My solo top tier list for Solo Queue, because everyone else is doing one :D

Remember tier lists are mostly opinion and up for discussion.

Champions are graded on multiple things:
  • Scaling; How well they scale into mid/late game, but also how their early game holds up. Priority is mid game > mid-late game > early game > late game because of the snowball nature of Solo Queue, because of the importance of mid game, and because late game isn't always reached.
  • Snowball; Top lane is by far the lane that snowballs the hardest. Give Jax, Riven, Darius etc a kill and a jungler gank is almost REQUIRED to reset.
  • Recovery; How well they can recover from being set back.
  • Dueling; Top lane is 90% of the time a 1v1 lane. How your lane goes depends a lot on if you can duel the other laner.
  • Pressure; This is divided into two, team fight pressure and split push pressure.
  • Matchups; How well this champion does against other top laners. The less negative matchups, the better.

Tier 1: Very very strong champions. They are consistent throughout the game, have few weak points, and can even potentially solo carry games.
Tier 2: Strong champions, but they have weaknesses that can be abused. Some are about as strong as Tier 1 champions under circumstances that benefit them.
Tier 3: Not bad, just not the best. If you're really good at these champions it's possible to do really well, but the main things holding these champions back are easy to abuse weaknesses.
Tier 4: These champions suck **** (at top lane).
Tier 5: Gimmick tier, or champions that haven't yet proven to be strong, or just 'fun' picks. AKA Where the **** do I place these champions.

*Tier 5 does not mean the champion sucks more than the champions that suck ****, by the way*

Tier 1:
Renekton: About 1-2 champions can beat him in lane. His level 1-6 is absurdly strong which gives him a lot of snowball potential, he pushes well, he's hard to kill, and his late game while it isn't strong is acceptable because he just builds tank and transitions into a front line.

Lee Sin: His versatility alone allows him to win literally 99% of lanes through counterbuilding or maxing out the appropriate ability. He has an AoE cripple. He is an excellent duelist. He has the highest sustain out of every top laner in the game due to being resourceless, having a shield, and having built in life steal. He literally has everything you want in a top laner. His weakness of being less than spectacular late game is completely overshadowed by everything else he can and will do.

Jax: He's literally received nothing except indirect buffs since the beginning of Season 3. His pre-6 isn't spectacular, but it isn't weak at all and once he his 6 he can out-duel pretty much everyone. He is arguably the strongest late game bruiser in the entire game on top of having insanely high free steroids.

Rumble: Massive bully to melee laners and The Equalizer. That is all.
JK The Equalizer is just such a stupid ability. It's able to initiate AND do a million damage AND slow people so you can catch up, and then you do a million more with Flamespitter's stupidly high base damage in overheat. In an AoE. His only weakness is his level 1-4, which proven by my friend isn't a huge hurdle.

Zac: He's like a mobile, tankier Rumble but with less damage. Zac has one of the best initiates in the game coupled with damage and is ridiculously hard to kill. He builds 1 maybe 2 damage items and a Sunfire and somehow has enough damage to crush your backline. His one weakness is that he sucks at dueling, but that's negligible if he snowballs or if he finally bought enough sustain to heal everything up.

Tier 2:
Shen, Vladimir, Rengar, Tryndamere, Aatrox, Elise, Riven, Zed, Kennen, Jayce, Malphite, Nasus, AD Nidalee

Tier 3:
Irelia, Jarvan IV, Kayle, Darius, Singed, Trundle, Teemo, Udyr, Wukong, Yorick, Diana, Xin Zhao, Poppy

Tier 4:
Garen, Ryze, Kha'Zix, Pantheon, Cho'Gath, Warwick, Gangplank, Mordekaiser, Talon, Fiora

Tier 5:
Skarner, Karma, Olaf, Volibear