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Weekend Warrior Weapons – Eighteen High-Performance Blends for the Discerning Ladder Climber

From the Meta Staples to Exotic Medleys, everything for the sophisticated part-time ladderista
Runeterra Decks

Welcome, my friend! Welcome to this patch's last Friday.

Toss your workweek worries aside, and let us put our minds on blends, medleys and brews – well-worn or brand-new, staple or exotic, I am sure we shall find something that floats your proverbial boat.

Exotics have been a tad harder to find this time, I admit – one would guess most maîtres brasseur are in more of a mood to wait for next week's patch, rather than refining their medleys right now – but distinguished datamancers Balco and Legna have, as usual, provided us with their best formulas and there are always new blends to sample.

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, the Ruling Triad,
  • Scouts, back with a vengeance at the almost-top

… check some of the other strong meta options?

  • Yuumi Pantheon,
  • Good ol' Sivir Akshan,
  • Gnar Ziggs,
  • Fizz Lulu, WR dropping a bit as its playrate surges,
  • Frozen Gnar Darius

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

  • Pirates, ft. Twisted Fate, kicking butts and taking names,
  • Curious Gnar Lux,
  • Lucian Zed, who by now can be called one of this patch cycle's dark horses,
  • Fizz Riven,
  • Sejuani Gnar Bandle,

… take a walk on the Wild Side?

  • Frozen Puffcaps,
  • Galio Soraka,
  • Yuumi Dragons,
  • Caitlyn Senna,
  • Thresh Nasus, returned,
  • Zilean Xerath

A Glimpse at the Meta

Barely a week to go until the next balance patch!

Most of these faces you know…

… although Gnar, stubborn furry creature that he is, seems determined to gain back some of its earlier ever-presentness, with Gnar Ziggs Burn and Frozen Gnar Darius clawing their way among the top dogs.

And, interestingly: as we saw during the reign of Ahri Kennen, we witness this curious yet recurrent pattern: only the Meta Rulers (in this case Tristana & Friends) remain firmly in their same spot, while Challengers to their supremacy (Fizz Lulu last week, Sivir Akshan previously) remaining strong but no longer the most powerful among the top.

Also, my friend, as we've conversed in other occasions… for all the distaste driven at Bandle City, it is hard not to notice that five out of these eight strongest decks – an, in particular, the whole of the top half – all have access to the same Demacian, rather than Bandle City, mechanic: Rally.


Cream of the Crop

Teemo Tristana Gnar, aka Tristana Faes

The Ruling Triad's remains, like they have pretty much this whole patch, at the very top – always seemingly within reach of their Challengers, always showing such contenders to be strong yet not the strongest.

Our suggested blend, the most popular, is as tried-and-true as you can get, and it's card by card the same as last week.

For a tad of innovation, consider cutting one copy of Blastcone Seedling and one copy of Ranger's Resolve, to make room for a pair of Bandle Commandos – the second most popular list, which shows these tweaks, performs even better.

Superb scribe Maybenextime penned a comprehensive codex about this archetype that you may find useful.

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

Struggles Against: Fizz Riven, Gnar Sejuani, Nasus Thresh

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

Miss Fortune, aka Scouts

And here they are, my friend – befitting their relentless nature, the undisputed Queens of the Arcade Skins are once again a fraction of a percentage point from being the best Meta deck.

Also true to their fascinating ever-shifting nature, though, it would be hasty to label this archetype as 'solved': the three most popular formulas enjoy very similar WR and playrate.

As with the Ruling Triad, I shall recommend you the most popular list, which is the same as last week, yet again point out that you may want to consider swapping Penitent Squire for that most handsome Laurent Bladekeeper.

Strong Against: Darkness, Bandle Tree, Gnar Ziggs, Draven Rumble, Taliyah Ziggs, Fizz Riven – 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

Other Strong Meta Staples

Six decks huddle in the 53%-54% WR slice. Except perhaps Gnar Ziggs (for reasons we'll detail below), these are all well-known meta staples by now, and are all currently seen at least 1% of the time at Platinum and above.

Technically speaking, I would say any deck may be gone next week, after the meta is shaken by the balance patch. But, until then, if you wish to climb and do not wish to pilot Faes or Scouts, these are all premium choices.


Yuumi Pantheon

Now, this is a simple recommendation to make: our medley, which is the most popular – and yet again the same as last week – is indeed the one you want to be playing, if you are aiming to play it safe.

The other popular formulas perform much worse, with the second most popular actually dropping below the 50% WR mark in the past three days.

There's also a lot going on with Taric, by the way. A couple of days ago, the Taric variant had actually surpassed Yuumi Pantheon's performance, although it has again dropped a bit. If you want a bit of a risk, you could try this Taric version (link) – be advised that its sample size is much smaller, therefore mileage may vary greatly.

