League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.22. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.22. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 12.22!

Ready for the last patch of Season 12?

Our panel of experts has you covered for every role and rank.

Below, you’ll find our two League of Legends champion tier lists, one for general ELO (low ELO up to high Plat/low Diamond) and one for high ELO (high diamond up).

LoL Tier List 12.22

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For everybody else, we have prepared much more:

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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 TFT tier list or Wild Rift with our Wild Rift tier list.

We also have a best decks tier list for LoR and an agent tier list for Valorant.

Methodology TLDR: This LoL list was curated in collaboration with our League Experts: Adam ‘Moriarty’ Isles, Dan ‘Aux’ Harrison and Phy, and our Role Specialists: Shikari, Only, Command Attack, and Yen. Unlike most LoL tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, according to the predictions of our in-house experts.

  • Our first tier list aimed at lower elo, specifically gold elo and the surrounding brackets. These picks are effective when utilized in lower ranks and are the best tools for helping you to climb the SoloQ ladder as far as Diamond.
  • Our second tier list is for high elo, aimed at Diamond 2 and above. These picks are curated by our experts and are an indicator of the champions inherent strength when played at the highest level. For a lot of the user base this information isn’t super relevant for their games but provides invaluable insight into the game itself.
  • We made the decision to return to two tier lists after heavily reviewing the feedback from our users. Ultimately we agreed that a general tier list aimed at Plat+ wouldn’t serve a majority of the playerbase and we had missed the mark.
  • 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.

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 12.22

LoL Tier List Patch 12.22

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Best Top Laners for Low Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Singed, Poppy, Shen, Sejuani, Mordekaiser, Darius, Olaf, Nasus, Ornn, Wukong, Garen, Camille
Great (A-tier) Quinn, Dr Mundo, Riven, Urgot, Maokai, Fiora, Sett, Warwick, Akshan, Sion, Irelia, Cho’Gath, Aatrox, Lillia, Illoai, Jax
Good (B-tier) Gangplank, Gnar, Malphite, Tahm Kench, Gragas, Shyvana, Tryndamere, Kayle, Renekton, Volibear, Yorick, Teemo, Kled, Vayne, Gwen, K’Sante

Best Junglers for Low Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Bel’Veth, Mordekaiser, Udyr, Amumu, Sejuani, Rammus, Volibear, Zac, Master Yi, Warwick
Great (A-tier) Olaf, Skarner, Diana, Elise, Kha’Zix, Rek’Sai, Nocturne, Evelynn, Maokai, Ekko, Shaco, Wukong, Shyvana, Nunu, Trundle, Fiddlesticks
Good (B-tier) Lillia, Viego, Rengar, Graves, Kindred, Lee Sin, Gragas, Kayn, Poppy, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Vi, Nidalee, Xin Zhao, Taliyah

Best Mid Laners for Low Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Swain, Vex, Diana, Zed, Ekko, Syndra, Vladimir, Kassadin, Anivia
Great (A-tier) Akshan, Sylas, Ahri, Heimerdinger, Viktor, Galio, Irelia, Lux, Katarina, Pantheon, Ziggs, Zilean, Veigar, Malzahar, Cassiopeia, Taliyah
Good (B-tier) Neeko, Annie, Talon, Zoe, Yasuo, Xerath, Seraphine, Aurelion Sol, Corki, Lissandra, Yone, Orianna, Vel’Koz, Akali, Fizz, Azir

Best ADC for Low Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Seraphine, Kai’Sa, Twitch, Tristana, Samira, Jhin
Great (A-tier) Swain, Nilah, Karthus, Ashe, Heimerdinger, Jinx, Draven, Ziggs, Miss Fortune, Caitlyn, Ezreal, Vayne, Kog’Maw
Good (B-tier) Varus, Yasuo, Lucian, Xayah, Sivir, Aphelios, Kalista

Best Supports for Low Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Janna, Maokai, Taric, Amumu, Sona, Nami, Soraka, Blitzcrank
Great (A-tier) Bard, Xerath, Pyke, Rell, Nautilus, Renata Glasc, Thresh, Zyra, Zilean, Rakan
Good (B-tier) Braum, Morgana, Karma, Ashe, Yuumi, Brand, Swain, Alistar, Senna, Lulu, Seraphine, Lux, Leona, Vel’Koz

Expert pick commentary

To see all the explanations for our expert picks and more, head to our tier list feature!

