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By The Numbers – Seven Strongest New Decks, 24 hours into the Patch.

With 24 hours of data, these are the new archetypes ("new" as in, "these decks were nowhere near the top before this patch") that are performing well.

Twenty-four hours into the Worldwaker expansion, these are the new decks that are performing well.

Caveats, though:

  • We'll loosely define "New" as "decks that were nowhere to be seen on our Meta Report last Monday, or our Warrior Weapons article last Friday" – as we'll see, two of those "new" decks are two quite old archetypes, recently rejuvenated by new cards,
  • The meta is, of course, up in the air – it's too early to tell where things will land,
  • Sample sizes are indeed small;
  • Take everything with lots of grains of salt!

A Glimpse of Worldwalker

It is probably safe to say few saw this coming…

… according to Balco's data, Lux Illaoi is the new deck making the most waves!

Jhin Anni is by far the most popular (playrate over 15%), but thus far its WR is around 48%. We won't suggest a list for it today, but we'll take a look at it tomorrow in Weekend Warrior Weapons to see if, like two patches ago with Sun Disc, there are bad lists polluting the archetype.


Strongest Young & Rejuvenated Decks

One radically new deck (Lux Illaoi) and two rejuvenated archetypes (Deep and Thralls) are the new faces above the 54% WR line.

Lux Illaoi

It's always hard to predict how new champions will fare, but as far as I can tell from theorycrafting tweets and articles, few saw this one coming.

The huge majority of players are on this exact same list, courtesy of Kuvi. It murders Annie Jhin, appears to be even into Deep, but may have problems with Thralls.

Regions
Demacia
21 cards
Bilgewater
19 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
10
3
6
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
18
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Hired Gun
2
Hired Gun
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
16
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
Demacian Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
2
Answered Prayer
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
4
Tentacle Smash
3
Tentacle Smash
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Maokai Nautilus, aka Deep

A lot of lifegain tools – above all UndergrowthUndergrowth and Withering Wail – have dragged Deep from the bottom all the way to the top. It crushes Annie Jhin, stomps on most other news archetypes, and has a very good time against Ezreal Caitlyn.

Weak spot? Ironically, the other bunch of sea dwellers: Lurkers.

Below you'll find the most popular list – the jury is still out with MegatuskMegatusk: several successful lists, like the one below, do include two or three copies, but data would suggest one or no copies may be better.

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bilgewater
21 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
6
2
11
3
6
4
5
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
7
Nautilus
3
Nautilus
Followers
20
1
Dreg Dredgers
3
Dreg Dredgers
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Deadbloom Wanderer
3
Jaull Hunters
2
Jaull Hunters
4
Megatusk
3
Megatusk
5
Abyssal Eye
3
Abyssal Eye
6
Devourer of the Depths
3
Devourer of the Depths
Spells
14
1
Jettison
1
Jettison
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Lure of the Depths
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Lissandra Taliyah

As expected by Thralls fans, and as Shadawx suggested yesterday, Harbinger of ThrallsHarbinger of Thralls is putting in the work and TaLiss is back in full force.

Thralls is in an interesting spot since it's quite bad into Jhin Annie – if the latter's playrate decreases (as its disappointing WR suggests), Thralls should perform even better.

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
9
3
8
4
3
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Frozen Thrall
3
Frozen Thrall
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Followers
9
2
Clockwork Curator
3
Clockwork Curator
2
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Harbinger of Thralls
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
Spells
19
1
Imagined Possibilities
1
Imagined Possibilities
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
3
Ice Shard
3
Ice Shard
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Succumb to the Cold
1
Succumb to the Cold
6
Promising Future
3
Promising Future
6
Sands of Time
2
Sands of Time
Open deck in builder

Other Promising New Decks

Garen Bard

Has BardBard pulled off the miracle?

A competitive Elites archetype?

Nope; not by a long shot: the Elites-heavy version, including BattlesmithBattlesmith and Vanguard RedeemerVanguard Redeemer, seems to be quite bad!

On the other hand, a fairly similar Bannerman list, but relying on Fleetfeather TrackerFleetfeather Tracker and Esmus, Breath of the WorldEsmus, Breath of the World, is doing great – looks like that's the list you want to play.

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Runeterra
6 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
13
2
6
3
6
4
5
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
5
Garen
3
Garen
Followers
26
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
3
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
Spells
8
1
Demacian Tellstones
1
Demacian Tellstones
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Miss Fortune Annie

Pirates, but with Annie – simple as that!

There seems to be two caveats, though: Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros and Brothers' BondBrothers. Making room for them, by cutting Precious PetPrecious Pet, seems to be the trick of this list.

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Noxus
24 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
10
2
8
3
5
4
2
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
Followers
25
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Legion Grenadier
3
Legion Grenadier
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Island Navigator
2
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
9
2
Brothers' Bond
1
Brothers' Bond
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Zed Bard

During spoiler season, this was one of the most obvious champ combinations (until Annie was revealed and everybody jumped on the Annie Jhin train), and it's currently the second most popular archetype.

And don't let average performance fool you: this is another case of the most popular version (with God-Willow SeedlingGod-Willow Seedling and Dawn and DuskDawn and Dusk) being horrible, while the second most popular (seen below) is actually kicking butts. 

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
9 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
25
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Inspiring Mentor
3
Inspiring Mentor
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Highwayman
3
Navori Highwayman
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Greenglade Elder
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
3
The Maker
3
The Maker
4
Fae Guide
1
Fae Guide
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
9
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
Open deck in builder

Fizz Bard

This archetype seems to need a lot of refinement – the most popular lists perform quite badly, yet some less-played versions seem to be doing grand. Unlike Zed Bard though, there doesn't seem to be (yet) a clear direction

Regions
Runeterra
12 cards
Bandlecity
28 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
4
3
5
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Bard
3
Bard
Landmarks
2
2
Mystic Vortex
2
Mystic Vortex
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Maduli, The Gatekeeper
1
Maduli, The Gatekeeper
6
Papercraft Dragon
2
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
10
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Trinket Trade
2
Trinket Trade
2
Flamespitter
1
Flamespitter
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Wallop
1
Wallop
Open deck in builder

In Closing

With the usual "too early to tell" caveat…

… Worldwalker's Meta shake-up looks great: one new champion pair and one rejuvenated archetype at the top; nearly half a dozen new or rejuvenated archetype getting a foothold in the meta, and several others still below the 50% WR mark but with lots of experimentation…

… we'll see tomorrow what the Meta will bring!

Stay tuned for Weekend Warrior Weapons: we'll have nearly forty hours worth of data, and large enough data samples for the majority of the most popular archetypes.

Good luck out there! =)



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