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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive LoL Tier List for Patch 9.5!
Our list is created by our three high-ELO team members: Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, and Kellen “Exil” Pontius. We publish our tier list before or as a patch goes live, so keep in mind that these are predictive rankings.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask us our three experts in Discord!
The Format and Methodology
If you’d like more details on how we make our tier lists, watch our video explanation!
Our tier list is comprised of two parts, one list for the general ranked player base and another meant for high-ELO divisions. We recommend that most players use the general tier list and its champions until you hit a wall in high-ELO (usually around high Platinum or low Diamond). Only then do we recommend that you move up to the high-ELO list but this, of course, depends on each individual player and their champion pools.
Our difficulty system is based on “Skill Floor”. If you’re unfamiliar with what this means, let’s say you’re deciding between picking up and climbing with Jax (A-tier | Simple) or Rengar (A-tier | Severe). As a first time player, we would recommend that you go with Jax. Why? This is because Jax has an easier skill floor and requires fewer matches to play at an A-Tier level in solo queue. Contrast that with trying to immediately play Rengar, a much harder champion. In most cases, a player wouldn’t get the full value of A-tier until after about 15 matches of practice.
Another example is Nidalee (S-tier | Intense) vs Xin Zhao (B-Tier | Simple). Let’s say you’re preparing to play your promo matches and your main is banned. You have Xin and Nidalee available but you don’t have much ranked experience with either. Even though Nidalee is a higher rank at S, we’d recommend choosing Xin because he’s easier to execute and you’d have more reliability in providing immediate value to your team.
If you’re thinking long term as a player, higher skill floor champions will scale better as time goes on. Be prepared to lose as you learn, but Severe champs will outperform Simple champs in the long run because Simple champs have more weaknesses that can be exploited at high levels of play.
So if your question is, “How long until I’ll start seeing results?”, the answer would be a longer time for harder champions and a shorter time for easier champions. If your question is. “Will this champion still be strong as I climb in ranks?”, the answer would be moreso for harder champions and lesser for easier champions.
Disclaimer #1: If you don’t see your champion 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: Our list is meant to evaluate the champions that we believe are optimal 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 5 on 5. This is why champs that require a ton of team coordination such as Tahm Kench or Ryze may not be included or ranked highly.
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Sylas – Mid (Midbeast)
“My pick of the patch is Sylas Mid, it’s going to be the strongest pick this patch running this Aftershock set-up. Right now this is pretty much the strongest blind pick mid. Max Q, not W like most people believe, players such as ROOKIE and CHOVY have been abusing this in solo queue this last patch and will continue to be a monster in high-ELO with Protobelt-Hourglass-Lichbane as the core 3 items.
AP ratios for Sylas were BUFFED and are going to improve his burst and damage especially if you opt for Deathcap and Void 4-5th items. Demolish allows you to split push and take towers extremely quickly as your passive allows you to chunk towers quick. Revitalize obviously synergizes really well with his W heal.”
Quinn – Top (Kellen – “Exil”)
“Quinn has been slightly out of the spotlight for a while since she did receive some nerfs in Season 8 due her dominance in the bottom lane (back then, Tyler 1 spammed her to high challenger). However, Top lane is full of bruisers and tanks right now. It’s a constant battle of “Hey! I can play Riven and smash with Conqueror” vs “No! I am going to play Maokai and be so tanky you’ll never kill me!”.
It turns out, Quinn does well vs both of those styles. While it is true that Quinn can be out-scaled, especially by tanks, she does so well against carries like Riven and Fiora making it impossible for them to lane, and she bullies tanks really hard so that they never get their items. She has a great laning phase, the best roaming in the game, and solid itemization with crit buffs means that Quinn deserves to be recognized as OP.”
Skarner – Jungle (Adam – “Moriarty”)
“With the buffs to Skarner, the enemy team will have a much harder time tracking him, especially when he tries to invade which will be a huge boost for him. Not only this, but when he looks to farm now, his spires will be able to reach much further allowing him to farm even faster than what he already does.
With the faster clear speeds and improved invade ability, I feel Skarner will make a comeback due to his good matchups into some popular picks like Xin Zhao and Lee sin and will have an incredibly high presence on the map.”
Soraka – Support (Hewitt – “prohibit”)
“Enchanters like Sona, Soraka, Nami, Lulu, and Janna are becoming more popular. Sona and Soraka scale the best in low-pressure lanes so we’re putting more stock in Soraka since she’ll be running into more enchanter matchups.
Relic Shield users are getting a nerf to sustain so they will have a harder time dealing with her poke and won’t always have enough health to make good all in plays to punish her sustain.”
High-ELO Tier List and Commentary
Thanks for reading. As always we encourage all feedback and discussion. If you have questions about our picks, leave a comment below and we may answer it in our Q&A for this patch. If you’re wondering how we make our tier list, check out our video explanation.