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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 14

Twenty high-performance blends, from Meta Staples to Risky & Rare brews, for the discerning LoR ladderista.
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Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

Please, step inside! Free yourself of cubicle squabbles and crabby clients for a few days…

… Friday's here! Now it's time for fair fights, with only fun and fame on the line!

So come, please, and let me show you our wares! Distinguished datamancers Balco (here is a link to Balco's report) and Legna (here is a link to Legna's) have furnished us with their finest formulas, so do tell me, then: would you like to take a glance at…

what the top of the meta looks like right now?

the Cream of the Crop?

  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, currently (but for how long?) at our charts' apex,
  • Ahri Kennen Shurima, never away from the top spots,
  • Ahri Kennen Shadows, now overtaking the Shurima variant when win rate is concerned,

other strong Meta Staples?

  • Darkness, aptly punishing both aggressive strategies and other Control decks,
  • Lurkers, which have found great success in this turbulent meta,
  • Trundle Tryndamere, roaring "Control not dead!",
  • Pantheon Shyvana, undergoing turbulent changes underneath its stoic countenance,

our Connoisseur's Corner, for those looking to combine performance with uniqueness?

  • Kindred Sentinels, yet another ever-evolving blend,
  • Kindred Viego,
  • Elise Trundle, non-ARAMic version,
  • Spooky Anivia, answering "Nope, not at all," to Trundle Tryndamere's roar,
  • Nightfall, not willing to wane,
  • Fizz Lulu, slowly returning to the the outstanding performance rates it showed two weeks ago,

our more experimental and risky brews, to throw caution to the wind and enjoy the thrills of experimentation?

  • Taliyah Ziggs, the Control Hunters,
  • Jinx Lulu,
  • Kindred Jayce, another take on the Sentinels package,
  • Kindred Elise,
  • Good Cop, Bad Sentinel,
  • Spooky Girls' Night Out,
  • Ekko Zilean.

A Snapshot of a Swingy Meta

As one reputed Piltovian explorer is fond of saying: "Blink… and you'll miss me."

That would be as apt a description for the current Meta as one could hope for: not three days ago you would have seen Trundle Tryndamere at the top of Balco's tier list, yet as of right now…

Data by Balco

… this is how the fight for the top looks like.

Do take the time to confirm it for yourself (link), should things have again changed by the time you do so.

Cream of the Crop

The best of the best, the strongest of the strong…

… at least momentarily! Morphing much is what our Meta relishes most.

If you feel like frolicking into the fray furnished with the finest formulas, these are the blends you should consider.

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Our Meta has done it again.

Rummaging through the Coffer of Ancient Archetypes, prominent pilots like Sirturmund have found success with an old blend that, without having received any recent buff, has proven its worth as ruthless apex predator.

Our suggested build has shown the best performance as of recently, but several different formulas are being tested with good to great results -- this stalwart archetype may still see refinement in the coming days.

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

Struggles Against: Pantheon blends, Kindred Sentinels, Fizz Lulu, Nightfall 

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
19
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
23
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
Grizzled Ranger
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Ahri Kennen Shurima

While the Shadows version has overtaken it in win rate, Ahri Kennen Shurima is still arguably the most potent version when popularity is also factored.

This blend seems like a fairly solved formula, having changed little in the past few weeks. That being said, promises of permanence are mere guesses in this swingy Meta -- nobody knows what further developments we may yet see.

A Noxian blend also exists (link), at much lower play rates, and with seemingly similar strong and weak spots.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Lurkers, Kindred Viego, Pantheon blends, Thralls

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Trundle Tryndamere Shadows, Kindred Sentinels, Scouts, Ahri Kennen Shadows

Regions
Ionia
38 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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Ahri Kennen Shadows

It has finally happened: the Shadow version has proven, at least in the past few days and judging by win rate, to be better suited to the current Meta.

It also remains superior should the Shadows and Shurima versions collide.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen Shurima, Pantheon blends, Fizz Lulu

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Scouts, Xerath Zilean, Nightfall

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Tasty Faefolk
1
Tasty Faefolk
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
1
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Other Strong Meta Staples

These four archetypes all perform excellently, and only a few decimals below the cream-croppers.

Should personal playstyle, pocket Meta or scarcity of shards make any of these preferable, doubt it not: these are all superb choices in the current environment.

Veigar Senna, aka Darkness

There is no shortage of prominent pilots labeling Darkness as a very well positioned blend, and our data does not disagree.

The most popular formula also provides the best performance, which speaks of a well-refined build.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Kindred Sentinels, Pirates, Nightfall -- tiny edge against Ahri Kennen Shurima

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Pantheon blends, Xerath Zilean, Thralls, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Bandlecity
27 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
1
3
8
4
4
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
18
1
Otterpus
1
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
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Pyke Rek'sai, aka Lurkers

As if shouting: "Damn that removal, full speed ahead!" Lurk's best-performing formula has shed all spell-based interaction save Pyke in Death From Below form.

The bold bet seems to have paid off: pulling impressive results, Lurk has clawed its way amongst the most powerful decks in the format.

According to Balco's data (link), Lurkers is also the most coin-dependent of the meta decks. When going first, it is possibly the strongest deck in the format -- while going second, though, is undoubtedly the worst.

Strong Against: Darkness, Kindred Viego, Pantheon Shyvana, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Lonesome Pantheon, Pirates

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
3
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
30
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
3
Jaull-fish
Spells
4
1
Bloodbait
1
Bloodbait
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
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Trundle Tryndamere Shadows

Like a phoenix rekindled from its long slumber, SI FR Control has returned with a buffed Vengeance

Our recommended formula, using Faces of the Old Ones as additional ramp and reinforcing its top end with It That Stares, seems to be this powerful archetype's best current bet.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Kindred Sentinels, Pirates, Nightfall

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Xerath Zilean, Deep, Thralls

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
5
epic
5
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
7
2
4
3
8
4
8
5
2
6
10
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
9
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Faces of the Old Ones
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
9
Commander Ledros
1
Commander Ledros
Spells
23
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
The Box
3
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Pantheon Shyvana

After Taric's short-lived resurgence, Shyvana seems the best-performing Pantheon build -- both when considering average performance, and as the most likely to prevail should different versions fight each other.

There's a lot of experimentation going under the hood, with varied ratios of spells and followers being sampled. Data suggests that the inclusion of Brightsteel Protector is paramount.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Darkness, Elise Trundle, Kindred Sentinels, Scouts, other Pantheon blends

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Lurkers, Draven Rumble, Pirates, Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
14
2
8
3
8
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
Followers
14
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
Spells
20
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Strafing Strike
2
Strafing Strike
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Not Quite Recommended

Prominent pilots like TricksterSorry have found great success with Xerath Zilean (link), and the blend is indeed a strong counter to some powerful decks -- still, its overall performance does not allow me to recommend it currently. Do consider yourself warned, please, should you still make it your weapon of choice.

And if you cherish your LPs, my friend, I'm afraid that Ashe Leblanc and Sun Disc are not a thing. 

The Connoisseur's Corner

Brandishing blends with bloated play rates may be efficient for climbing purposes…

… but should you factor originality as well as proficiency, our Corner's selection showcases blends that provide potency without overcrowding the most popular choices.

Kindred Sentinels

The first Kindred blend we can present today is yet another archetype undergoing extensive experimentation -- not even the optimal Champion split is yet determined.

The most popular variant is also the best performing, currently sitting at a 53% WR, which would suggest the refinement process may be close to reaching consensus.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Pirates, Nightfall

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Tryndamere, Pantheon 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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Kindred Viego Ionia

Our second Kindred variant was the forerunner among its kind last week, but its performance was pummeled by Poro piles.

It has enjoyed a slight resurgence recently, though, being strong against some of the Control lists surging as of late.

Strong Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Trundle Elise, Kindred Sentinels, Pantheon blends 

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Darkness, Lurkers, Pirates

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
13
2
7
3
11
4
0
5
4
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
13
2
Greenglade Lookout
3
Greenglade Lookout
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
Tasty Faefolk
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
21
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
Spirit's Refuge
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Elise Trundle

Now this is an interesting development, where an archetype seems to be splitting itself in two, so to speak.

The most popular Elise Trundle versions, usually nicknamed ARAM, include The Howling Abyss and a bit of a late-Control gameplan via The Ruination -- such is what Wamuu recommends in his detailed deck guide (link).

More recent lists, though, focus on early board pressure and combat tricks, including cards like Troll Chant. As of late, these seem to be the most successful -- we shall see next week if the trend proves true.

Strong Against: Draven Rumble, Kindred Sentinels, Nightfall, Pirates

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Pantheon blends, 

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
0
3
3
4
3
5
9
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
6
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
Spells
25
1
Crawling Sensation
3
Crawling Sensation
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Brood Awakening
3
Brood Awakening
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
Iceborn Legacy
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
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Anivia Shadows

A mere meme for far too long, Anivia has reclaimed her spot as a Control Champion not to be trifled with.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Kindred Sentinels, Nightfall

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Xerath Zilean, Scouts

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
20 100
champion
3
epic
4
rare
15
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
5
3
8
4
4
5
6
6
7
7+
Champions
3
6
Anivia
3
Anivia
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
9
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
7
The Rekindler
3
The Rekindler
Spells
25
2
Entreat
2
Entreat
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
Grasp of the Undying
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Diana Nocturne, aka Nightfall

Nightfall seemed about to shine brightly a few days ago, but with the return of Control its fortune has waned a bit.

