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By the Numbers – Best LoR Decks, Jan 30

Best decks in Legends of Runeterra for a last-push climb!

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks – The Post-Seasonal Field

As of early Monday, these are the seven most popular LoR decks according to the Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play rate

The Legends of Runeterra Seasonal Tournament is over, and our Champions have been crowned!

The LoR meta is in a bit of a weird place right now – usually, we would be waiting for new cards to arrive in two days, but in this case the patch has been delayed a bit (and, as far as we know, the patch will bring balance nerfs/buffs and broad changes to Competitive play, but no new cards).

UPDATE!! Riot has just announced that the Ranked season will be extended one more week!!

Knowing which decks to pick for a last-push climb, and/or to start climbing as soon as the ladder resets, is not too difficult this time around: right now, the Legends of Runeterra tier lists faithfully reflect what pilots were using to get a spot in Seasonals, so current data is as ruthlessly refined as it gets.


LoR Meta FAQs

Where does this data come from?

Directly from Riot (via Riot's API) – Liver, our wonderful coder and unsung MaRu 🐐 (also in charge of designing the website) makes the data automagically appear in our meta tier list and meta stats page.

What are the best decks in LoR?

Short answer: Depends on how you define "best", of course! =)

Much longer answer: Check the Technical Note at the end of the article, above all about the differences between "archetypes" and "decks" in Legends of Runeterra's data.

Practical answer: As of today, Katarina Gwen, Gangplank Sejuani (aka Plunder), and Katarina Leona. If those don't fit your playstyle and/or crafting budget, then Trundle Tryndamere (aka Feel the Rush), Lulu Jinx or Aatrox Kayn are all excellent ladder choices, as we'll see in detail today.

Which is the highest win rate deck in LoR?

Among all decks showcased today: Jinx Lulu (amazing 57%+ win rate, with a fairly large play rate). Second-highest is a three-way tie between Katarina Gwen, Katarina Leona, and Gangplank Sejuani, all close to 57%.

Among decks with more than 2,100 games played in the last three days: Kat Gwen and Ganplank Sejuani are tied for highest winrate among most-played decks.

How do I beat…

How do I beat Katarina Gwen? You burn 'em down with Jinx Lulu (or Ekko Jinx), kill 'em on sight with Swain TF, or teach 'em who's the biggest Kat with Katarina Leona.

How do I beat Ganplank Sejuani, Plunder? That's a tough one: Plunder's main strength is that it's an all-around solid deck, without too many weak spots – Ekko Jinx would be the only strong deck with very good odds against it.

How do I beat Trundle Tryndamere, aka Feel the Rush? In one word: Katarina. In more words: Katarina Gwen, or Katarina Leona. Hecarim Zed is another excellent option if you want to ruin TryTrund's day.


Juggernauts – Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

Here we showcase LoR decks with more than 2100 games in the last three days, and good-to-great win rate – the best tried-and-true tools the LoR meta has to offer!


Queens of the Hill: Opulent Katarina Gwen

Perhaps this Season's biggest success story: Katarina Gwen was one of the scariest Juggernauts across several seasons, until it got nerfed in the early January hotfix and pushed to the sides…

… only to reemerge two weeks later with a lot of changes (Reckoners and Pigeons were gone; Opulent FoyerOpulent Foyer was back; ShunpoShunpo became the new The HarrowingThe Harrowing, with Mark of the IslesMark of the Isles a three-of mainstay to protect everybody's favorite ravishing redhead) and scary results: the most played archetype today, the most played single decklist (with more than 6,500 in the last three days), and win rate north of 56%.

Bottom line: if you're looking for a tool to climb fast with, Kat Gwen is most likely it!

Weak spots: Jinx Lulu above all, and also TF Swain, are very bad matchups for Kat Gwen. Ekko Jinx, Katarina Leona, and Norra Swain are also rough. Handily handles: Kat Gwen eats Trundle Tryndamere and Lurkers for brunch; has a small edge on Aatrox Kayn, Gangplank Sejuani, and Hecarim Zed; brutally murders weaker decks lie Sun Disc, Norra Braum, and unrefined brews.

NOTE: Thanks to Karukos for spotting a typo among the matchups (it said Leona where it should have said Gwen).

