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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Sunday 18

Atrox Quinn Vayne cements its position as the current best deck in Runeterra, with Bandle Bar, Red Gwen & Draven Jinx trailing close behind - and both Ryze and Kayle showing up with promising decks!

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 – The Bar at the End of the World

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

Current trends in the Legends of Runeterra ladder do not deviate from what we witnessed last Friday:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play rate
  • Aatrox Quinn Vayne (and also the Quinn-less version) has cemented its position as current best LoR deck, widening the gap with the other powerful options,
  • Aatrox Kayn remains both popular and potent, and it's in a state of flux right now as pilots try to found the best version,
  • Ezreal Seraphine Viktor, Draven Jinx, and Katarina Gwen round up the best popular archetypes in LoR right now,
  • And perhaps the most important bit of news: although not shown above (given that they are still fringe options), among the other promising archetypes we'll showcase today, there are both a Ryze deck, and Kayle deck that show quite a bit of promise!

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 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).

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, since exact numbers don't matter much at that point =).

Last but not least, all stats are from the LoR ladder; unless stated otherwise, the sample focuses on players at the Platinum rank and above, and looking at the last three days of data (in other words: when we mention that Aatrox Quinn Vayne has a WR of X% across Y games, it's specifically looking at players from Platinum, Diamond and Master ranks, and in the last three days).

Sources: Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List.


The Top Dogs – Current Best Decks in Runeterra

Both by stats and by expert opinion, there are three decks that stand above all others. When looking specifically at their most-popular, best-performing list, those are (in descending play-rate order) Bandle Bar, Aatrox Quinn Vayne, and Katarina Gwen.


Bandle Bar: Ezreal Seraphine Viktor

Although Aatrox Quinn Vayne is the most popular archetype, Bandle Bar remains (like last Friday) the most popular decklist – the best Ezreal Seraphine Viktor deck has amassed nearly 2,500 games in the last three days, with a WR above 55%. And if you're focusing on Tournaments, Bandle Bar is one of Sirturmund's three decks to beat.

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

The Ezreal Seraphine Viktor deck shown above is the most popular in all three shards (APAC, AM and EMEA), but with an interesting twist: although it performs great in APAC and EMEA (punching in fact above 56%), it doesn't do too well in AM, where it surprisingly falls below 50% – while a slightly modified version without Darkbulb Acolyte is doing wonderful in that shard.

Bandle Bar loses to all Aatrox decks and seems to also be the underdog to the one Kayle deck that could: Kayle Zed. On the other hand, Bandle Bar beats most other strong, popular decks in the current meta: Draven Jinx, Katarina Gwen, Jinx Lulu, Plunder, and Lurkers.

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


Aatrox Quinn Vayne

In the clear lead for the "Best LoR Deck" title, Aatrox Quinn Vayne has today (and like last Friday) three slightly different decklists, all performing excellently: WR over 57% in all cases, and between 1,000 and 1,500 games each (that is to say, if all AQV players focused on a specific decklist, it would be far more popular than Bandle Bar's). The current best, as of now, would be this one:

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
Open deck in builder

… punching above 58%, and the most popular of all three – but, interestingly, this particular build sees little to no play in APAC, and is only played in AM and EMEA (while APAC sees this other build as the most played). And there's also this Quinn-less version, very popular (and packing a huge punch) in APAC.

Aatrox Quinn Vayne's dominance is evident when looking at its matchup spread: AQV has a large edge on Bandle Bar, Aatrox Kayn and Jinx Lulu, bloody murders Kayle Zed, is the main reason Annie Jhin is being pushed out of the meta, and is favored against Draven Jinx. The only popular deck with solid odds against AQC is Rumble Vayne, while Kat Gwen, Aatrox Vayne and Lurkers have a slight edge (or are at least roughly even) – and, in tiny samples, Ashe LeBlanc may end up being a solid AQV counter in the ladder.

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


Crimson Katarina Gwen

Katarina Gwen rounds up what, for Tournaments, Sirturmund considers one of the three best decks. On ladder, the best Kat Gwen deck (WR above 55%, 800+ games) seems solved thus far when looking at the Followers composition…

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

… with the only discrepancy between other well-performing lists being a single tweak in the Spells department, by cutting one Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor to make room for 1x Mark of the IslesMark of the Isles.

Kat Gwen is one of the few decks that can go toe-to-to with Aatrox Quinn Vayne (and in fact has a slight edge in that matchup), also being solid against Rumble Vayne – it loses to the majority of other strong options (Aatrox Kayn, Aatrox Vayne, Bandle Bar, Discard Aggro, and apparently Kayle Zed too), putting this Crimson brew in an interesting spot against the field.

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


Rest of the Forerunners – Other Strong LoR Decks

Right behind the three lead contenders, these seven decks (including a Ryze deck, and a Kayle deck!) are the other best choices to bring to the Legends of Runeterra ladder.


⭐Rising Star: Ryze Seraphine Viktor

Don't choke on the Copium just yet (we saw this champion blend become a blip in the radar last Wednesday, only to be gone by last Friday), but with some tweaks, here it is again: a competitive Ryze deck (well, at least one copy of the Rune Mage!), punching at 53% in more than 400 games, which are high enough numbers to suspect (hope?) it's not a fluke:

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Runeterra
20 cards
Rarities
32 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
16
common
11
Mana cost
1
0
9
1
13
2
7
3
3
4
2
5
3
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
5
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Assembly Bot
3
Assembly Bot
Spells
26
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Entreat
1
Entreat
2
Gifts From Beyond
1
Gifts From Beyond
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Icathian Myths
1
Icathian Myths
2
Line 'Em Up
1
Line 'Em Up
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Payday
1
Payday
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Swindle
1
Swindle
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
3
Flash of Brilliance
1
Flash of Brilliance
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

The deck has changed quite a bit from what surfaced on Wednesday, going for three copies of Assembly BotAssembly Bot and trimming the top-end in the Spells menu – it seems an underdog to most Top Dogs except Aatrox Kayn, though, so tread carefully.

Still, as noted above, this time around numbers are in the "this may actually work" category, which for a Ryze deck is the same as saying that huge breakthroughs were made!


Aatrox Kayn

One of the best decks pre-hotfix, Aatrox Kayn is still reeling from the hotfix blow, and trying to find its footing – and may be much better than what stats indicate: the archetype is in flux, with several bad builds pushing average performance down.

The best Aatrox Kayn deck currently strikes above 57% (whereas the archetype as a whole shows a solid, but much worse, 53%) in about 400 games, suggesting that once pilots find the optimal build, Aatrox Kayn may regain its spot at the top of the food chain.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
34 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
12
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
3
3
9
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
3
The Darkin Aegis
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
15
1
Buhru Cultist
3
Buhru Cultist
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Keeper of the Box
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Blooming Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
10
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
3
The Expanse's Protection
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Matchup data is hard to parse when a deck is polluted with bad builds (since it's impossible to discriminate the good from the bad builds in matchup data); broadly speaking, Aatrox Kayn seems well positioned overall, with weak spots into Aatrox Quinn Vayne and, interestingly, an awful matchup against Lurkers.


Crimson Draven Jinx

Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Reveler's Feast have become a staple in Draven Jinx's current best deck… 

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

… punching above 55% in close to 400 games, but Discard Aggro is another archetype in flux, with different versions (like APAC's favorite, very close to the classic build but with a copy of Parts Made Whole, or the EMEA take that goes for Forge Chief among the one-drops) also doing great and showing similar numbers.

Draven Jinx preys upon either older archetypes (like Red Gwen, Lurkers or Jhinnie) or weak decks, gets murdered by Bandle Bar, and is slightly the underdog against Aatrox Quinn Vayne.

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


⭐Rising Star: Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

A bit on the meta's fringe, Plunder has been getting traction – and, interestingly, what little matchup data we have right now suggests that its main edge is being a "fair" deck: Plunder's odds against the major Top Dogs (all Aatrox variants, Bandle Bar, Kat Gwen, and Discard Aggro) are all very close to 50/50, with both sides having a decent chance at winning in all cases.

The best Gangplank Sejuani deck, seen below, strikes above 56% in around 250 games.

Further reading: Plunder, Now with Tentacles – A Gangplank Sejuani LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Freljord
10 cards
Bilgewater
30 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
12
2
2
3
3
4
8
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
20
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Piltovan Castaway
2
Piltovan Castaway
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
14
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
12
Feel The Rush
1
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Zulti's Kayle Zed

Just like with the Ryze's Bar blend seen above, we're still a bit in the "let's see" phase with this one, but here you go: a Kayle deck with solid performance (WR about 52%+ in around 250 games):

Regions
Mount Targon
12 cards
Ionia
28 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Kayle
3
Kayle
Followers
27
1
Divine Clerk
3
Divine Clerk
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Keeper of Masks
3
Keeper of Masks
2
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Longtail
3
Navori Longtail
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
7
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
4
Kinkou's Call
3
Kinkou's Call
5
Nine Lives
3
Nine Lives
Open deck in builder

And, cherry on top, the mastermind behind this blend, Zulti, has even published a how-to for their brew on reddit: here's the link to the thread.

Early matchup data shows Kayle Zed as quite bad against Aatrox decks, but slightly favored against Bandle Bar and Katarina Gwen.


Jinx Lulu

Jinx Lulu keeps having a great time, even if by play rate it's been pushed to the fringes (which is often correlated: when only the die-hard pilots remain faithful to a brew, and the rest of the field is not interested in targeting it, brews tend to improve in performance).

As one of the best decks in the previous expansion, Jinx Lulu is great against older archetypes – but suffers when confronting the new kids, namely Aatrox decks, Bandle Bar, and even Ryze's Bar.

Further reading: 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!
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Rumble Vayne

It's a great time for Mecha-Yordles with big friggin' Great HammersGreat Hammers!

Pushed to the fringes in the second half of the previous season (after dominating the first half, when they were arguably the best Vayne deck), Rumble Vayne is enjoying one hell of a comeback, currently punching at a ridiculous 60%+ WR in 200+ games.

It's perhaps the best Aatrox Quinn Vayne counter right now, which explains much of its success – on the other hand, Bandle Bar and Draven Jinx are in the "Ouch!" side of things for Rumble Vayne.

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

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

Other Considerations

Things have turned rough for Annie Jhin, being a serious underdog to nearly all of the decks showcased above – still, it's holding for dear life at the fringes of the meta, and remains a playable option.

If you want to bring Aatrox to the fray, but you find DEDemacia a tad too bland and boring, then EliseElise's got you covered with a SIShadow Isles take on how to End the World. Elise Aatrox is pushing some scary numbers (60%+ WR in close to 200 games) with its turbo-Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver game plan.

For the old-school among you, or those freshly arrived to Runeterra and looking for something different, then Diana Nocturne, aka Nightfall, is performing excellently right now.

In the same old-school vibe that may also be quite spicy for new players that never met Pyke Rek'Sai at their heyday, Lurkers is putting up quite a solid performance – and can go toe-to-toe with Aatrox decks.

And to wrap up today's selection, the fringiest deck we'll recommend today pairs Gwen with Irelia, maximizing the Hallowed-Ephemeral synergy. Looking very promising across 120 games!


Wrapping Up

Aatrox Quinn Vayne (and the very similar Quinn-less variant) has become the deck to beat in the LoR ladder, while Bandle Bar is positioning itself as the deck that can beat everything in the Runeterra meta that is not an Aatrox deck.

While the World Ender expansion has thus far been quite atypical (on the one hand, the LoR Worlds competitors had already cracked some of the best decks before the season started; on the other, we had a hotfix this week throwing since into disarray), we should now enter a more settled-down phase in which brewers know which decks they need to target – with a bit of luck, next week we'll find out if Aatrox can be beaten, or if it will remain the best deck in Runeterra until the next balance patch arrives… and whether or not the Ryze and Kayle decks finally get a chance to shine.

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


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

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And good luck with your climb! =)



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