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Sep 27, 2019

Tier List | Best LoL Champion Picks Tier List for 9.19 | Ranked Solo Queue

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier lists for Patch 9.19:

League of Legends tier lists help you climb solo queue ranked ladders by picking the best champions to win more games. This LoL tier list organizes all the League of Legends champions in all their various roles. Other LoL tier lists only show champions that they think are viable.

This League of Legends tier list lets you pick your favorites and choose from among them the best LoL champions for climbing solo queue. Even if you love playing support Cho'Gath, you'll know where he places in comparison to the rest of the LoL champions.

Grasp of the Undying Swain

SEASON 9 - PATCH 9.19 


"Best Champions to Climb With

League of Legends tier lists help you climb solo queue ranked ladders by picking the best champions to win more games. This LoL tier list organizes all the League of Legends champions in all their various roles. Other LoL tier lists only show champions that they think are viable.

This League of Legends tier list lets you pick your favorites and choose from among them the best LoL champions for climbing solo queue. Even if you love playing support Cho'Gath, you'll know where he places in comparison to the rest of the LoL champions.

Patch 9.19 Tier List Update Summary

Tons of buffs this patch, and a lot of meta shifts to go through, which we'll get into detail with below. You'll also notice that I've updated the Rising/Falling piece as requested, hopefully this makes it a bit more clear where champions are moving to and from. As a sneak peak, Blitzcrank is looking incredibly strong this patch with the new range on his hook and Ashe is slowly climbing up as well, although she doesn't have much further to go.

Check out what else has changed on the tier list below!

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Contents and Related Links:

  1. FOTM Tier List - Meta based tier list based on popularity and what high Elo players are using
  2. Strongest Potential Champions - Champions with the highest potential in the game
  3. Optimal Champion Bans by Division
  4. God Tier Champions
  5. Tier 1 Champions
  6. Tier List Position Explanation
  7. Champion Explanations
Patch 9.19 Summary
Buffs: Aatrox, Akali, Annie, Ashe, Blitzcrank, Fiora, Graves, Heimerdinger, Mordekaiser, Orianna, Ornn, Rek'Sai, Sion, Twisted Fate, Vayne, Veigar, Xin Zhao, Zac
Nerfs: Gragas, Karma, Pantheon, Sejuani, Sylas, Tahm Kench, Yuumi
Tweaks: Riven

  • 9/30: Orianna and Veigar moved up; Aatrox mid moved down
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LoL Tier List

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Fizz, Ekko, Ahri
JungleDr. MundoZac, Elise
Top Lane Pantheon, Kled, Jax
Bot Lane Jinx, Ashe, Caitlyn
SupportBlitzcrankNautilus, Leona

Rising to God Tier: Blitzcrank (Support), Jax (Top), Zac (Jungle)

Tier 1

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

Mid-LaneTalon, Vladimir, Malzahar, Kassadin, Rumble, Katarina, Annie, Taliyah, Zed, Qiyana, Vel'Koz, Nocturne, Veigar, Karthus, Anivia, Mordekaiser, Yasuo, Ziggs, Twisted Fate, Zilean, Sylas, Orianna, Kled
Jungle: Jarvan IV, Nunu, Xin Zhao, Rek'Sai, Karthus, Vi, Nidalee, Evelynn, Hecarim, Olaf, Kayn, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix,  Jax, Shaco, Ekko, Kindred, Amumu, Warwick, Graves, Volibear, Shyvana, Master Yi, Rengar
Top: Illaoi, Mordekaiser, Darius, Renekton, Kayle, Vladimir, Poppy, Sion, Malphite, Yasuo, Camille, Gangplank, Hecarim, Rumble, Olaf, Riven, Irelia, Kennen, Quinn, TeemoLissandra, Wukong, Volibear, Fiora
Bot Lane: Twitch, Xayah, Kai'Sa, Draven, Sivir, Vayne, LucianMiss Fortune, Ezreal, Jhin, Varus, Tristana
SupportPyke, JannaThresh, Bard, Rakan, Nami, Morgana, Sona, Soraka, Karma, Brand, Fiddlesticks, Alistar, Vel'Koz, Zyra, Swain, Braum, Taric

