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By the Numbers – Nineteen Best Meta and Off-Meta LoR Decks

The best Legends of Runeterra decks, according to the latest data!

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:

Best LoR Decks: LoR Meta Tier List

Compared with data we saw on the best Legends of Runeterra decks last Friday, we see:

  • Pirates reaffirming their dominance over the Ladder, now undisputedly the best LoR deck both by winrate and playrate (note Balco's 100% Meta Score; a perfect 100 only happens with an archetype topples both charts),
  • Taric Poppy and Miss Fortune Quinn, to much rejoice of all Rally aficionados, keep carving a solid spot in the meta,
  • Norra yet again pulling one of her many tricks, with yet another promising deck for her!

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 of decks with 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 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: decks 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 decks 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 – and when talking about decks in general, or best LoR 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).

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 LoR decks (ie. specific decklist) you can choose to face the most popular archetypes (since you'll find all versions in the ladder).

Last but not least: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ranked Ladder environment – if you are in need of weapons of choice for the Best-of-Three format, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Tournament & Gauntlet Decks and Lineups (which they usually update every Thursday).

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

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


Juggernauts – Best LoR Meta Decks

Decklists with more than 2100 games: these are the best LoR decks, tried-and-true tools for the climbing job – currently Pirates are the sole dweller of this category!


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Yeah, seems like we're gonna be slapin' the following highlight a lot during the Awakening season: punching over 54% over 2,400+ games, and being the only Juggernaut today, kinda earns Pirates such bragging rights:

If your main goal is to climb the ladder, grab this list and get going – this is the best LoR deck righ now!!

Pirates have more depth that people give them credit for, mind you, so it's not "brainless aggro" by any means – but unless the meta shifts quite a lot, Pirates has proven to be the best tool for Ladder, and one of the best for Gauntlets and Tournaments.

Viego Evelynn and TF Nami Ionia are a bit of a headache for Fate and Fortune's merry bunch, and so is today's fresh new face: Heimer Norra. Pirates are also very slightly the underdog against Kat Gwen and Scouts – most of the rest of the field is ripe for plunder.

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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Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

LoR Best Decks: Twisted Fate, the Champion you see in many of the best Legends of Runeterra Meta Decks

These LoR decks 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".


Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

Ionia's Nami TF version climbs to the most popular and potent of the Heavyweight decks, displacing Kat Gwen from the spot – and with the exact same decklist we saw among the best Legends of Runeterra decks last Friday and last Wednesday. In other words, a very well refined against the current field, punching over 55% in 1,200+ games.

This duo demolishes Pirates, and has very good odds into Timelines and Eve Viego; Kat Gwen, EzKen and Nasus Kindred are very slightly disfavorable matchups; Scouts and Lurkers, on the other hand, would be fairly bad news.

For an in-depth read (and a bit of a different list, although he pioneered Heavy MetalHeavy Metal), here you have SharkBait's Nami TF Ionia deck guide, breaking down this archetype's round-by-round strategy.

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
35 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
23
common
2
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
7
2
6
3
8
4
7
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
12
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
22
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
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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Heimerdinger Norra

Surprise! =)

Or, well, perhaps we should be expecting it by now: the Champ that seemed among the weakest as soon as Awakening launched is giving ample proof that she's in fact not only the punchiest of the batch, but also the most flexible – while this is the only new Norra deck we'll see today, it's not the only strong one, as we'll see in a bit.

This one did come a bit out of nowhere, and took the ladder by storm in the last three days: the decklist below hits at 53%+ in more than 1,200 games and, cherry on top: handily Portals on Pirate's parade by a good margin. It's also very solid into EzKen, Viego Evelynn and Lee Sin Akshan – on the negatives, it has a bit of a problem with Kat Gwen, and weeps bitterly whenever it faces Timelines or Sej Gwen. 

Regions
Bandlecity
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
21
2
0
3
2
4
6
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
6
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
Spells
28
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Eclectic Collection
2
Eclectic Collection
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Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

This tough trio has lost a bit of punch – besides Pirates, they were the other only Juggernauts among the best LoR decks last Wednesday, but now they fall behind TF Nami IO and Heimer Norra among the Heavyweights. Nevertheless, they still remain the second most popular archetype overall, and also a great deck for Tournaments or Gauntlets. Their matchup spread is quite balanced (most confrontations are roughly even, signaling a deck with which skilled players will often have an edge), with only Eve Viego, Scouts and Taric Poppy being fairly tough struggles.

For further reading, here's Scissorsbox's Katarina Gwen Deck Guide, breaking down Red Gwen's many combos.

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
5
3
6
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
22
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Frenzied Skitterer
1
Frenzied Skitterer
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
12
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
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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Sejuani Gwen

Gaining a lot of traction in the last few days (we saw it as a fringe deck last Wednesday, and picking steam last Friday), the "other" Gwen blend has shown it has what it takes to be taken seriously. Its performance is a bit on the weak end for what we usually recommend among Heavyweights – it jabs a bit below 52%, so a solid-yet-not-amazing punch – but its spike in popularity, and with other Sej Gwen lists performing equally well, makes it a solid bet as "deck that will get further refined in the next few days."

Sej Gwen beats its Red Gwen sibling, thwacks Timelines, and demolishes Hemeir Norra – it's not ideal against Pirates, though, and both Eve Viego and EzKen are a bit of an uphill struggle.

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
4
3
3
4
2
5
4
6
7
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Conductor Of The Mists
1
Conductor Of The Mists
5
Scarmaiden Reaver
2
Scarmaiden Reaver
6
Alpha Wildclaw
1
Alpha Wildclaw
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
15
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Inner Beast
2
Inner Beast
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
3
Strike Up The Band
3
Strike Up The Band
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
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Ezreal Kennen Ionia

Another powerful archetype being refined; last Wednesday EzKen's best list was found among the "Punching Up" decks – now their most popular list is a bona-fide Heavyweight (close to 1,000 games and striking at 53%+), and in case you're in the mood for experimenting, the second most popular list performs even better (56%+ in around 600 games) by cutting Navori ConspiratorNavori Conspirator and Tasty FaefolkTasty Faefolk to make room for more spells. 

Pirates and Scouts continue being EzKen's nightmares (what can spells do against such reckless face-punching?) and Heimer Norra is seriously bad news – on the other hand, they run circles around Lee Sin and Nasus Kindred, squash Timelines most brutally, and have a very good edge against both Red and Sej Gwen.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
11
2
11
3
7
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
15
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
2
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
Tasty Faefolk
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
2
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
16
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Akshan Pantheon

A deck we'll include here a bit on grounds of novelty – pushing a playable 51% in 900 games even though Pirates, EzKen and Eve Viego are truly awful matchups.

By the way: Akshan seems, by a mile, the champ with whom brewers are experimenting the most right now. A lots of those experiments are on the "Hoooly crap that's bad!" corner of the Lab, at least for now, but there's a lot of interest in making him work in novel ways.

Regions
Mount Targon
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
4
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
11
3
6
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
15
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Merciless Hunter
1
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wounded Whiteflame
1
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
1
Supercharge
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Notably Absent – Nasus Kindred, Trundle Timelines

While not unplayable (50%-ish WR), Nasus Kindred is nevertheless a deck that seems too popular given its current performance.

Trundle Timelines, and Concurrent TimelinesConcurrent Timelines in particular, have now joined the growing group of decks and cards that, in the future, you'll be able to point at whenever somebody, on the first couple of days of the Expansion, starts screeching, "Hotfix!! Hotfix, for design space's sake!! Hotfix now, or all is lost!!"

"Chill like an Iceborn, friend, and just give the Meta some Timelines to settle," you'll be able to say. "Maybe it's indeed not okay ('Sa), as you say, but… who knows? Maybe it shall all take care of itself!"


Punching Up – Off-Meta LoR Decks Doing Great

LoR decks with between 300 and 900 games played in the last three days in Platinum and above – 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).


Viego Evelynn

I'm starting to feel Ahri Bard about this one (a deck that for weeks pilots forcefully ignored back in its day, even though its numbers were unfailingly great): Eve Viego, a Heavyweight last week, now falls to our Punching Up category in spite of pummeling at close to 55%, and being very good against Pirates, Red & Sej Gwen, Nasus Kindred, Scouts, and Taric Poppy – that's to say, most of the Top Dogs!

And even its poor matchups (EzKen, Heimer Norra, Nami TF Ionia, and Timelines) are around 45%, which is very manageable (or downright unnoticeable unless you play tons of games) so… one of those puzzling decks that is surely solid, yet doesn't click with pilots for some reason!

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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Scouts, aka Miss Fortune Quinn

The other Fortune formula keeps doing quite well, and like in Metas past, with quite a lot of experimentation in what would seem and otherwise rather straightforward archetype: their Heavyweight deck, seen below (quite close to versions from older metas), hits at nearly 53% in 800+ games – a spicier take, though, has learned from Fortune's piratic adventures and has added Eye of Nagakabouros and Riptide Sermon to their mix.

Scouts are terrified by Viego Evelynn, but scare the heck out of Kat Gwen, EzKen, and Nami TF, while having a small edge on Pirates and Heimer Norra.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
6
3
4
4
6
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
2
Shellshocker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Elise Norra

As said above, Heimer may be Norra's newest, flashiest partner, but Elise keeps being a very good friend – and three copies of Treasured TrashTreasured Trash keep doing the trick! Has wonderful odds against Pirates, by the way.

