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Weekend Warrior Weapons — Seventeen Top-Performing Blends, from Meta Staples to Experimental Brews, for the Discerning LoR Ladderista.

And thus the Year ends: Not with a bang, But aflame with Chompers!
Best LoR Ladder Decks

Welcome, my friend! Welcome again, and I hope you're ending well this weird week of a most mystifying Season.

But let's not dwell on the past and could-have-beens…

… Friday's here! Last of its kind this year, and with a balance patch expected to arrive in five days: interesting times ahead!

So, please, step inside, and allow me to parade our current selection! Should I show you…

the strongest Meta Staples, making sure you do not bring a pocket knife to a sword fight?

  • Ahri Kennen Shurima, still at the top of the power rankings, but its throne threatened by…
  • … Fizz Lulu Bandlezaun, aka Yordle Discard, setting the world ablaze like a harrowing phoenix spawned from Rally Yordle's still-warm ashes,
  • Lulu Ahri… did I mention Flame Chompers are all the rage right now?
  • Sion Draven, putting its value proposition to good use in these uncertain times,

or perhaps one of these other strong Meta Staples, in case you wisely choose to be cautious with your shards due to the looming balance patch?

  • Draven Rumble, another Yordle turning Magic Misadventures into Flaming Chompers Season,
  • Lonesome Pantheon, stoically weathering whatever fate the Meta may bring,

our Connoisseur's Corner, somewhat scarcely populated this time around?

  • Ekko Zilean, which you will be able to study only after your sworn oath to read Scathus' guide,
  • Sejuani Ezreal, a weird brew that has seen quite the results in the last few days,
  • Ahri Fizz Bandle City, another recent development undergoing extensive testing across all shards.

or should we proceed to where the risk and adventure lies in wait?

  • Elise Ezreal, another of the many Ezreal experiments we see these days,
  • Curious Lux Ziggs,
  • Caitlyn Ezreal Noxus, not to be confused with the Shadow version below,
  • Katarinahri, which again shows up in the data with solid results…
  • Thresh Viego Ionia,
  • Ruination Sion,
  • Pantheon Soraka,
  • Ezreal Cait-logue, aka removal.dek.

As usual, please take your time to check and choose and leisure! Notable numeromancers Legna & Balco, the latter of whom we interviewed recently (in this link), are the provenance of all our premium products.

A word of advice about your shard flow, though, if I may be so bold: do be mindful of the balance patch coming to LoR next week, which is reputedly quite vast…

… and if the hotfix two weeks ago is any indication of how a few well-aimed changes can stir up the meta, one could not be faulted for forecasting that next week will be very, very interesting indeed. Should shards be something you are short of, I would definitely keep my purse knotted tight for now.

Strongest Meta Staples

These three blends are the best of the best, top of the shelf, 53%-plus winrate decks and at least 1% playrate in Platinum and above.

If you would rather bloody your boots than flutter your cape, look no further.

Ahri Kennen Shurima, 55%

When factoring both winrate and playrate, the furry ninja and his foxgirly partner in crime stand out as the most powerful deck… yet, as we'll soon see, a newcomer has taken the ladder by storm recently, and Ahri Kennen's seemingly secure throne may be at risk.

Our suggested blend, putting a bit more focus on reactive spells with two copies of both Deny and Concussive Palm, and also making room for a single copy Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed as top end, is currently the best performing formula among the most popular variations of this Archetype.

Strong Against: Pantheon blends, Lurkers, Plunder, Bandle Tree, Lee Sin Zoe

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus (this is a disastrous matchup), Twisted Fate builds, Pirates, Thralls

Other variants exist, splashing Shadow Isles (link), Demacia (link), and now Noxus (link) as a new addition -- but although quite powerful, these other variations have at least thus far proven themselves weaker than the Shurima variant.

Here's a detailed deck guide by Wamuu, if you want to read about this Archetype in detail.

