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Sirturmund’s & MonteXristo’s Recommended Lineups

Scouts are back… Thralls are back.. And Hecarim, while disappointing on Ladder, tramples foes in Bo3. Sirturmund & Monte share lineups to fight with or against the current Tournament powerhouses.

This Looks Familiar…

Don’t worry, you’re not tripping. This is basically the same first line-up as last week’s article and that’s because I believe the core of Nami Twisted Fate SI and Aphelios PnZ is the best starting point for a lineup at the moment.

This week we’ve chosen to round it out with Scouts because I think it’s a mirror-breaker lineup. Scouts should also force the ban from a ‘mirror’ lineup, letting you play the two best decks in the game.

Nami Twisted Fate SI

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
9
2
6
3
8
4
6
5
5
6
1
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
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
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
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Aphelios PnZ

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
2
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
21
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!
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
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Scouts

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
15
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
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
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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You may have noticed that the decklists have changed from last week about as much as the lineup has.

Drisoth tweeted about some math he did and it turns out that the last card slot in Nami SI really does come down to player preference.

I’ve added a bit more draw to this week’s list. Additionally, people figured out that Suit Up! is pretty good in Aphelios PnZ – a few copies have been added in as well. 

This lineup seeks to beat the mirror lineups. Anything else with Aphelios PnZ and Nami SI as its core should be forced into banning Scouts. This gives you free reign to ban out Aphelios PnZ, which is arguably the best deck in the game right now. 

Despite what the stats say, I don’t actually believe Ahri Bard (what I would generally expect to be the 3rd deck in this lineup) is a bad matchup for Nami. They really have no way to interact with Twisted Fate, after all. If you play for the TF flip and know to play around tentacles you should be ok in that matchup. This fact is what will let us get away with banning the Aph PnZ mirror instead. 

As for other third deck options, the field is kind of wide open. If you expect a lot of people to be on this version of the lineup you can go for something like Poppy Bard or Bard Galio (big Demacia beats small Demacia) 

This one’s for Davebo!

So, I had a funny idea.

After seeing Scouts perform so well with Inspiring Light, I thought there had to be another deck that would make good use of it.

Then I remembered my previous conversations with Davebo regarding Jayce Lux, “It’s just Forge Worker beatdown!” – their 3/3 bodies always make Forge Workers awkward units to trade with, and we make multiples in a single action…

… the deck also plays Baboon and Chompers, is this the answer? 

I posed the question to Davebo himself and wouldn’t you know it, I WAS on to something!

Jayce Lux

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Demacia
15 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
4
1
16
2
3
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
17
1
Forge Chief
1
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Back to Back
2
Back to Back
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
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Scouts

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
15
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
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
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Thralls

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
5
epic
7
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
7
4
5
5
4
6
1
7+
Champions
5
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
2
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
18
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
3
Ice Shard
1
Ice Shard
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Promising Future
1
Promising Future
6
Sands of Time
3
Sands of Time
9
Buried in Ice
1
Buried in Ice
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This lineup might be the secret sauce – the idea is to beat the type one lineup of Nami SI & Aphelios PnZ.

The statistics show Scouts has a good matchup into Nami SI and Aphelios PnZ. They also show that Jayce Lux has a good matchup into Nami SI, and while they don’t show the same for Aphelios I spoke with the Jayce Lux master (Davebo) and he informed me the matchup felt “more than playable.” As previously mentioned, we’ve also made some changes to the Jayce Lux list which may change the matchup dynamics, and the stats have yet to catch up.

And Thralls, of course, STOMPS Aphelios PnZ. 

This lineup is also good because it doesn’t have a large target on its back. The odds are low that people will expect this kind of lineup to be popular, and therefore the tournament meta won’t account for it. Because of this, you should have a very good time progressing through your tournament run.

Your ban strategy with this lineup: take out any bigger Demacia you encounter. This means removing aaallllll the Bard decks, be it Poppy or Galio.

I’ve also heard whispers of people trying out Sivir Akshan again – if you run into it, it’s best to take it out of the equation.

Thralls may also prove to be somewhat problematic, so you feel free to ban them if there is nothing scarier. 

