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Fated to Return –  A Fiora Pantheon Deck Guide

Fiora and Fated are a match made in Heaven – Scissorsbox breaks down one of the current Ladder Juggernauts: Fiora Pantheon

Fiora Pantheon is, in my opinion, one of the best decks in this current patch. It aims to win by leveling up PantheonPantheon and activating Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt’s ability as quickly as possible, by using IulaIula, Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd, and various combat tricks such as Pale CascadePale Cascade and Chain VestChain Vest on good buff targets like FioraFiora and Saga SeekerSaga Seeker. This not only helps level PantheonPantheon, but also builds threats to force removal from the opponent, so they will have less removal for PantheonPantheon and Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt.

One thing to note is that even though FioraFiora is one of our Champions, this deck’s primary win condition is PantheonPantheon, and although it is possible to win with Fiora (level 2)Fiora (level 2), it does not happen very often. 

If you liked playing Pantheon decks in the past, or are looking for one of the best LoR decks for the Ranked ladder or for Tournaments & Gauntlets, Fiora Pantheon is a great option, as it has a good matchup into Twisted FateTwisted Fate SwainSwain and can hold its own against most of the meta.

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
eternal
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

Best LoR Decks: Fiora Pantheon – Quick Mulligan Guide

This section is for people who are in game while reading the guide or just want a quick breakdown of the Mulligan. Details about each card will be explained in the Card Breakdown section later.

Usually Keep: 

One- and two-mana units

Situational Keep: 

Against slower decks, or if you have a one- or two-mana unit already – PantheonPantheon, FioraFiora

If you have Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or Mountain GoatMountain GoatChain VestChain Vest, The Darkin LodestoneThe Darkin Lodestone, IulaIula, Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd


Fiora Pantheon – Card Breakdown

Keywords Broke

Pantheon Camphor, the Doubt

These are our main win conditions, and our focus will be on PantheonPantheon’s level-up and Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt’s ability to win the game.

This means that, every round, we should be trying to target an ally with a spell, unit ability, or equipment if possible.

Every single spell in this deck targets an ally in some way. Combined with The Darkin LodestoneThe Darkin Lodestone, IulaIula, and Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd, we main-deck a total of 23 ways to target allies. And there is also the GemGems from Mountain GoatMountain Goat, as well as Fiora's Riposte and Pantheon's Shield Vault.

With all these cards, we can quite consistently level up PantheonPantheon by round seven, and activate Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt by round six. PantheonPantheon can also threaten a lot of damage if he is buffed with Fated, so don’t be afraid to play him before he is leveled, if your opponent's deck lacks the removal to deal with him.

Also, since Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt essentially has the same condition to PantheonPantheon’s level-up, for the rest of the guide whenever a card is mentioned that helps flipping PantheonPantheon, it also helps activate Camphor’s ability.


Alternate Wincons

Fiora (level 2) Saga Seeker

These cards do not win the game very often, but can pose a major threat to the opponent and force out removal, especially when they are buffed by spells and equipment.

FioraFiora is a must-remove threat, as Fiora (level 2)Fiora (level 2) can win the game by killing four units. This makes her a great buff target, so you can trigger PantheonPantheon’s level-up condition. Also, if FioraFiora is leveled, she can threaten to kill multiple units in one round with the attack token in combination with Single CombatSingle Combat, Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike, and Golden AegisGolden Aegis.

Against decks that have a lot of units that are easy to Challenge and kill (such as NorraNorra SwainSwain, for example), Upcycled RakeUpcycled Rake on Fiora from Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd can allow her to threaten to win the game extremely quickly, and force out a MinimorphMinimorph.

Saga SeekerSaga Seeker can often win games if drawn early and if you have a hand that can trigger Fated on him every round afterwards.

It is common to have Saga SeekerSaga Seeker threaten so much damage that he becomes a must-remove threat, especially if given Overwhelm with IulaIula or FishawhackFishawhack from Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd.

To recap, it is best to use these units to create threats, as well as target allies every round for PantheonPantheon’s level-up condition.


