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Standard Meta Report - The Last Chance Qualifier Meta

Are you looking for the best Legends of Runeterra decks? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what lor meta decks you should play and prepare to face in the Last Chance Qualifier!

'sup everyone, Leer here. As the season comes to a close, we have one final tournament left. One last shot at qualifying for the LoR World Championship!

Let's look at the last meta of the season and how it will define the Last Chance Qualifier!

Legends of Runeterra Decks

Sorting MaRu’s LoR Meta Tier List and meta stats by playrate (PR), we see the following:

Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) is unfortunately the most popular Legends of Runeterra meta deck again. This happened last time we diverted our eyes to Eternal as well, and will change over the week… surely!

Shen Jarvan IV wasn’t hit by the latest balance patch, thus continuing its dominating presence on the ladder.

The Poro King Yuumi has been chilling in the suburbs for a while now. With some main residents in the downtown getting evicted, there’s new room for the cute king and his followers!

This season, Ashe LeBlanc has been on a rollercoaster ride but somehow ended up unscathed.

Volibear Aurelion Sol is a meme-tier ramp deck, don’t play this if your LP is dear to you.

Gwen Zed has been a tier 2 deck at best in past metas. After the leave of Nilah Janna, though, it saw its once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is making a run for the top.

Volibear Tryndamere SIShadow Isles is the counterpart of Volibear Trundle SIShadow Isles in Eternal and the much more sane FRFreljord ramp deck compared to Voli Asol.

Nautilus Maokai (Deep) got love in the last balance patch, luring it back into the meta… or dragging the meta down into its abyss?!

Miss Fortune Quinn (Scouts) came out relatively unscathed despite the nerfs to Champions' StrengthChampions, still seeing a relevant amount of play.

Finally, Teemo Yuumi (Elusives) is rising in popularity.

Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:

What a revelation – Gwen Zed stands on top of the meta! Previously thought of as a mediocre Ephemeral deck, it is now proving itself as the best Legends of Runeterra meta deck!

Shen J4 is also up here, to no one's surprise. Janna Nilah was its worst matchup by far, and with its absence, there is no brew stopping this archetype.

Elusives Has secretly been one of the best decks in the game, and the ladder is now catching up.

Despite the nerfs, Scouts not only remains popular, but also successful, showing that the DEDemacia blend is much more than a Champions' StrengthChampions deck!

Darius Gnar is still seeing success, despite its biggest target in Nilah Janna being gone.

Urgh is also able too keep pace with the meta, despite its RNG-heavy nature.

As previously mentioned, Ashe LeBlanc has gone from top to flop over the course of this season, but surprisingly ended up just fine after the last meta adjustment.

Galio Garen Jarvan IV has been a powerhouse before, beating both meta menaces meaningfully. After the disappearance of Nilah Janna, its hits less targets on ladder but remains a solid choice!

Annie Jhin (Jhinnie) will always be a considerable Aggro deck, just like it has been for many seasons now.

Finally, The Poro King MTTargon is not only cute and popular with the ladies ladderistas but is also successful in the winrate department!

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta

As we’ve hinted during the meta graphs analysis, big parts of the meta shift is due to the Nilah Janna rupture. Nilah Janna held the meta in its dominant grasp and only now we see how devastating its influence was.

A deck like Gwen Zed, that’s prone to removal, could have never existed under Janna Nilahs presence. Today, it’s one of the most successful archetypes on ladder!

As we can see, Gwen Zed is proficient at disposing of the Urgh plague – a big upside for a deck if you ask me!

Beating FRFreljord ramp is also easy for this brew, thanks to its go-wide tendency, and buffs to protect ZedZed from AvalancheAvalanche.

Ashe Leblance doesn’t pose a threat either. The deck is too set on going tall and thus can not deal with wide board states.

On the downside, Gwen Zed is prone to quite a few meta decks. After all, Shen J4 can just block Zed Gwen’s Quick Attack champs with Barrier.

Scouts is one of the toughest matchups for the deck. They can go wide just as quickly – and more efficiently, due to their units not being Ephemeral.

Heimerdinger Norra (LoR’s granparents) is another nasty foe. They go wide indefinitely long and Zed Gwen lacks removal for HeimerdingerHeimerdinger, other than Gwen's Thread the Needle.


