League of Legends Patch 9.18 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.18 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.18!

For those of you who are in a rush or already in champion select, here is a list of the strongest champions for every role in Patch 9.18.

For everybody else, we have prepared much more:

Jump to General Tier List

Jump to High-ELO Tier List

Here are the Official League 9.18 Patch Notes for reference.

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Methodology TLDR:

This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, Will “Picklepants” Burton, and our newest Challenger jungle expert, “Flaress”. Unlike most tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, according to the predictions of our in-house experts.

  • We have two tier lists, one for the majority of the player base and one for high ELO. There are many smart people who have good thoughts on what’s strong, but our tier list is specifically focused on helping you progress in your rank now.
  • The lines between these lists are not black and white, we recommend using the Majority-ELO list until around Diamond where switching to High-ELO becomes more effective. We also recommend using the Majority ELO tier list to play your off role!
  • Our difficulty system relies on “Skill Floor”, meaning that a Simple champion will yield results faster (around 5-10 games of learning)
  • If a champion has a higher skill floor (Hard or Severe), it will take more time to learn them (20-50 games +) but you will be rewarded with better results over time whereas a Simple champion may fall off as you climb higher.

If you’re wondering how we make our tier list, check out our video explanation! For a more in-depth explanation for our methodology, head to the bottom of the article.

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General LoL Tier List for Patch 9.18

LoL Tier List 9.18 updated

Jump to High-ELO Tier List

Top Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Kled, Singed, Urgot, Yorick, Illaoi, Mordekaiser, Teemo, Garen, Malphite, Nasus
  2. Great (A-tier): Shen, Darius, Renekton, Swain, Jax, Kayle, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Dr. Mundo, Volibear 
  3. Good (B-tier): Fiora, Yasuo, Rumble, Cassiopeia, Kennen, Sion, Quinn

Jungle Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Nunu + Willump, Ekko, Master Yi, Jax, Vi, Volibear, Amumu, Nocturne
  2. Great (A-tier): Elise, Kha’Zix, Hecarim, Rammus, Udyr, Jarvan IV, Zac, Dr.Mundo
  3. Good (B-tier): Lee Sin, Shaco, Rek’Sai, Kindred, Karthus, Taliyah Fiddlesticks, Kayn, Xin Zhao, Graves, Shyvana, Nocturne, Malphite, Pantheon

Mid Lane Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Fizz, Vel’Koz, Ahri, Swain, Diana, Malzahar, Lux
  2. Great (A-tier): Zed, Katarina, Yasuo, Pyke, Ekko, Cassiopeia, Anivia, Xerath, Mordekaiser, Morgana, Zilean, Veigar, Malphite, Annie
  3. Good (B-tier): Syndra, LeBlanc, Twisted Fate, Kassadin, Orianna, Vladimir, Heimerdinger, Rumble,  Neeko, Galio, Pantheon, Brand, Ziggs

ADC Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Yasuo, Draven, Jhin, Jinx, Miss Fortune
  2. Great (A-tier): Kai’Sa, Vayne, Lucian, Twitch, Xayah, Caitlyn, Kog’Maw, Swain, Sivir, Xayah, Ashe 
  3. Good (B-tier): Ezreal, Varus, Tristana

Support Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Pyke, Janna, Nami, Swain, Zyra, Brand, Soraka, Nautilus
  2. Great (A-tier): Thresh, Rakan, Bard, Xerath, Taric, Vel’Koz, Zilean, Morgana, Blitzcrank, Leona, Sona, Nautilus
  3. Good (B-tier): Lulu, Alistar, Fiddlesticks, Lux, Annie, Miss Fortune

Expert picks

Mordekaiser – Top (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Morde has been pretty close to S tier for a while now and I’m giving him the spotlight he deserves as my pick of the patch. His ability to destroy melee champions is perfect for this meta because they’re very popular in both solo lanes. His only match is pretty much just Illaoi in this regard.

Being able to send people to the shadow realm while you yell “1v1 me noob” is pretty nice but the champ also does such extreme amounts of damage when you’re ahead.  If you proc your passive you can just stand next to the person and watch it kill them on its own while you spam laugh.

I highly recommend anyone who enjoys the old school dueling aspect of top lane to try him out because you won’t need to wait until post game lobby to force people to 1v1 you.

Nocturne – Jungle  (Flaress)

“Nocturne is the best skirmishing jungler in the game since his spellshield and Fear + Lethal Tempo will win you any 1v1.

It’s a common conception that he is a hard farming jungler to 6. However, your level 3 is near the top of the list when it comes to ganking power spikes.

Personally, it feels like Nocturne is the best blind pick jungler as nobody in the game can skirmish you in the early parts of the game, especially if he gets the insane attack speed bonus from proccing his W spellshield most junglers currently struggle to beat him 1v1.

