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Detailed Deck Guide: Trundle Tryndamere FTR

FTR Control is an old archetype rejuvenated by the recent balance patch. Jasensational explains in detail how to keep your foe's board clear while you play your big, overwhelming threats.

NOTE: This is an older version of Trundle Tryndamere – for the latest build and matchup, check this Trundle Tryndamere Deck Guide!

Hey guys, Jasensational here. Today, I want to dive into one of the most popular control decks in the meta, Feel The RushFeel The Rush. While this deck has been foundational to the core of Shadow Isles/Freljord decks in the past, it has only really seen a resurgence in the ladder meta recently. Let’s explore why it’s coming back and what makes it one of the best control decks right now.

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
5
epic
6
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
4
3
7
4
8
5
3
6
10
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
6
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
Avarosan Sentry
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
9
Commander Ledros
1
Commander Ledros
Spells
26
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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The Identity of SI/Frej

Shadow Isles Freljord decks have existed since the beginning of time. The region combination has seen several evolutions with variants such as AniviaAnivia, Warmother's Call, Feel The RushFeel The Rush, and TrundleTrundle LissandraLissandra Control. But at the core of the different variants, there are two main characteristics that define it: a strong and varied removal package, and an overwhelming late game.

The combination of these two regions provides us with the strongest arsenal of removal tools. We have slow speed and fast speed spells; pings and board clears; and single target removal and sweepers.

Vile Feast Avalanche Vengeance The Ruination  

With any given hand, we have removal options for most board states that our opponent presents us with. The flexibility in our removal is what gives the deck so much agency and flexibility, as our opponent is left guessing how to best play around our hand. Does our opponent want to develop on their turn? Nope, get AvalancheAvalanched. Think you can sneak an open attack in? Get Withering WailWithering Wailed.

Trundle Tryndamere

The second factor is our win condition which is hard to remove. Both our champions, TrundleTrundle and TryndamereTryndamere, have hard-to-remove stat lines. With TrundleTrundle’s revert back to six health (and seven when leveled), his baseline is already difficult for most decks to deal with outside of a Thermogenic BeamThermogenic Beam or VengeanceVengeance. TryndamereTryndamere needs to be removed twice to get him off the board. And with Feel The RushFeel The Rush, their attack and health are boosted up even higher to a 10/10 statline.

Feel The Rush Commander Ledros Atrocity 

With both champions having the Overwhelm keyword, they threaten to end the game fast. Even if one swing doesn’t end the game, two copies of AtrocityAtrocity will seal the deal. The deck even has Commander LedrosCommander Ledros as a secondary win condition that can end the game even if the opponent is sitting comfortably at 18 health.

Forcing Proactivity

If you’ve played Legends of Runeterra before and have heard of this deck, then I think the first two things that come to mind are: reactivity is good, and pass frequently. And yes, both statements are true. As the control deck, the later we can commit to using our removal, the more information we have about what the most efficient answer is.

This brings up two points:

  • How do we force our opponents to act first
  • What is the first choice of removal

Let’s address the first point first, forcing our opponent to act first.

Generally, this concept is pretty simple; you just pass on your action, and then your opponent has to decide if they want to develop or pass back. But that doesn’t necessarily put us in a good position. If the opponent is far ahead on board, they can simply take the pass and threaten us with a strong attack, where we needed to spend mana on the previous turn.

So, let's expand on it. I think the easiest frame of reference in knowing when to pass is just thinking to yourself: “If my opponent wants to open-attack on the following turn, can I easily answer it with the cards in my hand?”

If the answer is yes, then we can safely pass our turn. The opponent will realize this as well, and either spend their current or next turn developing their board so they can get a meaningful attack in. Then we can decide how to properly answer their development.

Stacking Removal

Now let’s address the second point: figuring out the right answer for each board state. Sometimes the answer is pretty simple. They have one big unit, so we play VengeanceVengeance. They have a wide board of two health units, so we cast AvalancheAvalanche and wipe them out. They have a unit with one health, so we Vile FeastVile Feast it right?

Right?

Well… it’s a little more complicated than that. Yes, Vile FeastVile Feast is one of our best and most efficient answers for one health unit, but we have to remember that pretty much any form of removal in our deck will answer one health unit. If we plan on casting Withering WailWithering Wail or AvalancheAvalanche on the following turn, perhaps we want to save our Vile FeastVile Feast for later. This is where setting up forks and stacking removal spells come into play.

Let’s consider this imaginary situation. Our hand is the following cards:

Vile Feast Withering Wail Avalanche

Our opponent is attacking with two Forge WorkerForge Workers and a Forge ChiefForge Chief, so there are two 3/3s and one 2/1.

Forge Worker Forge Worker Forge Chief

How do we remove his board efficiently?

Instinctively, we might think to Vile FeastVile Feast the Forge ChiefForge Chief in combat. This denies him one spell mana and saves us two health while removing the unit from play. However, we need to think to ourselves, how are we removing the Forge WorkerForge Workers from play?

