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By the Numbers – Best Decklists for Seventeen Meta and Off-Meta Decks

Azirelia's back in full force… but may be less of an Emperor, and more of a weak-decks bully that bows to strong opposition

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LoR Best Decks

As of early Sunday 24, these are the best decks in LoR according to Balco:

LoR Best Decks

The above chart groups decks by archetype ("archetype" being the aggregate decklists of a specific champion combination).

Below we'll provide the best decklists for these archetypes – since in each archetype some decklists fare better than others (and sometimes the difference is quite noticeable), we'll broadly group decklists in four arbitrary categories, by amount of games played in the last few days in the data samples we check:

  • Juggernauts: decklists with more than 2100 games – best tried-and-true tools for the job. It's still VERY early in the patch, so jury's still out about what will happen a week from now, but currently these are as safe a bet as you can have.
  • Heavyweights: between 2100 and 900 games – other excellent choices with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works".
  • Punching Up: between 900 and 300 games – 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, it looks like these decklists can put up one hell of a fight.
  • YMMV: 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 decklists in Platinum and above. 

Sources: Balco, Legna.

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


Juggernauts -- Best Decks in LoR

LoR best decks

Decklists with more than 2100 games – best tried-and-true tools for the job.

It's still VERY early in the patch, so jury's still out about what will happen a week from now, but currently these are as safe a bet as you can have.


Irelia Azir

Azir has arisen again, and with him, the Domination Fun Police – you have to give it to the Devs, they really printed a flavorful card to say, "Around here you do as I say."

And what Azirelia says right now is, "Bow down to the returned King and Queen of the Meta": it has not just one, but two lists that would qualify as Juggernauts.

The recommended list below has more than 4,500 games, making it the most played list by a wide margin, and having more games than, say, Bard Illaoi's entire archetype. It also punches well above 55%.

And if for some weird reason you happen to want options, the second most popular Azirelia list, which also happens to be the second most popular list, period, would be this one, but performs 'only' at 54% – so, really, don't try to be cute and just use the best list instead.

(As a side comment about the Meta in general: notice how Defiant Dance is superior to Homecoming)

Is this the start of the Second Dark Age of Azirelia?

It may be a tad too hasty to tell the people so.

Annie TF, Jhinnie, Spider-Gwen, Illaoi Bard and Lonesome Lulu (all of them very strong decks, as we'll see below) brutally murder Azirelia, and Sivir Kai'sa can put up an even fight.

At least by these early numbers, Azir & friends really seem to be about bullying weaker decks, yet crumbling when facing strong opposition. 

Regions
Shurima
16 cards
Ionia
24 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
1
0
12
1
12
2
9
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Followers
21
1
Dunekeeper
2
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
1
Sparring Student
3
1
Treasure Seeker
2
2
Greenglade Duo
3
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
3
Domination
3
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Spells
10
0
Rite of Calling
1
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Defiant Dance
3
4
Homecoming
1

Jhinnie

If Azirelia is the big bully, Annie Jhin is turning into the real scary one: with a bit more than 2,500 games in that last three days, this list has the highest WR from among the Juggernauts.

Part of their success is how they brutally crush Azirelia, but burning brat and bullet buff also have game against most of the field. Their Achilles' Heels are Gwennie, Spider-Gwen, Heimer Jayce and Lonesome Lulu.

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
3
5
0
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
5
Decimate
3

Gwennie

This very good Annie Gwen list hides in an archetype polluted by really, really bad builds, dragging its average WR through the mud – yet the list below is the real deal: 2,800 games, solid WR.

Suffers when facing Kai'sa in all her Demacia versions and dislikes Annie TF, but has a slight edge against Azirelia, and good odds against Jhinnie and Spider-Gwen

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
5
3
9
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
6
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Followers
6
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Disintegrate
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Whispered Words
3
5
Withering Wail
2

Twisted Fate Annie

This is perhaps the archetype with the most potential, if one were to guess by their current matchup table, popularity, WR, and slightly different builds all doing great, which hints at brew that on the one hand still has room for improvement, and on the other seems to have – thanks to the different spells it has access to – quite the varied toolkit.

The list shared below is the most popular, with around 2,500 games and WR above 54%; this other slightly different option has a much better performance (with WR a good bit above 55%) across 900 games.

Regions
Bilgewater
14 cards
Noxus
26 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Followers
11
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
8
Riptide Rex
2
Spells
20
1
Blade's Edge
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Disintegrate
3
2
Make it Rain
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3

Spider-Gwen

Who would have thought that big bullies were afraid of lil' spiders?

Elise Gwen sure looks like the real deal, with a very solid matchup spread – beats all Kai'sa Demacia versions, and does a number to Jhinnie – but seamstress and many-legged mistress prey above all on Azirelia.

