Apr 13, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.7 Update

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 Hey everyone! Sorry for the late post on this and lack of posts in general. Wasn't feeling myself for a while, but I'm back in action. In the current patch, highly mobile champions are back on the scene with the latest Irelia rework and Zed buffs to put him back in the spotlight.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.7
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 everyone! Sorry for the late post on this and lack of posts in general. Wasn't feeling myself for a while, but I'm back in action. In the current patch, highly mobile champions are back on the scene with the latest Irelia rework and Zed buffs to put him back in the spotlight.

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 8.7 Summary
Buffs: Gragas, Elise, Hecarim, Ivern, Karthus, Kayn, Leona, Lux, Malphite, Nocturne, Rengar, Rumble, Zed
Nerfs: Olaf, Sejuani, Shaco, Swain
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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Fizz, Twisted Fate, Anivia
Jungle Warwick, Kha'Zix, Xin Zhao
Top Lane Sion, Gangplank, Irelia
Marksman Kai'Sa, Xayah, Ezreal
Support Janna, Soraka, Rakan

God Tier Rising: Irelia (Top), Kai'Sa (Marksman), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Rakan (Support), Twisted Fate (Mid), Xin Zhao (Jungle)
God Tier Falling: Anivia (Mid), 

Tier 1

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

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

Tier 1 Rising: Caitlyn (Marksman), Evelynn (Jungle), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Morgana (Support), Zed (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Bard (Support), Darius (Top), Jax (Jungle), Nami (Support), Swain (Top)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Karthus, Swain, Zoe, Corki, Jayce, Kassadin, Talon, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Kayle, Viktor, Karma, Lissandra, Akali, Sion, Gragas, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rek'Sai, Rammus, Zac, Kayn, Vi, Jarvan IV, Camille, Olaf, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Rengar, Lee Sin, Elise, Hecarim, Gragas, Quinn, Amumu, Volibear, Wukong, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch, Dr. Mundo, Aatrox
Top: Pantheon, Shen, Akali, Heimerdinger, Ornn, Garen, Quinn, 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, Sion, Zilean, Nautilus, Xerath, Zyra, Karma, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising: Karthus (Mid), Rek'Sai (Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Olaf (Jungle), Sion (Support), Swain (Mid), Zilean (Support), Zoe (Mid)

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

  • Irelia [God Tier Top] - Irelia in her new incarnation is incredibly potent. Even after the hotfix nerfs, her AOE stuns on short cooldown combined with her absurd mobility give her some of the highest carry potentials in the game.
  • Kai'Sa [God Tier Marksman] - After a shaky start, Kai'Sa is now one of the strongest marksmen in the game. In solo queue, she plays like a long-range Vayne. By giving her the power to solo pretty much anyone in the game, she is difficult to pin down in unorganized team fights.
  • Olaf [Tier 2 Jungle] - Riot's definitely got a love-hate relationship with Olaf, and can't decide if they want him in the meta or out of the meta. After the nerfs on his ultimate, he's by no means unplayable. However, he certainly is more difficult to execute. Instead of nerfing the speed of his ultimate, they probably should have just increased the cooldown.
  • Rakan [God Tier Support] - While he doesn't gain his full abilities unless he's with Xayah, he still does well with pretty much every hypercarry in the game. Via his nearly instant crowd-control spells, he can swing the tide of team fights at a moment's notice.
  • Shaco [Tier 1 Jungle] - Even with the nerfs to Shaco's damage, he continues to dominate the Rift ever since he gained a boost on his Deceive [Q] damage.
  • Swain [Tier 2 Mid] - While some champions got away for free during the last round of nerfs, Swain certainly didn't come out unscathed. While he's not unplayable at this point, he's nowhere near the broken state.
  • Zed [Tier 1 Mid] - The buff to Zed's Razor Suriken [Q] pumped quite a bit of power back into his team fight. While Zed has trouble late game against the crazy amounts of peel and lifesteal they have to deal with, the extra scaling puts him right back into the "can kill enemies" territory.
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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