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Weekend Warrior Weapons

Twenty-Two Potent Meta and Off-Meta Brews, for the Discerning Ladder Climber
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Welcome!

Welcome, my friend! Welcome!

So, please, step inside, and let me show you our wares! We have the best brews and blends furnished by formidable formulistas Balco, Legna and Seth, along with prominent pilot's takes overhead at the Blue Bird Inn.

Would you like to…

… take a glimpse at this wonderfully balanced Meta?

… peruse the Cream of the Crop?

  • Noxus Elise Viego,
  • Katarina Elise Viego,
  • Lux Jayce,
  • Jarvan Illaoi,
  • Heimer Jayce Shadows,
  • Sun Disc

… check other Strong Meta Staples?

  • Scouts,
  • Viego Shurima,
  • Thralls,
  • Yuumi Pantheon,
  • Fizz Aphelios,

… check the best builds of otherwise mediocre archetypes?

  • Jhin Annie,
  • Ezreal Annie,
  • Deep, its best build now including again Lure of the Depth,

… investigate our Connoisseur's Corner, with a bit more exotic options?

  • The latest Timelines iteration, Trundle Caitlyn,
  • Fizz Riven,
  • Taric Poppy,
  • Garen Bard,
  • Zoe Vi Aphelios,
  • Jayce Sentinels,

… take a walk on the Wild Side, for the little-tested yet radically rare?

  • Galio Bard,
  • Kindred Viego, another variation of Viego Noxus,
  • Curious Ezreal Viktor

A Glimpse to a Thing of Terrible Beauty

It is really hard for me to remember such an occasion, or if there even was one in the past: not a single Meta archetype reaches the 55% WR threshold…

… and only one barely grazes past 54%.

There is only two things to say about this, my friend: this Worldwalker expansion is a thing of beauty…

… enjoy this precious meta while it lasts!


Cream of the Crop

Here are the best of the best, my friend: archetypes performing over 53% WR, with playrates larger than 1% at Platinum and above.

While the shifts in the meta make it hard to predict what will happen next week, or in the next few days, this much is certain: as of right now, these are the most solid options to take to the ladder if performance is your main concern.

Noxus Elise Viego

An interesting sight: one could say this is an archetype that has de-spiced itself.

As noted last Tuesday and last Sunday, Katarina Elise Viego progressively took over the ladder. Yet it is the non-Kat version that, by the slightest margin, proves today to be superior when WR is concerned.

Do notice its much lower playrate, though, probably signaling more entrenched, experienced pilots behind the steering wheel.

Strong Against: Thralls, Annie Jhin, Lurkers, Yuumi Pantheon

Struggles Against: Ezreal Annie, Ezreal Caitlyn – slight underdog to the Katarina version

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
8
3
2
4
3
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Undergrowth
2
Undergrowth
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Katarina Elise Viego

The hottest trend this new patch, this threesome between the King of Mists, the Queen of Spiders, and the fire-haired Lady of Blades has proved most prolific, being the second most popular brew right. As superb scribe and skipper Sirturmund described it, this is the real deal.

I shall recommend the most popular list, which performs splendidly – yet if you feel in the mood for tweaks, consider cutting Undergrowth to make room for extra copies of Spirit Leech and Disintegrate.

Strong Against: Thralls, Annie Jhin, Lurkers, Deep, Demacian Krakens – slight edge over to the non-Katarina version

Struggles Against: Ezreal Annie, Ezreal Caitlyn, Heimerdinger Jayce

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
13
2
9
3
2
4
3
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Undergrowth
2
Undergrowth
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Lux Jayce

Quietly regaining the spotlight that Illaoi stole from him, Jayce again pairs with Lux and claws close to the top.

This is as refined as a blend can be, with our recommended list being the most popular by a mile.

