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Day One Decks: A Curious Journey Towards New Brews!

The newest expansion brings cool new Champs and cards to LoR. Shadawx shows off six decks you can try out on Day #1!

Hey everyone, Shadawx here. With A Curious Journey coming out alongside some balance changes, it’s time to work on some decks to make the ladder climb fresh and new.

With AhriAhri/KennenKennen nerfed with the hit to Kinkou WayfinderKinkou Wayfinder and AhriAhri, and the small touch to Wounded WhiteflameWounded Whiteflame might make Fated decks a tad weaker, new brews now have some discovery space.

Here are some decks with new cards that I think would be interesting to try out!


TristanaTristana PoppyPoppy

With the Fae archetype getting a boon of new cards, especially a bunch of new Hungry OwlcatHungry Owlcat generators, TristanaTristana has a bunch more dual-region units to swarm with.

And we can pair her with another Yordle who loves swarming decks: PoppyPoppy!

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
22
common
9
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
17
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
Followers
17
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
17
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Fae Aid
3
Fae Aid
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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With the new Fae cards, especially Gleaming LanternGleaming Lantern, you’ll be able to fill the board up with units very quickly. And once you’ve got that down, you’ll be able to bank up for a big For Demacia!For Demacia! swing or a big Golden AegisGolden Aegis rally!


TeemoTeemo GnarGnar SejuaniSejuani

This is a revamp of the ol TeemoTeemo/SejuaniSejuani deck that FloppyMudkip played a few months ago. With the hit to Lecturing YordleLecturing Yordle, the deck lost a lot of power, but with GnarGnar and his followers joining the battle, we have a bit more of a consistent way to keep the Nexus damage coming.

Regions
Freljord
18 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
23 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
7
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
15
2
3
3
7
4
1
5
2
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
2
Teemo
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
6
Sejuani
2
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
1
Spotted Toad
7
Minitee
1
Minitee
Spells
15
1
Poison Dart
3
Poison Dart
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Ice Shard
3
Ice Shard
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Cards like TeenydactylTeenydactyl and Tusk SpeakerTusk Speaker can damage the Nexus directly, while having a way themselves to get damage through blockers with their keywords.

And Spotted ToadSpotted Toad and MiniteeMinitee offer some other control options for clearing the board, or getting rid of a threat when SejuaniSejuani might not be able to.


GalioGalio UdyrUdyr

GalioGalio is just one beast of a card. With the new Formidable keyword working off of the health of the unit, cards that buff health like Troll ChantTroll Chant and Elixir of IronElixir of Iron become offensive combat tricks.

Regions
Demacia
30 cards
Freljord
10 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
14
2
8
3
2
4
6
5
2
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Architect
3
Durand Architect
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
4
Petricite Stag
2
Petricite Stag
6
Hyara Allseer
2
Hyara Allseer
9
Gorlith the Unscalable
1
Gorlith the Unscalable
Spells
16
1
Elixir of Iron
2
Elixir of Iron
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
3
Concerted Strike
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UdyrUdyr with his many stances can grant keywords like Overwhelm or Regeneration to your already big units. The deck is built with Challenger units as its core units to control the board, while you get hits in with UdyrUdyr to generate Stance SwapStance Swap

I think this will be something worth toying around with in the future, depending on how the meta shapes up to be.


YuumiYuumi FioraFiora

With the Attach keyword coming out, cards like FioraFiora have a chance to become viable again! 

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bandlecity
12 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
14
2
10
3
8
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Fiora
3
Fiora
Followers
19
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Quick Quill
3
Quick Quill
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
4
Petricite Stag
3
Petricite Stag
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
Spells
15
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Stress Defense
2
Stress Defense
4
Friendship!
2
Friendship!
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Minimorph
2
Minimorph
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The most exciting pairing there is having a FioraFiora with Quick QuillQuick Quill attached to make her a 4/3 Quick Attack, Challenger unit.

On top of that, your other Challengers can also benefit from that, or just from having YuumiYuumi on them buffing them every turn.

You also have cards like Petricite StagPetricite Stag which is kinda like a pseudo-ShenShen to keep your challengers alive while pulling units to them. I think Demacia-Bandle is going to be a region pairing to keep an eye on.


ZiggsZiggs GnarGnar

Same as before, the Noxus Bandle aggro deck has a new champion to replace PoppyPoppy with.

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
6
common
27
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
7
3
6
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Followers
25
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
3
Bandle City Mayor
1
Bandle City Mayor
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
Spells
9
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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GnarGnar is a new best friend. Being a Pokey StickPokey Stick generator as well as an Overwhelm unit when leveled, GnarGnar just seems to fit the deck a lot better than PoppyPoppy did

On top of that, the only other real change was the addition of TeenydactylTeenydactyl to replace Lecturing YordleLecturing Yordle. While I think Lecturing YordleLecturing Yordle might still be a better fit, I think it’s a good starting place to try and revive the deck.


GnarGnar SwainSwain

Another deck that GnarGnar seems to revitalize is Swain Bandle. 

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
8
2
12
3
6
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
18
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Loping Telescope
2
Loping Telescope
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
5
Spotted Toad
2
Spotted Toad
7
Minitee
1
Minitee
7
The Leviathan
2
The Leviathan
Spells
16
1
Poison Dart
3
Poison Dart
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Culling Strike
1
Culling Strike
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
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With TeenydactylTeenydactyl damaging the Nexus every turn if it transforms and Spotted ToadSpotted Toad being able to damage all enemies, Swain gets going towards his level-up condition.

Also, cards like WallopWallop can help activate Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock and Scorched EarthScorched Earth, and provide a nice defensive trick. With decks like PantheonPantheon still around in the meta and with the new Demacia cards, I think Swain has a nice spot if it does come to being a Demacia dominant meta.


Closing Words

That’s about it for now for decks that make use of the new stuff. A good mix of the old revamped decks and brand new decks. I look forward to seeing how the meta changes now, and if Demacia or Gnar decks will reign on top, or will something new come along? Feel free to share any interesting ideas you have as well! I’m sure that you can come up with even more cool combos and deck ideas. Thanks for reading and hope you get to try out some new fun stuff!

About the Author

Playing LoR since beta, consistent Master player. LoR Dreamhack winner and other high-level tournament wins/top cuts. Crazy deck builder. I like garlic bread.

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