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By the Numbers – Twenty-Three Best Meta and Off-Meta LoR Decks, Oct 25

Don't think like a Pirate – think like a Privateer!

Note: This is an older article - for the most up-to-date data, check the latest LoR Best Decks article!!

LoR Best Decks – The Golden Age of Privateers?

As of early Tuesday, these are the best LoR decks and archetypes, according to Balco and Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

LoR Best Decks, Oct 25: LoR Meta Tier List, sorted by win rate

Among the best best-performing archetypes, Seraphine Ezreal Noxus still is (by a landslide) the most popular – yet the Piltover pair's overall winrate (WR) has been kept in check, and among the Top Dogs it is the one with the softest bite.

Pirates and Privateers have shot at the top of the WR chart while, in an interesting comeback, Zed Vayne (which last Friday was losing a bit of steam) is once again among the strong contenders to the Meta throne.


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

Balco's chart above (like most data sites, including MaRu's Meta Tier List) and articles like Leer's Monday Meta Report sort LoR decks by archetype ("archetype" being the aggregate of decks 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 Legends of Runeterra decks by the best specific decklist for each archetype – 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 four arbitrary categories, by amount of games played in the last three days in the data samples we check:

  • Juggernauts: LoR decks with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true meta decks in Legends of Runeterra.
  • 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 300 games played – we're entering the Land of Small Sample Sizes here, on top of the meta being up in the air, but as far as numbers go, these decks can put up one hell of a fight.
  • YMMV: decks with between 300 and 150 games – risky stuff, but here's where you usually find the spice!

For this article, in all cases we'll look at decks in Platinum and above, and in the last three days, unless stated otherwise – and when talking about decks in general, or best LoR 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). As a rule of thumb, decks with a winrate (WR) above 52% catch our eye, above 53% are eye-widening, and anything with a WR over 55% is exceptional.

On the other hand, do notice that when talking about matchup tables, it's always about archetypes – in other words, we'll recommend which are the best Legend of Runeterra decks (ie. specific decklist) you can choose to face the most popular archetypes (since you'll find all versions in the LoR ladder).

Last but not least: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ladder environment – the Best-of-Three format (found in Tournaments and Gauntlets) is a very different kettle of fish!

Sources: Balco, Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List.

If you have any feedback on how these decks could be showcased differently, do let me know! =)


Juggernauts – Best LoR Meta Decks

Here we showcase LoR decks with more than 2100 games and good-to-great WR – the best tried-and-true tools for the climbing job.


The Crowd Favorite: Seraphine Ezreal Noxus

Seraphine Ezreal remains the most popular archetype overall (by a landslide), and also the most played specific decklist (by similar margin) with quite a punchy 52% WR in more than 10,000 games.

Still, as mentioned last Friday, the Piltover pair's best list is probably this other one (striking at 54% across 2600 games), with a higher number of one-of spells to take advantage of Seraphine's "New spells matter" ability.

Not much news in the matchup department: SerEz's main source of nourishment is Rumble Vayne, with also good odds into Zed Vayne and Pantheon Varus – on the other hand Pantheon Vayne and Vayne Jax are great counters (and solid decks overall), and Seraphine Viktor Shadows also has an edge in a Sera versus Sera showdown.

Further reading: Card Gamer's extensive Seraphine and The Clash at Noxus – A Seraphine Ezreal LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
6
3
2
4
6
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
9
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
Spells
22
1
Blade's Edge
2
Blade's Edge
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
The Violent Dischord
3
The Violent Dischord
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
5
Drum Solo
3
Drum Solo
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

Rumble Vayne

A fairly solved archetype – its best list unchanged since last week – Rayne solidly remains the second most popular Juggernaut, with the best Rumble Vayne deck smashing at 54% in more than 5,000 games.

SerEz, Vayne Jax in specially Zed Vayne are very strong counters, but Rayne's quite happy with the many, many pilots choosing Hecarim Zed as of late, a matchup the Tumbling pair has an edge on. Rayne's other prey are Viktor Seraphine Shadows and Pantheon Vayne.

Further reading: Card Gamer's Tumble on the Rumble – A Vayne Rumble LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Demacia
11 cards
Noxus
29 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
8
3
8
4
1
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
3
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
Followers
18
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
13
2
Legionary Charge
3
Legionary Charge
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Pantheon Varus

And they keep getting traction! As noted last Friday, and highlighted by Leer yesterday in his Monday Meta Report (after he piloted a Parus lineups to victory in Aegis last week), Pantheon Varus is today's success story among the Juggernauts, becoming the third most popular. It has also morphed, making room for three Ambitious Cultists by cutting down on Hush and one less copy of The Unending Wave

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
10
2
3
3
19
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Forsaken Baccai
1
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Ambitious Cultist
3
Ambitious Cultist
Spells
19
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
2
The Unending Wave
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Parus may be about to plateau, though, with its WR now slowing down to 53%: Jhinnie (which is not going anywhere, as we'll soon see) is a horrible matchup, and Pantheon Varus is quite unhappy with Hecarim Zed becoming so popular: while not unwinnable, it's a rough confrontation for Warrior and Archer. And, interestingly, Zed Vayne has managed to turn the tables, now being quite an unfavorable matchup too.

Except for Zayne, though, Parus is still one of Vayne's banes, defeating all other Vayne archetypes; Seraphine Viktor Shadows is also a slightly favored matchup.


The Immutable Object: Annie Jhin

Not much to say about these two: since the last balance patch – which changed the landscape to perfectly suit their stunning and blazing skills – they've been having a blast. Blazing brat and bullet buff strike well over 55% in around 2,500 games, and in particular they murder Zed Hecarim and Pantheon Varus – only showstoppers here are either Serphine Viktor Shadows, or very aggressive decks such as Pirates or Privateers.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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🆙In the Upswing: Zed Vayne

Up in the rollercoaster we go! After dropping to 53% last Friday, Zed Vayne is on the upswing and again punching above 56%. Its best deck keeps shrinking in playrate, though (around 2000 games played in the last three days, roughly half of what we saw last week), which to a degree explains its enhanced performance: as the labile leave and the steadfast stay, decks tend to see an uptick in performance.

And while the best list remains the same as last week, there may be room for improvements and refinements: the second most-popular Zayne list is doing nearly as well, but with a different spell composition, and ditching Fleetfeather Tracker for Ranger-Knight Defectors.

Zayne and Vayne are very happy with their Zed Hecarim cousins joining the ladder party, and are farming that matchup hard. Seraphine Ezreal is a bit of a struggle, Swain TF and Pirates are fairly bad news – but, other than those, Zayne is anywhere from roughly even to very favored into the other popular matchups.


Further reading: Leer's Return of Rally Elusives – A Vayne Zed LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Ionia
24 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
6
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
3
Zed
3
Zed
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
16
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Young Witch
2
Young Witch
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Ghost
1
Ghost
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Notably Absent: Hecarim Zed and Diana Aphelios

Not sure who convinced folks to play Diana Aphelios, but in two words: do not

Hecarim Zed is a different matter: it's a wildly popular archetype now, and as such an important factor in the Meta – and the versions we find in the Juggernaut category are at around 50%, so definitely playable. The variant you want to be on, though, we'll find in the Punching Up category: for some odd reason, that specific Zed Hecarim deck (that punches above 54%) fails to get more traction, while worse lists are blooming in popularity. 


Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days – now that the Domination dust is settling, it's very likely all these are the real deal!

⭐Rising Star: Purrfect Aphelios Seraphine

With a modest 51% WR, Aphelios Seraphine has nevertheless gained a ton of traction, making it the most played Heavyweight today: nearly 2,000 games. It's also one of the, strictly speaking, better Seraphine versions, beating the Ezreal Noxus and the Viktor Shadows variants – it folds against Viktor Ionia, though. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Mount Targon
13 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
11
1
17
2
3
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Equipments
1
2
Inspired Plans
1
Inspired Plans
Followers
11
1
Gift Giver
1
Gift Giver
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
1
Ballistic Bot
2
Clump of Whumps
1
Clump of Whumps
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Trail of Evidence
2
Trail of Evidence
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
2
Purrsuit of Perfection
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

🔥🔥Blazing Hot: Privateers, aka Miss Fortune Swain

All aboard the Leviathan powerhouse!

Proving to be both the best Fortune deck (it's slightly better than Pirates), and the best Swain deck (it's much better than TF Swain), Privateers are on an upwards rampage, crushing the ladder under a 58%+ WR (the highest we'll see today, in any category) in more than 1,700 games.

Their matchup spread is fantastic: Vax and Payne are a bit of a problem (but only slightly) – outside those two, Miss Daddy crushes everything else in its path, in particular roflstomping on Hecarim Zed, and having an edge on Viktor Seraphine blends (which are a pain to deal with for Miss Swain's cousins, namely TF Swain and run-of-the-mill Pirates).

If you go by overall performance and matchup tables, this may very well be the best LoR deck right now. Grab it while it's hot! =)

Regions
Bilgewater
21 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
5
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
23
1
Crusty Codger
3
Crusty Codger
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
11
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Viktor Seraphine Shadow Isles

Viktor Seraphine Shadows has kept quite stable in all fronts, punching (like last week) at around 54% in about 2,000 games, and remaining one of the best Seraphine Ezreal counters and Jhinnie predators.

