League of Legends Patch 8.24b Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.24b Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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

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 8.24b notes for reference.

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

Patch 8.24b Rundown

In 8.24b, the biggest impact to the meta will be made due to the price of Tiamat changing from 1200 to 1325. You’ll see this affect roles across the board but this will especially affect the Jungle role as Tiamat-building champs that were previously Optimal will be falling slightly. Enchanters are slightly rising in power due to the upgrades to the Forbidden Idol line, but mages will still reign supreme in the bot lane

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, Tryndamere, Nasus, Volibear, Brand, Nocturne, Annie
  • Average: Renekton, Kennen, Swain, Ahri, Lulu, Veigar
  • Hard: Vayne
  • Severe: Jayce

Jungle

  • Simple: Pantheon, Warwick, Volibear, Poppy
  • Average: Fiddlestick, Zac
  • Hard: Evelynn, Ivern
  • Severe: Lee Sin

Mid

  • Simple: Lissandra, Malphite, Teemo, Nocturne, Kayle
  • Average: Vladimir, Kennen, Renekton, Jax, Lulu
  • Hard: Twisted Fate
  • Severe: Jayce, Aurelion Sol

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Average: Neeko, Tristana
  • Hard: Vayne, Corki
  • Severe: Ezreal

Support

  • Average: Morgana, Sion, Ziggs, Neeko

Expert picks

Galio – Mid (Midbeast)

“The current patch seems very balanced, there’s a wide variety of Mid laners that can be picked without the threat of super OP counters such as Irelia and Akali as they have both seen nerfs over the last couple patches. Control mages are most likely going to be on the rise as a counter to champions such as Cassio and Galio (Syndra, Ori), while blind picking assassins is still very risky because of the threat of counters such as Liss or Galio.

My pick of the patch is Full AP Galio Mid, Proto-Morello-Hourglass-Deathcap-Void seems to be the strongest build and will probably see some nerfs before Season 9 starts. It looks like every pro Mid laner is spamming Galio Mid and has hardly any bad matchups right now in the meta.

Soraka – Support (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Soraka is my pick of the patch because of the buffs to the enchanter items on top of her already being good. I suspect that in a meta where we’ve seen buffs to tanks like Sejuani and Maokai and because we’ll see buffs to traditional ADCs soon, and nerfs to high burst champions such as Aatrox, Akali, Irelia, and LeBlanc, it is the PERFECT time for Soraka to come back in full force. I think over the next 4 patches she will rise into S tier and if you can find a really strong duo lane at the moment (Something like Grasp Caitlyn + Aery Soraka) you can be very oppressive and win some solo queue games. Expect her to see some time in the spotlight.

Elise – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“With Tiamat Junglers taking a big hit this patch, ganking Junglers who would previously fall behind in farm compared to their Tiamat-using counterparts will be on the rise. Elise is still an extremely powerful early game ganking Jungler and in a meta where games end quickly and people don’t pick a lot of tanky champions, she can still maintain a strong influence on the game by blowing people up mid game. Her ability to tower dive safely is also extremely valuable ever since the tower damage buffs came in.

Fiora – Top  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

The new Essence Reaver build is really helping Fiora out. Players are taking Tiamat > Essence Reaver > Death’s Dance and having massive amounts of AD and CDR way earlier than they would normally get in their build at the cost of a little extra survivability early on. It’s all worth it because the Essence Flare buff gives Fiora extra attack speed and reduced cooldowns to destroy her opponents in duels much earlier than her usual build path due to the cost being 700 gold cheaper than Trinity Force.

This comes at the cost of Health and reduced survivability which will make you have to rely on well-timed Ripostes to live against big damage. If you’re confident in your Fiora skills then definitely give this build a go.”

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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, Tryndamere, Malphite, Garen, Olaf
  • Average: Neeko
  • Hard: Rumble, Ekko, Lucian
  • Severe: Yasuo

Jungle

  • Simple: Warwick, Nocturne, Pantheon, Wukong
  • Average: Fiddlesticks
  • Hard: Taliyah
  • Severe: Camille

Mid

  • Simple: Wukong
  • Average: Ziggs, Veigar, Swain, Lulu, Gragas
  • Hard: Anivia, Orianna, Heimerdinger
  • Severe: Katarina, LeBlanc

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Simple: Brand
  • Average: Jinx, Tristana, Neeko, Swain
  • Hard: Xerath

Support

  • Simple: Maokai
  • Average: Morgana
  • Severe: Rakan, Pyke

High-ELO Commentary

Top (Exil)

“Right now, Top has some new faces that are popping up, most notably things like Mordekaiser, Cassiopeia, and Wukong. For the mass majority of Top laners, champions that you would normally like and play such as Riven, Jax, Fiora, and Camille, are all still good. However, with these new rising picks and faces, we should see some counterpicks come up, especially in the professional scene.

My recommendation would be to actually try out some stuff that seems a bit unconventional in Normals or Flex first, and realize what potential counterpicks you can come up with. Having trouble against Fiora when you normally play Kled? Maybe try out Kennen, Mordekaiser, Cassiopeia, Heimerdinger, or Malzahar top lane. Kleptomancy Viktor Top lane from recent times is an indication that you shouldn’t be afraid to try new ranged carries or mages top lane, they can work pretty well!”

Mid/Jungle (Moriarty)

“The Mid laners on this patch that will perform the best are the ones that are able to consistently gank, get lane priority, and skirmish with their Jungle counterparts. This has been the mantra for Mid during the Preseason but now more than ever since the Tiamat nerfs are coming through.

The Jungle meta will now be even more focused on ganks and invade heavy-Junglers that like to skirmish such Kha, Xin, and Elise which will be looking to pair well with champions such as Twisted Fate, Zoe, and Aatrox, who can at a moments notice come help them make aggressive plays. Not to mention Galio, who received some insane damage buffs on the previous patch and Cassio, whose nerfs were not nearly going to be enough to stop her. The Mid/Jungle duos that are able to fight the most often will be the most successful.

The Bot lane ADC/Support (prohibit)

“Some of our regular heavy hitters have been dropping recently in High Elo such as Heimerdinger and Yasuo. This seems to be due to the introduction of champions like Karthus and Cassiopeia being so dominant and more common lately. As these strong Battlemages become more prevalent, fragile short ranged damage dealers seem to be struggling with the only exception being Lucian, who is able to take full advantage of their weak early levels with mobility and kill pressure in an aggressive lane.

Mages are still strong but with the continued buffs to enchanters and crit based ADs, be on the lookout for a slow shift in power towards more defensive and sustained DPS bot lanes.

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 8.24b 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.


  • Marin

    Hey guys what do you think about Neeko support?She could be played similar to Zyra or it is a bad idea?

    • Agilio

      Hi there! Support Neeko relied a ton on her ability to poke and since her base damage from her Q, both upfront and on the bounce, have been nerfed, our experts have her as Playable.

  • Hector

    What about Irelia 🙁

  • Alexandre Barahona

    Hey guys, what happened to Darius ? He’s a good lane bully and if played well, can deny a lot of cs. He’s neither in S,A,B tier and neither in C and below. I know Darius is a tank counter but I think he’s doing well against other champions.

  • Some1

    what would you consider high elo?

  • Clément Baune

    Can you explain me why Nunu & Willump are severe ?

  • Jake Williams

    Navigating the tier list is unbearable