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By the Numbers, Oct 26 – 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.


Best LoR Decks for the Standard Ladder

These are the 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

Sources: MaRu's data (which samples Plat+ players)


And they are back! Miss FortuneMiss Fortune, QuinnQuinn and their Scouts have shown that their performance last week was no fluke – arguably the strongest LoR deck right now, and not too far from also being the most popular, it is by far the biggest news this week.

By the way: all facts and figures in this article are for the LoR ladder – if you're looking for your weapons of choice for the upcoming Runeterra Open, check Sorry's Top 6 Lineups for the Standard Runeterra Open.


Juggernauts – Best Legends of Runeterra Decks for the Standard Ladder

Decks in this category have at least 3000 games played in the last three days, and good to great winrate – as far as current numbers go, these are the best LoR decks in the Standard ladder.


Darius Gnar

With the exact same list as last week (DariusDarius GnarGnar looks like one of those decks that are spawned fully solved) and with 4500 games played during the last three days (down from 7600 last week), Darius Gnar's play rate has decreased but still remains the most-played specific decklist in the current LoR meta.

And also one of the punchiest, with an excellent 55%+ win rate!

These overwhelming champions are feeling the pressure from Ashe LeBlanc and Scouts, against which they are the underdogs. But they crush most of the other popular options: Janna Nilah, Janna Teemo, Caitlyn Teemo, Lurkers and the Poro King all get crushed under Darius Gnar's heel.

The fact that it beats Janna Nilah makes Darius Gnar an interesting choice for the upcoming Runeterra Open.

Further reading: Darius Gnar Deck Guide 

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
5
epic
3
rare
11
common
21
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
9
2
7
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
5
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Darius
2
Darius
Equipments
1
5
Bone Club
1
Bone Club
Followers
21
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
Spells
13
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury

Janna Nilah

Only a few games behind Darius Gnar, JannaJanna NilahNilah is poised to add the "Most Played Deck" title to the "Most Played Archetype" crown that it already possess – although with Scouts breathing down its neck, it's not easy to say if it will make it!

At any rate, brewers and pilots seem to have nearly solved JannaJanna NilahNilah (which used to have a fairly different build before the current patch), with just tiny differences in the spell ratios by sometimes cutting one Heavy MetalHeavy Metal to add a copy of Tidal InvocationTidal Invocation.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
3
3
8
4
6
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Nilah
3
Nilah
4
Janna
3
Janna
Landmarks
3
5
Sunken Temple
3
Sunken Temple
Followers
15
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
7
Wizened Helmsman
3
Wizened Helmsman
Spells
16
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Howling Gale
3
Howling Gale
4
Eye Of The Storm
2
Eye Of The Storm
4
Gotcha!
3
Gotcha!
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind

On the ladder, Nilah Janna utterly demolishes Ashe LeBlanc and is probably the cause of the latter's dip in play rate. It's also excellent against Lurkers and Shen Jarvan, but it crumbles against Darius Gnar, gets run over by Caitlyn Teemo, and is at a slight disadvantage against Miss Fortune Quinn.

In Tournaments, Nilah Janna is the deck to consider. As Sorry writes, "The current meta has been heavily dominated by Janna Nilah, which means it's essential to build a lineup with Janna Nilah in mind. You can bring decks capable of beating Janna Nilah or simply ban the popular deck and focus on beating the other two decks in the opponent's lineup."

Further reading: Nilah Janna Deck Guide


Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

Speaking of the devil…

… if you're itching to bet your shards on which will be this patch cycle's strongest deck, that would be Miss FortuneMiss Fortune QuinnQuinn: second most popular archetype, third most played specific deck (nearly 4000 games in the last three days) and a crazy 58%+ win rate, the highest performance from among all decks showcased today.

And, as last week, its matchup spread looks excellent: Miss FortuneMiss Fortune QuinnQuinn destroys Teemo decks (be it Caitlyn Teemo or Janna Teemo), consistently beats Darius Gnar and Lurkers, and has an edge against Janna Nilah and Ashe LeBlanc.

The only two strong decks with good odds to beat Miss Fortune's bunch are Galio Volibear and, above all, Shen Jarvan.

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
31 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
11
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
15
2
5
3
3
4
5
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
5
Scrutinizing Sergeant
2
Scrutinizing Sergeant
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength

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!


Ashe LeBlanc

AsheAshe LeBlancLeBlanc has dropped quite a bit in play rate (it was one our Juggernauts last week) but remains an excellent choice for the current Runeterra ladder: nearly 2500 games played in the last three days, punching at around 55%.

Pilots have agreed on Ashe LeBlanc's best deck (there were two slightly different versions last week), which would be this one:

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Freljord
23 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
6
3
9
4
5
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
19
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
13
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
2
Sky Splitter
2
Sky Splitter
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

Janna is a sharp thorn on Ashe LeBlanc's thigh – Janna Nilah in particular is close to an auto-lose matchup by CCG standards (odds for Ashe LeBlanc are around 25% in this matchup), with Janna Teemo also being problematic.

