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By the Numbers – Current Twenty-Eight Best LoR Decks, Nov 13

The recent patch seems thus far wonderful: old staples like Taliyah Ziggs or Annie decks join Draven Jinx in their return to Runeterra, while Vayne and Seraphine remain playable without being everywhere.

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

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks – Welcome to Comeback Season

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

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

With the usual "a bit too early to tell" caveat, the recent patch's effect on the meta seems thus far wonderful: thanks to their buffs, old staples like Taliyah Ziggs or Annie decks join Draven Jinx in their return to Runeterra, while Vayne and Seraphine remain playable without being everywhere.

Meta tyrants like Kai'Sa or Bard sometimes take a week or two to show up, so we'll see where patch 3.19.0 lands – so far so good, though!


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 Legends of Runeterra meta 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, top 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 400 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 less than 400 – 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 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). 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 Legends of Runeterra Meta Decks

Here we showcase LoR decks with more than 2100 games and good-to-great WR – this early in the patch, they look like the best tools for climbing the Legends of Runeterra ladder.


🔥Hot! – Bandle Teemo Zoe

Please say "Hi!" to our new Ladder overlords!

Pesky Tiny Elusives with Frikkin' Darkin Weapons is the name of the game when you look at the best LoR decks right now: the Teemo Zoe deck showcased last Friday is still doing great (packing a 56% punch in 1,700 games), but now there are two other variations that are doing even better.

Both the two best lists ditch Kelp Maidens and prefer Byrd, The Bellringer. The current second-best Teemo Zoe deck (punching at 57% in 2,100 games) goes for a cheaper spell approach, shaking things up with Purpleberry Shake – the best Teemo Zoe list, shown below, smashes foes at 58% across 4,100+ games, going for the full three copies of Battle Bonds, and one copy of We Stand Together

Our new Elusive overlords have thus far four weak spots: as noted last Friday, they are weak to Draven Jinx and Annie Jhin, and now there's enough data to see that Heimer Jayce, and in particular the recently re-emerged Twisted Fate Annie, are also brutal counters to Teemo Zoe. The pesky pair has also a bit of a struggle against Veigar Norra, and Miss Fortune Swain.

On the backswing, Teemo Zoe slaps most everything else quite harshly, with particularly good odds against Heimer Norra, Elise Norra, Pantheon Varus, Leona Diana and the returned Taliyah Ziggs.

Further Reading: These Elusive Champs impressed both Monte and Leer when they took it out for a spin – you can check their thoughts and tips about how to pilot Teemo Zoe in their latest Worlds Meta Voyage.

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
18
2
4
3
3
4
3
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
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
We Stand Together
1
We Stand Together
4
The Sudden Surge
3
The Sudden Surge
5
Battle Bonds
3
Battle Bonds
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❄Cooling Off: Elise Norra

More than doubling the play rate we saw two days ago (2,600 games today, up from around 1,000 last Friday), Elise Norra's performance has lost quite a bit of steam, now sitting at a 51% WR (down from a stellar 56%). 

Taliyah Ziggs and Ekko Jinx have shown up as very strong counters, on top of Elise Norra's awful odds against Teemo Zoe and Pantheon Varus.

Elise Norra does beat Annie Jhin and Heimer Norra consistently, and wrecks the ascending Annie Twisted Fate, but all in all its matchup spread does not look as enticing as two days ago.

Regions
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
2
Norra
3
Norra
Followers
12
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
The Tea Maker
3
The Tea Maker
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
22
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Eclectic Collection
2
Eclectic Collection
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Draven Jinx

Draven Jinx's most popular deck shoots up in play rate (2,100 games now, up from just about 800 two days ago), keeping a great 53% WR.

There are LOTS of slightly different lists, all doing great, meaning pilots have not yet found the optimal list – there's current consensus about Crowd Favorite (the six most popular Draven Jinx decks all run at least two copies, with four versions running the full complement); the majority of the differences are in the one-drop slot (versions switch between Reborn Grenadier, Legion Saboteur, Legion Rearguard, and the spicy Forge Chief), on whether or not to bring Fallen Rider to the fight, and about tweaks to the spell ratios (sometimes adding Survival Skills).

Draven Jinx's matchup spread looks very good: it has two fairly awful matchups (against Seraphine Viktor Shadows, and Ekko Jinx), with the rest of the field going from roughly even, to fairly favored – in particular, Teemo Zoe, Annie Jhin, Quinn Vayne, and Pantheon Varus have excellent odds for the rocket spewer and the axe spinner. 

