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Strongest New Decks, 24hs Into the Domination Expansion

With 24hs of data, these are the early best-performing decks from the Domination expansion!

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

Current Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

With 24hs of data since the Domination expansion landed, these are some of the best and most popular LoR decks right now, according to Balco and Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List:

Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List - most popular LoR Decks

Vayne has surely hit the ground running, featuring in lots of strong early decks – and while (for now) not so strong, both Varus and Seraphine are making waves.


Best Vayne Decks

Looking both at popularity and performance, Vayne is by far the most successful Domination Champion this early on. With the usual caveat (it is still very early to tell!), these seem to be the strongest Vayne decks.


Here Comes the Payne: Pantheon Vayne 

Building on Fiora Pantheon's momentum (one of the best decks pre-patch, and still very much a thing) and packing new toys like The Darkin Aegis, Pantheon Vayne looks like one of the strongest decks right now, with best version punching at a 58%+ WR in nearly 900 games. At quick glance, early data suggests that decks leaning into the heavy top-end (two copies of Bloodcursed Harpy and one copy of Camphor, the Doubt) perform better.

Pantheon Vayne stomps on most new decks, but seems to get murdered by Annie Jhin, and to be a slight underdog to Fiora Pantheon.

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
9
3
3
4
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
4
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
1
Durand Protege
3
Iula
3
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
2
Wandering Shepherd
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
2
Bloodcursed Harpy
6
Camphor, the Doubt
1
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
12
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

The Dark Dames: Gwen Vayne

The most popular archetype currently, and with two versions – thus far, looks like the Opulent Foyer variant is not ideal (doesn't reach 50% WR), while the weapons-only version is punching at a great 55% in 700+ games.

Seems a slight underdog to Payne, Annie Jhin and Fiora Pantheon, and has serious troubles with Akshan Lee Sin.

Regions
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Demacia
16 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
11
rare
8
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
8
3
5
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Equipments
4
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
1
The Darkin Halberd
2
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Faithful Wolfdog
3
Faithful Wolfdog
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
Spells
12
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Jax Vayne

After struggling during the Awakening expansion (mostly being "the other Timelines deck"), Jax has found a solid partner in Vayne – a very decent 53% WR in more than 800 games with their best list.

Beats Gwen Vayne quite consistently, but is yet another new brew that has trouble with Pantheon Fiora and Annie Jhin.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Demacia
29 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
7
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
1
Demacian Steel
1
Demacian Steel
Followers
17
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Faithful Wolfdog
1
Faithful Wolfdog
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Kind-hearted Recruit
1
Kind-hearted Recruit
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
14
1
Catch!
3
Catch!
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Rumble Vayne

Although a lot less played than other Vayne archetypes, Rumble Vayne looks like it may be the most promising variation – seems to have an edge on Annie Jhin and (in a tiny sample) appears favored into Fiora Pantheon.

The best Rumble Vayne deck currently shows a superb 57%+ WR across 650 games

Regions
Demacia
11 cards
Noxus
29 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
8
3
8
4
1
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
3
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
Followers
18
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
13
2
Legionary Charge
3
Legionary Charge
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
Riposte
2
Riposte
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
Open deck in builder

Zed Vayne

300+ games with this list, a sky-high 60%+ WR, and some of the Demacia Ionia tricks that made Zed Poppy a powerhouse in its heyday - an archetype top pilot Jaws took all the way to become APAC's first Domination Master.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Ionia
24 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
6
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
3
Zed
3
Zed
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
16
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Young Witch
2
Young Witch
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Ghost
1
Ghost
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Kayn Vayne

An archetype trying to find its footing (there are several lists, some doing above 50%, some below), with the best list reaching 51% in 130 games. Appears to have an edge against Annie Jhin, but dies horribly against Pantheon Fiora.

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
29 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
10
2
5
3
10
4
9
5
1
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Kayn
3
Kayn
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
15
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Keeper of the Box
2
Zealous Ranger-Knight
2
Zealous Ranger-Knight
3
Blooming Cultist
2
Blooming Cultist
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
1
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
17
1
Momentous Choice
1
Momentous Choice
2
Fish Fight
1
Fish Fight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
4
Furious Wielder
2
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
2
The Unending Wave
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
5
Heedless Resurrection
2
Heedless Resurrection
11
Utter Devastation
1
Utter Devastation
Open deck in builder

Best Varus Decks

Not as popular as Vayne, Varus has nevertheless found a couple of homes that look quite promising.


