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Jan 10, 2020

Solo Queue Tier List | Best Champion Picks for Climbing | Patch 10.1 Update

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier lists for Patch 10.1:

Welcome to the longest-running League of Legends tier list in the world. This tier list is created using statistical analysis coupled with nearly a decade of experience in League of Legends. Specially curated for players that aren't already God's gift to the world, this list is for the humble player looking to climb without massive hours dedicated to mastering champions.

Trusted for our consistent updates and constant feedback, this list is as much yours as it is ours. If you disagree with any champion placements feel free to post in the comment section! We'll gladly either voice our opinion or enter into a discussion on champion placement.

Read on to see the tier list that's granted millions of players around the world massive success in their League of Legends ranked climb.

LoL Tier List God Tier Pick
LoL Tier List God Tier Pick

SEASON 10 - PATCH 10.1 

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

SOLO QUEUE TIER LIST 

Welcome to the longest-running League of Legends tier list in the world. This tier list is created using statistical analysis coupled with nearly a decade of experience in League of Legends. Specially curated for players that aren't already God's gift to the world, this list is for the humble player looking to climb without massive hours dedicated to mastering champions.

Trusted for our consistent updates and constant feedback, this list is as much yours as it is ours. If you disagree with any champion placements feel free to post in the comment section! We'll gladly either voice our opinion or enter into a discussion on champion placement.

Read on to see the tier list that's granted millions of players around the world massive success in their League of Legends ranked climb.

Patch 10.1 Tier List Update Summary

The ranked season is fully underway and players are falling back to their top picks to start the season off strong. Meanwhile, expect to see plenty of Diana considering her incredible rework and prepare to witness an onslaught of full engage-type supports bot lane.

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Contents and Related Links:

  1. Optimal Champion Bans by Division
  2. Strongest Potential Champions - Champions with the highest potential in the game
  3. Scaling Tier List - Early Game Tier List
  4. Scaling Tier List - Mid Game Tier List
  5. Scaling Tier List - Late Game Tier List
  6. FOTM Tier List - Meta based tier list based on popularity and what high Elo players are using
Patch 10.1 Summary
Buffs: Azir, Corki, Jax, Jayce, Kalista, Nami, Sejuani, Shyvana, Varus, Vi
Nerfs: Aphelios, Aurelion Sol, Kassadin, Mordekaiser, Zyra
Tweaks: Sylas

Updates
  • 1/18: Added Sett top (Jungle is bad)

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    LoL Tier List

    God Tier List

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

    Mid Lane Cassiopeia, Diana, Fizz
    JungleEkko, Elise, Shaco
    Top Lane Ornn, Mordekaiser, Kled
    Bot Lane Miss FortuneJinx, Caitlyn
    SupportBlitzcrank, Leona, Nautilus

    Rising to God Tier: Diana (Mid), Ekko (Jungle)

    Tier 1

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

    Mid-LaneHeimerdinger, Ahri, Kassadin, Talon, Ekko, Vladimir, Malzahar, Nocturne, Katarina, Annie, Vel'Koz, Veigar, Anivia, Yasuo, Twisted Fate, Kayle, Orianna, Kled
    Jungle: Lee Sin, Evelynn, Warwick, Olaf, Rek'Sai, Zac, Nunu, Karthus, Vi, Nidalee, Jarvan IV, Kindred, Nocturne, Dr. Mundo, Hecarim, Master Yi
    Top: Kayle, Malphite, Olaf, Darius, Renekton, Fiora, Vladimir, Yasuo, Garen, Sion, Camille, Gangplank, Rumble, Kennen, Quinn, Teemo, Lissandra, Sett
    Bot Lane: Ashe, Senna, Heimerdinger, Lucian, Kai'SaAphelios, Draven, Twitch, Jhin
    SupportSorakaThresh, Senna, Shaco, Janna, Bard, Swain, Alistar, Nami, Morgana, Rakan, Braum, Fiddlesticks, Lulu, Vel'Koz, Zyra

    Rising to Tier 1: Evelynn (Jungle), Lucian (Marksman)
    Falling to Tier 1: Ekko (Mid), Olaf (Jungle)

    Tier 2

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

    Mid-Lane: Zed, Syndra, Zilean, Zoe, Lux, Renekton, Ryze, Morgana, Leblanc, Mordekaiser, Qiyana, Rumble, Xerath, Swain, Brand, Ziggs, Neeko, Akali, Aatrox, Aurelion Sol, Galio, GarenLissandra, Viktor
    Jungle: Xin Zhao, Diana, Kha'Zix,  Gragas, Rengar, Rammus, Amumu, Kayn, Jax,  Sejuani, Volibear, Shyvana, Graves, Camille, Taliyah, Trundle, Maokai, Skarner, Cho'Gath, Ivern, Twitch, Wukong, Udyr
    Top: Irelia, Nasus, Illaoi, Poppy, Dr. Mundo, Riven, Jax, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Ryze, Jayce, Singed, Urgot, Volibear, Yorick, Cassiopeia, Swain, Karma, Shen, Gnar, Heimerdinger, Cho'gath, Akali
    Bot Lane: Varus, Vayne, Xayah, Sivir, Tristana, Ezreal, Kog'Maw, Yasuo, Cassiopeia
    Support: Brand, Pyke, Maokai, Taric, Karma, Lux, Sona, Yuumi, Xerath, Zilean, Tahm Kench

