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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Final Friday Edition — Twenty-Nine High-Performance Brews, from Meta Staples to Off-Meta Blends, to Close the LoR Season With

And thus the Season ends: although Ahri Kennen still rules supreme, it reigns atop one of the most varied metas in recent memory, where both Meta Staples and single-author brews thrive.
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Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

Final day of the grindy workweek, and final Friday of the Season… Please, do step inside! Leave your worries at the door,  and let me show you what I have gathered for you this time.

Admirable APIarists Balco and Legna have as usual supplied us with their finest wares, from exotic rares to meta staples; and, like last week, Balco has allowed us to rummage through his most coveted single-shard stash, with some truly wondrous findings…

… so, do let me show you, my friend:

… the least-played best-deck in recent memory:

  • Their Eternal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima,

… the strongest meta Staples:

  • Fizz Lulu, aka YiA, 
  • Pantheon Taric,
  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts,
  • Elise Trundle, aka Iceborn Spiders

… the most shard-effective brew:

  • Champless Poros,

… our nicely packed Connoisseur's Corner, including two authored blends such as:

  • Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon, aka Riven Zed,
  • RickoRex's Akshan Sivir Noxus,
  • Ahri Lulu P&Z,
  • Elise Kindred Vi Sentinels,
  • Lucian Zed,
  • Frozen Bonds,
  • Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows,
  • Mom's Comfort Food for the Soul,

… our Wild Side's risky, scarcely-tested brews:

  • Ekko Sivir Vi, aka Zilean-less Predict,
  • Braurelion's Peak,
  • Spicy Scouts, ft Jarvan,
  • A blast from the past, Poppy Ziggs,
  • Darius go-wide Noxurimaggro,
  • Sivir Ziggs Noxurimaggro,
  • Akshan Lee Sin,
  • Burn, Teemo Burn!
  • Teemo Tristana Ionia,
  • Draven Viktor Ambush,
  • Viego Zed,
  • Iceborn Ashe Elise,
  • Kindred Ziggs, which really shouldn't work by apparently does,
  • Catalogue of Kindred Swain,
  • Katarina's Hairy Rose,
  • Crazy Red

Shards, Wildcards and Power Ratings: a Few Words about Next Week

Seasoned Ladderistas know these factors well, but in case you have arrived to Runeterra only recently, and above all if you are resource-starved, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind before proceeding further.

First and foremost: an Expansion with new cards is expected for next Wednesday, and it is not surprising for said Expansion to come along with a few nerfs to existing, over-performing archetypes.

If you are short on shards and Wildcards, you may want to refrain from crafting new decks until the Expansion arrives (and, I would say, even until a few days afterwards, just to avoid wasting your precious resources on "day one darlings", so to speak.)

In particular, any formula with Ahri in it is at some risk of being hit by the proverbial nerf hammer, and even if a deck is left untouched it's impossible to predict right now how the rest of the meta will shape up.

That being said…

… as a rule of thumb, the most powerful blends right now will likely still be strong in a week (as long as they dodge the above-mentioned nerf hammer), and will thrive in a Ladder chock-full of unrefined blends.

If your sights are set on climbing as high as possible next Season, making yourself acquainted with one of the currently most powerful decks may be a very sound strategy to profit from such Ladder turmoil and climb fast early on.

In case of doubt, our writers have compiled a list of their personal recommendations to scale the ladder (link). While there is no guarantee, I would say anything on that list save Ahri Kennen, and any of the Meta Staples I shall showcase below, should serve you well next week.


A League of its Own

Ahri Kennen Shurima (ridiculous winrate)

This is how the Season ends: the most powerful deck in the format increases its winrate this week, yet it sees its playrate decrease by half.

I confess, my friend, it puzzles me without pause, yet such is the tale that the metrics tell: compared with last week, only half of the Platinum-and-above pilots have chosen Their Recalling Majesties as their weapon of choice.

There is something in this archetype that seems to rub pilots wrong, in a way no other over-performing archetype -- say, Azirelia at its apex --  ever did.

