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Welcome, my friend! Welcome to the first Friday of a brand new Meta!

The changes brought by the recent balance patch have been on the mild side, with the majority of the strongest blends last week remaining strong – yet a couple of new faces can be found among the best medleys, while some formerly potent brews seem to have left the stage.

So, please, step inside and let me show you our selection from among what admirable APIarists Balco and Legna have collected, to which we have added insights from prominent pilots overhead at the Blue Bird Inn.


Glimpse at our New Meta

It has to be said, my friend, that if you are looking for something truly new among the best of the best…

… there is, sadly, not much new that the Patch has brought to relevance.

You may notice some notable absences, though – Thralls are nowhere to be found, for example, and Viego Noxus has dropped out of favor. While it would be a tad untimely to pronounce them dead, their decreased play rates will surely ripple through the Meta.

And there are a few fresh brews to be found among our Connoisseur selection, so let us proceed!


Cream of the Crop

These are currently the best of the best: archetypes that enjoy both a high enough play rate to be considered a Meta deck, and WR above 55%. 


Vi Zoe Aphelios

Few blends are as happy as this one about Thralls' eviction from the top of the charts – with them gone, Vi Zoe Aphelios' matchup spread is nothing short of outstanding: TF Nami Shadows and Heimer Jayce are a somewhat uphill struggle, and Fizz Riven slightly more so, but everything else is either an even matchup, or heavily favored.

Strong Against: TF Annie, Azirelia, Ahri Bard, Annie Jhin, Ashe LeBlanc

Struggles Against: TF Nami Shadows, Heimer Jayce Shadows, Fizz Riven 

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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Our recommended formula is the most popular in all three shards, and one of the best performers. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take for a spin the second most popular list, which fares a bit better although across a much smaller data sample.


Jarvan Poppy Bard

Nerfs to Petricite Broadwing and Brightsteel Protector don't seem to have had an effect on what pre-patch was, and currently seems to still be, one of the most potent brews to be found on the ladder.

Its biggest thread right now, interestingly, is one of the few fresh faces we'll talk about today: Ashe LeBlanc.

I shall recommend to you the second most popular list – the difference with the most popular is minimal (merely swapping one Vanguard SergeantVanguard Sergeant for one Penitent SquirePenitent Squire), but the performance is better across more than a thousand games.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Annie Jhin, Ahri Bard, TF Nami

Struggles Against: TF Annie, Heimer Jayce, Ashe LeBlanc

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Runeterra
6 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
4
3
12
4
5
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
26
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
1
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
Swiftwing Flight
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
Spells
8
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Other Top Dogs

These, my friend, are amply-played archetypes that reach the 54% WR mark -- any of this should serve you very well on the ladder!


Annie Jhin

The Virtuoso takes center stage!

After its internal struggles during most of last patch – during which a sizeable number of pilots stubbornly insisted on playing really bad versions of this archetype – Annie Jhin has found both consensus on the best builds, and a Meta it seems to thrive in.

Its matchups, though, tend to be a bit more polarized than other medleys in this section. And, above all, seems to have trouble with some of the strongest blends, which could spell doom if they become prevalent.

Strong Against: Azirelia, Ahri Bard, Ashe LeBlanc

Struggles Against: Heimer Jayce and Vi Zoe Aphelios (horribly!), Jarvan Poppy Bard (rather badly)

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
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Lux Jayce

Data sample for this patch is rather small, but this blends' performance is superb, and as you may have heard me say, this brew remained extremely potent – if, for some puzzling reason, not always popular – during the last patch.

With other Lux medleys currently absent, it would seem that Lux pilots have turned to what works.

Strong Against: TF Annie, TF Nami

Struggles Against: Annie Jhin, Ahri Bard, Heimer Jayce (rather badly)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Demacia
18 cards
Rarities
25 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
16
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
16
2
3
3
3
4
5
5
7
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
16
1
Forge Chief
2
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
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
5
Concerted Strike
2
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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Twisted Fate Annie

Ah, one of the success stories of this patch!

And, to be accurate, of last patch too – on top of changes to cards and the rest of the field brought by the recent balance patch, TF Annie's current success is in no small part due to the relentless refining process it underwent since Annie was released.

Faithful pilots stuck to this champion pair for weeks, even when it was mediocre at best, and by the end of last patch they had succeeded in turning this medley into quite the ladder menace…

… and it would appear the Meta has rewarded their efforts now, pushing Annie TF near the top when performance is concerned, and becoming the most popular deck on the Plat+ ladder.

Also: Riptide RexRiptide Rex!

Strong Against: Azirelia, Ahri Bard, Heimer Jayce, murders Ashe LeBlanc

Struggles Against: Vi Zoe Aphelios, slight underdog to TF Nami 

Regions
Noxus
27 cards
Bilgewater
13 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
6
3
9
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
10
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
21
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
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Feeling like going for something spicier? Here's a different take, featuring one copy of Miss Fortune (and three copies of Rex!) that is kicking behinds and taking names all over the ladder.


Heimer Jayce Shadows

The more things change, the clearer it is that the Professor and his Student have answers for everything.