Buff Cards

The Darkin Lodestone Iula

Wandering ShepherdChain Vest

These buffs turn FioraFiora and your one- and two-mana units into must-answer threats, while also helping us flip PantheonPantheon.

The Darkin LodestoneThe Darkin Lodestone is great in this regard: it constantly provides stats during the early and mid game (which is great on threats like FioraFiora and Mountain GoatMountain Goat), and can be played as HoraziHorazi to give us an alternate win condition in the late game.

IulaIula usually grants Overwhelm to a previously buffed unit, like Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or Mountain GoatMountain Goat, or grants Spellshield to a must-remove threat like FioraFiora or PantheonPantheon.

Wandering ShepherdWandering Shepherd is a great card to use on most of our units, except usually IulaIula (because she is a support unit) and Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing (because most of the equipment generated gives Power rather than Health, thus Formidable does not work well with the equipment most of the time).

The best equipment to get from the Shepherd is Upcycled RakeUpcycled Rake, as equipping FioraFiora, PantheonPantheon, or Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt with it can oftentimes be too much for the opponent to deal unless they have access to hard removal – Scout, when combined with a Spellshield generated from IulaIula or Pantheon/Camphor themselves, will often be enough to win the game.

Other than that, FishawhackFishawhack is good to apply Overwhelm to Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or a buffed-up Mountain GoatMountain Goat, and The Fix-Em 5000The Fix-Em 5000 is good with FioraFiora because she will not lose Health when Challenging units, allowing her to kill four units easier. It is also good on Mountain GoatMountain Goat as it will be able to continuously strike every round to generate GemGems without being killed by a blocker.

Chain VestChain Vest is amazing on FioraFiora, Mountain GoatMountain Goat and Saga SeekerSaga Seeker, targets an ally for PantheonPantheon’s level-up with one mana, and grants Tough – a great keyword on all these units. It is a bad card to draw more than once, though, because the second Tough is not needed, which is why we run a single copy.


Cycle Cards

Pale Cascade Guiding Touch

These spells are cheap, help flipping PantheonPantheon, are good combat tricks, and them drawing a card is crucial since finding PantheonPantheon or Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt is really important in most games.

A small tip if you are unfamiliar with Nightfall: if you have a Saga SeekerSaga Seeker and Pale CascadePale Cascade in hand, you can pass round one and play Saga SeekerSaga Seeker on round two, to activate the Nightfall effect for Pale CascadePale Cascade.

Also, in most matchups, don’t be afraid to waste the combat trick effect to just target an ally and draw, especially if you are triggering Fated, as it is often worth it to level up Pantheon quicker.


Other Units

Mountain Goat Petricite Broadwing

With all the buffs we run, Mountain GoatMountain Goat can sometimes get really big and threaten a lot of damage. It is also a good card because the GemGem generated when striking gives us a cheap way to progress PantheonPantheon’s level without wasting an actual card.

Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing is a good Chain VestChain Vest target, and is a cheap Challenger unit to keep up the pressure and remove small units such as NorraNorra in the early game. 


For Demacia!!

Single Combat Concerted Strike Golden Aegis

These spells are really good Demacian spells that can be used in most Demacian decks, and are one of the reasons we pair Pantheon with this region – do notice that all three spells target our own units, thus triggering Fated and helping Pantheon to level up.

Single CombatSingle Combat and Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike are pretty much the only removal we have, and can be used to kill a unit with FioraFiora or generate a Gem with Mountain GoatMountain Goat. Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike in particular can be important against certain decks, because it is our only removal for big units. For example, it is good to save against SwainSwain decks for handling SwainSwain and The LeviathanThe Leviathan.

Golden AegisGolden Aegis is a card played to win the game, as an extra attack with PantheonPantheon, FioraFiora, or Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt can finish our foe. Oftentimes, even when you do not have Golden AegisGolden Aegis in hand, keeping up four mana to bluff it can make your opponent burn more mana than necessary to attempt to play around it.


