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Sep 13, 2022

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League of Legends Solo Queue Tier Lists for Patch 12.17:

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

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

SOLO QUEUE LOL TIER LIST 

SEASON 12 - PATCH 12.17

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 12.17 Tier List Update Summary

Tons of nerfs and buffs this patch which means major meta shifts especially in bot lane with the Sivir nerfs and in the jungle with Hecarim "adjustments". Meanwhile, Maokai is showing up as a surprisingly effective top lane ever since his "adjustments" and I'm sure we'll continue seeing more of him in the future.

Check out the full tier list below!

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  1. Optimal Champion Bans by Division
  2. Strongest Potential Champions - Champions with the highest potential in the game


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  • Added Udyr Top
  • Added Sejuani Top
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LoL Tier List For Solo Queue

The tier lists below start at the strongest champions on the tier list and is ordered from left to right in power level. The tier lists are also separated into multiple segments for ease of understanding, but champions from a higher segment of the tier list may still lose to a counter pick from a lower-tier segment of the tier list.


Full LoL Tier List For Solo Queue

The tier list below lists every viable champion in the game along with a few unorthodox picks that can still perform fairly well. This tier list is meant to organize every viable champion in the game into an order with the average experienced player in mind. Generally speaking, this is somewhere between silver and platinum. This tier list can also be used for higher divisions, but the higher you go, the more specialized at specific champions you become. 

God Tier List

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

Mid Lane Viktor, Zed, Zoe
JungleKayn, Udyr, Hecarim
Top Lane Darius, Maokai, Aatrox
Bot Lane Miss Fortune, Caitlyn, Jhin
Support Janna, Renata Glasc, Soraka

Rising to God Tier: Caitlyn (Marksman), Hecarim (Jungle), Maokai (Top), Miss Fortune (Marksman), Soraka (Support), Udyr (Jungle), Zoe (Mid)

Tier 1

[Strong/Preferred Choices | Good Effort to Benefit Ratio | Works Well In Solo Queue]

Mid-LaneDiana, Vex, Fizz, Swain, Zilean, Sylas, Rumble, Anivia, Pantheon, Annie, Vladimir, Ahri, Lissandra, Kassadin, Yone, Talon, Qiyana, Aurelion Sol, AkaliYasuo
Jungle: Master Yi, Volibear, Fiddlesticks, Diana, Graves, Rek'Sai, Bel'Veth, Trundle, Evelynn, Shaco, Kindred, Nunu, Shyvana, Elise, Viego, Ekko, Kha'Zix, Warwick, Rammus, Nocturne
Top: Udyr, Singed, Tahm Kench, Sejuani, Mordekaiser, Fiora, Wukong, Urgot, Illaoi, Quinn, Shen, Sett, Olaf, Kled, Garen, Swain, Renekton, Akshan, Rengar, Camille, Riven, Jax, Teemo
Bot Lane: Tristana, Kai'Sa, Twitch, Samira, Draven, Ashe, Seraphine, Sivir
SupportAmumu, Pyke, Taric, Lulu, Senna, Sona, Zilean, Bard, Nami, Blitzcrank. Lux, Nautilus, Leona, Xerath, Morgana, RellThresh, Seraphine

Rising to Tier 1: Maokai (Top), Rell (Support), Tahm Kench (Top)
Falling to Tier 1: Fiddlesticks (Jungle), Mordekaiser (Top), Sivir (Marksman), Sylas (Mid), Udyr (Top)

Tier 2

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

Mid-Lane: Katarina, Lucian, Galio, Lux, Ekko, Irelia, Malzahar, Xerath, Veigar, Leblanc, Akshan, Malphite, Morgana,  Viego, Ziggs, Syndra, Cassiopeia, Singed, Seraphine, Twisted Fate, Corki, Nocturne, Brand, Heimerdinger, Vel'Koz, Kled, Karthus, Wukong, Orianna
Jungle: Talon, Nidalee, Xin Zhao, Wukong, Zac, Amumu, Ivern, Lillia, Jarvan IV, Rengar, Mordekaiser, Vi, Olaf, Sejuani, Rumble, Dr. Mundo, Skarner, Lee Sin, Jax
Top: Irelia, Tryndamere, Kayle, Ornn, Malphite, Vayne, Dr. Mundo, Volibear, Pantheon, Jayce, Sion, Sylas, Nasus, Gangplank, Kennen, Yasuo, Heimerdinger, Lissandra, Vladimir, Yorick, Yone, Gragas, Cho'gath, Karma
Bot LaneLucian, Jinx, Vayne, Kog'Maw, Ezreal, Nilah, Ziggs, Swain, Tahm Kench, Xayah, Varus, Senna
Support: Alistar, Yuumi, Ashe, Zyra, Brand, Braum, Karma, Rakan, Galio, Vel'Koz, Gragas, Maokai, Syndra, Shaco, Anivia, Swain, Tahm Kench, Pantheon

