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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Nov 26 – Twenty-plus Decks to Climb the Ladder With

An Ample Assortment from among the Best Ladder Decks, from Meta Staples to Risky and Rare, for the Discerning Part-Time Climber.
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Welcome! Please, step inside, my friend. Looking for the best ladder decks? You have come to the right place!

A harsh work week has at last met its end, has it not? Time to abandon the boring babble of budgets, processes and profits, then and turn our attention to more playful matters! So come, my friend! We have the best blends from all across Runeterra – the finest selection from such foremost providers as Legna, Balco and Vivo. Have your choice from among the lean, the laden, the legit, the lunatic… anything from tried-and-true to pilots-beware!

So tell me, please! What are you looking for?

the tried and true Meta Staples?

  • Zed Poppy, aka Rally Elusives,
  • Ziggs Poppy,
  • Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder,
  • Twisted Fate Gangplank (Bandle City), aka Ping City,
  • Veigar Senna, aka Darkness,
  • Bandle Tree
  • Taliya Ziggs, the newcomer in this list,

something a bit more exotic, from our Connoisseur’s Corner?

  • Poppy Lux
  • Glorious Shellfolk (Fizz Vi),
  • Jayce Sentinels, who jumped from “not very good” to making a dent among the top meta decks,
  • Heimerdinger Jayce, in its Ionian and Shadow Isles variants
  • A returning classic, Soraka Tahm Kench,
  • Trundle Sejuani Tryndamere, aka Feel The Minah,
  • Pirates, a deck that is never too far from making waves!
  • Draven Viktor,
  • Riven Vi,
  • Draven Riven,

 … or are you after the decidedly Risky and Rare?

  • Fizz Nami,
  • Lulu Poppy,
  • Shadow Jayce Ezreal,
  • Riven Akshan,
  • Teemo Zed, looking like a meme but hitting like a battering ram,
  • Elise Poppy,
  • Shen Poppy, because, well, “add Poppy” is all a rookie brewer needs to know, apparently,
  • “Sunny” Garen/Jarvan IV/Poppy (Targon)

Meta Staples

Here they are, my friend: the tried-and-true, the essentials, the staples. As the sublime scribe Soltaire once scribbled, scolding the thrills that stirred spirits seek over serene stillness:

There is no shame in

The simplicity of bread.

So eat, and be glad.

Why seek the weird, when we know what is wholesome?

Well-worn they may be, but they get the work done: our selection of 52%-plus winrate, 1%-plus playrate formulas, for discerning  customers who esteem efficiency and efficacy over flashy flamboyance. The fairly famous Fleurant (because, truly, who does not know the name Fleurant?) has very recently written about his choice for best ladder decks to reach Masters fast, in case you’d like an expert opinion for your weapon of choice.

Rally Elusives, aka Zed Poppy:

 

Punching them in the face is all the more fun when they cannot see your blows coming. Add Rally for repeated fun! The absolute King and Queen of ruthless ladder efficiency — if “up” is your only concern, this is your blend. This list, with that brash lad Laurent Protege, is the best performer above Platinum in the last few days when winrate & playrate are factored. 

Strong Against: Pretty much everything not listed below!

Struggles Against: Gangplank TF (both the BC and Nox versions) / Draven Jinx / Jayce Sentinels

You may find some extra tips about Zed & Poppy in this guide.

Regions
Ionia
19 cards
Demacia
21 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
16
2
8
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
14
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
Ranger's Resolve
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Poppy Ziggs:

 

Everybody has a plan, until you go wide and punch them in the face. An impressive feat of brewing, this list has remained practially untouched since its inception shortly after Worlds.

Strong Against: Dragons / Thralls / Lurkers / Rally Elusives

Struggles Against: Gangplank Twisted Fate / Draven Sion / Lee Sin Zoe / Darkness

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
25
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
1
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Ganplank Sejuani, aka Plunder:

 

The terror of the ladder. Nothing is more exhilarating (or terrifying, depending on what end of the stick you’re on) than freezing an opponent’s whole board at Burst speed. Some formulas eschew the single copy of Feel The Rush, but our suggested blend has the highest performance among the most popular in the last few days.

Strong Against: Except the blends below, Plunder is either favored or roughly even among the rest of the field – for a deck with a great matchup spread, look no further!

