League of Legends Patch 7.17 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 7.17 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends!

This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, and our Challenger Coach, Adam “Moriarty” Isles. Unlike most tier lists, we’re publishing ours preemptively (before the patch goes live), according to the predictions of our in-house experts.

Here are the Patch 7.17 notes for reference.

The Format and Methodology
Our tier list is ranked by what we believe are the best champions for climbing Solo Queue in Patch 7.17. They will be ranked as Optimal (S-tier), Great (A-tier), or Good (B-tier) by their overall climbing potential and as IntenseHard (a new addition), Moderate, or Simple according to the difficulty of utilizing their moveset’s mechanics to the highest level.

If you’re a skillful player with the time to learn an Optimal champion with Intense mechanics, we believe you’ll be able to make great strides in climbing. If you’re a lower level player that wants to climb but has less time to learn the intricacies of a complex champion, it may be a better option to choose a Great or Good champion with Simple mechanics.

To categorize these champions, we considered factors such as buffs and nerfs, overall meta shifts, and item changes. We also looked at champion win rates from Lolalytics and considered our own in-game experiences in high-elo Solo Queue.

A quick disclaimer: 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.
Let’s get it on…
updated 7.17 tier list

Tier list key commentary

This list has less commentary than usual because the patches leading up to Worlds tend to have minor changes with less overall impact. Here’s our notes on the few champs that are moving up or down our list.

Tier list rising stock


  • Kog’Maw is a powerful late-scaling ADC that somehow has a good early game and a great mid game. With Kog, you can reliably reach each stage of the game in a strong state when paired with an Ardent Support. The Mouth of the Abyss has incredible synergy with bonus attack speed and magic damage which get amped by his Q and Wit’s End shred.

On the decline


  • With recent nerfs to his E’s damage and a bug fix to Gargoyle’s Stoneplate, Cho’s ability to instantly delete carries has been reduced. We’re moving him down from being Optimal.


  • It looks like the tree wasn’t as strong as we thought he’d be in 7.16 and things aren’t looking better for him going into 7.17. Mao’s Sapling nerf not only hurt his jungling, but also nerfed his 1v1 in Top lane quite a bit. Right now, he’s more of a Tree of Ages than a Tree of Eternity.

As always, we welcome all discussion and feedback. If you have any questions about picks that we didn’t expand on or would like to let us know how you feel about Patch 7.17 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!

  • 1000Eyes

    I realllllly can’t say I agree with Bard and Taric being average mechanics. Using the stun and ult and charging the Q on Taric and the Q stun and ult on Bard requires a fair bit of knowledge on how to set them up and when to use them.

    To put them in a similar tier of difficulty to Janna and Soraka seems a bit of a stretch.

    • Moriarty

      So for the mechanic tags you might only be considering that Janna and Soraka have low skill floors while taric and bard have high skill floors. Both Janna and Soraka do in fact have high skill ceilings despite low skill floors but have straight forward kits. In turn Taric and Bard have high skill ceilings and a steep learning curve but the kits are straight forward to use as well, for example anyone can pick up Taric and understand this is a stun so i use it to cc someone, this is a heal i use it to keep people alive, his abilities don’t have many different options on how they can be used. Now what’s not included is learning curve, it takes much longer to learn bard due to him being different compared to a Janna but that does not mean he is mechanically harder. A good example of this is A Sol he is very strange to learn at first due to his star system, but when you look at his abilities they are all straight forward to use and it’s quite easy to land his q and ult. The same can be said for bard. Hopefully this helps you better understand how we place champions as it’s a bit different compared to other tier lists. We only look at the champion kit itself and not the learning curves of champions.

  • Ruggiero Scommegna

    Hi, nice work with this tier list 😉 . I want to ask you if the tier list is updated if you see some change in the meta. For example you didnt put Ornn cause you didnt know if it could be good or not (maybe), so you have to wait statistics like its win rate, pick rate, etc. Btw sorry for my bad english, I’m italian 😀

  • Gabe B.

    Just curious what your thoughts are on jayce mid, is it not popular enough compared to top to be on the list? or just not strong.