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By the Numbers – Twenty-Two Best LoR Decks, Nov 15

Our current meta keeps thus far looking grand: no overly powered champion, old buffed decks coming back, and all Top Dogs having strong counters.

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 – A Patch Above the Rest

As of early Tuesday, 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

As seen last Sunday, our current meta thus far looks great: Seraphine and Vayne have been toned down just right (they both retain one strong deck), old staples have been revived by their buffs, and while some decks stand out as the strongest, they all have (as we'll detail below) quite a few solid counters.

Let's check today's numbers! =)


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 games in the last three days – 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 – by current numbers, these are the best meta decks in Legends of Runeterra.


Bandle Teemo Zoe

The best Teemo Zoe deck went from 4,100 to 6,100 games since last Sunday, crushing the opposition under a 56%+ WR (and with two other versions sitting at around 1,500 games and 55%+ WR).

By the numbers, it's by far the best-performing deck in Legends of Runeterra – but, unlike previous meta tyrants (like Kai'Sa a couple of seasons ago, or Pirates in their recent heyday), Teemo Zoe has quite a long list of strong counters: Draven Jinx, Annie Jhin, Annie Twisted Fate, Heimer Jayce, Viktor Seraphine SI and the returning Tryndamere Trundle all have odds around 60% or better when facing the pesky, Elusive champs.

Teemo Zoe is definitely the choice if you are looking for the strongest deck to climb, but if you'd rather ruin their day, there's no lack of options!

Further Reading: Monte and Leer share 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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🔥🔥Blazing Hot: Annie Twisted Fate, ft. Kat

One of the many old, buffed staples making a blazing return, Annie Twisted Fate went from zero last Friday, to hot trend last Sunday, to leap-frogging right among our Juggernauts today, with around 2,800 games under their belt and punching above 55%.

As noted above, Annie TF murders Teemo Zoe, also preying upon Draven Jinx and Heimer Jayce, and with good odds versus Ekko Jinx, Quinn Vayne and Annie Jhin – Taliyah Ziggs, on the other hand, is a bit of a struggle, and both Elise Norra and Feel the Rush are horrible matchups.

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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⭐Rising Star: Taliyah Ziggs

Another old, recently buffed staple making a stellar return to Runeterra, Taliyah Ziggs follows Annie TF's footsteps in going from zero to nearly 3,000 games since last Friday, all the while hitting at a rock-solid 53% WR.

By the way: it's also the only strong Taliyah option right now – Taliyah Bilgewater just ain't it, folks.

Taliyah Ziggs has a truly awful matchup into Teemo Zoe and Leona Diana, and poor odds versus Jhinnie – but save for those three, this Landmark duo has an edge against pretty much every other popular LoR deck right now.

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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Possible Consideration: Elise Norra

Elise Norra is still playable, hovering at around 50%, but its performance has crashed down from a stellar 55% last Saturday. It does have very good odds against several strong decks (Annie Jhin, Draven Jinx, and Annie TF in particular), but the rest of the field, and especially Teemo Zoe, are giving it hell.


Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These LoR decks have between 900 and 2100 games played in the last three days – solid picks for climbing the Runeterra ladder.


Annie Gwen, ft. Kat

Annie Gwen has kept stable at the 52% WR mark, while its play rate gained a bit of traction (now 1,800 games, up from 1,300). A fairly solved archetype (the huge majority of pilots, in all three shards, play this exact same list), it is also the best Gwen deck in Runeterra right now. Has an edge against Teemo Zoe, and is very favored into Heimer Jayce and Veigar Norra – but shows very poor odds versus Leona Diana and Tryndamere Trundle. 

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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🧊Cooling Off – Annie Jhin

Still a powerhouse, Annie Jhin has lost a bit of steam both in popularity and performance, now sitting at 53% in around 1,400 games – while it murders Teemo Zoe and stops Taliyah Ziggs' landmark show, the majority of the other popular, strong decks (Jinx blends, Annie TF, Heimer Jayce, Quinn Vayne, Veigar Norra, Viktor Seraphine SI) are really rought matchups.

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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Quinn Vayne, ft. Fiora

Weathering both nerfs and meta shifts, Quinn Vayne strikes at nearly 55% in about 1,400 games (and with tweaks never being a consideration: the best Quinn Vayne deck is card-by-card the exact same as before the patch and the nerfs).

With a bit of a trouble against today's ascending Juggernauts (Annie TF and Taliyah Ziggs), Quinn Vayne can hold its own against the third (Teemo Zoe), stops Jhinnie's show, and is great against Tryndamere Trundle.

Further reading: Scissorsbox's On Harps and Harpies – A Vayne Quinn LoR Deck Guide

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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🧬Mutating – Draven Jinx

What was positioned as the best Draven Jinx deck last Sunday (this one, with Reborn Grenadier and Fallen Rider) has dropped to a 50% WR – while, on the other hand, the very old-school deck showcased below has surged as the best Discard Aggro version, and smacks at 55% over more than 1,200 games.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
10
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
4
Crowd Favorite
3
Crowd Favorite
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
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Great odds against Teemo Zoe and Jhinnie, but the rest of the Top Dogs look a bit on the rough side: Jinx Ekko, Annie TF, Heimer Jayce and Tryndamere Trundle are all strong Discard counters.


Leona Diana, aka Celesbians

Low-key smashing the field (WR above 56%, as they've been doing since before the patch), for some reason Leona Diana fails to gain further adoption (it's now hovering at around 1,000 games, as it has been in the past few days). Poor odds against Teemo Zoe and Annie TF may be the reason, although except those two, and a bit of a struggle against Heimer Jayce, the twilight lovers are very well positioned against the current meta.

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: A Song of Ice and Rockets

Brewing Sensei TealRed and a deck going zero-to-hero from out of nowhere – name a more iconic duo!

Cold-bloodily murders Teemo Zoe, and seems either even or favored against most Top Dogs save Annie TF – not too popular outside APAC, by the way, so in the AM or EMEA ladder you're pretty much guaranteed to take foes by surprise with this blend.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
34 cards
Freljord
6 cards
Rarities
17 800
champion
3
epic
3
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
1
Jury-Rig
2
Entreat
3
Entreat
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
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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.


🧬Mutating – Ekko Jinx Shurima

The best Ekko Jinx deck has flattened its follower curve (just one-drops and a single two-drop) while adding burn and discard Mystic Shots via Get Excited!, to punch at 55% in more than 800 games. As an alternative, this follower-heavier version, and also with some copies of Get Excited! and Mystic Shots, reaches 56% in around 400 games.

Definitely a yet-unsolved archetype!

Very favored into Draven Jinx and Jhinnie, while slightly the underdog to all three current Juggernauts: Teemo Zoe, Annie TF and Taliyah Ziggs.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
18
1
11
2
2
3
6
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
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
Spells
16
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
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🔼Trending Upwards – Rumble Vayne

Reversing its downward trend, Rumble Vayne sees a sizable spike in performance, now striking at an amazing 56%+ WR – probably helped by its great odds against Taliyah Ziggs.

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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Pantheon Varus

A bit like Leona Diana, Pantheon Varus is another deck low-key enjoying great success (a steady, splendid 55% WR since the patch landed) while remaining fairly ignored by pilots (the best Pantheon Varus decks has drop from nearly 800 to around 600 games played since last Sunday).

Awful odds against Teemo Zoe, but great against the other two Juggernauts: Annie TF and Taliyah Ziggs.

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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🧊Cooling Off – Viktor Seraphine Shadows

Meta shifts have been rough for what remains the best Seraphine deck post-patch. Its most popular version, showcased below, drops to around 52% across 600 games (down from nearly 55% in 700 last Sunday) – the second most popular Viktor Seraphine deck, though, is picking up the slack with a 55% WR in 400 games.

The matchup spread against Top Dogs is excellent: save for Taliyah Ziggs and Leona Diana, Vik Sera SI has the upper hand in most cases, including great odds against Teemo Zoe, Draven Jinx, Jhinnie and Heimer Jayce, while going toe-to-toe with Annie TF.

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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⭐Rising Star: Tryndamere Trundle, aka Feel The Rush

Not having made the cut last Sunday (too small a sample size), Tryndamere Trundle surely does so today, packing a huge 57% punch in around 600 games.

There are no lack of victims for Feel The Rush's control tools, and lack of Ionia in the meta makes expensive, top-end spells a safer bet – Tryndamere Trundle wreck Teemo Zoe, Draven Jinx, Annie TF, with also good odds against other Shadow Isles decks such as Heimer Jayce of Viktor Seraphine. On the other hand Taliyah Ziggs and Quinn Vayne, and to a lesser degree Jhinnie, are strong counters.

Regions
Freljord
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
5
epic
6
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
6
2
3
3
3
4
9
5
3
6
11
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
11
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
21
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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🧬Mutating – Heimer Jayce Shadows

Not really a surprise to see Professor and Student shifting their build – Heimer Jayce is probably one of the most flexible shells in Runeterra. The tweaks to their best build are quite a lot this time, though: the best Heimer Jayce deck has replaced The Darkin Harp for the more classic The Forge Of Tomorrow, has shrunk its followers, and has changed their its composition quite a bit, now including The Ruination and Glimpse Beyond among other refinements.

Heimer and Jayce are weak to other Shadow Isles control archetypes (Viktor Seraphine, Feel the Rush), also weak to Taliyah Ziggs and Annie TF, but very strong into Teemo Zoe, Jinx decks, and Jhinnie. 

Regions
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
5
0
5
1
11
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
9
1
Adaptatron 3000
3
Adaptatron 3000
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
24
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
2
Flash of Brilliance
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Privateers, aka Miss Fortune Swain

Privateers remain a very solid option, even if its play rate keeps eroding (lack of shiny new toy shine, perhaps?) – 54% WR across 500 games with the best Miss Fortune Swain deck, showing particularly good odds against Annie TF and Taliyah Ziggs (today's new Juggernauts) while roughly even versus Teemo Zoe.

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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Veigar Norra

Veigar Norra looks like the best Norra deck right now, after all other versions (Elise, Heimer, and Kindred) nose-dived in performance – the Dark Portal has kept steady both in play rate and WR (55%+ in about 500 games, same as last Sunday).

Taliyah Ziggs' return is fairly bad news in this case, though, as that matchup presents disastrous odds.

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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Other playable options

A number of decks that started off strong have now deflated to around 50% – definitely not among the best Runeterra decks, but still playable.


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! =)


Aphelios Seraphine, ft. Zoe

Seraphelios keeps suggesting that, fringe deck as it may be, it's no fluke, consistently striking at about 53%.

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

The spartan, old-school Kat Gwen version (with Elise into the mix, and without Opulent Foyer) appears to be the way to go – and smashing at an amazing 57% WR, now that it's likely only piloted by die-hard experts.

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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⭐Rising Star – Precious Elise Nocturne

A Fearsome mix of Mistwraiths, Spiders and Hallowed staples, Precious Elise Nocturne made a tiny splash a couple of weeks ago – its currently the highest-WR brew from among all decks we've showcased today, although with only around 250 games.

Regions
Noxus
3 cards
Shadow Isles
37 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
24
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
Mistwraith
3
Mistwraith
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
4
Wraithcaller
3
Wraithcaller
Spells
10
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
4
Risen Mists
3
Risen Mists
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Leona Galio

Leona Galio keeps showing it has legs, maintaining its play rate (250 games in the last three days, just like last Sunday) but improving its WR by one point, now punching at 54%.

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Leona
3
Leona
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
22
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Solari Shieldbearer
1
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
4
Solari Stellacorn
3
Solari Stellacorn
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Morning Light
3
Morning Light
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
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Curious Viktor Seraphine

Seraphine's Bandle City show has remained a very fringe option (similar playrate as when we showcased it among the best Seraphine decks last Saturday), yet with a terrifically high WR. It's also quite different to other Seraphine brews, with a much heavier top-end in followers, and bringing Curious Shellfolk into the mix.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
32 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
16
common
11
Mana cost
1
0
7
1
13
2
1
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
15
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
8
The Zaun Diva
1
The Zaun Diva
10
Plaza Guardian
3
Plaza Guardian
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
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Wrapping Up

This first post-patch week has kept the wonderful trend glimpsed last Sunday: there are tons of viable decks, Seraphine and Vayne have been toned down just right, and while there are a handful of archetypes that are a cut above there rest when looking strictly at their WR, digging into their matchups reveals that even the strongest Top Dogs have several counters.

All in all, as we get closer to the first stage of Legends of Runeterra Worlds, this looks like one of the most interesting, wide-open metas we've had in a long time.

Hope you have enjoyed today's selection, and good luck out there! =)


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