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Weekend Warrior Weapons, First Friday Edition

The Sixteen Strongest and Most Popular Blends, New and Old, for the Discerning LoR Ladder Climber
Runeterra Decks

Welcome, my friend! Glad to see you again after so long!

Please, step inside, and as usual for a First Fridays of a new Patch, please excuse the mess – as more than one superb skipper has confided to me, it is indeed a bit of a challenge to find out which way is up, with so many changes to rules and cards.

Speaking of which, and before we wander deeper into today's selection: You may want to be made aware of a recent hotfix, taking place either late yesterday or earlier today, depending where your residence is located:

One would assume these chances will make Ashe Leblanc – currently among the most popular decks, although certainly not the strongest – less appealing that current data suggests.

So, what do you say? Shall we seek a suitable blend for you? Distinguished datamancer Balco has just shared his scholarly efforts and showed us the most potent blends and medleys.

Would you like to…

… take a glance at the current, turbulent meta?

… check the current cream of the crop?

  • Discard Midrange, aka Draven Sion,
  • Tryndamere Trundle,
  • Yuumi Pantheon,
  • Lux Jayce, a bright new face among the Top Dogs,
  • Taliyah Ziggs,

… browse through other very strong options?

  • Pirates,
  • Ezreal Caitlyn,
  • Viego Shurima,
  • Jayce Sentinels,
  • Sun Disc,
  • Darkness,

… check some decks both new and old that, while not impressive right now, do show promise?

  • Malphite Taliyah, apparently no longer demanding you be GrandpaRoji in order to succeed with it,
  • Ezreal Swain,
  • Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts,

… maybe take a look at two currently somewhat disappointing medleys that may be in need of further tweaks and refinements?

  • Thresh Nasus,
  • Galio Udyr.

Glimpse at the Meta

As some are fond of saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Glancing at the first nearly two days of data, one could surmise such is indeed the underlying theme with which this Meta chooses to begin with. The order of things has indeed been shaken up plenty…

Data from Balco

… yet while the abundant changes to not just cards, but to Runeterra's whole ruleset, has indeed produced winners and losers, experienced Ladderistas may notice a distinctive lack of decidedly new faces among the Top Dogs.

For comparison, the last batch of balancing propelled an until-then fringe blend (Viktor Riven) straight to the top while at the same time unleashing the formerly utterly unplayable Azir hordes upon the ladder. 

We are indeed under the inebriating effects of a First Friday, though – we shall find out in the coming days and weeks which of these are flukes, and which are solid trends.


Stupidly Good – The Cream of the Crop

Here are the five strongest decks, when considering at least 1% play rate at Platinum and upper rungs.

Their winrates (WR) are all in the beyond-broken range – which is not unheard of this early in a patch, let alone a patch with so many changes.

You can fairly confidently expect more tempered performances in the future, although of course that is a far cry from utter certainty.


Discard Midrange, aka Draven Sion

The once undisputed Ladder Lord has returned to top. It is hard to gauge what, exactly, has propelled it so high (Sion's increased prowess is of course the first guess), but a first glance at its matchup table surely seems to indicate this medley is here to stay: except Pirates, most other popular matches are currently in its favor.

It is also worth noting that the most popular variant, which we recommend, is also one of the best performers – one could say this blend hits the ground already well refined.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Yuumi Pantheon, Ashe Leblanc – at least this early on, seems slightly favored against most popular options (data samples are TINY though!)

Struggles Against: Pirate Aggro

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
11
2
12
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
17
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
8
Lost Soul
3
Lost Soul
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Tryndamere Trundle

Another pre-refined brew – that was no stranger to the top by the end of last patch – Tryndamere and Trundle find themselves in the interesting spot of having both good and bad matchups among the other top dogs.

Like Draven Sion, the most popular variant is also among the best performers.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Pirate Aggro, Lux Jayce

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Yuumi Pantheon 

Regions
Freljord
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
1
3
5
4
8
5
3
6
15
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
3
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
8
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
23
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Yuumi Pantheon

Yet another tried-and-true blend but, unlike the previous two medleys, in this case the most popular list is not the best performer – spicier variants, like adding a copy of Camphor, the Doubt, are showing far more success.

I shall supply a stern sample size stipulation here, though – a single Aspect-skilled skipper could be the reason behind this spicier formula's success.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Lux Jayce, Thresh Nasus

Struggles Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Pirates, Ashe Leblanc  

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
24 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
8
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
12
3
5
4
2
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
13
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
6
Camphor, the Doubt
1
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
21
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Lux Jayce

Ah, a somewhat new face at last!

No one seems to glow more lively than Lux under this patch, her dazzling brightness carrying her and Jayce from very strong off-meta medley to right between the Top Dogs pack, and showcasing such prowess as being a third of superb skipper's Brokenball 1k mix

And, perhaps more interestingly, a clear case of an ongoing, turbulent refinement process – for example, three copies of Mystic Shot are an ingredient of one the best-performing formula, yet completely absent in others.

