League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.12. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

League of Legends Tier List Patch 12.12. Best League of Legends Champions to Climb with in Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 12.12!

Ready to hit your ranked goals for 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).

LoL Tier List 12.12

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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 12.12

LoL Tier List Patch 12.12

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Top Lane Tier List:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Lillia, Ornn, Darius, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Shen, Poppy, Tahm Kench, Dr. Mundo, Garen, Nasus, Olaf, Wukong
Great (A-tier) Fiora, Akshan, Illaoi, Singed, Urgot, Malphite, Quinn, Sejuani, Shyvana, Trundle, Tryndamere, Yorick, Warwick
Good (B-tier) Camille, Gangplank, Gnar, Riven, Aatrox, Vayne, Yone, Sett, Swain, Cho’Gath, Jax, Sion, Teemo, Volibear

Jungle Tier List:

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

Mid Lane Tier List:

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

ADC Tier List:

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

Support Tier List:

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

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 – Tahm Kench

  • Tahm Kench is back with a vengeance in that top lane after his recent buffs and he seems to be a champion very difficult to balance.
  • Tahm obviously has amazing tankiness and survivability with his huge shields but his damage is incredibly surprising too.
  • His Q and auto attacks hurt a lot more than you’d expect and he can all-in very often with this and his W.
  • Tahm offers solid kill threat throughout the lane phase but turns into an all-absorbing brick wall as the game progresses with tons of damage, CC and peel with that Ultimate too.
  • You may start the game as a tanky lane bully but turn into a frontline peeling machine in that late game.

Jungle – Bel’Veth

  • Bel’Veth has received some nerfs in Patch 12.12 and these are definitely welcome as after people figured out how to build and to play her, she’s been incredibly successful, especially at those lower ranks.
  • She has scaling permanent attack speed making her insane if she gets to the late game, she’s got high mobility, consistent damage a lot of survivability too in her E and once she gets that Void form she can feel pretty horrible to play against.
  • If you don’t have CC in your team you’re going to definitely struggle to beat this champion.

Mid – Viktor

  • Viktor is one of the stand out mid lane champions of this season and you could say recent patches have been where he’s shined the brightest.
  • His mid range damage and control suit this meta perfectly and he works into almost all team compositions meaning it’s going to be rare that he isn’t a great choice.
  • Even in those bad matchups, Viktor always seems to have a way to make it through safely and scale up and become that crazy late game monster that we all know he can be.
  • Viktor’s burst is much higher than you’d expect and if he spikes a bit earlier and gets those big items sooner, he’s just going to blow up anyone that tries to fight him.

Bottom – Twitch

  • Twitch is easily having his best period of the season so far, the durability update did wonders for this champion and he’s winning a lot of games to reflect this.
  • His power spike when he has those core items Kraken Slayer and Blade of the Ruined King is huge and as they increase his damage so much that he can really become difficult to beat.
  • If he gets a few kills in 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 one champion that really can 1v9 this patch.

Support – Renata Glasc

  • There’s not many supports that aren’t playing a lot of Renata Glasc right now. She’s really one of the top priority picks in that role as she just offers so much.
  • She’s got pre-6 CC in her ‘Handshake’, she’s got buffs and boosts AND a revive in her W.
  • Renata also offers damage, shields, and slows in her E, and then her Ultimate is one of the most game-changing AoE CC abilities in the game that has the power to tear down entire teams on its own in the right moment.
  • Her utility scales super well into the late game and as the game progresses she’s only going to be more impactful. Those cooldowns get lower and the potential of her kit just gets higher.
  • Whether you use her aggressively to dive in and take down your enemies or peel and kite with your CC, shields, and revives, Renata is a top support pick to play this patch.

