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MonteXristo

Sirturmund’s and MonteXristo’s Seasonal Experiences

We can’t win them all: LoR is a zero-sum game, and every victory demands a defeat. Sirturmund and MonteXristo reflect about what happens when things don’t go our way, and Fortune greets our efforts with slings and arrows.

Advanced Guides
Yangzera

Learning How to Learn: Resource Management

There are three main resources in LoR: Mana, Cards and Health. How you manage them is the key to victory, as Yangzera explains in this strategy guide.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report

Looking for the best decks in the meta? Leer dives into the data to show you what decks you should play and prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Kevor24

Kevor’s Quick Tips: A-Fae-Lios

‘Twas the night before Seasonal. After finishing rank 1, Kevor is here to the rescue with some quick tips and tricks for the a-Fae-lios enjoyers out there.

Best LoR Ladder Decks
Meta Breakdowns
Herko Kerghans

Weekend Warrior Weapons

Twenty Top-Performing Blends, from Top Dogs to Exotic Brews, for the Cultured Ladder Enjoyer

Advanced Guides
Jason Fleurant

What Our Pros are Playing

LoR Seasonal Lineups — These are the Mastering Runeterra pro players’ recommendations!

Meta Decks
Yangzera

Detailed Deck Guide – Viego Shurima

In the last three days, Viego Shurima has jumped to the top of the playrate charts – Yangzera explains in detail how to pilot this controlling bad boy.

Beginners Guides
Yangzera

Learning How to Learn: The Value of Tempo

Tempo is a seemingly straightforward term in card games – but, like Time, it’s hard to define precisely. Yangzera breaks it down into three factors, to better grasp this crucial strategic concept.

Meta Decks
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Taliyah Ziggs

Taliyah Ziggs is one of the most powerful archetypes in the current meta. With a 55+% winrate over the past seven days, the deck has already become a meta staple, and a safe pick for your Seasonal lineup.

Off Meta -Decks
Jasensational

Breaking Dawn Leona, and the rest of Daybreak

Rather than focusing on a specific deck, Yasuo specialist Jasensational shows in this article how to solve a different side of the Stun equation: Leona, and her Daybreak package.

Best LoR Ladder Decks
Meta Breakdowns
Herko Kerghans

Weekend Warrior Weapons

Twenty-Two Vigorous Brews, from Meta Staples to Wild Blends, for the Discerning Ladder Climber

Beginners Guides
Yangzera

Learning How to Learn: The Art of Priority

In his first article for Mastering Runeterra, multiple rank #1 Yangzera covers the simple yet hard to master concept of priority management

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report 

‘sup! A new patch dropped last Wednesday and the meta is up in shambles. So much so that the WR data changes quite a bit every single day. What an exciting time to hop in and see what’s going on! =)

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Gregory the Grey

Road to Seasonals Tournament Series

Patch 3.6.0 is live on Wednesday, and daily tournaments are kicking off to help people prepare for Seasonals.

Beginners Guides
MonteXristo

Deck Guide: Pirates!

Pirates has seen a facelift, come find out how to play the latest iteration from MonteXristo as he breaks down one of LoR’s oldest and most reliable burn decks!

Gauntlets
MonteXristo

SirTurmund and MonteXristo’s Recommended Lineups

Shurima is overbearing but not quite omnipotent, especially in Best of three. With many potent lineups making numbers, Monte and Sirturmund have a choice selection for you.

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Best AM Tournament Decks of the Week

Aegis Esports (Runeterra Academy) is in the third week of their AM Tournament league and Jason Fleurant is here to tell you what’s on top!

Off Meta -Decks
Gregory the Grey

Off Meta Machinations

Tired of playing the same old decks game after game? We have a sampling of potent off meta decks to spice up your game!

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report 

Are you looking for the best decks in this new meta? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Gregory the Grey

5 Meta Decks to Counter the Sun (disc)

Even after ebbs and flows, Shurima still stands, what is a ladder player to do? Greg has you covered with 5 powerful meta decks that also COUNTER Sun Disc

Advanced Guides
Sirturmund

Lee Sin Viktor – The Slow Grind

Lee Sin Viktor is the new control deck being played in masters! Let Sirturmund walk you through this deck and how to approach playing it.

