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By the Numbers, September 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 the Legends of Runeterra meta!

As explained in the Technical Note at the end of this article, we'll first take a glance at a snapshot of our LoR Meta Decks Tier List, which sorts 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.

The recent Fate’s Voyage: Onward expansion has rocked the boat quite hard, so let's find out what are the best decks in Runeterra right now!


Best LoR Decks for the Standard Ladder

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

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

Well, it's official: LoR Devs deserve a hard-earned "Amazing job, guys!!"

As far as current numbers go, this is the best three-Champion expansion in all of Runeterra's history.

This is the first of such expansions in which:

  • All three champions are very relevant while none seems in need of an urgent tweak,
  • The Runeterra meta has been turned upside down, yet several of the old, strong archetypes are still very much relevant (in other words, you can stick to several of the well-worn Old Dogs if those are the decks you prefer; they haven't been outclassed and pushed to irrelevance),
  • Last but not least, there's even room for new pairings with old champions, like this week's surprises: Gnar Jarvan, and Wild Annie Samira… with Zed!

Here's to hoping that no brewer breaks nothin' from here to the Runeterra Open because this is it, folks: Legends of Runeterra at its best.


Juggernauts – Best Legends of Runeterra Decks for the Standard Ladder

These are the current heavy-hitters of the Standard LoR meta: decks with at least 3000 games played in the last three days.


Galio Volibear

When looking at specific decklists, GalioGalio VolibearVolibear remains the deck to beat when it comes to popularity: A record-smashing 11,600 games played in the last three days – more than double what the next contender shows – while remaining among the hardest-hitting brews out there, hitting at a 56% win rate, which is amazing for a deck with such a high play rate. As Yangzera notes in his Galio Volibear deck guide, the addition of great cards has really turned it into a Formidable package.

The best Galio Volibear deck is also heads and shoulders above all the other new champions when it comes to matches against themselves – if you were to organize a competition in which only decks with at least one new champs are allowed, Galio Volibear seems like the best bet to take the crown: it roflstomps Janna Nilah and Illaoi Volibear, has a solid edge versus Janna Samira, and beats all other brews featuring new champs. Galio Volibear is also favored against one of this week's hot trends: Gnar Jarvan.

On the other hand, though, several Old Dogs have a massive edge on the big bear and the stony statue: Heimer Jayce and Lurkers run circles around them, Teemo Elusives is close to auto-lose by CCG standards (nearly 80% odds for the pesky, puffcapfy scout), and other popular decks like Wild Annie Samira and Gwen Vayne also prey upon Galio Volibear.

Further reading: Galio Volibear Deck Guide

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Freljord
11 cards
Rarities
30 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
7
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
15
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
8
7+
Champions
6
7
Galio
3
Galio
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
23
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Petricite Charger
3
Petricite Charger
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
4
Balen the Benevolent
3
Balen the Benevolent
Spells
9
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

Janna Samira

The best JannaJanna SamiraSamira deck, with about 5200 games played in the last three days, remains the second most-popular specific deck in the current LoR meta. It has cooled off quite a bit from the 60%+ win rate it exhibited last week but still maintains an excellent 55% performance. As Leer notes, there is no lack of archetypes that play JannaJanna, but Janna Samira is by far the most successful one. 

Janna Samira's matchups are the opposite story to Galio Volibear's: in Janna Samira's case, other strong new decks (like good Volibear decks, and Jannah Nilah, and the novel partnership between Gnar and Jarvan) have the upper hand by quite a bit, but Janna Samira is the new kid in town capable of keeping the Old Dogs at bay: against Lurkers, Heimer Jayce, and Teemo Elusives, Janna Samira always has a small edge. It's also very good against the ascending Wild Annie Samira.

Further reading: Samira Janna Deck Guide

Regions
Noxus
8 cards
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
3
3
10
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Samira
3
Samira
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Armed Acquisitioner
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
4
Augmented Clockling
2
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
Spells
16
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Blowback
2
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
6
Formula
2
Formula

🔥Blazing Hot!! – Gnar Jarvan

And here it is, one of hottest rags-to-riches stories this week!

As soon as this expansion landed it was evident that Janna Samira and Galio Volibear were strong decks, but six days ago Gnar Jarvan was just a fringe oddity…

… well, behold: this is the deck with the highest win rate now (slighly above 60%) from among all decks we'll showcase today. And, with more than 4,500 games played in the last three days, it hardly seems like a fluke.

And what's more: it's probably not fully refined just yet. The best Gnar Jarvan deck, shown below, is not the same version we showcased last week (which is also doing wonderfully well). If there's one archetype right now that looks like it may break things, this would be it. 

