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8 Standard Decks to Play on Day 1 of Patch 4.12

Sorry shares 8 different decks to test out on the first day of Patch 4.12

I've been playing a lot of LoR early access, and Patch 4.12 has been tons of fun so far! Elder DragonElder Dragon, MorganaMorgana, and MordekaiserMordekaiser are all powerful champions that fit in different archetypes, bringing a new, unique gameplay to Runeterra.

In this article, I'll showcase different standard decks you can test on day 1 of Patch 4.12.


Volibear Elder Dragon

Regions
Runeterra
16 cards
Freljord
24 cards
Rarities
41 900
champion
5
epic
20
rare
7
common
8
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
2
2
11
3
3
4
5
5
8
6
11
7+
Champions
5
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
12
Elder Dragon
2
Elder Dragon
Followers
20
3
Scholarly Pioneer
3
Scholarly Pioneer
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
6
Cloud Drake
3
Cloud Drake
6
Enraged Firespitter
2
Enraged Firespitter
6
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
3
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
7
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
3
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
10
Heisho, Shell of the World
3
Heisho, Shell of the World
Spells
15
2
Sky Splitter
2
Sky Splitter
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
3
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Invocation Of Thunder
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism

The VolibearVolibear Elder DragonElder Dragon is one of the strongest decks I've tested during early access. The plan is to ramp with Winter's Touch and Wild MysticismWild Mysticism to get your big units on the board sooner. Sigil of the StormSigil of the Storm also operates as a ramp card, reducing the cost of Titanic units.

The Elder DragonElder Dragon provides the Dragon Boon value every time you play a 6-cost unit. Additional stats and keywords will empower your units and ensure you dominate the board presence. A Challenger keyword on a Cloud DrakeCloud Drake or a +1|+1 buff on Iascylla, Figurehead of the DeepIascylla, Figurehead of the Deep can be huge and difficult for the opponent to deal with. Iascylla, Figurehead of the DeepIascylla, Figurehead of the Deep will also double the Dragon Boons since they're Elemental skills, creating more value from the Elder DragonElder Dragon.

Once Heisho, Shell of the WorldHeisho, Shell of the World drops on the board, you'll be able to play a second high-cost unit, dominating the game and setting up a powerful attack to close out the game.

A leveled Elder DragonElder Dragon can't be stopped. Make sure to not challenge any of the opponent's units with a leveled Elder DragonElder Dragon and instead strike their Nexus and end the game.


Viego Mordekaiser

Regions
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Noxus
13 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
15
2
8
3
5
4
3
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
6
Viego
3
Viego
7
Mordekaiser
3
Mordekaiser
Equipments
1
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
19
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Lord Mallat
3
Lord Mallat
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
Spells
14
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Soul Harvest
1
Soul Harvest
3
Death's Grasp
3
Death's Grasp
3
Indestructible
2
Indestructible
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance

One of my favorite decks, which uses Legion DeserterLegion Deserter as a win condition. The plan is to summon Encroaching MistEncroaching Mist and buff up the Legion DeserterLegion Deserter.

The Camavoran SoldierCamavoran Soldier and ViegoViego are your Encroaching MistEncroaching Mist generators. Playing MordekaiserMordekaiser on a Camavoran SoldierCamavoran Soldier can revive it, giving more buffs to your Legion DeserterLegion Deserter. Keep in mind that as long as MordekaiserMordekaiser is on the board, slaying your units will revive them! This means if your opponent tries to kill a ViegoViego or a Legion DeserterLegion Deserter, you can play a Glimpse BeyondGlimpse Beyond or Death's Grasp to kill and revive it. Both ViegoViego and Legion DeserterLegion Deserter will retain their gained stats and keep the win condition alive.

IndestructibleIndestructible can be a great answer to a removal card, giving the Deathless keyword to units like ViegoViego or Legion DeserterLegion Deserter, which will gain their stats instead of staying 1-health!


Akshan Morgana

Regions
Mount Targon
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
20
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Morgana
3
Morgana
Equipments
6
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
Followers
17
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
3
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
3
Lisa and Dolly
3
Lisa and Dolly
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
3
Tomb-Raider Barbara
3
Tomb-Raider Barbara
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
11
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Dark Binding
2
Dark Binding
3
Desert Duel
1
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
3
Grappling Hook
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection

AkshanAkshan MorganaMorgana uses both champions as part of its win condition. This deck wants AkshanAkshan on the board as early as possible to start advancing Warlord's Palace. The Darkin BloodlettersThe Darkin Bloodletters and Swinging GlaiveSwinging Glaive will advance both champions' level up.

MorganaMorgana hitting the board will shut down one of the opponent's units, forcing mana out of them to free their opponent's from ShacklesShackles.

The Lucky FindLucky Find generation from Swinging GlaiveSwinging Glaive and Tomb-Raider BarbaraTomb-Raider Barbara can buff up your champions and turn them into win conditions, especially if you find the Overwhelm keyword.


Nami Jack

Regions
Bilgewater
33 cards
Mount Targon
7 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
17
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
20
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Jack
3
Jack
Landmarks
3
2
Marai Reef Spire
3
Marai Reef Spire
Equipments
3
2
Barknuckles
3
Barknuckles
Followers
17
1
Pocket Picker
3
Pocket Picker
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Mad Ol' Babs
3
Mad Ol' Babs
2
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
1
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
3
Honest Croupier
3
Honest Croupier
4
Perfidious Promoter
3
Perfidious Promoter
7
The King's Court
1
The King's Court
Spells
11
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Black Shield
2
Black Shield
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Tidal Invocation
2
Tidal Invocation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros

The NamiNami JackJack deck takes advantage of the new Marai Reef SpireMarai Reef Spire to get access to more mana. This sets up more plays and helps you level up your champions. JackJack can turn into an Overwhelm threat, whereas NamiNami will buff up the board, adding more pressure on the opponent.

The new Honest CroupierHonest Croupier can gain a bunch of stats, turning into a threat when it goes for the attack, especially since it has the Brash keyword. Perfidious PromoterPerfidious Promoter is your value engine that synergizes with Marai Reef SpireMarai Reef Spire, creating more followers and ensuring you don't run out of resources.

We're pairing Bilgewater with Targon to get access to protection cards like Ruby-Eyed ConjurerRuby-Eyed Conjurer, Black ShieldBlack Shield, Pale CascadePale Cascade, and Targonian TellstonesTargonian Tellstones to help keep our key units alive.


Shyvana Elder Dragon

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Runeterra
16 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
11
rare
8
common
15
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
8
7+
Champions
6
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
12
Elder Dragon
3
Elder Dragon
Followers
27
2
Dragon Allegiant
3
Dragon Allegiant
2
Dragonguard Lieutenant
2
Dragonguard Lieutenant
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Ruined Dragonguard
3
Ruined Dragonguard
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
6
Cloud Drake
3
Cloud Drake
6
Dragonguard Lookout
2
Dragonguard Lookout
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
7
Alatis the Gallant
3
Alatis the Gallant
9
Kadregrin the Infernal
2
Kadregrin the Infernal
Spells
7
2
Confront
2
Confront
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Strafing Strike
3
Strafing Strike

The ShyvanaShyvana Elder DragonElder Dragon takes a more mid-range approach with a powerful late-game. The plan is to develop the board with mid-game Dragons like ShyvanaShyvana and Screeching DragonScreeching Dragon and keep those units alive as long as possible.

We need the Dragons alive for when we drop Alatis the GallantAlatis the Gallant, which will share the Dragon Boon with all your other Dragons on the board. So picking a Dragon Boon with a stat buff and keyword is the go-to here.

Elder DragonElder Dragon is the late-game play to create that win condition and force answers out of the opponent. If you're unable to end the game with one big hit, Dragonguard LookoutDragonguard Lookout will activate Rally, creating that winning play opportunity and accelerating Elder DragonElder Dragon's level up at the same time.