Regions
Noxus
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
10
3
3
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
12
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
Spells
19
1
Mark of the Isles
3
Mark of the Isles
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Might
3
Might
5
Shunpo
2
Shunpo
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Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

Plunder jumped from a solid yet fringe option pre-hotfix to a bonafide powerhouse after the then-reigning Top Dogs were nerfed. Now with 3,800 games in the last three days and a smacking 56% win rate, it's along Katarina Gwen the only other current Juggernaut.

The interesting thing about Gangplank Sejuani (and this has been true in previous LoR metas, not just this one) is that it's one of the 'fairest' decks in Runeterra: when looking at matchups, the majority of confrontations will be in the 45/55 range, meaning both pilots will usually have a fair chance at winning when one of them pilots Plunder.

Current exceptions are Lurkers, Sun Disk, Taliyah Ziggs, and Pirates (which Gangplank Sejuani squashes), Trundle Tryndamere (a slightly uphill struggle for Plunder) and Ekko Jinx (a horrible matchup). Most other current strong decks (including Aatrox Kayn, Jinx Lulu, Katarina Gwen, Norra Swain and Katarina Leona) are all in the "roughly even" range.

Further reading: Plunder, Now with Tentacles – A Gangplank Sejuani Deck Guide

Regions
Freljord
11 cards
Bilgewater
29 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
12
2
0
3
5
4
9
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
20
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
14
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
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Heavyweights – Strong LoR Meta Decks

These Legends of Runeterra decks have between 900 and 2100 games in the last three days – solid picks for climbing the LoR ladder!


Trundle Tryndamere, aka Feel the Rush

Greed is good! The Bash Brothers have been on and off Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine this whole season, but they end squarely in the greed-is-good, damn-those-boardwipes-full-ramp-ahead camp, with the most popular Trundle Tryndamere deck pushing a 56% WR across close to 2,000 games.

Trundle Tryndamere feats upon Aatrox Kayn and Norra decks, while having nightmares full of Kat Gwen and Hecarim Zed.

Further reading: Fear Their Return: A Tryndamere Trundle Deck Guide.

Regions
Freljord
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
32 100
champion
5
epic
10
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
6
2
2
3
2
4
10
5
3
6
14
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Followers
8
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
27
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
8
Voices of the Old Ones
1
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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Aatrox Kayn

Back in December, the World Ender expansion had to be hotfixed in a rush, as Ziggs Acolytes and Aatrox Kayn were running rampant.

Then the January hotfix took care of Aatrox Vayne, which had become the new LoR ladder ruler, and Aatrox decks fell to obscurity for about two weeks…

… until Kayn Aatrox, a bit like Kat Gwen, reemerged refined and with much of its former glory restored: with winrate north of 54% across 1,400 games, it's the deck to bring if you hate Lulu Jinx, and having from okay to great odds against most other strong decks save for Trundle Tryndamere.

Further reading: Reject Regions Embrace Darkin – An Aatrox Kayn Deck Guide.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
31 700
champion
5
epic
10
rare
11
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
1
3
11
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
5
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Spear
3
The Darkin Spear
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Fan
1
The Darkin Fan
Followers
14
1
Buhru Cultist
3
Buhru Cultist
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Keeper of the Box
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
1
Shadowblade Fanatic
4
Ambitious Cultist
2
Ambitious Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
12
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
The Violent Dischord
1
The Violent Dischord
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Trinathan's Katarina Leona

Katarina Leona turns Targon into an aggro region and pushes one of the highest win rates among current meta decks.

Jinx decks are a nightmare for Kat Leona, and Bilgewater Noxus archetypes are a pain – but this is one deck that beats Kat Gwen while also having a slight edge on two other powerhouses (Ganplank Sejuani and Trundle Tryndamere) and demolishing a good chunk of the rest of the field.

Further reading: Sunburn – A Katarina Leona Deck Guide.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
12
3
0
4
5
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
26
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
2
Twilit Protector
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
2
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
8
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
1
Reveler's Feast
6
Decimate
2
Decimate
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⭐Rising Star: Norra Swain

This once-powerful pair is perhaps the one big change the Legends of Runeterra meta has seen in the last week; the other NorraNorra deck, namely Norra Veigar, is still playable, but SwainSwain has taken the lead as the best Norra deck right now, with win rate over 53% in more than 1,300 games.

