League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.2. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.2. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 12.2!

Ready to climb in League of Legends 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).

The first new LoL champion of Season 12, Zeri, will be added during Patch 12.2. Check out Zeri’s abilities here. We won’t be placing her for another patch since our experts need to see how she performs.

LoL Tier List 12.2

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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 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 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 12.2

LoL Tier List Patch 12.2

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Top Lane Tier List:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Darius, Sett, Shen, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Garen, Jax, Malphite, Sejuani, Teemo, Warwick, Yorick
Great (A-tier) Fiora, Lillia, Ornn, Vayne, Yone, Gragas, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Singed, Cho’Gath, Nasus, Sion, Tryndamere, Wukong
Good (B-tier) Camille, Gnar, Irelia, Riven, Aatrox, Kled, Graves, Illaoi, Kennen, Quinn, Volibear

Jungle Tier List:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Viego, Amumu, Diana, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Master Yi, Nunu + Willump, Rammus, Sejuani, Trundle, Vi, Warwick, Xin Zhao, Zac
Great (A-tier) Ekko, Kha’Zix, Lillia, Shaco, Fiddlesticks, Graves, Kayn, Poppy, Nocturne, Shyvana
Good (B-tier) Lee Sin, Elise, Kindred, Ivern, Rek’Sai, Gragas, Udyr, Dr. Mundo, Jax, Olaf, Skarner, Volibear

Mid Lane Tier List:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Anivia, Viktor, Akshan, Vex, Annie, Lissandra, Lux, Malzahar, Veigar
Great (A-tier) Katarina, Zed, Cassiopeia, Ekko, Syndra, Vel’Koz, Xerath, Ahri, Corki, Fizz, Kassadin, Kayle, Brand, Diana
Good (B-tier) Irelia, LeBlanc, Sylas, Yasuo, Vladimir, Yone, Galio, Graves, Pantheon, Malphite, Morgana, Neeko, Seraphine, Tryndamere, Ziggs

ADC Tier List:

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

Support Tier List:

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

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 – Garen

  • Garen is an absolute monster in low elo at the moment with his simple kit design and his ability to dominate lanes with just a few clicks.
  • One of his huge strengths is his sustain and health regen which allows him to be impossible to force out of lane.
  • Combine that with his insane kill and snowball potential and you’ve got one of the best picks in the top lane this patch.

Jungle – Jarvan IV

  • Jarvan IV has really come back onto the scene with a bang recently and his win rate is pretty damn high across all ranks but especially so in the lower elos.
  • His ability to gank anywhere from as early as level 2 make him strong enough, but he’s also one of the best abusers of repeat ganking lanes who have no summoners.
  • If you can’t dodge that E-Q combo or Ultimate, you’ve got no chance of surviving against him.
  • Jarvan becomes super unkillable when ahead and also deals a significant amount of damage too making him a huge contender in the jungle this patch.

Mid – Anivia

  • Anivia has got one of the HIGHEST win rates in the entire game at the moment across all ranks and for very good reason too.
  • Her control and utility make her strong enough but when you add the amount of damage this champion does you really understand why she wins so many games.
  • Lastly, Anivia’s itemization is very cheap now allowing her to spike earlier and become an absolute force to be reckoned with this patch.

Bottom – Jhin

  • Jhin is absolutely everywhere since the shieldbow nerfs came in last patch and he’s been having a Riot ever since.
  • He’s been performing exceptionally well so far this season and this isn’t going to stop any time soon.
  • Jhin’s flexible and versatile playstyle allow him to fit into almost all team compositions and be capable of popping off in any game due to his burst, range and executing kit design.
  • He doesn’t really have any weak periods in games and can excel throughout all stages making him a very safe but also very dominant pick overall.

Support – Sona

  • Sona is easily one of the strongest supports in the game at the moment due to her insane scaling and ability to go unpunished throughout the early game.
  • Her biggest weakness has always been her frailty in lane but now that the game is full of enchanters, she’s simply getting through those lanes without any risk at all.
  • Sona’s late game effectiveness is genuinely unrivaled, constant shields and heals alongside mobility, damage and AoE CC.