There are two slightly different formulas for this blend, with the Shadow Assassin variant being what we could call standard (since it's by far the most popular), while the Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed blends seem even more successful.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Pantheon Blends, Taliyah Ziggs, and the list goes on…

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus Trundle Tryndamere, Pirates, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
2
3
9
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Strongest Meta Staples

If you belong to the flummoxingly vast majority that would pilot the strongest meta staple as long as it is not Ahri Kennen, these are the tried-and-true blends that end the Season at the top of charts.

All of them have reached or surpassed a 54% winrate in the last few days in Platinum, Diamond and Masters.


Fizz Lulu, aka Yordles in Arms

A story of forgetfulness and remembrance, that our frequent customers are probably well acquainted with: after being unceremoniously tossed away during the post-patch hype -- probably due to Bandle City Mayor, formerly a linchpin of this blend, receiving a substantial nerf -- Fizz Lulu steadily returned to the top, showing no signs of decreased potency and, as showcased in a previous article (link), being one of our writer's weapon of choice.

Interestingly, this is perhaps the closest to a solved archetype from among all Meta Staples: just like last week, the only disagreement between the best performing formulas is whether or not to cut one Fizz for an extra Scrapheap

Strong Against: Lurkers, Elise Noxus, Pantheon blends, Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Taliyah Ziggs, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Shadows blends, Kindred Sentinels

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
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
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
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Pantheon Taric Demacia

Another interesting story from this Season, showcasing how decks do not exist in a vacuum.

Before the balance patch, this blend was the worst performing from among the three most popular Pantheon variants -- namely Lonesome, Shyvana, and Taric -- with Lonesome being arguably the best.

Even if no cards from this Archetype were changed, it rose to the top briefly after the balance patch…

… then fell…

… then rose again, proving in the last few weeks that this is, in the current meta, the best Pantheon build.

Whereas, it bears noting, Lonesome Pantheon is nowhere to be found.

Strong Against: Scouts, Darkness, Champless Poros, Elise Trundle, Thralls, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana, Fizz Lulu, Lee Sin Zoe, Lulu Zed Rally, Draven Jinx

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
8
3
9
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
2
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Laurent Protege
1
Laurent Protege
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Another deck our writers recommend for a speedy climb (link), and perhaps an even clearer example than Pantheon Taric about how context is truly king: Scouts was nonexistent before the balance patch, yet -- fittingly for its nickname -- it quickly and swiftly struck, as if out of nowhere, as soon as the meta became favorable.

As another amusing detail, a blend that some would label as "linear" is still determining its optimal build: although three copies of Cithria the Bold have become the go-to formula, making some room for Genevieve Elmheart and Riposte seems to enhance this archetype.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Elise Noxus, Champless Poros, Pirates, Thralls

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Sentinel Control, Jayce Lux, Vladimir Braum

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
17
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
3
3
7
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Grizzled Ranger
3
Grizzled Ranger
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
1
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Elise Trundle

Although the balance patch's effect rippled throughout the Meta, and made it one of the most varied in recent memory, it arguably brought forth but a single new Top Tier deck, when both playrate and winrate are considered.

Freljord Shadows Control is by no means a new idea, but the buff to both Iceborn Legacy and Trundle did manage to bring forth a Champion pairing that, as they say, "was not a thing" before these changes.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Scouts, Pirates

Struggles Against: Kennen Ahri Shurima, Pantheon Taric -- slight underdog to Darkness and Fizz Lulu

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
0
3
1
4
4
5
9
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
8
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
9
Commander Ledros
2
Commander Ledros
Spells
26
1
Crawling Sensation
3
Crawling Sensation
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Brood Awakening
3
Brood Awakening
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
Iceborn Legacy
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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The Furry Kings of Shard-Effectiveness

Champless Poros

Now, this is perhaps the most well-known tale from across all competitive games.

Characters and context vary (sometimes wildly) but the story goes more or less like this:


When, the day after a patch, a sizable and vociferous gaggle of everything from random redditors to apex Seasonalistas...

… all chant in chorus: "Nerf-This-Nerf-This-Nerf-This!!"...

… mayyybe, just maybe, wait a handful of days .

Who knows?

There is perhaps a chance that the meta will disagree.


Ribbings aside, and although nowhere the furry boogeyporo that it was decried to be at first, this formula has indeed proved to be a solid performer.

And, although not a match against the above-listed blends when raw power is considered, there's arguably no better choice if conserving Shards and Champion Wildcards is your main concern: other than Augmented Experimenter, which is an Epic, all cards in this blend are Rares or Commons.

