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Gaming for Josh Tournament Top 4 Lineups

The Gaming for Josh charity tournament saw Sharkbait come out ahead of the 75 other competitors with three powerful lists!

76 players came out to fight it out on Seasonals-eve for a good cause; the Gaming for Josh Charity tournament! Numerous prolific players from across the Americas came out to show their support and sling some pixelated cardboard. In total Gaming for Josh was able to raise just over $9,000 for the West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation over the course of their full event! We'd obviously like to thank The Gaming Stadium and Pepper.GG for their hard work in this partnership as well, every bit helps when it's towards a good cause.

With that said and done; the lineups!

1st Place - Sharkbait

Draven Sion

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

Sharkbait's Sion list is a powerful burn variant that uses the powerful tools we're all used to from discard aggro to push in some damage, before using 3x Mystic Shots, Get Excited, Noxian Fervor, and Decimates to take them the rest of the way, all while threatening Sion to crash in.

Fizz Afaelios

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
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Aphelios
3
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
2
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
4
Rainbowfish
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
2
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Flamespitter
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Hush
1
3
Stress Defense
1

This version of Afaelios opts for two of each attach options, and one of both popular flex cards in Hush, Stress Defense to handle whatever may come up, and keep the opponent on their toes.

Yuumi Pantheon

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
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
6
Camphor, the Doubt
1
Spells
21
1
Chain Vest
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
2
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

This diverse Pantheon list is the type that aims to keep options wide, same as their other lists. Opting for one ofs on; Blinded Mystic, Camphor the Doubt, Hush, Bastion, and Chain vest.

2nd Place - JustSomeBadJuju

Elise Spiders

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
14 500
champion
3
epic
0
rare
9
common
28
Mana cost
1
0
12
1
14
2
10
3
0
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Followers
26
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
3
Doombeast
2
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Spells
11
0
Fading Memories
1
2
Brothers' Bond
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Stalking Shadows
2
5
Decimate
3

Proving to the world that budget decks still do pack a punch, this Spider Aggro list clocks in at 14500 shards in total to make! It has the normal 12 one-drops, potent spiders for Two-drops, and Frenzied Skitterer to bump up the hard to block team while making your fearsome blockers pretty much elusive. It also holds Fervors and Decimates as reach in addition to Doombeasts. It builds a board and then uses flipped Elise or a series of Skitterers to put your opponent over the edge of stabilizing.

Pirate Aggro

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
10
2
6
3
6
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
4
Twisted Fate
1
5
Gangplank
2
Followers
26
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Jagged Butcher
1
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
2
2
Marai Warden
3
4
Island Navigator
2
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Spells
8
2
Make it Rain
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Pirate Aggro has been the marquis deck of the archetype for the last patch and change. It always has 3x Miss Fortunes but can vary on her dance partners so to speak. It has a lot of attack trigger cards, so more than other decks developing is usually the right option unless there are specific reasons you want to avoid doing so such as an Avalanche or a Deflecting Palm. The only noteworthy tech besides the Champion balance here is the inclusion of Make it Rain, to diversify the Zap Sprayfin pool.

Heimerdinger Ezreal

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
21
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
5
Heimerdinger
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
1
2
Electro Harpoon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Statikk Shock
3

This potent burn list has come out in the past few weeks as a real threat, making full use of the Baboon/Chompers package, in tandem with every piece of efficient burn possible so that you can go face, take out the enemies, and build an army of robots all at the same time.

3/4th Place - GrandpaRoji

Taliyah Malphite

Regions
Shurima
30 cards
Mount Targon
10 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
9
3
5
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Taliyah
3
7
Malphite
3
Landmarks
9
1
Ancient Preparations
3
2
Preservarium
3
4
Salt Spire
3
Followers
12
1
Chip
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
5
Herald of the Magus
1
6
Stonebreaker
2
Spells
13
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
The Absolver
1
3
Quicksand
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
3
Unraveled Earth
2
4
Rite of Negation
2
5
Celestial Wonder
2

The Roji Special. This is a list I'm not too familiar with so it's hard to talk too much on it. It has the normal explosive tempo of being able to Salt Spire + Taliyah, Chip as a one-mana 3/3, and the normal landmark staples. In addition to them, Roji includes some Stonebreakers are removal on a body, the normal interaction cards for landmark decks. The other interesting thing I'm not used to seeing from these sorts of lists is two Celestial Wonders, presumably to slow the opponent down, or get in for that big Unstoppable Force turn after the opponent re-develops.

Azir Xerath

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
2
0
7
1
11
2
15
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
4
Xerath
3
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
11
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Clockwork Curator
2
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
Spells
16
0
Rite of Calling
2
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
3
Quicksand
3
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
2

A standard Sun Disc affair, two Curators to be able to pop on 7, no ambassadors in lieu of Rite of the Arcanes and the like.

Yuumi Pantheon

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
12
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
22
2
Gifts From Beyond
2
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

Some spice here in the form of two Gifts from Beyond to generate whatever is needed for the time. Additionally there's no Golden Aegis in this list, opting for the full three Cataclysms.

3/4th Place - Foreto, of Pandex Esports

Viktor Lee

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
17
2
4
3
10
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
8
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Station Archivist
2
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Calculated Creations
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Ambush
2
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
3
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
5
Deep Meditation
3

Vik Lee is a powerful control deck that instead of going all in on Lee combo as was the plan in the older Lee decks, instead uses Lee as a control tool to support the inevitability of Viktor. It makes use of Ballistic bot and Viktor's Hex Core Upgrades to quickly tick up Lee to his level, and keep Eye of the Dragon pumping out dragonlings. Aside from that it makes use of the removal and disruption tools from the regions, in Mystic Shots, Concussive Palms, Denys, and a Spirit's Refuge to keep your key threats alive. In keeping to it's spell-centric nature, it runs a couple Poro Cannons and Calculated Creations to generate blockers or additional threats if needed.

Aphelios Zoe Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
1
0
8
1
15
2
8
3
4
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
3
Aphelios
3
5
Vi
1
Landmarks
1
4
The Veiled Temple
1
Followers
17
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
2
3
Solari Priestess
2
3
Station Archivist
1
4
Aloof Travelers
2
5
Subpurrsible
1
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
3
Hush
2
4
Aftershock
1
5
Starshaping
2

A very diverse list aimed around leveling Zoe, and using the powerful value tools of Targon in conjunction with Piltover and Zaun's efficient tools as well.

Ezreal Caitlyn

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
8
2
18
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
15
2
Ferros Financier
2
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
8
Captain Farron
2
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Culling Strike
1
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Statikk Shock
2
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

A standard looking classic tribeam list aside from one Culling Strike to hit some of the big threats in low-power champions.