For further reading, renowned reporter Leer has written an extensive codex on the subject.

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

Struggles Against: Gnar Ziggs, Gnar Swain, Draven Rumble, Fizz Lul, Ahri 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

Sivir Akshan Demacia

With a few tweaks from last week, good old Sivir Akshan has remained among the strongest decks.

Our recommendation is the second most popular list in the last three days – although the most popular when you consider the last seven days – which adds Vanguard Sergeant and Radiant Guardian to increase their options by turn five and later. The spell inventory remains the exact same as last week.

Meta Reporter Leer has a somewhat older guide about the archetype, which you may still find relevant – and a testament of this medley's resilience.

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

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Sejuani, Fizz Lulu, Gnar Lux

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

Gnar Ziggs Bandle Noxus

Now, this one is interesting – the most popular variation is actually not very good. And the archetype in general seems filled with mediocre medleys, mixed with others that are doing superbly.

Our recommendation is the best performing blend, and the second most popular – I advise you to be cautious with this list, my friend; Ziggs seems to be in an unstable mood!

Strong Against: LUrk, Pantheon Yuumi blends, Gnarlines, Fizz Riven, Taliyah Ziggs, Frozen Darius Gnar

Struggles Against: Darkness, Scouts, Gnar Swain, Tribeam blends, Sivir Akshan, Fizz Lulu

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
8
3
5
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
25
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
2
Bandle City Mayor
4
Teenydactyl
2
Teenydactyl
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Fizz Lulu

Suffering from increased popularity, which tends to tug WR downwards, Fizz Lulu still remains strong as always.

Our recommended list has shown outstanding performance in the last few days; for a slightly different build, and an extremely in-depth explanation, do consult superb scribe Card Gamer's guide from a few days ago.

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

Struggles Against: Darkness, Tristana Faes, Akshan Gnar

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
20 500
champion
5
epic
0
rare
10
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

Darius Gnar

Lastly among the Top Dogs, we have a medley that we have seen a bit of during this patch, but never so consistently solid.

An aggressive Noxian opening, with a Battle Fury finish, threatening to turn any of its many Overwhelm units into a lethal blow.

Strong Against: Darkness, Gnarlines, Bandle Tree, Fizz Riven

Struggles Against: Lurkers, Scouts, Pantheon Yuumi, Gnar Ziggs, Tribeam blends

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Darius
3
Darius
Followers
24
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
10
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
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Other Staples You May Consider

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

  • Trundle Gnarlines, which has enjoyed a resurgence as of late,
  • Lurkers, which this week actually enjoys a WR worthy of its popularity – perhaps because Rite of Negation, as included in our recommended list, has no shortage of juicy targets

Darkness remains a hugely popular, barely-above-50%-WR deck, which we shall not recommend.

And I will point out that, in spite of its crowd-pleasing nature, Draven Rumble is closer to Crumble this week – not something I can recommend you playing, if you go by the data.


Connoisseur's Corner

You like flair and uniqueness as much as you like solid consistency?

And mirrors are not your idea of an enjoyable matchup?

Here you go, my friend: blends with hundreds of games under their belt, and impressive WR at Platinum and above, yet all well below 1% playrate – you will not bump into these often, if at all, in the next few days.


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, ft. Gangplank 

If you happen to like blowing 'em out of the water with flair (and of course you do – you are a Connoisseur!), this is it.

You may remember me showcasing this blend last week; since then, it did nothing but kick butts and take names.

Strong Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Lurkers, Sivir Akshan – 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

Curious Gnar Lux

It petered out for a bit yet now they are back, showing an impressive surge in the APAC shard.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Scouts, Akshan Sivir

Struggles Against: Darkness, Tribeam blends, Gnarlines

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
8
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
18
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
1
Laurent Protege
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
16
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Hidden Pathways
1
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Lucian Zed, aka Bangbros

More of a Western blend in this case, Lucian Zed has quietly been one of the best off-meta decks for this full patch cycle.

Yet another example of how powerful punching people's faces can be, when done twice per round.

Strong Against: Lurkers, Darkness, Bandle Tree – tiny edge against Pantheon Yuumi, Tristana Faes and Akshan Sivir.

Struggles Against: Scouts, Tribeam blends, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Ionia
19 cards
Demacia
21 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
9
3
2
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Lucian
3
Lucian
3
Zed
3
Zed
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
13
1
Ghost
1
Ghost
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Fizz Riven

Another majorly Western blend, and specifically European – it used to float between "acceptable" and "quite good" for most of the patch, yet this week it's decidedly in the "very strong" (namely, above 54% WR) range, with over 1,700 games played.