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
17
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
Followers
14
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
1
Spells
17
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Fizz Lulu Yordle Discard, Ridiculous WR

After Poppy and Yordle Explorer were mercilessly hammered, Yordle Piles went back to the drawing board, tossed Demacia out of the windows and said, "Hey, how about some Discard? After all, Ahri Lulu and Draven Rumble ain't doing so bad!"

The result? The current top meta deck by winrate both when looking at Masters only, and at all rungs from Platinum and above.

Do note that this blend has an extremely favorable matchup into Spiders (which are currently Ahri Kennen's biggest problem), therefore being in an odd position of helping the reigning Keep and Queen to keep their throne by preying on their worst predator.

Strong Against: Pantheon, Lurkers, Elise Noxus ("bloody murder" would be a more precise term), Plunder, Gangplank Sejuani.

Struggles Against: Nami TF, Lee Sin Zoe, Ekko Zilean, Teemo Ziggs, Ahri Kennen Shadows

Here's a detailed deck guide by Leer; he puts a bit more faith in Followers than in Spells, compared to our recommended list, so choose and tweak depending your favored playstyle!

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
3
Lulu
3
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
2
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Group Shot
1
1
Scrapheap
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Buster Shot
1
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Lulu Ahri, 53%

Currently overshadowed by Lulu Fizz, this blend is not to be summarily discarded: like Draven Rumble above, the archetype seems to be depurating itself, with the most popular decklist -- which is the one we suggest -- performing much better than other variations of the formula.

Also, as distinguished datamancer bA1anceLoR mentions in our recent interview, Ahri Lulu is a blend that enjoys a fairly smooth matchup spread: there are few foes against which the match is certainly lopsided (to one end or the other) -- more often than not, the match will be fairly even, letting your superior skills shine.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Elise Noxus ("squashy murder", so to speak), Draven Rumble, Thralls

Struggles Against: Ekko Zilean, Shyvana Pantheon.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Ionia
16 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
16
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
7
Windfarer Hatchling
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Suit Up!
3

Draven Sion, aka Discard Midrange, 53%

Discard always being a good choice when the Ladder is crawling with spidery legs, Draven Sion seems, like last week, a very good choice for climbing the ranks. It's weak to the latest hot tech, Fizz Lulu, so you may want to take that in consideration.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Nami TF, Lurkers.

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Ekko Zilean, Fizz Lulu.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
12
2
9
3
0
4
4
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
7
Sion
3
Followers
18
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
8
Lost Soul
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Rummage
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Decimate
3
5
Survival Skills
1

Other Strong Meta Staples

A notch below the strongest blends, these are all tried-and-true Meta Staples that in the last three days have been packing a 52% winrate in Platinum and above.

Draven Rumble, 52%

I'm sure you'll be as thrilled as I am to know, with numeric certainty, that this pair was indeed no fluke! And the specific formula we currently recommend, which is also the most popular, has a 55%-plus performance, providing solid reasons to think this archetype as a whole is still shedding bad lists.

If you are in the mood for tweaks, you may want to consider cutting one copy of either Decimate or Might -- whichever you find cluttering your hand most often -- to make room for a single Ruined Reckoner. Data suggests it is a most spicy bit of extra punch.

Strong Against: Pantheon blends, Elise Noxus, Lurkers, Ekko Zilean, Dragons, Thralls

Struggles Against: Ahri Lulu, Sivir Akshan, Lee Sin Zoe

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
23 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
6
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
12
2
14
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
15
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
8
Lost Soul
1
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Ambush
2
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
3
3
Noxian Fervor
1
3
Whirling Death
2
5
Decimate
3

Lonesome Pantheon Demacia, 52%

A fairly refined blend at this point, with only minor tweaks when it comes to whether or not to cut a Golden Aegis to make room for Bastion -- by all metrics, performing superiorly to all other Pantheon variants, although if such will remain true next week, after the balance patch, is anybody's guess.

Suffers from being weak to two of the strongest meta decks (Ahri Kennen and Fizz Lulu) and also to Ahri Kennen's strongest counter (Elise Noxus).