The reasons: a slight edge against the reigning Queens of the ladder, namely Katarina Gwen, while also beating Ekko Jinx, Lurkers, Swain TF, and unafraid of both Plunder and Sunburn.

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
21
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
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Jinx Lulu

Everybody's favorite rocketin' Chompers have had a great World Ender Season (including being the LoR ladder's apex predator for a short while after Aatrox Kayn's nerfs), and the best Jinx Lulu deck has the highest win rate from among all decks showcased today.

Lulu Jinx demolishes Katarina decks (be it with Gwen or Leona) along with Lurkers, Sun Disc Hecarim Zed, and Taliyah Ziggs, while consistently beating Trundle Tryndamere and Norra Swain. Its main predators are Aatrox Kayn (a horrible matchup – Jinx Lulu has had Aatrox nightmares in every meta this Season), Norra Veigar and Ekko Jinx.

Further reading: Lulu and Rockets – A Jinx Lulu LoR Deck Guide

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
4
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
12
2
6
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Electro Harpoon
1
Electro Harpoon
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
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Ekko Jinx

Outshined a bit by Jinx Lulu in the best Jinx deck department, EkkoEkko JinxJinx is a very different option for those that love lobbing rockets to face – the Predict package provides Ekko Jinx with a lot of agency and choices for how to execute its game plan.

Exhibiting about 1,000 games with nearly 55% win rate in the last three days, Ekko Jinx is one of the decks that really don't enjoy Norra Swain's recent success – but, notably, it's one of the only two really bad matchups Ekko Jinx shows, the other being Pantheon Varus.

On the backswing, the time-traveling rocketeers are a bit of an aggro hunter: they wreck Jinx Lulu and Katarina Leona, and have a slight edge against Kat Gwen. They also consistently beat Plunder, Lurkers, Hecarim Zed and Norra Veigar, while not being afraid of Trundle Tryndamere.

Regions
Shurima
21 cards
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
17
1
12
2
0
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
16
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
4
Voice of the Risen
2
Voice of the Risen
Spells
15
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Careful Preparation
2
Careful Preparation
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
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Pyke Rek'Sai, aka Lurkers

In spite of the many changes the Runeterra meta has gone through in January (including quite the impactful hotfix), Lurkers have remained a staunch, solid option: always hovering a bit above the 51% WR mark, although decreasing in play rate to around 1,000 games in the last three days today

Regions
Shurima
25 cards
Bilgewater
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
6
3
4
4
5
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
27
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
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
1
Jaull-fish
Spells
7
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Blood in the Water
2
Blood in the Water
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Punching Up – Runeterra Decks Doing Great

Runeterra decks with between 450 and 900 games in the last three days – we're sailing into small data samples, yet all decks here have quite a few games under their belts.


⭐Rising Star – Ashe Kindred

Probably more of a result of the field relaxing a bit now that Seasonals is past us (as opposed to this deck being a slept-on powerhouse), Ashe Kindred makes a showing with a modest 51% winrate and 800 games under its belt. Looks amazing against Aatrox Kayn.

Regions
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Freljord
30 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
5
3
8
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
Landmarks
3
6
The Howling Abyss
3
The Howling Abyss
Followers
12
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
3
Rimefang Wolf
3
Rimefang Wolf
5
Rimetusk Shaman
3
Rimetusk Shaman
Spells
19
1
Brittle Steel
2
Brittle Steel
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shatter
1
Shatter
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Frozen in Fear
2
Frozen in Fear
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Garen Jarvan IV

Well, it's official: World Ender is the Season in which Elites became a competitive deck! =)

With a good win rate for several weeks in a row and 55%+ in the last three days, and with play rate high enough to not be a fringe deck, Garen Jarvan IV has shown that Trusty RamhoundTrusty Ramhound is the real deal.

Matchups against Jinx decks, Plunder and Feel the Rush tend to be rough, but Elites have a mild matchup spread overall (with very few matches that are either horrible, or a piece of cake), and in particular a slight edge against Katarina decks.

