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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Friday 23

Although the top of the meta remains settled, still waters run deep: nearly a dozen fringe decks have emerged, eager to contest the rule of the Big Three.

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 – Rise of the Fringe Decks

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

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

Looking at the current top decks, the trends in the Runeterra ladder do not deviate from what we witnessed last Sunday and last Friday – Rumble Vayne has shown it was no fluke and now is among the best LoR decks, and Hecarim Zed has aggressively clawed a piece of the pie, but other than that the top four decks remain nearly unchanged…

… yet, as we'll showcase today in detail, still waters run deep: there's been an explosion of successful experiments this week, and nearly a dozen fringe decks have emerged (from more "traditional" takes like Spiders and Elites, to radically new archetypes as Hecarim Gwen or Aatrox Elise), on top of several archetypes that were off-meta decks last Sunday now showing growing play rates.


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).

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.


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. Best of the best, tried-and-true tools for climbing the Runeterra ladder!


🧊Cooling off – Bandle Ezreal Seraphine, ft Viktor

Like last Sunday, Bandle Ezreal Seraphine, usually paired with Viktor (although sometimes Vi) remains the most popular specific decklist in all of Runeterra, with more than 5,000 games played in the last three days and not a single card changed in nearly two weeks:

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
6
1
17
2
5
3
4
4
2
5
1
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Ezreal
2
Ezreal
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Landmarks
3
7
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
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
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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It's suffering from wear and tear, though, with its WR dropping a bit below 54% (which is still great, but not quite the amazing 55%+ it had five days ago). It also shows, like last Sunday, some interesting differences across shards: it's more popular in APAC than the other two LoR servers, while exhibiting its best performance in EMEA (and the worst in the AM shard).

Bandle Bar has two clear predators: Jinx Lulu, and Aatrox variants (and especially Aatrox Vayne decks) – on the backswing, it beats all other strong decks: Katarina Gwen, Draven Jinx, Jhinnie, an in particular has an edge on two of today's rising stars, namely Rumble Vayne and Hecarim Zed.

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


Aatrox Quinn Vayne

Well, time to slap that label; we don't always highlight a deck as the stop-reading-and-pick-this-one-if-your-main-goal-is-to-climb, but when we do…

This is it, folks: Aatrox Quinn Vayne is not unbeatable, but it is for certain the best LoR deck right now. If your only goal is to climb, stop reading and pick this one!

Overall, Aatrox Vayne Quinn has not reached "broken" status (just yet…), but when looking at performance and matchup data this is the Tier One deck in Runeterra right now:

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
35 000
champion
6
epic
10
rare
13
common
11
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
17
2
4
3
3
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
12
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
12
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
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Aatrox Vayne Quinn is the most popular archetype overall (with around 10% play rate). The only reason why it's not the most played specific deck too is that there are several minor variations (unlike Bandle Seraphine Ezreal, in which the majority of pilots have agreed on the optimal deck).

The version showcased above (the most popular overall, and in the AM shard in particular) punches above 58% in more than 2,600 games, with other versions showing similar WR in samples between 1300 and 1500 games each – the EMEA shard leans towards cutting one Ranger-Knight DefectorRanger-Knight Defector to add an extra SharpsightSharpsight, whereas APAC tends to prefer this slightly different, extra-strikes list.

The only serious weak spot that Aatrox Vayne Quinn shows is Rumble Vayne, which explains (as we'll detail below) Rumble's radiant return to the ranked ladder – Ashe archetypes (like this Ashe Kindred deck) tend to have excellent odds against AVQ, but they don't do too well against the rest of the field.

On the other heavy hand, the World Ender is nearly unstoppable: it crushes Bandle Bar, tramples Hecarim Zed, chews Jhinnie and Jinx Lulu for brunch, and does a number of horrible things to weaker decks.

Katarina Gwen, Plunder, and Jinx Draven can go toe-to-toe with the Darkin army, although never more than a coinflip away from destruction.

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


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

Katarina Gwen completes what Sirturmund considers the Tournament best decks trinity, and remains (like in past seasons) a LoR ladder powerhouse.

