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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Dec 10 — Fifteen Decks to Start the Season With

Fifteen-plus Decks, from Revolutionary to Experimental to Well-Known with a Twist, to Start the Season With
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Welcome! Welcome, my friend, please step inside… and I beg you, don't mind the mess our shop is in right now.

A deluge of new decks has arrived, that's why the chaos, with scant time to properly arrange them on display! But worry not, my friend, we shall find whatever it is you seek to kick-off the new Season with.

And what a fantastic Season it's poised to be… Fresh, new-fangled formulas with recently arrived Champions! A meta thrown in dizzying disarray! So, please, share your search with your humble servant, if you will.

Shall you try the brand new?

Will you stick to what's well-known?

Something in-between perhaps, piloting a known brew with a few new toys? We have the best selection from premium Numeromancers Legna, Balco and Vivo, so should I show you…

… the radically new Kennen brews, taking the ladder by storm?

  • Kennen Ezreal,
  • Kennen Ahri (Shurima)

… the powerful Poppy blends, recruiting her Bandle City friends for the Demacian cause and flooding the world with Yordles?

  • Teemo Poppy
  • Lulu Poppy
  • Ziggs Poppy
  • Lonesome Poppy

… the usual suspects, perhaps with a small new twist?

  • Plunder
  • GP TF (BC)
  • Ziggs Poppy (Nox)
  • Draven Sion (P&Z), now with Rumble in the mix,

… or shall you join the legion of brewers and engineers in search of perfecting brews that are still in the experimental phase?

  • Taric Pantheon
  • Zoe Pantheon
  • Fizz Ahri
  • Riven Pantheon
  • Kennen Poppy, aka Bandle Tree

The Maddening Meta

A discerning ladderista ladderista as you knows full well, of course, that numbers and data during the delightfully deranged days at Season's start are indicative at best -- here are the metrics provided by our esteemed suppliers, but you would do well to add the proverbial pinch of salt.

The Radically New Recall Brews

Oh, what a day, my friend, what a day… a never-quite-there archetype finally receives not one, but two Champions, and like livid lightning blitzkriegs the ladder by storm! 

Kennen Ezreal, 55%+

In the words of one of Runeterra's foremost pilots "Tempo Supreme". If you Mark of the Storm a problem long enough, it will take a hint and go away. For stubborn problems, add Kinkou Wayfinder and a levelled-up Ezreal.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen / Lurkers / Pantheo decks / Bandle Tree / Lulu Poppy 

Struggles Against: Ping City / Poppy Teemo / Lone Poppy

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
9
3
11
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
3
Ezreal
3
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
Followers
9
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Spells
22
1
Recall
2
2
Retreat
3
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3
5
Deep Meditation
3

Kennen Ahri (Shurima), 54%

A little-tested brew that seems to be doing wonders, at least in the hands of premium pilots. Having but a droplet of its second region, you may opt to tweak it according to your needs, like looking at Targon for Gifts From Beyond instead of The Absolver

Strong Against: Pantheon Decks / Bandle Tree / Dragons / Ahri Fizz

Struggles Against: Thralls / Ping City / Poppy blends / Darkness / Plunder

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
17
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
20
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
2
1
The Mourned
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Spells
15
2
Nopeify!
3
2
Retreat
2
2
Syncopation
1
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Memory's Cloak
1
4
Homecoming
3

Band of Poppy

While not slaughtering the ladder as dreaded by some (at least not yet…), the addition of Yordle Explorer has very much propelled Yordles to the front, with Poppy shrugging off the blow to her stats, and pairing the Bandle City swarm with the relentless Demacian package.

Teemo Poppy, 55%+

Although not the most popular (see the Lulu pairing below), the shroom-lobbing Scout seems thus far Poppy's best friend in their go-wide, grow-tall, punch-face, rally-repeat jaunts. Different blends put varying emphasis in their spell package (some including Yordles in Arms , putting less faith in Rallies, some even going anti-spells by including Stony Suppressor), but all with ruthlessly resounding results.

Strong Against: Except blends noted below, this formula is strong into seemingly everything right now.

