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By The Numbers: Mid-Week Ladder & Lineups Update

Looking for a bit of mid-week direction in your climb or lineups? Here are the strongest Ladder decks according to the data, and two strong lineups from our 100 Dollar Daily Tournaments with brief comments from their pilots.

The Ladder Data

Interesting bit of news: according to Balco, during the last 3 days no deck is above 55% WR and 1% PR at Plat+.

Top New Dogs

These are the new Chamption archetypes with a winrate (WR) above 54% at Plat+ in the last 3 days.


Trundle Gnar Timelines

Interesting times to be a-laddering: a Timelines deck at the top, with no signs of losing steam.

In fact, it's been quite some time since we've seen an archetype reach a perfect 100.00 Meta score (having both the biggest WR and largest playrate among the meta decks) -- a feat that the former Queen and King of the Meta, Ahri Kennen Shurima, never achieved.

Strong Against: Gnar Swain, Bandle Tree, Lurkers, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Gnar

Struggles Against: Gnar Ziggs, Frozen Darius Gnar, Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
5
rare
7
common
22
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
15
2
1
3
7
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Icevale Archer
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
It That Stares
2
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Troll Chant
2
3
Get Excited!
1
4
Aftershock
1
9
Buried in Ice
2

Fizz Gnar P&Z

Adding Grandfather Fae has propelled this archetype to new heights -- the recommended list, with 600+ games played, has sky-high WR.

Strong Against: Gnar Swain, Gnar Ziggs, Bandle Tree, Lurkers, Fizz Riven, Fizz Lulu

Struggles Against: Darkness, Trundle Timelines, Darius Gnar, Zoe Lee Sin

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
18
2
6
3
4
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
19
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Bomber Twins
1
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
Spells
15
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Buster Shot
1
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Yummi Pantheon Demacia

Surprise! A not-Gnar deck among the three best new decks! =)

Strong Against: Darkness, Scouts, Darius Gnar

Struggles Against: Gnar Ziggs, Bandle Tree, Pirates

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
12
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
3
Cataclysm
2
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Top Old Dogs

These two old staples are very much alive and kicking.

Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts, 54% WR at Plat+

The Arcade Skin Queens keep kicking butt and taking names, with Durand Sculptor & Petricite Broadwing having become mainstays of this old archetype.

Strong Against: Gnar Ziggs, Bandle Tree, Darkness, Fizz Riven, Darius Gnar

Struggles Against: Pantheon Yuumi, Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Bilgewater
8 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Marai Warden
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Fizz Lulu, 53%+ WR at Plat+

Looks like the optimal amount of Yordle Portals is one copy (along with maximum amount of burn) -- the recommended list is by 2-3% the best among the most popular. 

Strong Against: Gnar Ziggs, Bandle Tree, Lurkers, Fizz Riven, Pantheon Yuumi

Struggles Against: Darknes, Akshan Gnar, Fizz Gnar

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
21 400
champion
5
epic
1
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
14
2
11
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
2
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
1
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Yordle Portal
1
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Other Strong Meta Options

At around 53% WR at Plat+:

Papercraft Askhan Gnar

Gnar Ziggs Yordle Burn,

Fizz Riven

Frozen Darius Gnar.


A Little Less Played

Rummaging for a couple of options among the not-so-seen decks, we find Draven Rumble, with a whooping 55% WR (and not a single new card)...

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Noxus
22 cards
Rarities
23 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
7
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
12
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Rumble
3
Followers
15
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Fallen Rider
3
8
Lost Soul
1
Spells
19
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Might
3
3
Whirling Death
3
5
Decimate
3
5
Survival Skills
1

… and good ol' Kindred Sentinels, which -- judging by the different lists -- is undergoing a lots of experimentation, and performs at 54% WR overall.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
12 cards
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
12
2
3
3
8
4
4
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
2
4
Kindred
3
5
Vi
1
Followers
11
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
2
Ferros Financier
2
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
9
Commander Ledros
2
9
Corina Veraza
1
Spells
23
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
1
4
Statikk Shock
2
4
The Box
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2

Social Mediums

If you want to play what the cool Twitter kids are playing (and taking to Masters), here are three options -- pilots beware, success with these lists may have something to do with who was behind the steering wheel.