Tl;dr: Zed gwen is powerful, but far from oppressive. It has a lot of counters, that could show this deck its place should they become more popular. For now, though, it’s a powerful pick to climb on ladder!


Teemo Yuumi has secretly been one of the best LoR meta decks. Since pilots are catching up on it, let’s see what is beats and what it loses to.

At first glance, the biggest selling points for this brew are its matchups versus The Poro King and Deep. It beats both over 60% of the time, due to their lack of Elusive removal.

When looking closer, though, the true nature of the Elusive archetype become clear – most of its matchups are close to 50%! Urgh, Ashe LeBlanc, Shen J4, Gwen Zed, Trynda Voli, and Scouts all are no exception to this rule and fall in a 5% margin of this rule.

This makes Elusives and extremely safe choice both on ladder and in tournaments, as it will never be your weak link.

Honorable Mentions

Jinx Bandle City

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
15 600
champion
3
epic
1
rare
9
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
25
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
4
Arena Promoter
3
Arena Promoter
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
12
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
Blowback
3
Blowback

Jinx BCBandle City has been a powerful meta deck before but vanished with the adjustments to Return-o WrenchReturn-o Wrench

After some time in the black box, players have found that the wrench was not necessary at all, and more Mecha-Yordles are the way to go now!

On ladder, Jinx BCBandle City sports a 59% winrate over 1.3k games in the past three days. 

If you miss KennenKennen, here is a version just as successful with your favorite electric mouse!

Regions
Bandlecity
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
18
1
13
2
2
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
4
Arena Promoter
1
Arena Promoter
Spells
16
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
3
Scrapheap
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
4
Blowback
3
Blowback

Akshan Varus

Regions
Shurima
18 cards
Runeterra
22 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
10
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
5
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
10
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
1
Keeper of the Box
2
Lunari Cultist
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Avenging Vastaya
1
Avenging Vastaya
3
Merciless Hunter
1
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
19
1
Tempting Prospect
1
Tempting Prospect
2
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Ruthless Predator
2
Ruthless Predator
2
The Violent Dischord
1
The Violent Dischord
3
Desert Duel
1
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
1
The Unending Wave
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
5
The Unforgiving Cold
1
The Unforgiving Cold

Akshan Varus is back! Combo blends like this have been gone for far too long, especially due to their weakness to removal.

That being said, don’t get excited too quickly, as this deck definitely falls under the spice category. With only 150 games on ladder, there is not much confidence in the data. But it holds a 57.7% winrate in the past three days, so… try at your own risk! =)

Kayle Teemo

Regions
Mount Targon
11 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
33 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
10
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
5
Kayle
3
Kayle
Followers
26
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Portal Pioneer
2
Portal Pioneer
2
Yordle Explorer
3
Yordle Explorer
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Paparo the Great
3
Paparo the Great
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
8
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Targonian Tellstones
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade

Kayle Teemo has been on my mind for quite some time now. It came up shortly before the balance patch as an answer to Nilah Janna. 

its gameplan is to go wide with Yordles and buff their attack. If its foes are somehow able to deal with this strategy – boom – a 16|16 Overwhelm unit appears that transform all allies into itself. 

This pattern is similar to They Who EndureThey Who Endure and Nasus Thresh in Eternal, two archetypes that’ve been very dominant in their game mode.

On ladder, Teemo Kayle achieves a 57% winrate over 800 games in the past three days. Yordle decks have been dead for a long time, and Paparo the GreatPaparo the Great has yet to see the light of the day – give him a chance!

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this week's meta-report and making it this far. If you’re still here and read this, leave a “Hi” in the Reddit thread comments, and I will “Hi” you back! =)

The data has been due to MaRu’s Meta Tier List while the matchup tables have been from Legna’s brilliant homepage. They are doing an insane job at collecting all this data and presenting it to us in an approachable manner. They deserve all the praise in the world!

The talented Hazy has been converting the metadata into these stunning graphs for the Monday Legends of Runeterra Meta Report, I can't express my gratitude enough to him!

Thanks to Herko Kerghans for his ever-lasting influence on this series and my writing as a whole.

You can reach me on Twitter (@Leer97) or Discord (Leer#2026).

Thanks for reading this Monday's LoR Meta Report and see ya next year!