The best ADC champions of Season 7
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 seven 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.
Draven is perhaps the epitome of all solo queue powerhouse champions. His spinning axes deal so much damage at early levels that, for an uncoordinated team in solo queue, he's very difficult to deal with. Because of that early oppression, he also snowballs harder than any other marksman in the game. He deals decent damage and commands an imposing threat during all stages of the game, and he only needs a couple of kills to come back from most losing scenarios.
Twitch may not have the highest single target DPS of all the ADCs, but he's the undisputed king of teamfights. His ultimate is an absolute game-changer if used properly, and with massive Blade of the Ruined King buffs and cost reduction on Zeal items this season, he's feeling right at home. Twitch needs to scale just enough to finish his BotRK and Runaan's Hurricane to turn into a proper monster, and with the new Doran's Shield and a ton of passive support champions on the rise, he can comfortably farm under his tower until he gets there. Although he's an extremely safe pick in that regard, he has enough damage after his first or second recall to throw down in some two-on-two situations. But it's a tad more difficult than on other ADCs, so be sure you're a practiced Twitch player before trying the more risky fights.
Tristana is one of the scariest hyper carry ADCs in the game right now, and with her high skill ceiling and flashy abilities, she's an absolute blast to play. Tristana scales extremely hard into the later stages of the game, and she excels at shredding tanky frontlines that are so prevalent in the meta right now. Not only that, but if she gets an early lead in lane, she becomes nearly unstoppable. Her power to disintegrate towers after making a quick push is unmatched, and she's an all-around great pick, despite her arguably weak early game.
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 stacks AD higher than any other marksman in the game, and his kit gives him eye-popping bursts of damage that will kill squishy targets faster than they can blink. He works reasonably well in both the critical strike meta and the lethality meta, so wherever things go, he can usually find a place. His weak spot is certainly his inability to deal sustained damage to bust through tanks, so it's usually smart to play him against squishy teams or if you have a Malzahar mid to work as a tank-buster in his place.
Miss Fortune has risen to the top of the meta again alongside the recent lethality changes, and she's performing very well in solo queue. Like Draven, her harass in the early laning phase is very hard to deal with. And like Twitch, she has extreme pressure in teamfights with her ultimate ability. The only reason she's not in the first tier is because, without lethality, she's much less useful. In fact, before the lethality changes in Patch 7.14, she wasn't doing very well at all, and if that meta fades away, Miss Fortune probably will as well.
Xayah has a passive that allows her to pierce through enemies with her auto attacks to set up for extreme playmaking and teamfighting power, and for that, she's very potent as a late game ADC. Where Twitch has his ultimate, Xayah can show her power throughout an entire teamfight with her passive, and her ultimate provides a brief moment of invulnerability that can be used to dodge big attacks. Xayah's weakness is that she needs a beefy frontline to succeed. She needs big, distracting, crowd-control heavy champions to draw attention away so that she can dance around fights to lay down her feathers. Without that, she's not nearly as useful as she could be.
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.
Caitlyn is useful and reasonably powerful in nearly any type of meta for her long range and her ability to safely poke down enemies without putting herself in too much danger. She also has decent tools for escaping trouble and a very meaningful ultimate ability. Because of her robust kit, she has stayed relatively strong despite her recent nerfs to attack speed and her synergy with Runaan's Hurricane. She isn't at the top of the game anymore, but she's certainly a reliable pick for any aspiring ADC.
If you're looking to pick up an ADC for the fun factor, Lucian's your guy. He has extremely high mobility and tools that can really outshine competition in the right hands. He's very strong, and there's a plethora of ways to build him, but his short range and sheer difficulty make him a bit of a problem to get used to playing. On Lucian, if you can't play him extremely well, he's not very useful, so if you don't like the idea of sinking a lot of time into learning a champion, Lucian's probably not your guy.
The tank meta is in full swing, and there are no ADCs as good at melting tanks than Vayne. Not only that, but her ability to carry a game all by herself is terrifying, and a good Vayne is flat-out hard to beat. Unfortunately, she has to get to the later stages of the game to reach that level of power, and it's fairly hard to even get there. Her early game is lackluster, which makes her a little unappealing in the face of early game monsters like Draven, Caitlyn, and Lucian, but Vayne manages to hold her own as a solid choice as an ADC.