Solo Queue Tier List - Hecarim

*Tier 1 - Dr. Mundo, Lulu, Shen, MorganaAhri, Nidalee, Ryze, UdyrLee Sin, Gangplank, Rumble, Rammus, Soraka, Cassiopeia, Kennen, RivenSkarner, Graves, Sion, Vladimir, Twisted Fate, Malzahar, Janna, Vayne, Shaco,

*Tier 2 - Renekton, Warwick, Mordekaiser, Nocturne, Yorick, Alistar, Karthus, Shyvana, Cho'GathSinged, Galio, Anivia, Tristana, Annie, Irelia, Maokai, Brand, Ashe, Gragas, Amumu, Sivir, Tryndamere, Kassadin, Corki, Pantheon, Olaf

* Tier 3 - Swain, WukongNautilus, Veigar, Kog'Maw, Jarvan IV, Miss Fortune, Malphite, Lux, Ezreal, Twitch, Teemo, Leblanc, Trundle, Talon, Taric, Urgot, Jax, Zilean, Master Yi, Fizz, Caitlyn, Viktor, Sona, Xerath, Akali,

* Tier 4 – Katarina, Blitzcrank, Leona, Orianna, Ziggs, Hecarim, Nasus, Kayle, Volibear, Fiddlesticks, NunuGaren, Poppy, FioraSejuani, Karma, Heimerdinger, Xin Zhao,

Eve Tier: Eve

Champ Explanations

I know I am going to get some flak from you guys about my Mundo and Lulu placement so I am going to explain why.

Dr. Mundo - I believe if you pick Mundo in the jungle, have a good build, know how to play him in the jungle, it's basically a free win in solo queue right now. He's incredibly strong, has the fastest clear time in the game, can't really be countered in the jungle at all. I don't feel that anyone can out jungle him, out tank him, his mobility is fantastic, and ontop of all that his DPS is very high to boot.

Lulu - Now I know a lot of lower elo players and people in the community don't value Lulu at all currently but I can assure you EVERY SINGLE competitive NA LoL team right now will either ban or FP her in every circumstance because she's that broken. She can be played in any lane and even the jungle viably right now. Her burst when built AP is very high and very spamable with her low CD's. Her survivability is almost unmatched right now. She has so much kite, peel, shields, MORE SHIELDS, built in spamable DPS that no one can really touch her when played right. Everytime I pick her in solo queue I've DOMINATED my lane with ease and let's be honest you all know I am no professional AP player. If I have 0 issues playing vs players who have better skills then I do then you know she's broken.

Both of these champions are recieving nerfs next patch for a reason and it's because they're broken. IMO Spam these champions to get some Elo while you can in the next 4-5 days so you can get some quick Elo in!

More explanations will come when I update this list again next week with the patch coming up. Some don't fret I am just getting back into the groove people!


Tier 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 when you're down a man. 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. They also add a lot of utility  For the junglers in tier 1 it's because they control the jungle well, do it safel, gank well, and if they get fed can actually carry games themselves. All these champions are 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 cream 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. A lot of them in this tier can stand toe to toe to a lot of tier 1 and 2 champions but I find they just aren't sought after as "great" Solo Queue champions. 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 then 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.

Eve Tier  - Eve is just the worst champion in the game and she pales in comparison to any other champion in the game. If you pick Eve you're not doing your team a favor in fact you'll most likely lose because Riot purposely nerfed her into the ground because her kit was too hard to balance. It's not that I hate the champion it's just the fact that Riot intended to nerf her so hard that people would be reluctant to play her anymore. Maybe we'll see a Eve remake in the future but for now she's a danger to pick if you want to win.

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. If you like to theorycraft I encourage it but never take my opinion out on someone else because they don't pick accordingly to the list. It's pointless, annoying, and if you do you're a bad human being. All champions except for Eve are completely viable for solo queue so relax and have some fun, it's what the games about.

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 a little inaccurate to start off with 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 **** Elementz" Will simply be ignored as you're not helping make this list better.

