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Best AM Tournament Decks of the Week

Aegis Esports (Runeterra Academy) is in the third week of their AM Tournament league and Jason Fleurant is here to tell you what's on top!

The Aegis tournament league (formerly Runeterra Academy) is now in full swing. This league features some of the top competitive players from across the Americas and now EU regions. Although the format is a little different than a normal tournament you can still see the top players bringing cohesive line ups with some updated lists on the top archetypes.

As of this writing these are the players with a perfect record. We have a lot of overlap in decks which is a key indicator in a deck's strength. We also have two players from the same team! Blood Trail Gaming has been putting on a clinic thus far and their deck choices tell me that this isn’t a fluke! They will for sure be a team to watch as the season progresses.


First up we have Rogio’s control line up. Looking to ban Mono Shurima and pick on the lineups that have come to beat the previously mentioned sand king. Thresh Asol is a xxWhatAmIxx staple that he’s made the top cut of multiple tournaments with, including Seasonals, and last week's Mastering Runeterra Cup. If you love control or are looking to beat some of the unit focused strategies in the field then this lineup is for you.

Rogio - Blood Trail Gaming

Thresh Asol

Regions
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Mount Targon
24 cards
Rarities
22 200
champion
5
epic
1
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
10
2
4
3
3
4
11
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
5
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Aurelion Sol
Followers
14
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
Spacey Sketcher
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Solari Shieldbearer
1
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Hush
1
Hush
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Celestial Wonder
1
Celestial Wonder
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Viktor Lee Sin

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
17
2
4
3
10
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
8
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Calculated Creations
2
Calculated Creations
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

Caitlyn Ezreal

Regions
Noxus
13 cards
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
7
2
17
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Followers
13
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
Open deck in builder

Next up we have FakeHero with a middle of the road good stuff aggression. Ziggs Taliyah has slowly become a favourite among many high ranking players and cemented itself as one of the top decks in the current meta. It’s featured in more than one lineup on this list and has the raw power to beat anything that might stumble. It’s also a natural predator to Mono Shurima which I expect to be popular this week. 

Fizz Lulu and Pantheon round out the list of solid decks with a fast linear game plan that is hard for any lineup to deal with. Both of these decks have been at the top or in the running for best deck in the format for the last couple of seasons, and it’s no surprise to see them here. 

FakeHero - Omegalul

Ziggs Taliyah

Regions
Shurima
31 cards
Bandlecity
12 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
10
2
17
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
4
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
17
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
1
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Fizz Lulu

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Bandle City Mayor
2
Bandle City Mayor
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Yuumi Pantheon

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
14
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
11
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
23
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Hush
2
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Starset has the closest lineup to choosing violence with another very aggressively slanted choice of three decks. Draven Rumble has become one of my favourite ladder decks as many opponents simply fold in the face of Drumble + Might. Combined with a solid back up plan of burn and bot elusive kills, you can’t go wrong picking this deck up if you are looking for something to fill out a line up.

Scouts has seen a recent resurgence of late with its ability to out race Mono Shurima. If rallys are good in a meta then scouts will always be a good choice. If your opponents are likely to bring decks on the slower side than look to Miss Fortune and Quinn to save the day!

StarSet - Tsuyu Kamisama Gaming

Fizz Lulu Gnar

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Gnar
1
Gnar
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
3
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

Scouts

Regions
Bilgewater
8 cards
Demacia
32 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
19
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
17
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
23
1
Penitent Squire
3
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Draven Rumble

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
14
2
11
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sumpworks Map
2
Sumpworks Map
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Mtucks has the second most games played on the America’s server, so to say he plays a lot of Runeterra would be an understatement. Here you can see he has opted for something of a “Three good decks” strategy. No matter what his opponents bring he will have game into it as all three of his decks are very powerful.

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MajiinBae seems to think that Mono Shurima is at tier 0 status and doesn’t really have bad matchups after winning 95% of his last 20 games with the deck. Expect to see it have a slight bump over the next week as players gravitate towards the “Free LP”. With open decklists you can get away with not running any Desert Naturalists as they are often too slow in many match ups and can be easily countered in the mirror. Speed is the name of the game now with the Sundisk routinely being activated by turn six.

Caitlyn Ezreal Tribeam has become a solid third deck choice. It has a lot of raw power and has been given a helping hand by Caitlyn's recent buff. The impact of having flash bomb traps hit your opponents units sooner and thus turning on your Scorched Earths and Ravenous Flock can’t be understated. Combine this with the fact that Mono Shurima has held down some of the bigger control strategies that often plague the deck and we find ourselves in a good pocket to be castin’ TriBeams.

Mtucks - Frozen Monks

Ziggs Taliyah

Regions
Shurima
32 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
18
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
10
2
16
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
2
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
14
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
1
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
Open deck in builder

Mono Shurima

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
8
2
15
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
1
Zilean
3
Azir
2
Azir
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
1
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Golden Ambassador
3
Golden Ambassador
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Caitlyn Ezreal

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
7
2
19
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Followers
12
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Culling Strike
1
Culling Strike
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
3
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
Open deck in builder

Last but certainly not least we have Arax, our second player from Blood Trail Gaming to have an unblemished record. With a lineup similar to Fakehero’s these decks are looking to smash face quickly and efficiently. 

Akshan Sivir went from being the best deck in the format, requiring a hot fix before worlds, to a tournament staple and then being somewhat downplayed after Mono Shurima’s rise. If Mono Shurima sees a dip in popularity or gets hit by the patch next season, look for this deck to rise once more. 

Lulu Zed Poppy is a deck we haven’t seen for a while. Once the perennial powerhouse requiring Poppy to be nerfed multiple times. Sometimes old but useful strategies like these can catch players by surprise as they won’t have played their particular new deck against an older deck. I love it when strategies like these get revived for one more ride to glory. Could be worth checking out to see how it fares in the current meta.

Arax - Blood Trail Gaming

Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
9
3
3
4
7
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
18
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Cithria the Bold
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Taric

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
7
3
7
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
11
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
23
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Lulu Zed Poppy

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
17
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
2
Lulu
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Poppy
1
Poppy
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Inspiring Mentor
2
Inspiring Mentor
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
Spells
15
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

That’s all for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow as we will be diving into the winningest European players. I’m always surprised by how different the metas can be in different regions even though we are all playing with the same cards, so I am excited to see what's winning on the other side of the Atlantic.

Keep a learning mindset and you can not lose!

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