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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Tuesday 27

Twenty-two best decks in Runeterra, according to the latest data!

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

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

As of early Tuesday, these are the 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

The top of the LoR meta remains fairly stable (including Hecarim Zed decks, still fairly popular in spite of a mediocre performance), with Aatrox Vayne Quinn, Bandle Bar, and Katarina Gwen forming a hard-to-break triad at the top (yet, interestingly, none of them have increased in play rate too much, and remain fairly stable in that department).

As we'll see in detail in today's article, a handful of last Friday's fringe decks (notably go-wide, aggressive options like Pirates and Elise Gwen) have gained quite some traction in the last few days, while a couple of older archetypes like Lurk and Jayce Lux have jumped to center stage in the last few days.

If you're read these reports before, and you have an idea of which sort of deck you're looking for (from meta staples to fringe options), you can click any of the categories below to jump directly to it:

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

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

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

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

Technical Note – Overall archetypes versus specific decks.


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 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

Ezreal Seraphine remains, since post-hotfix, the most-played specific deck in Runeterra, but again (like last Friday) its most popular version keeps showing signs of wear and tear, dropping now to 51% WR (down from 54% last Friday, and 55% before that).

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
1
0
6
1
17
2
6
3
3
4
2
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Ezreal
2
Ezreal
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
8
1
Otterpus
1
Otterpus
1
Yordle Squire
1
Yordle Squire
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
1
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Gust Monk
1
Gust Monk
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Drop the Bomb
1
Drop the Bomb
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Quicken
1
Quicken
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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As noted, though, it's the most played LoR deck by quite the margin: 4,100 games in the last three days.

Bandle Bar has a very good matchup spread, having an edge on Katarina Gwen, Rumble Vayne, Lurkers, Hecarim Zed and Draven Jinx – but, crucially, loses pretty badly to Aatrox Vayne decks, which is of course far from ideal in this meta; Lulu Jinx, Plunder and Trundle Tryndamere (which is gaining traction in the the fringes) are also tough matchups for Ezreal Seraphine decks.

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


Aatrox Quinn Vayne

With the top of the meta quite consolidated by now, and thus far not many signs that an up-and-comer may turn things around…

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!

It's interesting to note that, although clearly having the best stats in the game, Aatrox Vayne Quinn's overall play rate is fairly stable (around 11% of the whole field when you include the Quinn-less variant, pretty much the same as last week) – for some combination of reasons, and unlike both Ziggs Acolytes and Aatrox Kayn before the hotfix (both of which had play rates nearing or past 15%), Aatrox Vayne decks don't attract a "broken" amount of players, at least for now.

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
35 000
champion
6
epic
10
rare
13
common
11
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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The best Aatrox Vayne Quinn deck mirrors its performance from last Friday, punching at 58% in around 2,800 games – several minor variations exist (all showing good stats), but the most popular is also clearly the best performer.

Aatrox Vayne Quinn's only predator is Rumble Vayne, with Lurkers having a bit of an edge over the World Ender and Katarina Gwen being a roughly even matchup – on the backswing, the Darkin tide drowns Bandle Bar, Hecarim Zed, Jhinnie, and Jinx Lulu; is superior against Aatrox Kayn; demolishes some otherwise hot up-and-comers like Pirates… as noted before, yes, this is the best LoR deck and, by now, it seems it will remain so until the next patch lands.

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!


⭐Rising Star: Rumble Vayne

The best Rumble Vayne deck keeps trailblazing upwards: improving its past Friday's performance, now surpasses Katarina Gwen in play rate (even if Crimson Gwen is a more popular archetype overall), striking at a great 56%+ WR across 1,900 games in the last three days.

Regions
Noxus
28 cards
Demacia
12 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
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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Rumble Vayne is the best deck in Runeterra if your goal is to punch Darkins in the face: it pummels all Aatrox variants (including less popular versions like Aatrox Kindred) and is very solid against the rest of the field. Do notice that the Tumbling Yordle is not without strong counters, though: Bandle Bar, Jinx decks, Lurkers, Katarina Gwen and Hecarim Zed are all uphill struggles, and Jhinnie is a pretty awful matchup.

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


Crimson Katarina Gwen

While fairly steady in play rate, the best Katarina Gwen deck again improved its WR by a couple of points, now hitting at nearly 59% (which is between "silly" and "stupid"), up from 57% last Friday and 55% earlier last week.

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
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As Leer notes in his Monday Meta Reports, Crimson Gwen is in an interesting spot in that it's not particularly good against the two reigning Juggernauts (being roughly even against Aatrox Vayne Quinn, and slightly the underdog to Ezreal Seraphine), but it pays a sort of "Juggernaut Tax" in order to very successfully farm the rest of the field (overall, it has 18 disfavorable matchups, and a crazy 88 favorable fights).

In particular, Kat Gwen is very good against Hecarim Zed, Lurkers, Jhinnie, and Plunder – on the other hand, it would rather not mess with Draven Jinx, Pirates, or Jinx Lulu.

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


Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Lurkers' performance is far from spectacular (just an okay 51%+ WR) but they have exploded in popularity, with their best deck accruing 1,500+ games in the last three days.

