League of Legends Patch 8.3 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 8.3 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 8.3!

This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, and our newest team member, 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 8.3 notes for reference.

If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord! You can also read our tier list en Español here.

The Format and Methodology

One quick note is that our difficulty rating has been slightly reworked after much feedback. Previously, difficulty ratings were solely based on champion mechanical cap or ceiling. This is why cases like Lux and Aurelion Sol were in the same boat in terms of our old difficulty. Aurelion Sol involves more game knowledge and understanding and is by definition a hard champion, but Lux is also a champion with 4 skill shots, so we took that into consideration.

We appreciate your feedback, and we have now changed it from focusing on mechanical difficulty to “Learning Curve”. This will be much more designed around the philosophy of how hard a champion is to play assuming you are brand new to them, or the role itself. Just remember that difficulty and skill are always subjective!

A quick disclaimer: 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. 

You’re gonna love this one…

UPDATES as of 2/15: 
Zac added to A
Xin Zhao moved from A to B
Jax moved from B to A
Azir moved from B to A
Galio added to B
Tristana moved from A to S
Kog’Maw removed
Vayne B to A
Draven B to A
Ezreal B to A

Tier List 8.3

Key commentary

Rising stock

Skarner

  • Skarner has gone from zero to hero! He’s recently spiked massively with one of the highest win rate stats all around the world. He received buffs a while back and whether it’s with Aftershock, Unsealed Spellbook, or pretty much whatever you want, the champion does well. Due to his rising popularity in high ELOs and a Simple learning curve, we think he’s an Optimal pick for climbing this patch.

Varus

  • Varus has been popping up often in competitive play and now with his rise in solo queue, he has achieved god-tier ADC status. In the past, Varus found strength with poke, but this patch you’ll want to build him on-hit by utilizing Fleet Footwork, Lethal Tempo, or even Unsealed Spellbook. Guinsoo’s Rageblage, scaling, AND the fact that you can create picks with your ultimate, make the Arrow of Retribution rise above almost all of his peers.

Taliyah

  • At the moment, Mid lane is all about passive farming, but Taliyah allows you to break the mold by pushing your wave quickly and roaming. She’s one of the best champions at doing this, along with the other Optimal Mids, Twisted Fate, and Aurelion Sol.

Twisted Fate

  • Twisted Fate’s laning phase was traditionally considered poor, but the changes to minion aggro, the strength of defensive keystones, and the decline in assassins have created the right conditions for him to flourish. As we said with Taliyah, being able to roam and impact the rest of the map is incredibly valuable in this meta.

On the decline

Azir

  • Azir’s bullying power has taken a hit due to longer Q CDs at early ranks and also as a result of his soldiers now aggroing minions. He’ll still be able to scale like a monster but his decreased lane presence will give him far less impact in solo queue. We’ll keep an eye on him as he might still be a Great pick, but we’re putting him at just Good for now.

Katarina

  • Katarina has lost some damage from her passive – for most champions, 10-40 damage here and there doesn’t mean much, but for Kat it can mean the difference between getting a crucial reset or leaving them barely alive. She is the queen of the assassins and has great solo queue potential but with this nerf, she is dropping out of Optimal.

Shyvana

  • Shyv usually shines in the mid game, so the increase in the average game length is causing her to fall off late more often. She also has trouble dealing with the popular tank Supports with CC that can constantly peel for their hyper carries.

Sejuani

  • The big nerf to Sejuani’s Q means she won’t be able to gank over walls and start engages as often as she used to. She’s still a Great option but now has some counterplay and weaknesses.

Kog’maw

  • Kog had a big nerf to his Max HP % damage so he won’t be Optimal this patch, but his ability to shred tanks with insane burst potential will keep him as a Great choice.

Special mentions

Swain

  • Where is Swain on our list? Well, its way too early to tell! We’ll be testing and keeping an eye on his rates to see if he’ll be here next patch.

Nasus

  • Nasus is still Good and pretty easy to learn, but with the Kleptomancy nerfs, he’s struggling to get back to that top tier for Top.