Gauntlets
MonteXristo

SirTurmund and MonteXristo’s Recommended Lineups

This week the meta has settled down and we’ve re-entered the vast Shuriman desert, with sun disc, Taliyah Ziggs, and others topping charts, Monte and Sirturmund have tools for you!

Beginners Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide – Aphelios Viktor

Guns, Robots, and Science! Aphelios Viktor is a toolbox deck based around creating whatever you need. Learn all about it in this deck guide by Leer!

Advanced Guides
CardGamer

Riven Viktor – A Glorious Combo

It’s a glorious day for Viktor and Riven enjoyers, Patch 3.4.0 heralds the evolution of one of the many Noxus P&Z archetypes.

Beginners Guides
Hydroflare

Mono Shurima: a Deck Guide

This patch brought back Mono-Shurima with a vengeance! Learn all about the power of the sun disc and the vast desert from Hydroflare.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report 

Are you looking for the best decks in this new meta? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Deck Guide: A-Fae-lios

A hot new tempo deck is making a splash on ladder. Monte dives in to let you know all of Fizz A-Fae-lios’ angles!

Advanced Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Azir Irelia

Leer lays out the vast power of Azir Irelia, why it’s especially good right now, and how to pilot it with grace and precision.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report

Are you looking for the best decks in this new meta? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Gregory the Grey

NEW Podcast: The Squadcast debuts

The Squad is a new competitive LoR team under the Mastering Runeterra umbrella, learn more about them and see the first episode of their podcast

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – March 28th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Gauntlets
MonteXristo

Sirturmund and MonteXristo Recommended Lineups

While Demacia decks are still on top, we have seen a resurgence of old archetypes like Lee Sin Zoe and (TLC) making a splash in tournament winners’ lineups. 

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Gregory the Grey

The Leaderboard is Live!

The first of many community tools made by Mastering Runeterra is here, the Masters Leaderboard is now live!

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

So, you want to build a deck?

Monte illustrates the process of deck brewing & refining by taking Miss Fortune Renekton to the Ladder.

Beginners Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – March 21st

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Advanced Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Aphelios Lux

Leer breaks down this novel Aphelios deck, sharing tips and insights from his exchange with “Between Worlds” Seasonal Champion Painas

Meta Decks
Gregory the Grey

8 Winning Lineups – March 17th Recap

Find out what’s been making the cut this week with our tournament lineup recap for our Wednesday and Thursday (EMEA) tournaments.

Advanced Guides
bA1ance

Fizz Riven Papercraft Combo: A Deck Guide

bA1lance shows how to refine and optimize a deck, based on data and playtesting, and provides a detailed guide for this Combo archetype

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Deck Guide: Trundle Gnar, aka Gnarlines

Monte shares his insights and personal decklist for one of his weapons of choice this Season: Trundle Gnar, aka Gnarlines.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Deck Guide: Swain Gnar

Need to slap some pesky Demacia Rally decks? Then let Jasensational tell you all about the exploits of the Noxian Grand General and his (new) furry best friend.

Advanced Guides
Sirturmund

Sejuani Gnar Bandle – Value Galore!

Sejuani Gnar Bandle has mediocre performance and bad matchup tables… but Sirturmund believes that’s because pilots are playing the deck incorrectly, or playing unoptimized lists.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – March 7th

Are you looking for the best decks in the meta? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Gregory the Grey

20 Winning Lineups + Tournament Announcement

Going forward we’re scaling back to two dailies per week and a larger one on weekends. Check out the winning lineups from week 2 of tournaments!

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Deck Guide: Jayce Heimer Shadows

Jasensational shares his tips and tricks for one of his weapons of choice this season, featuring his favorite Champ: the bright, hirsute Prof. Heimerdinger

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Feb 28th

The top of the performance charts have drastically changed since last week. Leer breaks down playrates, winrates and matchups to explain and predict which decks to expect on the Ladder.

Advanced Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Pantheon Yuumi

Pantheon Yuumi is quietly one of the best decks in the upcoming metagame. In this guide, Leer shows how the archetype functions, how to mulligan, and how to beat each matchup.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Sirturmund’s & Monte’s Bo3 Lineup Recommendations, Feb 24

The ladder may be Gnar, Gnar, Gnar everywhere, but that’s not an option in Tournaments or Gauntlets, so… what to bring?

Sirturmund and MonteXristo have your back with this week’s Bo3 recommendations!

Meta Breakdowns
Herko Kerghans

By The Numbers: Mid-Week Ladder & Lineups Update

Looking for a bit of mid-week direction in your climb or lineups? Here are the strongest Ladder decks according to the data, and two strong lineups from our 100 Dollar Daily Tournaments with brief comments from their pilots.

Advanced Guides
bA1ance

The Angler in Deep Water: A Shark’s Perspective, Part 2

bA1ance finishes his tour through the best data sites, shares tips on how to best use them, and interviews Team Pandex’ Coach, Tiburón Blanco, about how to make decisions based both on data and extensive experience.

Beginners Guides
bA1ance

The Angler in Deep Water: A Shark’s Perspective, Part 1

A good fisherman knows the sea, the waves and the weather… and where to get the best supplies for his trade.
bA1ance will tour you around the best LoR data sites, and offer tips about how to use said data.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Feb 21

Our Monday Meta Reports return! Leer’s back with the second thing he does best.
(If you’ve read the Writers vs. Pros article, you know what’s the first! :P)

Advanced Guides
Jason Fleurant

5 Tips for Ladder Climbing

Need help climbing to Masters? We’ve put together a list to help guide you to the top!

Advanced Guides
Maybenextime

Week 1 Lineup Ideas & Tourney Pointers

New cards, nerfs, and no data – the holy trinity of ‘what do I even play this weekend’.

Luckily for you, it’s no worries – here’s three lineup ideas to help you storm the gauntlet gates or crush a community tournament.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Sirturmund & Monte’s Lineup Recommendations

A Curious Journey is here and with new decks come new lineup construction challenges! Sirturmund and MonteXristo have your back with this week’s lineup recommendations!

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Mastering Runeterra

LoR Patch 3.2.0 Notes

New Arcade Skinds and Boards. Nerfs hit Ahri, Iceborn Legacy, Wounded Whiteflame & Kinkou Wayfinder in Patch 3.2.0

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Shadawx

LoR Weekly Watch  February 15 – February 21

Welcome to the Legends of Runeterra Weekly Watch for the week of February 15 – February 21
Breaking down all the latest news and happenings from around the LoR world.

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Gregory the Grey

A Curious Journey Day 2

Yuumi comes to Legends of Runeterra with a new ability called Attach. Check out all the latest cards from Day 2 of reveals!

Advanced Guides
Herko Kerghans

Expeditions: Advanced Resources

Welcome to our third iteration of card ratings & Expedition Tier List!

Combining Balco’s winrate data and ratings from five expert drafters, here’s a by-the-numbers Tier List for every card in Expeditions.

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Gregory the Grey

NEW EXPANSION – A CURIOUS JOURNEY!

We have the first ten cards out of the forty eight that will be released in this set. Let’s jump into this new Fae matters set.

Meta Monday
Advanced Guides
bA1ance

Popping Off with Lulu Poppy! — a Deck Guide, and a Journey to Masters

Father, card-slinger, Combo lover, guy behind our Matchup tables… bA1ance is a man of many talents. This is his journey, from Magic early days to Master in LoR, along with his detailed guide & optimization for the deck that got him there this Season.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Off-Meta Deck Guide: Jinx Poppy Discard Aggro

Nope, that’s not a typo. Yep, it’s Jinx Poppy. A very rare deck from the APAC shard that Balco dug for us from his data mines… and, as Wamuu will show you, oh boy can it blow sh*t up.

Beginners Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 31st

With this week’s meta shift, we’re approaching an equilibrium in which no decks are clearly overplayed. Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Advanced Guides
Kevor24

Detailed Deck Guide: Ahri Kennen Go Hard, by Kevor

Most people would agree Ahri Kennen is the top dog right now but what’s more debatable is: which version is the best?
Kevor is here to tell you all about the Go Hard version right on time for Seasonal

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Detailed Deck Guide: Zilean Xerath

Monte delves deep into the intricacies and countdowns around one of the staple Landmark decks: Zilean Xerath.

Best LoR Ladder Decks
Meta Breakdowns
Herko Kerghans

Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 28

Twenty-Six High-Performing Blends, from Meta Powerhouses to Exotic Single-Shard Brews, for the Discerning Part-Time Ladderista

Advanced Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Akshan Sivir

Although around for quite long, Akshan Sivir is a hidden gem that has a strong matchup table in the meta.
Leer will guide you through the basics of the deck and the intricacies of its matchups.

