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Weekend Warrior Weapons, First Friday Edition

Twenty Top Brews, from Pre-Patch Powerhouses to Dazzling Debutantes, for the Discerning Ladder Climber
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Greetings, my friend, and welcome to Forces from Beyond's First Friday!

Three new Champions have arrived, with their host of followers and additional variety cards…

… come, please, step inside, and please feel free to leave your workweek worries behind – time to discover what our turbulent new Meta has brought for us!

Come, please, and let us peruse admirable APIarist Balco's findings, along with our own observations, and insights gathered from prominent pilots at the Blue Bird Inn.


Best LoR Decks: A Turbulent, Blood-Soaked Meta

We shall breach usual protocol, my friend, and rather than opening with a glimpse of the very best medleys…

best LoR decks

… I shall showcase you the very worst.

My reasons for such deviation are threefold.

On the one hand, I would like to stress that, with so many LP donors, there is nothing that can be said for certain about the strongest brews: any medley that preys upon these weak new blends may come out ahead without itself being more than an opportunistic fluke.

On the other hand, with some many bad blends, it would become tiresome for both you and I, if anytime I describe a strong blend to you I were to enumerate the numerous weak medleys our blend in question turns to shreds – therefore, unless stated otherwise, asume all formulas in our carefully curated selection are even or favored against those in the picture above.

And on yet another hand – surely three hands is not a rarity, when dealing with matters concerning demons and Void dwellers? – we shall not recommend lists for any of the blends in the aforementioned glimpse unless there is a gem among the poro poop.

Last but not least, to welcome our debutantes, we shall also deviated from standard protocol – which demands we list the most powerful blends first – and commence by introducing our recent arrivals.


Gwen's Ballroom Blends

The scissor-wielding seamstress has proven to be a most solicited dancing partner and, at least this early into the expansion, has provided a plethora of promising pairings.


Spider-Gwen

Pre-expansion theorists hypothesized the possibility of Gwen's nips becoming innumerable, by pairing her with the relentless Rally tools that Noxus provides.

While such concoctions still remain abstract in nature, pilots have soon found a much practical application in an old, tried-and-true, eight-legged formula: Elise Gwen has entered the ballroom and is, as of now, one of best-performing new blends.

It has excellent odds against one of the current powerhouses, namely Azirelia, and a slight edge on another: Annie TF.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Akshan Kai'sa, Sivir Kaisa

Struggles Against: Thralls, Gwennie

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
11
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
26
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
8
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Gwennie

Another very successful Gwenoxian tune, with dancers this time flocking to the Ravenbloom Conservatory and adding Catalogue of Regrets to their repertoire.

This gem, with more than 700 games and above-55% WR, is hidden beneath a pile of hideous concoctions that are heavy on followers and light on spells – ignore those, my friend, and ask the below blend for a dance.

Strong Against: Viktor Kai'sa, Jhinnie

Struggles Against: Akshan Kai'sa, Annie TF, Thralls

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
5
3
9
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
6
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
6
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
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Viego Gwen Ionia

Again, caution should be observed – this most tragic Champion pairing comes in two versions: Shuriman, and Ionian.

The former has, thus far, proven most disappointing – even though Viego Shurima has been a force to be reckoned with in the past – while it is the latter that enjoys a moderate degree of success. 

Strong Against: Akshan Kai'sa

Struggles Against: Viktor Kai'sa, Azirelia (horribly on both counts)

Regions
Shadow Isles
33 cards
Ionia
7 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
10
3
5
4
0
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
15
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
2
Phantom Butler
2
Sultur
1
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Conductor Of The Mists
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
19
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Syncopation
2
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
3
Strike Up The Band
2
Strike Up The Band
4
Deny
2
Deny
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Illaoi Gwen

A fairly experimental overture from the raucous Bilgewater pubs, featuring Riptide Sermon and an atrocious finale – less than two hundred games, but exceptional performance.

Strong Against: Thralls?

Struggles Against: Azirelia

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Bilgewater
18 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
6
2
8
3
9
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Conductor Of The Mists
2
Conductor Of The Mists
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
3
Strike Up The Band
3
Strike Up The Band
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Winks

This is the first Chomper mutation we shall observe today – highly experimental in nature, yet with the endorsement of prominent pilots such as 4LW, who also endorses Gwinning Light.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
13
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
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Kai'sa's Permutations

Kai'sa is the most requested of the three debutantes, and we shall see three of her mutations below.

Her most popular blend, though – pairing her with Evelynn – has thus far proven such a mismatch that I have been unable to find a single formula that I am comfortable recommending.


