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Weekend Warrior Weapons — Twenty-Six High-Performing Blends, from Staples to Risky & Rare, to Climb the Ladder With

Although some trends are now clear, the Meta is still up in the air -- here are some the best-performing decks, from the well-know to the highly-experimental!
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We have managed to arrange our wares in some semblance of order, but I am happy to warn you: the Meta is still up in the air, up for grabs, open wide! As a renowned practitioner of both the Medical and Numerical Arts has factually stated, this is arguably the most diverse meta we have ever seen, so expect shifts and switches galore.

So, please, peruse and choose at leisure! We have carefully curated these blends and variants from distinguished datamancers Legna & Balco, so do let me know: would you like to check…

the strongest Meta Staples, now that we have enough insights to actually know which those may be?

  • Kennen Ahri Shurima, sitting at the top of the power rankings,
  • Draven Sion, aka Discard Midrange, returning to the top,
  • Lulu Ahri, stealing some of the Recall and Discard tricks from the above two,
  • Teemo Ziggs, aka Yordle Burn,

perhaps these other strong Meta Staples, in case the strongest brews happen not to be your cup of tea?

  • Scout and Grand General, aka Teemo Swain,
  • Good Ol' Pirates,
  • Lee Sin,
  • Lonesome Pantheon, which raises at the top if you do too,
  • Darkness,

our Connoisseur's Corner, for discerning pilots looking for the efficient yet infrequent?

  • The Orthogonal Pile otherwise known as Nami Twisted Fate,
  • Shyvana Pantheon, arguably the new Dragons,
  • Draven Rumble -- yes, it's now a thing!
  • The Mistress of Spiders, Elise Noxus,
  • Fizz Lulu, yet more Discard-loving Yordles,
  • Sivir Akshan Demacia, still kicking in spite of its bad Ahri matchups,

or are you in the mood for risk and adventure, and wish to trial the little-known and scarcely-tested?

  • Scathus' Ekko Zilean,
  • Fizz Ahri,
  • Fizz Twisted Fate,
  • GrandpaRoji's Malphite Taliyah,
  • Timmy's Dream, aka Aurelion Sol Ramp (with Targon's Peak on top!)
  • Elise Kalista Mistwraiths,
  • Rumble Tristana,
  • Ahri Katarina,
  • Deep,
  • Ahri Viego,
  • The Spoon

The Permanency Of Change

Discerning pilots such as yourself always keeps an eye on the Meta… although an argument can be made that, currently, one eye may not be enough: so rapid are the changes that what was at the top mere days ago, fresh and hot, may now be a modicum of mediocrity.

Data from Balco - Plat+, last 3 days

Strongest Meta Staples

These are the best of the best, crème de la crème, cream of the crop, 53%-plus winrate decks with high enough playrates to inspire a high degree of confidence in the extrapolated results.

For each blend, we have selected the highest-performing variant from among the most popular. Should you be looking for well-tested potency and amply-proven efficiency, these are the formulas for you.

Kennen Ahri Shurima, 55%+

The current Queen and King of the meta, at pretty much any data sample worth considering. Topping both the playrate and winrate rankings, this is almost assuredly the strongest deck in Runeterra right now.

If you are considering putting the time into mastering the most efficient deck, then this is it, my friend.

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Darkness, Lurkers, Lulu Ahri, Ekko Zilean, Lee Sin Zoe, Dragons, Bandle Tree.

Struggles Against: Twisted Fate Nami, Elise Noxus, Thralls, Teemo Ziggs

Variants splashing other regions do exist, like Shadow Isles (link) splashing Go HardGo Hard, and Demacia (link) adding Golden AegisGolden Aegis, with both variants also including Scattered PodScattered Pod -- but these blends, while still strong, are on average weaker than our recommended Shurima variant.

If you want to learn in detail about it, here's Wamuu's detailed Ahri Kennen deck guide (link).

