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Day One Decks – Five new decks to try out for Patch 3.4.0!

New patch? New decks! As part of Riot's "Balance Experiment", this patch we not only get nerfs and buffs, but also three new cards to try!

Hey all, Shadawx here with some decks to try out with Patch 3.4.0!

Not only did we get a balance patch with lots of changes – such as ApheliosAphelios' weapons going back to two mana, and Twin DisciplinesTwin Disciplines and SharpsightSharpsight getting -1 attack –  we also got three new cards as the “Balance Experiment” that Riot was talking about.

Desert DuelDesert Duel, Celestial WonderCelestial Wonder, and Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage are three new cards for Shurima, Targon, and PnZ respectively, and their goal is to try patching these regions' shortcomings.

So with all these new things to play around with, here are five decks to try out and play on ladder!


Targon’s Peak

I wanted to try out Targon's Peak again with the new She Who WandersShe Who Wanders change, as well as Celestial WonderCelestial Wonder being added.

This deck has always been pretty strong against control/slower paced decks that give you time to ramp up, or hit cards with Peak multiple times.

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Mount Targon
18 cards
Rarities
33 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
9
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
4
2
3
3
5
4
8
5
3
6
12
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
6
Targon's Peak
3
Targon's Peak
Followers
12
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
Solari Sunhawk
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
1
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
3
She Who Wanders
Spells
16
3
Divergent Paths
1
Divergent Paths
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Celestial Wonder
2
Celestial Wonder
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
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This list has lots of tools to stall the early game, for example:

  • AvalancheAvalanche and Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine help deal with smaller swarm boards, and
  • Celestial WonderCelestial Wonder and SunburstSunburst handle the bigger threats.

In the meantime, you can hopefully open up turns where you can ramp up with extra mana gems, or get a Targon's Peak down to play out your big cards.


Mono Shurima

With the changes to QuicksandQuicksand and AzirAzir, as well as the addition of Desert DuelDesert Duel, I think Mono Shurima got some big buffs.

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
26 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
13
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
9
2
18
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
2
Azir
4
Renekton
1
Renekton
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
13
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
3
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Golden Ambassador
1
Golden Ambassador
Spells
14
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
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Interaction is one thing that Shurima lacks, and Desert DuelDesert Duel should fix that.

The new QuicksandQuicksand also provides some help dealing with a wider board, or can still slow down a single unit.

And AzirAzir is now way faster to level in Mono Shurima, since Landmarks count towards his level-up – up until now, Mono Shurima Azir decks didn't have a nice, quick way for Azir to level up.

I’ve settled on a 2/1/3 split on champions, since AzirAzir doesn’t really do much alone, but levels pretty quickly here to trigger Buried Sun DiscBuried Sun Disc. RenektonRenekton doesn’t level as fast, but does provide some good aggression, and I went with three copies of XerathXerath because of the control role he can provide with all the Landmarks in the deck.

SoothsayerSoothsayer, QuicksandQuicksand, and Desert DuelDesert Duel I went with three copies mostly because I’m unsure what the meta may be like – depending on how things turn out, I you can tweak the number of copies, and/or you can add other tech cards of your choice.


Yasuo/Leona

Okay, so while I don’t know how great this deck will be, I’m sure a lot of us were thinking about it when we saw Celestial WonderCelestial Wonder. YasuoYasuo has found a new friend in Targon, and hopefully this new card can help get him going.

Regions
Mount Targon
26 cards
Ionia
14 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
4
3
8
4
10
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Yasuo
3
Yasuo
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
18
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
16
2
Shield Vault
3
Shield Vault
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Hush
1
Hush
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
1
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Celestial Wonder
3
Celestial Wonder
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
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LeonaLeona, who can provide more stuns and control with her Daybreak package, seems to be the best pairing for YasuoYasuo. MalphiteMalphite could be perhaps a consideration, but I haven't thought that one through yet.

Our goal is to stun the board and get good attacks in, or stun the board so YasuoYasuo can pick off the enemy units. We run the standard Daybreak package to help level LeonaLeona, and in particular Solari SunhawkSolari Sunhawk is a great card that helps move things along by leveling YasuoYasuo as well. 


Viktor/Aphelios

ApheliosAphelios with two-mana Moon Weapons… good!

ViktorViktor’s Hex Core UpgradeHex Core Upgrade down to zero mana… okay.

Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt getting +1/+1 and needing only four rounds of targeted allies instead of six or more… STONKS.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
2
0
6
1
12
2
10
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Landmarks
1
4
The Veiled Temple
1
The Veiled Temple
Followers
18
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
Spacey Sketcher
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Blinded Mystic
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
3
Hush
1
Hush
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
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This deck is looking to make use of ApheliosAphelios and his weapons as a control tool, while having one of the following becoming your win condition:

  • Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt being super annoying with Overwhelm, Challenger, and Spellshield, 
  • A giant ViktorViktor with millions of keywords and huge attack,
  • Manifest some big, badass Celestial like The Immortal FireThe Immortal Fire or The Great BeyondThe Great Beyond.

The rest of the cards are all supporting cast, helping us to trigger ApheliosAphelios for cheap, progress towards ViktorViktor's level-up or activating Camphor, the DoubtCamphor, the Doubt, or just overall control or burn tools.


Swain/Caitlyn

I think the Flashbomb TrapFlashbomb Trap change – they now go into the top eight cards of our opponent’s deck, instead of top ten  – will really help out the PnZ & Noxus region combination.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Noxus
21 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
9
2
16
3
0
4
7
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
13
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
Spells
21
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Noxian Guillotine
1
Noxian Guillotine
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Rocket Barrage
1
Rocket Barrage
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
Tri-beam Improbulator
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CaitlynCaitlyn EzrealEzreal gained quite a bit of popularity last patch – while this is NOT CaitlynCaitlyn with EzrealEzreal, I think these changes will greatly help SwainSwain, especially by leveling him up quicker.

And the new Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage is another tool to power-level Swain when cast on a big board. Back when Swain was paired with Freljord, AvalancheAvalanche instantly flipped Swain most of the time.

Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage also helps by activating spells like Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock, Noxian GuillotineNoxian Guillotine, and Scorched EarthScorched Earth. And it softens up our foe's units so they get killed off by Flashbombs. I can see us going up to two Rocket BarrageRocket Barrage if the meta shifts in that direction somehow, but I don’t really see that happening right away, so it’ll go with one copy for now.

The rest of the deck is packed with three-mana cards because of Tri-beam ImprobulatorTri-beam Improbulator. Getting a high-damage Tri-beam ImprobulatorTri-beam Improbulator and summoning a good unit off of it can really swing the game a lot of the time.


In closing

So that’s it for some new decks to try out with the birth of Patch 3.4.0. I hope you enjoyed the lists and I look forward to seeing what all of you will end up trying out on Ladder!

We also have another big patch coming up in 28 days, which I’m sure will shake things up even more since that one is supposed to contain champion reworks.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the climb!


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