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Post-Patch Forerunners – Best LoR Decks, 24hs After Patch 4.11

With roughly 24hs of data since LoR patch 4.11 landed, these are the best decks for the Standard and Eternal LoR ladders.

Legends of Runeterra Variety Patch 4.11 has set sail, bringing new cards, a slew of nerfs and buffs, and the return of the Eternal LoR ladder.

This patch also marks the last stretch of LoR's competitive season before all the Worlds slots are secured. The LoR Eternal Open will take place in less than two weeks, and the Standard Last Chance Qualifier will happen in less than three.

Let's check which decks have caught good winds in each of the LoR ladders!


Eternal LoR Decks

These are the best-performing decks in the Eternal ladder when looking at the first 24hs of data since patch 4.11 landed.

Please bear in mind: Small samples, fresh new meta, too early to say anything conclusive.

But that being said, these are the most promising Eternal decks in Runeterra.


Twisted Fate's Voyage

Well, talk about a well-placed Called ShotCalled Shot!

With the exact same card-by-card build that Sorry shared yesterday, Twisted FateTwisted Fate and NilahNilah are on a rampage on the Eternal LoR ladder, being the most popular (with close to 900 games played since the patch landed) and also one the best-performing decks out there, with a  58%+ win rate:

Regions
Bilgewater
12 cards
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Rarities
35 200
champion
6
epic
10
rare
14
common
10
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
16
2
6
3
5
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Nilah
3
Nilah
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
5
Sunken Temple
3
Sunken Temple
Followers
16
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
5
Ruined Rex
3
Ruined Rex
Spells
15
2
Called Shot
1
Called Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind

There other similar builds also doing great; the exception (thus far) are those running three copies of Chemtech DrakeChemtech Drake and Loaded DiceLoaded Dice.

If you want something to hit eternally hard, TF Nilah would be it!


Azir Irelia

Not too many new tricks for this old dog, but that's what Eternal is for: letting mean old menaces have a field day with young puppies.

With a decent sample this early on (about 350 games since the patch landed), AzirAzir IreliaIrelia is one of the scariest things right now. If you joined LoR this year and have heard hushed talks about the Dark Age of Azirelia, you may have a chance to find out why.

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
13
2
12
3
1
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
21
1
Dunekeeper
3
Dunekeeper
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Domination
3
Domination
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
10
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Desert's Wrath
3
Desert's Wrath
4
Deny
1
Deny

Enduring Elise

This is the third Eternal deck showing promise across a decent sample (close to 300 games), and if you go by winrate it's the scariest of the three.

This is an extremely old concept, by the way: send your little minions to the slaughter (or kill them yourself if your foe won't oblige), then drop a huge They Who EndureThey Who Endure for overwhelming damage and/or AtrocityAtrocity to the face.

Regions
Freljord
3 cards
Shadow Isles
37 cards
Rarities
17 700
champion
3
epic
2
rare
14
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
5
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Elise
Followers
26
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Barkbeast
3
Barkbeast
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Blighted Caretaker
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
6
They Who Endure
3
They Who Endure
Spells
11
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
7
Atrocity
3
Atrocity

Standard LoR Decks

As a general observation: this is the first LoR Variety patch for which, in our data sample, we have a few more Standard than Eternal games – it's usually Eternal that is the most popular, and by a huge margin.

This may just be a fluke; after all, early data is always an unreliable narrator. But perhaps the Standard Last Chance Qualifier, which is another novel factor in this patch cycle, has motivated more brewers and pilots to stay in Standard, rather than switch en-masse to Eternal like in previous seasons.


Galio Garen Jarvan IV

Card game designers gotta fix what's broken, that's kinda their job. But an early glimpse at GalioGalio GarenGaren Jarvan IVJarvan IV suggests that Champions' StrengthChampions's adjustments have thus far been a minor speedbump: Galio's formidable bunch leads the early Standard stampede with the exact same build as last week, about 700 games played and punching above 57%.

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Demacia
31 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
6
common
20
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
9
3
3
4
1
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Garen
1
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
7
Galio
2
Galio
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Spear
1
The Darkin Spear
Followers
21
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Petricite Charger
3
Petricite Charger
4
Balen the Benevolent
3
Balen the Benevolent
Spells
10
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Gentlemen's Duel
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

The Poro King Yuumi

His court untouched by nerfs, His Fluffy Majesty is close behind Galio's crew both in play and win rate.

The Poro KingThe Poro King and YuumiYuumi also show up with the exact same build as last week, but with a much better performance:

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Mount Targon
12 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
5
epic
3
rare
11
common
21
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
13
2
5
3
1
4
6
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
5
3
Yuumi
2
Yuumi
5
The Poro King
3
The Poro King
Followers
21
1
Affectionate Poro
2
Affectionate Poro
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Pouty Poro
1
Pouty Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Sinister Poro
1
Sinister Poro
2
Patched Porobot
2
Patched Porobot
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
4
Fabled Poro
1
Fabled Poro
5
Poro Sled
1
Poro Sled
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
2
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
14
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Hush
2
Hush
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Poro Stories
3
Poro Stories
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Not such thing as a LoR meta in which PykePyke Rek'Sai does not see play…

… and, at least by early numbers, Pyke's crew looks very willing to retake their place among the very best decks in Runeterra, as they were a couple of patches ago: Lurkers have one of the highest winrates in Standard right now!

Further reading: Pyke Rek'Sai Deck Guide

Regions
Bilgewater
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
3
common
27
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
1
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
5
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
26
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
Spells
8
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Blood in the Water
3
Blood in the Water

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Scouts show some signs of having felt the nerf to Champions' StrengthChampions. Their numbers are very good (54% win rate in about 400 games), but compared to how they performed last week, and how other strong decks are doing right now, it looks like they've lost some steam.

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
32 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
12
common
14
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
8
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
5
Scrutinizing Sergeant
3
Scrutinizing Sergeant
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
9
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Form Up!
2
Form Up!
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength

Ashe LeBlanc

AsheAshe LeBlancLeBlanc has improved its performance compared with last week, and has returned among the most popular, punchiest decks in Runeterra.

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Freljord
23 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
6
3
9
4
5
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
19
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
13
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
2
Sky Splitter
2
Sky Splitter
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

Other Standard Considerations

Except for Janna Nilah, which seems to have been mercilessly gutten, most decks that were strong pre-patch are still strong now. If a deck Standard was working for you until yesterday, it will very likely still work.

In particular:

… are all showing (albeit in small samples) as good a performance as they did pre-patch.


Wrapping Up

With the usual caveat with early data (it's early, as in "too early to tell!"), it looks like Nilah Janna's journey in Standard has reached an abrupt end…

… but only to be resurrected as an Eternal powerhouse in Nilah Twisted Fate.We'll see tomorrow in By the Numbers how things shape up on each ladder once pilots and brewers have a bit more time to play around and find out!


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