Ekko – Mid (Pekin Woof)

“We have already seen some Ekko in some professional matches (SKT) prior to his buffs so now he will be getting stronger. This champion has received back to back to buffs so we can expect him to be fairly strong on 9.18 His W cost change (30 mana level 1) means you can now spam the ability in lane from fog of war without worrying about mana.

Runes are Electrocute – Taste of Blood – Ghost Poro – Ravenous Hunter | Manaflow Band / Absolute Focus. MAX Q -> E -> W

Build path – > Corrupting Potion -> Dark Seal -> Protobelt -> Sorc Boots -> Lich Bane -> Zhyona’ss -> Deathcap -> Void/Morello

Miss Fortune – ADC (Hewitt “prohibit” Benson)

“Miss Fortune never had a one point wonder build. After maxing her Q, she has to choose between maxing her AoE slow or more DPS and mobility.

This change lets Miss Fortune get the AoE utility of her Make it Rain (E) in just one point which allows her to get the best of both worlds.

She was already close to S-tier for the normal list so think this will push her over the edge and make her an optimal pick for most players.

Miss Fortune – Support (Will “Picklepants” Burton)

“While it’s unlikely Miss Fortune will be the best support this patch, with the buffs that are coming in hot, she will become a viable support once again.

With what feels like the perfect timing for Worlds, the buff to Miss Fortune E has made her a much more potent and difficult laner to play against.

The slow increase will now cripple the slowest of ADCs, and with the large range of this ability, she will be able to poke from afar, and be able to hold her own even into the toughest of matchups.

Some of Miss Fortunes more challenging opponents are not very strong anymore or are not played as much, which makes Miss Fortune a much safer pick compared to before.

Jump back to the general tier list

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.18

High ELO Tier List 9.18

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Best High-ELO Top Champions for 9.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Kled, Jax
  2. Great (A-tier): Gangplank, Camille, Aatrox, Akali, Cassiopeia, Singed, Rumble, Vladimir, Darius, Renekton, Shen, Kennen, Pantheon, Quinn
  3. Good (B-tier): Fiora, Riven, Rengar, Jayce, Irelia, Illaoi, Teemo, Urgot, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Dr. Mundo, Karma, Tryndamere

Best High-ELO Jungle Champions for 9.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Rengar, Nidalee, Kha’Zix, Taliyah, Karthus
  2. Great (A-tier): Rek’Sai, Lee Sin, Elise, Evelynn, Kindred, Nunu + Willump, Ekko, Pantheon, Jarvan IV, Vi, Hecarim, Olaf
  3. Good (B-tier): Shaco, Ivern, Gragas, Xin Zhao, Kayn, Graves, Skarner, Trundle, Zac, Warwick, Nocturne

Best High-ELO Mid Lane Champions for 9.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Katarina, Qiyana, Talon
  2. Great (A-tier): Zoe, Zed, Akali, Syndra, Taliyah, Rumble, Cassiopeia, Twisted Fate, Vladimir, Zilean, Sylas, Ahri, Fizz, Galio
  3. Good (B-tier): Yasuo, Aurelion Sol, Irelia, LeBlanc, Orianna, Ekko, Anivia, Xerath, Vel’Koz, Swain, Neeko, Kassadin, Malzahar, Pantheon, Annie

Best High-ELO ADC Champions for 9.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Draven, Kai’Sa
  2. Great (A-tier): Syndra, Yasuo, Vayne, Twitch, Caitlyn, Jhin, Xayah, Ashe, Jinx, Tristana, Miss Fortune
  3. Good (B-tier): Kalista, Ezreal, Lucian, Varus, Kog’Maw, Swain, Sivir

Best High-ELO Support Champions for 9.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Pyke, Rakan, Thresh, Janna
  2. Great (A-tier): Bard, Taric, Nami, Leona, Nautilus, Zyra, Soraka
  3. Good (B-tier): Alistar, Lulu, Xerath, Yuumi, Fiddlesticks, Braum, Morgana, Vel’Koz, Blitzcrank, Zilean, Sona, Lux

Format and Methodology

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 everytime 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.

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 9.18 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.

  • Fizz Player

    Hi. Just wondering what changed for Low Elo Zed to make him become S tier as opposed to A from the last Tier List. Shouldn’t everthing stay the same for him?

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger Coach Moriarty – “After his buffs zed became much stronger but he is still a difficult champion but with the addition of the last whisper revert, early snowball playstyle, more ap junglers or even more ap champs being viable in all other roles he himself got stronger, we erred on the side of caution last patch to see if his winrate would settle down due his difficulty but with the massive amount of games played on him he can no longer be denied his S tier spot.”

