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Weekend Warrior Weapons, March 11 – Twenty Peak-Performing Blends for the Cultured Ladder Climber

From Strongest Staples to Exotic Medleys, everything for the discerning part-time ladderista.
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Welcome, my friend! Glad to see you again!

I hope your workweek worries have not chaperoned you to my parlor, yet if they have, do sternly command them to wait by the door.

Friday is here – time to break free from the fetters of soul-stiffening routine!

Just like our swingy meta has done, I am glad to tell you – Gnar no longer an ever-present ingredient in the most potent mixes – so allow me to showcase this week's collection of medleys and brews, furnished by famous formulistas Balco and Legna!

Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at this current, Golden meta?

… peruse the strongest of the strong?

  • Tristana Teemo Gnar, the current Ruling Royalty,
  • Taliyah Ziggs, arised from out of nowhere, like a sand-demon in the desert,
  • Pantheon Yuumi, always attached to the top,

… check some of the other strong meta options?

  • Sivir Akshan, not longer at the top but still a force to be reckoned with,
  • Draven Rumble,
  • Scouts, also losing a bit of ground while it adapts itself to the new environment?

… visit our Connoisseur's Corner, for little-played yet well-tested medleys?

  • Fizz Lulu,
  • Curious Gnar Lux,
  • Sejuani Gnar Bandle,
  • Sejuani Gnar Shurima,
  • Sejuani Gnar P&Z,
  • Lux Zoe Aphelios, 

… take a walk on the Wild Side?

  • Frozen City Fizz Yuumi,
  • GG,
  • Braum Udyr Galio,
  • Braum Jarvan,
  • Gnar Heimer,
  • Kindred Karma,
  • Jinx Lulu,
  • Riven Viktor. 

A Glimpse at this Golden Meta…

As prominent pugilist Winnin' Jack is fond of saying: "They all gots big plans. Till you punch 'em in the face."

What a pitiful end for our antagonists' tactics, then, their teeth struck twice per turn:

Regardless of many a tipsy tirade overheard at the Blue Bird Inn or the Red Eddy Tavern, the scorn Bandle City often receives is perhaps misplaced.

If there's one common thread connecting most Top Dogs, is their access to Rally mechanics, or simply put: Golden Aegis.

On the other hand, though, there's a returning face at the peak. As befits our meta's cyclical tides, an archetype that had been forgotten now returns – almost unchanged – and stakes a claim to the throne.


Strongest Staples

Unlike last week, when the top was furiously contested by no less than six different blends, it seems clear who are this Meta's currently ruling royalty, with only one other archetype climbing past – and another scratching, like a kitten asking to be petted – the twin milestones of 54% winrate and 1% playrate at Platinum and above.


Teemo Tristana Gnar, aka Tristana Faes

Perhaps the only factual reason supporting the maudlin enmity towards Bandle City, this marriage of Yordles and Faes has proven to be a really tough nut to crack, and stands neck and shoulder above the competition.

It seems a fairly refined archetype, too, with the most popular formula – which we recommend below – accounting for the overwhelming majority of the games.

For those seeking the thrills of the risky and scarcely tested, though, this little-played Teemo-less medley performs even better than the stock Triple-Champ mix.

If you are in need of more guidance about this blend, stellar scribe and superb skipper Maybenextime has crafted a complete compendium about it.

Strong Against: Darkness, Gnar Swain, Taliyah Ziggs, Fizz Lulu, slight edge over Lurkers – even against Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Fizz Riven, Gnar Sejuani, Draven Rumble

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
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
Followers
15
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
Spells
19
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
4
Buster Shot
2
Buster Shot
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs

The Landmark Lovers return!

With an impressive 54% WR overall, during the last few days these land-loving pair has reached 1% playrate, and has jumped at the head of the Top Dogs pack.

The list has not changed much, if at all, from what we saw several weeks ago – yet another example that, sometimes, decks require neither new nor revamped cards, but rather the proper meta environment to thrive.

The above is not synonymous with lack of experimentation, though – many competing formulas are testing the exact mixture and proportion of spells, even when the followers' composition seems fairly solved.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Gnarlines, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi, Tristana Faes – horrible matchup against Gnar Ziggs

Regions
Shurima
29 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
13
3
4
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
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Yuumi Pantheon

The friendship between feline Fae and stern Spartan seems unshakable.

And not even a third wheel, with Taric as a one-off, can break it – while the addition of the Aspect of Targon does change the medley's matchup spread a bit, due to its poorer ladder performance and lower playrates we currently recommend the Taricless version.

(Which, by the way, also wins the mirror more often than not).

