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By the Numbers – Twenty-Four Best LoR Decks, March 16

The best Legends of Runeterra decks, 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 LoR Decks – The Show Must Go On

As of Thursday, after two weeks since the LoR Variety Patch landed, these are the 6 most popular LoR decks according to Legna the Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

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

Sources: MaRu's data (which samples Plat+ players) and Legna's data (which samples High Diamond & Masters players) – both sources in turn get their data directly from Riot (via Riot's API).


This is what you get when you wish for the DEDemacia tide to abate: AnnieAnnie JhinJhin, not a single card changed since Yang wrote its deck guide almost a year ago, has taken over the LoR meta in a blazing hail of burning bullets.

But if Annie Jhin's stunning ascent is not exactly what you were wishing for, either, fear not: every predator in Runeterra is some other deck's prey, and if there's one thing Annie Jhin is afraid of, that would be…

Pirates!


LoR Meta FAQs

Where does this data come from?

Directly from Riot (via Riot's API) – Liver, our wonderful coder and unsung MaRu 🐐 (also in charge of designing the website) makes the data automagically appear in our meta tier list and meta stats page, and all-around LoR 🐐 Legna shares his data (from the same source, although following a different set of players) with us too.

Which is the best LoR deck?

Short answer: Depends on how you define "best", of course! =)

Much longer answer: Check the Technical Note at the end of this article, above all about the differences between "archetypes" and "decks" in Legends of Runeterra's data.

Practical answer: As of today, Annie Jhin, Jax Ornn, Garen Jarvan and  Jayce Lux if you want to go with decks that are fairly common in the Runeterra ladder – or Miss Fortune, with either Twisted Fate or Swain, if you want something less played but with amazing win rate.

Which is the highest win rate deck in LoR?

Among all decks showcased today: Pirates, which come in two versions: Miss Fortune Twisted Fate (which is closest to what traditional Pirates look in LoR), and Miss Fortune Swain (sometimes nicknamed "Privateers") which emerged after Swain's buff.

Among decks with more than 2,100 games played in the last three days: Annie Jhin, hands down.

How do I beat…

How do I beat Annie Jhin? You gotta think like a Pirate! =)

Also Elites (aka Garen Jarvan) work very well, too.

How do I beat Jayce Lux? Think like a Pirate, too! =)

Or bring Jax Ornn to the fray: it brutally demolishes the Big Spells duo. Taliyah Ziggs or Evelynn Kai'Sa are other good options.

How do I beat Elites? Heimer Jayce or Jax Ornn. Or Heimer Norra, if you want something a bit more off the beaten path.


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 win rate – the best tried-and-true tools the LoR meta has to offer!


Annie Jhin

Oh, how the tide swells!

Bullet buff and blazing brat were the highest-winrate deck last week, but only with about 500 games played. They had jumped to around 3000 games played (in a three-day sample) by last Tuesday, and now they sit with 4,700+ games in Legna's data, and a whopping 5,500+ in MaRu's LoR stats.

And that's with their best list; there are a couple of other version (tweaking just a single card) but they do slightly worse – Annie Jhin is as close as it gets to an immutable, perfect classic:

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

Bullet buff and blazing brat lose to Elites and Heimer Jayce, but prey upon Jayce Lux, Eve Kai'Sa, Jax Ornn, Nasus Zilean and Taliyah Ziggs (and farm Ryze like nobody's business) – and with amazing odds in most cases.


Lone Demacia: Garen Jarvan

The best Garen Jarvan deck sticks to its swords and keeps the same list we saw last week (there are a couple of other versions that depart from Demacian doctrine and add a few more spells, but are currently faring worse) – around 2,800 games played in the last three days, and performing better in Legna's data (57%) than in MaRu's (55%), suggesting the deck may fare better at higher levels.

Regions
Demacia
40 cards
Rarities
21 100
champion
4
epic
3
rare
11
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
10
2
9
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
4
5
Garen
3
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
29
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
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Blocking Badgerbear
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
2
Ardent Tracker
Spells
7
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength

Elites currently lack strikingly bad matchups outside of Heimer Jayce and Jax Ornn – they are what Leer calls an all-rounder deck, and most of their other bad matchups (Jayce Lux, Nasus Zilean, Taliyah Ziggs, Pyke Rek'sai) are only slightly disfavored.

