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By the Numbers – Twenty-Five Best Meta and Off-Meta LoR Decks, Oct 16

Several Vayne flavors (Rumble & Zed in particular) are the current Juggernauts - but Seraphine has finally found not just one, but two strong decks to call home!

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

LoR Best Decks

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: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by win rate

As last Friday, Vayne is in the lead when it comes to amount of strong decks she fits it – but Seraphine has found strong homes now, both with Ezreal in Noxus and Viktor in Shadow Isles, while some former Top Dogs (and Pirates in particular) are clawing their way back up.

And, as we'll see, it looks like Rayne, Payne and Seraphine very much enjoy playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. 


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) sort 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 these Legends of Runeterra 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: LoR decks with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true meta decks in Legends of Runeterra.
  • Heavyweights: LoR decks with between 2100 and 900 games played – other excellent choices, with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works."
  • Punching Up: LoR decks with between 900 and 300 games played – 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: decks with 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 decks 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 with a WR 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 – the Best-of-Three format (found in Tournaments and Gauntlets) is a very different kettle of fish!

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 LoR decks with more than 2100 games and good-to-great WR. A new Expansion has just landed, so just like the current snapshot is different from last Friday's, things could look quite different in just a few days – still, as of right now these are the best Legends of Runeterra meta decks.


Rumble Vayne Noxus

Rumble keeps tumbling at the top – Rayne's best deck (with the exact same list as last Friday) is the most played build when looking at specific decklists from all archetypes…

Regions
Demacia
11 cards
Noxus
29 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
8
3
8
4
1
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
3
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
Followers
18
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
13
2
Legionary Charge
3
Legionary Charge
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
Open deck in builder

… and has lost none of its edge, punching above the 56% WR mark, with now a staggering 9,500+ games played in the last three days.

With good matchups into Gwen Vayne, Pantheon Vayne, and Viktor Seraphine Shadows, Rayne's main predators are Zed Vayne and one of ladder's new menaces, Ezreal Seraphine Noxus. If you'd like some insights about this deck, Monte & Leer took it for a spin in their latest Meta Voyage.


Zed Vayne

Another of last Friday's Juggernauts that has kept all of its momentum, Zed Vayne hits above 56% in around 9,000 games – yet Zayne's nearly impeccable matchup table now has three weak spots: Swain TF continues being a big headache, and now Seraphine Viktor Shadows (an uphill struggle) and Seraphine Ezreal Noxus (a pretty awful matchup) prey upon what's arguably the best LoR deck when you look at matchup data. Another deck that Monte & Leer took for a spin in their latest Meta Voyage, in case you want to read more about it.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Ionia
24 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
6
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
3
Zed
3
Zed
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
16
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Young Witch
2
Young Witch
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Ghost
1
Ghost
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Annie Jhin

Jhinnie keeps gunning down weak new decks, and burning down the hopes of some of the strongest contenders, too: Gwen Vayne, Pantheon Vayne, Vayne Jax and Akshan Varus are all easy prey for blazing brat and bullet buff, while themselves crumble to Seraphine blends and TF Swain.

Overall, Jhinnie's best deck strikes above 55% in nearly 4,000 games.

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
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Vayne

Who said you can't change your Fate? When compared with last Friday, Pantheon Vayne's best deck has adapted and refined, thinning their follower count (above all its top-end) to make room for more weapons (now the full complement of The Darkin Aegis and The Darkin Lodestone) and spells – and even the spell composition has shifted, preferring Fish Fight to Concerted Strike.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Mount Targon
24 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
9
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
22
2
8
3
4
4
2
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
15
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Iula
2
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
1
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
13
2
Fish Fight
2
Fish Fight
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
4
The Expanse's Protection
1
The Expanse's Protection
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

The results? An impressive 55% WR across 3,000 games – and while Payne is still the underdog to Rayne, Zayne and Jhinnie, it absolutely crushes the Seraphine blends that, in a Rock-Paper-Scissors dance, prey upon Payne's predators.


Akshan Varus

To the "Let's pair him with Akshan and see what happens" brewing philosophy we now add the wise "Don't fix it if it ain't broken" adage: with the exact same list as last Friday, Akshan Varus sits at a comfortable 52%+ WR with nearly 3,000 games played, and good odds against some of the most popular decks (Gwayne, Rayne, and Payne) while able to go toe-to-toe with Swain TF.

It gets absolutely wrecked by Jhinnie, though, with Zayne and all Seraphine flavors being an uphill struggle.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
6
2
9
3
14
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
Swinging Glaive
2
Swinging Glaive
Followers
14
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
15
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shaped Stone
1
Shaped Stone
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
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 Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Fiora Pantheon

It ain't fun being a fun cop, it seems! Still doing fairly well (WR around 52%), Fated Fiora is running out of unrefined decks to beat. It still has an edge on Gwayne and Payne, and good odds against Ezreal Seraphine, but Rayne, Zayne, Akshan Varus and Vayne Jax all have good odds against this former powerhouse. 

