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The Best Twenty-Three Decks, from Meta Staples to Off-Meta Brews, for the Discerning Ladder Climber!
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Update: for the latest & most up-to-date decks, check the latest LoR Best Decks article!!

Greetings, my friend – welcome back!

Come, please, step inside, and let's welcome together what seems to be the return to a balanced Meta.

It is indeed a bit too early to tell, surely, but last Wednesday bugfix patch included a non-irrelevant 'nerf' to the until-then strongest blend, making it a tad tamer – so, plese, step inside and let me show you what we have in store today! 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: On Bugs, Balance, and Eternal Threats

Last Wednesday, the Devs released a bugfix patch – these tends to address minor malfunctions, but in this case one such malfunction was anything but minor: SharpsightSharpsight’s ability now no longer counts as a keyword for cards who count them, chiefly among them Kai'Sa and her mutating followers.

As of right now, if we peek at the top of the ladder, these is how the charts (last three days, Plat+) look according to Balco:

Best LoR Deck -- Meta Tier List, August 05

Since such three-day sample includes data from before the bugfix patch, we shall today take a peek at a 24hs sample – do note that such samples tend to be quite volatile:

Best LoR Deck -- Meta Tier List, August 05

It would appear that, thus far, the bugfix/nerf has been successful in toning down Kai'Sa, which last Tuesday was poised to overrun the meta.

Thralls appears as the new top contender on both samples; as we'll see below, it's gaining traction quite quickly, although we shall see what happens once the Meta adapts to its return.


Best LoR Decks: Cream of the Crop

Best LoR Deck -- Meta Tier List, August 05 -- Thralls are again at the top

These are the top decks in the LoR ranked environment right now: strong, popular, and well-tested. If climbing the ladder is your main concern, these are the best-performing tools for the job.


The Eternal Threat: Thralls, aka Lissandra Taliyah

Was the Sharpsight 'nerf'/bugfix one of Lissandra's plans within plans? As we noted last Friday, Thralls remained a potent brew during this expansion, with the sort of WR that made us suspect its low play rate was due more to pilot boredom than proper performance. Almost as if it knew how to bide its time and wait for when to strike, the Frozen Menace is now gaining steam fast, becoming the top performer in the last 24 hours.

It is hard to discern why that is the case, though: its odds against the most popular blends (Kai'Sa, Illaoi Bard, Jhinnie and Azirelia) are quite bad – yet they are balanced by Thralls' great performance against the rest of the field. In other words, what we would call a "polarizing" medley, with bad matchups being awful, yet with good matchups being great.

Strong against: Annie TF, Kat TF, Draven Sion, Pandemonium, Darkness

Struggles against: Kai'Sa mutations, Illaoi Bard, Jhinnie & Azirelia (horribly in the last two!)

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
4
3
8
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
7
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
10
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
1
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
3
Draklorn Inquisitor
Spells
17
1
Imagined Possibilities
3
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Sands of Time
3
Sands of Time
Open deck in builder

The (former?) Broken Blend: Illaoi Bard

We dubbed Illaoi Bard "the Broken Blend" last Friday since its dominance seemed unstoppable; its unfavorable odds against Kai'Sa, and the ascent of Shen Bard and other counters (like Draven Sion) managed to turn the tide by last Tuesday, when Kai'Sa was close to becoming the next Meta Tyrant…

… yet with the 'nerf'/bugfix to SharpsightSharpsight, it's unclear now where the tide may take us. By current numbers, Illaoi Bard is undoubtedly one of this Meta's powerhouses, but with both its archetype as a whole, and its most popular formula – recommended below – reaching yet not surpassing the 55% WR mark.

Strong against: Azirelia, Annie TF, Spider-Gwen

Struggles against: Shen Bard (badly), Sivir Kai'Sa, Kat TF – slight underdog to Lone Kai'Sa & Draven Sion

Regions
Bilgewater
31 cards
Runeterra
9 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
Open deck in builder

The (dethroned?) Latest Tyrant: Lone Kai'Sa

At least until the recent bugfix patch, Kai'Sa was so strong that she forced top players to rage-quit. The fix to SharpsightSharpsight has toned down the archetype as a whole, even making the most popular list to become sub-par…

… yet the latest refinements make this blend still perform at past-broken levels: our recommended formula, the third most popular, punches above 56% in more than 1,500 games. Notice the switch from Merciless HunterMerciless Hunter and Brightsteel ProtectorBrightsteel Protector to Xer'sai Hatchling, Durand ProtegeDurand Protege and Greenfang WardenGreenfang Warden, and the inclusion of Chain VestChain Vest.