Akhsan Kai'sa Demacia

This is Kai'sa's second most popular archetype (Evelynn Kai'sa being the first), and nearly tied with Azirelia for second most popular archetype overall, at Platinum and above. It splices the well-known Demacia-Shurima shell, and adds a heavy top-end featuring Genevieve Elmheart and Void Abomination to the pool.

I shall recommend to you the most popular version, which does fairly well – in the 52% WR – while noting that the second most-popular formula performs a point and a half better, by way of preferring a lower (and closer to the classic Akshan Sivir) curve and higher spell count. Also note that this is the path along which Sivir Kai'sa, which we shall cover next, is evolving.

And as yet another note: Akshan Kai'sa owes its success in large part to generous LP donors – its matchups against strong blends are, in general, not positive.

Strong Against: Viktor Kai'sa

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina, Jhinnie, Sivir Kai'sa

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
5
3
4
4
8
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
5
Ruin Runner
2
Ruin Runner
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
9
Void Abomination
3
Void Abomination
Spells
12
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
2
Supercharge
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
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Kai'sa Sivir Demacia

While less popular than the AkKai mutation, Kai'sa Sivir looks like the most promising.

In KaiSiv's case, the matchup table is truly encouraging, with most popular matchups being even or favored.

Strong Against: AkKai, VikKai, Jhinnie, Gwennie

Struggles Against: Elise Gwen

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
33 600
champion
6
epic
10
rare
6
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
9
3
7
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Swiftwing Flight
3
Swiftwing Flight
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Viktor Kai'sa

A fairly straightforward splice: Viktor supplies the keywords, Kai'sa creates zero-cost cards, the early Discard package packs all the punch…

… then Supercharge mutates something big into something unstoppable and goes for the kill, reminding a bit of the Viktor Ambush medleys of patches past.

I shall recommend you the second most-popular version, which while deviating little from the tried-and-true, performs much better than the most-played variation.

In spite of its current excellent performance, do note that this archetype profits excessively from LP donors, having an uphill struggle against well-built blends.

Strong Against: Thralls

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina, Annie TF, Gwennie, KaiSiv

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
23 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
3
common
30
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
9
2
11
3
9
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
21
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
2
Supercharge
Open deck in builder

Motley Medleys

best LoR decks

Here, my friend, we will find three blends that went from zero to hero since last week.


Lulu Bandlezaun

Away from ballrooms and genetic labs, below all the bells and whistles and shiny new champs, an old powerhouse stirs and yawns.

Fizz Lulu Yordle in Arms has awakened… and evolved, too, into yet another Chomper mutation that, if you were to judge by single decklists, may very well be one of the scariest things let loose on the ladder right now.

Note how this Lonesome Lulu variation has even shed Yordle in Arms, going for the flattest of curves and putting its faith solely in Sneezy Biggledust!

Strong Against: Azirelia (pounds to the ground), Thralls, (Jhinnie?)

Struggles Against: (Illaoi Bard?)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
17 200
champion
3
epic
3
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
17
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
1
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Yordle Portal
1
Yordle Portal
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
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Yasuo Katarina

I doubt even die-hard Stun fans saw this one coming: Yasuo Katarina is a thing, and with performance across a data sample large enough to think it is not a fluke.

The formula I shall recommend below reaches a 54% WR in more than 450 games, while this other version performs in a similar range. Other popular variations (in the 200-games range) are putting the numbers, too.

It's indeed puzzling, since as mentioned yesterday the only new card is Windswept Hillock – was indeed a five-mana landmark all what this archetype needed to become a powerhouse?

Early matchup data is a bit pessimistic in that regard, with a handful of confrontations being in the truly atrocious range – in particular against Annie TF, a match that falls to a rock-bottom 20% for the Stunt crew.

Strong Against: AkKai, VikKai, Gwennie

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Annie TF (rock-bottom odds!), Jhinnie, Heimer Jayce Shadows

Regions
Ionia
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
21
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
6
3
15
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
3
5
Windswept Hillock
3
Windswept Hillock
Followers
11
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
20
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
4
Strategic Execution
2
Strategic Execution
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Intimidating Roar
2
Intimidating Roar
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Akshan Udyr

A wild medley that seems to have found a footing in these turbulent times.

Regions
Shurima
20 cards
Freljord
20 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
1
common
30
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
13
2
15
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
Followers
15
2
Soothsayer
1
Soothsayer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Babbling Bjerg
3
Babbling Bjerg
Spells
19
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
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Worldwalking Powerhouses

Shiny new champions.