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 12.2

High ELO Lol Tier List Patch 12.2

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Best Top Laners for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Camille, Irelia, Jayce, Riven, Fiora, Gwen, Akshan, Darius, Shen, Tryndamere
Great (A-tier) Akali, Gangplank, Gnar, Aatrox, Yone, Gragas, Poppy, Sett, Singed, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Jax, Malphite, Teemo, Trundle, Warwick
Good (B-tier) Shen, Kled, Ornn, Rumble, Viktor, Vladimir, Graves, Kayle, Kennen, Mordekaiser, Renekton, Cho’Gath, Quinn, Sion, Wukong

Best Junglers for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Lee Sin, Kha’Zix, Kindred, Fiddlesticks, Viego, Diana, Hecarim, Jarvan IV, Nunu + Willump, Xin Zhao
Great (A-tier) Nidalee, Rengar, Ekko, Lillia, Rek’Sai, Taliyah, Graves, Kayn, Trundle, Vi, Zac
Good (B-tier) Qiyana, Zed, Elise, Evelynn, Gwen, Ivern, Shaco, Gragas, Karthus, Mordekaiser, Poppy, Nocturne, Rammus, Sejuani, Warwick

Best Mid Laners for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Akali, Katarina, LeBlanc, Qiyana, Zoe, Anivia, Syndra, Twisted Fate, Viktor, Akshan, Corki, Kassadin, Vex
Great (A-tier) Sylas, Zed, Talon, Vladimir, Xerath, Yone, Fizz, Galio, Annie, Cho’Gath, Lux, Tryndamere
Good (B-tier) Aurelion Sol, Irelia, Ryze, Yasuo, Ekko, Orianna, Ahri, Graves, Kayle, Lulu, Zilean, Tristana

Best ADC for High Elo:

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

Best Supports for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Bard, Lulu, Blitzcrank, Leona, Nami, Sona, Soraka
Great (A-tier) Thresh, Pyke, Rakan, Alistar, Braum, Tahm Kench, Zilean, Janna, Karma, Maokai, Nautilus, Rell, Seraphine, Zyra
Good (B-tier) Shaco, Xerath, Galio, Poppy, Senna, Taric, Amumu, Brand, Lux, Morgana, Yuumi

Top – Riven

  • Riven is having a brilliant time in that top lane this season with her high damage, mobility, and survivability.
  • She was overshadowed by lethal tempo and tanks for a while but now that they’ve been brought back down to normal, Riven is back in the spotlight.
  • Although she is incredibly skill-dependent, those who can play her are reaping the wards in high Elo solo queue.
  • Riven is unbelievably difficult to shut down when she gets snowballing with her crazy mobility, low cooldowns, and ability to stay alive forever with Goredrinker.

Jungle – Rengar

  • Rengar will definitely be seeing more action this patch and in the higher elo’s where people really know how to abuse this champion he’s still very good at doing what he does best.
  • Now that he can leap from the camouflage zones means in there’s no longer a risk of being completely useless when that soul comes around.
  • He will be able to camp in those zones and oneshot anyone that even attempts to go near them, so be careful and pray for any other dragon soul.

Mid – Corki

  • Corki is still causing mayhem from that mid lane in Season 12 and nothing is going to change any time soon.
  • He has multiple powerful item paths that make him either a poke machine or a scaling monster.
  • Corki’s safe laning, his late-game power, and his objective winning passive are making him a very contested pick in those higher elos and he’s drawing a huge amount of bans.
  • Despite Shieldbow getting nerfed he’s definitely not seen any dip in play rate and still keeps his place as one of the best mid laners in the game at the moment.

Bottom – Jinx

  • Jinx is absolutely everywhere in high elo at the moment, people have got so confident with this champion’s capability, that they are just blind picking her left right, and center.
  • Enchanters are everywhere and the hard-engaging supports that cause Jinx so much trouble are a lot rarer so far this season meaning she can get through lane with ease and start having an absolute riot going into the mid game.
  • She absolutely tears through teams, turrets, and objectives and one reset can easily turn into penta after penta.
  • Jinx has been fantastic since the new lethal tempo came along and didn’t really get affected by those Shieldbow nerfs so is easily one of the strongest Bot lane picks in the game so far this season.

Support – Leona

  • Hard engaging supports are few and far between so far this season, but Leona is still doing her job and better than all of the rest.
  • Leona is the queen of engage and she’s really cementing herself into that top spot when it comes to tank initiating supports this season.
  • She’s very hard to deal with at all stages of the game from as early as a level 2 all in to a game-changing teamfight in the late game.
  • If you partner Leona with a high-burst marksman, you can easily punish those pesky sustain champions or enchanters who just want to farm up for free.

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 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 12.2 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.