Advanced Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 24th

With the rise of Scouts, we have seen an exciting shift into an elegant dance between Control decks, Tempo-based archetypes, and Ahri Kennen. Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks – 5K Championship Qualifier #6

Iceborn Legacy was the surprise of this Qualifier. Both the Poros AND Spiders versions made it to the finals with Prodigy’s Poros taking the crown!

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Detailed Deck Guide: Trundle Tryndamere FTR

FTR Control is an old archetype rejuvenated by the recent balance patch. Jasensational explains in detail how to keep your foe’s board clear while you play your big, overwhelming threats.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Detailed Deck Guide: Kindred Sentinels

The last balance patch finally allowed Kindred to shine. Wamuu explains in detail his favorite version of one archetype in which they do so: Kindred Sentinels.

Advanced Guides
Leer

Detailed Deck Guide: Scouts

Leer breaks down the card choices, mulligan strats and matchups for one of the strongest decks right now: Scouts.

Advanced Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 17th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s ever-changing metagame? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks – 5K Championship Qualifier #5

Demacia was king this weekend with SamanthaHoney taking the crown! Check out these powerful line ups that rose to the top of a 250 player field!

Best LoR Ladder Decks
Advanced Guides
Herko Kerghans

Weekend Warrior Weapons, Jan 14

Twenty high-performance blends, from Meta Staples to Risky & Rare brews, for the discerning LoR ladderista.

Illegal Contraption
Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Tournament Tech, January 13

In search for some Gauntlet or Tournament lineups? Wamuu explains the current best choices, along with their ban strategies.

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Jasensational

LoR Ezry Awards

A community-driven Awards, to recognize members that work hard to make our community a better place.
Nominations now open — including Best Pet!

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Detailed Deck Guide: Nightfall

Monte’s back with another deck guide on one of his favorite decks, Nightfall!
If you’re sick of losing to Ahri/Kennen click the link to learn how to play one of it’s best counters!

Beginners Guides
Herko Kerghans

Attacking First: Does it matter?

According to our favorite datamancer, Balco: “Yes… but not much.” Unless your name’s on Pyke’s list!

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks – 5K Championship Qualifier #4

Champion SaltySimon strikes again! Control and Agro line ups were the winner this weekend with no poros and few Ahri’s to be seen in the top line ups.

Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 10th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s new metagame? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Illegal Contraption
Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Tournament Tech, January 7

Looking for Gauntlet or Tournament lineups? Wamuu breaks down the best lineups for this fresh new Meta.

Beginners Guides
Shadawx

Patch 3.0.0 – New patch, new decks!

The newest update to the game, Patch 3.0.0, brings some interesting card changes. Shadawx shows off five decks you can try out on Day #1!

Meta Monday
Advanced Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Jan 3rd

While the meta is still the most diverse we’ve seen in a very long time, pilots have already detected the best performers. Leer dives deep into the data to find out which other decks are being held back by the current Top Dogs, and how things may change with the balance patch we expect on Wednesday.

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks – 5K Championship Qualifier #3

Kennen Ahri was the story of this tournament taking 7 of the top 8 slots. This impressive feat was only matched by the impressive rise in agro strategies to combat the elusive menace. Congrats to Daneblast, saltysimon, maybenextime and another MasteringRuneterra Pro team member Aikado!

Illegal Contraption
Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Tournament Tech

Wamuu breaks down the best lineups from last week’s tournaments and details their ban strategy, tech choices and whether they are suitable for tournaments, Gauntlets or both.

Advanced Guides
Leer

Fizz Lulu Deck Guide

Fizz/Lulu is a tempo-based deck that has been flying under the radar for most parts of the meta. Today, we take a closer look at how this deck achieves two main goals with an unlikely combination of discards and Yordles.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Draven Rumble Deck Guide

Unlike the other Magic Misadventures champions, Rumble was a bit slow in finding its proper shell… but the wait is over: Wamuu gets the party ready to roll!

Meta Monday
Advanced Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Dec 27th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s new meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Teemo Swain Deck Guide

What’s the difference between Teemo and Swain? Well… one is a ruthless war criminal, and the other is the Grand General of Noxus. How do they team up? Here’s Jasensational with the detailed run-down!

