League of Legends Patch 9.3 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.3 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.3!

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 9.3 notes for reference.

If you want a detailed analysis of the patch by our experts, check out the League 9.3 Patch Notes 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 every time 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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Expert picks

Nocturne – Mid (Midbeast)

“Your build path is full CDR with Black Cleaver into Spear of Shojin, while taking Lethal Tempo, Presence of Mind, Legend: Alacrity, and Coup de Grace with Taste of Blood and Ultimate Hunter. I found this build from a top 20 Korean ranked Nocturne mid OTP, who has been abusing this type of strategy since late season 8. The introduction of Spear of Shojin will allow Nocturne to be even tankier in the mid game for his engages, which revolve around a sub-60-second CD with Presence of Mind/Ultimate Hunter and 40% CDR.

As Akali/Irelia/Aatrox have seen massive nerfs this patch, your must ban is Lissandra mid who is easily one of the strongest soloQ pick right now. Doing so will leave you a relatively weak mid champion pool to play against in mid lane.

Garen – Top (Kellen – “Exil”)

“First off, every carry top laner and every Riven main hates this champion, and that is the reason he is awesome this patch. Garen is a counterpick to carries like Riven, Irelia, Renekton, and Yasuo top lane. Yasuo got some crit item changes, so we will see more of him. Riven and Renekton got the new Spear of Shojin, so we will see more of them. As for Irelia, they are pushing her into top lane with the changes she got.

As long as he doesn’t play against Fiora, and bans Darius, Garen is a top-tier pick, especially with other tanks dropping down in priority such as Sion with his nerfs.”

Ivern – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“With resources, mainly experience, being taken away from the jungle in the previous patch, jungle players have found it harder to fully snowball and take over games with heavy-gank style junglers like Camille (who is also receiving a nerf this patch). Then junglers decided that low-econ tanks who still have powerful ganks like Sejuani and Rammus were stronger so you can see them moving up in priority.

Keeping that same train of thought, people may have forgotten Ivern, the ultimate low-econ ganking style jungler.  He’s surprisingly good against Karthus, a very popuular pick right now due to his shields and early access to Locket and Redemption.

Also, with late-game ADCs potentially returning with the new item changes, and the heavy-invade style carry junglers getting nerfs, don’t be surprised if Ivern makes a huge comeback onto the Rift. (Tarzaned has also been saying how good he thinks Ivern is lately.

Miss Fortune – ADC (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“This pick of the week for Bot carry is odd because Miss Fortune arguably received no changes…but that’s exactly why she’s being picked. If you’re unsure of where the Marksmen changes will land for you or need some time for the dust to settle, then stick with Miss Fortune for now. She can purchase full lethality so she only gets a buff from Last Whisper being a better buy.

She will still be a top-tier Marksmen after the changes and she’ll require the least amount of adaptation from her players.”

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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 9.3 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.

  • Andy Dillon

    Is Ornn really unplayable? i currently have a decent win rate on him and I generally have a good time top lane

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger player Moriarty:

      “Things that are not on the tier list are not unplayable, ornn is performing better in high elo and in scrims from what i hear as both top and sup but he even at his best never did well in solo queue. So its a case of the champ is good but not as much in soloq but if you personally can make him work than you are one of the few and you can keep playing him but for the avg player he isn’t a good pickup.”

  • Matthew Bond

    Why Is Viktor Top Lane A Tier? Also, How Does Sion Scale, Is He Very Early-Game Focused Because Of His High Damage Or Late Game Because Of His Infinite Scaling?

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger player Moriarty:

      “Viktor top is on the list because he just bullies lane so hard atm and still scales fairly well. As for Sion he currently wins lane yes but also has his W passive allowing him to scale insanely well into the lateg ame while providing a fairly reliable engage tool in his ult, not to mention even in the late game, his passive is not to be messed with. Overall he is still one of the best lateg ame scaling tanks.”

  • Kamron

    Where is Darius on the tier list? I thought he should probably be S tier in even last patch, and I expected him to stay up there for this one too.

