The best League of Legends champions for ranked play in 2022 (2023)

Want to know what the best League of Legends champions to climb ranked with are? Well, you’re in the right place. Looking at the recent buffs in Patch 11.9, the highest win-rates, and which champions can have a major impact on the game, the champions below are the ones you need to take into ranked.

We all know League of Legends ranked matches can be quite the rollercoaster. The idea of solo-queuefills LoL players with both excitement and dread. From the heroic game-winning moments to the soul-crushing defeats, each and every match keeps you on your toes. To avoid more of the latter, you need to be smart in picks and bans. Especially if you pick before your lane opponent, you need a champion that will be good in almost any scenario.

But you also need a powerful champion that can take over the game and produce clutch plays – coasting and relying on teammates won’t always work out. You have to take matters into your own hands. And you can do just that with this list of strongest champions in ranked in every role. Whether you’re looking for a champion to main or simply the easiest way to gain LP, this article has everything you need.

Here are the best League of Legends champions for ranked play in 2022:

  • Darius
  • Shen
  • Morgana
  • Zac
  • Katarina
  • Galio
  • Jinx
  • Tristana
  • Leona
  • Thresh

Best League of Legends Champions

Darius (Top)

If you’re the type that wants to take on the world by yourself then Darius is the pick for you. The juggernaut is terrifying to play against as he bullies his lane opponent with the stacking damage-over-time of his Hemorrhage passive.

While ranged-champions can give him a hard time early on, the healing from his Q gives him enough sustain to stay healthy while the dash from new mythic item Stridebreaker has added huge range to his engage. He can now easily close the gap before pulling opponents in with his E, so there really is no escape.

Darius can continue to stick to the top lane and split push while daring anyone to try and fight him. He will eventually force multiple members of the opposing team to waste time chasing him, so the rest of his team can pressure more meaningful objectives. And Darius isn’t a slouch in team fights either. In fact, he is a pentakill machine as his ultimate ability deals true damage and resets if it kills the enemy.

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Shen (top)

However, if you want a pick that doesn’t put all the pressure on all your shoulders,but is still really effective, Shen is a great pick right now. The ninja is incredibly solid at every stage of the game and will always make a difference around the map.

His early game is very stable, so much so in fact that he can be a bully in most melee match-ups. The bonus damage from his Q and the ability to block basic attacks with his W means Shen comes out on top in most trades. Shen can also use the taunt of his E to force opponents to take minion aggro or turret shots.

Shen’s win-rate has shot up to a 52.25% at all ranks after a huge buff to his ultimate in the last patch. His R allows him to teleport to an ally from anywhere on the map while giving them a massive shield in the process. That shield is much bigger now as it scales with bonus health, making Shen much more effective in the late game.

The global aspect of his ultimate can be abused in lower Elo as a lot of players won’t consider the threat of a teleporting Shen in every fight. You can catch your opponents by surprise by keeping a teammate alive and forcing a numbers advantage in what started as a small skirmish.

Morgana (Jungle)

Despite nerfs to the damage her Tormented Shadow deals to monsters, Morgana is still one of the strongest junglers in LoL on Patch 11.9. The pool still deals 180% damage to jungle camps which, along with her passive healing, gives her one of the strongest clears in the game.

Morgana is incredibly simple too so she works fantastically at all Elos, hence her 53.80% win-rate – the highest in her role. Along with her powerful clear, Morgana has fantastic ganks too thanks to her Q, Dark Binding – the ability every LoL player fears. The projectile can be dodged as it moves fairly slowly but the hit box on the ability is huge and the root lasts between two or three seconds which is an incredibly long time to be crowd controlled (CC’d).

In team fights, Morgana will mostly be looking to hit more roots but her spellshield can also be game-winning as it protects an ally or herself from CC. On top of that, her ultimate is massive as it stuns anybody who cannot escape the chains – making it a fantastic zoning tool especially with Zhonya’s Hourglass, so Morgana can safely run in.

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Zac (Jungle)

Another strong option is Zac who had the damage of his W increased back on Patch 11.8. The big green blob works well in all ranks as he is easy to pick up, hence his impressive 52.20% win-rate.

