League of Legends Patch 9.1 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.1 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.1!

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 9.1 notes for reference. If you want a detailed analysis of the patch by our experts, check out the 9.1 Patch Breakdown!

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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9.1 Tier List updated

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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: Tryndamere, Volibear, Nocturne
  • Average: Renekton, Kennen, Swain, Ahri, Lulu
  • Hard: Lucian, Anivia
  • Severe: Jayce, Camille, Zed

Jungle

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

Mid

  • Simple: Lissandra, Malphite, Teemo, Kayle, Quinn, Pantheon, Sona
  • Average: Kennen, Lulu, Swain
  • Hard: Twisted Fate, Vladimir, Corki, Orianna, Heimerdinger, Viktor, Taliyah
  • Severe: Jayce, Aurelion Sol, Camille

ADC (Bot Carry)

  • Simple: Malzahar
  • Average: Neeko, Tristana, Lux, Caitlyn, Ahri, Graves
  • Hard: Orianna, Taliyah, Xerath

Support

  • Simple: Nautlius
  • Average: Morgana, Sion, Lulu, Veigar, Braum
  • Hard: Alistar

Expert picks

Kassadin – Mid (Midbeast)

“Haha, I would choose Galio again XD but for something different, probably Kassadin. He’s a really strong late game scaler, and he can beat bad matchups such as Talon and Irelia with a Grasp rune page. Easier matchups such as Lux and Syndra can be stomped with Electrocute rune page. The buff to Shield Bash brings more damage to his kit which also brings some more sustainability to early laning while you are looking to get gold and scale

Ornn – Top (Kellen – “Exil”)

“Sound the HORNNN. So, Ornn received a pretty sizable passive rework, and now he has a more solo queue-tuned overall kit. His Masterwork items have some new options and a totally new system where Ornn himself has to upgrade his allies items. I really like the direction of his new passive, his W gaining the unstoppable back is nice for outplays, and he feels solid. He should see some high ELO success.”

Rumble – Mid (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Rumble has been primarily seen as a Top laner for most of his League career but recently he’s been finding a lot more success in the Mid lane. The reason being that Mid lane champions are currently joining in a lot of skirmishes in the jungle and fights over Scuttle which is a perfect environment for Rumble to fight in. In Mid lane he is able to take Ignite, allowing him to 100 to zero any mage or squishy champion with his ult if they do not have Flash up. His other problem in Top lane which is that he mostly has to shove and this makes it easy for him to be ganked – this is solved in mid lane with the lane being shorter and his ability to clear waves is more valuable. Try him mid with Electrocute for full burst potential.

Vayne – ADC  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

The buff to Vayne’s Final Hour is a great boost to her damage, mobility, and survivability. Despite this, her problems were always laning phase and having bad matchups into compositions that have zone control mages or high mobility & burst champions. She’ll still struggle with control mages but when paired with enchanters, she’ll be able to survive through the burst damage and barrel through the rest of the enemy team. She may not see immediate success, but as Riot patches more and more towards buffing tanks and enchanters while nerfing burst damage, we’ll keep seeing Vayne rise.”

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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: Maokai, Wukong, Olaf, Poppy, Darius, Tryndamere, Pantheon, Garen
  • Average: Neeko, Talon
  • Hard: Rumble, Ekko, Lucian
  • Severe: Yasuo, Zed

Jungle

  • Simple: Nocturne, Pantheon, Wukong
  • Average: Fiddlesticks

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, Ziggs, Caitlyn
  • Hard: Xerath, Orianna, Taliyah

Support

  • Simple: Maokai, Gragas

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 9.1 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.

  • Welberth Richard

    Wait, what? A nice job plus the new podcast! Unbelievable!! 👏❤️

    • Agilio

      Glad you liked the podcast! The image has been updated 🙂

      • Marth or feed

        Any chance the podcast will be on Spotify? (unless it is already in which case ignore me)

  • Eduardo Ribeiro

    is rengar a good champ for solo queue?

    • Demonni

      Yes. Camille has solo carry potential too.

  • Sumsum

    What do u think about nerfing camille. As a master tier camille top lane main i have to say that she sucks rn cus the game is so much faster and her laning phase is so fcking bad. I think they should nerf her dmg to monsters so she have worst clear and buff her top lane. In example is making her e not ccing monsters and giving her the attack speed back and some mana regen

  • Luís Paulo da Silva

    Jinx is both tier B and C on high elo

  • UncleSamsDevil

    So what’s up with gnar nowadays

  • Taliyah suddenly disappeared from the jungle entirely. What happened? She is still my go-to pick for jungle and I find her way easier to execute than Warwick for example (who I thought would be a super easy alternative jungler).