They are themselves somewhat weak to Thralls and Gwennie, and get wrecked by Lone Lulu and Illaoi Bard.

All in all, a very solid decklist (north of 2,400 games and 54% WR), and arguably the cheapest to build for LoR newcomers.

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
11
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
26
1
Boisterous Host
3
1
Precious Pet
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
2
Phantom Butler
3
3
Doombeast
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Spells
8
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Stalking Shadows
2
5
Decimate
3

Sneezin' Lone Lulu

The last of our Juggernauts today.

According to our resident Chomper Connoisseur and Boom Baboon buff, Card Gamer, beneath a seemingly simple deck lies a complex archetype with at least three different gameplans, and is another of Azirelia's main predators.

Sneezy Lulu hates Annie TF, Thralls and Illaoi Bard, and besides Pix and Azirelia she loves Annie Jhin and Spider-Gwen

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
17 200
champion
3
epic
3
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
17
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Jury-Rig
2
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Yordle Portal
1
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3

Heavyweights

LoR best decks

These decklists have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days (for those that don't like math, that's between 300 and 700 games per day) – in other words, solid choices with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works".

On grounds of novelty and popularity, today we'll look at decklists with WRs over 51% (rather than putting the threshold at around 53-54%, as it's often the case in these articles).


Illaoi Bard

Comparing WRs between decklist with vastly different play rate should be always done with caution. As we noted above, Azirelia's most popular decklist has more games than all Illaoi Bard decks combined, making it a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison…

… but having said that, this list has the highest WR from all lists we'll see today, and by a whooping margin at that: it goes well above 60%, which is between 'bonkers' and 'bananas'.

As in, this surely will drop in performance, but it's high enough to warrant the attention of anybody interested in Ladder metrics.

And in this case, the sample size is large enough (more than 1400 games) to assume it's very much not a fluke – above all when the matchup spread is amazing: priest and caretaker lose only to Ashe LeBlanc (itself not too strong a deck overall), and are slightly disfavored against Annie TF.

If you'd like a recommendation about a fairly new deck worth putting your time on, this would be it.

Regions
Bilgewater
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
3
3
11
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Watchful Idol
3
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Fortune Croaker
2
2
Hired Gun
3
3
The Sea's Voice
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Spells
15
1
Ye Been Warned
2
2
Answered Prayer
2
2
Make it Rain
2
4
Tentacle Smash
3
5
Blood in the Water
1
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
6
Riptide Sermon
2

Yasuo Katarina

Included in today's selection more on grounds of novelty than performance (around 51%), but you have to respect the joy of die-hard fans of these two blade lovers: Windswept Hillock has done the trick and made Yasuo Katarina playable.

As we noted last Friday, though, their matchup table is not too encouraging: Azirelia is far superior when it comes to dancing with blades, Jhinnie proves yet again that it's foolish to bring swords and daggers to a gunfight, and Annie TF wrecks YasKat so thoroughly so as to be the most lopsided matchup between any two Meta decks.

And YasKat is also a slight underdog to Sivir Kai'sa and Gwinnie, too, so…

… we'll see, but the winds don't blow too kindly here.

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
21
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
7
3
13
4
4
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
3
5
Windswept Hillock
3
Followers
13
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
Spell Slinger
2
2
The Stagehand
1
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
6
Minotaur Reckoner
1
Spells
18
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Twin Disciplines
2
3
Might
1
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
4
Strategic Execution
2
4
Whispered Words
2
5
Intimidating Roar
1

Akshan Kai'Sa Demacia

We'll briefly note that AkKai is indeed a deck, but other Kai'Sa Demacia versions seem superior when looking at their matchup spread (with Spider-Gwen being AkKai's only good matchup when facing other strong decks, and being even or underdogs in the rest).

With the above being said, the below list – which is the third most popular with nearly 800 games – reaches 55%, so it's surely a strong option. Sticking to a lower curve seems to be the way to go, when comparing different versions.

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
15
2
5
3
3
4
8
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
17
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
5
Radiant Guardian
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
8
Void Abomination
2
Spells
15
0
Rite of Calling
1
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
2
3
Supercharge
2
4
Golden Aegis
2
4
Rite of Negation
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

Kai'Sa Sivir Demacia

Sivir looks like the best Kai'Sa pairing if you're going to visit Demacia. It's a bit less popular than the AkKai version, but performance is better and, above all, the matchup spread is far superior.

