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May 23, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.10 Update

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 Hi everyone, and welcome to the latest tier list update! This time around we're looking at the large scale jungle changes, which favors early game duelists with good burst damage. This means champions like Graves and Xin Zhao are truly at the top of their class, and if you want to open the gates with Udyr he's finding amazing success as well.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.10
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 everyone, and welcome to the latest tier list update! This time around we're looking at the large scale jungle changes, which favors early game duelists with good burst damage. This means champions like Graves and Xin Zhao are truly at the top of their class, and if you want to open the gates with Udyr he's finding amazing success as well.

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 8.10 Summary
Buffs: Bard, Kindred, Poppy, Zac
Nerfs: Dr. Mundo, Sion
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 Fizz, Zed, Talon
Jungle GravesXin Zhao
Top Lane Camille, Singed, Irelia
Marksman Kai'Sa, Ezreal, Xayah
Support Janna, Rakan, Morgana

God Tier Rising: Irelia (Top), Talon (Mid)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneAhri, Twisted Fate, Leblanc, Swain, Zoe, Annie, Anivia, Vladimir, Katarina, Lux, Malzahar, Brand, Orianna, Veigar, Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Ekko, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Xerath, 
Jungle: Udyr, Kha'Zix, Warwick, Evelynn, Jax, Shaco, Dr. Mundo, Rengar, Nunu, Master Yi, Kayn, Nocturne, Rammus
Top: Darius, Yorick, Kled, Gangplank, Yasuo, Illaoi, Nasus, Urgot, Sion, Teemo, Olaf, Jax, Maokai, Jarvan IV, Gnar, Jayce, Fiora, Malphite, Swain, Vladimir, Dr. Mundo, Volibear, Wukong, Kayle, Riven
Marksman: Caitlyn, Twitch, Varus, Miss Fortune, Jinx, Draven
Support: Nami, Lulu, Blitzcrank, Soraka, Sona, Brand, Alistar, Braum, Thresh, Taric

Tier 1 Rising: Annie (Mid), Twisted Fate (Mid), Udyr (Jungle), Zoe (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Ahri (Mid), Dr. Mundo (Top), Gangplank (Top), Sion (Top), Sona (Support), Warwick (Jungle)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Diana, Karthus, Corki, Jayce, Kassadin, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Taliyah, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Kayle, Viktor, Karma, Lissandra, Akali, Sion, Gragas, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Shyvana, Skarner, Rek'Sai, Zac, Nidalee, Vi, Jarvan IV, Sejuani, Kindred, Camille, Olaf, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Lee Sin, Elise, Hecarim, Gragas, Quinn, Amumu, Volibear, Wukong, Trundle, Pantheon, Twitch, Aatrox
Top: Lissandra, 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, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Graves, Diana, Kassadin
Marksman: Vayne, Lucian, Tristana, Kog'Maw, Sivir, Ashe, Jhin, Kalista, Yasuo
Support: Leona, Bard, Shen, Sion, Zilean, Nautilus, Xerath, Zyra, Karma, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Kindred (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, 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, Leblanc, 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

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

  • Dr. Mundo [Tier 1 Top] - After nerfs to Dr. Mundo, he's far weaker than the absurd level he was at last patch. However, that doesn't mean he's unplayable by any means. He's still a decent top laner, and the nerfs don't prevent him from doing his job.
  • Graves [God Tier Jungle] - If anything, he seems to be getting stronger patch over patch. This time around, he's got his insane early game damage to dish out on Scuttle Crabs for big boosts. When you combine this with his crazy mid-game power, this makes him incredibly hard to shut down.
  • Janna [God Tier Support] - Janna's "nerfs" certainly didn't hit her too hard from a stat perspective. However, most players are opting for aggressively engaging supports like Rakan. Luckily, Janna counters Rakan fairly well and still works with the hyper-carry meta.
  • Nami [Tier 1 Support] - Nami is a very underrated support right now. She counters both Janna and Rakan, resulting in a support that's never banned and also happens to beat out the meta ones too. Her sustain also makes her more favorable over other peel supports, and she can engage extremely well with her double AOE CC combo.
  • Talon [God Tier Mid] - This is somewhat of a late move that resulted from the Patch 8.9 changes to his Q range. After boosting his range by 75, this "bug fix" really did help Talon get into position much easier than before. As a result, he's much more consistent and no longer takes free hits from spellcaster poke at 525~575 range.
  • Udyr [Tier 1 Jungle] - Udyr as a team-fighting champion still suffers from his usual weaknesses. However, the new jungle gives him a bit more power in solo queue. His ability to clear jungle and control objectives from start to finish means that he can vary his jungle routes and create chaos for the enemy jungler in the new patch.
  • Warwick [Tier 1 Jungle] - Warwick's early game clear suffers a bit from cooldowns. Although he's a healthy duelist, his burst damage isn't quite high enough to secure all the jungle clears early game. With all the early game junglers running around, Warwick is starting to feel some age.
  • Xin Zhao [God Tier Jungle] - In this meta where Riot's promoting early game skirmishes, Xin Zhao excels. His ability to burst down jungle camps is incredibly good, and his level 2 ganking/dueling power has always been excellent. Now, he gets to show it off more often than ever, resulting in quickly snowballing games.
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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