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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
For everybody else, we have prepared much more:
Here are the Official League 9.22 Patch Notes for reference.
If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!
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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
Top Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Kled, Heimerdinger, Urgot, Teemo, Yorick, Garen
- Great (A-tier) = Ornn, Darius, Renekton, Illaoi, Singed, Mordekaiser, Kayle, Tryndamere, Malphite, Dr. Mundo, Jax
- Good (B-tier) = Yasuo, Rengar, Rumble, Cassiopeia, Fiora, Kennen, Shen, Swain, Volibear, Quinn, Sion, Nasus, Maokai
Jungle Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Ekko, Shaco, Nunu & Willump, Volibear, Dr. Mundo, Master Yi, Nocturne
- Great (A-tier) = Kha’Zix, Elise, Kayn, Jarvan IV, Jax, Vi, Zac, Amumu, Warwick
- Good (B-tier) = Lee Sin, Ivern, Rek’Sai, Evelynn, Karthus, Graves, Hecarim, Trundle, Rammus, Xin Zhao, Udyr
Mid Lane Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Heimerdinger, Fizz, Swain, Malzahar, Diana
- Great (A-tier) = Zed, Katarina, Yasuo, Anivia, Xerath, Ekko, Viktor, Vel’Koz Zilean, Morgana, Galio, Veigar, Ahri, Mordekaiser, Kayle, Lux
- Good (B-tier) = LeBlanc, Zoe, Vladimir, Rumble, Twisted Fate, Syndra, Cassiopeia, Orianna, Talon, Neeko, Kassadin, Ziggs, Annie, Lissandra, Garen, Malphite
ADC Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Yasuo, Heimerdinger, Jhin, Caitlyn, Jinx, Ashe
- Great (A-tier) = Draven, Kai’Sa, Vayne, Lucian, Xayah, Swain, Twitch, Sivir, Miss Fortune
- Good (B-tier) = Ezreal, Syndra, Varus, Kog’Maw Tristana
Support Tier List:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Shaco, Nami, Soraka, Blitzcrank, Janna, Leona
- Great (A-tier) = Thresh, Xerath, Bard, Swain, Zilean, Morgana, Nautilus, Brand, Zyra
- Good (B-tier) = Pyke, Rakan, Vel’Koz, Fiddlesticks, Alistar, Lulu, Taric, Lux, Sona
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.”
High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.22
Best High-ELO Top Champions for 9.22:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Riven, Camille, Kled, Vladimir, Jax
- Great (A-tier) = Jayce, Gangplank, Heimerdinger, Ornn, Renekton, Kennen, Shen, Singed
- 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:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Rengar, Nidalee, Kha’Zix, Ekko, Shaco, Karthus
- Great (A-tier) = Lee Sin, Taliyah, Elise, Nunu & Willump, Olaf, Xin Zhao
- 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:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Katarina, Zoe, Talon
- Great (A-tier) = Zed, Aurelion Sol, Ryze, Qiyana, LeBlanc, Taliyah, Rumble, Ekko, Syndra, Twisted Fate, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Kayle
- 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:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Draven, Heimerdinger, Lucian, Caitlyn, Ashe
- Great (A-tier) = Yasuo, Syndra, Ezreal, Vayne, Kai’Sa, Xayah, Twitch, Jhin, Miss Fortune, Tristana, Jinx
- Good (B-tier) = Kalista, Varus, Kog’Maw, Swain, Sivir
Best High-ELO Support Champions for 9.22:
- Optimal (S-tier) = Rakan, Thresh, Janna
- Great (A-tier) = Bard, Shaco, Nami, Soraka, Leona, Blitzcrank,
- 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.