Ivern

  • Ivern’s rise can be attributed to the rank 1 player in NA spamming him as well as a resurgence in EU. He isn’t the easiest Jungler to learn right away but once you know how to path and play him correctly, he becomes a Great option.

Bard

  • Bard topped the win rate chart for 8.2 in Korean solo queue, but we didn’t move him to Optimal because he’s unproven in competitive play and doesn’t hold as high of a win rate in other regions. However, when a champ is strong in Korea you know they’re pretty darn good!

Zoe

  • Zoe’s nerfs on her Q are pretty minor, and will mostly go without notice. The reason we don’t put Zoe in S (even though she is overturned) is partly because our experts still feel players in solo queue are not playing around her as well as they can. In pro play, there is no doubt that she is really good, and most likely will be nerfed more in the future.

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 8.3 and our predictions in general, join us in our Discord!

  • Anoniempje

    Where is Galio?

    • Thiago Klock

      I strongly believe that Galio is one of the most random champions in the game nowadays. As Riot turned him into a supreme utility champion, he can be either Good (If you play with a team, and also if you are high elo) or Bad (If you are low elo or only play SoloQ). Thats all because his skills are really useful for teamfights or to harass the enemy team, but he is not too strong against most kind of the champions. Still viable to me, but i tend to pick him against champions like Fizz, talon, katarina etc

    • Agilio

      Galio may be B tier – he is somewhat like Ryze where he is a good champion in competitive but is lacking in solo queue due to the lack of coordination.

  • Pantheon ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Where is Vladimir?

    • Agilio

      Keep an eye out, we’ll be updating the list and adding changes, Vlad will likely be top tier

  • Ronyk Tatsumaki

    Mr. Macabasco (and the rest of the Mobalytics team),

    If time and resources allow, I would love to read an article written (by you and your team) about the Dunning-Kruger effect and amateur (ie, strictly non-professional) league of legends players.

    Recognizing and overcoming the Dunning-Kruger effect in one’s self would definitely improve the play of a person who is unknowingly in its grasp. The most recent article I can find with a topic along these lines is one from November of 2014 – it does a good job of explaining what the Dunning-Kruger effect is and how it relates to gaming, but leaves a lot to desired regarding ways to combat and overcome it.

    All the best

    • Agilio

      This is a very fascinating topic! Thanks for the suggestion Ronyk, we may visit this the next time we do a mentality piece 🙂

  • Peter Pan

    Camille top tear? You probably never played lol 12 year trash kids. That champ is garbage like you.

    • Prad.

      Camile is indeed S+ tier. Shes the only viable bruiser in this meta due to the amount of tanks and the use of aftershock, also, arcane comet is very reliable with her. Your probably in bronze to think that way.

    • Laurent Cardinal

      Camille is S tier. The only reason you would say that is because you get destroyed by her or you are too bad at the game to play her effectively. Just because you are bad, doesn’t mean the champ is. Maybe get out of Wood V before talking about champion viability.

  • Andrew

    Following up on Ronyk’s post there. Who are you writing these articles for? Consider where most players play, if you know ANYTHING about statistics you should drop the outliers on both sides of playing ability. IE the Pros and the Scrubs. This list would seem to serve only Challenger to Professional players when 90% of the gaming population is bronze-gold. Where quite frankly a Yasuo or Zed is going to make you eat your own asshole unless you are INCREDIBLY gifted with Taliyah, Sassy Dragon or Gambit for that tier.

    Second point of contention, I don’t know why the community is so absolutely steadfast stuck to the meta of “Top, Mid, Jung, Bot, Adc” and that certain champions have to play these rolls. Me and my boyfriend have experimented with taking two top laners bot and it’s a hilarious roflstomp. Sion/Urgot will crush Varus/Janna any day of the week. Rito is too stubborn to admit Top Laners are beyond overpowered and the community is too stupid to even think about going outside the “meta”.

    So if you guys think Gangplank and Camille are the best top lane champs. Guess what. They’re also the best mid and the best bot lane combo. Unequivocally.

  • Robert Lombadă

    Where is Graves? :c