And they have an abundance of prey: Eve Kai'Sa, Caitlyn Teemo, Ryze, Azirelia and, most important, Annie Jhin, are all welcome sights. 


Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

Resilient and Adaptable

These Legends of Runeterra decks have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days – solid picks for climbing the LoR ladder!


The Weapon Forge: Jax Ornn

Emerging last week as the answer to the Demacian tide, Weaponmaster and Forge-god have found a comfortable spot for themselves in the current LoR meta: 55% win rate (perfect overlap between Legan's & MaRu's data) across about 1,800+ games.

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Runeterra
13 cards
Rarities
23 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
6
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
3
3
5
4
7
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Equipments
2
5
Bone Club
2
Bone Club
Followers
18
1
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
3
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
2
Favored Artisan
3
Favored Artisan
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Hearthblood Mender
3
Hearthblood Mender
8
Wrought Colossus
1
Wrought Colossus
Spells
14
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Sharesies
2
Sharesies
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
5
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold

Forge-god and Weaponmaster reliably beat Jayce Lux, Eve Kai'Sa, Elites, Lurkers and Nasus Zilean – but have an awful time against Annie Jhin, and get steamrolled by Ryze, while also being quite the underdogs against Heimer Jayce.


Lurkers, aka Pyke Rek'sai

The Runeterra tide is still perfect for Lurkers, and they keep pyking quite a punch! And, interestingly, they do better in Legna's data (nearly 55%) than in MaRu's (close to 53%), suggesting they are another deck that finds better prey at upper ranks. 

Amazing odds against Ryze and Eve Kai'Sa, good odds versus Elites, slight edge on Annie Jhin – Lurkers' current predators are Jayce Lux, Heimer Norra, Taliyah Ziggs, and Gwen Quinn.

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Bilgewater
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
1
4
8
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
5
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

The Six-Plus Pair: Jayce Lux

No longer the powerhouse it was last week, Jayce Lux's decks are in violent turmoil, with lots of different version bringing a wide range of results. The best Jayce Lux deck, with around 1,400 games played and a winrate hovering at a great 55%, would be the same as two days ago:

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Demacia
10 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
4
1
14
2
2
3
3
4
3
5
10
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
15
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Eager Apprentice
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
18
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Hexbliterator
2
Hexbliterator
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast

Notice how the above build does not include Blocking BadgerbearBlocking Badgerbear – other Jayce Lux versions, though, like this one, put the grumpy bad boy to good use (while ditching The Forge Of TomorrowThe Forge Of Tomorrow).

In other words, far from a solved archetype!

Jayce Lux is looking like an all-rounder deck: it has just a single truly bad matchup (Jax Ornn), with most other confrontations against strong decks (be it good matchups like Elites, Ryze, Heimer Jayce, and Lurkers, or bad matchups like Annie Jhin, Eve Kai'Sa, and Taliyah Ziggs) falling close or inside the 45/55% range.


Taliyah Ziggs

Not making too many waves, the Landmark Duo is low-key one of the most solid decks this patch, showing good performance no matter how the meta shifts.

Two days ago, it seemed undecided between its Ancient PreparationsAncient Preparations + Rockbear ShepherdRockbear Shepherd version (this one), and its Hexplosive MinefieldHexplosive Minefield + Waste WalkerWaste Walker version, seen below:

Regions
Shurima
24 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
15
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Hexplosive Minefield
3
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
14
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
2
Endless Devout
3
Waste Walker
3
Waste Walker
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
14
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation

… and the conundrum remains! MaRu's data show the latter as superior (55% win rate versus 53%, and in a much larger sample), while Legna shows the exact mirroring performance (53% for the Minefield version, 55% for the Ancient Preparations version).

Yet again an archetype that is not solved yet!

Overall, the Landmark Duo is not happy about Annie Jhin's return to center stage, remains unhappy about Jax Ornn's sustained success, and provides a great tool to punch Jayce decks, Elites and Lurkers in the face.


Fiora Shen

Quite the old pairing making a return – these two are perhaps the quintessential LoR midrange version of a swiss army knife, packing everything from denies to a solid curve to offensive spells to refill.