 
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Comments

  • #43 Trollementz

    Apparently Elementz isn't exactly truthful with all of the people out there:

    http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?t=2067172

    Seems like he won his lane to me.

    /discuss

  • #42 doh1210

    I feel like Nocturne should be towards the beginning of tier 1. His ganks are just so strong, with in my opinion one of the top 5 pre-6 ganks and possibly the best ulti gank, and also is a great teamfighter. Could you explain Elementz?

  • #40 nilof

    I feel Kayle should move up eventually. She's becoming more popular as a strong solo top champion.

  • #39 keLston
    @A2ZOMG - You have to understand that this is a solo queue list. Yes Blitzcrank is strong and can provide an amazing kill lane bot. Yes Kog'maw is probably the most popular competitive AD carries. And while MF for some reason suddenly fell off, nothing changed about her and she provides the anti-heal debuff so still fairly strong. The problem is, it's solo queue. Are you going to 1v2 as Blitz and carry the bottom lane if the AD carry you have with you doesn't quite kill lane with you? More than likely, you'll run up, grip and get killed and look like an idiot whereas with a real teammate, you'd have an amazing grip. Kog and MF have no escapes. It's solo queue. If your team starts to fail, you're just going to get camped and you're never going to get to the late game and you're never going to have a front line to protect you. Ryze has a weak laning phase but he's extremely durable and has a strong mid to late game transition and because he naturally builds tanky, he's harder to gank - again it's solo queue. You have to assume you're going to be doing work yourself. Karthus can be strong, but if someone wants to cut you up, and your team isn't helping, how are you getting to the strong Karthus point? Playing a zombie Karth? Inherent champion strength is not the only thing you consider for solo queue. What good is lane pushing if you're not sure you're not going to just die if you push? Sure, Cass can push faster, but she's slow and her only escape is blowing ult which then makes her useless for a team fight. What good is that?
  • #41 A2ZOMG

    I'm totally aware it's a soloque tier list.  And soloque is about winning lanes and snowballing generally speaking.  Why Blitz is undervalued in favor of Janna and Lulu as a support in soloque makes no sense when his durability is no worse, but his lane pressure is better especially earlygame.  Janna fails miserably in soloque if her AD carry doesn't understand how to be aggressive when the shield is up, and furthermore it requires really good reactions and positioning to be truly optimal.  Saying that Blitzcrank fails in soloque if his AD carry can't follow up after a grab doesn't mean anything.  All supports fail in soloque if your AD carry can't work with you.

    Ryze is actually not hard to gank because his one escape is a single target short duration snare on a fairly long cooldown, and he's extremely mana hungry in lane, and really squishy early on.  He's no better off than Karthus in lane in terms of durability early on, and it's not like he's winning by a huge amount midgame when Karthus builds RoA.  He needs a LOT of farm before he becomes super tank status, which means he needs BV, Frozen Heart, and Wota. 

    And lane pushing is actually extremely important in soloque.  It's one reason why Graves is extremely strong in soloque.  He outpushes almost all AD carries and can force them to farm under turret, and he can't usually be denied farm by pushing hard against him because of how strong his farming is.  Similarly if you're AP mid, you want to be able to push your lane on demand so you can roam and gank. This makes Cass, Kennen, Ahri, and TF significantly better picks than Ryze, because they push more efficiently, and thus can spend more time roaming to gank for kills.  Not to mention their ganks are better.  If you want to carry soloque, initiating ganks as AP mid is a good way to do it.  Ryze doesn't get to roam gank very much, and neither does Karthus.  But Karthus farms better, carries harder, and can play his lane safer and be less open to ganks.

  • #38 A2ZOMG

    The real reason Lulu is probably undervalued is because she does poorly as a support bot lane in a lot of matchups, which is what a lot of people do.  She's one of the harder supports to play bot lane because she lacks durability and sustain.  Of course, if you're saying that she's good as an AP mid, that's totally fine, but I think you should understand that a lot of people do poorly with her as a support.

