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Monday Meta Report, Dec 12

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

Monday Meta Report

'sup everyone. We have a new World champion, AragOrnn. If you're interested in the Worlds tournament meta specifically, I did a write-up about it two days ago!


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

We saw plenty of these Runeterra decks at Worlds — Aatrox Kayn and Aatrox Vayne take the lead in ladder popularity. At first, and although thought to be the worst champion of the World Ender expansion, AatroxAatrox is now the most popular character in the game!

Starting from this report, we sum up Elise Gwen Katarina and Gwen Kata into one archetype, and it shows — despite the hype of new World Ender decks, Red Gwen remains among the top 3 most played archetypes in LoR!

Every season a new expansion drops we see the same phenomenon — suboptimal brews with horrendous winrates that nevertheless show a spike in PR. This time around, Bard Kayle and Ryze decks have that dubious honor. If we summed up all Ryze decks running rampant on the LoR ladder, it would likely be the most-played archetype in the game. People are fond of RyzeRyze and are trying to make him work, but to no avail yet.

We saw AatroxAatrox blends at Worlds, and there was no shortage of old brews like Red Gwen. What Worlds competitors missed is the power of Acolyte's Reliquary in combination with ZiggsZiggs. Ziggs’ Acolytes picked up steam quickly, and despite what might sound like a meme-tier deck, it can back up its PR with a commendable winrate and is now among one of the best LoR Decks – Monte and I got some hands-on experience with Ziggs while test-driving World Ender decks, and we were highly impressed.

With the introduction of Rockbear ShepherdRockbear Shepherd, we see Azir Xerath (Sun Disc) make a resurgence, while Annie Jhin (Jhinnie) is the aggro deck of choice to farm LP in the first week of the expansion.

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

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

Jinx Champions' StrengthChampions is the most powerful archetype in Legends of Runeterra with two variants — Mono Jinx and Jinx Teemo. We were able to observe those in the lineups of top 8 player mati24mayo and runner-up Teddy!

As mentioned previously, Ziggs' Acolytes was not found by Worlds competitors but is under the top three best-performing decks on ladder!

What most Worlds competitors did find out, though, is Aatrox Kayn and Quinn Vayne Aatrox. In the head-to-head comparison, Vayne Quinn Aatrox appears to be the better version of Vayne Aatrox. That being said, the distinction is not that easy — in Vayne Aatrox we find both versions with and without Roar of IcathiaRoar of Icathia.

Apart from those two iconic archetypes — AatroxAatrox and Champions' StrengthChampions — we find several pre-patch powerhouses: Jinx Lulu, Jhinnie, Gangplank Sejuani (Plunder), and Red Gwen.


The Reasons

As always, WR numbers are pushed by the ensuing chaos of a new expansion. This time, RyzeRyze is the reason for almost all of this LP donation, having archetype combinations with almost all regions in the game. Unnecessary to say they all hold a WR below 40%. =)


Jinx DEDemacia, Vayne Kayn, and Ziggs’ Acolytes are in a Rock-Paper-Scissors relationship, so it’s time for another Emotion Chart™:

Jinx DEDemacia beats Aatrox blends which beat Ziggs’ Acolytes which beats Jinx DEDemacia.

This is because Aatrox brews tend to lack the units and early removal to deal with a wide board that later transitions into Champions' StrengthChampions, or JinxJinx launching rockets at their Nexus.

On the contrary, Aatrox blends can out-trade Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolyte due to their combat spells, especially the Cultist version with The Unforgiving ColdThe Unforgiving Cold. They can also pressure with Ranger-Knight DefectorRanger-Knight Defector + The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp, abusing the fact that Mono Ziggs has no good chump blockers. 

On the contrary contrary, Ziggs’ Acolytes can shatter Jinx’ low-health units with Drop the BombDrop the Bomb and Pokey StickPokey Stick, and SMOrc the foe with Fearsome Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolytes before JinxJinx can burn the ZiggsZiggs player down or refill their board to recuperate with Champions' StrengthChampions.

Here are the relations put in numbers:

We already saw Aatrox brews and Jinx DEDemacia at worlds, you can read more about them in my Worlds meta write-up.

