League of Legends Patch 9.14 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.14 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.14!

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.

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 9.14.

LoL Tier List 9.14

Top (God Tier)

Jungle (God Tier)

Mid Lane (God Tier)

ADC (God Tier)

Support (God Tier)

For everybody else, we have prepared much more:

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Here are the Official League 9.14 Patch Notes for reference.

If you have any questions about our choices or process, ask us on Discord!

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The Format and Methodology

TLDR:

  • We have two tier lists, one for the majority of 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!

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.

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General LoL Tier List for Patch 9.14

What the hell RITO, this patch is MASSIVE…

LoL Tier List 9.14

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Top Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Garen, Urgot, Yorick, Mordekaiser
  2. Great (A-tier): Volibear, Nasus, Malphite, Tryndamere (Adam), Teemo, Darius, Renekton, Neeko, Jax, Kennen, Illaoi, Swain, Singed, Rumble, Kled, Riven
  3. Good (B-tier): Dr. Mundo, Poppy, Kayle, Quinn, Shen, Fiora, Camille, Jayce

Jungle Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Vi, Amumu, Volibear, Master Yi, Jax, Nunu & Willump
  2. Great (A-tier): Hecarim, Warwick, Rammus, Ydr, Jarvan IV, Trundle, Kayn, Elise
  3. Good (B-tier): Shyvana, Nocturne, Skarner, Zac, Xin Zhao, Fiddlesticks, Sejuani, Karthus, Kha’Zix, Evelynn, Kindred, Shaco, Lee Sin, Rek’Sai

Mid Lane Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Lux (Pekin Woof), Malzahar, Vel’Koz, Ahri, Mordekaiser
  2. Great (A-tier): Veigar, Fizz, Zilean, Neeko, Morgana, Anivia, Xerath, Rumble, Ekko, Zed, Katarina
  3. Good (B-tier): Ziggs, Annie, Brand, Karma, Galio, Diana, Orianna, Vladimir, Corki, Heimerdinger, Talon, Twisted Fate, Sylas, Aatrox, Yasuo, Cassiopeia

ADC Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Jinx, Sivir, Caitlyn
  2. Great (A-tier): Tristana, Miss Fortune, Ashe, Twitch, Jhin, Xayah, Kog’Maw, Vayne, Kai’Sa, Ezreal, Draven
  3. Good (B-tier): Varus, Lucian, Yasuo

Support Tier List:

  1. Optimal (S-tier):Janna, Nami
  2. Great (A-tier): Zyra, Soraka, Brand, Sona, Nautlius, Taric, Vel’Koz, Zilean, Morgana, Blitzcrank, Thresh, Rakan, Pyke
  3. Good (B-tier): Leona, Karma, Lux, Fiddlesticks, Lulu, Alistar, Yuumi, Xerath, Bard

Expert picks

Tryndamere – Top (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“For my pick of the week, we have Tryndamere. He’s probably one of the most annoying champs when ahead due to his split push potential and that annoying thing Trynd mains do where they laugh and spin at the same time.

I’d normally give you the rundown on how to play him here but Foggedftw a challenger Trynd one-trick just released a complete guide to Tryndamere matchups so go check it out here.

I will say that currently if you’re looking for a counter pick to Illaoi or really any tank, he is a great pick up with his Lethal Tempo build.

Trundle – Jungle (Flaress)

“Trundle is an exceptional counter pick to strong Junglers such as Jarvan IV, Sejuani, and Nunu & Willump just to name a few. Trundle’s ability to steal stats with his Q and R allow him to be an overwhelming force to be reckoned with in all aspects of combat.

Trundles Pillar + W Combo allows him for easy chase downs to secure kills on immobile targets for ganks and 2v2 skirmishes. For items, rush Tiamat for waveclear then complete Cinderhulk & Mercury Treads.

Afterwards, if you’re ahead, finish Tiamat into Titanic Hydra and then build full tank. If you’re behind, leave Tiamat alone and rush tank items to support your team.

Knight’s Vow, Spirit Visage, and Gargoyle’s Stoneplate are wonderful items to supplement Trundle throughout the game.

Remember: Do NOT pick Trundle blind. Use him in counter pick situations only, otherwise your team will really deem you as The King of Trolls.”

Lux – Mid (Pekin Woof)

“The latest patch is shifting some power away from support Lux by nerfing her early cd’s on her Q but buffing once she is max rank and putting a better ratio on her ulti and changing her ulti cooldown to be lower. This will allow a stronger burstier Lux especially in mid lane where you get to level 13 faster than support Lux. 

Go Electrocute + Taste of Blood + Eyeball Colletion + Ultimate Hunter + Manaflow + Transcendence – Luden’s – Sorc – Morello – Banshees/Zhonyas for defense – Rabadon / Void for offense.”

Ashe – ADC (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“Ashe has a new popular build: Essence Reaver > Trinity. It’s an expensive build that maximizes Ashe’s CDR allowing her ultimate arrow much more frequently for picks and engages.

It also gives her a lot of kiting & chasing power with frequent Volleys and constant movement speed from Phage. When combined with Comet, Ashe’s Volleys become even scarier.

This gives her good poking in and out of laning phase allowing her to gain leads more consistently. This new build has different strengths than the standard BoRK > Hurricane build which is cheaper, comes on line faster, and has better consistent DPS against frontlines.

If you’re going this build you’re focused on DPS so you’ll still want to take a Lethal Tempo setup instead of focusing on Comet poke. It’s important to know each build’s strengths and pick them accordingly to further maximize your success while playing Ashe.

Rakan – Support (Will – “Picklepants”)

“Rakan is a great champion that counters the majority of these squishy top picks right now. Whenever they look to play aggressive, he can just use his W when they over extend and are locked in animation.

