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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Friday 30

And thus the LoR year ends: with a self-restrained, reluctant tyrant, and quite the diverse meta underneath.

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 – Age of the Reluctant Tyrant

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

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

Best LoR Decks: Table of Contents

(You can click on any subsection to jump directly to it! =)

Overall LoR Ladder Trends.

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

Technical Note – Overall archetypes versus specific decks.


Not much has changed since last Tuesday, or Friday last week. While not too exciting from the point of view novelty, it's rather puzzling that the Top Dogs (and Aatrox Vayne Quinn in particular) are not increasing in play rate – and AVQ has, in fact, shrunk a little bit (above all when we factor in the almost identical Quinn-less version, which by now is just a fringe option).

For some reason, Aatrox Vayne Quinn has become a reluctant tyrant: when looking at LoR stats, AVQ is undoubtedly one of the most dominant decks this year (some argue perhaps the most dominant Legends of Runeterra deck ever, if we remove the urgently-hotfixed decks from the comparison), yet pilots don't seem overly eager to exploit such edge… even though, just two weeks ago, those very same pilots had no qualms in jumping onto the Ziggs Acolytes and Aatrox Kayn trains (which had to be nerfed because, just like AVQ, they were punching way above the 55% WR mark… yet, unlike AVQ, they were both at, or near, the 15% play-rate threshold, and raising).

This reluctant, tender tyrant in turn leads to quite the varied meta: while little has changed at the top, there are today roughly two dozen strong LoR decks with which to climb. Only one of them (Rumble Vayne) can be said to be a strong Aatrox Quinn Vayne counter (while still being strong against the rest of the field), and just four (Katarina Gwen, Draven Jinx, Trundle Tryndamere, and the returned Twisted Fate Swain) can go toe-to-toe with the tyrant while also beating the majority of the competition – yet, given AVQ's reticence to swell in play rate, even those decks willing to pay the "tyrant tax" of being serious underdogs to AVQ can thrive, as long as they can crush the remaining competition. Which is exactly why Seraphine Ezreal remains as the other Juggernaut in the Legends of Runeterra ladder: it dies (horribly) to AVQ, but can beat much of what's left.


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 Runeterra Decks Report sort LoR 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, MaRu LoR stats.


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!


🧬Mutating: Aatrox Vayne Quinn

Behold, our reluctant tyrant! Three days after the hotfix, Aatrox Vayne Quinn had a WR indicating it was the next hot trend, and as such its overall playrate had increased to 9%. Unsurprisingly for such a powerhouse, its overall play rate grew to 11% two days later – and such growth would of course be larger if we were to include the nearly identical Quinn-less version into the mix.

Yet by the end of the following week, AVQ's play rate had returned to around 9%, the same as last Tuesday, and where it remains until now (and, again, the trend is even sharper if you consider the Quinn-less version, that has by now become a very fringe option).

It's hard to puzzle why… by the time of the hotfix, Ziggs Acolytes was nearing the 15% play-rate threshold, with Aatrox Kayn trailing close (and both mounting) – in others words, it's not like LoR pilots are unwilling to exploit and edge when they see it. And when you consider factors such as available resources to craft a deck, or favorite champion, the jump from Aatrox Kayn (which folks played in droves, and are still playing) to Aatrox Vayne variants doesn't seem large enough to explain AVQ's reluctance to simply take over the meta (like, say, Azirelia did back in its heyday).

But, at any rate, and for whatever reason:

This is it, folks: Aatrox Vayne Quinn is for certain the best LoR deck right now. If your only goal is to climb, stop reading and pick this one!

Our meta tyrant exhibits two novelties today.

First, with nearly 4,000 games under its belt in the last three days, the best Aatrox Quinn Vayne deck has also become the most-played specific deck list, surpassing Bandle Bar.