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
18
2
6
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
17
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Iula
3
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
14
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Gwen Vayne 

Along with Seraphine blends, Gwen Vayne is one of the archetypes that is being experimented the most, with several different builds all doing well. The current best Gwen Vayne deck (punching at nearly 54% in 2,300+ games) opts for two copies of Opulent Foyer, but versions with only weapons (and no landmark) are doing well, and so are versions opting for a mix of landmark plus just one weapon. Clearly an archetype with lots of room for refinement!

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
33 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
9
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
5
3
6
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
2
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Followers
20
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Notably Absent: Vayne Kai'Sa and Akshan Seraphine.

High popularity. Poor performance. Not currently recommended.


Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days – too early to tell, but most of these should work quite well!


Viktor Seraphine Shadow Isles

Viktor Seraphine Shadow Isles is looking scarier by the minute – while their most popular list has lost a bit of steam (now at 52%, down from 54%+ on Friday) the second most popular iteration punches above 56% in around 1,800 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
32 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
11
common
15
Mana cost
1
0
7
1
14
2
2
3
3
4
6
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Equipments
1
2
Inspired Plans
1
Inspired Plans
Followers
9
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Minion
1
Minion
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
5
Subpurrsible
1
Subpurrsible
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Unspeakable Horror
1
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
5
Drum Solo
2
Drum Solo
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

Viktor Seraphine sits in an interesting spot when looking at matchups: an underdog to the Gwen, Rumble and Pantheon flavors of Vayne, but slightly favored against the Zed variant, quite favored into Akshan Varus, and absolutely demolishes Ezreal Seraphine and Jhinnie. Monte was quite impressed by it when they took it for a field-test with Leer in their latest Meta Voyage.


Seraphine Ezreal Noxus

To the likely despair of their despisers, Seraphine and Ezreal have found a region that works for them: Noxus. One of the decks that has gained the most steam in the last couple of days – now striking above a crazy 57% WR in 1,700 games – and in quite a good spot when it comes to matchups: while not without their predators (odds against Payne, Seraphine Shadows and Vayne Jax are lousy) SerEz does great against the two top Juggernauts, namely Rayne and Zayne (and is one of the very few weak spots Zayne has), while also beating Jhinnie, Swain TF, and Pirates (which are making one bloody hell of comeback).

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
17
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Followers
10
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
Spells
24
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
The Violent Dischord
3
The Violent Dischord
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
5
Drum Solo
3
Drum Solo
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Renekton

Our Overwhelm Overlord's deck keeps doing very well, even if it has cooled off a bit (dropping to 53%, down from 57% two days ago). It has an interesting spread against Seraphine decks: Renekton Sej crushes the Shadow and Ionia versions, while losing badly to the Noxus variant.

Want some spice on top of your Overwhelm? Sure thing: just add Akshan!

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Renekton
3
Renekton
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
23
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
5
Scarmaiden Reaver
2
Scarmaiden Reaver
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
11
1
Exhaust
2
Exhaust
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Curse of the Tomb
3
Curse of the Tomb
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

Vayne Jax

Stick to the list shared here, folks, which like last Friday keeps striking above 53% – there's a fairly different list that has gained a lot of popularity, but while not bad (51%+), it seems thus far inferior.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Demacia
29 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
7
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
1
Demacian Steel
1
Demacian Steel
Followers
17
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Faithful Wolfdog
1
Faithful Wolfdog
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Kind-hearted Recruit
1
Kind-hearted Recruit
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
14
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

TF Swain

One of the two best decks to beat Zed Vayne with (the other being Seraphine Ezreal), Swain TF also remains an excellent choice against Jhinnie and Gwayne – but save for those confrontations, Cardslinger and Grand General's matchup spread looks a bit on the underdog side of things. It still keeps punching at 53%, though, so if it's a deck that works for you, no reason right now to change horses.

Regions
Bilgewater
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
19
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
2
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
15
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Noxian Guillotine
1
Noxian Guillotine
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

LeBlanc Vayne

LeVayne got legs! The fringest deck we showcased last Friday now sits comfortably among our Heavyweights – its 52% WR is nothing to write epic poems about, but with nearly 1,300 games under their belt, LeBlanc and Vayne have proved they can work together very well. They seem particularly good against the two top Juggernauts (Rayne and Zayne). If curious about it, it's another of the decks Monte & Leer wrote about in their first Meta Voyage for this Season.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Demacia
22 cards
Rarities
32 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
11
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
9
3
7
4
2
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
18
1
Thrashing Snapper
3
Thrashing Snapper
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
4
Ruined Reckoner
1
Ruined Reckoner
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
2
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
13
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Might
2
Might
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
Open deck in builder

Pirates, aka Miss Fortune Twisted Fate

Pirates keep doing their bloody butchering thing – and they even have different options now. The Double Up version keeps doing great, while a more classic let's-stick-with-Decimate (and get-rid-of-Shellshocker ) is doing even better!

