League of Legends Patch 7.22 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 7.22 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, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, as well as our very good friend Exil (check out his Youtube channel here!).  Unlike most tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, according to the predictions of our in-house experts. We’ve included a companion video by Exil that goes into more depth on the patch and the new runes.

Here are the Patch 7.22 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 7.22. 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 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.


Into the great unknown…the Pre-season is here!
tier list 7.22

Key commentary

7.22 is probably our most theorycraft-intensive list since there are so many changes due to the runes rework. Everyone will be experimenting, testing, and optimizing builds – it’s going to be quite a while before it’s all settled. Instead of commenting on particular champions, here are some trends that our experts are predicting. We will adding a seminar that goes through how to build some pages so stay tuned!

Overall

The game should be going back to more of a high tempo early game with more feast or famine champions coming back into the fray. Thanks to Domination Keystones being so strong and some champions receiving base armor increases, assassins and aggressive champions will have an easier time getting kills.

Top

Jayce and Reneketon will be the top dogs of lane bullying. If you can’t keep up with them with their new Press the Attack, you’re going to be in for a tough time.

Jungle

Tank Junglers didn’t get as many bonuses as heavy-invade Junglers did and catch up experience has been nerfed. This should lead to a rise in mechanically intensive and aggressive Junglers.

Mid

Mages aren’t getting armor or MR adjustments so they will likely have a tough time against the rise of assassins who will be looking to snowball. Even if they don’t fall behind, control mages won’t be able to stabilize the rest of the map quickly enough to maintain control of the game.

ADC

Lethal Tempo baby. We expect this to be the go-to choice for ADCs and it should mean that the strong ADCs from last patch will remain strong. Fleet Footwork is an honorable mention because of its reduced recharge rate giving you much more mobility than before.

Support

With the meta going into chaos, these calls are sort of a coin flip. But one thing is certain: Blitz will be OP. While people scramble to figure out what’s good, Blitz will punish and take advantage of players trying to adjust and learn. With Censer’s nerfs and the game speeding up, Enchanters will be dropping a bit but won’t disappear.
As always, we welcome all discussion and feedback. If you have any questions about the Pre-season or would like to let us know how you feel about Patch 7.22 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!

  • Brian Thomas Rice

    I don’t think mages will have it to bad. No one got MR. Just armor.

    • Moriarty

      In a 1v1 aspect it would still leave them slightly more vulnerable to assassin play but you’re right it wouldn’t be too bad. But the tipping point has to do with the jungle meta which will be mostly high early ganking domination tree junglers, with the lack of resistances and mobility a mages will have a hard time surviving ganks and skirmish situations.

  • Rhasha

    mr from dissappears as well as Mpen, so for most mages it will cancel each other out, at least for midlane… but im rly worried about the base values of some domination runes… they seem pretty high..

    • Moriarty

      The reduced mpen and magic resist does cancel out a bit, which is why we have the ad assassins near the top but even for the ap burst champions it favors them a lot more when you consider that the jungle meta will be a lot of high mobility high gank pressure champions who will create many skirmishes around mid lane. Control mages often lack good keystone synergy and will lack the mobility / resistances to survive ganks and skirmishes. It’s the combination of stat reduction with the strong domination tree junglers that cause the downfall of control mages.

  • Grason Barnett

    what is your method to calculate the difficulty of the champions

    • Moriarty

      Main method is Learning curve ( how long it takes for someone to get used to the champions abilities and style) + Plus champion mechanic difficulty ( how hard is it to execute the kit, combos, skillshots etc.) + How straight forward the champion is in terms of how it’s abilities are used. ( Ashe volley can only be used in one way, while lb can use her ult in many different situations to achieve different results.)

  • Mikołaj Pawelski

    What do you think about kled? Will he be good in this patch?

    • Moriarty

      Kled will be a decent champion, his synergy with press the attack is ok and he ult is fairly game changing when used correctly, we just felt like he had bad matchups into some of the S / A tier champs. He is for sure viable but won’t give you the same consistency champs like renek jayce will.

