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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Jan 3

Best decks to start 2023 with!

Note: This is an older article.
For the most recent data, check the latest LoR Best Decks article, or our Meta Tier List!

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

As of early Tuesday, these are the seven most popular LoR decks according to Legna, and Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play rate

Best LoR Decks: Table of Contents

(You can click on any subsection to jump directly to it!)

Overall LoR Ladder Trends.

Juggernauts – Decks with 2,100+ games played in the last three days.

Heavyweights – Decks with between 900 and 1,200 games played.

Punching Up – Decks with between 450 and 900 games played.

Your Mileage May Vary – Decks with less than 450 games played in the last three days.

Technical Note – Overall archetypes versus specific decks.


As last Friday, Aatrox Vayne Quinn remains a bit of a reluctant tyrant: one of the most dominant decks we've seen in a long time, yet for some reason pilots don't seem eager to jump onto it, and as such AVQ has hovered at around a 10% playrate.

There are some interesting news when scratching under the surface, though:

  • Lurkers has become, in spite of its just-okay WR, one of the most popular archetypes, and the second most-played decks,
  • Out of nowhere, Frozen Darius has emerged as an extremely powerful archetype, and with good odds against both AVQ and Bandle Bar,
  • As noted by Leer yesterday in his Runeterra Decks Report, aggressive decks are having a field day even when they lose to AVQ.

Juggernauts – Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

Here we showcase LoR decks with more than 2100 games in the last three days, and good-to-great WR. Best of the best, tried-and-true tools for climbing the Runeterra ladder!


Aatrox Vayne Quinn

If you want to climb and care for nothing else, Aatrox Vayne Quinn is the choice. End of the story! =)

Its best deck remains unchanged from last Friday, smashing at 59% WR in more than 5,500 games.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Runeterra
14 cards
Rarities
37 000
champion
6
epic
12
rare
12
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
21
2
3
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
1
Quinn
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
12
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
12
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Zealous Ranger-Knight
3
Zealous Ranger-Knight
Spells
10
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
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There is some interesting news in the matchup department, though: Frozen Darius and Fizz Gwen join Rumble Vayne in the very narrow category of decks that can beat the ladder tyrant, while also being good enough to consistently vanquish the rest of the field.

Further reading: World Ending Birds with Weapons – An Aatrox Vayne Quinn Deck Guide.


⭐Rising Star: Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Even with their not-too-amazing WR (just 51%+ WR), Lurkers have accrued a whopping 4,000 games (up from just 1,300 last Friday) and have become second most-played specific decklist in the LoR Ladder.

They have a bit of a weak spot in Katarina Gwen, and die horribly when facing Jinx (be it Draven Jinx, or Lulu Jinx) – but they are only slightly disfavored against most top dogs (Aatrox Vayne, Bandle Bar, Rumble Vayne and Frozen Darius tend to be losing matchups, but not by much) and have enough of a leg up against weaker decks to once again be a ladder powerhouse. 

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Bilgewater
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
4
4
5
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
27
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
8
Jaull-fish
1
Jaull-fish
Spells
7
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
2
Blood in the Water
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🧊Cooling Off: Bandle Ezreal Seraphine, ft Viktor

Seraphine Ezreal loses even a bit more of its edge this week, with its most popular version dropping to 51% WR in about 2,900 games played in the last three days (down from 53% across 3,500 games last Friday).

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
1
0
6
1
17
2
6
3
3
4
2
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Ezreal
2
Ezreal
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
8
1
Otterpus
1
Otterpus
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
1
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Gust Monk
1
Gust Monk
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Drop the Bomb
1
Drop the Bomb
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Quicken
1
Quicken
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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On top of the truly atrocious Aatrox Vayne Quinn matchup, Bandle Bar now has to face the re-emerged Trundle Tryndamere, and the ascendant Frozen Darius Overwhelm – odds against the rest of the field tend to be good, though (in fact, Bandle Bar is second only to Aatrox Vayne in the number of good matchups it has).

Further reading: Setting the Bar – A Bandle City Ezreal Seraphine Deck Guide.


⭐Rising Star: Frozen Darius

Now, this is a success story!

Frozen Darius was not a thing last Friday (as in, less than 50 games on record), yet has launched the year in big fashion, smashing above 56% in close to 2,600 games in the last three days, and here's the best part: it beats both Aatrox Vayne Quinn, and Bandle Bar! (And Rumble Vayne and Trundle Tryndamere, too).

