League of Legends Patch 8.21 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.21 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.21!

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 8.21 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, Nasus, Pantheon, Poppy, Wukong, Maokai, Tryndamere
  • Average: Kennen, Mordekaiser
  • Severe: Fiora, Camille, Gangplank

Jungle

  • Simple: Volibear, Warwick, Pantheon, Hecarim, Master Yi
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Hard: Evelynn
  • Severe: Camille, Nidalee

Mid

  • Simple: Morgana, Annie
  • Hard: Vladimir
  • Severe: Cassiopeia

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • None

Support

  • Simple: Nautilus, Morgana
  • Average: Fiddlesticks

Expert picks

Viktor (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Viktor Top is a champion that we’ve all seen being played and picked at Worlds. It started as something that was a counter to melee matchups. With the Q augment and Kleptomancy, as Top Lane Viktor, you have free reign to stack your Klepto and get your items quickly.

You can easily kite popular top laners such as Aatrox, Camille, Riven, etc, and it’s very easy for you to be oppressive and run over these matchups with the Perma-Slow build with Iceborn Gauntlet. You are also very tanky.

Although he does have weaknesses and is hard to play, we recommend him in S tier as the build and the role you select him in here is slightly more forgiving than squishy Mid Lane Viktor.

Rengar – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Rengar is doing very well at high levels of play due to his ability to skirmish extremely well but seems to fall short in Diamond and below games due to the learning curve of the champion and the difficult execution of his teamfight phase when he isn’t insanely ahead. He’s my pick of the week though because if you spend the time to main this champion you will be rewarded with ELO.”

Sivir  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“Sivir is a Marksmen with one of the least-dedicated player base. Maybe it’s because she is more focused upon consistent performance rather than hype outplays. However, this is her strength. You will always be useful and have the potential to come back even if you’re behind and that’s a huge benefit when playing a large number of games.”

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High-ELO Tier List and Commentary

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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: Teemo, Tryndamere
  • Average: Darius, Vladimir

Jungle

  • Simple: Warwick, Hecarim
  • Average: Fiddlesticks, Skarner, Jax

Mid

  • Average: Lux, Vel’Koz

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Average: Kog’Maw, Jinx, Jhin, Xayah
  • Severe: Kalista

Support

  • Simple: Janna, Blitzcrank, Brand
  • Average: Taric, Vel’koz

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“Top lane is about absolutely smashing lane and being so dominant that your opponent doesn’t even get to scale (See Viktor, Lissandra, Urgot, Rengar). Any champion that can end the game before 25 minutes tends to be really good at the moment, and with the fast-paced meta at Worlds that we have seen, it appears to have slowly transferred to solo queue. For a while there, scaling was really good for Top lane with Camille, Jax, etc, but right now, some of those champs are having a hard time getting to their items.

Jungle (Moriarty)

“Junglers with early impact and skirmish potential are IN this season, especially those who are able to set up kills around the solo lanes. You’ll notice a distinct trend in both Korean and Chinese Solo Queue Junglers where they have Taliyah as their most played as she is a perfect example of a champion who can easily gank the solo lanes while providing amazing skirmish damage.”

Mid (Moriarty)

“Currently, the Mid lane meta goes like this: Can you help your Jungler when he fights to the death over Scuttle early on in the game? And also can you impact skirmishes? If you can do both, you will be a good Mid lane champion. Hence our high ELO S-tier Mid lane champ is Talon, who is able to roam, have priority Mid, and even solo invade the enemy Jungler to put him behind.

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“High ELO bot lane hasn’t changed much from the last patch. It’s a dog eat dog world down there – if you’re not going for the throat then you’re at a disadvantage.

We’re still mostly looking at high playmaking supports and aggressive marksmen. There are still some exceptions with champions like Sona and Sivir, but those champions all have the option to play aggressively instead of being purely passive.

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 8.21 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.