    And I really think you're undervaluing Blitzcrank.  He's a strong counter to almost all the squishy ranged supports that are popular bot lane as long as he isn't laning against a Sivir. He does lack sustain, but one grab usually can snowball a lane really hard, and the threat of it can actively deny his opponent's farm.

    I'm not sure why you have MF and Kogmaw so low.  Kogmaw is just a solid AD carry with no real flaws besides a slightly weaker earlygame, and MF is a super strong earlygame AD carry that wins a lot of lanes.  Also Katarina is a bit undevalued and people actually do suck at countering her in soloque, and she is extremely capable of carrying games.

    Also Ryze I feel is overrated.  His laning phase actually is overall pretty weak, and he requires more farm than other AP mids to carry because his damage per mana spent is overall pretty low.  Why Ryze is higher than Karthus I don't understand, because Karthus, while overall weaker offensively earlygame, actually is capable of farming in more matchups and is harder to gank due to his range, and his ultimate is always great to have in soloque.  Furthermore Karthus can jungle viably and actually be useful to his team as a jungler, so he has more options than Ryze.  Probably the only real advantage Ryze has over Karthus is that he counters Veigar. Karthus has a usually safer laning phase and a better lategame.

    Oh yeah Cassiopia, Kennen, and TF are also stronger champions than Ryze as well.  Ryze compared to those champions just has a lot of trouble doing much earlygame and has more mana issues than most other casters as well as the fact he needs more farm to get to the point where his damage is truly scary. Those champions also have better ganks than Ryze and are better pushers.

  • #37 Monadu

    Thank you Elementz, and good job on putting this together. I've only yet analyzed your tier 1 placements and so far everything looks good.

    I found it curious that you'd place Malzahar this high on this tier list - not that I disagree. Even though he's underrated and underplayed he's still one of my favourite APs with a very strong laning phase and a good teamfight presence if he knows how to position himself and silence the right targets.

     

  • #36 s3pt4h

    Funny how Kayle low is when she completely shuts down most top champs. Everything Trind does she does better, also shes ranged.

  • #35 HyperOmega

    I feel karthus and cho should be higher, these two champions will consistently perform, Karthus's mechanic simply allows him to do so well, I suck really hard at mid and I'm fairly decent player in general, I just can't mid (my main problem) but when I have too, as long as they can't pick soraka/have a support I'll just go karthus, play safe farm and do well because of ulti, in a team you are guaranteed damage, as long as you don't get caught too far from your team you will be able to wreck nonetheless, his numbers aren't bad and his mechanic is too easily too powerful, you can be the worst karthus ever and still pick up double kills everytime your ulti is off CD, and if you ninja gank bot on karthus it has pretty nice results, I appreciate the number and strength of counters to this mechanic, but this forces the enemy team into certain (weaker) picks or certain item builds which are undesirable at the early mid stages of the game. (Ie. rushing hexdrinker in top when against heavy AD), he deserves to be right at top of tier 2 or bottom of tier 1. Also I'm talking with respect to a karthus not doing TP/Revive which can carry even harder if you know what you're doing.

    Cho'Gath easily going to have a lot more disagreements here, he generally does very well in top lane, if you really know Cho the only people that will beat you is nidalee, (teemo/kennen/ww have their challenges but totally beatable), his transition might not be one of amazing damage, but with 2 pretty strong AoE CC, being incredibly naturally tanky, having decent damage (specially against the carries), considering that if you build no health his ulti is 33%-50% of your health, which with the rest of his damage and maybe a little health makes bursting people down easy, you'll likely be packing auras on cho and this is really helping your team out, I feel cho has this generally strong consistency to be a great asset to the team, like with TP/Flash, and philo/HoG (which isn't helping my early game in comparison to what I could buy) I rarely lose my lane and come into late game decently ahead, often TPing to bot to secure dragon and win the fight that came before or after the fact.

    You also rated cho down at 15 on the bruiser list, I get the impression you just feel he's a generally average champion that does nothing special, I'd talk about builds but then the haters hate simply because it doesn't match a pro build. 

     

  • #32 ashxu

    Why is Olaf at the bottom of Tier 2? He is a really strong top lane.

