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8 Decks for Day 1 Ranked Climb - Patch 4.6 Heart of the Huntress Expansion

Sorry shares 8 Standard decks to start your ladder climb on Patch 4.6

The Heart of the Huntress expansion is just around the corner, introducing three new champions: NidaleeNidalee, NeekoNeeko, and The Poro KingThe Poro King, along with their supporting cards.

The first day of a new season is always filled with excitement as players explore the new cards, leading to the emergence of various new archetypes. However, some players prefer to gain an advantage by using already-established decks during this experimental phase.

In this article, I will share eight different standard decks, both old and new, that have the potential to perform well on the first day of the expansion.


Nidalee Gnar

Regions
Bandlecity
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
21
common
12
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
12
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
4
Nidalee
3
Nidalee
Landmarks
2
2
Bushwhack Trap
2
Bushwhack Trap
Followers
23
1
Bristlehog
2
Bristlehog
2
All-Terrain Trooper
3
All-Terrain Trooper
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Aurora Hallunatis
2
Aurora Hallunatis
3
Avenging Vastaya
1
Avenging Vastaya
3
Chief Nakotak
3
Chief Nakotak
3
Pakaa Cub
3
Pakaa Cub
7
Big Game Tycoon
3
Big Game Tycoon
Spells
9
1
Pie Toss
2
Pie Toss
1
Prowl
3
Prowl
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation

NidaleeNidalee GnarGnar is an ideal combination, as NidaleeNidalee's level-up condition requires you to summon or transform units. GnarGnar's ability to transform into Mega GnarMega Gnar and revert to his base state makes him a valuable asset in the deck, advancing Nidalee's level-up.

The Bushwhack TrapBushwhack Trap landmark allows you to give vulnerable to the opponent's weakest units. This can be quite strong, as both Gnar and Nidalee have the Quick Attack keyword, meaning they'll be able to pick off opponent's units with ease.

Once your champions level up, they will pose a threat with Overwhelm damage. And if Big Game TycoonBig Game Tycoon is present to witness the transformation, your units will double both their Power and Health, leading to a deadlier attack.

Swain Illaoi

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Noxus
14 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
9
2
10
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
12
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Hired Gun
1
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
6
Lord Broadmane
1
Lord Broadmane
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
22
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon

One of my favorite decks, SwainSwain IllaoiIllaoi, has consistently performed well in the previous patch. It proves to be a great choice against early aggressive decks and can hold its own against swarm archetypes.

Additionally, IllaoiIllaoi and SwainSwain provide an Overwhelm win condition capable of inflicting significant damage to the opponent's Nexus. A leveled-up SwainSwain can potentially demolish the opponent's board when he connects with the Nexus.

The fact that Swain Illaoi offers a good matchup against FizzFizz SamiraSamira makes it one of the best choices for climbing on the first day.

Setting up both SwainSwain and The LeviathanThe Leviathan on the board will stun-lock two of your opponent's units, paving the way for a stronger attack.

Norra Neeko

Regions
Runeterra
29 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
18
2
3
3
2
4
9
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Neeko
3
Neeko
2
Norra
3
Norra
Followers
28
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Deck Hunter
2
Deck Hunter
2
Frostcoat Cub
2
Frostcoat Cub
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Tufted Webspinner
2
Tufted Webspinner
3
Anura & Froop
3
Anura & Froop
4
Yordle Captain
2
Yordle Captain
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
Spells
6
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms

The NorraNorra NeekoNeeko swarm deck could prove to be a solid choice against aggressive decks that you might encounter on the first day of the expansion.

This deck allows you to flood the board and gradually chip away at the opponent's Nexus. Simultaneously, the diverse range of units with different subtypes will contribute to leveling up NeekoNeeko. A leveled-up NeekoNeeko leads to stronger attacks and a powerful late game, forcing the opponent into unfavorable blocks.

NeekoNeeko isn't the only card that enhances your units' stats. Yordle CaptainYordle Captain provides a stat buff to your summoned units, adding even more pressure on the opponent.

Considering the ability to swarm the board, including Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms seems logical. This powerful spell grants all your units +3|+3, setting up a potentially lethal attack.

Fizz Samira

Regions
Bilgewater
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
31 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
10
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
15
1
9
2
5
3
4
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
2
Samira
3
Samira
Followers
11
1
Elegant Edge
3
Elegant Edge
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Father Fury
3
Father Fury
2
Jagged Taskmaster
1
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Inferna
1
Inferna
Spells
23
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
All Out
3
All Out
1
Stylish Shot
3
Stylish Shot
2
Monkey Business
2
Monkey Business
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
3
Pirouette
4
Barbed Chain
3
Barbed Chain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
7
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium

Despite the nerfs FizzFizz SamiraSamira received in previous patches, it remains a solid deck in the Standard format. I have reached the top 5 on the EMEA ranked ladder, primarily playing FizzFizz SamiraSamira.

Assessing how this archetype will fare in the upcoming meta with the introduction of numerous new cards is challenging. Nevertheless, it could be a reliable choice for the first day of the expansion.

This archetype might thrive on the ladder as players experiment and refine their new decks. SamiraSamira provides a powerful early game, setting up strong attacks before transitioning into the Powder PandemoniumPowder Pandemonium win condition.

Poros Deck

Regions
Runeterra
33 cards
Freljord
7 cards
Rarities
20 900
champion
3
epic
6
rare
8
common
23
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
16
1
9
2
5
3
2
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
5
The Poro King
3
The Poro King
Followers
26
1
Affectionate Poro
1
Affectionate Poro
1
Daring Poro
1
Daring Poro
1
Destined Poro
2
Destined Poro
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Nimble Poro
1
Nimble Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Porofly
1
Porofly
1
Pouty Poro
2
Pouty Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Sinister Poro
1
Sinister Poro
2
Ingvar the Younger
3
Ingvar the Younger
2
Patched Porobot
2
Patched Porobot
2
Poro Herder
2
Poro Herder
3
Mighty Poro
2
Mighty Poro
4
Fabled Poro
2
Fabled Poro
5
Poro Sled
1
Poro Sled
Spells
11
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
2
Poro Stories
2
Poro Stories
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
5
Aurora Porealis
2
Aurora Porealis
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

The Poro KingThe Poro King unites all the Poros! This time, the Poro archetype shows promise with a more potent late game, courtesy of The Poro KingThe Poro King. This deck aims to buff up all the Poros with the Poro SnaxPoro Snax and Special Snax.

You're able to develop an early board of Poros. However, you'll be hesitant to block and trade with them in the early stages of the game as you can get more value out of the Poros once Poro SnaxPoro Snax start buffing them up.

The Poro King creates random Special Snax, Espresso SnaxEspresso Snax stands out as the most powerful, enabling you to eliminate troublesome units with the Challenger keyword. On the other hand, Pepper SnaxPepper Snax can establish a winning strategy by inflicting Nexus damage with the Impact keyword across all the Poros on the board.

Eventually, your Poros will become too strong for the opponent to handle, and with an Overwhelm or Elusive keyword, you'll be able to sneak the win without having to deal with the opponent's blockers.

Kai'Sa Garen J4

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
6
3
7
4
5
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Garen
2
Garen
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
18
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
3
Belvethi Elder
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
Spells
16
1
Scrying Sands
2
Scrying Sands
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

Kai'Sa GarenGaren Jarvan IVJarvan IV has been one of the strongest Standard decks in the Patch 4.5 meta. It should deliver a powerful performance on the first day of Patch 4.6, especially considering the difficulty most decks will face when dealing with Kai'Sa + CataclysmCataclysm.

This deck can withstand early pressure, thanks to units like VoidlingVoidling, Belvethi ElderBelvethi Elder, and Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing, until a leveled Kai'Sa wipes out the board, and potentially pushing Overwhelm damage.

Champions' Strength is a powerful late-game play, but it could be difficult to pull off if decks that run Rite of NegationRite of Negation are popular on day 1.

Ashe LeBlanc Temple

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Noxus
16 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
6
2
7
3
9
4
5
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Landmarks
3
3
Temple to True Ice
3
Temple to True Ice
Followers
14
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
17
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
2
Here to Help
3
Here to Help
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
6
For Glory!
2
For Glory!

The new Temple to True IceTemple to True Ice landmark has the potential to alter the way we play the AsheAshe LeBlancLeBlanc Frostbite deck. Units such as AsheAshe, LeBlancLeBlanc, and Trifarian GloryseekerTrifarian Gloryseeker will greatly benefit from Temple to True IceTemple to True Ice, gaining substantial health and making it challenging for the opponent to eliminate them.

This landmark reduces your reliance on combat tricks to protect your units and forces the opponent to expend more resources.

Moreover, For Glory!For Glory! is now a viable addition to the deck. With the Temple to True IceTemple to True Ice, both summoned Trifarian GloryseekerTrifarian Gloryseeker transform into 5|5 units with the challenger keyword.

Vayne Aatrox Quinn

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
34 200
champion
6
epic
10
rare
9
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
15
2
8
3
3
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
1
Quinn
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
10
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
14
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
10
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
1
Blinding Assault
2
Form Up!
2
Form Up!
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
6
Condemn
1
Condemn

VayneVayne AatroxAatrox QuinnQuinn is another already-established deck in the meta. It's a safe choice that has a good shot at beating most decks you might face on the ranked ladder.

Your challenger units along with equipment can pick off early annoying units until your stronger units like Ranger-Knight DefectorRanger-Knight Defector and AatroxAatrox hit the board.

AatroxAatrox is the late-game win condition, World EnderWorld Ender transforms all your equipped units to the equipment's Darkin form, setting the stage for powerful attacks.


Closing Words

I'm looking forward to starting the try-hard mode in the Standard format. The game feels more competitive when learning and accustoming to the Standard meta rewards you in the Runeterra Open.

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