Monday Meta Report
‘sup everyone. The Legends of Runeterra Worlds Qualifiers have been played out, and oh boy were they exciting!
WhatAmI made it back to back to Worlds Playoffs, what a savage. And I’m very proud of our community, who organized stream coverage for the LoR Qualifiers, and brought light on some of the Worlds’ competitors!
LoR Meta Decks
Sorting Balco’s Meta Tier List by playrate (PR), we see the following:
Teemo Zoe (Elusives) is the most popular archetype by far. Last week, we saw them dominate the winrate graph, and this week their PR can hold up as well!
When someone wins, someone else has to lose, that’s the harsh reality of zero-sum games like LoR. In this case, Draven Jinx (Discard Aggro) is the loser this week, with a dwindling playrate. That being said, the archetype still holds #2 in the meta as their fall from their high and mighty ivory tower is taking some time. =)
Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) was sitting at a 56%+ winrate at some point last Monday. While its winrate has slightly dwindled, the Shadow Isles blend deserves a spot in the meta and now sits at a 2.7% PR.
Annie Jhin (Jhinnie) has lost impetus as an aggro brew, similar to what happened to Discard Aggro.
Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:
Red Gwen has made an entrance into this new meta with a whopping 57% WR, and also was the top choice in LoR's Worlds Qualifiers. Last week, it was still sitting at a modest 53.6% WR; what changed this brew’s mind to pop off like that?
Vayne Quinn is still one of the strongest decks in the meta. Despite its convincing WR last week, though, it has not gained any traction whatsoever. It seems that people seem to have grown tired of Vayne brews! =)
Along with their rise in PR, Elusives see a fall in WR by a significant amount. This makes it all the more impressive that they still hold a 55.9% WR and secure #3.
Varus Pantheon is still kickin’ but doesn't particularly appreciate the Elusives hype.
By the laws of any competitive meta (or any predator-prey-dynamic), when a deck sees exceedingly high play compared to other archetypes, it gets targeted. This is because players get incentivized to counter said deck, as they face it more and more often in their ladder games.
Such is the case for Teemo Zoe, who has gained more PR than most archetypes have in total. Let’s take a look at what decks target Elusives:
As we can see, most control decks that are popping up are well-versed against Teemo Zoe. Removal spells don’t discern between Elusive and non-Elusive units, so Teemo Zoe is at a value disadvantage in these matchups.
What makes this even worse for Elusives is that they also struggle against aggro blends like Draven Jinx and Jhinnie. Aggro is able to produce many units to rush down the enemy Nexus, while Teemo Zoe’s units have weak statlines for their Elusive keyword. Thus, aggro decks have an edge in this matchup.
That being said, Elusives still have some good matchups in the meta, like Taliyah Ziggs or Varus Pantheon.
All in all, Teemo Zoe is in the midst of an unfavorable meta for them, which was incentivized due to Discard Aggro’s popularity early in the patch. It is difficult to believe that Teemo Zoe will still be at the spot where it is now next week.
The archetype that has the biggest breakthrough performance this week is Red Gwen. While it doesn’t have positive odds against Teemo Zoe, its matchup table is looking convincing:
As we can see, Gwen Katarina is exploiting the rising popularity of control blends. Since last patch, Red Gwen is the strongest Rally deck thanks to Katarina (level 2). Red Gwen can also make small Spiderling threatening due to Hallow, meaning the big removal spells of Shadow Tech and FTR are too slow of an answer.
One of the only bad matchups for this deck are the Celesbians (Leona Diana), who are struggling in this control meta.
Tl;dr: Red Gwen has no bad matchups currently, and has plenty of room to grow!
Aphelios Seraphine Viktor
Aphelios decks are always a blessing to see, though this might be the most control-heavy we’ve observed in a while. Aphel Sera appears to be, similar to Red Gwen, an anti-control tool that feasts upon Shadow Tech, Twisted Annie, and Sera Viktor Shadow Isles.
We’ve seen some people bring it to the Worlds qualifiers, like playoffs-qualified BaJAtak, but it also performs strongly on the Runeterra ladder. Aphel Sera sports a mind-boggling 62% WR over 240 games in the past two days. If you’re yearning for a viable Aphelios deck, look no further! =)
Akshan Varus Sivir
Pantheon Varus has taken the spotlight for Varus blends thus far, but a new challenger has arisen. While the deck has been in the shadows for quite some time now, this might be its first time to shine.
Akshan Varus currently sits at a 60% WR over 270 games in the past two days. If you’ve enjoyed Akshan Sivir Demacia or Pantheon Varus, there’s a good chance you will like this one as well!
“After today’s data, aggro is dead,” you might think. But lo and behold Jinx Lulu, the different kind of Jinx experience!
Jinx Lulu can back up its unusual card inclusion with real numbers – it holds a 56% WR over 780 games in the past two days. At this rate, it will be featured in next Monday’s report!
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 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 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!!
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