Superb scribe and matchup master bA1ance has assembled an exhaustive enchiridion on this Legna's Hypothesis-compliant archetype.

Strong Against: Darkness, Lurkers, Bandle Tree, Tristana Faeries

Struggles Against: Gnarlines, Scouts, Gnar Ziggs

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
12
2
8
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
19
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
3
Might
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
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Sejuani Gnar Bandle

The Americas shard is decidedly fond of this Overwhelming duo.

And, unlike last week, now all the most popular variants enjoy good to great WR.

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

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

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
2
3
6
4
0
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
21
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Loping Telescope
1
Loping Telescope
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
6
Alpha Wildclaw
2
Alpha Wildclaw
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
13
1
Brittle Steel
1
Brittle Steel
1
Poison Dart
1
Poison Dart
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Ice Shard
1
Ice Shard
8
Battle Fury
1
Battle Fury
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Wild Side

With a balance patch around the corner, we should see no shortage of new blends to try fairly soon…

… yet, if you are in need of adrenaline and excitement right now, here are the little-tested blends with the best performance that current data has to offer.


Sejuani Teemo

A concept that has been around for pretty much since Sejuani arrived – puffcaps trigger her level-two board-freeze effect at turn start, without your foe being able to do anything about it – and that this patch has stumbled upon an abundance of new cards to try.

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
23 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
6
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
22
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Murkwolf Shaman
3
Murkwolf Shaman
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
5
Ursine Spiritwalker
3
Ursine Spiritwalker
8
Wrath of the Freljord
1
Wrath of the Freljord
Spells
12
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Wallop
3
Wallop
Open deck in builder

Galio Soraka

As an informed ladderista such as yourself surely knows, this champion pair has been a disappointment throughout the whole patch, and not for lack of pilots trying.

We've found a few lists with very solid WR across about a hundred games – whether fluke or Aspect-tier piloting, I would not be able to say.

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
10
2
14
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Soraka
3
Soraka
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
16
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Spring Guardian
1
Spring Guardian
4
Crystal Ibex
2
Crystal Ibex
5
Mountain Drake
3
Mountain Drake
6
Yordle Ranger
2
Yordle Ranger
Spells
18
2
Gifts From Beyond
1
Gifts From Beyond
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Hush
2
Hush
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
3
Winds of War
3
Winds of War
4
Astral Protection
3
Astral Protection
Open deck in builder

Yuumi Dragons

Impressive winrate, and our recommended list is the most popular across all shards, which hints at a coordinated brewing effort. A bit over a hundred games when all variants are considered – I am comfortable calling this medley 'promising', I have to say.

Regions
Demacia
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
1
Yuumi
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Aurelion Sol
Followers
17
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
2
Dragonguard Lieutenant
2
Dragonguard Lieutenant
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Solari Priestess
1
Solari Priestess
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
7
Eclipse Dragon
2
Eclipse Dragon
Spells
17
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
2
Dragon's Clutch
3
Hush
2
Hush
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
8
Judgment
1
Judgment
Open deck in builder

Caitlyn Senna

A pair that we saw a bit by the end of the previous patch cycle, mostly on APAC shard – a permission-leaning blend, with several points in common with Kindred Sentinels but leaner on followers and heavier on spells.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
3
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
9
2
6
3
7
4
9
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
10
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
9
Commander Ledros
3
Commander Ledros
9
Corina Veraza
1
Corina Veraza
Spells
24
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
3
Aftershock
4
Gotcha!
3
Gotcha!
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Grasp of the Undying
2
Grasp of the Undying
5
Withering Mist
2
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Thresh Nasus

A blast from the past, from back when – along with TLC first, then during the Dark Age of Azirelia – it was among the Top Dogs.

Regions
Shadow Isles
29 cards
Shurima
11 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
7
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
21
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
The Wings and The Wave
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
2
Blighted Caretaker
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
The Box
1
The Box
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Zilean Xerath

Taliyah Ziggs may have stolen the Landmark spotlight as of late, but this pingy duo has been doing very, very well.

Regions
Bandlecity
9 cards
Shurima
31 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
20
common
9
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
11
2
12
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
2
Ancient Preparations
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
12
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
8
The Arsenal
3
The Arsenal
Spells
15
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Very well, my friend…

… we have reached the end of our current selection, and thus ends this patch cycle's last Friday.

Should you be short on shards, remember that the meta will most likely shift, probably rather violently, in less than a week, so I would consider holding to those Wildcards if they happen to be scarce – other than that, I hope you have found your weekend's weapon of choice among our wares.

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

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And good luck in your climb!


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