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By the Numbers, Oct. 2 – Twenty-One Best LoR Meta and Off-Meta Decks

Current best decks, according to the latest data!

Note: This is an older article - for the most up-to-date data, check the latest LoR Best Decks article!!

LoR Best Decks – Fated to Return

As of early Sunday, these are the best LoR decks and Archetypes right now, according to Balco and Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

LoR Best Decks: Meta Tier List, October 2

Twisted Fate Swain, like last Friday, remains the most popular archetype by a wide margin, now with both win rate (WR) and play rate inside of what Riot considers acceptable (WR below 55%, and PR below 15%) – in other words, and at least by these numbers, TF Swain is not a 'broken' deck, powerful and popular as it may be.

Lee Sin Nami, as we'll see in detail, is the best deck right now when you consider its matchups, but has a strong competitor at the top of the WR charts: Raphterra's creation, Fiora Pantheon, has clawed to the peak.

Last but not least, an aside for those that like the data-crunching side of things: the combination of the excitement from the balance patch, plus the larger amount of Master players (in turn due to Riot's revamped Ladder system) has spiked the amount of games the data sites track – this is why, as detailed below, this is our most Juggernaut-esque report ever! =)


Technical note – About archetypes and decklists, and what we mean by "LoR best decks"

Balco's chart above, like most data sites (including MaRu's Meta Tier List) and many of our articles (like Leer's LoR Meta Decks Report last Monday) sorts LoR decks by archetype ("archetype" being the aggregate of decks with a specific champion combination) – that's also how matchup tables are shown in pretty much all data sites.

In this article, we'll sort decks by the best specific decklist for each archetype – since in each archetype some decks fare better than others (and sometimes the difference is quite noticeable), we'll broadly group the best LoR decks in four arbitrary categories, by amount of games played in the last three days in the data samples we check:

  • Juggernauts: decks with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true decks for the climbing job.
  • Heavyweights: between 2100 and 900 games played – other excellent choices, with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works."
  • Punching Up: between 900 and 300 games – we're entering the Land of Small Sample Sizes here, on top of the meta being up in the air, but as far as numbers go, these decks can put up one hell of a fight.
  • YMMV: between 300 and 150 games – risky stuff, but here's where you usually find the spice!

For this article, in all cases we'll look at decklists in Platinum and above, and in the last three days, unless stated otherwise – and when talking about decks in general, or best LoR decks in particular, we'll always be referring to specific lists (while reserving "archetype" to denominate the aggregate of all decks with a particular champion pair). As a rule of thumb, decks with a winrate (WR) above 52% catch our eye, above 53% are eye-widening, and anything over 55% is exceptional.

On the other hand, do notice that when talking about matchup tables, it's always about archetypes – in other words, we'll recommend which are the best Legend of Runeterra decks (ie. specific decklist) you can choose to face the most popular archetypes (since you'll find all versions in the LoR ladder).

Last but not least: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ladder environment – if you are in need of weapons of choice for the Best-of-Three format, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Tournament & Gauntlet Decks and Lineups (which they usually update every Thursday).

Sources: Balco, Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List.

If you have any feedback on how these decks could be showcased differently, do let me know! =)


Juggernauts – Best LoR Meta Decks

Here we showcase decks with more than 2100 games and good-to-great WR – as noted above, given the huge amount of games played (due to a combination of post-patch excitement, and a spike of Master players thanks to the revamped Ladder system), today we're able to showcase five Juggernauts (and TF Swain actually counts for three), the largest amount ever in these reports.

Riot's changes to the Ranked format have, among other benefits, given us access to more data! =)


4LW's Karma Master Yi Go Hard

First, a caveat: this deck reaches only a 50.2% WR – not what we'd usually recommend to climb with, above all if you are entering "last-push mode," so to speak.

Yet, on the one hand, 4LW's latest creation is indeed the most played specific decklist (with 6,000+ games in the last three days), and on the other, yeah, when a Champ jumps from "utter garbage" to "actually playable," and it's paired with yet another Champ that has only recently enjoyed a bit of the spotlight, you have to make some concessions.