As for other decks, you could try a bigger Demacia deck like Poppy Bard or Bard Galio. According to the statistics, Viego Shurima has a 47% matchup into Aphelios PnZ, which might be improved with some slight techs and could be worth considering. You could also try Heimer Jayce, but then you’re locked out of Jayce Lux. 

It’s Not A Lineup Article If Monte Doesn’t Include Aggro

I will be candid with you all, this lineup is just the three statistically best Aggro decks right now. Not much more thought went into, it but as always we wanted to include a wide variety of options for everyone’s playstyles.

Draven Sion

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
22 100
champion
5
epic
2
rare
7
common
26
Mana cost
2
0
9
1
11
2
10
3
0
4
1
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
5
3
Draven
3
Draven
7
Sion
2
Sion
Followers
20
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Blades and Pyrotechnics

Regions
Noxus
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
10
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
2
Annie
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Followers
25
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
3
The Prefect
1
The Prefect
5
Ruin Runner
3
Ruin Runner
Spells
9
2
Ruinous Path
3
Ruinous Path
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
3
Noxian Fervor
2
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Aphelios PnZ

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
7
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
2
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
21
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!
2
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
2
Suit Up!
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This lineup will be good into any Ionia decks that you encounter – despite what the stats say, Draven Sion will be fine into Ahri Bard as this is a burn list. They just won't have enough denies to deal with all of our direct damage.

It should also do more than fine into any Annie Twisted Fate you encounter. 

Your ban strategy will be taking out any SI Control, and bear in mind that a competent Nami pilot may also prove to be a problem. You ideally want your ban to be good for more than one of your decks; you should consider what your opponent will ban out and take that into consideration.

The Premier Counter Lineup 

Last week I spoke about a lineup that can counter two of the most popular decks in TF Annie and Aphelios P&Z.

I still believe this is a great lineup to bring if that’s what you expect to face, but this time we take a page from Shadawx and add Hecarim Kalista to the mix. 

Thralls

Regions
Freljord
24 cards
Shurima
16 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
9
2
6
3
5
4
7
5
3
6
2
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
12
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
5
Draklorn Inquisitor
3
Draklorn Inquisitor
Spells
16
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Sands of Time
3
Sands of Time
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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Feel The Rush

Regions
Freljord
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
6
2
2
3
5
4
9
5
3
6
15
7+
Champions
6
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
3
Tryndamere
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
7
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
1
She Who Wanders
Spells
24
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
3
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
2
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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Hecarim Kalista

Regions
Ionia
13 cards
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Rarities
30 700
champion
6
epic
7
rare
8
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
15
2
9
3
5
4
3
5
4
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Followers
15
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
The Wings and The Wave
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Blighted Caretaker
1
Blighted Caretaker
3
Darkwater Scourge
3
Darkwater Scourge
4
Field Musicians
3
Field Musicians
Spells
19
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Death Mark
2
Death Mark
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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It’s obvious that Shadawx is onto something here, finishing 2nd place in OLS and finishing 1st in the MysticShot Poscast tournament over the past week. This adds some legitimacy to the core of Feel The Rush + Thralls to counter most of the meta decks, with the third deck being a matter of preference. 

The idea is that you’ll be favored into Aphelios P&Z piles, TF Annie, and even TF Nami. While we do lose the access to 9x Blighted Ravine by not bringing a third Freljord deck, we gain a bit more consistency than relying on something like Targon’s Peak. You will also be better into the mirror due to Hecarim decks being good into control and Thralls. 

With that said, we are also weak to the same Hecarim decks, so be mindful of that during your ban phase.

We are also very vulnerable to Scouts, a deck that is once again rising in popularity.

Lastly, Azir Irelia will also be almost impossible to defeat with our decks, so ideally we want to dodge that deck the most.

In terms of alternate options, you could do a repeat of last week’s lineup and run Targons Peak in place of Hecarim Kalista, giving you full access to as many Ravines as possible. Otherwise, we can go for more control archetypes like Anivia or Noxus Freljord variants to fill in the gaps.

A Day In Demacia

One of the most common lineups in LoR history has been triple Demacia lineups, allowing you to fully take advantage of their rallies to burst through your opponent’s defenses.