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
26 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
12
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
14
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
23
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
4
Crowd Favorite
3
Crowd Favorite
6
Augmented Experimenter
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
11
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
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Annie Jhin

Our fourth and last Juggernaut today, Annie Jhin strikes above the 55% WR mark in close to 2,100 games.

It's becoming a bit of a polarizing deck in the current meta, with good matchups (Teemo Zoe, Rumble Vayne, Taliyah Bilgewater, Pantheon Varus, Zed Hecarim) being very good for Jhinnie, while bad matchups (Draven Jinx, Elise Norra, Quinn Vayne, Katarina Gwen) tend to be quite awful.

Further reading: for the other side of this matchup, check Yangzera's Annie goes to Stack School – A Jhin Annie Aggro Guide.

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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Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games played in the last three days – probably the real-deal!


Quinn Vayne, ft. Fiora

"Damn the nerfs – Full speed ahead!" shouted these Demacian dames, and plunged forward laughing at the Dev's attempts to slow them down. Not bothering to change a single card since last week, the best Quinn Vayne deck has roughly doubled its play rate from last Friday (close to 1,700 games today) and strikes at 55%.

Yeah, nerf that! =)

By current data, Celesbians emerges as a strong counter to our Demacian dames, with Taliyah Ziggs also presenting mounting opposition to Quinn Vayne. On the other hand Jhinnie, Katarina Gwen and Elise Norra all look like easy pickings.

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Piltover & Zaun
8 cards
Rarities
32 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
8
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
7
3
4
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Fiora
1
Fiora
5
Quinn
2
Quinn
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
11
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
2
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
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⭐Rising Star: Annie Gwen, ft. Kat

Going from zero to hero in just two days (or, more precisely, from around 80 to 1,300+ games played in that time span), Ravenous Regrets has returned from complete obscurity – it enjoyed five minutes under the spotlight back in Worldwalker – and now packs a respectable 53% punch, also bringing back two fan-favorite landmarks: Ravenbloom Conservatory and Catalogue of Regrets.

Good odds against the most popular Jinx decks (both Draven and Ekko), and a solid showstopper to Teemo Zoe.

Further Reading: Nihilist's Ravenous Regrets — an Annie Gwen Runeterra Deck Guide

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
11
2
6
3
9
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
4
Gwen
2
Gwen
Landmarks
6
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
4
Catalogue of Regrets
3
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
6
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
1
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
The Box
1
The Box
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
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Leona Diana, aka Celesbians

Another deck that hasn't changed a single card since before the patch, everybody's favorite twilight lovers have kept steady at nearly 55%, with around 1,200 games in the last three days – seems like a fairly solved archetype, with the second most popular version just tweaking Hush for Moonlight Affliction. Very good matchup spread, with only Teemo Zoe and Jinx Ekko as weak spots, while having good to great odds into Draven Jinx, Jhinnie, Kat Gwen, and Quinn Vayne.

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
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⭐Rising Star: Taliyah Ziggs

Thus far, this balance patch appears one of the best aimed in quite a while. "Too early to tell" caveat asides, it's quite a joy to see so many old archetypes re-emerge as soon as the playing field is leveled a bit – Legends of Runeterra truly has a ton of viable archetypes, and many a times innovations in the meta happen by rummaging through the existing toolbox, above all when it has received a slight nudge.

Pretty much like Annie Gwen above, and a couple of other decks we'll showcase further down, this once-a-meta-staple went from nearly nothing to around 1,000 games played since last Friday, packing a solid 53% punch and putting the buffed Safety Inspector to good use.

Taliyah Ziggs dies horribly to Teemo Zoe, and would rather not bump into Jhinnie; smacks Norra decks, has a slight edge against Jinx decks, and consistently beats Quinn Vayne and Seraphine Viktor Shadows.

Further Reading: Leer's Taliyah Ziggs Deck Guide.

Regions
Bandlecity
15 cards
Shurima
28 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
14
3
1
4
6
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
1
Ancient Preparations
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
5
Safety Inspector
2
Safety Inspector
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
15
2
Drop the Bomb
2
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
1
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
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⭐Rising Star: Annie Twisted Fate, ft. Kat

Joining today's success stories, yet another once-a-meta-staple makes a smashing return: Annie Twisted Fate, along with Riptide Rex, have jumped back into the fray, also going from (almost) zero to hero (or, more precisely, around 1,000 games) in just two days, and in this case exhibiting an amazing 56% WR.

