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By the Numbers, July 21 – Current Best LoR Decks

The best decks in Legends of 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!


Howdy, and welcome to our weekly selection of the best decks in Legends of Runeterra!

As explained in the Technical Note at the end of this article, we'll first take a glance at a snapshot of our Tier List, which shows LoR archetypes (that's to say, the aggregate of all decks with the exact same Champions) by popularity, and then we'll dive into the data to check how individual decks perform to showcase the best LoR decks.

Patch 4.7, which quieted Siren SongSiren Song's reign, landed just 40 hours ago – everything seen today should be taken with a grain of salt, since data samples are particularly small, but thus far these the best-performing decks for climbing the Legends of Runeterra Standard Ladder.


Best LoR Decks – Puffcap Power!

These are the 7 most popular Standard LoR decks according to Legna the Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

LoR Meta Tier List -- best decks in the Legends of Runeterra meta

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).


The first thing to note is that, overall, the number of games played on the LoR ladder has decreased sharply when compared with last week, at least in the sample collected by Mastering Runeterra: Since patch 4.7 landed, the number of games played per day has dropped to around 40% of what it was last week.

On the one hand, it would seem that LoR players are not entirely thrilled by patch 4.7 (although of course there could be any number of other reasons for the drop in games played) – on the other, it means that sample sizes are unusually small, so conclusions about today's data are to be taken with care.

In particular, as we'll see in a couple of decks (like Garen Neeko, or Jinx Samira), results from MaRu's data (which samples Plat+ players) and Legna's data (which samples High Diamond & Masters players) are different – therefore, pilots beware, and remember the First Rule of Patch Week: it's too early to tell!

Pesky Elusives: Targon Teemo

While not the most popular archetype, TeemoTeemo MTTargon is the most popular specific decklist when looking at MaRu's data (with around 900 games played), and the second when looking at Legna's data (with about 1300) – and both samples agree that it's a powerhouse as far as performance goes, smacking well above the 56% mark.

Regions
Mount Targon
22 cards
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
3
epic
11
rare
5
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
16
2
3
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Landmarks
2
4
Sump Monument
2
Sump Monument
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Winged Messenger
3
Winged Messenger
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
14
1
Targonian Tellstones
3
Targonian Tellstones
2
Celestial Blessing
3
Celestial Blessing
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Shield Vault
1
Shield Vault
4
Blowback
1
Blowback
4
Purifying Flames
3
Purifying Flames

At least by current (and, remember: early) data, Targon Teemo handily handles Jax Ornn and Gnar Neeko, has an uphill struggle against Illaoi Swain, dies horribly to Heimer Jayce, and is slightly disadvantaged versus Teemo's other deck: Bandle Teemo.

By the way: Targon Teemo is, thus far, the only popular deck that we can call "new" in this new LoR meta – this deck was not a thing before patch 4.7 landed.


Puffcaps Galore: Bandle Teemo

While Targon Teemo is a new development, BCBandle City TeemoTeemo has stuck with what worked last patch, going all-in on pings and Poison PuffcapPoison Puffcap.

Interestingly, there were two versions of this deck last week, one pairing PZPiltover & Zaun with FRFreljord, the other with BCBandle City, and during the previous patch the frozen version was the most popular – right now only the Bandle version remains (the Freljord version sees very little play, and awful results) and, while a solid deck, it seems thus far much weaker than Targon Teemo.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
3
epic
10
rare
11
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
8
2
8
3
9
4
0
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Landmarks
3
4
Sump Monument
3
Sump Monument
Followers
16
2
Clump of Whumps
3
Clump of Whumps
3
Puffcap Peddler
3
Puffcap Peddler
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
4
Chump Whump
3
Chump Whump
6
Ava Achiever
1
Ava Achiever
6
Corina, Mastermind
3
Corina, Mastermind
Spells
18
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
1
Poison Dart
3
Poison Dart
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Condense
3
Condense
3
Wallop
1
Wallop

Like the Targon version, Bandle Teemo seems to have the upper hand against Jax Ornn and Gnar Neeko, but a much worse time against Illaoi Swain.

Bandle beats Targon (by a small margin) should the go push come to shroom, though!


A Tale of Two Neekos

Now, here we have an interesting (and marked) disagreement between MaRu's data, and Legna's data – in MaRu's sample (which looks at data from Platinum and above), Gnar Neeko is a somewhat popular but mediocre deck, that we wouldn't recommend by its current performance.

But looking at Legna's (which checks High Diamond and upwards), it would seem that Gnar Neeko is a fairly strong deck – although it should be noted that performance decreases when looking at only Masters data.

And both data samples agree that GnarGnar NeekoNeeko is horrible against Teemo decks, so tread carefully!

Regions
Runeterra
26 cards
Freljord
14 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
9
2
6
3
6
4
5
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Neeko
3
Neeko
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
28
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Deck Hunter
3
Deck Hunter
2
Frostcoat Cub
3
Frostcoat Cub
3
Anura & Froop
3
Anura & Froop
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Innovative Blacksmith
4
Bonehide Tri-tail
3
Bonehide Tri-tail
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
6
Crested Lionhawk
2
Crested Lionhawk
9
Warden of the Tribes
2
Warden of the Tribes
Spells
6
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice

Illaoi Swain


Squabbles between data samples stop when Priestess and Grand General show up: this is a bona fide powerhouse, as it was last patch (and in previous LoR metas), punching well above 55% in around 600 games since the patch landed.

Illaoi Swain steamrolls Teemo, stomps over Gnar Neeko, and overall seems to have a very, very good matchup spread (although, remember: early data, small samples!).

The only dark cloud in Illaoi Swain's blue sky appears to be Heimer Jayce, but not by much.

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Noxus
14 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
9
2
10
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
12
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Hired Gun
1
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
6
Lord Broadmane
1
Lord Broadmane
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
22
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon

Buried in Ice: Jax Ornn

Weapon Master and Forge God continue running hot, as they were doing yesterday – according to MaRu's data, the best Jax Ornn deck has been punching above 58% in close to 400 games (Legna puts Jax Ornn's performance a bit lower, at around 54%). Both data samples strongly suggest that the Buried in IceBuried in Ice version is the best.

Regions
Runeterra
21 cards
Freljord
19 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
8
2
9
3
5
4
4
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Followers
19
1
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
3
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
2
Favored Artisan
3
Favored Artisan
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Glacial Saurian
2
Glacial Saurian
5
Icevale Cultist
2
Icevale Cultist
Spells
15
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Entrancing Lure
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice

Jax Ornn's matchup spread doesn't look great, though, with poor odds against Illaoi Swain and Teemo.

It does seem to beat Heimer Jayce, though, which is a deck other Top Dogs appear to have some trouble with.


Heimer Jayce Shadows

Professor and Student are back!

Absent from the Runeterra meta for quite some time, Heimer Jayce now shows up with very good results in both data samples, and with a very good matchup spread: they have a hard time against Jax Ornn, but most other popular matchups (and above all when facing Teemo decks) are favored for them.

Regions
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
9
2
5
3
3
4
3
5
10
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
10
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
Adaptatron 3000
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
24
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner

Aatrox Quinn Vayne

Aatrox Quinn Vayne was on the upswing last week, but far from being a powerhouse – a bit like Jax Ornn, its early success could easily be due random variance, but it was doing well yesterday, and it's doing well today (both MaRu and Legna put its early performance at around 54%), so the Runeterra meta may have just shifted to accommodate The World EnderThe World Ender once again. 

In particular, having excellent odds against Teemo decks may explain Aatrox Quinn Vayne's resurgence.

