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Weekend Warrior Weapons – Season Sunset Edition

Eighteen Vigorous Brews, from Meta Staples to Exotic Blends, for the Discerning Ladder Enjoyer.
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Welcome, my friend! Glad to see you again, as the Longest Season draws to an end!

And a long Season indeed, this one, yet all things must come to an end: the Icons have been shown…

… along with the flurry of spoilers that announce the arrival of the new, and renewal of the old.

But please, come! Step inside!

No Archetype should go quietly into the night. Any one, or even all of these blends that I shall showcase for you today may vanish by next week – so, come, please let me show you our wares, so you can have a raging taste of these perhaps soon to be gone blends.

Do tell me, then: shall you check first…

… how this Season's sun sets?

… the Cream of the Crop, best of the best blends?

  • Yuumi Pantheon,
  • Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows, making a surprise appearance at the top,
  • Draven Sion,
  • Scouts,
  • Pirates,

… other Meta options?

  • Azir Irelia,
  • Curious Ezreal Viktor, a fresh face among the Top Dogs,
  • Other considerations, such as Ezreal Caitlyn or Taliyah Ziggs,

… the Connoisseur's Corner, for a tad more exotic blends, today with an extra sprinkle of shrooms?

  • Teemo Yuumi Zed, arguably today's gem,
  • Teemo Tristana,
  • Classic Teemo Burn,
  • Ahri Katarina,
  • Fizz Riven,

… our Wild Side, to cast caution to the winds?

  • Fizz Udyr,
  • A crowd favorite and r/LoRCompetitive classic: Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon
  • Matron Kindred Galio,
  • A Top Cut delicacy: Trash Katarina,
  • Captain Teemo and the Piltover Avengers.

The finest formulas from formidable figuristas Balco and Legna, my friend – only the best of the best!


Thus this Season's Sun Sets

Not many novelties at quick glance: as is to be expected by Season's Sunset, the most potent decks enjoy an uptick in their performance.

As increasingly more pilots reach their desired rank, and climbing becomes no longer for them a factor, more leisurely brews become habitual – thus feeding LPs to those who still struggle in their ascent.

There are still a few surprises when looking up close, though – our munificent Meta often manifests a few gifts for those that look for them.


Cream of the Crop

If you are struggling to climb and you feel the pressure of time, these are the blends you should look into.

Sturdy, tried-and-true, all-business blends that are by now undoubtedly the best tools for the job, with 54%-plus WR in Platinum and above, and play rates above 1%.

Yuumi Pantheon (DE)

Oh, how the puns roll through the tongue, when a Targon deck attaches itself to the Top, as many claimed it was fated to be!

Yet that's how this Season ends, my friend: Pantheon has had many comrades in arms in LoR, and at one point him by his lonesome was among the toughest blends to face; yet the feline Fae has proved to be the Warrior's most steadfast ally, and this week the Throne is theirs.

They have also proven to be perhaps the most relevant factor in Tournaments. As a handful of Top Cut pilots have confided, and witnessed in learned aligners Sirturmund's and MonteXristo's Open Rounds meditations, Pantheon blends were in most cases the medley to either bring, ban, or target.

Its power is made manifest in its matchups, this blend overpowering many of the most popular blends, and only truly weak against Pirates.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Lurkers (which are on the rise), Taliyah Ziggs, Scouts – an edge against Tryndamere Trundle and Afizzelios.

Struggles Against: Pirates, Tri-beam blends.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
13
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
21
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

Now, this is a bit of a surprise – a blend that has steadily gained traction during the last few weeks, and now jumps to the fore.

This shadowy archetype is an interesting example of how much the fates of a particular medley is tied to the whims of the Meta at large: Heimer Jayce could perhaps be the best archetype right now, were it not for it being mercilessly wrecked by Sun Disc.

We'll recommend here the most popular formula for this blend, although lists with a slightly more aggressive curve – cutting [Albus Ferros] to add a copy of [Forge Chief] and another [Station Archivist] – seem to be doing even better.

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Afizzelios, Pirates, Tri-beam blends, Scouts

Struggles Against: Sun Disc (horrible matchup!), Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Shadow Isles
6 cards
Piltover & Zaun
34 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
6
0
2
1
9
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
12
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
7
Albus Ferros
2
Albus Ferros
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Iterative Improvement
2
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Draven Sion (PZ)

The revenant and the mustached axe whirler have proven themselves as worthy challengers to the Meta Throne title, and the best Discard envoys – other blends (such adding Rumble in any proportion) have proven less potent these last three days…

… unless it's Vi who you add, in case you're feeling adventurous, and try this version instead.

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Yuumi Pantheon, Sun Disc, Tryndamere Trundle, Heimer Jayce Shadows

Struggles Against: Pirate Aggro 

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
11
2
12
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
17
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
8
Lost Soul
3
Lost Soul
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Miss Fortune Quinn

Not much to say about this stalwart blend – as safe a bet for climbing as one could hope for, as refined a medley as one could find: the most popular formula is also among the best-performing.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Pirates, Affizelios, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Viego Shurima, Pantheon Yuumi, Tri-beam Blends

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Bilgewater
8 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
3
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Pirate Aggro

I would issue caution here, my friend – in spite of its excellent average performance in the last few days, and its undeniable potency throughout this meta cycle, this aggressive medley shows some signs of exhaustion as of late.