Matchup spread is excellent in this case: a single weak spot against Elise Norra, roughly even against Ekko Jinx and Pantheon Varus, favored versus Jhinnie, and great odds against Draven Jinx, Teemo Zoe, Quinn Vayne, Heimer Jayce and Rumble Vayne.

Very much a brew to keep an eye on!

Further Reading: Dr Chekhov's Annie TF Deck Guide.

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Bilgewater
19 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
2
Annie
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
10
1
Pool Shark
1
Pool Shark
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
21
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Rumble Vayne

Rumble Vayne has kept a steady 52% WR in the last two days, with a slight increase in the amount of games played (around 900 right now). As noted last Friday, has below-50% odds against the majority of the popular decks, so while it's still very playable, its future seems on the grim side.

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
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Notably Absent: Taliyah Bilgewater, Heimer Norra, Kindred Evelynn

Heimer Norra has lost quite a bit of steam, and currently sits at around the 50% WR mark.

Taliyah BW and Kindred Evelynn remain very popular, but both with WR around 45% – really not something you want to bring to the LoR Ladder.


Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 400 and 900 games in the last three days – while some may be just a fluke, more often than not should end up being on the strong side of things.


🔼Trending Upwards: Pantheon Varus

In spite of its poor odds against the most popular decks (it loses, quite badly, to Draven Jinx, Teemo Zoe, and Jhinnie), Pantheon Varus is low-key another success story this weekend, steadily gaining traction both in amount of games played (around 800 right now) and WR: a great 55%+

It's quite puzzling when looking at its matchup spread, and I would suspect it's mostly preying upon unrefined brews (given that, except Kat Gwen and Jinx Ekko, Pantheon Varus doesn't seem to consistently beat any of the stronger decks, while usually being a serious underdog to them), but the best Pantheon Varus deck is performing excellently overall.

Further reading: Leer's They Can Stall Their Fate, but Cannot Deny It — A Varus Pantheon LoR Deck Guide.

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
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Privateers, aka Miss Fortune Swain

In Privateers' case, on the other hand, it's quite clear why they have kept their smashingly good 56%+ WR: they beat every popular deck (and by quite a hefty margin) save Heimer brews, and Jinx Ekko.

They may not be the shiny new toy right now, but don't sleep on this one, folks!

Further reading: PakiInPyjamas' By Her Guns Shall Noxus Rise – A Miss Fortune Swain LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
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
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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⭐Rising Star: Kindred Norra Go Hard

While Elise Norra is cooling off, and Heimer Norra is not looking too hot today, Kindred Norra is one of the Norra decks that is picking up the slack.

One of Kindred Norra's tricks is that it's not as bad as the Heimer or Elise versions against Teemo Zoe (the matchup is rough, but nowhere near auto-lose, like in Elise Norra's case) – it also seems (in a small sample) very good against the other Juggernauts, and it beats its Heimer and Elise siblings.

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
18
2
2
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
Followers
11
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Bandle City Mayor
2
Bandle City Mayor
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
Spells
23
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Crumble
3
Crumble
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
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↪Back into the Fray: Viktor Seraphine Shadows

Viktor Seraphine Shadows was a tiny blip last Friday, gained traction fast yesterday, and today shows more than 700 games played and a whopping 55% WR – it's becoming clear that this balance patch was extremely accurate, and while Vayne and Seraphine have been toned down quite a bit, both champs are still very much playable and feature in a couple of strong decks.

Viktor Seraphine Shadows preys upon three of the current Juggernauts (Draven Jinx, Teemo Zoe, and Jhinnie) while not being too afraid of the fourth (Elise Norra); suffers in front of Kat Gwen, Quinn Vayne and Taliyah Ziggs, but murders Jinx Ekko and Heimer Norra; and, thus far, looks like a solid counter to other hot trends, like Annie TF and Veigar Norra.

Further Reading: Yangzera's Quiet High Note – A Spooky Seraphine Viktor LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
5
3
4
4
3
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
5
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
5
Fanclub President
2
Fanclub President
Spells
26
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Scrapdash Assembly
1
Scrapdash Assembly
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Unspeakable Horror
1
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Black Spear
1
Black Spear
3
Flash of Brilliance
1
Flash of Brilliance
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Undergrowth
1
Undergrowth
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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Ekko Jinx Shurima

These time-tricking rocketeers keep showing they are the real-deal: tripling their play rate from two days ago (close to 700 games by today) and their WR shooting past 54%, the best Ekko Jinx deck looks like a very strong option for Jinx fans that don't quite click with Draven Jinx.

(By the way: data is pretty clear here, and you want to run Voice of the Risen.)

Ekko Jinx beats the Draven variant (by quite a good margin), with also great odds into Jhinnie and Kat Gwen; Teemo Zoe and Quinn Vayne are slightly disfavored, but not by much.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
15
1
13
2
0
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
15
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
Spells
16
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Careful Preparation
3
Careful Preparation
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
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Aphelios Seraphine, ft. Zoe

Now that, as noted yesterday when looking at Seraphine's decks, Viktor Seraphine Shadows is clearly the superior Seraphine show, if she happens to be your favorite champ (or Back Alley Bar happens to be your favorite landmark), Viktor Seraphine is probably what you want to look at.

Having said that, Seraphelios brings its own flavor into the meta, and remains a solid deck, with the best Aphelios Seraphine deck reaching close to 52% in about 450 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
9
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
12
1
16
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
Followers
9
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
Spells
22
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Spell Thief
2
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Trail of Evidence
1
Trail of Evidence
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
3
Purrsuit of Perfection
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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Katarina Gwen

Kat Gwen shows up with two builds performing almost identically the same: an Opulent Foyer version, no-Elise (nearly 55% in 450 games), and a spartan, yes-Elise version seen below (punching above 55% in a similar-sized sample). Take your pick! =)

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
5
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
20
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
14
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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🔥Hot! Veigar Norra

As noted yesterday when looking at the best Norra decks, Veigar Norra exhibits the best matchup spread from among them – in particular being very good against Teemo Zoe (a deck that butchers other Norra versions), and even better against Jhinnie and Jinx brews.

Today's numbers back up the possibility of Veigar Norra being the best Norra deck overall, going from 150 to nearly 450 games played, and WR shooting well past 56%.

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
20
2
1
3
5
4
2
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
8
Dess & Ada
2
Dess & Ada
Spells
18
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
5
Portalpalooza
2
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
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Akshan Varus, ft. Sivir

Akshan Varus has deflated a bit (going from 54% to around 52% now); it can keep its own against Quinn Vayne and Kat Gwen, but has lousy odds (around 33%) against the current Juggernauts.

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Runeterra
2 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
7
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
5
2
11
3
12
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
1
Sivir
4
Varus
2
Varus
Equipments
5
3
Swinging Glaive
3
Swinging Glaive
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
15
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
14
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
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⭐Rising Star: Heimer Jayce Shadows

With The Darkin Harp and Quietus now a mainstay in their build (at least apparently – these two champs have a tendency of being among the most fluctuating decks in Runeterra), Professor and Student have kept their momentum and shoot all the way up to 400 games and an amazing 57%+ WR. 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
12
common
18
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
9
2
5
3
3
4
3
5
8
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Equipments
1
2
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Harp
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
2
Flash of Brilliance
6
Assembly Line
1
Assembly Line
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Notably Absent: Ezreal Annie, Zed Vayne, Udyr Ornn, Bandle Jinx Lulu, Ezreal Seraphine Noxus

All these champion pairings have seen quite a bit of play (around 400-600 games for their best decks), but with below-50% WR (and sometimes closer to 40%), making them unsuitable to recommend.


Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra decks with less than 400 games played in the last few days – promising, but with samples being smalls, flukes and duds are sure to abound. On the other hand, if you're looking for the next best thing, it tends to show up here first! =)


⭐Rising Star – Opulent Plaza: Quinn Gwen

A bit of a puzzling take, running three Golden Aegis despite its recent nerf – fairly good numbers, though, reaching almost 52% in about 350 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Demacia
14 cards
Rarities
31 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
17
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
6
2
13
3
8
4
6
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Landmarks
5
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
3
The Grand Plaza
2
The Grand Plaza
Followers
15
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Conductor Of The Mists
4
Ghostly Paramour
2
Ghostly Paramour
4
Grizzled Ranger
3
Grizzled Ranger
6
Eternal Dancers
1
Eternal Dancers
Spells
14
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Strike Up The Band
3
Strike Up The Band
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Zed Hecarim

Still showing a solid 53% (just like last Friday, with the exact same decklist) Zed Hecarim is another solid, if fringe, choice.

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
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
Followers
24
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
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
10
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Onslaught of Shadows
2
Onslaught of Shadows
3
Strike Up The Band
2
Strike Up The Band
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
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Vayne Gwen

Another very playable Vayne deck, Vayne Gwen whacks above 56% in nearly 300 games. 

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

Regions
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Demacia
10 cards
Rarities
35 700
champion
6
epic
11
rare
11
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
7
2
16
3
3
4
1
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Equipments
4
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis