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Early Birds – Best LoR Decks, 24hs After the Hotfix

With roughly 24hs of data after Tuesday's hotfix, these are the early forerunners in the LoR ladder!

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 – Early Birds

As of Wednesday afternoon, with roughly 24hs of data after Tuesday's hotfix…

… these are the top five most popular LoR decks according to Mastering Runeterra's Meta Tier List:

As it should be clear from the above snapshot, data samples are still minuscule, and therefore need to be taken with appropriate amounts of salt – that being said:

  • Aatrox Kayn remains one of the most popular archetypes and, as we'll see below, it seems to still include its nerfed cards (while tweaking others), and is still packing a solid punch,
  • Katarina Gwen and Ezreal Seraphine Viktor have stuck to what worked yesterday, and their pre-hotfix builds have been doing very well thus far – and Ez Sera Vik, in particular, has the most-played decklist today,
  • Draven Jinx and Aatrox Quinn Vayne, both with some modifications from their pre-hotfix builds, also emerge today as early forerunners in the ruthless climb to the top.

Let's check the best builds for each of them, and also a couple of extra options (including a copium-dripping Ryze brew!) that seem to work well - all recomendations in this article are for the LoR Ladder; if you'd rather peruse our weapons of choice for Legends of Runeterra's Tournaments, check Sirturmund's Tournament Tech article.


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, 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 (and anything over 60% is most likely an outlier, and we'll usually use phrases such as "bonkers WR" in those cases =).

Sources: Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List.


Aatrox Kayn

With tiny samples (around 100 games each), Aatrox Kayn's most popular decks have changed from yesterday's best build… although in surprising ways.

Rather than tweaking the nerfed cards (namely Blooming CultistBlooming Cultist and The Unforgiving ColdThe Unforgiving Cold) they've trimmed down their Equipment to nine copies in total, while adding a couple of spells (usually an extra copy of Furious WielderFurious Wielder and The Expanse's Protection). Both of those lists (with only, it's worth remembering, just around 100 games each) are performing over the 55% WR mark thus far.

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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Aatrox Quinn Vayne

This is another Aatrox deck that saw a nerf to its pre-hotfix best build – although AQV runs neither Blooming CultistBlooming Cultist nor The Unforgiving ColdThe Unforgiving Cold, it did run two copies of Champions' StrengthChampions.

The current best Aatrox Quinn Vayne deck (around 200 games with sky-high WR) replaces those Champ Strength's copies with an extra copy of Fish FightFish Fight, and the addition of a single The Darkin SpearThe Darkin Spear

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
34 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
12
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
18
2
4
3
2
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
1
Quinn
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
10
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
1
The Darkin Spear
Followers
11
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
13
1
Catch!
3
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
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Bandle Bar: Ezreal Seraphine Viktor

This exact same decklist was already doing pretty well yesterday – after the hotfix, it has become the most-played deck in Runeterra (with more than 500 games since the hotfix landed, which is a large enough sample to be somewhat confident about its performance), with its WR shooting to over 57%.

If you've missed Seraphine, here's your chance to see her shine again!

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

Crimson Draven Jinx

Discard Aggro is another deck that was having quite a bit of success pre-hotfix – unlike Ezreal Seraphine Viktor, though, today's best Draven Jinx deck has a couple of spicy twists for its best deck, making room for Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon (a card that is also making waves in the latest iteration of Red Gwen) and Reveler's Feast.

Tiny sample (close to 100 games played), bonkers WR.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
10
1
11
2
11
3
3
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
19
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
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
Reveler's Feast
2
Reveler's Feast
3
Vision
3
Vision
Open deck in builder

Crimson Katarina Gwen

Exact same build we saw as a Rising Star yesterday, right before the hotfix – another deck, like Draven Jinx above, in which Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon seem to be putting in a lot of work. In a 200-game sample, the best Crimson Gwen deck is punching at the 55% WR mark, pretty much like yesterday.

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

Jinx Lulu

This Domination powerhouse wasn't having the best of times in World Ender, and it remains to be seen how it'll do post-hotfix: its main target was Ziggs Acolytes (which is now presumed extinct) while suffering horribly in front of Aatrox brews (which seem alive and kicking). Nevertheless, the three most popular versions of Jinx Lulu are doing great (WR over 57%), each with sample sizes of around 80 games. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
23 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
4
common
29
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
13
2
6
3
4
4
0
5
0
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
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
1
Sneezy Biggledust!
Open deck in builder

King of Copium: Seraphine Viktor Ryze

Top pilots speak in hushed, revering tones of this brew, and microscopic data samples suggest it may not be 100% copium. Still, pilots beware!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Runeterra
17 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
10
2
3
3
3
4
7
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Ryze
1
Ryze
4
Viktor
2
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
4
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Fallen Feline
1
Fallen Feline
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
27
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Death Ray - Mk 1
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Entreat
1
Entreat
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Line 'Em Up
1
Line 'Em Up
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Caustic Riff
2
Caustic Riff
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
5
Catalyst of Aeons
1
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Drum Solo
2
Drum Solo
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
1
Purrsuit of Perfection
6
Hidden Pathways
1
Hidden Pathways
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
10
Glorious Evolution
1
Glorious Evolution
Open deck in builder

Presumed Dead

As noted at the start of this article, sample sizes are very, very small, so conclusions are rough guesstimates at best.

At quick, early glance, though:

Ziggs Acolytes (both the Lone Ziggs version that was about to turn the ladder into a smoking Test Field yesterday, and the much tamer Taliyah Ziggs version) appear to be dead, with WR below 40%.

Lone Jinx Demacia seems dead, too, but it has been played so little that it's possible that pilots think it's dead, and therefore didn't bother playing it (in other words, it may still be a strong deck, but which pilots haven't been willing to try yet).

The same happens with other Champions' Strenght decks (like Caitlyn Jayce Lucian Teemo, Jinx Lucian Teemo, Fizz Norra Poppy, or Norra Teemo) – pilots have barely touched them, probably assuming they are dead… but, without larger samples, it's impossible to say.

(And Jayce Lucian Teemo, in microscopic samples, packs one hell of a punch still…)


Wrapping Up

We'll reiterate (yet again! =) that sample sizes are minuscule this time around, so please take the above as just early suggestions as to where to look first for the strongest Runeterra decks – then again, the early-days chaos of a new meta is precisely about jumping into the unknown and finding out. Last but not least, as noted previously: all recomendations in this article are for the LoR Ladder; if you'd rather peruse our weapons of choice for Legends of Runeterra's Tournaments, check Sirturmund's Tournament Tech article.

So, may your findings be lucky, and good fortune out there!


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! =)



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