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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 21 — Thirty-Three Potent Blends, from Staples to Risky Brews, for the Discerning Part-Time Ladderista

Their Royal Majesties, Ahri and Kennen, still have a firm grasp on the throne, but there's no shortage of brews with which to experiment and climb!
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Glad to see you, my friend! Welcome back!

And please, step inside, and let me share with you our latest blends and formulas: exotic and little-tested brews, powerful Meta staples, uncommon blends proclaiming prodigious promise…

… only the best of the best, my friend, distilled from distinguished datamancers Balco (link) and Legna (link)!

So, do tell me, would you like to…

peruse the Cream of the Crop, to be assured your weapon of choice is the best tool for an efficient Ladder climb?

  • Their Laddering Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima,
  • Pantheon Taric, returning to the top of the charts,
  • Ahri Kennen Shadows, stalking the Shurima variant wherever it goes,

inspect other Strong Meta Staples, all tried-and-true blends at the top of the power scales?

  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, relentless in their staying power,
  • Pantheon Shyvana, refusing to be overshadowed by Taric,
  • Fizz Lulu, which as predicted reached the upper echelons,

or perhaps you'd like to consider these other Meta decks, all currently enjoying an edge against the field?

  • Elise Trundle, aka Iceborn Spiders,
  • Champless Poros, who haven't gone anywhere,
  • Taliyah Ziggs, in its interesting position as Control Hunter,

check perhaps our Connoisseur's Corner, for equally powerful blends but a bit less popular?

  • Fifty Shades of Ahri Kennen,
  • Ahri Lulu P&Z,
  • Pirates,
  • Jayce Lux, which finally seems to work,
  • Caitlyn Senna, little seen outside Asia Pacific,
  • Curious Elise Kindred,
  • Pantheon Zoe,
  • Lulu Zed, aka Rally Elusives,
  • Lulu Poppy, aka Lulu Drift, another take on Rally Elusives,

or shall I show you our risky and experimental blends, exhibiting great performance across boutique-sized data samples?

  • Nightfall,
  • Kindred Vi,
  • Hermerdinger Jayce Shadows,
  • Hairs of the Frozen Rose,
  • Fizz Tristana Rally,
  • Feel the Minah FTR,
  • Fortune's Twisted Fun,
  • Akshan Lee Sin,
  • Darius Sivir Reckoning,
  • Darius Biceps Shurima,
  • Frozen Renekton Sivir,
  • Zed Sivir Flurry,
  • Kindred Lux, aka Cithria Matron,
  • Kindred Ziggs Go Hard,
  • LH#1, Riven Rumble,
  • Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon

Choose at leisure, my friend. Friday's here…

… time to take things at whatever pace Fun dictates!

A Glimpse at our Meta

Although our swingy Meta shows no shortage of surprises -- with nowadays Taric Pantheon surging to the top -- faces at the very top are fairly familiar…

… with Fizz Lulu being the other recent (and, in this case, not quite unexpected) arrival to the upper echelons.

Cream of the Crop: the Ridiculously Strong

The more things change, the more they seem to remain the same. Week after week, one deck rises to contest Ahri Kennen's throne, only to retreat the following days.

Will such be Pantheon Taric's fate?

We shall see; for the time being, though, it has at least succeeded in reaching winrates that, if you excuse my French, sont putain de stupide.

Ahri Kennen Shurima

There's little to say at this point: call them benign sovereigns, call them ruthless tyrants, these two rule the Ladder. Surprisingly, though, their popularity does not match their performance, with more pilots preferring Scouts of even Darkness.

Our suggested formula is the tried-and-true, most popular list for this blend -- there is some room for tweaks if you so desire, like including Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed as top end.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Lurkers, Kindred Viego, murders all Pantheon Builds, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus, Trundle Tryndamere FTR, Kindred Sentinels, Pirates, Caitlyn Kindred

Further Reading: Here's our guide by Wammu, written briefly before the balance patch.

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

Pantheon Taric

Displacing the still very powerful Shyvana variant, Pantheon Taric is now both the best-performing Pantheon blend, and the current challenger to the Meta throne.

Looking at the numbers, Taric's edge over Shyvana seems to stem from two match-ups in particular:

  • Lurkers, which is rough for Shyvana but even for Taric, and
  • Draven Rumble above all, which goes from very unfavorable to Shyvana, to fairly favorable for Taric.

The permanence of Lurkers is our Ladder's one unshakable truth, but Draven Rumble seems to be on the decline -- we shall see next week how these trends affect the Meta.

Our recommended Taric Pantheon formula is the second most popular for this Champion pair, and currently the best performing. It is also the one with which prominent pilots GrandpaRoji and Scathus both reached a thirteen-games win streak recently.

Strong Against: Darkness, Champless Poros, Scouts, Trundle Shadow builds, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against:Ahri Kennen builds, Pantheon Shyvana, Fizz Lulu, Pirates, Elise Noxus

Further Reading: Here's Leer's guide (link), written a bit before the patch, and here's prominent pilot TricksterSorry more recent writings for runeterraccg.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
7
3
13
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
1
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
2
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Ahri Kennen Shadows

As proof of the pair's plenteous power, one of Ahri Kennen Shurima's strongest counters is the Shadows variant, which preeminent pilots like Kevor24 find superior overall.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Lurkers, Draven Rumble, Fizz Lulu, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus, Kindred Sentinels, 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
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Tasty Faefolk
1
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Retreat
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Other Strong Meta Staples

All these blends below perform at what would be straight-up Tier One status, were it not for the putain de stupide winrates exhibited by the ruling elite.

If you seek an efficient climb, these strong, you can take these well-tested formulas to the Ladder without a second thought -- and whichever weapon you choose, be prepared to face them frequently.

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Scouts has amply proven not to be a fluke, with prominent pilots routinely reaching the ranks' summit

Enjoying good matchups into both Ahri Kennen and its strongest counter (Elise Noxus), the only thing keeping Scouts from scaling to the top are Pantheon builds. 

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Elise Noxus, Champless Poros, Thralls, Pirates, slight edge against Darkness and FTR

Struggles Against: Pantheon builds, Kindred Sentinels, Jayce Lux

Further Reading: You'll find Sirturmund's guide for this exact build in the Competitive subreddit (link); Leer proposes a variation of this archetype, focused on Vanguard Bannerman, on his guide here (link).

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
8
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
23
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Pantheon Shyvana 

Still very much a force to be reckoned with, and superior to the Taric blend in a duel.

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

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Lurkers, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Fizz Lulu, Pirates

Further Reading: Here's TricksterSorry's recent guide at runeterraccg (link).

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
8
3
10
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Shyvana
3
Followers
14
1
Dragon Chow
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Spells
20
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
3
Hush
2
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Fizz Lulu

As I mentioned last week, and as predicted by Leer in his latest Meta report, Fizz Lulu is back in full force: this blend was among the strongest right before the balance patch, was pushed a bit to the side right afterwards, and has now bursted full-force at the top.

The formula is still being refined -- pilots are putting back Bandle City Mayor in their lists, as in our recommended blend. There also seems to be room for tweaks in the Spell column, with successful brews swapping Group Shot for Scrapheap, and even making room for Treasured Trash in some cases.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Pantheon builds, Pirates, Draven Rumble

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Shadow builds, Ahri Kennen Shadows, Ahri Lulu

Further Reading: Here's Leer's guide, from briefly before the patch.

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
20
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
3
Spells
14
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Group Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Other Meta Decks to Consider

Should playstyle or shortage of shards dictate other choices, these would be our recommendations for those seeking tried-and-true, efficient solutions for climbing the Ladder. All blends below have a playrate of 1% or more in Platinum and above, and winrates above the 51% threshold in the last few days.

Elise Trundle, aka Iceborn Spiders

This archetype seems to have settled for the non-Landmark build, after initial experimentation with The Howling Abyss.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Draven Rumble, Kindred Sentinels, Fizz Lulu, Nightfall, Ahri Lulu

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Pantheon builds, Thralls,

Regions
Freljord
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
0
3
1
4
5
5
9
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
8
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
9
Commander Ledros
2
Spells
26
1
Crawling Sensation
3
1
Three Sisters
1
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Troll Chant
2
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Despair
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Brood Awakening
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2

Should you be in the mood for a bit of adventure, there's a little-tested version replacing Trundle for Braum, and adding the Landmarks back (link).

Champless Poros

While not longer the Ladder terror they were the first week post-patch, Iceborn Poros are still around, alive and kicking, and even morphing and transmuting into different builds.

The most popular formula (link) -- which does perform adequately -- relies on an even split between spells and followers. There's even a version which includes Jinx (link).

Recent innovations, though, aim for a higher spell count, and seem to perform much better -- one such formula is our recommendation below.

Strong Against: Trundle Tryndamere FTR, Elise Trundle, Taliyah Ziggs,

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Elise Noxus, Scouts, Pantheon builds, Kindred Sentinels

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
6 400
champion
0
epic
0
rare
12
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
16
2
7
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
0
Followers
14
1
Daring Poro
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Poro Herder
2
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Stress Testing
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Iterative Improvement
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Rummage
2
2
Time Trick
3
3
Get Excited!
2
3
Poro Snax
2
6
Iceborn Legacy
3

Taliyah Ziggs

A bit off the beaten path, Taliyah Ziggs has shown solid performance for over two weeks now -- an interesting build that preys on Control decks, while being weak to more straightforward forms of aggression.

Strong Against: Darkness, Trundle Tryndamere FTR, Anivia Freljord, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Champless Poros, Draven Rumble, Pirates

Regions
Shurima
30 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
13
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
6
1
Hexplosive Minefield
3
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
5
Herald of the Magus
1
8
The Arsenal
2
Spells
13
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unleashed Energy
2
3
Unraveled Earth
2

Other options

Among popular options with solid Ladder performance in the ladder, you may consider:

  • Pyke Rek'sai, fairly solid against everything that is not Ahri Kennen, and quite good against Shyvana Pantheon,
  • Darkness, still one of the most popular decks at Platinum and above, with a fairly even matchup spread in general but suffering from Pantheon blends considerably,
  • Trundle Tryndamere's performance has suffered as of late, probably due to Scouts and Champless Poros, but still enjoys a favorable matchups into Ahri Kennen, 
  • Sivir Akshan, which dies horribly to Ahri Kennen and preys on Darkness, but is otherwise arguably the most "fair" deck currently -- most of its other matchups in the 45-55% range, making it a staple of "comfort" lineups in tournaments.

While still popular (and certainly playable), the fortunes of Draven Rumble, Kindred Sentinels and Kindred Viego seem much diminished -- if efficient climbing is your main goal, our recommendation would be to consider piloting something different.

Connoisseur's Corner

If safety and efficiency are not the only variables you are concerned with, and you wish to add uniqueness into the mix, these blends shall serve you well. They all have playrates below 1% -- meaning your foes would have met a similar deck less than once every hundred games they play -- while large enough sample sizes to guarantee their positive performance is no fluke.

Fifty Shades of Ahri Kennen

The Ahri Kennen shell has proven capable of any manner of splashes without a dent to its performance, including Ladder forerunner ENiamor splashing Sunken Cost (link) on grounds of it being funny.

Should you wish to join the fun, the Noxus and mono-Ionia version are our other recommendations. 

Regions
Ionia
40 cards
Rarities
25 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
16
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
13
2
4
3
10
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
16
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
1
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
1
Spells
16
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
3
4
Homecoming
3
Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Noxus
3 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
6
3
7
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
1
3
God-Willow Seedling
1
Followers
18
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Might
2
4
Deny
1
4
Homecoming
3
5
Shunpo
1

Ahri Lulu P&Z

Here returns yet another blend that was very well positioned pre-patch: eschewing the Recall package for the traditional P&Z Discard & Burn tools, Ahri Lulu can run over most other blends that go for early aggression.

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

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen builds, Darkness, Trundle Shadows builds

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

Pirates

Like the tides change, Pirates always return!

It should be noted that, sneers about its skull-void nature aside, Pirates are very strong against many of the strongest decks in the current field -- disastrous odds against Control decks is what prevents it from sailing into Top Tier waters.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Ahri Kennen, Lurkers, Elise Noxus, Kindred Viego, Pantheon Shyvana

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Tryndamere, Scouts, Kindred Sentinels, Fizz Lulu, Ahri Kennen Shadows

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Bilgewater
19 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
9
3
3
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Gangplank
3
Followers
24
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
3
3
Iron Ballista
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Spells
10
2
Make it Rain
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3
5
Double Up
1

Jayce Lux

Perhaps one of the most obvious Champion pairings when reading their cards' text, Jayce Lux had until now failed to find sustained success. Weak to our ruling Queen and King, the blend is fairly strong against other popular Meta staples.

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts, Lurkers

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Kindred Viego, Trundle Tryndamere

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
13
2
5
3
3
4
4
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Lux
3
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
Followers
13
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
7
Albus Ferros
2
Spells
18
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
5
Concerted Strike
1
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Back to Back
1
6
Remembrance
2
6
Shock Blast
2

Caitlyn Senna

A spell-heavy permission deck with Corina Veraza and Commander Ledros as top end. Quite a bit popular in the Asia-Pacific shard, has gained little traction thus far in other regions.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
3
3
8
4
9
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
8
2
Ferros Financier
3
9
Commander Ledros
3
9
Corina Veraza
2
Spells
26
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
1
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
2
4
Gotcha!
2
4
Statikk Shock
1
4
The Box
3
5
Withering Mist
3
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
2

Curious Elise Kindred

A Curious Shellfolk blend that presents an interesting matchup spread, being strong against both Their Royal Majesties and Scouts.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen, Scouts, Elise Noxus

Struggles Against: Darkness, Pantheon Shyvana, Champless Poros, Lurkers

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
4
Kindred
3
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
1
Otterpus
2
2
Conchologist
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Spells
20
1
Group Shot
3
1
Trinket Trade
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Stress Defense
1
5
Withering Mist
1
6
Vengeance
3

Pantheon Zoe

A Pantheon blend without the popularity of other more well-known formulas, but that has seen quite a bit of play -- and very good performance -- in all shards, especially in Asia-Pacific.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Darkness

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
20 300
champion
5
epic
0
rare
9
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
9
3
5
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Zoe
2
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
9
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
2
Spells
26
1
Chain Vest
3
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
2
5
Concerted Strike
1

Lulu Zed, aka Rally Elusives

After Poppy's many nerfs, pilots are spending quite a bit of effort in returning Rally Elusives to their former glory.

The most successful endeavor thus far has replaced Poppy with Lulu, and added The Mourned (even without any Recall synergies) into its formula.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Lurkers, Pantheon Taric

Struggles Against: Scouts, Trundle Shadow builds

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Ionia
22 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
3
Zed
3
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Navori Bladescout
1
1
The Mourned
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Young Witch
3
3
Laurent Protege
1
3
Shadow Assassin
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2

Lulu Poppy, aka Lulu Drift

Here's another take, pioneered by Darkodious, in this case dropping Zed for Lulu and sticking with followers that do not mind Poppy's nerf -- our suggested build is bA1anceLoR's formula, which he iterated through his Masters climb.

Strong Against: Extremely favored into Champless Poros; favored into Trundle Tryndamere, Kindred Viego

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Darkness, Lurkers, Scouts

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
8
3
11
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
16
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
2
2
Young Witch
3
3
Laurent Protege
2
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Spells
18
1
Ghost
1
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Deny
2
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
3

Rare and Risky Brews

If you wish to throw caution to the winds, and jump into uncharted waters, then these are the blends you seek, my friend: all have proven capable of outstanding performance, but their very small sample size leaves us with no way to determine if such prowess is due to simple luck, extremely skilled pilots, or both.

But, as they saying goes: no risk, no fun!

Nightfall

A very old, fairly skill-testing archetype, which perhaps can be described as the aggro deck that preys on other aggro decks. As one recurring customer said: "Diana is a constant threat at the board, the opponent needs to really go out of their way to remove her, or she's going to cause a lot of damage. And Nocturne is the big daddy of the deck, who comes downstairs to smack Ahri Kennen when they get too loud."

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

Struggles Against: Darkness, Draven Rumble, Trundle Shadows builds

Further Reading: Here's MonteXristo's recent guide (link)

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
4
Nocturne
3
Followers
19
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Solari Soldier
2
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
1
The Flight
3
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
3
Crescent Guardian
2
3
Doombeast
3
Spells
15
0
Fading Memories
3
1
Heavens Aligned
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
2
Unto Dusk
3
5
Moonlight Affliction
1

Kindred Vi

A take on Sentinels eschewing Elise for Vi, currently doing quite well in Europe.

Strong Against: Darkness

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Champless Poros

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
11 cards
Shadow Isles
29 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
5
epic
5
rare
8
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
10
2
3
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
5
4
Kindred
3
5
Vi
2
Followers
12
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
Minion
2
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
9
Commander Ledros
2
9
Corina Veraza
2
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Statikk Shock
2
4
The Box
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2
9
The Ruination
1

Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

The Ionia variant of this blend is by far the most popular, yet as of late this Shadows formula has proved to pack quite the punch.

Strong Against: Scouts

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
9
0
6
1
0
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
11
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Heimerdinger
3
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
Followers
9
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
1
Forge Chief
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
Spells
22
0
Fading Memories
3
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
3
Mist's Call
2
6
Assembly Line
2
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
2
6
Unlicensed Innovation
2
6
Vengeance
3

Frozen Leblanc

Again has the Rose grown hairs -- Yeti hairs, in particular.

And, I have to say, it does have a Yeti ring to it: this blend routinely shows up in the data with great results, then vanishes like a myth that nobody has faith in.

Probably a blend that is some ungodly skilled pilot's idea of "let's have a bit of fun", when they get tired of the grind.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Freljord
22 cards
Rarities
21 200
champion
3
epic
5
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
3
2
13
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
8
7+
Champions
3
3
LeBlanc
3
Followers
19
1
Yeti Yearling
3
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
5
Trifarian Assessor
3
7
Ancient Yeti
3
8
Abominable Guardian
3
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Spells
18
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Culling Strike
2
3
Tall Tales
3
4
Bloody Business
3
4
Whispered Words
3
6
Reckoning
2

Fizz Tristana Rally

Seemingly trying to rekindle the Yordle Rally flame, so brutally snuffed after December's hotfix, Fizz and Tristana mix Demacian relentlessness with Bandle City go-wide-and-big tools.

Regions
Demacia
7 cards
Bandlecity
33 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
9
3
9
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Tristana
3
Followers
15
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Grumbleslug
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Tenor of Terror
3
Spells
19
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Buster Shot
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3
6
Hidden Pathways
1

Feel the Minah FTR

A vintage blend by maître brasseur Scathus; very little data to affirm much about its qualities in the current Meta, other than to say it still kicks behinds.

Regions
Ionia
14 cards
Freljord
26 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
5
2
6
3
11
4
6
5
4
6
7
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
6
Sejuani
1
8
Tryndamere
2
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
17
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
3
Wyrding Stones
3
6
Scattered Pod
3
9
Minah Swiftfoot
3
Spells
14
1
Three Sisters
1
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Will of Ionia
3
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
12
Feel The Rush
2

Fortune's Twisted Fun

Looking for some over-the-top incineration? Look no further: Keg-based burn with Funsmith on top.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bilgewater
18 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
4
Twisted Fate
3
Followers
23
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Forge Chief
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
4
Funsmith
3
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Spells
11
2
Make it Rain
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Statikk Shock
2

Akshan Lee Sin

A little-tested blend, but being experimented upon across all shards -- usually a sign that there's something there.

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
2
1
22
2
4
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
8
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
2
Soothsayer
1
3
Shadow Assassin
2
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Spells
24
0
Feral Prescience
2
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Payday
3
2
Retreat
2
2
Sonic Wave
2
2
The Absolver
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
5
Deep Meditation
3

Darius Sivir Reckoning

The Reputation package, but with Darius instead of LeBlanc… and with Reckoning telling Freljord decks: "Hey, we can wipe boards too!"