Gnar Jarvan's current predators are Galio Volibear, Teemo Elusives, and Annie Samira Zed, while it steamrolls Janna decks and has the upper hand against Heimer Jayce.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Freljord
21 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
7
2
7
3
7
4
7
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
26
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Durand Sculptor
1
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Blocking Badgerbear
2
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Innovative Blacksmith
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
5
Screeching Dragon
1
Screeching Dragon
9
Warden of the Tribes
3
Warden of the Tribes
Spells
8
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

The tides are still great for Pyke's crew, with numbers close to what Gnar Jarvan shows: about 4100 games played and with the second-highest performance among Juggernauts, punching close to 58%.

If it was a bit baffling last patch to find Lurkers among the best decks, it's downright bewildering to see them doing even better, even with all these new, strong champions joining the Runeterra race.

But that is part of the underlying reason: Pyke Rek'Sai is Volibear's bane, with amazing odds against all of the big bear's brews. And, when looking into poor matchups, Pyke's crew is very, very solid: their only weak spot in sight is Teemo Elusives, and perhaps Illaoi Jarvan, which is again gaining traction.

We'll see how the winds blow and how the LoR meta shifts, but it this by far the best time to take Lurkers for a spin.

Further reading: Pyke Rek'Sai Deck Guide

Regions
Bilgewater
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
3
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
1
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
5
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
26
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
Spells
8
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
3
Blood in the Water

🔥Blazing Hot!! – Wild Annie Samira, sometimes featuring Zed

This is the other big news in the "New Brews with Old Champs" front!

AnnieAnnie SamiraSamira IOIonia looks very much like a thing, mixing WildfireWildfire with Rejuvenating BreezeRejuvenating Breeze, and this thing has a lot of variety.

The most popular, with 3600 games and a wonderful 57% winrate, would be the Zed-less version with just the burning brat and the desert rose:

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
15
2
4
3
0
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
2
Samira
3
Samira
Followers
28
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Spell Slinger
3
Spell Slinger
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Rivershaper
3
Rivershaper
3
Shadow Assassin
1
Shadow Assassin
5
The Spirit of Wuju
3
The Spirit of Wuju
Spells
6
2
Wildfire
3
Wildfire
5
Rejuvenating Breeze
3
Rejuvenating Breeze

But among the several different versions this archetype has, the one that makes room for ZedZed seems to be performing even better, although with only half the play rate right now:

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
16
2
4
3
0
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
2
Annie
2
Samira
3
Samira
3
Zed
1
Zed
Followers
28
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Keeper of Masks
1
Keeper of Masks
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Rivershaper
3
Rivershaper
5
The Spirit of Wuju
3
The Spirit of Wuju
Spells
6
2
Wildfire
3
Wildfire
5
Rejuvenating Breeze
3
Rejuvenating Breeze

In particular, Zed's version seems better against Lurkers and Gnar Jarvan, being able to push those matchups from roughly even (in the sans-Zed version) to slightly favored (when Zed joins the fray).

Further reading: Annie Samira Wildfire Deck Guide


Heavyweights – Strong LoR Decks for the Standard Ladder

These decks have between 1800 and 3000 games in the last three days – solid heavy-hitters for your LoR laddering needs!


Gnar Nidalee

The prehistoric Yordle is on a roll this week! GnarGnar NidaleeNidalee never quite managed to make a big splash during the Heart of the Huntress expansion, but these two Champions seem to have gotten their act together. Gaining a lot of traction in the play rate department, with 2700 games played they are now at the top of our Heavyweight category, and with a win rate to match: nearly 56%!

Their success seems to be fueled, in part, by generous LP donations from Aurelion Sol Volibear, a weak deck that Gnar Nidalee ruthlessly bullies. But they also have okay odds against Galio Volibear, and odds close to 50/50 when facing most of the other strong, popular decks.

Regions
Shurima
31 cards
Bandlecity
9 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
4
epic
4
rare
20
common
12
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
3
2
18
3
5
4
0
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
4
4
Gnar
1
Gnar
4
Nidalee
3
Nidalee
Landmarks
3
3
Valley of Imitation
3
Valley of Imitation
Followers
24
1
Bristlehog
3
Bristlehog
2
All-Terrain Trooper
3
All-Terrain Trooper
3
Aurora Hallunatis
3
Aurora Hallunatis
3
Avenging Vastaya
3
Avenging Vastaya
3
Chief Nakotak
3
Chief Nakotak
3
Curious Changelings
3
Curious Changelings
6
Towering Pairofant
3
Towering Pairofant
7
Big Game Tycoon
3
Big Game Tycoon
Spells
9
1
Pie Toss
2
Pie Toss
1
Prowl
3
Prowl
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation

Heimer Jayce Shadows

The third of the Old Dogs that still bites, although not as fiercely as Lurkers or Teemo Elusives, HeimerdingerHeimerdinger JayceJayce shows up with a solid 53% winrate in a bit more than 2500 games played in the last three days.