And, overall, Lone Kai'Sa remains the most popular archetype.

Strong against: Shen Bard, Draven Sion, Kat TF, Thralls – slight edge against Illaoi Bard and Annie TF 

Struggles against: Jhinnie, Azirelia, Yasuo Katarina

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
17 600
champion
3
epic
3
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
11
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
19
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
3
Belvethi Elder
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
1
Durand Protege
3
Greenfang Warden
2
Greenfang Warden
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
18
1
Chain Vest
2
Chain Vest
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
2
Supercharge
Open deck in builder

Sivir Kai'Sa

A lot less popular, yet performing even better than the Lone mutations, Sivir Kai'Sa does not seem to have noticed the changes to Sharpsight. Its most popular formula punches above 56% in close to 1,000 games, and other variations are equally powerful.

Strong against: Illaoi Bard, Shen Bard

Struggles against: Jhinnie

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
5
3
8
4
8
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
18
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
4
Void Blaster
2
Void Blaster
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
16
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
2
Supercharge
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

The Keeper of Balance: Shen Bard

In spite of skepticism from some top players, Shen Bard has proven to be the real deal; our recommended formula comfortably surpasses the 53% mark in more than 1,800 games. Leer and Monte piloted it to quite good success across Diamond, as they retell in their Meta Voyage.

As noted last Tuesday, its jagged matchup spread makes it hard to guess how this blend's future will turn out: it's a severe underdog to Lone Kai'Sa, but greatly favored into Illaoi Bard.

Strong against: Illaoi Bard, Draven Sion

Struggles against: Lone Kai'Sa & Jhinnie (horribly in both cases!), Annie TF, Sivir Kai'Sa

Regions
Runeterra
9 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 Options

Strong blends with play rates over 1% in Platinum and above – any of these should allow the diligent pilot a fairly speedy climb!


Fresh 'n' Hot: Bandle Pandemonium Teemo TF!

A blend that Monte recommended yesterday in his "Gone Bananas" triple-aggro Gauntlet lineup, and that top pilot infinipatrons piloted to Front Page in the Leaderboard – a bit on the experimental side, but if you like new and spicy (with a side of crazy, I may add!), this should be the blend for you, my friend.

I shall recommend below the third most popular formula, which punches at 54%, with minor tweaks from infinipatrons'.

Strong against: Jhinnie, Annie TF, Kat TF

Struggles against: Shen Bard, Thralls (horribly!)

Regions
Bandlecity
5 cards
Bilgewater
35 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
5
epic
8
rare
10
common
17
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
18
2
0
3
9
4
1
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Teemo
2
Teemo
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
12
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
Spells
23
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Double Up
1
Double Up
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Katarina Twisted Fate

We're past labeling the 'Ravenbloom, but without Annie' idea as blasphemous: you cannot argue against such good results. It's by now the best Ravenbloom blend, and with the most popular formula reaching 54% in 1,000 games.

As with its Annie TF cousin, which we shall see below, there seems to be room for additional tweaks as the meta shifts – less popular versions, with slightly different spell compositions, are all doing wonderful.

Strong against: Illaoi Bard, Azirelia

Struggles against: Draven Sion (quite badly), Lone Kai'Sa, Pandemonium & Thralls (horribly in both cases!)

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
Open deck in builder

Annie Twisted Fate

Displaced both in popularity and performance by the Katarina variant, Annie TF still remains a solid ladder option.

Strong against: Azirelia, Shen Bard, Yasuo Katarina

Struggles against: Sivir Kai'Sa, Draven Sion – slight underdog to Kai'Sa, Illaoi Bard and Jhinnie

Regions
Noxus
24 cards
Bilgewater
16 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
10
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
13
1
Pool Shark
2
Pool Shark
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
18
1
Blade's Edge
2
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Culling Strike
1
Culling Strike
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

The 'Solved' Blend: Jhinnie

After a rough patch at Illaoi Bard's heyday last week, blazing brat and bullet buff have managed to carve themselves a solid spot in this Meta. They are one of the most popular formulas – well above 3,000 games in the last three days – perform at above 52%, and are arguably the best aggro choice in the current field.

