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Best Seasonals Line ups

We’ll talk pros, cons, and most importantly game plans for each of the top three lineups I expect to see at the big tourney. Always remember that these are just my takes on the concepts, and anyone you face will almost certainly have iterated on them.

The Good, The Bad, and The Mini

 

It’s only a couple of days before the big one and if you’re like me you’re experiencing mad levels of third deck syndrome right now. Running around like a confused Otterpus trying to figure out what fits with the rest of the powerful or enjoyable plans you have running.

Well, I can’t promise that I’m going to fix that for you, but to assist I’m going to break down some of the most powerful expected lineups you’re likely to see on the day. Whether you nab one for yourself or break the metagame in half by countering them all is up to you. 

We’ll talk pros, cons, and most importantly game plans for each of the top three lineups I expect to see at the big tourney. Always remember that these are just my takes on the concepts, and anyone you face will almost certainly have iterated on them. But we can at least get a wide-angle view of the expected meta to aid the brave adventurers who sally forth to fight. Let’s dive in.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
21
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Grave Physician
2
Grave Physician
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
8
Lost Soul
3
Lost Soul
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
3
Whirling Death
1
Whirling Death
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
Open deck in builder
Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
14
1
Ranger's Resolve
3
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
3
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder
Regions
Mount Targon
24 cards
Bilgewater
16 cards
Rarities
33 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
7
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
12
3
2
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
3
Nami
3
Nami
Followers
13
3
Mentor of the Stones
2
Mentor of the Stones
3
Sparklefly
3
Sparklefly
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
21
1
Spell Thief
3
Spell Thief
2
Gifts From Beyond
3
Gifts From Beyond
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Line 'Em Up
2
Line 'Em Up
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
3
Hush
1
Hush
Open deck in builder

 

Sometimes the best answer to all of the craziness is to just find the most powerful things you can be doing and forget the rest of it. This was my call at worlds and it worked out pretty well overall. While there are some pretty spicy tech choices in my current versions of these decks, the themes remain the same, and the level of unreasonableness involved in the game plans is undeniable.

The Poppy, rally, Yordles in Arms concept has proven its power at this point. It requires a whole bunch of specific answers while flooding the board and providing crazy value. Sion also produces infinite value, courtesy of Lost Soul, and Nami just decides it doesn’t care and sparkles away to victory. 

That’s the pro side, but let’s talk about cons. Going in without a particular plan does mean that you are going to be everyone else’s plan. If you bring every powerful deck then there’s a whole bunch of people who will successfully target you. The question is then if what you are doing is OP enough to fight through anyway.

I think that all three of these decks can do sufficiently unreasonable things to make fighting through their counters a possible proposition. However, I do think there are still decks that get upwards of 55% into each of them. That’s the sweet spot where this lineup is definitely a reasonable call, but it’s not a must-bring. My favorite kind of metagame. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
21
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Grave Physician
2
Grave Physician
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
8
Lost Soul
3
Lost Soul
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
3
Whirling Death
1
Whirling Death
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
Open deck in builder
Regions
Bilgewater
24 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
5
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
0
3
8
4
5
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
Followers
22
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
8
The Dreadway
2
The Dreadway
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
5
Double Up
2
Double Up
6
Hidden Pathways
2
Hidden Pathways
6
Monster Harpoon
2
Monster Harpoon
Open deck in builder
Regions
Bandlecity
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
11
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
23
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
Spells
11
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
10
Treasured Trash
2
Treasured Trash
Open deck in builder

 

Or instead of all that worrying about synergy and combos and nonsense like that, you could just start punching people in the face. This lineup, or variations thereof, has been absolutely crushing the grassroots scene lately. It hasn’t won everything, but it has been all over the top cut. 

The relentless pressure all three of these decks can apply to an unprepared nexus can be completely overwhelming. They all also have their own form of hard-to-answer reach. Gangplank and Sion can rampage over most defenses, while simply tapping the top of your deck to Decimate your opponent out of the game is a time-honored tradition.

The main downside here is that you are still on Sion, which as we’ll discuss is targetable if you are willing to commit hard enough. Also, BandleBurn is high on people’s radar. I wouldn’t be surprised if lineups that hard-target it comes out just in time for seasonals even if we aren’t seeing them much right now.

Regions
Bandlecity
23 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
5
epic
3
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
11
2
10
3
4
4
2
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
5
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
15
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
2
Loping Telescope
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Lecturing Yordle
2
Lecturing Yordle
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
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
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
3
Sump Fumes
3
Sump Fumes
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder
Regions
Bandlecity
23 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
11
2
2
3
6
4
7
5
8
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
16
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
Spells
18
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
5
Withering Mist
2
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Hidden Pathways
3
Hidden Pathways
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
Open deck in builder
Regions
Bandlecity
32 cards
Noxus
8 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
10
3
9
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
Fizz
3
Lulu
1
Lulu
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
The Bandle Tree
Followers
21
1
Proto Poro
1
Proto Poro
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
Spells
10
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

 

The astute observer may have noticed that the last two powerful lineups I recommended are both big fans of Mr. Sion. This lineup looks to capitalize on the format’s overfocus and turn the big man into a surprised little lad at every opportunity. You’re also packing an unreasonable amount of removal so you’ve got solid odds into most other aggressive midrange bundles.

These decks are uniformly difficult to pilot, as figuring out when to be the control player and when to safely switch over to your game plan can be quite difficult. However, for those who put in the time, I have seen it pay off in spades.

Mr. Yamato showed the world what Darkness could do and I would not be surprised to see some of his disciples pick up where he left off. Don’t think you’re safe from this one just because you happen to be over here on the NA server.

The downside to this one is that not everyone is going to agree with me on the “good stuff,” lineup looks like. If people bring their three best decks and happen to leave out Sion bringing, say, Sivir, in its place, then you’re going to have some serious problems.

 

And Beyond

 

There are plenty of decks and lineups I haven’t talked about that are absolutely going to show up. In a thousand-person tournament, people are going to do all sorts of ridiculous, crazy, and genius things over the course of the day and you’re going to have to be ready for them.

We’ll see Lee Sin, Frozen Thrall, probably some Plunder lovers, and everyone knows that at least one copy of Star Spring always makes the top cut. Who knows, maybe this go around it’ll be you?

While lineup hopping and trying to outsmart the metagame is fun and something that I personally have a blast with, I recommend against it unless you have a lot of time to invest. If you jump too much, you’ll lose the edge you gain from your knowledge of your decks and unless you hit exactly what you want all day you’ll be left out in the cold. 

Instead, I would recommend using this article to tweak and tune what you already have to make it slightly better against the expected meta. Whatever you decide though, I’ll be seeing you out on the battlefield. Bless RNGeezus, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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