KarMasters Yi has a slight edge on TF Swain while not too disadvantaged against Nami Lee – its weak spots are actually Fiora Pantheon, Taric Poppy and Veigar Norra, which are awful matchups. So, all in all, a very playable deck: Master Yi is officially a real Champ now.

And it would appear it's also a fairly solid Tournament deck

… as long as you are 4LW, at least! =)

Regions
Ionia
29 cards
Shadow Isles
11 cards
Rarities
35 400
champion
6
epic
10
rare
15
common
9
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
5
4
7
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Master Yi
3
Master Yi
5
Karma
3
Karma
Followers
9
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
6
Scattered Pod
3
Scattered Pod
Spells
25
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Twisted Fate Swain

Daddy Swain is home, and pilots are flocking to swell the Grand General's crowd.

TF Swain's most popular deck, featuring Katarina, is the same as last Friday, and its performing quite well (punches at nearly 53% in more than 5K games), but we'll recommend the second most popular, which is seen below: it's gaining a lot of traction in all three shards, and overall smacks at 56%+ in nearly 4,000 games. The differences are minimal, though, mostly about trimming the one-ofs.

Matchups lean a bit on the "bully" side of things (as in: decks that prey on weak & unrefined brews, but that have trouble with the strongest decks in the format) – TF Swain crushes Leona decks (Asol, Galio) and the new Fearsome decks (Nocturne paired with Elise or Kalista), but loses to Nami Lee, Fiora Pantheon, Lee Sin Akshan, and is a slight underdog to KarMaster Yi.

Regions
Bilgewater
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
20
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
14
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Lee Sin Nami, ft. Twisted Fate

Consolidating last Friday's trend, Nami Lee is without a doubt the strongest deck in the format.

Period.

Its matchup table is a blue ocean…

LoR Best Decks: Lee Sin Nami matchup table
Source: Legna

… with only Taric Poppy making waves; and, again cementing last Friday's trends, Taric Poppy remains a solid Ladder option, but it's very unlikely it will gain too much traction (given how aggressive the current field is for it, as we'll see in more detail further below). 

If you are looking for the best LoR deck for this patch cycle, then that's Nami Lee.

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
19
common
6
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
5
3
4
4
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
5
Lee Sin
2
Lee Sin
Followers
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
3
Double Trouble
2
Double Trouble
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Raphterra's Fiora Pantheon

By last Friday, Fiora Pantheon had about 600 games played. Today, it's six times as much, and smashing at a sky-high 58%+ WR. Raph really rocked Runeterra with this one!

Fated Fiora fears blind monks a bit (both the Nami and Akshan variants), and is at a slight disadvantage against both Kat Gwen and Leona Asol. On the backswing, it slaps TF Swain, KarMaster Yi, Taric Poppy, and all Norra flavors.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
7
3
6
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Iula
2
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
13
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Swain Caitlyn

The General's excursion to Piltover has lost a bit of steam, but only a bit – nearly 52% in around 3,000 games, giving Tri-beam fans a very playable deck.

Don't run into blind monks, though – both Nami Lee and Akshan Lee are truly awful confrontations.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
3
2
19
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Parts Made Whole
3
Parts Made Whole
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
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Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days – we're still in the early stages of the patch, and therefore "'we'll see" is the name of the game, but decks showcased here have both the performance and sample size to be confidently taken to ladder.


Akshan Pantheon

Another deck fulfilling its promises and sticking to last Friday's trends – and doing even better, in fact, improving its punch from 54% to 55%+ now, with nearly 1,800 games on record.

Like most other decks out there, Akshan Pantheon would rather not bump into blind monks, but it has an otherwise very solid matchup table: great odds against KarMaster Yi, Swain Caitlyn, Taric Poppy and Norra flavors, and with a slight edge against most other popular decks.

Regions
Shurima
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
3
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
11
3
5
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
14
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Merciless Hunter
1
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Leona Aurelion Sol, ft. Zoe

On the other hand, ain't nobody telling a Space Dragon what trends should be followed!

Although Friday's data fairly clearly showed that builds with Zoe were doing worse, the best Leona Asol list today (and the only one punching above 50%) has one copy of the Trickster in it.

