League of Legends Patch 9.8 tier list – low elo edition

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S tier: Vayne, Jinx
A tier: Sivir, Miss Fortune, Ezreal, Draven, Kai’Sa, Jhin, Lucian, Ashe, Twitch
B tier: Kog’Maw, Caitlyn, Tristana
C tier: Xayah, Varus
D tier: Kalista, Corki, Quinn

In the ADC role, the difference between high elo and low elo is much less pronounced, largely because there is such a smaller champion pool to select from. There really aren’t that many big shifts in the tier list like you see in the other positions, where a highly rated champion falls off because of mechanical difficulty.

When compared to the previous low elo tier list, though, we do see a lot of shifts in the rankings. Both Vayne and Jinx were considered B tier in Patch 8.24(b), but now they’re S tier. Lucian was the only S tier pick at the time, but now he’s a low-A tier pick.

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This indicates, to me, that AD Carry players really benefit the least from specializing or “one-tricking.” My (uneducated) opinion is that is because ADC is such a homogenized role that every bot champion is some variation of “who can output the most damage quickest” and learning the nuances of a champion isn’t as critical as just knowing how to position, space, and right-click properly. Instead of specializing, the best method to climb is to simply play the champions that are purely the strongest in the meta.

More effective in low elo:
Jinx (S vs. A tier)
Jhin (A vs. B tier)

Less effective in low elo:
Caitlyn (B vs. A tier)
Xayah (C vs. B tier)
Varus (C vs. B tier)
Kalista (D vs. C tier)

Unviable picks that work in low elo:
Corki (D tier)
Quinn (D tier)

Champion low elo players need to stop playing:
Caitlyn (B tier, 16.0% pick rate)
Tristana (B tier, 9.5% pick rate)
Varus (C tier, 5.4% pick rate)