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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.2!
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 9.2 notes for reference.
If you want a detailed analysis of the patch by our experts, check out the 9.2 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.
Jayce – Mid (Midbeast)
“My pick of the patch is Jayce Mid with Hail of Blades. After 3 + months of Jayce being a complete mess because of his auto attack delays, the champion’s auto’s have been fixed and he is trading smoother than ever. With the newly introduced Hail of Blades buffs last patch, plus the auto attack reset mechanic introduced with the rune, Jayce can get almost 5 + autos within a 1 second, easily outtrading your enemy.
The nerfs to Oblivion Orb will have a small effect on the Mid lane meta, indirectly buffing AD mids such as Talon and Aatrox. Assassins (Talon/Lb/Ekko/Fizz) are also slowly making a return as one of the strongest solo queue picks as Galio sees strong nerfs, allowing players to ban Lissandra and having next to no super hard matchups in the Mid lane.“
Kayn – Jungle (Kellen – “Exil”)
“My Pick of the Patch is Kayn because of the amazing Q.O.L buffs. He has received longgggggg overdue changes to his orb collection for his passive, a great bugfix for his E with Recalling, and a nice change for his R when he exits.
Kayn was already good, but now he feels like a fully realized champion. Riot stated time and time again before that he didn’t need these changes or that their intention was to ‘hide’ the algorithm that his passive works off of…but it appears, at long last, that Kayn mains can transform into their final form.”
Karthus – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)
“This has been a popular pick for a bit especially for pro players. The advantage of Jungle Karth is the insane amount of scaling it brings to a team on top of being able to impact the map from the safety of his own base with R. This champion is also still going to do a lot of damage, even when behind, so he always has an impact on the game.
The only thing he needs to watch out for is being invaded by burst champs like Kha’zix. Outside of those champs, if Karthus lands his Q 1v1, not many champs can deal with him. The nerfs to smite this patch, which do not impact him, increase his chances of outdueling the jungle roster.”
Jinx – ADC (Hewitt – “prohibit”)
“We didn’t anticipate that Jinx would get enough of a boost from her previous buffs to warrant putting her higher last patch but it looks like they are helping her out nicely. Zap! is an amazing catch tool in the late game and can start a chain of resets for Jinx to quickly spiral out of control. The cast time reduction is just big enough to make a difference in how reliably she can land that powerful tool.
If you couple these changes with the fact that damage is going down in the game while tanks are getting beefed up, Jinx’s weakness to assassins and DPS versus beefy champions will put her in higher demand.”
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 9.2 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.