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By the Numbers – Best LoR Meta and Off-Meta Decks

Aatrox's Irony: trying to end the World with a bang… only to find out that Ziggs' boom is just, well, bigger.

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 – Ryze of Ziggs

As of early Tuesday, these are the top five most popular LoR decks according to Mastering Runeterra's Meta Tier List and matchup data:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play rate
  • In the last two days, Ziggs and his Acolyte friends have climbed to the very top of the meta – they are the most played archetype, and as we'll see in detail further down, also the most played deck in Legends of Runeterra by a huge margin,
  • Aatrox remains the most popular Champion overall, if we count his main variations (paired with Kayn, Vayne, or Vayne & Quinn) although the Kayn pairing is, thus far, clearly superior,
  • Jinx remains the third Juggernaut, and the main representative of the Champions' StrengthChampions clade,
  • The above three archetypes account for more than a third of the ladder right now, making it one of the most concentrated LoR metas in quite some time.

As learned scholar and Meta Reporter Leer showed yesterday in his graph dissecting the complex interplay between these three archetypes:

There's a rock-paper-scissors dynamic at play, in which Ziggs' Acolytes demolishes Lone Jinx (and other decks from the Champ Strength clade), which in turn demolishes Aatrox decks, that beats Ziggs… keyword being "beat" (as in, has an edge, but not huge): in the above triangle, Ziggs's bad matchup (against Aatrox Kayn) is not nearly as bad as the other two, slanting this three-way bash in his favor.

The other main trend in the LoR ladder is that Santa Ryze is done gifting LPs to everybody – now that the meta is filled with these bad boys, Ryze (and Kayle), two of the most disappointing Champs to reach Runeterra this year, are exiting the stage. Win rates are therefore deflating across the board, as only the strong decks remain and easy targets become scarce.


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 Monday Meta Report sort Legends of Runeterra meta 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 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.
  • 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!

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 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). As a rule of thumb, 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.

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: 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 Legends of Runeterra Meta Decks

Here we showcase LoR decks with more than 2100 games in the last three days, and good-to-great WR.


🔥🔥Blazing Hot! – Lone Ziggs Acolytes

Welcome to the land of Ziggs, where the best Ziggs Acolytes deck punches at nearly 58% in a record-breaking 13,300-game sample in the last three days, improving its already mind-boggling performance from last Sunday.

With the World Ender season having started less than a week ago we're still in the "too early to tell" phase, and Ziggs is actually a great example of that: none of the World Championship competitors seem to have found this brew, and by last Friday it only had a paltry 250-game sample in our data, so there's no telling what other deck(s) may show up in the next few days and turn the LoR meta on its head again. But, on the other hand, it's quite impressive to see a new deck become so dominant so soon; Ziggs' performance rivals that of Kai'Sa in her heyday, and it took her three weeks to take over (wrestling with Illaoi Bard for the Queen of the Meta crown).

Regions
Shurima
29 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
17 700
champion
3
epic
2
rare
14
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
15
2
12
3
2
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Landmarks
8
1
Acolyte's Reliquary
3
Acolyte's Reliquary
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
9
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
Spells
20
1
Construct of Desolation
3
Construct of Desolation
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Rite of Passage
3
Rite of Passage
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
1
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Ziggs crushes Lone Jinx, is the reason Red Gwen may soon become extinct (unless it mutates to Crimson, though; more on this later…), bashes the upcoming Ezreal Seraphine Viktor, and brutally demolishes Feel the Rush. On the backswing, Aatrox Kayn can consistently beat Ziggs, Akshan Sivir Varus is a bad matchup, and in a bit of a rocket revenge, other Jinx decks (like Jinx Lulu, or Jinx Draven) can also run circles around the Acolytes.

Further reading: both Monte and Leer were highly impressed by Ziggs and his Acolyte friends when they took them for a spin in the LoR ladder, sharing several tips on how to (and how not to!) pilot them.