Willed into existence by the Aspect of Overwhelm himself, Frozen Darius' weak spots seem to be Kat Gwen, Hecarim Zed, and possibly go-wide aggro like Pirates and Draven Jinx.

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
15 100
champion
2
epic
3
rare
10
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
2
6
5
7+
Champions
2
6
Darius
2
Darius
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
24
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
11
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Elixir of Wrath
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games since the World Ender expansion landed – solid picks for climbing the Legends of Runeterra ladder!


Crimson Katarina Gwen

Up they go again: with the turn of the year, the best Katarina Gwen deck has sharpened its blades and once again strikes at 59%, although it has shrunk a bit in play rate and sits at around 1,400 games. Note that the most popular version does not run Mark of the IslesMark of the Isles (and goes for triple Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock instead), but the showcase version performs noticeably better.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
31 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
14
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
24
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
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
10
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

One of the few decks that are not afraid of Aatrox Vayne Quinn, Crimson Gwen is quite happy with the latest news: both Lurkers and Frozen Darius are very good matchups (with odds close to 60% for Kat Gwen).

Further reading: Hallowed Attacks and Harrowing Combos –  A Katarina Gwen Deck Guide.


⭐Rising Star: Trundle Tryndamere, aka Feel the Rush

These two haven't lost their upwards momentum: now with close to 1,400 games on record in the last three days (up from 800 last week), the best Trundle Tryndamere deck punches at 55% and, best of all: is showing a slight edge against Aatrox Vayne, while demolishing Bandle Bar.

It loses rather badly to Red Gwen, though, and two of today's hottest trends (namely Lurkers and Frozen Darius) are a bit of an uphill struggle while Hecarim Zed is horrible – still, as one of the few decks with an edge on the broken tyrant, Feel the Rush is a deck you may want to keep an eye on!

Further reading: for the other side of this matchup, check Fear Their Return: A Tryndamere Trundle Deck Guide.

Regions
Freljord
35 cards
Shadow Isles
5 cards
Rarities
33 600
champion
5
epic
11
rare
15
common
9
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
5
2
3
3
3
4
12
5
0
6
14
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Followers
9
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
26
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
3
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
8
Voices of the Old Ones
1
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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Gwen Irelia

Zed is a bit of a Schrödinger Champ in this deck: half of the time the best Gwen Irelia deck will include it, and half of the time it won't. Today the latter happens to be true – this particular build also ditches Shark ChariotShark Chariot to make room for Eternal DancersEternal Dancers and DenyDeny.

Odds against most Top Dogs tend to be on the losing side, but overall Gwen Irelia has shown it's no fluke: a comfy 52%+ WR in the last three days with the showcased build, across more than 1,200 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Ionia
16 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
18
2
7
3
4
4
5
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
4
2
The Black Flame
2
The Black Flame
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Followers
15
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
2
Moonlit Glenkeeper
6
Eternal Dancers
1
Eternal Dancers
Spells
15
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Deny
1
Deny
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
2
Dragon Ambush
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Rumble Vayne

Time to adapt! While as an overall archetype Rumble Vayne is deflating a bit, its best deck has refined itself and currently punches at an amazing 58% WR in around 1,100 games. 

Ionian HookmasterIonian Hookmaster is gone (only Reckoners and the Reforge package remain), there's an extra Darkin Aegis, and spells now include Catch!Catch! and extra strikes.

Note: thanks to S7Law for noting a typo: we had originally published an old R-V list.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Noxus
25 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
17
2
8
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
Followers
12
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
16
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Legionary Charge
3
Legionary Charge
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Bloody Business
2
Bloody Business
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
Open deck in builder

Rumble Vayne is one of your best bets against Aatrox Vayne, and also beats Kat Gwen while not losing too badly against Bandle Bar. Against the new kids in town, Rumble Vayne has a slight edge on Lurkers, while being quite the underdog to Frozen Darius.

Further reading: Tumble on the Rumble – A Vayne Rumble LoR Deck Guide


🔥Hot! – Elise Gwen

Don't sleep on Elise Gwen, folks!

It has little to do with Katarina Gwen, by the way, even if they share regions and one champ – this is as aggressive and go-wide as it gets, and it keeps kicking butts and taking names, like it has been for two weeks now, at an amazing 59% WR.