Zac’s strength comes in his ganks and engages. His Elastic Slingshot allows him to throw himself forward from long range before knocking up and stunning those he lands on before layering additional CC from his kit. The massive range can make him pretty unpredictable with ganking options over walls that other junglers simply don’t have access to. It also gives him an easy escape from 1v1 skirmishes where he doesn’t shine.

And the tank has benefited massively from the recent buffs to the Sunfire Aegis mythic item which is regularly his go to option. On top of that, his passive gives him a chance to occasionally revive himself, making himself incredibly hard to take down. Zac can survive in fights for ages with his built in sustain which also helps him stay nice and healthy during his jungle clear.

Katarina (Mid)

It feels like Katarina has been the go-to mid lane pick forever. And that hasn’t changed this year as she’s received a couple of buffs this season which ensures she continues to be a menace.

Katarina is one of the best snowballing champions in the game. After just a couple of kills she can take over a match as she roams lane to lane and rips through the squishier members of the opposing team. And that’s important to note, Katarina is at her best when she can get out of lane and roams top or bot in search for additional kills – especially in low Elo as many players won’t follow her. With her immense mobility and high damage, she is very tough to play against.

Plus, Katarina is pretty adaptable. With her Runes, she can either look to Electrocute for more burst or Conqueror for a surprising amount of sustain as she constantly dips in and out of fights.

Galio (MID)

And for those who want something a bit less mechanically intensive and with more CC, Galio is always a good choice.

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The anti-mage has a ton of built-in tankiness, especially against AP threats making him extremely difficult to deal with. But even against AD champions, Galio is very effective with his natural beefiness and multiple CC options.

His CC does mean he can find good roams as he sets up mass taunts but he really shines against champions that constantly want to roam, like Katarina, as his semi-global ultimate allows him to to fly across the map and crash down, giving a huge magic-damage shield to allies while knocking up any enemies caught in the large radius.

With a 52.11% win-rate and very few bad match-ups, Galio is certainly worth picking up. His disruption in team fights is extremely tough to deal with and he counters a lot of the strongest midlaners in the meta at the moment.

Jinx (bot)

Moving into the bot lane, you really can’t go wrong with Jinx. The Loose Cannon is always a threat as she is one of the strongest scaling champions in the game.

In the late game, basic attacks deal massive AoE damage with the help of Runaan’s Hurricane as she melts through entire teams and is able to chase thanks to the speed up from her passive. While Jinx isn’t the strongest laning ADC, she can more than hold her own in early trades, her traps even allow her to layer CC to give herself more kill pressure in lane.

With a solid early game and always the chance to carry later on, Jinx is a very safe choice hence her 51.72% win-rate and massive 20.1% pick rate – the second highest in the game. She doesn’t have any escapes so positioning is crucial, but that’s a skill you’re going to need to climb as an ADC anyway.

Tristana (bot)

Another very strong option is Tristana who, despite being played a fair bit in mid recently, is definitely still viable in the bot lane.

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The Yordle has a solid 50.92% win-rate and is another hyper carry who scales very well into the late-game.The range on her auto-attacks, Explosive Charge, and ultimate all increase in range as she levels up meaning she can deal immense damage from far away. And with her standard build full of crit items, she will pop anyone squishy that she can get onto.

However, unlike Jinx, Tristana is an ADC that can be played in a much riskier style as she leaps straight into the action with Rocket Jump which will reset on a fully charged Explosive Charge or on a takedown (kill or assist). That reset also allows Tristana to go for risky all-ins that most ADCs can’t. But be warned: there’s a fine balance between a really cool play and a game-losing one. For the most part, you’ll want to use the jump to escape to safety – especially as the ability still goes off even if you were hit by CC as long as you cast it soon enough.

Leona (support)

Finally, we have our supports. While enchanters like Lulu are fairly good right now, if you want to climb as a support you need a CC-heavy engager like Leona to put kills on a plate for your bot lane partner or your team in general.

Leona is a force to be reckoned with – she can lock down an individual champion with a large arsenal of roots and stuns as she dives deep into fights and soaks up tonnes of damage simultaneously. All of that CC is also brilliant for peeling, protecting your ADC or most-fed team member in slower fights.