  • Bob Smith

    Hi, where did Wukong in the jungle go? Also, why do you think Zilean mid lane is an S tier choice?

    • I’m literally low gold level (so not good at all), but in most low elo games, if I see Zilean mid people just eat his bombs and they hurt when stacked, all throughout the game. Plus you can support teammates, and give xp lead to jglr. Lets not mention that he has no problems clearing, and I personally just love having Zilean on my team. Especially as a top laner he helps me get 10000 more picks.

      • Bob Smith

        Hm yeah that’s true. I just feel like it’s hard to go into certain matchups, and good players can avoid your poke with Q, leaving you with no other options to go in with. Also the CS is kinda hard, though that might just be me being bad lol

  • Eleanore

    So I’ve been playing Ashe and having a lot of success with her in my mmr bracket (g3-p3). What exactly makes her so exploitable for lower elo games?

    • Viniuau_

      Easy to play and a lot of CC (Passive + W + Ult), also global vision with her E.

  • Ryan Wendel

    Why isnt Urgot up there i mean i might be having success with him because of people just not knowing how to play against him but with the new kit i feel like urgot just massacres the enemy team as soon as he get Black Cleaver + Frozen Mallet + boots choice people just cant deal with it only heavy cc teams do anything and even then take the right rune and merc treads gg

    • I’ve mentioned in this same comment section that I’m not very good but I disagree, he usually just gets out scaled and out kited so it feels pretty useless and you can’t really carry in solo q climbing. This is from my personal experiences. I only like, low gold lol.

  • Laurent Blum

    Hello, why no Hecarim top? He is not even added somewhere.

    Thanks !

    • Lucifer Morningstar

      I can tell you their reasoning, most likely, or at least their cop out answer: it’s right at the top of the article! Champs who aren’t put on the list aren’t necessarily bad, they just aren’t meta or they take more work to climb with than other champs. Hecarim top can be good in some situations, and for some players, but he is not top tier without those conditions

    • Bob Smith

      Well, hecarim top is also fairly new, and mobalytics posts their tier lists before or as the patch comes out, so it might not have been noticed when this was posted

  • muhammad vasal

    Im just kinda wondering, where is Azir? Like, waht is holding him so far back? I know he hasn;t been in the meta for a couple seasons now, but is he really that bad?

  • Lucifer Morningstar

    I am wondering: did you consider Sylas for the jungle section and just conclude he was below B tier, or did you only look at him for mid and top?

  • Kuba

    @Mobalytics I dont understand, why Katarina is always so high on the list (in low and high elo). What is the difference between her and ex. Akali? What makes her better than other assasins? She do not have any sort of CC. I wanted to pick new champ to learn that would make LOL fun once again. Last two seasons i was playing Malza and Swain – now I want to refresh something in my game, but i will still stick to MID/TOP (JNG is also an option – played a lot of Elise long time ago)

    • Anne B

      akali got nerfed again and katarina got a buff (9.14)

      • Kuba

        Yeah i know, but Akali is still S-tier. Katarina also S-tier (for long, long time). I just wanted to know, because in my opinion it is harder to play around her daggers than around Akali cooldowns.

        • Hearth Stoned

          I have to agree, Katarina has a ton of burst and mobility, but her daggers are telegraphed and she lacks any kind of CC so targeted attacks really mess her up. Akali’s got tons of burst and mobility too, but she doesn’t telegraph anything but her second casts of E and R, and her 6 seconds of stealth mean she can destroy champs that rely on targeted attacks like Azir or any ADC.

  • Massoud

    Strong analysis, as always. But kind of curious as to why Sion is being kept off the lower ELO tier list, especially in light of his consistently strong win rate and recent buff to his Q.

  • Jarrett Peterson

    Is there any reason not to pick from the high elo stable to build your list if you don’t mind the extra practice? I.E. if you pick a low elo champ and eventually get good are you sabotaging yourself if you get to high elo?

    • Rola Ndas

      Meta is different in low and high elo.

  • гнида

    what about Galio? how is he feeling himself in the meta rn? where does he fit in better right now?

  • Pawneder

    How there is no Gragas and Volibear in the high elo support list both are extremely good when played correctly.

  • Ahri

    Ahri is at most B tier for highelo, and A/B tier for lowelo. She is pretty bad compared to other midlaners right now.

  • Kesbeo

    Ehh, how is Cassiopeia top still a viable option for top?

  • Ahri

    Ahri should be B tier in highelo(or not even included) and B tier in lowelo. She cannot carry in lowelo, and relies a lot on her team to get kills. Champs like that is really bad when you want to solocarry.

  • Assir Em

    Viktor is dead right ?