Some champions in League of Legends are just flat-out stronger than others.
For the marksmen and markswomen of League, or the ADCs, there are several types of champions to play. There are attack-speed-focused hyper carries like Kog’Maw, Vayne, and Tristana, and then there are the face-melting high early damage carries like Draven and Jhin. Fortunately, the current ADC meta allows players to choose whichever one suits their tastes, because they’re all mostly viable right now.
This list of top-tier champions can be affected depending on a number of things. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players’ tastes, but usually there’s some kind of balance change behind it. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do that for you.
Here’s our ADC tier list for League’s season eight solo queue.
Champions in this tier are the strongest in the current meta, and it doesn’t take much effort to carry yourself through the ranks of solo queue with them.
Since her release earlier this season, Kai’Sa has been an extremely popular pick in both solo queue and pro play. There are several types of builds that work well on her, too, making her the most versatile ADC in the game. She’s remained at the top of the meta simply by adjusting her build to match whatever style is OP at the time. She’s gone full AD with crit, on-hit damage with attack speed, and even full AP. No matter what the meta demands, Kai’Sa can meet it, and she hits like a truck.
Season eight has been very kind to Lucian, a champion that’s struggled to remain in the meta for any significant time before. Lucian capitalized on the bot lane changes in Patch 8.11, and he stuck around afterward even as the lane returned to normal. He’s reverted back to one of his older builds (Black Cleaver and BotRK), but his high damage and mobility continue to make him one of the best marksmen in the game.
Ezreal has spent nearly the entire year on top of the meta. Last year, he took over the jungle, and when the new season started, he took advantage of the Kleptomancy rune to conquer the bot lane. No matter what gives Ezreal his strength, it’s almost always something odd that no other champion can mimic. He even went through a phase of building two Tears of the Goddess. No matter what seems to happen to the bot lane, Ezreal holds on, for better or worse.
The second most powerful ADCs take a little bit more effort to play well, but when executed properly, they can carry a game just as hard as the best.
Jhin might not be as versatile as some of the other top-tier ADCs, but he hits harder than any of them. His AD reaches absurd heights as he turns both critical strike chance and attack speed into more AD, and the marksman items introduced in Patch 8.11 fit him like a glove, particularly the Stormrazor. His early-game power is unparalleled aside from one other champion, Lucian, but Jhin also scales fairly well, elevating him to another level.
Vayne is an interesting choice in the current meta. For perhaps the first time in a long time, she builds a pure attack speed and on-hit damage build with a Blade of the Ruined King and Guinsoo’s Rageblade, but her range is still shorter than most other on-hit marksmen. That being said, no one can melt tanks quite as well as she can, and she’s much more mobile than the likes of Kog’Maw, so she has some very unique strengths.
Miss Fortune is sort of like Draven in the sense that she excels in solo queue and not much beyond that. More specifically, she excels at low ranks. Once you reach higher elos, though, more and more players will know how to deal with her. Since she doesn’t have a particularly high amount of skill expression, there isn’t much room for outplaying with her, either. That being said, however, there aren’t many ADCs that can cheese quite as well as she can. At low levels and with barely any items, she can take a squishy support or ADC’s health down to half with one ability if she angles it correctly, and that sort of power can be very fun as long as you’re not on the receiving end of it.
This is an interesting tier because champions at this level aren’t exactly strong in the meta, but if you can learn how to play them well, you can still make them work to carry games. It might require a bit of extra effort to get there though.
Jinx isn’t particularly strong, but she does have a very prominent place in the current meta. Unfortunately, that’s still the strongest she’s been in a long time, so if you’re a fan of Jinx, now’s the time to pick her up. Since she’s a crit-strike hyper-carry, the introduction of the new Infinity Edge and Stormrazor helped her out a little bit. Jinx still boasts more cleave damage than any ADC in the game, so she’s great on teamfight comps. The only ADC that can out-cleave her is probably Twitch, but he needs his ultimate to be available to make that happen, while Jinx just needs to flip a switch on her Q.
Xayah spent a good portion at the start of season eight on top of the meta, so her current state is actually probably the worst it’s been in a little while. This isn’t a bad place to be, though, because it also implies that she probably won’t be nerfed any time soon. Xayah gets a lot of use out of the new Essence Reaver, which gives her even more mana than its previous iteration, and the ultimate steroid it provides can be a valuable tool, too. She’s great in teamfights, but she absolutely needs peel to be effective. Her damage comes from dancing around the enemy team rather than sitting behind her frontline, so she’ll need one or two champions on her team that are good at getting to her to save her life when required.
Sivir has to be one of the most boring champions in the entire game, because her kit isn’t very flashy and she doesn’t have big bursts of damage. Fortunately for her, though, she’s one of the safest marksmen in the game, maybe even the safest, and that gives her a spot on our list. Her spell shield and incomparable wave clear means that she can almost always survive the laning phase, even if she can’t exactly win it, either.