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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.
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.”
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.