Heimer Jayce has a bit of a hard time against Janna Samira, and also against this week's success stories: Gnar Jarvan, Wild Annie Samira, and Janna Nilah (more about this last brew in a bit!). They also remain one of the worst decks to face Teemo Elusives with.

On the other hand, Professor and Student are among the best options for punching Volibear in the nose, with particularly good odds against the Galio and Illaoi versions, which are the strongest.

Regions
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
8
2
5
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
1
Epic Scraptraption
2
Epic Scraptraption
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
1
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination

Teemo Elusives

By the last week of the previous patch, TeemoTeemo Elusive s was far and away the best LoR deck in Standard, and it was not even close – and it seems very eager to retake its crown. It's steamrolling other decks at a 57%+ winrate with about 2300 games played, and this is one deck that doesn't need to prove that it's the real-deal.

Even better, Teemo is the deck to bring if you want to puff on Galio Volibear's parade: Teemo's odds here (nearly 80%) are close to auto-win by CCG standards. It also readily beats Lurkers, demolishes Heimer Jayce, and has a solid edge against Gnar Jarvan

Teemo has two left-field problems, though: it's quite hopeless against the ascending Wild Annie Samira and Janna Nilah (about which we'll talk more in the following section) – if these newcomers keep gaining traction, they may put a dent in the puffy Scout's win rate.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
3
epic
9
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
9
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
Followers
22
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Navori Bladescout
3
Navori Bladescout
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Sting Officer
3
Sting Officer
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
6
Windsinger
1
Windsinger
Spells
15
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
Blowback
3
Blowback
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Kinkou's Call
3
Kinkou's Call
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast

Illaoi Volibear

As the other solid Volibear deck, IllaoiIllaoi VolibearVolibear has deflated quite a bit  this week, with winrate dropping to about 51% (down from a stellar 56% early last week).

It's very good against Janna decks, but has a disastrous matchups against Galio Volibear and Heimer Jayce, rough confrontations against Lurkers and Gnar Jarvan, and the majority of its other good target are weaker brews that are likely to either adapt or disappear.

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
6
2
10
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
9
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
Followers
18
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
7
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
3
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
8
Nagakabouros
3
Nagakabouros
Spells
16
1
Brittle Steel
2
Brittle Steel
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
2
Tidal Invocation
3
Tidal Invocation
3
Invocation Of Thunder
1
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros

Not Working Too Well: Janna Targon, Janna Seraphine, Aurelion Sol Volibear, and other Volibear decks

First caveat to mention here: Nilah Samira, which last week was part of this "Not Working Too Well" category, has found its footing and we'll find it at the top of the next section, kicking butts and taking names – in other words, any of these decks may just be a couple of tweaks away from working very well.

That being said, neither of these can get past a subpar 47-48% winrate, and therefore I wouldn't recommend them as your weapons of choice for the ladder.

Aurelion Sol Volibear is massively popular, but none of its versions are performing, and this has been true since the expansion landed. The same happens.

Something similar happens with Janna MTTargon, Janna Seraphine, and Janna Volibear: they have several different versions, but the best they can do as of now is get to about 47%. 

Samira Volibear and Lissandra Volibear both look pretty awful right now – they would need a lot of successful tweaks to become playable.

Last but not least: In yet another accolade for this expansion, there's a lot of brewing going on. That also means there's still a lot of weak brews donating LPs to strong decks; we are still a long way for the LoR meta to settle down, and some of the current Top Dogs may see a dip in their performance one the easy prey leave the race, and only the tough competition remains. 


Punching Up – Standard LoR Decks Doing Great

Standard LoR decks with between 900 and 1800 games in the last three days – we're sailing into small data samples here, so pilots beware!


⭐Rising Star: Nilah Janna

Here it is, folks: this week's crowning achievement.

With the best Janna Nilah deck punching at an amazing 59% in about 1700 games, this expansion has pulled off the admirable feat of all three of its champions having very good decks.

And what is more surprising is that, unlike Galio Volibear or Janna Samira, Janna Samira looked like a pretty bad brew six days ago – brewers did not relent, though, and Nilah Janna has found its footing by, as Sorry writes in his deck guide, leaning towards an aggressive playstyle while maintaining substantial draw power to level up Nilah.