Rising to Tier 1: Orianna (Mid), Teemo (Top)
Falling to Tier 1: Illaoi (Top), Pyke (Support), Xin Zhao (Jungle)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Lux, Morgana, Leblanc, Cassiopeia, Zoe, Xerath, Swain, Brand, Neeko, Aatrox, Aurelion Sol, Jayce, Galio, Kayle, Lissandra, Diana, Viktor, Karma, Corki, Ryze, Azir, Gangplank, Syndra, Kennen, Heimerdinger
Jungle: Rammus, Nocturne, Sejuani, Udyr, Qiyana, Camille, Taliyah, Pantheon, Trundle, Maokai, Skarner, Nasus, Cho'Gath, Gragas, Ivern, Quinn, Twitch, Wukong
Top: Vayne, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Singed, Yorick, Garen, Tryndamere, Jayce, Nasus, Neeko, Sylas, Cassiopeia, Swain, Jarvan IV, Karma, Maokai, Shen, Gnar, Ryze, Viktor, Heimerdinger, Cho'gath, Ornn, Akali, Malzahar, Talon, Trundle, Nautilus, Ekko 
Bot Lane: Kog'Maw, Neeko, Yasuo, Quinn, Kalista, Brand, Swain, Ziggs, Cassiopeia
Support: Lulu, Lux, Pantheon, Yuumi, Xerath, ShenJarvan IV, Sion, Zilean, Ornn, Tahm Kench, Zoe, Maokai

Rising to Tier 2:
Falling to Tier 2: Aatrox (Mid), Ivern (Jungle), Sejuani (Jungle), Vayne (Top)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

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

Rising to Tier 3:
Falling to Tier 3

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, Veigar
Support: Miss Fortune, Ashe, Anivia, Lee Sin, Gangplank, Orianna, Lissandra

Falling to Tier 4

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.

League of Legends Tier List Descriptions

God Tier: These champions are almost impossible to keep down. If your team doesn't make it a priority to shut down these champions and shut them down hard, even if they lose their lane, lose in CS, and it's their first time playing the champion, they can be a massive nuisance for your team. On the other hand, if they're actually good at the champion...that's when it's time to throw in the towel.

Tier 1: These champions generally do very well regardless, and have some sort of advantage over most other champions. When they do well, their team does well. Even when they don't do well, their team still has a good chance of a comeback victory by utilizing one or more aspects of their late game utility.

Tier 2: This is the Tier of balanced champions where Riot shoots to place their designs. These champions generally do well in their own right, and are very strong picks with a good chance of winning. However, they're not overpowered by any means and do have their weaknesses.

Tier 3: These champions can still do very well, but tend to need a little more snowballing to get rolling. Even if they get an early lead, it's still very possible to turn the tides on them with just a mistake or two. They may also have some weaknesses that can be capitalized on.

Tier 4: These champions are either underpowered or offer less reward than other champions for the same amount of effort. These champions basically start winning from the get-go or get made fun of for the rest of the game. They need gold to do their job correctly, and if they don't get enough of it, they become sandbags for the enemy team to punch. Chances of a comeback with one of these champions feeding on your team is almost none.

Thoughts on Win Rates

With enough playtime, a high win rate on a champion indicates *something* generally goes right, and a low win rate indicates that whatever is happening in games with this champion isn't in their favor.

A low win rate may mean a champion is being played incorrectly and is stronger than his win rate indicates, but a top 25 win rate (with 120 champions) almost always indicates that a champion is at least a good candidate for Tier 1 or high Tier 2 if the sample size is large enough.

This means that champions with high win rates doesn't mean that they're necessarily GOOD right now, especially if they have a low playrate or tend to get into favorable match-ups. If we feel this is the case, these champions will place differently on this tier list than you'd think.

Similarly, champions with low win rates that are still within the acceptable deviations may end up slightly higher than you'd expect from a champion with mediocre win rates.

If there are champions on this tier list with low overall play rates but good win rates after relatively few games of practice, it may mean that players that pick those champions up just to try them are bringing down the average. If this is the case, we will place them higher on the list.