And second, reluctant it may be, but this tyrant is not complacent: AVQ's best deck has mutated, replacing Ranger-Knight DefectorRanger-Knight Defector by Zealous Ranger-KnightZealous Ranger-Knight, and trimming CataclysmCataclysm and SharpsightSharpsight to make room for extra copies of The Darkin SpearThe Darkin Spear and The Darkin LodestoneThe Darkin Lodestone. These changes have increased AVQ's WR from a superb 58% to an okay-now-this-is-just-silly 60%+.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Runeterra
14 cards
Rarities
37 000
champion
6
epic
12
rare
12
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
21
2
3
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
1
Quinn
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
12
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
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
12
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Zealous Ranger-Knight
3
Zealous Ranger-Knight
Spells
10
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
Open deck in builder

Current LoR stats mostly cement what we already known about its matchups (Aatrox Vayne Quinn can only be reliably defeated by Rumble Vayne; Katarina Gwen is a roughly even matchup; the Darkin tide drowns Bandle Bar, Hecarim Zed, Jhinnie, and Jinx Lulu), but with two interesting new trends: the tyrant has turned the tables against Lurkers (it's now a favored matchup for AVQ), and Swain Twisted Fate has re-emerged both as a solid deck overall, and one that has a slight edge on the ladder King.

And if you happen to want to pilot the best deck, but part of you refuses to grab whatever is at the top of the food chain right now?

Three words for you, then: Fiora Vayne Aatrox.

Similar followers and Equipment, several tweaks for spells, and perhaps the biggest change: turning the Quinn variant on its head, here the lone champ is Aatrox – and Fiora, with three copies, is the one leading the charge. 

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


Bandle Ezreal Seraphine, ft Viktor

The price to run a Bar in Runeterra is steep, yet it's still a profitable venture: Ezreal Seraphine gets absolutely trashed by Aatrox variants (and above Aatrox Vayne Quinn), but it's more than willing to pay the "tyrant tax" to enjoy quite the bountiful quarry among the rest of the field.

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

With about 3,500 games played in the last three days, and punching above 53%, Bandle Bar preys upon Katarina Gwen, Irelia Gwen, Hecarim Zed and Draven Jinx, also having an edge on go-wide decks like Pirates and Elise Gwen, and consistently beating Swain TF (and bloody murdering mostly anything that's not a top-notch, refined brew) – on the other hand, Lulu Jinx is a bit of an uphill struggle, and Trundle Tryndamere is a tough matchup for Ezreal Seraphine decks.

Further reading: Setting the Bar – A Bandle City Ezreal Seraphine 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!


Rumble Vayne

Having carved a nice slice in the LoR meta for itself, the best Rumble Vayne deck has stabilized at the 54% WR mark (a bit below its impressive 56% punch last Tuesday), with a steady 1,900 games played 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
Open deck in builder

If you want to hit the twin goals of climbing while toppling tyrants, then this is the best LoR deck for you: odds against AVQ are nearly 60:40 for Rumble Vayne, and it's also favored against Aatrox Kayn, Plunder, Irelia Gwen and the ascending Trundle Tryndamere.

Do note that, for the privilege of ruining Aatrox's day, everybody's favorite Tumblin' Yordle has to pay the price of having quite a few bad matchups himself: Bandle Bar, Kat Gwen, Jinx decks, Annie Jhin and now Swain TF all have an edge on Rumble Vayne.

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


Crimson Katarina Gwen

The best Katarina Gwen deck has mellowed a bit, its WR now at 55% (down from a crazy 59% three days ago), keeping its play rate roughly the same (around 1,800 games).

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

Crimson Gwen is not too afraid of the reluctant tyrant, but Bandle Bar is a pretty bad matchup, with Jinx Lulu, Pirates, and the ascending Swain TF also being fairly rough – Kat Gwen's edge comes from "hunting the hunter" (it reliably beats Rumble Vayne), farming Hecarim Zed, murdering Jhinnie, and overall stomping over unrefined brews.

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


⭐Rising Star: Swain Twisted Fate

Well, look who's back! Not content with terrorizing the Rising Tides Gauntlet, Swain TF has risen as both a very solid ladder option (punching above 53% in around 1,400 games in the last three days – when it had less than 100 games played last Tuesday!), and a deck that can go 50/50 against the ruling tyrant.

It appears to have a bit of a weak spot against Bandle Bar and Aatrox Kayn, seems well-positioned versus Katarina Gwen and Rumble Vayne, and thus far has been murdering Hecarim Zed, Plunder and Lurkers most brutally.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bilgewater
22 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
9
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
16
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
18
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Brutal Skirmish
2
Brutal Skirmish
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Lurkers are hanging in there, showing an okay 51%+ WR in about 1,300 games – but their edge against Aatrox Vayne Quinn, which was one of Lurkers' main advantages, seems gone in the last three days (actually becoming favored for the tyrant). Since Lurkers also lose to most other top dogs, we'll see if they can keep a hold of their slice of the LoR meta.

