League of Legends Patch 8.20 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.20 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.20!

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 8.20 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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Not a huge patch! Just a few nerfs here and thereTier List 8.20

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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, Jarvan IV
  • Average: Renekton
  • Severe: Riven, Gangplank, Jayce, Camille, Irelia, Fiora

Jungle

  • Simple: Pantheon, Jarvan IV, Poppy
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Severe: Camille, Rengar, Nidalee, Lee Sin

Mid

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

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • None

Support

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

Expert picks

Anivia (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Anivia is a champion that has been good for a while but I wanted to highlight her because of a new rune page and just an overall suggestion. The Electrocute rune is a surprisingly good damage option for Anivia and gives her a ton of upfront burst. The other thing is that so many people need to learn her and learn how to play her.

She smashes low elo and does very well in almost every single situation, while still having a low pick/ban in solo queue. That’s great if you want to learn Yasuo, but it’s so rare that you get your hands on him anyway. She’s super underrated despite being S tier.”

Nocturne (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“The priority on this champion has been increasing as people realize how strong his dueling power is even in the early game. Not only that, but the player base is starting to use his ult a lot better for its utility from the darkness rather than just the dive potential. Due to this, I think his priority in the Jungle and even maybe in solo lanes will be higher this patch.”

Veigar – Bot  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“I’ve been keeping an eye on Veigar’s performance bot lane for some time and we feel like it’s time for people to give him a try. Veigar has seen play before in bottom lane previously but as a Support. We think he has a place as Bot carry and may actually better there than Mid. Veigar is the infinite scaling late game god and one of his biggest issues is his vulnerability to ganks and assassins. In bottom lane, he has a Support to cover those weakness so that he can happily farm and scale up.”

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High-ELO Tier List and CommentaryHigh ELO Tier List 8.20

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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, Malphite, Teemo, Tryndamere, Maokai
  • Average: Yorick, Vladimir, Illaoi

Jungle

  • Simple: Vi, Hecarim, Wukong, Jax
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Hard: Kayn
  • Severe: Lee Sin, Akali

Mid

  • Simple: Diana, Lissandra
  • Average: Veigar, Lux, Vel’Koz, Vladimir
  • Severe: Zoe

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Average: Tristana, Xayah
  • Severe: Kalista

Support

  • Simple: Brand
  • Average: Janna, Gragas

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“In higher MMRs, carries + Sion are the kings. We see carry champions who can deal with the 2 major tank threats in Sion and Urgot, and pretty much nothing else. If you are good enough to stack up against those 2, you can get a massive lead and carry the game, if not, you’re screwed.

Split pushing is too hard to execute in solo queue, so more and more Top laners are swapping to Ignite and trying to just push their advantage, and this is a potent strategy. One of the best ways to beat tanks is by smashing them early game, and taking Ignite is a good way to do it.

Jungle (Moriarty)

“Dark Harvest was nerfed in the early game recently which will hurt the Junglers ability to snowball and clutch out skirmishes in the early game. But overall, it won’t have too much of an impact on the internal rankings of the Jungle role.”

Mid (Moriarty)

“Mid lane hasn’t been changing too much, it is still about whether you can impact the early game significantly with either solo kills like Irelia, roaming power with things like Aurelion Sol or champs like LeBlanc with both. Either way, mid laners at the top of the ladder need to have some major early impact unless you are Kassawin who can excel later.

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“Thresh finds comfort in his new seat at the top of the list but other than that not much has changed for Bottom lane in the recent patches. Bot champs are still very polarizing between what is good and bad. If you’re not picking high tier or a champion that has a strong duo synergy with you’re support then you won’t have the solo carry potential that Bot is used to having in the past.

If you’re looking for solo carry potential on support then most of the best solo queue supports are ones that can play aggressively while still having the option to roam and affect the map if laning phase does not work out.

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 8.20 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.

  • Andrew Choi

    Where my boi Kogmaw at? Hasn’t been seen in the tier list since ever.

  • Dark Mage

    What happened with Janna?

  • elsoy

    Viktor not good anymore? or Anivia is maybe clearly superior? What’s your opinion on him?

  • Matthew Bond

    Why was Camille dropped to A in high-Elo?

  • JJ90

    Where did “High Elo” Start? Dia V?

  • Verity

    Care to explain why Annie is in your S Tier for high elo, but in B for low? Seemed like a pretty big position change to skip over.

  • Firexfreak

    Whats the difference between picking an easy skill floor champ from the High Elo list to the general list. Less effective . Comparing , lets say Jax from general list to Pantheon in high elo List. I guess for pantheon , you have certain lv spikes that need to be taken advantage of. is that the only difference

  • De_Rezzed

    Dropped ahri for anivia and I’m climbing again. Almost 20 games with an 80% win rate. Fingers crossed I don’t jinx this.