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Nami TF, Ekko Zilean, Thralls, Sivir Akshan

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Teemo Swain, Fizz Lulu

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
14 900
champion
3
epic
0
rare
11
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
18
2
9
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Spells
25
1
Chain Vest
3
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Other meta staples we can recommend:

Should you not be satisfied with the above selection, but still looking for a tried-and-true meta staple, you could perhaps try Teemo Ziggs (link)Sivir Akshan (link), or Teemo Swain, about whom Jasensational has written recently -- they all currently sit at or near the 52% winrate mark, depending which datamancer and data sample you consult, and they can most certainly get the job done.

The Connoisseur's Corner

Our CC selection this week is rather slim -- perhaps because abundant pilots seem to be focusing on experimenting with new blends. Here you shall find brews with a high enough playrate to provide a fairly solid degree of confidence in their results, but uncommon enough to entice those fond of the less frequent.

Ekko Zilean

I must warn you, we are not allowed to disclose this formula unless you swear you will read Scathus' guide, which you can find in this reddit thread.

In its entirety.

Twice.

No, seriously: our other customers would be delighted for you to take this blend for a spin without reading said guide, since seriously, who does not love an LP donor? But, still, I must sternly refuse until you do so.

And also do realize that the latest blend has removed Experimenter and added a second Archivist.

Very well... I shall trust in your word.

Strong Against: This is one of the few decks that seems able to put Fizz Lulu in place; also strong against Spiders, Ahri Lulu, Ahri Kennen Shadows, 

Struggles Against: Darkness, Pantheon (badly), Draven Rumble (badly), Ahri Kennen Shurima.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
17
2
2
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
4
Ekko
3
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Followers
14
1
Dropboarder
3
1
Fallen Feline
3
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
3
Station Archivist
2
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Spells
17
0
Feral Prescience
3
1
Scrying Sands
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Ruinous Path
2
2
The Absolver
3
2
Time Trick
3

Sejuani Feel ThEzreal

An interesting recent development: an old list -- according to learned scholars, brewed by Eniamor and dating at least as back as the Age of Akshan Sivir in July -- with a Feel The Rush twist. The exact same formula has seen success in both the Americas and EUMA shards, and with enough games under its belt to suspect this is no fluke.

Strong Against: Pantheon

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Nami TF

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
16
2
6
3
3
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
6
Sejuani
3
Followers
8
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Ruthless Raider
2
2
Starlit Seer
3
Spells
26
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
1
Brittle Steel
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Entreat
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Flash Freeze
3
4
Statikk Shock
3
6
Harsh Winds
2
8
Progress Day!
1
12
Feel The Rush
1

Ahri Fizz Bandle City

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

Strong Against: Plunder, Pantheon builds, Lee Sin Zoe, Dragons, Lurkers, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Nami TF, 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
2
Ahri
3
Followers
23
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
Navori Bladescout
1
1
Otterpus
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
3
Woodland Keeper
1
Spells
11
2
Flamespitter
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Homecoming
2

Risky and Experimental

While some of these archetypes are quite well-known, small data samples during the last few days prevent us from stating anything other than "these seem to have been doing okay" -- whether flux or real thing, that's for adventurous souls such as yourself to find out!

Elise Ezreal

There seems to be a surge of interest in Ezreal as of late...

Has the LoR Hive Mind sensed an incoming buff?

Just pure coincidence?

We shall learn next week; in the meantime, here's Gauntlet Boy paired with the Mistress of Many Legs, and seemingly having not invited Jayce to this Sentinel party.

Strong Against: Ahri Kenne, Ahri Lulu, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Darkness, Nami TF

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
11
2
12
3
5
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
12
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
3
Doombeast
3
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Go Hard
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
3
4
Statikk Shock
2
5
Withering Mist
1
6
Shock Blast
3

Curious Lux Ziggs

A nefarious blend that shouldn't exist, but does. A curious case of a single list with more than 140 games and fairly high winrate, clearly signaling a very dedicated, and likely extremely skilled, pilot -- replicating their success may be a bit of a tall order unless you are well acquainted with Curious Shellfolk.

