League of Legends Patch 9.22 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.22 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

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Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.22!

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 9.22.

LoL Tier List 9.22

Mid Lane (God Tier)

Support (God Tier)

For everybody else, we have prepared much more:

Jump to General Tier List

Jump to High-ELO Tier List

Here are the Official League 9.22 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 9.22

LoL Tier List 9.22

Jump to High-ELO Tier List

Top Tier List:

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

Jungle Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Ekko, Shaco, Nunu & Willump, Volibear, Dr. Mundo, Master Yi, Nocturne
  2. Great (A-tier) = Kha’Zix, Elise, Kayn, Jarvan IV, Jax, Vi, Zac, Amumu, Warwick
  3. Good (B-tier) = Lee Sin, Ivern, Rek’Sai, Evelynn, Karthus, Graves, Hecarim, Trundle, Rammus, Xin Zhao, Udyr

Mid Lane Tier List:

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

ADC Tier List:

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

Support Tier List:

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

Expert picks

Rengar  – Top (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Rengar is my pick of the patch as a strong carry option in the top lane. Recently it was played by FNC Bwipo at Worlds and while he did not win that game, he proved the power of this pick in the early to mid game.

He isn’t amazing late game but since this is the end of the season, it’s more about the laning phase and getting picks mid game as people are very likely to tilt and will want to go next if things go poorly.

Rengar top lane can do just that as he has crazy early game. Most people will not be prepared. Even at level 1, with his empowered Q, he can double auto cancel to get in a surprising amount of burst damage to get an early lead.

But wait there’s more! Who thought it was a good idea to make an assassin champion be able to have a QSS and more instant healing than I think any champ in the game? It’s at least in the top 5 if activated at the right time.

When you combine that with his extremely high early game damage, Rengar is able to consistently pull off 1v2 plays from the top lane while leaping around like my cat does when it sees me typing anything with my keyboard – he just flies out of nowhere full of destruction.

Rengar is also a good pickup going into the new season thanks to the all the new brushes for him to abuse, so I highly recommend you invest time into him. “

Volibear – Jungle  (Flaress)

“Volibear has been a dominant low ELO jungler for quite some time. His power comes from being strong anti-dash tanky jungler that may dish out a considerable amount of damage thanks to his ultimate and W. He also has an immensely healthy early clear and potent skirmishing capabilities thanks to his passive and AoE damage from his fear.

As Volibear, build Cinderhulk first into Deadman’s Plate or Spirit Visage depending on whether the opposing team consists more towards AP or AD threats. Afterward, wrap up with a Righteous Glory and Sterak’s Gage. For boots, you should consider Mercury’s Treads or Ninja Tabis.”

Zoe – Mid (Pekin Woof)

“Zoe has good laning at all points with some of the most annoying abilities in the game like Sleepy Trouble Bubble where one misstep means it is over for your enemy. I’d recommend banning some assassins like LeBlanc, Zed, or Fizz to get rid of some of her counters.

Learn the spikes of the champ such as when you get balloons with good items like Protobelt to surprise opponents by clearing minions they are hiding behind. At level 6, you can look for much longer ability poke alongside much better waveclear.

Like other mages, she spikes hard on Luden’s with double pen (Sorc + Oblivion Orb). Learn to Sleep -> long R with Q into Ignite for an Electrocute proc and as a finisher. Often times in the early game, you can one-shot from 100%.

For items, take Corrupting Pot – Dark Seal – Lost Chapter – Sorc’s Boots – Luden’s – Oblivion Orb- Banshee’ss / Zhoyna’s- Deathcap/ Void Staff and finish Morello’s when needed.

For primary runes, take Electrocute – Taste of Blood or Sudden Impact – Ghost Poro, and Ravenous Hunter. Pair this with Manaflow Band and Transcendence for your secondary tree.”

Ashe – ADC (Hewitt “prohibit” Benson)

“Ashe is my pick of the patch even though she received nerfs. It’s important to note that Ashe was incredibly strong in 9.21 and these nerfs, although potent, will not stop her from being a strong champion.

With the increased mana cost to her Volley, Comet Trinity Force builds will become weaker and her laning phase will become harder but the buffs to her passive slow still remain and that continues to make her a menace in fights. As long as you stick with Lethal Tempo, Ashe will the solid ADC pick that will carry you for the end of the season.

Leona – Support (Will “Picklepants” Burton)

“Leona is one of the best supports around due to her ability to win lane and win game through getting kills and roaming. She is very strong at level 1 when she starts Q and is really good in certain matchups for the level 2 all in. She beats every tank support and most mages and enchanters. Luckily, some of her hardest counters are not that popular in this meta which include Taliyah and Vel’Koz.

