Aug 22, 2018

2018 Best Champions Tier List - Solo Queue Ranked Ladder Climbing - Patch 8.16 Update

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 Looking for the latest tier list for Patch 8.16? Well, the wait is over! After getting slammed at work we're back with the newest edition of the solo queue tier list. Leona's incredibly strong this patch, especially now that Janna's relatively low on the radar.

Check out the full list below!

SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.16
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

Looking for the latest tier list for Patch 8.16? Well, the wait is over! After getting slammed at work we're back with the newest edition of the solo queue tier list. Leona's incredibly strong this patch, especially now that Janna's relatively low on the radar.

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 8.16 Summary
Buffs: Hecarim, Amumu, Leona, Nautilus, Rammus, Sion
Nerfs: Aatrox, Fizz, Orianna, Quinn, Rakan, Taliyah, Tryndamere, Wukong, Zoe
Tweaks: Trundle, Tahm Kench
Updates
  • 8/27:
    • Malphite top moved up
    • Thresh support moved up
    • Camille jungle re-added to list

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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, Twisted Fate, Fizz
Jungle Graves, Evelynn, Xin Zhao
Top Lane Garen, Jax, Camille
Bot Lane Miss Fortune, Jhin, Jinx
Support Leona, Nami, Alistar

God Tier Rising: Alistar (Support), Camille (Top), Leona (Support), Miss Fortune (Bot Lane), Twisted Fate (Mid), Xin Zhao (Jungle)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTalon, Zed, Ekko, Anivia, Malzahar, Wukong, Leblanc, Swain, Vladimir, Kassadin, Katarina, Lux, Orianna, Veigar, Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Cassiopeia, Xerath
Jungle: Kindred, Nocturne, Taliyah, Shyvana, Shaco, Nidalee, Master Yi, Ekko, Trundle, Udyr, Warwick, Kha'Zix, Jax, Wukong, Camille, Rengar, Nunu, Lee Sin
Top: Quinn, Wukong, Singed, Tryndamere, Gangplank, Yorick, Darius, Kled, Malphite, Aatrox, Poppy, Urgot, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Fiora, Swain, Volibear, Kayle, Irelia, Riven, Dr. Mundo
Bot Lane: Draven, Quinn, Twitch, Yasuo, Swain, Mordekaiser, Kai'Sa, Lucian, Ezreal, Varus, Veigar, Ziggs, Brand, Xayah
Support: Blitzcrank, Soraka, Rakan, Morgana, Fiddlesticks, Zyra, Sona, Brand, Thresh, Taric, Janna, Pyke

Tier 1 Rising: Malphite (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Morgana (Support), Quinn (Top), Rakan (Support), Taliyah (Jungle), Talon (Mid)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Brand, Annie, Yasuo, Diana, Viktor, Karthus, Corki, Jayce, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Taliyah, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Kayle, Karma, Lissandra, 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: Teemo, 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, Lulu, Bard, Vel'Koz, Shen, Sion, Zilean, Nautilus, Xerath, Tahm Kench, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: AkaliZoe, Irelia, 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: Akali (Mid), Zoe (Mid)

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

  • Akali [Tier 3 Mid] - There's a strong divergence between how players percieve Akali and how they actually play her. She's certainly very flashy and if she snowballs, ends up an incredibly fun asset. However, she tends to be difficult to pop off on, resulting in lower than average team usage early on if she doesn't get a few kills.
  • Fizz [God Tier Mid] - After the last round of buffs, Fizz remains strong post-nerf. He's one of the few assassins that does perfectly fine as players start shifting to more tank-based champions since his abilities let him dodge crowd-control fairly easily.
  • Garen [God Tier Top] - Garen continues to dominate through top laners and bot laners alike. His damage and tankiness are second to none, and tends to be very difficult to deal with as a result of his extremely simple kit.
  • Graves [God Tier Jungle] - Patch after patch, Graves continues to be top dog in the jungle. His damage is absurd and his ability to take down every champion in the game later on results in some absolutely silly 1v5s.
  • Leona [God Tier Support] - Leona's latest buffs are quite good considering they buffed her main skill (W). The cooldown reduction is a huge buff to her at all points in the game, and results in an incredibly easy yet effective tank.
  • Miss Fortune [God Tier Bot] - I really do like Miss Fortune in the current meta, even more than the crowd favorite Jhin. Her damage is much more forgiving if the enemy has auto attack dodging abilities, and her ultimate can be game-changing. She does work better when games are closed out fast, but at most divisions she can out-trade most enemies early to mid game.
  • Talon [Tier 1 Mid] - As more mobile champions run into the mix, Talon finds a bit of difficulty getting the kills he needs to snowball. I think he's still very good, but simply isn't as good as he used to be now that people have gotten used to his power spikes.
  • Zoe [Tier 3 Mid] - The nerfs to Zoe were quite large. By removing a large chunk of damage from her passive, Riot essentially took away the most consistent part of her damage. At this point I'd say she needs a slight buff to be playable again unless you happen to just be amazing at landing sleepy bubbles.
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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