The best Katarina Gwen deck has improved its WR since last Sunday by two points (57% today, up from 55% five days ago – an impressive feat when considering that the Runeterra meta is more or less settled down, and Kat Gwen is even or disfavored versus our current Juggernauts), and has accrued nearly 2,000 games in the last three days.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
31 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
14
common
13
eternal
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
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As noted, Kat Gwen is not particularly good against the current Juggernauts: it's even versus Aatrox Vayne Quinn and disfavored against Bandle Ezreal Seraphine. And it loses quite badly against Jinx, be it with Draven or Lulu.

On the backswing, though, Crimson Gwen beats two of today's raising stars (Rumble Vayne and Hecarim Zed), has a slight edge on the Quinn-less version of Aatrox Vayne, and defeats most other strong options (like Jhinnie, Plunder, Aatrox Kindred, and Lurkers). All in all, a very flexible choice if none of the Juggernauts happen to be your cup of tea.

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


⭐Rising Star: Rumble Vayne

With those lazy Darkins, Zaunites, and Midnight Revelers too complacent to change a single card in their decks, leave it to a Yordle to step his game up and improve his weaponry!

Rumble Vayne's best deck has changed a lot since last Sunday: Fallen RiderFallen Riders are out; The Darkin AegisThe Darkin Aegis (and, therefore, JoraalJoraal) are in; the top-end Spells have been trimmed down, with further tweaks for enhanced protection via SharpsightSharpsight...

Regions
Noxus
28 cards
Demacia
12 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
20
2
9
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
5
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
15
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
14
2
Legionary Charge
3
Legionary Charge
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
4
Bloody Business
1
Bloody Business
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
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… and massively improved results: from around 200 games last Sunday, Rumble Vayne now has 1,500+ games on record in the last three days, with WR close to 55%.

One reason is clear: Rumble Vayne is the best counter for Aatrox Vayne (and Aatrox decks in general), with "best" in this case meaning "beats the deck it aims to counter, and it also performs well overall" (as opposed to "best" as in "pummels the deck it aims to counter, but gets run over by everything else").

Rumble Vayne's weak spots are Jinx decks (Draven Jinx is a horrible matchup, and Lulu Jinx is quite bad too), Lurkers, and Katarina Gwen – Bandle Bar, Plunder and Hecarim Zed are all roughly even, or just slightly disfavored for the Mecha-Yordles.

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


💎Possible Hidden Gem: Aatrox Kayn

Not the powerhouse it was pre-hotfix, and clearly not the best Aatrox variant, but still a very good deck somewhat hidden in an otherwise mediocre archetype: after some tweaks and refinements, pilots (above all in the AM shard) have agreed on the best Aatrox Kayn list, which currently strikes above 55% in about 1500 games.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
34 800
champion
6
epic
10
rare
12
common
12
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
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
2
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
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It bears noting that this seems to be mostly an AM trend – EMEA and APAC are lagging in adopting this specific build, and other popular versions (in all three shards) tend to perform poorly.

In other words: this specific deck may be a bit of a hidden gem, given how the Aatrox Kayn archetype is polluted by bad builds.

Matchups are hard to parse in this case (since readily available data does not discriminate good decks from bad) – broadly speaking, Aatrox Kayn seems strong versus Bandle Bar and Jinx Lulu, while weak against Aatrox Vayne Quinn and Rumble Vayne.


⭐Rising Star: Aatrox Kindred

A brainchild of one of LoR's most maddoctoresque brewers, WhatAmI, Aatrox Kindred is the new kid in the block this week: pairing World EnderWorld Enders with AtrocityAtrocity, the most popular Aatrox Kindred deck closes the Heavyweight category today, with a 52%+ WR in a bit more than 900 games (and a very similar version putting a similar performance in about 750 games).

This Aatrox Kindred deck is even versus the Aatrox Vayne version, and superior to the Kayn version (although remember that the latter is polluted by bad builds) – seems an underdog to both Kat Gwen and Bandle Bar, while also weak to Draven Jinx and Rumble Vayne.

All in all, perhaps not the deck you want to pilot if you came here to end the world (there are certainly much better Aatrox decks to choose from), but if Kindred is your jam, this is the first competitive Kindred deck we've seen in Runeterra in quite some time!

Regions
Runeterra
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
37 600
champion
6
epic
14
rare
4
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
2
0
11
1
15
2
2
3
3
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Halberd
3
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
13
0
Ravenous Butcher
2
Ravenous Butcher
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
The Undying
2
The Undying
Spells
12
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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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.