As mentioned, Pyke and friends have one great selling point in the World Ender meta: they are, along with Rumble Vayne, one of the very few decks that can consistently beat Aatrox Quinn Vayne, while doing well enough against the rest of the field. 

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Bilgewater
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
4
4
5
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
27
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
1
Jaull-fish
Spells
7
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Blood in the Water
2
Blood in the Water
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🧊Cooling Off: Hecarim Zed

As noted last Friday, Hecarim Zed's rampant ascendancy could be curtailed as the meta settles (since Hec Zed's main targets are weaker decks, itself crumbling when confronting strong ones), and this week that seems to be the case: the most popular Hec Zed deck falls below the 50% WR mark, with the second most popular (showcased below) reaching a modest 51%. Hec Zed can beat Aatrox Kayn, Rumble Vayne and Plunder, but most other strong decks (and Aatrox Quinn Vayne in particular) are bad matchups.

Further reading: Ephemeral Onslaught – A Zed Hecarim Deck Guide.

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
15
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
Momentous Choice
2
Momentous Choice
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
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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Other Playable Options

Fizz Yuumi gained a huge chunk of play rate (well over 1,500 games today, when it was a fringe option last Friday), but its WR has dropped considerably, floating now at around 50%. It's possible that it's mostly due to inexperienced pilots jumping on a new trend, though, and may be reversed as said pilots gain practice; we'll see in the next few days if it was a fluke, or turns out to be the real thing.

Ryze Seraphine Viktor still hangs in there as the most playable Ryze deck.


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.


🔥🔥Blazing Hot! Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Adding Imperial DemolitionistImperial Demolitionist and Island NavigatorIsland Navigator ( while sticking to the tricks borrowed from Draven Jinx, namely Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Reveler's Feast), Miss Fortune's merry bunch of face-punchers is today's hottest trend, smacking foes with a silly 60%+ WR and accruing 800+ games in the last three days.

Pirates do lose to Aatrox Quinn Vayne, but they consistently beat Crimson Gwen, beat the crap out of Rumble Vayne, and demolish Hecarim Zed, Lurkers, and Plunder, while being roughly even against Bandle Bar. If face's the place, then this' the deck!

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

Mixing several of Kat Gwen's and Draven Jinx's tricks, Elise Gwen goes for a go-wide plan that, by now, has little resemblance to the classic Spider package (which was, back when Gwen was released, the first iteration of Elise Gwen) and looks more like the Pirates build we've just seen above – and with nearly the same performance, punching above 59% in about 800 games. 

Regions
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Noxus
27 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
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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🧊Cooling Off: Aatrox Kayn

Aatrox Kayn is still on a quest to find and refine its best build – our recommended variant from last Friday did not do too well in the last three days (dropping to around 51% WR), yet a version that switches Blooming CultistBlooming Cultist for Shadowblade FanaticShadowblade Fanatic manages to reverse that trend and reaches a whopping 57% WR in around 600 games.

Given the disparity between shards (this Aatrox Kayn version is only found in the Americas server) it may be a case of specific pocket metas. If you're mostly interested in tried-and-true decks this is probably not the best option to take to the LoR ladder – but if you're interested in archetypes that are yet unsolved, Aatrox Kayn looks like a brew still in search of its best build.

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
Shadowblade Fanatic
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
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
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Aatrox Kindred, ft. Elise

The most successful Aatrox Kindred deck today adds Elise to the mix, sticking to its 52% WR in about 700 games (non-Elise versions are doing slightly worse, but still above 50%).

This build seems particularly strong against Aatrox Vayne decks, although quite weak to Kat Gwen and Rumble Vayne.

Regions
Runeterra
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
37 800
champion
6
epic
14
rare
5
common
15
Mana cost
1
0
14
1
15
2
1
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
10
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Staff
2
The Darkin Staff
1
The Darkin Halberd
2
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
12
0
Ravenous Butcher
1
Ravenous Butcher
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
2
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
The Undying
1
The Undying
Spells
12
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
11
Utter Devastation
1
Utter Devastation
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Also worth noting: there's another quite a different take going for the Aatrox Elise pairing, but focusing on leveling Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver (and with a single Aatrox copy) – as of right now it shows a similar WR (around 52%) but it's definitely not the same archetype, even if they share regions and champs.


⭐Rising Star: Jayce Lux

Putting the nerfed Champions' StrengthChampions to good use, a fringe archetype jumps to center-stage, striking at 53% in about 700 games in the last three days.

Its matchup spread against other Top Dogs does not look too encouraging (Jayce Lux loses to nearly all of them except Jinx decks, and those matchups are only slightly favored for Lux), so tread carefully if taking this deck to the LoR ladder – having said that, though, overall numbers do look promising.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Demacia
12 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
1
3
3
4
4
5
10
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
12
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
2
Petricite Broadwing
1
Petricite Broadwing
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Hexbliterator
3
Hexbliterator
6
Remembrance
2
Remembrance
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
8
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength
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Jinx Lulu

Jinx Lulu has been performing great throughout this expansion (and today is not the exception) even though, for whatever reason, pilots are not too keen to pick it up: great 56% WR, but play rate shrinking to 700 games today.