    Rising to Tier 2:
    Falling to Tier 2: Diana (Jungle), Draven (Marksman), Illaoi (Top), Irelia (Top), Kha'Zix (Jungle), Poppy (Top), Syndra (Mid), Xayah (Marksman), Xin Zhao (Jungle)

    Tier 3

    [Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

    Mid-Lane: Karthus, Jayce, Taliyah, Tristana, Karma, Corki, Kennen, Gangplank, Azir, Sylas, Wukong, Irelia, Pyke, Ezreal, Lucian, Zyra, Gragas, Kog'Maw (AP), Cho'Gath, Pantheon, Quinn, Nasus, Lulu, Sona, Varus, Urgot, Teemo, Sion, Fiddlesticks, Malphite
    Jungle: Quinn, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Poppy, Malphite
    Top: Wukong, Jarvan IV, Maokai, Nautilus, Neeko, Diana, Trundle, Vayne, Tahm Kench, Viktor, Hecarim, Aatrox, Sylas, Malzahar, Shaco, Qiyana, Galio, Fizz, Kassadin, Rengar, Gragas, Lulu
    Bot Lane: Quinn, Kalista, Corki
    Support: ShenJarvan IV, Pantheon, Ornn, Sion, Poppy, Galio, Annie, Malphite, Veigar, Gragas

    Rising to Tier 3:
    Falling to Tier 3: Diana (Top), Jarvan IV (Top), Karthus (Mid), Maokai (Top), Nautilus (Top), Neeko (Top), Sylas (Top), Wukong (Top)

    Tier 4

    [Low Benefit Based On Effort Used]

    Mid-Lane: Jarvan IV, Riven, Jhin
    Jungle: Fiddlesticks, Riven, Nasus, Tahm Kench, Qiyana
    Top: Rammus
    Bot Lane: Twisted Fate, Veigar
    Support: Trundle, Leblanc, Miss Fortune, Teemo, Ashe

    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 the 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 do not mean that they're necessarily GOOD right now, especially if they have a low play rate 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 lane 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 lane 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

    Aphelios [Tier 1 Marksman]

    After the hotfixed nerfs, Aphelios is in a fairly standard spot. Some players who really got to know him still play him at a high level. However, he quickly fell off from a broken level to a more moderate playable and sometimes powerful level (similar to Draven).

    Diana [God Tier Mid]

    Ever since her rework, Diana transformed from a ticking time bomb into an explosive champion from early to late game. She still has the same late-game champion deleting ability as she did before, but with more mobility and early game kill pressure.

    Illaoi [Tier 1 Top]

    Illaoi's still feeling the effects of the Conqueror nerfs from 9.24. Overall she's definitely still playable and can snowball top lane depending on the match-up, but she's nowhere near how strong she was after the initial Conqueror rework.

    Irelia [Tier 2 Top]

    Placing Irelia in Tier 2 is somewhat of an odd feeling. She obviously has games where she absolutely dominates and runs over enemy teams by herself. On the other hand, the difference between landing her spells and not landing her spells is incredibly stark and she transforms from a 1v9 into a melee minion. Her spells may not be difficult to land by themselves, but once you throw in the fact that enemy champions are flashing away to avoid them you start to realize if you don't get your Q resets Irelia ends up fairly weak.

    Jinx [God Tier Marksman]

    Jinx is still dominating the mid to late game as the biggest snowball marksman out there. Her early game still has issues when she's up against early game marksmen like Miss Fortune and Caitlyn, but she more than makes up for it by way of her late-game steroid and snowball potential.

    Malphite [Tier 1 Top]

    As the ranked season kicks off, players are falling back to an old try-hard favorite, Malphite. His laning phase in the current meta isn't too bad and fairly balanced, and he rarely has match-ups where he absolutely gets run over. Meanwhile, he still has his mid to late game team-fighting omnipotence. 

    Miss Fortune [God Tier Marksman]

    More people are recognizing Miss Fortune for the powerhouse that she is. Lethality may be a thing of the past, but Miss Fortune with Press the Attack and critical strike items absolutely terrorizes bot lane. Both the Doran Blade Miss Fortune and the Crit Cloak stacking Miss Fortune are incredibly good and players can find high success with both. Meanwhile, with Braum largely out of the meta, she only needs to worry about Yasuo blocking her ultimate.

    Soraka [Tier 1 Support]

    The latest buffs to Relic Shield make Soraka incredibly potent. Once she gets a few points in heal, she transforms her marksman into an unkillable machine as long as she has enough health to sustain them. By granting Soraka a gold generation item that doesn't require her to get in range of enemy champions, this allows her to safely generate into the mid-game and provide a global impact with her ultimate. The health regeneration is also key for her and allows to sustain in lane far longer than before.

    Wukong [Tier 3 Top]

    Wukong in the current meta is largely unplayed. His mid-game is decent and his late-game can be strong, but his early game almost entirely depends on getting an early cheese play and snowballing off there. With the amount of tank that most top laners have, this ends up being almost impossible without jungle help. 

      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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