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Monday Meta Report, Dec 05

Leer dives into the data to show you what decks you should play, and which you should get ready to face!

Monday Meta Report

‘sup everyone. With a heavy heart, I have to announce that Balco discontinued their metadata website. 💔 

Thus, there will be a few differences with the data moving forward:

We’ll be using Masters-only data from MaRu’s very own Meta Tier List. Also, some archetypes such as Gwen Katarina and Gwen Katarina Elise were merged in Balco’s data but not in MaRu’s Tiers list. 


LoR Meta Decks

Sorting MaRu’s Meta Tier List by playrate (PR), we see the following:

LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by play rate

Vayne Kayn (VayKaytion) is the most popular deck in LoR. After last week’s sudden entrance, the Kayn blend has gone from 0 to 100 real quick.

Katarina Gwen Elise (Red Gwen) has lost some of its momentum. But you see, it is not due to Kata Gwen being less popular. It’s because Kata Gwen Elise and Kata Gwen are considered two archetypes now. Kata Gwen sits at a 2.19% PR, so Kata Gwen Elise + Kata Gwen would have a 7.94% PR, surpassing its PR from last week!

Moving on, we have an unexpected comeback – Ezreal Seraphine. This time, though, they have teamed up with BCBandle City instead of NXNoxus!

Teemo Zoe (Elusives) is seeing less and less play as control is dominating the ladder.

Sejuani Gangplank (Plunder) is on a steady rise, now being the 5th most-played deck in Masters.

Trundle Tryndamere Feel The RushFeel The Rush (FTR) on the other hand is seeing less play again.

Jinx Lulu has been lurking in the shadows for quite some time now, and finally jumped into the spotlight!

Similar to FTR, we see other control decks like Annie Twisted Fate (Twisted Annie) and Seraphine Viktor SIShadow Isles lose some popularity.

Varus Pantheon is barely clinging onto a spot in the top ten most-played decks in the game!

Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:

LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by win rate

Jinx Lulu is by far the most winning archetype, with a mind-boggling 59.5% WR that makes it one of the best LoR decks right now. Despite its seemingly sudden rise, it was a well-known deck for a lot of players, and MaRu even has an in-depth Jinx Lulu deck guide written by Seasonal runner-up ThChEm!

Despite it getting targeted, Teemo Zoe is back on track as the second-best deck in the game. As we found out last week, Elusives destroys off-meta brews, and its slightly favored matchups into VayKaytion and Red Gwen also have a say in Teemo Zoe’s dominance!

With VayKation and Red Gwen following, the top three of last Monday had to make room for Jinx Lulu.

Despite its slight loss in PR, Twisted Annie experienced enormous growth in the WR department, now sporting a 54.6% WR.

Annie Jhin (Jhinnie), on the other hand, had a short stay at the top, losing 1.6 points off its hard-earned WR score.

If I’m being honest, I would’ve never expected to write these next words in my life: 

Hecarim Zed has moved from Meme-Tier to one of the best brews in the game, sitting for what might be in the first time in its long life at a WR above 50%!

Following suit with these last aggro decks is Jinx Ekko SHShurima.

Finally, Varus Pantheon is also holding onto a spot in the WR graph by the skin of its (wonderful) teeth, while Plunder has received some pushback from the meta after its entrance last Monday


The Reasons

Let’s start with the yordle in the room – Lulu Jinx.

Lulu Jinx is a reincarnation of the LuluLulu Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! combo found historically in decks like Ahri Lulu and Fizz Lulu Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms

When Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust! was released, players knew there was something special, but they couldn't figure it out. Mono Lulu (lovingly nicknamed Sneezy Lulu) was around for a week or two, but the archetype went unfinished.

As it turns out, all this archetype needed was a buffed JinxJinx. She allows us to dump our hand by discarding Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers!, making it a good thing that we run out of cards. Add Mystic ShotMystic Shot and Get Excited!Get Excited! to Super Mega Death Rocket!Super Mega Death Rocket!, and we have a peculiar aggro deck with a dangerous burn ability.

Jinx Lulu matchups

When looking at Jinx Lulu’s matchup table, we realize that it’s almost all green – apart from the VayKaytion trial. This is because the Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! LuluLulu combo has proven to out-match other aggro decks by forcing their most important timings (think of EliseElise, AnnieAnnie, GwenGwen) into combat with a zero-mana discarded Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! and win that battle.

But, against some control decks like FTR or Ezreal Seraphine, Lulu Jinx is able to stand their ground by bursting out a full board + Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust!, giving the control player no chance to react.