Including not caring one bit to the nerf to Ferros FinancierFerros Financier, although their current success has more to do with Thralls' sudden absence from the ladder.

A well-refined brew, with the best performer also being the most popular – interestingly, this medley is vastly more popular in the EMEA server, while for some reason not gaining traction in the AM shard.

Strong Against: Annie Jhin, Ashe LeBlanc, Jarvan Poppy Bard,

Struggles Against: TF blends, namely TF Annie and TF Nami; slight underdog to Ahri Bard

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
8
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
11
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
1
Station Archivist
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
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 Options

Powerful archetypes that perform in the 52%-53% range, with play rates above 1%.


Elise Annie

This medley had some ups and downs last patch, but would appear to have found a very solid footing in the current Meta, and enjoys popularity in all three shards.

It's a slight underdog to the most popular deck, TF Annie, but it is probably worth noting that is one of the very few decks that do badly against the otherwise truly hideous Zed Hecarim archetype – one could imagine Elise Annie's fortunes raising once Hecarim pilots get the message that is not yet the time for their favorite champion.

Strong Against: Annie Jhin, Heimer Jayce

Struggles Against: TF Annie, TF Nami, Zed Hecarim

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
5
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
2
Elise
3
Elise
Landmarks
5
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
4
Catalogue of Regrets
2
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
7
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
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Ahri Bard

Slowly gaining traction during the whole of last patch – it started making waves in the data in early June, although two weeks would pass before pilots took notice en masse – Ahri Bard now sits firmly among the Top Dogs, with our recommended list being the most popular in all three shards.

It is perhaps worth noting that, along with Jarvan Poppy Bard, this medley is the only Bard archetype to currently enjoy both high performance and popularity – those that dislike the Wandering Caretaker may have been granted their wish to see him less often.

Strong Against: Heimer Jayce

Struggles Against: TF Annie, Azirelia, Annie Jhin

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
19
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Shadow Assassin
2
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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As an alternative, here's the second most popular list, which is a bit more low to the ground and performs slightly better.


Twisted Fate Nami Shadows

Drisoth's creation has claimed a sizable chunk of the field, now sitting among the most played archetypes. Do notice, though, that we're talking about the Shadow Isles version – some pilots still stick to the P&Z variant, in spite of its awful performance.

TF Nami does not like Azirelia and Jarvan Poppy Bard – not one bit – but has an otherwise fairly even matchup table.

Strong Against: Heimer Jayce, Vi Zoe Aphelios

Struggles Against: Azirelia, Jarvan Poppy Bard

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
10
2
6
3
7
4
6
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
11
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
23
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
1
Answered Prayer
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Irelia Azir

We should give credit to Azir: he really does seem to be the Champion of the People, with pilots jumping onto his archetypes whenever they seem promising – and, many a time, even when they do not.

The latter is not the case this time, though: while technically a tad overplayed (it is currently the second most popular deck, while its WR is far from being that good), this time Azirelia's performance does justify the popularity it enjoys.

It is also worth noting that pilots have ditched the truly hideous version that was the most popular yesterday, and now overwhelmingly prefer the best performer across all three shards.

One note of caution, though: Azirelia is one of the archetypes that prey the most upon the many awful Hecarim brews, while itself having a bit of a hard time against some of the strongest blends. Once the LP donors leave the stage, Azirelia's fortunes may take a dip.

Strong Against: Ahri Bard, TF Nami, every awful Hecarim brew out there

Struggles Against: TF Annie, Annie Jhin (rather badly), Vi Zoe Aphelios, Thresh Nasus, Jarvan Poppy Bard, 

Regions
Ionia
29 cards
Shurima
11 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
7
3
2
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
18
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Shadow Apprentice
2
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
2
The Stagehand
1
The Stagehand
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
2
Lead and Follow
3
Lead and Follow
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Storm of Blades
1
Storm of Blades
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About Hecarim and Shen…

As we mentioned above, this does not seem to be Hecarim's patch.

Pairing him with Zed, Azir or Lucian has, thus far, proven an excellent idea if your goal is to help your opponent to climb – as far as your own LP are concerned, you'd do well to stay away from those blends.

Hecarim Kalista Ionia is the only Hecarim pairing that is not disastrous – this is very much not a brew I would normally recommend, my friend, and I am sharing with you this version (the only one reaching a 50% WR) only on grounds that, if you absolutely MUST play a Hecarim blend, at least make sure it is this one.


On his part, Shen is the other Champion that was buffed – in this case, his pairing with Jarvan IV does show some promise, but across a somewhat small data sample.

Not a blend I can wholeheartedly recommend, mind you, but if you are a regular of our Wild Side selection, then this blend would perhaps fall in that category.


Connoisseur's Corner

In these somewhat turbulent times, it is too early to tell which blends fall into the Meta and Off-Meta categories – an archetype not seeing play today may simply be due to pilots being more interested in novelty than performance.

With that in mind, these are the archetypes that, while falling below the 1% play rate mark, still perform greatly across a large enough number of games.


Katarina Ziggs Annie

Aggro tends to do well in the early post-patch days – and Kat Ziggs Annie is providing ample proof that the concept is true: our recommended list reaches 55% in more than 700 games.