Nilah Janna has a rough time when facing Galio Volibear or Gnar Jarvan, but has solid odds against Janna Samira, Heimer Jayce, Wild Annie Samira, and is not afraid of Lurkers – thus far, looks like a very solid choice and a real-deal deck!

Further reading: Nilah Janna Deck Guide

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
35 500
champion
6
epic
11
rare
10
common
13
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
6
3
7
4
3
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Nilah
3
Nilah
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
21
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Master Lookout
2
Master Lookout
1
Pool Shark
2
Pool Shark
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
3
Vikrash the Exuberant
4
Augmented Clockling
2
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
6
The Tidedancer
1
The Tidedancer
Spells
13
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Blowback
1
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
1
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
6
Formula
2
Formula

Illaoi Jarvan

Illaoi Jarvan opens today's selection of old decks that were meta staples at some point and have decided to try their luck again… a trend that is actually very common after a patch throws the LoR meta into disarray – Runeterra has a really big toolbox to pull from, and you never know what old tool will make the trick this time.

Illaoi Jarvan has been doing quite well for itself, with a beefy 55% win rate in about 1400 games in the last three days. Seems very good against Janna decks, while weak versus the other Juggernauts.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
8
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Equipments
3
2
Eye of God
3
Eye of God
Followers
14
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
5
Buhru Lookout
3
Buhru Lookout
8
Nagakabouros
2
Nagakabouros
Spells
17
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
1
Riptide Sermon

Opulent Gwen Vayne

Talking about old staples making a comeback, we have Gwen Vayne doing very well by bringing back all the Hallowed entourage, and punching close to 56% in 1300+ games!

And the matchup spread seems quite enticing in this case, with even to good matchups across the board save against Gnar decks.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
32 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
13
common
13
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
13
2
10
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
2
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Halberd
3
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Faithful Wolfdog
3
Faithful Wolfdog
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
1
Bloodcursed Harpy
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
11
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Form Up!
2
Form Up!
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm

Akshan Pantheon

Grinning Rogue and God-Slayer are also having a ball in this meta.

Regions
Mount Targon
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
6
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
10
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
5
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
12
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
1
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
2
Sacrificial Scholar
3
Sacrificial Scholar
3
Wandering Shepherd
2
Wandering Shepherd
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
17
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
3
Desert Duel
1
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
3
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
The Expanse's Protection
1
The Expanse's Protection
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
5
Siphoning Strike
1
Siphoning Strike

Teemo Yuumi

One of the weirdest brews to surface this week, throwing Octo AdventurerOcto Adventurer and Skip, "King of the Reef"Skip, "King of the Reef" into the mix along with Kelp MaidensKelp Maidens, Teemo and Yuumi.

Potentially a great candidate for "Most Hated Deck" this expansion if it manages to take off… and with a crazy 60% win rate in nearly a thousand games, it could very well do so!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
33 500
champion
6
epic
9
rare
11
common
14
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
8
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Followers
20
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Kelp Maidens
3
Kelp Maidens
2
Skip, "King of the Reef"
3
2
Sting Officer
3
Sting Officer
3
Octo Adventurer
2
Octo Adventurer
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
14
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Pie Toss
2
Pie Toss
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Heroic Refrain
3
Heroic Refrain
4
Blowback
3
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm

Your Mileage May Vary

If none of the above floats your boat, here are a handful of more fringe options that are doing well on the Standard LoR ladder – sample sizes are small, though, so tread carefully!


Illaoi Swain

Whenever old decks are testing the waters and checking if the tides are benevolent, you can be sure Illaoi Swain will be among them – and it seems thus far that the field is quite good for Priestess and Grand General. They do have a couple of very rough matchups (against Galio Volibear and Gnar Jarvan in particular) but seem otherwise pretty capable of performing well.

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

Bard Janna

Perhaps there's a diamond to be found in the mud here?

As a whole, Bard Janna is doing pretty awful – but there are wildly different versions, and this one is doing pretty well.

(By the way; the most popular version, packing a couple of landmarks, looks like trash.)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Runeterra
8 cards
Rarities
32 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
12
common
14
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
8
2
3
3
13
4
3
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
16
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
Spells
18
1
Bursting Backpack
3
Bursting Backpack
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm
4
Gotcha!
2
Gotcha!
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
6
Formula
3
Formula

Celesbians, aka Diana Leona

They had their brief time under the sun, these two, but then were pushed to obscurity – but they seem to have picked a couple of new tricks in the meantime, and in the fringes of the meta Diana Leona is doing moderately well.