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Sep 25, 2018

Champions Tier List | Patch 8.19 | Solo Queue

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SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.19 

FASTEST RANKED LP GAIN TIER LIST 

"What Are the Best Champions to Climb With


This solo queue tier list is used pick champions that will allow you to climb divisions the FASTEST by winning games consistently. This list also contains off-meta and counter-meta placements that do well against popular picks.

Patch 8.19

Buffs are the theme of this patch cycle, and high impact supports like Pyke and Thresh and getting the love. Meanwhile, Elise is making a comeback this patch with a few buffs to her kit just in time for an end of season run.

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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!
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Patch 8.19 Summary
Buffs: Darius, Elise, Fiora, Janna, Jarvan IV, Kha'Zix, Kog'Maw, Pyke, Thresh
Nerfs: Tahm Kench
Tweaks: Nunu & Willump

Updates
  • 10/3: Lucian moved up, Jinx moved down, Jhin moved up
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Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Kassadin, Ahri, Fizz
Jungle Graves, Evelynn, Rammus
Top Lane Jax, Sion, Darius, Garen
Bot Lane Miss FortuneLucian,  Jhin
Support Nami, Alistar, Leona

God Tier Rising: Darius (Top), Lucian (Bot), Sion (Top)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTwisted Fate, Zed, Ekko, Anivia, Malzahar, Irelia, Leblanc, Swain, Vladimir, Katarina, Lux, Orianna, Talon, Veigar, Aurelion Sol, Ziggs, Vel'Koz, Zilean, Cassiopeia, Xerath
Jungle: Jax, Xin Zhao, Camille, Taliyah, Kindred, Nocturne, Shaco, Nidalee, Kayn, Ekko, Udyr, Warwick, Kha'Zix, Elise, Wukong, Rengar, Lee Sin
Top: Yorick, Urgot, Camille, Kayle, Irelia, Renekton, Quinn, Wukong, Singed, Gangplank, Aatrox, Kled, Malphite, Poppy, Pantheon, Jarvan IV, Fiora, Jayce, Rumble, Riven, Akali
Bot Lane: Jinx, Draven, Twitch, Vayne, Mordekaiser, Kai'Sa, Sivir, Quinn, Ezreal, Varus, Veigar, Ziggs, Brand, Xayah
Support: Blitzcrank, Thresh, Soraka, Rakan, Pyke, Morgana, Braum, Bard, Fiddlesticks, Sona, Taric, Brand, Janna

Tier 1 Rising: Elise (Jungle), Pantheon (Top), Thresh (Support), Urgot (Top)
Tier 1 Falling: Jarvan IV (Top), Jax (Jungle), Jhin (Bot), Irelia (Top), Renekton (Top), Rumble (Top), Taric (Support)

Tier 2

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

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

Tier 2 Rising:
Tier 2 Falling: Dr. Mundo (Top), Master Yi (Jungle), Shyvana (Jungle), Swain (Top), Volibear (Top), Wukong (Mid), Zyra Support)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Zoe, Ezreal, Lucian, Zyra, Ryze, Kog'Maw (AP), Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, Nasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Sona, Varus, Urgot, Teemo, Jarvan IV, Jhin, Riven, Sion, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, JannaAP Kaisa
Jungle: Nunu, 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, Poppy, Teemo, Malzahar, Galio, Cho'Gath, Camille, Trundle, Annie, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Veigar, Lux, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Leblanc, Kennen

Tier 3 Rising: Kog'Maw (AP) (Mid),
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

  • Darius [God Tier Top] - Darius in his previous patch form was already decent, but the latest buffs definitely bring him over the top. He now has higher armor penetration than ever, allowing him to kill both tanks and squishies with ease. The buff on his W also gives him the ability to scale even harder late game, At a 5-second base cooldown, the increased scaling is quite good.
  • Jarvan IV [Tier 1 Top] - Jarvan's cooldown reduction on his passive is clearly aimed at his laning phase, and this allows him a lot more room to trade with the enemy champion. With nearly twice as much pre level 6 poke ability, he can duel with a higher degree of confidence.
  • Kayle [Tier 1 Top] - For climbing the ladder, many players completely overlook Kayle as a result of her low mobility, old-school champion kit. However, her damage output with Lethal Tempo is borderline insanity, and her late game potential allows her to literally 1v5.
  • Kog'Maw (AP) [Tier 3 Mid] - The increased movespeed and R range definitely help out Kog'Maw's AP build a bit, but it's still not very good. His poke damage was not increased, and it just gives him a little more room against other long-ranger meta casters like Lux.
  • Lucian [God Tier Bot] - Ever since the slow movement back to high damage all-in supports like Leona and Alistar, Lucian's better than ever. The buffs to his Q last patch were awesome as well. Meanwhile, this patch we're seeing more Pyke and Thresh players than ever before (although I'm not sure how that's possible). As a result, Lucian is extremely good as a result of his powerful level two power spike and incredibly strong all-in abilities.
  • Miss Fortune [God Tier Bot] - What Miss Fortune doesn't have in terms of flash skills she more than makes up with her ease of use and absurd damage output. You'll often see a Kai'Sa all-in Miss Fortune and hit every spell, only to get outtraded by a single love tap empowered auto attack + double-up combo. While her six item potential isn't as high as many other marksmen, her early to mid game is generally enough to snowball games and prevent the full build spikes.
  • Rammus [God Tier Jungle] - Rammus is consistently overlooked for gaining LP. His gank pattern is super simple to execute, and any competent jungler should be able to pick him up with ease. Meanwhile, he provides powerful engage and an amazing frontline. The fact that everyone is playing AD based mid-laners is also incredibly good. If you're looking for an easy champion to gain LP, Rammus is your boy, ok?
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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