Strong Against: Elise Trundle, Darkness

Struggles Against: Fizz Lulu, Ahri Kennen Shurima, Scouts, Pantheon Blends

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Freljord
14 cards
Rarities
8 400
champion
0
epic
2
rare
11
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
12
2
6
3
0
4
0
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
0
Followers
20
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Stress Testing
3
Stress Testing
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Iterative Improvement
3
Iterative Improvement
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
Iceborn Legacy
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Connoisseur's Corner

If not in the mood for mirror matches, here is our selection of top-performing, well-tested yet scarcely-seen blends that you can take to the ladder with confidence in their performance.


Riven Zed, aka Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon

Ah, here we are! From among the exotics that we have gathered this week, this is perhaps my favorite.

As they retell in their tale (link), Wamuu and Leer found this marvel of deck-building while rummaging Balco's Secret Single-Shard Stash.

They were immediately impressed by this build, its power evident as soon as they took it to the Master ladder…

… yet, since the data showed that this formula was mostly preferred by a pilot named ArbyTree -- a moniker which they were not familiar with -- they assumed at first glance that it was a new development.

It was only a bit later that they realized this was a very particular build, from a very particular maître brasseur: Muscle Dragon, from Luzeldon (link), about which its creator wrote an extensive deck guide.

And let me assure you, my friend: this brew is not just Muscle, but also Brains and Spirit, all rolled together like the finest tobacco you can dream of.

As Wamuu says, "This was the best performing deck out of the three we test-piloted. I climbed from 150 LP to 300 LP, and half of it was during the last day before the cutoff, when most players at Masters were try-harding. Muscle Dragon has so much raw power that some decks simply can’t deal with it."

"Out of all the decks we sampled," says Leer, "I think this has to be the most fun one. If you draw Zed and a pump spell, you are literally unstoppable. I have won a lot of games simply because my opponent didn’t expect me to have Might or play a Ruined Reckoner."

If you're looking for power and personality, my friend, I am glad to introduce you to your new favorite formula:

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
13
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
3
Zed
3
Zed
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
19
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
5
Kato The Arm
3
Kato The Arm
6
Horns of the Dragon
2
Horns of the Dragon
Spells
13
1
Blade's Edge
1
Blade's Edge
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
3
Might
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
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RickoRex's Akshan Sivir Noxus

This is another blend from Balco's Single-Shard stash that Leer and Wamuu took for a spin (link), although in this case the deck's creator was overwhelmingly evident, both from the data (he played 75%+ of this blend's games, according to our data) and from social media: RickoRex.

This blend also impressed our writers greatly.

"In my opinion," says Wamuu, "this is a very strong deck for Ranked because people usually don’t expect the huge amounts of damage you can pull with cards like Might and Whirling Death. It is very hard for opponents to keep up with our aggression while trying to develop their game plan, and it is way better into Pantheon archetypes than normal Akshan Sivir."

"While the Demacian version of Akshan Sivir focuses on controlling the board," says Leer, who is a bit of a specialist (link) of the Demacian variant"the Noxian one is quicker at leveling Sivir through spells, and leveling Akshan. Our aggressive game plan works quite well against midrange decks like Pantheon and control decks like Darkness, especially thanks to our Spellshield units. And it's quite an intricate deck. I love having some choice when to play your buffs and planning out your turns with Merciless Hunter and Ruined Reckoner!"

As a notable LoR scholar says, some pilots don't like being blocked…

… others like being blocked, and blockers not mattering.

If you belong to that latter group, this blend may suit you most finely.

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
2
common
29
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
3
2
13
3
5
4
4
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
22
1
Blade Squire
1
Blade Squire
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
3
Iron Ballista
1
Iron Ballista
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Kato The Arm
1
Kato The Arm
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
12
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
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Ahri Lulu P&Z

After having challenged Ahri Kennen's throne last week, Ahri Lulu falls down a few pegs, while still packing a ton of punch.

