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By The Numbers – Strongest Decks, 24hs into Forces from Beyond

With 24 hours of data, these are the best decklists from the Forces from Beyond expansion.

As of early Thursday (EST), this is how the top of the ladder looks like, according to Balco:

The landscape is thus far what you'd expect for an Expansion that brought new Champs and no nerfs: plenty of new faces at the top, mingling with the still-powerful pre-patch powerhouses, and WR through the roof as generous LP donors inflate everybody else's performance.

For this overview, we'll broadly separate decklist in three categories:

  • Brand-new decks featuring the recently-arrived Champions,
  • Rejuvenated archetypes that, with a little help from new cards, are doing great, and
  • Worldwalker Top Dogs that are still a force to be reckoned with.

Our source in this case will be Balco (given that Legna is enjoying some well-deserved vacations) and our own.

In all cases, bear in mind that data samples are on the smallish side, the Meta is up in the air, generous LP donors are inflating WR left and right..

… in other words, it's hard to have more fun than right now!!


Our New Overladies

These are the best decklists featuring at least one of the new scissor-packing, husk-hugging, keyword-loving Champs that have joined us.


Shen Kai'Sa

This is one of the most popular decklists right now, with over a thousand games – not a great performance (barely above 50%), but a positive WR nevertheless.

Gets demolished by several of last patch's Top Dogs – like Jhinnie, Annie TF and Azirelia – but has game against Thralls.

Regions
Ionia
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
4
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
9
2
14
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Shen
3
Shen
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
23
1
Voidling
3
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
2
Kinkou Student
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Shadow Assassin
3
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
7
Sacred Protector
3
8
Void Abomination
2
Spells
11
2
Sonic Wave
3
3
Quicksand
2
3
Supercharge
3
4
Deny
1
4
Spirit's Refuge
2

Elise Gwen Noxus

By far the strongest new decklist, with nearly 500 games under its belt and punching way above 55%.

Eats Azirelia for breakfast, brunch and supper. Dies horribly to Thralls.

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
11
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
26
1
Boisterous Host
3
1
Precious Pet
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
2
Phantom Butler
3
3
Doombeast
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Spells
8
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Stalking Shadows
2
5
Decimate
3

Viktor Kai'Sa

The latest mutation of Flaming Chompers?

The archetype overall is only at around 50%, but its most popular variations look very solid: the one below – which is the most popular – performs at exactly 55% in a bit more than 300 games, and there are other variations with similar numbers. Note the cute addition of Xer'sai Hatchling, by the way.

Most of its good matchups seem to be weak archetypes, so we'll see how this pair fares.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
4
common
28
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
8
2
11
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
20
1
Voidling
3
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
2
Ballistic Bot
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Sump Dredger
2
4
Void Blaster
2
8
Void Abomination
1
Spells
14
0
Poro Cannon
2
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
2
3
Quicksand
2
3
Supercharge
2
4
Rite of Negation
1

Akshan Kai'sa Demacia

While Gwen seems the new champion with the most successful deck, Kai'sa has thus far proven the most flexible – in this case, the recommended list performs a bit above 52% in more than 200 games, with other less-played lists doing even better.

Sadly, most of the Old Dogs are an uphill struggle, so the future (judging by these very early numbers) doesn't look too good.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
30 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
6
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
7
3
2
4
8
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Voidling
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
5
Radiant Guardian
2
5
Ruin Runner
2
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
8
Void Abomination
3
Spells
12
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
2
3
Quicksand
2
3
Supercharge
2
4
Rite of Negation
2
5
Concerted Strike
1

Sivir Kai'sa Demacia

Same region pairing as Akshan Kaisa, and a fairly similar concept, but with a much lower curve and higher unit count, also bringing Domination into the mix. Low sample size, quite the promising results.

In particular, the matchups spread seems very solid.

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
33 600
champion
6
epic
10
rare
6
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
9
3
10
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Voidling
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Domination
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
4
Swiftwing Flight
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Spells
10
2
Sharpsight
3
3
Quicksand
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Rite of Negation
1

Evelynn Shurima

The only successful Evelynn build right now (with a high enough play rate)

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Shurima
28 cards
Rarities
23 100
champion
3
epic
8
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
10
2
9
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
Followers
25
1
Dunekeeper
3
1
Voidling
2
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
2
Sultur
3
3
Domination
3
3
Vora
3
4
Voice of the Risen
3
5
Ruin Runner
2
5
Solitude
3
Spells
12
0
Rite of Calling
3
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Quicksand
3
4
Rite of Negation
2

Illaoi Gwen

Very small data sample; very high performance; not much else to say for now.

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Bilgewater
18 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
6
2
8
3
9
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
3
1
Watchful Idol
3
2
Phantom Butler
3
3
Conductor Of The Mists
2
3
The Sea's Voice
3
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
3
Strike Up The Band
3
4
Tentacle Smash
3
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
6
Riptide Sermon
3
7
Atrocity
2

Rejuvenated Archetypes

This is a bit of a loose category with existing Archetypes that weren't anywhere near the top of the food chain during the last few weeks of the Worldwalker season, but that either new cards and/or a more favorable field have propelled to the forefront.


Yasuo Katarina

To the surprise of everybody except die-hard fans… yeah, this champion pair seems to (finally?) work.

It's puzzling to see that just the addition of a five-mana landmark – namely Windswept Hillock – was what this archetype needed, given that it's the only new card in the most popular list, but that's what the numbers seem to imply.

To temper expectations, though: dies a bloody, messy death if confronted with some of the Old Dogs, such as Azirelia, Annie TF or Jhinnie.

Regions
Ionia
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
21
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
6
3
15
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
Landmarks
3
5
Windswept Hillock
3
Followers
11
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
3
2
House Spider
2
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Spells
20
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Syncopation
1
2
Twin Disciplines
2
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
4
Strategic Execution
2
4
Whispered Words
2
5
Intimidating Roar
2

Lulu Bandlezaun

… or perhaps is this the latest Chomper Menace mutation?

As Shadawx suggested yesterday, Sneezy Biggledust! and Created, Elusive followers do pack a punch, although the most successful decklist goes for a lonesome Lulu approach and even more discard fodder (the Fizz Lulu version seems to be doing okay, but nothing spectacular).

The below list has more than 200 games, and terrifically high WR.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
17 200
champion
3
epic
3
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
17
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
1
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Ferros Financier
2
2
Flame Chompers!
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Jury-Rig
2
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Yordle Portal
1
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3

The Old Guard

We talked about these decks last patch, since they were among the strongest or most popular.

They still are!

As it should come as no surprise for a Patch that on the one hand brought new Champions and cards (therefore filling the Ladder with a host of unrefined new brews), and on the other included no nerfs to existing powerhouses, said existing powerhouse are having a field day.

Brutally bloody field day with LPs on top, specifically.


Azirelia

Oh boy, does Azirelia love to have fun when other folks are having fun.

And it has found a shiny new toy in Domination, which apparently suffices for this archetype to wreck pretty much everything in its path.

Sivir Kai'sa and Elise Gewn are the only new brews able to resist the onslaught of Blades and Sand Soldiers, with Jhinnie and Annie TF being the Old Dogs capable of doing the same.

Regions
Ionia
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
1
0
12
1
9
2
9
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Followers
20
1
Dunekeeper
2
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
1
Sparring Student
3
1
Treasure Seeker
2
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
3
Domination
3
4
Field Musicians
2
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Spells
11
0
Rite of Calling
1
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Defiant Dance
3
4
Homecoming
2

Annie Jhin

Speaking of the bullet buff and his blazing brat sidekick, they are also having a bloody field day among unrefined new decks.

And they kill Azirelia most dead, in case you were wondering how to bully the bully.

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
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
2
The Stagehand
3
2
Tusk Speaker
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
3
Doombeast
3
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Twisted Fate Annie

This is a somewhat familiar picture: with Thralls having a not so good time – compared to how they dominated the ladder by Worldwalker's end – Annie TF has found another opportunity to shine.

Not only is the below decklist the one with the highest WR from all decklists with more than 300 games, the archetype's matchup spread is fantastic. Except Thralls among the old decks, and Sivir Kai'sa among the new, Annie TF appears even or favored into everything.

Regions
Bilgewater
14 cards
Noxus
26 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
6
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Followers
11
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
8
Riptide Rex
2
Spells
20
1
Blade's Edge
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Disintegrate
3
2
Make it Rain
3
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3

Bandle Renekton Akshan

Renekshan's popularity has taken a nosedive, but seems to be more about it not being a shiny new toy than any performance-related reason: the archetype as a whole is doing great, the below-recommended list punches way above 55%, and the matchup table looks quite encouraging – only Azirelia and Jhinnie are a problem.

Regions
Bandlecity
13 cards
Shurima
27 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
0
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
11
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Renekton
3
Renekton
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
15
1
Exhaust
2
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Pokey Stick
2
2
Ruthless Predator
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Wallop
2
4
Rite of Negation
3

Illaoi Bard

Last week's hot new trend – which nevertheless proved disappointing in the Seasonal's Top Cut – is doing a number to decks both new and old.

Too little data to say with any certainty, but current numbers look very promising.

Regions
Bilgewater
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
3
3
9
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Watchful Idol
3
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
2
Hired Gun
3
3
The Sea's Voice
3
Spells
16
1
Ye Been Warned
3
2
Answered Prayer
3
2
Make it Rain
2
4
Tentacle Smash
3
5
Blood in the Water
2
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3

Heimerdinger Jayce

Professor and Student are doing the usual: adapting themselves to any Meta, through so many slightly different decklists that it's hard to recommend one in particular – we'll do the usual ourselves, too, when dealing with these two, and recommend the most popular version.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
2
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
1

In Closing

By this early data, it would seem that the Old Dogs have the upper hand on the recently-arrived Champions…

… yet comparing unrefined new brews to refined, not-nerfed powerhouses is very much an apples to oranges comparison.


We'll see tomorrow in Weekend Warrior Weapons how things look like, with an extra day of data!

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