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Top – Olaf

  • Olaf has been at the top of his game for months now, and this isn’t going to stop anytime soon with no nerfs coming into the preseason.
  • Not only that, but Olaf is just so perfect when it comes to melting through tanks in the Top lane and ignoring all of their CC thanks to his Ultimate. As most people are experimenting with new itemisation, you can pick this guy into so many different matchups and pop off with ease.
  • If you get fed in the lane phase on Olaf, you’re just going to steamroll the game, and after a kill or two, you’re going to be ungankable, unkillable and obviously, unstoppable too with that Ultimate!
  • Enjoy pulverizing your enemies into submission on a regular basis? You can’t go wrong with Olaf.

Jungle – Rammus

  • Rammus has fantastic map mobility and insanely strong ganks throughout the game. Once you’ve got a few items and levels, enemy AD carries will be 3 shotting themselves simply by right-clicking you.
  • He is an absolutely fantastic pick to counter heavy AD compositions, and if you do manage to get ahead early on, you will be unkillable during team fights.
  • As we move into the preseason, tanks will be absolutely everywhere, so why not play the king of the tanks himself? OK.

Mid – Swain

  • Swain has been having the season of his life ever since that mid-scope update and with still no nerfs going into the preseason, he’s going to remain one of the best champions in the game.
  • Tanks are going to be everywhere in patch 12.22 and Swain is adept at melting them down with his damage over time.
  • One benefit of Swain is that he is fairly straightforward to play and works into most team comps which is ideal when playing in those lower-ranked games.
  • With his solid laning, fantastic team fighting and immensely good snowball potential, Swain is the perfect Mid laner to play.

Bottom – Kai’Sa

  • Kai’Sa is undeniably one of the most popular champions in the whole game at the moment, and it’s completely understandable after some really impressive results over the last few patches.
    Her kit offers fantastic waveclear and burst in the early game, and she’s one of the best blind pickable AD carries you can play right now. However, it’s Kai’Sa’s scaling that really makes her a top pick!
  • Thanks to her Ultimate, and her E, she has a lot of self-peel and mobility, which helps her win any fight no matter how doomed it may seem.
  • Furthermore, she has great synergy with so many different Supports, so if you’re looking for a champion to play no matter how that draft looks, she’s a perfect choice.

Support – Maokai

  • Whether you’re playing aggressively and stomping lane, or just sitting back and playing for team fights, Maokai works into any playstyle, any team comp and with almost every Bot laner you pair alongside him.
  • Maokai brings so much reliable crowd control to the bottom lane, and this means not only does he have an incredible kill threat from as early as level 2, but he also has so much peel for when your AD Carry needs some backup.

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 12.22

High ELO LoL Tier List Patch 12.22

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Best Top Laners for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Singed, Darius, Camille, Riven, Fiora, Shen, Olaf
Great (A-tier) Kled, Zac, Ornn, Akshan, Jax, Irelia, Quinn, Aatrox, Sylas, Wukong, Sejuani, Rengar, Poppy, K’Sante
Good (B-tier) Tryndamere, Gnar, Gangplank, Sett, Sion, Mordekaiser, Yone, Nasus, Gragas, Urgot, Gwen, Akali, Renekton, Maokai, Cho’Gath

Best Junglers for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Bel’Veth, Evelynn, Fiddlesticks, Graves, Elise, Rek’Sai
Great (A-tier) Zac, Shaco, Rengar, Nidalee, Ekko, Nunu, Udyr, Lillia, Hecarim, Olaf, Kha’Zix, Diana, Kindred, Trundle, Sejuani
Good (B-tier) Master Yi, Qiyana, Volibear, Jarvan IV, Kayn, Poppy, Viego, Maokai, Skarner, Nocturne, Lee Sin, Fiddlesticks, Karthus, Wukong, Rammus

