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Monday Meta Report, Dec 26

Leer dives into the data to show you what World Ender decks you should play, and which you should get ready to face!
LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by play rate

LoR Monday Meta Report

Ho ho hoooly shit do we have a meta at hand. AatroxAatrox is the forsaken meta-king, ruling ruthlessly over rocket girls and popstars.


LoR Meta Decks

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

Aatrox Quinn Vayne dominates the LoR ladder, doubling the PR of the second-most popular deck.

By now, Ezreal Seraphine BWBilgewater (Bandle Bar) and Katarina Gwen (Red Gwen) have a long history, and they feast on the scraps AatroxAatrox leaves them.

Aatrox Kayn is a shadow of itself... which is okay if your shadow was the best deck in the game not too long ago (and not Zed! =)

This week, the ladder stats have mistaken the holidays, though. It appears to be Halloween, with horrendous horrors like Hecarim Zed (speaking of the devil) and Mono Shurima projecting into popularity.

Rumble Vayne is your resident usurper, the only character killing king AatroxAatrox.

Draven Jinx (Discard Aggro) and Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) had a short stay in the spotlight, halving their PRs this Monday.

Gangplank Sejuani (Plunder) exists. 🙂

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

To no one's surprise, Aatrox Quinn Vayne also rules this chart.

What’s surprising, though, is a brew challenging the data quo. Jinx Lulu (Julu? LuxLux?) is not widespread yet, but is keeping up with the mind-boggling WR of the Darkin spitter.

Despite Discard Aggro losing supporters, it has climbed the ladder, reaching the top three of the best LoR decks.

Red Gwen is back on track as a meta staple, retaliating on the pushback it received on the expansion’s launch.

Rumble Vayne TumbleTumbles into the meta as one of the very few AatroxAatrox counters. It is unique in doing so, and benefits from the popularity of the World Ender.

Aatrox Kayn and Plunder are no news on this chart.

What’s exciting is the existence of Aatrox Kindred, an unlikely champion and region pairing.

Moreover, Bandle Bar is no longer lounging among the top meta decks.

Annie Jhin (Jhinnie) received a significant swing in WR, similar to Discard Aggro, launching it back into the top ten best LoR decks.


The Reasons

Let’s quickly get Rumble Vayne out of our system:

As mentioned, Rumble Vayne is the only deck consistently beating Aatrox Vayne. The way Aatrox Vayne wins is by casting World EnderWorld Ender, farming foes with ValorValor + The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp, or out-trading small units with meaningful one-drops and The Darkin AegisThe Darkin Aegis

The first strategy is too slow against the RumbleRumble snowball, and Challengers with Harp fall flat against RiposteRiposte and combat tricks like Whirling DeathWhirling Death. Finally, small units don’t matter against RumbleRumble’s high Power and Quick Attack.

On the downside, Rumble Vayne struggles against real aggro blends (not Hecarim Zed) like Discard Aggro. While Rumble Vayne runs some early units, they are not enough to beat go-wide strategies, and they lack the tools against burn. The only way to win is to out-race Aggro with RumbleRumble and Great HammersGreat Hammers.

Despite the only mediocre-looking matchup table, Vayne Rumble is a powerhouse on ladder. This is due to the fact that Aatrox Vayne makes up an eighth of the meta, putting more weight on Rumble Vayne’s one good matchup!


LuxLux Lulu Jinx couldn’t be more different from Vayne Rumble. Instead of beating Aatrox Vayne and losing to most other decks, Lulu Jinx loses badly to XolaaniXolaani’s archenemy but incinerates everything else.

This is because Jinx Lulu is helpless against The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp apart from Get Excited!Get Excited!, which they don’t want to cast early. Especially Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! is vulnerable to any Challenger, even without The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp

Moreover, Aatrox Vayne wins when they get to swing with World EnderWorld Ender

This means the wisest way for Jinx Lulu to win is by going wide and finishing the game with burn, just before AatroxAatrox can turn the game around. Going tall with Mecha-Yordles can also work.

How do I know that? I read the insightful Jinx Lulu guide by ThChEm, silly! =)

On the other hand, Jinx Lulu tramples Red Gwen and Rumble Vayne, thanks to their broken LuluLulu + Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! combo challenging enemy champions.

Jinx Lulu isn’t able to lumber the Bandle Bar but goes toe-to-toe with them, thanks to their long reach with Mecha-Yordles and JinxJinx.


Which deck is better then… Jinx Lulu or Rumble Vayne?