More thoughts on win rates here.

Counter Picking Champions

In Tier 3 of this tier list, we've placed certain champions that are good as a second pick, but can get spanked hard if they end up first picking by a variety of meta champions. If you're good at a large variety of champions, picking a champion that counters your laner is a good place to start. If you can get a slight advantage and don't have a clear experience advantage, picking a champion that both places high on this tier list and also counters your enemy laner may give you enough to win a game.

Check out a few of our more popular champion counter guides:
  1. Yasuo Counters
  2. Darius Counters
  3. Vayne Counters
  4. Leblanc Counters
  5. More available here

LoL Tier List Champion Explanations

Annie [Tier 1 Mid]

Players are definitely sleeping on Annie right now. She's always been one of the most consistent champions in the game, and this latest patch just boosted her ability to run down enemy champions at will. Not only is it more frequent, but it's also faster, giving enemies less room to maneuver.

Ashe [God Tier Marksman]

In 2v2 lanes, Ashe can duel against pretty much any other lane in the game. She does well against both burst damage marksmen and long range pokers. Her Arcane Comet build is particularly annoying if she's up against a squishy enemy team, and allows her to actually have kill potential in lane. Late game, her ability to run down enemies is legendary, and with low mobility marksmen back in style her ultimate is highly effective.

Blitzcrank [God Tier Support]

The range increase to Blitzcrank's hook has placed him squarely on top as the strongest support in the game. The raw travel distance means that anyone he hooks is instantly isolated from their team and almost certain to die. It also gives him a ton more pressure at turret, making him difficult to deal with at best and an absolute pain in the butt at worst.

Ekko [God Tier Mid]

Placing Ekko in God Tier clearly ticked off a few Ekko mains around the internet, who are not only annoyed about the possibility of him getting nerfed but also how much perceived skill it takes to play him. Honestly he's really not that hard to play and incredibly efficient at what he does. The reduction in mana cost on his game-changing stun is also extremely good for his early to mid-game, and gives him more potential than ever during mid-game to land it.

Jax [God Tier Top]

As a top lane champion Jax has always been very strong. Lately however, players are switching from Kai'Sa + Xayah to a Caitlyn + Ashe type of team. This means that Jax is stronger than ever before and can easily run down immobile enemy marksmen without worry, especially since their auto-attacks won't phase him during counterstrike.

Nautilus [God Tier Support]

Although Nautilus is being knocked down a peg by the newly buffed Blitzcrank, he's still incredibly good. If he hits his pull with the massive hitbox, Aftershock makes any trades he performs automatically beneficial. This means there's relatively little when it comes to decision-making that he needs to perform, especially if he's snowballing. When you combine this with the massive amount of crowd-control he packs, it's no wonder he's one of the strongest supports in the game.

Rumble [Tier 1 Mid]

Most players are sleeping on Rumble mid. He was popular a little while back but soon fell out of favor. His trade patterns are extremely good and he's able to tangle with both ranged and melee champions at will as a result of his shield and range. His roaming power is also potent, and his ultimate pretty much guarantees a kill on any target without flash up.

Sejuani [Tier 2 Jungle]

The nerfs to Sejuani this round were quite strong, and completely negates her late-game scaling advantage in terms of damage. This means she's essentially a CC bot when it comes to her mid to late game rather than a carry jungler. Although this was the way Riot always envisioned her, this does make her considerably weaker. 

Teemo [Tier 1 Top]

Ever since Teemo's buff on his shrooms to carry more he's steadily risen through the ranks. His lane phase was always good, but now his late game map control is better than ever before. The fact that almost every meta top laner is auto-attack based also helps him tremendously when it comes to avoiding cheese plays.

Zac [God Tier Jungle]

The increase in Zac's healing is quite good and means that he's able to scale into the late game powerfully, especially as a natural Cinderhulk holder. He was already starting to make a comeback last patch as other junglers were nerfed, but this patch the nerfs on other junglers combined with his personal buff really brought him to a whole new level.
    • 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!
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