Brokenball reached Masters with Ballistic Bot Overwhelm -- he also published a guide about it here.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Freljord
24 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
20
2
2
3
3
4
0
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
6
Sejuani
3
Followers
23
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Ballistic Bot
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
2
2
Ruthless Raider
3
2
Tusk Speaker
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
1
6
Alpha Wildclaw
1
6
Mammoth Shaman
1
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Spells
11
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Troll Chant
2
3
Get Excited!
2
8
Battle Fury
2

Zorig Dungu went on a 200 LP streak and reached top #7 with FilthyGamerWeeb's Shen/Galio:

Regions
Demacia
27 cards
Ionia
13 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
7
3
8
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Shen
3
7
Galio
3
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Laurent Protege
2
3
Rivershaper
3
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Spells
17
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Shield of Durand
2
4
Deny
2
4
Golden Aegis
1
4
Spirit's Refuge
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Maybenextime definitely got to Masters with Teemo Tristana Gnar YiA, after borrowing the list from Oneiric:

Regions
Demacia
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
20
common
11
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
12
3
7
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
3
Tristana
3
4
Gnar
2
Followers
15
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
Spells
19
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Buster Shot
2
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

… with Meganoz borrowing it from him, and repeating the take-it-to-Masters feat.


Money on the Lineups

First Daily Dollar Winner

WhatAmI won the first MaRu $100 Dollar Daily Tournament last Monday, bringing Spooky Asol, Zoe Lee Sin and Trundle Tryndamere to the fray:

Regions
Mount Targon
24 cards
Shadow Isles
16 cards
Rarities
22 800
champion
5
epic
1
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
9
2
7
3
1
4
9
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
5
5
Thresh
3
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Followers
14
1
Lunari Duskbringer
1
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
3
Loping Telescope
2
3
Solari Priestess
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
1
2
Pale Cascade
1
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Hush
2
5
Starshaping
3
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Piercing Darkness
1
6
Sunburst
1
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2
9
The Ruination
1

Regions
Mount Targon
19 cards
Ionia
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
5
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
2
Spells
29
2
Gifts From Beyond
3
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Hush
2
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
3
5
Deep Meditation
3

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Shadow Isles
15 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
5
epic
6
rare
12
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
4
3
6
4
8
5
4
6
10
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
8
Tryndamere
2
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
6
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
9
Commander Ledros
1
Spells
26
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash Freeze
2
4
Avalanche
3
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Piercing Darkness
1
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2
9
The Ruination
2
12
Feel The Rush
3

Any tips for prospective pilots?

"When in doubt," says WhatAmI, "go full degenerate control. You're targeting anything aggressive or midrange and looking to ban Tree, Darkness, and Scouts in that order. This is the lineup for if you find decimate terrifying and wish them to feel your fear."


Twice a Second

RyanEffinMiles got second place… twice in a row! (on Monday, then again on Tuesday).

The cool twist? His lineups' inspiration (which he used both days, with a few tweaks) was the pilot he faced in the first finals: WhatAmI.

"My lineup was a variation of WhatAmI's papercraft AkGnar OTK, Lee Sin, and Galio Shyvana Dragons," says Ryan. "The meta has a lot of Bandle City in it, whether it's Tree, anything Gnar, or YiA/Chompers variants, and they all have one thing in common - they gum up the board with 2/1s or 2/2s that replace themself, stop your damage, and outvalue with them.

"So I just played 3 decks that have Overwhelm units, but can also keep up in value."

This is Ryan's Monday's Lineup, if you want to check it for reference:

Akshan Gnar,

Pantheon Shyvana Galio,

Zoe Lee Sin

And here is his Tuesday's lineup:

"Akshan Gnar has explosive lethals against anything with limited interaction," Ryan says, "but also plays a lot of one- and two-drops to gum up the board and match other bandle decks.

"It feels like it plays similar to Lee Sin, and I'm still not sure what it's bad into, and felt like the least targetable Gnar deck."

Regions
Shurima
24 cards
Bandlecity
16 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
4
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
13
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
21
1
Treasure Seeker
2
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Rock Hopper
2
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Quicksand
2
4
Friendship!
1
4
Rite of Negation
2

"Lee Sin is a meta staple," says Ryan, "and doesn't require much talking - I guess my variant is that I only play 3 Eye of the Dragon and 2 Solari Priestess because Eye alone practically beats the Bandle Tree decks, so max spells is key. Priestess is to find landmark removal for Bandle Tree."

Regions
Demacia
30 cards
Mount Targon
10 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
12
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Shyvana
3
7
Galio
3
Followers
16
1
Dragon Chow
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Durand Protege
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
5
Mountain Drake
3
Spells
18
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
1
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
3
Shield of Durand
2
3
Strafing Strike
2
5
Concerted Strike
1

"Galio/Shyvana I just wanted to abuse Mountain Drake as much as possible -- he gets huge off of eating Bandle's two-drops and swings for huge lethals with Dragon's Clutch. They can't Minimorph everything." 😎

Regions
Ionia
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
6
3
7
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
5
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Solari Priestess
2
Spells
29
2
Gifts From Beyond
3
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Will of Ionia
2
5
Deep Meditation
2

Will the third time be the charm for Ryan?

Well see… if you run into him in one of the Daily Tournaments, at least you know what he'll (probably) bring! =)