This trio dies horribly to TF Swain, Nami Lee and Akshan Lee, with KarMaster Yi also being a fairly rough matchup – they are the Targon bosses, though, beating Taric Poppy and Fiora Pantheon, and can hold Swain off when he teams up with Caitlyn. 

Regions
Demacia
5 cards
Mount Targon
35 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
12
2
6
3
2
4
12
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
5
Leona
3
Leona
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Aurelion Sol
Followers
21
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
4
Solari Sunforger
2
Solari Sunforger
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
Eclipse Dragon
2
Eclipse Dragon
Spells
13
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Hush
1
Hush
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
Open deck in builder

Taric Poppy

It ain't easy being Nami Lee's counter! As shown above, Taric Poppy is the only popular deck that can turn Lee Nami's lights out – but the rest of the field is proving quite tough for our hammer wielders

Their main problem is Fiora Pantheon: it utterly crushes Taric Poppy, and by how well Fate Fiora performs, it is a sure bet that she will see more play. Yet she's not Taric Poppy's only problem: TF Swain, Leona Asol, Akshan Pantheon and Swain Caitlyn are all uphill struggles.

Their second most popular list still manages a very solid 53% WR across 900+ games, though – if you want to have an edge on Nami Lee, then this would be one deck to look into.

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
17
2
3
3
8
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Frightened Ibex
3
Frightened Ibex
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
10
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

RattlingBones' Swain Norra

Yes, you read that right: Norra, ficklest of Champs, has tired of the company of other Yordles. On his part, Grand General has found his partnership with Teemo not too profitable, but nevertheless still considers Bandle City a region of high strategic importance.

And numbers do back up these two teaming up: a crazy 57% WR in more than 1,000 games, making them today's "Zero to Hero" success story. They appear particularly good against TF Swain, KarMaster Yi and Leona Asol, with Nami Lee and Fated Fiora as their main headaches. A RattlingBones' creation, that World Champ Alanzq seems quite fond of.

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
15
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
19
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
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Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 300 and 900 games in the last three days – solid picks if you'd rather pilot something a bit less played.


Miss Daddy

These Decimate-less Noxian Corsairs have tripled their number of games while still hitting above 54% – yes, this is a real-deal deck… and it beats Nami Lee.

Regions
Bilgewater
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
3
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
24
1
Crusty Codger
3
Crusty Codger
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
10
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Lee Sin Akshan

The 'other' blind monk blend – it's very much an underdog to Nami Lee, but has an otherwise impressive matchup spread, beating TF Swain, Fated Fiora, Swain Caitlyn and Taric Poppy.

There's quite the disagreement among pilots about the optimal number of The Darkin Bloodletters, with equally successful lists running everything from none to three.

Regions
Shurima
12 cards
Ionia
28 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
14
2
2
3
5
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Equipments
1
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
11
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
22
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Sonic Wave
2
Sonic Wave
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
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Taric Fiora

Not having lived up to their promise (early data suggested these two champs may have been a better version of Taric Poppy), Taric Fiora is still a deck, and manages a solid 52% WR in more than 500 games. There doesn't seem to be much reason to choose them over Taric Poppy, though.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Mount Targon
14 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
2
3
9
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
15
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
4
Relentless Pursuit
3
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

Everybody's favorite tough ladies trio, these three rugged Champs have shrugged off the nerfs (namely the increased costs to Hate Spike and The Harrowing), and are actually thriving against the current field: Katarina Gwen is even into Nami Lee, only slightly unfavored versus TF Swain, and has an edge on KarMaster Yi, Fated Fiora and Asol Leona, while also crushing Swain Caitlyn, Lee Sin Akshan, and Heimer Norra.

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
4
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
13
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Annie Jhin

And this is what, for data junkies, is arguably this year's jewel, and I'm not being ironic – Annie Jhin is perhaps the closest we've had to a constant, in the sense of a deck that doesn't change (mostly on grounds of it not having access to enough cards to do so); just check the current build with the one Yangzera wrote about for his Annie Jhin deck guide, from two expansions and three balance patches ago, and you'll note it's the exact same list, down to the last card.

Yet without a single card being changed, depending on the Meta this deck has gone from solid, to a Juggernaut, to an okay deck, to nearly unplayable… and, it would seem, now again a serious threat. In other words, Annie Jhin is as good a practical example of "Decks just don't exist in a vacuum" as LoR can get.

