League of Legends Patch 8.24 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.24 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.24!

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 8.24 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
  • Average: Shen, Illaoi, Kennen, Swain, Kassadin, Veigar
  • Severe: Zed, Fiora

Jungle

  • Simple: Volibear, Pantheon
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Severe: Camille, Lee Sin

Mid

  • Simple: Teemo, Kayle, Pantheon, Quinn, Malphite, Nocturne
  • Average: Viktor, Vladimir, Sion, Lulu, Urgot
  • Hard: Twisted Fate
  • Severe: Zoe, LeBlanc

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Hard: Vayne, Ezreal, Orianna, Corki

Support

  • Average: Morgana, Alistar, Veigar, Sion
  • Severe: Leblanc

Expert picks

Jax – Top (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Jax was directly nerfed this patch, so why would he be my pick of the week? Well, simply put, the Death’s Dance change seems crazy on him. This change to applying to all damage is massive for a champion like Jax because you do every single type of damage. Roughly 60% of your damage is physical, 30% magic, 10% true damage if you take Conqueror.

You can think of this as being a sustain replacement for Hextech Gunblade. You’ll most likely want to build this 2nd or 3rd item – once you do, you’ll be unkillable.”

Cassiopeia – Mid (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Cass is pretty strong in the current fight-heavy meta, especially due to Miasma being clutch against the insane amount of mobility being picked at the moment. Traditionally, she was not always allowed to scale in this fast-paced meta but a new build, that may have come from China or Korea, is giving her room to excel.

Take Comet, Scorch, Cheap Shot, and Ravenous Hunter and look to buy Luden’s into Rylai’s and Liandry’s. The skill order is also different, you max Q then W and start Q at level 1.

By making all of these adjustments, Cass starts to put out insane amounts of poke damage and upfront burst which perfectly suits this meta while also having more waveclear to help with lane priority and more Miasmas to stop champs like Irelia from dashing all over the place. This build is what makes Cass such a strong pick.

Wukong – Mid  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“The monkey-king is back for the Harvest. Wukong Mid has been enjoying the benefits of the rune changes, being able to go Domination + Precision while still being able to pick up full attack damage and resistance stats from his rune page.

This is especially punishing in Mid lane where he gets to beat up on squishier champions compared to the matchups he faces in Top lane. Once he gets the ball rolling in Mid, he can choose to keep crushing his opponent while continuing to buy Lethality or spread his influence across the map with strong level 6 ganks.”

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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, Renekton, Shen, Singed, Mordekaiser

Jungle

  • Simple: Warwick
  • Average: Jarvan IV, Fiddlesticks
  • Hard: Taliyah

Mid

  • Average: Swain, Lulu, Kog’Maw, Kennen
  • Hard: Orianna, Taliyah
  • Severe: Zed

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Average: Zyra, Graves, Lux

Support

  • Simple: Blitzcrank
  • Average: Alistar, Leona, Lux
  • Severe: Pyke

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“Mages, bruisers, tanks…it seems that all of the champions in the game are viable Top laners (lol). Joking aside, Top is full of all types of champions because there really isn’t a stable meta. Typically, Top laners and their meta pool forms around the rest of the game. In the future, we will probably see a massive rise of tanks. With everyone playing full upfront burst with Dark Harvest mages and assassins, tanks will be incredibly hard to kill when itemized correctly.

It also makes perfect sense to go ahead and play tanks if your team needs hard CC to deal with squishies to help your team kite with your mages. Simply being the front line for your Dark Harvest Brand can make a huge impact and seal wins for you.

Jungle (Moriarty)

“Not much has changed in the jungle in terms of style, it’s still all about the early ganking and skirmishing Junglers who look to make picks for their team mid game. Hence, the top end of Junglers has stealth assasssins such as Kha’zix, Shaco, and Rengar. High ganking Junglers, like Elise and Camille, are still in fashion as well. The potency of this style is founded on the fact that currently, people aren’t picking large front lines, so these Junglers have the freedom to pick many targets in the mid game to one-shot and look to close out matches.

Not to mention, Preseason already has many people trying new things and playing a bit loose in terms of risk assessment so it’s even easier to snowball early game or pick up insane shutdown gold off the enemy 0/0/2 Ezreal who managed to farm decently.

Mid (Moriarty)

“Mid lane mages have taken back the throne! Even some of the forgotten artillery mages like Xerath, Vel’koz, and whatever Zoe is, are coming back now that they have a real rune to use like Dark harvest instead of Comet or Electrocute. The key to Mid lane right now is mostly about who is doing the most upfront damage and who is showing up to and impact skirmishes or working with the Jungler the best.

Champions like Ahri, who have a history of doing well in 2v2’s are excelling, alongside traditional mages like Cassiopeia, and skirmishing assassins like Katarina. Mid lane priority is everything as fights are happening so frequently that you’ll either be rewarded with turret plating money or those juicy shutdown kills if you’re doing your job.”

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“Marksmen now have access to armor and MR from runes, when you combine that with the previous HP buff they got patches ago, they fare much better against aggressive lanes and have a slightly higher chance to live versus roams and assassination attempts.

However, the real winners of the Preseason changes are once again, mages and Supports. Now, mages that didn’t want Comet have gained a new choice in runes with Dark Harvest while guaranteeing a full 20 AP regardless of their page setup.

Aggressive tanks and melee bruisers of the bot lane can grab the Resolve tree to get additional defense and armor while still being able to grab full AD/AP from rune stats. This gives further flexibility to off-meta bruisers in bot and better all-in potential for aggressive melee supports like Leona.

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 8.24 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.

  • Victor Emmanuel

    where is darius in general tier list?

    • Agilio

      Hey there, Darius didn’t make the cut this patch! Just isn’t a good climate for him in the Top lane as there’s been a large influx of ranged champs (Teemo, Heimerdinger, Kayle, Karthus)

  • Duchu26

    Do my eyes deceive me? Is that Corki in the botlane? What happened?

  • Ellis Downer

    So in this meta do you think its worth maining fiora? Love her kit but feels like there is alot of challenges atm

  • Deacon Thomas

    Im curious, why did talon fall so far?

  • Marin

    What happened to Kaisa?

  • Ricardo Fernandes

    Can you guys give your thoughts on Neeko?

  • Coliformes

    what runes do i use as mid/top pyke?

  • Michael Carter

    Aatrox isnt even on the tier list? And urgot/viktor is B tier while teemo is S hahahah solid tier list :thinking:

    • András Rőczei

      well, someone didn’t watch esport/doesn’t have game knowledge/doesn’t understand the shift of the metagame.
      *yeet*

      • Jake Petrey

        Esports doesnt matter in solo q bro. Aatrox , urgot, viktor are all still op

      • Michael Carter

        Yeah believe it or not the pros aren’t using this “outstanding” tier list for themselves. This is for solo q and for solo q it’s trash.