Strong Against: Annie blends, Jarvan Illaoi, Lurkers

Struggles Against: Thralls, Deep, Elise Viego, Trundle Caitlyn

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
15
2
3
3
3
4
4
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
7
Albus Ferros
2
Albus Ferros
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
Demacian Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Back to Back
1
Back to Back
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
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Jarvan IV Illaoi

This is currently the most popular version of Demacian Krakens, and performs above 54% WR.

If you are looking for spicier takes, though, you could test this Twisted Fate variation. There is also a Garen variation, but although very strong, does not perform as well as the previous two.

Strong Against: Jhinnie, Thralls, Deep, Afizzelios, Poppy Taric, Fizz Riven

Struggles Against: Elise Viego blends, Pantheon Yuumi, Caitlyn Ezreal, Jayce Lux, Heimer Jayce Shadows

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
15
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
7
3
6
4
9
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
6
Jarvan IV
3
Jarvan IV
Followers
16
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
5
Buhru Lookout
3
Buhru Lookout
7
King Jarvan III
1
King Jarvan III
Spells
18
2
Answered Prayer
3
Answered Prayer
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

Our recommended blend, my friend, has WR well past the "stupidly silly" breakpoint, as was noted last Tuesday and last Sunday.

It seems to be held back mostly by Thralls, although the recent resurgence of Sun Disc is really bad news

Strong Against: Jhinnie, Elise Viego, Demacian Krakens

Struggles Against: Thralls (terribly!), Lurkers, Sun Disc.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
5
0
4
1
9
2
5
3
6
4
4
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
2
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
2
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
14
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
18
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Sun Disc

Many eyes shall flood with tears, I am certain, upon news of Shurima's resurgence – whether from joy or despair, though, I would not dare say!

Yet returned it is, that is most certain – and its performance is even better than its average would suggest, since the archetype is marred by some questionable formulas. You can be confident in the one provided below, though: another medley with stupidly silly WR.

Strong Against: Annie Ezreal, Deep, Illaoi Lux

Struggles Against: Jhinnie (horribly!), Pantheon Yuumi, Scouts, Affizelios

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
8
2
16
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Dunekeeper
1
Dunekeeper
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
2
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Golden Ambassador
1
Golden Ambassador
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
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Other Meta Staples

If looking for other options, these are the Archetypes with 52%+ WR when played at Platinum or above ranks.

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

The rise of the Shirtless King and his bladed, spidery Queens has been terrible news for Scouts, being one of its worst matchups.

Coupled with the splitting headache Scouts stuffers when it gazes upon Thralls – which is the most popular blend on the Platinum+ ladder – it is no surprise this steadfast archetype has taken a dip in performance.

Medleys shifting to a higher Spell count, though, seems to be doing well, signaling the way forward in this go-tall meta.

Strong Against: Jhinnie, Zed Bard, Deep, Lurkers, Affizelios.

Struggles Against: Viego blends (both Noxus and Shurima), Thralls, Demacian Krakens. 

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Bilgewater
6 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
18
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Viego Shurima

The Shirtless King needs no queens to pack a punch all by himself – and currently enjoys one of the most fair matchup tables one could hope for, with very few lopsided matches.

For those eager to tweak formulas: numbers suggest that Quicksand is indeed a must, but Aspiring Chronomancer could perhaps be two, and a single Vengeance could perhaps suffice.

Strong Against: Ezreal Caitlyn, Trundle Caitlyn

Struggles Against: Ezreal Annie, Sun Disc

Regions
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
19 400
champion
3
epic
5
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
6
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
3
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Baccai Sandspinner
3
Baccai Sandspinner
7
Invasive Hydravine
2
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
20
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
3
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
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Lissandra Taliyah, aka Thralls

The most popular medley to be found on Platinum and upper rungs, its good fortunes have been marred a bit by the rise of Noxus Viego – Thralls can certainly hold their own against the Encroaching Mists, but is an uphill battle for sure.

