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Yangzera

Learning How to Learn: The Value of Tempo

Tempo is a seemingly straightforward term in card games – but, like Time, it’s hard to define precisely. Yangzera breaks it down into three factors, to better grasp this crucial strategic concept.

MonteXristo

Deck Guide: Pirates!

Pirates has seen a facelift, come find out how to play the latest iteration from MonteXristo as he breaks down one of LoR’s oldest and most reliable burn decks!

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide – Aphelios Viktor

Guns, Robots, and Science! Aphelios Viktor is a toolbox deck based around creating whatever you need. Learn all about it in this deck guide by Leer!

Hydroflare

Mono Shurima: a Deck Guide

This patch brought back Mono-Shurima with a vengeance! Learn all about the power of the sun disc and the vast desert from Hydroflare.

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Azir Irelia

Leer lays out the vast power of Azir Irelia, why it’s especially good right now, and how to pilot it with grace and precision.

MonteXristo

So, you want to build a deck?

Monte illustrates the process of deck brewing & refining by taking Miss Fortune Renekton to the Ladder.

Leer

Monday Meta Report – March 21st

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Aphelios Lux

Leer breaks down this novel Aphelios deck, sharing tips and insights from his exchange with “Between Worlds” Seasonal Champion Painas

Jasensational

Deck Guide: Swain Gnar

Need to slap some pesky Demacia Rally decks? Then let Jasensational tell you all about the exploits of the Noxian Grand General and his (new) furry best friend.

Sirturmund

Sejuani Gnar Bandle – Value Galore!

Sejuani Gnar Bandle has mediocre performance and bad matchup tables… but Sirturmund believes that’s because pilots are playing the deck incorrectly, or playing unoptimized lists.

Jasensational

Deck Guide: Jayce Heimer Shadows

Jasensational shares his tips and tricks for one of his weapons of choice this season, featuring his favorite Champ: the bright, hirsute Prof. Heimerdinger

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Pantheon Yuumi

Pantheon Yuumi is quietly one of the best decks in the upcoming metagame. In this guide, Leer shows how the archetype functions, how to mulligan, and how to beat each matchup.

bA1ance

The Angler in Deep Water: A Shark’s Perspective, Part 2

bA1ance finishes his tour through the best data sites, shares tips on how to best use them, and interviews Team Pandex’ Coach, Tiburón Blanco, about how to make decisions based both on data and extensive experience.

Herko Kerghans

Expeditions: Advanced Resources

Welcome to our third iteration of card ratings & Expedition Tier List!

Combining Balco’s winrate data and ratings from five expert drafters, here’s a by-the-numbers Tier List for every card in Expeditions.

Wamuu

Off-Meta Deck Guide: Jinx Poppy Discard Aggro

Nope, that’s not a typo. Yep, it’s Jinx Poppy. A very rare deck from the APAC shard that Balco dug for us from his data mines… and, as Wamuu will show you, oh boy can it blow sh*t up.

Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 31st

With this week’s meta shift, we’re approaching an equilibrium in which no decks are clearly overplayed. Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Kevor24

Detailed Deck Guide: Ahri Kennen Go Hard, by Kevor

Most people would agree Ahri Kennen is the top dog right now but what’s more debatable is: which version is the best?
Kevor is here to tell you all about the Go Hard version right on time for Seasonal

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Akshan Sivir

Although around for quite long, Akshan Sivir is a hidden gem that has a strong matchup table in the meta.
Leer will guide you through the basics of the deck and the intricacies of its matchups.

Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 24th

With the rise of Scouts, we have seen an exciting shift into an elegant dance between Control decks, Tempo-based archetypes, and Ahri Kennen. Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Jasensational

Detailed Deck Guide: Trundle Tryndamere FTR

FTR Control is an old archetype rejuvenated by the recent balance patch. Jasensational explains in detail how to keep your foe’s board clear while you play your big, overwhelming threats.

Wamuu

Detailed Deck Guide: Kindred Sentinels

The last balance patch finally allowed Kindred to shine. Wamuu explains in detail his favorite version of one archetype in which they do so: Kindred Sentinels.

Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Scouts

Leer breaks down the card choices, mulligan strats and matchups for one of the strongest decks right now: Scouts.

Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 17th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s ever-changing metagame? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Best LoR Ladder Decks
Herko Kerghans

Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 14

Twenty high-performance blends, from Meta Staples to Risky & Rare brews, for the discerning LoR ladderista.

Illegal Contraption
Wamuu

Tournament Tech, January 13

In search for some Gauntlet or Tournament lineups? Wamuu explains the current best choices, along with their ban strategies.

