Kai'Sa excels in 1v1 fights
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Best League of Legends Champions to help you climb Solo Queue
It's no easy feat to rank up in League of Legends but here are some champions that can take you out of solo queue elo hell.
Written by James Busby
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Having League of Legends champions you can rely on is incredibly important, especially when you’re playing ranked solo queue. While it may be tempting to stick to the meta during competitive games, it’s not always a reliable tactic for climbing the ladder – in fact, the best champions are those that can carry games no matter what the current meta dictates. These champions are naturally strong and can give your team the edge needed to overcome even the toughest of foes.
Taking the solo queue plunge can be both daunting and frustrating at times, but the champions listed below can easily increase your win rate. If you’re tired of losing multiple games, dropping divisions, and having your meta picks banned, then these solo carry champions will give you the ability to rise through the ranks.

Top-lane

Darius

Darius is a great top lane bully
Darius is a great top lane bully
Few things are more scary in League of Legends than watching a fed Darius absolutely obliterate your backline with deadly slashes from Noxian Guillotine. Darius is not only a great top-lane bully, he also deliver huge amounts of damage in teamfights thanks to his sustain. However, what makes the Hand of Noxus so strong is his ability to build tanky items like Sterak’s Gage, Thornmail, Spirit Visage, Black Cleaver and Ravenous Hydra. These core items give the bloodthirsty Noxian the huge amounts of sustain needed to outrade his opponents in both 1v1 brawls and all out teamfights. A lot of players don’t know how to counter Darius’ oppressive playstyle, so if you’re after a champion that can snowball off a couple of kills, then you can never go wrong with The Hand of Noxus.

Irelia

Irelia is one of the most effective assassins in the game
Irelia is one of the most effective assassins in the game
Irelia is another champion who can lift her allies up and carry them to victory. The Blade Dancer is a top-lane assassin who can effortlessly melt teams with a flurry of blades, often slicing her way through multiple targets before effortlessly escaping before her foes can even react. Unlike most assassins, Irelia has decent utility thanks to Flawless Duet and Vanguard’s Edge which allows her to barrage her targets with stuns and slows, giving her team plenty of opportunities to capitalise on the reduced movement during teamfights. The Blade Dancer may not be as tanky as Darius, but her high mobility and ludicrous DPS can quickly decimate those who dare to oppose your rise to the top.

Jungle

Kha’Zix

Kha'Zix has the ability to secure early game kills
Kha'Zix has the ability to secure early game kills
Kha’Zix is no stranger to the jungle spotlight and there’s a reason why he remains such a popular solo queue pick. The Void Reaver can give even the weakest teams a fighting chance, especially when he is able to secure a couple of early-game kills. The Void Reaver is great at duelling thanks to his evolved abilities which allow him to adapt to most situations. This makes Kha’Zix a great pick for solo queue as sometimes team comps lack CC and engage tools, so having the ability to choose between healing yourself and slowing your target can create plenty of kill opportunities. While the Void Reaver may lack the overall utility of League of Legends’ various tank junglers, his high damage can set the foundation for a lightning fast victory.

Amumu

Amumu is an easy jungle to pick up
Amumu is an easy jungle to pick up
Amumu’s kit may be incredibly simple and he’s a little outdated when compared to League’s current wave of champions, but that doesn’t stop him from being a staple solo queue pick. If you like the idea of locking down targets and gifting your allies kills with a single Bandage Toss, then the Sad Mummy will undoubtedly put a smile on your face. The great thing about Amumu is he’s effective across all ranks of play, making him a great choice for both veteran and new players alike. His ultimate, Curse of the Mummy entangles all surrounding enemies and can easily give his carries the time they need to unleash the bulk of their damage. As a result, Amumu’s utility focused kit makes him useful even when he’s behind. Simply land your ultimate to punch your ticket to victory.