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger player Moriarty:

      “So Darius is a mystery for us as well, we think he is a strong champion but he has a large enough playrate that we can’t ignore that his winrate is just subpar. This could be a case of only remembering the time Darius stomps lane and forgetting the times he is useless when he doesn’t or when he snowballs but still gets kited out late game by all the enchanters and lategame adcs coming back.”

  • AmirHossein Etemad

    If you publish a real tier list your site will growth a lot. Having udyr on S Tier is just ridiclous and every jungler will immidiately stop using your site after watching that, in meta of tanks, supports and adcs (because they dont scale much with XP) and when carry junglers are nerfed you have plenty of ridiclous picks on S tier and a lot of picks that logically and experimentally are god tier on B, Instead trying to put ads everywhere actually publish a good tier list that matchs what I see on solo Q then your site will grow automatically

    • Agilio

      We include a high ELO tier list every time, didja miss it? ^

    • Caleb Gardner

      Ummm… OK bud… All I’m saying is that I’m a JG main and have been sense S5 and I’m not a great player but this tier list seems on par to me. Although I agree that tanks are becoming the more staple kind of jgler in the current meta. Udyr is an exceptionally strong early game jg that scales well into a tank build with a low income requirement and he is not as dependent on his levels as most fighter style jglers, making him a top tier pick with the recent nerfs to the meta. Also I think you misunderstand the point of the B tier, champions in B tier are labeled as “good” meaning they are still extremely viable picks. Also, remember that this tier list is created by a mixture of medium ELO to challenge ELO players making it much more reliable than the opinion of a singular low or medium ELO player. So what may be viewed as god tier by you, may in fact, be sub-optimal. Also your complaint about the ads is totally unwarranted as there is honestly a low amount of adds for this being a website with such reliable material created from reliable sources and with only a few adds per page. Heck, there is more adds on OP.GG than this site. Also your point about their website needing to grow and what they should do to promote that is, again, ridiculous as this is one of the most popular tier list and LoL stat sites, and it is used and promoted by numerous professional players and high ELO streamers.

  • nikita gritsay

    Hey, does ur high elo tier mean that champion good at high mmr or if ur high elo player? ty! <3

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger player Moriaty:

      “High elo list is for both those things but note that high mmr players playing high mmr champs will still perform well in low mmr.”

  • Ichirin Kumoi

    Why is Tryndamere not in there? He’s a fighter that uses crit items. As far as my low elo eyes can see, the change to Statikk Shyv and Phantom Dancer gives him either a strong waveclear and higher attack speed or some attack speed along with a huge lifeline shield. I’ve around 56% winrate on Tryndamere currently (op.gg Cookiechirin)

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger player Moriarty:

      “After the crit item changes it looks like Trynd either went net neutral or slightly worse than before. This could be because people are not running the optimal build or that the new pd is worse for him. He is still an ok champ and mains can still pull him off but other than that we do not currently recommend him.”

      • Ichirin Kumoi

        What about Teemo then? He always gets countered by people, but why is he so high up?

    • Caleb Gardner

      Personally I think that Tryndamere is one of few champions (or honestly maybe even the only) that suffered from the IE change. I think the previous IE passive of doubling his crit was incredibly strong on him because of his passive, with one item and IE he could get up to about 90% crit which is insane compared to the 60% crit every other champion gets with that build. Also I think the new lifeline shield is worse for him than the flat damage reduction because the damage reduction applied when he was at a higher HP meaning it had no chance to overlap with his ultimate, but for the shield, unless you can time it very precisely, often times it will overlap with his unkillable affect and thus be wasted. Personaly I still think he is a decent pick, and he has always been, and probably will always be, a strong pick in SoloQ because of his ease in hard carrying if he gets ahead. But with the crit Item changes he seems worse off than me and a suboptimal pick at best. So I can’t see him being any higher than B tier and even that is a stretch, especially when you consider how good Spear of Shojinn is on certain champs and that tanks are coming back into the meta.

  • Laurent Blum

    Hello, thanks for the tier list.