Rising to Tier 2: Ashe (Support)
Falling to Tier 2: Alistar (Support)

Tier 3

[Needs Higher Skill or Knowledge | Counterpicks]

Mid-Lane: Taliyah, Azir, Neeko, Jayce, Camille, GarenTristana, Tryndamere, Ryze, Karma, Gwen, Aatrox, Kennen, Pyke, Gangplank, Fiddlesticks, Ezreal, Zyra, Gragas, Zeri, Kog'Maw (AP), Cho'Gath, Rakan,  Quinn, Lulu, Sona, Varus
Jungle: Poppy, Karthus, Taliyah, Gwen, Morgana, Gragas, Zed, Sylas, Sett, Malphite, Maokai, Cho'Gath, Pantheon
Top: Gnar, Gwen, Warwick, Viego, Akali, Nocturne, Lee Sin, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Rumble, Skarner, Lucian, Soraka,  Nautilus, Neeko, Ryze, Malzahar, Shaco, Galio
Bot Lane: Kalista, Aphelios, Yasuo, Cassiopeia, Zeri, Heimerdinger, Quinn, Corki, Akshan
Support: Shen, Veigar, Twitch, Fiddlesticks, Neeko, Jarvan IV, Poppy, Annie, Malphite

Rising to Tier 3
Falling to Tier 3

Tier 4

[Low Benefit Based On Effort Used]

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

Falling to Tier 4


New Player LoL Tier List

Many users have requested a summarized tier list that just includes suggested champions to play for new players. The tier list below includes the best beginner champions. The tier list is also organized from most beginner-friendly to least beginning friendly (Top, Bot, Support, Mid, Jungle). Since jungle isn't particularly beginner-friendly I've only included two champions on the list.

Top Tier List

  1. God Tier: Malphite
  2. Tier 1: Darius

Bot Tier List

  1. God Tier: Miss Fortune
  2. Tier 1: Jhin

Support Tier List

  1. God Tier: Lux, Morgana
  2. Tier 1: Lulu, Nautilus

Mid Tier List

  1. God Tier: Ahri
  2. Tier 1: Lissandra

Jungle Tier List

  1. God Tier: Graves
  2. Tier 1: Rammus

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

When making this tier list we initially considered using tier list descriptions similar to others with S-tier, A-tier etc. However, In the initial build of the tier list way back when we started, it was more popular to use a God Tier designation and then go down from there on the tier list. As a result, we've stuck by this concept through the years. However, since God Tier is supposed to be relatively exclusive on this tier list, we try and limit it to only three or four picks at most. This means that there may be champions that are close to God tier on this tier list, but don't quite make it and are instead at the top of Tier 1.

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


In the past, some people complained that this tier list focused too much on win rates and not enough on play rates. However, this tier list takes into account both win rates and play rates before performing analysis on the champion. Just because there's a high correlation on win rates and position on the tier list doesn't indicate that this tier list is solely based on win rates, if anything the champion power level drives the win rates and supports the claim to validity.

League of Legends is an extremely intricate game and this tier list strives to be as accurate as possible to give you the strongest champion picks. We ordered them on the tier list based on what is most likely to give you the highest chance of winning the game. However, the tier list will over time, have a bias towards win rates since this does indicate that the ordering is accurate and not prone to fluctuations in play rate.

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

Fiddlesticks [Tier 1 Jungle]

Overall Fiddlesticks isn't weaker than he was previously but as part of the meta shift to Udyr and Hecarim as the most popular jungle champions he does struggle with having as much early game impact when it comes to ganking and early skirmishes.

Maokai [God Tier Top]

The increased damage and small quality of life buffs on Maokai this patch make him extremely powerful as a scaling top lane champion that remains relevant and difficult to ignore. Overall, he still has a few difficult match-ups but his ability to dodge skillshots with W make most match-ups skill based.

Miss Fortune [God Tier Marksman]

Better scaling and reduced mana costs make Miss Fortune one happy camper. She's primarily played as a crit/aspd build but her lethality build still performs adequately as well.

Rell [Tier 1 Support]

Rell is still a very underplayed support and synergizes very well with a large majority of engage champions. She does get punished for bad engagements harder than some other engage supports, but her stat scaling is also better than most.

Udyr [God Tier Jungle]

After his rework, Udyr continues to grow in popularity as players get used to his new kit. His new Wingborne Storm [R] is a very satisfying ability to use with minimal counterplay and low skill required to utilize effectively. When you combine this with the insane scaling he gets from a mostly tank build, Udyr's rework has successfully launched him up to one of the strongest jungle champions in the game.

Yuumi [Tier 2 Support]

Many players still consider Yuumi one of the most annoying champions to play against. However, her ability to carry a game still largely resides in having another fed champion to stay inside. Given this, Yuumi's lack of early game utility means that half the time she ends up a free double kill for enemy teams. That being said, we can't deny how annoying she can be on a fed carry so she remains in Tier 2.

    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!
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