On the other hand, Ice Queen and Black Rose demolish what remains of Jack Sett, have the upper hand against Darius Gnar, beat Caitlyn Teemo, and are roughly even against the new Scouts menace.


The Poro King, sometimes featuring Yuumi

His Fluffiness is still alive and kicking – and with two different brews!

The best version right now pairs His Fluffiness with MTTargon and invites YuumiYuumi for the ride, and showcases a 55% WR across 1600 games in the last three days:

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Mount Targon
12 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
5
epic
3
rare
11
common
21
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
13
2
5
3
1
4
6
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
5
3
Yuumi
2
Yuumi
5
The Poro King
3
The Poro King
Followers
21
1
Affectionate Poro
2
Affectionate Poro
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Plucky Poro
1
Pouty Poro
1
Pouty Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Proto Poro
1
Sinister Poro
1
Sinister Poro
2
Patched Porobot
2
Patched Porobot
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
4
Fabled Poro
1
Fabled Poro
5
Poro Sled
1
Poro Sled
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
2
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
14
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Hush
2
Hush
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Poro Stories
3
Poro Stories
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst

This version is a bit disfavored against the Darius Gnar, Ashe LeBlanc, and Scouts. While that's not a great place to be in this meta, all those matches are still winnable; and The Poro KingThe Poro King YuumiYuumi is favored against Caitlyn Teemo, Lurkers, and Shen Jarvan.

The other of His Fluffiness' versions is the classic FRFreljord build with the King going lone champ:

Regions
Runeterra
31 cards
Freljord
9 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
3
epic
9
rare
11
common
17
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
3
3
2
4
10
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
3
5
The Poro King
3
The Poro King
Followers
22
1
Affectionate Poro
3
Affectionate Poro
1
Daring Poro
3
Daring Poro
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Pouty Poro
2
Pouty Poro
2
Ingvar the Younger
3
Ingvar the Younger
2
Patched Porobot
2
Patched Porobot
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
4
Fabled Poro
2
Fabled Poro
5
Poro Sled
1
Poro Sled
Spells
15
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Poro Stories
3
Poro Stories
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
5
Aurora Porealis
3
Aurora Porealis
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice

Playrate and performance are a bit lower than for the Yuumi version, although not by much – but matchups against the current Juggernauts are much worse (with Scouts and Darius Gnar in particular being horrible), so it seems His Fluffiness would be wise to pair with the sticky kitten.


Teemo Janna

Until last week, one could have reasonably wondered which was the best Janna deck, but this week it seems clear: TeemoTeemo JannaJanna is still an excellent deck (with an excellent 55%+ win rate in about 1700 games) but against the current field Nilah Janna seems better.

In particular, Teemo's version is much worse against Scouts: Nilah Janna has an uphill-yet-still-winnable matchup while Teemo Janna just gets steamrolled by Miss Fortune's crew. The Teemo version is also hopeless against Darius Gnar, and has a lousy time against Shen Jarvan (while the Nilah version dominates the Shen Jarvan matchup).

It's still a very strong choice of the Runeterra ladder, but if you're here to updraft, Nilah Janna may be the way to go.

Further reading: Teemo Janna Deck Guide

Regions
Demacia
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
36 800
champion
6
epic
12
rare
11
common
11
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
4
3
9
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Janna
3
Janna
Followers
20
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
3
Maryam, Temple Caretaker
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Windborne Mariner
3
Windborne Mariner
3
Piltovan Castaway
2
Piltovan Castaway
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
5
Exalted Cloudwinder
3
Exalted Cloudwinder
Spells
14
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
3
Howling Gale
2
Howling Gale
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
3
Divine Whirlwind
9
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength

Struggling: Kayle Yuumi, Karma Sett, and Jack Sett

Kayle Yuumi has gained a lot of popularity in the last three days and, for the record, is not a bad deck – just not spectacular, and if you go by cold, hard numbers, undeserving of its spike in play rate.

SettSett started this patch with the right foot… but both of his most popular brews are deflating: Karma Sett has dropped a bit below the 50% winrate mark, and Jack Sett has done the same by a lot.


Punching Up – Standard LoR Decks Doing Great

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


Teemo Yuumi

Did I not tell y'all not to sleep on TeemoTeemo YuumiYuumi?

Second highest winrate from among all decks showcased today, and it's been doing amazing since last patch. Also one of the weirdest, freshest new brews we've seen in quite some time!

Luckily for you, sleepyheads, Leer has you covered with a fresh-off-the-oven Teemo Yuumi Deck Guide. Don't sleep on this one!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
33 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
10
common
15
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
7
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Followers
19
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
1
Octo Adventurer
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
15
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Pie Toss
1
Pie Toss
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Heroic Refrain
3
Heroic Refrain
4
Blowback
2
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm
6
Divine Whirlwind
2
Divine Whirlwind

Caitlyn Teemo

Well… looks like the best part of this patch's puffcap season is over. But not entirely over just yet!

CaitlynCaitlyn TeemoTeemo has dropped sharply both in play rate and win rate, but can still put up a fight. It's an excellent choice if you hate Janna Nilah's guts, although you do get lousy odds against Ashe LeBlanc, Darius Gnar, and above all a horrible matchup against Scouts.

