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Recommended Gauntlet & Tournament Decks

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LoR Gauntlet and Tournament Decks

Portals are for Squares

With the rise of Norra Heimerdinger this week, I would expect to see a lot of these two in the tournament meta as well. Luckily for us, it’s not the hardest deck out there to counter, and its counters seem to work fairly well together. 

Trundle Timelines (Decklist courtesy of Prodigy)

Regions
Freljord
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
4
1
9
2
5
3
7
4
5
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
1
Caitlyn
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
20
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Piltovan Castaway
1
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
14
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
4
Parts Made Whole
1
Parts Made Whole
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
Open deck in builder

Poppy Taric

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
3
3
7
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
12
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Viktor Karma (Decklist & Guide courtesy of Yangzera)

Regions
Ionia
24 cards
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
18
common
10
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
14
2
3
3
7
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Karma
3
Karma
Followers
9
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
Spells
25
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

I’ve built this lineup in order to go after Norra Heimerdinger while also having a decent game into Timelines. This lineup is unfortunately kind of full of holes beyond that, though. You’re playing decks with obvious weaknesses that can be picked apart, but the lineup is really good at getting through Norra Heimer and we’re happy trying to 2-0 it and win the set 2-1.

The other sketchy but sometimes reasonable thing to do with this lineup is to leave Kennen Ezreal up – both Poppy Taric and Viktor Karma have a statistically good matchup into the deck. 

Our ban strategy here is to ban Pirates, Gwen Noxus, and any Nami deck that you may encounter. 


Are You Ready To Rumble?

This is the lineup Sqweeby and I used to take second place in last week’s RuneterraLife Duo’s tournament

Pirates

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
21
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
13
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
13 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
19
2
9
3
2
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
19
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
3
Wandering Shepherd
2
Wandering Shepherd
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
2
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
15
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharesies
2
Sharesies
3
Hush
1
Hush
Open deck in builder

Norra Nami

Regions
Bilgewater
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
35 000
champion
6
epic
10
rare
13
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
11
2
8
3
0
4
3
5
11
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
3
Nami
3
Nami
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
22
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
7
Mind Meld
1
Mind Meld
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The idea behind this lineup was to beat both Pirates and Ezreal Kennen, and it worked out! Sqweeby and I were able to take second in last week’s tournament in large part due to Afaelios’s unexpected strength. Fizz proves to be quite a problem for Ezreal Kennen to get through, and Aphelios absolutely rolls over Pirates if he can get going.

Norra Nami happens to do rather well into Pirates too, and of course, Pirates does very well into Ezreal Kennen. We opted to play Norra Nami because it doesn’t take up the TF slot, which allows you to run Pirates in the lineup as well. Curious ShellfolkCurious Shellfolk and PrankPranks do an excellent job of allowing you to pinch Ez Kennen’s mana, while Double TroubleDouble Trouble and Heavy MetalHeavy Metal help us keep the board clear against Pirates.

Alternatively, you could play Ionian Nami with Lee Sin over TF to let you play Pirates while also bettering your backline access.

With this lineup, you’ll probably want to spend your ban to protect Norra Nami or Afaelios; unfortunately, there aren’t any stats on Afaelios right now so you’ll have to rely on your gut there. Norra Nami, on the other hand, will struggle into Heimerdinger Norra, and Poppy Taric can be problematic. 


Monte’s Wildcard

This is my comfort zone and my fallback for when I’m unsure of what else to play, or for when I haven’t had the time to play much. 

Pirates

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
21
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
13
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Nightfall

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
15
2
4
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
1
Boisterous Host
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
16
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Heavens Aligned
2
Heavens Aligned
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
3
Hush
1
Hush
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
Open deck in builder

Nasus Thresh

Regions
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Shurima
12 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
14
2
4
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
21
0
Ravenous Butcher
2
Ravenous Butcher
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
1
Blighted Caretaker
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Camavoran Dragon
1
Camavoran Dragon
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
Spells
10
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Falling back on old comfort picks which I have a lot of experience on is always a somewhat reliable strategy, so long as the decks exist in the current meta. Nightfall got access to Fireth, Reaper of the SandsFireth, Reaper of the Sands and weapons, which is a solid upgrade for the deck, and Thresh Nasus received The Darkin BloodlettersThe Darkin Bloodletters. These three decks work decently well together as they’re all aggressive and can come out of the gate swinging, but I’m not playing this with a specific target in mind. 

Based on my personal experience piloting these lists, I don’t think I’m forced into an Ezreal Kennen ban with this lineup. This may not be the ideal strategy, but leaving the deck up has worked for me in the past so I figure I’ll try it again. 

We will want to ban Heimerdinger Norra – both Nightfall and Pirates struggle there. Nami decks can also be problematic for our lists, so be sure to take them out as well. Plunder (aka Sejuani Gangplank) has been making a bit of a resurgence over the past few days and that is also a deck that may warrant a ban. 


The New Kids

If we are expecting a lot of Ezreal Kennen and Pirate Aggro in the Tournament and Gauntlet meta, then maybe this lineup built strictly around beating both decks gives us the best odds to get ahead. 

Norra Heimerdinger

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
23
2
0
3
5
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Followers
6
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
Spells
28
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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Twisted Fate Akshan Bloodletters

Regions
Bilgewater
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
14
2
6
3
4
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
16
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Hired Gun
2
Hired Gun
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Bilgewater
16 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
2
Shellshocker
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

By now Norra Heimerdinger should not be new to any of you. Within the past week, they went from nowhere to becoming one of the best LoR decks – at the moment of writing, it's the most played deck in Plat+, and for good reason. The deck does very well against the two top dogs, Ezreal Kennen and Pirate Aggro. 