Other Options

Durand Protege Sharpsight

Durand ProtegeDurand Protege is a consideration in this list, as it combos well with Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing and FioraFiora – granting them one Health and Tough can be extremely powerful.

SharpsightSharpsight is a strong Demacia combat trick, but usually the combat tricks we already run are more than enough.


General Gameplan

As stated above, this deck aims to level PantheonPantheon as quickly as possible. We get there by using Equipment, Spells, and Units that target allies on units that are strong to buff, which creates threats on the board that our opponent must deal with.

A big Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or FioraFiora provides the deck a strong mid-game and allows you to apply pressure before PantheonPantheon is leveled.

In the late game, your threats to close the game are PantheonPantheon, Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt, HoraziHorazi, and potentially Fiora (level 2)Fiora (level 2).


LoR Deck Fiora Pantheon – Matchups

TF Swain - Favored

In this match, do not use Guiding TouchGuiding Touch to proactively cycle and level PantheonPantheon – better save it to heal a unit and cancel a Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock or Scorched EarthScorched Earth.

Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike is the only removal spell you have for SwainSwain and The LeviathanThe Leviathan – consider buffing or equipping FioraFiora or Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt so you can remove SwainSwain and his boat with Challenger attacks.

Try to set up open attacks to play around Stuns from Twisted FateTwisted Fate, Arachnoid SentryArachnoid Sentry, and Swain (level 2)Swain (level 2)


Fiora Pantheon - Even (becomes favored after reading this guide, of course!)

Leveling up PantheonPantheon first is extremely important, and oftentimes how you win the game. 

FioraFiora will rarely be able to win the game, but there are certain hands that are scary, such as double Golden AegisGolden Aegis or Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike hands that let her kill up to three units in a single round, so be aware of this is she is on the board. Also look for opportunities to do this yourself, if possible.

Keep PantheonPantheon in the mulligan and try to make sure you have Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or a two-mana unit to start leveling Pantheon up.


Nami Lee - Unfavored

Play as aggressive as you can in this matchup. A big Saga SeekerSaga Seeker and Mountain GoatMountain Goat can win you the game.

FioraFiora is good here, and often forces out a HomecomingHomecoming from Ionian TellstonesIonian Tellstones. This can be played around if you have a Single CombatSingle Combat or Concerted StrikeConcerted Strike to kill the other Homecoming target.

A good trick to survive Lee SinLee Sin's kick is to use Single CombatSingle Combat to kill your own unit – they will usually have DenyDeny and Nopeify!Nopeify! ready, though, so do not rely on this trick if possible.

They often run Heavy MetalHeavy Metal, so your Equipment cards won't be as good in this matchup and should usually not be kept in the mulligan.


Karma Yi - Very Favored

In this matchup, you can just stick to your normal game plan. 

Use FioraFiora to force out removal, as they do not have enough answers for all of your threats. 

One thing to keep in mind is to try and have enough development to recover after a The RuinationThe Ruination, as that is often how they win the game. Also, try to have available a way to kill Karma, so they are not allowed to develop her for free.


Leona ASol - Even

This matchup can be tough. Try to save your board, as Demacian mirrors are heavily determined by board presence.

Their Sun GuardianSun Guardian is a big win condition that you need to keep in check, as if this unit gets really big it can be hard to answer later.

The key to this match is setting up good open attacks – they have many Slow-speed stuns, so it can be tough to develop and get a good attack in.

Saving IulaIula to grant Spellshield to your important threats is a good idea, as SunburstSunburst can otherwise remove pretty much all of your units.


In Closing

That ends my Fiora Pantheon LoR Deck Guide!

This deck aims to level Pantheon and activate Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt as quickly as possible while setting up other threats like FioraFiora and Saga SeekerSaga Seeker, and it's currently one of the best LoR decks, both for Ladder and Tournaments or Gauntlets. I hope this guide helped you learn more about this archetype and lets you find success with the deck. Thank you for reading!

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