Same list as two days ago

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
2
3
13
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
4
Shen
3
Shen
Followers
17
1
Greenglade Caretaker
3
Greenglade Caretaker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Kinkou Student
3
Kinkou Student
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
7
Sacred Protector
1
Sacred Protector
7
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
17
2
Ki Guardian
2
Ki Guardian
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Moral Support
2
Moral Support
4
Spirit's Refuge
3
Spirit's Refuge
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis

… and showing overlapping performance in MaRu & Legna: very solid 53% win rate.

Fiora Shen is amazing against Elites, Jax Ornn and Lurkers (and Kayle Leona, should they find each other), with also an edge against Ryze and Eve Kai'Sa. Its worst nightmare is Taliyah Ziggs, with Heimer Jayce and Plunder also being quite rough.


Gwen Quinn

Don't sleep on these opulent ladies, folks! =)

Another low-key success this patch, Gwen Quinn today showcases an amazing 57% performance across 1,300+ games in MaRu's data – does fall to 55% and 800+ in Legna's, suggesting it may find things harsher the higher it goes, but still amazing numbers all around.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
17
common
11
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
12
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
Spells
19
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
4
Relentless Pursuit
3
Relentless Pursuit

The opulent ladies do have a rather big problem with Elites, but they run circles around Annie Jhin, put Jayce Lux in check, and farm both Ryze and Lurkers like they are cherry-picking in summer.


Annie Ezreal, ft. Katarina & Broadmane

Although Annie has reconnected with Jhin, she still has the spotlight in another quite scary deck, marrying PZPiltover & Zaun pings with NXNoxus' control package and a Lord BroadmaneLord Broadmane top-end.

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
5
3
6
4
3
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Ezreal
2
Ezreal
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
Landmarks
2
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
2
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
7
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
6
Lord Broadmane
3
Lord Broadmane
Spells
25
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
Caustic Riff
3
Caustic Riff
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
5
Drum Solo
3
Drum Solo
6
Formula
3
Formula

Its prey is mostly weaker decks, though, with the majority of the strong decks (Elites and Jayce decks above all, but also Annie Jhin, Jax Ornn and Plunder) being uphill struggles.


Braum Vladimir

Yeah, you read that right: BraumBraum VladimirVladimir, aka The ScargroundsThe Scargrounds, has carved a nice niche in the current LoR meta!

And it's one of the decks for which Legna's data shows better performance (an amazing 56%) than MaRu's (close to 53%), suggesting the upper field is more welcoming to this Tough duo – bear in mind, though, that Scargrounds (like, say, Lurkers) is an archetype with die-hard fans that will play it come Hell or high water, meaning it's reasonable to expect its current performance to be pushed by very experienced pilots.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Freljord
20 cards
Rarities
31 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
15
common
13
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
5
2
8
3
6
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
Braum
5
Vladimir
3
Vladimir
Landmarks
3
3
The Scargrounds
3
The Scargrounds
Followers
18
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Unscarred Reaver
3
Unscarred Reaver
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Crimson Curator
3
Crimson Curator
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
6
Lord Broadmane
3
Lord Broadmane
Spells
13
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
3
Ice Shard
2
Ice Shard
5
Bellows Breath
1
Bellows Breath
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed

Norra Veigar

This fairly old duo has found quite a bit of success against the current field – Norra archetypes abound, yet VeigarVeigar looks thus far her punchiest partner, with win rate above 53% in both data samples, across 1000+ games.

Amazing odds versus Annie Jhin, and good odds against Elites; close to auto-lose versus Ryze and quite awful against Jayce Lux, though.

Regions
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
19
2
0
3
7
4
3
5
6
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
8
Dess & Ada
2
Dess & Ada
Spells
18
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination

Norra Heimerdinger

Another Norra build, and also going for SIShadow Isles as second region – performance only slightly below Norra Veigar in both play and win rate. 

Regions
Bandlecity
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
20
2
1
3
0
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
9
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
Spells
25
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance

Akshan Varus

Yet another low-key success this patch, showcasing an excellent near-55% win rate…

… although it's arguably among the worst decks to face Annie Jhin with, though, and also truly awful against Jax Ornn, so this deck's good stars may be beginning to wane.

Regions
Shurima
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
10
2
8
3
12
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
6
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
Followers
11
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Lunari Cultist
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
17
1
Shaped Stone
1
Shaped Stone
2
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
1
Desert Duel
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
5
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold

Privateers, aka Miss Fortune Swain

… aaand here she is: the Captain you want in your ship, if you're considering sailing Jhinnie-infested seas!

First the cons, though: Privateers (same as Pirates, as we'll see in detail later) can't make a dent in Elites unless they are high-rolling hard. Those big DEDemacia butts are too damn big.

But!

Annie Jhin, or Jayce Lux? Or that silly Mage that thinks he can block with Runes?

Bloodbath, that's what happens when they step in Miss FortuneMiss Fortune and SwainSwain's way.

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
8
3
2
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
23
1
Crimson Pigeon
2
Crimson Pigeon
1
Crusty Codger
2
Crusty Codger
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
11
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros

Privateers currently boast the second-highest win rate among all decks we'll showcase today – with Pirates, in the "Punching Up" section below, being the highest.


Evelynn Kai'Sa

EvelynnEvelynn has withdrawn a bit to the sides, after stealing quite a bit of the spotlight when this patch landed – yet still she packs a punch, either with Kai'Sa here, or paired with ViegoViego, as we'll discuss in a bit. The keyword ladies have a major problem with Annie Jhin and Jax Ornn, but their best deck still puts a very solid 53% WR in about 1,000 games

Regions
Shurima
26 cards
Runeterra
14 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
4
3
11
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
19
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Sultur
2
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
4
Steem
3
Steem
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
6
Hive Herald
1
Hive Herald
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation

Heimerdinger Jayce

Outshined by Lux as the best Jayce deck, Professor and Student remain quite the solid weapon of choice for the Runeterra ladder (and, as usual, showcase a metric ton of slightly different versions – but, tellingly, most of them with good to great performance nowadays).

The most popular Heimer Jayce deck, seen below, punches at 55% in close to 1,000 games, and it's in a very good spot against the current field: good odds against Annie Jhin, Elites and Jax Ornn, an edge over Ryze, just slightly disfavored against Jayce Lux, and only Taliyah Ziggs as a truly bad matchup.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
4
0
8
1
8
2
3
3
3
4
3
5
9
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
10
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
7
Albus Ferros
2
Albus Ferros
Spells
24
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Hexbliterator
2
Hexbliterator
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance

Not Looking Good

NasusNasus ZileanZilean is very popular, and may show promise once refined, but is thus far a poor archetype to bring to ladder.

The same is true for RenektonRenekton BWBilgewater (a Shurima Allegiance deck with a The ListThe List splash) and KatarinaKatarina YasuoYasuo – in spite of some pilots showing great results, these lists show mediocre to bad overall performance.

KindredKindred NasusNasus SennaSenna has also deflated quite a bit, and is no longer a deck we can confidently recommend.


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.


Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

As Leer noted last Monday, Plunder is the archetypal all-rounder deck, and that has been true for a very long time.

That's not to say it lacks great matchups, though! Plunder wrecks Jayce Lux, Lurkers, and Eve Kai'Sa – but, when looking at matchups against the majority of the strong decks, odds fall in the 45/55% range.

If you're looking for a deck with a fair chance against pretty much everything, and for whom nearly no confrontation being an auto-win or an auto-lose, Plunder remains among the best choices LoR has to offer!

Regions
Freljord
11 cards
Bilgewater
29 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
12
2
0
3
4
4
9
5
3
6
0
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
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
3
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed

Kayle Leona

KayleKayle is, like EvelynnEvelynn, another LoR champion that started this patch strong, but now has withdrawn a bit: Kayle Elites is still a thing, but a far cry from the powerhouse it was the first Friday after the patch landed; and on its part, Kayle Leona can still crush foes underfoot, but its play rate (around 700 games with its most popular version) is only a fraction of what it showed two days into the patch.

The above being said, Kayle Leona still proudly carries the MTTargon torch, and is a very solid choice for pilots that prefer Targon above all.