For the time being, we shall recommend the most popular mixture, which indeed performs far above average.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlin, Ashe Leblanc

Struggles Against: Tryndamere Trundle and Yuumi Pantheon seem like really awful matchups – Sun Disc looks like an uphill struggle too.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
14
2
3
3
3
4
5
5
10
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
14
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
20
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Back to Back
1
Back to Back
6
Remembrance
3
Remembrance
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs

Another known face among the strongest blends as of late, but with an interesting quirk: this is the first of the Top Dogs for which the most popular list is actually performing badly (as in, showcasing a WR below 45%). There's also a huge performance disparity, among the most popular lists, between those that do well and those that do not.

The overall trend seems to be to cut down on units, and rely more heavily on spells, but more tweaks and improvements seem required…

… and we are left wondering how powerful the result will be, if the still-unrefined formulas are this impressive.

We'll recommend the second most popular list as per Balco, which is the best performer.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlin, Ashe Leblanc, Tryndamere Trundle, Jayce Sentinels

Struggles Against: Pirate Aggro (badly), Yuumi Pantheon

Regions
Shurima
33 cards
Bandlecity
10 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
17
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
10
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
18
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Powerful Escorts

The following six medleys sport WR around 53-55%, again in all cases with play rates above 1% at Platinum and superior ladder rungs.

Such performance is what one would expect of the Top Dogs of a somewhat stable meta – that these blends are merely second-bests speaks volumes of how turbulent the current times are.


The Kingmakers: Pirate Aggro

Not content with stemming the Sun Disc tide last patch, Pirates are positioning themselves not just as a powerful blend in their own right, but the sort of medley that defines the rest of the Meta: as you may have noticed above, Miss Fortune's bold crew is often a Top Dog's Achilles heel.

And they are doing so while still being, by all intents and purposes, an unrefined brew: not even the exact Champ breakdown is set in stone.

Which leads us to an affectionate tip that I, but most importantly the data, may have for you, my friend.

If you are playing a card game which is highly praised for the amount of choice it provides to pilots, and for your blend you have to decide between a crude, unrefined Champion that is no more than a bunch of stats and maybe a bit of fairly boring damage boosting, and a Champion whose graceful and subtle skills – not to mention his magnificent card art, and also his stunning level-up animation – revolve around, you know, choices and cards

… would you care to hazard a guess about which the data would kindly recommend you to include in your blend?

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Ashe Leblanc (cakewalk!), Yuumi Pantheon 

Struggles Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Trundle Tryndamere, Thresh Nasus

Regions
Bilgewater
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
8
2
8
3
6
4
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
25
1
Crackshot Corsair
2
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Island Navigator
1
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Jack, the Winner
2
Jack, the Winner
Spells
9
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sigil of Malice
1
Sigil of Malice
5
Double Up
2
Double Up
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Ezreal Caitlyn

Not much to say currently about this tried-and-true blend: the most popular list is indeed so by a huge margin, indicating most pilots are sticking to what works (and for good reason, judging by current WR).

One of the most popular medleys currently, and with a sharp matchup spread (good matchups tend to be quite favorable, bad matchups tend to be quite bad) – shifts in the overall meta could, one would expect, impact this blend more than others.

Strong Against: Pirate Aggro, Ashe Leblanc, Yuumi Panth, Viego Shurima

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Tryndamere Trundle, Lux Jayce, Jayce Sentinels

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
8
2
18
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Followers
13
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
3
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
Open deck in builder

Viego Shurima

Another new face at the top, propelled from the fringes to center-stage – in this case data samples are smallish, so I shall recommend you the most popular list (which indeed fares very, very well) rather than more spicier takes.

Strong Against: Tryndamere Trundle?

Struggles Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Pirate Aggro 

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
18 100
champion
3
epic
4
rare
5
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
3
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
19
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Fading Icon
2
Fading Icon
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Baccai Sandspinner
3
Baccai Sandspinner
7
Invasive Hydravine
2
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
18
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Jayce Sentinels

The same comment for Ezreal Caitlyn applies here: the most popular blend is so by a landslide, signaling most of this medley's skippers saw no reason to tweak their weapon of choice (a decision which, by current data, seems to be beyond reproach).

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlin, Pirate Aggro, Ashe Leblanc

Struggles Against: Murdered by Sun Disc – weak also against Yuumi Pantheon and Tryndamere Trundle

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
13
2
5
3
5
4
1
5
8
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Vi
1
Vi
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

The Crowd Pleaser: Sun Disc

After its refinement process last patch, Azir's legions proved to be a force to be reckoned with – and current numbers strongly suggest that they still are.

In particular, the most popular list is the best performer (and by a good margin at that) – expect Sun loyalists in the Ladder aplenty.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Tryndamere Trundle, Ashe Leblanc, Jayce Sentinels

Struggles Against: Pirate Aggro, Yuumi Pantheon, Thresh Nasus

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
8
2
16
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Dunekeeper
1
Dunekeeper
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
2
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Golden Ambassador
1
Golden Ambassador
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Veigar Senna, aka Darkness

A returned well-known Meta staple, although it is the blend with the smallest sample in today's selection. Seems strong against one of the main counters (Pirates) of the most popular medley (Sun Disc) – certainly an interesting spot to be.

Strong Against: Pirate Aggro

Struggles Against: Sun Disc

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
3
3
5
4
5
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
13
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Stilted Robemaker
2
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
2
Ixtali Sentinel
Spells
21
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
2
Stress Defense
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Hidden Pathways
2
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Some Assembly Required

Overall, these three medleys hover around a 50% WR in our sample – yet do notice that, in all three cases, the most popular version (which shall be the one we recommend) achieves a comfortable 52% WR.

As skippers become more skilled and medleys more refined, any (or all…) of these could claw its way upwards.


Malphite Taliyah

As noted, the most popular formula for this medley presents a rather respectable 52% WR (over a bit over 200 games), so performance could increase in the future.

The matchup against Pirates seems extremely lopsided, though (albeit across a very small sample), favoring Miss Fortune's bold crew nearly 80% of the time.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlyn

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Pirates (a bloodily bad matchup, apparently)

Regions
Shurima
30 cards
Mount Targon
10 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
7
2
11
3
5
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
7
Malphite
3
Malphite
Landmarks
9
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
4
Salt Spire
3
Salt Spire
Followers
12
1
Chip
3
Chip
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
6
Stonebreaker
2
Stonebreaker
Spells
13
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Celestial Wonder
2
Celestial Wonder
Open deck in builder

If you are looking for an alternate take, the Aspect of Malphite himself has been paying a lot of attention (and trampling no small number of foes) with Udyr Malphite.

Kindly yet stern warning here: ungodly high piloting skills are surely involved in the above results.


Ezreal Swain

Like all three medley in this category, the most popular list boasts a respectable 52% WR across 200-plus games. Numbers suggest an abundance of either bad pilots, bad formulas, or both, polluting this archetype – we'll learn in the following days which seems to be the most likely explanation.

Strong Against: Pirates, demolishes LeBlanc blends.

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Ezreal Caitlyn (and, across a microscopic sample, horribly butchered by Trundle Tryndamere)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
1
0
3
1
8
2
14
3
3
4
7
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
5
Rocket Barrage
1
Rocket Barrage
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
Open deck in builder

The Skin Queens of Arcadia, aka Scouts

Oh, how the mighty have (apparently) fallen!

One would be too hasty to disregard this pair, given their time-tested resilience, but even though the most popular formula shows a promising 52% WR over 200 games, prowess is far from what we've come to expect for this medley.

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

Almost there

These two blends hover, like the previous three, around 50% WR, but with one key difference: even when looking at their different formulas, there's either not enough data, or not good enough numbers, to be too optimistic about their future.

Thresh Nasus

A blast from the past, but too small samples to say much about this returned blend.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Pirates

Struggles Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Trundle Tryndamere, Ashe Leblanc

Regions
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Shurima
10 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
11
2
7
3
4
4
3
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
20
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Blighted Caretaker
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
Spells
14
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Galio Udyr

The most popular formula is actually (slightly) below 50% WR, and data is too scarce to recommend anything else – do take the below recommendation as the first step of a refinement process.

Strong Against: Sun Disc

Struggles Against: Ezreal Caitlyn

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Freljord
19 cards
Rarities
22 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
5
common
29
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
21
2
4
3
0
4
7
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
23
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
6
Hyara Allseer
2
Hyara Allseer
Spells
11
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Not Currently Recommended: Elites, or LeBlanc Blends

For all the buffs and new cards that they received, neither the Elite package (currently usually seen under Garen Jarvan IV), nor LeBlanc (either alongside Sivir and the Reputation package, or alongside Ashe) have shown promising results thus far.

Whether or not it is due to the patch missing the point, the optimal formula being yet undiscovered, or a hostile environment for them to thrive, that remains to be seen.


Notably Absent

Among formerly strong decks that we have no enough data for (that is to say: their absence in today's selection should not yet be construed as them being weak), we have:

  • Fizz Lulu: it would be easy to conclude that the nerf to Yordles In Arms has pushed this deck to irrelevance, but this blend has a long history of being discarded early on in a patch, only to resurface later… and with a vengeance at that.
  • Darius Gnar, Riven Viktor and Akshan Sivir: reasons for their absence are harder to guess, but it could simply be the lack of novelty.

As data samples grow larger, we should be able to take a deeper peek and find out these blends' fate.


Very well, my friend…

… I hope this first taste of the Meta has been to your liking. Perhaps not as much change as one would have expected given the amount of tweaks and buffs to cards and rules, but on the other hand these are very much untested waters – jump onto a ship that catches your fancy, I would say, and set sail to where thrill and discovery awaits.

Any questions, comments or feedback – or any exotic blend you're after – feel free drop a comment, poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans), or ping me on Discord (https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY). And you can find more of my writings on Substack (https://riwan.substack.com/)

And good luck in your journey!


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