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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.11!
This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, and Kellen “Exil” Pontius. Unlike most tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, according to the predictions of our in-house experts.
Here are the Patch 8.11 notes for reference.
If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!
The Format and Methodology
One quick note is that our difficulty rating has been slightly reworked after much feedback. Previously, difficulty ratings were solely based on champion mechanical cap or ceiling. This is why cases like Lux and Aurelion Sol were in the same boat in terms of our old difficulty. Aurelion Sol involves more game knowledge and understanding and is by definition a hard champion, but Lux is also a champion with 4 skill shots, so we took that into consideration.
We appreciate your feedback, and we have now changed it from focusing on mechanical difficulty to “Learning Curve”. This will be much more designed around the philosophy of how hard a champion is to play assuming you are brand new to them, or the role itself. Just remember that difficulty and skill are always subjective!
Disclaimer #1: If a champion isn’t on our Tier List, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t climb with them. You’ll just have to put in more effort to get similar results as our Optimal, Great, and Good choices for climbing.
Disclaimer #2: This list is meant to evaluate the champions that we believe are best for climbing Solo Queue. Although there can certainly be some overlap, we are NOT looking to name the champions that are the best in pro-play or organized, competitive 5 on 5. This is why champs that require a ton of team coordination such as Ryze, may not be included or ranked highly.
- Quinn, despite having a low pick rate, has consistently been the highest win rate Top laner for a few patches now. The new keystone, Hail of Blades, and the new item, Stormrazer, will give her insane burst – we believe she’ll be Optimal.
- The funny thing about Gangplank is that he just never fully goes away this season. He’s back in Optimal once again because the crit changes are overall, better for him. He never wanted to rush IE first anyway and the crits dealing damage will be insanely strong on him.
- Master Yi enters Optimal not just due to recent cheese strats (cough, Taric), but also due to his overall potential to snowball and carry 1v9 from the Jungle. He should remain fine after the itemization changes of this patch. His core on-hit build is even slightly buffed with the reduced cost of Botrk and he may get an even stronger build when the new items are optimized. Keep your eye on something like Hail of Blades in a future build.
- Zoe’s been a real menace lately ever since people found out about taking Ignite and Aery/Electrocute to play a style where landing skillshots is optional to win lane. The new playstyle makes her much more reliable so she’ll be returning to Optimal tier after being gone for so long. You probably aren’t happy about this if you aren’t a Zoe main…
- Stormrazor gives Twitch incredible assassination potential on his first buy. If lane bullies aren’t able to keep him in check, he’ll be snowballing out of control.
- Jhin was already Great, this patch he becomes a god. True damage crits will be hitting for over 700, and he’ll mesh well with Stormrazor. Sure, Fleet Footwork may have been nerfed, but he’ll be able to easily replace it with Arcane Comet.
- Soraka’s strength shines in the early game when you play her on the frontlines. She can completely take over a lane while still becoming relevant later in the game. Most popular Supports cannot apply enough pressure to stop her poke and sustain strategy.
On the decline
- Although TF didn’t take any direct nerfs, the changes to Minion Dematerializer will hurt him. His current meta matchups are getting a lot worse with champs like Zed, Yasuo, and Fizz becoming more popular. TF can deal with these assassin/bruiser types, but he can be left in the dust by their snowballing potential – his decrease in reliability because of this will drop him to Great.
- As always, we’re going to hold off on rating champs on release. Check back next patch!
- Popular streamer, Tarzaned, brought this pick into the meta for NA Solo Queue recently. It turns out that Pan is a counter to both Xin and Graves in the Jungle. He can contest early game Scuttles and win duels with his passive and high base damage. His ganks are still very solid and since the meta is so focused on snowballing the early game, it doesn’t really matter if he falls off late game in theory.
- This is a small prediction, but Viktor may be one of the mages that can use Nymbus Cloak the best. Whether this makes up for his current other problems, only time will tell, but with this rune addition, Viktor now has the ability to chase down targets with his ultimate. It will also be an amazing kiting tool, giving him the potential to return to Good tier.
- Essence Reaver’s CDR synergizes incredibly well with Lucian’s E. THe fact that it no longer gives crit makes it a better first item power-spike which frees up his build path. The base stat changes mean that poke ADCs will have a harder time pushing him out of lane while armor nerfs make his all-in stronger.
- Fiddle Support has made a big comeback recently due to Shurelya’s Reverie and quality of life changes to his poke. HIs ability to roam is great with his targeted CC and surprise gank angles with his ultimate. The addition of Nymbus Cloak perfectly supplements his ult, putting him in a great spot to deal with enchanters at the top of the food chain. He counters Morg especially hard since he can disrupt her ability to Black Shield.
- With ADCs losing some early power, Blitz may make a comeback to Great due to his high kill pressure. This one is on the prediction end due to the scaling ability of current Optimal Supports. He’ll have to snowball the game to an early end.
- ADCs who wanted to spike on two items, such as Shiv + IE, will be noticeably worse this patch. These three ADCs will be especially nerfed hard due to the Fleet Footwork changes. Jinx could, in theory, swap to Lethal Tempo so she may be better off than the rest of this group but they will without a doubt, be significantly weaker.
- Irelia is extremely powerful top lane, but she has had a great time in the mid lane due to her kill pressure, gank assist, and snowball potential against squishier lane matchups. Her ability to gap close, CC, and burst is often too much for them to handle.
- Kayn has received a lot of nice buffs this season, both standard and quality of life. He’s at the point where he’s a solid all-around Jungler and his scaling can be great in the late game.