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Weekend Warrior Weapons, July 29 2022

Twenty-Two Top Brews, (Including Best Five Decks To Beat Illaoi Bard!) for the Discerning Ladder Climber
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Greetings, my friend – welcome to the Broken Church of Chimes and Tentacles!

I jest, of course, I jest! We still place our faith only in data and numbers…

… yet, as we shall soon see, it does seem like this is the dawn of the Age of Illaoi Bard.

But come, please, step inside, and do not let me get ahead of myself! We have for today twenty-two blends from among the best LoR decks, curated from admirable APIarists Balco and Legna's findings, along with our own observations, and insights gathered from prominent pilots at the Blue Bird Inn.


Best LoR Decks: Welcome our New Tentacled Overlords

These are turbulent times, my friend: after several patches in which our Meta has been beautifully variegated and balance, the time has come to, leaving flowery wording aside, call a spade a spade: we have, for the first time this year, a deck that approaches the "broken" threshold.

Best LoR Decks -- Tier List
Source: Balco

Not two weeks have passed since this patch began, and one may feel tempted to pepper such assertion with caveats like, "It's perhaps a bit too early to tell…"

… but Illaoi Bard's impressive numbers are indeed heading towards what Riot itself would deem unacceptable: a play rate over 15% (the Priestess and the Caretaker currently sit at 11%, in an upwards trend that shows no sign of stopping), and WR above 55%.

We did have this year a Meta ruler – namely Ahri Kennen Shurima – with similar WR, but player preference makes today's Illaoi Bard very different from Ahri Kennen in its heyday.

For whatever reason, when several versions of Ahri Kennen reigned supreme, players never felt compelled to push its play rate above 6% – the playerbase at large, we'll never know why, simply shunned the best blend in the format.

What's more: even when Ahri Kennen Shurima was the best-performing version, players insisted in playing other variants (Ahri Kennen Shadow Isles being the main example), and Ahri Kennen Shurima's play rate remained in the single digit, even if its WR was similar to what Illaoi Bard shows now.

Our current case is markedly different.

Again for unfathomable reasons (the need of a speedy Master climb, one would imagine, this being a very short Season?), pilots are flocking to the Broken Church of Chimes and Tentacles in droves – this the first time this year that we witness, early-days fads aside, an archetype punching past a 10% play rate and with performance to match.


The Broken Blend: Illaoi Bard

Again we shall leave words aside and rely on the powerful potency of imagery to showcase why this broken blend reigns supreme:

Best LoR Decks -- Best Deck Illaoi Bard
Source: Legna

Simply put, my friend, Illaoi Bard beats pretty much everything that is currently popular, with only Kai'Sa's mutations presenting a semblance of opposition.

Such blatant dominance is also apparent when checking for different formulas: the most popular variant, which we recommend below, has nearly TEN thousand games in the last three days – making this single list more popular than whole archetypes – and punches above 56%...

… yet other popular versions like this one, or this one (all well over 1,000 games, and therefore firmly in the "tried-and-true" category) perform even better.

This time, my friend, this is not a recommendation, but just plain facts: if performance and speedy climbing are your goals, you take this list and never look back.

Regions
Bilgewater
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
3
3
11
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Hired Gun
3
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
15
1
Ye Been Warned
2
Ye Been Warned
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Blood in the Water
1
Blood in the Water
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
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Is there, then, no opposition to the reign of Chimes and Tentacles?

Not all blends are unhappy with the rise of Illaoi Bard…

… and a few of them, as we'll see below, may truly welcome our new tentacled overlords.


The Rugged Resistance – Best LoR Decks to Beat Illaoi Bard 

Best LoR Decks -- Best Deck Kai'Sa

These are all well-performing blends – some Meta staples, other Off-Meta medleys – that do well, and sometimes very well, against the Chimed Tentacles, while also doing well against the rest of the field.


Evolve or Die: Sivir Kai'Sa Demacia

One of the strongest Meta medleys by its own rights, and with a slight edge over the Broken Blend – probably the best recommendation if solid performance against both Illaoi Bard and the rest of the field is your goal.

Strong Against: Annie TF, Heimer Jayce, Gwennie, Jinx Bard – slight edge against Illaoi Bard, also a slight edge over other Kai'Sa Demacia mutations

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Spider-Gwen, Thralls

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
10
2
5
3
8
4
8
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
21
1
Baccai Reaper
2
Baccai Reaper
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
2
Belvethi Elder
3
Belvethi Elder
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Greenfang Warden
1
Greenfang Warden
4
Silverwing Diver
2
Silverwing Diver
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
13
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
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Chimes Beware – Akshan Kai'Sa Demacia

Another Kai'Sa blend with a very small edge against the Broken Blend, and great performance overall.

