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Post-Patch Forerunners – Best LoR Decks, 24hs After Patch 4.9

With 24hs of data since LoR patch 4.9 landed, these are the best decks for the Legends of Runeterra ladder.

With a bit less than 24 hours since Legends of Runeterra Patch 4.9 landed, it looks like the Onwards champions are faring quite well – there's a lot of experimentation going on, VolibearVolibear and JannaJanna both have one very promising deck each, and NilahNilah may be just a few tweaks away from getting there.

On the other hand, as it's the usual case with these early-days glimpses, do bear in mind: fairly small sample sizes (and, in this patch's case, also some glitches that have put a dent in how much folks have been able to climb), so for sure too early to tell anything for certain about how the LoR meta will shape up.

With that said, let's see which LoR champs and decks have hit the ground running!


Young Guns – New LoR Decks Looking Strong

These three decks, all with new Champs (and one of them with nothing but new champs) are among the best in Runeterra right now.

Remember: too early to tell… but, with that said, early numbers show a lot of promise for these decks!


Galio Volibear

Big statue and angry bear are, by a wide margin, the most successful from among all decks in Runeterra right now, old and new: GalioGalio VolibearVolibear is putting up an amazing 63% win rate with more than 1700 games since patch 4.9 landed, which is an impressive feat even by day-one standards.

As our captain says…

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Freljord
11 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
15
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
8
7+
Champions
6
7
Galio
3
Galio
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
23
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Petricite Charger
3
Petricite Charger
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
4
Balen the Benevolent
3
Balen the Benevolent
Spells
9
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

Janna Samira

JannaJanna SamiraSamira is another Champion pair that has left a huge impression on high-level pilots…

… and the (remember: very early) data backs it up: the best Janna Samira version is punching at a ridiculous 65%+ win rate, in about 900 games played since yesterday.

Regions
Noxus
8 cards
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
3
3
10
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Samira
3
Samira
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
4
Augmented Clockling
2
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
Spells
16
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Blowback
2
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
6
Formula
2
Formula

Janna Volibear

What if you put these two early heavy-hitters together?

Early numbers are a bit less clear in that case – JannaJanna VolibearVolibear's most popular version, which packs mostly FRFreljord followers with a She Who WandersShe Who Wanders top-end, is actually the most-played deck right now (with 1200+ games played) but its performance is disastrous

… whereas a fairly different Janna Volibear deck, with more emphasis on PZPiltover & Zaun followers (including Iascylla, Figurehead of the DeepIascylla, Figurehead of the Deep) is doing very well, albeit with just about 500 games on record. 

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
5
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Janna
3
Janna
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
Followers
11
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Scholarly Pioneer
3
Scholarly Pioneer
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
2
Exalted Cloudwinder
6
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
3
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
Spells
23
1
Galesong Call
3
Galesong Call
1
Shatter
3
Shatter
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
5
Galesong Flock
3
Galesong Flock
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
7
Winter's Breath
1
Winter's Breath
16
Clash of Giants
2
Clash of Giants

Some Tweaks Required – New Decks That Are Almost There

These three decks struggle just one or two percentage points below 50% – a couple (or several) tweaks could push them into the high-tier range, but they are not there yet.


Aurelion Sol Volibear

Volibear just gave the good ol' Space Dragon a huge buff in Path of Champions, but in the Standard LoR ladder, the pair is still trying to find their footing. Almost there, but not past the 50% win rate mark just yet.

Regions
Mount Targon
13 cards
Freljord
27 cards
Rarities
34 000
champion
6
epic
10
rare
8
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
8
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
15
7+
Champions
6
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Followers
17
1
Chip
3
Chip
2
Cosmic Youngling
3
Cosmic Youngling
3
Scholarly Pioneer
3
Scholarly Pioneer
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
7
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
3
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
17
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Falling Star
2
Falling Star
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Invocation Of Thunder
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
7
Seismic Shard
2
Seismic Shard
16
Clash of Giants
2
Clash of Giants

Nilah Samira

Same deal here – pairing the Desert Rose with another two-mana Champ was a very good idea in Eternal just yesterday, but NilahNilah SamiraSamira hasn't quite taken off yet. They are just one or two tweaks away from punching above 50%, though, so we'll see what they do when brewers have a bit more time to play with them.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bilgewater
22 cards
Rarities
32 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
8
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
15
1
8
2
6
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Nilah
3
Nilah
2
Samira
3
Samira
Followers
17
1
Elegant Edge
3
Elegant Edge
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Father Fury
2
Father Fury
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
6
The Tidedancer
3
The Tidedancer
Spells
17
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
All Out
3
All Out
1
Stylish Shot
3
Stylish Shot
3
Pirouette
3
Pirouette
4
Barbed Chain
3
Barbed Chain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros

Janna Nilah

In a similar trend, JannaJanna NilahNilah is just a point from 50%. There are a lot of different versions in this case, although none of them is quite there – yet!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Bilgewater
14 cards
Rarities
39 500
champion
6
epic
15
rare
8
common
11
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
6
3
7
4
5
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Nilah
3
Nilah
4
Janna
3
Janna
Landmarks
2
5
Sunken Temple
2
Sunken Temple
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Harpoon
2
The Darkin Harpoon
Followers
20
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
4
Evil Imperfectionist
2
Evil Imperfectionist
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
6
The Tidedancer
3
The Tidedancer
Spells
10
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
2
Divine Whirlwind

Mean Old Dogs – Older LoR Decks Having a Field Day

These Old Dogs were among the best decks in Runeterra until yesterday – and with so many unrefined brews running around, they are having a field day out there.


Teemo Elusives

By the last week of last patch, TeemoTeemo Elusive s was far and away the best LoR deck in standard, and it was not even close – unsurprisingly, is kicking butts and taking names right now, but surprisingly its win rate is not as high as the best-performing Young Guns.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
3
epic
9
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
9
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Followers
22
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Sting Officer
3
Sting Officer
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
6
Windsinger
1
Windsinger
Spells
15
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
Blowback
3
Blowback
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Kinkou's Call
3
Kinkou's Call
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Last patch, Lurkers were enjoying what was perhaps the friendliest LoR meta they've ever seen, and were for once one of the best-performing LoR decks. They keep bringing home the bacon right now, so we'll see if this patch is their best one yet.

Regions
Bilgewater
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
3
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
1
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
5
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
26
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
Spells
8
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Blood in the Water
3
Blood in the Water

Heimer Jayce Shadows

Another of last patch's most potent options, Heimer Jayce still seems very solid. Too early to tell if the Onwards LoR meta will suit Professor and Student as well as the previous, but these two have a long story of adapting and thriving.

Regions
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
8
2
5
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
1
Epic Scraptraption
2
Epic Scraptraption
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
1
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination

Wrapping Up

Heart of the Huntress was a bit of a low-powered expansion, with its Champs struggling to make a mark. Onwards seems, a bit this early on, a completely different beast – it's been quite a while since newcomers had, on the first day, several of the best-performing decks. We'll see tomorrow in By the Numbers how well these Young Guns fare!


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