Triple Demacia is once again back, although a bit different than it looked before. 

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
29 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
15
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
1
Shellshocker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
1
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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Bard Poppy

Regions
Demacia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
4
3
10
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
23
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
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
4
Silverwing Vanguard
3
Silverwing Vanguard
6
Genevieve Elmheart
2
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
6
Back to Back
1
Back to Back
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Sivir Akshan

Regions
Shurima
24 cards
Demacia
16 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
13
2
9
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
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Let’s face it, Scouts is the flavor of the week. With the new version of Scouts that play Inspiring Light winning some tournaments and topping others, you’ll see the deck very often this week due to its pretty straightforward approach.

So what else can we pair Scouts with? Well, two other Demacia decks playing Golden Aegis is one of the answers. 

Our game plan is to abuse both slower control, and aggro decks.

One thing that folks don’t talk about enough with Demacia decks is how well we do into all sorts of aggro decks, due to our many early units and blockers.

And, against control, it’s just a matter of timing your rally to the perfect round to finish off the opponent.

So, right off the bat, we want to see decks like Feel The Rush, Nami TF Shadow Isles, and Jhin Annie. 

Following up those general archetypes, we should in theory also do well against other Scout decks. Yes, we will have to win the mirror, but our other two Demacia decks tend to go bigger than Scouts, which tends to stop them in their tracks. 

Our weakness is a bit obvious though, and that is Noxus midrange. Ravenous Flock, Scorched Earth, and other such tools can kill our damaged units, and since we usually have to attack every single turn, it means we don’t have ways to prevent their removal.

Aside from that, bigger unit-heavy decks such as Galio Bard, Illaoi Demacia, or even Udyr decks, are a big challenge to us – their units grow much larger than what our Demacia decks can usually handle. 

If you want to swap one of these decks out, I still recommend keeping to the idea of triple rally. Other alternatives include Jayce Lux teched in with rallies, pure Elites, Tristana Faes YiA, and the like. Probably wouldn’t recommend Pantheon Yuumi these days, otherwise it would be a great fit here too. 

Hedging Against Scouts’ Revival

As we mentioned above, Scouts is more or less the flavor of the week, with a bit of Thralls sprinkled on top of it. This lineup is focusing on beating Scouts, and banning Thralls, hedging your bets against two decks that are seeing a resurgence. 

Heimer Jayce SI

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
5
0
4
1
8
2
10
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
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
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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Ekko Zilean

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
12
2
4
3
8
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Ekko
3
Ekko
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
16
1
Dropboarder
3
Dropboarder
1
Fallen Feline
3
Fallen Feline
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Voice of the Risen
6
Augmented Experimenter
1
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
15
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
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Ezreal Caitlyn

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
6
2
20
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Followers
11
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
3
Aftershock
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
3
Statikk Shock
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
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Our decks perform really well into Demacia lineups.

It’s hard to find three decks that are favorable against Scouts, but this idea with triple P&Z hits the mark. Simply put, all three of our decks can exert a powerful board presence on their own – whether it’s through removal with Jayce Heimer and Caitlyn Ezreal, or through sheer counter pressure of Ekko Zilean – meaning we’re never getting rushed down by the Demacia boards, and therefore have time to stabilize until we get our gameplan going. 

What I like about this lineup is that we are more or less close to even across the board against most other decks. Yes, there are a couple of bad apples in there, such as our horrible matchups into Ahri Bard and Thralls, but everything else sits squarely on the 45% to 55% win-rate bracket. This includes our matchup into Aphelios P&Z piles, which means we aren’t too upset running into them. 

Other decks that we are happy to face include most forms of aggro lineups, Hecarim variants, and Elise Annie. 

The big no-no’s for us, aside from Thralls and Ahri Bard, are Annie Twisted Fate and slower control decks like Feel The Rush.


As we finish our lineup recommendations for this week, we would recommend taking a look at last week’s article as well for different lineup ideas.

The meta game has not changed a lot over the past week aside from the resurgence of two decks: Thralls and Scouts. So most of the lineups last well will still do the trick just as much as today’s considerations.

And good luck in your last Gauntlet runs!


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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