From conversations with top pilots it would appear that, in high-skill scenarios, the Akshan mutation is inferior to Sivir's – ladder data, though, tends to disagree and, when looking at the best decklist for each, both blends perform similarly.

Strong Against: Annie TF, Gwennie, Lux Illaoi, Zilean Xerath, Thralls

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina

(NOTE: thanks to Transidental for noting the poor wording when comparing variants -- on average, Sivir's does better than Akshan's; it's when you compare the best decklists that both do similarly)

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
6
3
5
4
9
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
18
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
15
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
1
Supercharge
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
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Fight Chimes with Chimes – Ahri Bard

Now, if you wish to make Illaoi Bard's life truly miserable – and, perhaps even better, make them taste their own medicine – then Ahri Bard is probably the first place you should look, my friend.

This blend is fairly well-positioned overall, with the list below reaching 53% – its odds against Illaoi Bard, though, go as high as past 65%.

It has several truly bad matchups though, so it's not without its drawbacks.

Strong Against: Wrecks Illaoi Bard

Struggles Against: Annie TF, Jhinnie, Spider-Gwen, Azirelia

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Freeze 'em Up – Ashe LeBlanc

This medley, my friend, may fall a tad too close to "Cut your own nose to spit at your adversary…"

… but when it is about ruining a Broken Blend's day, it may be worth it, so I shall leave that consideration to you.

The formula recommended below does perform very well currently  – punching above the 53% WR mark in more than 300 games – even if the archetype as a whole is close to 49%.

Strong Against: Murders Illaoi Bard – good odds against Sivir Kai'Sa

Struggles Against: All Annie blends (TF, Jhin, Gwen), Heimer Jayce

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Freljord
23 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
18
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
10
3
9
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
21
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
2
Avarosan Trapper
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
13
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Culling Strike
3
Culling Strike
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
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The Sea's my Playground – Fizz Riven

The Trickster Yordle seems to have the upper hand when facing tentacles – not too lopsided a matchup (56% in Fizz Riven's favor) but enough of an edge to call it fairly favored.

This blend is not doing too great against the rest of the field, though, so I would recommend it only if you have previous Papercraft experience.

Strong Against: Illaoi Bard

Struggles Against: Annie TF, Azirelia

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
11
2
7
3
4
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
2
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
2
Might
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Friendship!
2
Friendship!
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Balance Restored? – Shen Bard

And, for last, this section's pièce de résistance, my friend – not only an extremely efficient Illaoi Bard counter, but a brand new blend with potent performance…

… and Shen!

Which, goes without saying, would truly be a victory for lore and flavor is it happens to be the one champ that can restore balance against the Broken Blend.

The below list truly looks like the real deal: nearly 900 games in the last three days, and an impressive performance nearing 54% – that's to say, a medley we would unreservedly recommend regardless of who rules the meta – but which, in this case, comes with a flavorful fruit on top: boots Illaoi Bard's butt most brutally.

Strong Against: Bashes Illaoi Bard – solid against Heimer Jayce and Gwennie

Struggles Against: Kai'Sa's mutations, Jhinnie

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Ionia
31 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
10
2
3
3
14
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Shen
3
Shen
Followers
17
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Greenglade Caretaker
3
Greenglade Caretaker
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Kinkou Student
3
Kinkou Student
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
17
1
Ghost
2
Ghost
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ki Guardian
3
Ki Guardian
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Moral Support
3
Moral Support
4
Spirit's Refuge
3
Spirit's Refuge
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Other Strong Meta Staples

Best LoR Decks -- Best Deck Elise Gwen

These are all blends that currently perform excellently, and all with play rates high enough to be considered tried-and-true.

Odds against the Broken Blend go from even to discouraging but, at least by current data, their odds against the rest of the field are good enough to make up for that.


Annie Jhin

Little room for changes – if there is one blend that we can call 'solved', it would be this one – and dismal odds against the Broken Blend (around 35% for Jhinnie) are not too auspicious for this medley's fate.

The usual formula still performs solidly enough, though, with a 52% overall.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard (horribly!)

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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Spider-Gwen

Tides indeed twist and turn: this blend started out strong in the first few days after the patch, then lost steam earlier this week, now seems to have regained momentum – the below-recommended list, which is the most popular, performs above 52% in nearly 1,500 games.

