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Monke.dek

You know I had to include KFelt’s winning lineup in this week’s article. For those of you out of the loop, Mastering Runeterra had a Celebration Tournament last weekend where both KFelt and I played a triple Powder PandemoniumPowder Pandemonium lineup – I tried to play Zoe Twisted Fate and failed, whereas KFelt played his very own Gwen list to victory!

Gwen-key

Regions
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Bilgewater
30 cards
Rarities
22 200
champion
3
epic
7
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
4
3
6
4
3
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
15
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
22
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
3
Strike Up The Band
1
Strike Up The Band
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
1
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Gnar-key

Regions
Freljord
9 cards
Bilgewater
31 cards
Rarities
23 300
champion
3
epic
8
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
18
2
0
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
12
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
Spells
22
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Teemo-key

Regions
Bandlecity
5 cards
Bilgewater
35 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
5
epic
8
rare
9
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
18
2
0
3
9
4
1
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Teemo
2
Teemo
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
13
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Pool Shark
1
Pool Shark
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
Spells
22
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
1
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Swindle
3
Swindle
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

This lineup was looking to beat up on Kai'Sa at the time of the original tournament. Since then, the Kai'Sa builds have changed and the matchup is no longer as favorable, and pilots have also learned to avoid playing Valor into pings. Now that the favorable Kai'Sa matchup is no longer a factor, Monkeys mainly look to prey on Noxus decks like Katarina Twisted Fate, Katarina Yasuo, or Pack Your Bags Noxus. 

The nice thing about this lineup is that you only have a few really bad matchups, which makes your ban easy. You’ll want to get rid of Thralls first and foremost; Kai'Sa can be ok to ban as well as other aggressive decks like Shurima Noxus which can race you effectively. 

Let me be honest though, this is probably not the best lineup to run in today’s metagame. I’ve included it here in this article as a fun idea and a way to record a bit of LoR history. The rise and fall of Power Pandemonium was explosive and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and I felt it deserved a spot in this article for that reason alone. IF you did want to try a triple monkey lineup today, I’d probably suggest this exact one but it’s probably better to play double Pandemonium & another aggro that wants to ban Thralls, like Nightfall!


Kai'Sa, Bard, TF, OH MY!

The three-best-decks lineup makes its return. GrandpaRoji took this lineup to top 8 in the Mastering Runeterra Celebration Tournament last weekend. When the meta is in the weird spot it currently is, bringing the format's three best decks is never a terrible idea. You do open yourself up to both Bard and Kai'Sa targets, but those lineups aren’t very real as they lose to everything else in the game.

Kai'Sa

Regions
Demacia
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
17 700
champion
3
epic
2
rare
14
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
10
2
10
3
6
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
20
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Belvethi Elder
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Greenfang Warden
2
Greenfang Warden
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
5
Radiant Guardian
1
Radiant Guardian
Spells
17
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
1
Supercharge
Open deck in builder

Bard Illaoi

Regions
Bilgewater
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
1
0
8
1
11
2
3
3
9
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Hired Gun
3
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
Spells
16
0
The List
1
The List
1
Ye Been Warned
2
Ye Been Warned
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Blood in the Water
2
Blood in the Water
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Katarina Twisted Fate

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Bilgewater
19 cards
Rarities
28 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
11
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
9
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Katarina
3
Katarina
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
12
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
19
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

This lineup isn’t really looking to target anything specifically. Instead, it’s looking to have an above-average matchup table into the entire field. You’ll have a chance at beating anything you encounter, while also making your opponent’s ban awkward for them. Should you encounter someone targeting one of your decks you may be in trouble, but the only reasonable target is Katarina Twisted Fate and it’s not been the best tourney deck historically, so I doubt you’ll see people aggressively going after it. 

Your own ban strategy gets a bit awkward. Katarina is really weak to Thralls, but your other two decks are quite good into it; you’ll want to consider the ban but not necessarily fire it off. Better bans include Kai'Sa, as you have two slightly losing matchups and a mirror – not an ideal scenario. Otherwise, you’ll just want to ban out whatever looks least appealing to play against. 


Progress

This lineup was piloted to third place by SnipeCrossGG in the recent Mastering Runeterra Celebration Tournament. At the time it was looking to target the upsurge of Powder Pandemonium players, but it still remains a solid lineup option for control players. 