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
9
2
11
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
2
Annie
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
3
Ziggs
2
Ziggs
Followers
24
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
10
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
3
Might
2
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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The nearly-identical non-Kat version is doing even better through nearly 250 games. 


Ashe LeBlanc

Not a new pair, or a new concept, but Ashe LeBlanc has never been hotter – small sample sizes, of course, but our recommended blend performs well above 55% in more than 200 games.

It does get brutally murdered by TF Annie, though, and its success is in part explained by how easily Ashe LeBlanc shuts down Hecarim blends, so please do keep that in mind.

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
8
3
10
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
17
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
2
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Avarosan Trapper
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
Spells
17
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
4
Bloody Business
2
Bloody Business
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Reckoning
2
Reckoning
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Fizz Riven

This may be, my friend, the biggest winner of the patch – its playrate is small, but if we were to judge by performance alone, Fizz Riven could perhaps be called the best deck right now.

Regions
Bandlecity
23 cards
Noxus
17 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
11
2
9
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Riven
3
Riven
Followers
19
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
6
Papercraft Dragon
3
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Wrath
3
Elixir of Wrath
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Might
3
Might
3
Wallop
3
Wallop
4
Friendship!
1
Friendship!
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Lurk, aka Pyke Rek'sai

Lurkers are thoroughly enjoying the current field, with the below recommended list surpassing 55%, and other versions also performing excellently.

Regions
Bilgewater
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
11
2
6
3
4
4
6
5
3
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Rek'Sai
3
Rek'Sai
4
Pyke
3
Pyke
Followers
25
1
Sharkling
3
Sharkling
1
Treasure Seeker
1
Treasure Seeker
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
3
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Redfin Hammersnout
3
Redfin Hammersnout
2
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Snapjaw Swarm
3
Xer'sai Caller
3
Xer'sai Caller
5
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
3
Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan
6
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
3
Xer'sai Dunebreaker
8
Jaull-fish
1
Jaull-fish
Spells
9
1
Bloodbait
2
Bloodbait
2
Call the Pack
3
Call the Pack
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Blood in the Water
3
Blood in the Water
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Thresh Nasus

It would seem like our Meta has deemed fit to give younger pilots a taste of one of Runeterra's most iconic rivalries: Thresh Nasus against Azirelia – in which the former is heavily favored.

This is one of MajiinBae's recommended decks for new players, by the way, and performs admirably in the current field.

Regions
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Shurima
10 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
5
epic
3
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
12
2
7
3
5
4
2
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
5
5
Thresh
2
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
25
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Blighted Caretaker
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
4
Camavoran Dragon
3
Camavoran Dragon
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
Spells
10
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Zed Bard

Pushed to the fringes of the meta after enjoying quite the spotlight during the Worldwalker early days, Zed Bard performs quite well as of now.

It is, like Azirelia, one of the fiercest predators when Hecarim is concerned – one such easy prey goes extinct, Zed Bard may find things tougher.

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
25
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Highwayman
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
The Maker
3
The Maker
4
Fae Guide
1
Fae Guide
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
9
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
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Taric Poppy

Usually overshadowed by other Poppy blends, Taric Poppic always did well last patch, and does very well right now.

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
3
3
11
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Soldier
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
14
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
4
Relentless Pursuit
3
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Ezreal Twisted Fate

A little-played brew that, despite Ezreal's nerf, is doing great.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bilgewater
18 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
1
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
8
Riptide Rex
3
Riptide Rex
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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News of my Death…

While pronouncing a deck "dead" would be ill-timed right now – our Meta has a wonderful tendency to bring back what we usually forget about – the data does suggest several former Top Dogs may have been pushed to the fringe.

In particular:

  • The nerf to Legion DeserterLegion Deserter seems to have hit Viego Noxus more on its popularity than in its performance – the Katarina variant is doing quite well, albeit across a small data sample.
  • Thralls appears to have been hammered quite harshly, and I currently have no list I would recommend,
  • Likewise, Annie Ezreal – which was doing just okay by the end of the patch – has been pushed to below-50% territory,
  • We also find Ezreal Caitlyn among this patch's biggest losers, arguably due to Ezreal's nerf… although this Katarina variation, across a tiny sample, is doing great.
  • Interestingly, Galio Bard appears to have felt the full brunt of the nerfs to Demacia, even though Jarvan Poppy Bard brushed them aside – there is currently no Galio Bard list I could recommend, with the most popular list not reaching 50% in nearly 1,000 games.
  • With a whopping total of twelve cards nerfed, Pantheon Yuumi still clings to life, but across a minuscule sample.
  • It seemed yesterday that Deep was gaining traction, but current data suggests it was no more than a fluke – there's currently no list I would recommend.

Very well, my friend!

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The nerfs and buffs seem to have had a bigger effect on what they pushed aside  – Thralls, Viego Noxus and Galio Bard in particular – than what they brought to the fore.

We shall soon see what other blends bubble from the bottom, once the LP donors go extinct and brewers have enough time to iterate their creations against the refined archetypes that now reign supreme.

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And good luck in your climb!


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