Be advised that the wisdom of the crowds expects the Ahri Kennen archetype to be nerfed -- since that could entail nerfs to Ahri in particular, Ahri Lulu may not be the ideal deck to craft right now.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Trundle Shadows builds, Anivia Shadows, slightly disfavored versus Ahri Kennen blends & Scouts

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
Ahri
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
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
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
3
Suit Up!
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Elise Kindred Vi Sentinels

The Season ends with at least one competitive Kindred blend -- even if not Top Tier -- with many different takes and variants. We've chosen this week's best performing formula, but this archetype seems to have a lot of room for tweaks, judging by the multitude of different builds to be found.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Ahri Kennen blends, Scouts, Champless Poros

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Darkness, Lurkers, Trundle Shadows blends

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
11 cards
Shadow Isles
29 cards
Rarities
27 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
8
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
11
2
3
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
12
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
Minion
2
Minion
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
9
Commander Ledros
2
Commander Ledros
9
Corina Veraza
2
Corina Veraza
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
Grasp of the Undying
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Lucian Zed

An interesting development this week -- our recommended blend is the most popular in each of the three shards, which usually indicates a fairly refined build.

Strong Against: Lurkers -- even versus Darkness

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Scouts

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
16
2
9
3
2
4
2
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Lucian
3
Lucian
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
13
1
Ghost
1
Ghost
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Frozen Bonds, aka Draven Darius Freljord

As you may remember, we showcased this blend last week, and it has not disappointed.

Our recommended formula is the most popular in both Americas and EUMA; pilots in the APAC shard tend to prefer cutting one Captain Farron and adding a single Apprehend.

Strong Against: Darkness -- even versus Ahri Kennen Shadows

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Lukers, Scouts, Pantheon Taric

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Noxus
28 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
8
3
0
4
5
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
6
Darius
3
Darius
Followers
23
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
11
2
Apprehend
1
Apprehend
2
Brothers' Bond
3
Brothers' Bond
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
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Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

Teacher and student have been paired with several regions during this Season -- Shadows seems, by and large, the most promising experiment.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Fizz Lulu -- slight edge versus Champless Poros and Scouts

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Pantheon blends -- slight underdog to Darkness

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
6
0
3
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
9
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
Adaptatron 3000
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Dawning Shadow
1
Dawning Shadow
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Mom's Comfort Food: Braum Vladimir Scargrounds

Judging by its winrate -- a meager 50% -- we would never recommend this blend.

Yet its spike in popularity this week (while some of the strongest staples' playrates, namely Ahri Kennen, nosedived harshly) speaks volumes about what some pilots prefer when the grind is done and it's time for fun.

Strong Against: Scouts

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Lurkers, Champless Poros

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Noxus
16 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
5
4
4
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
Braum
5
Vladimir
3
Vladimir
Landmarks
3
3
The Scargrounds
3
The Scargrounds
Followers
16
1
Crimson Bloodletter
3
Crimson Bloodletter
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
3
Crimson Curator
3
Crimson Curator
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
5
Tarkaz the Tribeless
1
Tarkaz the Tribeless
6
Scarmother Vrynna
3
Scarmother Vrynna
7
Basilisk Bloodseeker
1
Basilisk Bloodseeker
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Death Lotus
3
Death Lotus
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Ice Shard
3
Ice Shard
3
Might
1
Might
3
Noxian Guillotine
2
Noxian Guillotine
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A Walk on the Wild Side

Either because you are done with the grind and are open to exploration and fun…

… or because you seek the thrill of reaching your coveted Rank under the wire, and with a risky brew…

… these are our recommended blends for those seeking the really rare. They all perform at or above the 53% winrate mark at the upper Ladder rungs, but with such small samples there is little that can be said with certainty.


Ekko Sivir Vi

A take on the Predict archetype, ditching Zilean for more aggressive Champions.

The exact same list is the most popular across all shards, which strongly suggests either a team effort, or a source/creator with a fairly large degree of influence.

EDIT: according to learned scholar Jielhar, this deck was brewed by infamous vid-slinger MegaMogwai

Strong Against: Pirates, Jayce Lux, Fizz Lulu -- even versus Scouts, Elise Noxus and Darkness

Struggles Against:Pantheon blends, Champless Poros, Lurkers 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
10
2
7
3
7
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
4
Sivir
2
Sivir
5
Vi
1
Vi
Landmarks
5
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
14
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
Spells
15
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
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Braurelion's Peak

Perhaps like Scargrounds, few things comfort the soul more than playing a huge, charming, zero-costed Space Dragon.

