League of Legends Patch 9.5 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.5 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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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.

Here are the Patch 9.5 notes if you’d like to check them out. If you want analysis on the patch itself, check out our 9.5 Patch Notes Breakdown.

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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LoL Tier List for Patch 9.5
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Expert picks

 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.”

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High-ELO Tier List and Commentary

High ELO Patch 9.5 LoL Tier List

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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.

  • Esat Arslan

    Where is akali? i thought with her buffs she would at least be B tier!

    • Benno3

      I think akali is still very weak even after the buffs compared to other mid and top picks

      • prohibit

        Yep! That’s what we believe as well.

        Overall, getting kills is not hard on Akali and you can frustrate a lot of opponents but winning the game with her and having enough impact compared to other champions…

        She’s just not worth the amount of effort when you can get better results with easier champions.

  • Benno3

    Why is nunu s? he just got nerfed and why is jhin higher in low elo because he takes alot to scale and hes still very weak.

    • Viniuau_

      Only the healing got nerfed, and it only affects his late-game. He doesn’t need a lot of healing in the late-game, since he will be so tanky that nobody will kill him

      • Benno3

        So did his base hp which worsens his early

        • prohibit

          Even though he will get worse, he was significantly better than other junglers in 9.4 so we don’t expect the nerf to have a significant enough impact to drop him down a peg.

        • Viniuau_

          But he’s still good since he isn’t affected by the jungle exp nerfs. That why he got all the way to the S tier in 9.4

  • Brandon Spence

    Why is Leblanc S-tier in high elo and not ranked at all in low elo? Is it something about her playstyle being more suited to high elo games, or is it just that she’s that hard to learn?

    • A.J. Macabasco

      From our expert Moriarty: “For LB it’s both. Her lane priority is invaluable and abused at higher levels of play while it’s not in lower levels. While her laning isn’t too hard, having the mechanics and knowledge to close out games cleanly and teamfight with her is”

    • prohibit

      LeBlanc is a high risk high reward champion that cannot rely on teamfighting in the mid to late game in order to win the game.

      Contrast this to other difficult champions like Yasuo, Katarina, and even Zed who has an easy time assassinating in teamfights, LeBlanc requires high level of game sense and strategy to get wins.

  • Raphael Halbwachs

    Where are Shen and Mundo?

    • A.J. Macabasco

      From our expert, Moriarty: “Shen is not a good soloq champion and tanks became rather weak with the new Conqueror. Mundo buffs are nice but he is mostly a counter to double AP comps and mages outside of mid are not that popluar. His top matchups are not that good into the popular champs like Riven and Yorick”

  • YoungUncleAl

    What are your thoughts on Twitch in the jungle?

  • Noot5

    What makes Malzahar A rank on top lane? Other than his famous wave clear, what other advantages does he bring to the team as a top laner? Would he work in plat?

  • Pietro Anedda

    Why is Lucian not still in S tier? Is the reason the crit rework?

  • Ichirin Kumoi

    Why is Riven S tier? Conqueror got gutted so hard. 18 AD at Level 18 just doesn’t seem good. :/ And to my surprise, Teemo’s also A tier. Why?

  • Swapnil Katikaneni

    So the last time I saw Ahri S tier was in patch 8.24 and it seems like you kept switching her between A and S tier depending on the tierlist. I was just wondering since there were almost no changes to the top-tier picks you chose, what makes Ahri down to A-tier again? Thank You.

  • Bo Ko

    Soraka is a counter pick not a an all around S tier support cmon

    • prohibit

      Meta has to do with what champions people are playing and what champions are good against them.

      In a way you’re correct that Soraka is not good in every situation but depending on your region and elo, Soraka will have more games where the enemy bot lane isn’t a dedicated kill lane and the game is slower.

      Soraka thrives in those situations so we’re putting her higher up.

  • Bo Ko

    AP Shyvana Jungle not even B tier? Oki

  • Best Ezreal Africa

    Where is neeko onhit?

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  • AmirHossein Etemad

    Dont you think yi is absolute shit right now ? Cowsep and Danijrm both stopped playing Yi and say he is weak, his only strong thing was instant conqueror active and it is now gone, everyone is taking lethal tempo on him, because early game u need 10sec to active conqueror and late game if u cap attack speed at 2.0 still needs 2 sec while lethal tempo have much stronger early, u have to take ignite if u dont go for lethal tempo and lose flash, and and and… as a yi main i think he is in weakest point since start of s8 to now (s9). can u explain how yi is S tier with new garbage conqueror that gives same AD as Eyeball collection and 10% healing from 10% of your damage (1% of all damage) that is less than ravenous hunter ? lol this tier list

  • Burtchellr

    Curious, but where is Fiora at right now??? I’ve been considering her since she is never pick/banned in my elo unlike renekton, Darius, and riven.

  • WeldFire

    Can you please provide any information as to why Rammus has dropped in rank this patch?

  • NonconcernedPanda

    May i ask your opinion on xerath and why you’re mentioning him at support where you are?

  • Laurent Blum

    Hello, can you explain Garen S tier as his winrate is pretty low and no other tierlist put him that high ? Im really interested in OTP him but i feel i gonna struggle… Thanks !