Jinx Lulu does die horribly to Aatrox Vayne Quinn (to the point that it's one of the most lopsided matchups among strong decks), but more than makes up for it by being one of the few decks that consistently beats Bandle Bar, and also demolishing Kat Gwen, Rumble Vayne 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
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
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
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
2
Sneezy Biggledust!
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⭐Rising Star: Gwen Irelia Zed

The best Gwen Irelia Zed deck fulfills its promises from last Friday and wedges itself among the meta decks, showing nearly 700 games today with a 52% WR.

Regions
Ionia
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
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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Annie Jhin

After nearly going extinct early last week, Annie Jhin's WR has jumped from below 50% to around 53% in around 650 games (and, as usual, not bothering changing a single card – some brats just want to see the world burn, and don't care about anything else!).

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

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

For lovers of old-school archetypes, Plunder keeps punching at a decent 52%+. Weak versus Aatrox and Kat Gwen, but strong versus Bandle Bar, Lurkers, and Jhinnie – all in all, a deck with solid fighting chances against the current field.

Regions
Freljord
10 cards
Bilgewater
30 cards
Rarities
27 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
8
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
11
2
2
3
3
4
9
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
2
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
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
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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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.


🧊Cooling off: Crimson Draven Jinx, aka Discard Aggro

Draven Jinx pioneered the use of Reveler's Feast, and was also (along with Kat Gwen) the trendsetter for Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon – yet now that other decks like Pirates and Elise Gwen have jumped onto the Crimson go-wide bandwagon, Discard Aggro's performance has deflated a bit. Still a solid option, going toe-to-toe with Aatrox decks and demolishing both Kat Gwen and Rumble Vayne.

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
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
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⭐Rising Star: Trundle Tryndamere, aka Feel the Rush

Arguably the staple control deck in the LoR ladder, successful Feel The Rush decks have as of late dropped Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine, and in some cases even trimming their AvalancheAvalanches.

Their main prey right now are Bandle Bar decks: She Who WandersShe Who Wanders gets rid of both Ezreal and Seraphine unless they have a fairly big buff at hand, while It That StaresIt That Stares trashes the Bar.

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

Nightfall has shrunk a bit (last Friday it was one of last week's hottest trends) yet remains a very strong option, punching at nearly 55% in 300+ games.

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

Introduced by 4LW in his Countering the Meta article last week, Braum Kayle Zoe shows sharp teeth today, biting at 52% in around 300 games, and the only competitive Kayle deck in the current data (Kayle Leona has, as of late, lost a lot of steam).

Regions
Freljord
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
1
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
4
Braum
2
Braum
6
Kayle
1
Kayle
Equipments
4
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
4
Draconic Bands
1
Draconic Bands
Followers
19
1
Divine Clerk
1
Divine Clerk
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Sparklefly
3
Sparklefly
3
Winged Messenger
3
Winged Messenger
Spells
11
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Garen Jarvan IV

Surprise! They are still around!

Finding an Elites deck putting decent numbers two weeks in a row is not something you see every day (or every patch, even!) – and while still a fringe option (about 270 games in the data today, similar to last Friday's 250), it has improved its WR by two points, now slugging at 57%.

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

Annie and Swain go the Ping City route, packing a ton of tiny pokes along with Puzzling SignpostsPuzzling Signposts.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
1
Legion Saboteur
1
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Lord Broadmane
3
Lord Broadmane
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
21
1
Poison Dart
3
Poison Dart
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Scorched Earth
3
Scorched Earth
3
Wallop
3
Wallop
4
Puzzling Signposts
3
Puzzling Signposts
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The Aatrox Hunters: Ashe Kindred

For our fringiest option today, we'll showcase a deck that we've thus mentioned in previous articles when analyzing matchups, but that had until now failed to perform well enough to recommend: Ashe Kindred. The sample is tiny (around 130 games), and therefore very likely pushed by a handful (or even a single) highly skilled pilot, but Ashe Kindred's performance today is excellent (well over 58%), and has been since the hotfix the deck to ruin Aatrox's day.

Regions
Freljord
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
5
epic
3
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
5
3
9
4
4
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
5
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
4
Kindred
2
Kindred
Followers
13
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
3
Rimefang Wolf
3
Rimefang Wolf
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
5
Rimetusk Shaman
2
Rimetusk Shaman
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
22
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shatter
3
Shatter
2
Fracture
1
Fracture
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Frozen in Fear
2
Frozen in Fear
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Wrapping Up

A handful of last Friday's fringe decks (notably go-wide, aggressive options like Pirates and Elise Gwen) have gained quite some traction in the last few days, yet the rule of the Top Dogs, and Aatrox Vayne Quinn in particular, seems uncontested – yet, interestingly, not even AVQ has increased in play rate too much, and in fact the meta has diversified when scratching the surface and looking below. Still, it looks by now unlikely that the top of the meta will change too much before the next balance patch (which we expect at some point in January, although Riot has not yet confirmed when).

Last but not least, remember that all stats are from the LoR ladder. 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.

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


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