Case in point, the most popular formula barely reaches a mediocre 50% WR, and it is on the back of less popular formulas that the archetype as a whole is puissant still.

I shall recommend here the third most popular list, which has performed excellently the last few days – leaning more on [Twisted Fate] than [Ganplank], and packing your board full of units, seems to be the best bet.

Strong Against: Yuumi Pantheon, Taliyah Ziggs, murders Sun Disc, 

Struggles Against: Scouts (badly!), Affizelios, Tri-beam blends – at a slight disadvantage against Viego Shurima.

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
8
3
7
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
2
Twisted Fate
5
Gangplank
1
Gangplank
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Other Fresh Meta Options

Short on shards, or none of the above float your boat, while still on the lookout for a solid Meta Staple?

You cannot go wrong with these, my friend – with WR in the 52-54% range in Platinum and above, any practiced pilot can do wonders with them.


Irelia Azir

Some old-timers' eyes surely swell with tears (whether from joy or terror would be harder to guess) at the sight of Azirelia's return to the top.

For those with less than a handful of Seasons under their belt, though, and no memories of the Dark Age of Azirelia, this can very well be a fresh, new blend to try.

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Sun Disc, Trundle Tryndamere

Struggles Against: Pirates (horribly!), Tri-beam blends (idem!), Scouts

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
6
3
2
4
6
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
17
1
Dunekeeper
3
Dunekeeper
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
2
Lead and Follow
3
Lead and Follow
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
Open deck in builder

Curious Ezreal Viktor

It is indeed a pleasure to find a truly fresh face at the top, and our most munificent Meta has delivered!

Well…it is yet another Curious Shellfolk blend – still, this is indeed a new Champion pair close to the top. 

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Affizelios, 

Struggles Against: Yuumi Pantheon, Taliyah Ziggs, Sun Disc

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
1
0
6
1
13
2
10
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
3
Sump Fumes
2
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
10
Glorious Evolution
1
Glorious Evolution
Open deck in builder

Other considerations

You could also aim for:

Ezreal Caitlyn, making a return among the strongest LoR decks by way of its superb odds when facing Viego Shurima, Pantheon blends, Pirates and Scouts.

Taliyah Ziggs, struggling a bit yet still packing a punch.


Connoisseur's Corner

In the mood for something a tad more exotic, yet still well-tested? These medleys are not usually seen on the Ladder – yet with hundreds of games played in the last few days at Platinum and above, these are no strangers to success.


Bandle Teemo Yuumi Zed

This is probably today's most exciting find, my friend! =)

An APAC delicacy, with our recommended formula being very rarely seen on the Sunset Shards – Faes taken to the extreme, if you will, with the blood-curdling mixture of Zed and Elusives.

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Sun Disc, Trundle Tryndamere

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
17
2
8
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
3
Yuumi
2
Yuumi
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
17
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
3
Rainbowfish
Spells
17
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Ghost
3
Ghost
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Teemo Tristana

Another successful marriage of shrooms and Faes, with emphasis on Ionia permission spells and late-game grinding power via Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed

Strong Against: Viego Shurima, Pirates, Trundle Tryndamere, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi, Sun Disc

Struggles Against: Scouts (horribly!)

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
9
3
7
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
Followers
19
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Blastcone Seedling
2
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Tasty Faefolk
4
Rainbowfish
3
Rainbowfish
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
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Classic Teemo Burn

In a meta where somewhat slower decks are a large factor, it should come as no surprise that Shroom 'n' Boom is a thing too!

Strong Against: Sun Disc (burns it to a crisp), Tri-beam blends, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Pirates (horribly!), 

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
13 900
champion
3
epic
0
rare
6
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
14
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Followers
22
1
Legion Rearguard
2
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Used Cask Salesman
Spells
15
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
3
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Fizz Riven

Seen more in the West than in the East, this Papercraft Dragon blend should please Combo enjoyers most thoroughly.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Viego Shurima, Taliyah Ziggs, Afizzelios

Struggles Against: Pirates (badly), Scouts (equally badly)

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
16
1
9
2
8
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
2
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
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
3
Might
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
Open deck in builder

Ahri Katarina

The only successful Katarina blend to be found the Ladder in the last few days, this medley can be traced all the way back to the Age of Ahri Kennen – and, interestingly, seems to be the only surviving Ahri archetype.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Viego Shurima, Pantheon Yuumi, Taliyah Ziggs, Heimer Jayce Shadows.

Struggles Against: Pirates (horribly!), Scouts (most painfully!), Tri-beam blends

Regions
Noxus
7 cards
Ionia
33 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
11
2
8
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
1
Recall
2
Recall
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
2
Might
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

A Walk on the Wild Side

Tired of the shackles of performance?

