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Weekend Warrior Weapons, March 18 – Twenty-Two Top-Shelf Blends for the Discerning Ladder Climber

From the Popular & Powerful to the Truly Rare, everything for the sophisticated part-time ladderista
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Welcome, my friend! Glad you could stop by!

Please, step inside – you arrive just in time! It has been scarcely five minutes since distinguished datamancers Balco and Legna sent us their formulas, medleys and blends. The cream of the crop may not have changed much since last Friday, but it is the safest bet one can make to say that we will surely find something for your refined taste.

So, do let me know. Would you rather check first…

… how the current Meta looks like at the top?

… the cream of the crop, strongest of the strong?

  • Tristana Teemo Gnar, still the Ruling Triad,
  • Fizz Lulu, which as predicted last week, reached the peak,

… check some of the other strong meta options?

  • Miss Fortune Quinn, returned to near-the top,
  • Yuumi Pantheon,
  • Taliyah Ziggs, a bit lower than last week but amply proving they are no fluke,
  • Sivir Akshan, holding on to the top,

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

  • Ahri Kennen Shurima… yes, they are back!
  • Pirates, ft. Twisted Fate,
  • Kindred Sentinels,
  • Braum Galio,
  • Gnar Galio,
  • Sejuani Gnar Bandle,
  • Heimer Jayce Shadows,
  • Fizz Lee Sin Bandle City, which is gaining traction in APAC,
  • Lux Zoe,

… take a walk on the Wild Side?

  • Maokai Viego,
  • Ekko Zilean,
  • Sun Disc!
  • Sejuani Sivir Renekton Gnar,
  • Leona Aurelion Sol Demacia,
  • TLC, apparently returned again,
  • Jinx Lulu.

Glimpse at the meta

Like last week, only two decks stand head and shoulders above the rest, breaking past the 54% winrate (WR) and 1% playrate when Platinum and above ranks are considered.

Data from Balco -- thanks rybicki for noting I had originally posted last week's image here!

And, although the challenger has changed – Fizz Lulu this week, Taliyah Ziggs the previous – the ruling champion remains: Teemo Gnar Tristana.

The difference in performance between these two blends and the rest is striking. The rest of the faces at the top being the usual suspects, it is easy to imagine that Tristana and her friends will not be dislodged from the top until the balance patch arrives by the end of this month.


Cream of the Crop

Teemo Tristana Gnar, aka Tristana Faes

Nothing is able to break the Ruling Triad's iron grip on the Meta throne. The parallels with the Age of Ahri Kennen are unmistakable: challengers come and go, the Ruling Royalty remains. Still ten days to go to the balance patch, so there may still be new developments, but thus far the data is clear: these Faes are the best deck in Runeterra. 

It is arguably the most refined from among all the Top Dogs, too – more than half of the games were played with the most popular list, with spectacular winrates.

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

Fizz Lulu

This pair's resilience is nothing short of legendary. Right after this latest expansion – just like right after the balance patch in January – pilots tossed this archetype aside, in search of cooler toys… only to find out that Fizz and Lulu are a match made in heaven.

And, as predicted last week, here we find them, again at the top.

The optimal number of Yordle Portal seems to be exactly one, by the way.

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

Struggles Against: Darkness, Tristana Faes, Akshan Gnar, Ekko Zilean

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

Other Strong Meta Staples

If difference in playstyle or lack of resources prevents you from piloting the cream-croppers – the next balance patch is merely ten days away after all, so it would be perhaps a tad unwise to splurge on wildcards before then – here are the rest of the strongest meta staples: all over 52% WR and 1% playrate at Platinum and above.


Miss Fortune, aka Scouts

Punching foes in the face twice per round still works wonders, my friend!

Admittedly, it works so well that most Top Dogs, Faes included, take advantage of that trick, but none can dispute Miss Fortune and Quinn are the Queens of multi-attacking.

Straightforward as it may seem, and in opposition to Tristana Faes, there's always some degree of tweaking going on in Scouts – our recommended list is the most popular, and performing at 54%, but other lists have successfully swapped Penitent Squire to make room for the best card in the game, Laurent Bladekeeper. Gorgeous art, too!

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), Tribeam blends, Galio Gnar, Galio Braum

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

Yuumi Pantheon

It's been a while since we saw the feline Fae so far from the peak, but it's still performing grandly. It is also one of the most popular decks, second only to crowd-pleasing Darkness – although it must be said that, as far as WR is concerned, Yuumi Pantheon is in a different league.