Regions
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Noxus
27 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
12
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
25
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Doombeast
1
Doombeast
Spells
9
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
3
Reveler's Feast
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 450 and 900 games in the last three days – we're sailing into small data samples, yet all decks here have quite a few games under their belts, and most of them are well-worn, tried-and-true archetypes.


Hecarim Zed

After a rough ending of 2022, Hecarim and his Ephemeral army have welcomed the new year with a smashing 54% WR in about 800 games, and with other similar versions also doing well – this is another deck that is very happy to see Frozen Darius gain play rate.

Further reading: for the other side of this matchup, check Ephemeral Onslaught – A Zed Hecarim Deck Guide.

Regions
Ionia
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
32 200
champion
6
epic
8
rare
10
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
16
2
8
3
2
4
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Landmarks
5
2
The Black Flame
3
The Black Flame
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
2
Boisterous Host
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
9
1
Mark of the Isles
2
Mark of the Isles
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Defiant Dance
1
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
Open deck in builder

Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Yo ho, yo ho, let's punch above 60%! 

While weak to Aatrox and not too happy with Bandle Bar, Pirates find themselves with no shortage of prey for their go-wide-and-punch-face game plan: Lurkers, Red Gwen, Rumble Vayne, Trundle Tryndamere and above all Hecarim Zed all get mowed down by Miss Fortune and her merry bunch of misfits.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
8
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
23
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
1
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
11
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
2
Reveler's Feast
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Jinx Lulu

Suffering from one of the worst Aatrox matchups out there, and a slight underdog to Bandle Bar, Jinx Lulu nevertheless is (and has been during all of World Ender) one of the best-positioned decks, with great odds into everything from Kat Gwen to Lurkers, and from Rumble Vayne to Hecarim Zed.

Further reading: Lulu and Rockets – A Jinx Lulu LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
3
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
2
Sneezy Biggledust!
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Annie Jhin

Nothing new to see here: same build, same 55% performance. As tried-and-true as you can get in Runeterra – just don't bump into Aatrox Vayne (although Aatrox Kayn is favored!).

Further reading: Annie goes to Stack School – A Jhin Annie Aggro Guide.

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 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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⭐Rising Star: Fizz Gwen

The Red Pups have been at it again, and concocted this Gwen Fizz deck that is looking quite hot. Several versions exist, with slight tweaks to the followers and spell ratios; the most popular seems also the best thus far, smacking at 55% in about 500 games. It's definitely solid versus the broken tyrant, while equally matched against both Red Gwen and Bandle Bar.

Regions
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Bilgewater
13 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
22
common
8
Mana cost
1
0
12
1
14
2
6
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
16
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Buhru Leader
3
Buhru Leader
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
1
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
15
0
Fading Memories
1
Fading Memories
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
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Crimson Draven Jinx, aka Discard Aggro

Oh boy, has the Queen turned things around! =)

After a couple of somewhat rough weeks post-hotfix, and after a few tweaks to its best build, Draven Jinx is looking scary: one of the highest WR today (nearly 60%) across 500+ games, helped in part by how brutally Jinx and Draven bludgeon Lurkers, Rumble Vayne, Gwen Irelia and Hecarim Zed. And Aatrox Vayne is not too bad (even if slightly disfavored) – Draven Jinx's main weaknesses are Aatrox Kayn and Bandle Bar. 

Further reading: Return of the Queen – A Refresher on Draven Jinx Discard Aggro

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
9
2
9
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
19
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
2
Arena Battlecaster
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
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Garen Jarvan IV

Alright, it's official: Elites are a thing! Their WR has deflated a bit (now at 52%+, when it used to be at around 55%), but with nearly 500 games in the last three days this is no longer a fringe concept: this Garen Jarvan deck works. Not ideal against the broken tyrant or Bandle Bar, but can beat Kat Gwen.

Regions
Demacia
40 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
6
2
10
3
6
4
3
5
6
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Garen
3
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
27
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Trusty Ramhound
3
Trusty Ramhound
2
Battlesmith
3
Battlesmith
2
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Squire
3
Vanguard Squire
4
Silverwing Vanguard
3
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
6
Ardent Tracker
3
Ardent Tracker
Spells
7
3
Might of the Vanguard
3
Might of the Vanguard
3
Royal Decree
1
Royal Decree
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Aatrox Kayn

It has certainly seen better days, but Aatrox Kayn still packs a punch. It's also one of the yet-unsolved archetypes, with lots of different versions that switch week to week.