The second deck might be entirely new to you all, as 4LW just posted this deck on Wednesday. After playing it for a couple hours, I will side with 4LW in that it does very well into both Pirate Aggro and Ez Kennen, due to the ability to go wide. 

To round it out, we finish with Scouts, which I also believe to be a strong contender in the current meta because, once again, we do well into both our targets. 

It is rare to find a lineup that can target two different sets of decks, in this case letting us beat both aggro- and Ionia-based lineups. This drastically increases the odds of running into one or the other, improving our chances in the best-of-three. To me, this makes our lineup one of the most interesting and strongest choices you can pilot. 

However, not everything is perfect – we have our targets, what about our bans? Decks that can both go wide and tall at the same time, such as Timelines, are very problematic for us. They can get favorable trades against all three of our decks to stabilize. Kayn decks, while rare, are also scary to deal with: with 5 Health, Kayn survives our Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon

After those, it’s all up to personal choice. We have an even spread against Norra Heimerdinger, for example, but maybe you don’t feel like having to win the mirror so it’s fine to ban it as well. 

Alternate decks for this lineup are other aggro-oriented options. We can play Pirates ourselves, for example, and still have a good matchup versus Ezreal Kennen – you just have to be very comfortable in the mirror. 


Half Control, Half Board Presence

One of the most popular decks in the current meta is Heimerdinger Norra. The deck came out of nowhere and exploded in popularity. This lineup of triple Shadow Isles decks intends to hard-target these Norra decks, playing some SI control tools with the ability to go wide for blockers. 

Sejuani Gwen

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
5
3
3
4
1
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
16
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Strike Up The Band
2
Strike Up The Band
5
Gift of the Hearthblood
1
Gift of the Hearthblood
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Viego Thresh Ionia

Regions
Ionia
8 cards
Shadow Isles
32 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
17
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
14
2
Greenglade Lookout
2
Greenglade Lookout
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Vora
3
Vora
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
20
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Syncopation
3
Syncopation
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Deny
3
Deny
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Twisted Fate Nami SI

Regions
Bilgewater
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
37 300
champion
6
epic
13
rare
8
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
6
3
5
4
7
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
10
2
Coral Creatures
2
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
24
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Line 'Em Up
1
Line 'Em Up
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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We are in Shadow Isles, giving us access to tools like Vile FeastVile Feast, VengeanceVengeance and other such tools to keep ourselves alive against the board presence that Norra and Heimer put out. And all three of our decks have enough board presence of their own to block and trade into the opponent. 

Each of our choices also has some unique tools to deal with Norra Heimerdinger: SejuaniSejuani can freeze the opponent’s board over and over again; ThreshThresh can easily level versus their deck; and Nami Twisted Fate has Elusives to prevent Norra from pushing new portals through. 

In addition to Norra Heimerdinger, we do okay versus other aggro decks. We beat Pirates frequently, allowing us to target two of the most popular decks in the current meta. Our access to removal and freezes allows us to also stabilize versus Viego Evelynn variants, being able to kill their big key units when necessary. 

Playing this lineup opens us up to being beaten by Demacia decks. Scouts, Kai’Sa, or Akshan decks do very well against TF Nami's slower approach, so I would focus on banning those. After Demacia, I would be very scared to go against Timelines decks, with their tendency to pump out very good value units. 

An alternate idea with this lineup is to go more control-heavy, with Trundle Tryndamere or even Anivia to replace Gwen Sejuani. But I believe that would be way more vulnerable to the current meta than what we suggested here. 


Sirturmund’s Pick

I have been having a ton of success with Lee Sin in Nami Ionia, and figured that the best way to fit it into a lineup is to take an anti-Pirate aggro approach, which Scouts and Viego Evelynn excel at. 

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
24 cards
Bilgewater
16 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
2
Shellshocker
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
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Viego Evelynn

Regions
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Runeterra
12 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
12
2
8
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
17
1
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Hapless Aristocrat
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Vora
3
Vora
5
Neverglade Collector
3
Neverglade Collector
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
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Nami Lee Sin Twisted Fate

Regions
Bilgewater
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
19
common
6
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
5
Lee Sin
2
Lee Sin
Followers
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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As mentioned, the main idea here is to consistently beat aggro decks, and Pirates in particular – all three of our decks do well into them. Following that, we also have a great matchup spread into Katarina Gwen decks, which are still relatively popular in the current meta even with all the Norra Heimerdinger running around. 

And we do more or less evenly against the two other popular decks, namely Ezreal Kennen and Norra Heimerdinger, allowing the match to become quite a bit about skill expression.

Our problems are against decks that can go tall and wide, such as Timelines, Kai’Sa and Akshan Pantheon. They tend to outvalue us in trades, making it difficult to stabilize and get our own gameplan going. 

For alternate decks on this lineup, we can play any other Nami flavor and still have similar success. However, trust me when I say Lee feels very good in this archetype.

We could also go a bit more Rally-heavy and bring Poppy Taric, but that makes us slightly weaker into aggro which defeats the whole purpose. We can also play Norra Heimer ourselves, to more easily beat Pirates, as other lineups have suggested above.

Or… you could bring what I think could be a meta shaker, and swap Nami Lee Sin or Eve Viego for NicMakesPlays' fresh new Poppy Lulu list, which MrWinstonWalker took to Rank #1 today.

Good luck in Gauntlet this weekend!


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! He also hosts the weekly Mastering Runeterra Squadcast on his stream every Wednesday at 10:30pm EST.


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