Struggles Against: Soraka Tahm Kench / Lulu Poppy / Thralls / Rally Elusives / 

You may find some extra tips about the deck in this detailed guide.

Regions
Freljord
4 cards
Bilgewater
36 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
11
2
2
3
5
4
3
5
6
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
23
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Monkey Idol
2
Monkey Idol
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
The Dreadway
2
The Dreadway
Spells
11
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
1
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
6
Monster Harpoon
3
Monster Harpoon
12
Feel The Rush
1
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Ganplank Twisted Fate, aka Ping City:

 

Another take on everybody’s favorite overwhelming Captain; go wide and punch them in the face… but with kegs! Since last week, the list has ditched Monster Harpoon to make room for Warning Shot and Parrrley

Strong Against: Bandle Tree / Poppy Ziggs / Lurkers / Poppy Zed / Draven Sion

Struggles Against: Lux Poppy / Jayce Sentinels / Thralls / Zoe Lee Sin / Darkness

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
24 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
8
common
25
Mana cost
1
0
10
1
15
2
0
3
6
4
5
5
2
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
Followers
22
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
8
The Dreadway
1
The Dreadway
Spells
12
0
Warning Shot
1
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
1
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
5
Double Up
2
Double Up
6
Hidden Pathways
2
Hidden Pathways
Open deck in builder

Veigar Senna, aka Darkness:

 

The Dark Duo returns to the fore – this list shows much better performance at Masters than lower ladder rungs, which usually signals a difficult blend to pilot. There’s currently a lot of experimentation with the highest-cost spells; our suggested blend, focusing on Bandle City more than Shadow Isles in that section, has performed quite well recently.

Strong Against: Bandle Tree / Poppy Ziggs / Lurkers / Poppy Zed / Draven Sion

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree / Poppy Zed / Shellfolk / Akshan Sivir / Thralls / Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
7
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
18
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
16
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
2
Stress Defense
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Bandle Tree (ft. Fizz, Lulu & Poppy):

 

Don’t mess with Yordles – doubly so with tree-huggin’ Yordles. A great choice for those that love variety in their meta staple of choice: two different win conditions (go wide & punch face, or control the board and win with The Bandle Tree, with lots of choices from created cards. Another deck recently performing better at Masters than at lower rungs, which may signal a hard deck to pilot.

Strong Against: Dragons / Darkness / Thralls / Bandle Tree versions with less champions / Lurkers

Struggles Against: Gangplank TF / Draven Sion / Poppy Zed / Akshan Sivir

Regions
Noxus
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
10
3
10
4
1
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
3
Lulu
1
Lulu
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Landmarks
2
4
The Bandle Tree
2
The Bandle Tree
Followers
17
1
Proto Poro
1
Proto Poro
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bomber Twins
2
Bomber Twins
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Buster Shot
3
Buster Shot
5
Yordles in Arms
1
Yordles in Arms
6
Hidden Pathways
2
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs:

 

We shall finish our selection of Meta Staples with a recent addition to the most popular decks. This blend shows better performance at Plat+ than at Masters-only, suggesting a somewhat weaker blend that may take unprepared foes by surprise but may ultimately prove disappointing should laddering efficiency be paramount.

Strong Against: Thralls / Darkness / Lurkers

Struggles Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Poppy Zed / Poppy Ziggs / Plunder

Regions
Shurima
29 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
14
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Hexplosive Minefield
3
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
1
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
2
The Arsenal
Spells
13
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
Open deck in builder

The Connoisseur’s Corner

 

Looking for something a bit harder to find on the ladder? Here is our selection of rarer blends—some of them returning to the spotlight, some of them quite new—to get the job done while not bloating the playrates of the most popular choices.

Poppy Lux (54%)

 

Showing great prowess at Masters — the tricky Conchologist and Curious Shellfolk shell, paired with mighty Demacian units and spells. 

Strong Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Gangplank TF

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree / Plunder / Dragons / Poppy Ziggs / Lurkers / Thralls

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
18
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
5
3
5
4
7
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
20
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Lecturing Yordle
2
Lecturing Yordle
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
14
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Glorious Shellfolk (Fizz Vi), 52%:

 

Arguably the hardest deck to pilot, showing great performance at Masters but dropping sharply at lower lodder rungs. A treat for combo-decks lovers. 