Leona is excellent at every stage of the game. She can dominate lane with her engages and snowball a small advantage into a major lead. And she has the ability to take complete control of a team fight – she picks when to engage and who to engage on. She can even swap targets in the middle of the skirmish.

Thresh (support)

Leona is very easy to learn and have an impact on but if you’re looking for a champion who can do it all, Thresh is the pick for you. The Chain Warden has an incredibly unique kit with so much potential and versatility.

Primarily, Thresh is another playmaking support who excels at setting up kills. His hook can pull targets in from far away and his Flay can pull multiple opponents back in – the latter is a better engage than most realise. Flay is also an excellent disengage tool as well, it can even interrupt engages such as Leona’s Zenith Blade, though his best tool to escape a sticky situation is his lantern which can pull an ally to safety from a distance.

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The majority of Thresh’s abilities have multiple uses which makes him rather complex and tricky to play. He can absolutely take over a game but you need strong decision-making and a good aim to hit your skillshots. Thresh is incredibly fulfilling to learn but it takes time and practice. Once you have him nailed down though, you’ll be crushing lane, pulling off huge roams, and orchestrating team fights as you climb up the ranked ladder.

That’s all for our best League of Legends champions to use in ranked play for now. We’ll continue to update this guide with each and every patch, so keep an eye on this guide if you prefer direction above all else.

FAQs

Who is the hardest LoL champion to play? ›

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  • 8 Yasuo.
  • 7 Nidalee.
  • 6 Aphelios.
  • 5 Taliyah.
  • 4 Orianna.
  • 3 Gangplank.
  • 2 Zeri.
  • 1 Azir.
8 Sept 2022

What champions should I play in LoL? ›

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  • Ashe. Champions Role: Marksman, Bot Lane. ...
  • Annie. Champions Role: Mage, Mid Lane. ...
  • Garen. Champions Role: Fighter, Top Lane. ...
  • Soraka. Champions Role: Support, Bot Lane. ...
  • Amumu. Champions Role: Tank, Jungler.

Do you need 20 champions to play ranked? ›

A player must have access to at least 20 champions in order to participate, those 20 champions can be either owned or available in the free rotation. In solo or duo Ranked games, all 20 champions must be owned since free champions are not available. The player must also be level 10 for Normal Draft, and 30 for Ranked.

Who is the strongest in LoL lore? ›

1) Aurelion Sol: Star Forger

In the League of Legends universe, Aurelion Sol is regarded as the all creator and the all destroyer. The Star Forger has the power to create and destroy entire planets and universes, and he is the oldest and by far the most powerful entity in the entirety of the League of Legends roster.

What Junglers can solo carry? ›

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  • Rek'Sai. ...
  • Nidalee. ...
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Who is the hardest Jungler? ›

1. Lee Sin

Then master Lee Sin. He's probably one of the most popular champions in the game, because knowing how his kit works can make you look like an absolute chad on the rift. Lee Sin is a mobile and fast jungler with a great clear speed, but it's his ganks that set him apart from the rest.

Who is the hardest ADC? ›

If you thought that movement was important with Kai'sa and others on this list, Draven takes the cake as the most difficult Champion to maneuver in the history of League. That might be an exaggeration, but have you played him with two axes at once?

What is the most played role in League of Legends? ›

The mid laner is the most popular and played role among the millions of LoL players worldwide. It is one of the lines with the most action and relevance in the game and allows incredible rotations throughout the map to ensure the team's advantage.

Is LoL hard to learn? ›

Feel free to play the tutorials a few times if you are still unfamiliar with the controls. LoL is one of those "easy to learn, impossible to master" games.

Who is the hardest mid Laner? ›

1. Azir. In the first place is Azir, a walking danger that kills the motivation of all players when they see that they have to fight against this ultra-strong champion.

What is the hardest Lane in League of Legends? ›

The difficulty of achieving such map presence and activity is immense, and the Mid Lane is regarded as one of the most difficult to master. The best players in the game have all been Mid Laners, and it truly is a particular part of the map.

How long does it take to get to LVL 30 league? ›

It takes a total of 21,389 summoners experience to reach level 30 on League of Legends. When you play bot games, you get around 90 experience per game, and those games can take as long as 20 minutes – this means that to reach level 30, you'd have to play a total of 150 hours of LoL.