🧊Cooling Off – Lone Jinx

Under the relentless assault of Ziggs & friends, plus Ryze decks being hard to find now, the most popular Lone Jinx deck has dropped sharply both in play rate (around 3,800 games in the last three days, down from 4,800) and WR, striking at 53%+ today when it used to punch above 58% last Sunday.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Demacia
8 cards
Rarities
21 100
champion
3
epic
6
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
17
1
13
2
1
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
19
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Eager Apprentice
1
Eager Apprentice
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
1
Stress Testing
3
Stress Testing
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

Tweaks may change this trend, though; Lone Jinx versions taking inspiration from other Champ Strength decks (such as Jinx Teemo, and Norra Teemo) and adding three copies of Inspiring LightInspiring Light, by cutting some copies of Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing and and Stress TestingStress Testing, are punching 2-3% harder.

Lone Jinx murders Aatrox decks and Kat Gwen, but gets wrecked by Lone Ziggs and Ezreal Seraphine Viktor.


Aatrox Kayn

While as an overall archetype Aatrox Kayn has a similar play rate to Ziggs, it's a lot more scattered (as in, it has many more variations). The most popular Aatrox Kayn deck shows around 3,700 games played in the last three days, punching at 56%.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
36 700
champion
6
epic
13
rare
5
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
3
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
11
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
14
1
Buhru Cultist
3
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
3
Ambitious Cultist
Spells
9
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
2
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

As noted, Aatrox Kayn beats Lone Ziggs, while being utterly crushed by Lone Jinx (and also being in general disfavored against Champ Strength decks). Aatrox Kayn is also superior to other Aatrox decks, and pummels Kat Gwen and Jinx Lulu.


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!


⭐Rising Star: Taliyah Ziggs

Jumping on the Acolyte's Reliquary bandwagon, this former meta staple makes a solid return – WR a bit above 53%, and gaining a lot of traction with about 1,500 games (when it was just a fringe curiosity two days ago). A solid choice if you are a fan of this Champion pairing, but if you are here for the Acolytes, the Lone Ziggs version is far superior (and beats Taliyah Ziggs when facing each other).

Regions
Bandlecity
14 cards
Shurima
29 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
13
2
8
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
7
1
Acolyte's Reliquary
3
Acolyte's Reliquary
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
11
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
Spells
16
1
Construct of Desolation
3
Construct of Desolation
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Rite of Passage
2
Rite of Passage
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Ezreal Seraphine, ft. Viktor

Again the best Back Alley BarBack Alley Bar deck today, Ez Sera has also gained a lot of traction, showing nearly 1,500 games (up from 500 last Sunday) – WR has dropped sharply, though, to around 53%, down from 58% two days ago.

It's excellent against Jinx Strength decks – but horrible against Lone Ziggs, and weak against Aatrox Kayn.

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
Open deck in builder

🧊Cooling Off – Aatrox Vayne

The second most popular Aatrox version keeps dropping, quite sharply this time, to a modest 51% WR this time across 1,200 games. The deck doesn't lack die-hard fans among top pilots, but with Ryze gone from the meta, there seems to be little reason to play Aatrox Vayne: it loses to Champ Strength decks (badly), it loses to Aatrox Kayn, and it's even versus Ziggs (against which Aatrox Kayn has a clear edge). Certainly playable, but clearly much worse than the Kayn pairing.

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Runeterra
15 cards
Rarities
36 600
champion
6
epic
12
rare
10
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
1
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
12
2
The Darkin Spear
3
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
12
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Faithful Wolfdog
2
Faithful Wolfdog
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
1
Ranger-Knight Defector
4
Widowed Huntress
3
Widowed Huntress
Spells
10
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
1
Silence and Suppress
1
Silence and Suppress
2
Fish Fight
2
Fish Fight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
6
Roar of Icathia
3
Roar of Icathia
Open deck in builder

Jinx Teemo

Although Lone Jinx has lost some of its edge, a similar take with Teemo is doing great: WR over 56% across 900, and what matters most: it's even against Ziggs (Lone Jinx loses that matchup, quite badly) while still crushing Aatrox decks underfoot.

Jinx Teemo's current weak spots are Ezreal Seraphine Viktor, and Draven Jinx.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
33 cards
Demacia
7 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
1
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
16
1
14
2
0
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Sting Officer
2
Sting Officer
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
5
Rocket Barrage
1
Rocket Barrage
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Crimson Katarina Gwen (non-Elise)

Now, here's an interesting twist!

Until World Ender, Red Gwen (featuring Elise, and usually with one or two Opulent FoyerOpulent Foyers) was arguably the strongest LoR deck, and was by a landslide the most popular choice in the Regional Worlds Qualifiers.