Mid-lane

Ahri

Ahri is a mid-laner with great roaming abilities
Ahri is a mid-laner with great roaming abilities
Ahri is an incredibly versatile mid-laner who delivers great kill potential with her Charm and mobility from Spirit Rush, while her incredibly safe playstyle makes her a fantastic choice for all levels of play. Being able to both initiate fights and safely disengage with Spirit Rush is huge, especially when you’re looking to catch overextended enemy laners. This mischievous fox can effortlessly obliterate champions in team fights thanks to the slow from Glacial Augment and her Charm. Having a champion that can quickly dash between lanes is incredibly important as you’ll be able to secure multiple kills, while also aiding those who are struggling to get ahead. There’s a reason why the Nine-Tailed Fox continues to be a staple mid-lane pick.

Zed

Zed has a high outplay potential
Zed has a high outplay potential
This slippery assassin has a high ban rate for a reason and it’s not hard to see why. Zed not only has the ability to wipe your entire team with deadly precision, he also looks great while doing it. This flashy assassin is known for his outplay potential and
if you’ve ever watched any League related clips, then chances are you’ve seen various Zed montages. While the Master of Shadows may be able to snuff out his opponents within a blink of an eye, he does take a fair amount of skill to play. Switching between his Living Shadow and knowing when to engage foes with Death Mark can be a little tricky, particularly when you consider how squishy Zed is. However, if you’re willing to put in the time needed to learn the intricacies of his kit, then you’ll be racking up those solo queue victories in no time.

Bot-lane

Jinx

Jinx can take down objectives quickly
Jinx can take down objectives quickly
You don’t always have to get kills to carry your team to victory – in fact, gaining an objective advantage is just as important. Fortunately, Jinx can help you achieve both. Switcheroo’s gatling gun fires off blisteringly fast rounds that can shred through both enemy champions and objectives, giving you plenty of opportunities to forge an early-game lead. Even if you find yourself behind in lane, Jinx is still incredibly useful as she can simply go split-pushing, forcing the enemy team to decide between teamfighting or losing their Nexus turrets. Meanwhile, Jinx’s passive movement speed buff allows you to effortlessly kite around enemy threats. Pick Jinx if you want to see those turrets crumble.

Kai’Sa

Kai'Sa excels in 1v1 fights
Kai'Sa excels in 1v1 fights
Kai’Sa has been wreaking havoc on Summoner’s Rift ever since she hit our screens back in patch 8.5. The Daughter of the Void is a great addition to any team looking to get ahead in the early-game. Second Skin works wonders with any supports who have immobilising effects as these mark enemies with Plasma for four seconds, giving Kai’Sa’s auto attacks added lethality. With so many CC supports roaming around the Rift at them moment, you’d be daft not to add Kai’Sa to your champion pool. She excels in 1v1 fights thanks to Icathian Rain, while Killer Instinct gives her plenty of kiting opportunities. It’s not hard to see why Kai’Sa is such a great solo queue champion.

Support

Lux

Lux gives you the ability to carry your team as a support
Lux gives you the ability to carry your team as a support
Lux may be a mid-lane mage but that hasn’t stopped her from starting a career as a support. Unlike most supports, The Lady of Luminosity deals an incredible amount of damage and has plenty of stuns and slows to shut down even the most aggressive AD carries. Being able to root multiple enemies with Light Binding can lead to some easy kills, while Prismatic Barrier can keep her ADC from falling when things take a turn for the worse. When you combine these abilities with Lux’s excellent scaling and high damage, you have a recipe for success. She may not have any healing spells, but sometimes shooting a giant laser at your opponents is enough to dissuade further skirmishes. However, what makes Lux such a great solo queue pick is her ability to carry her laner should they end up feeding.

Pyke

Extra gold gained from Pyke's ultimate can be a massive advantage
Extra gold gained from Pyke's ultimate can be a massive advantage
Pyke is also another champion who favours proactive plays and can quickly bully marksman out of lane with his Bone Skewer. To make matters even better, Pyke gifts himself and his ally bonus gold whenever he executes an enemy with Death from Below. Not only does this allow Pyke to gain access to his core items much faster, it also gives his ADC increased early-game power. Having a decent gold lead in the early stages of the game is hugely beneficial, especially when you’re playing with an AD carry that requires several items to truly shine. Simply land your hook and stun your enemy with Phantom Undertow to send them reeling back to base. Pyke may be a simple champ to play, but that doesn’t mean he’s not effective.