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9 Off-Meta Decks from Standard Runeterra Open Top 64 Patch 4.9

Sorry shares 9 Off-meta decks that showed up in Patch 4.9 Standard Runeterra Open.

The Standard Runeterra Open Patch 4.9 happened this past week, where players gave it their best for a piece of the prize pool and earn the World Points. We had a lot of amazing gameplay, and some games were extremely close.

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, there are those who 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!


Miss Fortune Sejuani

Regions
Freljord
13 cards
Bilgewater
27 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
eternal
standard
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
12
2
3
3
3
4
5
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
5
Razorscale Hunter
2
Razorscale Hunter
6
Citrus Courier
2
Citrus Courier
Spells
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros

THC Sora brought a Miss FortuneMiss Fortune SejuaniSejuani deck to the APAC Top 64. The strategy revolves around adopting an aggressive playstyle, flooding the board with units like Marai WardenMarai Warden, Jagged ButcherJagged Butcher, and Tusk SpeakerTusk Speaker.

Miss FortuneMiss Fortune contributes to early-game pressure with her Love TapLove Tap ability. The deck can also threaten to level her up by utilizing Scout units like Island NavigatorIsland Navigator and Razorscale HunterRazorscale Hunter. Moreover, the inclusion of Citrus CourierCitrus Courier enables Rally in the late game, preventing the opponent from easily regaining control.

While SejuaniSejuani can level up and freeze the board, her primary role is to facilitate challenges and deliver Overwhelm damage.

THC Sora also brought GnarGnar Jarvan IVJarvan IV VayneVayne Warden and JannaJanna NilahNilah.


Teemo Janna Champions' Strength

Regions
Demacia
8 cards
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Rarities
36 400
champion
6
epic
12
rare
9
common
13
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
2
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
17
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
Spells
17
1
Epic Scraptraption
3
Epic Scraptraption
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
2
Howling Gale
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
2
Divine Whirlwind
6
Formula
1
Formula
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength

AJTehPro brought this new version of a Champions' StrengthChampions TeemoTeemo deck, which adds JannaJanna and her support package. They managed to win the America Runeterra Open with this deck, along with JaxJax OrnnOrnn and GnarGnar VayneVayne Warden.

TeemoTeemo JannaJanna focuses on chipping elusive damage and reducing the cost of your cards with the help of Acorn, the HextechnicianAcorn, the Hextechnician, Maryam, Temple CaretakerMaryam, Temple Caretaker, and JannaJanna.

This reduces the cost of Champions' StrengthChampions, setting you up to play it a turn or two earlier than expected and setting up the lethal attack.


Sett Cobra SH

Regions
Shurima
15 cards
Ionia
25 cards
Rarities
16 200
champion
1
epic
7
rare
8
common
24
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
6
2
9
3
10
4
4
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
1
5
Sett
1
Sett
Landmarks
3
3
Valley of Imitation
3
Valley of Imitation
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
18
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Avenging Vastaya
1
Avenging Vastaya
3
Shadow Assassin
1
Shadow Assassin
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
Tasty Faefolk
4
Smooth Mixologist
3
Smooth Mixologist
7
Beguiling Cobra
3
Beguiling Cobra
Spells
16
2
Tag Out!
3
Tag Out!
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Capsize
3
Capsize
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Place Your Bets
3
Place Your Bets
7
Castigate
1
Castigate

The Beguiling CobraBeguiling Cobra appears again in the top 64; this time Ace Bombastiko brought it to the EMEA Open alongside JannaJanna SamiraSamira and HeimerdingerHeimerdinger JayceJayce and managed to make it to the top 16.

This deck aims to set up the Beguiling CobraBeguiling Cobra + Valley of ImitationValley of Imitation combo, go wide on the board, and create a win condition. Units like Vastayan DiscipleVastayan Disciple, Shadow AssassinShadow Assassin, and XolaaniXolaani create an Overwhelm/Elusive threat to set up the lethal attack.

The list includes CapsizeCapsize, a powerful tool to weaken your opponent's threat on a specific turn and buy you enough time to set up the combo play.


