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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 DeserterLegion 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
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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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
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
13
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
Spells
21
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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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
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
3
Might
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
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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
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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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
Aphelios
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
16
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
Spacey Sketcher
2
Ballistic Bot
2
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Spell Thief
1
Spell Thief
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Hush
1
Hush
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
6
Celestial Trifecta
2
Celestial Trifecta
10
Glorious Evolution
1
Glorious Evolution
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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
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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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
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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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
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
19
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
3
Nyandroid
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
3
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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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
5
1
14
2
5
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
5
4
Viktor
2
Viktor
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
21
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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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
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Followers
18
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Captive Greyback
3
Captive Greyback
Spells
16
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
2
Ruthless Predator
3
Ruthless Predator
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Decisive Maneuver
3
Decisive Maneuver
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Vi Riven

An interesting mixture of Burn, Overwhelm and Elusives, with the possibility of single-unit Rally via Ruined ReckonerRuined 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
4
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
18
1
Armed Gearhead
1
Armed Gearhead
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
3
Nyandroid
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sumpworks Map
1
Sumpworks Map
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
2
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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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
9 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
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
1
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Highwayman
3
Greenglade Elder
2
Greenglade Elder
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
The Maker
1
The Maker
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
12
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
2
Recall
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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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
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
13
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Hush
2
Hush
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
3
Celestial Trifecta
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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 SprayfinZap Sprayfin, Wiggly BurblefishWiggly 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
16 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
Bard
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
2
Mystic Vortex
3
Mystic Vortex
Followers
17
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
6
Maduli, The Gatekeeper
2
Maduli, The Gatekeeper
Spells
14
1
Shakedown
2
Shakedown
2
Bone Skewer
2
Bone Skewer
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Cosmic Binding
2
Cosmic Binding
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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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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