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts, Gnarlines, Akshan Sivir, Taliyah Ziggs– 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
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
12
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
2
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
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs

While unable to keep up with the other Yordles at the top, Ziggs has proven his partnership with Taliyah is no fluke. Case in point, far better than Gnar!

The pair's diminished performance seems connected to the abundance of bad lists – our recommended formula, as they say nowadays, slaps.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Gnarlines, Tribeam blends, Galio Gnar

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Scouts, Tristana Faeries, Gnar Ziggs, Fizz Lulu

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

Sivir Akshan Demacia

Pilots of this blend are slowly reaching consensus on which is the best build, with the most popular formula also being one of the best performers.

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

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Sejuani, Fizz Lulu, Braum Galio

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
11
common
22
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
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
1
Durand Protege
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
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

Other Staples You May Consider

Two pegs below the top performers, yet still above a 50% WR on average, you could try:

As usual, there are quite a few archetypes hovering at the 50% mark (Darkness, Lurk, currently Draven Rumble) -- we limit our showcase to blends that currently perform near or above 52%, so there is little to recommend about these from the point of view of data. There's no accounting for taste, of course!


Connoisseur's Corner

Here they are, my friends: fairly well-tested blends, yet rare enough that you may climb for weeks and never face a mirror.


Ahri Kennen Shurima

It is indeed official: the former Queen and King of the meta are back.

Or, as prominent pilot Ultraman would say, they never left.

The most popular and potent list is, nearly card by card, identical to the most aggressive versions we witnessed during Ahri Kennen's rule, topping at four mana and without – at least for now – Sain'nen Thousand-Tailed.

Strong Against: Gnarlines, Bandle Tree, Gnar Swain, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
16
2
4
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
1
Retreat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, ft. Gangplank 

With more than 300 games during the last few days, and stupidly silly winrates, Pirates are back across all shards (although APAC is leading the charge). Fate and Fortune have struck a good deal, it would appear, with Gagnplank having only a testimonial role.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Lurkers – even versus Tristana Faes and Darkness

Struggles Against: Bandle Tree?

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
7
3
7
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
2
Twisted Fate
5
Gangplank
1
Gangplank
Followers
26
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
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
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
8
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Kindred Sentinels

Kindred and their Sentinels friends are low-key one of the most successful archetypes this season, and have been for long enough for Kindred to deserve the meme label no longer.

Our recommended formula is the second most popular, showcasing a 54% WR.

Strong Against: Bandle Tree, Tribeam blends, Draven Rumble, Gnar Swain & Gnar Ziggs

Struggles Against: Darkness, Pantheon Yuumi, Gnarlines, Tristana Faes

Regions
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
14
2
5
3
8
4
2
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
15
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
9
Commander Ledros
2
Commander Ledros
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Braum Galio

After a less-that-stellar start, Galio appears to have found a couple of comfortable homes. His pairing with Braum is one of such shells, being extremely strong into Scouts.

Strong Against: Murders Scouts and Akshan Sivir – strong versus Tribeam blends.

Struggles Against: Gnarlines, Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Ziggs – horrible matchup against Akshan Gnar and Fizz Lulu

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Freljord
8 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
9
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
Braum
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
17
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Architect
3
Durand Architect
5
Mountain Drake
3
Mountain Drake
Spells
17
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
3
Winds of War
3
Winds of War
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Gnar Galio

Another pairing for Galio that has, by now, earned the "well-tested" stamp – although do notice how, when compared with the previous Galio blend, some matchups are noticeably different.

Strong Against: Scouts (very!), Gnar Ziggs, Askhan Gnar

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Gnarlines, Gnar Swain, Tribeam blends.

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Demacia
23 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
11
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
19
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Protege
3
Durand Protege
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
4
Murkwolf Shaman
2
Murkwolf Shaman
6
Mammoth Shaman
2
Mammoth Shaman
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
3
Winds of War
2
Winds of War
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Gnar Bandle

This archetype, on average, performs at a mediocre 50% WR.

Yet our recommended list has achieved over 55%, through more than 200 games. If you long for a bit of Overwhelm oomph, this may be the formula you are looking for.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Gnar Swain, Akshan Sivir, Akshan Gnar

Struggles Against: Darkness, Bandle Tree, Tribeam blends, Taliyah Ziggs, Fizz Lulu

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

Heimer Jayce Shadows

Another champion pairing deserving of more attention – even though it is favored by several superb skippers, and in spite of its stellar performance, Jayce Heimer remains little used. A great choice if you'd rather lean into big spells in your struggle to the top.

