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Weekend Warrior Weapons — Sixteen Top-Performing Blends for the Discerning Part-Time Ladderista.

Yes, indeed: fairly gnarly half of them. Yet only one gnarly deck in the top three!
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Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

Please, step inside, and I beg you, disregard the mess -- having to nearly daily rearrange our assemblage of brews and blends is part of the fun of a fresh Season, after all!

So, please, let me make manifest our medley! The finest brews and blends, furnished by famous formulistas Balco and Legna -- our current selection may lean a bit towards the gnarly side of things, but I assure you, there is no lack of different flavors if you so desire.

Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at this still gnarly Meta?

… check the very best blends?

  • Teemo Tristana Gnar, aka Yordle Rally,
  • Yuumi Pantheon Demacia,
  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts,

… browse through other strong meta options?

  • Papercraft Akshan Gnar,
  • The return of the party, Draven Rumble,
  • Trundle Gnar Timelines,
  • Gnar Ziggs,
  • Fizz Gnar YiA,

… peruse our Connoisseur's Corner, for less common blends?

  • Kindred Sentinels, which seems to be thriving in this meta,
  • Frozen Darius Gnar,
  • Akshan Sivir Demacia,
  • Akshan Sivir Darius,
  • Frozen Gnar Swain,
  • Gleaming Rally,
  • Ambush Riven Viktor,
  • Sejuani Gnar Overwhelm

A Glimpse at the still-Gnarly Meta

Gnar is by far the most played Champion these last three days, as it was on Wednesday and Monday

… yet an interesting trend has made itself manifest in the last few days: except for the new, out-of-nowhere Top Dog, all the other best meta blends perform below the 55% winrate (WR) mark, which speak of powerful yet fair formulas.


Three Top Blends

These are the best three decks in the last three days, when games at or above the Platinum rank are considered; if consistent performance and hasty climbing pace is what you seek, these are the first brews you should consider.

As befit a new, fresh meta, we have something old, something new, and some to-the-top-from-out-of-nowhere.

Something out of Nowhere: Teemo Tristana Gnar, aka Yordles Rally

Yordles Rally is back, in brutal fashion, and out of nowhere: you may remember that, last week, this deck was not something we had even considered listing among our choices.

According to tales told in the Blue Bird Inn, prominent pilots such as Maybenextime definitely got to Masters with this formula...

... then he wrote a guide about it!

Strong Against: Gnar Trundle, Lurkers, Darkness, Gnar Swain 

Struggles Against: Scouts, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Riven -- slightly disfavored against Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Demacia
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
20
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
12
3
7
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
3
Tristana
3
4
Gnar
2
Followers
15
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
Spells
19
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Buster Shot
2
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Something New: Yummi Pantheon Demacia

As I am certain it will delight many, a not-gnarly deck is among the strongest new decks you can currently pilot.

Do notice its good-to-great matchups against other top-performing formulas -- one would guess this partnership between Fae and Aspect may very well be long-lived.

Strong Against: Darkness, Gnar Trundle, Scouts, Akshan Gnar --  slightly favored into Yordles Rally

Struggles Against: Gnar Ziggs, Gnar Swain, Bandle Tree -- usually underdog to Fizz blends.

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

Something Old: Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Durand Sculptor and Petricite Broadwing have rejuvenated what has been for several weeks now one of the strongest meta staples.

There is still experimentation going on with the ideal ratio of units to spell -- this archetype still has room for refinements, it seems.

Strong Against: Gnar Trundle, Bandle Tree, Gnar Ziggs, Darkness, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Riven, Yordles Rally

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Askhan Sivir -- in general, weak to Galio decks

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Bilgewater
8 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Marai Warden
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Other strong options

If playstyle preferences or shards shortage steers you away from any of the above, yet you still seek top performance, these formulas here all perform at 53% WR or above, with playrates well above 1% in Platinum and higher -- as well-tested, tried-and-true as you can get this early in a fresh Season.

Papercraft Akshan Gnar

Papercraft Dragon providing Double Strike to Overwhelm units has proven a ruthlessly efficient combo.

(If recently arrived to the RickoRex Road, remember: removing a blocker from combat, as Wallop does, allows an Overwhelm attacker to connect fully with the Nexus.)

Strong Against: Bandle Tree, Gnar Ziggs, Darkness, Lurkers, Fizz blends, Yordle Rally

Struggles Against: Gnar Trundle, Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi, Frozen Darius Gnar

Regions
Shurima
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
3
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
11
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
21
1
Inventive Chemist
2
1
Treasure Seeker
2
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Wallop
2
4
Rite of Negation
3

Draven Rumble

The party has returned!

Without a single new card, Draven Rumble could rightfully be called the oldest among the top meta blends.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Bandle Tree, Gnar Ziggs, Gnar Swain, Fizz Riven

Struggles Against: Scouts, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Gnar

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
23 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
7
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
12
3
3
4
4
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
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
3
5
Decimate
3
5
Survival Skills
1

Trundle Gnar Timelines

Having enjoyed the top of the performance charts for several days earlier in the week -- and still the most popular deck by a wide margin -- Timelines seems to have suffered assaults from several sides simultaneously, as rising stars like Pantheon Yuumi, Yordles Rally and Darius Gnar all give it a hard time.

Strong Against: Bandle Tree, Gnar Swain, Lurkers, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Gnar, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Scouts, Gnar Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi, Darius Gnar, Yordles Rally

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
15
2
1
3
7
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Icevale Archer
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
It That Stares
2
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Troll Chant
2
3
Get Excited!
1
4
Aftershock
1
9
Buried in Ice
2

Gnar Ziggs

Some Yordles just want to watch the world burn.