Who is the weakest champion in lol? ›

This trade-off that most early and mid-games champions do can be quite frustrating to those who do not understand the power dynamics of a complex MOBA.
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  1. 1 Nidalee, The Bestial Huntress.
  2. 2 Teemo, The Swift Scout. ...
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  4. 4 Lee Sin, The Blind Monk. ...
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Who is the most broken champion in League of Legends 2021? ›

1. Yone. Yone can be highly annoying because he is said broken and very powerful.

Who has the highest DPS in League of Legends? ›

With that thought, DPS champions are mostly composed of marksmen or fighter champions and based on my experience, I made a list of the top 7 best DPS champions in League of Legends.
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  • Master Yi. At the top of this list is none other than the master of Wuju style himself, Master Yi. ...
  • Yasuo. ...
  • Vayne. ...
  • Jinx. ...
  • Tristana. ...
  • Kog'Maw. ...
  • Jax.
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Is Pyke good for solo queue? ›

The best Solo Queue Supports for Season 12 are Bard, Pyke and Blitzcrank. Do you notice what all these champions have in common? They all have great trading power and pick potential. Each of these champions Q can start a skirmish and pick the enemy off in lane.

What's the best lane to carry solo queue? ›

Mid Lane. If you decide to play Mid lane, you won't go wrong with Ahri, one of the top choices for this role. This playful fox has great kill potential by attracting opposing champions with her Charm, and Mobility Rush allows her to move quickly and escape from potentially dangerous situations.

What's the best role to carry solo queue? ›

Mid lane is usually the best role to pick in the gold lane as it has access to all other lanes on the map. It is the most flexible role given its position and the champion pool of this role.

Is jinx easy? ›

Jinx, the Loose Cannon, is a fairly simple champion for beginners of League of Legends. While her kit is simple, that doesn't mean that there aren't ways to show a high level of skill when playing this ADC.

Is Lux an easy champ? ›

I'd definitely have to say Lux is more difficult than Malz at least. Her laning isn't very strong and requires better management of spells and mana. Every one of her skills is a skillshot, and if you miss your spells, you have to wait nearly 10 seconds to even try to contribute anything again.

Who is the best late game champion in LoL? ›

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  • Nasus.
  • Ryze.
  • Gangplank.
  • Kayle.
  • Cho'Gath.
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What is the best starting character in League of Legends? ›

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  • Ashe. ...
  • Jinx. ...
  • Malphite. ...
  • Volibear. ...
  • Wukong. ...
  • Shyvana. Shyvana is one of the best champions for beginners because she's easy to learn and easy to play. ...
  • Nasus. Nasus is one of the old school kings of the top lane.
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Is Azir a good champion? ›

Is Azir Good Right Now? Ranking as the #43 Best Pick In the Mid Lane role for patch 12.10, placing it within our F-Tier Rank. A terrible pick at the moment, players should play a higher tier champion, regarding difficulty, this is a hard to play champion for new players in league of legends.

Is riven the hardest champion? ›

Riven is one of the hardest champions in the game due to the amount of combos she has. There are tons and tons of combos for Riven, with each more difficult than the last.

Is Draven strong early? ›

Draven has a very strong early game due to the oppressive power of Spinning Axe, try to kite the enemy while they are attacking minions so you can catch the axes without retaliation. It is very important to maintain Spinning Axe since it's the majority of Draven's damage.

How do I beat Draven ADC? ›

How to Counter Draven | Mobalytics Counterplay - YouTube

Does Draven fall off? ›

During the late game, Draven may struggle. His damage can fall off, and he can easily be locked down by enemies.

Is ahri good LoL? ›

Ahri is one of the best champions you could main in LoL. She's a great mid lane pick and has everything you need – damage, crowd control, mobility, and self-healing. Ahri is a fun champion to play and offers a lot of room for practice. And you can easily carry games with Ahri if you master her.

Which role is easiest in LoL? ›

The support role is the easiest in the game and it consists of supporting your team with damage, taking damage or with healing and buffs to allies' abilities.

Who is the best ADC? ›

Who is the best ADC in League of Legends? As of September 23, 2022, the highest win rate ADC in the game is Seraphine, whose win rate sits at 53 percent. However, she's not a particularly popular pick, with a pick rate of only 1.5 percent.