Advanced Guides
CastMin

What’s the Punish?

Santa ain’t lying: if you’ve been bad (player), you get punished. Luckily, here’s CastMin to help you avoid getting the coal!

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Ahri Kennen Deck Guide

Surging in playrate after the hotfix, Kennen Ahri Shurima is now one of the strongest decks. Wamuu lays bare all its many tricks, mulligan and matchups in this in-depth guide.

Meta Monday
Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – December 20th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s fresh meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Advanced Guides
Leer

Pantheon Taric Deck Guide

Pantheon/Taric has been the most played deck since the hotfix on Dec 14th. In this guide, we will cover what’s behind the hype and how to pilot this deck to success.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Poppy Teemo Deck Guide – By CameronHanzo

Teemo Poppy is a deck that looks to snowball the game with Poppy and Yordle Captain to get really big units and finish your opponent off with Yordles In Arms and rallies!

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 5 Post Patch Ladder Decks

Now though comes the question of what will be good post patch? The five decks I’ve listed below were all either very powerful before the patch or will benefit from Kennen and Poppy being nerfed.

Meta Monday
Advanced Guides
Leer

Monday Meta Report – December 13th

Are you looking for the best decks in this week’s meta-game? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and those you should prepare to face!

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks – 5K Championship Qualifier #1

Back to back wins for BlackBoss! Hot off of his Seasonals win he takes down the first Mastering Runeterra Championship Qualifier beating out Mastering Runeterra Pro Team member WhatAmI in a thrilling three game set.

Beginners Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show: Episode Nine

The meta in flux, unrefined decks, untested ideas… WhatAmI helps us navigate our opening hands against the unknown in this episode of the Mulligan Show.

Beginners Guides
Jasensational

Learning About Unspent Mana

This article is part of a six-part series geared towards newer players to teach them about the fundamentals of Legends of RuneTerra (and card games in general). Each article is aimed to build on each other and teach you how to think deeper behind your plays and how you pilot the game.

Beginners Guides
Guren

Introduction to LOR

There have been a lot of new players joining LOR and our community here at Mastering Runeterra! If you are new, you’ve seen articles about the meta shifting, deck breakdowns, how to get yourself in the headspace to improve your play, and, of course, why this game is so amazing.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #8

WhatAmI again takes us to school to teach us how to mulligan in LoR — a crucial skill if you want to improve as a player.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Mastering the Fundamentals: Priority

Jasensational is back with the next guide in his Mastering the Fundamentals series. This time he’s giving you the breakdown on Priority!

LoR Ladder Anxiety
Beginners Guides
Wamuu

LoR Ladder Anxiety

Top 200 player Wamuu shares his tips on overcoming the anxiety that comes with the (sometimes brutal) ups and downs in the LoR Ladder,

Meta Monday
Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report Nov 29

In this Monday Meta Report for Nov 29, Leer breaks down which decks are up, which ones are down, and which ones are out in LoR’s Ladder.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Mastering the Fundamentals: Passing

Using Feel the Rush and Zoe Lee Sin as detailed examples, Jasensational explains in depth the most difficult fundamental to master: Passing correctly.

Beginners Guides
Jason Fleurant

5 Decks to make Masters FAST!

As of this writing there are 586 players in Masters. Which means if you can achieve that rank you will qualify for Seasonals this Saturday! This climb can be done from Gold up to Masters with a solid day of grinding the Ladder so there is still time.

Advanced Guides
CastMin

Seasonal Open Rounds Essentials

Nine hours packed with intense gameplay and hard decisions at every corner… CastMin answers the tough questions so you can focus on preparing for the event.

Advanced Guides
FloppyMudkip

Teemo Sejuani Guide

Today we’re going to go over a deck that I’ve been playing and refining this season: Teemo Sejuani Bandle. This is a concept I originally saw someone playing on ladder and after the game, I immediately opened the deck builder and tried the concept out for myself.

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CastMin

Arcane – Act 3

Did you miss anything from the epic conclusion of Arcane? We’ve got you covered.