Norra Mordekaiser

Regions
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
31 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
15
common
13
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
2
3
5
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
7
Mordekaiser
3
Mordekaiser
Followers
16
1
Shackled Ghasts
1
Shackled Ghasts
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
4
Portal Scholar
3
Portal Scholar
5
Amalgamation Of Vile Rites
3
Amalgamation Of Vile Rites
Spells
18
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
3
Death's Grasp
2
Death's Grasp
4
Crumble
2
Crumble
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance

Players are replacing HeimerdingerHeimerdinger with MordekaiserMordekaiser to take advantage of his revive ability in the late game.

This deck wants to swarm the board and start chipping away at the opponent's Nexus. NorraNorra, Junk ConstructJunk Construct, Portal ScholarPortal Scholar, and PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza offer the Mysterious PortalMysterious Portal that create that swarmy board.

Once MordekaiserMordekaiser hits the board, you'll be able to sacrifice and revive your units, which reactivates their effect and plants more Mysterious PortalMysterious Portal in the deck. This also works for playing removal cards like Hate SpikeHate Spike, Death's Grasp, and CrumbleCrumble.


Neeko Jarvan IV

Regions
Runeterra
24 cards
Demacia
16 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
4
common
24
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
4
3
6
4
6
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Neeko
3
Neeko
5
Garen
1
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
2
Jarvan IV
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
23
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Deck Hunter
3
Deck Hunter
2
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Yadulski Snowdog
4
Bonehide Tri-tail
3
Bonehide Tri-tail
4
Red-Barbed Razormace
3
Red-Barbed Razormace
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
5
Scrutinizing Sergeant
2
Scrutinizing Sergeant
Spells
9
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Gentlemen's Duel
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

With the introduction of Yadulski SnowdogYadulski Snowdog to Runeterra in Patch 4.12, NeekoNeeko has the potential to become a popular meta deck. The NeekoNeeko Jarvan IVJarvan IV Demacia deck wants to build up a board of units with different subtypes and attack with them. This advances your NeekoNeeko's level up, eventually leveling her up and granting her the Elusive keyword. NeekoNeeko will also buff all your units by +1|+1, creating a more threatful attack that can be difficult for the opponent to shut down.

The new card, Red-Barbed RazormaceRed-Barbed Razormace, is a big Overwhelm hitter, especially when buffed by Yadulski SnowdogYadulski Snowdog or NeekoNeeko. The IchorIchor can be a slow-burn win condition, forcing the opponent to commit mana to get rid of it.


Ryze Morgana

Regions
Mount Targon
23 cards
Runeterra
17 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
17
2
3
3
3
4
11
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Ryze
3
Ryze
5
Morgana
3
Morgana
Followers
6
2
Cosmic Youngling
3
Cosmic Youngling
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
Spells
28
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Black Shield
2
Black Shield
2
Falling Star
3
Falling Star
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Dark Binding
3
Dark Binding
5
Celestial Wonder
3
Celestial Wonder
5
Place Your Bets
3
Place Your Bets
5
Rejuvenating Breeze
2
Rejuvenating Breeze

Itching to play RyzeRyze in Standard? Well, this RyzeRyze MorganaMorgana deck has more tools to stall the game until you get all 5 World Runes on the board.

Stun cards like Solari SunhawkSolari Sunhawk, Dark BindingDark Binding, and Celestial WonderCelestial Wonder can shut down your opponent's aggression and buy you more time as you look for the World Runes.

MorganaMorgana is more of a supporting champion in this deck. She's a Lifesteal unit that can Curse an enemy unit with ShacklesShackles; this forces more mana investment from the opponent to free their unit and continue their attacks.

The win condition relies on RyzeRyze finding all World Runes and attacking to close out the game.


Closing Words

The new cards bring different playstyles to the game and should shake up the meta. I'm confident there are many undiscovered decks the community will be on the hunt for!