Strong Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Darkness

Struggles Against: Thralls / Gangplank blends / Akshan Sivir / Lurkers

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
4
epic
6
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
4
0
8
1
11
2
7
3
0
4
2
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
4
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
5
Vi
2
Vi
Landmarks
2
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
2
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
9
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
25
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Stress Defense
2
Stress Defense
3
Sump Fumes
3
Sump Fumes
6
Hidden Pathways
2
Hidden Pathways
10
Glorious Evolution
3
Glorious Evolution
Open deck in builder

Jayce Sentinels (ft Elise), 52%:

 

A deck that who jumped from “not very good” last week to making a dent among the best ladder decks recently, cutting a Forge Chief for Piercing Darkness

Strong Against: Poppy Ziggs / Gangplank TF / Bandle Tree / Poppy Zed

Struggles Against: Thralls / Draven Sion / Darkness / Lurkers

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
12
2
6
3
4
4
0
5
6
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Despair
1
Despair
6
Piercing Darkness
3
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
8
Progress Day!
2
Progress Day!
Open deck in builder

Heimerdinger Jayce (Ionia), 53%:

 

Teacher and Student team together with Ionian permission spells. Similar to last week’s, now swtiching Spirit's Refuge for Time Trick.

Strong Against: Akshan Sivir / Shellfolk

Struggles Against: Gangplank blends /  Poppy Ziggs & Poppy Zed / Zoe Lee Sin

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Ionia
9 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
18
common
16
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
13
2
9
3
7
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
6
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
25
0
Production Surge
1
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
Open deck in builder

Heimerdinger Jayce (Bandle City), 53%:

 

A similar list, but with a few of Bandle City tricks up its deep pockets.

Strong Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Draven Sion

Struggles Against: Most other meta decks

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
12
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
Adaptatron 3000
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
Open deck in builder

Soraka Tahm Kench, 55%+:

 

The return of a most loved classic! Win either by applying board pressure, or via your Star Spring wincon. Be advised that there is a single list being played, which usually indicates a single very skilled pilot skewing the results.

Strong Against: Plunder

Struggles Against: Poppy Zed / Lurkers / Poppy Ziggs

Regions
Bilgewater
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
17
2
5
3
11
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Soraka
3
Soraka
4
Tahm Kench
3
Tahm Kench
Landmarks
3
2
Star Spring
3
Star Spring
Followers
15
1
Crusty Codger
3
Crusty Codger
1
Star Shepherd
3
Star Shepherd
2
Boxtopus
3
Boxtopus
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
4
Broadbacked Protector
3
Broadbacked Protector
Spells
16
1
Shakedown
1
Shakedown
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sunblessed Vigor
2
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Hush
2
Hush
4
Astral Protection
3
Astral Protection
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
Open deck in builder

Trundle Sejuani Tryndamere, aka Feel The Minah, 53%+:

 

Big Champs, big spells, big kicking the enemy units back to where they came from. Has lost a bit of kick compared to last week, but has increased in playrate.

Strong Against: Draven Sion / Thralls / Lurkers / Jayce Lux

Struggles Against: Darkness / Poppy Ziggs / Lee Sin Zoe / Rally Elusives / Elise Jayce Vi

According to learned scholars, this is Scathus’ take on random7hs’ classic, the biggest change being the inclusion of Scattered Pod to make the Feel The Rush combo more consistent.

Regions
Ionia
14 cards
Freljord
26 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
3
3
11
4
6
5
5
6
7
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
6
Sejuani
2
Sejuani
8
Tryndamere
1
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
15
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
2
Icevale Archer
1
Icevale Archer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
6
Scattered Pod
3
Scattered Pod
9
Minah Swiftfoot
3
Minah Swiftfoot
Spells
16
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
3
Will of Ionia
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Pirates Ahoy! 54%:

 

Yo ho, yo ho… pirates have returned, it seems, and have press-ganged Marai Warden onboard.

Strong Against: Dragons / Thralls / Lurkers

Struggles Against: Darkness / Plunder

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
Followers
26
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
8
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Double Up
2
Double Up
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Draven Viktor, 55%:

 

The most popular of the “Ambush Duo” (see Riven Vi below), mixing Noxus and P&Z with Ambush on top for a huge Elusive finish.

