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Jun 4, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.11 Update

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 All hail the queen of ice birds in all her glory! This patch features a ton of movement to the jungle meta with nerfs on the top two junglers and buffs on a variety of high-damage favorites. Meanwhile, jungle Taliyah it the latest fad to grace the rift, and if you were just thinking how nice it is to not have Lucian players dominating the game at every turn....sorry!

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.11
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

All hail the queen of ice birds in all her glory! This patch features a ton of movement to the jungle meta with nerfs on the top two junglers and buffs on a variety of high-damage favorites. Meanwhile, jungle Taliyah it the latest fad to grace the rift, and if you were just thinking how nice it is to not have Lucian players dominating the game at every turn....sorry!

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 8.11 Summary
Buffs: Anivia, Kindred, Leblanc, Lee Sin, Taliyah, Urgot, Viktor, Zyra
Nerfs: Graves, Rakan, Xin Zhao
Tweaks: Kha'Zix
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, Anivia, Zed
Jungle Graves, Evelynn, Xin Zhao
Top Lane Camille, Singed, Irelia
Marksman Kai'Sa, EzrealLucian
Support Janna, Morgana, Nami

God Tier Rising: Anivia (Mid), Evelynn (Jungle), Lucian (Marksman), Nami (Support)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

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

Tier 1 Rising: Camille (Jungle), Fiddlesticks (Support), Jhin (Marksman), Miss Fortune(Marksman), Malphite (Top), Master Yi (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Trundle (Jungle), Udyr (Jungle)
Tier 1 Falling: Rakan (Support), Talon (Mid), Xayah (Marksman), Zoe (Mid), Zyra (Support)

Tier 2

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

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

Tier 2 Rising: Taliyah (Jungle), Viktor (Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Dr. Mundo (Jungle), Gnar (Top), Illaoi (Top), Kayn (Jungle), Nasus (Top), Yasuo (Mid), Yorick (Top)

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: Pyke, 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, 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, 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

  • Anivia [God Tier Mid] - Anivia continues to border on the edge of being broken via the absurd amount of damage and utility she provides. In a solo queue environment where players have a tough time coordinating a push and get caught out far too often, Anivia's wall and AOE stuns are a utterly game-changing. When you add this to her ability to instantly clear out minion waves and deal half of enemy's health pools at a touch of her ultimate, this ice phoenix is a solo queue goddess.
  • Evelynn [God Tier Jungle] - After nerfs to Graves and Xin Zhao, Evelynns is shining a bit more brightly this patch. There's not much that's different from last patch when it comes to Evelynn, but she's always been a solo queue powerhouse.
  • Fiddlesticks [Tier 1 Support] - With Janna's pick rate at an all-time low and sustain supports unpopular, Fiddlesticks is finding a lot of popularity as a support pick. His poke damage is sticking and his ability to prevent and turn-around dives is immense. This results in an excellent engage or counter-engage as your team requires it.
  • Graves [God Tier Jungle] - After nerfs to Graves he's still trucking along, kicking butts and taking names.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - The essence reaver changes really put Lucian in an amazing spot. When you combine his natural synergy with auto-attack resets via his passive with his mana-hungry playstyle, Lucian quickly becomes an incredibly mobile marksman without limitations. The BoTRK cost reduction was just icing on the cake, resulting in an incredibly powerful marksman in a single patch, all without even touching his actual base stats or skills.
  • Pyke [Tier 1 Support] - After the hotfix, Pyke is actually in a really good spot. He's incredibly fun to play, and his playstyle allows support players to finally make good use of one of the best support items in the game...Duskblade. As an automatic Oracle, it's really a godsend to support players who never seem to remember to use their red trinket properly. It also gives assassin mains a champion to play while they're auto-filled.
  • Taliyah [Tier 2 Jungle] - Be sure to check out the Taliyah jungle article for more detail, but in a nutshell, she's a solid jungler after her latest tweaks and changes in Patch 8.11. If you do see her in your game, don't take her too lightly, and don't bother dodging. It's totally viable unless they're trolling.
  • Trundle [Tier 1 Jungle] - Similar to Evelynn, Trundle was in a good spot before. However, with the latest nerfs to Xin Zhao and Graves, he's finding even more success in the new rift scuttle era. The fact that he generally gets played against tanky teams and tanks are in a bad spot right now inflates his win rate a bit, but otherwise he's still good against the large majority of team compositions.
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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