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
Open deck in builder

Aatrox Kayn

Aatrox Kayn puts up a decent fight, punching above 52% in more than 1,000 games with its most popular version – although data suggests that switching Blooming CultistBlooming Cultist for Shadowblade FanaticShadowblade Fanatic is a good idea. Overall, Aatrox Kayn beats Bandle Bar, is even versus Crimson Gwen, and loses to the tyrant and Rumble Vayne.

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
Open deck in builder

Aatrox Kindred, ft. Elise

Like last Tuesday, the most successful Aatrox Kindred deck adds Elise to the mix – WR has been stable at 52%, across 1,000 games (up from 700). It loses to both Juggernauts (AVQ and Bandle Bar) while also being weak to the tyrant hunter (Rumble Vayne), and is roughly even versus Katarina Gwen. In other words: good (and arguably the only…) choice if you're looking for a Kindred deck, but maybe not the best if you're looking for bringers of Armageddon. 

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
Open deck in builder

Other Considerations

Fizz Yuumi is still popular, but has not lived up to its promise from last week – at 49% WR, may be a deck that you want to check if you like the champs and a spell-heavy approach, but is not something we can recommend.

Ryze Seraphine Viktor is still the best Ryze deck out there – yet very, very far from being a good deck.

Hecarim Zed has deflated quite a bit – if you're nevertheless considering taking it for a spin, you may want to check our recent Ephemeral Onslaught – A Zed Hecarim Deck Guide.


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.


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Cooling off quite a bit (which is to be expected from a deck that last Tuesday was punching above 60%...), good ol' Pirates are very happy with their new toys and are smacking their way up the ladder with a 54% WR. They lose pretty badly to Aatrox & friends, but they are only slightly disfavored versus Bandle Bar, beat Kat Gwen, and brutally demolish Rumble Vayne, Feel the Rush, Lurkers and Hecarim Zed.

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
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Trundle Tryndamere, aka Feel the Rush

One of today's hottest trends is also one of the more puzzling: for two weeks now, the best Trundle Tryndameare deck has ditched Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine to go all-in on AvalancheAvalanches – the departure from this archetype's staple landmark has thus far paid off, and today we see it smack at 55% in more than 800 games.

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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Greedier versions with a single copy of AvalancheAvalanche have thus far not done too well – but, as of late, a version with triple Vengeance and returning to Blighted Ravine (and no Avalanches) is the hottest trend inside the archetype, although still a very fringe option.

With the caveat that matchup data is sketchy when different builds diverge, Feel the Rush thus far crushes Bandle Bar, can hold its own versus Aatrox's Vayne variants while beating Kayn versions, and crumbles against Kat Gwen, Rumble Vayne, Lurkers and Pirates. 


🔥Hot! – Elise Gwen

Switching Boisterous HostBoisterous Host for Stygian OnlookerStygian Onlooker, Elise Gwen manages the impressive feat of being the highest-WR deck we'll showcase today (well over a silly 60%), across a respectable 800-game sample – and has been producing similarly impressive performances for two weeks in a row now.

You want something a bit off the beaten path to batter your way upwards? This is it!

Elise Gwen is the poster child of those decks happy to pay the "Juggernaut tax" (it loses to both Bandle Bar and AVQ) in order to farm most of the remaining field.

Regions
Shadow Isles
13 cards
Noxus
27 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
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
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
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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Gwen Irelia, ft. Zed

This archetype is in quite a flux – two days ago the best Gwen Irelia version was the Zed-less one, but today we see such variants struggle at a 50% WR while Zed's version reaches a bit above 51%.

All versions seem underdogs to the current Juggernauts and Rumble Vayne, while having no great matchup to farm among the top dogs – in other words, a playable new deck, but still not out of "We'll see if it has what it takes" territory just yet.

Regions
Ionia
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
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
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
2
Dragon Ambush
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Jinx Lulu

As experienced pilots have noted, Jinx Lulu's main drawback is how awful predictably awful the Aatrox matchups feel (and it's not just a feeling: by current LoR stats, it's indeed one of the most lopsided matchups among meta decks, dropping to 35% odds for Jinx Lulu).

By cold, hard numbers, it's still a profitable tax to pay the tyrant, given that Jinx Lulu's spread is otherwise very good (pummels Kat Gwen and Rumble Vayne, beats Bandle Bar, makes Hecarim Zed look like a sad joke and Jhinnie like just plain sad, and the list of targets goes on and on), yet Jinx Lulu's play rate shrinks once again in spite of its amazing WR.

