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9 Unexpected Decks from The Runeterra Open Top 64 Patch 4.8

Sorry shares 9 Off-meta decks that showed up in Patch 4.8 Eternal Runeterra Open.

The Eternal Runeterra Open had many amazing moments, and players gave it their best to get a piece of that prize pool and collect World Points.

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 catch your opponent off guard, and without enough practice against certain decks, it opens the door for more misplays. Misplaying in highly competitive games can be punished heavily and could end up being the reason for a loss.

Let's take a look at nine unexpected decks that showed up in the top 64 of the Runeterra Open!


Zilean Cobra

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
21 700
champion
3
epic
6
rare
12
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
6
3
7
4
5
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
3
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
Landmarks
4
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
3
Valley of Imitation
3
Valley of Imitation
Followers
20
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
1
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Greenglade Lookout
3
Greenglade Lookout
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
5
Jeweled Protector
2
Jeweled Protector
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
7
Beguiling Cobra
3
Beguiling Cobra
Spells
13
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Steel Tempest
1
Steel Tempest
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
7
Castigate
2
Castigate

FnP J01 from the APAC server brought ZileanZilean Imitation Cobra to the Top 64 of the Runterra Open and managed to finish his run in the Top 8. This is a combo-oriented deck that aims to swarm the board with Beguiling CobraBeguiling Cobra with the help of Valley of ImitationValley of Imitation. Playing Ruin RunnerRuin Runner afterward will create an Overwhelm win condition, which can be difficult for a lot of decks to shut down once the combo is set up.

The lineup also consisted of EliseElise GnarGnar and ViktorViktor ZoeZoe, two decks that have been crushing it on both the ranked ladder and tournament scene. This lineup looks to beat Invoke decks and can hold up well against other EliseElise GnarGnar decks.


Ahri Samira

Regions
Ionia
32 cards
Noxus
8 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
16
1
19
2
0
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
2
Samira
3
Samira
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Ballista
3
The Darkin Ballista
Followers
15
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
Pix!
1
Pix!
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
Spells
16
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming

AhriAhri SamiraSamira is an old archetype that we haven't seen in a long time. It existed as a meme deck, but пласкогубцы decided to bring it to their top 64 run. They brought AhriAhri SamiraSamira along with SivirSivir LeBlancLeBlanc and EliseElise GnarGnar.

This deck relies on pushing elusive damage with units like Dancing DropletDancing Droplet, The MournedThe Mourned, and Vastayan DiscipleVastayan Disciple while working on leveling up both champions. SamiraSamira gives you access to Rally, whereas AhriAhri will set up powerful, elusive attacks to end the game.

This lineup is intended to beat popular decks like AkshanAkshan SamiraSamira and ZoeZoe SamiraSamira.


Sett Trundle

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
35 700
champion
6
epic
11
rare
11
common
12
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
6
2
3
3
10
4
12
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
6
5
Sett
3
Sett
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
13
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
4
Smooth Mixologist
3
Smooth Mixologist
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
8
The Old Timer
2
The Old Timer
Spells
21
2
Tag Out!
3
Tag Out!
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
5
Place Your Bets
3
Place Your Bets
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush

It takes a lot of courage to bring SettSett TrundleTrundle to an important tournament, but LTS Ishigamin did just that on the America server! This deck used to be a solid anti-meta deck in the previous Eternal meta.

TrundleTrundle's Ice PillarIce Pillar will accelerate SettSett's level-up condition, giving you access to the Show StopperShow Stopper. You can start pushing a lot of Nexus damage with TrundleTrundle while keeping the opponent's board in check with the help of SettSett.

They also brought ViktorViktor Lee SinLee Sin and EliseElise TrundleTrundle, a lineup that's looking to beat both Invoke decks and EliseElise TrundleTrundle.


Azir Irelia

Regions
Ionia
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
13
2
9
3
2
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
18
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Domination
3
Domination
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
10
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
2
Defiant Dance

Who would have thought that the deck, which wreaked havoc back in the day, would show up in the top 64 on the APAC server? Amethyzt brought AzirAzir IreliaIrelia along with EliseElise GnarGnar and AkshanAkshan SamiraSamira, obviously targeting the popular Invoke decks.

This is a combo aggressive deck that aims to launch multiple attacks per turn with the assistance of the Blade Dance keyword and Sand SoldierSand Soldiers. Both AzirAzir and DominationDomination will empower your attacks, setting the stage for more of an aggressive threat that forces answers out of the opponent.