As we've seen above, though, all current Juggernauts demolish that particular build (to the point that it currently performs below 50%) – yet, lo and behold: this novel take…

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

… adding Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Redeemed ProdigyRedeemed Prodigy is doing very well on the ladder, smacking at 54%+ in nearly 1,000 games. 

It's impossible to analyze the matchup spreads right now (because the majority of the Kat Gwen archetype is still playing older builds, thus polluting the data), but with to achieve this performance one would suspect that this Crimson take on Red Gwen must have an edge on at least one, possibly two, of the current Juggernauts.


⚖The Balanced Choice – Akshan Sivir Varus

Okay, so you cordially dislike rock-paper-scissors dynamics, and would rather have a fair fight each time you jump into the ladder… What do you bring?

"Akshan Sivir" has for the longest time been the answer to that question, being across several metas one of the most fair decks (if piloted correctly…) available in Runeterra – and the current iteration, pairing with Varus' Cultists rather than the classic Demacia, seems determined to uphold this ancient tradition:

And, overall, Akshan Sivir Varus shows a 54% WR in about 950 games in the last three days. If you feel like playing cards rather than tossing coins, this looks like one deck you may want to check!

Regions
Runeterra
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
7
2
9
3
13
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
1
Sivir
4
Varus
2
Varus
Equipments
5
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
13
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
16
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
Open deck in builder

Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 450 and 900 games in the last forty hours – pilots beware, we're sailing into small data samples, yet all decks here have quite a few games under their belts.


Annie Jhin

The immutable deck has stuck to its striking 55% WR in the past two days – and is another fairly fair deck when it comes to the reigning Juggernauts: a slight edge against Aatrox Kayn, even versus Ziggs, and disfavored (although not by much) against Lone Jinx.

Further reading: Yangzera's 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
Open deck in builder

Caitlyn Jayce Lucian Teemo

Less played than other PZPiltover & Zaun Champions' StrengthChampions decks, this four-Champ brew is in fact the heaviest-hitting of them all right now: Caitlyn Jayce Lucian Teemo punches above 58% in about 800 games. Much like Jinx Teemo (but unlike Lone Jinx), Jayce & friends are not too afraid of Ziggs and his Acolyte shenanigans. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Demacia
8 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
10
2
6
3
2
4
0
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
2
Lucian
1
Lucian
3
Caitlyn
2
Caitlyn
4
Jayce
2
Jayce
Followers
22
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

🧊Cooling Off – Quinn Vayne, ft. Aatrox

After an impressive performance spike last Sunday, the most popular Quinn Vayne Aatrox deck has mellowed to 52% WR in about 700 games (down from 58% and 1,200 two days ago). Like Aatrox Vayne, seems like an inferior version of Aatrox Kayn – certainly very playable if it fits your playstyle, but if you're here to join the World Ender Cult, Kayn's your Darkin.

Regions
Demacia
30 cards
Runeterra
10 cards
Rarities
35 300
champion
6
epic
11
rare
9
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
4
3
2
4
2
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
2
Quinn
6
Aatrox
1
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
11
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
Spells
14
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
8
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength
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🧊Cooling Off – Norra Teemo

Another deck that has lost some steam in the last two days after an impressive spike, although still doing very good: Norra Teemo still performs at a very solid 53%, making it one of the best BCBandle City Champions' StrengthChampions decks.

Regions
Demacia
7 cards
Bandlecity
33 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
20
2
5
3
1
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
2
Norra
3
Norra
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
2
Grandfather Fae
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Gleaming Lantern
2
Gleaming Lantern
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
2
Portalpalooza
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Draven Jinx, aka Discard Aggro

The original Queen of Rockets seems to be in a fairly good spot right now: she consistently beats Ziggs, and has even odds against Aatrox Kayn (while beating other Aatrox brews). It also beats Teemo Jinx, although it crumbles when confronting other Champ Strength brews (and Lone Jinx in particular).

The best Draven Jinx deck (note the spicy, single copy of Parts Made WholeParts Made Whole) punches above 55% in close to 500 games.

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
11
2
9
3
7
4
2
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
4
Crowd Favorite
3
Crowd Favorite
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
4
Parts Made Whole
1
Parts Made Whole
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
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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 the next big thing. 


Braum Gnar Sejuani

Looks like this Champ Strength on Ice deck is not a fluke: punches at nearly 54%, and has more than doubled its sample size to 450 games today – with how few Ryze and Kayle decks are left to farm, that's no small achievement. Early data suggests it's solid versus Ziggs, yet weak versus Aatrox Kayn.

Regions
Freljord
35 cards
Demacia
5 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
3
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
9
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
1
Braum
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Sejuani
2
Sejuani
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
19
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Troll Scavenger
1
Troll Scavenger
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Avarosan Trapper
4
Avarosan Outriders
3
Avarosan Outriders
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
12
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Jinx Lulu

Jinx, Lulu, and their overfed Chompers keep chugging along, with an impressive 56% WR. They die (most horribly) to Aatrox Kayn, but consistently beat Lone Jinx, and are very good against Ziggs!

Further reading: ThChEm's Lulu and Rockets – A Jinx Lulu LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
3
common
29
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Purpleberry Shake
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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Jinx Lucian Teemo

One very little-played PZPiltover & Zaun Champions' StrengthChampions deck (a bit surprising, given that it is one of the World Championship decks), with stellar performance across nearly 400 games – and which seems to have an edge over all three of the current Juggernauts.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Demacia
10 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
5
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
15
2
3
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
2
Teemo
2
Lucian
1
Lucian
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
20
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
14
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
1
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
2
Inspiring Light
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

Gangplank Sejuani

This ancient brew shows a lot of different variations, with all of them doing great. Has an Achilles' Heel in Aatrox Kayn, but can go toe-to-toe with Ziggs while farming Jinx.

Regions
Freljord
10 cards
Bilgewater
30 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
2
4
9
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
18
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
The Dreadway
1
The Dreadway
Spells
16
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
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
12
Feel The Rush
1
Feel The Rush
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Fizz Norra Poppy

Smooth's World version of a Bandlemacia "Flood and Strength" deck has deflated on play rate (only 300 games today, down from 600 two days ago) but smacks about 55% – and seems to have an edge against both Ziggs and Aatrox Kayne, while not too disfavored against Jinx.

Regions
Demacia
10 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
20
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
1
Fizz
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Blastcone Seedling
1
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Grumbleslug
3
Grumbleslug
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Loping Telescope
1
Loping Telescope
Spells
12
1
Fae Sprout
1
Fae Sprout
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

Norra Poppy

Same region pairing, similar Champs and game plan but with a somewhat different build – and similar performance to Fizz Norra Poppy, suggesting that there is a lot of room for tweaking and refining here, given the overlap between these two decks.

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
18
2
3
3
3
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
21
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Squeaker
1
Squeaker
3
The Tea Maker
3
The Tea Maker
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

Frozen Jinx Unleashed

A concept that brewmaster TealRed let loose on the ladder last season, with a bit extra burn this time around!

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
17 800
champion
3
epic
3
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
15
2
4
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
1
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Used Cask Salesman
1
Used Cask Salesman
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Entreat
3
Entreat
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
Open deck in builder

Rumble Vayne

One of the meta's Juggernauts in the first half of Domination, back when Seraphine and Vayne ruled unopposed – has kept its amazing 58% WR from last Sunday, although with play rate dropping to 200 games in the last three days.

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

Wrapping Up

The rock-paper-scissors triangle between the three Juggernauts, which was taking form last Sunday, is now the main factor shaping the Runeterra meta – and, with both Ziggs and Aatrox Kayn nearing a 15% play rate each (when their whole archetypes are considered), while both punch above the 55% WR mark, this is thus far one of the most concentrated fields we've had in quite some time (last time we saw something similar was during Forces from Beyond, when Illaoi Bard and Kai'Sa were battling for supremacy).

That being said, this is of course a very atypical season, with the World Championship introducing some nearly-solved archetypes (Aatrox Kayne and Lone Jinx in particular) on day one – yet, just like Ziggs went from zero to hero in a matter of days (without nobody bringing it to Worlds), there may still be powerful World Ender decks that may show up in the coming days, and turn things upside down.

One thing the jury seems to have reached a final verdict on, though, is about Ryze's and Kayle's disappointing performance: odds of some master brewer solving any of them are, by today's numbers, vanishingly small.

Then again, we'll see.

Hope you enjoyed today's selection, and good luck out there! =)


Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

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

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

And good luck with your climb! =)



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