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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.4!
This list was curated by our high-ELO experts: our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, and Kellen “Exil” Pontius. Unlike most tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, so keep in mind that these are predictions.
For your reference, here are the Patch 9.4 notes.
Feel free to ask us any questions about our LoL tier list and its process in our Discord!
If you’re not looking for a specific champion and want to just learn about the patch, check out our League 9.4 Patch Notes Breakdown!
The Format and Methodology
If you’re wondering how we make our tier list, check out our video explanation!
We have two tier lists, one for the general ranked population and another meant for high-ELO. The line between these two lists isn’t black and white and it depends on a player on their champion pool, but for the most part, we recommend that you use the general tier list and its champions for as long as you can. Once these champions stop working, usually around high-Plat or low Diamond, you can consider the high-ELO tier list. The ultimate goal of our list is to give the optimal recommendations for what we think will help you best climb in solo queue for a specific patch.
Our difficulty system refers to “Skill Floor”. 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.
For example, let’s look at Nidalee (S-tier | Intense) vs Xin Zhao (B-Tier | Simple). Let’s say you’re about to play promos and your main champion is banned but you have Nidalee and Xin available. Even though Nidalee is ranked as higher, you’d be better off choosing Xin because you don’t have the experience necessary to use Nidalee to her potential and you can get more value out of using Xin because he’s easier to execute.
That being said, if you have time to invest and practice, higher skill floor champions will scale better as time goes on. Severe champs will outperform Simple champs in the long run because Simple champs generally have more weaknesses to exploit and expose at high-ELO.
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.
The new Conqueror is here! Let’s see how the meta shakes out
Cassiopeia – (Midbeast)
“My pick of the patch is going to be Cassio, I think definitely the new Conqueror will be the optimal rune choice for mages such as Cassio and Azir right now. This would be my ideal set up. The meta right now is probably the most open it’s been in a long time, we will likely being seeing Zed picked more often with Lissandra still being the essential counter-pick to the return of these assassins.
Assasins like Zoe/LeBlanc/Talon will still be very strong picks this patch as the early dominance you can have in lane and the early priority to contest Scuttle for your jungler is important as ever because right now, if you can get your jungler ahead and let them deny camps, the enemy jungler will be in a very weak state with the way experience is being dished out in the jungle.”
Kled – Top (Kellen – “Exil”)
“Kled is a champion that is surprisingly good and has been for a while. He was good with the pre-rework version of Conqueror but may be even better this time with the new Conqueror. This is because he stacks it up very quickly with his W auto-attack speed, meaning that he can, more often than not, be able to outtrade by getting to 5 stacks faster than his opponent. Conqueror vs Conqueror champions top lane, Kled more often than not will win.
On top of that, his great laning phase transitions to great roams and maybe even better teamfights. His ultimate is one of the best tools in the entire game and is great for carrying solo queue games. So that being said, mount up your Skarl and charge into the rift with Kled.“
Kayn – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)
“With the increase of tanks in the game, red Kayn has been growing in strength. However, with a poor early game, sometimes he just couldn’t cut it in solo queue, especially with a lack of keystone to really make the champion shine. With the addition of the new Conqueror, Kayn finally has a keystone that makes both his early and late game much stronger. Due to this and the increase in tank junglers, I forsee Kayn being a very good pickup.“
Kai’Sa – ADC (Hewitt – “prohibit”)
“Kai’Sa’s win rate suggests that she’s not doing so well, but her results have been heavily influenced by players incorrectly buying Stormrazor first. Switch your build to Infinity Edge, Rageblade, and Hurricane into crit, and you’ll start seeing much better results. The Rageblade into Nashor’s build is still okay but with assassins and burst damage slowly phasing out, you don’t need the defensive flexibility of buying items like Zhonya’s anymore.”
High-ELO Tier List and Commentary
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 9.4 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.