Kayle Poppy

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
13
2
10
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
5
Kayle
3
Kayle
Landmarks
3
3
The Grand Plaza
3
The Grand Plaza
Followers
17
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Trusty Ramhound
3
Trusty Ramhound
2
Honored Lord
3
Honored Lord
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
War Chefs
1
War Chefs
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
14
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Royal Decree
2
Royal Decree
4
Out Of The Way
3
Out Of The Way
9
Champions' Strength
1
Champions' Strength

AteinuIseinu from the EMEA server brought this KayleKayle PoppyPoppy with three copies of Out Of The WayOut Of The Way. The idea is to play Out Of The WayOut Of The Way early into the game and keep the buffs you gain and the Challenger keyword from The Grand Plaza.

Additionally, Daybreak units like Solari SoldierSolari Soldier and Solari ShieldbearerSolari Shieldbearer get to retain their stat buffs for the rest of the game. For Demacia!For Demacia! and Champions' StrengthChampions are two powerful board buffs that'll stick to your units and ensure you can continue setting up powerful attacks.

AteinuIseinu also brought FioraFiora GalioGalio and EliseElise GnarGnar, a lineup capable of beating AkshanAkshan SamiraSamira and ZoeZoe SamiraSamira.


Katarina Twisted Fate

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
8
3
7
4
3
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
10
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Five-Punch Pablo
1
Five-Punch Pablo
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
6
Lord Broadmane
1
Lord Broadmane
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
21
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Tidal Invocation
2
Tidal Invocation
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros

This control Twisted FateTwisted Fate KatarinaKatarina deck brought by Davebo to the America Open aims to keep the board in check using its many removal tools. Your goal is to deplete the opponent of resources and then transition to a win condition with either KatarinaKatarina or Riptide RexRiptide Rex. Riptide RexRiptide Rexcan deal additional damage if you've summoned a TybaulkTybaulk on the board and should be enough as a game finisher.

Davebo brought KatarinaKatarina Twisted FateTwisted Fate along with EzrealEzreal SeraphineSeraphine ViktorViktor BC and DravenDraven JinxJinx. This lineup should be able to crush AkshanAkshan SamiraSamira decks.


Diana Kindred

Regions
Mount Targon
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
21
common
13
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
4
3
3
4
6
5
1
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
Landmarks
3
2
Startipped Peak
3
Startipped Peak
Followers
10
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Cosmic Youngling
3
Cosmic Youngling
3
Giddy Sparkleologist
2
Giddy Sparkleologist
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
Spells
21
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Targonian Tellstones
2
Cosmic Call
3
Cosmic Call
2
Hate Spike
1
Hate Spike
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
5
Celestial Wonder
1
Celestial Wonder
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity

Gragassassin from the APAC server was on the DianaDiana KindredKindred Invoke version. This seems to do well against Invoke mirrors and can put up a fight against the popular EliseElise GnarGnar deck.

Gragassassin's lineup for the top 64 was DianaDiana KindredKindred, YuumiYuumi ZoeZoe Targon, and ApheliosAphelios ViktorViktor.


Gangplank Sejuani

Regions
Freljord
11 cards
Bilgewater
29 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
12
2
0
3
4
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Babbling Bjerg
1
Babbling Bjerg
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
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
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed

A blast from the past! Pavelicii brought the good old Plunder deck, GangplankGangplank SejuaniSejuani, to the EMEA Runeterra Open. They managed to fight their way to the top 16 with GangplankGangplank SejuaniSejuani, SamiraSamira ZoeZoe, and EliseElise GnarGnar.

The Plunder deck looks to level up both champions as fast as possible by damaging the opponent's unit once per turn. Once leveled, GangplankGangplank will threaten to deal tons of Nexus damage with the use of his Overwhelm keyword and damage ability. As for SejuaniSejuani, she will ensure you win the board trades with her freeze ability while also threatening Overwhelm damage.


Elise Teemo

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
17
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
2
Elise
3
Elise
Followers
18
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Used Cask Salesman
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
16
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Epic Scraptraption
1
Epic Scraptraption
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
6
Shock Blast
1
Shock Blast

Bee always includes some spicey decks in their lineup, and for this Runeterra Open, they brought an aggressive burn EliseElise TeemoTeemo deck that looks to end games as fast as possible.

This deck is capable of burning down the opponent's Nexus with unit abilities like Ballistic BotBallistic Bot, Boomcrew RookieBoomcrew Rookie, DoombeastDoombeast, and Used Cask SalesmanUsed Cask Salesman. The plan will later transition to burn spells like Mystic ShotMystic Shot, Get Excited!Get Excited!, and Shock BlastShock Blast.

Bee also brought an Elusive championless Ionia/PZ deck and ApheliosAphelios ViktorViktor.


Closing Words

It's always an enjoyable experience to watch off-meta decks find success in major tournaments. It can be either a safe pick or an anti-meta call to bring these decks and requires a lot of testing to find the best version it can be.

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