Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.14!
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.
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 9.14.
LoL Tier List 9.14
For everybody else, we have prepared much more:
Here are the Official League 9.14 Patch Notes for reference.
If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!
Now that you know the best champions for LoL, get the best champions for Teamfight Tactics with our new TFT tier list!
The Format and Methodology
- We have two tier lists, one for the majority of 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!
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.
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General LoL Tier List for Patch 9.14
What the hell RITO, this patch is MASSIVE…
Top Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier): Garen, Urgot, Yorick, Mordekaiser
- Great (A-tier): Volibear, Nasus, Malphite, Tryndamere (Adam), Teemo, Darius, Renekton, Neeko, Jax, Kennen, Illaoi, Swain, Singed, Rumble, Kled, Riven
- Good (B-tier): Dr. Mundo, Poppy, Kayle, Quinn, Shen, Fiora, Camille, Jayce
Jungle Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier): Vi, Amumu, Volibear, Master Yi, Jax, Nunu & Willump
- Great (A-tier): Hecarim, Warwick, Rammus, Ydr, Jarvan IV, Trundle, Kayn, Elise
- Good (B-tier): Shyvana, Nocturne, Skarner, Zac, Xin Zhao, Fiddlesticks, Sejuani, Karthus, Kha’Zix, Evelynn, Kindred, Shaco, Lee Sin, Rek’Sai
Mid Lane Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier): Lux (Pekin Woof), Malzahar, Vel’Koz, Ahri, Mordekaiser
- Great (A-tier): Veigar, Fizz, Zilean, Neeko, Morgana, Anivia, Xerath, Rumble, Ekko, Zed, Katarina
- Good (B-tier): Ziggs, Annie, Brand, Karma, Galio, Diana, Orianna, Vladimir, Corki, Heimerdinger, Talon, Twisted Fate, Sylas, Aatrox, Yasuo, Cassiopeia
ADC Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier): Jinx, Sivir, Caitlyn
- Great (A-tier): Tristana, Miss Fortune, Ashe, Twitch, Jhin, Xayah, Kog’Maw, Vayne, Kai’Sa, Ezreal, Draven
- Good (B-tier): Varus, Lucian, Yasuo
Support Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier):Janna, Nami
- Great (A-tier): Zyra, Soraka, Brand, Sona, Nautlius, Taric, Vel’Koz, Zilean, Morgana, Blitzcrank, Thresh, Rakan, Pyke
- Good (B-tier): Leona, Karma, Lux, Fiddlesticks, Lulu, Alistar, Yuumi, Xerath, Bard
Tryndamere – Top (Adam – “Moriarty”)
“For my pick of the week, we have Tryndamere. He’s probably one of the most annoying champs when ahead due to his split push potential and that annoying thing Trynd mains do where they laugh and spin at the same time.
I’d normally give you the rundown on how to play him here but Foggedftw a challenger Trynd one-trick just released a complete guide to Tryndamere matchups so go check it out here.
I will say that currently if you’re looking for a counter pick to Illaoi or really any tank, he is a great pick up with his Lethal Tempo build.
Trundle – Jungle (Flaress)
“Trundle is an exceptional counter pick to strong Junglers such as Jarvan IV, Sejuani, and Nunu & Willump just to name a few. Trundle’s ability to steal stats with his Q and R allow him to be an overwhelming force to be reckoned with in all aspects of combat.
Trundles Pillar + W Combo allows him for easy chase downs to secure kills on immobile targets for ganks and 2v2 skirmishes. For items, rush Tiamat for waveclear then complete Cinderhulk & Mercury Treads.
Afterwards, if you’re ahead, finish Tiamat into Titanic Hydra and then build full tank. If you’re behind, leave Tiamat alone and rush tank items to support your team.
Knight’s Vow, Spirit Visage, and Gargoyle’s Stoneplate are wonderful items to supplement Trundle throughout the game.
Remember: Do NOT pick Trundle blind. Use him in counter pick situations only, otherwise your team will really deem you as The King of Trolls.”
Lux – Mid (Pekin Woof)
“The latest patch is shifting some power away from support Lux by nerfing her early cd’s on her Q but buffing once she is max rank and putting a better ratio on her ulti and changing her ulti cooldown to be lower. This will allow a stronger burstier Lux especially in mid lane where you get to level 13 faster than support Lux.
Go Electrocute + Taste of Blood + Eyeball Colletion + Ultimate Hunter + Manaflow + Transcendence – Luden’s – Sorc – Morello – Banshees/Zhonyas for defense – Rabadon / Void for offense.”
Ashe – ADC (Hewitt – “prohibit”)
“Ashe has a new popular build: Essence Reaver > Trinity. It’s an expensive build that maximizes Ashe’s CDR allowing her ultimate arrow much more frequently for picks and engages.
It also gives her a lot of kiting & chasing power with frequent Volleys and constant movement speed from Phage. When combined with Comet, Ashe’s Volleys become even scarier.
This gives her good poking in and out of laning phase allowing her to gain leads more consistently. This new build has different strengths than the standard BoRK > Hurricane build which is cheaper, comes on line faster, and has better consistent DPS against frontlines.
If you’re going this build you’re focused on DPS so you’ll still want to take a Lethal Tempo setup instead of focusing on Comet poke. It’s important to know each build’s strengths and pick them accordingly to further maximize your success while playing Ashe.
Rakan – Support (Will – “Picklepants”)
“Rakan is a great champion that counters the majority of these squishy top picks right now. Whenever they look to play aggressive, he can just use his W when they over extend and are locked in animation.
An early kill through this means is a great way to snowball and leave the enemy Support in a position where they are unable to play aggressive at all nor are they able to harass for their supporting item.
Lux was one of hardest matchups for Rakan as she could use her Q to disrupt his engage. However, now she will be not as strong, his engages should be slightly easier in this matchup and he shouldn’t get burst down as soon as he goes in”
High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.14
Best High-ELO Top Champions for 9.14:
- Optimal (S-tier): Kennen, Rumble, Riven, Akali
- Great (A-tier): Poppy, Malphite, Darius, Jax, Renekton, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Kled, Vladimir, Singed, Gangplank, Camille, Irelia, Aatrox, Jayce
- Good (B-tier): Pantheon, Tryndamere, Olaf, Karma, Urgot, Teemo, Illaoi, Swain, Fiora, Gnar, Rengar
Best High-ELO Jungle Champions for 9.14:
- Optimal (S-tier): Nunu & Willump, Rengar, Nidalee
- Great (A-tier): Vi, Hecarim, Olaf, Evelynn, Kha’Zix, Taliyah, Kindred, Sylas, Rek’Sai, Elise, Lee Sin
- Good (B-tier): Jarvan IV, Warwick, Skarner, Trundle, Zac, Xin Zhao, Sejuani, Kayn, Karthus, Gragas, Ivern, Shaco
Best High-ELO Mid Lane Champions for 9.14:
- Optimal (S-tier): Talon, Rumble, Katarina, Zed, Akali
- Great (A-tier): Ahri, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Zilean, Taliyah, Twisted Fate, Sylas, Zoe, Irelia, Aatrox, Qiyana, Cassiopeia
- Good (B-tier): Lux, Malzahar, Fizz, Vel’Koz, Galio, Kassadin, Orianna, Vladimir, Ekko, Anivia, Corki, Yasuo, Syndra, Leblanc, Azir, Aurelion Sol
Best High-ELO ADC Champions for 9.14
- Optimal (S-tier): Caitlyn, Xayah, Kai’Sa, Draven
- Great (A-tier): Miss Fortune, Jinx, Tristana, Ashe, Twitch, Sivir, Jhin, Vayne, Ezreal
- Good (B-tier): Varus, Kog’Maw, Lucian, Yasuo, Kalista
Best High-ELO Support Champions for 9.14:
- Optimal (S-tier): Janna, Nami, Yuumi, Rakan, Thresh
- Great (A-tier): Nautilus, Soraka, Zyra, Zilean, Taric, Bard, Pyke
- Good (B-tier): Leona, Karma, Sona, Lux, Vel’Koz, Braum, Blitzcrank, Fiddlesticks, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Alistar, Lulu
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 9.14 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.