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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
10
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
5
5
Thresh
3
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Followers
14
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
2
Solari Shieldbearer
1
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
3
Solari Priestess
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
1
2
Pale Cascade
1
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Hush
1
4
The Box
1
5
Celestial Wonder
1
5
Starshaping
3
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Piercing Darkness
1
6
Sunburst
1
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1
9
The Ruination
1

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
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
8
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Station Archivist
2
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Calculated Creations
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Ambush
2
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
3
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
5
Deep Meditation
3

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
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
13
2
Ferros Financier
2
2
House Spider
2
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
8
Captain Farron
1
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Statikk Shock
2
4
Whispered Words
2
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

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
12
2
15
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
4
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
13
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
2
5
Herald of the Magus
1
8
The Arsenal
1
Spells
17
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Quicksand
3
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
3
Unleashed Energy
1
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
1

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
3
Lulu
3
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
2
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

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
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
11
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Spells
23
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Hush
2
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
5
Concerted Strike
3

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
3
Lulu
3
4
Gnar
1
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3
10
Treasured Trash
1

Scouts

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

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
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Sumpworks Map
2
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
2
5
Decimate
3

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
12
2
14
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
5
Herald of the Magus
2
8
The Arsenal
1
Spells
14
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Quicksand
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
3
Unleashed Energy
1
3
Unraveled Earth
3

Mono Shurima

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
7
1
10
2
13
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
1
3
Azir
2
4
Xerath
3
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
13
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
2
Soothsayer
1
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Golden Ambassador
3
Spells
14
0
Rite of Calling
2
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
3
Quicksand
3
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
2

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
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
12
2
Ferros Financier
2
2
House Spider
2
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
3
8
Captain Farron
2
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Culling Strike
1
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
3
Scorched Earth
3
4
Statikk Shock
3
4
Whispered Words
1
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

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
6
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Sivir
3
Followers
18
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Cataclysm
2
3
Quicksand
2
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

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
10
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
11
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Spells
23
1
Chain Vest
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
5
Concerted Strike
3

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
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
2
3
Zed
3
4
Poppy
1
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Inspiring Mentor
2
1
Navori Bladescout
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Spells
15
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2

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!