Meta Monday
Meta Breakdowns
Leer

Monday Meta Report – Nov 22nd

Welcome to this week’s Monday Meta Report, where we take a look at the most dominant decks in the past 7 days and why they are currently on the top of the meta. We will also try to identify dark horses and predict what decks could be promising to move into this week.

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 OLS Decks – Nov 21

Check out the winning decks and line ups in last weekend’s OLS tournament! These line ups can give you insight into what to except at Seasonals this Saturday!

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #7

WhatAmI again takes us to school to teach us how to mulligan in Legends of Runeterra — a crucial skill if you want to improve as a player.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Mastering the Fundamentals: How to Beat your Opponent

Knowing our deck’s gameplan is crucial, but we’ll focus this chapter of Mastering the Fundamentals on the other side of the equation: factoring what our *opponent* is doing.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Zoe Lee Sin Deck Guide

This old Archetype remains one of the strongest in tournaments, and a force to reckoned with when piloted skillfully on the LoR Ladder. Jasensational’s Zoe Lee Sin Deck Guide will teach pilots the skills needed to kick foes in both settings.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Top 5 Lineups For Your Last Chance Gauntlet!

This top 5 is based on the results of our weekly Wednesday Night Runeterra community tournament. Llineups have been chosen based on results and variety; there is a lineup for every type of playstyle out there.

Beginners Guides
AidenThorne

The Path of Champions – PvE Tips & Tricks

Looking to play The Path of Champions for the first time? Struggling with your PvE runs? AidenThorne has all the answers for you in this PvE rundown!

Advanced Guides
Herko Kerghans

Uncle Herko’s Tips – LoR Matchup Data

Ye bein’ a bit lost when lookin’ fer LoR matchup data? Worry not, kiddo! Good Ol’ Uncle Herko will show ye all t’ best places to look fer ’em crunchy numbers.

Off Meta -Decks
CastMin

Welcome to the Hextech Mayhem

With the release of Riot’s Hextech Mayhem coming November 16, it is the perfect time to try this deck and blow your opponents’ Nexus off the board, all while creating some great fireworks in the process.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #6

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player. WhatAmI takes us to school.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Draven Viktor Deck Guide

Hello, Wamuu here and today I’m bringing you another deck guide. This time we’ll be taking a look at Draven Viktor! I climbed from Diamond IV to Diamond I with a 60% win rate with this deck. So, you might want to try it out.

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Mastering the Fundamentals: Win Conditions and How to Achieve Them

Hey everyone, Jasensational here. This article is part of a six-part series geared towards newer players to teach them about the fundamentals of Legends of RuneTerra (and card games in general). Each article is aimed to build on each other and teach you how to think deeper behind your plays and how you pilot the game.

Beginners Guides
Wamuu

Top 5 Gauntlet Lineups

This Top 5 is based on the results of our weekly Wednesday Night Runeterra community tournament. The lineups have been curated based on results but we added some variety to spice things up. We wanted to ensure that multiple gameplay styles were covered so everyone can find a lineup they enjoy!

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Off Meta -Decks
CastMin

Time Capsule: Overwhelm

Welcome back, awesome people. After unfolding the story of Demacia Targon in the last Time Capsule article, it is now time to talk about an elephant in the room that is not Armored Tuskrider but has a connection to it: Overwhelm.

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 OLS Decks – Nov 7

Check out the winning decks and line ups in last weekend’s OLS tournament! There are so many spicey lists in this top cut, it really gives hope that this tournament meta will be diverse and interesting leading into Seasonals.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Gangplank Sejuani Deck Guide

Gangplank Sejuani is a very old deck in the meta as it first sprung out from The Rising Tides expansion. The idea of the deck is pretty simple, both Gangplank and Sejuani have the same level-up condition so the whole deck is built around dealing damage to the enemy nexus as often as possible.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #5

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player. WhatAmI takes us to school.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Draven Sion Deck Guide

Draven Sion is an archetype that came to be with the release of Sion and his support cards, allowing a sort of midrange discard deck archetype to rise. Ever since Sion’s release, this deck has been dominating the ladder and competitive play as it has a very high-power level.

Beginners Guides
Jasensational

Beginners Guide: Tempo and Archetypes

This article will be the pilot of a six-part series geared towards newer players to teach them about the basic fundamentals of Legends of RuneTerra (and card games in general). Each article is aimed to build on each other and teach you how to think deeper behind your plays and how you pilot the game.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Braum Asol Field Testing

After their success solving Legna’s URF Hypothesis, MAIM Corp’s brightest minds now tackle a difficult challenge: can Iceborn and Space Dragons coexist in the same deck?