Regions
Demacia
40 cards
Rarities
23 100
champion
5
epic
2
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
7
3
5
4
5
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
5
5
Garen
3
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
2
Jarvan IV
Followers
28
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Trusty Ramhound
3
Trusty Ramhound
2
Battlesmith
3
Battlesmith
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Stony Suppressor
2
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Redeemer
2
Vanguard Redeemer
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Squire
3
Vanguard Squire
4
Silverwing Vanguard
2
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
6
Cithria the Bold
1
Cithria the Bold
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
8
Champions' Strength
1
Champions' Strength
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Swain Twisted Fate

Slinger and Grand General have remained a solid post-hotfix choice, now punching above 52% in around 700 games.

Swain TF is one of the best Katarina Gwen counters, and also very good against other aggressive decks like Katarina Leona, Jinx Lulu, and Lurkers – yet suffers in front of Kayn Aatrox and Norra Veigar, and the Trundle Tryndamere matchup is in the auto-lose range (odds close to 25% for Swain TF).

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bilgewater
24 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
4
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
18
1
Crusty Codger
2
Crusty Codger
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Dreadway Deckhand
1
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
16
1
Blade's Edge
1
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Hecarim Zed

Hecarim Zed's win rate has been up and down like crazy in the last couple of months, although in the last few weeks it's been fairly stable, and on the "very good" side of things.

Matchups are quite roller-coaster-y: you often either stomp your foe mercilessly, or you get run over (what in card games' lingo is usually known as "polarized").

Sun Disc, Trundle Tryndamere, Lurkers, and Ashe Kindred would fall under "you run over." Katarina Leona and Jinx decks, under "you get squashed underfoot."

Further reading: Ephemeral Onslaught – A Zed Hecarim Deck Guide.

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
32 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
12
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
8
3
1
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Landmarks
5
2
The Black Flame
3
The Black Flame
3
Opulent Foyer
2
Opulent Foyer
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
8
1
Momentous Choice
2
Momentous Choice
4
Deny
1
Deny
5
Defiant Dance
2
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
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Pantheon Varus

Pantheon Varus was brought back to life by January's hotfix, and is the only Fated deck with solid stats right now, punching a bit above the 52% winrate mark. Very solid against Aatrox Kayn, and a very worthy consideration as a Tournament deck.

Regions
Mount Targon
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
3
3
14
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Divine Clerk
2
Divine Clerk
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
2
Saga Seeker
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
18
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
1
The Unending Wave
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Aphelios Leona Shadows

A spicy yet very fringe deck two weeks ago, ApheliosAphelios LeonaLeona proves it has what it takes and has become a solid ladder option (and the second good Leona deck we've seen this expansion!), punching above 53% in about 600 games in the last three days.

Aphelios Leona actually murders its Kataria Leona sibling, along with Lurkers and Ephemerals, and is unafraid of Kat Gwen and Jinx Lulu – Aatrox Kayn, Plunder, and Swain TF are its main weak spots, with Trundle Tryndamere also being a rough matchup.

Regions
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Mount Targon
30 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
19
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
15
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Your Mileage May Vary – Fringe LoR Decks

Legends of Runeterra decks with less than 450 games played in the last three days – very little data, so these may range from total flukes… to the next big thing.


Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, aka Pirates

Miss Fortune and her merry bunch of misfits are the scariest thing you may bump into the fringes of the Legends of Runeterra meta, with win rates that rival that of Lulu Jinx. 

Great odds against Katarina Gwen, Sun Disc, Hecarim Zed and Lurkers – dies horribly when facing Kayn Atrox, Plunder, or Jinx decks.

Further reading: Pirates Ahoy! – A Miss Fortune Twisted Fate Deck Guides

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
6
2
7
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
24
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
10
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Sigil of Malice
1
Sigil of Malice
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Annie Jhin

If you've seen these two before, you've probably seen all there is to see: blazing brat and bullet buff keep doing their thing, now with a great 56% win rate, never bothering to change a single card yet always remaining relevant. Truly a testament to what that tenacious stubbornness can accomplish!

Further reading: Annie goes to Stack School – A Jhin Annie Deck Guide.

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Ashe LeBlanc

Another AsheAshe deck with a good showing, putting a 53% win rate across 300-plus games. Like Ashe Kindred, seems great against Aatrox decks.

