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Oct 17, 2019

Tier List | Best LoL Champion Picks Tier List for 9.20 | Ranked Solo Queue

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier lists for Patch 9.20:

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.

Solo Queue TIer List

SEASON 9 - PATCH 9.20 


"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 9.20 Tier List Update Summary

I'm still alive...but barely...this week's tier list is coming a bit later than usual, but hopefully in time for you to grind out enough ranked games to make it to the next tier. We're seeing a ton of changes to the meta, and most surprisingly...Shaco support has become a thing that's quite strong.

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 9.20 Summary
Buffs: Ivern, Lissandra, Sona, Varus, 
Nerfs: Blitzcrank, Pantheon, Qiyana, 
Reworks: Garen, Shaco, Viktor

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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. Mundo, Zac, Elise
Top Lane GarenPantheon, Kled
Bot Lane Ashe, Jinx, Caitlyn
SupportBlitzcrank, Nautilus, Leona

Rising to God Tier: Garen (Top)

Tier 1

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

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

Rising to Tier 1: Pyke (Mid), Shaco (Support)
Falling to Tier 1: Jax (Top)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: GarenLux, Morgana, Leblanc, Cassiopeia, Qiyana, 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: Shaco, Vayne, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Singed, Yorick, 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: Garen (Mid)
Falling to Tier 2: Qiyana (Mid)

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, 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, 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, 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

Ashe [God Tier Marksman]

Ashe is a champion that specializes in succeeding along with a strong front-line and against strong front-lines. Her ability to shred through tanks is extraordinary as long as someone's keeping her alive to do so. Luckily, the current meta is heavily populated with both, making her extremely good mid to late game. Meanwhile, with Caitlyn back in favor as a marksman, Ashe no longer has to worry about early game all-in's setting her back.

Blitzcrank [God Tier Support]

The range on Blitzcrank's never gets more comfortable even after time. Although players are starting to fear him more, that still doesn't help when he runs you down as his jungler approaches. The latest buff on his hook catapulted him into top tier and he's staying there until they nerf him.

Dr. Mundo [God Tier Jungle]

Despite no obvious changes to Mundo, he's starting to fall out of favor again simply because his kit is so straight-forward and boring to use. That being said, he's still very strong and capable of solo-carrying games by going where he pleases. As it stands, he's a powerful stat-stick that simply can't be locked down.

Garen [God Tier Top]

The latest buffs to Garen are absolutely terrifying. In particular is the change to allow him to scale with attack speed but more fearsome is the Conqueror procs on his E. This modification gives him insane damage output. Worse yet, players are building Trinity Force and Phantom Dancer on him, making him impossible to escape.

Garen [Tier 2 Mid]

As a mid-laner Garen does quite well as a counter against melee assassins. He's difficult to burst and his silence prevents enemies from dishing out damage the way they'd like to. I'm still not convinced he's good against traditional mages, but he can still perform well mid to late game even if he doesn't snowball early.

Nocturne [Tier 1 Mid]

Everyone is slowly forgetting about Nocturne mid, but it continues to be a very strong pick even in the current meta. He's got great waveclear and can duel with ranged mages and melee alike with ease. He's particularly good if you have a duo partner as the jungle for powerful double ganks and jungle control.

Shaco [Tier 1 Support]

The AOE buff is insane on Shaco and as a support he's somehow become meta and a pick/ban. I think the top three supports on this list are still better as it stands, but I would consider Shaco as an honorary God Tier support. What's not talked about as much is the change to his clone that gives it instant AOE fear. This makes him an extremely reliable source of crowd-control. His boxes also grant the team crazy amounts of vision even when his trinket is on cooldown.

    • 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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