Varus Akshan

As GeneralSchwartz said in his Nine Varus Decks article yesterday, when in doubt about what to do with a new Champ, just pair it with Akshan… and, yeah, early numbers suggest it's indeed the right brewing process!

The best Varus Akshan deck punches at 54% in more than a thousand games – Annie Jhin is once again this new deck's crux, but Pantheon Fiora is a slightly favorable matchup.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
6
2
9
3
14
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Varus
3
Varus
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
Swinging Glaive
2
Swinging Glaive
Followers
14
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
15
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Shaped Stone
1
Shaped Stone
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unforgiving Cold
3
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Varus Riven

Quite the fringe brew, but a 55% WR in more than 130 games makes it at least promising.

Regions
Noxus
30 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
17
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
9
3
12
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
4
Varus
3
Varus
Followers
14
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
2
Runeweaver
1
Runeweaver
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
1
Trifarian Gloryseeker
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
20
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Weapon Hilt
3
Weapon Hilt
3
Brutal Skirmish
2
Brutal Skirmish
3
Might
2
Might
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Sudden Surge
2
The Sudden Surge
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
Open deck in builder

Best Seraphine Decks

Seraphine is a bit of a mixed bag – according to some top pilots' early impressions, she's the strongest of the new champs (even perhaps nerf-worthy), but thus far early data seems to imply she's the weakest (or perhaps the hardest to pilot?). 


Seraphine Viktor Ionia

Seraphine Viktor is a very popular pairing – as we'll see below, they also have a version with Bandle City. The Ionia variant looks thus far superior, with one deck reaching 51% in around 200 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Ionia
16 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
18
common
10
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
13
2
1
3
6
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
10
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
3
Scales of the Dragon
1
Scales of the Dragon
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
1
Wuju Style
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Sonic Wave
1
Sonic Wave
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Drum Solo
2
Drum Solo
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Seraphine Viktor Bandle City

The most popular Bandle City Seraphine Viktor deck struggles to reach a 50% WR with around 300 games played – adjustments required!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
32 400
champion
6
epic
8
rare
11
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
3
3
4
4
3
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
3
6
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
13
1
Fallen Feline
1
Fallen Feline
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
4
Aloof Travelers
1
Aloof Travelers
5
Fanclub President
3
Fanclub President
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
18
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Crowd Pleaser
1
Crowd Pleaser
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
10
Glorious Evolution
2
Glorious Evolution
Open deck in builder

Seraphine Decks with Ezreal, Akshan, Twisted Fate, Ekko, Aphelios…

… none of them have done well in these first 24 hours. Too early to tell, though (as anybody that was around the Worldwalker expansion remembers, Bard was also quite the disappointing champion at first), so we'll see what the next few days bring!


Strong Old Dogs

Thus far, her nerf appears to have pushed Nami to the fringes: Nami Lee Sin has seen a bit of play, but quite awful results.

Annie Jhin and Fiora Pantheon, on the other hand, are farming new decks left and right – if you happen to be mostly interested in climbing, these are the two decks you may want to look into.


Annie Jhin

Talk about a glorious return to center stage! In the short ten days between the Awakening balance patch and the Awakening Seasonal, Annie Jhin went from forgotten fringe brew to winning the AM Seasonal… and now sits at the top of the meta: they smash nearly all new decks, while also being the top dog against Pantheon Fiora.

Their biggest flex? Not only they haven't changed a single card in three expansions… they even keep packing a nerfed Decimate!

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Noxus
19 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
Open deck in builder

Fiora Pantheon

The Fated Duelist are, like last week, among the strongest decks you can take to ladder – Akshan Varus, and perhaps Rumble Vayne, are the only new decks with an edge against Fiora Pantheon.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
18
2
6
3
6
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
17
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Iula
3
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
14
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Wrapping Up

New champs, new Meta! Unlike Awakening – in which most champs ended up being a bit on the weak side, with only Norra finding a couple of strong decks – the Domination champions seem to have a lot more potential: Varus and Vayne both have promising new decks, and while Seraphine hasn't found her footing yet, she is the Champ that is seeing the most experimentation.

Stay tuned for our Best LoR Decks article tomorrow, when we'll check how things when we dig into the first forty hours of data!

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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And good luck in your climb! =)



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