A deck guide like no other!

Gauntlets
Wamuu

Top 5 Line Ups for Gauntlet

We recommend utilizing these lineups for the weekly Gauntlet for prime glory if you’re interested on that. Although keep in mind that you should only bring decks you are comfortable with to either Gauntlets for prime glory or tournaments so if you’re not comfortable with the three decks of a specific lineup I would not recommend bringing it.

Off Meta -Decks
CastMin

Time Capsule – Demacia Targon

We owe the first glimpses of brilliance for this archetype to my fellow Romanian player, The CatAsUs, as he was the pioneer of it. It was Duels of Runeterra #17 when he first presented it to the world in a line-up focused on countering Scouts as the prevalent threat of the meta

Expeditions
Herko Kerghans

Runeterra Expeditions: Champions Tier List

The first rule of Draft Club is you do not take the bad card. Rather than agonizing about what’s the best choice, focus on making sure you avoid the worst choice. The Tier lists in this article will help Expedition newcomers recognize when they’re offered a “snap pick”, and navigate the “tough choices” when they arise.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Riven Swain Field-testing

After extensive testing, the bright scientists of MAIM Corp show confidence that their River-Swain formula may be the current answer to Legna’s URF Hypothesis (“Every Meta contains an underplayed Riven deck”)

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Decks $300 GGToor Tournament

Congrats to Seku for winning the GGTooR $300 tournament in yet another star studded field. Mastering Runeterra Pro Team Member and Mulligan Master WhatAmI made yet ANOTHER top cut. Seeing the same players in the top cut of tournaments weekend in and out really shows how high skill expression is in Legends of Runeterra and bodes well for it becoming an Esport with the same players rising to the top consistently. 

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Sivir Tristana Deck Guide

Sivir Tristana is a deck that caught my eye when I was playing the open rounds for the seasonal tournament. It surprised me when I played against it. Long story short I was 1-1 against a guy whose name I don’t remember and I died from 18 nexus health in one turn even though I had lethal next turn.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #4

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player. WhatAmI takes us to school.

Advanced Guides
Jason Fleurant

Ep 38 The Meta Tier Breakdown

The Mastering Runeterra Podcast with Jae and Bae. We dive deep into the current meta and which decks are climbing the ladder quickly and which decks you should avoid.

Expeditions
Herko Kerghans

Runeterra Expeditions: Chickens, Eggs and Leaderboards

In a Mastering Runeterra interview, RubinZoo mentioned that there were no plans to add a Ranked mode for Expeditions that he knew of. “But it’s a chicken and egg thing, though,” he said, since an Expedition ladder would foster the competition that the mode currently lacks. Could the LoR community help solve this chicken-egg problem?

Meta Decks
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 OLS Decks

Check out the winning decks and line ups in last weekend’s OLS tournament! There are so many spicey lists in this top cut, it really gives hope that this tournament meta will be diverse and interesting leading into Seasonals.

Shyvana
Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Dragons Deck Guide

Today we bring you a deck that you’ve probably seen all over the ladder: ASol Shyvana Dragons. Wamuu tells you everything you need to know about this powerful archetype.

Expeditions
Herko Kerghans

Runeterra Expeditions: Co-Drafting Ashe-Thresh

With a very stats-heavy approach to drafting, arthurmauk tracks win rate stats from all cards on the LoR Guardian’s Expedition Insights page and then calculates their averages to gauge how they fit the deck he’s currently drafting based on curve and the deck’s gameplan.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With

The order of this Top 7 is based on deck popularity rather than win rate but I will be covering win rates and my thoughts on each deck. Some popular decks are not included as I do not believe they are good for climbing right now but people are rather playing them for fun.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #3

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player. WhatAmI takes us to school.

Advanced Guides
Leer

How to math in LoR

In Legends of Runeterra, there are thankfully not many mechanics that are RNG dependent. But as we are playing a collectible card game, situations are bound to happen where we clench our buttcheeks and pray to the almighty RNGesus.

