by Elementz on Thursday, May 19th 2011 - 12:56 / 27699 Views /
So 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.
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 – Twisted Fate, Alistar, Eve, Corki, Teemo, Vayne, Nidalee, Nocturne, Jarvan IV, Irelia, Ryze, Renekton, Urgot, Janna, Malzahar, Kassadin, Swain, Karthus, Warwick, Vlad, Singed, Amumu, Shen,
* Tier 2 - Ashe, Jax, Caitlyn, Tristana, Shaco, Olaf, Cho’Gath, Casseopia, Udyr, Annie, Sion, Lux, Zilean, Akali, Trundle, Miss Fortune, Leblanc, Ezreal, Brand, Nunu, Maokai, Anivia, Mundo,
* Tier 3 – Blitzcrank, Taric, Morgana, Kennen, Lee Sin, Nasus, Master Yi, Xin Zhao, Malphite, Garen, Rammus, Tyrndamere, Sona, Poppy, Rumble, Kog’Maw, Soraka, Gragas
* Tier 4 – Sivir, Veigar, Katarina, Kayle, Mordekaiser, Pantheon, Fiddlesticks, Twitch, Galio, Karma, Heimerdinger, Gangplank
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!
*--* CHANGE LOG *--*
Irelia moved up higher in tier 1 - I feel she dominates the lane pretty well and that can snowball into victories for you in Solo Queue so I am moving her up.
Sion moved down to tier 2 - A lot of champs are just out classing him in terms of lane domination and burst power. He's not as great as he used to be it seems.
Jax moved up to tier 2 - Amazing early game power (AD runes + q spam very strong) and if left alone in a team fight with stacks from his ulti up he can REALLY hurt.
Shaco moved down to tier 2 - I kinda feel people smartened up a bit on Shaco and don't die to him as easily and a lot of people know that popping boxes early can really shut down a shaco. I feel the community kinda wised up about him. Still a good Shaco in Solo Queue is an incredibly strong champion.
Alistar moved up to tier 1 - AP Alistar's W,Q combo is amazing. If you're a little bit more fed then the other team and go LOL at the HP you just removed. He's one of the best snowball champions for Solo Queue because of his burst power, and the fact if you get in trouble you just go LOL R and survive for the next 7 seconds easily. He's a very strong champion in Draft and Solo Queue.
Twisted Fate moved up to tier 1 - A half decent player with a little map awareness can really crush an opposing team as TF. If he's paying attention you to when you overextend your lane (happens a lot in Solo Queue) he will make you pay for it. Doing that allows for snowballing for your team, getting dragons, etc.. He's just a fantastic Solo Queue champion when played right and if you're good at him he's a great way to gain Elo.
Rumble moved up to tier 3 - I feel tier 4 was a little to low for him is all.
Gangplank moved down to tier 4 - Pretty much what I said in the Draft list. He's far too weak now, Riot really hurt him. He requires A LOT of farm and it's A LOT harder to get it now.
Casseopia moved up to tier 2 - I feel her DPS is pretty dang good actually. So I am moving her up a tad.
Pantheon moved down to tier 4 - He only has 3 spells.. If the game goes past 20 mins Panth is INCREDIBLY WEAK unless you had some godlike early game. HSS is the WORST spell in the game and truthfully does nothing. It's only good for it's passive, and Riot really needs to buff that spell ASAP as it's ruining Pantheon currently.
Caitlyn moved up to tier 2 - Great laning power, pretty good in team fights, + escape mechanism that can get her out of sticky situations. Also amazing in the side lane utilizing her passive with the brushes. Overall since her buffs she's pretty good.
Garen moved up to tier 3 - I feel in Solo Queue he really can do well. His early game power can really snowball you into victories.
Lee Sin moved up to tier 3 - Lee Sin has gotten some subtle buffs here and there and I feel he's pretty strong now. His 1v1 laning power is pretty dang good, and he's not a bad jungler either.
New Champion Time!
Vayne placed in tier 1 - She's one of the best snowball champs in the game due to her passive % true damage. When she gets ahead in levels, and gets ahead in farm she feels INCREDIBLY STRONG. Oh god does she hurt. Is she's around the same farm as you though she doesn't feel that crazy and feels balanced. One thing to NOT do in your game is feed a Vayne as she will crush your team!