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Sirturmund’s & MonteXristo’s Last Chance Gauntlet Lineup Recommendations

In need of inspiration for your Tournament? Looking to qualify to seasonal through Last Chance Gauntlet? Sirturmund & MonteXristo present six lineups to help you achieve all your tournament goals.

Control who?

If you're looking to target control this is the lineup for you!

Pantheon Taric 

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
7
3
11
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Sivir Akshan

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Sivir
3
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Treasure Seeker
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
5
Radiant Guardian
1
5
Screeching Dragon
1
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Cataclysm
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Zilean Xerath

Regions
Bandlecity
10 cards
Shurima
30 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
19
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
14
2
10
3
7
4
0
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
4
Xerath
3
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
2
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
12
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
8
The Arsenal
3
Spells
15
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Quicksand
1
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
1
6
Minimorph
2

This week’s control buster lineup features some troublesome rally decks and Zilean Xerath. Sivir Akshan and Pantheon Taric both pose major problems for the control decks as they have the ability to force out answers, like Vengeance, and then play out more threats > Rally to close out the game.  

Sivir Akshan also has the power to give its whole board spell shield with a leveled Sivir. This is nearly impossible for control decks to beat, be sure to play around her as much as possible in these matchups.

Your ban priority is Ahri Kennen. You cannot hope to beat it with this lineup, so you ALWAYS have to ban it! Your next ban priority should be aggro, Pantheon Taric is soft into any aggro deck running fearsome units, like Spiders or even Nightfall, and Draven Rumble is built to beat this style of midrange decks so take that out if there’s nothing more pressing.

You can always swap out Taric Pantheon for Shyvana Panth. Scouts is also a decent option but it does open you up to people on target Scouts lineups.

Lay the Hurt On'Em!

If you're hoping to roll over your opponents with an aggressive lineup look no further!

Draven Rumble

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
12
2
12
3
4
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
16
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
1
8
Lost Soul
1
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Ambush
1
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
2
5
Decimate
3
5
Survival Skills
2

Fizz Lulu Yordles in Arms

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Spiders

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
14 500
champion
3
epic
0
rare
9
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
13
2
12
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
2
3
Doombeast
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Spells
11
2
Brothers' Bond
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Stalking Shadows
3
5
Decimate
3

This lineup is great into Pantheon decks, it can also leave up Ahri Kennen if it has to. I played this lineup myself in the Runeterra Academy playoffs just this last Thursday. If you expect Shyvana Pantheon to be the most popular Pantheon deck, you should scrim the matchups a bit as it is more difficult to take a game off of than Taric variants.

The ban strategy with this deck is very straightforward. Ban the deck with the most healing, if no decks have healing then ban the one with the most removal, if none have removal then ban the deck with the most early game units.

Pirates is a good alternative to any one of these decks, if you’re looking for better Ahri Kennen matchups you should swap out Draven Rumble. Nightfall and Ekko Zilean can also fit these slots if you’re experienced with the deck(s)

Mantheon Attack Mode!

Rally is the name of the game with this lineup. All three decks feature at least one copy of a Rally spell, this should give you a leg up in Pantheon mirrors while still performing against control.

Ahri Kennen (Demacia!!)

Regions
Ionia
39 cards
Demacia
1 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
17
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
3
3
11
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
15
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
3
Shadow Assassin
1
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Scattered Pod
2
Spells
17
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3
4
Relentless Pursuit
1

Pantheon Shyvana

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
7
3
8
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Shyvana
3
Followers
14
1
Dragon Chow
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Spells
20
1
Chain Vest
1
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
3
Hush
1
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Jayce Lux

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Demacia
21 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
16
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
15
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
5
Radiant Guardian
1
Spells
19
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
2
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Back to Back
1
6
Shock Blast
2

A ‘triple rally’ lineup that also happens to feature the best deck in the game (Ahri Kennen). This lineup forces other Pantheon lineups into banning Ahri Kennen while also running its own Pantheon deck and the third deck is another bigger Demacia deck. I would personally recommend you go with Pantheon Shyvana in this lineup as you’re hoping to beat the other Pantheon decks by being bigger; dragons do this better than Taric. I also quite like Jayce Lux in this last spot as it should allow you to beat up on the other Pantheon lineups a bit more effectively than Sivir Akshan but both options are quite good.