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
34 400
champion
6
epic
10
rare
10
common
14
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
16
2
8
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
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
11
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
2
Blinding Assault
2
Form Up!
2
Form Up!
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
6
Condemn
1
Condemn

Jinx's Many Faces

JinxJinx shows up in several heavy-hitters today – all decks that we've seen before (and many of them very strong last week), but there are disagreements between data samples in some cases, so let's check them one by one.


Jinx Samira

MaRu's and Legna's data disagree here , with only MaRu showing Jinx Samira as a well-performing deck – nerfs to Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon may have hurt it, but until we have more data it's hard to say.

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
12
2
5
3
6
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Samira
3
Samira
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
21
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Grave Physician
2
Grave Physician
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
13
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Vision
3
Vision
4
Blowback
3
Blowback

Ekko Jinx

Another deck where we find data disagreement – like Jinx Samira, Ekko Jinx only shines in MaRu's sample. This deck has been a staple for so long that it can never be discounted, but it wasn't doing too well last patch, so we'll see.

Regions
Shurima
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
9
2
2
3
12
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
16
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
4
Augmented Clockling
2
Augmented Clockling
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
Spells
15
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation

Bandle Jinx

Did we mention JinxJinx is the most multi-facetious Champ in Runeterra right now?

Like last week, BCBandle City Jinx comes in two flavors: with her as the lone Champ…

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
14 500
champion
3
epic
0
rare
9
common
28
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
20
2
3
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Equipments
3
2
Return-o Wrench
3
Return-o Wrench
Followers
20
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
Spells
14
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
4
Blowback
3
Blowback

… or with her inviting KennenKennen for the ride:

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
15
2
0
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Equipments
3
2
Return-o Wrench
3
Return-o Wrench
Followers
17
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
4
Augmented Clockling
2
Augmented Clockling
Spells
14
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
Blowback
3
Blowback
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole

And in both cases, squabbles between data samples stop: both decks are hitting hard.


Other Strong Early Decks

Ashe Leblanc deck

Digging a bit more into the data (which means data samples are on the tiny end of the spectrum now), here are five other decks that show some promise:

  • Ashe LeBlanc: it's a bit of a running joke by now that it's not realy a LoR balance patch if it doesn't have an Ashe LeBlanc buff – but, what do you know, it's doing pretty well in both data samples, so it may be Ashe LeBlanc's time to shine. Matchup spread doesn't look great, though, so temper your expectations!
  • Norra Yuumi, a very fringe option that shows very good performance both in MaRu's and Legna's data,
  • Nasus Veigar, the latest iteration of NasusNasus Vaults of HeliaVaults of Helia, which is in a similar spot to Norra Yuumi: fringe option, but with great performance in both data samples, 
  • Last, two well-known archetypes that were doing excellently last week: Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, and Annie Jhin.

And in case you were wondering "Where's JackJack?"... yeah, he got buffed; but by current numbers, it's almost as if he has been nerfed.


Wrapping Up

As was the case yesterday, MTTargon TeemoTeemo has leap-frogged to the front of the pack, chased closely by several of the pre-patch Top Dogs – and, by the sharp decrease in the overall number of games played, it would seem that pilots aren't overly thrilled with the current LoR meta.

Unlike yesterday, though, there are glimpses of other new decks (like Norra Yuumi) or archetypes we haven't seen in quite some time (Heimer Jayce) – with a bit of luck, more new or returned decks may return to the Runeterra meta in the next few days.

We'll see!


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Technical Note – About overall archetypes and specific decks, and what we mean by "LoR best decks"

Most data sites (including our LoR Meta Tier List, and our meta stats page) and articles like Leer's Legends of Runeterra Meta 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 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 arbitrary categories by the number 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.

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.

Sources: Legna's LoR data website, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List, and our LoR meta stats page.

Where does this data come from?

Directly from Riot (via Riot's API) – in other words, all the numbers in this article are "from the horse's mouth," so to speak.

Liver, our wonderful coder and unsung MaRu 🐐 (also in charge of designing the website) makes Riot's 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.



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