Mar 24, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.6 Update

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Hi folks and welcome to the latest Solo Queue Tier List for Patch 8.6! This time around, we're taking a look at the new Conqueror rune. So far Jax is finding great success with the rune, but most champions are still running Press the Attack.

Meanwhile, the poke/sustain meta is back in full swing, and Caitlyn is at the top of the food chain when it comes to bot lane domination.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.6
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

Hi folks and welcome to the latest Solo Queue Tier List for Patch 8.6! This time around, we're taking a look at the new Conqueror rune. So far Jax is finding great success with it, but most champions are still running Press the Attack.

Meanwhile, the poke/sustain meta is back in full swing, and Caitlyn is at the top of the food chain when it comes to bot lane domination.

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 8.6 Summary
Duskblade Nerf Compensating Buffs: Graves, Kayn, Kha'Zix, Miss Fortune, Nocturne, Rengar, Shaco, Talon, Wukong, Zed

Buffs: Kai'Sa, Lee Sin, Lucian, Quinn, Rakan,
Nerfs: Xayah

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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Anivia, Swain, Fizz
Jungle Warwick, EvelynnJax
Top Lane Sion, Gangplank, Darius
Marksman Xayah, Caitlyn, Ezreal
Support Janna, Nami, Soraka

God Tier Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Darius (Top), Evelynn (Jungle), Ezreal (Marksman), Jax (Jungle), Soraka (Support)
God Tier Falling:

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTwisted Fate, Katarina, Ahri, Malzahar, Zoe, Zed, Taliyah, Brand, Orianna, Lux, Veigar, Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Vladimir, Vel'Koz, Annie, Diana, Zilean, Ekko, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Xerath, Leblanc
Jungle: Olaf, ShacoNunu, Skarner, Sejuani, Master Yi, Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix, Udyr, Shyvana, Nocturne, Graves, Kindred, Nidalee
Top: Singed, Swain, Fiora, Yorick, Camille, Kled, Yasuo, Illaoi, Nasus, Urgot, Teemo, Olaf, Jax, Maokai, Jarvan IV, Gnar, Jayce, Malphite, Vladimir, Volibear, Wukong, Kayle, Riven
Marksman: Kai'Sa, Varus, Miss Fortune, Twitch, Jinx, Draven
Support: Rakan, Bard, Blitzcrank, Alistar, Braum, Lulu, Thresh, Taric, Brand, Sion, Zilean

Tier 1 Rising: Bard (Support), Graves (Jungle), Jax (Top), Kai'Sa (Marksman), Master Yi (Jungle), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Olaf (Jungle), Rakan (Support), Rammus (Jungle), Shaco (Jungle), Zoe (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Camille (Top), Jinx (Marksman), Lulu (Support), Nunu (Jungle), Twitch (Marksman), Veigar (Mid), Vel'Koz (Mid), Xerath (Mid), Xin Zhao (Jungle)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Corki, Jayce, Kassadin, Talon, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Karthus, Kayle, Viktor, Karma, Lissandra, Akali, Sion, Gragas, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rammus, Zac, Kayn, Vi, Jarvan IV, Camille, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Rengar, Lee Sin, Rek'Sai, Elise, Hecarim, Gragas, Quinn, Amumu, Volibear, Wukong, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch, Dr. Mundo, Aatrox
Top: Pantheon, Shen, Akali, Heimerdinger, Ornn, Garen, Quinn, Irelia, Cho'gath, Malzahar, Kennen, Talon, Tryndamere, Renekton, Galio, Rumble, Trundle, Aatrox, Gragas, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Fizz, Ekko, Rammus, Rengar, Lissandra, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Graves, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Vayne, Tristana, Kog'Maw, Sivir, Ashe, Jhin, Kalista, Lucian, Yasuo
Support: Leona, Shen, Sona, Nautilus, Xerath, Zyra, Karma, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Jarvan IV (Jungle), Galio (Mid), Kayn (Jungle), Morgana (Mid), Vayne (Marksman), Volibear (Jungle), Zac (Jungle)

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, JannaAP Kaisa
Jungle: Kai'Sa, Ezreal, 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, 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

  • Bard [Tier 1 Support] - Bard has one of those awkward laning phases that doesn't seem like he does much or he absolutely crushes your lane with a level 1 stun, a few auto attacks and an electrocute proc. His sustain is also decent, and his roam potential is immense. Ever since the nerf on the sustain meta, his poke damage with electrocute actually sticks. This allows him to continuously pressure without watching all his hard work instantly evaporate.
  • Caitlyn [God Tier Marksman] - Similar to Bard, Caitlyn's poke ability is much more valuable in the current meta. Ever since Tristana was nerfed, Caitlyn's been the new go-to in terms of pushing down turrets and securing early objectives. 
  • Evelynn [God Tier Jungle] - Earlier in the season, players picked up Celerity and Waterwalking to increase Evelynn's ganking power. However, after switching over to Ultimate Hat and sometimes Trancendence, we see a higher level of gank power even without the move speed boost. This build also increases her survivability quite a bit by giving her more freedom to use her ultimate.
  • Jax [God Tier Jungle] - The new Conqueror rune is giving Jax jungle a HUGE damage boost mid to late game. So far, his jungle role is doing much better than his top lane role. As a top lane, he needs to take Resolve secondary in order to survive. However, in the jungle he can pick up Domination instead, giving him a ton more damage via lethality. 
  • Kai'Sa [Tier 1 Marksman] - After the buffs on Kai'Sa, she's much stronger than before. The 25 increase in base attack range is substantial and allows her to out-range Lucian and be on par with Xayah and Tristana.
  • Master Yi [Tier 1 Jungle] - The buffs on Rageblade are also incredibly good on Master Yi. By giving the full stack for melee champions on half stacks, Rageblade gives Master Yi some crazy burst damage. It's also much cheaper than before, resulting in double strikes all day every day.
  • Olaf [Tier 1 Jungle] - This is a late move from Patch 8.5 since I wanted to see if he would stick, but Olaf jungle is still doing quite well. His early game jungle clear was always good but he suffered from difficulty being relevant late game. Now, he's just relevant enough to survive the mid to late game.
  • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - The nerfs to Duskblade are insignificant compared to Shaco's buff to his Deceive [Q]. In fact, Riot gave him a superior Duskblade since for all intents and purposes, he has the same exact attack pattern but scales harder than before.
  • Soraka [God Tier Support] - Soraka in the current meta is extremely oppressive with Caitlyn as a marksman. The poke plus sustain support meta allows easy tower pressure and slow but safe punish of enemy laners.
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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