Further reading: Reject Regions Embrace Darkin – An Aatrox Kayn Deck Guide.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
34 400
champion
6
epic
10
rare
10
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
3
3
11
4
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
14
1
Buhru Cultist
2
Buhru Cultist
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Blooming Cultist
4
Ambitious Cultist
1
Ambitious Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
11
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
1
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Legends of Runeterra decks with less than 450 games played in the last three days – very little data, so these may range from total flukes… to, World Ender willing, the next big thing.


Purrsuit Seraphelios, ft. Viktor

While still a bit of a fringe option, mixing Back Alley BarBack Alley Bar, Purrsuit of PerfectionPurrsuit of Perfection and MTTargon is progressively looking like a real-deal: similar performance to last week (WR at about 55% in close to 400 games) so there certainly seems to be something here.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Mount Targon
12 cards
Rarities
31 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
10
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
7
1
15
2
4
3
1
4
6
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
9
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
1
Ballistic Bot
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
Solari Sunhawk
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
22
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
2
Purrsuit of Perfection
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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Diana Nocturne, aka Nightfall

Nightfall improved both performance and play rate in the last few days, striking above 55% in close to 300 games. This is an aggro deck that plays like nothing else (and it's sometimes the "anti-aggro aggro choice," so to speak), so if you've ever been curious about this archetype, it looks like a great time to take it for a spin.

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
21
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Twilit Protector
3
Twilit Protector
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
13
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
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Elise Trundle

Another champion pairing from among 4LW's picks to countering the current LoR meta, Elise Trundle takes the SIShadow Isles FRFreljord pairing in a bit of a different direction of what Feel the Rush decks generally do – including the use of Spirits UnleashedSpirits Unleashed, and a Battle FuryBattle Fury top-end.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
13
2
2
3
1
4
10
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
11
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
2
Icevale Archer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
4
Babbling Bjerg
1
Babbling Bjerg
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
9
Commander Ledros
1
Commander Ledros
Spells
23
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
8
Battle Fury
1
Battle Fury
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Trundle Vi Timelines

We haven't seen much of Timelines since the nerf to its staple card, yet it has shown today with impressive numbers. If you've fond of this brew (or if you love decks with lots of choices, and haven't had the chance to meet Timelines yet), the meta may be ripe for it.

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
24 500
champion
4
epic
7
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
1
0
4
1
9
2
6
3
8
4
6
5
2
6
4
7+
Champions
4
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
21
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Fanclub President
2
Fanclub President
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
2
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
1
Troll Chant
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Wrapping Up

Last Friday we were wondering why, in spite of its amazing WR and matchup spread, Aatrox Vayne Quinn wasn't taking over the meta (its play rate had hovered, for around two weeks, at roughly 10%, without gaining traction).

This week, such a flat trend continues: AVQ has raised above 10%, but is still far from the 15% threshold that usually marks a broken deck.

Will newcomers like Frozen Darius and Fizz Gwen be able to keep the tyrant in check?

We shall soon see! =)


If you have any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

Poke me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans,

Stop for a chat on the Mastering Runeterra Discord: https://discord.gg/8RQqZECTz2,

Or find more writings on substack: https://riwan.substack.com/

And good luck with your climb! =)


Technical Note – About overall archetypes and specific decks, and what we mean by "LoR best decks"

Most data sites (including MaRu's Meta Tier List) and articles like Leer's Runeterra Decks Report sort LoR meta decks by archetype ("Archetype" being the aggregate of all decks in LoR 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. And, whenever we talk about LoR decks in general, or best Legends of Runeterra 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).

And, 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 the amount of games played in the data samples we check:

  • Juggernauts: LoR decks with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true, top meta decks in Legends of Runeterra at the time of writing.
  • 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 400 games played – we're entering the Land of Small Sample Sizes here, but as far as numbers go, these decks can put up one hell of a fight into the current LoR meta.
  • YMMV: decks with less than 450 games in the last three days – fringe, risky stuff, but here's where you usually find the spice!

As a rule of thumb, LoR decks with a win rate (WR) above 52% catch our eye; above 53% are eye-widening, and anything with a WR over 55% is exceptional.

Last but not least, all stats are from the LoR ladder. If you're looking for Tournament lineups, you may want to check Sirturmund's latest LoR Tournament Decks article. And if Gauntlets are your jam, check Sirturmund’s & Monte’s LoR Gauntlet Decks: Rising Tides! article for a dozen decks and lineups you can use there.

Sources: Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List, MaRu LoR stats.



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