League of Legends Patch 8.19 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.19 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.19!

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 8.19 notes for reference.

If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!

The Format and Methodology 

If you’re wondering how we make our tier list, check out our video explanation!

To improve the accuracy, usefulness, and understanding of our Tier List, we’ve decided to split it into two lists – one for the wide majority of the player base, and another intended for high elo. The goal of our list is to give the best recommendations for what we think will help you best climb in solo queue. Previously, our placements could often conflict with what players saw in a Challenger player’s stream or in pro-play. Often times, a champ could be very strong in a high-skilled players hands but we didn’t feel right endorsing the champ for a lower-skill player to pick up. Having two lists will allow us to make better and more relevant judgments across the spectrum.

We’ll also be changing our difficulty rating system from Learning Curve to “Skill Floor”. After receiving feedback from the community, we realized that some were associating Learning Curve with including the full potential (Skill Ceiling) of a champion. We want to avoid that for the general list and want the definition to lean more towards how long it would take to start seeing a champion’s power level on our list in terms of the number of games invested.

Let’s say you’re debating between learning and climbing with Jax (A-tier | Simple) or Rengar (A-tier | Severe) – you’re going to want to go with Jax. Why? This is because Jax has a lower skill floor and would require less games to play at an A-Tier level in solo queue. If you tried to pick up Rengar, you wouldn’t get the full value of A-tier until after about 15 matches of practice whereas with Jax, you would get that full 15 everytime you play him.

Another example would be between Nidalee (S-tier | Intense) vs Xin Zhao (B-Tier | Simple). Let’s say you’re about to play your last match before promos and you get auto-filled to Jungle (a role you’re not too familiar with). Even though he’s lower on the list, you’d be better off choosing Xin because you don’t have the required number of games to break the skill floor of Nidalee.

Higher skill floor champions will scale better with time investment – Severe champs will outperform Simple champs in the long run because Simple champs generally have their weaknesses exposed the higher you climb.

So if your question is, “How long until I’ll start seeing results?”, the answer would be harder = longer time, easier = shorter time. If your question is. “Will this champion still be strong as I climb in ranks?”, the answer would be harder = moreso, easier = less so.

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.

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C-tier (Champs that are able to climb if you have a lot of experience/comfort in playing them)

Top

  • Simple: Quinn, Pantheon, Dr. Mundo, Wukong
  • Average: Renekton
  • Severe: Riven, Gangplank, Jayce, Camille

Jungle

  • Simple: Master Yi, Warwick, Pantheon, Jarvan IV, Poppy, Xin Zhao
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Hard: Elise
  • Severe: Camille, Rengar, Nidalee

Mid

  • Simple: Malphite
  • Hard: Zed, Orianna
  • Severe: Jayce

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • None

Support

  • Average: Fiddlesticks, Morgana, Braum
  • Severe: Rakan

Expert picks

Lee Sin (Kellen – “Exil”)

“My pick of the week is Lee Sin because of just how dominant he can be when he is played optimally and ahead. There are several players who are having success with him in higher elo solo queue with a Dark Harvest build – I’ve personally tried it and felt it was really strong.

It gives Lee Sin a bit of late game scaling, which he normally struggles with, and even though you won’t always have a stack of your Dark Harvest ready to gank with early game, Lee’s ganks are so strong, you almost don’t even miss the old Electrocute damage. (Almost)

His clear speed is godlike, so he also stacks DH quickly. He is great at dueling and winning solo queue games, despite his lackluster win rate. He is just very, very hard to play. As the LCK Jungler Peanut once said, all you need is 500 games of Lee to get the hang of it.”

Diana (Adam – “Moriarty”)

Diana is much stronger than she has shown, most players have been building her suboptimally (typically the Nashors, Zhonya’s build). I recommend trying out Spellbinder → Oblivion Orb → Deathcap. After Deathcap it’s pretty situational – you can complete the Orb into Morello’s, build Zhonya’s, Nashor’s if you want to split push, or Void Staff to help against MR heavy teams.

This build gives her much more consistency in one-shotting your targets with a simple R → W → Q instead of having to weave in auto-attacks. Keep in mind that you’ll have to survive her weak pre-6 laning phase, but she becomes pretty easy to execute once you get her ultimate.

Heimerdinger – Bot  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“Waveclear, gank assist, and burst are all traits that you want to have for a Bot carry and Heimer has them in spades. The typical problem for champions that have these strengths is that they often lack consistent damage to win team fights and take down objectives, however, Heimer can avoid this problem due to his turrets.

He synergizes well with most Supports outside of Enchanters since he often can’t fully utilize their buffs. Look to catch people off guard and swag walk your way to victory!”