Struggles Against: Interestingly, it's only really bad matchup seems to be Swain Teemo, and slightly disfavored against Lurkers, Dragons, and solid Pantheon blends.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Bandlecity
27 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
0
3
13
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
2
Bandle Commando
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Yordle Explorer
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
3
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
1

Lulu Poppy, 54%

The most common Bandlemacian blend -- although thus far not the most efficient, not a slouch by any means. 

Strong Against: Except blends noted below, either even or favored against most of the field.

Struggles Against: Discard blends / Poppy Teemo / Pantheon blends / Ezreal Kennen

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Bandlecity
27 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
11
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Stone Stackers
3
2
Yordle Explorer
3
2
Yordle Smith
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2

Other blends

The Bandlemacian package, aided by Yordle Explorer, is proving powerful enough to allow for other Champion combinations, like:

and toying with other strong Demacian staples like Screeching Dragon.

While showing less stellar results as the blends suggested above, exploration and experimentation are clearly far from over.

The Usual Suspects

But perhaps you are not in the mood for experimentation, and would rather exploit an unrefined meta to advance your ladder climbing schedule?

These are the well-know blends, perhaps with a little twist, that have thus far proven efficient, if not flashy, at getting you to your next rank as soon as possible.

Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder, 55%+

Works in this Season's opening as well as in last's closing -- with pretty much the exact same list. Freezing foes at burst speed never goes out of fashion, it seems!

Strong Against: Discard blends / Lurkers / Pantheon blends / Bandle Tree blends

Struggles Against: Ping City / Ahri Kennen / Dragons / Lulu Poppy

Regions
Freljord
3 cards
Bilgewater
37 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
11
2
2
3
5
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
6
Sejuani
3
Followers
23
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Black Market Merchant
3
2
Fortune Croaker
2
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Monkey Idol
2
4
Yordle Grifter
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
8
The Dreadway
2
Spells
11
0
Warning Shot
3
1
Parrrley
2
2
Make it Rain
3
6
Monster Harpoon
3

Gangplank Twisted Fate, aka Ping City, 54%+

Some silly souls would say that this a Yordle Swarm deck, since after all it does have Yordle Explorer in it…

… but said silly souls would swim back to shore after the Captain tosses them overboard. And the sea is infested with Snapjaws, so I'd still my tongue if I were you.

Still… old brew with a few new toys, packing a ton of punch on its way up. 

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen / Bandle Tree / Pirates / Ezreal Kennen / Plunder

Struggles Against: Poppy swarm blends / Darkness / Pantheon blends

Regions
Bilgewater
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
3
3
6
4
5
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
5
Gangplank
3
Followers
22
1
Crackshot Corsair
2
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
2
Stone Stackers
3
2
Yordle Explorer
3
3
Petty Officer
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
8
The Dreadway
2
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
5
Double Up
2
6
Hidden Pathways
2
6
Monster Harpoon
2

Poppy Ziggs (Noxus), 55%+

Perhaps yet again giving the nod to naysayers over white-knights, the single addition of Yordle Explorer seems to have offset Poppy's nerfs. Otherwise very much the same blend as last Season, same havoc-wreaking potential still.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen non-Targon  blends / Swain Teemo / Poppy Ziggs Demacia / Pantheon blends except noted below.

Struggles Against: Pirates / Ahri Kennen Targon / Jarvan Pantheon

Regions
Noxus
11 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
25
1
Inventive Chemist
3
1
Legion Rearguard
2
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Bandle Commando
2
2
Conchologist
3
2
Stone Stackers
3
2
Yordle Explorer
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Draven Rumble Sion (P&Z), 55%+

The new Bandle Noxian Discard blends are failing spectacularly, with horribly low winrates. But, across a very small sample, it seems Rumble is very much at home in the familiar Noxus P&Z shell, with plenty of discard fodder for him to become a real menace. 

Strong Against: Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Dies horribly to Ezreal Kennan and Pantheon Riven

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
25 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
5
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
12
2
7
3
3
4
2
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
1
4
Rumble
3
7
Sion
2
Followers
23
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
3
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
8
Lost Soul
3
Spells
11
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Survival Skills
2

Other Trustworthy Old Brews

Showing nowhere near the same ladder prowess, some well-worn fan-favorites are still very much a solid ladder choice, should their playstyle fit your fancy.

Some Retootling & Re-engineering Required

Then again… the work week is worrisome enough to spend the Season's start fretting over top-performance and climbing efficiency. Perhaps joining the cohorts of brewers and deck engineers questing to discover the ideal formula for as-of-yet imperfect archetypes is your cup of tea?

These are some of the popular blends that may seem in need of further experimentation:

Taric Pantheon (Demacia), aka Mantheon, 

A pairing of two Champions of the same region usually brings a lot of flexibility in the choice of second region, but most efforts thus far seem to be focused on Demacia, profiting from Taric's interaction with Golden Aegis and Relentless Pursuit. Results so far are not amazing, although skilled pilots have shown this archetype to shine.

Strong Against: Ping City / Lulu Poppy 

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree / Dragons / Zoe Lee Sin / Ahri Kennen Shurima / Poppy Ziggs Noxus / Ezreal Kennen / Plunder / Lurkers

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
7
3
12
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Spells
21
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Shield Vault
2
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

Pantheon Zoe (Ionia)

Little-tested brew showing a lot of potential -- some blends cut down all followers save Eye of the Dragon and Wounded Whiteflame, to increase their spell count, but our suggested formula goes for a few more bodies on board.

Strong Against: Lulu Poppy

Struggles Against: Ezreal Kennen

Regions
Ionia
12 cards
Mount Targon
28 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
16
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
21
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
11
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Mentor of the Stones
1
3
Solari Priestess
1
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Spells
23
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Shield Vault
2
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Hush
2
3
We Stand Together
2
3
Zenith Blade
2
4
Deny
2

Fizz Ahri

King and Queen of mischief, with a large following of elusive units.

Strong Against: Pantheon blends / Lurkers 

Struggles Against: Poppy blends / Ping City / Pirates

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
20
2
3
3
2
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
2
Ahri
3
Followers
23
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
Navori Bladescout
3
1
Otterpus
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Greenglade Duo
2
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Spells
11
2
Flamespitter
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Homecoming
2

Riven Pantheon

Legna's Hypothesis remains yet again uncontested: there's always a Riven blend, this time lending her reforged blade to Atreus' quest.

Strong Against: Thralls / Ping City / Lurkers

Struggles Against: Zoe Lee Sin / Darkness / Ezreal Kennan / Rally Elusives

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
10
2
15
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
12
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Saga Seeker
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
3
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Shield Vault
3
2
Weapon Hilt
1
3
Culling Strike
1
3
Hush
1
3
Might
1
3
We Stand Together
3
3
Whirling Death
3
4
Bloody Business
3

Poppy Kennen, aka Bandle Tree

Perhaps befuddling, there is one Yordle deck that seems to dislike Explorer: Bandle Tree. The Archetype as a whole is not showing stellar results, but preliminary data seems to indicate it's due to excess of Champs (2x of each is the ideal), and Yordle Explorer being really bad in this blend.

Strong Against: Ping City / Ahri Kennen Shurima / Lulu Poppy swarm

Struggles Against: Darkness / Lone Poppy

Regions
Noxus
6 cards
Bandlecity
34 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
4
epic
6
rare
8
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
7
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
4
1
Kennen
2
4
Poppy
2
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
18
1
Proto Poro
2
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Grumbleslug
2
2
House Spider
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
3
1
Ravenous Flock
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Scorched Earth
1
4
Buster Shot
3
6
Minimorph
3

Very well, my friend…

… I hope your palate found this deck deluge delectable and enjoyable! Should your resources be scarce, and yourself in doubt about what to craft, there's one final detail that may help you decide: do note that, of the four new Champions, only two (namely Kennen and Ahri) were added to the Path of Champions (and you need two copies of your Champion of choice should you wish to play their Path).

If you require more metrics for your choice of weaponry, do let me know and I shall do my best to furnish you with whatever fresh data and recent numbers I find — and should you be interested in more recommendations from yours truly delivered straight to your inbox, here is where you can subscribe.

Good luck in your climb!