Strong against: Kai'Sa mutations, Azirelia, Shen Bard

Struggles against: Illaoi Bard (quite badly), Draven Sion, Heimer Jayce

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 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
Open deck in builder

Azirelia

Azir & friends seem ready for a comeback: the Field MusiciansField Musicians variant being clearly inferior, most pilots are migrating to the formula recommended below, which with 1,400+ games and punching above 54%, looks like it's going to be quite the important factor in the Meta's next few days. Azirelia has one of the most jagged matchup tables, though, so I would recommend this blend only to the most faithful!

Strong against: Lone Kai'Sa, Yasuo Katarina, Thralls

Struggles against: Illaoi Bard, Jhinnie (horribly!), Kat TF & Annie TF (quite badly), Draven Sion

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
Open deck in builder

Connoisseur's Corner

Less played, but fairly sturdy blends – the optimal marriage between a well-tested medley, and low odds of finding yourself in a mirror match!


Vi Trundle Timelines, ft. Viktor

Another of Monte's recommended blends for a Gauntlet or Tournament lineup – or, if you are feeling bold, for a bit of MaRu Head-Hunting! – Timelines is another archetype that has been slowly yet steadily gaining traction.

This ViVik version has proved quite solid in the last few days, with nearly 52% in close to 1,000 games – if you're feeling adventurous, you could take this CaitVi version instead.

Strong against: Annie TF

Struggles against: Jhinnie, Azirelia

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Freljord
16 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
15
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
20
1
Forge Chief
1
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Eager Apprentice
1
Eager Apprentice
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Icevale Archer
1
Icevale Archer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
1
Kindly Tavernkeeper
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

Draven Sion

This is the trend that some top pilots identified last week as strong counter to some of the Top Dogs, and that what Sirturmund considers the best third deck to round up a 'best decks' Tournament or Gauntlet lineup – Draven Sion is a slight underdog to Kai'Sa mutations, but roughly even against Illaoi Bard and fairly solid against the rest of the field, with the most popular formula punching nearly at 53% in 600+ games.

Strong against: Jhinnie, Azirelia, Annie TF, Kat TF

Struggles against: Shen Bard & Thralls (quite badly), Kai'Sa mutations

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
11
2
8
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
2
Draven
5
Vi
1
Vi
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
18
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
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
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Salvaged Scrap
1
Salvaged Scrap
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Chompin' Chimes

Jinx Bard has deflated quite a bit, both in popularity and performance – it remains a solid blend, above all if you enjoy the Flaming Chomper package (and, of course, you get to play Jinx!), but awful odds against both Lone Kai'Sa and Illaoi Bard make it a bit of a risqué choice.

Strong against: Jhinnie, Annie TF, Draven Sion, 

Struggles against: Lone Kai'Sa, Illaoi Bard (quite badly in both cases)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Runeterra
9 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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Yasuo Katarina

Fluxes in the Meta?

The weeding of stunning wannabes, with only the die-hards remaining?

For whatever reason, Yasuo Katarina sees an uptick in performance, surpassing 53% in more than 400 games, perhaps pushed upwards by its very good odds against Lone Kai'Sa

Strong against: Lone Kai'Sa, Draven Sion

Struggles against: Illaoi Bard, Jhinnie, Azirelia, Annie TF & Kat TF

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
17
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
11
2
9
3
11
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
3
5
Windswept Hillock
3
Windswept Hillock
Followers
13
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Spell Slinger
1
Spell Slinger
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Thorn of the Rose
2
Thorn of the Rose
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
18
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Steel Tempest
1
Steel Tempest
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
1
Might
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Strategic Execution
2
Strategic Execution
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
Open deck in builder

Nami Gwen

Recommended more on grounds of novelty (it is, after all, a Gwen deck with positive stats!) than performance, but the formula below does reach 51% in nearly 400 games, and we have seen this blend do quite nicely some days ago

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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Caitlyn Gwen, ft. Vi

Piltover Shadows is not too exotic a mixture (Heimer Jayce being its prime example, and also the different Sentinel Control list that have flourished in patches past). This is a fairly different take, though, with an aggressively slanted early curve, and a good number of Hallowed units.

