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Jan 28, 2020

Solo Queue Tier List | Best Champion Picks for Climbing | Patch 10.2 Update

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier lists for Patch 10.2:

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 10.2 

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 10.2 Tier List Update Summary

Hope your ranked placements went well! This patch we're experiencing Sett players after a full patch of experience clobbering enemies, and turns out he's very strong. Meanwhile, players are still enjoying engage supports bot lane, which are particularly helpful against this new Soraka top build that's rising up...

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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 10.2 Summary
Buffs: Draven, Jinx, Karma, Lulu, Sona, Trundle, Ziggs
Nerfs: Aphelios, Nautilus
Tweaks: Qiyana

Updates
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    LoL Tier List

    God Tier List

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

    Mid LaneDiana, Fizz, Cassiopeia
    JungleEkko, Elise, Shaco
    Top Lane Sett, Ornn, Mordekaiser
    Bot Lane Miss Fortune, Jinx, Caitlyn
    SupportLeona, Blitzcrank, Nautilus

    Rising to God Tier: Sett (Top)

    Tier 1

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

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

    Rising to Tier 1: Pyke (Support), Qiyana (Mid), Soraka (Top), Vayne (Marksman), Zoe (Mid)
    Falling to Tier 1: Kled (Top)

    Tier 2

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

    Mid-Lane: Syndra, Zilean, Lux, Akali, Zed, Renekton, Ryze, Morgana, Leblanc, Mordekaiser, Rumble, Xerath, Swain, Brand, Ziggs, Neeko, 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, Xayah, Cassiopeia, Sivir, Tristana, Ezreal, Kog'Maw, Yasuo, Jhin
    Support: Brand, Maokai, Taric, Karma, Lux, Sona, Yuumi, Xerath, Zilean, Tahm Kench

    Rising to Tier 2:
    Falling to Tier 2: Jhin (Marksman)

    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

    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

    Akali [Tier 2 Mid]

    Akali in her current form is...interesting to say the least. She's an extreme example of a feast or famine type of champion, and the difference between a great Akali and any other Akali is night and day. She's at a point where she can take over a game by herself but simultaneously a champion that can also end up providing zero utility or kill potential. As a result, I'm leaving her in Tier 2 simply as a result of the high skill floor necessary to execute her properly.

    Aphelios [Tier 1 Marksman]

    Ever since the nerfs Aphelios is becoming more reliant on the user's ability to have the proper single target vs AOE guns (combos) available for team fights or dueling. He's still not a terribly difficult champion to play, but he does require more than simply auto-attacking ad nauseum with every gun that he switches to.

    Blitzcrank [God Tier Support]

    Some players still view Blitzcrank as a nerfed Thresh or Nautilus, which isn't exactly fair considering his massively longer range and faster hook. He may not have as much utility as other supports in his category, but his one trick is certainly more than enough to impact games safely and effectively.

    Heimerdinger [Tier 1 Bot]

    Most people are starting to forget the terrors of Heimerdinger bot lane. The players that are still using him continue to do well, but he's definitely one of the least interactive champions to play. Because of this, players are largely setting him aside. However, he's still an excellent pick to drop if you need some magic damage on your team and don't feel comfortable playing Cassiopeia.

    Jinx [God Tier Marksman]

    Everyone hates Jinx's laning phase, which tends to be abused by the likes of Caitlyn, Miss Fortune, and Lucian. Despite this, Jinx players know that she's an investment that almost always pays off in the end. She's not the most lane dominant champion, but her team fighting power is second to none when it comes to snowballing safely and effectively.

    Sett [God Tier Top]

    Some players think that Sett deserves his own category, and they aren't wrong. His ability to out-trade literally every champion is incredibly annoying, and players don't need to fully understand match-ups to do well. His unusual kit combined with the lack of transparency on how to avoid his stun and damage make it difficult to counterplay unless you're intimately aware of how all his skills work.

    Shaco [Tier 1 Support]

    Despite getting a bad rep since he's well...Shaco support, Shaco support does very well in the mid to late game against all the popular engage supports. During laning phase effective use of boxes is also very effective, but he doesn't tend to outright win before he gets his first few items. Similar to Teemo, Shaco grants an extremely high amount of map control. However, he's also got a much stronger escape mechanism to counter all-in supports.

    Soraka [Tier 1 Top]

    More on this in tomorrow's article, but in summary Soraka top is quite good right now against melee champions. Her silence is also great against spell-based bruisers, and tanks will find it impossible to kill her. Stay tuned for additional details!

      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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