  • #31 _ArcheR_

    lulu didnt help CLG in korea xD

  • #30 fortunebogi

    Thank you for one more tier list!

    I think  Leblanc is way more down than see belongs. 

    She is by far the best early game ap champ in this game, making it impossible to lose your lane, if not countered. She can only lose from Sion, Galio, Fizz, Soraka, or Morde. But can completely DOMINATE every one else. Dominating your lane means ending far ahead than everyone and snowballing the game easily. And thats what you look for in solo queue!

    And believe me if u are fed , you cannot be stopped, cos with her mobility if you know what you are doing you cannot get caught. I play with heal instead of flash for lane domination and i am rarely caught throughout the game, even if i am 10-0 and their only purpose is to catch me.

    As far as late game is concerned (if you play decently it wont go to late game), but you can always stay out of fight and just one shot their ad, which means win the teamfight.

  • #33 ashxu

    You will always reach late game if the enemy aren't pansies that surrender at 20

     

  • #44 SunDancek1d

    LB is counterd by any ap in the game if f played rigth, i dont lb is any good at all..

    lategame she sucks

    early game she will suck if u outlane her and harass dat glass cannon ;p

  • #29 GyroNas

    I know this is your opinion but how the fuck can you justify Gangplank being so high in any of these tier lists. His global ultimate isnt as useful as you think it is, and there are a lot of champions who can outsustain his harass easily on top of being able to trade with him and come out on top easily.

    Rammus, in an era of counter jungling? LOL literally any AoE jungler can steal his red, or any camp for that matter, before he gets to other side of the jungle. And then he's on his backfoot for the rest of the game.

    Nidalee...doesn't even win that matchups. She can be good if she goes AP, but you win 0 lanes with that build. Then if you build AD you just become a completely useless champion late midgame-lategame

  • #34 ashxu

    Yeah I don't really like Gangplank. His mana costs are a bit high if you plan on harassing with Parrrley.

  • #28 Havefa1th

    Hey Elementz!

    Just looking forward to the next patch, I think you need to take another look at Orianna. Right now the only champions that can beat her are those that can play more aggressively while being more mana efficient. Champs like Mordekaiser, Cassiopeia, Leblanc, Kassadin, etc. She goes even or better with a lot of the champs in Tiers 1 and 2, and handles Ryze and Morgana exceptionally well. In addition, with the new item coming out, that solves basically all of her problems. Gives her damage, MR and gives her mana regen out the wazoo.

    Especially with buffs to her mana usage and harassment, Orianna is still a very, very strong hero who just hasn't been picked due to the huge amount of APs being released. Take a look at her again, especially with this new patch!

    Last edited by Havefa1th: 4/27/2012 12:00:23 AM
  • #27 TheAegine

    Hecarim's jungling is average, above average at best, and yes, he does need to farm a Trinity Force BADLY, but his redeeming factor are his ganks. His ult is disgusting. His knockback is tricky, I'll admit, but I find it quite effective to slam opponents into walls. Also, his ult is disgusting.

  • #26 Ansel44

    I have found that it is very easy to rack up first blood, and carry a team through mid game with viktor.

  • #25 Ansel44

    I think you should look into your placement of Viktor. He is very underestimated, and I have gotten very involved with him in my ranked games to find that he is great in solo queue. His laning ability is unmatched to almost every other ap carry, he is not only one of the fastest minion pushers in the game, but yet is also one of the best anti pushers. One laser stops a whole minion wave.

    Furthermore, Viktor is great in teamfights. Mid game especially. It is nearly impossible to escape his stun if used correctly, and i often am able to get at least 3 enemies stuck in it. Viktor then has an ult that hits like as hard as tibbers and silences, a high scaling aoe nuke, and a single target nuke. 

    Viktor is also one of the strongest pokers as far as I know, he can hit multiple targets for a large portion of their health every 4 seconds.

    So far the only champions i have found Viktor to have trouble with in lane is Mordekaiser. Oh yeah and I forgot to mention, Viktor is a viable counterpick to Morgana.

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