Strong Against: Darkness, Draven Rumble -- slight edge versus Ahri Kennen Shadows

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Scouts, Pantheon Blends, Champless Poros, Lurkers, Fizz Lulu

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
31 200
champion
5
epic
9
rare
14
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
3
2
7
3
9
4
6
5
3
6
12
7+
Champions
5
4
Braum
2
Braum
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
6
Targon's Peak
3
Targon's Peak
Followers
12
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
17
3
Divergent Paths
2
Divergent Paths
3
Hush
2
Hush
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
Ground Slam
2
Ground Slam
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Spicy Scouts, ft. Jarvan

Although due to smallish sample sizes we still list this blend among our risky brews, week after week it seems like the real deal.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, standard Scouts

Struggles Against: Lurkers -- slightly disfavored versus Darkness

Regions
Bilgewater
11 cards
Demacia
29 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
17
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
2
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
2
Quinn
6
Jarvan IV
2
Jarvan IV
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Hired Gun
2
Hired Gun
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Lounging Lizard
1
Lounging Lizard
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
Grizzled Ranger
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
1
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
13
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Purify
1
Purify
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Blast from the Past -- Poppy Ziggs

A single list from APAC -- somebody took notice of how Lulu Poppy, aka Lulu Drift, reintroduced Poppy, and is trying a similar strategy with a former powerhouse: Yordle Burn.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
25 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
5
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
12
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Yordle Smith
3
Yordle Smith
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
Spells
10
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Darius Noxurimaggro

The Noxus-Shurima pairing has quite a bit of aggressive potential. We've seen RickoRex Akshan Sivir Noxus among our Connoisseurs brews -- this is a very different take with the same region pairing, focusing on a go-wide swarm strategy and the classic Noxus Burn finish.

Regions
Noxus
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
12 200
champion
2
epic
0
rare
12
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
6
3
2
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
2
6
Darius
2
Darius
Followers
27
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
Arena Battlecaster
1
Arena Battlecaster
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Crowd Favorite
2
Crowd Favorite
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
11
2
Brothers' Bond
2
Brothers' Bond
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Sivir Ziggs Noxurimaggro

As noted above, this region pairing has no shortage of saber-rattling strategies!

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Pantheon blends, Lurkers, Ahri Kennen Shurima

Struggles Against: Scouts (horrible matchup), Darkness

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
9
3
4
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
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
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Akshan Lee Sin

This blend has a tough time against some of the strongest meta staples, yet for three weeks in a row it keeps producing -- albeit in small samples -- impressive results.

Strong Against: Pantheon Shyvana, Trundle Shadow Builds -- even versus Lurkers and Darkness

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen blends, Fizz Lulu, Scouts, Champless Poros

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
21
2
4
3
7
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Landmarks
3
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
6
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
25
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Ruthless Predator
2
Ruthless Predator
2
Sonic Wave
3
Sonic Wave
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
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Burn, Teemo Burn!

The classic Nox P&Z burn package, with the one and only Used Cask Salesman.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen Shurima, Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus (horrible matchup), Scouts (horrible), Darkness -- slight underdog to Lurkers

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
14 100
champion
3
epic
0
rare
7
common
30
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
15
3
1
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Followers
18
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Used Cask Salesman
Spells
19
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
3
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sigil of Malice
3
Sigil of Malice
4
Statikk Shock
1
Statikk Shock
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Teemo Tristana Ionia

Go wide and go big, or go home!

The Bandle City swarm gameplan, plus Yordles in Arms , Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed and Windsinger to grow your swarm tall.

Regions
Ionia
11 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
9
3
4
4
2
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
Followers
20
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Minion
1
Minion
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Tenor of Terror
2
Tenor of Terror
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
6
Windsinger
2
Windsinger
Spells
14
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Yordles in Arms
2
Yordles in Arms
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Draven Viktor Ambush

I was wondering when this archetype would return -- and here it is, one of the Connoisseur's staples from before the balance patch, probably until now overshadowed by Draven Rumble since they rely on the same region pairing and an Ambush finish.

Versions with Riven and/or Vi exist (as they did pre-patch), but don't seem to fare very well.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima -- even versus Darkness

Struggles Against: Lurkers

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
11
2
13
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3