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Looking for the best LoR Tournament Lineups? Hate or love Thralls or Tentacles, Sirturmund and Monte got you covered!

Ashes & Embers 

Noxus has proven to be one of the most versatile regions in the game and that strength is shown with this lineup. We include what I believe to be the most powerful deck in the game, ViegoViego Legion DeserterLegion Deserter, and combine it with Noxus control to make our opponent’s life miserable.   

Viego Legion Deserter

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
16
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Twisted Fate Annie 

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Bilgewater
24 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
6
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
14
2
2
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
15
1
Pool Shark
3
Pool Shark
2
Dreadway Deckhand
3
Dreadway Deckhand
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
8
Riptide Rex
2
Riptide Rex
Spells
16
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Ezreal Caitlyn

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
7
2
18
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
9
2
Spell Slinger
2
Spell Slinger
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
3
Station Archivist
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Noxian Guillotine
1
Noxian Guillotine
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
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The idea here is that not only is Noxus good, but DisintegrateDisintegrate is very, very good.

So good in fact that it even makes the cut in a deck like Viego Legion Deserter, which at first doesn’t seem like the type of deck that would use it. If you’re not familiar with how this deck works, I recommend checking out Sirturmund’s video or MajiinBae’s video to learn more. 

We round out the lineup by adding two control decks in EzrealEzreal CaitlynCaitlyn and Twisted FateTwisted Fate AnnieAnnie.

The first deck might already be familiar to you, but the addition of Ravenbloom ConservatoryRavenbloom Conservatory and Disintegrate add a different twist to the deck and allows your removal to become even more impactful. And the second is a new Noxus control deck that is trying to combo out with TybaulkTybaulk into Riptide RexRiptide Rex, making each of his hits stronger. 

All three of these decks have quite a few things in common. They are all very very good against Demacia decks, including Pantheon and any Illaoi Demacia variant – DisintegrateDisintegrate and the other removal at our disposal means that big units are not as big of a threat to us.

They also have a good matchup spread versus aggro decks: the amount of removal we possess makes it really difficult for aggro to push you out before you stabilize. We even tend to do well into Thralls, with our only weakness there being Ezreal Caitlyn. 

Our weakness is in the control matchups. Feel The Rush, Heimer Jayce, and other Shadow Isle control decks can abuse our over-reliance on value while also being able to easily remove our big threats. I would ban any control deck you encounter, although luckily for us they aren’t as popular these days.

An alternative deck here is some sort of Freljord Noxus variant playing Swain or, as we suggested last week, Targon Noxus. Both I think are considerably weaker than any of the other Noxus decks presented here, though.    


Bouncy Castle

You know what brings pleasure to my eyes?

Seeing a big beefy unit get recalled, or denying the opponent’s win condition. This lineup is meant to do just that.

Ionia Faes

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
13
2
9
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Blastcone Seedling
2
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Tasty Faefolk
3
Tasty Faefolk
4
Rainbowfish
3
Rainbowfish
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
3
Will of Ionia
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Viktor Karma 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Ionia
17 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
4
1
13
2
6
3
9
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Karma
3
Karma
Followers
11
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
Spells
23
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
Spirit's Refuge
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
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Illaoi Ionia

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
17 300
champion
3
epic
2
rare
12
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
3
3
13
4
5
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
3
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
14
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Hired Gun
3
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
4
Fae Guide
1
Fae Guide
5
Buhru Lookout
2
Buhru Lookout
8
Nagakabouros
2
Nagakabouros
Spells
23
1
Ghost
2
Ghost
2
Answered Prayer
3
Answered Prayer
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Syncopation
2
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
Spirit's Refuge
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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It has been a while since I felt like a triple Ionia lineup had some merit, but I think this one here has potential. The idea is that by having access to both DenyDeny and Will of IoniaWill of Ionia, we can effectively deal with control decks and with decks trying to go really tall. 

Ionia Faes is a deck that started seeing some play last patch. Since we are not playing Afaelios this time around, we can swap the usual TeemoTeemo for FizzFizz to give us the potential of a Papercraft DragonPapercraft Dragon combo from Fae SproutFae Sprout. This deck’s power with RainbowfishRainbowfish makes it a menace against most meta decks.

ViktorViktor KarmaKarma is another really good Ionia deck, which combines the Piltover & Zaun package to provide consistent removal and blockers as either of your champions reach their eventual I Win The Game point.

… and then we have Illaoi Ionia. If you have not seen this deck yet, I recommend giving GrandpaRoji a follow as he was the first that innovated this idea. The game plan is to combine the IllaoiIllaoi package with Ionia to both protect the Nagakabouros Priestess, and create some cheesy win states with Elusive and Syncopation. 

As I briefly touched on, this lineup should do really well into control decks, as your deny can stop spells like Feel The RushFeel The Rush or a well timed VengeanceVengeance.

We have enough healing tools to also beat aggro, with Faes playing Tasty FaefolkTasty Faefolk and our other two decks playing Spirit's Refuge. And then we have our handy tool Will of IoniaWill of Ionia, which when played at the right time can completely flip the match around against decks things like Thralls or Viego Legion Deserter decks.

So where do we suffer?

Demacia. Scouts and other similar Demacia midrange decks will completely dominate against our lineup, so I recommend banning those if you see them. Other aggressive decks that rely on bigger units, such as Overwhelm decks, also become a big issue as they can put too much pressure on us.

As for alternate decks, think to yourself how many Ionia decks are out there that are more control-ish rather than pure elusive aggro. Maybe something like Viego Kindred Ionia is a consideration, but to be honest that is the weakest Viego deck out of the three out there currently.  


Bye Bye Thralls

This one is meant for those folks that have a burning hatred against Thralls. Enjoy farming them!

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
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Viego Legion Deserter 

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
16
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Azir Irelia

Regions
Ionia
26 cards
Shurima
14 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
9
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
6
3
6
4
9
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
17
1
Dunekeeper
3
Dunekeeper
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
4
Voice of the Risen
2
Voice of the Risen
5
Blossoming Blade
1
Blossoming Blade
Spells
11
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Dragon Ambush
2
Dragon Ambush
5
Storm of Blades
3
Storm of Blades
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Without a doubt, Thralls is one of the most powerful decks in the current meta. This lineup is meant to not only beat Thralls, but also have a good matchup versus other popular decks such as Pantheon Yuumi.

We start out with an aggro deck in AnnieAnnie JhinJhin, this deck should blow out both Thralls and Pantheon due to the multiple stuns and burns you play – they are too slow to stop you before you get their nexus to 0.

ViegoViego Legion DeserterLegion Deserter plays at a much slower speed than aggro burn, but the idea is that your two main units can get bigger than any of their units. And when things get dicey, a well-placed VengeanceVengeance or DisintegrateDisintegrate can stop both decks in their tracks.

Lastly, AzirAzir IreliaIrelia is not only one of the best counters in general against Thralls, but also sports a great match up versus Pantheon Yuumi, with you being able to recall their big units when necessary.

Those are our two main targets: Thralls and Pantheon Yuumi. We do well into other decks that are trying to go tall with a single unit, just a Illaoi Demacia, so keep that in mind.

Now for the bad news…

… we are playing decks that are vulnerable from different angles, meaning you have more potential to get hard-countered.

For example, if you run into a triple aggro lineup, you will have a bad time as your Azir Irelia will get targeted. If you run into a triple control lineup, your Annie Jhin deck then becomes targeted by their heals and removal. In other words, it is hard to say how to properly manage the ban phase.

If the opponent is not on a full aggro or a full control lineup, just ban whichever of the two is present.  


Bandle and Landmarks - Everything Your Opponent Hates

The current metagame is wide open, but also still developing. As a result, the best strat in this meta is to just play three good decks.

Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
14
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
18
2
7
3
2
4
0
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
20
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
1
Papercraft Dragon
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
14
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Hush
1
Hush
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Thralls

Regions
Freljord
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
15
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
5
3
6
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
9
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
8
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
Spells
17
1
Imagined Possibilities
3
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
4
Avalanche
1
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Promising Future
3
Promising Future
6
Sands of Time
2
Sands of Time
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Annie Gnar 

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Bandlecity
17 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
15
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
11
2
6
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
15
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Lecturing Yordle
3
Lecturing Yordle
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
16
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Death's Hand
2
Death's Hand
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
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It’s really hard to correctly determine exact matchup percentages at the start of a meta but we can generally identify that DisintegrateDisintegrate decks are good into big-units decks. We’re going to solve this problem by bringing one of our own, Annie Gnar, while also including the current staple big-unit archetype – Thralls. 

As my co-author Sirturmund has said, Thralls is one of the best decks right now, so we’re going to make good use of it. By playing it alongside one of the other best decks in the meta, Afaelios, we put our opponent in a very awkward spot with their ban priority. Our lineup is what I would consider to be some of the best right now and should give you good game into most of the field. 

