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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.
Here are the Patch 7.23 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 7.23. 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.
Raise your…you know whats…
- Assassins, in general, are on the rise and Katarina is outperforming them all. Her level 3 all-in was already a nightmare but now with the loss of base MR stats, she is a terror in mid lane. Once she snowballs and picks up a Gunblade, she will look to roam or chain kill your Mid. She is an Optimal choice this patch.
- Ezreal is back to Optimal this patch. Simply put, his old weaknesses of having a poor lane phase and taking a long time to ramp up are gone. This allows him to be one of the safest ADCs who can shine as a lane bully due to his poke damage. He also does a pretty good job of dealing with annoying assassins due to his range and mobility.
- MF’s poke in lane is performing well without the amount of sustain that bot lane was used to in patches. Once she gets an early lead and attains lethality, her ultimate can single-handedly win games, earning her an Optimal spot this patch.
- Leona’s Optimal placement is due to her overwhelmingly strong synergy with Aftershock and the Resolve tree in general. Not only can she simply never die in but lane, but she has the damage to occasionally take the enemy ADC on her own.
- We were wrong to ever doubt that Malzahar in his current state would fall out of S-tier. He is reliable, safe, and always brings something to the table (even if he falls behind) due to his scaling and playmaking ability.
- Rammus has the ability to snowball a game by continually ganking in the early game. He will also shine due to the popularity of AD champs in the Jungle who rely on auto-attacks. With a lack of base magic resist options for runes, his W damage in combination with Thornmail makes him a very potent damage threat early on.
- Maokai’s synergy with the Resolve tree is incredibly difficult to deal with in lane due to his sustain and his opponents will have a tough time trading with him without magic resist. We believe he’ll be the go-to Top lane tank for this patch.
- Sona’s sustain, utility, and scaling bring a lot to almost any team composition. With the reduced amount of magic resist on the Rift, she is a lane bully which excels at basically every phase of the game now.
- This is Sion’s first high ranking on our tier list – the Resolve tree really helps enable him to become the devastating late game tank he wants to be. Now with amazing scaling due to a combination of his W, Grasp of the Undying, and Overgrowth, he can reach high levels of health in the late game. His laning phase is also quite hard to deal with now that bruiser champs are disappearing from the meta.
- Singed is back for this Preseason and is even more annoying to deal with due to the decrease of magic resist. It’s not uncommon for him to kill someone right when he hits level 2 or 3.
- To the surprise of many, Kindred is looking really strong. The Precision tree, Press the Attack in particular, has returned her to viability. She now has strong early game ganks and devastating crit executes during the mid and late game.
- With less sustain and magic resist in general, poke champions are on the rise. Xerath is the go-to poke champ this patch due to his synergies with Arcane Comet and Manaflow Band – he is excruciatingly hard to lane against.
- Presence of Mind seems to be a rune solely designed to allow Kassadin to remain the premier late game assassin. If he reaches level 16 and is allowed to get a reset, you lose that fight almost every time. We’re placing Kass at Great this tier.
On the decline
- We made a bit of a missed prediction last patch – it seems bruisers are having a tough time this Preseason due to the new rune changes in comparison to the old system.
- Lee fell out of Optimal not because he is a bad champion – it’s more so because others are much stronger while significantly easier (*cough* Xin Zhao).
- This is a prediction but after watching Diana gameplay on the Korean and Chinese servers, we believe that she is quite strong. If you take Electrocute and rush Protobelt, she is able to kill someone without using her ultimate to reset. This alone has increased her consistency as a champion and will bring her back as a monstrous one-shot assassin.
- Melee champs in top lane have almost no hope of beating the Donglord 1v1 during the laning phase (again due to the reduction of magic resist). They weren’t beating him last season but now it’s just worse.
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 7.23 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!