While Tomc's build, featuring Buried in Ice, is the most popular – and fares fairly well – in the last three days builds with a more traditional approach, like bringing back Preservarium and more copies of Avalanche, are finding even greater success.

Strong Against: Ezreal Annie, Trundle Caitlyn, Ezreal Caitlyn, Afizzelios, Heimer Jayce Shadows

Struggles Against: Viego Noxus, Jhinnie, Lurkers, Demacian Krakens

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
5
epic
7
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
6
3
7
4
4
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
5
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
2
Taliyah
Landmarks
8
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
10
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
2
Draklorn Inquisitor
Spells
17
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Promising Future
3
Promising Future
6
Sands of Time
2
Sands of Time
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Yuumi Pantheon

It has happened at last… the Warrior and the feline Fae have been dislodged from the top!

Its bad matchup against Viego Noxus, and the rising popularing and refinement of the Annie medleys, have finally pushed Yummi Pantheon to a more mid-tier position – the most popular formula, in fact, performs well below the 50% WR mark.

It is still too early to toss this blend aside, though: the second most-popular formula, which we recommend below, has reconfigured its Spells a bit, and performs splendidly.

Strong Against: Deep, Thralls, Demacian Krakens.

Struggles Against: Viego Noxus, Annie blends, Ezreal Caitlyn, 

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
12
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
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Fizz Aphelios

The fate of the Fae flood is a bit harder to discern – like many other blends, it is disfavored against Viego Noxus, but only slightly. Its main predators appear to be Thralls, Demacian Kraken, and Fizz Riven.

Our recommended list, by far the most popular, fares well above the 53% WR mark, so it may be a case of bad lists polluting the archetype.

Strong Against: Annie blends, Lurkers, Deep, Ezreal Caitlyn, Viego Shurima, Sun Disc

Struggles Against: Thralls, Demacian Kraken, Fizz Riven (quite badly!)

Regions
Mount Targon
10 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
14
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
17
2
8
3
2
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
1
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Hush
2
Hush
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Good Builds of Otherwise Mediocre Archetype

Below, you shall find well-performing formulas for otherwise "mediocre" archetypes – whether due to violent shifts in the meta, or due to pilot sticking to new brews that are not performing well, these archetypes as a whole have only average WR, yet when looking at specific lists, a different story emerges.

Jhin Annie

As said again, and again, and yet again, there is no need for Ravenbloom Conservatory in this archetype.

Stick to what works, as seen below, and accept this blend is not an easy one to pilot – and you shall be right on the path of great performance!

Strong Against: Thralls, Zed Bard, Trundle Caitlyn

Struggles Against: Viego Noxus, Annie Ezreal, Deep, Demacian Krakens

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
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Ezreal Annie

Now THIS is a Ravenbloom Conservatory, and as superb scribe and skipper Jasinsane says, it is indeed the card that holds the archetype together in this case.

This blend suffers from a horrible Thralls matchup, but enjoys excellent odds against Viego Noxus.

Strong Against: Viego Noxus, Jhinnie, Zed Bard

Struggles Against: Thralls (horribly!), Deep, Trundle Caytlin.

Regions
Noxus
25 cards
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
12
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Spell Slinger
3
Spell Slinger
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
Spells
19
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
8
Progress Day!
3
Progress Day!
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Maokai Nautilus, aka Deep

The tides have turned for this ancient archetype – as noted by keen observer Wallach, it was surprising that, earlier this week, lists without Lure of the Depths were performing superiorly.

Such is no longer true, and in the last three days the more traditional builds that do include Lure the card are now the best performers.

Strong Against: Annie blends, Ezreal Caitlyn

Struggles Against: Viego Noxus, Thralls, Lurkers, Demacian Krakens

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
5
epic
4
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
6
2
10
3
6
4
3
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
5
4
Maokai
2
Maokai
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
19
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Jaull Hunters
1
Jaull Hunters
4
Megatusk
2
Megatusk
5
Abyssal Eye
3
Abyssal Eye
6
Devourer of the Depths
3
Devourer of the Depths
7
Shipwreck Hoarder
1
Shipwreck Hoarder
Spells
16
1
Jettison
2
Jettison
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
4
Salvage
2
Salvage
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Connoisseur's Corner

Here's our selection of less-seen blends, for those looking for strong yet little-seen options.

