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By the Numbers, Dec 8 – 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!

The LoR meta has been shaken by a new expansion, Fate's Voyage: Beyond, that dropped last Wednesday. As you may imagine, everything is up in the air right – while some builds have clearly positioned themselves as the best decks right now, expect things to change a lot in the coming days, as the dust settles and we get close to LoR Worlds 2023.

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 – notice that "popular" and "strong" don't quite overlap this early on, though!

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

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


Elder DragonElder Dragon VolibearVolibear reigns supreme when you look at popularity, but in the performance department it's clearly overshadowed by several other decks… and it may not even be the best Elder DragonElder Dragon deck: GarenGaren is gaining traction fast as the old lizard's best friend.

MorganaMorgana has struck a profitably partnership with RivenRiven, and as we'll see in a bit she has several other promising decks.

MordekaiserMordekaiser, on the other hand, has yet to find his footing, with all his popular options being disappointing right now… but, when digging deep down into the data, we'll find a couple of options that may make him shine.


Juggernauts – Best Legends of Runeterra Decks for the Standard Ladder

Decks in this category have at least 2100 games played since the patch landed, and good to great win rates – as far as current numbers go, these are the best LoR decks in the Standard ladder.


Elder Dragon Volibear

With crazy levels of popularity (nearly a quarter of all decks out there!), Elder DragonElder Dragon VolibearVolibear seems to have made every Timmy and Tammy in Runeterra happy as can be.

There are several different takes, though, so it would be misleading to think of this as just one deck.

The most popular Volibear Elder Dragon deck, with a crazy 7100 games played since the expansion landed, would be this one:

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Runeterra
16 cards
Rarities
38 400
champion
6
epic
14
rare
8
common
12
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
6
2
4
3
6
4
2
5
7
6
12
7+
Champions
6
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
12
Elder Dragon
3
Elder Dragon
Followers
21
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Yadulski Snowdog
4
Flamecaller Caprine
3
Flamecaller Caprine
6
Berserker Ursine
2
Berserker Ursine
6
Cloud Drake
2
Cloud Drake
6
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
3
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
7
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
3
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
10
Heisho, Shell of the World
2
Heisho, Shell of the World
Spells
13
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
3
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Invocation Of Thunder
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice

Judging by current numbers, it's not too good, though – it's win rate has dropped from 53% yesterday to about 51% right now.

There's a second version, focusing a lot more on spells and with a heavier top-end:

Regions
Runeterra
18 cards
Freljord
22 cards
Rarities
43 400
champion
6
epic
18
rare
11
common
5
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
0
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
6
6
15
7+
Champions
6
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
12
Elder Dragon
3
Elder Dragon
Followers
14
3
Valhir's Prophet
2
Valhir's Prophet
6
Berserker Ursine
3
Berserker Ursine
6
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
3
Iascylla, Figurehead of the Deep
10
Atakhan, Bringer of Ruin
3
Atakhan, Bringer of Ruin
10
Heisho, Shell of the World
3
Heisho, Shell of the World
Spells
20
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
3
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Invocation Of Thunder
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
11
Warmother's Call
3
Warmother's Call

This second version has about 2600 games played since the patch landed. It's doing better that the first version (currently punching at 54%), but has also cooled off when comparing with yesterday (when it performed above 56%).

But!

There's a third version, with a near 50/50 split between followers and spells and going all-in on the "Big Butts on Board" strategy:

Regions
Runeterra
19 cards
Freljord
21 cards
Rarities
46 800
champion
6
epic
22
rare
6
common
6
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
0
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
3
6
19
7+
Champions
6
9
Volibear
3
Volibear
12
Elder Dragon
3
Elder Dragon
Followers
18
3
Valhir's Prophet
3
Valhir's Prophet
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
7
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
3
Rhond, the Magma Serpent
10
Atakhan, Bringer of Ruin
3
Atakhan, Bringer of Ruin
10
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
3
Cithria, Lady of Clouds
10
Heisho, Shell of the World
3
Heisho, Shell of the World
Spells
16
3
Invocation Of Thunder
3
Invocation Of Thunder
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
Winter's Touch
3
Winter's Touch
5
Harsh Winds
3
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice

This third version is less popular than the other two (around 1500 games played) but hits well above the 57% mark.


Morgana Riven

MorganaMorgana RivenRiven was looking nice yesterday, and a looks like a friggin' powerhouse today. It has leapfrogged over every other deck other than Elder Dragon Voli when it comes to popularity (Morgana Riven's best deck had about 400 games played yesterday, and it has nearly 10x times as many today!), and has done so while punching at a crazy 60% win rate.

Morgana Riven's dominance over Elder Dragon Volibear (the ladies win about 2 games out of 3 in this confrontation) explains in large part their great performance, but they also have a good edge against Gwen Zed and Gwen Riven, two decks that as we'll see in a bit remain excellent ladder choices.

Regions
Mount Targon
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
12
3
0
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
5
Morgana
3
Morgana
Followers
22
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Solari Soldier
1
Solari Soldier
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Lisa and Dolly
3
Lisa and Dolly
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
Spells
12
1
Targonian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Shield Vault
3
Shield Vault
3
Dark Binding
3
Dark Binding
3
Might
3
Might
5
Moonlight Affliction
2
Moonlight Affliction

Gwen Zed

With not a single spell swapped this expansion, GwenGwen ZedZed punches at a silly 60% win rate and, with 3300 games played this patch.

Whether or not it will remain as one of the best decks in Runeterra is still to be seen, though. Shadows and Seamstress steamroll dragons and angry bears, and they also crush Gwen Riven, but they lose to Morgana Riven, Elder Dragon Garen (which may emerge as the best Elder Dragon deck), and Bandle Jinx.

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
10
3
3
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
1
3
Opulent Foyer
1
Opulent Foyer
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
6
Eternal Dancers
1
Eternal Dancers
Spells
12
1
Mark of the Isles
3
Mark of the Isles
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
3
Death Mark
1
Death Mark
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush

Heavyweights – Strong LoR Decks for the Standard Ladder

These decks have between 1200 and 2100 games since the patch landed – thus far, they are among Runeterra's heavy-hitters!


Gwen Riven

With a shiny new toy in Red-Barbed RazormaceRed-Barbed Razormace (shiny enough to ditch Opulent FoyerOpulent Foyer!) GwenGwen RivenRiven finds quite a bit of success in these early days.

Most of its success seems to come from bullying Elder Dragon decks and Mordekaiser decks, though – Morgana Riven or Gwen Zed pound Gwen Riven into dust, 

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
5
common
24
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
9
2
9
3
6
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
23
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Red-Barbed Razormace
3
Red-Barbed Razormace
5
Kato The Arm
2
Kato The Arm
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
Spells
11
1
Mark of the Isles
3
Mark of the Isles
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Might
3
Might
3
Strike Up The Band
3
Strike Up The Band

Elder Dragon Garen

Elder DragonElder Dragon GarenGaren was a tiny blip in the radar yesterday (just around 100 games played) yet pilots have picked it up and this deck is gaining traction fast: more than 1200 games played today and a crazy 60%+ win rate makes it one of the most promising Elder Dragon decks right now.

Also the most promising Elites deck, with even good ol' BattlesmithBattlesmith showing up for the fight!

Elder Dragon Garen roflstomps over other Elder Dragon versions, murders Gwen Zed, and seems roughly 50/50 against Morgana Riven. 

Interestingly, it looks like one of the very few strong decks that loses to some of Mordekaiser's decks – perhaps if Garen raises, Mordekaiser will have a chance to shine as his counter?

Regions
Runeterra
7 cards
Demacia
33 cards
Rarities
21 300
champion
4
epic
3
rare
12
common
21
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
4
5
Garen
3
Garen
12
Elder Dragon
1
Elder Dragon
Followers
33
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Trusty Ramhound
3
Trusty Ramhound
2
Battlesmith
3
Battlesmith
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
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
6
Ardent Tracker
3
Ardent Tracker
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
3
2
Form Up!
3
Form Up!

Morgana Galio

Nowhere near as popular nor as punchy as Morgana Riven, MorganaMorgana GalioGalio looks quite playable, with a nice 54% win rate across about 1200 games.

And it seems excellent against Morgana Riven, a Juggernaut which has very few weak spots right now.

Regions
Mount Targon
9 cards
Demacia
31 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
12
2
12
3
5
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Morgana
3
Morgana
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
22
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Mageseeker Junior
3
Petricite Charger
3
Petricite Charger
4
Balen the Benevolent
2
Balen the Benevolent
4
Mageseeker Inquisitor
3
Mageseeker Inquisitor
5
Mountain Drake
2
Mountain Drake
Spells
12
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Magical Fettering
3
Magical Fettering
3
Dark Binding
3
Dark Binding
3
Gentlemen's Duel
3
Gentlemen's Duel

Some Tweaks Required: Mordekaiser Decks

MordekaiserMordekaiser looks like the runt of the Beyond litter, and has thus far failed to find a suitable partner.

And not for lack of trying, mind you: Pairings with Senna, Morgana, Sion, or Nasus are very popular, but thus far have showcased disappointing performances.

We'll find a couple of promising decks when looking at fringe options, but none of the popular Mordekaiser decks seem to work right now.


Punching Up – Standard LoR Decks Doing Great

Standard LoR decks with between 800 and 1200 games played in this expansion – we're sailing into small data samples here, so pilots beware!


Bandle Jinx

Although it never took off in popularity, BCBandle City JinxJinx did great during the last patch cycle. And, with 900 games played while tying for highest win rate with Elder Dragon Garen, it looks like Jinx hasn't lost her ka-boom.

Matchup data is scarce, but thus far Bandle Jix seems very favored against Elder Dragon Volibear and Gwen Zed, a bit disfavored versus Morgana Riven, and a clear underdog when facing Elder Dragon Garen.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
14 100
champion
3
epic
0
rare
7
common
30
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
16
2
3
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
26
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
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
4
Arena Promoter
2
Arena Promoter
Spells
11
1
Pie Toss
1
Pie Toss
2
Electro Harpoon
3
Electro Harpoon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
4
Blowback
3
Blowback

Morgana Darius

Returning to NXNoxus, MorganaMorgana pairs with DariusDarius for a punchy, low-to-the-ground mix. It has cooled off a bit since yesterday (when it performed well above 60%) but still punches at a great 57% win rate.

Regions
Noxus
27 cards
Mount Targon
13 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
4
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
10
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Morgana
3
Morgana
6
Darius
3
Darius
Followers
23
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
3
Ruby-Eyed Conjurer
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
3
Reckless Trifarian
2
Reckless Trifarian
4
Red-Barbed Razormace
3
Red-Barbed Razormace
Spells
11
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Shield Vault
1
Shield Vault
2
Transfusion
2
Transfusion
3
Pirouette
3
Pirouette
3
Sharpened Resolve
2
Sharpened Resolve

Annie Jhin

Are these two back? AnnieAnnie JhinJhin has never entirely left the LoR meta, but since rotation it has remained a very fringe option and just a shadow of its former self.

They have started Beyond on the right foot, though, with quite a few games under their belts and sky-high performance.

Regions
Runeterra
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
eternal
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

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!


Darius Gnar

Picking a couple of new pets, DariusDarius GnarGnar is showing some eye-widening performance – in fact, the highest win rate from among all decks showcased today. And, while a fringe option right now, it has increased its playrate a lot since yesterday.

Worth keeping an eye on this one if punchy and overwhelm y are down your alley!