Lucian Kalista

Regions
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Demacia
15 cards
Rarities
33 000
champion
6
epic
8
rare
14
common
12
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
12
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Lucian
3
Lucian
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Halberd
2
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
18
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Blocking Badgerbear
1
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
The Undying
3
The Undying
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Ethereal Remitter
3
Ethereal Remitter
5
Scrutinizing Sergeant
3
Scrutinizing Sergeant
Spells
14
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
4
Crumble
3
Crumble

Marenostrum brought this KalistaKalista LucianLucian deck to the APAC top 64 alongside Janna Samira and The Poro KingThe Poro King Shadow Isles.

This is a midrange deck that heavily relies on The UndyingThe Undying as part of its game plan. Sacrificing them will advance LucianLucian and KalistaKalista's level-up condition while creating a stronger The UndyingThe Undying, eventually, difficult for the opponent to ignore.

A leveled LucianLucian will start activating Rally and putting more pressure on the opponent. You could accelerate his level up by sacrificing SennaSenna. Immediately leveling him up and putting the opponent under the threat of Rally.

The list includes Scrutinizing SergeantScrutinizing Sergeant, which can find you key units like LucianLucian, KalistaKalista, SennaSenna, and The UndyingThe Undying.


Fizz Samira Nami

Regions
Bilgewater
30 cards
Noxus
10 cards
Rarities
34 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
14
common
11
eternal
standard
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
2
Samira
3
Samira
3
Nami
1
Nami
Followers
15
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Father Fury
3
Father Fury
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
8
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
All Out
2
All Out
1
Parrrley
1
Parrrley
1
Stylish Shot
3
Stylish Shot
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
4
Barbed Chain
3
Barbed Chain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros

The FizzFizz SamiraSamira elusive makes a comeback in the top 64. 4LW brought this deck and added NamiNami to the list as a stat buff for the elusives.

The game plan is to put early pressure with FizzFizz, SamiraSamira, Jagged ButcherJagged Butcher, and Father FuryFather Fury. These units are important to deal Nexus damage before transitioning to more Elusives like Vikrash the ExuberantVikrash the Exuberant and Wiggly BurblefishWiggly Burblefish.

The list runs card draw tools like Barbed ChainBarbed Chain and Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros, to ensure you don't run out of resources in the late game.

4LW also brought JannaJanna NilahNilah and GarenGaren GnarGnar Jarvan IVJarvan IV.


Senna Targon

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
20 300
champion
3
epic
4
rare
16
common
17
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
3
3
0
4
10
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
3
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
9
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Cosmic Youngling
3
Cosmic Youngling
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
3
Spectral Surveyor
1
Spectral Surveyor
Spells
28
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Targonian Tellstones
2
Cosmic Call
3
Cosmic Call
2
Falling Star
2
Falling Star
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Soul Harvest
3
Soul Harvest
5
Eradication
2
Eradication
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination

The SennaSenna Targon with double The RuinationThe Ruination to shut down Warden decks was brought by ghopaflksdgqwfe6 on the EMEA server.

The game plan is to keep the board in check with low-cost cards like QuietusQuietus, Falling StarFalling Star, and Soul HarvestSoul Harvest. This makes it easier for you to cast Cosmic CallCosmic Call and set up for more powerful Celestial plays.

The deck also runs removal tools like SunburstSunburst, EradicationEradication, Piercing DarknessPiercing Darkness, and VengeanceVengeance to make sure you keep the board in check.

Having SennaSenna on the board allows you to play your slow-speed spells at fast speed. This means you get to play The RuinationThe Ruination when your opponent has committed their attack, shutting down their turn entirely.

ghopaflksdgqwfe6 also brought KarmaKarma SettSett SI and NasusNasus VeigarVeigar SI, hard-targeting Warden decks.