If you wish your matches to end quickly, this is perhaps the best tool for the job.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Gnar Trundle, Pantheon Yuumi, Fizz Riven

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts, Akshan Gnar, Fizz blends, Akshan Sivir

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
15
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
25
1
Inventive Chemist
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
1
2
Conchologist
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Stone Stackers
3
4
Teenydactyl
3
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Fizz Gnar P&Z

Don't be fooled by the dip this archetype's performance took in the last few days: said average performance is currently dragged down by poorly-performing blends with The Forge Of Tomorrow and Curious Shellfolk -- while solid in the hands of highly-skilled pilots, they have proven to be a disaster overall.

The more shall we say traditional formula, which has added Grandfather Fae to the mix, performs very well indeed.

Strong Against: Gnar Swain, Gnar Ziggs, Bandle Tree, Lurkers, Fizz blends

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Timelines, Akshan Gnar, Darius Gnar, Zoe Lee Sin

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
18
2
6
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Bomber Twins
1
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Buster Shot
1
5
Yordles in Arms
3

The Connoisseur's Corner

If mirror matches are not your cup of tea, these blends have playrates below 1% -- you should bump into them once every hundred games, if at all.

They still have hundreds -- sometimes thousands -- of games under their belts in Platinum and higher rungs, so their potency is assured.

Kindred Sentinels

Suffering from mediocre performance in the last weeks of the previous season, our current environment has allowed Kindred Sentinels to thrive.

Strong Against: Gnar Swain, Gnar Ziggs

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts, Akshan Gnar

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
12
2
3
3
8
4
4
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
4
Kindred
3
5
Vi
1
Followers
11
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
Ferros Financier
2
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
9
Commander Ledros
2
9
Corina Veraza
1
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
1
4
Statikk Shock
2
4
The Box
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2

Frozen Darius Gnar

One of this week's new developments, almost reaching the point (1% playrate) where a deck is considered meta. 

Our recommended formula is the most popular across all three shards, with more than 1,500 games played.

Strong Against: Darkness, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Gnar

Struggles Against: Scouts, Gnar Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
11
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
6
Darius
3
Followers
23
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Omen Hawk
3
2
Ruthless Raider
3
2
Tusk Speaker
3
3
Iron Ballista
3
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
6
Alpha Wildclaw
1
7
Ancient Yeti
3
8
Captain Farron
1
Spells
11
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Whirling Death
3
5
Decisive Maneuver
3
8
Battle Fury
2

Askhan Sivir Demacia

Just like in Scouts, Petricite Broadwing has found its way into an otherwise cemented list.

And just like in Scouts, superb results have followed.

Strong Against: Gnar Ziggs, Gnar Swain, Darkness, Akshan Gnar

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Yordles Rally, Fizz Gnar

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
16
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Sivir
3
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
5
Radiant Guardian
2
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
1
2
The Absolver
2
3
Cataclysm
1
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Akshan Sivir Darius

Now, this is indeed an interesting formula!

The marriage of Noxus and Shurima has usually produced go-wide, aggressive blends. This formula indeed provides early aggression, as witnessed by its nine one-drops, but goes for a slightly more midrangey approach -- notice the lack of two-drops, and the inclusion of the rarely seen Reckless Trifarian -- while threatening Overwhelm everywhere via Might.

Also notice: no burn nor Decimate... at least for now.

Strong Against: Gnar Swain, Darkness

Struggles Against: Scouts, Gnar Ziggs

Regions
Shurima
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
21 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
2
common
32
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
4
2
12
3
5
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Sivir
2
6
Darius
1
Followers
20
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
The Absolver
1
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
3
4
Bloody Business
1

Frozen Gnar Swain

A different take on this Champion pair -- the Bandle City variant being one of the most played decks as of now, but with a below-average performance -- with very promising matchups against two of the strongest meta staples.

Strong Against: Bandle Tree, Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Gnar Swain, Darkness, Gnar Trundle

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
9
2
11
3
9
4
3
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Swain
3
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
16
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
1
4
Citybreaker
2
6
Aurok Glinthorn
1
8
It That Stares
1
8
The Leviathan
2
Spells
15
1
Ravenous Flock
3
1
Three Sisters
1
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Ice Shard
2
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Avalanche
1

Gleaming Gnar Lulu Yuumi

A very different take on Bandle City Rally, focusing on Fae synergies and the value provided by Gleaming Lantern.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Akshan Gnar, Gnar Ziggs

Struggles Against: Gnar Trundle, Darkness

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
12
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
1
3
Yuumi
2
4
Gnar
3
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
2
Quick Quill
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Swiftwing Flight
3
Spells
7
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
1

Ambush Riven Victor

An archetype we didn't see much during the Age of Ahri Kennen, even though it was quite popular right before their rise to the throne.

Strong Against: Gnar Trundle, Darkness?

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
12
2
9
3
6
4
2
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
4
Viktor
3
Followers
22
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Nyandroid
2
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
8
Lost Soul
2
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Ambush
1
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Survival Skills
2

Sejuani Gnar P&Z

Should we call this the Age of Overwhelm?

Prominent pilot Brokenball reached Masters with this Ballistic Bot Overwhelm blend -- he also published a guide about it here.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Freljord
24 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
2
3
3
4
0
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
6
Sejuani
3
Followers
23
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
2
2
Ruthless Raider
3
2
Tusk Speaker
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
1
6
Alpha Wildclaw
1
6
Mammoth Shaman
1
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Spells
11
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Troll Chant
2
3
Get Excited!
2
8
Battle Fury
2

And so, my friend!

Thus ends our selection today -- overwhelmingly gnarly, for sure, but I hope yet still varied enough for you to find your weapon of choice.

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans) and Discord (Herko Kerghans#6252), or you can find more recommendations and writings here (link).

Good luck in your brewing or climb!