Ban strategy for this lineup is still to prioritize taking out Ahri Kennen and then you want to remove those pesky aggro decks. One benefit to this lineup is that Jayce Lux does pretty well into aggro so you’ll have a fighting chance if they ever leave it up. Another benefit to bringing a deck like Jayce Lux is that your opponents likely haven’t seen it and will either misplay against it or ban it out of fear, this is great because it will let us run them over with Ahri Kennen and Pantheon!

Alternate deck options for this lineup are other Pantheon variants, Sivir Akshan, other Ahri variants, and, in my opinion, even Draven Rumble can fit (but you’ll wanna be playing a few Ruined Reckoners for the pseudo rally)

 

Give Me The Best Deck & Ban It Too

Ahri Kennen (Shurima)

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
2
3
9
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
17
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
15
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Zilean Xerath

Regions
Bandlecity
13 cards
Shurima
27 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
19
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
9
3
7
4
0
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
4
Xerath
3
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
8
The Arsenal
3
Spells
14
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
1
6
Minimorph
2

Iceborn Poros

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Freljord
12 cards
Rarities
7 500
champion
0
epic
1
rare
12
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
15
2
6
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
0
Followers
13
1
Daring Poro
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Poro Herder
3
3
Station Archivist
1
Spells
27
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Stress Testing
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Iterative Improvement
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
3
Get Excited!
2
3
Poro Snax
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
8
Battle Fury
1
8
Progress Day!
1

This lineup lets you play the best deck in the game while also banning it. For this reason, we prefer to go with the Ahri Kennen Shurima version, as we plan to ban the mirror so the Shurima version ends up being better into the decks you want to target (control, Pantheons, etc). The other two decks to round out this lineup are Poros and Zilean Xerath. Poros have a great match-up vs slow decks, as you can go wide and big with elusives. Zilean Xerath also has a good match-up vs control and Pantheon, due to their stuns, Minimorph, and ability to go wide with beefy units. 

Your ban priority with this lineup will be Ahri Kennen first, Spiders second, Scouts third. Decks that you never want to ban include Darkness, FTR, and Pantheon decks. 

An alternate deck that you can play with this lineup is Taric Pantheon. Your match-up vs other Pantheon decks gets a bit worse since you have to rely on the mirror match, but still allows you to do well into control and improves your match-up vs Scouts if you’re not able to fully ban it.

Beat Ahri Kennen & Control

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
20
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
2
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Riposte
1

Azir Irelia

Regions
Shurima
14 cards
Ionia
26 cards
Rarities
24 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
10
common
23
Mana cost
1
0
10
1
15
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
3
Irelia
3
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Followers
18
1
Dunekeeper
3
1
Sparring Student
3
1
Treasure Seeker
2
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
4
Field Musicians
1
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Spells
13
0
Rite of Calling
1
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Lead and Follow
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Twin Disciplines
2
4
Defiant Dance
3
4
Homecoming
1

Thralls

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
7
2
8
3
12
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
7
1
Frozen Thrall
3
2
Preservarium
1
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
8
2
Clockwork Curator
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
8
The Clock Hand
2
Spells
19
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
1
Three Sisters
3
2
Time in a Bottle
3
3
Ice Shard
2
4
Avalanche
3
4
Promising Future
3
4
Rite of Negation
2
4
Succumb to the Cold
1

With this lineup, your goal is to leave the Ahri Kennen and Control decks open and win vs them. For this, the first choice is very easy, Scouts. Scouts have a great match-up vs AK and any control deck except for Kindred Sentinels. Play the deck very aggro vs Ahri Kennen so they cannot stabilize. 