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C-tier (Champs that are able to climb if you have a lot of experience/comfort in playing them)

Top

  • Simple: Maokai, Tryndamere
  • Average: Yorick, Vladimir
  • Hard: Rumble
  • Severe: Aatrox, Akali

Jungle

  • Simple: Jax
  • Hard: Kayn

Mid

  • Simple: Annie
  • Hard: Zed, Syndra, Xerath
  • Severe: Zoe, Akali

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Simple: Ashe
  • Average: Tristana, Xayah
  • Severe: Kalista

Support

  • Simple: Soraka, Brand
  • Average: Zilean, Lux, Zyra, Vel’Koz

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“Top lane is a role that is having a lot more success across all MMRs right now. The reason for this is that there is a healthy mix of viable carries bruisers and tanks at the moment, and most if not all meta Top laners scale well. The only things that hold a Top laner back in this meta are:

1) Not the best scaling in comparison to the others, because then you can’t match your opponent in a side lane.

2) Getting set behind early. Top laners can get completely screwed over by jungle pressure or bad plays early game, and be rendered useless for the entire game after that. This is why all top laners need to have good gank escape and good gank assist (think Camille hookshot or Jax counterstrike, these abilities are versatile and can do both extremely well)”.

Jungle (Moriarty)

“For the most part, the Jungler meta has stayed pretty consistent the past few patches. You can either opt for strong early gankers such as Eve, Xin, or Taliyah, or look for powerful duelists/invaders such as Nidalee and Graves. It really isn’t a great time for tank Junglers right now, so you’ll want to avoid them in high elo.”

Mid (Moriarty)

“The Mid lane meta has been in transition and has sort of found itself split between assassins and team fighters. Assassins like Talon and Leblanc are still strong and you can opt for other playmakers who want to roam like Irelia or Aurelion Sol. The other half of the Mid meta is populated by farmers like Cass, Malzahar, and Orianna. These Mids excel in grouped teamfights that have become more common with the comeback of tanks.  

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“Currently, Bot carry and Support have the least amount of individual strength compared to other roles. Although they have a few great picks, they do not have as many champions that are strong enough on their own to carry a game without outside help or set up.

However, the role has the added benefit of being able to attain duo synergies more frequently than other roles, allowing them as a duo lane to increase their power level to that of other roles by picking champions that synergize well together. Make sure you put a priority on synergizing with your Support in champion select, otherwise you’ll have a harder time influencing the game individually than other roles.”

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 8.19 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord! If you’re wondering how we make our tier list, check out our video explanation.

  • Benjamin Margolius

    Can you go into some detail as to what makes Talon S tier for high elo and not even make it on the map for Low elo? Thanks, love the content!

    • Agilio

      From our expert, Exil:

      “Its basically because he has a higher than expected learning curve. While its not tooooo hard to actually one shot and kill people, winning the game and more specifically, being able to use your lead and close the game is where he tends to struggle in lower elo. The use and abuse of his E to run around the map is actually a bit tricky and low elos might not do the best job of using his mobility. His win rate actually increases substantially the higher and higher MMR you get, the one tricks for high elo are really, really good.”

  • kingwhatever

    Why is Xin Zhao no longer in the lower-elo tier list? What made him still viable in higher elo but no in lower elo? Does he have better matchups in higher elo?

  • Ricardo Fernandes

    Can you guys comment about the rising of Sivir? I want know better about why she is strong

    • Agilio

      Our experts see her stock rising as a solo queue pick because grouped team fights are starting to happen more often with tanks returning, she’s pretty easy to play overall, she has a strong laning phase, a good all-in, can split push, and can negate a bad Support because she can operate pretty well on her own. They expect her to make a showing at Worlds 🙂

  • Robert Dutcher

    Is there anything about Olaf? I actually just picked him up and out of 12 games so far I’ve won 11 and seems to be making climbing pretty easy right now for low elo.

    • Robert Dutcher

      Adding to this if you guys would be so kind to comment. Since I started playing him a couple days before worlds started is it a good assumption that he is viable since pros are using him? I was actually kind of happy to see him make an appearance even though he hasn’t won yet.

  • Cristian Mercado

    Hey I was wondering about your thoughts on Aatrox. Any insight? Thank you!

  • Kyos

    what happen to jhin?

  • De_Rezzed

    I still can’t climb out of silver 3 even though I spam ahri. The game isn’t fun anymore when I’m just stuck in the same elo

    • TheoOliveira

      Well try another champ or check if you are not making mistakes or not focused giving the team help to close the game. Mid needs to give the other lanes help to increase your lead and your teammates lead.

  • Vinicius Krummenauer

    What makes Garen and Jax fall from S tier to off the list in the transition from Low to High elo? In the opposite situation, why does Jax goes from A to S tier in the top lane? Those transitions (especially the first two) feel rather weird without further explanation.

  • TheoOliveira

    Why Malzahar support isn’t a thing anymore? I will probably spam him to test it out. I don’t think his nerfs were enough to make him disappear. I think it was more like a social mob effect nerf than the nerf itself.