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By the Numbers – Current Best LoR Decks, Nov 29

The strongest LoR ladder decks, according to the latest data!

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

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks – The Seamstress, the Cultist and the Scout

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

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

As we near the end of Domination, and as witnessed last Friday, Katarina Gwen, Kayn Vayne and Teemo Zoe remain the strongest LoR ladder decks when both winrate (WR) and playrate are taken into account, and are also a cut above the rest when looking at specific decklists…

… yet Annie TF and Jinx Lulu, as we'll see in detail today, may still shake things up a bit, before new cards arrive at Runeterra next week.

Technical note – About overall archetypes and specific decklists, and what we mean by "LoR best decks"

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 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: 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.

We will find a single deck in this category today.


Katarina Gwen. ft Elise

As this season's end draws close, the jury is back with its verdict: in this meta, this is indeed the best LoR deck.

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
Open deck in builder

There's hardly a doubt that Red Gwen is the best-performing deck this patch cycle – nearly 4,000 games in the last three days with a WR above 56%, and the exact same list being the most popular in all three shards (Americas, EMEA and APAC), which is a LoR deck's equivalent of a Grand Slam. If you want to make sure you are bringing the sharpest sword to the fight, this is it!

In spite of its amazing performance, though, Red Gwen is a fairly "fair" deck, with odds against the majority of other strong decks being from roughly even to only moderately favored – Jinx Lulu seems to be Red Gwen weakest spot (although not by much), and its best matchups are Shadow Isles decks (like Tryndamere Trundle, or Heimerginder Jayce).

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


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.

Kayn Vayne

If looking strictly by the numbers, Kayn Vayne remains the second best option for the Runeterra ladder – its most popular version, showcased below, punches above 56% across 1,500+ games these last three days…

Regions
Runeterra
24 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
Open deck in builder

… while a slightly different version (exact same units, slightly different spell composition) does even better with 1K games played.

Roughly even odds against the other two strongest decks (Kat Gwen and Teemo Zoe), loses to Annie TF, an edge against most Shadow Isles brews, and very favored into Taliyah Ziggs.

Further reading: PakiInPyjamas Kayn and Vayne Bring the Pain – A LoR Deck Guide.


Bandle Teemo Zoe

Our pesky Elusive champs have lost a bit of their edge (punching a bit below 54% today, down from a crazy 56%+ last Friday) yet, overall, remain among the three strongest decks this patch.

Regions
Mount Targon
25 cards
Bandlecity
18 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
Open deck in builder

As noted in previously, Teemo Zoe's matchup spread is that of a "bully" (it's not that great against the strongest decks, but pummels weaker brews to dust) – you may have a bit of a hard time if, in your pocket meta, you run into Annie decks (Annie Jhin, or Annie TF), Draven Jinx and/or Shadow Isles brews (Feel the Rush, Heimer Jayce), but against unrefined or weaker decks you'll have a very easy time.

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


🏀On the Rebound: Annie Twisted Fate

After cooling off quite a bit last week, Annie TF has regained some steam, now striking above 52% in about 1700 games.

Taliyah Ziggs and Tryndamere Trundle (both awful matchups for Annie TF) have lost a bit of traction, which is great news here; and Annie TF is very well positioned against the three Top Dogs, being roughly even into Katarina Gwen and very favored into both Teemo Zoe and Kayn Vayne.

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
Open deck in builder

If you want to pick a fight against the current meta rulers, this is one excellent choice!

Further reading: For tips and tricks, you may want to check Dr Chekhov's Annie TF Deck Guide


Other Considerations

Although still somewhat popular, Viktor Seraphine Shadows is not a good choice currently.

Same goes for Norra Veigar: there are versions with close to 2000 games played, but none of them goes over 48% WR.


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.


🏀On the Rebound: Bandle Rumble Sion

Snnuy's Mecha-Yordles take on Discard was doing very well exactly one week ago, yet but last Friday it had deflated below the 50% WR mark…

… yet today we find Rumble Sion on the upswing again, punching above 53% in more than 700 games!

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
Open deck in builder

It seems to be a serious underdog to Jhinnie, Teemo Zoe and Kayn Vayne, though, and without too many good matchup against strong decks (Trundle Timelines seems to be the only matchup that Rumble Sion wins consistently), so jury is still out on whether or not this deck is the real deal – but, at least by today's numbers, it's looking promising!


🧊Cooling Off: Lonesome Trundle Timelines

After two stellar weeks, Concurrent TimelinesConcurrent Timelines reaches a plateau. It has gained a bit of traction when looking at play rates (700 games in the last three days, up from 650 last Friday) but WR has mellowed to an okay 51%+.

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
Open deck in builder

Dies a lot versus Teemo Zoe, Jhinnie is rough, and Red Gwen is also a bit of an uphill struggle. 


⭐Rising Star – Jinx Lulu

Still on the rise, the best Jinx Lulu deck now strikes above 57% across 600 (up from 400 last Friday), with top pilots taking it all the way to the LoR Leaderbord's front page.

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

The follower package seems solved, with other Jinx Lulu versions (all doing terrifically well) showing just minor variations in the spell ratios.

Great matchup spread; save for Kayn Vayne, Jinx Lulu is heavily favored against all other popular decks, including great odds versus Teemo Zoe, Jhinnie and Timelines.


Annie Jhin

Annie Jhinn is gaining traction yet again (although with always the same build, which has remained immutable since soon after these champs joined Runeterra), now punching above 57% when it was at 53% last Friday.

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 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
Open deck in builder

Great against Teemo Zoe, quite good against Kayn Vayne – not ideal  versus Red Gwen, though.

Further reading: Yangzera's Annie goes to Stack School – A Jhin Annie Aggro Guide.


Tryndamere Trundle, aka Feel The RushFeel The Rush

The best Tryndamere Trundle deck cuts one copy of It That StaresIt That Stares, VengeanceVengeance and Harsh WindsHarsh Winds to make room for Withering WailWithering Wail and Voices of the Old OnesVoices of the Old Ones, and with very good results: a great 54% WR across 400+ games, while the previous list still does very good too (53%+ in around 350 games).

Regions
Shadow Isles
11 cards
Freljord
29 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
5
epic
6
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
6
2
3
3
3
4
9
5
2
6
12
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
10
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
22
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
1
Harsh Winds
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
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
Open deck in builder

Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

Losing a bit of momentum compared with last week, the best Gangplank Sejuani deck has stabilized at around 54% (down from 56% last Friday) and has shrunk its playrate a bit, now with about 400 games played in the last three days – poor odds against Teemo Zoe and Kayn Vayne, but has the upper hand versus Red Gwen, and generally favored against most other popular options.

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

⭐Rising Star – Ekko Jinx Shurima

Seems like this is a good week for Jinx: Lulu Jinx, as we've seen, is on of today's success story, and (although to a lesser degree) Ekko Jinx is following the same path: the best Ekko Jinx deck improves its playrate to nearly 500 games, and a very solid 52% WR.

Regions
Shurima
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 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!
Open deck in builder

All the strong Jinx Ekko builds seem to share an extremely flat Follower curve, with minor tweaks in the spell ratio.


Miss Fortune Swain

As noted in previous articles, folks: don't sleep on Privateers! =)

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
Open deck in builder

They may not be new, they may not be shiny, but they be punching at 55%, and them be doing for pretty much all of Domination. They are a bit of a "bully" deck (not great against the strongest decks, but great against weaker brews), but a bully that can surely get the climbing job done.

Further reading: for the other side of this matchup, check PakiInPyjamas' By Her Guns Shall Noxus Rise – A Miss Fortune Swain LoR Deck Guide.


Other Considerations

Taliyah Ziggs remains a playable, 50%+ option – a very interesting consideration if Landmarks are your jam. Leer shares tips and tricks in his Taliyah Ziggs Deck Guide.

Elise Norra and Viktor Aphelios have fallen on harsh times, and are not decks we can recommend today.


Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra decks with less than 400 games played in the last few days, and solid to great WR.


🧊Cooling Off: Quinn Vayne, ft. Fiora

Looks like Quinn Vayne is approaching the end of its run – after being the second most-played deck at Runterra's Regional Worlds Qualifiers and among the Top Dogs in the ladder, Quinn Vayne keeps dropping both in play rate and WR. Still a solid choice today (its most popular version performs at 52%+ across 350 games), but only a shadow of its former self.

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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Pantheon Varus

Pantheon Varus keeps not just hanging in there, but actually improving its performance! While still a fringe option, it now punches at above 55% in about 250 games – probably a sign that only its hardcore, die-hard pilots remain faithful this this brew, but and impressive performance nevertheless. Leer covers the deck in detail in his They Can Stall Their Fate, but Cannot Deny It — A Varus Pantheon LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Mount Targon
16 cards
Runeterra
24 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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🔥Hot! – Elise Gwen, aka Spider-Gwen

This deck has very little to do with Katarina Gwen, even if they share the same regions and four of their six champions – quite the contrary, Elise Gwen is the latest iteration of the classic Spider Aggro package, and quickly emerged right after Gwen reached Runeterra.

Elise Gwen was doing amazing last Friday, and is doing even better now: a silly-high 60%+ WR across 250 games, with amazing odds against Teemo Zoe and Annie decks.

Further reading: Scissorsbox's Spider-Gwen: an Elise Gwen Deck Guide.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
12
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
24
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
1
Brothers' Bond
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Akshan Sivir Varus

A marriage of the classic Akshan Sivir package with Cultist spells and followers, today the best Akshan Sivir Varus deck punches at 54% in about 200 games – it's been a bit of an inconsistent brew (beats Kayn Vayne, but loses to Kat Gween, Teemo Zoe and Annie decks), so tread carefully; numbers today look fairly promising, though.

Regions
Shurima
21 cards
Runeterra
19 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
5
2
11
3
13
4
1
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
12
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
2
Shadowblade Fanatic
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
17
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shaped Stone
1
Shaped Stone
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
The Expanse's Protection
1
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Deep, aka Nautilus Maokai

One very old archetype which die-hard fans that always try to make work, although most often with lackluster results on ladder – yet the ebbs and flows of the meta put it today at 52% across nearly 200 games, making this the best chance to showcase a Maokai Nautilus deck in quite a long time!

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Bilgewater
22 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
6
2
11
3
8
4
0
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
18
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Jaull Hunters
2
Jaull Hunters
4
Megatusk
3
Megatusk
6
Devourer of the Depths
3
Devourer of the Depths
7
Shipwreck Hoarder
1
Shipwreck Hoarder
Spells
16
1
Jettison
2
Jettison
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
4
Salvage
2
Salvage
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Lonesome Jinx Freljord

One of the many Jinx decks to surface after her buff, Lonesome Jinx had a great first week post-patch, although it later cooled off. Still a fun, if fringe, deck now punching at 52% across around 120 games.

Further reading: GeneralSchwartz's Fishbone Unleashed: A Jinx Spirits Unleashed LoR Deck Guide.

Regions
Freljord
6 cards
Piltover & Zaun
34 cards
Rarities
16 700
champion
3
epic
2
rare
9
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
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
2
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
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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Wrapping Up

Katarina Gwen, Kayn Vayne and Teemo Zoe are solidly positioned as the strongest decks in the current patch cycle, although Annie TF may still shake things up a bit – and Lulu Jinx could shake things up a lot if it gains further traction.

Do bear in mind that new cards and champs should arrive in a week – if you are short on shards and wildcards, it may be wise to hold on to them until we get the new toys to play with.

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


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