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

Plunder, Pirates and Portals: on the Science of answering Sermons.

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

LoR Best Decks – How Science Answers Sermons

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

LoR Best Decks: LoR Meta Tier List, with Gangplank Sejuani, Pirates, and Heimer Norra as the three most popular decks in Legends of Runeterra

On the surface, our Meta is settling down – the above snapshot is fairly similar to the data we saw in Weekend Warrior Weapons last Friday:

  • Plunder and Pirates remain a testament to Illaoi's resilience: the Nagakabouros Priest may have been nerfed in body, but she very much remains at the top in spirit!
  • Akshan Lee Sin gained a lot of steam (although, as we shall see, it's a very "scattered" archetype),
  • The Rally Crew has split: Tappy stays among the Top Dogs, but Scouts have lost their foothold on the Meta,
  • Something similar has happened with Ezreal Kennen, widely considered among top pilots to be one of the best LoR decks – yet this is the first time in weeks we'll need to dig quite a bit to find a good list for them,
  • Norra Hemeir is still the most popular archetype, yet as a whole struggles at a middling 50% WR – good decks for them do exist, though, as we shall soon see.

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) and articles (like Leer's LoR Meta Decks Report last Monday) sorts LoR decks by archetype ("archetype" being the aggregate of decks with a specific champion combination) – that's also how matchup data is shown.

In this article, we'll sort 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: 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). As a rule of thumb, decks with a winrate (WR) above 52% catch our eye, above 53% are eye-widening, and anything 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 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 and good-to-great WR: these are the best LoR decks, tried-and-true tools for the climbing job.


Plunder, aka Sejuani Gangplank

The new King and Queen of the LoR Ladder – as Pirates were just a week ago, Plunder now is not only the best performing archetype overall, but also the most popular decklist: nearly 4,000 games in the last three days, punching at 55%+, and with the huge majority of pilots in all three shards (Americas, EMEA and APAC) choosing the exact same build. Which one could argue may be Plunder in body, but Illaoi in spirit, given that (just like for Pirates) Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon is doing a lot of work here.

Plunder demolishes Pirates, by the way, which no doubt explains this deck's WR; it's also on top of Kindred Nasus, Timelines, Kat Gwen, Taric Poppy, Scouts, and has a slight edge on Ezreal Kennen – in other words, handily handles most of last week's Top Dogs.

Just like Pirates, though, Plunder has a hard time against Heimer Norra, and Eve Viego is a disastrous matchup.

Regions
Freljord
3 cards
Bilgewater
37 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
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
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Portals, aka Heimerdinger Norra Shadows

Heimer has spent some time in the Lab: some popular Heimer Norra decks perform below 50%, yet their most popular list, shown below, punches at nearly 52% across 3,000 games. Eclectic CollectionEclectic Collection and MinimorphMinimorph (still present in some of the subpar lists) have been dropped to make room for cheaper spells.

Science soundly answers Sermons, it would seem, since the Portal Yordles beat both Pirates and Plunder; they also have solid odds against Nasus Kindred and Ezreal Kennen.

Timelines is their nightmare, though (one of the most lopsided matchups between any two popular decks), with Nami TF Ionia and Sej Gwen also being uphill struggles.

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
23
2
0
3
5
4
6
5
3
6
0
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
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Pirates, aka Miss Fortune Twisted Fate

Ganplank's return may have been ill tidings for these two, yet they have adapted and are on the backswing: Pirates' best deck punches well above 56% (the highest WR among the three Juggernauts we'll see today).

The jury is back about the best-performing cards, by the way: keep your faith in Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon and Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros, but also bring Shellshocker Shellshocker and Slippery WaveriderSlippery Waverider.

Portals and Plunder: bad news.

Timelines, Nasus Kindred, Taric Poppy, Lee Sin Akshan and Ezreal Kennen: show them who's still boss.

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
6
3
6
4
4
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
5
Slippery Waverider
1
Slippery Waverider
Spells
12
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Heavyweights – Strong LoR 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."


Lulu Poppy Demacia

With the same list we saw last Friday, Lulu Poppy punches at a solid 52%+ in nearly 2,000 games. An archetype brought back to center stage by NicMakesPlays (and earning a last-minute inclusion in Sirturmund's personal pick for this weekend's Tournaments & Gauntlets), Lulu Poppy has shown it has what it takes.

Heimer Norra is an awful matchup, and so are Eve Viego and another of Poppy's best friends, namely Taric. On the other hand, these two Yordles can hold their own against most popular decks, having particularly good odds against TF Nami Ionia and Kat Gwen.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
14
2
8
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
25
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Yordle Smith
3
Yordle Smith
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Wandering Shepherd
2
Wandering Shepherd
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Cithria the Bold
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

Now, this one is very weird. This exact decklist was punching at 56%+ two days ago, yet it has dropped to 52%+ (which is still good, but quite the massive downgrade) – even though the new arrival, Plunder, is a good matchup for Nami TF, and it still retains its edge versus Heimer Norra, Pirates, Timelines and Eve Viego.