As supports need to carry and get kills in this meta, she is able to fulfill this easily at her spikes which are 2,3, and 6 in the early game. However, she is great in all stages of the game. I’m personally having great success with her in Diamond 1 with a 70% win rate in over 20 games.”

Jump back to the general tier list

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.22

High ELO Tier List 9.22

Jump back to the general tier list

Best High-ELO Top Champions for 9.22:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Riven, Camille, Kled, Vladimir, Jax
  2. Great (A-tier) = Jayce, Gangplank, Heimerdinger, Ornn, Renekton, Kennen, Shen, Singed
  3. Good (B-tier) =  Irelia, Akali, Gnar, Fiora, Rumble, Aatrox, Mordekaiser, Darius, Pantheon, Tryndamere, Poppy, Teemo, Garen, Quinn, Cho’Gath

Best High-ELO Jungle Champions for 9.22:

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

Best High-ELO Mid Lane Champions for 9.22:

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

Best High-ELO ADC Champions for 9.22:

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

Best High-ELO Support Champions for 9.22:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Rakan, Thresh, Janna 
  2. Great (A-tier) = Bard, Shaco, Nami, Soraka, Leona, Blitzcrank, 
  3. Good (B-tier) = Fiddlesticks, Morgana, Zilean, Lulu, Gragas, 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 9.22 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 ?

    • Mert Ocakbaşı

      yes it is. at least for gold euw

  • Nico Gigea

    I dont think urgot is a medium champ,if you dont win the laning phase he is a dead champ for the rest of the game,if you dont hit that e on a range champ you are completly dead because that w hit a champ that have purge(that was hited by q ,e or r)

  • Turgut Kaygısız

    it seems like aatrox is so bad that u didnt even put him in the list

  • DREAMvEATER

    imagine udyr rating not pathetically easy yikes. even vs comps with alot of dashes he can thrive and scale if the player has there monitor on

  • yuumi so nerfed…

  • Jaro Benjulie

    What? Tristana is in B tier?

  • Robert Dutcher

    So I have a couple of Questions regard the ADC tier list, This falls to Kalista, and Varus. With hook apocalypse meta why aren’t they any higher than just B tier? I’ve got about a 60% win rate on both of these champions in the Low Elo! Kalista is very easy to farm with her Rend and with enough spears in enemy champions it isn’t hard at all to Execute enemies that drop below 50%? Plus post 6 it is really great having a hook champ like naut and Thresh lock down enemy ADCs since you can literally throw your support into the enemy. On the flip side of this same coin, her passive makes it pretty easy to dodge their engage tools making it hard to lock her down! As for varus though I can kind of understand, with his low mobility but the burst he has is pretty decent, could you shine some light on this? @Moriarty

    • If you use Rend to farm as Kalista you’ll run out of mana very fast due to the huge mana consumption rate. You won’t be able to get full refund on Rend until level 8 or 9.

  • How is Leblanc S+ tier in high elo when she has approx. a 40 percent winrate from gold to challenger?

  • GRB Chrisis

    I don’t know what your analysists are doing or if they just did this list based of on stats / “what’s good to climb with”, but that list has really really weak champions listed as “god tier”.
    The current meta is very wide right now, but some of these are absolutely not god tier champs.

    Toplane (god tier):

    Gankplank, Ryze, Vladimir, Camille, Shen, Kled, Poppy, Pantheon, Cho’ Gath, Neeko, Tryndamere

    Jungle (god tier/A-tier):

    Kharthus, Poppy, Gragas, Evelynn, Taliyah, J4, Kindred, Pantheon

    Midlane (god tier):

    Kayle, Akali, Tristana, Cassiopeia, Ryze, Pantheon, Orianna, Lissandra, Syndra, Neeko, Tf, Qiyana, Rumble, Veigar

    Botlane (godtier/A tier):

    Xayah, Yasuo, Ezreal, Kog’Maw, Kaisa, Heimer, Caitlyn, Draven, Tristana, Ashe, Veigar, Syndra, Karma, Jinx, Neeko, Twitch, Ryze, Varus

    Support (god tier/A-tier):

    Zilean, Soraka, Karma, Rakan, Shen, Blitzcrank, Alistar, Pantheon, Galio, Poppy, Shaco, Pyke, Leona, Thresh, Yuumi, Nautlius, Morgana

  • Kirito Kirigaya

    ahhh the good old tank meta and true damage mages

  • ameba#23234 MdR

    Fizz > Zed? lol no