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
16
2
5
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
18
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
Spells
14
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Draven Sion, aka Discard Midrange, 53%

The Revenant has returned once more, as it befits its nature, to wreak havoc at the top, probably profiting from its very favorable matchup against Elise Spiders, which seems on the rise as of late. Our recommended blend seems to have found the inclusion of three copies of RummageRummage a profitable addition.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Lurker, Bandle Tree, Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Lonesome Pantheon, Lee Sin Zoe 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
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
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Lulu Ahri P&Z, 53%

Combining the best of two worlds, this blend puts both the Recall and the Discard packages to good use. The most successful variant currently adds Pix!Pix! to the mix, which seems to be doing wonders as of late.

This is our recommended Archetype if you want a fair fight when facing most foes: this build tends to have a "mild" matchup spread, without too lopsided matches either way except against the Kennen Ahri builds.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Lurkers, Pantheon Taric, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Kennen Ahri builds, Plunder, Pantheon Shyvana

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
4
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
15
2
9
3
1
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
21
1
Pix!
3
Pix!
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
7
Windfarer Hatchling
3
Windfarer Hatchling
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
1
Suit Up!
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Teemo Ziggs, aka Yordle Burn, 53%

After having tried it briefly, Ziggs has found the lone Champ life not to his liking, and has requested TeemoTeemo's aid in his quest to watch (and help) the world burn.

The inclusion of a single copy of Treasured TrashTreasured Trash, and a bit of reloading power through Hidden PathwaysHidden Pathways has worked wonders for this blend.

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Kennen Ahri builds, Elise, Thralls,

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Followers
23
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
2
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
Spells
11
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Hidden Pathways
1
Hidden Pathways
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash
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Other Strong Meta Staples

These are all well-tested and well-performing blends, should you either prefer a particular playstyle, lack the willingness to craft one of the strongest blends, or perhaps notice in your pocket meta an angle you may wish to punish and exploit.

Scout and Grand General, aka Teemo Swain, 52%

Another blend in which TeemoTeemo is willing to lend a hand, the Scout's puffcaps first aiding SwainSwain to level-up, then allowing the Grand General to unleash his stunning wrath.

A blend that loves playing the Control role, and that (unlike Ahri Lulu above) can perhaps be called "polarizing" -- while its good matchups are great, its bad matchups tend to be horrible.

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Darkness, Lee Sin Zoe, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Twisted Fate Nami, Plunder, Thralls, Dragons

Here's Jasensational's detailed deck guide (link) about how to shroom 'n' stun your foes in your way up.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
11
3
3
4
3
5
4
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
17
1
Poison Dart
2
Poison Dart
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
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Pirates, 52%

Yo ho, yo ho, Pirates are again a Meta Staple!

If you dearly desire to dispense well-deserved discipline to naughty, tricky foxgirls, then removing Double UpDouble Up and adding Iron BallistaIron Ballista may very well fulfill your dreams. One of the fastest blends in the ladder, if you are seeking to play lots of games quickly this may be the most efficient deck for you.

Strong Against: Plunder, Kennen Ahri builds, Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Lulu Ahri, Darkness

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
Followers
26
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Iron Ballista
2
Iron Ballista
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
8
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Lee Sin, 52%

The Trickster and the Blind tend to shine when the meta settles and they can refine their reactive toolset…

… that they can kick buttocks most firmly while we traverse these meta-open-wide times should be a dire warning on how powerful this pair has become with the inclusion of Wounded WhiteflameWounded Whiteflame.

As it currently stands, builds including Will of IoniaWill of Ionia and Nopeify!Nopeify! seem to fare better than those without. A high-skill blend with some very polarizing matchups -- pilots beware!

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Elise Noxus, Plunder,

Struggles Against: Kennen Ahri builds (this is a horrible matchup), Darkness, Bandle Tree.

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
7
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
6
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
28
2
Gifts From Beyond
3
Gifts From Beyond
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sonic Wave
2
Sonic Wave
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
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Lonesome Pantheon, 52%

The numbers have spoken, and this blend is far superior to the TaricTaric variant (including being favored should both formulas cross paths). Personal tastes aside, if you favor efficiency there is simply no factual argument to be made to play the Taric over the Lonesome variant, at least in the current meta

Furthermore, this build's performance peaks at Masters (far surpassing its achievements at lower rungs of the ladder), where it sits among the strongest decks to be found.

