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By the Numbers – Twenty-One Best Meta and Off-Meta LoR Decks

We are still living in the Golden Age of Piracy timeline – but fresh new faces start to emerge!

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

LoR Best Decks

As of early Sunday, these are the best LoR decks right now, according to Balco and MaRu Meta Tier List:

LoR Best Decks - Meta Tier List

As noted on Weekend Warrior Weapons last Friday, Old Dogs that were Top Dogs a week ago still sit on top of the Meta, with Pirates in particular the undisputed ladder powerhouse when playrate and winrate are both taken into account.

And yet, some fresh new faces – either entirely new, or with a new toy or two – commence to emerge.


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

Balco's chart above, like most data sites (including MaRu's Meta Tier List) groups LoR decks by archetype ("archetype" being the aggregate decklists of a specific champion combination) – that's also how matchup data is shown.

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

  • Juggernauts: decklists with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true decks for the climbing job.
  • Heavyweights: between 2100 and 900 games played – other excellent choices, with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works."
  • Punching Up: between 900 and 300 games – we're entering the Land of Small Sample Sizes here, on top of the meta being up in the air, but as far as numbers go, these decklists can put up one hell of a fight.
  • YMMV: between 300 and 150 games – risky stuff, but here's where you usually find the spice.

For this article, in all cases we'll look at decklists in Platinum and above, and in the last three days, unless stated otherwise.

Sources: Balco, Legna, MaRu's own Meta Tier List.

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


Juggernauts – Best LoR Decks

LoR Best Decks: Katarina, one of LoR's best Champions right now

Decklists with more than 2100 games: these are the best LoR decks, tried-and-true tools for the climbing job.


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Aaand the Jury is back with their verdict: Ionian HookmasterIonian Hookmaster is superior to Legion GrenadierLegion Grenadier. That's the only tweak the Meta Queen and King have seen since last week, but the difference is notable: Pirates have not one but two decks in the Juggernaut category, differing only in Hookmaster versus Grenadier, and the Hookmaster version punches 2% harder (at ridiculously high 57%+) across more than 4,000 games.

As we've noted in reports past:

If you want to climb right now, grab this list and get going!!

Only clouds in Pirates' otherwise clear blue sky are Zoe Kayn, Evelynn Viego, and above all Nami TF blends (the Ionia version in particular) – it's otherwise merry murder and plunder as far as the eye can see (the non-patch eye, I mean).

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bilgewater
22 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
21
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
13
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
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Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

Red Gwen is the other Forces from Beyond powerhouse that hasn't missed a step and is connecting boot to butts all over the ladder. And without the need for a single new card!

Like Pirates, these three ladies struggle against Viego Evelynn and Nami TF Ionia (although they seem to be very favored into Nami TF Shadows). Trundle Timelines is not a welcome sight, either, while they stomp over Kindred Nasus, Lone Kai'Sa, and anybody else that goes, "Yeah, imma gonna try this new brew!"

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
13
2
4
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
13
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Heavyweights – Very Solid LoR Decks

Jax, a Legends of Runeterra Champion

These decklists have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days, making them solid choices with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works".


Vi Jax Timelines

The most popular archetype after Pirates, Vi Jax is arguably also the best archetype with a new Champion right now – its overall WR is nothing to write epic poems about, but the multitude of different lists with okay performance (nearly 52% for our recommended deck, seen below) suggests there's lots of room for refinement.

Its matchups are not too encouraging, though. While only Ezreal Kennen and Nami TF Ionia are what we'd rate as "truly bad", Vi Jax is slightly the underdog in most popular confrontations – on the other hand, this may be due to poorly optimized decklists. If you are in the mood for trying something new, and willing to keep an open mind about tweaks and changes, this is probably the list to check first. And there's even a Lone Jax version, doing quite well in the fringes.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Runeterra
23 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
16
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Wandering Shepherd
2
Wandering Shepherd
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
Spells
18
1
Blades of the Fallen
3
Blades of the Fallen
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Parts Made Whole
3
Parts Made Whole
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Lone Trundle P&Z

Concurrent TimelinesConcurrent Timelines is the card most folks have taken to the Lab, with Trundle Timelines having a deluge of different takes. A glimpse at Twitter and reddit would also suggest it's not exactly the most loved card (although, to be fair, it also has its die-hard fans; if you are a frequent reader of Sirturmund's & Monte's Tournament Lineups, you probably noted Timelines as one of our writer's happy places)…

… but, with the two big caveats of "Still early to tell" and "Data can't track the fun factor," let's spell it out: Timelines decks seem fairly fine, folks. Strong, yes, but far from broken (thus far).

