Solo Queue Tier List - May 22nd - Darius *PART 1*

PART 1 - This is because there's a patch very soon and this will need to be gone over again after it. So doing some changes now, and then some after

*Tier 1 - Shen, MorganaAhri, Riven, Dr. Mundo, Nidalee, Twisted Fate, Ryze, Nautilus, UdyrKennen, Lee Sin, Lulu, Rumble, Rammus, Soraka, Twitch, Cassiopeia, Skarner, Graves, Sion, Vladimir, Vayne, Shaco,

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

* Tier 3 - Swain, Wukong, Veigar, Kog'Maw, Jarvan IV, Miss Fortune, Malphite, Lux, Ezreal, 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

Dr. Mundo moved down in tier 1- Little nerfs pile up and I am moving him down accordingly. He's still very strong and is one of the best junglers out there but I don't think he's #1 deserving anymore.

Lulu moved down in tier 1 - She's about to get nerfed and I think I might drop her down even more after that. So I am moving her down before I move her down so I can move her down when the patch comes out so it doesn't look like as big of a jump all of a sudden. Rofl :p

Gangplank moved down to tier 2 - Waaaaaay too high. Moving down to have a more accurate list. He's all around decent, so tier 2 fits him better then tier 1.

Riven moved up in tier 1 - QQ community train. This champ's been dominating all solo queue elo's it seems and I wouldn't be surprised if next patch we see some nerfs headed her way. Moving her up since she's dominating in solo queue. 

Twisted Fate moved up in tier 1 - Had him too low. If you use his ulti correctly and you can actually card combo correctly he's INCREDIBLY strong for solo queue. Can go against pretty much every lane, and his ganking power can snowball you to victory when used correctly. 

Kennen moved up in tier 1 - He's still really good and he's still really good at pub stomping lanes so I am moving him up.

Twitch moved to tier 1 -This guy just destorys solo queue. He's so annoying. No one ever buys pinks, his ganks are so strong, and he just snowballs from the jungle. The only way to stop him is to not die in lane and let's be honest here, in solo queue WHEN DOES THAT EVER HAPPEN? So when you add stealth + strong ganks = pooping on everyone. That is why I moved him up.

Malzahar moved down to tier 2 - Laning phase IS really good but doesn't snowball hard enough to warrant tier 1 imo.

Janna moved down to tier 2 - I think she's still really good but I don't see her as tier 1 anymore for solo queue. She's a really team coordinated support who also requires a lot of skill to play.

Nautilus moved up to tier 1 - He's been getting a lot of attention recently and it's well deserved. His CC and early game jungle control is just awesome. Not to mention he's also a really good top lane. I am moving him because I feel he carries really hard in solo queue and he's overall a great champion.

Varus placed into tier 2 -I feel him to be like an AD caster carry. His laning phase is pretty damn good, you can do some serious burst to people. If you manage to get farmed in the laning phase which is not that hard to do you can carry from there. He falls off a bit late game since he's got no steroid other than his passive but that's okay because his damage output is still very high.

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.



  • #56 amart57

    are we going to get an updated list anytime soon?

  • #54 killerkamal1

    elise isnt tier 1 imo. shes tier 1000

  • #53 windscare2

    Why is this still not updated? It's been about 2+ months and things have changed alot.

  • #52 MarijuanaPUFF

    I would put Kayle higher, she is underestimated. She can play in every lane including jungle. Her passive helps out your team, speed&slow not to mention her ult which can neglect heavy burst dmg for 3 sec at max rank!

    Last edited by MarijuanaPUFF: 7/16/2012 7:41:53 AM
  • #50 NicknameMy

    I think Darius will be placed at 1. spot tier 1 cuz he is free elo.


    Last edited by NicknameMy: 7/10/2012 2:35:42 PM
  • #47 Azncrackfox

    Why is Nidalee top tier? 

  • #46 ravienl33t

    Just curious, why do people hate Karma so much? I've heard from a few different people 1200+ say that karma just flat out sucks as ap and support. Any comments on this topic?

    Last edited by ravienl33t: 7/4/2012 11:21:59 PM
  • #44 mrobert5

    I think Amumu should be top of tier one. He just totally murders solo queue right now. No one counter-picks well and even idiots know to go in when you press R. Amumu just kills.

  • #55 jraleigh94

    You can counter him with someone that has a strong early game like Olaf. A blue invade can wreck him.

  • #43 Zolxoz

    I think Rammus should be lower due to his really low base stats since he was really overnerfed. He also has bad clear times and is a weak early duelist. Any decent player will hardcore counterjungle him early game, and he'll fall really far behind. Being afraid of even being in his own jungle.

  • #42 wegotlemonsa

    I think colour coding this list would be a really good idea to show roles as many champions can be effectively used in more than one role, for example Lulu, Udyr, Kayle, Twitch and Kog'Maw. As it stands the list is rather vague and it would be much more informative if some multiple role champions were listed twice. (eg. Green for jungle, Purple for Top etc) This would help you show your opinion more clearly do people will not misinterpret what you have written. 

  • #48 Qbear

    Since I can not upvote you I will simply reply that I agree this would be amazing.

  • #38 swilson14

    I feel like taric is a bit better than tier 3, its pretty easy to tip the game in your favour with taric imo.

    I know I have a 67-68% win ratio with taric.

  • #36 Wh1terain

    Why is Jax Tier 3? I feel his is a very strong top lane, provided he doesnt pick jax first. Maybe more for competitive I guess he would be T1?

  • #35 cBizz


  • #34 NicknameMy

    Where is t1 Jaren?

  • #33 FlyingPaladin

    Are you considering breaking the solo list down by roles or lanes?  I don't need a list to tell me who my favorite champion is or what the best AD carry is, I've played them all enough on my own.  But sometimes I don't get to be the AD carry (most of the time, in fact).  When I have fourth or fifth pick and need to cover mid lane, I'd like to be able to take a quick peak at a solo queue mid list, since I don't do it often enough to know who I should play in that situation.

    Thanks for putting in your time on these lists Elementz.

  • #31 Noobularnoscope

    i think it would be great if you organized the tier list based on the build of each particular champion because many champions can take on different roles. Either just be clear what the best build is for solo queue on that champion or have champions appear more than once on the tier list based on the build/role

  • #30 ScottyAJ2

    Why the hell is Lux not in tier 1/2?


  • #32 NicknameMy

    Because she sucks?

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