League of Legends Patch 8.22 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.22 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.22!

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 8.22 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: Nasus, Pantheon, Maokai, Quinn
  • Average: Renekton, Swain, Illaoi
  • Severe: Fiora, Gangplank, Irelia

Jungle

  • Simple: Warwick, Volibear, Pantheon, Poppy
  • Average: Fiddlesticks

Mid

  • Simple: Morgana, Lissandra
  • Severe: Aatrox

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Average: Viktor, Lux, Jhin

Support

  • Average: Fiddlesticks, Sion
  • Severe: Pyke

Expert picks

Pyke – Mid (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Pyke Mid is something we have seen before from Caps and others, and in theory, it wasn’t that bad. That being said, Pyke IS designed as an assassin, even if he was normally played as a tankier Aftershock Support. This patch, he’s receiving some changes that do hurt his tanky Support build, but buff his Lethality builds. This means Mid Lane Pyke baby…

His runes will be Electrocute into Resolve tree, with a full lethality build. He has bad waveclear so get a Tiamat and try to buy Mobility boots and run around the map and roam, just like a Katarina would. He feels really good to play in this role due to his damage and still having so much CC anyway with Q and E, and of course, he always has the potential to pop off in the chaos of Solo Queue.”

Kha’Zix – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Although assassin Junglers normally don’t do well until mastered, the current meta which emphasizes early skirmishing and has a lack of tank champions is becoming ideal for Kha’Zix to make a strong showing. He’s able to 1v1 easily with Q evolved first and then has the flexibility of cleanup with E evolved second or W for the insane slow it gives. He is an amazing choice for those looking to climb (if you can play him) as he also does very well at higher levels of play.”

Karthus – Bot  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“Is Mobayltics trolling me? No, XxXYasuomainXxX, we’re not trolling you… Mages are good in bot lane and Karthus is one of the few that is leading the way. He has consistent, reliable damage with Defile but his main draw is how good his Lay Waste is in Bot lane. Its exceptional range lets him poke, harass, and farm from a distance that is almost double any traditional Marksmen’s range. It has amazing damage output potential when paired with a Support that has reliable CC to guarantee that the Lay Waste lands for isolated damage.

Lastly, it becomes incredibly difficult to maneuver and dodge Lay Waste when Karthus has a duo partner that is influencing a zone of control which limits their opponent’s ability to dodge and juke. There are many more ways his kit synergizes with the duo lane but if it’s too much to think about then just sit back farm with Q and occasionally press R. The game can win itself for you.

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

Top

  • Average: Darius, Vladimir
  • Severe: Akali

Jungle

  • Simple: Warwick, Rammus

Mid

  • None

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Hard: Vayne

Support

  • Simple: Brand
  • Average: Braum
  • Severe: Pyke

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“This role sucks…just kidding, Top lane is in an okay spot, but with nerfs to some carry champions over the last couple of patches, and tanks like Singed, and Cho’Gath, just doing “OK”, it means that the role has a small identity crisis. Tanks and carries alike are good, but other than Aatrox, Irelia, and maybe a bit of Sion and Urgot, nothing in the Top lane seems too tough to handle at the moment.

Top laners such as Jax do have a lot of potential to split push and carry, and even a few old picks like Fiora will be coming back… the role just doesn’t feel as strong as it has earlier in the season. For the Preseason expect top lane to be in an AWESOME spot with the changes to towers and having an extended laning phase – it’s the Top laner’s dream of being on an island and 1v1 all the time might be much more impactful.

Jungle (Moriarty)

“The Jungle role prioritizes champions that are able to impact skirmishes which mirrors the overall meta of solo queue. Champions that can fight in small numbers well and push the tempo of the game are doing very well compared to scaling tank Junglers. “

Mid (Moriarty)

“Mid stays pretty much the same and is still dominated by champions who can roam and or impact skirmishes well. Aurelion Sol takes a potentially big hit due to the nerfs this patch while scaling Mid laners are taking a hit due to the quicker game pace.

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“There are only a handful of Marksmen that are good at any given time. Right now isn’t an exception to this rule as Marksmen are struggling outside of Lucian, Draven, and a few others. Normally, Bot lane would be written off as “bad” but we think that players are undervaluing the strength of non-traditional bot laners such as Yasuo, Heimer, and other various lesser known picks (like Karthus!).

Supports are leaning towards picking more aggressive champions, which is perfect for aggressive Marksmen and non-traditional bot laners that tend to have a stronger early and mid game than Marskmen.

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 8.22 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.

  • Matthew Bond

    Really good tier list as always but where is Zilean mid tier list unless he has gone from s to d

  • Michael Su

    There are two Katarinas

    • Agilio

      The fix will be in soon 🙂 It’s supposed to be Cass, I guess we got the sisters mixed up…

  • Marin

    Is Pyke now better mid or support?

    • Agilio

      Better mid!

      • Marin

        Can you explain why? He dont have waveclear until tiamat.Why choose him over Talon or Zed?

        • Agilio

          Check out the video we included there’s an explanation from our expert, Exil. Also his win rates are insane right now

  • Ricardo Fernandes

    Dont know where to find, but can you guys talk about the most consistent champions to play? By that I mean champions that is worth to play for long-term. This season i saw that Taliyah, Nida and Camille show a lot of that, as junglers.

  • Cristian Mercado

    Hey I was just wondering your thoughts on Vladimir for low Elo? I feel like in lower Elos games go longer so he is more likely to hit his late game power while also providing damage amplification to the team and he is mechanically on the easy side. And in laning, you’re less likely to get punished and you have sustain in lane. I feel like he is at least B-tier as he is similar to Kassadin as a late game carry, but better team fight when used properly, and weaker split push.