Jack Seraphine

Regions
Bilgewater
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
5
epic
5
rare
9
common
21
eternal
standard
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
18
2
2
3
7
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
5
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Jack
2
Jack
Followers
7
2
Coral Creatures
1
Coral Creatures
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
1
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Five-Punch Pablo
1
Five-Punch Pablo
4
Augmented Clockling
1
Augmented Clockling
5
Mischievous Marai
3
Mischievous Marai
Spells
28
0
Warning Shot
1
Warning Shot
1
Epic Scraptraption
1
Epic Scraptraption
1
Galesong Call
1
Galesong Call
1
Jury-Rig
1
Jury-Rig
1
Parrrley
1
Parrrley
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Advanced Intel
1
Advanced Intel
2
Divine Draft
1
Divine Draft
2
Encore
1
Encore
2
Heavy Metal
1
Heavy Metal
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Line 'Em Up
1
Line 'Em Up
2
Make it Rain
1
Make it Rain
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Tidal Invocation
1
Tidal Invocation
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Howling Gale
1
Howling Gale
4
Caustic Riff
2
Caustic Riff
4
Eye Of The Storm
1
Eye Of The Storm
4
Risky Venture
1
Risky Venture
6
Formula
2
Formula
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner

Alpha Sigma brought the good old JackJack SeraphineSeraphine, HeimerdingerHeimerdinger JayceJayce, and GnarGnar Jarvan IVJarvan IV to the APAC top 64.

JackJack SeraphineSeraphine is a control deck that aims to keep the board in check with low-cost spells and work on the SeraphineSeraphine level-up. Once SeraphineSeraphine is leveled, you'll get access to her double-cast ability, creating that important value to overtake the opponent.

Later on in the game, Mischievous MaraiMischievous Marai is an important piece of the deck's game plan, increasing the damage of your spells, which will be important to kill off the opponent's units and set up the burn plan to destroy their Nexus.


Evelynn Kai'Sa

Regions
Runeterra
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
31 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
19
common
9
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
9
2
9
3
9
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
23
2
Airis
3
Airis
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
3
Vora
4
Steem
3
Steem
5
Solitude
3
Solitude
6
Hive Herald
2
Hive Herald
7
Camouflaged Horror
3
Camouflaged Horror
Spells
11
1
Void Seeker
2
Void Seeker
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation

It has been a while since we've seen Kai'Sa in competitive play. Slinv from the America server brought this EvelynnEvelynn Kai'Sa to their Top 64 run.

The deck uses Husks to generate random keywords that will create a stronger board and accelerate Kai'Sa's level-up condition.

SolitudeSolitude alongside EvelynnEvelynn will ensure you dominate the board's presence until Kai'Sa joins the battle and starts setting up the powerful attacks.

As for SteemSteem, the Vulnerable keyword will allow you to pick off the opponent's units, and managing to buff up SteemSteem with the Husks will create a difficult threat for the opponent to deal with. Hive HeraldHive Herald is a nice addition to the list for keyword sharing; however, it does require you to have Husks on the board to take full advantage of Hive HeraldHive Herald.

Slinv also brought AhriAhri KennenKennen BC and AzirAzir NasusNasus RenektonRenekton Mono Shurima, a full off-meta lineup.


Ashe LeBlanc

Regions
Freljord
26 cards
Noxus
14 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
18
common
15
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
10
4
5
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
20
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Innovative Blacksmith
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
14
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
4
Frozen in Fear
1
Frozen in Fear
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

Pavelicii from the EMEA server brought the OG midrange deck, AsheAshe LeBlancLeBlanc, in an attempt to counter Warden and JaxJax OrnnOrnn decks.

This deck wants to dominate the board presence, using combat tricks like Brittle SteelBrittle Steel, Flash FreezeFlash Freeze, and Sky SplitterSky Splitter to win trades and ensure you set up stronger attacks in future turns.

This list runs Frozen in FearFrozen in Fear to create an Overwhelm threat with the Rimefang PackRimefang Pack that'll gain more Power as you Freeze the opponent's units.

The main win condition is to level up AsheAshe and freeze the opponent's units, rendering them useless as blockers and creating a stronger attack.

Pavelicii's lineup also included JaxJax OrnnOrnn and GnarGnar Jarvan IVJarvan IV.


Closing Words

The Runeterra Open was tons of fun as players battled it out for the prize pool and World Points. Some off-meta decks found a lot of success too, especially the JannaJanna TeemoTeemo Champions' StrengthChampions deck. I've been testing it out on the ranked ladder and have found success with it so far!