League of Legends: Patch 9.23 low elo tier list shows the preseason power picks

Judgement Kayle. League of Legends.
Judgement Kayle. League of Legends. /
Dragon Knight Mordekaiser. League of Legends.
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The preseason shook up the League of Legends meta and plenty of new picks have become stronger for low elo players.

With a longer patch cycle for the first patch of the League of Legends preseason – Patch 9.23 – we again take some time to look at how the meta has shaken out in the lower elos. We did it just a few weeks ago for the end of the season, but are the best champions to climb different in the preseason?

A quick programming note: going forward we will be placing the full methodology of our tier list picks at the end of these articles. We will also be eliminating the B+ tier going forward, as we do not feel distinguishing these picks from B tier is as useful as the A+/A tier distinction.

Top Lane

S tier: Garen, Mordekaiser (⇑)
A+ tier: Darius (⇑), Yasuo (*⇓), Nasus (*⇑), Fiora
A tier: Kayle (⇓), Yorick (*⇑), Ornn (⇑), Tryndamere (*⇑), Kled (⇓), Shen (⇑), Malphite, Heimerdinger (*⇑), Illaoi (*⇓), Jax (⇒)
B tier:  Dr. Mundo, Quinn (⇑), Teemo (⇓), Singed (⇑), Urgot (⇓), Volibear (*⇑), Renekton (⇒)
C tier: Kennen (⇓), Rengar, Maokai (⇑), Sion (*), Akali, Rumble, Vladimir, Riven, Camille, Poppy (⇑⇒), Ryze (⇑⇒)
D tier: Olaf (⇑), Aatrox, Cho’Gath (⇓), Gangplank, Irelia, Gnar, Vayne, Pantheon (⇒)
F tier: Jayce (⇓), Swain (⇓)


S tier: Master Yi (*), Ekko, Jax (*)
A+ tier: Shaco, Nocturne (*⇑), Zac (*), Warwick (*)
A tier: Olaf (⇑⇐), Volibear (*⇐), Vi (*⇐), Nunu & Willump, Elise (⇑)
B tier: Jarvan IV (⇓⇐), Amumu (*), Lee Sin, Udyr (*), Dr. Mundo (⇓), Rammus (*⇓), Shyvana (⇑), Hecarim, Kayn (⇓), Kha’Zix, Graves (⇑⇒)
C tier: Xin Zhao, Karthus (⇓), Kindred, Rek’Sai, Nidalee, Trundle (*⇑)
D tier: Rengar (⇓), Taliyah, Tryndamere (*), Diana (*⇓), Evelynn (⇓), Ivern, Pantheon (⇒)
F tier: Gragas (⇓⇐), Malphite (⇓), Twitch (⇓), Sejuani, Wukong, Qiyana

Mid lane

S tier: Yasuo (*), Fizz (*), Ekko (*⇒)
A+ tier: Diana (*), Heimerdinger (*)
A tier: Ahri (⇐), Mordekaiser (*⇑), Nocturne (*), Kassadin (⇑⇒), Malzahar (⇓⇒)
B tier: Veigar (*⇐), Kayle (*⇓), Katarina, Cassiopeia (⇑), Galio, Lux (*⇓), Swain (*), Xerath (*), Annie (*⇑), Orianna (⇒), Neeko (*⇑⇒), Vel’Koz (*⇒)
C tier: Anivia (⇐), Zed (⇓), Morgana (*⇓), Twisted Fate, Talon, Syndra (⇓), Zoe, Akali (⇑), Rumble (*), Vladimir, Viktor (⇒), Aurelion Sol (⇒), Malphite (*⇒)
D tier: Ryze, Qiyana (⇓), Leblanc, Senna (*), Brand (*⇑⇒)
F tier: Irelia (⇓⇐), Tristana, Ziggs (⇓), Lissandra (⇓), Pantheon (⇓), Taliyah (⇓), Azir, Sylas, Jayce

AD Carry

S tier: Jinx (*), Senna (*), Ashe (*), Miss Fortune (*)
A+ tier: Jhin (*), Caitlyn
A tier: Yasuo (*⇓⇐)
B tier: Vayne, Heimerdinger (⇑), Twitch, Kai’Sa (⇒)
C tier: Tristana (⇐), Draven, Xayah, Lucian, Kog’Maw (*⇒)
D tier: Varus, Ezreal (⇓), Sivir
F tier: Kalista


S tier: Senna (*), Nautilus, Blitzcrank (*), Leona
A+ tier: Janna (*), Soraka (*⇑)
A tier: Nami (⇓), Brand (*), Zyra (*)
B tier: Shaco (⇑), Morgana (⇓), Vel’Koz, Taric (*⇑), Swain (⇓), Sona (*), Rakan, Xerath, Bard (⇑), Lux (*), Thresh, Zilean (⇑⇒)
C tier: Pyke (⇓⇐), Lulu, Fiddlesticks, Karma (⇑)
D tier: Alistar (⇓), Neeko (*⇑), Veigar, Braum (⇑), Galio (*), Malphite (*⇑)
F tier: Yuumi, Teemo


  • * = stronger in low elo (at least one tier higher than was rated in our normal tier list)
  • ⇑ = improving (rated at least one tier higher than the previous patch)
  • ⇓ = declining (rated at least one tier lower than the previous patch)
  • ⇐ = borderline-up (within 10% of the next tier above)
  • ⇒ =


    (within 10% of the next tier below)

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    Methodology: These rankings were determined by finding the average standardized score of a champion from six different tier lists from sites around the internet. This is done by assigning a certain weight to each different score, rank, or grade given by these sites (for instance, both a “Diamond” rating and “A” grade would be worth a 90 score). The standardized score is then determined by looking at the average score given to all champions in every role by that site as well as the standard deviation of scores given (so that sites that give out more high grades will not have their As be worth the same as a site that gives out very few high grades).

    The full, underlying data can be found here. This link also includes the full listing of how the scores are assigned. Champions must be rated by at least half of the sites audited in order to qualify for our tier list.