Prominent pilot and renowned Meta Reporter Leer has penned a complete compendium about this archetype and its strategies.

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts, Gnarlines, Akshan Sivir– even into Lurkers and Tristana Faes

Struggles Against: Gnar Ziggs, Gnar Swain, Draven Rumble, Fizz Lulu

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
11
3
5
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Other Strong Meta Staples

If Landmarks and Faes are not your cup of tea, here are other well-performing, tried-and-true meta staples, currently sitting at the 52%-53% WR range.


Sivir Akshan Demacia

As it is often the nature of things at the meta's zenith, Sivir Akshan – while still among the most powerful blends – could not sustain itself at the very peak, where it found itself last week.

A refinement process is underway, though – our recommended list, which has the best performance, is not the most popular – so we may see Palace Raider and Treasure Hunter give the crest another go.

Strong Against: Darkness, Bandle Tree, Draven Rumble – even into Tristana Faes, Scouts, Taliyah Ziggs and Lurkers

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Sejuani, Fizz Lulu

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
9
3
4
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Radiant Guardian
1
Radiant Guardian
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Draven Rumble

The Party and the Mech Mechanic have recruited Captain Farron and one extra Lost Soul with quite a bit of success – as with Sivir Akshan, the most potent variants are not the most popular, which makes one think this Champion pair has not yet reached its full, refined potential.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Lurkers, Tristana Faes

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts, Akshan Sivir

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
11
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Followers
17
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
1
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
1
Whirling Death
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Miss Fortune, aka Scouts

Yet another medley that, having lost some ground in its struggle for the top, seems to be readjusting itself – last week we noted that blends with a higher spell count were not performing as well as those relying mostly on units, but currently a full roster of Blinding Assault, while keeping two copies of Penitent Squire, is packing the most punch.

Strong Against: Darkness, Bandle Tree, Gnar Ziggs, Draven Rumble, Taliyah Ziggs, Fizz Lulu – even into Lurkers and Tristana Faes

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi (a horrible matchup)

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Bilgewater
6 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
15
2
6
3
3
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
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
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
Open deck in builder

Connoisseur's Corner

If mirrors are not your cup of tea, yet you value well-tested formulas, here are our blends with both solid WR and several hundreds games played at Platinum and above – the best possible overlap between uniqueness and confidence.


Fizz Lulu

With its WR going sky-high as its playrate dropped – not an unseen effect when a strong deck becomes a bit of an "old toy", and only experienced die-hard fans favor it – and with 1,400 games played in the last week, Fizz Lulu has proven superior to other Yordles in Arms builds (like Fizz Gnar), except perhaps the current Ruling Royals.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Ziggs, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts, Tristana Faes

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
22 500
champion
5
epic
2
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
13
2
12
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
19
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
Bandle City Mayor
2
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Yordle Portal
1
Yordle Portal
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Curious Gnar Lux

This blend's performance has dropped as it became more amply adopted, but still performs over the "silly WR" mark – our recommended blend is the most popular in both the Americas and EU shards.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Scouts, Lurkers

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
4
3
3
4
7
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
19
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Loping Telescope
2
Loping Telescope
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
15
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Gnar Bandle

This overwhelming champion pair is doing a lot of work with different region combinations (see the Shurima and P&Z versions below) – the Bandle version is the most popular, and our recommended formula performs at the 54% WR mark.

Superb skipper Sirturmund has written a luxuriously detailed manual on the archetype, with a slightly different variant.

Strong Against: Lurkers – even against Scouts.

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
1
3
6
4
2
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
21
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Omen Hawk
1
Omen Hawk
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
2
Spotted Toad
6
Mammoth Shaman
1
Mammoth Shaman
Spells
13
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Poison Dart
1
Poison Dart
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Ice Shard
1
Ice Shard
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Gnar Shurima, ft Sivir

Here's another iteration of Sejuani Gnar, ditching Freljord's coldness for Shurima's arid, ruthless tools – and WR that goes from "silly" to "stupid".

Prominent pilot talpinator recently drove this archetype to Top #4 in the EU shard.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Gnarlines

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
10
2
3
3
7
4
3
5
1
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
4
Sivir
2
Sivir
6
Sejuani
1
Sejuani
Followers
21
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Gnar P&Z 

We would normally showcase this blend in our Wild Side section, given the smallish size of the available data sample, but for completeness sake we grouped it with the other two Sejuani Gnar medleys.

Definitely a champion partnership to be mindful of!