Strong against: Azirelia?

Struggles against: Illaoi Bard?

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
Mana cost
1
0
3
1
12
2
11
3
6
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
4
Gwen
2
Gwen
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Sting Officer
3
Sting Officer
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Conductor Of The Mists
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
9
Commander Ledros
2
Commander Ledros
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
4
Despair
1
Despair
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Zed Bard

Zed was the first Bard pairing with some success (and lots of popularity) back when Bard was considered underwhelming, though later ditched to the side as soon as pilots reconsidered the power of Chimes and found other partners for Bard.

The original pairing has returned, and is proving to have quite the legs – it is one of the scariest blends in our today's Connoisseur selection, going easily over 56% in 300+ games, and has been putting numbers for well over a week now. Note that it's strong against the two most popular decks!

Strong against: Illaoi Bard, Kai'Sa mutations 

Struggles against: Jhinnie, Annie TF (quite badly)

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
11
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Inspiring Mentor
2
Inspiring Mentor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Highwayman
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
The Maker
2
The Maker
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
12
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
4
Will of Ionia
3
Will of Ionia
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Ahri Bard

The Bard blend to punish (other) Bard blends! Quite the jagged matchup spread, so not for haters of roller-coasters.

Strong against: Illaoi Bard, Shen Bard, Draven Sion

Struggles against: Kai'Sa mutations, Azirelia, Jhinnie, Annie TF

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 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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A Walk on the Wild side

Our selection of more risqué options – low sample sizes, untested brews, and the thrill of the unknown, all mixed up in these spicy, nearly-unseen medleys!


Sneezin' Lone Lulu

A blend that punched hard on the early Forces from Beyond days, then fell in disfavor…

… yet, perhaps thanks to Card Gamer's treatise on how to Sneeze properly, is enjoying quite a good time in the fringes of the Meta.

Strong against: Jhinnie Azirelia

Struggles against: Illaoi Bard

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
17 200
champion
3
epic
3
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
17
2
7
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
17
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
2
Yordle Captain
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
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!
Open deck in builder

Ziggs Annie, ft. Kat

Noxurimaggro doesn't quite punch hard enough this season to fully leave the fringes, yet it keeps doing all sorts of nasty, burny things to others while in there. In the last few days, this 3:2:1 split seems to be the best performing variation.

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
9
2
10
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Katarina
1
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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Aphelios Gwen

Now, tread carefully here, my friend – this is quite on the experimental side of things, and not something I'd recommend based on average performance alone. Having said that, this blend is getting some traction among the best pilots, so if you are really into the wild side of the Ladder, you may want to take this one for a spin.

Regions
Mount Targon
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
27 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
19
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
9
2
9
3
5
4
0
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Conductor Of The Mists
2
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
Spells
15
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Hush
2
Hush
6
Celestial Trifecta
3
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Elise Annie

For a bit of tried-and-true but with a pinch of spice on top, you cannot go wrong with adding Annie to Classic Spiders! This mixture is putting quite the numbers on the fringe, by the way, so this is not just spice for spice's sake.

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
4
3
6
4
2
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
2
Elise
3
Elise
Landmarks
6
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
5
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
23
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
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
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Shen Lulu

We featured this blend a few days ago, and it seems to still be putting some interesting numbers – the fringest of medleys we'll recommend today, but anything able to survive for a week is worth taking a look, as long as the idea piques your interest.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Ionia
26 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
17
2
5
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Shen
3
Shen
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Greenglade Caretaker
3
Greenglade Caretaker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Kinkou Student
3
Kinkou Student
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Rivershaper
2
Rivershaper
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
7
Sacred Protector
1
Sacred Protector
Spells
13
2
Ki Guardian
3
Ki Guardian
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Moral Support
2
Moral Support
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Very well, my friend!

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After a couple of wild weeks, and a bugfix patch that included what's in practice a nerf, we have what can be called, at least by the numbers, a balanced Meta.Kai'Sa remains quite divisive when it comes to enjoyment, though; we'll see if Sharpsight's fix tones her down, and how the field accommodates afterwards.


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