League of Legends Patch 9.8 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

League of Legends Patch 9.8 Tier List for Climbing Solo Queue

Welcome to the Mobalytics Predictive Tier List for League of Legends for Patch 9.8!

This list was curated in collaboration with our analyst, Hewitt “prohibit” Benson, our Challenger Coach, Adam “Morïarty” Isles, and Will “Picklepants” Burton. Unlike most tier lists, we publish ours before, or as a patch goes live, according to the predictions of our in-house experts.

Here are the Patch 9.8 notes for reference.

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

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 it 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 9.8

The patch for MSI 2019 is officially here!Tier List 9.8 updated

 

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Top: 

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Nasus, Kayle, Urgot, Yorick
  • Great (A-tier) = Wukong, Garen, Hecarim, Jax, Teemo, Kled, Vayne (Adam), Riven, Kennen
  • Good (B-tier) = Sion, Volibear, Malphite, Dr. Mundo, Illaoi, Neeko, Tryndamere, Renekton, Rumble, Yasuo, Fiora, Camille

Jungle:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Udyr, Vi, Master Yi, Jax, Amumu, Rammus
  • Great (A-tier) = Jarvan IV, Shyvana, Hecarim, Kayn, Ivern, Shaco, Kindred, Nunu & Willump, Sejuani
  • Good (B-tier) = Skarner, Warwick, Nocturne, Volibear, Xin Zhao, Urgot, Karthus, Kha’Zix, Evelynn, Rek’Sai, Elise, Zac

Mid:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Lux, Morgana, Vel’Koz, Ahri
  • Great (A-tier) = Malzahar, Veigar, Wukong, Fizz, Zilean, Neeko, Taric, Anivia, Xerath, Rumble, Zed, Talon
  • Good (B-tier) = Ziggs, Annie, Swain, Diana, Mordekaiser, Kayle, Karthus, Taliyah, Corki, Twisted Fate, Katarina, Yasuo

Bottom:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Jinx, Ashe, Vayne, Draven
  • Great (A-tier) = Miss Fortune, Sona/Taric (Hewitt), Kog’Maw, Sivir, Twitch, Kai’Sa, Yasuo
  • Good (B-tier) = Veigar, Tristana, Varus, Neeko, Mordekaiser, Jhin, Caitlyn, Xayah, Lucian, Ezreal

Support:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Sona, Nami, Morgana, Taric
  • Great (A-tier) = Zyra, Brand, Lux, Soraka, Nautilus (Will), Janna, Vel’Koz, Blitzcrank, Zilean, Fiddlesticks, Xerath, Thresh
  • Good (B-tier) = Leona, Lulu, Alistar, Bard, Rakan, Pyke

Expert picks

Vayne  – Top (Adam – “Moriarty”)

“Most people know that Vayne bot lane is extremely strong at the moment with her amazing two item spike. More recently, especially in regions like China and Korea, people have even started to main Vayne in Top lane.

Similar to the popular trend of people picking ranged Top laners in an attempt to bully lane,  she has many winning matchups into melee champs, especially tanks. With her self-peel, strong dueling, and increased experience, she gets to scale even faster while being able to have priority in lane something she cannot achieve consistently in bot lane.

Talon  – Mid (Midbeast)

“The pick of the patch for me on 9.8 is Talon mid. After all the nerfs to Lissandra and bully control mages losing their unmeetness sustain through Corrupting + double Dark Seal, AD mids are definitely on the rise. Talon is your typical AD assassin with the best roams in the game and 100-0 capabilities. Starting Longsword + Reffilable potion while maxing W against range matchups and Q max against melee is your best options for early game.

First base, start looking for a Tiamat and begin your push and roam strategy making use of the E. You still need to be careful when picking Talon, however, as champions such as Janna /Lulu or tanks like Maokai can really put a stop in your tracks

Sona/Taric – Bot  (Hewitt – “prohibit”)

“Playing easy champions can come with a bit of a stigma but it’s hard to deny their effectiveness when Sona / Taric Botlane has been seeing competitive play. Neither champion received any direct changes this patch meaning the strategy should still be good to use.

Both champions take support items and Sona takes Klepto to generate even more gold from harass. This is a very defensive hard scaling bot lane that turns your team into an unstoppable death ball of shields and heals in the lane game. In lower elos, this strategy might not be common knowledge so we advise taking a duo partner if you want to try taking this strategy onto the Rift.

Nautilus – Support (Will – “Picklepants”)

“Nautilus has always been a champion that has been useful thanks to the crowd control and utility he brings to the table. But, there were always more viable options around with less risk involved. With the upcoming buffs to his Passive root duration and his extra Q damage, it gives Nautilus more kill potential in lane and I expect to see him played more frequently.

Jump back to the general tier list

High-ELO LoL Tier List for Patch 9.8

High ELO 9.8 updated

 

Jump back to the general tier list

Top:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Hecarim, Jax, Riven
  • Great (A-tier) = Kennen, Kayle, Teemo, Kled, Vayne, Vladimir, Gangplank, Camille, Akali, Jayce, Irelia, Fiora
  • Good (B-tier) = Pantheon, Quinn, Malphite, Poppy, Shen, Urgot, Yorick, Tryndamere, Ryze, Rengar, Rumble, Renekton

Jungle:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Hecarim, Rek’Sai, Nunu & Willump,
  • Great (A-tier) = Udyr, Vi, Jarvan IV, Evelynn, Kindred, Rengar, Elise, Shaco, Nidalee, Lee Sin, Sejuani, Kha’Zix
  • Good (B-tier) = Rammus, Skarner, Xin Zhao, Graves, Master Yi, Kayn, Karthus, Taliyah, Ivern, Zac, Amumu

Mid:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Ahri, Taliyah, Talon
  • Great (A-tier) = Morgana, Vel’Koz, Zilean, Twisted Fate, Katarina, Zed, Zoe, LeBlanc, Akali
  • Good (B-tier) = Annie, Lux, Malzahar, Neeko, Ekko, Anivia, Vladimir, Xerath, Orianna, Corki, Yasuo, Rumble

Bottom:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Jinx, Vayne, Draven
  • Great (A-tier) = Miss Fortune, Twitch, Ashe, Sivir, Caitlyn, Kai’Sa, Ezreal, Sona/Taric
  • Good (B-tier) = Tristana, Jhin, Xayah, Kog’Maw, Varus, Neeko, Lucian, Yasuo, Kalista

Support:

  • Optimal (S-tier) = Sona, Nami, Thresh
  • Great (A-tier) = Lux, Soraka, Nautilus, Morgana, Janna, Zilean, Fiddlesticks, Taric, Blitzcrank, Bard
  • Good (B-tier) = Zyra, Leona, Vel’Koz, Braum, Galio, Alistar, Lulu, Rakan, Pyke

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 9.8 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?