You may have some trouble into PantheonPantheon but you should be able to get your decks through Illaoi with the right draws and some matchup knowledge. The ban strategy is to target PantheonPantheon – if your foe didn't bring it, then you’ll want to look at removing something like Ekko Zilean as their gameplan can put you in a tight spot.


Double Trouble

Yet another lineup featuring Afaelios – this is such a strong deck I think it’s a mistake not to bring it right now.

Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
15 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
14
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
18
2
7
3
2
4
0
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
20
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
1
Papercraft Dragon
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
14
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
1
Trinket Trade
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Hush
1
Hush
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Jayce Heimerdinger

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
6
0
4
1
8
2
9
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
3
Thermogenic Beam
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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Viego Noxus

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
17
2
6
3
2
4
4
5
4
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
Elise
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
16
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
4
Spirit Leech
1
Spirit Leech
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
18
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Whispered Words
1
Whispered Words
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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This time we’re pairing it up with JayceJayce HeimerdingerHeimerdinger, and ViegoViego Noxus. We’ve chosen these decks because of the many threats we can layer and decent removal for the opponent’s ‘big stuff’ decks.

Between the VengeanceVengeance in your JayceJayce deck, DisintegrateDisintegrate in [Viego], and the stuns in Afaelios you should be able to deal with most massive units.

These decks can either swarm really fast – Afaelios & JayceJayce – or build a big unit – ViegoViego. Build a massive board of threats or one massive threat and force your opponent to have the answer, and ViegoViego Noxus can play a bit slower for an AtrocityAtrocity one-turn-kill if required.

This lineup can be weak to decks with big units like Illaoi, in the case your opponent is playing both Illaoi and Pantheon you may see a ban on Viego. If you find yourself in this situation you’ll likely be forced into the PantheonPantheon ban while trying to get through their remaining two decks. Afaelios can struggle into IllaoiIllaoi as well but it’s not doomed, you can play through FizzFizz and find the win. 

This is a good lineup if you want to be good into a wide field. You can swap out pretty much any deck for another strong meta deck right now like Thralls, Annie Ez, you can even play ViegoViego Shurima if you’d like. 


Now… I’ll summon a BIGGER Man

This is my own big stuff lineup! I settled on these versions because I wanted to try out the SyncopationSyncopation Ionia IllaoiIllaoi list as it also gives me access to DenyDeny

Illaoi Ionia

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
15 100
champion
3
epic
0
rare
12
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
14
2
3
3
12
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Followers
14
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Hired Gun
3
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
5
Buhru Lookout
3
Buhru Lookout
Spells
23
1
Ghost
2
Ghost
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Syncopation
3
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
Spirit's Refuge
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Thralls

Regions
Freljord
18 cards
Shurima
22 cards
Rarities
29 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
15
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
5
3
6
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
9
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
8
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
Spells
17
1
Imagined Possibilities
3
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
4
Avalanche
1
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Promising Future
3
Promising Future
6
Sands of Time
2
Sands of Time
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Viego Noxus

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
16
2
7
3
2
4
3
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
Elise
3
Katarina
1
Katarina
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
15
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
5
Legion Deserter
3
Legion Deserter
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
19
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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I decided to pair it with the other two decks in the meta that make big units, Thralls, and ViegoViego Noxus.

Unfortunately Thralls is still weak to PantheonPantheon, and ViegoViego Noxus will draw the ban here once again. This means that we’ll have to ban PantheonPantheon if it shows up.

We’ll also want to consider banning something like Lurk, but we should outspeed Ravenbloom ConservatoryRavenbloom Conservatory decks if we play for our combo turns. If you encounter a triple Ravenbloom lineup you can ban the list with the most DisintegrateDisintegrate enablers. 

IllaoiIllaoi Ionia has a problem with Lurk, but the Ionia version does a bit better into the DisintegrateDisintegrate stuff because of SyncopationSyncopation. You should have no trouble with Thralls, either, as your decks all have good ways of dealing with them.

If you get forced into a Thralls mirror, pro tip: you want to try and get out as many thralls at once as possible.

If you want to be better into Thralls and avoid the mirror you can consider swapping it out for Lurk. Some other options for this lineup include the Demacia version of IllaoiIllaoi, and you could even consider a Bard deck of your liking though I personally haven’t found one I’m attached to just yet. 


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 Aegis tournament, with his team The Wobbly Wombats!



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