League of Legends Patch 11.18 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 11.18 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 11.18!

Ready to climb throughout LoL’s Season 11? You’ve come to the right place!

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 11.18

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For everybody else, we have prepared much more:

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Here are the Official League 11.18 Patch Notes for reference. Check out our LoL patch notes breakdown here!

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 11.18

LoL Tier List Patch 11.18

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Top Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Lillia, Ornn, Sett, Tahm Kench, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Garen, Malphite, Nasus, Wukong, Yorick
  2. Great (A-tier) = Camille, Irelia, Fiora, Kled, Illaoi, Kayle, Kennen, Mordekaiser, Shen, Singed, Jax, Maokai, Quinn, Teemo
  3. Good (B-tier) = Gnar, Riven, Aatrox, Vayne, Darus, Cho’Gath, Sion, Volibear, Warwick

Jungle Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Ekko, Fiddlesticks, Amumu, Jarvan IV, Master Yi, Nocturne, Rammus, Skarner, Trundle, Vi, Warwick, Zac
  2. Great (A-tier) = Zed, Evelynn, Kha’Zix, Lillia, Shaco, Gragas, Mordekasier, Dr. Mundo, Jax, Nunu + Willump, Shyvana, Volibear, Xin Zhao
  3. Good (B-tier) = Lee Sin, Elise, Ivern, Kindred, Graves, Kayn, Poppy, Viego, Diana, Olaf, Sejuani, Wukong

Mid Lane Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Irelia, Anivia,  Ahri, Akshan, Graves, Kayle, Sett, Annie, Lux, Malzahar
  2. Great (A-tier) = Katarina, Yasuo, Ekko, Talon, Vel’Koz, Viktor, Xerath, Yone, Corki, Fizz, Pantheon, Swain, Brand, Diana, Neeko, Ziggs
  3. Good (B-tier) = Zed, Zoe, Cassiopeia, Taliyah, Vladimir, Kog’Maw, Karma, Lissandra, Malphite, Morgana, Seraphine, Tristana, Veigar

ADC Tier List:

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

Support Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Xerath, Zilean, Blitzcrank, Brand, Leona, Morgana, Nami, Sona, Soraka, Zyra
  2. Great (A-tier) = Vel’koz, Alistar, Braum, Lulu, Senna, Swain, Taric, Amumu, Janna, Karma, Lux, Maokai, Nautilus, Rell, Yuumi
  3. Good (B-tier) = Pyke, Thresh, Bard, Rakan, Shaco, Taliyah, 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 – Dr. Mundo

  • Mundo got a big change on this patch, his ult instead of instantly healing him now grants him bonus HP.
  • The reason this is major is it is no longer affected by grievous wounds, it also scales with effects that benefit from having more HP like Stoneplate, Grasp of the Undying, Sunfire, and most importantly his ultimate healing over time.
  • He’s looking to be a very strong force to be reckoned with for 11.18

Jungle – Skarner

  • Skarner loves the new predator, since Chemtank’s nerf he’s struggled to find a way to zoom around super fast and get on top of his opponents to ult but with predator looking far better he’ll easily be able to pick off targets and close the gap quickly.
  • Skarner is quite ult reliant and you’ll want to wait for your boots to be able to utilize predator but he still holds up pretty well in close-range skirmishes thanks to the stun on his E and the stacking mechanic of his Q.

Mid – Yone

  • Yone got a buff to his W shielding, instead of shielding for 25% more per target hit it’s now 50%.
  • This change is only really going to impact teamfights or skirmishes with several people but it’s a solid change and he’s been performing pretty well at lower ranks.
  • Laning can be a bit tricky at times depending on the matchup but once you get rolling you’re unstoppable, you can E in and basically solo kill someone with a guarantee you’ll be pulled out.
  • Just be careful you don’t leave it in a compromising position.

Bottom – Draven

  • Draven’s ult now executes targets whose HP is below his number of stacks after they take the initial damage.
  • This is crazy as one of the biggest downsides of Draven is when you’re sitting on a lot of stacks getting a kill is worth a lot but you don’t actually get any extra power to do so.
  • You now will be in a position where the more stacks you get the more of a threat you are and the more likely you are to be able to cash in, with 300-400 stacks combined with your ult damage you can easily snipe targets and then enjoy the sweet rewards.

Support – Karma

  • Karma got some solid buffs to her base armor and shield, these have a lot of value in the bot lane as not only will you be tankier but you’ll keep your ADC and yourself alive longer and in more scenarios.
  • 10 extra shielding doesn’t sound like much but over the course of a laning phase you’ll use it a lot and get a lot out of it.

