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9 Off-Meta Decks from World Qualifier Open Top 64 Patch 4.10

Sorry shares 9 off-meta decks that showed up in the Runeterra Open top 64

The Runetrra Open World Qualifier wrapped up this weekend, with three players securing their spots in the World Championship tournament. Notably, JannaJanna NilahNilah and Miss FortuneMiss Fortune QuinnQuinn were the favorites due to their solid matchup tables.

When going into a highly competitive tournament, players tend to pick the best meta decks out there and create a lineup capable of dealing with the decks they expect to face off against. However, some prefer bringing their off-meta brews, either due to a sense of comfort in piloting them or to introduce an element of surprise.

Off-meta decks can surprise opponents and exploit their lack of practice against them, potentially leading to costly misplays. Misplaying in highly competitive games can be punished heavily and could end up being the reason for a loss.

Let's look at nine off-meta decks that showed up in the top 64 of the Runeterra Open!


Aatrox Evelynn

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
39 700
champion
6
epic
15
rare
9
common
10
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
5
3
6
4
1
5
4
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
9
1
The Darkin Ballista
3
The Darkin Ballista
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
18
2
Airis
3
Airis
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
4
Steem
3
Steem
5
Solitude
1
Solitude
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
7
2
Allure
3
Allure
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
6
Siren Song
1
Siren Song

END Kienxun from the APAC server brought this AatroxAatrox EvelynnEvelynn deck, leveraging Husks to strengthen their board. Buffing unit Power with Darkin Equipment, DominationDomination, and Siren SongSiren Song is vital to apply more pressure, ultimately increasing Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver's stats and transforming her into Xolaani, Aspect's Bane.

This deck is not a common sight on the ranked ladder, and it seems to target mid-range decks like GalioGalio UdyrUdyr and Miss FortuneMiss Fortune QuinnQuinn. In addition to AatroxAatrox EvelynnEvelynn, END Kienxun brought ShenShen Jarvan IVJarvan IV and GalioGalio UdyrUdyr.


Teemo Kayle

Regions
Mount Targon
11 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
33 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
10
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
5
Kayle
3
Kayle
Followers
26
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Portal Pioneer
2
Portal Pioneer
2
Yordle Explorer
3
Yordle Explorer
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Paparo the Great
3
Paparo the Great
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
8
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Targonian Tellstones
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade

TeemoTeemo KayleKayle is gradually making its mark on the ladder, and CrimsonDAWG23 from the EMEA server recognized its potential and brought it to the top 64. Their lineup also included GalioGalio GarenGaren Jarvan IVJarvan IV and JannaJanna NilahNilah.

This deck focuses on swarming the board and using Yordle ExplorerYordle Explorer, Paparo the GreatPaparo the Great, and Yordle CaptainYordle Captain to increase unit stats and create more threatful attacks to destroy the Nexus. This strategy also accelerates KayleKayle's level-up, introducing another threat for the opponent to handle.

Once KayleKayle levels up, you can set up a potent Overwhelm attack to close out the game. Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver serves as an additional win condition, benefiting from the stat boosts your units receive, setting the stage for a Xolaani, Aspect's Bane attack.


Gnar Teemo NX

Regions
Noxus
5 cards
Bandlecity
35 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
14
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
25
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Stone Stackers
1
Stone Stackers
2
Yordle Explorer
3
Yordle Explorer
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Paparo the Great
3
Paparo the Great
Spells
9
3
Heroic Refrain
3
Heroic Refrain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
2
Reveler's Feast
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash

Scathus brought the aggressive GnarGnar TeemoTeemo Noxus deck to their top 64 run in the Americas. Although this deck has seen some play on the ladder, it hasn't found a solid footing in the current meta.

This aggressive deck aims to fill the board with units and start chipping away at the opponent's Nexus. Yordle ExplorerYordle Explorer and Paparo the GreatPaparo the Great enhance Yordles and apply additional pressure. Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor is the only burn tool, typically saved until your opponent attempts to eliminate one of your units in the mid-game. You can squeeze additional Nexus damage with Reveler's Feast Power buff.

The list runs Treasured TrashTreasured Trash as a last chance to find an RNG win condition.


Norra Caitlyn

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
34 400
champion
6
epic
10
rare
10
common
14
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
8
3
6
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
Landmarks
3
5
Sunken Temple
3
Sunken Temple
Followers
6
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
Spells
25
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Pie Toss
2
Pie Toss
2
Called Shot
2
Called Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm
4
Gotcha!
2
Gotcha!
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Eclectic Collection
2
Eclectic Collection
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph

Kei185 from the APAC server brought a NorraNorra CaitlynCaitlyn deck to day 2. This deck is capable of building a board with Mysterious PortalMysterious Portal from NorraNorra and PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza. CaitlynCaitlyn adds mid-game pressure, forcing the opponent to find answers before she plants too many Flashbomb TrapFlashbomb Trap.

The deck features numerous damage spells, such as Group ShotGroup Shot, Pie TossPie Toss, Mystic ShotMystic Shot, and Howling GaleHowling Gale, to keep the board in check and kill pesky units. Eclectic CollectionEclectic Collection plays a crucial role in executing a slow-burn strategy and planting additional Mysterious PortalMysterious Portal and Chimes value.

Sunken TempleSunken Temple is essential for maintaining card draw and keeping the engine running while activating the Mysterious PortalMysterious Portal you've set up.