Strong Against: Bandle Tree / Thralls / Taliyah Ziggs / Dragons

Struggles Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Darkness / Gangplank Twisted Fate

You may find some extra tips about the deck in this detailed guide.

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
11
2
13
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3
Might
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Riven Vi, 55%:

 

Big girls, with big Hextech gloves and big blades. Add an Elusive Ambush for extra punch!

Strong Against: Riven Swain / Taliyah Ziggs / Poppy Ziggs / Lurkers / Bandle Tree / Gangplank TF

Struggles Against: Lee Sin Zoe / Rally Elusives / Draven Sion

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
20 700
champion
5
epic
0
rare
11
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
4
1
16
2
11
3
0
4
5
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
5
3
Riven
3
Riven
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
16
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Forge Chief
1
Forge Chief
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
3
Nyandroid
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Timewinder
1
Timewinder
2
Weapon Hilt
2
Weapon Hilt
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Survival Skills
3
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
2
Decimate
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Draven Riven, 55%:

 

A different take on the Noxus and P&Z pairing, with a more aggressive Burn plan.

Strong Against: Akshan Sivir / Ganplank TF / Thralls / Bandle Tree / Poppy Ziggs

Struggles Against: Lee Sin Zoe / Darkenss

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
13
2
15
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
18
1
Armed Gearhead
3
Armed Gearhead
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
3
Nyandroid
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sumpworks Map
1
Sumpworks Map
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Not currently in stock…

 

Several blends that looked promising last week have not managed to impress recently. You may still want to check them, in case one of them piques your curiosity, but be advised that they haven’t shown great results in the last few days: Swain ZiggsZiggs Zilean, Gangplank Twisted Fate (Noxus), Leona Aurelion Sol (Demacia), Caitlyn Ezreal (Bandle City).

The Risky Brews

 

As penned by plentiful pensive philosophers, “falling follows flourishing”. Reward requires risk, and as the sublime Soltaire said:

A heavy bud blooms

Upon a thin branch. Beauty

Does not fear the wind.

What’s well-known may work wonders, but what would life be without the tempting thrills of voyaging and adventure? You know what they say, my friend: all efficiency and no exploration makes Greg a glum grinder!

So, for a risk-taker as yourself, here are our little-known, scarcely-tested formulas: sail your ship into uncharted waters, and be the one others tell tales about!

And if you are the kind that finds help in a drink to make up your mind, the bartender at The Pilgrims Road may have a few more weird brews for you to sip.

Fizz Nami:

 

The tide returns: thought forgotten, this pair has resurfaced with a low curve and lots of tricks up their sleeves.

Strong Against: Lurkers

Struggles Against: Poppy Zed

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
15
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Nami
3
Nami
Followers
9
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
25
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Iterative Improvement
3
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pick a Card
3
Pick a Card
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Double Trouble
2
Double Trouble
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
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Lulu Poppy:

 

The Rally Elusive regions take a different direction, going down a Midrange path that reminds of Shen Jarvan.

Strong Against: Most of the meta decks — a rather impressive spread.

Struggles Against: Only slightly versus Draven Sion.

Regions
Ionia
14 cards
Demacia
26 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Egghead Researcher
3
Egghead Researcher
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Cithria the Bold
6
Scattered Pod
3
Scattered Pod
Spells
12
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Shadow Jayce Ezreal:

 

Whereas Jayce Sentinels seems to be cutting down on expensive spells, this deck featuring Piltover’s cockiest pair is not afraid of thinking big. Notice how they have ditched Bandle City since last week, and switched to Shadow Isles.

Strong Against: Poppy Zed

Struggles Against: Draven Sion / Lurkers / Plunder

Regions
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
9
2
8
3
5
4
0
5
9
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
12
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Piercing Darkness
3
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
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Riven Akshan

 

Ruin Runner has returned. With Captain Farron in tow.

Strong Against: Darkness / Thralls

Struggles Against: Draven Sion / Popy Zed & Poppy Ziggs

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
1
common
29
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
6
2
16
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
3
Riven
3
Riven
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
19
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
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Teemo Zed

 

Probably a meme, but has pulled impressive results (across a tiny sample). Kinkou Wayfinder will most often than not put Teemo on board… sometimes more than one.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
8 cards
Ionia
32 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
20
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
12
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
18
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout