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Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 28

Twenty-Six High-Performing Blends, from Meta Powerhouses to Exotic Single-Shard Brews, for the Discerning Part-Time Ladderista
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Glad to see you again, my friend! Welcome back!

Please, step inside! Your timing is impeccable, as usual --  distinguished datamancers Balco and Legna have just sent us their finest formulas and their best blends: everything from little-tested brews to the strongest Meta staples for you to choose.

So, tell me, my friend! How would you wish to welcome this liberating Friday? Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at the current Meta?

… check the Cream of the Crop?

  • Their Eternal Majesties, Ahri Kennen Shurima,
  • Fizz Lulu, further climbing and now challenging the throne,

… peruse through other strong Meta Staples?

  • Pantheon Taric, no longer a throne challenger, but indisputably strong,
  • Ahri Kennen Shadows, the eternal stalkers,
  • Draven Rumble, bringing back the party to the top,
  • Elise Trundle, its inner schism now solved,
  • Scouts, a bit crestfallen yet still among the strongest,

… check perhaps our Connoisseur's Corner?

  • Lux Kindred, looking very strong once you separate wheat from chaff,
  • Ahri Lulu P&Z, perhaps the most underplayed of the meta decks,
  • Lulu Drift, making Rally Elusives tick,

… or would you like to take a stroll on the wild side, and sail into risky, uncharted waters?

  • Jayce Lux,
  • Darius Jinx Burn,
  • Akshan Kindred Go Hard,
  • Fiora Pantheon,
  • Standalone Fiora Zed, a very old idea which seems to have sparked rekindled interest,
  • Curious Elise Kindred,
  • Teemo Ziggs, fighting fire with lots of fire,
  • Harrowing Ashe Elise,
  • Ziggs Zilean, another take on Landmark Aggro,
  • Ziggs Sivir, experimenting with Noxurimaggro,
  • Dancing with Kegs,
  • Caitlyn Kindred Go Hard,
  • A somewhat similar approach, Caitlyn Senna, but leaning even more towards the Control end of the spectrum,
  • Katarina Miss Fortune… there's somebody out there that can clearly make this work!
  • Bandle River Swain
  • ABranchofTurtwig's Heimer Viktor Shellfolk Give It All
  • Bonus: Social Mediums

A Glimpse at the Current Meta

After weeks of violent swings, our Meta seems to be calming down. There are still some ascensions and stumbles at the top of the winrate charts…

… but the pattern has become familiar by now: Ahri Kennen's rule remains uncontested, while a new challenger -- Fizz Lulu this week -- displaces last week's runner-up.

Formulas for most meta staples feel finely refined by now, as extensive trial-and-error bears its optimized fruits…

… while, at the same time, when sifting through the low-playrate blends, one finds a blossoming of off-meta experimentation, as we shall soon see.

Cream of the Crop

A cut above the rest, these two blends have outperformed all others in the last few days --  and in the case of Ahri Kennen, in the last few weeks.

Ahri Kennen Shurima

I will spare you the wordiness, my friend: this is the best blend in the current meta, full stop. And odds of it losing its throne are vanishingly low.

Still, for whatever reason, its playrate remains fairly stable -- pilots seem remiss to jump into this triumphant bandwagon.

The list can be considered solved at this point, with a minor discrepancy between Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed -- which we currently recommend -- versus Shadow Assassin.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Lurkers, Kindred Viego, murders all Pantheon Builds, Zilean Xerath, Akshan Sivir

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

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 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
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Fizz Lulu

Finally returning to the cusp -- where it was right before the balance patch -- Fizz Lulu also seems to have been fairly refined this last week: the most popular formula for this blend, which we recommend below, is also one of the top performers, as if the wisdom of the pilots' crowd had found this blend's optimal ratios.

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

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

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
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Other Strong Meta Staples

These next five blends all perform near or above the 54% winrate mark, for Platinum, Diamond and Masters. While a rung below the ruling monarchy, these are among the strongest weapons you can bring to your climb.

Pantheon Taric

While not the throne-threatening powerhouse it was last week, Taric Pantheon has nevertheless proved it has what it takes to claim a spot near the summit.

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

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

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

Suffering from a dip in its winrate -- perhaps explainable by an uptick in its playrate, usually correlated with an influx of inexperienced pilots -- Ahri Kennen Shadows stays in relentless pursuit of the Shurima variant.

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

Struggles Against: Scouts, Elise Noxus, Thralls, Kindred Sentinels, Pirates, Nightfall 

Regions
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
11
2
2
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
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Draven Rumble

The Party returns to the top!

Currently enjoying a mostly mild matchup spread in general -- with odds below 40% only when facing FTR and Fizz Lulu -- and in particular a fair fight against the Queen and King of the Meta, this crowd favorite has made an impressive comeback.

Formulas with a somewhat more reactive approach seem to fare better, in particular those making room for 2x Whirling Death and 1x Noxian Fervor. Newcomers to this archetype may profit from remembering that removing a blocker in front of an Overwhelm attacker allows said Overwhelm attacker to fully connect with the Nexus.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Pantheon Shyvana, slight edge against Lurkers

Struggles Against: Trundle Tryndamere FTR, Ahri Kennen Shadows (but even versus the Shurima version), Fizz Lulu, Kindred Sentinels, Ahri Lulu

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

Elise Trundle, aka Iceborn Spiders

The fork has been settled, and the non-Landmark version of this archetype proven superior -- as of now, the only minor discrepancies for this blend seem to be the exact Spell composition.

A variation of this archetyp, with one Kindred instead of one Trundle (link), has shown quite good results in the APAC shard.

Strong Against: Fizz Lulu, Draven Rumble, Taliyah Ziggs, Kindred Sentinels, Nightfall, Ahri Lulu -- an edge versus Lurkers and Ahri Kennen Shurima.

Struggles Against: Champless Poros, Pantheon Taric, Thralls, Kindred Viego

Further Reading: Here is a deck guide (link) which prominent pilot infinipatron posted in the Competitive subreddit after reaching Top 3 in the ladder -- you will also find maître brasseur Scathus' reasoning for why they consider the Landmark version inferior. 

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

Scouts

Interestingly, what could perhaps be considered one of the most linear archetypes seems to be fostering the most disagreement when it comes to which cards to include, be it among cheaper followers -- such as Penitent Squire, Pool Shark, or Fortune Croaker -- or its top end, where Cithria the Bold and Genevieve Elmheart are a consideration.

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, Vladimir Braum

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

Other Meta Blends You May Consider

All these well-tested formulas have winrates above 51% -- while not as proficient as the ones listed above, you can take any of these to the Ladder with utmost confidence.

The Connoisseur's Corner

Those with a keen eye such as yourself may have noticed a subtle pattern: as the tides of the Meta become milder, our Connoisseur's Corner tends to shrink -- the majority of pilots seem to flock either to the tried-and-true meta staples described above, or set sail to the uncharted waters of the Risky and Rare brews I shall show you later.

But for those seeking the golden mean between uniqueness and proficiency, the following three blends lie in the conjunction between fairly large sample sizes -- thus providing confidence in their performance and expected results -- while rare enough that you may play one hundred games and face them no more than once or twice, if you face them at all.

Lux Kindred

Do not be neither fooled nor discouraged when looking at this champion pair's average performance: their archetype is polluted by a hideous self-sacrifice blend that drags the pair's performance down. Here (link) is an example of said hideous blend; it is shown only as a warning, you do not want to take this botched attempt to the ladder.

The refined formulas, as the one suggested below, perform well over 52% at Platinum and above. Being one of the few current archetypes to make extensive use of healing, its play pattern is quite different from most.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Pantheon Shyvana, Jayce Lux

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Darkness, Ahri Kennen builds, Elise Trundle, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
17
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
2
Fading Icon
3
2
Minion
1
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
5
Radiant Guardian
2
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
4
The Box
1
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Vengeance
3

Ahri Lulu

A pairing between Ahri and the well-known Discard tools which Lulu has proven to be a beast with.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Elise Noxus, Draven Rumble, Nightfall, Thralls -- slight edge versus Lurkers

Struggles Against: Trundle Shadows builds -- slightly disfavored versus Ahri Kennen Shurima, Darkness and Scouts

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
19
1
Pix!
2
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
2
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Deny
1
4
Suit Up!
2

Lulu Drift

A new take on the ancient Rally Elusive archetype, again making use of Poppy to bolster their ranks.

Strong Against: Champless Poros, Kindred Viego, Thralls

Struggles Against: Elise Noxus, Scouts, Pantheon builds, Darkness

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Ionia
16 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
16
2
9
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Greenglade Duo
2
2
Young Witch
3
3
Laurent Protege
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Spells
17
1
Ghost
1
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Purify
1
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2

Walk on the Wild Side

As it often happens, still Metas run deep -- although winrates and playrates at the top seem somewhat stable, digging into the data reveals a wealth of testing and experimentation.

If you are after the thrill of risky science, my friend, read on!

Jayce Lux

A somewhat obvious champion pair, with an interesting matchup spread.

Strong Against: Scouts, Darkness, Kindred Sentinels

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima (this one is a horrible matchup), Pantheon Taric, Trundle Tryndamere, Draven Rumble

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Demacia
21 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
16
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
15
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
5
Radiant Guardian
1
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
2
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Back to Back
1
6
Shock Blast
2

Darius Jinx Burn

A little-tested blend, played mostly in the Asia Pacific shard -- pure brute force and burn.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Rarities
16 800
champion
4
epic
0
rare
6
common
30
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
9
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
4
4
Jinx
2
6
Darius
2
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Spells
15
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
4
Aftershock
3
5
Decimate
3

Akshan Kindred Go Hard

Light and Dark, side by side. The archetype is being experimented with in all shards, probably indicating a coordinated effort of some sort.

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Shurima
14 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
19
2
6
3
5
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Kindred
3
Landmarks
3
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
Fading Icon
3
3
Doombeast
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
4
Astral Fox
2
Spells
17
1
Go Hard
3
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Ruinous Path
3
2
Unto Dusk
1
2
Vile Feast
3
6
Vengeance
2

Fiora/Pantheon

Another blend undergoing testing in all shards.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Mount Targon
24 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
8
3
9
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Fiora
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
12
1
Gift Giver
2
1
Saga Seeker
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Spells
22
1
Chain Vest
2
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Zenith Blade
2
4
Bastion
2
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Standalone Fiora Zed

An Asia Pacific exclusive, with a very old idea: pair a powerful three-mana Champion with Stand Alone. Little-tested list, with very good results.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Ionia
11 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
12
2
12
3
13
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Fiora
3
3
Zed
3
Followers
4
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
4
Laurent Bladekeeper
2
Spells
30
1
Chain Vest
2
1
Rush
1
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Memory's Cloak
1
3
Prismatic Barrier
2
4
Deny
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
4
Riposte
2
4
Stand Alone
3

Curious Elise Kindred

This archetype seems ripe to become part of our Corner selection -- it has proven its staying power through a couple of weeks, and has a very interesting matchup spread, being strong into some of the strongest decks.

Its nearly insurmountable odds against Darkness, though, make it a tough call for Ladder.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Scouts, Kindred Viego -- even versus Lurkers

Struggles Against: Darkness (a horrible matchup), Pantheon builds, Elise Trundle

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
0
3
6
4
1
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
4
Kindred
3
Followers
15
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
1
Otterpus
3
2
Conchologist
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Spells
19
1
Group Shot
3
1
Trinket Trade
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
6
Vengeance
3

Teemo Ziggs

Burn, baby burn! Lots of different formulas for this blend are being tested in all shards; there seems to be a lot of interest in this boomy pair as of late. 

Strong Against: Lurkers

Struggles Against: Ahri Kennen, Champless Poros, Darkness (truly horrible matchup)

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
3
Ziggs
3
Followers
25
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Bandle Commando
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Gust Monk
1
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
2
Stone Stackers
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
5
Poro Sled
1
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Harrowing Ashe Elise

Given the regions, and Elise being one of the Champs, one could not be faulted for assuming this could be a take on Iceborn Spiders.

It is not, though, as a summary inspection of the build will soon reveal.

Strong Against: Elise Noxus -- slight edge versus Scouts

Struggles Against: Slightly disfavored versus Ahri Kennen Shurima

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
5
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
8
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
4
Ashe
3
Followers
14
2
Icevale Archer
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
3
Rimefang Wolf
3
4
Babbling Bjerg
3
7
The Rekindler
3
Spells
20
1
Brittle Steel
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Vile Feast
3
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Harsh Winds
2
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Harrowing
3
9
The Ruination
2

Ziggs Zilean

A development from the Americas shard, Taliyah Ziggs' great performance seems to have sparked interest in the Landmark Aggro concept.

Regions
Bandlecity
11 cards
Shurima
32 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
17
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
17
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
3
Ziggs
3
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
18
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
3
Waste Walker
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
8
The Arsenal
3
Spells
11
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unleashed Energy
2
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
1

Ziggs Zivir

A take on Noxus Shurima aggro, another concept that seems to be getting a lot of interest as of late.

Strong Against: Lurkers

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts

Regions
Noxus
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
16
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Sivir
3
Followers
24
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
1
2
Ruinous Path
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Dancing with Kegs

Exclusive to the Asia Pacific shard, this is what happens when you ask Pirates for a dance.

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Ionia
14 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
3
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Gangplank
3
Followers
20
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
2
Hired Gun
3
2
Marai Warden
3
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
4
Island Navigator
3
5
Blossoming Blade
2
7
The Syren
2
8
Zinneia, Steel Crescendo
1
Spells
14
2
Lead and Follow
2
2
Make it Rain
3
2
Retreat
2
4
Defiant Dance
2
4
Deny
2
6
Monster Harpoon
3

Caitlyn Kindred Go Hard

The Kindred Sentinels shell, with a Control bent

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

Struggles Against: Darkness, Lukers, Ahri Kennen Shadows, Elise Trundle (horrible matchup)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
Mana cost
1
0
3
1
11
2
6
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
4
Kindred
3
Followers
11
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
9
Commander Ledros
2
9
Corina Veraza
1
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
1
Go Hard
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
1
4
The Box
2
5
Withering Mist
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1
9
The Ruination
1

Caityln Senna

A somewhat similar concept to Caitlyn Kindred above, but leaning even more heavily into Permission/Control by almost entirely eschewing early units.

Strong Against: Ahri Kennen Shurima, Elise Noxus, Scouts

Struggles Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Trundle Tryndamere (horrible matchup)

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
3
3
7
4
10
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
Despair
1
4
Gotcha!
2
4
The Box
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
2
5
Withering Mist
2
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
2

Katarina Miss Fortune

Almost all games for this archetype were played with a single list, with outstanding performance -- almost assuredly the refined brainchild of some extremely skilled pilot.

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Bilgewater
26 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
1
0
6
1
11
2
8
3
7
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
3
Miss Fortune
3
Followers
21
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
2
Hired Gun
3
4
Island Navigator
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
5
Razorscale Hunter
3
6
Battering Ram
3
8
Captain Farron
1
Spells
13
0
The List
1
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Bone Skewer
2
2
Make it Rain
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Chum the Waters
2

Bandle Riven Swain 

No showcase can be called complete without the Reforger and the Grand General -- in this case, in the very same deck.

Regions
Noxus
27 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
5
Swain
3
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
4
Aloof Travelers
1
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
8
Captain Farron
1
8
The Leviathan
3
Spells
17
1
Group Shot
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Scorched Earth
3
4
Whispered Words
2

ABranchofTurtwig's Heimer Viktor Shellfolk Give It All

ABranchofTurtwig, one of the Competitor of tomorrow's MaRu $5k Invitational, shared this deck with which they climbed from Plat IV to Masters this season.

"I must warn readers, though," ABranchofTurtwig said, "it's bad against Ahri Kennen and Demacia lists -- but I did manage a solid 65.52 WR% after 145 games with it. Proceed with caution."

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
29 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
14
2
6
3
2
4
4
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
2
5
Heimerdinger
2
5
Vi
2
Followers
17
1
Otterpus
2
2
Bandle Commando
2
2
Conchologist
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
1
3
Loping Telescope
2
3
Station Archivist
1
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Trinket Trade
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Sump Fumes
2
6
Minimorph
3
8
Give It All
1

Social Mediums 

Finally, if you would like to trust fame more than data, I can point you to RickoRex's Overwhelm (link), Sqweeby's Garen Fizz (link), and Sirturmund's endorsement of Zilean Soraka. I currently possess no data that I can share with you about these, my friend, but if risky and rare you want, these should fit the bill too.

And so, my friend…

… I hope we have succeeded in finding at least one weapon you may want to call your own.

Should you wish for more data or recommendations, feel free to poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans), or you can find more recommendations and writings here (link).

Good luck, and fair fights!