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 12.12

High ELO LoL Tier List Patch 12.12

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Best Top Laners for High Elo:

Tier Champions
Optimal (S-tier) Camille, Gangplank, Riven, Fiora,Darius, Poppy, Jax, Olaf, Wukong
Great (A-tier)  Gwen, Ornn, Akshan, Illaoi, Mordekaiser, Sett, Shen, Singed, Tahm Kench, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Quinn, Tryndamere
Good (B-tier) Irelia, Gnar, Rengar, Sylas, Yasuo, Aatrox, Kled, Yone, Gragas, Kayle, Swain, Cho’Gath, Garen, Malphite, Teemo

Best Junglers for High Elo:

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

Best Mid Laners for High Elo:

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

Best ADC for High Elo:

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

Best Supports for High Elo:

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

Top – Riven

  • Riven is still one of the top picks to go for this season despite losing some popularity with the durability patch. Although other champions have taken the spotlight for a while, as they slowly begin to get nerfed back to normality, Riven remains untouched and still very much on the strong side.
  • She has tons of mobility and damage and her skill ceiling is one of the highest in the game which is why she’s always had a lot of success at higher ranks. Riven scales well from a threatening lane phase, to a snowball heavy mid game, to a split pushing flanking devastating late game.
  • With no resource restriction, Riven relies on ability haste and experience to really get those cooldowns lower and start abusing them to outplay and take down her enemies even against all of the odds.
  • With a few items like Goredrinker and Death’s Dance, she now has a lot of sustain too and this can make her impossible to take down without the help of a lot of CC and anti-heal.

Jungle – Kindred

  • Kindred is one of the best scaling junglers in the game, and her playstyle reflects this by being incredibly unique. She’s not necessarily a powerfarming jungler like some other champions as her scaling relies on her passive.
  • She is all about invading and securing those marks through ganks too and the whole macro side of jungling becomes very crucial to playing this champion.
  • As the game progresses Kindred turns from a skirmish heavy mobile jungler to a scaling marksman and in the very late game, your damage and range is going to be absolutely monstrous if really made the most use out of those passive marks.
  • Kindred also has fantastic objective control alongside her damage and her Ultimate is a super unique ability that can be used in so many different ways.
  • She takes some practice but if you can pull her off and understand the jungle macro better than others, she’s one of the best junglers to play.

Mid – Sylas

  • When Sylas is strong, you really notice it, and since his recent buffs he’s really come into his own again.
  • He has some decent kill threat throughout the lane phase as once he’s level 3 onwards he can really abuse his passive to out trade and take down his lane opponents.
  • Sylas is a bit of a skirmish king though, he’s not the best in lane as he’s susceptible to poke and often gets out ranged, but in those fights in the river against multiple targets he can really pop off.
  • Once Sylas has his ultimate, he just becomes such a versatile champion and he goes from being pretty one-dimensional, to incredibly unpredictable.
  • All those ultimates have all sorts of different uses and good Sylas will be able to quickly decide which one is best and how to use it. The better player you are, the better Sylas becomes and in this patch, he’s having a great time.

Bottom – Draven

  • Draven will always be a fantastic AD Carry to play at higher ranks due to the intense mechanical gameplay that can be insanely rewarding in the right hands.
  • If you can manage those axes and keep on the move whilst pumping out damage and farming efficiently, Draven is just such a great champion and if the meta allows him to be more viable, then he’s always a top bot lane pick to go for.
  • Draven’s passive makes him arguably one of the best snowballing marksman in the game as all that bonus extra gold can allow him to spike so early and then just kill his lane opponents in 2 or 3 axes.
  • He’s got self peel with his E, a global ultimate that help him cash in on that passive from across the map and of course that basically permanent movement speed steroid in his W as long as he keeps catching those axes.
  • Draven works super well with a variety of supports too making him a solid champion to One trick from that bot lane in high elo.

Support – Rakan

  • The recent buffs Rakan got have really made the difference and have helped his performance out hugely since the patch. Rakan has always taken a bit of practice to be effective and therefore generally has had a lot more success at higher ranks.
  • Rakan has great engage potential, peeling, mobility, utility and shielding, all of which takes some practice to use effectively as when compared to other engaging supports, Rakan lacks the durability that others do.
  • He is a lot squishier than other supports that like to play in the frontline which means he needs to dart in and out of fights to keep himself alive whilst remaining impactful. If you can pull this off though, Rakan is in a really good position this patch.

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 12.12 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.