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Oct 9, 2018

Champions Tier List | Patch 8.20 | Solo Queue

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SEASON 8 - PATCH 8.20 

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS TIER LIST 

"Best Champions to Climb With


Are you looking for a League of Legends solo queue tier list to win more ranked games and reach Gold, Diamond, or maybe even Challenger the FASTEST way possible?

Don't be a meta-sheep and follow the herd, this LoL Champion Tier List gets you that sweet League of Legends LP by listing out the strongest champions that will win you games while your friends are still trying to play Ryze just because the *pros* are doing it.

Patch 8.20

Nerfs are the name of the game this patch, and all the popular champs have been nerfed in anticipation of ending the season. Meanwhile, the Ezreal rework is live this patch but we'll have to see where he lands. He's almost certainly stronger than he was pre-rework, but just how much stronger we'll have to wait and see.

Check out the full list below!

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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 8.20 Summary
Buffs:
Nerfs: Ahri, Evelynn, Graves, Nami, Sion, Dark Harvest
Tweaks: Ezreal

Updates
  • 10/14: Aatrox top moved up
    • Xayah moved up
    • Akali moved up
  • 10/16: Brand, Heimerdinger, Vladimir bot moved down
    • Caitlyn bot 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, Fizz, Malzahar
Jungle Jax, Rammus, Taliyah
Top Lane Jax, Urgot, Darius
Bot Lane Lucian, Jhin
Support Alistar, Leona, Thresh

God Tier Rising: Jax (Jungle), Malzahar (Mid), Taliyah (Jungle), Thresh (Support), Urgot (Top)
God Tier Falling

Tier 1

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

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

Tier 1 Rising: Ezreal (Marksman), Irelia (Top), Pyke (Support), Sona (Support), Zyra (Support)
Tier 1 Falling: Ahri (Mid), Evelynn (Jungle), Garen (Top), Graves (Jungle), Jinx (Marksman), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Nami (Support), Sion (Top)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Brand, Annie, Yasuo, Wukong, Diana, Karma, Viktor, Karthus, Corki, Jayce, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Taliyah, Morgana, Galio, Kennen, Kayle, 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: Caitlyn, Tristana, Kog'Maw, Yasuo, Ashe, Brand, Kalista, Swain, Jayce, Heimerdinger, Vladimir
Support: Lulu, Vel'Koz, Shen, Fiddlesticks, Sion, Zilean, Nautilus, Karma, Xerath, Tahm Kench, Zoe, Maokai

Tier 2 Rising: Karma (Support/Mid)
Tier 2 Falling: Brand (Bot), Fiddlesticks (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: 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

  • Graves [Tier 1 Jungle] - The base damage reduction on attack damage is sizable and amounts to about a 5% decrease in his overall damage. While this doesn't sound terribly impactful, for a champion that almost solely damages it amounts to a significant amount when you compound it over a game.
  • Lucian [God Tier Marksman] - Lucian in his current state is incredibly strong. After several patches worth of nerfs and buffs to the bot lane, Lucian is now able to dominate his lane early and continue snowballing through the game with ease. Now with the latest Dark Harvest nerfs, Miss Fortune's level one is less of a threat and he can safely hit level two.
  • Malzahar [God Tier Mid] - Malzahar is one of those champions that like Lucian, crawl back into power as his foes get nerfed one by one. In his current state, he's more than enough to safely farm to the mid-game where he can put his ridiculous ult to good use by shoving waves and ganking anywhere he pleases. Incredibly safe and still potent, he's certainly deserving of his God Tier status.
  • Miss Fortune [Tier 1 Marksman] - The Dark Harvest nerf hurt her quite a bit and I expect that most players will quickly shift over to the Conqueror rune. This version of Miss Fortune is still very strong, but nowhere near the ridiculous one hit one kill Miss Fortune that dominated solo queue these past few patches.
  • Sona [Tier 1 Support] - Sona's got an amazing level one and two, which really gives her the ability to synergize well with the early all-ins from champions like Lucian and Jhin. While other all-in champions need the level two power spike to be highly effective, Sona's level one kill potential allows her marksman to safely get level two before the enemy laners. When you layer this onto the Nami nerf, Sona is probably the strongest consistently healing sustain support now.
  • Taliyah [God Tier Jungle] - Nerfs to Graves AND Eve in the same patch? Looks like they really want to bring Taliyah back into overpowered status. In Patch 8.19 she was already very powerful, and now with nerfs on her top rivals, she's only more so. Her powerful ganks and post-six team-splitting ultimate makes her incredibly potent.
  • Thresh [God Tier Support] - Thresh in his current state is very much a flay and win champion. He doesn't need to spam his hooks to win lane, but when he hits it, he certainly gains a massive edge. The recent surge in Lucian's popularity definitely helped him even more, since his level two power spike is very powerful.
  • Urgot [God Tier Top] - Urgot's domination in top lane just got stronger now that Sion's received a bit of a nerf. Even last patch he may have been worthy of God Tier, but now it's very clear that he more than earned his place. The combination of tank and and massive damage output he provides really ends up steamrolling enemies at will.
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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