Dies horribly to the Broken Blend, though.

Learned scholar Scissorsbox recently penned a treatise on spidery matters, in case you would like to learn about this archetype in detail.

Strong Against: Kai'Sa mutations, Jhinnie, Azirelia (very!)

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard (horribly!), Yasuo Katarina

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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Irelia Azir

Dethroned by Illaoi Bard in brutal fashion, Azirelia has quickly lost popularity this week…

… which, as tends to happen, increased its performance, as hardship often does when it culls chaff from wheat.

True Azir believers have kept its most popular formula, recommended below, punching above 53%, while a host of truly enfranchised followers have pushed the second most popular (which is a bit more reactive) past 54%.

Strong Against: Kai'Sa mutations (AkKai in particular), Yasuo Katarina, Thralls

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard (horribly!), Annie blends (TF, Jhin, Gwen), Elise Gwen, Jinx Bard

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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Chompers and Chimes, aka Jinx Bard

Surely the best blend you can take to ladder when all factors are considered – you get to play Jinx! – and a fairly potent brew when only performance is concerned, punching past 53% across well over 2,000 games.

A blend that our very own MonteXristo pioneered in the early Worldwalker days, by the way, and that recently fist-bumped Master Brewer TealRed later refined with ruthless proficiency.

As a note of caution, do not Jinx Bard is weak both against the Broken Blend, and its most popular counter, Kai'Sa.

Strong Against: Annie TF, Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina, Jhinnie

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Kai'Sa mutations, Heimer Jayce

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
3
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
23
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
11
2
Iterative Improvement
2
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
4
Suit Up!
3
Suit Up!
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Annie TF

Yet another Worldwalker powerhouse that, now the Forces of Beyond meta is settling, finds its WR decrease into a reasonable range – the list recommended below sits at nearly 53% in 1,300 games, with some less-played versions doing a bit better.

This medley is only slightly disadvantaged against Illaoi Bard, but like Jinx Bard above, it's also the underdog against the Broken Blend's main counter, Kai'Sa – should the ladder become a tug-of-war between those two medleys, one would suspect Annie TF's fate shall suffer.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina, Jhinnie, Heimer Jayce

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Kai'Sa mutations, Jinx Bard, Thralls

Regions
Noxus
26 cards
Bilgewater
14 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
6
3
8
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
10
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
21
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
Culling Strike
1
Culling Strike
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Thralls, aka Lissandra Taliyah

Worldwalker's Frozen Menace is slowly regaining popularity, although its current performance leaves some doubts about whether or not it will return to the forefront.

In particular, its matchups are in an odd spot: Thralls are slight underdogs to the Broken Blend, and also underdogs to two Kai'Sa mutations, but very strong against the third, namely the Sivir variant.

And they remain, as usual, very weak to Azirelia

Strong Against: Annie TF, Sivir Kai'Sa, Gwennie, 

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Akshan Kai'Sa, Jhinnie, Azirelia (horribly!)

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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Illaoi Lux

Worldwalker's earliest powerhouse, later forgotten in lieu of other Demacian Tentacle blends, is making a return.

Interestingly, the most popular formula is not doing too well – but alternative versions, like the one recommended below, are thriving.

It's unclear what makes these less-popular variations better (our recommended formula goes for a heavier top-end in its spell composition, while another blend with nearly identical results chooses to increase the unit count), but at first glance one or two copies of Vanguard Sergeant seem like a must.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Annie TF, Heimer Jayce

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
10
2
4
3
6
4
9
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
13
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
21
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
Demacian Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
6
Back to Back
1
Back to Back
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
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Heimer Jayce

This may be the one situation that Professor and Student have no solution for: they are quite the underdogs both to the Broken Blend, its most popular counter (Kai'Sa mutations), and a couple of other popular medleys, too.

They still pack a punch, with the formula recommended below performing above 54% in nearly 500 games, but we shall see if they can survive being attacked from so many fronts.

Strong Against: Jhinnie, Yasuo Katarina, Jinx Bard

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard, Kai'Sa mutations, Annie TF, Azirelia, 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
8
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
12
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Lone Lulu

Sneezin' Lulu's back!

In what is a bit of a common trend today, this blend packed quite a punch last week, then lost steam as LP donors left the stage, then – as it dropped in play rate quite a bit – regained momentum, probably pushed by proficient pilots.

