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Every patch, our experts curate a predictive tier list for climbing solo queue based recent buffs, nerfs, and trends.
We rate champions as Optimal (S-tier), Great (A-tier), or Good (B-tier) based on their ability to perform in the current meta. Champions are also given a skill floor difficulty rating to indicate how much of a time investment is needed to see positive results.
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.
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Sunfire Cape is being buffed to allow champions that have reliable immobilize effects to have a big boost in effectiveness. Maokai has three sources of immobilizing effects, his Q, W, and R. This makes him one of the biggest winners of the change to Sunfire and it's already a core item in his build. We expect this to give Maokai a good damage boost this patch allowing him to have damage to win lane while being a great late game scaling tank.
- prohibit unranked
Garen received a sizeable buff to his kit this patch which is making his Q stronger, W being given more value, and E beating down jungle Monsters down quicker. Garen won't benefit from the new Bami's buffs so I'd recommend going Blue Smite: Warriors into Black Cleaver while abusing Conquerer. You could use Predator but I'd lean on the safe side and go with the handy dandy Conquerer. Put 2-3 points into E for your clear and then max Q afterwards.
- Flaress DIAMOND III
Ahri has had a small issue where if you go Glacial Build she lacks damage and if she goes Electrocute + Luden's she lacks reliability
So instead, just rush Hextech GLP into Oblivion Orb and Deathcap along with Electrocute. I’ve personally been using this setup and find it so much stronger as it gives you the early power you need to snowball while having the GLP for utility allowing you to easily land charms.
With this setup, you can easily snowball early due to the reduced cost of GLP compared to Luden's combined with your Electrocute and you can really catch people off guard for free lane kills the second you get complete GLP as landing 1 Q is often enough to set you up for an all in. - Morïarty DIAMOND III
Although she hasn't received any direct changes, Miss Fortune has been a high priority pick in both solo queue and competitive. Her low skill floor and easy-to-execute strength make her a perfect candidate for all types of players to pick her up and have success. Make good use of her before she's inevitably nerfed.
- yhp DIAMOND IV
Thresh has a new build where he takes Gargoyle Stoneplate as a first or second item. This is great for him because he gets tanky really quickly and can protect himself in skirmishes. One of his biggest weaknesses is missing hooks in lane as he will usually get collapsed on or heavily abused. But with this item, he is less of an easy target.
If you're picking up Thresh this patch, remember three things. One, he's not gonna be easy so expect some INTeresting games at first. Two, you miss every shot you don't take or something like that and three, always get level 2 first so you can look for the all in. - PicklePants unranked