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Monday Meta Report, Oct 31

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

‘sup everyone. Both SeraphineSeraphine and VayneVayne have shifted their most successful archetypes this week. You win some, you lose some, huh?!


LoR Meta Decks

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

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

Ezreal Seraphine NXNoxus is still the by far most played deck of the meta, although with a slight downward trend.

Speaking of downward trends, Vayne Rumble (Rayn), whose creator is Kapi btw, is seeing less play.

For that, a well-known archetype is popping off right now – Hecarim Zed (Ephemerals) … at least when it comes to popularity. Better not look at its winrate. =)

Seraphine Viktor IOIonia is one of those SeraphineSeraphine brews that gained some steam last week, now standing at #3!

Aggro and tempo decks are on the rise again, as can be seen with Annie Jhin (Jhinnie), Vayne Zed (Tumbling Elusives), and Vayne Jax (submit nicknames!).

Vayne Gwen, who struggled in the winrate department ever since its creation, is finally getting played less and will soon be out of the meta. 

Last, we find two PantheonPantheon blends at the edge of our chart – Pantheon Varus and Pantheon Vayne!

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

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

Last week, it was Pirate Aggro’s time to shine. This Monday, a different aggro blend takes #1 – Swain MF!

As can be seen in Vayne Zed, Demacia has a small comeback this time around. Last Monday, DEDemacia was on the downtrend, and this week this impetus is reversed!

Just like in the PR graph, both Jhinnie and Vayne Jax are on the rise due to their aggressive nature. Vayne Jax in particular is becoming a staple of the meta as the go-to SeraphineSeraphine counter.

Talking about SeraphineSeraphine counters and DEDemaciaPantheon Vayne is another archetype solidifying its spot in the meta. We seem to approach an equilibrium where SeraphineSeraphine blends coexist with its predatory VayneVayne brews, and Pantheon Vayne’s viability is proof of this.

Viktor Seraphine is represented twice once again this week, with SIShadow Isles being the slightly better one

Even though Rayn took severe hits to its popularity, it is still a more-than-solid ladder choice with a 53.9% WR!

TF Swain is still a thing, though much weaker than Swain MF, while Vayne Kayn makes an appearance for the first time this season!


The Reasons

From a quick glance, most decks got a boost in WR. Why is that you ask? 

Well, somehow, the second most popular archetype in the game – Ephemerals – holds barely a 50% WR. This means that most decks get an easy win every 10th game – there is a free lunch after all, at least in LoR! =)


Let’s look at the difference between the two Viktor Seraphine blends:

LoR Meta Report: Seraphine Viktor matchup tables

As we can see, the IOIonia version is a little bit better at beating Ez Sera NXNoxus and Ephemerals – the two most popular archetypes of the week. 

You might think that removing SeraphineSeraphine with QuietusQuietus would give the edge to the SIShadow Isles variant, but as it turns out, gaining card advantage with Vastayan DiscipleVastayan Disciple and having more protection for your champs is a bigger advantage. Also, having Recall effects against HecarimHecarim is really nice.

Where the SIShadow Isles version shines, though, and where the reason lies that the SIShadow Isles variant has an almost 1% higher WR is the Annie Jhin matchup. Here, IOIonia gets punished for running cards like Deep MeditationDeep Meditation, and SIShadow Isles can shine with Vile FeastVile Feast and QuietusQuietus!

Especially since the SIShadow Isles variant is heavily favored against Jhinnie, while the IOIonia one is even, it overall matters more for the WR difference than the only slightly higher WR numbers of the Heca Zed matchup, for example.

Finally, Sera Viktor SIShadow Isles has a bigger edge against Vayne decks, equalizing the slightly worse matchups against the top two PR decks compared to Sera Viktor IOIonia.


One of the most stable archetypes this week is Jax Vayne. While it first appeared to be a mere Ez Sera counter, it also turns out to be well-versed against most of the best LoR decks!

Jax Vayne can keep up against aggro because of its legion of sturdy early-game units, similar to Scouts. It defeats Ez Sera due to its tempo advantage, and its Rally/TumbleTumble just before SeraphineSeraphine levels.

LoR Meta Report: Jax Vayne matchup table

As we can see, it also can keep up with Heca Zed’s Ephemeral units, where Jax Vayne’s access to the Tough keyword can allow for repeated, convenient blocking against Ephemeral attacks.


Honorable Mentions

Some decks don’t make it onto the graphs due to a playrate below one percent. Here are some of my favorite picks I found digging in the data:


Aphelios Seraphine

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Mount Targon
15 cards
Rarities
31 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
10
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
13
1
16
2
3
3
0
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
Landmarks
3
7
Back Alley Bar
3
Back Alley Bar
Followers
10
1
Gift Giver
1
Gift Giver
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
1
Ballistic Bot
2
Clump of Whumps
1
Clump of Whumps
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
1
Spell Thief
2
Spell Thief
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Iterative Improvement
1
Iterative Improvement
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Supercool Starchart
1
Supercool Starchart
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Trail of Evidence
1
Trail of Evidence
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
5
Purrsuit of Perfection
3
Purrsuit of Perfection
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner

I know, I know, this is yet another SeraphineSeraphine deck. But hear me out – we get to play the Moon Boy. That’s a pretty good trade-of if you ask me! =)

We get to Invoke some, run ZoeZoe as a one-of, and most importantly get to play Spell ThiefSpell Thief, one of my favorite cards in the game! Aphelios Sera sports a 52.85% WR over 1.7k games in the past two days. It is picking up pace quite quickly.


Quinn Vayne PZPiltover & Zaun

Regions
Demacia
31 cards
Piltover & Zaun
9 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
9
3
5
4
7
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Equipments
5
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Harp
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
6
Bloodcursed Harpy
3
Bloodcursed Harpy
Spells
12
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
4
Parts Made Whole
2
Parts Made Whole
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis

I promise I’m not doing this on purpose. I know it seems unexciting to play another Seraphine or Vayne deck… but, it is QuinnQuinn without Miss FortuneMiss Fortune, okay?!

Since both QuinnQuinn and VayneVayne have the exact same level-up condition, it is not the worst idea to pair them up. Both champs work very well weapons, especially if you can get The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp on a Scout unit, most significantly ValorValor.

Vayne Quinn rocks a mind-boggling 62.3% WR over an even more mind-boggling sample size of 450 games in the past two days. Reaching a 62% WR over a 30 game sample size, okay, but over 450 games?! This can almost surely not be a fluke!

For an in-depth guide, check Scissorsbox's recent Tumble and Strike – A Vayne Fiora LoR Deck Guide.


Teemo Zoe

Regions
Mount Targon
25 cards
Bandlecity
15 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
22
2
3
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Junk Construct
2
Junk Construct
2
Kelp Maidens
1
Kelp Maidens
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
13
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
Sunblessed Vigor
4
The Sudden Surge
3
The Sudden Surge
5
Battle Bonds
3
Battle Bonds

Teemo fucking Zoe. What even is their synergy? As it turns out, being a one-cost Elusive is good enough to be a threatening combo.

With Teemo Zoe, you are all-inning on the Elusive gameplan. Elusives work well with Equipment to push more Nexus damage, and The Sudden SurgeThe Sudden Surge is what pushes this demonic brew to the next level. Teemo Zoe holds a 56.3% WR over 400 games in the past two days. If you wanna experience a whole new gameplay experience on ladder, try this deck! =)


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!!

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

Thanks for reading and see ya next week!



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