When it comes to the LoR ladder, I wouldn’t pick a favorite. It comes down to the playstyle you prefer, though both decks have a unique game plan that is not comparable to any other meta deck.

When it comes to Bo3 lineups, the choice is easy.

Rumble Vayne forces you to target Aatrox blends, and there are no two other powerhouses convincingly doing so.

On the other hand, Jinx Lulu incentivizes you to ban Aatrox Vayne, which most decks want to do anyway. This leaves Jinx Lulu with barely a bad matchup, making it a premium pick not only on ladder, but also in a Bo3 setting!


Aatrox Kindred is the latest addition to the meta, making for an unusual symbiosis between Darkins and the slay mechanic.

The curious crux of this brew is its ability to weather the Darkin storm thanks to KindredKindred exploiting DEDemacia’s necessity of running the board (and thus letting units get slain, activating her ability).

Seasonal Champion 4LW presented four archetypes to counter Aatrox Vayne last week, and even included Aatrox Kindred, arguing that with enough expertise this matchup becomes favored for the Kindred pilot.

Overall, Aatrox Kindred has a lot of 50/50 odds against the most popular decks. While this makes it a solid Aatrox blend, it poses the question of why you should play this over Aatrox Vayne.

What’s worse, Aatrox Kindred folds to Rumble Vayne – a deck picking up steam – and Aggro:

This presents a pertinent weakness that turns Aatrox Kindred into an inferior Aatrox deck. If you want to have fun and try a solid brew, Aatrox Kindred might be your jam. But if you want to play the best, Aatrox Vayne is still the go-to!


Honorable Mentions

Aatrox Elise

Regions
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Runeterra
10 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
4
epic
8
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
21
2
3
3
0
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
4
2
Elise
2
Elise
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Equipments
6
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Fan
2
The Darkin Fan
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
11
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
2
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
19
1
Crawling Sensation
1
Crawling Sensation
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

If you don’t want to give up on the idea of Aatrox SIShadow Isles, you may want to add EliseElise to the previous AatroxAatrox] brew. 

Actually, Aatrox Elise is a drastically different deck from Aatrox Kindred. Instead of slaying allies and facilitating KindredKindred, we buff allies with Hallowed, Soul ShepherdSoul Shepherd/Moonlit GlenkeeperMoonlit Glenkeeper, and The Darkin BloodlettersThe Darkin Bloodletters to transform Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver.

Prior to this Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver iteration, there was Azir MTTargon but it lacked the numbers to back the silly gameplan.

With Aatrox Elise, though, you have an archetype sporting a 54.4% WR over 1.2k games in the past three days.


Pirate Aggro

Regions
Noxus
20 cards
Bilgewater
20 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
8
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
23
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
1
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
11
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Reveler's Feast
2
Reveler's Feast
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Pirate Aggro was a meta menace a couple of patches ago, and it’s attempting a comeback in recent times. With a 58.6% WR over 2.9k games in the past three days, it will show up in the next report as the protagonist if it can maintain this pace.

Pirates Aggro is known as the anti-Aggro Aggro blend thanks to Miss FortuneMiss Fortune and Red CardRed Card. With Aggro being this prevalent in the meta, Pirates is trying to outshine them once again!

How convenient that we have a Pirate Aggro deck guide ready for you to get a headstart.


Kai’Sa DEDemacia

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Shurima
20 cards
Rarities
21 100
champion
3
epic
6
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
14
2
7
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
19
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
1
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Xer'sai Hatchling
2
Belvethi Elder
3
Belvethi Elder
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Greenfang Warden
2
Greenfang Warden
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
9
Void Abomination
1
Void Abomination
Spells
15
1
Chain Vest
2
Chain Vest
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Once the most-hated deck in the game, Kai'Sa now lives on the fringe of the LoR meta. Depending on the source, you can find solid to promising data on this archetype.

MaRu’s Meta Tier List is showing a 53.2% WR over 1.9k games in the past three days, though Legna’s Meta page is indicating a 55% WR in the last seven days!

In case you'd like to read more about it, here is our Kai’Sa DE deck guide.


Conclusion

Hope you had a Merry Christmas with tasty Poro SnaxPoro Snaxs and delicious Fae SproutFae Sprouts, may you be gifted with tons of LP and RP. Let’s hope AatroxAatrox gifts us an un-ended world in 2023!

And, for competitive folks, we got the best Christmas gift ever:


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 Kerghans, 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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