    Can you explain what makes Taric a S tier now ? Is he pickable in every circumstances or does he stay a situational pick ?(vs. ad/all-in?)

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Yiannis Iezekiel

    In Ivern’s pick of the week section you missed out a comma (and also a typo with “popuular”) when talking about the Karthus match-up. It should be:
    “He’s surprisingly good against Karthus, a very popular pick right now, due to his shields and early access to Locket and Redemption.”

    No flame just want to improve it 😀

  • CorkiMainLul

    Has Corki really suffered so much from the crit changes that he can’t be on this tier list? He is not on any tier list at all this patch or last patch, how can this be?

  • TheGreekThreshMain

    Why do you disagree with Midbeast when it comes to Lissandra ? He keeps telling his viewers that Liss is the #1 Mid right now even after the small nerfs . You on the other hand , have her on B tier for low elo and on A for high elo

  • Archadean

    I feel like ahri is struggling right now. As an ahri main her damage totals dont seem to equal out compared to hard hitters like velkoz brand and talon. How is she still a tier?

    • Thund3rBOLT

      I’m no challenger but I also play a lot of Ahri. Imo her damage is fine. Other champs outshine her when it comes to lategame teamfights, but even then she can be relevant if you use her kit wisely.

      I think of Ahri as a strong all-round champion. She is great at picking people off. She is hyper-mobile with ult. She has noteworthy sustain. She is a strong laner. She has great waveclear. She can be a ranged assasin, or she can be a mage.

      Her weaknesses? Primarily her high-cooldown ultimate which doubles as your only source of mobility. This means you are extremely vulnerable when it is on cooldown. Otherwise, she is reliant on charm for deleting priority targets which can be problematic if they dodge it.

      All things considered, she is a highly versatile champion which is excellent in a solo q environment. While she may not have THE MOST base damage, or THE MOST mobility, or THE MOST waveclear, or THE MOST scaling, she has enough of each that she can usually find many ways to be effective.

      That’s my take on the champion. Imo her greatest struggles are dealing with fed fighters and bruisers who can survive her burst remaining healthy enough to stick around, but neither brand, nor talon find those champions any easier to deal with. Velkoz has the option to poke, but he has a whole different set of weaknesses.

  • Isaac Rohr

    Whats up with talon jumping from not one the tier list in reg Elo then going to S tier in high elo? and why did u make him harder difficulty last patch?

  • master gamer

    So what are people thinking of swain I been wanting to play him since I had some essence and wanted to see if there was any champions to try

  • ScootTroo

    What changes to Tahm Kench made him into a B-tier top laner? Also what should one be building on him in top lane?

  • Luís Paulo da Silva

    There are two Sejuani’s in high elo.

  • Caspar

    Quick question: I was a plat ELO singed otp, but stopped playing him because of him getting weaker and my champion intrest changing. He was gone from the Tierlist for a long time but now he`s back in A tier? I didnt see any buffs to him so I just wanted to ask what makes him strong again.

    BTW: I love your Tierlist and used it since preseason 9, its very informative and I`m glad that you provide such a service for free. Keep it up!

  • Zachary Hajdalenko

    Why is Shen in B Tier? I’m a Shen main, and with the high dmg and tank killers in the meta right now, he is almost unplayable. If you’re a low elo player and aren’t playing or have no member to use Ult on, then you just get dumpstered. I’m just curious if you all know something I dont about Shen.

  • Eduardo Ribeiro

    Can you explain why is kalista A tier?
    Thank you keep up the good work 🙂

  • Random Diamond Jungler

    Absolutely terrible tier list. Don’t even have time to list out all the reasons why it’s bad. First of all you have Sej listed twice, Gp top 3 top lanner? Taric top 3 support? Xin not S tier jungle????? MORG IN B TIER AS SUPPORT????? JINX IN THE SAME TIER AS KALISTA AND TRIST???????????????????? Actively telling people Bard, Singed and Teemo are good champs alone should discredit this list tbh, I don’t even know why I typed more than that.

  • Laurent Blum


    Mind asnwering the questions?