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5 Standard Off-Meta Decks to Try on Ladder - Patch 5.0

Sorry has curated a list of 5 off-meta decks for you to test on the ranked ladder.

The Standard meta has been stale with GalioGalio Elder DragonElder Dragon, MorganaMorgana MordekaiserMordekaiser, and TeemoTeemo YuumiYuumi dominating the meta. Testing out new archetypes with different game plans than what we're used to offers a breath of fresh air.

In this article, we'll explore off-meta decks that are holding their own in the Patch 5.0 meta.


Evelynn Elder Dragon

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
36 500
champion
4
epic
17
rare
11
common
8
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
9
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
8
6
11
7+
Champions
4
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
12
Elder Dragon
1
Elder Dragon
Followers
31
2
Airis
3
Airis
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
3
Vora
4
Steem
3
Steem
6
Cloud Drake
2
Cloud Drake
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
6
Ixtali Sentinel
2
Ixtali Sentinel
7
Beguiling Cobra
2
Beguiling Cobra
7
Minitee
1
Minitee
7
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
2
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
5
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
6
Siren Song
2
Siren Song

EvelynnEvelynn Elder DragonElder Dragon focuses on leveraging keywords to strengthen its board and pave the way for a late-game win condition with Void AbominationVoid Abomination.

Summoning units with specific keywords grants those keywords to Void AbominationVoid Abomination. Key units like AirisAiris, SteemSteem, Genevieve ElmheartGenevieve Elmheart, and Ixtali SentinelIxtali Sentinel provide powerful keywords such as Elusive, Scout, Challenger, and Lifesteal, turning Void AbominationVoid Abomination into a win condition.

Husks and Dragon Boons also contribute to Void AbominationVoid Abomination's Evolve, gaining keywords like Fearsome, Quick Attack, and Deathless. The Cloud DrakeCloud Drake reduces unit costs in hand, potentially allowing for an earlier Void AbominationVoid Abomination deployment.

Setting up Beguiling CobraBeguiling Cobra followed by Void AbominationVoid Abomination creates a copy of that monstrous unit, which should be enough to close out the game as the copy of Void AbominationVoid Abomination will also gain the keywords you've summoned.

Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver serves as a secondary win condition, relying on DominationDomination or Siren SongSiren Song to buff up Husks, which, in turn, boosts Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver's stats when sacrificed.


Annie Miss Fortune

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Bilgewater
18 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
11
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
13
2
12
3
6
4
1
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
Equipments
2
2
Ravenborn Tome
2
Ravenborn Tome
Followers
20
1
Crackshot Corsair
1
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Buhru Leader
3
Buhru Leader
4
Captive Greyback
3
Captive Greyback
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
7
The Syren
1
The Syren
Spells
12
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Transfusion
2
Transfusion
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sharpened Resolve
3
Sharpened Resolve
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros

Baufender shared their AnnieAnnie Miss FortuneMiss Fortune deck while I was streaming. Although I was a bit spectacle, the playstyle of the deck was fun and completely different than what we're currently used to.

This deck wants to find Miss FortuneMiss Fortune as early as possible and start working on leveling her up. Yup, leveling up Miss FortuneMiss Fortune in a deck that isn't Scouts!

To do that, we have cards like Snapjaw SwarmSnapjaw Swarm, Buhru LeaderBuhru Leader, and Island NavigatorIsland Navigator that offer that additional attack and advance Miss FortuneMiss Fortune's level up.

Ravenborn TomeRavenborn Tome can double the equipped unit's skill. So units like AnnieAnnie, Miss FortuneMiss Fortune, and Captive GreybackCaptive Greyback will put more pressure on the opponent, making it difficult for them to even block.

The burn damage can become too much for them to handle, setting you up to destroy their Nexus if they don't find answers for your key cards. Noxian Fervor is the only burn spell in the deck to close out the game.

Sharpened ResolveSharpened Resolve is your only protection tool to keep an important unit alive (Miss FortuneMiss Fortune or Captive GreybackCaptive Greyback) and it can be used offensively to push more Nexus damage.