Gnar Jhin

Regions
Runeterra
14 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
4
3
10
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
19
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Avenging Vastaya
1
Avenging Vastaya
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
4
Portal Scholar
2
Portal Scholar
6
Lord Broadmane
3
Lord Broadmane
8
Riptide Rex
3
Riptide Rex
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
3
Condense
2
Condense
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza

Verminous356 brought the good old GnarGnar JhinJhin control deck to their EMEA top 64 run. This deck was once one of the top-tier choices in previous metas, though it has seen some nerfs to Lord BroadmaneLord Broadmane and CondenseCondense. In addition to GnarGnar JhinJhin, Verminous356 also brought JannaJanna NilahNilah and HeimerdingerHeimerdinger NorraNorra.

The objective of this deck is to keep the opponent's board in check using various ping spells along with a Lord BroadmaneLord Broadmane. JhinJhin gradually chips away at the opponent's Nexus, and can push a lot of damage once leveled up. Riptide RexRiptide Rex can clear the opponent's board with Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage, creating an opportunity for a devastating attack.

CondenseCondense creates a copy of Riptide RexRiptide Rex, allowing you to replay a 1 mana cost Riptide RexRiptide Rex and activate Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage a second time.


Jayce Targon

Regions
Mount Targon
15 cards
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Rarities
19 400
champion
3
epic
5
rare
6
common
26
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
5
3
6
4
8
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
11
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Solari Sunhawk
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
23
1
Epic Scraptraption
3
Epic Scraptraption
1
Targonian Tellstones
3
Targonian Tellstones
2
Cosmic Call
3
Cosmic Call
2
High Note
2
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
5
Celestial Wonder
2
Celestial Wonder
5
Rocket Barrage
3
Rocket Barrage
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
6
Formula
1
Formula

JayceJayce Targon was the hidden gem that several players brought to their Open Day 2. RealPrismsword from the Americas brought this list alongside JannaJanna NilahNilah and SeraphineSeraphine SettSett.

The Jayce Targon strategy revolves around leveling up JayceJayce and double-casting Cosmic CallCosmic Call. This sets the stage for low-cost Celestial cards, which can be exceptionally strong if you manage to Invoke a Living LegendsLiving Legends.

Eventually, you'll set up big Celestial units like The Great BeyondThe Great Beyond or The ScourgeThe Scourge, threatening to end the game with a powerful attack.


Akshan Udyr

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
7
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
Equipments
1
3
Swinging Glaive
1
Swinging Glaive
Followers
15
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Innovative Blacksmith
1
Innovative Blacksmith
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
Spells
18
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
1
Exhaust
3
Exhaust
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Desert Duel
1
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
3
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation

Kh0a from the APAC server brought a mid-range AkshanAkshan UdyrUdyr deck that aims to empower the champions and transform them into win conditions. Their lineup also featured EkkoEkko Jinx and JannaJanna NilahNilah.

The Stance SwapStance Swap provides a stat boost to AkshanAkshan or UdyrUdyr, which also advances their level-up progress. A leveled UdyrUdyr gains substantial stats, and combined with the Overwhelm keyword of Wildclaw StanceWildclaw Stance, he'll start dealing lots of Nexus damage to win the game.

The strike spells like Grappling HookGrappling Hook and Desert DuelDesert Duel allow you to eliminate key units and further advance your champions' level-up journey.


Mill Maokai

Regions
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Bilgewater
16 cards
Rarities
22 300
champion
3
epic
6
rare
15
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
13
3
7
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
3
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
Followers
16
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
4
Megatusk
3
Megatusk
7
Shipwreck Hoarder
2
Shipwreck Hoarder
Spells
21
1
Jettison
3
Jettison
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Soul Harvest
1
Soul Harvest
3
Lure of the Depths
2
Lure of the Depths
3
Soul Cleave
2
Soul Cleave
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
3
Watery Grave
3
Watery Grave
4
Salvage
1
Salvage
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination

Jirkau was the only player on the EMEA server to bring the MaokaiMaokai mill deck, alongside AkshanAkshan PantheonPantheon and JayceJayce Targon.

The MaokaiMaokai mill deck's objective is to expedite MaokaiMaokai's level-up process by tossing cards and eliminating your units. Once MaokaiMaokai levels, he destroys the opponent's deck, leaving them with only four cards.

This means the opponent has only four turns to win the game before they lose due to running out of cards. However, Watery GraveWatery Grave accelerated your win condition, obliterating those 4 cards.

This MaokaiMaokai Mill deck is a solid choice to beat popular decks like JannaJanna NilahNilah and SeraphineSeraphine SettSett.


Ashe SI

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
3
epic
8
rare
17
common
12
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
3
3
7
4
8
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
3
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
11
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
5
Rimefang Denmother
3
Rimefang Denmother
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
Spells
26
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Soul Harvest
3
Soul Harvest
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Soul Cleave
2
Soul Cleave
4
Avalanche
1
Avalanche
4
Frozen in Fear
3
Frozen in Fear
5
Eradication
2
Eradication
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing

Andrew5550 from the Americas brought the classic AsheAshe Shadow Isles deck, paired with ShenShen Jarvan IVJarvan IV and Miss FortuneMiss Fortune QuinnQuinn.

AsheAshe Shadow Isles employs a range of removal spells, including QuietusQuietus, Soul HarvestSoul Harvest, and EradicationEradication, to control the board and extend the game. The Freeze spells can also halt the opponent's aggression and win trades, all while advancing AsheAshe's level-up conditions.

The RekindlerThe Rekindler, Mist's Call, and The HarrowingThe Harrowing allow you to resurrect AsheAshe and maintain the Freeze win condition, which can become increasingly challenging for the opponent to counter.


Closing Words

The World Qualifier meta showcased a wide variety of decks, delivering many exciting moments. There is still one more Eternal Runeterra Open and a Last Chance Qualifier remaining to secure a spot in the World Championship tournament.