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Mar 12, 2020

Solo Queue Tier List | Best Champion Picks for Climbing | Patch 10.5 Update

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier lists for Patch 10.5:

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 10.5

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 10.5 Tier List Update Summary

Late tier list as we deal with this global pandemic, hope you're all staying safely inside gaining some sweet LP on League. This patch we're not seeing much movement overall, but the Ornn nerfs have brought on a few shift in the top lane.

Meanwhile, Tahm Kench/Senna are getting popular bot lane but I'm not entirely convinced it'll stick around for very long...but I've been wrong before about these semi off-meta strats.

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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 10.5 Summary
Buffs: Alistar, Graves, Kai'Sa, Kayn, Lissandra, Neeko, Sivir, Sona
Nerfs: Amumu, Bard, Blitzcrank, Ornn, Rammus, Sett

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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, Olaf
    Top Lane Garen, Sett, Darius
    Bot Lane Miss Fortune, Ashe, Ezreal
    SupportLeona, Blitzcrank, Nautilus

    Rising to God Tier: Garen (Top)

    Tier 1

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

    Mid-LaneTalon, Ahri, Kassadin, Ekko, Vladimir, Malzahar, Nocturne, Qiyana, Katarina, Heimerdinger, Zoe, Annie, Vel'Koz, Veigar, Anivia, Yasuo, Twisted Fate, Kayle, Orianna, Kled
    Jungle: Rek'Sai, Graves, Shaco, Lee Sin, Zac, Shyvana, Evelynn, Warwick, Karthus, Master Yi, Nunu, Vi, Dr. Mundo, Rammus, Hecarim
    Top: Kled, Fiora, Kayle, Malphite, Ornn, Vladimir, Mordekaiser, Sona, Olaf, Renekton, Yasuo, Sion, Camille, Gangplank, Rumble, Kennen, Quinn, Teemo, Lissandra
    Bot Lane: Vayne, Jinx, Caitlyn, Senna, Heimerdinger, Lucian, Kai'Sa, Aphelios, Draven, Twitch
    SupportThresh, Senna, Bard, Pyke, Swain, Nami, Janna, Tahm Kench, Alistar, Morgana, Rakan, Braum, Fiddlesticks, Lulu

    Rising to Tier 1: Graves (Jungle)
    Falling to Tier 1: Ornn (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, Sylas, Neeko, Azir, Aatrox, Aurelion Sol, Galio, GarenLissandra, Viktor
    Jungle: Xin Zhao, Sylas, Nocturne, Jarvan IV, Kindred, Nidalee, Diana, Kha'Zix,  Gragas, Rengar, Amumu, Kayn, Jax,  Sejuani, Volibear, Camille, Taliyah, Trundle, Maokai, Skarner, Cho'Gath, Ivern, Twitch, Wukong, Udyr, Fiddlesticks
    Top: Irelia, Nasus, Illaoi, Poppy, Dr. Mundo, Riven, Jax, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Kalista, Sylas, Ryze, Jayce, Singed, Urgot, Volibear, Yorick, Cassiopeia, Swain, Karma, Shen, Gnar, Heimerdinger, Cho'gath
    Bot Lane: Varus, Xayah, Cassiopeia, Sivir, Tristana, Kog'Maw, Yasuo, Jhin
    Support: Sona, Yuumi, Shaco, Soraka, Brand, Vel'Koz, Zyra, Maokai, Taric, Karma, Lux, Xerath, Zilean

    Rising to Tier 2:
    Falling to Tier 2

    Tier 3

    [Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

    Mid-Lane: Karthus, Jayce, Taliyah, Tristana, Karma, Corki, Kennen, Gangplank, 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, Darius, Tryndamere, Poppy, Malphite, Talon
    Top: Wukong, Jarvan IV, Maokai, Akali, Nautilus, Neeko, Diana, Trundle, Vayne, Tahm Kench, Soraka, Viktor, Hecarim, Aatrox, 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: 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

    Ashe [God Tier Marksman]

    Ashe in a nutshell, is Caitlyn with more utility. Her auto-attack range and ultra-low cooldown slow means that she always has kill potential. She also does well with peel, poke, and all-in supports. Overall, she's always a good pick no matter what the team compositions are. She may have trouble early game against certain match-ups like Miss Fortune or Senna, but that's more a testament to how strong those champions also are.

    Ezreal [God Tier Marksman]

    Ezreal is extremely consistent. Ever since the change to Presence of Mind, he's an even better investment than ever before. The moment he completes his Muramana, his power spike becomes extremely potent and his Q's tend to do far more damage than you'd reasonably expect from an insanely low cooldown spell.

    Garen [God Tier Top]

    After the nerfs to Ornn and Sett, Garen's quickly jumped back to the top as a powerful duelist who's both unstoppable and unignorable at the same time. Meanwhile, he's extraordinarily easy to play and essentially has no bad match-ups.

    Graves [Tier 1 Jungle]

    After the Graves buffs he's quickly started becoming a popular secondary to Master Yi for boosters as a jungle champion that can make great use of a funnel as well. There are few champions that can outduel him and he snowballs incredibly hard as a result of his reduced cooldown and mana costs for maximum clear speed.

    Kalista [Tier 2 Top]

    Kalista top is one of those new picks that pros are doing incredibly well on. Meanwhile, solo queue players are enjoying a nice clear 44% win rate any time they see her picked. I've seen a few Kalistas pop off hard on her top lane, but generally speaking it doesn't seem like an optimal pick unless you're a diehard Kalista fan.

    Lee Sin [Tier 1 Jungle]

    Lee Sin is in an excellent spot right now. He's not quite overpowered enough so that you can do well on him with your first time playing, but at the same time he's still very relevant mid to late game even if you can't pull off disgusting plays. Overall I would say he's well balanced for a medium level of skill now with a high skill ceiling if you want to practice additional levels of depth.

    Ornn [Tier 1 Top]

    Post-nerf Ornn isn't obviously a much weaker duelist overall. He has a lot more trouble killing tanks now while simultaneously building tank items, and he doesn't provide his team with massive power spikes quite as early in the game. This translates to a weaker laning phase coupled with less free impact. 

    Shyvana [Tier 1 Jungle]

    I said it last patch and I'll say it again, AP Shyvana is very strong right now and highly impactful in the most annoying way. Her poke range and damage are absurdly high and she needs relatively few items to take entire teams down to half health with just one E.


      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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