It's yet another medley that suffers horribly in front of the Broken Blend while also being an underdog to Kai'Sa, so time will tell if Lulu's momentum holds.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Jhinnie, Yasuo Katarina

Struggles Against: Illaoi Bard (horribly!), Annie TF, Gwennie

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 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
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
3
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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Connoisseur's Corner

Best LoR Decks -- Best Deck Katarina

Strong blends with the optimal balance between tried-and-true and rare enough that you are almost guaranteed to never find yourself in a mirror match.


Katarina Ziggs Annie Shurima

A few days ago we pondered how a new Noxurimaggro version (this one, featuring Sivir) could be gaining traction while its Worldwalker variant, namely Kat Ziggs Annie, was nowhere to be found.

Well… time to ponder no more, my friend: while the Sivir version linked above does pack a punch, Worldwalker's foremost aggro deck seems superior: our recommended Kat Annie Zigges version reaches a 55% WR in more than 400 games in the last few days.

It's a slight underdog to the Broken Blend, while seemingly even or favored against most of the rest of the field.

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
9
2
11
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
2
Annie
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
3
Ziggs
2
Ziggs
Followers
24
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
10
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
3
Might
2
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Katarina Twisted Fate

Many a Noxian connoisseur will no doubt spit bilious bile at this blasphemous blend, yet numbers do suggest it is the real deal: a Ravenbloom Conservatory, but without Annie.

In fact, this is arguably Annie TF with Kat instead of Annie, and performs at 55%+ WR in nearly 400 games (with foes probably wondering what the hell they are up against, during the mulligan phase).

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Bilgewater
19 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
9
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
12
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
19
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
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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A Walk on the Wild Side

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Tired of fighting the Meta tides?

Looking for a bit of off-meta spice?

Welcome to the Wild Side, my friend: all these blends perform at 52% or above, but the sample size – between 100 and 300 games in all cases – let us make no assertion about how these will fare in your hands.

In other words…

… no way to know if they work until you try! 


Annie Burn

One of the oldest concepts: throw cheap Noxian and Piltovian units at your foe, finish off the job with direct-damage skills and spells.

Regions
Noxus
26 cards
Piltover & Zaun
14 cards
Rarities
14 300
champion
3
epic
0
rare
8
common
29
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
13
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Annie
3
Annie
Followers
23
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Used Cask Salesman
Spells
14
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sigil of Malice
2
Sigil of Malice
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Classic Spiders

Another very old concept, and ideal for newcomers short on shards, since this is without a doubt the cheapest blend to craft and jump to the Ladder with.

And, as cherry on top, as soon as you can spare the funds you can switch to Spider-Gwen, if you so wish.

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
14 500
champion
3
epic
0
rare
9
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
13
2
12
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Elise
Followers
28
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
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
Legion Grenadier
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
9
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Nami Gwen

Another blend that die-hard fans – of Nami TF in this case – may consider blasphemous, yet performance is quite encouraging: 52% in around 200 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
41 200
champion
6
epic
16
rare
11
common
7
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
3
2
3
3
13
4
3
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
11
1
Watchful Idol
2
Watchful Idol
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
23
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
4
Despair
2
Despair
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
3
The Harrowing
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Poppy Jarvan Bard

Bard wanders everywhere, of course, but while most Bard Demacia medleys have left the meta, this Bannerman Bard medley still packs quite the punch.

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
5
3
11
4
5
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
27
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Stony Suppressor
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
1
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
Swiftwing Flight
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
Spells
7
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Viego Evelynn

As some pilots pointed out after Evelynn's rather disappointing entrance, she and her followers perhaps should have been all in Shadow Isles, which may have increased her deck-building options.

This Viego Evelynn blend gives that idea some sustenance: it's working quite well – albeit across a very small sample – and it's not hard to imagine it could be stronger still, if it had full access to a second region.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Shadow Isles
32 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
12
2
8
3
5
4
1
5
6
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
14
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Domination
3
Domination
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
Spells
20
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Allure
2
Allure
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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And so the Age of Tentacles commences, my friend!

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Of the new champs, Kai'Sa has firmly carved a place for herself in the meta, while Gwen proved both fairly popular and playable – Eve, sadly, has only found a very fringe pairing with the Viego blend showcased above.

But, as we have seen, the real news is that, arguable for the first time this year, the Meta has produced a blend that can correctly be labeled as "broken": should its playrate reach 15% (which its growth rate this week suggest it will, it being 11% right now), and keep its WR above 55% (it being nearly 57% currently), it will firmly fall into what Riot themselves have defined as requiring their intervention.

Will Kai'Sa, Ahri and Shen's rugged resistance revert this trend?

We shall soon see!


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