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GGtoor x Mastering Runeterra Cup #8 Recap

The GGtoor x MasteringRuneterra cup concluded with Squallywag taking home the crown, see what made the cut!

Welcome to another Tournament Recap article, today we'll look at the data from what came out to the recent MR x GGtoor cup in the open rounds, the results of the top 8, and go into the full lineups of the top 8 winners. Shout out to the folks who run lor.dne.to for their site that translates .csv files into handy analytic graphics like you'll see below!

Swiss Rounds Analytics

Here we can see some of the major competitors definitely holding up off the ladder, with almost HALF the competitors of the 87 person tournament bringing Aphelios Zoe Vi, and about a third bringing Nami TF. At the bottom we can also note that a deck that was completely dead in the reign of thralls may be starting to pop back up; Scouts!

Taking a brief look at the region breakdown, we see that the removal regions (PnZ and SI) are currently the hotness, but even the lower numbers aren't that dismal, with even the lowest population region Demacia finding 34 decks, a balanced showing overall! But let's see if the top cut tells a different story...

Top 8 Analytics

This tells a bit of a story, showing how often TF Nami can translate open rounds to top cut with it's high skill expression and diverse lines. Alongside that it looks like Viego is back in force, and the slippery elusive/agro lists are on the rise as well. It is interesting to note that no two lineups are identical for the top 8 as well. With that said and done; the lists.

5-8th Place - SleepyPunda - https://twitter.com/sleepypunda27

Ahri Bard

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
15
2
3
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
16
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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A newcomer to the meta since shortly before the patch, Ahri Bard is a concept that on paper sounds like it shouldn't work, but it somehow just does. It makes use of the draw power of the Ahri shell in concert with Dancing Droplet to power through your deck and land some key chimes on your cheap elusive units to poke in for damage until the enemy dies to a 7/6 Mourned. This list also makes use of one Navori Highwayman, a good way to gum up the board when used with Ahri, or to generate a huge tempo swing with 8/10 of stats for a reasonable 2 mana.

A big addition that makes the deck very potent in the current meta is it's ability to use six copies of Homecoming in the form of 3x natural ones, and 3x Ionian Tellstones. The deck was especially powerful in the time of Thralls, and has since fallen off a tad with the value of Homecoming lessening, it is still a potent contender all the same.

Viego Shurima

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
20 100
champion
3
epic
6
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
10
2
10
3
3
4
0
5
6
6
5
7+
Champions
3
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
15
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Fading Icon
2
Fading Icon
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
22
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Sandy Lad returns once again. The modern Viego Shurima is mostly the same as old iterations, skipping any Baccai Sandspinners, and even with the nerf, still packing a full three quicksands. With the high density of decks winning through elusive threats and overwhelming for singular massive chunks, it still is a killer card.

Nami Twisted Fate (Shadow Isles)

Regions
Bilgewater
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
34 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
12
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
9
2
6
3
7
4
6
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
10
2
Coral Creatures
2
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
24
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
1
Answered Prayer
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Another newer deck that has stormed the ladder and meta, Nami TF (also known as Dead Fish) uses the control elements afforded to it from Shadow Isles, the game-winning champions in Nami and TF alongside some cheap shenanigans to typically swing in for one massive game ending turn. In addition to the normal TF and Nami gameplan, the deck uses three copies of Shadow Isles Tellstones, which when combined with a flipped nami, can generate +6/+4 of stats for two mana (using mark of the isles). It also uses the unit-generating spells from the Illaoi package, being Answered Prayer, Tentacle Smash, and Eye of Nagakabouros to keep it's spell count high. It's 'combo' turn usually uses multiple Wiggly Burblefish, Fading Memories, and either Nami or Fleet Admiral Shelly to crack in for a massive wave of elusive damage.

5-8th Place - DunoGP

Bard Galio

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Runeterra
8 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
8
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
7
Galio
3
Galio
Landmarks
1
2
Petricite Pillar
1
Petricite Pillar
Followers
24
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Redeemer
2
Vanguard Redeemer
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
2
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
3
Swiftwing Flight
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
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A touch different than the Demacia Bard list we've seen for a while now, this variation opts to go tall rather than fast. This version also uses some of the grindier cards one would expect from a midrange deck, such as Vanguard Redeemer, Silverwing Vanguard, and Swiftwing Flight. In addition to this, it goes a lot more interactive, using Ranger's Resolve, Sharpsight, Shield of Durand, and a single Petricite Pillar due to how much it cripples some big decks (Nami, Fizz Riven, sometimes Aphelios) for key turns.

Fizz Riven

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
12
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
3
Might
3
Sharpened Resolve
2
Sharpened Resolve
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
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One of the new top dogs, this uses Papercraft dragon alongside a slippery fish to crash in for often a full 20-0 in one swing. This version utilizes one of Flamespitter for large bumps of damage, Sharpened Resolve, and a singular Friendship to keep non-fizz threats alive for combo turns.

Viego Shurima

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
19 600
champion
3
epic
5
rare
7
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
12
3
4
4
0
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
3
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
16
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
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
21
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
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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This version of SandViego cuts out the Fading Icons to return to the Baccai Sandspinner to have more good interaction and keep control of the board.

5-8th Place - Jtamonda - https://twitter.com/jtamonda?lang=en

Nami Twisted Fate (Shadow Isles)

Regions
Bilgewater
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
34 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
12
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
9
2
6
3
7
4
6
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
10
2
Coral Creatures
2
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
24
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
1
Answered Prayer
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

This is exactly the same as the earlier list, not much else to add.

Aphelios Zoe Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
17
2
9
3
0
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Hush
1
Hush
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With board buffs come Flame Chompers!, this is the latest of such decks since the death of Yordles in Arms, using The Winding Light and early swarm tactics to chip in damage before pumping the board to put the enemy on low health, so you can finish them off with a full package of burn. Unlike the Fizz Lulu decks of old, this one also has cards that can be used aggressively or on a slower scale in Zoe and Aphelios that give you more game into grindier matches.

Fizz Riven

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
16
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
20
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
14
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
2
Might
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
Open deck in builder

Jta's take on Fizz Riven spices it up with a full three Assistant Librarians to force blocks or draw extra cards, and opts out of Sharpened Resolve, and in on one Noxian Tellstones to be a bit more flexible.

5-8th Place - Mathonical - https://twitter.com/Mathonical

Ahri Bard

Regions
Ionia
32 cards
Runeterra
8 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
2
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
20
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
Inspiring Mentor
1
Inspiring Mentor
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
14
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
2
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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This take on the deck opts to go a bit more on the grindy side of things, opting in for a full three Sai'nens, and lowering the count of Tellstones so you don't run out of gas.

Nami Twisted Fate (Shadow Isles)

Regions
Bilgewater
27 cards
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
10
2
6
3
8
4
6
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
10
2
Coral Creatures
2
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
24
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Math's number on Dead Fish takes out one Vengeance since the meta has changed to a position where it isn't as key of a card, and puts in another Answered Prayer so that they can commit to the board and fight more aggressive lists easier.

Zoe Aphelios Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
12
2
6
3
2
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
5
Subpurrsible
2
Subpurrsible
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
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This version looks to get grindier rather than going all in on the aggressive style with winding light. It plays more to it's champs through use of Spacey Sketcher, Subpurrsible, and a few Suit Ups to keep your poros or other threats from dying. It also can power a chompers up for easy challenger kills.

3/4th Place - Sergi2Vamos - https://twitter.com/ta_sergi2vamos

Annie Ziggs

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shurima
18 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
9
2
10
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Followers
24
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
10
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
3
Might
2
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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In a meta, where everyone says aggro is dead, one man takes an aggro heavy lineup to 3/4th place. First off we have Annie Ziggs, an aggressive list looking to use the same rough gameplan as before Annie existed, 12 one-drops, three Decimates, three Ruinous Path, and more spells aiming just to push damage in.

Draven Sion

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
0
4
2
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
3
Sion
Followers
18
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Grave Physician
1
Grave Physician
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Draven Sion hasn't seen too much innovation, this is a burn heavy version aiming to push damage fast and then power them down with a heavy burn package and sion as a finisher.

Bard Poppy Jarvan

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Runeterra
6 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
5
3
12
4
5
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
26
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Stony Suppressor
1
Stony Suppressor
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
1
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
Swiftwing Flight
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
Spells
8
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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A more snowbally Bard Demacia list, this lowers the interaction to try and get more power packed into it's board, leaning into the Bannerman+Rally type gameplan. The deck also has one Stony Suppressor to put a hamper on the spell heavy decks that usually toss Demacia around.

3/4th Place - Ghosterdriver - https://twitter.com/ghosterdriver

Jayce Heimerdinger (Shadow Isles)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
5
0
4
1
8
2
10
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
13
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
Spells
21
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

With the Cast/Play changes, and more recently the cast+copy changes this deck has seen a fair uptick as one of the premier control decks. It makes use of Jayce's doubling in tandem with Heimerdinger generating double turrets to power down the opponent after controlling the board and getting a handle on things with powerful 6+ cost spells.

Nami Twisted Fate (Shadow Isles)

Regions
Bilgewater
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
35 200
champion
6
epic
10
rare
14
common
10
Mana cost
3
0
2
1
9
2
6
3
8
4
5
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
11
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
23
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Ghost's twist on this opts in for a Ruination, cutting out the Prayers for another Coral Creatures as well for early board presence and card generation.

Aphelios Zoe Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
15
2
9
3
0
4
1
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
23
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
11
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
Open deck in builder

This is the rather standard version of the deck, same as we saw initially, heavy in on the Board + Winding Light gameplan.

2nd Place - Pugs

Illaoi (Ionia)

Regions
Ionia
14 cards
Bilgewater
26 cards
Rarities
15 300
champion
3
epic
0
rare
13
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
5
3
12
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
15
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Fortune Croaker
1
Fortune Croaker
2
Hired Gun
3
Hired Gun
3
Buhru Leader
2
Buhru Leader
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
5
Buhru Lookout
3
Buhru Lookout
Spells
22
1
Ghost
2
Ghost
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Syncopation
2
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
Spirit's Refuge
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

A deck and champion that we haven't seen much of since thralls took over, this deck looks to land a tentacle, keep it alive, then multi-bonk with Ghost and Buhru Leader to give free attacks.

Akshan Gnar

Regions
Bandlecity
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
1
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
7
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Shuriman Tellstones
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

"Paper Gnar-io" Lives! This is the same shell as we saw soon after Gnar's initial release, with Papercraft Gnar the aim is to put double attack on something with overwwhelm, then hold up Rite of Negation, Wallop, and or use it's natural spellshield (from Warlord's Horde, or Ruin Runner) to crash in for a kill. The main innovation here is use of Byrd to power up your papercraft or overwhelmer.

Fizz Riven

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
11
2
7
3
4
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
2
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
2
Might
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Friendship!
2
Friendship!
Open deck in builder

A rather standard Librarian variant of the Fizz Riven list.

1st Place - Squallywag

Azir Irelia

Regions
Ionia
26 cards
Shurima
14 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
14
2
6
3
5
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
4
1
Ancient Preparations
1
Ancient Preparations
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
17
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
2
The Stagehand
1
The Stagehand
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Blossoming Blade
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Shaped Stone
1
Shaped Stone
2
Lead and Follow
2
Lead and Follow
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
Open deck in builder

Riot has given it enough buffs, Azir Irelia is back. Irelia's huge attune buff combined with some recent tools such as The Stagehand have paired to put the deck back to the top tier of the meta. The deck has a lot more power from the use of Field Musicians, with a common line involving banking one spell mana, into Irelia on 3, and Field Musicians + Flawless Duet to get a card and +1 mana.

Aphelios Viktor Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
16
2
9
3
2
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
4
Viktor
2
Viktor
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
21
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
1
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
Open deck in builder

Another grindier version of Aphelios PnZ as the deck type is collectively known. This opts in for Viktor to eventually use 0 mana moon weapons and get immense value off all your card generators.

Viego Shurima

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
20 100
champion
3
epic
6
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
9
2
12
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