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Solo Queue Tier List

o due to people misunderstanding my list and taking it the wrong way etc.. Also due to some popular demand and a self-realization that I should have probably done this a long time ago. Here comes my Solo Queue Tier List!

This list will compile all the champions into tiers that I will explain later in the post. This is about how great of a champion they can be in solo queue and how well they can be played overall. This list isn’t about “picks” or drafting. It’s about how good a champion is in Solo Queue. I emphasize Solo Queue because Draft Mode 5v5 is a lot different and they should have two separate lists. This list will be mostly revolving around how good a champion is at Soloing, Jungling, Early game,Mid game, and team fighting ability. It will have almost nothing to do with Late Game which 90% of competitive games go to. Majority of solo queue games end between 20 and 30 minutes. So this is what this list will be focusing on.

DISCLAIMER! – Now remember everyone. This is just an OPINION and nothing else. Take it with a grain of salt and remember not to flame anyone in-game over me or my lists!

SOLO QUEUE ADVICE – Always remember to build a balanced team that is strong in all 5 aspects of the game. Get two strong solo’s, a strong duo lane, and a strong jungler and your chances of winning will increase drastically! If you’re not 1st or 2nd pick please pick accordingly to the rest of your team. Communication in pregame chat is the key to success! If you have an AD and an AP carry then the remaining roles of Tank, Support, and Jungle need to be filled! It’s the best way to become a great League of Legends player by having a well rounded group of champions you can play! Master all aspects of the game and not just one!

* Tier 1 - Pantheon, Sivir, Vlad, Corki, Rammus, Eve, Nidalee, Shaco, Sion, Janna, Xin Zhao, Kassadin, Akali, Warwick, Cho’Gath

* Tier 2 - Ashe, Tristana, Udyr, Shen, Kennen, Kog’Maw, Annie, Zilean, Miss Fortune, Ezreal, Malphite, Nunu, Morgana, Anivia, Teemo, Mundo, Urgot, Malzahar, Gangplank, Ryze, Karthus.

* Tier 3 - Blitzcrank, Gragas, Kayle, Lux, Alistar, Fiddlesticks, Poppy, Master Yi, Galio, Singed, Olaf, Amumu, Swain, Leblanc, Taric, Sona, Soraka, Heimerdinger.

* Tier 4 – Twisted Fate, Irelia, Veigar, Tyrndamere, Katarina, Caitlyn, Nasus, Morde, Twitch, Jax, Trundle, Garen, Casseopia

Explanations

Tier 1 – These champions are at the top of this list for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason being you can actually carry a team with them. In League of Legends its very hard to be a “true” carry as this game if very team oriented. If you’ve ever played a 4v5 you’ll know what I am talking about as it’s literally impossible to win. So I find these champions in Tier 1 lane VERY well in terms of being able to kill creeps well, harassing the enemy champion, and survivability. For the junglers in tier 1 it’s because they control the jungle well, and do it safely. Also gank well and if get fed can actually carry games themselves. All these champions have great early games for the most part and just continuously get stronger as the game goes on. These are the pub stomp kings of the game in my eyes currently.

Tier 2 – These champions like tier 1 champions are great laners, and are great to have on your team in Solo Queue. They just don’t carry as hard as other champions in tier 1 I find. Their early game laning power can be almost equal to the strength of tier 1 champions but I find the tier 2 champions to be slightly weaker than these tier 1 champions in terms of how hard you can carry a solo queue game with them. They are still the creme of the crop in Solo Queue and shouldn’t be underestimated.

Tier 3 – These champions I find to be great 3rd, 4th, or 5th picks on a team. They are 100% viable but these champions generally aren’t as strong in lane as tier 1 and tier 2 champions and often take the Duo lane as they aren’t as strong as solo’s. A few of them in this tier can stand toe to toe to a lot of tier 1 and 2 champions in a Solo lane but I find they just aren’t sought after as “great” Solo Queue solo laners. These champs are all 100% viable in solo queue. I just find them to be slightly weaker than tier 2 champions in Solo Queue.

Tier 4 – Now tier 4 is a tricky tier I find. These champs are all 100% viable for Solo Queue. If someone says they play a great X champion in tier 4 than you can let them solo or play that champion. These champions are simply tier 4 because they require a lot more farm I find than other champions to reach that “carry status” in Solo Queue. These champions are usually played by people who love these champions for their design and play style so usually people who play these champions I find aren’t bad players at all so letting them play these champions sometime is a good choice. These champions problem isn’t poor laning or really anything other than they require a lot more effort to be good at and a lot more skill to do well on is all. They’re all fun champions and I suggest you give them a whirl and try them out!