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 11.18

High ELO Tier List Patch 11.18

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Best High-ELO Top Champions for 11.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Camille, Irelia, Riven, Fiora, Sett
  2. Great (A-tier) = Gnar, Aatrox, Darius, Kennen, Lulu, Poppy, Shen, Singed, Tahm Kench, Urgot, Dr. Mundo, Jax, Tryndamere, Wukong
  3. Good (B-tier) = Gangplank, Jayce, Lee Sin, Sylas, Gwen, Ornn, Rumble, Vladimir, Gragas, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Cho’Gath, Dr. Mundo, Malphite, Quinn, Volibear

Best High-ELO Jungle Champions for 11.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Lee Sin, Kha’Zix, Kindred, Fiddlesticks, Nocturne, Xin Zhao
  2. Great (A-tier) = Nidalee, Zed, Evelynn, Lillia, Shaco, Taliyah, Fiddlesticks, Karthus, Kayn, Jarvan IV, Nocturne, Nunu + Willump, Trundle, Zac
  3. Good (B-tier) = Ekko, Elise, Gwen, Ivern, Rek’Sai, Rumble, Gragas, Graves, Viego, Diana, Hecarim, Olaf, Shyvana, Skarner, Volibear, Wukong

Best High-ELO Mid Lane Champions for 11.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Irelia, Katarina, Leblanc, Qiyana, Anivia, Cassiopeia, Kindred, Syndra, Twisted Fate, Ahri, Galio, Kassadin, Lulu, Tahm Kench, Zilean, Tristana
  2. Great (A-tier) = Akali, Ryze, Sylas, Yasuo, Zed, Zoe, Ekko, Lucian, Talon, Akshan,Fizz, Kennen, Viego, Annie, Karma, Soraka
  3. Good (B-tier) = Jayce, Lee Sin, Riven, Viktor, Vladimir, Yone, Corki, Graves, Karthus, Kog’Maw, Mordekaiser, Sett, Malzahar, Ziggs

Best High-ELO ADC Champions for 11.18:

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

Best High-ELO Support Champions for 11.18:

  1. Optimal (S-tier) = Thresh, Bard, Senna, Zilean
  2. Great (A-tier) = Rakan, Alistar, Braum, Lulu, Janna, Leona, Nami, Nautilus, Seraphine, Sona, Soraka, Yuumi
  3. Good (B-tier) = Pyke, Shaco, Galio, Taric, Blitzcrank, Maokai, Morgana, Rell, 

Top – Sett

  • Sett is a solid laner, being able to trade blows into most matchups and come out ahead thanks to his huge shield and sustain.
  • He is really powerful in teamfights as well and the fact that his W scales so well with AD means even in lategame teamfights you’re able to basically oneshot the enemy carry if you connect with everything.
  • A really solid pick when you want to dictate the late game fights.

Jungle – Kha’Zix

  • Kha’Zix snowballs incredibly hard, his Q deals insane damage to isolated targets and with his ultimate and the slow on his evolved W it’s very difficult to ever win a duel against him.
  • He thrives in solo queue as any team that leaves a gap between their members opens up opportunities for him to pick off targets who find themselves alone.

Mid – Zoe

  • Zoe got a massive buff in the form of a cooldown reduction on her E. It’s 4 seconds shorter at rank 1 and 2 seconds less when maxed.
  • Her Bubble is devastating to get hit by as she can do a huge amount of damage and often 100-0 a target if she can follow up with a paddlestar.
  • Reducing the downtime between when she can fire it out makes her significantly more threatening and makes it a lot harder to walk into the fog of war.

Bottom – Draven

  • Draven was already a massive performer across all elos but with the new change he now executes targets who he hits with his ult and end up with HP lower than his stacks.
  • This is massive as there is now a huge benefit if you end up collecting a bunch of stacks you then get a power increase which allows you to be more effective in combat and more likely to cash in.

Support – Soraka

  • Soraka’s ult can now be used to remove Grievous Wounds, at a base level this means your ult will always be healing for the full amount but it’s also a good way to remove Grievous Wounds from allies to utilize the rest of your kit but also for any allies who have a lot of self-healing.
  • This definitely helps in a lot of scenarios but particularly early when Grievous Wounds is limited to anyone who’s invested 800g or has used Ignite this is a game changer to ensure your healing gets full value.

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 11.18 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.