Trundle Caitlyn

The latest iteration of Concurrent Timelines, switching Gnar for Caitlyn, and adding Revna, the Lorekeeper to the mix.

Strong Against: Ezreal blends

Struggles Against: Thalls (horribly!) 

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
5
1
16
2
4
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Icevale Archer
1
Icevale Archer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Fizz Riven

Hardly a new brew, but its performance is superb – yet pilots are still remiss to bring this Combo deck to the ladder.

Perhaps we should mention that it most thoroughly chews Viego Noxus for breakfast? Along with many other popular blends?

Strong Against: Viego Noxus, Ezreal Annie, Deep, Affizelios, Lurk

Struggles Against: Viego Shurima, Sun Disc.

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
24
1
Blade Squire
2
Blade Squire
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
2
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
10
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Might
3
Might
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
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Taric Poppy

Not as splendidly performing as last week, now that the meta has settled a bit – yet still a very solid, not-too-seen option.

Strong Against: Thralls, Jhinnie, Deep, Lurkers, Trundle Caitlyn

Struggles Against: Viego Noxus, Demacian Krakens (horribly!)

Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
16
2
3
3
7
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
23
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Garen Bard

As described by our resident Meta Reporter Leer in his test-piloting with MonteXristo, Garen Bard is arguably as simple as it gets – yet results it gets, too, and in spades.

Strong Against: Jhinnie, Deep, Affizelios

Struggles Against: Thralls, Zed Bard – slightly against Viego Noxus

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
13
2
6
3
6
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
5
Garen
3
Garen
Followers
26
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
Spells
8
1
Demacian Tellstones
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Vi Zoe Aphelios

New hotness, pointed out to us by keen observer infighter (thanks!): old-timers may be reminded of Rubin's Pile, but this is anything but.

And looking quite the great performer, from the last three days of data!

Strong Against: Noxus Viego, Annie builds, Zed Bard, Deep

Struggles Against: Thralls (horribly!)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
9
3
0
4
1
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
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Jayce Sentinels

Yet another established archetype that is pulling great results… and appears to have an edge against the most wave-making brew right now, Noxus Viego

Strong Against: Noxus Viego, Annie builds

Struggles Against: Thralls, Deep

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
2
0
4
1
15
2
3
3
5
4
0
5
8
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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A Walk on the Wild Side...

And here they are, my friend! The wild, untested brews – they have been putting quite the numbers as of late, but in such small samples that nothing is certain?

Perhaps you shall be the one making them shine?

Take them for a spin, then, and we shall soon see!

Galio Bard

A similar take to Garen Bard: take the most stat-y region, add Chimes and Boons on top.

Eye-widening performance across a somewhat smallish number of games.

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
14
2
6
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
25
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Redeemer
2
Vanguard Redeemer
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
2
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
3
Swiftwing Flight
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
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Kindred Viego

Yet another take on Viego Noxus, but with a little-seen champion.

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
7
3
5
4
3
5
5
6
6
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
16
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Undergrowth
1
Undergrowth
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Curious Ezreal Viktor

A bit like with Riven, no showcase of decklists could be said to be complete without at least one Curious Shellfolk brew – in this case, with the classic inclusion of Glorious Evolution

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
14
2
11
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
14
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Time Trick
2
Time Trick
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Sump Fumes
3
Sump Fumes
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
10
Glorious Evolution
1
Glorious Evolution
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And so, my friend!

Thus our today's selection ends. I hope we have succeeded to find a weapon of choice for you!

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And best of luck in your climb!


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