Lone Trundle, with the Troll King hoarding all the new toys, is currently the most popular Timelines decklist (although perhaps not the best, as we'll see in a bit when talking about Vi Trundle). It is weak to Pirates, Kat Gwen, Nami TF Ionia and Thresh Nasus, utterly destroyed by Ezreal Kennen, and brutally butt-kicked by Akshan Lee Sin – all in all, Lone Trundle mostly trolls new archetypes, while crumbling to refined decks.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Freljord
20 cards
Rarities
21 400
champion
3
epic
7
rare
5
common
25
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
12
2
7
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
4
7+
Champions
3
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
25
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Favored Artisan
2
Favored Artisan
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
2
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
12
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

Now, this one looks scary. New (or retooled) archetypes may take a bit to show up, but when they do, they tend to have very high WR, and later be toned down as they gain traction – as a rule of thumb, as soon as a hot new deck becomes popular, its performance decreases.

That being said, punching at 55%+ and judging by its current matchup spread, this is one of the best LoR decks right now:

LoR Best Decks: Matchup Table for Nami Twisted Fate Ionia, one of the best Legends of Runeterra decks.
Soiurce: Legna's Matchup Tables

… with a very solid edge over three of the most popular archetypes, holding its own or beating other strong decks like Kat Gwen or Eve Viego, and struggling only against Kayn Zoe (which is itself not doing too well and is being pushed to the fringes).

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
38 000
champion
6
epic
12
rare
17
common
5
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
6
3
8
4
7
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Zoe Kayn

As noted above, as happy as this archetype may Majiin make, it's not doing too well – we've included it today mostly on grounds of novelty, but it barely holds on to a 50% WR. It is favored into Pirates and Nami TF Ionia, so it's not without its merits, but Kindred Nasus, Trundle Timelines, Viego Evelynn and Ezreal Kennen wreck Zoe Kayn most fouly, though.

Regions
Runeterra
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
6
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
17
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Keeper of the Box
3
Sparklefly
2
Sparklefly
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
14
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Hush
1
Hush
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Nasus Kindred

Another Forces from Beyond powerhouse that has gotten strongest in this turbulent, unrefined field. Its Heavyweight version, punching above 53%, has found no need for new cards, but other versions are testing toys like The Darkin HalberdThe Darkin Halberd, The Darkin BloodlettersThe Darkin Bloodletters, or Forsaken BaccaiForsaken Baccai – expect news from this blend next week!

News on the matchup department, on the other hand, are a touch darker than all rosie: Kindred Nasus folds to Pirates (badly), and loses to Kat Gwen, Ezreal Kennen and Evelynn Viego; in other words, a bit like Trundle Timelines, this blend's success is based on its ruthless capacity to farm unrefined brews.

Regions
Shurima
7 cards
Shadow Isles
33 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
5
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
15
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
The Undying
3
The Undying
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
Spells
19
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Crumble
2
Crumble
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Notably Absent – Jhinnie, Trundle Ornn, Akshan Kayn

Trundle Ornn and Akshan Kayn both have decklists in the Heavyweight category by play rate (900+ games), but don't make the cut due to below-50% WRs. In other words: they seem quite bad (or brewers haven't yet cracked the code).

And we'll mention Annie Jhin since it's been a staple of this section for months: show's over, it seems, and the curtain has dropped. Jhinnie's playrate has plummeted along with its winrate, with its Pirates and Kat Gwen matchups being horrendous.


Punching Up

Decklists with between 300 and 900 games played in the last three days – note that several popular archetypes can be found here, meaning that they tend to be quite "scattered" (ie, have lots of different lists, unlike the Juggernauts in which the majority of pilots choose the same deck).