And nary a nerf this patch.

Care to guess what's next?

A carnage, my friend – that's what!

Last week's apex predators were either left untouched, or found a new trick to hide up their sleeve, and are right now running rampant with WRs that go from broken to ridiculous.

We shall see who remains on top once the truly bad blends get culled, and the promising refined…

… but if ruthless climbing is what you are after, my friend, then search no further: these are the tools you are looking for.


Azirelia

Oh, how the mighty have gotten mightier!

Azir's followers never forgot how high they soared during the Dark Age of Azirelia, and they always faithfully stuck by their blend of choice. And, during the mid-Worldwalker balance patch, Irelia gaining Attune allowed this blend to regain shreds of its former glory.

Enter Domination, and in these turbulent times there is hardly a doubt which is the Top Dog: Azirelia has not one, but two somewhat dissimilar decklists that are, when play and win rates are factored, the best weapons you can bring to the fight.

The best-performing list is recommended below, and you can find the second here.

Like when it ruled the meta with an iron fist last year, Azirelia absolutely demolishes anything that thinks that "Ladder" and "Fun" are overlapping pursuits…

… yet things are not so easy when facing other scarred, grizzled climbers.

I'd recommend printing LPs with this blend now, for the matchup table does not look overly rosie.

Strong Against: AkKai, Yasuo Katarina, VikKai, Thralls, 

Struggles Against: Annie TF, AkSiv, Jhinnie (horribly!), Spider-Gwen, Illaoi Bard, Lulu Bandlezaun

Regions
Shurima
16 cards
Ionia
24 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
12
2
9
3
1
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
21
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Domination
3
Domination
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Blossoming Blade
Spells
10
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
1
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
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Jhinnie

Not much to say here, my friend: bullet buff and burning brat keep doing what they were doing last week, which is pretty much take names and kick butt.

And the Ladder is full of names, with such an array of unrefined concepts running around.

Strong Against: brutally murders Azirelia; AkKai, Yasuo Katarina, Thralls

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Spider-Gwen, Gwennie, TF Annie

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Annie TF

Another Worldwalker blend that needs no new toys to turn foes into a bloody, burning mess.

This is actually the formula with the highest WR from among those with more than 300 games played, and its matchup spread is superb: besides Thralls, there's nothing right now that Annie TF truly fears.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina (a bloody massacre), Gwennie, Jhinnie, VikKai, Illaoi Bard

Struggles Against: AkKai & KaiSiv (slightly), Thralls (horribly)

Regions
Noxus
26 cards
Bilgewater
14 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
11
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
20
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Thralls

Lissandra's frozen crew is still pulling some solid numbers, although in much diminished play rate.

The latter may be mostly due to lacking that sparkly 'new toy' shine – although having some strong counters, Thralls' matchups speak of a blend deservin a larger pilot population.

Strong Against: Annie TF, Spider-Gwen, Gwennie, Heimer Jayce

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Azirelia (horribly), Jhinnie, VikKai

(Note: thanks to GuiSim for catching a pesky typo!)

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
5
4
7
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
12
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
3
Draklorn Inquisitor
Spells
16
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Sands of Time
3
Sands of Time
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Other Strong Choices from the Previous Expansion

Pretty much every other blend that was strong last week is still strong (or stronger). There's scant data to speak in detail about matchups, but any potent Worldwalker brew should serve you well if you're looking to climb, above all if you have enough games under your belt with it to consider yourself an experienced pilot.

My recommendations would be:

Heimer Jayce Shadows, ever adapting to any environment,

Illaoi Bard, which was one of the Fresh New Faces last week,

Jinx Bard, another of last week's Fresh New Faces,

Fizz Riven, which, you know, having a Reck(oner) and a Paper, and now with Gwen in the game, well… some puns are just too good to pass, that is all I am implying!, and

Ashe LeBlanc, who I wouln't have called a powerhouse last week, nor I shall do so now, but is certainly getting the job done.


And so the Season starts, my friend!

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It would appear that, thus far, our three debutants have started with a tad less gusto than the Worldwalker champions did when they arrive – as you may remember, on Worldwalker's First Friday we not only had a host of powerful new blends storming the ladder, but most until-then powerhouses had been pushed aside.

In our current case, though, the pre-patch powerhouses remain potent, with the debutantes showing promise but without being overly scary.

Evelynn, in particular, has failed to find a proficient partner…

… but Bard, himself another free-ranging Runeterran champion, also failed to impress early on, a failure that did not last for too long.

We shall see, my friend – for now, the above are the best of the best, old and new!

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And good luck in your climb!


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