Further reading: Teemo Caitlyn Deck Guide

Regions
Freljord
13 cards
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
9
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
Followers
11
2
Flashbomb Peddler
2
Flashbomb Peddler
3
Puffcap Peddler
3
Puffcap Peddler
4
Chump Whump
3
Chump Whump
6
Corina, Mastermind
3
Corina, Mastermind
Spells
23
1
Brittle Steel
2
Brittle Steel
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Advanced Intel
3
Advanced Intel
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Insider Knowledge
3
Insider Knowledge
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

The tide seems to finally have turned against Pyke's crew – a 52% win rate across 1300 games in the last three days is nothing to be ashamed of, but on the other hand is a far cry from what Lurkers enjoyed in the previous few metas.

Having all three Juggernauts as disfavored matchups is definitely not a comfy place to be!

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
standard
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

Shen Jarvan IV

ShenShen Jarvan IVJarvan IV keeps flying a bit under the radar, as it has done in previous patch cycles. Its play rate has even dropped from about 1600 games played last week in a three-day window to just about 1200 this week – yet its winrate keeps above the 56% mark, with good odds against Ashe LeBlanc, Darius Gnar, and Lurkers.

And, cherry on top, Shen Jarvan is one of the very few decks that can give Scouts a bloody nose.

Shen Jarvan's only weak spots are Janna Nilah and The Poro King Yuumi – a very well-positioned deck in the current LoR meta!

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
3
3
9
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Shen
3
Shen
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
21
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
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Blocking Badgerbear
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
7
King Jarvan III
1
King Jarvan III
7
Sacred Protector
2
Sacred Protector
Spells
13
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
4
Moral Support
3
Moral Support
4
Spirit's Refuge
3
Spirit's Refuge

Galio Volibear

GalioGalio VolibearVolibear is quietly and silently regaining lost ground – pushed close to the fringes of the LoR meta by the recent patch, stone statue and big angry bear have improved their win rate this week to nearly 56% (up from 54% last week) and remain a very good choice for your climbing needs.

And it's another of the few decks with a positive edge against Scouts, meaning that Galio Volibear may become one of the few roadblocks to Miss Fortune's dominance.

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
standard
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

Fizz Yuumi

Completely out of nowhere, FizzFizz YuumiYuumi sneaks into our Punching Up category, and with great performance to boot: 55%+ in the last three days. A bit soft against Scouts and Darius Gnar, but looks very solid against Janna Nilah.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
12
2
7
3
0
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Equipments
2
5
Bone Club
2
Bone Club
Followers
11
1
Pouty Poro
3
Pouty Poro
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Ruthless Raider
1
Ruthless Raider
2
Skip, "King of the Reef"
3
3
Scholarly Pioneer
2
Scholarly Pioneer
Spells
21
1
Elixir of Iron
3
Elixir of Iron
1
Pie Toss
3
Pie Toss
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury

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!


Jax Ornn

JaxJax OrnnOrnn is hanging in there – it's very welcome news for weapon master and forge god that Teemo decks and Ashe LeBlanc are on the downswing as of late, and Jax Ornn is not afraid of Scouts.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Runeterra
16 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
8
3
4
4
4
5
2
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Followers
20
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
1
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
3
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
2
Favored Artisan
3
Favored Artisan
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Innovative Blacksmith
3
Piltovan Castaway
2
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
Spells
14
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Entrancing Lure
1
Entrancing Lure
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
4
Parts Made Whole
1
Parts Made Whole
5
Bellows Breath
1
Bellows Breath
6
Wildclaw's Ferocity
2
Wildclaw's Ferocity
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice

Jinx Kennen

JinxJinx KennenKennen is the hot new thing on the fringes!

These two were quite the sensation back when Return-o WrenchReturn-o Wrench was a thing. Now, after ditching the nerfed tool, they seem to have found their stride and are one of the hardest-hitting off-meta decks.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Bandlecity
12 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
11
2
2
3
12
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
20
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
4
Augmented Clockling
3
Augmented Clockling
Spells
14
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
4
Blowback
3
Blowback
4
Eye Of The Storm
3
Eye Of The Storm

Annie Jhin

AnnieAnnie JhinJhin is another old deck putting quite the show right now, and have been putting good numbers since last week – blazing brat and bullet buff have faded from Standard since rotation took away a good chunk of their good cards, but perhaps the recent round of nerfs to other decks will allow them to catch up?

Regions
Runeterra
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
9
3
5
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
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
Manasoul Student
3
Manasoul Student
4
The Witness
2
The Witness
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
3
Pirouette

Akshan Pantheon

To round up today's selection, yet another well-known brew making a return – Akshan Pantheon briefly shined a bit during the previous meta, and seem to find the current field promising.

Regions
Mount Targon
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
6
common
20
eternal
standard
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

Wrapping Up

As the Runeterra Open approaches, Nilah Janna seems to be the deck to beat in the Tournament scene – but, on the LoR ladder, Scouts looks right now as the most firm candidate to wear the "Best LoR Deck" crown this patch.

We'll see next week what the best players bring to the Open, and how that shakes things up!


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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.