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Weekend Warrior Weapons

Nineteen Top-Performing Brews, from Meta Staples to Exotic Blends, for the Discerning Ladder Climber
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Welcome, my friend! Glad to see you again!

And as glad as you shall be, I am certain, to see how open and balanced our Meta remains. And yet, new faces keep showing up among the Cream of the Crop.zerp

Please, step inside, and let me parade our wares – brews and blends furnished by formidable formulistas Balco, Legna and Seth, along with prominent pilot's takes overhead at the Blue Bird Inn, and those that we've collected ourselves.


A Glimpse to our Most Balanced Meta

As far as numbers go, my friend, this has been thus far one of the most balanced metas in recent memory:

While two decks have a bit of a lead, none surpasses the 55% WR mark – and none did so last week, either – which is unprecedented in recent patches.


Cream of the Crop

The best of the best – Meta Staples that perform above 54% WR then Platinum and upper ranks are considered.

If you are after confidence and performances, these are as good as it gets.

Elise Viego

The threesome having proven fun but ultimately not as powerful, the Shirtless King has crowned Elise as her Queen for the meta throne.

It's no secret that Legion Deserter is the real champion here, though!

We shall recommend the second most popular list for this archetype, which fares even better than the most popular in the last three days.

Strong Against: Thralls, Annie Jhin, Galio Bard, Deep

Struggles Against: Fizz Riven, Heimer Jayce Shadows, Vi Zoe Aphelios

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
6
5
2
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
5
Viego
3
Followers
17
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
4
Spirit Leech
2
5
Legion Deserter
3
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Spells
17
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Disintegrate
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Undergrowth
2
6
Vengeance
2
7
Atrocity
2

Those faithful to the Katarina variant may be interested in Sirturmund's extensive writings on the topic.


Heimerdinger Jayce Shadows

Professor and Student keep their slow, steady climb to the top, only a few decimals away from Elise Viego… and being the superior choice should they face each other.

The only hurdle for this blend seems to be Thralls, against which it suffers horribly.

Strong Against: Annie Jhin, Viego Noxus, Galio Bard, Ezreal Annie, Vi Zoe Aphelios

Struggles Against: Thralls, Fizz Riven, Yuumi Pantheon

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
6
0
4
1
8
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Heimerdinger
3
Followers
13
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
1
Forge Chief
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
21
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
2
6
Vengeance
3

Other Strong Meta Staples

Other extremely solid choices, all above the 53% WR in Platinum and upper rungs of the ladder.

Fizz Riven

Like Heimer Jayce, another medley we have seen growing from fringe to staple to, now, one of the most serious challengers to the Meta throne, being favored against the two strongest decks, anda against Thralls too.

Strong Against: Thralls, Viego Noxus, Lurkers, Sun Disc, Deep.

Struggles Against: Poppy Bard and Yuumi Pantheon (quite badly), Ezreal Caitlyn and Jhinnie (slightly)

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
17
1
9
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Riven
3
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
2
Runeweaver
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Might
3
3
Wallop
2
4
Friendship!
1

Vi Zoe Aphelios

The pile has made it!

A medley we missed last week when crafting our selection – and included later thanks to infighter's attentive recommendation – Vi Zoe Aphelios has proven to be the real-deal. Yet another blend whose performance is marred by a horrible Thralls matchup, but fairly solid against most else.

The recommended list, by far the most popular, performs above 54% – the archetype's average performance is dragged down by several much less popular, low-performing lists, probably due to pilots experimenting with the shiny new toy.

Strong Against: Viego Noxus, Jhinnie, Lurkers, Deep

Struggles Against: Thralls, Galio Bard, Heimerdinger Jayce, Ezreal Caitlyn

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
3
Aphelios
3
5
Vi
1
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Ferros Financier
2
2
Flame Chompers!
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Sump Dredger
3
7
The Winding Light
3
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pale Cascade
2
3
Get Excited!
3
6
Celestial Trifecta
1

Aphelios Viktor

It has to be said that Aphelios fans have seen their patience and faith paid in spades by recent patches – there seems to be no shortage of options for them in every meta.

Shares quite a few similarities with Zoe Vi Aphelios, but these are certainly different blends –  in particular, Aphelios Viktor is slightly favored into Thralls.

Strong Against: Thralls (slight edge), Jhinnie, Viego Elise, Sun Disc, 

Struggles Against: Heimerdinger Jayce (horribly!), Viego Katarina Elise, Galio Bard

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
11
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
11
2
10
3
3
4
1
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
4
Viktor
3
Followers
16
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Ballistic Bot
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
7
The Winding Light
2
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
2
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
1
Spell Thief
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Hush
1
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
6
Celestial Trifecta
2
10
Glorious Evolution
1

Other Meta Considerations

These are the best formulas available for other popular Meta choices (the deck's name shall provide a link to the full list):

Thralls: the most popular formulas have lost potency, but our recommendations punches above 55% across more than a thousand games.

Galio Bard: a very solid choice, the most popular formula sitting at 53% WR. 

Taric Poppy: the most popular formula actually performs badly – but our recommended blend, the second most popular, reaches 54% across nearly 500 games. 

Annie Jhin: this champion pair remains one of the most popular, and now for good reason – pilots have learned to play the best lists, and our recommended formula – overwhelmingly the most popular – sits at 53% WR.