Best Mid Laners for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Zed, Qiyana, Zoe, Kassadin, Swain
Great (A-tier) Sylas, Anivia, Talon, Vladimir, Diana, Akshan, Vex, Galio, Taliyah, Syndra, Ekko, Rumble, Katarina, Cassiopeia, Viktor, Akali
Good (B-tier) Veigar, Orianna, Vel’Koz, Irelia, Leblanc, Aurelion Sol, Azir, Yone, Fizz, Ahri, Zilean, Yasuo, Seraphine

Best ADC for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Draven, Kai’Sa, Twitch, Tristana
Great (A-tier) Samira, Jinx, Ezreal, Swain, Nilah, Caitlyn, Jhin, Seraphine, Karthus, Kalista, Miss Fortune, Varus, Vayne, Kog’Maw
Good (B-tier) Xayah, Yasuo, Aphelios, Lucian, Sivir, Ashe, Ziggs, Veigar, Cassiopeia, Syndra

Best Supports for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Maokai, Blitzcrank, Janna, Thresh, Soraka, Nami
Great (A-tier) Nautilus, Renata Glasc, Pyke, Lulu, Bard, Sona, Amumu, Taric, Rakan, Zilean, Rell
Good (B-tier) Xerath, Zyra, Senna, Yuumi, Alistar, Leona, Karma, Braum, Seraphine, Vel’Koz

Top – Camille

  • Camille has always been a fantastic top lane choice in high ELO because of her high-skill expression, but also because of her consistency when it comes to team compositions and matchups.
  • Yes, there will always be more difficult lanes but Camille often has a way to be impactful and put her mark on the game.
  • Precision Protocol true damage allows her to pop tanks in seconds and with tanky itemization being so prevalent this preseason.
  • Whether you stomp the lane and snowball your way to victory, split push and become unstoppable in a side lane or just flank and take down the enemy AD carry with your Ultimate, there are plenty of ways to carry as Camille this patch.

Jungle – Elise

  • The Spider Queen has been dominating the jungle towards the end of Season 12 and as we move into the preseason changes, she’s going to continue to do so without any nerfs.
  • Elise is an aggressive early game ganking Jungler with the ability to easily punish and dive lanes taking certain players out of the game completely.
  • She’s one of the few Junglers that can dive turrets so early and so easily and at higher ranks people can abuse this every single game.
  • Easy early ganks translate into a terrorising mid-game: snowballing out of control and one shooting anyone who gets close. As long as you’re confident enough in your Elise capabilities you can end games early enough before you start to fall off.

Mid – Kassadin

  • Kassadin has actually been one of the most underrated Mid-lane picks for a while and has already been performing very well despite not being as popular as back in the day.
  • As we go into the preseason changes with this patch, Kassadin will be undeniably strong due to several item changes and Rod of Ages making its grand return to the rift. Not only is it returning, but it’s even better for Kassadin now granting him 1 instant level up upon fulfilling the stacks and getting him well on his way to that glorious level 16 1v9 power spike.
  • This menace has the ability to completely destroy entire enemy teams with his insane damage and mobility, and at those higher ranks- players fully understand how to abuse this for free wins.

Bottom – Twitch

  • The Rat has been one of the best AD carries in the game ever since that big durability update back in the middle of Season 12. As we head into the preseason, with no nerfs coming his way he’s not going to be de-throned any time soon, especially when you factor in his ability to melt down any type of enemy team even if it’s full of tanks.
  • Twitch spikes when he has those core items: Kraken Slayer and Blade of the Ruined King. Therefore, he can really become difficult to beat.
  • If he gets a few kills in the lane and gets to that spike earlier, you’re really going to feel how much damage he can do. From stealthy ganks back to lane, to roaming to the Mid lane, to lighting up entire teams in the mid to late game with his potential to massacre everybody with that ultimate. Twitch is still a champion that really can 1v9 this patch.

Support – Thresh

  • Thresh has always had a super high skill ceiling, but in Season 12, he was a little bit underwhelming. However, over the last few patches and a buff or two, he’s really come back into the meta.
  • He has a creative kit that allows him to carry fights and games in so many different ways, which means he can turn any situation into a positive one if he’s good enough.
  • You can also pick Thresh into most games, as many bot lane choices work well alongside him!

Format and Methodology

Our difficulty ratings focus on 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 every time 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 LoL 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 12.22 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.