Data-junkie-ish comments aside: this is THE deck to beat Nami Lee with, if that's your goal (odds north of 60% for Annie Jhin) – rest of the matchups are somewhat jagged (a bit of a rough time against TF Swain, KarMaster Yi and Leona Asol; upper hand against Fiora Pantheon and Taric Poppy), with data samples being on the low end. But, overall, punching upwards of 56% across nearly 500 games.

Don't sleep on this one!

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Veigar Norra

Currently the premier Shadow Norra version (Heimer Norra is still playable, but Veigar Norra performs better), slapping at 55%+ across around 350 games. Beats TF Swain; dies horribly to Namee and Fated Fiora.

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
20
2
0
3
6
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
8
Dess & Ada
2
Dess & Ada
Spells
18
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Crumble
1
Crumble
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra decks with less than 300 games played in the last few days – promising, but too little data to say for sure how they currently fare.


Frozen Gnar Bard, ft. Sejuani – from… guess who?

In LoR, you have Masters Brewers like 4LW, that you just don't know what they will come up with next – whenever you find their brews turning the meta upside down, you need to do some digging on social media to link the creation with the creator (and it's not always possible to do with high enough certainty).

And then you have Master Brewers like Ricko Rex, that are more along you glancing at the champs, facepalming, chuckling, then checking the build just in case (although you know Battle Fury is gonna be a three of), and…

… yeah: as somebody said on reddit, some folks just have a single quest in life. =)

Regions
Freljord
28 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
0
3
5
4
3
5
5
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
6
Sejuani
1
Sejuani
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
6
Mammoth Shaman
1
Mammoth Shaman
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
12
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
5
Cosmic Binding
3
Cosmic Binding
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury
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Irelia Azir

Nothing like knowing the end is near to rekindle the spark with loved ones – a bittersweet truth of life and rotations.

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
9
3
2
4
5
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
22
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Domination
3
Domination
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Blossoming Blade
Spells
9
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
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Leona Jarvan IV

Sticking with Demacia while dropping Dragons for a battle-hardened Prince, Leona J4 punches at nearly 54% in around 130 games.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
7
3
2
4
10
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Leona
3
Leona
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
21
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
4
Solari Stellacorn
2
Solari Stellacorn
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
13
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Morning Light
2
Morning Light
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Trundle Master Yi

Fed up with Pinkies pissing on his Feel The Rush parade, the Troll King has caved in and joined the Deny believers. And Master Yi, of all people, is helping him climb this ramp.

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Freljord
25 cards
Rarities
31 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
14
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
8
2
3
3
8
4
6
5
2
6
11
7+
Champions
6
3
Master Yi
3
Master Yi
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
12
2
Disciple of Doran
3
Disciple of Doran
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
6
Scattered Pod
2
Scattered Pod
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
19
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Evelynn Viego

Katarina Gwen has thus far shrugged off the nerfs to Hate Spike – in the fringes, Evelynn Viego seems to be following suit, with a punchy 55% WR in around 150 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
34 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
12
2
9
3
4
4
3
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
1
Barkbeast
2
Barkbeast
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
2
Camavoran Soldier
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Neverglade Collector
3
Neverglade Collector
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
16
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
The Box
1
The Box
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Pantheon Yuumi, ft. Taric

Pantheon is enjoying quite the comeback – his brand-new Fated Fiora deck is doing great, his last patch's partnership with Akshan keeps paying dividends, and now a return to Yuumi, with whom they ruled the Meta some expansions ago, is doing very, very well. A quite 'scattered' archetype, so expect news from these three Champs!

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
7
3
5
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
2
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
1
Taric
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
13
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Closing Words

Blind Monk and Grand General keep duking it out…

… Pantheon is enjoying quite the comeback, with three different decks to choose from, while Master Yi has become a playable, tourney-topping Champ…

… and, as noted, I wouldn't sleep on Annie Jhin, folks; decks that beat Nami Lee don't come around too often!

To close today's recommendations, the usual reminder: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ladder – if you are in need of weapons of choice for a Tournament or Gauntlet run, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Best-of-Three decks and lineups.

Good luck out there!


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