Their matchup spread is superb, by the way: save for Seraphine blends (and the Shadow Isles flavor in particular), Pirates seem to have the upper hand against most other top dogs: they beat all of today's Juggernauts, and from the current Heavyweights only Swain TF is a slightly uphill struggle.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Yasuo Katarina

Sticking to their stunning performance and punching above 54%, Yasuo and Katarina still have a bit of a red flag in their matchup spread: except Gwayne, most strong decks they are the underdog against – with Seraphine Ezreal being especially awful.

Regions
Ionia
26 cards
Noxus
16 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
17
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
9
3
11
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
3
5
Windswept Hillock
3
Windswept Hillock
Followers
12
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
House Spider
1
House Spider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
1
Momentous Choice
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Steel Tempest
1
Steel Tempest
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
3
Memory's Cloak
1
Memory's Cloak
3
Might
1
Might
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Strategic Execution
1
Strategic Execution
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
Open deck in builder

On Grounds of Novelty…

Vayne Ornn and Vayne Kayn are both playable, with their most popular lists hovering at around the 50% WR mark – not something I'd too ardently recommend, but turning otherwise left-behind Champs into playable options is no small feat!


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.


Akshan Lee Sin

Arguably one of the best decks by the end of Awakening, Akshan Lee Sin's best deck currently kicks at 53% in nearly 900 games. Jhinnie and Seraphine flavors are awful news, and Zayne is a headache, but Gwayne, Payne and Rayne are all favored.

Regions
Shurima
14 cards
Ionia
26 cards
Rarities
32 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
17
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
11
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
12
1
Forsaken Baccai
1
Forsaken Baccai
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
20
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shuriman Tellstones
2
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

Vayne's Pain: Ashe LeBlanc

Her pairing with Vayne may be stealing all the spotlight, but LeBlanc's partnership with Ashe has found renewed strength! As suggested by Shadawx in his Domination Day One Decks article, the rejuvenated Ashe LeBlanc crushes foes while shooting above 56%, and it's the deck you want to bring to a Vayne fight. It's a bit of a polarizing deck (with good matchups being amazing, but bad matchup being truly awful), so probably not everybody's cup of iced tea – but as long as you don't mind pretty much auto-losing to Seraphine flavors and Jhinnie, you'll stomp on all Vayne decks.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Freljord
20 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
12
2
11
3
12
4
2
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
19
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
2
Avarosan Trapper
4
Combat Cook
1
Combat Cook
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
2
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
15
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Brutal Skirmish
2
Brutal Skirmish
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
Open deck in builder

Plunder, aka Gangplank Sejuani

Yyyep, Plunder's still a thing! Having not learnt a single new trick, Gang and Sej keep doing their thing – great 54%+ WR, 600+ games, fairly even matchup spread: most popular confrontations are in the 45-55 odds range.

Regions
Freljord
3 cards
Bilgewater
37 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
8
The Dreadway
1
The Dreadway
Spells
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
3
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Varus

A deck to keep an eye on: lots of different variations, all doing great (which often is the foyer to some nice ladder-storming, once the optimal list is found) – dies horribly against Jhinnie and a slight underdog to SerEz, but good to great matchup versus all other popular decks.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
8
2
5
3
16
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
11
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
21
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Tempting Prospect
2
Tempting Prospect
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Hush
2
Hush
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
3
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
3
The Unending Wave
4
The Unforgiving Cold
1
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Although with not too good of a matchup spread (underdog against the majority of popular, strong decks), Lurkers still make a showing, their best list reaching the 53% WR mark in nearly 500 games.

Regions
Bilgewater
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
2
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
6
3
4
4
4
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
28
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
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
2
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
2
Jaull-fish
Spells
6
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
1
Blood in the Water
Open deck in builder

Seraphine Jayce Shadow Isles

Going even heavier on spells than the Viktor version, and opting for The Forge Of Tomorrow as their Landmark of choice, Seraphine Jayce reaches a 52% WR.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
14
2
3
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Landmarks
2
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
2
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
8
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
Spells
24
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Unspeakable Horror
1
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Hexbliterator
2
Hexbliterator
6
Shock Blast
1
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

Katarina Gwen

Following a trend seen by the end of Awakening, Katarina Gwen's best deck has become a duo (now leaving Elise out) – and like some of the best Gwayne versions, has made room for two Opulent Foyers.

Regions
Noxus
13 cards
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
18
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
13
2
7
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
2
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Blighted Caretaker
2
Blighted Caretaker
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
14
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

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.


Fiora Vayne Piltover & Zaun

And now, for some completely left-field spice: Vayne and Fiora drop Pantheon, and run from Targon to Piltover & Zaun to add The Darkin Harp to their arsenal. Very good numbers across nearly 300 games, so this blend may indeed be a thing!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
11 cards
Demacia
29 cards
Rarities
33 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
10
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
18
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Chempunk Pickpocket
3
Chempunk Pickpocket
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
10
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis