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By the Numbers – Current Best LoR Decks, Nov 22

Kat Gwen became the most popular choice during the Regional Worlds Qualifiers – and its ladder performance suggests it may be the best deck until Domination ends.

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 – Kat's Out of the Bag

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

Red Gwen is back at the top of the WR charts, and as shown in the deck breakdown from what competitors brought to the Regional Worlds Qualifiers, it may be the dominant deck in what remains of Domination.

On the other hand, though, our meta keeps furnishing us with novel ideas, as we'll see in detail today – from a brand new take on Discard (with Mecha-Yordles!), to yet another old staple making a comeback in spite of its nerf: Concurrent Timelines.


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 LoR 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

Red Gwen may be breathing down their neck, but everybody's favorite (or most despised; there's a notable lack of lukewarm positions when it comes to these two) Elusive one-mana Champions still have the most popular, top-performing deck: exact same list as last Friday, pulling a 55%+ WR in around 2200 games.

As noted in Leer's Monday Meta Report yesterday, Teemo Zoe has quite a lot of strong counters among other top dogs, with particularly poor odds against Annie Jhin, Annie TF, and Tryndamere Trundle – it's mostly against unrefined or weak decks that these pesky Elusives get most of their edge, but it's a big enough edge to make Teemo Zoe one of the best decks for climbing the LoR ladder.

Further reading: Leer's Trickster Never Loses – A Teemo Zoe Elusives LoR Deck Guide.

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! – Katarina Gwen. ft Elise

We saw Red Gwen making waves on the ladder last Friday… but those were tiny compared with the Tsunami that struck the Regional Worlds Qualifiers last weekend: out of 192 competitors (64 per shard), 75 of them brought Katarina Gwen to the fray – and it shows up in half the Top 16 lineups.

This crimson Tsunami storms the ladder right now: Katarina Gwen is murdering foes left and right, with a bewildering near-60% WR in close to 2100 games, and from okay to great odds against everything that is not Aphelios Seraphine.

In short: if you're looking to climb, this looks like the best bet until the new Expansion arrives in two weeks!

Further reading: Scissorsbox's Hallowed Attacks and Harrowing Combos –  A Katarina Gwen Deck Guide.

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
1
3
Opulent Foyer
1
Opulent Foyer
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
House Spider
1
House Spider
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
2
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
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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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.


🧊Cooling Off – Annie Twisted Fate, ft. Kat

Still with a very solid 52%+ deck, Annie TF has mellowed into a strong-yet-clearly-not-strongest option (it had a great performance on the Worlds Qualifiers, though, but unlike Red Gwen such success doesn't seem to translate to ladder).

The same version seen last Friday is the best Annie TF deck on ladder today; one of the strongest counters for Teemo Zoe, it's also very good against Vayne Kayne, and outside Tryndamere Trundle doesn't have too many bad matchups against other popular decks.

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: Rumble Sion Mecha-Yordles

And now, for something completely different! Old-timers may want to check this build before assuming they've already seen it in metas past: this is a very different take on Discard, and nothing to do with variations of Rumble/Draven/Sion we've seen months ago.

Coming out of nowhere (probably the brainchild of some high-profile pilot, given how nearly everybody is on the exact same list -- most likely Snnuy, from what I've been told), Rumble Sion sits at a comfy 52%+ WR in about 1,300 games. Thus far, seems to have a really rough time against Teemo Zoe and Taliyah Ziggs, around 50:50 odds versus Red Gwen and Kayne Vayne, and very favored against Shadow Isles brews such as Tryndamere Trundle, Heimer Jayce and Seraphine Viktor. All in all, an interesting choice if you want to try a heavy-hitting, brand-new brew!

Regions
Bandlecity
24 cards
Noxus
19 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
7
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
7
Sion
3
Sion
Landmarks
3
2
Skrappy's Partsapalooza
3
Skrappy's Partsapalooza
Followers
15
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
3
Bilgerat Rascal
3
Bilgerat Rascal
Spells
16
1
Scrapheap
3
Scrapheap
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Brutal Skirmish
3
Brutal Skirmish
3
Whirling Death
1
Whirling Death
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
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Kayn Vayne

Kayn Vayne proves to be no fluke – with just slight tweaks from last week (exact same Follower distribution, slightly different spell list), the best best Kayn Vayne deck pretty much mirrors last Friday's stats: 55% WR across nearly 1,200 games. It was also a very popular choice during the Regional Worlds Qualifiers (32 competitors brought it to the fight), although only one Kayn Vayne lineup made it to Top 16.

Annie decks (Jhinnie and Annie TF) are a bit of a problem, whereas Taliyah Ziggs, Jinx Ekko and Gangplank Sejuani are very favored – otherwise, Kayne Vayne appears like quite a "fair" deck, with odds for most matchups inside the 45/55 range.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Demacia
16 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
5
2
8
3
10
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
15
1
Buhru Cultist
3
Buhru Cultist
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Blooming Cultist
4
Ambitious Cultist
3
Ambitious Cultist
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
Riposte
1
Riposte
4
The Unforgiving Cold
1
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Heedless Resurrection
3
Heedless Resurrection
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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.


🧊Cooling Off – Tryndamere Trundle, aka Feel The Rush

Tryndamere Trundle has mutated a bit – the onslaught of aggressive decks forced it to add a few more early-game followers, and has also included an Atrocity for extra reach. In spite of tweaks and techs, play rate has dropped to around 800 games (down from 1,400 played last Friday), with WR cooling off to a very solid 53% WR, down from an excellent 55%.

Still a great choice for ladder, but the ascension of Red Gwen is really bad news, Taliyah Ziggs remains a headache, and another very strong counter has (re)surfaced, as we'll see further below: Trundle Timelines.

Regions
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Freljord
32 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
5
epic
6
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
9
2
3
3
5
4
7
5
2
6
12
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
12
2
Avarosan Sentry
1
Avarosan Sentry
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
2
Troll Scavenger
2
Troll Scavenger
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
20
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
8
Voices of the Old Ones
1
Voices of the Old Ones
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Taliyah Ziggs

Also maintaining a rock-solid 53% WR, Taliyah Ziggs' best deck's play rate has kept dropping (now with around 800 games played, when it was at 3,000 last week) – it had a very good showing at the Regional Worlds Qualifiers, though, with 32 competitors including Taliyah Ziggs in their lineups, and three of them making the Top 16 cut.

The top of the field is turning rather rough for Taliyah Ziggs, though: awful odds against Teemo Zoe, quite the underdog against both Kat Gwen and Vayne Kayne, and Tryndamere Trundle as the landmark duo's only easy prey.

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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Ekko Jinx Shurima

Same build as last Friday, and still going solid: punches at 52% across 700+ games. Ekko Jinx is the only strong option if you want to climb with Ekko, but if you're looking for Jinx choices then Lulu Jinx, which we'll talk about in a bit, is probably the best Jinx deck right now.

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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Annie Jhin

Annie Jhinn is enjoying quite the rebound in performance: from a comfortable 53% WR last week, now it punches well above 56% across 700 games – probably helped by great matchups into Teemo Zoe, Kayne Vayne and Taliyah Ziggs, while two of its strongest counters (Jinx Ekko and Heimer Jayce) are on the downswing. 

Further reading: 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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🧊Cooling Off – Quinn Vayne, ft. Fiora

Quinn Vayne was the second most played deck at the World Qualifiers (showing up in 43 lineups, and 3 making to Top 16), but both performance and popularity have dropped in the LoR ladder: like most other decks showcased in this section, it still sticks to a very solid 53% WR, but is now one among many strong decks, rather than the cream of the crop it was last week, or before the balance patch.

With even odds against Teemo Zoe and Kayne Vayne, great odds against Tryndamere Trundle and Taliyah Ziggs, and a bit of a struggle against Kat Gwen and Annie TF, Quinn Vayne is still a solid ladder choice – its best days, though, seem to be in the past.

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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⭐Rising Star: Lonesome Trundle Timelines

Now, for a bit of a surprise: news of Concurrent Timelines' death (after its mid-Awakening nerf, which increased its cost to two mana) may have been premature, and the Troll King is back with his Transformers franchise. Do note the addition of Domination cards in his arsenal, though, Fanclub President among them (a Seraphine Trundle Timelines deck made it to Top 16 in Worlds, but hasn't made waves on ladder – yet).

Current results are very promising – Trundle Timelines punches above 53% across 600+ games, with a somewhat polarizing matchup spread against the Top Dogs: awful odds against Teemo Zoe, Annie Jhin and Kat Gwen, but great odds against Tryndamere Trundle and Annie TF.

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
21 500
champion
3
epic
6
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
9
2
3
3
8
4
8
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
3
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
22
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
2
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Spirits Unleashed
2
Spirits Unleashed
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
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⭐Rising Star – Jinx Lulu

Yet again doubling its play rate (showing nearly 600 games today, up from around 300 last Friday) and striking above 56%, the best Jinx Lulu deck is also the most promising Jinx blend right now, with other version (Ekko Jinx, Draven Jinx and Jinx Freljord) on the downswing.

Favored against both Red Gwen and Teemo Zoe, its weak spot appears to be Kayn Vayne.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
3
common
29
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Purpleberry Shake
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
2
Sneezy Biggledust!
Open deck in builder

⭐Rising Star – Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

Gangplank Sejuani joins the illustrious list of old meta staples that, with Seraphine and Vayne nerfed, find the field ripe for making a return, with a great 55% WR in around 500 games.

Further reading: PakiInPyjamas Plunder, Now with Tentacles – A Gangplank Sejuani LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Bilgewater
31 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
5
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
3
4
8
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
8
The Dreadway
1
The Dreadway
Spells
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
3
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Spirits Unleashed
2
Spirits Unleashed
12
Feel The Rush
1
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Not Recommended: Viktor Seraphine Shadows and Leona Diana

The field has turned aggressive for these two Shadow Isles archetypes; although they had good to great numbers last week, their most popular lists have dropped below the 50%-WR mark and we can't currently recommend them.


Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra decks with less than 400 games played in the last few days – today we see quite a few tried-and-true decks being pushed to the fringes.


Viktor Aphelios, ft. Zoe

Taking a break from his Seraphine tours, Viktor rejoins Aphelios (a champion pair that did quite the work several metas ago, although their current iteration is quite different from back then, and much closer to Seraphine brews). Encouraging early results, punching above 51% in nearly 400 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
12
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
11
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Clump of Whumps
1
Clump of Whumps
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
Solari Sunhawk
5
Fanclub President
1
Fanclub President
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
2
Purrsuit of Perfection
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Varus

Pantheon Varus remains a solid, if fringe, choice; quite playable (52%+ in close to 350 games), but with disastrous odds against Teemo Zoe and Jhinnie. Leer covers the deck in detail in his They Can Stall Their Fate, but Cannot Deny It — A Varus Pantheon LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
11
2
4
3
15
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Iula
1
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
18
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
1
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
2
The Unending Wave
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Akshan Varus

Akshan Varus has dropped sharply in play rate, but (as it's not rarely the case when only die-hard pilots stick with a deck) has seen its WR improve to well above 53%. A fairly solid matchup spread, with only Jhinnie showing truly poor odds.

Regions
Shurima
21 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
9
3
11
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
Swinging Glaive
2
Swinging Glaive
Followers
12
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
17
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Shuriman Tellstones
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Curse of the Tomb
1
Curse of the Tomb
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
1
The Unending Wave
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Rumble Vayne

With a similar trend to Akshan Varus, Rumble Vayne's WR rebounds to a great 55%+ now that it has been pushed to the fringes.

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

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

Heimer Jayce

Professor and Student, as they often do, are scrambling to adapt and find an answer to the current meta – their most popular version is falling apart, but the second most popular is holding the line with a great 55%+ WR.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
4
0
5
1
11
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
2
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
2
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
23
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
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
Open deck in builder

Draven Jinx

Pushed to the fringes after a stellar return in the early post-patch days, rocketeer and axe spinner seem determined to fight tooth and nail to not be forgotten: with a build that you could almost take to the upcoming Foundations Timewinder Gauntlets (if memory serves correct, only Daring Poro would not fit), the best Draven Jinx deck currently strikes at a crazy 57% in around 240 games.

Further reading: Card Gamer's Return of the Queen – A Refresher on Draven Jinx Discard Aggro.

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
Open deck in builder

Wrapping Up

Red Gwen has returned in full force, and if the Regional Worlds Qualifiers are any indication, it may be the best deck for what remains of Domination – at least for now, its impressive performance in the LoR ladder shows it's certainly one of the best climbing tools right now.

We're seeing a few new faces, though, including a considered-dead Timelines resurfacing, along with a brand new take on Rumble Sion discard, so… we'll see.

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


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