Further Reading: Yangzera's Quiet High Note – A Spooky Seraphine Viktor LoR Deck Guide, where he recommends a spicier version (including one copy of Minion and Glorious Evolution) that currently punches at 56% in about 500 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
17
2
1
3
3
4
6
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
8
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
5
Subpurrsible
1
Subpurrsible
Spells
23
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
High Note
2
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Trail of Evidence
2
Trail of Evidence
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
1
Flash of Brilliance
5
Drum Solo
2
Drum Solo
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Sputtering Songspinner
2
Sputtering Songspinner
Open deck in builder

🆙In the Upswing: Pantheon Vayne

Perhaps motivated by Varus becoming the best Pantheon deck, Payne went back to the drawing board and, with a very different list from last week (trimming its follower count from 18 to 13, to make room for a lot more spells) and improved its WR from 53% last Friday to nearly 55% now, also growing from 1,200 to 1,500 games played in a three-day window.

Payne is a major Seraphine showstopper, wrecking all Seraphine decks (even the recent Aphelios Seraphine version), and in particular the super popular Ezreal Noxus version. On the other hand, Jhinnie and Parus are Payne's main predators, and Zed Hecarim's increased popularity is not good news.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
10
3
5
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
4
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Iula
2
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
17
1
Chain Vest
2
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Viktor Seraphine Ionia, ft. Karma

Karma has become a mainstay for Seraphine's Ionia tour – this archetype is in a lot of flux, though, with some very good lists (over 54%, as the one recommended below) and others doing quite awful (below 48%) as spells and followers are tweaked.

Strictly speaking, this is the best Seraphine version (beats all the other Seraphine decks if they bump into each other) – matchups are a bit murky past that point, with so many different lists having such disparity in performance.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Ionia
17 cards
Rarities
31 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
19
common
9
Mana cost
1
0
8
1
14
2
1
3
5
4
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
2
Viktor
5
Karma
1
Karma
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
10
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Vastayan Disciple
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Disciple of Doran
1
Disciple of Doran
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Eye of the Dragon
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
1
Wuju Style
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
1
Retreat
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
5
Unworthy Soul
1
Unworthy Soul
Open deck in builder

Seraphine's Silencer: Vayne Jax

Jax and Vayne are a match made in Heaven… unless you ask Seraphine, who has strong reasons to believe they actually met in Hell: Vax butchers all Seraphine flavors, also slaughtering Rayne and Gwayne in the process

While its best list has remained unchanged since last week, Vax is another very "scattered" archetype (several different builds with similar play rate), in this case all builds are doing from good to great – for example, the second-best Vax deck performs nearly identically as our showcased version, but with quite a different follower and spell composition. A fair bet that the optimal Vax list has not been found yet!

Further reading: Wekhar's Improvise, Adapt, Overwhelm – A Jax Vayne LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
19
2
6
3
4
4
5
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Zealous Ranger-Knight
3
Zealous Ranger-Knight
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
2
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
12
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

❄Cooling Off: Fiora Vayne Piltover & Zaun

Losing quite a bit of steam (its WR dropping to 53% from 57%, and with 25% less games played) Fiora Vayne still remains a solid Heavyweight, and with quite a good matchup spread – in particular overcoming the most popular Seraphine decks, and Zed paired with either Hecarim or Vayne.

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Piltover & Zaun
12 cards
Rarities
33 700
champion
6
epic
9
rare
12
common
13
Mana cost
3
0
3
1
19
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Chempunk Pickpocket
3
Chempunk Pickpocket
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Stony Suppressor
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
7
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Fish Fight
1
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
Open deck in builder

Notably Absent: Fiora Pantheon, Nasus Kindred

The Fated Duelists have deflated quite a bit – still playable, but no longer among the best decks.

Don't play Nasus Kindred; not sure why pilots have been so eager to bring it to the ladder these last few days, but it's a horrible deck to pilot right now.


Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 300 and 900 games in the last three days – solid picks if you'd rather pilot something a bit less played.


The Juggernaut Hunter: Pirates, aka Miss Fortune Twisted Fate

Pirates still beat all the current Juggernauts (including the most recent, Panth Varus), and have an amazing performance – their main problem is that Privateers (aka Miss Fortune Swain) is better in pretty much every aspect (play rate, WR, and matchup spread), leaving Pirates in a bit of a weird position: undoubtedly a great deck for ladder right now, but if you like their playstyle, Miss Fortune Swain seems strictly better.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Gwen Vayne

With WR dropping a bit (from 54% to 53%), Gwen Vayne remains low-key one fairly strong ladder option – it does have a handful of fairly bad matchups (Rayne, Zayne, Vax, Varus Pantheon, Pirates and Privateers), but is a solid Seraphine showstopper, has and edge on Pantheon Vayne, and can go toe-to-toe with Jhinnie.

Further reading: Scissorsbox's Midnight Tumble – A Gwen Vayne LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
33 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
9
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
5
3
6
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
2
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Followers
20
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Zed Hecarim

Zed Hecarim's popularity has skyrocketed – for some reason, though, the versions that have gained the most popularity are not the best-performers (as noted in the Juggernauts category, they hover at around 50%), while what seems like the best list (consistently punching above 54% for a week now) remains fairly unknown.

Should pilots jump to this one, Zed Hecarim may turn into a bona-fide powerhouse!

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
11
2
8
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
21
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Oblivious Islander
3
Oblivious Islander
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
Spells
10
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Onslaught of Shadows
2
Onslaught of Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
Open deck in builder

TF Swain

Cardslinger and Grand General remain one of the best decks against Zayne, Jhinnie and Vax, and maintain a great 53% WR in around 500 games – but, like Pirates, if you want to pilot a Swain Bilgewater deck, you should be on Miss Fortune Swain, which is better in nearly every way.

Regions
Bilgewater
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
19
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
2
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
15
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Noxian Guillotine
1
Noxian Guillotine
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star: Curious Viktor Seraphine

Probably yet another brainchild of Master Brewer TealRed (who was piloting nearly the exact same list), Curious Seraphine sits at 54% in nearly 500 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Bandlecity
13 cards
Rarities
35 500
champion
6
epic
11
rare
10
common
13
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
16
2
2
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
15
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
10
Glorious Evolution
2
Glorious Evolution
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⭐Rising Star: Dark Leona Diana

Recalling The Winding Light into duty and dipping into Shadow Isles, this tragic Champion pair seems to have found a shell in which they can work together: a solid 52% WR in around 400 games

Regions
Mount Targon
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
7
3
0
4
6
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
23
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
3
Twilit Protector
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
11
1
Heavens Aligned
2
Heavens Aligned
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
3
Hush
1
Hush
Open deck in builder

Other Playable Options

Red Gwen, Renekton Akshan Overwhelm and Nightfall all appear as very playable options (WRs around 51%) – not the best of the best, but suitable choices for anybody liking their playstyles.


Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra decks with less than 300 games played in the last few days – promising, but too little data to say for sure how they currently fare.


Elise Gwen

Spider Gwen enjoyed a bit of popularity back when Gwen was released, then faded into obscurity as Gwen found a home in Red Gwen – yet now shows up in the fringes of the Meta with an amazing performance, with around 250 games played.

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
12
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
24
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
1
Brothers' Bond
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Azirelia

One of the most loved-hated decks in LoR's history, which has remained a fringe option for several seasons this year, and right now sits at 53%. If you are new to Runeterra, this may be a fresh take to try, since its playstyle is a bit different than any other deck out there.

Regions
Ionia
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
13
2
9
3
2
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
20
1
Dunekeeper
3
Dunekeeper
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
3
Domination
3
Domination
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
11
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
2
Lead and Follow
2
Lead and Follow
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
Open deck in builder

Quinn Vayne Piltover & Zaun

This new take on Scouts has failed to gain traction since last week, in spite of its amazing 56%+ performance. Don't sleep on this one, folks – a fringe deck sticking to its guns for two consecutive weeks is reason to suspect it may be the real deal.

Regions
Demacia
35 cards
Piltover & Zaun
5 cards
Rarities
34 000
champion
6
epic
8
rare
19
common
7
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
20
2
5
3
4
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
16
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Stony Suppressor
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
1
Silence and Suppress
2
Silence and Suppress
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
Open deck in builder

Bandle Teemo Zoe

This is a concept that showed up, yet didn't succeed, in the early Awakening days ("Let's buff some cheap Elusives and go to town" is always a solid idea, and a meta-breaker in some Metas). Somebody seems to be trying it again, and with fairly good results!

Regions
Bandlecity
21 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
18
2
3
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
13
1
Purpleberry Shake
3
Purpleberry Shake
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
4
The Sudden Surge
3
The Sudden Surge
5
Battle Bonds
1
Battle Bonds
Open deck in builder

Yasuo Jhin

Our fringest brew today, pairing this stunning pair with both Monastery of Hirana and Windswept Hillock. An okay 51% in around 100 games, which probably means this is not really a thing – but, well, seeing Jhin outside of Jhinnie is enough reason to put an eye on this one!

Regions
Ionia
33 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
34 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
15
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
4
3
12
4
2
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
4
3
Monastery of Hirana
2
Monastery of Hirana
5
Windswept Hillock
2
Windswept Hillock
Followers
17
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
2
The Stagehand
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
7
Yone, Windchaser
1