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3 Lineups I Would Bring to a Tournament this Weekend

Seasonal Champion MajiinBae presents the three lineups he's considering for Tournaments this weekend.

Hello everyone, Majiinbae here!

With a few tournaments coming up soon, such as our very own Mastering Runeterra Qualifier #5, Runeterra Academy and other grassroots events, I figured now would be a good time to talk about the decks and strategies that I consider to be the best positioned at the moment.

A lineup being well positioned has more to it than just whether or not the deck is strong: it needs to have a plan. Am I playing the 3 best decks and hoping to bully weaker lineups? Perhaps you’re seeing a low amount of healing in the format and decide burn is very strong. Or too many people have been playing a specific deck so you build a lineup wholly focused on destroying it.

There are plenty of different strategies, and none are specifically better than any other, but I do find it important to at least have a plan. With that said let’s jump straight into lineup #1.

The "Always Ban Ahri Kennen" lineup

This lineup removes the possibility of playing against the best deck in the format by just always banning it, allowing some of the strategies that have been kept down by the Ahri menace to finally shine.

Pantheon Shyvana.

Regions
Demacia
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
8
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
Followers
18
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
Spells
16
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Strafing Strike
2
Strafing Strike
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
14
2
8
3
3
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Lurk 

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
3
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
26
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
2
Jaull-fish
Spells
8
1
Bloodbait
2
Bloodbait
2
Bone Skewer
1
Bone Skewer
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
2
Ruthless Predator
2
Ruthless Predator
Open deck in builder

All 3 of these decks struggle against stuns and homecoming. When you remove those from the equation, suddenly all of the board centric/rally decks gain a lot of points against the expected field.

The "Beat Ahri Kennen" lineup

For this lineup, we go the opposite route: we want our opponent to play Ahri Kennen, since our lineup is favored into it.

Ahri Kennen Go Hard

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Tasty Faefolk
1
Tasty Faefolk
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
1
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
5
5
7
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
17
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

FTR

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
5
epic
5
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
6
2
5
3
8
4
9
5
3
6
9
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
7
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
9
Commander Ledros
1
Commander Ledros
Spells
25
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

I know it’s weird to put Ahri kennen in a lineup that is meant to beat Ahri Kennen but this specific version is fantastic in the mirror while also gaining you a lot of points against spiders (which you also really want to beat).

This lineup is looking to crush anyone who brings the best deck, and all three of these picks are teched out specifically for that reason -- that's why we have multiple one-mana ping spells such as Go Hard and Group Shot, and we slot extra copies of The Box and Withering Wail.

The Anti-Control lineup

You’re here to ruin Control players' day, and that’s all you care about. 

Turbo Thralls

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
7
3
9
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
9
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
6
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
The Clock Hand
1
The Clock Hand
Spells
19
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
3
Ice Shard
2
Ice Shard
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Succumb to the Cold
2
Succumb to the Cold
6
Promising Future
3
Promising Future
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Taric

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
6
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
11
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
23
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Lulu Zed Rally 

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
11
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
14
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

With the huge flux in anti Ahri lineups, the next level becomes a lineup built to prey on the decks flooded with pings and damage based AOE removal such as Avalanche and Withering Wail.

We switched from Pantheon Shyvana to the Taric variation because the extra focus on rallies and copies of Bastion make it even more difficult for the control player to deal with your board. This lineup has several counters, though, and is really looking to take advantage of an expected field -- if you don’t run into things like Darkness and FTR/Anivia, then you might be in trouble.

Closing Words

Remember: a lineup's strength always depends on what you expect your opponents to bring to the fight. There are many strategies, but you need to at least have a plan.

Good luck out there!

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