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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 “Morïarty” 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 7.19 notes for reference.
If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!
The Format and Methodology
Our tier list is ranked by what we believe are the best champions for climbing Solo Queue in Patch 7.19. They will be ranked as Optimal (S-tier), Great (A-tier), or Good (B-tier) by their overall climbing potential and as Intense, Hard (a new addition), Moderate, or Simple according to the difficulty of utilizing their moveset to their highest level.
If you’re a skillful player with the time to learn an Optimal champion with Intense Difficulty, 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 Difficulty.
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. Remember that this is a PREDICTIVE Tier list – we will be wrong on things, but we’re confident that we’ll be more right than wrong.
Turn and face the strange changes…
- The Ardent Censer nerfs will be bringing immobile scaling ADCs down a peg. As a result, self-sufficency will be in increased demand. Xayah brings a complete package of a strong laning phase, good scaling, and self-peel. She’s your go-to Vastayan gal when looking for a safe, well-rounded ADC to consistently perform well with.
- With the downward trend of Enchanters, Alistar is becoming the go-to choice for protecting your ADC. He also adds additional flexibility due to his strong CC, powerful peel, and a potent offensive engage that can help snowball and close out games.
- Rakan is actually one of the few champions that benefits from the Ardent changes, especially when paired with Xayah. Xayah gives Rakan extra attack speed and damage when she uses her Deadly Plumage. When Rakan uses Battle Dance with Ardent Censer, he grants them both extra on-hit damage and attack speed. This gives the two of them incredibly high sustained damage in all-in fight scenarios.
- Twitch is the only hyper-scaling ADC that remains in S-tier. If he’s able to farm and scale, he’ll eventually show up to team fights in stealth and pump out too much damage to stop in a disorganized solo queue environment. If Twitch snowballs, he puts out so much pressure that he’ll deny you resources if you respect him (or steamroll you if you don’t). We expect the rat to still be a steady force unless he gets changed.
- Fiora mains rejoice – Bramble Vest nerfs have arrived! Fiora’s nerfs were reverted last patch, and with Bramble becoming more expensive and losing effectiveness, she’ll have an easier time getting online. And when she gets online, well…it’s party time. Matchups like Pantheon and S-tier champs will keep Fiora in check, so we have her at Great but not busted.
On the decline
- Kow’Maw will still be great for shredding front lines, but with the nerfs to Ardent, Enchanters will be weaker and slightly shift the meta away from Kog’s ideal environment.
- Although Janna received some buffs this patch that will allow her to play offensively and set up plays for her team, the changes to Ardent and her shield will be hitting her quite hard. There are now big windows in her early game which engage Supports can use and abuse to snowball a lead against her due to an 8 second increase on her shield CD. We’ll keep an eye out to see if her buffs outweigh her new cons.
- Healers are simple to use and effective, so Soraka still retains her ease of use…however, she’s one of the hardest to be hit by the Ardent changes. We expect her to still be effective but not auto-win easy.
- Oh boy, here we go…Azir’s changes essentially mount up to a few things: more early level damage, more sustained damage, less poke, and more self-peel. Although we do think he has potential, he’s definitely one of your lower priority picks on our ADC tier list if you’re looking for results, due to his mechanical difficulty.
- It’s true that Aatrox has been a meme for a long time. However, he has been doing well recently and with these new buffs, we can see Aatrox really taking off. The new Q changes make the descent on his knock-up uninterruptible which is huge for his engage potential and even escaping in some situations. To top it off, he got a pretty massive range buff for his ultimate (50 extra range which is 28% more range than it used to give). Aatrox already did incredibly well when he got in, but his problem was getting in there in the first place. It should be much easier to fulfill Aatrox’s play pattern with these new changes, allowing him to more consistently snowball and take over games.
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 7.19 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!