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
3
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
0
5
1
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
2
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
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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Annie Jhin

Folks: you can't change an immutable object. Cut the crap with the Sigil of MaliceSigil of Malice shenanigans – you're hurting yourself. And your win rate. And my prrrecioussss data, polluting it with bad builds. If there's one thing in LoR that is carved in stone, that's Jhinnie's build. Trust the stone: it's punching above 55%, while soiling it with Sigil drops it to 50% or below.

(Like, if you really feel the need to turn your back on the stone's teachings, then try this Crimson Jhinnie version with The Witness on top – very fringe stuff, so be warned!)

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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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, World Ender willing, the next big thing.


Purrsuit Seraphelios, ft. Viktor

Back Alley BarBack Alley Bar meets Purrsuit of PerfectionPurrsuit of Perfection (a card that Ezreal Seraphine is not too fond of) and moves to MTTargon from BCBandle City. Several versions exist, all below 50%... save the one showcased below, which punches at 56% in about 440 games. Hard to say if fluke or real thing,  given how small the sample is and how bad the rest of the archetype performs, but those are very promising numbers.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards

0 cards
Mount Targon
12 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
9
common
16
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
15
2
4
3
1
4
6
5
4
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
9
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
1
Ballistic Bot
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
Solari Sunhawk
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
2
Purrsuit of Perfection
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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Crimson Draven Jinx, aka Discard Aggro

By dropping Reveler's Feast while keeping Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon, Draven Jinx's best deck mutates to a cross between the latest builds and the more old-school takes, punching above 54% in about 300 games.

A bit like Jinx Lulu, Draven Jinx's main problem is an awful matchup against one of the Juggernauts (Bandle Bar in this case), but Discard is not afraid of AVQ, and has excellent matchups against other top dogs.

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
9
2
9
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
19
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
2
Arena Battlecaster
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
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
Vision
3
Vision
5
Survival Skills
2
Survival Skills
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Garen Jarvan IV

Well… let's hope we're not jinxing it, but showing good results two weeks in a row is a solid sign that this may not be a fluke: the competitive Elites deck may have finally been found!

Which, let's be honest, is LoR's equivalent of bragging about having solved cold fusion, but numbers are numbers: with a revamped spell list, and some tweaks to its followers (including a single King Jarvan IIIKing Jarvan III) the best Garen Jarvan deck again manages to strike above 54% in close to 300 games.

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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Braum Kayle Zoe

Introduced by 4LW in his Countering the Meta article last week, Braum Kayle Zoe cools off to 51% in about 250 games, still allowing Kayle to mock Ryze about how awful a champ he is.

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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Diana Nocturne, aka Nightfall

Another deck that showed promise last week, and now still hangs in there even if a bit crestfallen. With a 52% WR in about 200+ games Nightfall should certainly be a punchy deck in experienced hands, although it may not be the best choice if it's the first time you meet the archetype.

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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Elise Trundle

Another champion pairing from among 4LW's picks to countering the current LoR meta, Elise Trundle takes the SIShadow Isles FRFreljord pairing in a bit of a different direction of what Feel the Rush decks generally do – including the use of Spirits UnleashedSpirits Unleashed, and a Battle FuryBattle Fury top-end.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
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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Norra Swain

Turns out that Swain TF is not the only of the Grand General's archetypes making a comeback: while a lot more of a fringe option, Norra Swain is picking up steam with a 54% WR across 200 games played (which, just saying, is a lot more of what Swain TF had last Tuesday!). 

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
16
2
6
3
1
4
6
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
6
Lord Broadmane
2
Lord Broadmane
7
The Leviathan
2
The Leviathan
Spells
21
1
Blade's Edge
1
Blade's Edge
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Drop the Bomb
2
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
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First Rule of Bone Club

For our fringiest option today, we'll showcase a deck that has a recurring tendency of making a bit of a splash, then disappearing. Today we see Bard Gnar Sejuani making things bigger (and, as everybody knows, bigger things gooder!) and packing one hell of punch.

Regions
Freljord
29 cards
Runeterra
11 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
11
2
0
3
4
4
7
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Gnar
1
Gnar
6
Sejuani
2
Sejuani
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
21
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World