Strong Against: Scouts, Gnar Ziggs, Tribeam blends, Bandle Tree

Struggles Against: Darkness, Pantheon Yuumi, Askhan Sivir, Draven Rumble

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
6
0
2
1
9
2
8
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
8
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Dawning Shadow
1
Dawning Shadow
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Fizz Lee Sin Bandle

An archetype with a large APAC following, although little known yet in the Atlantic servers. If you want to feast Pantheon Yuumi, this blend may just hit the right spot.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Lurkers, Darkness, Gnarlines

Struggles Against: Scouts, Gnar Ziggs, Tristana Faes

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
17
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
14
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Scattered Pod
2
Scattered Pod
Spells
20
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
3
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Syncopation
2
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Will of Ionia
3
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
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Lux Zoe

Although the Aphelios version is favored by such luminaires as Painas, and our own Meta Reporter Leer, data would indicate Lux Zoe to be the best non-Pantheon Targon Demacia marriage.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Scouts

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
18
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
13
2
11
3
2
4
10
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
18
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
Spells
16
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Hush
2
Hush
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
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Wild Side

And here is where we bid adieu to efficiency and proficiency, to welcome risk and adventure aplenty. All these blends have at least a few games under their belts, with outstanding results, but by and large lack either the amount of games, or the consistent results to call themselves tried and true…

… but, if it is 'new' you wish to try, do go wild, my friend!


Maokai Viego (PZ)

If you are looking for a Viego deck, this oddity may fit your fancy. The Shadowy side of the deck is fairly standard; the exotic bouquet is to be found on the Piltovian and Zaunite side of the equation.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
18
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
14
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Minion
1
Minion
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
7
Invasive Hydravine
1
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
2
Haunted Relic
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Most Wanted
3
Most Wanted
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Ekko Zilean

A blend ardently recommended by superb skipper and sublime scribe MonteXristo, although extremely hard to pilot – here is his popular guide on the topic, written in tandem with the deck's creator, maître brasseur Scathus.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
17
2
1
3
6
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
14
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
17
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Ruinous Path
2
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
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Sun Disc…

Well… I am as surprised as you are, my friend.

And I assure you that, overall, this archetype is as much of a pile of Poro poop as it always has been.

Yet a couple of eximius pilots have attained huge success with these lists, across a not inconsiderable number of games. Take it as you will!

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
9
2
15
3
9
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
19
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Bomber Twins
2
Bomber Twins
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
1
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
4
Golden Ambassador
2
Golden Ambassador
Spells
8
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
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Sejuani Sivir Renekton Gnar

In case our Connoisseur's Sejuani Gnar blend was not Overwhelming enough for you, here's Overwhelm with Overwhelm on top.

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
7
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
4
Renekton
2
Renekton
4
Sivir
1
Sivir
6
Sejuani
1
Sejuani
Followers
22
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
6
Alpha Wildclaw
3
Alpha Wildclaw
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
8
Wrath of the Freljord
1
Wrath of the Freljord
Spells
12
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury
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Leona Aurelion Sol (DE)

If you are looking to dazzle, stun and awe your foes, look no further. Nothing says "I'm grander than you" better than a space dragon.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Darkness

Regions
Demacia
10 cards
Mount Targon
30 cards
Rarities
23 100
champion
5
epic
2
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
12
2
7
3
3
4
9
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
5
5
Leona
3
Leona
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Aurelion Sol
Followers
20
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
4
Solari Sunforger
3
Solari Sunforger
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
Eclipse Dragon
2
Eclipse Dragon
Spells
15
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Hush
1
Hush
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Starshaping
1
Starshaping
8
Judgment
2
Judgment
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TLC

We seem to be in the Age of Revenants. Ahri Kennen is back, Azirelia is too…

… superb skipper and distinguished datamancer Vivo attained a 70%+ WR across 30 games with his version of TLC. And our recommended formula, across three time that many matches, performed above 55% – the only difference, as you will see, is whether to favor Vengeance or The Box.

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
6
2
8
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
12
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
8
Spectral Matron
3
Spectral Matron
Spells
19
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
9
Buried in Ice
3
Buried in Ice
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Jinx Lulu

This is where the love story between Lulu and Flame Chompers! started. Prominent pilot StolenConch went on a rampage on the Americas shared and achieved nearly 75% WR in a bit more than 40 games.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi and Tristana Faes

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Ionia
11 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Pix!
3
Pix!
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Young Witch
2
Young Witch
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
3
Suit Up!
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And so, my friend!

Everything from A to Z, or from Asol to Zoe, if you will. I hope I have managed to make yourself acquainted with your weapon of choice for this weekend's fights.

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

And good luck in your climb!


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