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

Current best decks, according to the latest data.

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

LoR Best Decks – The Plunder Ballad

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

Comparing with data we checked last Sunday, and Leer's Monday Meta Report:

  • The Portal Yordles, aka Heimer Norra, have lost much of their edge (they are not even shown in the above graph) – they still remain the third most popular deck (thus affecting the meta quite a bit, given their good odds versus Plunder and Pirates), but most of their lists currently perform below 50%,
  • There's a clear trend to switch from Nami TF Ionia to Lee Sin Nami (usually still featuring a single copy of TF) – and Lee Sin seems a bit like Akshan these days: he shows up in a lot of decks.

Let's check decklists in detail!


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 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 – 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, Mastering Runeterra 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. Tried-and-true tools for the climbing job – if you are looking for the best deck in Runeterra, it's probably in this category.


Plunder, aka Sejuani Gangplank

They haven't earned a "Stop reading right now, just play this deck" tag just yet, but they are close – and, today, the only Juggernaut in sight. Their most popular deck (same as last Sunday) punches at nearly 55% in a massively large 7,200+ game sample.

Plunder is a rock in a sea of scissors: it crushes Pirates, Nasus Kindred and Kat Gwen; beats Timelines; has an edge on Taric Poppy, Scouts, Ezreal Kennen, and is not too afraid of Heimer Norra or Nami Ionia.

Only decks that ruin Plunder's parade are Thresh Viego Ionia and Eve Viego (even though, as noted in previous articles, pilots always seem reluctant to pilot the latter).

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

Notably Absent: Heimerdinger Norra Shadows

Last week's hot trend, and still very popular, Heimer Norra is not doing too well – they do have a Juggernaut deck by play rate (2,100+ games) but it performs below 50%, so we won't recommend it today.

The Portal Yordles still have good lists, though, as we'll see in the Punching Up category further down.


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."


Pirates, aka Miss Fortune Twisted Fate

Dropping from Juggernaut to Heavyweight, Pirates' best list has lost none of its punch: a whopping 57%+ across 1900 games in the last three days. Shellshocker and Slippery Waverider have become staples, putting this build way above other Pirates versions.

And, as noted last Sunday, only Plunder, Portals (which is in steep decline) and Eve Viego (a deck that never manages to get traction, for some odd reason) are bad news for Pirates – Gangplank may have stolen the limelights from Fate and Fortune, but they still remain one of the best decks in Runeterra.

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

Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

Last Sunday we wondered why Nami TF is seeing such a sharp decrease in popularity and performance – a puzzling trend, given its very good matchup table: it beats Heimer Norra, and has a slight edge on both Pirates and Plunder (that's to say, the three most popular archetypes), while also having good to great odds against most of the field, with Taric Poppy being Nami TF's only nightmare.

As it stands, the explanation may simply be that Nami Lee Sin, which we will see a bit further down, is the superior build, and pilots are migrating to it.

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

Trundle Vi Timelines

After a grand time bullying the Yordle Portals (a bit like he did in the early Awakening days, when he rose to prominence mostly by bashing weak decks while crumbling to strong ones), the Troll King remains popular and quite playable, but looking signs of trending down: the exact same build that was at 55% last Sunday is now at 52%, across nearly 1300 games.

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

Taric Poppy Demacia

Unlike Timelines, Taric and Poppy keep inching upwards – their best build now hammers at 54%.

They look like a contributing factor to the migration from "classic" Nami Ionia to Lee Sin Nami, by the way: they have a slight edge on the latter, but utterly crushes the former.

Overall, Taric Poppy has only two bad matchups among popular decks: Pirates (which is very bad), and Lee Sin Akshan – all in all a very solid option to look into, if you are fond of Demacia and its Rallies.

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

Lee Sin Nami, ft. Twisted Fate

One of the hottest trends in town! =)

Performance itself is an eye-opener: with their best list, these three champs kick at a ridiculously high 57%+ in more than 1,000 games. And it's all the more impressive when considering their surge in popularity: more than twice the play rate, compared with just two days ago. And top pilots endorse the trend, to boot.

Pirates seem to be the only truly bad matchup here, with Taric Poppy looking (in a smallish sample size) a bit of a struggle. Everything else that is popular right now, including Plunder, looks like a good matchup for Lee Sin Nami.

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

Notably Absent: Karma Viktor, Luly Poppy, Nasus Kindred

All these archetypes are still playable, hovering at 50% - still, not what we'd recommend taking to ladder right now.


Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra 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).


Heimer Norra

Aaand here we find the first good Portal Yordles list – you have to dig quite a bit (this is their fifth most popular version), but seems to work quite well.

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
22
2
0
3
4
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
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
2
Sneezy Biggledust!
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Elise Twisted Fate, aka Pandemonium

Monkeys are on the upswing: the list seen below punches at 55% in nearly 500 games, and there are a couple of others with similar numbers.

Most likely reason? They beat Plunder, and brutally murder Pirates.

Word of caution, though: odds for most other matchups range from slightly rough to quite ugly, so Pandemonium may be a bit of a risky bet. But, if you want to show Gangplank and Miss Fortune who's really the Captain, this would be the deck to bring! 

