League of Legends Patch 7.24 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 7.24 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.

Here are the Patch 7.24 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 7.24. 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.

Poke champs…poke champs everywhere

Patch 7.24

Key commentary

Rising stock

Xerath (Mid)

  • Xerath shoots into S-tier due to his ability to poke any champion in lane with a guaranteed Arcane Comet proc from his W and his incredible mana sustain from Manaflow Band. He’s one of the champions benefiting from the general lack of base magic resist. He becomes a scaling monster coming out of the laning phase and can often kill carries with his ultimate alone.

Blitzcrank

  • The new runes allow Blitz to be tanky AND dish out a boatload of damage. He can stand toe-to-toe with tanks and has great matchups in the squishy poke meta.

Teemo

  • Teemo has risen to an Optimal pick – with the general decrease of magic resist, he simply does too much damage for most Top laners to deal with.

Taric

  • The amount of team fights has been increasing in this meta and Taric thrives in these situations due to his AoE heals, stuns, and invulnerability ultimates.

Olaf

  • Olaf slides into A-tier due to a new innovation in how to play him. He now takes Arcane Comet to help poke people down into kill range since it lands with each of his axes. This pattern allows him to snowball in the lane phase.

Zilean

  • It’s a Great time…to play Zilean. He’s been flying under the radar but his laning phase has been given a boost due to the rune changes and lack of sustain in the meta. Once he scales, his insane slow makes securing picks easy and he can help his teammates create awesome opportunities with his speed buff and ultimate.

Veigar

  • Veigar has snuck his way into being a Great pick. His mana problems have been resolved with Manaflow Band and he gets scaling reliability from the Inspiration tree. Max his stun ability second – it’s incredibly strong right now and can allow him to solo a game with his pick potential.

Jhin

  • Poke ADCs like Jhin are very strong right now due to a decreased amount of peel from the Supports since last season.

Lucian

  • Lucian has a great time kiting tanks and just performs well overall against the other ADCs in this meta.

On the decline

Malzahar

  • Malzahar falls from S-tier due to decreased reliability as a result of his nerfed ultimate. He’ll still be Great, but it will require a bit more effort to kill someone now.

Maokai

  • Maokai’s damage nerfs are going to hit him pretty hard, we have him falling down to Great.

Special mentions

Udyr

  • Udyr continues to change and adapt. Far from his Phoenix stance days, he now uses the Tiger Stance with Press the Attack to create early dominance to snowball the game.

Riven

  • Despite her buffs, Riven finds herself at a Good rating. The loss of Fervor of Battle simply makes a ton of matchups difficult.

Zoe

  • The new champ on the block finds her way to being Good on our list. Her burst potential off of a bubble set up is insane and she can easily take advantage of the uncoordinated nature of solo queue.

Xerath (Support)

  • Xerath’s poke potential makes life very hard for ADCs who have poor mobility in the early game. The fact that he doesn’t have to focus on CSing and only looks to land poke makes him formidable.

Varus

  • The old Lethality build from last season makes its return – Varus makes another Great choice in this poke meta.

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 7.24 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!

  • Anoniempje

    Camille should be in this list imo, she got buffed and also she was performing fine with comet.

  • Kevin Maranelli

    Why Ezreal was on the “easy” category and now straight to “Intense” ? He lost the 25 ATK Range from Klepto (which he only use with W, and some extent E) and 0.15 on his Q. I mean, I don’t think that’s what make Klepto really good with ez. He’s overall the same that he was on 7.23, but need to apply ~11Q instead of 8 to achieve the same goal. I could understand “Hard” because he’s a skillshot champ, but “intense” with the safety his kit offer… sounds too much ;P

    • prohibit

      Ezreal difficulty was a typo on the last patch.

      In terms of being Hard versus Intense, you’re actually correct. Ezreal has a lot of potential and needs to use the full extent of his kit with weaving autos and hitting all your skillshots at the highest level but to pass on Ezreal you can just spam Q a probably do okay due to his overall safety.

      But in terms if he’s harder than Kalista and Draven, you’re right. We’ll update his difficulty rating.

  • Yannik Zeyer

    Why is Katarina so strong ?

    • prohibit

      Champions are squishier and the game is much easier to snowball. That means burst is very potent right now. If you’re able to burst your opponent first, meaning with great long range poke or lquickly like an assassin than you have a huge edge.

      Katarina fits the bill of having a strong quick burst pattern and the ability to snowball out of control quickly because of it.

  • Patrik Gora

    I see that Sion is A. Do you think that the lethality build is still viable, or should he be full tank with black cleaver as a start?

    • Kevin Maranelli

      Sion Tank with Comet and Sunfire (with the recent buff) is a thing right now.

  • Anthony Acampora

    Hey, question why is Ashe not listed? Usually Ashe does well into poke champs because she provides CC for her team to follow up, and she also does really well into Jhin and MF and Kog’Maw.

    • Kevin Maranelli

      Ashe is an “utility” ADC, meaning she gives up on damage for the said utility (CC on W,R, Q and passive). While it’s a good asset when the lategame arrive, Ashe is on the weak side during the early game, and that’s the problem. Games are faster in this preseason, and ADC/Support botlane are extremely oppressive: Miss Fortune, Klepto Ez, Leona, Xerath, Zyra…. She just can’t deal with those threat early and can easily by killed and snowballed hard. That’s a big risk alot of people won’t take. In fact, just think like this: “If my ennemy pick Ashe, and I have the same level as him, with which champ can I snowball my lane and have an easy laning phase ?”…. Yes, answers are: Draven, MF, Jhin, Varus, Xayah. Those 5 champs destroy Ashe either during the early game – MF,Draven,Jhin – (with is enough since if Botlane snowball, the game is kind of settled if the two teams are equivalent) or the Late game: Varus R is way more impactful during Teamfight and force the ennemy to split up (his kit has more damages aswell), and Xayah outclasse Ashe in term of damages, annoyance and safety. There are no reasons to play Ashe for now (especially when Ardent Support are out), except if you’re maining her. (If you’re really good with a champion, you’ll climb anyway)