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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.10!
This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, and Kellen “Exil” Pontius. 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 8.10 notes for reference.
If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!
The Format and Methodology
One quick note is that our difficulty rating has been slightly reworked after much feedback. Previously, difficulty ratings were solely based on champion mechanical cap or ceiling. This is why cases like Lux and Aurelion Sol were in the same boat in terms of our old difficulty. Aurelion Sol involves more game knowledge and understanding and is by definition a hard champion, but Lux is also a champion with 4 skill shots, so we took that into consideration.
We appreciate your feedback, and we have now changed it from focusing on mechanical difficulty to “Learning Curve”. This will be much more designed around the philosophy of how hard a champion is to play assuming you are brand new to them, or the role itself. Just remember that difficulty and skill are always subjective!
Disclaimer #1: 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.
Disclaimer #2: This list is meant to evaluate the champions that we believe are best for climbing Solo Queue. Although there can certainly be some overlap, we are NOT looking to name the champions that are the best in pro-play or organized, competitive 5 on 5. This is why champs that require a ton of team coordination such as Ryze, may not be included or ranked highly.
Jungle changes and some negligible nerfs
- Most games throughout all elos are decided by teamfights and skirmishes in the mid to late game. Generally, the team that has the lead going into those phases will have the edge in those fights. Wukong is a champion that will close out these fights if his team is ahead and can give his team a chance if they are behind simply due to how strong his invisibility + ultimate combination are in solo queue. His laning phase is surprisingly strong and will catch players off-guard. Even if you have a tough time in lane, you can have confidence that you’ll still be relevant later due to his kit.
- It turns out that doubling the effectiveness of your ultimate makes your champ pretty dang strong. The nerfs to his ultimate are negligible and won’t stop his domination from the previous patch. If you can’t guarantee that you’ll have high consistent damage or burst to take out the doc, he will never die.
- It’s very hard to get to the point of mastery where you can take over games, but Irelia is oppressive once you do so. Once ahead, she has the ability to punish any misstep or mistake your opponent makes due to her incredible mobility and dueling power.
- Twisted Fate requires a specific type of play style but is extremely rewarding when you learn it. The lower elo you go, the more mistakes your opponents make and TF is the perfect champion for punishing enemy teams that overextend. With strong and reliable roams due to targeted crowd control and map movement, TF can and will quickly run away with the game by creating instant numbers advantages for his team. His drawback is that his laning phase isn’t the best and his Pick-a-card ability takes some time to get used to. Be ready for a learning curve if you attempt to pick him up.
- Talon is probably the scariest champion between levels 2 and 3. He has the best early burst potential in the game and is, therefore, incredibly reliable when it comes to gaining a quick lead. We refer to him as the AD Fizz because of how strong his roam potential is and how easy it is for him to engage and take out enemy champs. Once you get a feel for his damage potential and learning curve from his Wall Jumping, he becomes extremely rewarding in solo queue. Just remember that even if you can’t win lane with Talon, you can still pressure your other lanes with well-timed roams and snowball the game in other ways.
- The double Tear of the Goddess build with Teleport is taking over high elo. Since you can’t stack two Tears at the same time, be sure to build as Manamune > Iceborn or Trinity > Archangels. From this point, you can look to build into more traditional DPS options with Blade of the Ruined King or into a burst heavy path with something like Hextech Gunblade. This build turns Ez into an incredibly strong ADC mage that has more survivability and burst while maintaining consistent DPS.
- Kai’Sa can still reliably take over the early game and crush her opponents despite her nerfs. If you’re an aggressive player, Kai’Sa is incredibly strong in 2v2 and 1v1 scenarios. If your opponents do not respect you and you get an early kill or two, it’s very easy for you to run away with the game. Make good use of her ability to initiate and take constant fights with her ultimate.
- Morg isn’t as easy as some of the other champs in Optimal but she rewards a different kind of player. Although she can play defensively very well and counter playmaking Supports like Blitz and Thresh, she is a strong playmaker due to her Dark Binding and ultimate. Pick her up if you want a higher chance of safely building a lead during lane phase and make sure to abuse fog of war to land your bindings to snowball.
- Pyke isn’t here just yet but we can already tell that this champ will be a menace in solo queue. He has great mobility, catch potential, gank assist, and damage. Depending on his numbers, he may be very strong on release. If you’re the type of player that likes to make plays and take the game into your own hands, consider taking the time to learn a bit about him before he goes live and get a head start on your competitors.
- We put Jinx as Optimal last patch because we felt that the Support meta and her ability to snowball would make her a top contender. Although she is still amazing, we feel that the placing wasn’t right for her. She is one of the champs that can be hard to use because she relies on her team knowing how to play around her. That lack of full agency drops her down to Great, but we believe that she is an S-tier champ if you have a trustworthy Support duo partner.
- Rek’Sai got cut from the list for Olaf in the new patch. Although we believe she’s a good champ, her learning curve makes it hard for us to recommend climbing with her since her difficulty outweighs the reward she provides. For true Rek lovers, don’t worry! She may still work for you and you can still stay the course if that’s your passion.