katarina [God Tier Mid]: Katarina is one of those champions that players like to say "just CC her". However, it's been a long time since her one-trick ultimate days, and her mobility and damage via dagger jumps is incredibly high. Once players get around 20~50 games with her under their belt in experience, they quickly dominate games.
  • Kog'maw [God Tier Marksman]: The nerfs to Vayne leads to new hypercarries on board. Kog'Maw was already very strong before Patch 8.2, and after Vayne nerfs he's only getting stronger. Most players have gravitated towards Tristana, but Kog'Maw is still a greatly undervalued pick outside of higher divisions.
  • Ornn [Tier 2 Top]: Ornn is exceedingly popular as a result of his professional level play and amazing engagement potential. However, ever since his nerfs he's rapidly declined in a solo queue setting since he's more of a team fight champion now rather than a massive stat stick that can 1v3.
  • Sejuani [God Tier Jungle]: Sejuani in her current state is extraordinarily powerful. Her mobility and engagement potential allow her to be a solo queue staple, and her massive constitution makes her difficult to kill.
  • Vladimir [God Tier Mid]: After nerfs to Malzahar, Vladimir is the go-to"safe" high waveclear hypercarry mid-laner. He's always been very difficult to kill late game, but with his Unsealed Spellbook rune setup, he's almost impossible to kill with all the tools at his disposal every team fight. As an added bonus, Nunu's new bloodboil should increase Vladimir's overall health via his passive if you ever manage to get both on one team.
  • Zoe [Tier 1 Mid]: Zoe is currently the most banned mid-laner, and for good reason. Her pick potential is very high through the fog of war, and a champion with such a short cooldown death combo is very annoying to deal with. Although she's not exactly a pick up and play type champion, she's worth the practice unless she gets nerfed again.
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, jump to the strongest potential champions in each position!
Be sure to visit Optimal Champion Bans by Division too!


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