It’s a great time to be a Legends of Runeterra Tournament Player. With a brand new format full of new cards and some nerfed old kings. Combined with a bunch of great tournaments to play in, what more could we want!
It makes me really happy to see the grassroots tournament scene starting to pick up steam with our own $5K Championship, Runeterra Life’s $1K, OLS-Mobalytics and so many more. LoR is still very young and we together are starting to lay the foundation for what I think could be the largest CCG Competitive Scene.
Runeterra is very skill intensive which allows for the top players to continually rise to the top and makes for a great viewing experience as it allows for viewers to see their favourite pros playing at the top consistently. This is a problem that a lot of other Card Games struggled with because top players would only make a top cut a handful of times a year or sometimes not at all. I am very excited to see what Riot cooks up for us in 2022 with their new competitive announcement. Fingers crossed we get a more pro looking league.
Speaking of how competitive Runeterra is, let's dive into today’s topic. With the much needed hot fix dropping this week we can’t count on last weekend's results with as much certainty as the meta has shifted. Luckily Mastering Runeterra runs a Wednesday Night Runeterra tournament every week that we can glean some information from as well. If you’d like to join us Wednesdays at 5PM PST you can find sign up links in our Discord https://discord.gg/UkNvQm7VQY
Lee Sin Zoe and Thralls have been tournament stables since last season and we will continue to see them be great choices going forward, no surprises here. With Poppy rally decks getting hit they are stronger than ever. Look towards Swain Teemo if you want to counter lineups that start with Lee Sin.
The third deck though… Ez Draven. The wayward son has returned. A once tier 1 staple which has taken collateral hits from other decks taking nerfs, has perhaps once again found a home. Time will tell if Ez Draven can once again be a player in the meta but one thing that was a big theme from the top 8 of the first Mastering Runeterra Qualifier was that comfort picks were just as or more important than the actual decks you choose to bring.
Next up we have Boomer from Na with two newer decks combined with Lee Sin
I have been impressed with the new Bandle Tree decks now that they are able to play all of the regions and not even need the Tree to generate units for the win has sped up the time it takes to win with the deck and has raised it close to tier 1.
Fizz Ahri might not have the raw power of the Kenne Ahri decks but what it lacks in staying power it more than makes up for in its ability to close out games extremely fast. Most decks aren’t able to handle a horde of fast elusive damage and combined with newcomers Ahri Flamespitter and The Mourned this deck can finish opponents before they even had a chance to get into the game.
Last but certainly not least we have Leovold with his Anti Lee lineup. Want to beat all the Lee Sin lineups running around? How does 9 Minimorph sound? Not good enough? How about alternate win conditions and more card advantage than you can shake a Pokey Stick at!
I hope you enjoyed going over some of these top line ups and I look forward to seeing whateveryone comes up with for our second $5,000 Championship Qualifier this Sunday! If you haven’t already done so you can find more information and sign up links here