DISCLAIMER! – Now remember everyone. This is just an OPINION and nothing else. Take it with a grain of salt and remember not to flame anyone in-game over me or my lists!

SOLO QUEUE ADVICE – Always remember to build a balanced team that is strong in all 5 aspects of the game. Get two strong solo’s, a strong duo lane, and a strong jungler and your chances of winning will increase drastically! If you’re not 1st or 2nd pick please pick accordingly to the rest of your team. Communication in pregame chat is the key to success! If you have an AD and an AP carry then the remaining roles of Tank, Support, and Jungle need to be filled! It’s the best way to become a great League of Legends player by having a well-rounded group of champions you can play! Master all aspects of the game and not just one!

Message for the Community – So I find this list MUCH harder to put champions into tiers without being a bit biased. This is a new list so it will most likely be inaccurate to start off so bear with me while I perfect it!

So this is what I am going to ask of the community. If you have a suggestion on a champion placement please structure it in a respectful and logical way. Posts like “I owned with Tryn like 22-0 last game he should be higher! You’re dumb as shit Elementz!” Will simply be ignored as you’re not helping make this list better, rather taking a personal shot at me. I realize I am protective of my opinion and it is hard for me to change my mind but I still encourage you to try and make this the best Solo Queue Tier List there for the community!

———————– CHANGE LOG! ———————

Cho’Gath moved down in tier 1 - Still strong but the Meta is shifting away from tanks owning the lane up a bit + his passive laning staying power got nerfed a bit. Still an incredibly powerful solo lane champion though.

Gangplank moved up to tier 2 – I underestimated how good deny can be if you have a smart jungler and how much is owns solo queue. Deny a lane, have your jungler gank it all day long and it makes it a living hell for whoever you’re vs.

Sona moved down to tier 3 - CDR boots helped her out a bit but still dropping down in viability compared to other supports.

Nidalee moved to tier 1 - She’s incredibly strong in lane and now that these new AP items have come up “mainly deathcap” she heals and damages for a lot more.

Kennen moved down to tier 2 - He’s forced to get 3 items now instead of 2 to have the same effect he did before. He requires too much farm and effort it seems now so his viability has dropped.

Vlad moved up in tier 1 - New items are great for him. People fail to know how to counter him and setup the right champions vs him in lane. He’s good because people don’t know how to counter him in solo queue + he’s a pretty good champion overall anyways. Hence him moving up a bit in tier 1.

Sivir moved to tier 1 - She’s just an amazing carry. She has everything she needs at her disposal. Hence her moving up to tier 1.

Shen moved up tier 2 - I am finding those ultimate saves to be game changing sometimes. Lots of times when you save someone you’ll get a kill out of it as well so you actually end up snowballing because of Shen’s ultimate. It makes him farmed and whoever you save more farmed. This making it easier to carry with Shen.

Warwick moved down in tier 1 - Some champs are just more viable now. He has less control over dragon now and still doesn’t gank as good as other champions early. Amazing mid and late game when he has kept up with farm though. Supression is still king.

Urgot moved to tier 2 - Those latest buffs have really done wonders for our crabman abomination. He’s a great anti carry and chaser as well. Urgot’s moving up in the world!

Nunu moved to tier 2 - His ability to jungle and survive so safely while also proving ganks throughout the entire laning phase is just great. He’s also moving up in the world!

Zilean moved up in tier 2 - Even if you suck, your passive helps your whole team haha. No but bomb harass and if you manage to correctly ultimate the right person every team fight it makes for some stupid good plays. Zilean can provide a lot of carrying power for a team. So he’s moving up.

Blitzcrank moved up in tier 3 - Counter jungle and just the ability to run around and mess shit up for players is quite awesome. He’s also a pretty good tanky DPS. You can get items like Manamune, Banshees, Frozen heart and have a massive shield that tanks damage along with dealing a lot more DPS.

New Champion time! – Caitlyn is a solid tier 4 currently. She’s not amazing but when played well she can really shine if that makes sense haha. She’s just very hard to use and keep up with other carries at the moment because she’s a little underpowered. If you manage to get ahead though she can be decent. Her laning ability is pretty strong as well just her mid and late game feel pretty lacking.

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These are my changes on my Solo Queue tier list that will hopefully soon be very accurate! Again bare with me as I observe the game and try and put the best Solo Queue guide together for you guys!

So I will continue to update this list just as I update my 5v5 Draft Mode list as well. Come back and check out my updates! Thanks for reading and remember everyone champion is viable in solo queue. It’s the player who really controls their fate in the game, not the champion they control. Enjoy the game to its fullest Summoners!

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