Jinx Lulu

Jinx's rockets and Lulu's overfed Chompers are having a great week – already a heavy-hitter last Sunday, the best Jinx Lulu deck right now cuts a copy of Zaunite UrchinZaunite Urchin and Purpleberry ShakePurpleberry Shake to add two ScrapheapScrapheaps, and jumps to 800+ games played while smacking above 56%.

Jinx Lulu is in a great spot when looking at matchups – while a fairly serious underdog to Aatrox decks, it seems to beat pretty much every other strong deck: odds against Bandle Bar and Rumble Vayne are very good, and even better when against Katarina Gwen, Draven Jinx and Hecarim Zed.  

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
3
common
29
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
12
2
6
3
5
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
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
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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⭐Rising Star: Hecarim Zed

After some ups and downs in the fringe, Hecarim Zed is trouncing the field pretty hard: nearly 55% WR in about 800 games. Its preys are weak decks, though – Aatrox Quinn Vayne, Ezreal Seraphine and Kat Gwen are all bad matchups, and odds are horrible against Draven Jinx and Jhinnie (while having no particularly good matchup against strong decks), implying that Hecarim Zed's good fortune may decline as the meta gets further refined.

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
6
3
1
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Landmarks
2
2
The Black Flame
2
The Black Flame
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Fan
2
The Darkin Fan
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
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
12
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Momentous Choice
2
Momentous Choice
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
1
Deny
5
Defiant Dance
2
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
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⭐Rising Star: Diana Nocturne, aka Nightfall

This quite old, aggressive archetype was already causing waves last Sunday, and looks like it was no fluke: from a fringe option five days ago, Diana Nocturne has grown to punching above 57% in across 500+ games.

Data is scarce, but it seems Nightfall is even (and perhaps slightly favored) against Aatrox Vayne Quinn, while very favored against Bandle Ezreal Seraphine.

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
eternal
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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Crimson Draven Jinx, aka Discard Aggro

Several Draven Jinx decks coexist (and all doing very well), but pilots are progressively leaning towards the Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Reveler's Feast version, which has improved its WR to 56%+ (up from 55% last Sunday) in a 500-game sample.

Seraphine Ezreal and Jinx Lulu are awful matchups for Draven Jinx, but Aatrox Vayne Quinn is roughly even now (it used to be disfavored), while odds against Kat Gwen are good, and against Rumble Vayne are excellent.

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
13
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
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
1
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Reveler's Feast
2
Reveler's Feast
3
Vision
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💀Resurrected! – Annie Jhin

After nearly going extinct, Annie Jhin's WR has jumped from below 50% to around 54% in around 450 games – with not a single card changed (and builds adding Sigil of MaliceSigil of Malice don't look particularly promising). Hecarim Zed is a great matchup, but poor odds against nearly all other strong decks make it hard to guess if this resurrection is a fluke or a real miracle. 

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
eternal
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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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.

As noted in today's trends, there's been an explosion of fairly successful experiments this week – Aatrox, Gwen and Seraphine may reign uncontested for now, but brewers are busily busting their behinds searching for the next meta-breaker.


Elise Gwen

Spider-Gwen has, for quite some time now, been a low-key success – and, today, across nearly 400 games, puts up the highest WR among all decks showcased (well over 60%). It has taken some coaching from Crimson Gwen and add Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeons and Redeemed ProdigyRedeemed Prodigy, and it appears to be favored into Seraphine Ezreal while unafraid of Aatrox Vayne Quinn.

Regions
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Noxus
27 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
eternal
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
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
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
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Karma Viktor

Seraphine not your thing, but you'd like to hit the Bar anyway? Karma Viktor has been putting the numbers, and with ardent endorsement from Jasensational.

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
4
1
10
2
3
3
12
4
6
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Karma
3
Karma
Landmarks
3
7
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
7
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
1
Eye of the Dragon
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
Tasty Faefolk
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
24
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
1
Homecoming
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Unworthy Soul
2
Unworthy Soul
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
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Garen Jarvan IV

Ah, the ancient, never-fulfilled quest for a competitive Elite deck! Garen and Jarvan are doing their best, and this time around their performance (55%+ WR in around 250 games with the deck showcased today, and with another similar list putting equally similar numbers) suggests they may be getting close.

Yes: they do lose to Aatrox Quinn Vayne; Bandle Bar seems even, though!