Advanced Guides
Herko Kerghans

Zed Poppy Deck Guide

Zed Poppy Rally is a difficult, tricky, relentless, ancient, ice-cold, punchy-yet-patient, sort-of-elusive, fully-on-board archetype.

Advanced Guides
CastMin

Learning to Learn LoR

Today I will be teaching you how to improve while hanging out with people in voice chats, based on the experiences that I mentioned before and why this process is going to make you a better player.

Meta Breakdowns
Jason Fleurant

Top 8 Seasonals Decks

Check out the winning decks by our latest Seasonals Champion OCITI and the rest of this Seasons top 8!

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Turbo Thralls Deck Guide

Thralls is a deck that wants to slow down and stall out the game for a few turns giving themselves time to set up a massive board of 8/8 overwhelm units!

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show #2

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player. WhatAmI takes us to school.

Advanced Guides
Herko Kerghans

An Introduction to Expeditions

Drafting is a difficult game mode to get into, and Expeditions being pay-to-play makes the entry barrier higher. This guide will walk you through all the steps required before you actually face your first opponent.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Lulu Poppy Deck Guide

Lulu Poppy is a deck that utilizes Demacia’s combat tricks to make value trades in the early game for your units to survive and remove blockers in combination with Bandle City’s ability to swarm the board with small units to set up a wide board and finish up the game with one huge or multiple swings

Advanced Guides
CastMin

How to Pilot Burn

It is time to address the elephant in the room and understand why so many Burn decks have emerged and are performing on the biggest stages. A few things took place in order to reach this situation

Advanced Guides
Tiburon Blanco

Draven Caitlyn Deck Guide

This deck is currently one of the Strong Control deck options we have available on the current “Beyond Bandlewood” META. I hope you find this guide useful so you can unlock its full potential!

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Riven Vi Deck Guide

If you can relate to the sound of smashing enemy nexuses in one turn from 15+, then I want to introduce you to Riven Vi.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Darkness Deck Guide

Darkness is a control deck that plays around the generated spell Darkness hence the deck name. It may just be the break out deck for seasonals.

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

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.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Gangplank Twisted Fate Deck Guide

Bandle Pirates is in my opinion the most consistent aggro deck on ladder currently. It consists of dealing ping damage to the enemy nexus consistently throughout the game to set up a leveled up Gangplank as a finisher.

Advanced Guides
MajiinBae

Nami Zoe Deck Guide

Nami Zoe is undoubtedly one of the strongest breakout decks of the new set. Boasting a rather high win rate in all ranks it’s certainly a force to be reckoned with. But what if I told you that it should be winning much, much more?

Advanced Guides
Leer

Akshan Sivir Deck Guide

Once upon a time, there was a deck so busted that its matchup table was only lit in green. After an emergency Shurima Hotfix, we arrive at the decklist we are investigating today. Welcome to this Akshan/Sivir/Demacia deck guide!

Advanced Guides
Jasensational

Lurk Deck Guide

As I experimented more and more with different play patterns and turns, I became fascinated by the complexity of the deck itself; once you see your opening hand, it’s so important to be thinking 2 or 3 turns ahead.

Advanced Guides
MonteXristo

Fizz Nami Deck Guide

Everyone knows about Zoe Nami, but what about Fizz Nami? Very powerful and conveniently opens up Zoe to be used in another deck in your line up.

Advanced Guides
Wamuu

Fizz Poppy Bandle Tree Guide

Today I’m bringing you my deck guide for Fizz Poppy Bandletree. I’ve played 82 games with it this season at Diamond and Master rank and it sits at a 67% win rate for me.

Advanced Guides
CastMin

Ziggs Poppy Deck Guide

Hello there, my friend who loves short games with fast-paced action and a lot of Burn, baby, burn!!

Advanced Guides
WhatamI

The Mulligan Show Reloaded

Learning how to Mulligan in Legends of Runeterra is one of the most important skills required to be a winning player.

Beginners Guides
AidenThorne

New Player Guide

In this guide, I will explain some of the most important concepts for Legends of Runeterra players to understand as they begin their journey to Master.

Advanced Guides
SSpellPierce

How to Set Healthy Goals

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

Beginners Guides
Herko Kerghans

Ultra Rapid Draw Strategy Guide

For those that like to live on the wild side and enjoy Lab’s Ultra Rapid Draw, aka URD.