Ready for the thrill of the little tested? A walk on the wild side may be down your alley, then – three of these blends have at least 50 games played in the last few days; one of them is a delicacy that reached Top 32 on the Grand Tournament a few days ago.

Will they work in your hands and pocket meta? Only you can answer that, my friend!

Fizz Udyr

I strongly believe this blend to actually be a real thing, my friend, since I have seen it making waves quite a few times – still, there's usually just a single formula being played, which strongly suggests a single, or just a few, extremely skilled pilots at the helm.

Strong Against: Sun Disc

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
5
epic
3
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
18
2
3
3
0
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
5
Udyr
2
Udyr
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Entreat
1
Entreat
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
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Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon

A crowd favorite and LoRCompetitive classic, no Season can be said to be whole without Luzeldon's sharing the latest iteration of Muscle Dragon; do take the time to read his learned writings, for there's much detail to this most refined brew.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
13
3
3
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
20
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Kato The Arm
3
Kato The Arm
6
Horns of the Dragon
2
Horns of the Dragon
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
3
Might
4
Deny
1
Deny
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Kindred Galio

This Spectral Matron deck seems to keep surprising foes, judging by its stellar performance. As noted by constant climber DoubleP2k, "People seem really caught off-guard by Kindred and how she plays. My favorite part is that by the time people get a handle on Kindred, they forget that she's probably not the win condition, just in time for Galio's rally and Matron forcing favorable fights."

Strong Against: Tri-beam blends

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
19
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
5
Screeching Dragon
1
Screeching Dragon
8
Spectral Matron
3
Spectral Matron
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
Spells
15
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Stalking Shadows
1
Stalking Shadows
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
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Trash Katarina

A blend so crazily potent that a whole LoR team changed its name after it, shortly after their very own superb skipper friendlynihilist reached Top 32 during last Saturday's Open Rounds with said blend.

As friendlynihilist explains in his wrap-up:

Ravenous Flock piles are my comfort zone – it’s what I play pretty much exclusively, and that is very much reflected in my lineup.

As such, ever since Gnar was initially revealed, I knew that he would be my way of bringing a Bandle City version of Flock to the Seasonal Tournament. And so, from the first hours of the Curious Journey season, I began my own curious journey in refining this deck. 

It started out as just a boring ol' Ziggs Gnar deck, and doing very nicely off the generally bloated power of Bandle City at the time. The one issue I kept coming back to, though, was not having enough top-end to close out games, and for a while this puzzle kept perplexing me.

Outside of Captain Farron, there weren’t very many good finishers to slot in, but then I saw that Smooth Swoleoist (a fellow TKG player) was having some amazing success with Treasured Trash in their Gnar Swain deck, so decided to give it a try.

I very quickly realized quite how strong this card is as a top-end threat, with some amazing hig-hroll potential that also made it an incredibly enjoyable card to play…

… and so Ziggs Gnar became a Trash deck.

Fast-forward to much, much closer to the Seasonal (about two days before, in fact!) – another TKG player (woke) was talking about running a single copy of Katarina in Bandle Burn, and this got me thinking about whether that could be a good option here, in this ostensibly Bandle Slow Burn deck.

I went to test a couple of games with the Blade Lady and I was in love immediately – her recent buff makes her an amazing tool for enabling Ravenous Flocks, and so Trash Katarina was born.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
9
2
18
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Bilgerat Rascal
3
Bilgerat Rascal
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
10
Treasured Trash
3
Treasured Trash
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Piltover Pile

Few things are nicer than a weird pile that just happens to work.

This "Captain Teemo and the Piltover Avengers'' medley seems like one such pile, my friend… I would not dare hazard a guess about how this blend is supposed to work, yet we've seen this pile pull great performances in weeks past, and it's doing so now again.

And with three copies of Treasured Trash, too!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
22
common
11
Mana cost
3
0
2
1
12
2
7
3
6
4
2
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
3
Caitlyn
1
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
1
Ezreal
4
Jayce
2
Jayce
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
14
2
Chempunk Pickpocket
3
Chempunk Pickpocket
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Defective Swapbot
2
Defective Swapbot
4
Teenydactyl
1
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
1
Spotted Toad
7
Minitee
1
Minitee
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
4
Gotcha!
1
Gotcha!
6
Hextech Anomaly
1
Hextech Anomaly
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
10
Treasured Trash
3
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

And so this Season ends, my friend!

I hope you are either comfortably sitting at your desired Ladder rank, with ample time to test weird brews…

… or, if you are still struggling to climb in the nick of time, I hope one of these blends takes you to the top! We may do a quick update in a couple of days, for those that may be in need of the freshest batch of data, but any of these should serve you well in the coming days.

Any questions, comments or feedback – or any exotic blend you're after! – feel free drop a comment, poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans), or ping me on the Poetry Discord: https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY

(Yes, indeed, my friend: a LoR Poetry Discord! =).

And you can find more writings on Substack (https://riwan.substack.com/)

Good luck on your climb!


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