      • Mikołaj Pawelski

        Ty for answer. Which runes do you think will be good on him? I already know that Press The Attack synergizes with him but what about others?

  • M Praharsha

    What about Viktor?

    • Moriarty

      Viktor is an ok champion, he is viable when played by mains of the champion, but I would never recommend someone to pick him up in mid lane when attempting to climb the ladder. Especially in a state of the game where a lot of action happens around mid before he can upgrade his hexcore, and him being vulnerable to ganks / assassins. Once things stabilize in pre season i can see him being good again.

  • Martin Araya

    I think we’ll have to see how are the things in a couple of days. The meta has COMPLETELY CHANGED, and i disagree with your tiers here in some champs. Since the preseason was released, i started to play SoloQ on Diamond 3 elo and i saw that Lucian and Varus were really overpowered, and here they are in B tier. Why? And also, i played a cple of top lane games and, as a main Jax, i felt that really it is better than before, and i was surprised to see him in B tier here.

    • Moriarty

      The way the tier list works is it looks to give people an idea of champions that are good to climb with. Consistency is a big part of climbing. This time around we also limited the list to 2 S tier, 4 A tier and 6 B tier, so though a champion like varus can be considered stronger than the average B tier champion we simply felt the current A tier roster is stronger. As for lucian in my opinion he isn’t that strong simply that when people are trying new stuff then tend to fool around and lucians mobility can snowball easily, you can argue that this makes him a good pick currently but it’s more of just an illusion of strength in the first 2 weeks. Jax loses to almost all the S tier and A tier champions matchup wise so it’s hard to put him higher than B tier though he is overwhelming vs tank matchups.

  • LoL Highlights and more

    How do you guys see Darius in the current meta and what runes would you recommend?

    • Darkkkk

      Pretty strong he can rekt some tanks but I can rekt him with yorick or kled…Gnar fiora and jayce could be a high threat too…It really depends on what elo are you cuz in higher elo if you pick darius before your enemy toplaner you can get countered easily…
      For runes you should aim at Precision and second path resolve.

      • LoL Highlights and more

        Im in Plat right now and i got there with a 70% winrate on Darius as my most played Champ and im wondering if that is gonna be maintainable in the new season.

        • Darkkkk

          Nice elo i’m gold trying to climb to plat now…I think you should do just fine with him in new season 🙂

  • Chaos United

    Why is Gangplank not on there for mid?? Kleptomancy is busted on him and he can get trinity force at 8 minutes if you farm with q and sell the stuff you get. Especially if you play Bankplank and get a spellthief’s edge

    • Darkkkk

      Because some mages such as orianna,kata,syndra etc can destroy you. Assasians such as zed,akali,diana are high threat also

    • Moriarty

      GP has terrible mid matchups compared to top, it’s kind of like saying why isn’t ezreal put in mid lane tier list cause he also abuses Kleptomancy. They both just have an easier time outside of mid lane, though they can both be played mid they would have a lot more trouble matchup wise. It’s better to put champions that actually excel in each category.

  • Darkkkk

    What about rumble? I’ve been rekting em with him recently, new runes made him much stronger…

    • Moriarty

      Rumble is quite good and will be added in the next tier list.

  • Lion U.

    what about taliyah? i feel like she is weak now 🙁

    • Moriarty

      Yes she isn’t in the best spot atm and her winrate reflects that.

  • TriCKyJunGLe27

    How do you guys see Rengar in the current meta?

    • Moriarty

      Rengar is currently an A tier jungler pretty strong atm will be added in the next tier list.

  • eGotrek

    Hey, would you recommend Illa for early Season in Silver? Had the feeling that lot of folks suffered really hard against her at the end of last season. And which runes u suggest for an more tanky playstyle with her?

    • Moriarty

      She seems ok atm the last round of buffs to steraks was really nice for her. Try grasp if you are looking for a tankier play style and take precision secondary for last stand and triumph.