Regions
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Bilgewater
37 cards
Rarities
33 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
9
common
16
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
18
2
0
3
9
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
12
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
Spells
22
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
3
Parrrley
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
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

Far from its heyday, Katarina Gwen keeps getting the job done – being weak to Plunder and a bit of the underNasus to Pirates and Portals is not a great place to be, though, so while still a solid Ladder option (nearly 53% in roughly 400 games), the field may have shifted too aggressively against this three champs.

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

Veigar Norra Shadows

Seems that the spice has legs? =)

One of our fringe decks last Sunday confidently climbs to the "perhaps it's not a fluke" category – decent performance (roughly 52%), nearly 400 games in the last three days (when last Sunday it was just around 100), and now that we have a bit of data, the matchups do look interesting: Norra Veigar appears even against Plunder, quite favored into Pirates, and excellent against Heimer Norra.

A deck worth looking into if you miss Veigar, or if you want to play Norra but Turrets are not your thing! 

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
Open deck in builder

Sejuani Gwen

Having enjoyed a bit of the spotlight last week, Sejuani Gwen is a somewhat fringe option (its most popular list has a bit over 300 games), but is packing one hell of a punch: 55%+.

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
4
3
3
4
2
5
4
6
6
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
2
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
1
Atrocity
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Runeterra 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.


Viego Evelynn

The current best Viego Evelynn list (54%+ WR, nearly 300 games) has gotten a bit greedier, eschewing Hapless Aristocrat for Spirit Leech and going all-in on Neverglade Collector.

As noted in past reports, it's really a weird archetype: pilots don't quite like it, even if its matchups are fairly good (beats Pirates and Plunder, and its roughly even against most other popular choices, with no truly awful matchup in sight), and as such Eve Viego never gains traction. On the other hand, it's currently quite "scattered" (lots of slightly different builds), as if pilots were indeed interested in refining and optimizing this archetype.

Truly a mystery! =)

Regions
Shadow Isles
34 cards
Runeterra
3 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
Open deck in builder

Pink Thresh Viego

On the other hand, this is perhaps the "cool" Viego deck, with great matchups against Plunder, Pirates and Portals, and solid odds against the rest of the field.

If Eve Viego is not doing it for you, maybe try this deck instead!

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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Pink Ezreal Kennen

It would seem times are indeed rough for (or pilots are bored of?) Ezreal Kennen – regardless how high top pilots may rate this deck, popularity is in sharp decline. Its most popular list sits at a bit below 200 games played, although with a great 53% WR.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
31 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
16
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
9
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
12
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Gruesome Theater
1
Gruesome Theater
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Vi Jax

And it keeps refusing to go out quietly into the night!

Fiercely fighting in the fringes, Vi Jax is punching well above 55%, giving its all to not be pushed out of the Meta.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Runeterra
3 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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Akshan Lee Sin

An extremely scattered archetype (the most popular list is less than 5% of the archetype's data sample), and therefore it's quite hard to draw conclusions about the optimal build. Still, both the Akshan Lee Sin archetype as a whole, and the majority of the most popular lists, are performing very well.

Regions
Shurima
12 cards
Ionia
28 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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Ekko Zilean

If you are new to Legends of Runeterra, this deck (like the next, Nightfall) may be something that will probably feel fresh and different, given the extensive use of a particular mechanic – also recommended if, a bit like Timelines, you enjoy archetypes offering a lot of "choose among three" choices (although, in Predict's case, those choices are from among cards already in your deck).

Quite an aggressive deck, going for early chip damage and then rallying with Ekko's spell.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
13
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
Landmarks
2
1
Ancient Preparations
2
Ancient Preparations
Followers
15
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
Spells
17
0
Feral Prescience
2
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Rite of Passage
2
Rite of Passage
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
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Nightfall

As Leer noted in his Monday Meta Report, Nightfall is doing quite well. If you are a Nightfall enjoyer, may be the perfect time to rejoin with Diana and Nocturne – if you've never tried the archetype, then it's a good opportunity to check a deck that plays a bit differently than any other (and which is much, much subtler than it may look at first glance).

Regions
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
15
2
5
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
15
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
3
We Stand Together
2
We Stand Together
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
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Leona Bard

For our final and fringiest recommendation, a champ combo that wouldn't have surprised a couple of patches ago, when "Let's slap Bard here" was always a solid deck-building option. Yet it does punch at 55% currently, and with two champs you don't see anywhere else nowadays!

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Mount Targon
31 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
3
3
4
4
15
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
4
Solari Sunforger
1
Solari Sunforger
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
12
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
5
Cosmic Binding
3
Cosmic Binding
5
Moonlight Affliction
3
Moonlight Affliction
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
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Closing Words

With around a week to go until the next balance patch (in principle scheduled for Wed 28th, if Riot sticks to their usual patch cadence), it seems like we'll finish this first Awakening chapter with Plunder, Pirates and Portals on top…

… but, as noted, Portals seem to be in sharp decline, and our Meta hates a vacuum, so there may still have a couple of surprises in store.

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!


Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

Poke me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans,

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