LoR Meta Decks
Sorting Balco’s Meta Tier List by playrate (PR), we see the following:
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. =)
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.
Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:
Talking about Seraphine counters and Demacia – Pantheon Vayne is another archetype solidifying its spot in the meta. We seem to approach an equilibrium where Seraphine blends coexist with its predatory Vayne brews, and Pantheon Vayne’s viability is proof of this.
Even though Rayn took severe hits to its popularity, it is still a more-than-solid ladder choice with a 53.9% WR!
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:
You might think that removing Seraphine with Quietus would give the edge to the Shadow Isles variant, but as it turns out, gaining card advantage with Vastayan Disciple and having more protection for your champs is a bigger advantage. Also, having Recall effects against Hecarim is really nice.
Where the Shadow Isles version shines, though, and where the reason lies that the Shadow Isles variant has an almost 1% higher WR is the Annie Jhin matchup. Here, Ionia gets punished for running cards like Deep Meditation, and Shadow Isles can shine with Vile Feast and Quietus!
Especially since the Shadow Isles variant is heavily favored against Jhinnie, while the Ionia 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.
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/Tumble just before Seraphine levels.
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.
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:
I know, I know, this is yet another Seraphine 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 Zoe as a one-of, and most importantly get to play Spell 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.
Since both Quinn and Vayne 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 Harp on a Scout unit, most significantly Valor.
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 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 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! =)
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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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