Nothing in our deck deals three damage directly outside of The BoxThe Box or The RuinationThe Ruination which kills all units regardless of their health. Since we have neither of those cards, we have to stack the two damage from AvalancheAvalanche with a one damage ping such as Vile FeastVile Feast or Withering WailWithering Wail. Now that we realize that we need to play AvalancheAvalanche, and potentially Withering WailWithering Wail, if we want to clear their board, we will see that immediately removing the Forge ChiefForge Chief may not be so efficient at all, since it will die to either the AvalancheAvalanche or the Withering WailWithering Wail. We can save the Vile FeastVile Feast for another time, which helps us to conserve our resources for when we need them.

Of course, this doesn’t take into account our health total or mana points, but we could instead cast Withering WailWithering Wail first on his attack, to set up the AvalancheAvalanche on a future turn.

The main point that should be taken away from here is that we want to be as conservative with our resources as possible. Mastery of this deck will involve knowing when to use removal and when to save it for another point where we may need it more.

Why Playing Trundle on Turn 5 is (Mostly) Wrong

TrundleTrundle seems like an ideal turn-five play. He’s a 4/6 with Regeneration, making him a formidable-sized blocker that can chump block almost anything else coming down this turn. So on turn five, if I have TrundleTrundle in my hand, I will play him. This will usually be correct, but it shouldn’t be our first instinct. 

Following good habits, the first thing we should do is pass (if we can afford to) and see what our opponent is up to. Should they develop in a way that we can answer easily on the following turn, then we can safely play out TrundleTrundle as a good blocker. But if we fall into the trap of playing TrundleTrundle and then our opponent goes wide and open-attacks us, we can get punished. This logic falls with playing any unit on the curve, such as Avarosan SentryAvarosan Sentry or Kindly TavernkeeperKindly Tavernkeeper. Always prioritize our mana on removal if necessary, and then play out units.

Teching the Deck

Another flexible aspect of the deck is its ability to tech itself for specific matchups, or whichever ones you wish to target. Freezes for midrange, Ice ShardIce Shard/The BoxThe Box for swarm, Passage UnearnedPassage Unearned for Thralls, Ramp for control, the list goes on.

But be careful trying to tech your deck against everything. It’s simply not possible, and probably not correct depending on the ladder meta or your tournament lineup. Choose a few and put in cards that you need. 

Matchups

(60-70/30-40) Favored: Aggro/Burn (Spiders/Nightfall/Draven Rumble/Fizz Lulu)

To no one’s surprise Feel The RushFeel The Rush aims to farm any aggressive, go wide board decks. With plenty of healing and removal options, we essentially nullify our opponent’s gameplan, provided we draw the removal we need. These matchups will come to a good understanding of what removal is good in this specific, like VengeanceVengeance for RumbleRumble, or Vile FeastVile Feast and Withering WailWithering Wail into decks with lots of one health units.

(60/40) Favored: Kindred Sentinels/Other Control decks

One of the reasons Feel The RushFeel The Rush is so strong is the fact that we can go so much bigger than other control decks. Most control decks simply do not have an answer to TryndamereTryndamere or Commander LedrosCommander Ledros. Because we don’t care about early board states, it makes the Kindred Sentinels deck even worse as they have no targets to slay (if you want to know more in detail how Kindred Sentinels play, here's the link for Waumuu's guide about that archetype).

Look to stack early removal to deal with three health units such as EliseElise KindredKindred and Buhru SentinelBuhru Sentinel. Finish the game with Feel The RushFeel The Rush.

(55/45) Slightly Favored: Pantheon Decks

With access to cards such as VengeanceVengeance and The RuinationThe Ruination, it can be quite easy to pick off single large units or a couple of loose threats. The matchup can be teched for even harder with freezes or more copies of big removal spells. Just watch out for Spellshield.

(50/50) Even: Kennen Ahri

This matchup is heavily debated and heavily dependent on how teched your Feel The RushFeel The Rush for the matchup. Cards like The BoxThe Box or potentially even Ice ShardIce Shard can completely devastate board states for little mana. Freezes like Flash FreezeFlash Freeze and expensive removal like VengeanceVengeance and The RuinationThe Ruination suffer in the matchup.

Ultimately the matchup probably favors Kennen Ahri at the highest levels with DenyDenys and bounces, but a slip-up may spell their doom. 

(40/60) Unfavored: Scouts/Demacia Rally Decks

Historically most Demacia rally decks have been known to do quite well into Feel The RushFeel The Rush. Efficient combat tricks like Ranger's Resolve and SharpsightSharpsight can protect units from expensive removal tools, and Scout attacks with rallies threaten to end the game fast. 

Early units to chump and trade matter in this matchup, but be careful of tapping too low. Casting a The RuinationThe Ruination if our foe over-develops can swing games too. Play greedily and look to punish bad plays -- if you want to see the match from the Scouts' point of view, Leer wrote a guide about it (link).

Wrapping Up

That’s a wrap! I hope this guide helped you to step up your control game to the next level. If you are interested in seeing some gameplay for the deck, I have a video linked: here.

Let me know if you have any questions! You can find me here:

Discord: Jasinsane #0246

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQFFYyiIFHJAOmCOG8lGQw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jasensational

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