Regions
Demacia
12 cards
Bandlecity
28 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
6
3
4
4
7
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
20
1
Otterpus
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Conchologist
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
2
4
Yordle Captain
2
5
Radiant Guardian
2
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Spells
14
1
Trinket Trade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
5
Concerted Strike
2
6
Minimorph
3

Caitlyn Ezreal Noxus

Improbulator Draven Ezreal is trying to pull a phoenix. Will it succeed? Latest data says "Well, actually..."

Strong Against: Ahri Lulu, Elise Noxus, Dragons, Pantheon Taric, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Pantheon, Ahri Kennen, Plunder, Thralls, Teemo Ziggs

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
15
common
14
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
5
2
18
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
12
1
Forge Chief
2
2
House Spider
2
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
3
8
Captain Farron
2
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Culling Strike
1
3
Noxian Guillotine
1
3
Piltover Peacemaker
2
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Statikk Shock
3
4
Whispered Words
2
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

Katarinahri

Yes, I am surprised too. Yet here we are: we found this among the data last week, and it's still providing decent results. Still too early to say for sure, but there may be something here.

Strong Against: Pantheon blends, Lurkers, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Nami TF, Darkness, Ahri Lulu, Thralls, Elise Noxus

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
3
Katarina
2
Followers
21
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
Navori Bladescout
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
3
Solitary Monk
1
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
1
Recall
1
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Retreat
3
2
Syncopation
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Might
1
4
Deny
1
4
Homecoming
2

Thresh Viego Ionia

Yet another old archetype, not wishing to go to the "has been" corner. Note the dash of God-Willow Seedling, to make use of on-summon effects.

Strong Against: Thralls, Lee Sin Zoe, Dragons, Teemo Ziggs

Struggles Against: Pantheon, Darkness, Bandle Tree, Lurkers

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
12
2
9
3
9
4
6
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
5
Viego
3
Landmarks
1
3
God-Willow Seedling
1
Followers
14
2
Greenglade Lookout
3
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Spells
19
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
7
Atrocity
1

Ruination Sion

With a ridiculously high winrate across only a handful of games, The Ruination and the Revenant have to be this week's winners of "Most Flavorful" blend. 

Regions
Noxus
3 cards
Shadow Isles
37 cards
Rarities
20 800
champion
3
epic
5
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
6
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
3
7
Sion
3
Followers
18
1
Oblivious Islander
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
2
Mistwraith
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
4
Wraithcaller
3
Spells
19
0
Fading Memories
3
1
Mark of the Isles
3
3
Mist's Call
1
3
Stalking Shadows
3
4
Risen Mists
3
7
Atrocity
1
9
The Harrowing
3
9
The Ruination
2

Pantheon Soraka

A few games in a single shard, lots of tweaks… the telltale signs of somebody's pet project. Thus far, it seems to be going well.

Regions
Bilgewater
9 cards
Mount Targon
31 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
4
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
6
3
12
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Soraka
3
4
Pantheon
3
Landmarks
3
2
Star Spring
3
Followers
19
1
Crusty Codger
3
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Boxtopus
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
4
Broadbacked Protector
2
Spells
12
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Shield Vault
1
2
Sunblessed Vigor
3
4
Astral Protection
3
4
Bastion
2

Ezreal Cait-logue, aka removal.dek

An interesting take for a sight that is not frequently seen in LoR: a deck going the attrition route, with mostly a shield of spells to fend its foe's advances.

Regions
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
31 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
11
common
16
Mana cost
5
0
3
1
9
2
12
3
7
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Ezreal
3
Landmarks
3
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Followers
5
3
Station Archivist
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Spells
26
0
Fading Memories
2
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
1
Go Hard
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Aftershock
2
5
Most Wanted
1
6
Piercing Darkness
3

Very well, my friend!

I hope you have found something to climb, or at least experiment with, until the balance patch next week.

Should you require more metrics for your choice of weaponry, by all means do let me know -- feel free to poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans), or you can find more recommendations and writings from me here (link).

Good luck in your climb!