What is a good win rate in LoL? ›

A number like 54% or more means that you're definitely on the good path to consistently ranking up. All things considered, 52.5% is the lowest good winrate, with the natural state of things that the higher it gets, the more impressive it is.

Is ezreal weak early game? ›

Ezreal's early game is his weak point.

Especially the support match-up plays a role here. Pressing E aggressively also isn't the smartest thing to do, since its cooldown is pretty long early on, and you can easily fall prey to a gank.

Is Dota 2 easier than LoL? ›

DOTA 2 boasts a steep learning curve, while League of Legends is fairly easy to pick up on. While this might seem like a disadvantage on DOTA 2's part, the game's complexity makes it far more rewarding once you've put in the time to understand the game's mechanics and successfully execute some unusual builds and plays.

How long does it take to learn LoL? ›

So, I would say that depending on how much you play, it might take a good month or two to feel at least "decent" at the game. Decent enough to have fun and keep motivation to keep playing. Decent enough to understand the game mechanics and champ roles and everything.

Who is the best first Champion in league of legends? ›

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  • Top Lane Tank - Malphite. ...
  • Tank Jungler - Warwick. ...
  • Carry Jungler - Master Yi. ...
  • Mid Lane Mage - Annie. ...
  • Mid Lane Assassin - Talon. ...
  • Bot Lane Utility - Ashe. ...
  • Bot Lane Hypercarry - Jinx.
24 Apr 2022

Is jinx a good Champion? ›

Jinx is a very fun champion to play. If you want to learn how to play Jinx, you should check out Jinx's champion page. It has tips and tricks to play her, including up to date builds, Runes and tips and tricks.

Who has the highest Ban rate in LoL? ›

Riot Games just nerfed Bel'Veth in LoL Patch 12.12 but she still has really high win and ban rates.

Is ahri good LoL? ›

Ahri is one of the best champions you could main in LoL. She's a great mid lane pick and has everything you need – damage, crowd control, mobility, and self-healing. Ahri is a fun champion to play and offers a lot of room for practice. And you can easily carry games with Ahri if you master her.

Is Miss Fortune or LUX better? ›

Lux Support vs Miss Fortune Bottom Build & Runes

Lux wins against Miss Fortune 48.61% of the time which is 1.94% higher against Miss Fortune than the average opponent. After normalising both champions win rates Lux wins against Miss Fortune 1.17% more often than would be expected.

Is LoL hard to learn? ›

Feel free to play the tutorials a few times if you are still unfamiliar with the controls. LoL is one of those "easy to learn, impossible to master" games.

Who is the best late game champion in LoL? ›

Best Late Game Top Laners in League of Legends
  • Nasus.
  • Ryze.
  • Gangplank.
  • Kayle.
  • Cho'Gath.
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Is Jinx a villain LOL? ›

Jinx, formerly known as Powder and also known as The Loose Cannon, is a villainous playable champion in the MOBA game League of Legends and one of the two main protagonists of its 2021 Netflix animated spin-off prequel series Arcane. She is the sister and arch-nemesis of Vi, the Piltover Enforcer.

How old is Jinx Arcane? ›

Jinx is stated to be 11-12 years old in the first act of Arcane and is estimated to be 17-19 years old in the second and third act of the series.

What is Jinx's mental illness? ›

The Animated Netflix series, Arcane (TV series) presents the story of two sisters suffering from extreme trauma. Fans trust Jinx suffers from Borderline personality disorder, PTSD and Schizophrenia, while Vi has extreme childhood trauma.

Is Lux an easy champ? ›

I'd definitely have to say Lux is more difficult than Malz at least. Her laning isn't very strong and requires better management of spells and mana. Every one of her skills is a skillshot, and if you miss your spells, you have to wait nearly 10 seconds to even try to contribute anything again.

How much does it cost to buy all lol champions? ›

The price for the champions with RP varies from 206 RP, 585 RP, 790 RP, 880 RP, and 975 RP. You will need 118,945 RP or $671 to buy every Champion in League of Legends.

How do you jungle in league? ›

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  3. Ask your laners to call out the summoner spells their enemy laner uses. ...
  4. Make sure to let the enemy overcommit to gank before you show for a countergank.

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