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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, 24hs Into the Awakening Expansion

With 24 hours of data, these are the Awakening decks that are performing the best.

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

LoR Current Best Decks

With 24hs of data into the Awakening expansion, according to Balco and MaRu Meta Tier List...

LoR Best Decks -- Meta Tier List

... looks like, thus far, the 'Old Guard' (ie LoR decks that were great last week, with some some new toys) are dominating the ladder, with Ornn being the only new Champ showing up among the Top Ten archetypes.

Below we'll recommend the best-performing decklists according to Legna, Balco, and MaRu's own data-mining – we'll only check decklists with a minimum of 90 games played, so some archetypes (for example Scouts) won't be listed (because, even if the archetype as a whole seems to be doing very well, none of the decklists in our data sample break past the 90-game mark).


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Yo ho, yo ho, Pirates have found a new toy! Just like Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon and Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros are last Season's recruits, Ionian HookmasterIonian Hookmaster has joined Miss Fortune's merry band of misfits. With its latest addition, Pirates are, as they were two days ago, the thing you take to ladder when you want to climb fast – most played list (by a huge margin, at 1300+ games), and bonkers WR (57%+).

Apparently Pirates don't do too well into Zoe Kayn, with the rest of the field being easy bounty.

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
Open deck in builder

Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

"No, thank you kindly," Gwen said with a polite smile and a courteous nod. "We don't need any new toys to farm decks both new and old."

These three ladies punch like Pirates, with the decklist seen below clocking 700+ games – most matchups in sight either roughly even, or clearly favored for them.

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
Open deck in builder

Trundle Ornn Timelines

"Hey, the King could use some new toys!" said Trundle. "And I'll take a new partner, if you have one!"

Yyyep, it's a Timelines deck, with its classic It That StaresIt That Stares and Buried in IceBuried in Ice top-end – but a new Champ and nine new cards in Favored ArtisanFavored Artisan, Piltovan CastawayPiltovan Castaway and Combat CookCombat Cook (themselves adding the new Equipment mechanic into the Timelines mix) makes this a fairly fresh option. There are quite a lot of other variations, but the list below (500+ games, 55%+ WR) is the one punching hardest right now.

Seems to die horribly to Pirates, though, so we'll see.

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
14
2
3
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
7
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Favored Artisan
3
Favored Artisan
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

This may be a bit like Theseus' Ship, but where Timelines got new toys, this Nami TF variation got a whole new region to play with, switching Shadow Isles for Ionia.

No reliable matchup data (not that any data is too reliable this early into the patch, anyway…), this deck punches above 55% in nearly 400 games.

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
Open deck in builder

Zoe Kayn, aka Majiin's Happy Place

Alright, a truly new deck at last! =)

There are several different lists (as is to be expected with a new archetype), and the most popular is not doing too well (WR below 49%), but the second most popular list, recommended below, punches above 51% in 300+ games. 

Cherry on top, it's favored into Pirates – although mortally afraid of Kindred Nasus and Timelines, it seems.

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
Open deck in builder

Vi Jax

Another fresh new formula fumbling to find its footing – in this case you have to dig all the way down to the fourth most popular list until you find a really solid 53% WR across more than 200 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
3
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
19
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
21
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
Spells
13
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
Open deck in builder

Zoe Master Yi

Little played, but showing some promise across 100+ games – pilots beware!

Regions
Mount Targon
20 cards
Ionia
20 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
18
2
8
3
5
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
3
Master Yi
3
Master Yi
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
9
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Sparklefly
2
Sparklefly
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
1
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
22
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
2
Wuju Style
2
Entrancing Lure
3
Entrancing Lure
2
Gifts From Beyond
2
Gifts From Beyond
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sonic Wave
1
Sonic Wave
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Moral Support
3
Moral Support
Open deck in builder

Teemo Norra Ionia

This seems to be, thus far, the only Norra deck showing some promise – there are tons of experiments with her, most of them doing awful; the list below, though, is rocking hard in a tiny 90-game sample.

Regions
Ionia
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
0
3
9
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
2
Norra
3
Norra
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
Spells
22
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
7
Eclectic Collection
3
Eclectic Collection
Open deck in builder

Other Old Dog Bullies

Among other refined archetypes having a blast in this new meta, we've got:

Thresh Nasus, having fun with The Darkin BloodlettersThe Darkin Bloodletters,

Annie Jhin, doing Annie Jhin things with nary a new toy in sight,

Nasus Kindred, too happy with Hate SpikeHate Spike to care much about Awakening stuff,

Lone Kai'Sa is not only not dead, but being revived by Heedless ResurrectionHeedless Resurrection,

Nami TF Shadows, having fun with QuietusQuietus,

Kennen Ezreal, no home for new toys,

And Lone Viego Shurima, who empowered by Heedless ResurrectionHeedless Resurrection and all giddy with his new The Darkin HalberdThe Darkin Halberd, has recruited Fireth, Reaper of the SandsFireth, Reaper of the Sands and Forsaken BaccaiForsaken Baccai into his army.


Wrapping Up

Jax, a Legends of Runeterra Champion

Unlike Worldwalker, and a bit like Forces from Beyond, the Awakening Champs are having a slow start, with old decks dominating the first twenty-four hours.

Which is not to say much, mind you –  two weeks after Forces launched, Kai'Sa said, "Hold my mutated beer," and we were all left with traumatized memories of what happened next, so… we'll see.

Tune in tomorrow for Weekend Warrior Weapons, when we'll check the first 40 hours of data – until then have fun, enjoy the turbulence, and 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,

Stop for a chat on the Poetry Discord (we talk a fair bit about the LoR best decks and data, too! =): https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY,

Or find more writings on substack: https://riwan.substack.com/

And good luck in your climb!


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