Zed Bard: like with Jhinnie, pilots have learned to choose the stronger lists. Not the most powerful of archetypes in the current meta, but a solid 52%+ WR.


The Connoisseur's Corner

Our selection for those that dislike mirror matches – well-tested (at least two hundred games in the last few days) but little-seen formulas.

Lux Jayce

For reasons that I'll leave to others to puzzle, this champion pair – which seemed about to take the Meta Throne last week – has now dropped to fringe-meta play rates.

Its potency remains unchallenged, and has even increased due to its diminished popularity. Why pilots have abandoned it, though, remains a mystery – perhaps its hard time against the two most popular decks make pilots remiss to bring to ladder this blend.

Strong Against: Jhinnie

Struggles Against: Thralls, Viego Noxus

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
5
Lux
3
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
Followers
18
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
7
Albus Ferros
2
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
2
Mystic Shot
1
2
Sharpsight
2
2
Single Combat
1
5
Concerted Strike
1
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Back to Back
1
6
Shock Blast
3

Jayce Sentinels

A well-known blend that has taken a bit of a backseat in the current meta, but still packs quite a punch.

A bit of a polarizing archetype – good matchups are great, bad matchups are horrible.

Strong Against: Murders Annie Jhin and Annie Ezreal, strong into Viego Noxus and Vi Zoe Aphelios

Struggles Against: Dies horribly to Thralls, Galio Bard, Deep, Sun Disc 

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
4
Jayce
3
Followers
14
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
7
Albus Ferros
3
Spells
20
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Shock Blast
3
6
Vengeance
3

Riven Viktor Ambush

Another tried-and-true archetype that will not be unknown to frequent visitors of this section – and with scarily high performance in the last few days.

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
9
2
14
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
4
Viktor
3
Followers
19
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Nyandroid
3
3
Station Archivist
2
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Ambush
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Decimate
3

Trundle Viktor Timelines

Yes, this is a thing, my friend – punching above 54% WR, too.

And it seems to be gaining popularity, given the number of games in the last few days, and experimentations (not too successful thus far) to add Gnar to the mix.

Regions
Freljord
15 cards
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
5
epic
8
rare
7
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
11
2
4
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
5
4
Viktor
2
5
Trundle
3
Followers
21
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
3
Station Archivist
1
4
Aloof Travelers
3
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
8
It That Stares
1
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
1
4
Aftershock
1
9
Buried in Ice
2

A Walk on the Wild Side…

Tired of tried and true? Look no further: high performance, little-tested blends to jump into uncharted waters.

Ziggs Annie

Some Champs just want to watch the world burn!

A take on Shurima Noxus aggro, which had a bit of the spotlight during the Dark Age of Azirelia.

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
12
3
4
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
3
Ziggs
3
Followers
18
1
Baccai Reaper
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
3
Iron Ballista
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
4
Captive Greyback
3
Spells
16
2
Ruinous Path
3
2
Ruthless Predator
3
3
Noxian Fervor
3
4
Rite of Negation
1
5
Decimate
3
5
Decisive Maneuver
3

Vi Riven

An interesting mixture of Burn, Overwhelm and Elusives, with the possibility of single-unit Rally via Ruined Reckoner.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
1
0
7
1
10
2
13
3
2
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
5
Vi
3
Followers
18
1
Armed Gearhead
1
1
Blade Squire
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Nyandroid
3
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Sumpworks Map
1
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
2
3
Noxian Fervor
2
5
Decimate
3
5
Survival Skills
1

Ahri Bard

As Zed Bard proved, Chimes and Elusives are not a bad idea – this blend takes the concept along with Ahri's package.

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
6
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
4
Bard
3
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Dancing Droplet
3
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Navori Conspirator
1
2
Navori Highwayman
3
3
Greenglade Elder
2
3
Shadow Assassin
3
3
The Maker
1
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
12
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
1
Recall
2
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Twin Disciplines
2
4
Concussive Palm
1
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Lux Aphelios

As mentioned previously, Aphelios fans find no shortage of options these days – scary winrate across a not so small sample.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Mount Targon
24 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
17
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
9
3
0
4
5
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
5
Lux
3
Followers
13
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Solari Priestess
3
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
3
Hush
2
3
Shield of Durand
1
5
Concerted Strike
2
6
Celestial Trifecta
3
6
Sunburst
3

Bard Twisted Fate

A fairly exotic concept –  what we'd normally call "a Pile" – but with numbers to back it up.

Interestingly, a perhaps more reasonable approach (with Zap Sprayfin, Wiggly Burblefish and a lot of card draw, to buff Elusives) does horrible; there seems to be something in the below pile that just works.

Regions
Bilgewater
24 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
16
2
0
3
9
4
5
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
4
Twisted Fate
3
Landmarks
3
2
Mystic Vortex
3
Followers
17
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Pool Shark
3
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
2
Marai Warden
3
6
Maduli, The Gatekeeper
2
Spells
14
1
Shakedown
2
2
Bone Skewer
2
2
Make it Rain
2
4
Tentacle Smash
3
5
Cosmic Binding
2
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3

Very well, my friend…

… I truly hope you find our selection today to your liking and delight!

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And good luck in your climb!


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