Jayce Heimerdinger

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
4
0
6
1
9
2
5
3
3
4
4
5
8
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
Spells
23
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Undergrowth
2
Undergrowth
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Assembly Line
1
Assembly Line
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Deep

Regions
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
8
2
11
3
5
4
3
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Maokai
2
Maokai
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
18
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Jaull Hunters
2
Jaull Hunters
4
Megatusk
2
Megatusk
5
Abyssal Eye
3
Abyssal Eye
6
Devourer of the Depths
2
Devourer of the Depths
Spells
16
1
Jettison
2
Jettison
2
Bone Skewer
2
Bone Skewer
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Thralls

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
7
4
6
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
11
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
3
Draklorn Inquisitor
Spells
17
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
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
Sands of Time
3
Sands of Time
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

This lineup was good enough to shut me out of top-cut contention. It did exactly what SnipeCrossGG wanted it to: beat Monkeys. It's also got pretty good game into a lot of the rest of the field as well – boasting positive matchups into Draven Sion, Noxus Twisted Fate, and Aphelios PnZ. While the aforementioned decks aren’t the most popular, they are around and make for excellent second and third deck choices for a lot of lineups right now.

Ban strategy is to take out Kai'Sa – none of our decks are properly equipped to deal with her. While the stats don’t agree, SnipeCrossGG and other experienced Deep players I’ve spoken to claim it beats Bard Illaoi, so you can consider leaving that up, but be wary as both Thralls and Jayce can suffer into it. 

This lineup is about as good as it gets for control at the moment. You could probably swap out for Feel The Rush or maybe even Darkness, but I can’t really recommend it as I believe both those decks are weaker than the three listed.

But if you need more control options… 


Is Late Game Even Real?

Here is another variation of a triple control lineup which I think it's actually well positioned in the meta. The idea is we have enough removal and healing to combat both Kai'Sa decks and Monkey decks.

Gwen Aphelios

Regions
Mount Targon
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
8
2
9
3
5
4
2
5
6
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Phantom Butler
2
Phantom Butler
3
Conductor Of The Mists
2
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
Spells
16
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Hush
2
Hush
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Celestial Trifecta
3
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
2
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

Feel The Rush

Regions
Freljord
30 cards
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
1
3
5
4
8
5
3
6
15
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
3
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
8
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
23
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
1
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
15
2
1
3
8
4
5
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
18
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
Open deck in builder

It has probably been a while since you've seen either Feel The Rush or Darkness in the game, and for very good reason – the decks get run over by the Spellshield-centric nature of Kai'Sa, Akshan Renekton and other such decks. However, we feel VengeanceVengeance, The RuinationThe Ruination and Withering WailWithering Wail are such good tools in the current meta that we can stabilize and make up for our weaknesses.

With this lineup we are countering several archetypes. First, it is obvious how well we do against aggro decks, and Kai'sa's best counter being aggro decks, it is likely you might run into a brave soul running triple aggro, or even just one aggro deck in their lineup. This lineup is hyper focused to beat that aggro deck twice

Second, Monkeys. We saw how popular they were in the most recent Mastering Runeterra tournament, taking first place. Our access to Wails makes their big Powder PandemoniumPowder Pandemonium round feel really bad.

Lastly, Kai'Sa and other decks that rely on a single big finisher like Udyr. These types of decks will be at the mercy of our Vengeances and even Ruination in certain cases. Unless they draw triple champions, it tends to be hard for them to come back once we remove their finishers. 

Of course, the weakness comes from other Shurima and Ionia decks in general. Shurima decks such as Thralls can ignore most of our removal and even have access to their own form of deny so they should be banned on the spot. Azir Irelia, Sun Disc, Ziggs Taliyah, and Shurima Viego are other such Shurima decks to watch out for.

On the Ionia side, it's mainly DenyDeny slowing down our Feel The Rush deck, so be mindful of that.

If you’re looking for alternate control decks to try out, there are Heimerdinger Jayce and Nami Twisted Fate SI, although I am not a fan of those as they are more tempo decks than pure control, and lack access to tools like Withering WailWithering Wail


Living On The Edge

Going on the other side of the extreme from the recommended lineup above, we wanted to showcase what we think is the best aggro lineup at the moment. Beat Kai'Sa and other slower decks with this strategy!

Annie Jhin

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 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
Open deck in builder

Gwen Elise

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
20 700
champion
5
epic
0
rare
11
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
12
2
11
3
2
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
5
2
Elise
3
Elise
4
Gwen
2
Gwen
Followers
27
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
8
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
2
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Darius Miss Fortune Pirates

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Noxus
24 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
9
3
2
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
6
Darius
3
Darius
Followers
23
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
11
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Double Up
2
Double Up
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Let us farm the masses unprepared for aggro!

The idea here is to beat the folks playing Kai'Sa or AzirAzir IreliaIrelia. All of our very aggressive decks do well into both of those decks, able to kill them faster than they can kill us. With both decks being such popular picks in the current meta, our chances of hitting one or the other are very good. 

Against similar aggressive decks, such as Monkeys, the matchup can be a bit more difficult due to their access to Make it RainMake it Rain and Twisted FateTwisted Fate, but can still be winnable due to their lack of good blockers. You are at the very least trading with every attack you make, unless they high-roll multiple monkeys early. 

Our struggles come against control and Bard decks. Control is obvious – they will have access to healing and cards like Withering WailWithering Wail making our attacks and pressure very awkward. Bard decks, on the other hand, end up out-stating us, giving them really good blockers against our attacks. Bard Illaoi and Bard Shen in particular are problematic, the first due to its removal tools and the second due to Spirit's Refuge, so be mindful to play around those cards.

Alternate aggro decks in the current meta include everything from Nightfall, to Ziggs Katarina, to even Azir Irelia (it is an aggro deck I swear!). All can be nicely slotted into any of the decks above. Although my preference is to stick to nine DecimateDecimates as a way to present lethal once the opponent starts building up their board. 


Sirturmund’s Corner

Udyr. Star Spring. Darkness. It is said that once you gather all three pieces of Sirturmund you’ll summon a lineup more powerful than any ever seen in the world. Let's see if that is true.

Udyr Gwen

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
17
2
3
3
6
4
3
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
Followers
17
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Avarosan Sentry
1
Avarosan Sentry
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Conductor Of The Mists
4
Babbling Bjerg
3
Babbling Bjerg
6
Hyara Allseer
1
Hyara Allseer
Spells
17
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
2
Glimpse Beyond
1
Glimpse Beyond
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Shaman's Call
1
Shaman's Call
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Tahm Kench Soraka

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
5
3
12
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Soraka
3
Soraka
4
Tahm Kench
3
Tahm Kench
Landmarks
3
2
Star Spring
3
Star Spring
Followers
13
1
Crusty Codger
1
Crusty Codger
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Boxtopus
3
Boxtopus
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
4
Broadbacked Protector
3
Broadbacked Protector
Spells
18
1
Shakedown
1
Shakedown
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Hush
2
Hush
4
Astral Protection
3
Astral Protection
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
15
2
1
3
8
4
5
5
8
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
18
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
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Metal proved that Udyr could be a viable solution during his run last weekend in Mastering Runeterra’s tournament. And it left me thinking, what would be the best way to build a lineup around him in this meta?

The idea that Metal had is that Udyr Gwen is very good versus Kai'Sa decks, and he is not wrong. Our deck has access to VengeanceVengeance to kill Kai'Sa whens she drops on the field, and then has the potential for Udyr to get big enough to block anything else she might try to do for the rest of the game. So in building this I wanted two other decks that I think are viable against Kai'Sa, and ended up with a Siturmund Special: TK Raka and Darkness. 

Tahm Kench Soraka Star Spring has the ability to lock down Kai'Sa by having TK on the field. Our access to HushHush allows us to remove Spellshield and Evolve buffs as needed, and Broadbacked ProtectorBroadbacked Protector plus SorakaSoraka means we have enough health and healing to not die to the damage from multiple Void BlasterVoid Blasters.

Darkness, on the other hand has access to not only Vengeance, but also MinimorphMinimorph and Aloof TravelersAloof Travelers, both of which can hit Kai'Sa almost every game. 

The beauty is that these decks can still do well versus other popular decks like Illaoi Bard for the same reasons they do well versus Kai'Sa: they have enough answers to their big units, and An Acquired TasteAn Acquired Taste is really good on Illaoi due to her low health. Similarly, we have enough value and heals to stabilize against aggro decks, giving us a wide net versus a lot of the meta decks. Even Monkeys we can beat due to Withering WailWithering Wail, Ram StanceRam Stance and Broadbacked Protector. 

Our downfall comes from Noxus midrange decks. Archetypes like Twisted Fate Katarina, Elise Annie, or other decks with access to Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock or Scorched EarthScorched Earth makes it really difficult to keep our key units alive. So I would recommend banning said decks when possible. Other control archetypes are also very scary, as they can VengeanceVengeance our Udyr away, so even if we think we can beat them with Star Spring it is probably safer to ban them.
If you try this lineup, let me know how it goes. It is very difficult to pilot, so I don’t recommend my madness for those faint of heart. And if you are looking for other lineups, since the meta has not changed much since last week, our previous recommendations are all still valid as well: https://masteringruneterra.com/lor-gauntlet-decks-august-04-2022/


About the authors

Sirturmund is a long-time player of the game, having played LoR since beta. He has found competitive success in the past year with a couple of seasonal top cuts finishes, rank 1 ladder placements, and first spot in a Qualifier of Mastering Runeterra's Championship. Best known for being one of the very few to still bring Star Springs to tournaments, you can find Sirturmund lurking around all the social media sites absorbing anything he can about the game!

MonteXristo has been playing the game since closed beta and has consistently made it to masters every season he’s been active.  His accomplishments include having peaked in the top 20, taking first place in the “Streamer Sideboard Showdown” and LPP Riot Grand Prix. When he’s not writing for Mastering Runeterra he keeps his card-slinging skills sharp by playing in the Runeterra Academy tournament, with his team The Wobbly Wombats!


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