Strong Against: Darkness, Tristana Faes, Draven Rumble – even into Scouts

Struggles Against: Gnarlines, Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Ziggs

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
3
3
5
4
0
5
6
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
22
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ruthless Raider
2
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Wolfrider
2
Wolfrider
6
Alpha Wildclaw
3
Alpha Wildclaw
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
12
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

Lux Zoe Aphelios

This archetype has, overall, a subpar 49% WR – yet the most popular list, with 300+ games played, has around 53%.

Most likely a case of a mixture of unrefined builds dragging the average down, and great piloting skills behind this particular formula, so tread with care.

Strong Against: Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Darkness, Gnarlines, Lurkers

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
18
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
12
3
1
4
9
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
15
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
19
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
Open deck in builder

Wild Side 

Time to throw caution and prudence to the winds, my friend?

Then this is our selection of little-seen, scarcely tested brews – all with winrates from quite decent to frankly silly, but with such small sample sizes that it is impossible to say how much of that success is due to plain luck, and what is thanks to Aspect-Tier piloting skills.


Frozen City Fizz Yuumi

Sublime skipper Sirturmund recently reached top fifteen with this blend, which was labeled as a hidden gem by renowned numeromancer Dr. LoR in his scholarly studies.

Strong Against: Darkness

Struggles Against: Scouts, Tristana Faes

Regions
Freljord
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
19
2
4
3
0
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Followers
13
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Starlit Seer
3
Starlit Seer
3
Loping Telescope
1
Loping Telescope
Spells
21
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
Open deck in builder

Gangplank Gnar

Gnar may not be in half the decks any longer, but its unparalleled flexibility still gives birth to all sorts of mixtures.

Strong Against: Lurkers

Struggles Against: Gnarlines, Scouts, Darkness

Regions
Bilgewater
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
16
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
Followers
22
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Dreadway Deckhand
1
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
Spells
12
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Lightning Rush
3
Lightning Rush
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

Braum Udyr Galio

A blend attempting a marriage of the two worst-performing new Champions, a Gorlith the Unscalable top-end on top…

… and still performing over 54% across a good number of games!

Strong Against: Gnarlines, Scouts

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Darkness, Lurkers

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Freljord
16 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
5
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
1
Braum
5
Udyr
2
Udyr
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
19
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
5
Mountain Drake
2
Mountain Drake
6
Hyara Allseer
3
Hyara Allseer
9
Gorlith the Unscalable
1
Gorlith the Unscalable
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
4
Bloodsworn Pledge
2
Bloodsworn Pledge
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
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Braum Jarvan

No chorus yells "Midrange!" better than Screeching Dragon and Jarvan IV, here paired with Braum and Troll Chant.

Strong Against: Scouts, Tristana Faes

Struggles Against: Darkness, Gnarlines, Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Demacia
31 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
5
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
Braum
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
23
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Architect
3
Durand Architect
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Laurent Protege
1
Laurent Protege
4
Babbling Bjerg
1
Babbling Bjerg
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
7
King Jarvan III
3
King Jarvan III
8
Tianna Crownguard
1
Tianna Crownguard
Spells
11
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Gnar Heimer

A mostly-Americas blend, seen a bit in the APAC shard – another testament to Gnar's unmatched flexibility.

Strong Against: Gnarlines

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
15
2
9
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
2
Sump Fumes
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Kindred Karma Go Hard

Only a handful of games played, sillily-high WR – Kindred and Karma pooling their respective synergies with Go Hard and Pack Your Bags.

Regions
Ionia
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
3
3
9
4
7
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
5
Karma
3
Karma
Followers
12
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
2
Minion
3
Minion
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Scattered Pod
3
Scattered Pod
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Jinx Lulu

An old archetype, still packing a punch – our recommended list is the most popular in the Americas and EU shard. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
10
2
8
3
8
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
15
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Electro Harpoon
1
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Yordle Portal
2
Yordle Portal
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
Open deck in builder

Riven Viktor

Legna Hypothesis requires an underplayed Riven list in every medley showcase. While our good friend bA1lance polishes his upcoming academic treatise: "On Fishing and Forging – Fathoming Fizz Riven's Formula", here is our favorite Ambush pair, being ignored as usual in spite of its solid performance.

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
Riven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
22
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
2
Nyandroid
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
1
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
Open deck in builder

And so, my friend…

… thus we conclude this Friday's showcase.

I hope you have enjoyed our less gnarly assortment this week, and that at least one blend whets your appetite enough to take it for a spin.

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to poke me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans), or ping me in Discord (Herko Kerghans#6252). And you find more of my writings on Substack (https://riwan.substack.com/)

Bood luck in your climb!


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