Regions
Shurima
9 cards
Noxus
31 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
5
2
9
3
12
4
0
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
6
Darius
3
Followers
20
1
Thrashing Snapper
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
2
Trifarian Hopeful
2
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
4
Callous Bonecrusher
3
8
Incisive Tactician
3
Spells
14
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
3
4
Bloody Business
3
4
Whispered Words
3
6
Reckoning
2

Darius Biceps Shurima

A blend reminiscent of the Noxus Shurima Aggro decks from the Dark Age of Azirelia. Seems to be an ongoing experiment in the EUMA shard, not seen in other servers.

Regions
Noxus
29 cards
Shurima
11 cards
Rarities
9 300
champion
1
epic
0
rare
12
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
5
3
2
4
6
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
1
6
Darius
1
Followers
28
1
Baccai Reaper
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
2
Arena Battlecaster
1
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
2
3
Merciless Hunter
2
4
Crowd Favorite
2
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
11
2
Brothers' Bond
2
2
Ruinous Path
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Renekton Sivir Freljord

Overwhelm, overwhelm as far the eye can see. A fairly old archetype, with most of its games played in a single server -- most likely a prominent pilot's pet project.

Regions
Freljord
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
7
4
3
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Renekton
3
4
Sivir
3
Followers
21
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
2
Ruthless Raider
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
6
Alpha Wildclaw
3
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
3
1
Three Sisters
3
2
Troll Chant
3
4
Rite of Negation
1
8
Battle Fury
3

Zed Sivir Flurry

This combo used to rule the meta some patches (and nerfs) ago -- it would appear somebody in the Americas shard is bent on resurrecting it.

Regions
Ionia
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
8
3
13
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
4
Sivir
3
Followers
16
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
4
Profiteer
2
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
18
1
Ghost
2
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Ruthless Predator
2
2
Syncopation
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Deny
2
4
Flurry of Fists
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
4
Will of Ionia
2

Kindred Lux, aka Cithria Matron

A blend undergoing testing across all three shards, with Spectral Matron allowing to deploy Cithria, Lady of Clouds on turn eight.

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
3
3
3
4
8
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
17
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
2
Fading Icon
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
5
Radiant Guardian
3
8
Spectral Matron
3
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
2
Vile Feast
3
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3

Kindred Ziggs Go Hard

A single list from the Americas shard, no doubt a research project from some extremely skilled pilot. The kind of pairing that shouldn't work, but apparently does (at least in such gifted hands).

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
33 700
champion
6
epic
9
rare
12
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
7
2
9
3
7
4
6
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Kindred
3
Followers
12
2
Conchologist
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
2
4
Aloof Travelers
2
4
Yordle Captain
2
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
2
Pokey Stick
2
2
Vile Feast
2
3
Passage Unearned
1
5
Crumble
1
5
Withering Mist
2
5
Withering Wail
2
5
Yordle Contraption
1
6
Minimorph
3
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
3

Riven Rumble

As postulated by the Legna Hypothesis, no meta can be said to have reached maturity unless it contains at least one under-played Riven archetype. 

Currently the Asia-Pacific shard spearheads such research efforts with this Discard build.

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
11
2
12
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
19
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
2
2
Fallen Rider
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
5
Ancient Warmonger
2
8
Captain Farron
2
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Ambush
2
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
2
3
Whirling Death
2
4
Whispered Words
2

Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon, aka Riven Zed

For our last formula this week, here is Luzeldon's Muscle Dragon (which, I must admit, I did not recognize at first) -- Luzeldon has been tweaking and writing about (and unfailingly reaching Masters with) their creation for several Seasons; you will find their latest guide on the Competitive subreddit (link).

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
3
Zed
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
19
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
5
Kato The Arm
3
6
Horns of the Dragon
2
Spells
13
1
Blade's Edge
1
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Retreat
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Might
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2

So, my friend!

At last we could present you with a well-stocked selection, so I hope you've found what may become your favorite weapon.

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!