It's quite hard to puzzle, by the numbers, why such a sharp drop in WR (while not having an increase in play rate, two variables that often have an inverse correlation). Lulu Poppy is a fairly bad matchup, so these Yordles becoming popular may be a contributing factor?

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
Open deck in builder

Taric Poppy Demacia

Same deck as last Friday, similar solid results – hammering at 53%+ in 1,300+ games, Tappy is here to stay.

Pirates and Nasus Kindred are bad news, but Plunder is doable (if a bit of a struggle) – Heimer Norra, Kat Gwen, Ezreal Kennen and Lulu Poppy, on the other hand, are all favored.

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
7
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
3
3
9
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Equipments
1
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Frightened Ibex
2
Frightened Ibex
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Trundle Vi

Brutally smashing Portals, Trundle Vi keeps punching at 55%+. As we've often noted, though, save Portals and Eve Viego, most strong decks (Pirates, Plunder, Nami Ionia, EzKen, Lee Sin Akshan) have from good to great odds against Timelines.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Freljord
17 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
5
epic
7
rare
5
common
23
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
11
2
7
3
5
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
2
Ferros Financier
2
Vulpine Wanderer
1
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
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
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
1
Troll Chant
3
Aftershock
2
Aftershock
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

Everybody Comes to Vik's

It's hard to remember a time in which Karma was a solid Meta pick, yet this "Everybody Comes to Vik's" pile keeps pulling it off, although now with more modest results: 51%+ over 900+ games.

For an alternative less-Bar-more-Burn version, check Yangzera's Karma Viktor Deck Guide, which Yang and Monte took to Top 3 of Runeterra Life's Duo Tourney last Friday.

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
29 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
8
2
5
3
10
4
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Karma
3
Karma
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
9
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
3
Shadow Assassin
1
Shadow Assassin
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Tasty Faefolk
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

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).


Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

Another perhaps weird trend – this tough trio now punches at a terrific 56%+ after more than a week of losing steam – but perhaps explained by the decreased popularity: around 550 games with this list (when the archetype used to be a Juggernaut not long ago), which in turn suggests that only die-hard experts have remained faithful…

… and with the chaff and wannabes gone, this trio is now swinging back hard.

A fairly even matchup spread, too (again usually signaling a deck that rewards skill), with only Eve Viego and Taric Poppy having poor odds for Katarina Gwen, and most other popular bouts being in the 47-53% range. For a detailed read, check Scissorsbox Katarina Gwen Deck Guide.

Regions
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Noxus
15 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
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
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
Open deck in builder

Lee Sin Nami, ft. Twisted Fate

A trend favored by such top pilots as MajiinBae (in his "Which Nami to Play?" article) and Sirturmund (who took it to Rank #3 on the Ladder), Lee Sin Nami's most popular list kicks at 55% in 400+ games.

Is this trend a contributing factor for why the "main" Nami Ionia list sees a dip in performance, in the sense that the best players are migrating to the Lee Sin version?

Data is quite scarce to tell – Pirates seems an awful matchup (Taric Poppy too, in a very small bunch of games), but Lee Sin appears to have an edge against Heimer Norra, Kat Gwen, Timelines, Nasus Kindred and, interestingly, Plunder. 

Regions
Bilgewater
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
19
common
6
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
3
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
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Akshan Pantheon

Another archetype that enjoys a bit of a rebound, after a middling performance last week. Probably explained by good odds against Heimer Norra, although Pirates and Plunder are awful news.

Regions
Mount Targon
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
3
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
11
3
5
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
14
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
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Pink Thresh Viego

Another up-and-comer showing it has what it takes! Doubling its playrate in two days, pairing these two Shadowy champs with the Pink region proves to be a solid concept, punching at 53%+ in 400+ games.

Quite the great matchup spread, too: Heimer Norra, Nasus Kindred, Kat Gwen, Ezreal Kennen and Sej Gangplank all seem favored for Thresh Viego – Pirates is only slightly disfavored, and Taric Poppy is the only truly awful confrontation.

If you want to try something off the beaten path that seems very well positioned, this brew is very much worth looking into! 

Regions
Ionia
8 cards
Shadow Isles
32 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
17
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
14
2
Greenglade Lookout
2
Greenglade Lookout
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Vora
3
Vora
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
20
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Syncopation
3
Syncopation
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Deny
3
Deny
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Twisted Fate Akshan

A recent up-and-comer from maître brasseur 4LW, which impressed our lineups maven Monte to the point of being one of his Tournaments & Gauntlets recommendations this week.

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
13
2
6
3
4
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
16
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Hired Gun
2
Hired Gun
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
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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 how they currently fare.

Today we'll find quite a few archetypes that were popular or strong (or both!) just a few days ago, and also quite "scattered" (as in, archetypes that have a lot of different decklists with similar playrate, thus suggesting pilots have not yet found the optimal list for the current field) – goes to show, shifts in the meta can cut quite deep, even when the archetypes at the top may remain remain.


Lux Karma

Second time this season that we get to aim the spotlight at two different Karma builds!

Lux Karma showed up some days ago, then kept low, and now has resurfaced – and with quite a solid performance: 53%+, and around 270 games (which, for a deck that we've seen punching quite well some days ago, means it does have legs).

Regions
Ionia
21 cards
Demacia
19 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
16
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
10
2
7
3
4
4
12
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Karma
3
Karma
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Scales of the Dragon
2
Scales of the Dragon
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Tasty Faefolk
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
Spells
19
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
6
Remembrance
3
Remembrance
8
Judgment
1
Judgment
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Twisted Fate Nami Shadows

Shadow Isles is MajiinBae's favorite region to pair Nami with, according to his "Which Nami to Play?" article – although currently pushed a bit into obscurity by the much more popular Pink variants, Nami TF Shadows remains a very powerful, if fringe, ladder option.

Regions
Bilgewater
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
35 700
champion
6
epic
11
rare
11
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
6
2
6
3
4
4
7
5
7
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
6
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
28
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
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
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Viego Evelynn

And here we have what may be the weirdest Awakening archetype: pilots never quite warm up to these two champs, and their best build has dropped so much in popularity that it only has around 200 games – even though it remains one of the best performers, and has a very good matchup spread (now even adding Plunder to the archetypes it utterly demolishes!).

Regions
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Runeterra
14 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
12
2
10
3
4
4
3
5
6
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
4
Spirit Leech
1
Spirit Leech
5
Neverglade Collector
3
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
2
Black Spear
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Pink Ezreal Kennen

Another puzzling trend – widely considered among top pilots one of the best LoR decks (Card Gamer, in his extensive Ezreal Kennen Deck Guide, rates it as THE best LoR deck right now, and it's always an archetype Monte and Sirturmund have in mind, either to bring, ban or target, in their Tournaments & Gauntlets recommendations), today we find Ezreal Kennen unceremoniously pushed to the fringes.

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
11
2
8
3
10
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
11
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
20
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Gruesome Theater
2
Gruesome Theater
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
1
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Veigar Norra Shadows

Now, this one is a novel take: a mixture of Darkness and Norra's Shadowy version – fresh off the oven, whopping 56% WR, small sample size.

If you want untested, promising spice, this would be one of today's picks!

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
22
2
0
3
4
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
Followers
13
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
8
Dess & Ada
2
Dess & Ada
Spells
21
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Unspeakable Horror
1
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
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Lone Kai'Sa

In the, "Oh, how the mighty have been nerfed" category, Lone Kai'Sa remains quite fringe-playable.

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
17 800
champion
3
epic
3
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
5
3
6
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
17
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
4
Silverwing Diver
1
Silverwing Diver
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
9
Void Abomination
1
Void Abomination
Spells
20
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
1
Tempting Prospect
2
Tempting Prospect
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
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Akshan Lee Sin

Another very "scattered" archetype (lots of different lists, each with only a handful of games) - Akshan Lee Sin kicks behinds most firmly, though, most of said lists doing very well. The most popular, seen below, smacks nearly at 54% in nearly 200 games, with other similar lists showing equally similar results.

Regions
Ionia
28 cards
Shurima
12 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
14
2
2
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Equipments
1
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
9
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Eye of the Dragon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
24
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Sonic Wave
2
Sonic Wave
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
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Vi Jax

A testament of what resilient, resourceful die-hard pilots can do with an archetype they love, Vi Jax refuses to go out into the night, and has two slightly different lists (both with around 100 games) clinging to the fringes.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
15
2
7
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
18
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
2
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
1
Entrancing Lure
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Scavenged Camocloaker
1
Scavenged Camocloaker
4
Parts Made Whole
3
Parts Made Whole
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Don't Follow Fizz

To close today's selection, the most fringe deck we'll see today (55% in 100 games), with a truly unique take: the list you see below is not bugged – it really has exactly zero followers, and goes all-in on Champs, landmarks and spells.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
7
1
13
2
12
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
0
Spells
31
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Prowling Projectile
1
Prowling Projectile
2
Quicken
3
Quicken
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Lightning Rush
1
Lightning Rush
3
Stress Defense
3
Stress Defense
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
8
Progress Day!
3
Progress Day!
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Closing Words

While Norra Heimer has proven beyond doubt that Norra is a real champion, it was not meant to be the ladder royalty that its early spike suggested – and, by current numbers, it's another Sermon-spiked brew, namely Gangplank Sejuani, the one poised to claim the Meta throne.

Still, as we've seen, a lot of popular and powerful archetypes are shifting under this pressure, with some of the better-performing archetypes being so scattered that their best lists end in our YMMV category. While at first glance the Meta seems to be settling down, most archetypes are still undergoing shifts and refinements, and pilots have not yet found the optimal list in most cases.

In other words: we'll see! =)

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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