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
5
epic
3
rare
9
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
8
2
7
3
6
4
5
5
2
6
1
7+
Champions
5
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Darius
2
Darius
Followers
25
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Saboteur
2
Legion Saboteur
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
2
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
2
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
4
Red-Barbed Razormace
3
Red-Barbed Razormace
5
Glacial Saurian
3
Glacial Saurian
Spells
10
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
8
Battle Fury
1
Battle Fury

Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Looks like PykePyke Rek'Sai will close the year as the most stable deck in Runeterra: since rotation arrived at the start of Glory in Navori, Lurkers has been the only deck you could have played in any LoR meta this year and be assured you were piloting a competitive deck.

We'll see how they fare this expansion, but thus far the numbers look very, very good.

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

Fizz Yuumi

Drop some elusive s, buff them to hell and back – an old technique, and some would say not too chivalrous, but that has worked well many times and is working wonderfully right now.

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
12
2
6
3
0
4
4
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
11
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Kelp Maidens
3
Kelp Maidens
2
Skip, "King of the Reef"
3
3
Scholarly Pioneer
2
Scholarly Pioneer
Spells
20
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
1
Wallop
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury

Champless Heisho

Now this one is a radical new take!

For starters, the most spell-heavy deck in Runeterra's history. No Champions, to boot – and just Heisho, Shell of the WorldHeisho, Shell of the World as the lone follower, to ensure Sugary SnareSugary Snare always finds it when cast.

Regions
Ionia
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
19 400
champion
0
epic
10
rare
22
common
8
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
5
2
3
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
12
7+
Champions
0
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Fan
2
The Darkin Fan
Followers
3
10
Heisho, Shell of the World
3
Heisho, Shell of the World
Spells
35
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Pie Toss
2
Pie Toss
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
3
Fae Aid
3
Fae Aid
4
Capsize
3
Capsize
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Twin Wind Technique
1
Twin Wind Technique
5
Nine Lives
3
Nine Lives
5
Rejuvenating Breeze
2
Rejuvenating Breeze
8
Sugary Snare
3
Sugary Snare
9
Empyrean Dance
3
Empyrean Dance
9
Singular Will
2
Singular Will
10
Treasured Trash
1
Treasured Trash

Mordekaiser LeBlanc

When digging throught the data, LeBlancLeBlanc MordekaiserMordekaiser is the first Mordekaiser deck with a positive performance.

Quite positive in this case, actually, although the sample size is on the low end: About 250 games, which is high enough to not discard this deck as just noise, but not large enough to say anything more than "this may actually work."

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Freljord
20 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
9
2
5
3
9
4
5
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
7
Mordekaiser
3
Mordekaiser
Followers
25
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
2
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Yadulski Snowdog
3
Scholarly Pioneer
2
Scholarly Pioneer
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
6
Enraged Firespitter
3
Enraged Firespitter
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
9
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Sky Splitter
3
Sky Splitter
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds

Mordekaiser Kalista

This would be the other Mordekaiser deck showing promise: KalistaKalista MordekaiserMordekaiser. Similar observations as with the LeBlanc version (great performance, minuscule sample size), but thus far looking promising.

Regions
Noxus
10 cards
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
6
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
7
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
7
Mordekaiser
3
Mordekaiser
Landmarks
2
2
Crimson Banquet Hall
2
Crimson Banquet Hall
Followers
20
1
Shackled Ghasts
3
Shackled Ghasts
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Fading Icon
2
Fading Icon
3
Legion of the Severed
3
Legion of the Severed
4
Lord Mallat
3
Lord Mallat
5
Amalgamation Of Vile Rites
2
Amalgamation Of Vile Rites
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
12
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Thread the Needle
3
Thread the Needle
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance

Wrapping Up

Beyond is the Worlds patch: In less than a week, the 64 competitors for LoR Worlds 2023 will clash in Runeterra's biggest tournament, and we'll get to find out what brews they bring to the fray.

Expect lots of changes in the LoR meta in the coming days, but thus far the decks above are the ones looking best.

Hope you've found your weapon of choice of these early days, and good luck out there!


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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 1200 games played – other excellent choices, with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works."
  • Punching Up: LoR decks with between 1200 and 800 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.