Search
Close this search box.
🎉 Join our thriving Discord Community, home to thousands of players and endless strategy discussions!
🎉 Join our thriving Discord Community

By the Numbers: Strongest New Decks, 24 hours into the New Meta

New cards, new Champs, new Meta! Twenty-four hours into the patch, these are the strongest decks in Platinum and above

Twenty-four hours into the patch, these are the strongest decks in Plat+, among decks close to or above the 1% playrate mark, according to our favorite data sources, Balco and Legna.


Early Leaders

As Zilean says, "Predictions are hard, and especially about the future."

With unrefined brews (and extremely generous pilots bent on donating LPs through taking archetypes with below-Sun-Disc performances to the ladder), it's anybody's guess which brews will come out on top in a couple of weeks from now.

That caveat out of the way, here are the best performing new Archetypes, according to the data.


Gnar Ziggs Noxus: 55%+ WR

Gnar fits like a glove in the old ladder terror, Yordle Burn. This is the deck with the highest playrate at Plat+, and second only to old-dog Fizz Lulu in winrate ( just by a tiny bit).

Some versions go for a slightly more midrange-y curve, adding Spotted ToadSpotted Toad to the mix. While doing well, they seem to be a bit inferior to the more aggressive builds.

(And if you fancy playing Midrange with this region pair, you may be better served by Swain Gnar, which is coming up next).

It's a slight underdog to old-dogs Fizz Lulu, Scouts, and Darkness, and seems to have a hard time against the rejuvenated Bandle Tree.

Seems to consistently beat Swain Gnar and Lurkers.

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
13
2
9
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
24
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
Spells
10
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate

Swain Gnar: 55%+ WR

Nexus damage? Noxus approves, and so does the Grand General.

Interestingly, the archetype seems to be polluted with a few bad (or badly played…) lists, which suggests there's lots of room for improvement.

Has a really bad time against Ziggs Gnar and Darkness, and is slightly unfavored against Scouts and Lurkers.

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
11
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
20
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Teenydactyl
2
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
3
Spotted Toad
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
14
1
Poison Dart
3
Poison Dart
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Noxian Guillotine
2
Noxian Guillotine

Yuumi Pantheon Demacia: 54% WR

If you want to play this Champion pair, Demacia is the way -- the Bandle City version seems to be far inferior.

There's not much data, but it seems to die horribly to Gnar Ziggs and Elise Noxus.

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Mount Targon
24 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
13
3
5
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Hush
2
Hush
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis

Braum Galio: 53% WR

Currently the best-performing Galio build, and the only one sitting solidly over the 50% WR mark.

Current smallish data samples suggest that its weak into Gnar Ziggs and Elise Noxus, but very strong into Scouts.

Regions
Demacia
26 cards
Freljord
14 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
8
3
4
4
5
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
3
Braum
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
22
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Architect
3
Durand Architect
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Mountain Drake
3
Mountain Drake
9
Gorlith the Unscalable
1
Gorlith the Unscalable
Spells
12
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
4
Bloodsworn Pledge
1
Bloodsworn Pledge
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice

Up to You…

All these champion pairings perform roughly at, or decidedly below, 50% -- there may be a diamond in the rough here, but if that's the case it needs quite a bit more polish.

Up to you if you want to take your chances:

Sejuani Gnar (nearly 50%), 

Gangplank Gnar Bandle City: 48% WR overall, although the recommended list is at 51%, 

Yuumi Pantheon Bandle City (47%) 

Soraka Galio Starspring (44%) - Huge playrate, and has found success in the hands of extremely gifted players, but on average leaks LPs left, right and center.


Seen on the Twittersphere

Proceed with caution -- these are Aspect Tier pilots, expect your mileage to vary.


Fizz Gnar YiA

The build with which faintHD arrived to Americas Master first.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
18
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
Spells
16
1
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms

Gnar Galio

Recommended by prominent pilot and admirable alliterator Cephalopod, who described it thus: "Freljord Formidable forms a fantastic fortress of fat fellows! Regen from the fox functionally forces favorable fumbles from foes, and four power fancy fearsome fervently finds fatalities."

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Freljord
16 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
12
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
17
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Protege
3
Durand Protege
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
Wrath of the Freljord
2
Wrath of the Freljord
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Elixir of Iron
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
3
Winds of War
3
Winds of War
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike

Akshan Gnar

"If you're looking for a good honest midrange deck," says Aikado, "to help you through first week of patch, here it is."

Regions
Shurima
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
33 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
17
common
9
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
8
2
3
3
7
4
0
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
15
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
3
Devoted Council
2
Devoted Council
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
7
Thrumming Swarm
1
Thrumming Swarm
Spells
19
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph

Bonus Track: Ye Ole Powerhouses

These old dogs may not have learned any new tricks, but boy are they booting unrefined butts six ways from Sunday:

Fizz Lulu (which is currently one of the top-performing deck in Plat+) -- notice that, technically speaking, it IS a new deck, since it includes Yordle PortalYordle Portal! =) 

Darkness

Scouts, which needless to say is the only Goddess Tier deck when it comes to Champion Skins, 

Lurkers

Elise Noxus, which by this time probably deserves to be declared GOAT.


In Closing

The meta is chock-full with new archetypes -- the above seem to be the strongest among the most played, but who knows what will bubble up in the next few days?

Stay tuned for our Weekend Warrior Weapons tomorrow, when we'll dig deeper into the little-played archetypes!

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, poke me on Twitter (https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans) or ping me on Discord (Herko Kerghans#6252).

Good luck in your brewing or climb! =)

Sign up now for exclusive updates and be the first to back Chrono CCG on Kickstarter!