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Noxus
15 cards
Rarities
31 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
11
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
5
3
8
4
6
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
19
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Avarosan Sentry
2
Icevale Archer
1
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
2
Avarosan Trapper
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
15
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
4
Bloody Business
2
Bloody Business
5
Gift of the Hearthblood
2
Gift of the Hearthblood
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Reckoning
2
Reckoning
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Aphelios Aurelion Sol Leona

Will this become the third solid Leona deck? 'Soleona' is not a novel concept, but a sky-high winrate is interesting news indeed.

Regions
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Mount Targon
31 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
5
Leona
3
Leona
10
Aurelion Sol
1
Aurelion Sol
Followers
19
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Spacey Sketcher
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
Eclipse Dragon
1
Eclipse Dragon
7
The Winding Light
1
The Winding Light
Spells
15
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Dragon's Clutch
1
Dragon's Clutch
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Elise Kindred Vi

Now, this one is an interesting pile. By the lack of variations, probably a concept being brewed and refined by a single pilot, or a small team; very encouraging results thus far, with a win rate above 53% in 200+ games in the last three days.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
7
3
7
4
4
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
5
Vi
2
Vi
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
15
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
9
Commander Ledros
1
Commander Ledros
Spells
18
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Drum Solo
2
Drum Solo
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Teemo Zoe

A very scary deck some metas ago, Teemo Zoe disappeared after the nerf to The Sudden SurgeThe Sudden Surge – yet here it returns, putting very good numbers. Recent top-cutterista Leer wrote a detailed Teemo Zoe deck guide when the archetype was at its apex.

Regions
Bandlecity
20 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
19
2
3
3
3
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Kelp Maidens
1
Kelp Maidens
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
12
1
Purpleberry Shake
1
Purpleberry Shake
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
4
The Sudden Surge
3
The Sudden Surge
5
Battle Bonds
2
Battle Bonds
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Fizz Gwen

Fizz Gwen is an interesting example of what happens to a deck when its prey (rather than itself) gets nerfed: an up-and-coming powerhouse right before the January hotfix, it suffered greatly in the post-hotfix field. It's been putting amazing numbers in the last few days, though, but as the fringest deck we'll showcase today: pilots beware!

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
32 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
21
common
7
Mana cost
2
0
11
1
10
2
6
3
9
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Buhru Leader
3
Buhru Leader
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
13
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Wrapping Up

Final reminder: a week to go for the World Ender Season to come to a close!

At the moment of writing, it seems like the patch will land next week (for context: it was delayed due to hackers ransoming Riot; yes, really). The last current info is that this Ranked season will be extended until then:

Hope you have enjoyed this showcase of the best Legends of Runeterra decks, and good luck out there!


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


Technical Note – About overall archetypes and specific decks, and what we mean by "LoR best decks"

Most data sites (including our LoR Meta Tier List, and our meta stats page) and articles like Leer's Legends of Runeterra Meta Decks Report sort LoR meta decks by archetype ("Archetype" being the aggregate of all decks in LoR with a specific champion combination) – that's also how matchup tables are shown in pretty much all data sites.

In this article, we'll sort these decks by the best specific decklist for each archetype. And, whenever we talk about LoR decks in general, or best Legends of Runeterra 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).

And, 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 the number of games played in the data samples we check:

  • Juggernauts: LoR decks with more than 2100 games – these are the best tried-and-true, top meta decks in Legends of Runeterra at the time of writing.
  • Heavyweights: LoR decks with between 2100 and 900 games played – other excellent choices, with large enough samples to confidently say, "Yeah, this works."
  • Punching Up: LoR decks with between 900 and 400 games played – we're entering the Land of Small Sample Sizes here, but as far as numbers go, these decks can put up one hell of a fight into the current LoR meta.
  • YMMV: decks with less than 450 games in the last three days – fringe, risky stuff, but here's where you usually find the spice!

As a rule of thumb, LoR decks with a win rate (WR) above 52% catch our eye; above 53% are eye-widening, and anything with a WR over 55% is exceptional.

Last but not least, all stats are from the LoR ladder. If you're looking for Tournament lineups or Gauntlet decks, you may want to check our latest LoR Tournament & Gauntlet Decks article.

Sources: Legna, Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List, and our LoR meta stats page.



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