Regions
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
19
2
3
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
2
Norra
3
Norra
Followers
13
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
The Tea Maker
3
The Tea Maker
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
21
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
Treasured Trash
3
Treasured Trash
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Norra Bard

And yet another Norra blend that is doing great – a fringe option last week, but now with a very solid 53%+ in 500+ games (and with the exact same list), we can very much call it "the real deal."

Regions
Runeterra
12 cards
Bandlecity
28 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
3
3
4
4
7
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
16
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
The Tea Maker
3
The Tea Maker
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
5
Living Library
3
Living Library
Spells
18
1
Group Shot
3
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Proximity Puffcap
3
Proximity Puffcap
5
Cosmic Binding
1
Cosmic Binding
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
7
Eclectic Collection
2
Eclectic Collection
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Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

Buried ArmoryBuried Armory having become an mainstain, Pyke and Rek'Sai keep doing their 54%+ thing – one of the most high-rolly LoR decks (arguably the strongest when going first, among the weakest when going second), mostly kept at bay by its horrendous odds versus Pirates. 

Regions
Shurima
26 cards
Bilgewater
14 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Landmarks
2
1
Buried Armory
2
Buried Armory
Followers
29
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
2
Jaull-fish
Spells
3
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
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Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

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


Taric Poppy Demacia

Last Wednesday, Taric and Poppy were doing great but with nary a new toy to play with. By last Friday though, they picked up The Darkin LodestoneThe Darkin Lodestone, and oh boy are they crushing skulls now. Definitely the pick for Rally fans, if Scouts are not your thing (and, yeah, you haven't really lived until you pull a Mountain SojournersMountain Sojourners Support Conga Line! =).

A very "scattered" archetype, by the way: there are tons of different list (some of them doing truly awful), none of them with too many games – should pilots agree on the best list, Taric Poppy would for sure become a ladder Heavyweight.

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
16
2
3
3
8
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Frightened Ibex
2
Frightened Ibex
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Miss Gwen, ft. Rex

Grab Pirates, and slice off the Noxus side.

Then grab Kat Gwen, and remove the Noxus side too.

Mix.

Stir vigorously.

Add Riptide RexRiptide Rex.

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
32 200
champion
6
epic
8
rare
10
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Hired Gun
1
Hired Gun
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
17
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Blood in the Water
3
Blood in the Water
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Ramp Aurelion Sol

It's always heart-warming to see these two champs together (if you haven't yet, listening to their voice lines would be reason enough to take this deck for a spin), and they keep performing very well in the fringes (56%!), as they did two days ago. Tread with care (WR is quite likely being pushed upwards by very experienced pilots), but a very different deck from anything else you'll find in LoR.

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Mount Targon
13 cards
Rarities
35 700
champion
6
epic
11
rare
11
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
3
2
0
3
6
4
9
5
3
6
16
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
6
Targon's Peak
3
Targon's Peak
Followers
9
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
19
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Celestial Wonder
1
Celestial Wonder
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Lee Sin Nami, ft. Twisted Fate

Nami TF, but with less Red and Gold cards, a lot more kick! Probably blasphemous for a good chunk of both TF and Lee Sin fans, but very solid numbers. 

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
34 700
champion
6
epic
9
rare
17
common
8
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
7
3
4
4
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
5
Lee Sin
2
Lee Sin
Followers
13
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
1
Piltovan Castaway
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
21
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Vi Jax

Pushed to the fringes, Vi Jax (aka "The Other Timelines Deck") seems to be doing okay – if you want further reading, GeneralSchwartz put together a Vi Jax Deck Guide you may want to check out.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Runeterra
17 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Blades of the Fallen
2
Blades of the Fallen
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Entrancing Lure
3
Entrancing Lure
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
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Karma Lux

Another list probably pushed by die-hard expert fans, but you can't look at a 58% WR (in quite the small sample: barely above 100 games) and not wonder if there's something truly scary here.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
15
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
10
2
8
3
5
4
10
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Karma
3
Karma
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
16
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Scales of the Dragon
1
Scales of the Dragon
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
5
Radiant Guardian
1
Radiant Guardian
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
1
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
18
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
6
Remembrance
2
Remembrance
8
Judgment
1
Judgment
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Ahri Kennen Shurima

Oh, look who's back!

If you weren't around LoR at the start of this year, you may not know: these two ruled the Meta with an iron fist for a whole Season. They seem to have found new toys and friends to play with, and are doing very well on the fringes.

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
18
1
18
2
0
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Followers
18
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
Spells
16
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
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Closing Words

Pirates keep their grip on the ladder, while Norra keeps showing up in new decks (which trash Pirates) – and the Meta seems to be settling down, which is usually when somebody finds the key to make something work real well (like, again, Pirates themselves by the tail end of Forces from Beyond). So, we'll see how things shape up! =)

To close today's recommendations, the usual reminder: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ladder – if you are in need of weapons of choice for a Tournament or Gauntlet run, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Best-of-Three decks and lineups.

Good luck out there! =)


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