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By the Numbers – Ten Strongest Decks, 24hs Into the Patch

Pirates and Darkness let loose on the ladder, Nautilus and Aurelion Sol (!!) making waves – and Kai'Sa, refusing to go quietly into the Void.

UPDATE: For the most recent data & trends, check the latest By the Numbers article!!

LoR Current Ten Best Decks

As we saw in the Early Birds article earlier this morning, Kai'Sa is very not dead, Darkness is back, and the tide's just right to be a Pirate:

Below we'll recommend the best-performing decklists according to Legna, Balco, and MaRu's own data-mining – we'll only check decklists with a minimum of 90 games played, so some archetypes (for example Scouts) won't be listed (because, even if the archetype as a whole seems to be doing very well, none of the decklists in our data sample break past the 90-game mark).


Pirates Ahoy!

Miss Fortune, the Champion of one of the current best decks in LoR

Pirates are punching hard. What you see below is both the most played decklist from among all archetypes (with a whopping 1,100+ games played) and sky-high winrate. As noted earlier today, it's not just that aggressive strategies tend to do well early on, while the Meta is up in the air – Pirates were the real deal pre-patch, and now are the real deal with WTF!? performance on top.

They fold to Darkness, and funnily enough are underdog to Pandemonium Monkeys; they seem favored into Lone Kai'Sa, while roughly even against Akshan Kai'Sa; and brutally murder Jhinnie, Azirelia, and Heimer Jayce.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bilgewater
22 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
21
1
Jagged Butcher
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
2
Legion Grenadier
3
2
Marai Warden
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Spells
13
2
Make it Rain
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
6
Decimate
3
6
Riptide Sermon
3

Veigar Senna, aka Darkness

Currently the most popular archetype on the Plat+ ladder – it is fairly "scattered" (there are several different lists, all doing quite well), with the most popular shown below. The buff to Twisted Catalyzer, and the general shift in the meta, seems to have suited Senna and Veigar well.

Darkness handily spanks Pirates, and is slightly favored into Jhinnie and Heimer Jayce – on the other hand it's a slight underdog to Deep, and gets utterly crushed by… Aurelion Ramp! (yes, it's a thing, as we'll see below!)

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
14
2
2
3
10
4
5
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
4
Aloof Travelers
1
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
17
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
2
3
Wallop
2
4
The Box
1
4
Transposition
2
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Hidden Pathways
2
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
1

Annie Jhin

Being underdog to both Pirates and Darkness puts Jhinnie in a bit of a rough spot, yet bullet buff and blazing brat are doing fairly okay overall – they are the third most popular archetype, and the second most popular decklist overall, as seen below (with, not surprisingly, little changes from pre-patch).

Life's gonna be real, real hard as long as Pirates are a thing, though, because that matchup is horrible – both Deep and Heimer Jayce are also pretty awful.

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
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
2
The Stagehand
3
2
Tusk Speaker
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
3
Doombeast
3
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
6
Decimate
3

Heimerdinger Jayce

Professor and Student seem to enjoy the current chaos – there's little data to tell exactly why (above all since they don't seem to do too well against neither Pirates nor Darkness), but their most popular lists are doing quite well.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
5
0
4
1
9
2
7
3
5
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
12
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
1
Forge Chief
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Aftershock
1
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
2
6
Vengeance
3

Akhsan Kai'Sa

Alright, let's talk about the Abomination in the room. No, she's not dead. And not only she's not dead, she's killing foes harder than pre-patch, even though she's doing so now with who was, until now, her least powerful partner.

The decklist below punches at 60% across 500+ games, and as noted in the Early Birds article this morning, top pilots think this is not a fluke – WhatAmI took this exact same list to Rank #1, and according to Prodigy, "Kai'Sa isn't dead, she is just being played in a very different way than before."

AkSai seems even into Pirates, and heavily favored against Darkness.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
5
3
7
4
7
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
23
1
Voidling
3
2
Belvethi Elder
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
3
Durand Protege
2
3
Merciless Hunter
3
4
Void Blaster
3
5
Radiant Guardian
2
9
Void Abomination
3
Spells
9
2
Blinding Assault
3
4
Golden Aegis
2
4
Rite of Negation
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Nautilus Maokai (ft. Twisted Fate), aka Deep

Keeping with this morning's momentum, the Deep duo's best list now sits at 54% with 300+ games played. They have a fairly large edge over Jhinnie, and appear to be roughly even against other popular archetypes (and both Darkness and Pirates in particular).

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
8
2
11
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Maokai
2
Maokai
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
18
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
2
Sea Scarab
3
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
3
Jaull Hunters
2
4
Megatusk
2
5
Abyssal Eye
3
6
Devourer of the Depths
2
Spells
16
1
Jettison
1
2
Bone Skewer
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Lure of the Depths
3
3
Undergrowth
3
4
Salvage
1
6
Vengeance
2
7
Atrocity
1

Ramp Aurelion Sol

Yep, it's a thing! This trusty archetype shows up now and again, and this time it's quite the early showing – 200 games and 54% WR for the build recommended below, and an intriguing matchup table: heavily favored into Darkness, severe underdog to Jhinnie.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
36 100
champion
6
epic
11
rare
13
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
3
2
0
3
5
4
7
5
3
6
16
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
6
Targon's Peak
3
Followers
12
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
8
It That Stares
3
10
She Who Wanders
3
Spells
16
4
Avalanche
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Celestial Wonder
2
5
Sunburst
2
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
9
Buried in Ice
2
12
Feel The Rush
3

Trundle Caitlyn, aka Timelines

An archetype that was pushed back to the fringes in the last couple of weeks, after showing signs of making a comeback in the early Forces of Beyond days. Seems to be favored into Darkness, underdog to Jhinnie, and even against Pirates.

Regions
Freljord
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
6
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
13
2
7
3
4
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Landmarks
1
4
Blighted Ravine
1
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
8
It That Stares
1
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Aftershock
2
9
Buried in Ice
2

Ezreal Kennen Ionia

Very low play rate (this list barely reaches 100 games), so no reliable matchup data, but quite the promising WR this early on.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
29 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
9
3
10
4
1
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
Followers
13
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
2
Navori Conspirator
2
3
Shadow Assassin
3
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
18
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Sonic Wave
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3
5
Deep Meditation
1

Evelynn Maokai

A champion pair championed by Shadawx in his Day One Decks article yesterday – a very fringe option (barely 90 games – not something we'd normally recommend) with a 53%+ WR.

Regions
Shadow Isles
34 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
11
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
Followers
20
1
Boisterous Host
3
2
Sea Scarab
3
2
Sultur
3
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
3
Domination
3
3
Vora
2
5
Neverglade Collector
3
Spells
14
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Hate Spike
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Undergrowth
3
6
Vengeance
3

Notable Absences

Nerfs and meta shifts have pushed Illaoi Bard to the side (at least for now), while buffs have not been enough to bring Ashe Leblanc to the forefront (yet), hence why none of these archetypes are recommended.

Scouts are doing quite well, but still in too small samples to say for sure – we'll see tomorrow in Weekend Warrior Weapons if they are ready for a comeback!


Wrapping Up

The meta has been shaken up plenty and, as tends to be the norm, established archetypes (either some of last patch's Top Dogs, or recently buffed and brought back like Darkness), are currently the forerunners.

We'll see tomorrow how things look like!

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

Poke me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans,

Stop for a chat on the Poetry Discord (we talk a fair bit about the LoR best decks and data, too! =): https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY,

Or find more writings on substack: https://riwan.substack.com/

And good luck in your climb!


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