As we can see in the Vayne Kayn matchups, Jinx Lulu benefits heavily from the absence of Demacia brews in the meta: if the foe can remove our champions before they give us value, or challenge our Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! and kill the for free, Jinx Lulu struggles to find an alternative win condition.

If you want to read in-depth about this archetype (that, as far as we know, won't be nerfed with this week's expansion, so may remain as aa good deck in the new meta) check ThChEm's Lulu and Rockets – A Jinx Lulu LoR Deck Guide.


One deck that can stand its ground against Lulu Jinx, and has come to outshine other control blends, is Twisted Annie. On the surface, it is your usual anti-aggro control brew. When looking deeper, though, Twisted Annie has quite some differences to SIShadow Isles and FRFreljord control decks like FTR and Seraphine Viktor. Those differences are indicated by today's data, showing that Twisted Annie’s WR rose significantly, as opposed to the descending WR of other control blends.

What makes Annie TF shine is their access to Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock and Twisted FateTwisted Fate. Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock allows us to efficiently remove strong units like VayneVayne and LuluLulu, while Twisted FateTwisted Fate sweeps the board clean of one-Health units against Jinx Lulu.

That being said, Twisted Annie is the most feeble of control decks. It loses hard against the aforementioned FTR and SeraphineSeraphine decks because its wincon is too slow when their removal doesn’t matter.

Here is Annie TF’s polarized matchup table:

Annie TF matchups

Honorable Mentions

Aphelios Leona

Regions
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Mount Targon
30 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
18
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
2
Twilit Protector
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
16
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
2
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Remember Leona Diana, the Celesbians? Well, I’m sorry to say this, but Leona has found a new pairing with whom she collaborates better in this meta – ApheliosAphelios. Not-so-coincidentally, the most-played list on ladder is the exact same one WhatAmI brought to qualify for Worlds.

On ladder, Aphel Leo is sporting a 57% WR over 130 games in the past two days. Personally, I have gained 300 LP piloting Aphelios Leona this past week. You should definitely give this one a try if you enjoy the Celesbians or ApheliosAphelios!


Jinx Zoe?!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
18
2
4
3
6
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
15
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
The Flight
1
The Flight
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Sparklefly
1
Sparklefly
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Suit Up!
3
Suit Up!
5
Battle Bonds
1
Battle Bonds
Open deck in builder

We have Zoe Teemo Elusives, and we have Jinx Lulu. So, why not merge them to create rocket-shooting, elusive SparkleflySparkleflys?

The access to PZPiltover & Zaun cards ditches The Sudden SurgeThe Sudden Surge in favor of Suit Up!Suit Up!, and allows us to additionally run the burn package of Mystic ShotMystic Shot, Get Excited!Get Excited!, and Super Mega Death Rocket!Super Mega Death Rocket!. Man, do PZPiltover & Zaun cards have many exclamation marks in their name. It’s really tiring to shout their names all the time.

Despite their prerequisite of owning a strong lung to shout their cards, Jinx Zoe is putting up numbers on ladder – it sports a 58.2% WR over 250 games in the past three days. And look, your favorite YouTube creator and streamer just released a video about it!


Pirates

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
12
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Last season, Pirates saw a surprising comeback after a ton of cards got nerfed. This time, they needed a little longer to jump into people’s memories. While typical aggro blends like Jhinnie have seen a downward momentum this week, Pirates is on the rise.

They sport a 53.8% WR over 270 games in the past two days, making them one of the strongest NXNoxus aggro brews right now!

If you want to change things up, you can throw the SwainSwain package in for similar success on ladder:

Regions
Bilgewater
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
2
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
22
1
Crusty Codger
2
Crusty Codger
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Fortune Croaker
3
Fortune Croaker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
12
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this week's meta report and making it this far. If you’re still here and read this, leave a “Hi” in the Reddit thread comments, and I will “Hi” you back! =)

The data has been due to the fantastic website by Balco MaRu’s Meta Tier List while the matchup tables have been from Legna’s brilliant homepage. They are doing an insane job at collecting all this data and presenting it to us in an approachable manner. They deserve all the praise in the world!

The talented Hazy has been converting Balco's MaRu’s data into these stunning graphs for the Monday Meta Report, I can't express my gratitude enough to him!

Thanks also to Herko Khergans, he has been doing lots of editing and proofreading that deserves appreciation!!

You can reach me on Twitter (@Leer97) or on Discord (Leer#2026)!

Thanks for reading and see ya next week!


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