In particular, where AkKai is even or underdog in most popular matchups, KaiSiv is even (in the 47-53% range) or slightly favored in most cases, with Spider-Gwen looking like the only truly bad matchup.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
4
3
8
4
8
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
21
1
Baccai Reaper
2
1
Voidling
3
2
Belvethi Elder
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Greenfang Warden
1
4
Silverwing Diver
2
4
Void Blaster
3
5
Radiant Guardian
2
8
Void Abomination
2
Spells
13
1
Chain Vest
1
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Ancient Hourglass
1
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
The Absolver
1
3
Cataclysm
3
5
Concerted Strike
3

And about Lone Kai'Sa Demacia…

… similar to AkKai, we'll just note it does look like a deck, but KaiSiv seems to be the superior choice, and Lone Kai'Sa's play rates are far lower than any of them so we won't recommend a decklist in this case.


Punching Up

Decklists with between 300 and 900 games played in the last three days – 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, it looks like these decks can put up one hell of a fight.


Akshan Udyr

And now, for a bit of left-field spice!

It's hard to guess what made Akshan Udyr stand out in this meta, but it's pulling decent results (slightly above 51%) in nearly 800 games.

Dies horribly to most strong decks save Thralls, mind you, so spice-seekers beware!

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
1
common
30
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
13
2
15
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
Followers
15
2
Soothsayer
1
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
4
Babbling Bjerg
3
Spells
19
1
Elixir of Iron
3
2
Inner Beast
3
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Desert Duel
3
3
Grappling Hook
1
3
Quicksand
3
4
Rite of Negation
3

Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

Professor and Student have left the lab, and are having a field day.

And, boy oh boy, are they wrecking folks left and right, and racking the LPs!

Interestingly, though, their matchup spread seems to have gone milder – last patch it was one of the decks with the more polarized matchups (good matchups being great, but bad matchups being awful), whereas they now are on more even grounds (if usually favored) against most decks.

This is probably another deck worth putting the time to get experienced with, as long as you don't hate its play pattern – it has proven to be one of the most resilient archetypes for several patches in a row now.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
8
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Aftershock
1
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
2
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
1

Bandle Fizz Riven

Flying a bit below the radar, but not too far from being a menace again.

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
11
2
7
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Yordle Squire
1
2
Assistant Librarian
2
2
Conchologist
3
2
Runeweaver
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Might
2
3
Wallop
2
4
Friendship!
2

Thralls

Hard to say whether they are playing dead and biding their time (as they did last balance patch), or they've found this meta a tad distasteful – they sure have a couple of horrible matchups against Azirelia and Jhinnie, which perhaps is keeping the Frozen Menace at bay.

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Frozen Thrall
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
12
2
Clockwork Curator
3
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
3
Spells
16
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
1
Three Sisters
3
2
Time in a Bottle
3
4
Rite of Negation
2
6
Harsh Winds
1
6
Sands of Time
3
9
Buried in Ice
2

Ahri Bard

Pushed to the fringes of the Meta, MajiinBae's favorite deck is doing scarily well, punching well above 55%.

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
2
Navori Highwayman
1
3
Shadow Assassin
2
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
15
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Sivir Ziggs Noxus

The latest iteration of Noxurimaggro, and doing quite well – it's a bit puzzling not to find last patch's foremost version (running Annie and Kat along with Ziggs), and to be sure this mutation is a bit heavier on the top end.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
0
2
12
3
3
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
25
1
Baccai Reaper
3
1
Bloodthirsty Marauder
2
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
5
Kato The Arm
2
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
9
3
Might
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Your Mileage May Vary

Decklists with less than 300 games played in the last few days – promising, but too little data to say for sure.

Only one deck in this category today, namely…


Bandle Zilean Xerath

Quite the fringe archetype, going heavy on Landmarks and experimenting with Rite of Passage.

Regions
Bandlecity
11 cards
Shurima
29 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
18
2
11
3
4
4
0
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
4
1
Hexplosive Minefield
1
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
12
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
1
8
The Arsenal
2
Spells
18
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Drop the Bomb
2
2
Pokey Stick
2
2
Rite of Passage
3
3
Quicksand
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unraveled Earth
3
6
Minimorph
1

Closing Words

By play rate and WR, it would appear that the Second Dark Age of Azirelia looms near…

… yet looking at its "Bully the weak, crumble against strong" matchup spread, one would think Shurima's future is not so clear-cut.

As noted last Friday, Gwen seems to be the most flexible of the new champs, having already found two different shells (even if both pair her with Noxus), with Kai'Sa's different Demacia version apparently converging into KaiSiv.

Evelynn, sadly, and as hard as brewers are trying, seems to not have found a strong home yet.

Still, by this time during Worldwalker we all thought Bard was meh

… and by this time last balance patch most of us thought Thralls were sort of dead, so…

… still too early to tell, so we'll see.

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And good luck in your climb!


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