Ziggs’ Acolytes is a novel archetype emerging thanks to the addition of Acolyte's Reliquary. It runs the standard SHShurima landmark shell of Endless DevoutEndless Devout, Inventive ChemistInventive Chemist, and Rite of the ArcaneRite of the Arcane.

Where it deviates from archetypes like Taliyah Ziggs is the abandonment of tempo plays like Desert NaturalistDesert Naturalist and TaliyahTaliyah, as well as Rock HopperRock Hopper to level TaliyahTaliyah, in favor of adding the Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolyte package.

Especially PreservariumPreservarium and Rite of PassageRite of Passage give this archetype the flexibility of switching between tempo and value plays, although the archetype mostly plays like an aggro deck!

Once we have enough cards in hand, we can pop off with Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolytes and rapidly level ZiggsZiggs. The combination of growing Fearsome units and Ziggs (level 2)Ziggs (level 2) present an aggressive playstyle not many decks in Runeterra are able to withstand.

As we can see in the matchup table, the only LoR decks favored against Ziggs’ Acolytes are Aatrox blends, and they aren’t too heavily favored.

On the upside, although Mono Ziggs is strong, it's not utterly destroying every archetype. It holds a solid 55% WR against most meta decks, while only really demolishing Jinx DEDemacia

If Ziggs’ Acolytes can hold this strong position remains to be seen, but their rising popularity indicates that they might be targeted sooner rather than later! If you want to read more about it, Monte and I wrote about Ziggs as we test-drove World Ender decks.


Honorable Mentions

Braum Sejuani Gnar

Regions
Freljord
35 cards
Demacia
5 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
3
3
9
4
3
5
2
6
9
7+
Champions
6
4
Braum
1
Braum
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Sejuani
2
Sejuani
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
19
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Troll Scavenger
1
Troll Scavenger
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Avarosan Trapper
4
Avarosan Outriders
3
Avarosan Outriders
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
12
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
2
Troll Chant
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
8
Battle Fury
3
Battle Fury
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

I get the feeling that any deck with Champions' StrengthChampions has the ability to high-roll itself into the top WR decks. This seems to be the case for Braum Gnar Sejuani.

The FRFreljord brew runs the Ricko Rex Overwhelm shell, slaps Champions' StrengthChampions on top, et voila – you have a 57% WR deck with 230 games over the past two days!


Draven Jinx Discard Aggro

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Noxus
16 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
12
2
9
3
3
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
20
1
Legion Rearguard
2
Legion Rearguard
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Boom Baboon
2
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
6
Augmented Experimenter
3
Augmented Experimenter
Spells
14
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
3
Vision
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
Open deck in builder

When trying to avoid Champions' StrengthChampions blends while featuring top off-meta decks, we have to pivot towards aggro.

Discard Aggro received a spike in popularity after the JinxJinx buff in the Domination balance patch. Over time, control brews reemerged and repressed aggro, until Jinx Lulu was the only JinxJinx deck left in the meta.

With RyzeRyze control blends being meme-tier, and AatroxAatrox and ZiggsZiggs archetypes being midrange, Discard Aggro is in a prime position to take back its footing on ladder.

This statement is also backed by stats – Discard Aggro sports a 56.5% WR over 770 games in the past two days!


Illaoi Vayne

Regions
Demacia
23 cards
Bilgewater
17 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
11
2
11
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
Equipments
5
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
Eye of God
2
Eye of God
Followers
15
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
5
Buhru Lookout
1
Buhru Lookout
Spells
14
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
8
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength
8
Judgment
1
Judgment
Open deck in builder

After IllaoiIllaoi’s support package got murdered in a balance patch, she has been one of the least-played champions in Legends of Runeterra. While I wanted to avoid featuring another Champions' StrengthChampions deck, seeing IllaoiIllaoi revived is a good compromise, in my opinion!

Popularized by Syzchu, the TentacleTentacle deck got a powerful champ in VayneVayne and the new toys Eye of GodEye of God and The Darkin AegisThe Darkin Aegis since its last appearance.

The IllaoiIllaoi deck holds a 57% WR over 470 games in the past two days. If you want to enjoy IllaoiIllaoi again, you’ll have to be quick before the meta rids itself of LP donors and Champions' StrengthChampions gets nerfed!


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 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 the metadata 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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