Should you choose to follow the perilous path of the Moon, this detailed guide by MonteXristo (link) shares an abundance of insights and tricks.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus, Scouts

Struggles Against: Darkness, Elise Trundle, Trundle Tryndamere, Pantheon blends

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
14
2
5
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
19
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Soldier
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Crescent Guardian
2
Crescent Guardian
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
15
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Heavens Aligned
3
Heavens Aligned
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
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Fizz Lulu Bandle Zaun

Forgotten for a bit after the balance patch arrived, Fizz Lulu seems determined to regain its status as a serious contender to Top Meta Deck, which it enjoyed merely two weeks ago.

Here's Leer's detailed deck guide (link); it was written before the patch arrived, but as you'll see the list remains fairly similar.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Pantheon blends

Struggles Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Kindred Sentinels, Anivia Shadows

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
20 300
champion
5
epic
0
rare
9
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
2
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
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
2
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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Akshan Sivir

Perhaps due to it not being shiny, flashy and new, pilots tend to forget one obvious truth: Akshan Sivir boots behinds most firmly.

It is also a most rewarding blend to master should you wish to dabble in Tournaments or Gauntlets -- as Wamuu details in his Tournament Tech article, Akshan Sivir is a "comfort" deck that, having no extreme matchups, is always a consideration for Tournament lineups.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Pantheon Shyvana, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Trundle Tryndamere, Draven Rumble, Scouts

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
7
3
3
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
3
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
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
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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A Walk on the Wild Side

But what if you sneer at snuffing the thrill out of life by always measuring and computing, never dancing with serendipity nor knowing the thrill of risk?

Fear not, my friend! If thrills and risk you seek, an abundance you shall find: these little-tested blends show promising win rates…

… but whether that's due to flukes, ungodly high skills or just dumb luck, it's for adventurous pilots such as yourself to find out!

Taliyah Ziggs

After enjoying center stage for a bit some weeks ago, Taliyah Ziggs faded to obscurity…

… its seeming suitability as "Control Hunter" now bringing it out again to the limelight.

May make for a good Ladder option if Control remains a popular choice, and perhaps a Tournament consideration for punishing triple-Control lineups.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Trundle Tryndamere, Anivia

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus

Regions
Shurima
30 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
10
2
15
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Hexplosive Minefield
3
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
2
The Arsenal
Spells
13
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
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Lulu Jinx

A fairly old formula, with a dash of new tricks in Arena Promoter and Yordle Captain.

And, of course, it features Jinx!

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen?

Struggles Against: Darkness and Lurkers?

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
16 800
champion
4
epic
0
rare
6
common
30
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
11
2
9
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
4
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
1
Jinx
Followers
23
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
2
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
4
Arena Promoter
3
Arena Promoter
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
10
Treasured Trash
3
Treasured Trash
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Caitlyn Senna

A fairly popular blend in the Asian shard -- may be a result of a specific local meta, but its performance suggests it is a strong formula.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Tryndamere, Aniva

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
4
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
5
3
5
4
10
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
8
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
9
Commander Ledros
3
Commander Ledros
9
Corina Veraza
2
Corina Veraza
Spells
26
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
4
Despair
1
Despair
4
Gotcha!
2
Gotcha!
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Grasp of the Undying
2
Grasp of the Undying
5
Withering Mist
2
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
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Karma Senna, aka Spooky Girls' Night Out

For those fairly new to Runeterra, "Spooky Karma" may sound unfamiliar…

… those that remember previous eras where Control was also a thing may have dreams (or nightmares) of battling until, literally, the very last card: it may not be obvious at first glance, but one of the ways Karma can win a game is by stalling until their foe's deck is dry (a fate that rarely happens to Karma herself -- when leveled-up, her own Champ spell becomes an anti-self-mill tool). 

Regions
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Ionia
16 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
3
2
6
3
6
4
14
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Karma
3
Karma
5
Senna
3
Senna
Landmarks
1
4
Catalogue of Regrets
1
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
9
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Scattered Pod
1
Scattered Pod
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
Spells
24
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
5
Go Get It
2
Go Get It
5
Withering Mist
2
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Curious Elise Kindred

A different take on Elise Kindred, pairing with Bandle City and Curious Shellfolk.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Elise Noxus, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against: Darkness, Kindred Viego

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
15
2
1
3
6
4
1
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
20
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
5
Withering Mist
1
Withering Mist
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Kindred Jayce

Another Kindred Sentinels variant -- too little data to say much about it, other than its interesting win rate across a small sample of games.

Strong Against: Kindred Viego?

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen and Trundle Tryndamere?

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
10
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
10
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
11
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
7
Albus Ferros
2
Albus Ferros
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
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Ekko Zilean

Scathus' latest creation has enjoyed a modicum of success recently. A hard deck to pilot correctly, but a thrill for those that cherish the "Choose between three options" minigame that Prediction provides.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus, Akshan Sivir, Nightfall, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Darkness, Pantheon blends, Elise Kindred, Lurkers

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
16
2
3
3
6
4
0
5
0
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
2
Station Archivist
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
Spells
17
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Ruinous Path
2
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
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So, my friend!

I hope we've whetted your appetite while aiding in your quest for your weapon of choice.

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

Good fortune, and fair fights!

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