The second deck in the lineup is Azir Irelia. Surprisingly this deck also does very well vs Ahri Kennen because the Ahri Kennen deck does not have a lot of high health blockers and they don’t want to sacrifice their units to block your soldiers. Eventually, they’ll have no choice if you keep putting pressure on them. Ideally, you’ll need the landmark of Azir to be able to put enough pressure on them. I don’t think I need to go over the match-up vs control, just put as much pressure on as possible especially by attacking on their attack turn and you can pull off the win. 

Lastly, we finish up the lineup with Thralls. This Thralls list is specifically teched to do even better vs Ahri Kennen by bringing two Rite of Negation which can be used to stop their Homecoming. You have enough AoE and freezes to stall the game long enough for your thralls to finish them off. 

Ban priority will be Pantheon decks, other midrange Demacia decks, and Scouts. Pretty much anything with a rally or big beefy units is troublesome vs you. It’s tough to find a deck that could be an alternate in this lineup as not many decks beat both Ahri Kennen and control. Poppy Lulu might be an acceptable option as the rallies put a lot of pressure on opponents.

Sirturmund’s Wildcard - Triple Nox?!?!!

Ezreal Caitlyn

Regions
Noxus
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
8
2
17
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Station Archivist
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
8
Captain Farron
1
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Statikk Shock
2
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

Swain Twisted Fate

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
5
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
8
3
7
4
3
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
5
Swain
3
Followers
19
1
Crusty Codger
3
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
2
House Spider
2
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
8
The Leviathan
3
Spells
15
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Make it Rain
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Whispered Words
2
6
Monster Harpoon
2

Elise Kindred

Regions
Noxus
13 cards
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Rarities
24 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
8
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
8
3
7
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
4
Kindred
3
Followers
13
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
9
Commander Ledros
1
Spells
21
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
The Box
2
4
Whispered Words
2
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1

With the return of triple Demacia lineups and just the overall prevalence of Demacia, I am thinking of trying a wild card lineup where you bring triple Noxus and rely on Flocks, Scorched Earths and Sentry to slow them down enough and stall for your win cons. All three decks also run enough units and pings to enable these cards and slowly grind the opponent down. 

For Ezreal Caitlyn, the deck is like the previous Noxus P&Z midrange of old. You have decent units to put pressure with and can try a big Tri-Beam to switch temp. For Swain TF, your win con is Swain plus Levi but you can also sneakily go wide due to your low-cost units to present lethal that. For Kindred Elise, you have the sentinels with their fearsome to apply pressure, Kindred to try to control the board and potentially finish with Atrocity and Ledros. 

You are trying to target Demacia decks with this, whether Scouts, Pantheon or Sivir. This also does well vs most aggro decks as you have enough blockers and lost cost removal for them. The problem matchups are control decks, like FTR and Anivia which can just stall stall stall and beat you at the end. Ahri Kennen is also a toss-up, probably more unfavorable than not but if you see control + Ahri Kennen, prioritize control ban first. 

An alternate Noxus deck to try is Noxus + Freijlord. Maybe you change the Swain TF deck and do Swain Trundle or Swain Sejuani, or just simply Trundle Sejuani if you still want to play Swain with TF.

About the authors

Sirturmund is a long-time player of the game, having played LoR since beta. He has found competitive success in the past year with a couple of seasonal top cuts finishes, rank 1 ladder placements, and first spot in a Qualifier of Mastering Runeterra's Championship. Best known for being one of the very few to still bring Star Springs to tournaments, you can find Sirturmund lurking around all the social media sites absorbing anything he can about the game!

MonteXristo has been playing the game since closed beta and has consistently made it to masters every season he’s been active.  His accomplishments include having peaked in the top 20, taking first place in the “Streamer Sideboard Showdown” and LPP Riot Grand Prix. When he’s not writing for Mastering Runeterra he keeps his card-slinging skills sharp by playing in the Runeterra Academy tournament, with his team The Wobbly Wombats!