Lone Kai'Sa

As reported last Friday, reports of Kai'Sa's demise have been (again!) exaggerated a touch – she's nowhere near the Meta Tyrant she was three weeks ago, though. Punching at 54%, she farms the majority of the field, but awful Pirates and Ezreal Kennen matchups, with a fairly bad Kat Gwen matchup on top, keep Kai'Sa in check. 

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
18 900
champion
3
epic
4
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
11
2
6
3
7
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
19
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Greenfang Warden
1
Greenfang Warden
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
Spells
18
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Heedless Resurrection
2
Heedless Resurrection
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Lee Sin Akshan

As Monte noted in the Tournament Lineups article yesterday, Akshan Lee Sin – a fairly old archetype, although never with too much success – won the Mystic Shot Podcast Tournament earlier this week (and, little spoiler: Leer thinks it's such a good Ladder deck that he's writing the guide for it).

By current numbers, this AkSin list is doing quite well: nearly 53%+ overall in around 700 games, even though it dies horribly to today's usual suspects, namely Pirates, Kat Gwen, Nami TF Ionia and Ezreal Kennen.

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
3
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
12
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
22
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Entrancing Lure
3
Entrancing Lure
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
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Vi Trundle

If you want to worry about a Timelines deck, this is arguably the one to keep an eye on – close to 600 games, and power-punching well above 56%. Like Lone Trundle (which we saw in the Heavyweight category), it is weak to Pirates, Nami TF Ionia, Ezreal Kennen and Akshan Lee Sin, but Vi Trundle manages to turn around the Kat Gwen matchup, which is favorable for Timelines in this case.

Worth noting: Vi Trundle does lose quite badly against Lone Trundle, but overall it's better against the rest of the field. Also: if you're in the mood for tweaks, rumor has it that switching Parts Made WholeParts Made Whole for Kindly TavernkeeperKindly Tavernkeeper may improve the Pirates & Kat Gwen matchups.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Freljord
15 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
5
epic
7
rare
5
common
23
Mana cost
2
0
4
1
12
2
6
3
6
4
5
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
21
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Vulpine Wanderer
1
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
1
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
2
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
1
Troll Chant
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
4
Parts Made Whole
1
Parts Made Whole
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Elise Twisted Fate Pandemonium

Monkeys and Powder PandemoniumPowder Pandemonium are enjoying a bit of a comeback: 500+ games, 52%+ WR, burn down the house.

Regions
Shadow Isles
4 cards
Bilgewater
36 cards
Rarities
32 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
8
common
17
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
19
2
0
3
8
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
11
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Yordle Grifter
2
Yordle Grifter
Spells
23
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
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Ezreal Kennen Ionia

Usual story this early Awakening days: Refined deck goes to town, farming the field with nary a new toy needed. In particular, Ezreal Kennen is what's sometimes dubbed "polarizing" (good matchups tend to be a cakewalk; bad matchups tend to be brutally bad) – EzKenn bloody murders Timelines, Lee Sin Akshan and Nasus Kindred, while dying horribly to Pirates.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
31 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
15
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
10
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
13
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
Tasty Faefolk
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
18
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Nami Norra

Norra's code has been cracked! According to Cephalopod, hecate/ilovebees1's brainchild is doing a lot of work right now, with other top pilots jumping aboard the PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza express.

How does this even win, you ask? Drowning foes in value until they grudgingly accept Norra is a real champ, it would seem!

Regions
Bilgewater
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
35 000
champion
6
epic
10
rare
13
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
8
3
0
4
3
5
11
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
3
Nami
3
Nami
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
22
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
7
Mind Meld
1
Mind Meld
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Viego Evelynn

Low-key enjoying one of the best matchup spreads this Meta (it's weak to EzKen and Lone Trundle, but beats everything else that is currently popular), this Viego Evelynn deck punches above 55% in more than 400 games, and there are quite a few other lists in the similar play & winrate window – a well-positioned brew with rooms for improvements; definitely worth a look if these Champs float your boat.

Regions
Runeterra
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
12
2
11
3
3
4
2
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
1
Barkbeast
2
Barkbeast
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Neverglade Collector
2
Neverglade Collector
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
16
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
3
Black Spear
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Twisted Fate Nami Shadows

Yeah, well, obvious as the pun is, it's too tempting to pass: totally shadowed by the Ionia version, Nami TF SI is working very well on Ladder, although on the smaller end of sample sizes – from hearsay among top pilots, it may be the better Tournament pick, yet if you want to climb the ranks with this duo, the Ionia version seems like the best pick. If you are a Go HardGo Hard diehard, though, this is your brew!

Regions
Bilgewater
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
37 700
champion
6
epic
13
rare
10
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
10
2
Coral Creatures
2
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
24
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Ornn Jax

GeneralSchwartz was on the money when theorycrafting his eleven Jax decks on Patch Day – a bit on the Meta fringes, Jax Ornn is a thing: 300+ games, 52%+ WR, and the single deck we can recommend today with Awakening-only Champs!

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Followers
18
1
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
3
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Adept Weaponsmith
3
Adept Weaponsmith
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Hearthblood Mender
3
Hearthblood Mender
Spells
16
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Entrancing Lure
3
Entrancing Lure
2
Sharesies
2
Sharesies
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole
6
Wildclaw's Ferocity
3
Wildclaw's Ferocity
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Thresh Nasus

Although Kindred looks like the superior choice for the Nasus enjoyer, the Thresh version is doing quite well. Thresh is weaker into all Timelines flavors (these matchups are favored for Kindred, yet not for Thresh), while on the other hand having a very solid game against Pirates (which tend to ruin Kindred's day).

Regions
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Shurima
13 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
7
1
14
2
5
3
3
4
4
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
20
0
Ravenous Butcher
2
Ravenous Butcher
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Treasure Seeker
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
Spells
12
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Your Mileage May Vary

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


Kindred Viego, ft. Nasus

Quite the old concept, which added QuietusQuietus and Heedless ResurrectionHeedless Resurrection to the mix. Currently the most promising fringe decklist we can recommend, punching at nearly 56% across more than 200 games.

Regions
Shadow Isles
29 cards
Shurima
11 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
5
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
2
Kindred
6
Nasus
1
Nasus
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
17
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Heedless Resurrection
2
Heedless Resurrection
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Ashe Gwen

Somebody seems to have been reading Shadawx's brewing tips (or perhaps great minds just think alike?) and experimenting with Frozen in FearFrozen in Fear, although taking it to Shadow Isles rather than Demacia. Seems to work thus far!

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
17
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
2
3
9
4
4
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Rimefang Wolf
2
Rimefang Wolf
5
Rimetusk Shaman
2
Rimetusk Shaman
6
Rimefang Denmother
2
Rimefang Denmother
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
15
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
4
Frozen in Fear
3
Frozen in Fear
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Ashe Thresh

Sometimes nicknamed Zombie Ashe, this is a very old concept that seems to have gained a bit of a foothold. ThChEm is quite into it (and quite into QuietusQuietus, by the way) – expect a guide from him soon!

Regions
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Freljord
28 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
5
3
7
4
7
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
Followers
16
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Rimefang Wolf
3
Rimefang Wolf
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
5
Rimetusk Shaman
2
Rimetusk Shaman
7
The Rekindler
2
The Rekindler
Spells
18
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Frozen in Fear
2
Frozen in Fear
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Sirius Akshan

Overwhelm Mastermind Ricko Rex, doing overwhelmingly Ricko Rex things. Like, say, taking this list to Masters already.

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
21 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
2
common
32
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
8
2
10
3
7
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
2
Sivir
6
Darius
1
Darius
Landmarks
2
1
Buried Armory
2
Buried Armory
Equipments
1
2
Great Hammers
1
Great Hammers
Followers
19
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Reckless Trifarian
2
Reckless Trifarian
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
12
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Bloody Business
3
Bloody Business
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Closing Words

Looks like the Golden Age of Piracy is not over – Miss Fortune and her merry bunch of face-punchers are, like past week, at the top of the Meta, and thus far the Old Dogs have a very solid grasp on the Ladder. Nami TF Ionia may have something to say about it, though, and as we saw with Norra (and, well: with Bard too…), a new Champ can go from zero to hero (or villain…) in a day.

By the way: if you are in need of weapons of choice for a Tournament or Gauntlet run, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Tournament and Gauntlet decks.

And good luck in your climb! =)


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