Regions
Demacia
40 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
eternal
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
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Gwen Hecarim, ft. Twisted Fate

And now, for something very different: Hallowed Mistwraiths, with quite the heavy top-end for spells (double The RuinationThe Ruination plus triple The HarrowingThe Harrowing) and a dash of BWBilgewater providing access to Heavy MetalHeavy Metal, which in his Countering the Runeterra Meta article 4LW calls the best answer to early Equipped units in the whole game.

Regions
Shadow Isles
35 cards
Bilgewater
5 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
13
2
3
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
6
Hecarim
2
Hecarim
Landmarks
1
3
Opulent Foyer
1
Opulent Foyer
Followers
11
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Mistwraith
3
Mistwraith
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
4
Wraithcaller
2
Wraithcaller
Spells
22
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
3
The Harrowing
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Kayle Leona

A competitive Kayle deck, putting the nerfed Champions' StrengthChampions to good use to reach a 55%+ WR in about 250 games. Seems weak into the top three top dogs (Aatrox Quinn Vayne, Seraphine Ezreal and Katarina Gwen), but overall a very solid performance against the field.

Regions
Demacia
11 cards
Mount Targon
29 cards
Rarities
33 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
9
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
3
3
0
4
14
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Kayle
3
Kayle
5
Leona
3
Leona
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
17
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
3
Twilit Protector
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
14
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Elise Trundle

Showcased by Seasonal Champion 4LW in his Countering the Runeterra Meta article, this Elise Trundle deck packs one hell of a punch in around 200 games – check 4LW's article for tips and insights about this brew.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
eternal
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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Aatrox Elise

Departing from the AtrocityAtrocity game plan seen in other SIShadow Isles decks today, this Aatrox Elise deck goes for turbo-leveling Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver and to plainly punch face the good ol' way.

Regions
Runeterra
13 cards
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
4
epic
12
rare
6
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
24
2
3
3
0
4
0
5
4
6
3
7+
Champions
4
2
Elise
3
Elise
6
Aatrox
1
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
12
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
15
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Well, look who's back! Taking a couple of pages from Draven Jinx's playbook, Pirates added Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Reveler's Feast to skip flourishes and pleasantries and go to the point. Which is to say, face.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
5
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
6
2
9
3
6
4
3
5
2
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
1
Shellshocker
2
Shellshocker
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
11
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
3
Reveler's Feast
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
2
Decimate
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Darius Renekton Sivir

Curse of the TombCurse of the Tomb has never quite made an impact in the Runeterra meta –  perhaps this time it will? Very solid performance in around 200 games, although too little data to dig into its matchups.

Regions
Noxus
12 cards
Shurima
28 cards
Rarities
22 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
4
common
30
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
2
2
13
3
10
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Renekton
3
Renekton
4
Sivir
2
Sivir
6
Darius
1
Darius
Landmarks
3
1
Buried Armory
3
Buried Armory
Followers
16
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
4
Callous Bonecrusher
1
Callous Bonecrusher
4
Ruined Reckoner
1
Ruined Reckoner
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
15
1
Exhaust
1
Exhaust
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Ruthless Predator
2
Ruthless Predator
3
Curse of the Tomb
3
Curse of the Tomb
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
1
Whirling Death
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
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Gwen Irelia Zed

After a bit of time under the limelights, Gwen Irelina deflated quite harshly (it's currently at around 48% in 600+ games) – yet a more aggressive version, adding ZedZed and Shark ChariotShark Chariot while cutting DenyDeny, has surfaced, and thus far it's doing quite well: there are two slightly different lists (the only difference being trimming one Twin DisciplinesTwin Disciplines to make room for a single SyncopationSyncopation) putting nearly identical numbers: 54%+ WR in around 200 games each.

Regions
Ionia
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
7
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Irelia
2
Irelia
3
Zed
1
Zed
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
4
2
The Black Flame
2
The Black Flame
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Followers
16
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
2
Shark Chariot
2
Shark Chariot
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
2
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
14
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
2
Dragon Ambush
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Frozen Fizz Yuumi

For our last deck today, we'll showcase a fringe brew that is getting traction fast: this Fizz Yuumi deck goes nearly all-in on spells (in fact, as much as a Bar deck, but with no Bar in sight) – scarily-high WR in nearly 300 games, and apparently good odds against both Juggernauts!

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Equipments
1
5
Bone Club
1
Bone Club
Followers
6
1
Unscarred Reaver
3
Unscarred Reaver
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
Spells
27
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron