Jan 13, 2019

Champions Tier List | Patch 9.1 | Solo Queue

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier list for Patch 9.1:

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.
God Tier Champions this time around include: Mid [Kassadin, Ahri, Malzahar]

SEASON 9 - PATCH 9.1 

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 9.1

While we're waiting on Season 9 to officially start on January 23rd, we're here with the first patch of the season featuring a variety of buffs around the board. Meanwhile, players have developed a number of new strategies during the off-season, some of which may not survive into the actual season...namely bot lane Cassiopeia...
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!
Be sure to visit our Optimal Champion Bans by Division too!
Patch 9.1 Summary
Buffs: Kalista, Ornn, Sejuani, Ashe, Jinx, Jayce, Katarina, Nasus, Sivir, Vayne, Xayah, Zyra

Updates
  • Kha'Zix, Nunu, Rek'Sai, Sejuani, Udyr, Vi, Zed Top removed
  • 1/14: Nasus jungle moved up
  • 1/16: Nasus jungle moved up, new article up
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    Tier List

    God Tier List

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

    Mid Lane KassadinAhri, Malzahar
    Jungle Xin Zhao, Kha'Zix, Elise
    Top Lane Sion, Urgot, Pantheon
    Bot Lane Lucian, Vayne, Twitch
    Support Zyra, Soraka, Blitzcrank

    God Tier Rising: Elise (Jungle), Soraka (Support), Twitch (Marksman), Vayne (Marksman), Zyra (Support)
    God Tier Falling

    Tier 1

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

    Mid-LaneGalio, Vel'Koz, Katarina, Twisted Fate, Fizz, Annie, Ekko, Anivia, Lissandra, Lux, Talon, Karthus, Veigar, Ziggs, Leblanc, Zoe, Zed, Zilean, Cassiopeia, Vladimir, Xerath
    Jungle: Graves, Kayn, Jax, Taliyah, Evelynn, Rammus, Kindred, Nocturne, Shaco, Ivern, Udyr, Warwick, Nunu, Pantheon, Camille, Wukong, Rengar, Lee Sin
    Top: Garen, Teemo, Jax, Mordekaiser, Nasus, Darius, Yorick, Illaoi, Aatrox, Camille, Jayce, Kayle, Renekton, Quinn, Wukong, Singed, Vladimir, Riven, Kled, Malphite, Poppy, Fiora, Cassiopeia, Viktor, Rumble, Lissandra
    Bot Lane: Sivir, Jinx, Miss Fortune, Jhin, Ashe, Draven, Caitlyn, Xayah, Ezreal, Kai'Sa, Cassiopeia, Mordekaiser, Karthus, Quinn, Varus, Veigar, Ziggs
    Support: Nami, Brand, Thresh, Janna, Leona, Alistar, Sona, Morgana, Pyke, Fiddlesticks, Braum, Bard, Taric

    Tier 1 Rising: Galio (Mid), Jax (Top), Jinx (Marksman), Fiddlesticks (Support), Karthus (Mid), Mordekaiser (Top), Nami (Support), Nasus (Top), Pantheon (Jungle), Riven (Top), Sivir (Marksman), Vel'Koz (Mid) Vladimir (Top), Zyra (Support)
    Tier 1 Falling: Brand (Support), Camille (Jungle), Jhin (Marksman), Kayn (Jungle), Leona (Support), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Thresh (Support)

    Tier 2

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

    Mid-Lane: Irelia, Akali, Swain, Brand, Yasuo, Orianna, Aurelion Sol, Aatrox, Wukong, Diana, Viktor, Karma, Corki, Jayce, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Taliyah, Morgana, Kennen, Kayle, Gragas, Heimerdinger
    Jungle: Vi, Nidalee, Master Yi, Trundle, Maokai, Ekko, Aatrox, Shyvana, Dr. Mundo, Skarner, Rek'Sai, Zac, Jarvan IV, Sejuani, Nasus, Olaf, Cho'Gath, Hecarim, Gragas, Quinn, Amumu, Volibear, Karthus, Twitch, 
    Top: Irelia, Tryndamere, Yasuo, Kennen, Gangplank, Swain, Jarvan IV, Volibear, Olaf, Maokai, Shen, Gnar, Karma, Heimerdinger, Cho'gath, Dr. Mundo, Malzahar, Talon, Galio, Trundle, Gragas, Nautilus, Fizz, Ekko, Tahm Kench, Kassadin
    Bot Lane: Tristana, Kog'Maw, Yasuo, Kalista, Brand, Swain, Jayce, Heimerdinger, Vladimir
    Support: Rakan, Lulu, Xerath, Lux, Vel'Koz, Shen, Sion, Karma, Zilean, Nautilus, Tahm Kench, Zoe, Maokai

    Tier 2 Rising: Gangplank (Top), Kalista (Marksman), Kennen (Top), Nasus (Jungle), Vi (Jungle), Xerath (Support), Yasuo (Top)
    Tier 2 Falling: Ekko (Jungle), Jarvan IV (Top), Orianna (Top), Nidalee (Jungle), Rakan (Support)

    Tier 3

    [Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

    Mid-Lane: Neeko, Ezreal, Lucian, Zyra, Kog'Maw (AP), Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, Nasus, Lulu, Mordekaiser, Sona, Varus, Urgot, Teemo, Sion, Fiddlesticks, Malphite, Ryze
    Jungle: Pyke, Neeko, Poppy, Fizz, Galio, Kayle, Malphite, Sion, Nautilus, Diana, Rumble, Riven, Talon, Tryndamere, Kled, Mordekaiser, Irelia, Fiddlesticks, Tahm Kench, Kog'Maw
    Top: Diana, Rengar, Ornn, Akali, Graves, Ryze, Rammus, Vayne, Lulu, Xin Zhao, Shaco, Karthus, Lee Sin, Shyvana
    Bot Lane: Kennen, Corki, Graves, Urgot
    Support: Neeko, Poppy, Teemo, Malzahar, Galio, Cho'Gath, Camille, Trundle, Annie, Volibear, Malphite, Shaco, Veigar, Gragas, Nunu, Kayle, Leblanc, Kennen

    Tier 3 Rising:
    Tier 3 Falling: Akali (Top), Diana (Top), Graves (Top), Neeko (Mid/Support), Ornn (Top), Rammus (Top), Rengar (Top), Ryze (Mid), Shaco (Top)

    Tier 4

    [Low Benefit Based On Effort Used]

    Mid-Lane: Jarvan IV, Riven, Jhin, Master Yi, JannaAP Kaisa
    Jungle: Gangplank, Fiora, 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: Janna (Mid), Jarvan IV (Mid), Jhin (Mid), AP Kaisa (Mid), Riven (Mid)

    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

    • Elise [God Tier Jungle] - Ever since her 8.19 buffs, Elise has slowly been climbing the jungle ranks as an excellent counter to skill shot based junglers like Gragas or Camille. Meanwhile, her damage is quite good with both Electrocute and Dark Harvest, allowing her to snowball games quickly from early through mid.
    • Galio [Tier 1 Mid] - Galio in his current state performs very well against the multitude of melee-based mid lane champions. His Shield of Durand [W] also synergizes insanely well with Aftershock, effectively reducing any damage he can takes to nearly zero if he hits his Justice Punch [E].
    • Irelia [Tier 2 Mid] - As a mid-laner (and in general), Irelia is one of those champions that is incredibly good once you get the hang of her after 20 or 30 games for most people. However, her win rate is brought down drastically by players who pick her up thinking that she'll be easy to play. She's somewhat balanced in that she needs a strong understanding to play properly, but once you get her she can dominate games all by herself. That being said, the skill floor is so high that putting her above Tier 2 would be doing the list an injustice.
    • Mordekaiser [Tier 1 Top] - Mordekaiser as a top laner is currently very powerful. While bot and mid are closer to Dragon, top lane Mordekaiser gets the opportunity to hit free [W] stacks on melee champions top lane for punishing when they go to last hit. He also gets more of an opportunity to hit his empowered [Q] stacks and maximize his potential. Of course, if you're up against a ranged champion this all changes.
    • Nasus [Tier 1 Top] - Ever since the changes to his [Q] stacks on large minions, monsters, and champions, he's been much stronger than he was as a top laner and hits his power spikes much sooner. He's still not very good in the jungle, but generally speaking, his top lane strength is quite good.
    • Soraka [God Tier Support] - When it comes to level one battles, nobody beats Soraka when it comes to potential damage and utility. She's by far the most oppressive early game support as a result of her low cooldowns and incredible trade-potential. As long as she doesn't get cheesed early, she can keep her allies alive indefinitely and continuously harass with her AOE spells.
    • Teemo [Tier 1 Top] - Players always underestimate the effect of Teemo as a top laner. He naturally counters nearly every melee champion and demands attention from the opposing jungler before he hits level six. Winning lane is almost trivial for him, and he can continuously split-push for map presence. Players are also starting to pick up Grasp of the Undying and the Resolve tree for extra lane-pushing and survivability, further amplifying his strengths.
    • Vayne [God Tier Marksman] - The latest Vayne buff makes her insanely snowball-prone after she gets her ultimate. As a champion that relies on her speed and movement to outplay enemy champions, this just makes her powerful late-game that much better.
    • Zyra [God Tier Support] - If you say the words, "undeserved damage output", there are few champions that can top Zyra in that category. Zyra is the equivalent of old Heimerdinger, and face-rolling her keyboard in team fights still yields good results. While good Zyras can still distinguish themselves by hitting snares more often than bad Zyra players, her ultimate is still strong enough to swing team fights.
    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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