Norra PZ

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
10 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
23 900
champion
3
epic
8
rare
12
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
4
3
6
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Norra
3
Norra
Landmarks
3
5
Sunken Temple
3
Sunken Temple
Followers
11
1
Mister Thrift
3
Mister Thrift
2
Junk Construct
2
Junk Construct
3
The Tea Maker
2
The Tea Maker
4
Evil Imperfectionist
2
Evil Imperfectionist
4
Portal Scholar
2
Portal Scholar
Spells
23
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
2
Early Bird
3
Early Bird
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Tricksy Tentacles
1
Tricksy Tentacles
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Eclectic Collection
1
Eclectic Collection
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph

This NorraNorra deck's game plan centers around Sunken TempleSunken Temple and Mister ThriftMister Thrift. The plan is to plant Mysterious Portals into your deck with NorraNorra, Portal ScholarPortal Scholar, or PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza and start drawing them while Mister ThriftMister Thrift is on the board.

Mister ThriftMister Thrift continuously adds Mysterious Portals to the deck, facilitating aggressive attacks and forcing opponents to trade their units. Having infinite Mysterious Portals means you're fine with sacrificing units since you'll have access to more as the game progresses.

Sunken TempleSunken Temple plays a crucial role in this deck since it finds those Mysterious Portals. If you have a full board, you won't have to worry about discarding any fleeting units, Sunken Temple will shuffle them back into the deck.

Evil ImperfectionistEvil Imperfectionist can create copies of cards like Early BirdEarly Bird, providing you with a tool to kick important cards out of your opponent's hand, potentially shutting down their late game plan.

Some lists are adding Bursting BackpackBursting Backpack as an alternative win condition with The Poison PuffcapPoison Puffcap and ChimeChimes.


Master Yi Riven

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Noxus
25 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
5
epic
3
rare
12
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
6
3
9
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
5
2
Master Yi
2
Master Yi
3
Riven
3
Riven
Equipments
1
4
Soul Sword
1
Soul Sword
Followers
18
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Red-Barbed Razormace
3
Red-Barbed Razormace
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
Spells
16
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
3
Might
3
Might
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Flurry of Fists
3
Flurry of Fists
5
Unworthy Soul
3
Unworthy Soul

This combo-oriented deck has gained popularity on the ranked ladder recently.

The strategy involves setting up a powerful Overwhelm attack to strike down the opponent's Nexus. To do that, the deck takes advantage of units like RivenRiven, Red-Barbed RazormaceRed-Barbed Razormace, and Enraged FirespitterEnraged Firespitter capable of dishing out a lot of damage with Blade Fragments, Wuju StyleWuju Style, and MightMight.

The updated list includes Flurry of FistsFlurry of Fists, synergizing with Quick Attack for a Double Attack Overwhelm hit.

Finding Master YiMaster Yi early can be pivotal, as the spell cost reduction aids in mid-game plays and facilitates the combo attack. A leveled Master YiMaster Yi becomes a win condition, dealing with opponent units and posing a significant threat if given the Overwhelm keyword.


Gwen Swain

Regions
Noxus
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
6
2
11
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
5
Swain
3
Swain
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
4
Deathgrasp Cultist
3
Deathgrasp Cultist
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
Spells
10
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Soul Harvest
3
Soul Harvest
3
Death's Grasp
2
Death's Grasp
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor

GwenGwen SwainSwain, the Fearsome spin of the Hallowed archetype has been holding up well on the ladder so far! Mostly because Formidable units can't block those Fearsome attackers.

Fearsome units like Burgeoning SentinelBurgeoning Sentinel, Precious PetPrecious Pet, Phantom ButlerPhantom Butler, Buhru SentinelBuhru Sentinel, and SwainSwain can be challenging for most decks to block in the current meta. Combined with the Hallowed keyword, the deck threatens powerful hits that endanger the opponent's Nexus.

GwenGwen serves as mid-game pressure, utilizing Quick Attack and Hallowed buffs. Her drain ability slowly burns the opponent's Nexus while advancing SwainSwain's level-up condition.

To level SwainSwain, cards like Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor, Death's Grasp, and Enraged FirespitterEnraged Firespitter play a crucial role. A leveled SwainSwain will gain the Overwhelm keyword, which means you'll want SwainSwain to attack first to get those Hallowed stacks and connect with Nexus, thus activating his AOE damage ability.

MightMight is another method to sneak Overwhelm damage when played on Hallowed buff units or Enraged FirespitterEnraged Firespitter.


Closing Words

Exploring these decks on the ranked ladder has been refreshing. While they may not match the consistency of top meta decks, they introduce new playstyles, challenging players to think creatively as they set up the win condition.

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