Which, in turn, and in spite of its seemingly simplistic "let's-play-units-on-curve" nature, strongly suggests a hard blend to pilot correctly.

Strong Against: Twisted Fate Nami, Darkness, Ekko Zilean, Dragons, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Kennen Ahri builds, Elise Noxus, Lee Sin Zoe, Teemo Swain, Teemo Ziggs, 

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
14 700
champion
3
epic
0
rare
10
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
18
2
9
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
25
1
Chain Vest
3
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
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Darkness, aka Veigar Senna 53%

Darkness finds itself in an odd place, being weak to Pantheon blends and struggling a bit against Ahri builds, while overall enjoying good to great matchups against several other currently popular formulas.

Strong Against: Nami Twisted Fate, Plunder, Elise Noxus, Ekko Zilean, Lee Sin Zoe, Pirates

Struggles Against: Pantheon builds, Lurkers, Thralls, Dragons, Teemo Swain, Bandle Tree

Regions
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Bandlecity
27 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
0
3
6
4
6
5
9
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
19
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
15
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
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Other Meta Staples you may want to consider

Performing less stellarly, depending on your personal preferences and accumulated resources then Thralls, Lurkers (which are always a thing) and Plunder (its fortunes diminished, but still very much playable) are the other Meta Staples we can currently vouch for.

We at present do not recommend taking Bandle Tree to the ladder -- quite unfavorable matchups into Ahri blends, Elise Noxus and Twisted Fate Nami, while also slightly unfavored versus Lonesome Pantheon, make Tree's current numbers quite disheartening.

Connoisseur's Corner

But perhaps you would prefer a fond fusion between efficiency and sparseness? Win and climb, without bloating the numbers of blends that are already a tad too voguish?

Twisted Fate Nami, aka the Orthogonal Pile

Taking the ladder by storm last week, this OP blend has proven a tough nut to pilot, hence its diminished performance outside the Ladder's highest rungs.

Our recommended build is currently the most popular, but if you wish to dive deep into this Archetype, look no further: here's a recent guide (link) from Drisoth, the deck's creator, who also recommends playing this blend not as a Control deck (as many other Curious ShellfolkCurious Shellfolk variants tend to), but rather as a Tempo deck. In other words, and excuse my crudeness: slam 'em threats down, make 'em foes have the answer until they don't.

Strong Against: Kennen Ahri builds, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Pantheon builds, Darkness, Plunder, Teemo Ziggs, Thralls

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
34 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
14
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
12
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
17
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
17
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
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Shyvana Pantheon

One of the most recent builds to reach the Ladder's apex  (in the Americas server in this case), Shyvana Pantheon reinforces Wounded WhiteflameWounded Whiteflame with more Dragon synergy to reach ruthless, resounding results.

Strong Against: Swain Teemo, Darkness

Struggles Against: Lonesome Pantheon, Lee Sin Zoe

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
10
2
11
3
8
4
6
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
Followers
17
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Mentor of the Stones
3
Mentor of the Stones
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
Spells
17
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
2
Dragon's Clutch
3
Strafing Strike
3
Strafing Strike
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
8
Judgment
1
Judgment
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Draven Rumble

Few things are more pleasing than to finally find what many customers dearly request: a solid Rumble formula, at last!

It is still not the best choice against some of the most popular Ladder blends, but its pack-a-punchy, fast-and-furious playstyle make for an efficient climber.

The most successful formulas seem to lean towards sticking to a low curve, and spreading threats through two copies of  Reborn GrenadierReborn Grenadier, Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor, AmbushAmbush and Whirling DeathWhirling Death (those new to the game may profit from realizing that removing a blocker allows an Overwhelm attacker to fully connect with the Nexus).

Strong Against: Lurkers

Struggles Against: Kennen Ahri builds, Pantheon, Thralls, Elise Noxus

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
12
2
15
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Followers
14
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Elise Noxus, aka Spiders

Perhaps the oldest Archetype currently in play, its lineage having roots all the way back to Beta, this blend goes for a wide board and burn finish.

The Mistress' leggy friends saw a surge in play a few days ago due to their excellent matchups against Pantheon and Ahri Kennen, although both their playrate and winrate have declined a bit in the last few days, as the meta diversified.

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Kennen Ahri builds, Lurkers, Bandle Tree, Dragons

Struggles Against: Lulu Ahri, Darkness, Lee Sin Zoe, Draven Sion, 

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Rarities
13 900
champion
3
epic
0
rare
6
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
9
3
2
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Elise
Followers
29
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
3
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
4
Astral Fox
2
Astral Fox
Spells
8
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Fizz Lulu Bandle P&Z

An odd mix, looking to grow a wide, tall board while profiting from Lulu's synergy with Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! and P&Z burn. Interestingly, soundly defeats Lulu Ahri (which pairs a similar P&Z package).

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Lurkers, Lulu Ahri, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Twisted Fate Nami, Kennen Ahri builds

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
11
2
12
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
21
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
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Sivir Akshan Demacia

A well-known blend that never goes out of style. Suffers horribly in front of most Ahri variants, but can hold its own (or soundly defeat) most of the remaining field.

Strong Against: Twisted Fate Nami, Plunder, Lurkers, Darkness, Teemo Swain

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Ahri Lulu.

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Risky and Experimental Blends

These are either very new, or so old that we have not seen them in a while -- and (except when noted) with so little data that all we can say about them in the current meta is "they seem to work"...

… but is that due to a fluke?

… or because an extremely gifted pilot attacked a very specific pocket meta?

… or perhaps they are the real thing, and we will marvel at their potency next Friday?

Jump into the uncharted end of the pool, my friend, if you dare…

… and in a few days you may be the one letting us know what works!

Ekko Zilean

Legendary pilot and brewer Scathus (their feats so abundant that they would require a separate, lengthy article to cover) claims to have solved the E-Z equation, as you can read in their reddit article here (link).

In the creator's own words, "Ekko Zilean is a combo aggro deck that looks to close the game with a wide and powerful board on turn 6, buffed by Absolver, Voices of the Risen, and Chronobreak."

Without wishing to dispute Scathus' shared insights though, data strongly suggests that the key ingredient in their formula is "Be Scathus" (or be able to play at their god-tier level) -- pilots wishing to mimic their success with this list are well advised to keep such caveat in mind.

On the other hand, that is precisely what the fun in "experimental" is all about!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
17
2
1
3
6
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
14
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
17
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Ruinous Path
2
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
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Fizz Ahri

The well-known Recall package, minus Kinkou WayfinderKinkou Wayfinder to allow for a few more non-Ionia cards (including FizzFizz), and with an even stronger bent towards Elusives.

Strong Against: Pantheon builds, Lee Sin Zoe, Dragons, Lurkers, Bandle Tree, Swain Teemo.

Struggles Against: Nami TF, Pirates, Ahri builds, Thralls

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
21
2
4
3
2
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Followers
23
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
Navori Bladescout
1
Navori Bladescout
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Woodland Keeper
1
Woodland Keeper
Spells
11
2
Flamespitter
3
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
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Fizz Twisted Fate

Once the absolute, ruthless King of the Meta, this Bilgewater pair seems to have made good friends with Curious ShellfolkCurious Shellfolk

Strong Against: Plunder, Ahri Kennen builds, Nami Twisted fate, Lurkers Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Pantheon builds

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Bandlecity
27 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
3
3
6
4
0
5
9
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
18
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
6
Monster Harpoon
3
Monster Harpoon
7
Mind Meld
1
Mind Meld
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Malphite Taliyah

What has been said about Ekko Zilean above can very much be repeated when talking about Malphite Taliyah -- just replace Scathus with GrandpaRoji.

Either mimic their god-tier piloting skills, or poke them for advice on Twitter.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Thralls

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree, Plunder, Nami Twisted Fate (although data shows this to be a favorable matchup at Masters; see "Be GrandpaRoji" above),

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
7
3
11
4
4
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
7
Malphite
3
Malphite
Landmarks
9
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
4
Salt Spire
3
Salt Spire
Followers
16
1
Chip
3
Chip
2
Blue Sentinel
1
Blue Sentinel
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
4
Earth Elemental
3
Earth Elemental
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
Spells
9
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Hush
2
Hush
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Ground Slam
3
Ground Slam
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Timmy's Dream, aka Ramp Aurelion Sol featuring Targon's Peak

This does not seem to be a fluke, based on the 100+ games played with a single list -- bear in mind such a feat happened a few days ago, when the meta was different.

At any rate: there's a Space Dragon, and there's Targon's Peak. If winning is not enough, and you wish foes to gape in awe, then this is the formula you want to experiment with.

Strong Against: Pantheon Taric, Teemo Ziggs, Plunder.

Struggles Against: Pantheon, Darkness

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
3
2
3
3
9
4
7
5
3
6
12
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
6
Targon's Peak
3
Targon's Peak
Followers
11
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
17
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
Ground Slam
3
Ground Slam
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
8
Voices of the Old Ones
1
Voices of the Old Ones
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Elise Kalista Mistwraith

The Mistress of Many Legs now pairs with Kalista, while sticking to a couple of her Noxian tricks.

Probably profiting from unsuspecting foes assuming this is a twist of the Spider archetype (it is not, as a summary inspection of the cards will surely tell you), this formula has achieved an impressive winrate across a not-so-small sample.

Strong Against: Nami Twisted Fate, Plunder, Elise Noxus, Ahri Kennen builds.

Struggles Against: Ahri Lulu, Darkness, Pantheon

Regions
Noxus
5 cards
Shadow Isles
35 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
9
2
13
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
Followers
21
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
Mistwraith
3
Mistwraith
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
4
Wraithcaller
3
Wraithcaller
Spells
13
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Mark of the Isles
2
Mark of the Isles
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
4
Risen Mists
3
Risen Mists
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Rumble Tristana

This falls into the "so experimental I cannot tell you much about it" category, I'm afraid -- then one bit to tell, though, is that (in its tiny sample) it seems to be kicking behinds most thoroughly.

Regions
Shurima
12 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Followers
22
1
Proto Poro
3
Proto Poro
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Tenor of Terror
3
Tenor of Terror
Spells
12
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Ruthless Predator
3
Ruthless Predator
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
6
Double Tap
3
Double Tap
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Ahri Katarina

The Champions' texts do both include the word "Recall". And the Shurima variants of Ahri Kennen, with The AbsolverThe Absolver, do showcase how powerful Ahri can be in conjuction with Overwhelm, which this deck provides via MightMight

Katarina has never been playable, though.

This deck does have a chunk of games under its belt, with a positive winrate…

… meme or real thing? Do let us know!

Strong Against: Lurkers, Pantheon builds, Bandle Tree, Lee Sin, Ahri Kenne builds

Struggles Against: Nami Twisted Fate, Plunder

Regions
Ionia
36 cards
Noxus
4 cards
Rarities
21 700
champion
5
epic
0
rare
16
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
Followers
21
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
3
Solitary Monk
1
Solitary Monk
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Recall
1
Recall
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
3
Retreat
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
1
Might
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
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Deep

Talking about really old Archetypes: Maokai and Nautilus are making some waves, in particular teaching Lurkers who's the scariest thing under the sea.

(Spoiler: That would be Nami, most likely -- but if you have not been around Runeterra for too long, this old Archetype may feel quite refreshing for you).

Strong Against: Lurkers, Plunder, Thralls

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree, Pantheon, Nami Twisted Fate.

Regions
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Bilgewater
27 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
5
epic
6
rare
15
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
9
3
6
4
4
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
5
4
Maokai
2
Maokai
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
18
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Jaull Hunters
3
Jaull Hunters
5
Abyssal Eye
2
Abyssal Eye
6
Devourer of the Depths
3
Devourer of the Depths
7
Shipwreck Hoarder
1
Shipwreck Hoarder
Spells
17
1
Jettison
3
Jettison
2
Bone Skewer
2
Bone Skewer
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Lure of the Depths
4
Riptide
1
Riptide
4
Salvage
3
Salvage
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
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