An early kill through this means is a great way to snowball and leave the enemy Support in a position where they are unable to play aggressive at all nor are they able to harass for their supporting item.

Lux was one of hardest matchups for Rakan as she could use her Q to disrupt his engage. However, now she will be not as strong, his engages should be slightly easier in this matchup and he shouldn’t get burst down as soon as he goes in”

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High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.14

High ELO LoL Tier List 9.14

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Best High-ELO Top Champions for 9.14:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Kennen, Rumble, Riven, Akali
  2. Great (A-tier): Poppy, Malphite, Darius, Jax, Renekton, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Kled, Vladimir, Singed, Gangplank, Camille, Irelia, Aatrox, Jayce
  3. Good (B-tier): Pantheon, Tryndamere, Olaf, Karma, Urgot, Teemo, Illaoi, Swain, Fiora, Gnar, Rengar

Best High-ELO Jungle Champions for 9.14:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Nunu & Willump, Rengar, Nidalee
  2. Great (A-tier): Vi, Hecarim, Olaf, Evelynn, Kha’Zix, Taliyah, Kindred, Sylas, Rek’Sai, Elise, Lee Sin
  3. Good (B-tier): Jarvan IV, Warwick, Skarner, Trundle, Zac, Xin Zhao, Sejuani, Kayn, Karthus, Gragas, Ivern, Shaco

Best High-ELO Mid Lane Champions for 9.14:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Talon, Rumble, Katarina, Zed, Akali
  2. Great (A-tier): Ahri, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Zilean, Taliyah, Twisted Fate, Sylas, Zoe, Irelia, Aatrox, Qiyana, Cassiopeia
  3. Good (B-tier): Lux, Malzahar, Fizz, Vel’Koz, Galio, Kassadin, Orianna, Vladimir, Ekko, Anivia, Corki, Yasuo, Syndra, Leblanc, Azir, Aurelion Sol

Best High-ELO ADC Champions for 9.14

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Caitlyn, Xayah, Kai’Sa, Draven
  2. Great (A-tier): Miss Fortune, Jinx, Tristana, Ashe, Twitch, Sivir, Jhin, Vayne, Ezreal
  3. Good (B-tier): Varus, Kog’Maw, Lucian, Yasuo, Kalista

Best High-ELO Support Champions for 9.14:

  1. Optimal (S-tier): Janna, Nami, Yuumi, Rakan, Thresh
  2. Great (A-tier): Nautilus, Soraka, Zyra, Zilean, Taric, Bard, Pyke
  3. Good (B-tier): Leona, Karma, Sona, Lux, Vel’Koz, Braum, Blitzcrank, Fiddlesticks, Morgana, Tahm Kench, Alistar, Lulu

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 9.14 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.


  • Fizz Player

    Hi. Just wondering what changed for Low Elo Zed to make him become S tier as opposed to A from the last Tier List. Shouldn’t everthing stay the same for him?

    • Agilio

      From our Challenger Coach Moriarty – “After his buffs zed became much stronger but he is still a difficult champion but with the addition of the last whisper revert, early snowball playstyle, more ap junglers or even more ap champs being viable in all other roles he himself got stronger, we erred on the side of caution last patch to see if his winrate would settle down due his difficulty but with the massive amount of games played on him he can no longer be denied his S tier spot.”

  • Bob Smith

    Hi, where did Wukong in the jungle go? Also, why do you think Zilean mid lane is an S tier choice?

    • I’m literally low gold level (so not good at all), but in most low elo games, if I see Zilean mid people just eat his bombs and they hurt when stacked, all throughout the game. Plus you can support teammates, and give xp lead to jglr. Lets not mention that he has no problems clearing, and I personally just love having Zilean on my team. Especially as a top laner he helps me get 10000 more picks.

      • Bob Smith

        Hm yeah that’s true. I just feel like it’s hard to go into certain matchups, and good players can avoid your poke with Q, leaving you with no other options to go in with. Also the CS is kinda hard, though that might just be me being bad lol

  • Eleanore

    So I’ve been playing Ashe and having a lot of success with her in my mmr bracket (g3-p3). What exactly makes her so exploitable for lower elo games?

    • Viniuau_

      Easy to play and a lot of CC (Passive + W + Ult), also global vision with her E.

  • Ryan Wendel

    Why isnt Urgot up there i mean i might be having success with him because of people just not knowing how to play against him but with the new kit i feel like urgot just massacres the enemy team as soon as he get Black Cleaver + Frozen Mallet + boots choice people just cant deal with it only heavy cc teams do anything and even then take the right rune and merc treads gg

    • I’ve mentioned in this same comment section that I’m not very good but I disagree, he usually just gets out scaled and out kited so it feels pretty useless and you can’t really carry in solo q climbing. This is from my personal experiences. I only like, low gold lol.

  • Laurent Blum

    Hello, why no Hecarim top? He is not even added somewhere.

    Thanks !

    • Lucifer Morningstar

      I can tell you their reasoning, most likely, or at least their cop out answer: it’s right at the top of the article! Champs who aren’t put on the list aren’t necessarily bad, they just aren’t meta or they take more work to climb with than other champs. Hecarim top can be good in some situations, and for some players, but he is not top tier without those conditions

    • Bob Smith

      Well, hecarim top is also fairly new, and mobalytics posts their tier lists before or as the patch comes out, so it might not have been noticed when this was posted

  • muhammad vasal

    Im just kinda wondering, where is Azir? Like, waht is holding him so far back? I know he hasn;t been in the meta for a couple seasons now, but is he really that bad?

  • Lucifer Morningstar

    I am wondering: did you consider Sylas for the jungle section and just conclude he was below B tier, or did you only look at him for mid and top?