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Weekend Warrior Weapons

Twenty-Two Vigorous Brews, from Meta Staples to Wild Blends, for the Discerning Ladder Climber
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Welcome back, my friend! Glad to see you have reached Friday's shores in one piece!

Come, come – let's leave the weekdays' stormy sea, and seek refuge from workplace worries and petty squabbles.

Come, please, and let me show you what I have selected for you this time! Our dear, admirable APIarists Balco and Legna assure me these are their finest blends and spiciests of mixes.


A Peek at the Top

We have had a few ups and downs, and a also the arrival of a few fresh faces…

Data by Balco

… but, while still in tasty turmoil, top troupers remain broadly similar as last week.

And, notably, while most winrates have restrained themselves to strong-yet-manageable ranges, there still remain two decks past the Stupid WR range.

On the other hand, play rates are deliciously distributed, and no one deck seem overbearing for now.


Cream of the Crop

These are the best of the best – if performance is your top priority, and the Seasonal Gates are about to be jammed shut in front of your face, cast flair to the wind and pick any of these.

Pirates Ahoy!

Fortune indeed favors the bold! Miss Fortune and her merry bunch of misfits have taken hold of the Meta Throne – if only by a tiny margin – and count themselves as one of the most popular blends to boot.

Formulas that smile more upon Twisted Fate than Gangplank seem superior – our recommendation, the second most popular, sports WR that can be described "as through the bloody roof."

Notice how, when looking at other top medleys, Pirates do not seem so impressive… yet they rain bloody murder on most below-average mixes, and are a thorn in the side of a couple of the most popular.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Pantheon Yuumi, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Sentinel Control, Scouts, Aphelios Fizz, Ezreal Heimer

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
7
3
6
4
2
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
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Jack, the Winner
1
Jack, the Winner
Spells
8
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Yuumi Pantheon

The Fated blends have proven quite apt at contesting the top of the meta, and they are just a slight Meta shift away from the throne.

Interestingly, there seems to be room for tweaks, as pilots swap tech options such as Petricite Broadwing, Chain Vest, Camphor, the Doubt, Blinded Mystic, more often than not as single copies.

Several slightly different formulas enjoy a similar level of traction and performance – we shall recommend the most popular among them.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Taliya Ziggs, Jayce Lux, Scouts

Struggles Against: Tri beam blends, Pirates, Azirelia, Darius Gnar

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

Bandle Fizz Aphelios

And here we have it, my friend: the newest arrival at the very top, adequately causing the ruckus and waves you'd expect from the aquatic trickster – an archetype that saw a lot of play last patch, and about which superb scholar and skipper MonteXristo wrote an extensive, detailed guide not long ago.

The archetype seems fairly refined, with the one of the best formulas – which we recommend below – being also the most popular by a strong margin.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Pirates, Taliyah Ziggs, Jayce Lux, Draven Sion

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Mount Targon
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
18
2
8
3
2
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
2
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
Open deck in builder

Other Strong Meta Options:

Only a few percentage points below the Top Dogs, these are for all practical purposes as good an option as the three we have just perused.

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

After a not extraordinarily early sprint during Patch Week, the Skin Queens of Arcadia have shown doubters the errors of their assumptions.

A fairly well refined blend at this point, although far from as popular as it used to be.

Strong Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Sun Disc, Pirates, Taliyah Ziggs

Struggles Against: Tri Beam, Pantheon Yuumi, Jayce Lux

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

Viego Shurima

The Shirtless King's performance these last few days is nothing short of dazzling – and a look at specific formulas strongly suggest he is only just warming up. Our recommended blend is both the most popular (by massive advantage), performs well above the "silly" benchmark, and other less-popular variations also perform excellently.

I would not bet against the Shirtless King being the Throne's challenge in the very near future.

Strong Against: Trundle Tryndamere

Struggles Against: Tri beam blends, Jayce Lux, Draven Sion, Aphelios Fizz

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
20 500
champion
3
epic
6
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
11
3
5
4
0
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
3
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Baccai Sandspinner
2
Baccai Sandspinner
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
20
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Other Considerations

These are other strong Meta staples, if none of the above are to your liking – a skilled skipper should achieve resounding results with any of these.


Shadow Heimerdinger Jayce

The other new kid among the Top Dogs, student and professor have risen from a fairly popular off-meta deck last patch to an important factor in the current ladder.

Data suggests ample room for improvement – while the most popular list performs adequately, it's the second most popular (which we shall recommend below) the one with the best WR by far. Do be advised that sample size is on the smallish side of the scale.