MonteXristo

Detailed Deck Guide: Nightfall

Monte’s back with another deck guide on one of his favorite decks, Nightfall!
If you’re sick of losing to Ahri/Kennen click the link to learn how to play one of it’s best counters!

Herko Kerghans

Attacking First: Does it matter?

According to our favorite datamancer, Balco: “Yes… but not much.” Unless your name’s on Pyke’s list!

Illegal Contraption
Wamuu

Tournament Tech, January 7

Looking for Gauntlet or Tournament lineups? Wamuu breaks down the best lineups for this fresh new Meta.

Shadawx

Patch 3.0.0 – New patch, new decks!

The newest update to the game, Patch 3.0.0, brings some interesting card changes. Shadawx shows off five decks you can try out on Day #1!

Meta Monday
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 3rd

While the meta is still the most diverse we’ve seen in a very long time, pilots have already detected the best performers. Leer dives deep into the data to find out which other decks are being held back by the current Top Dogs, and how things may change with the balance patch we expect on Wednesday.

Wamuu

Draven Rumble Deck Guide

Unlike the other Magic Misadventures champions, Rumble was a bit slow in finding its proper shell… but the wait is over: Wamuu gets the party ready to roll!

Meta Monday
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Dec 27th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s new meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Jasensational

Teemo Swain Deck Guide

What’s the difference between Teemo and Swain? Well… one is a ruthless war criminal, and the other is the Grand General of Noxus. How do they team up? Here’s Jasensational with the detailed run-down!

CastMin

What’s the Punish?

Santa ain’t lying: if you’ve been bad (player), you get punished. Luckily, here’s CastMin to help you avoid getting the coal!

Wamuu

Ahri Kennen Deck Guide

Surging in playrate after the hotfix, Kennen Ahri Shurima is now one of the strongest decks. Wamuu lays bare all its many tricks, mulligan and matchups in this in-depth guide.

Leer

Pantheon Taric Deck Guide

Pantheon/Taric has been the most played deck since the hotfix on Dec 14th. In this guide, we will cover what’s behind the hype and how to pilot this deck to success.

Meta Monday
Leer

Monday Meta Report – December 13th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

WhatamI

The Mulligan Show: Episode Nine

The meta in flux, unrefined decks, untested ideas… WhatAmI helps us navigate our opening hands against the unknown in this episode of the Mulligan Show.

Jasensational

Learning About Unspent Mana

This article is part of a six-part series geared towards newer players to teach them about the fundamentals of Legends of RuneTerra (and card games in general). Each article is aimed to build on each other and teach you how to think deeper behind your plays and how you pilot the game.

Guren

Introduction to LOR

There have been a lot of new players joining LOR and our community here at Mastering Runeterra! If you are new, you’ve seen articles about the meta shifting, deck breakdowns, how to get yourself in the headspace to improve your play, and, of course, why this game is so amazing.

WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #8

WhatAmI again takes us to school to teach us how to mulligan in LoR — a crucial skill if you want to improve as a player.

LoR Ladder Anxiety
Wamuu

LoR Ladder Anxiety

Top 200 player Wamuu shares his tips on overcoming the anxiety that comes with the (sometimes brutal) ups and downs in the LoR Ladder,

Jasensational

Mastering the Fundamentals: Passing

Using Feel the Rush and Zoe Lee Sin as detailed examples, Jasensational explains in depth the most difficult fundamental to master: Passing correctly.

Jason Fleurant

5 Decks to make Masters FAST!

As of this writing there are 586 players in Masters. Which means if you can achieve that rank you will qualify for Seasonals this Saturday! This climb can be done from Gold up to Masters with a solid day of grinding the Ladder so there is still time.

CastMin

Seasonal Open Rounds Essentials

Nine hours packed with intense gameplay and hard decisions at every corner… CastMin answers the tough questions so you can focus on preparing for the event.

WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #7

WhatAmI again takes us to school to teach us how to mulligan in Legends of Runeterra — a crucial skill if you want to improve as a player.

Jasensational

Zoe Lee Sin Deck Guide

This old Archetype remains one of the strongest in tournaments, and a force to reckoned with when piloted skillfully on the LoR Ladder. Jasensational’s Zoe Lee Sin Deck Guide will teach pilots the skills needed to kick foes in both settings.

AidenThorne

The Path of Champions – PvE Tips & Tricks

Looking to play The Path of Champions for the first time? Struggling with your PvE runs? AidenThorne has all the answers for you in this PvE rundown!

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