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Jul 26, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.14 Update

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Nerfs this patch are outnumbered by buffs, but it just so happens that the nerfs are on some of the key figures of the meta from last patch. As a result of Talon and Zoe nerfs coupled with a Fizz tweak that turned out to be a nerf, mid lane is shuffling around quite a bit.

Meanwhile, small buffs won marksmen were enough to bring them back into the meta. While some bruisers like Yasuo and Swain continue to perform well in bot lane, it looks like the ranged glass cannons are back in action.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.14
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

Nerfs this patch are outnumbered by buffs, but it just so happens that the nerfs are on some of the key figures of the meta from last patch. As a result of Talon and Zoe nerfs coupled with a Fizz tweak that turned out to be a nerf, mid lane is shuffling around quite a bit.

Meanwhile, small buffs won marksmen were enough to bring them back into the meta. While some bruisers like Yasuo and Swain continue to perform well in bot lane, it looks like the ranged glass cannons are back in action.

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 8.14 Summary
Buffs: Jinx, Karma, Sion, Twitch, Ahri, Cassiopeia, Corki, Elise, Nasus, Pantheon, Rek'Sai, Sivir, Vel'Koz, Vayne, Vi, Viktor
Nerfs: Dr. Mundo, Rakan, Sejuani, Shen, Swain, Talon, Wukong, Zoe
Tweaks: Aatrox, Fizz
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The Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Ahri, Talon, Zed
Jungle Graves, Evelynn, Taliyah
Top Lane Garen, Quinn, Singed
Bot Lane Jhin, Miss Fortune, Yasuo
Support Nami, Morgana, Fiddlesticks

God Tier Rising: Ahri (Mid), Evelynn (Jungle), Garen (Top), Jhin (Bot Lane), Quinn (Top), Nami (Support)
God Tier Falling: Taliyah (Jungle)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneAnivia, Malzahar, Brand, Twisted Fate, Wukong, Ekko, Leblanc, Swain, Annie, Vladimir, Kassadin, Katarina, Lux, Fizz, Orianna, Veigar, Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Irelia, Zoe, Cassiopeia, Xerath
Jungle: Kindred, NocturneXin Zhao, Shyvana, Shaco, Master Yi, Ekko, Trundle, Udyr, Warwick, Kha'Zix, Camille, Jax, Wukong, Rengar, Nunu, Lee Sin, Nidalee, 
Top: Camille, Tryndamere, Gangplank, Yorick, Darius, Kled, Aatrox, Poppy, Urgot, Jax, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Fiora, Swain, Volibear, Wukong, Kayle, Irelia, Riven
Bot Lane: Twitch, Swain, Mordekaiser, Jinx, Quinn, Kai'Sa, Lucian, Ezreal, Varus, Draven, Veigar, Ziggs, Brand, Xayah
Support: Alistar, Zyra, Sona, Brand, Leona, Taric, Blitzcrank, Soraka, Rakan, Janna, Pyke

Tier 1 Rising: Aatrox (Top), Alistar (Support), Brand (Brand), Darius (Top), Jinx(Bot Carry), Kassadin (Mid), Kindred (Jungle), Nidalee (Jungle), Nocturne (Jungle), Quinn (Bot Carry), Sona (Support), Twitch (Bot Carry), Wukong (Mid)
Tier 1 Falling: Camille (Top), Fizz (Mid), Lucian (Bot Carry)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Yasuo, Diana, Viktor, Karthus, Corki, Jayce, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Taliyah, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Kayle, Karma, Lissandra, Akali, Sion, Gragas, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rammus, Aatrox, Kayn, Dr. Mundo, Skarner, Ivern, Rek'Sai, Zac, Vi, Jarvan IV, Sejuani, Olaf, Cho'Gath, Maokai, Elise, Hecarim, Gragas, Quinn, Amumu, Volibear, Pantheon, Twitch
Top: Dr. Mundo, Teemo, Malphite, Yasuo, Sion, Vladimir, Olaf, Nasus, Lissandra, Pantheon, Illaoi, Maokai, Shen, Gnar, Akali, Heimerdinger, Ornn, Cho'gath, Malzahar, Kennen, Talon, Renekton, Galio, Rumble, Trundle, Gragas, Nautilus, Mordekaiser, Fizz, Ekko, Rammus, Rengar, Cassiopeia, Karma, Tahm Kench, Graves, Diana, Kassadin
Bot Lane: Heimerdinger, Vladimir, Vayne, Tristana, Kog'Maw, Sivir, Ashe, Kalista, Caitlyn, Jayce
Support: Braum, Thresh, Lulu, Bard, Shen, Sion, Zilean, Nautilus, Xerath, Tahm Kench, Vel'Koz, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Dr. Mundo (Top)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Ezreal, Lucian, Zyra, Ryze, Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, Nasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Sona, Kog'Maw (AP), Varus, Urgot, Teemo, Jarvan IV, Jhin, Riven, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, JannaAP Kaisa
Jungle: Pyke, Poppy, 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, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix, Vi, Shyvana
Bot Lane: Kennen, Corki, Graves, Urgot
Support: Karma, 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
Bot Lane: Twisted Fate
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

  • Ahri [God Tier Mid] - After the latest Ahri buffs, she's capable of snowballing just a little harder than before. When you add this to the fact that most of her rivals (Fizz, Talon, Zoe) just got nerfed this patch, Ahri's looking stronger than ever before. High mobility is difficult to balance around, especially when it also simultaneously gives so much damage. As a result, Ahri is back to an incredibly strong state this patch.
  • Garen [God Tier Top] - Garen's ability to snowball through lanes is really incredible in his current state; He's always been a lane bully, but in the current AD heavy meta his Black Cleaver is especially powerful. Meanwhile, with most champions moving towards a more interactive spellcasting type of trading pattern, his silence is especially useful now that they've removed it from almost all other champions.
  • Quinn [God Tier Top] - Quinn's dominance this patch is largely a matter of nerfs on other champions and the huge buff on Stormrazor mid-patch. When you combine Stormrazor with her Lethality build, her single shot damage output is absolutely out of this world.
  • Jhin [God Tier Bot Lane] - Similar to Quinn, Jhin is enjoying the fruits of the Stormrazor buff like nobody else (except Quinn). He's bringing a balance to the bot-lane, since he destroys bruisers with ease.
  • Kassadin [Tier 1 Mid] - Fizz, Talon and Zoe nerfs are bringing former powerhouse assassins back into play. When it comes to former powerhouses, the first one that comes to mind is Kassadin. Stay tuned for Katarina's return as well. 
  • Wukong [Tier 1 Mid] - This move-up of Wukong comes at an odd time, when he just got nerfed. However, similar to Kassadin, this rise is largely a comparative one. His nerf didn't hurt as much as the other mid-lane champion nerfs, resulting in a relative rise in strength.
  • Taliyah [God Tier Jungle] - Some people think that Taliyah is weak post-nerfs. However, she's not only perfectly playable, but in fact just as strong. Her gank pattern is a bit gimicky, which allows her to be viable even with numbers that aren't as high as they could be.
  • Twitch [Tier 1 Bot Lane] - When it comes to gimmicks, Twitch is gimmick king. With his invisibility resets, it's hard to keep him too far behind. After the latest round of buffs, he's less easily taken down by bruisers than before. This allows him to survive long enough to farm up in lane and become the late game monstrosity we all know and love.
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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