Strong Against: Tri beam blends, Sentinel Control

Struggles Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Sun Disc, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi, Draven Sion

Regions
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Rarities
24 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
10
common
23
Mana cost
2
0
2
1
10
2
6
3
5
4
5
5
9
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
11
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

And also:

Taliyah Ziggs, a solid counter to Sun Disc and Trundle Tryndamere but that suffers with Pirates.

Draven Sion or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, Draven Sion Vi, about which superb skipper and scholar Card Gamer recently penned a premium appraisal, considering it one of the strongest decks for both Tournaments and Ladder. 

Trundle Tryndamere, still an excellent choice for those who prefer the Control approach to their confrontation – do note that the Viego Shurima matchup is horribly bad.


The Connoisseur's Corner

Not pleased with popular perspectives, and looking for something a bit more exotic while still well-tested?

These would be the blends I would recommend you in that case – at least a couple of hundred games under their belts, and sometimes over a thouthands, all played at Platinum and above. Yet you can confront foes for hours on end without suffering through a single mirror


Gnar Darius

Flying a bit below the radar now that other blends are more popular, this Overwhelming pair is a superb well-tested choice. It is also perhaps the most refined of all the options I have for you today: our recommended formula is the most popular by a landslide, with a fairly even split among all three shards.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Trundle Tryndamere

Struggles Against: Tri beam blends, Pirates, Pantheon Yuumi

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
Open deck in builder

Heimerdinger Lux

Another fairly well known archetype, seeing play above all in the AM and EMEA shards.

Strong Against: Tri beam blend, Sentinel Control, Virgo Shurima

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Pirates, Trundle Tryndamere

Regions
Demacia
8 cards
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
5
0
3
1
10
2
9
3
0
4
8
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
2
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
2
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
10
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
2
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
Open deck in builder

Papercraft Fizz Riven

More of an APAC development in this case, although this Combo deck does see play in all shards. There are several formulas vying for the 'most popular' tag, which suggests plenty of experimentation.

Strong Against: Sun Disc

Struggles Against: Pirates, Pantheon Yuumi 

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
7
2
12
3
2
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
14
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
2
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
20
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
3
Might
3
Might
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
Open deck in builder

Tryndamere Trundle Ionia

Usually nicknamed Feel the Minah, although in some variations Minah Swiftfoot has given room to She Who Wanders – the EMEA shard appears particularly fond of this variation, while the archetype as a whole is nearly absent in APAC.

Strong Against: Tri beam, the Shadow variant of Tryndamere Trundle

Struggles Against: Pirates

Regions
Freljord
34 cards
Ionia
6 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
5
epic
8
rare
13
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
3
2
6
3
8
4
6
5
0
6
17
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
13
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
9
Minah Swiftfoot
1
Minah Swiftfoot
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
19
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
3
Memory's Cloak
1
Memory's Cloak
4
Avalanche
1
Avalanche
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
7
Revitalizing Roar
1
Revitalizing Roar
8
Voices of the Old Ones
3
Voices of the Old Ones
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
2
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Curious Ezreal Viktor

In spite of some initial predictions, Ezreal has become an interesting sight but nowhere near a Ladder Terror – other than his by now staple collaboration with Caitlyn, none of his decks seem to have achieved great popularity, nor impressive performance.

And not for lack of experimentation, as we shall soon see.

This blend in particular pairs him with the Curious Shellfolk package for an abundance of Burst spells and damage-dealing.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
1
0
7
1
13
2
12
3
4
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
14
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Stress Defense
2
Stress Defense
3
Sump Fumes
2
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Statikk Shock
1
Statikk Shock
Open deck in builder

Bandle Ezreal Heimer

The same region paring as above, but this time Ezreal teaming up with the hirsute scientist and a very flat curve.

Strong Against: Tri beam blends, Pirates, Draven Sion, Viego Shurima

Struggles Against: Trundle Tryndamere, Taliyah Ziggs, Pantheon Yuumi, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
2
Electro Harpoon
2
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
Open deck in builder

Fake Ezreal Burn

A somewhat cheeky trick, that somewhat proves that cheekeness is fairly evenly spread across all shards since this exact formula is among the most popular in all three.

Simply put, NoxZaun burn with a single copy of the desired champion (somewhat similar versions with Teemo exist) to nudge foes into the wrong mulligan strategy.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Noxus
16 cards
Rarities
9 100
champion
1
epic
0
rare
11
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
13
2
16
3
1
4
0
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
1
3
Ezreal
1
Ezreal
Followers
20
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
2
Precious Pet
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
3
Used Cask Salesman
3
Used Cask Salesman
Spells
19
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sigil of Malice
2
Sigil of Malice
4
Statikk Shock
1
Statikk Shock
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
Open deck in builder

A Walk on the Wild Side

Time to cast caution to the wind, my friend!

All medleys in this section have indeed performed admirably at Platinum and above, but in such small samples – sometimes below 100 games – that assertions on their prowess are flimsy at best.

Karma Viktor

A somewhat odd couple, one embodying Nature's balance, the other making his body his Lab, but results have been –albeit in a smallish sample – promising thus far

Strong Against: Trundle Tryndamere, seemingly also Draven Sion and Aphelios Fizz.

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Jayce Lux

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
16
2
5
3
10
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Karma
3
Karma
Followers
11
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
Spells
23
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

Katarina Ahri

Not exactly a new blend, since we saw something similar during the Age of Ahri Kennen. Solid WR (53%+) over more than a hundred games.

Strong Against: Sun Disc, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Pirates (horribly!)

Regions
Noxus
11 cards
Ionia
29 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
13
2
10
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
Followers
16
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
18
1
Elixir of Wrath
2
Elixir of Wrath
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Might
2
Might
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Shadow Anivia Tryndamere

A delicacy for those that delight in ramping and keeping the board spotlessly clean. Stupidly high winrate across smallish (60+) game sample

Regions
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Freljord
26 cards
Rarities
33 200
champion
6
epic
10
rare
4
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
6
2
3
3
3
4
11
5
6
6
11
7+
Champions
6
6
Anivia
3
Anivia
8
Tryndamere
3
Tryndamere
Followers
12
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
3
Wyrding Stones
3
Wyrding Stones
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
22
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Grasp of the Undying
3
Grasp of the Undying
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
3
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
1
Feel The Rush
12
Warmother's Call
1
Warmother's Call
Open deck in builder

Kindred Matron Galio

I do not pretend to know what is going on here, my friend, other than this obviously being a Cithria Matron medley. But nearly a hundred games in the last three days, with close to a 60% WR, does earn this blend a "Wild, indeed!"

Strong Against: Jayce Lux

Struggles Against: Sun Disc, Pirates

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
5
3
5
4
4
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
22
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
8
Spectral Matron
3
Spectral Matron
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
Spells
12
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Stalking Shadows
1
Stalking Shadows
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Kindred Nasus

Here is a rather spicy take on this archetype, leaning much harder into the self-Slay triggers than usual – an APAC delicacy.

Strong Against: Jayce Lux

Struggles Against: Tri beam blends, Trundle Tryndamere, Pirates

Regions
Shurima
7 cards
Shadow Isles
33 cards
Rarities
33 600
champion
6
epic
10
rare
6
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
8
2
5
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
19
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
2
Cursed Keeper
3
The Undying
3
The Undying
4
Ancient Crocolith
2
Ancient Crocolith
4
Spirit Leech
1
Spirit Leech
7
The Etherfiend
2
The Etherfiend
8
Sanctum Conservator
1
Sanctum Conservator
Spells
15
1
Crawling Sensation
2
Crawling Sensation
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Crumble
2
Crumble
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Piltover Avengers, aka Teemo Ezreal Vi Caitlyn Jayce

Those seeking for the really wild should look no further. It does seem to work, even, across 70+ games!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
22
common
11
Mana cost
3
0
2
1
12
2
7
3
6
4
2
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
3
Caitlyn
1
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
1
Ezreal
4
Jayce
2
Jayce
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
14
2
Chempunk Pickpocket
3
Chempunk Pickpocket
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Defective Swapbot
2
Defective Swapbot
4
Teenydactyl
1
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
1
Spotted Toad
7
Minitee
1
Minitee
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Gotcha!
1
Gotcha!
6
Hextech Anomaly
1
Hextech Anomaly
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
10
Treasured Trash
3
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

Bandle Zilean Akshan

A not unheard-of collaboration, these two Shurima Champions have been putting quite the work. A single list, which strongly implies a unique and highly-skilled skipper at the helm.

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
5
epic
5
rare
18
common
12
Mana cost
3
0
10
1
12
2
5
3
5
4
0
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
5
2
Akshan
2
Akshan
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
Landmarks
2
1
Ancient Preparations
2
Ancient Preparations
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
1
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
3
Vekauran Vagabond
1
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Desert Naturalist
1
Desert Naturalist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
21
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Careful Preparation
1
Careful Preparation
2
Entrapment
1
Entrapment
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

And so, my friend!

Here is to hoping that hopping into the Ladder with one of these sounds like an engaging, relaxing plan.

And, while my blends and medleys are indeed specified for the Ladder, should you need some Tournament or Gauntlet recommendations I can wholeheartedly endorse Sirturmund's and MonteXristo's expert writings on the matter

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 the Poetry Discord (https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY – yes, indeed, my friend: a LoR Poetry Discord! =).

And you can find more of my writings on Substack (https://riwan.substack.com/)

Good luck on your journey!


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