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Day One Decks – Champion updates and rules updates? Don’t mind if I do!

Mono Elites, Galio Udyr, Ashe Sivir and… is Thresh Nasus' time to come back!?

Hey all, Shadawx here with some decks to try out with Patch 3.6.0!

This balance patch focuses on Champion updates and my oh my have we gotten a lot of those. Massive updates to GarenGaren, UdyrUdyr, and LeBlancLeBlanc and their archetypes, as well as many more buffs to other Champions. 

We also got 3 new cards to go along with it:

  • Inner BeastInner Beast for Stance support,
  • For Glory!For Glory! for Reputation support, and
  • Might of the VanguardMight of the Vanguard for Elite support.

On top of all these buffs we also got nerfs to some problematic cards like Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms , The Bandle TreeThe Bandle Tree, Buried Sun DiscBuried Sun Disc, and more!

FURTHERMORE, we got some rule changes – Burst-passing works differently now, and the Cast/Play distinction for cards has been updated.

So with all these in mind, here are some decks to try out and experiment with for the first day of the patch!


Mono Elite Demacia

First off we got Mono Demacia!

With the boost to GarenGaren and the Elites package overall, I think they might actually become a real threat.

Regions
Demacia
40 cards
Rarities
31 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
10
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
11
2
7
3
5
4
7
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Garen
3
Garen
6
Jarvan IV
2
Jarvan IV
7
Galio
1
Galio
Followers
23
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
2
Cithria of Cloudfield
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Defender
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Squire
3
Vanguard Squire
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
Swiftwing Flight
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
5
Swiftwing Lancer
2
Swiftwing Lancer
6
Cithria the Bold
1
Cithria the Bold
Spells
11
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Might of the Vanguard
2
Might of the Vanguard
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
8
For The Fallen
2
For The Fallen
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With cards like GarenGaren, Vanguard BannermanVanguard Bannerman, and the new Might of the VanguardMight of the Vanguard, you have lots of tools to buff your board. And cards like Vanguard SquireVanguard Squire and For The FallenFor The Fallen can also refill the board cheaply.

Also mixed into here are quite a few Challenger units to control the board and pick off blockers – and, with the board-wide buffs, they should be healthy enough to get a few challenges in.


Reputation Noxus / Shurima

Lots of changes to this archetype as well. With LeBlancLeBlanc and Callous BonecrusherCallous Bonecrusher receiving some big changes, as well as getting the new card For Glory!For Glory!, this might be the push Reputation needed to compete with the big decks in the meta.

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
25 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
13
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
7
2
14
3
10
4
3
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
22
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
Thorn of the Rose
2
Thorn of the Rose
4
Callous Bonecrusher
3
Callous Bonecrusher
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
Vekauran Bruiser
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
11
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
3
Might
2
Might
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
6
For Glory!
1
For Glory!
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SivirSivir is a natural pairing with LeBlancLeBlanc here, with her also being a five-attack unit to help proc Reputation.

And I think Vekauran BruiserVekauran Bruiser as our five-drop makes a lot of sense to grant additional keywords to Sivir and your other units.

Treasure SeekerTreasure Seeker is just normal to include since it generates a five-attack unit as well. Reckless TrifarianReckless Trifarian I’ve included because it’s a Reputation enabler, and I have cards that can make use of it even though it can’t block, like Desert DuelDesert Duel and the Lucky FindLucky Find from Bruiser to give it Challenger or another nasty keyword.

You may notice the lack of Thrashing SnapperThrashing Snapper – that is because I’m unsure how good it actually is. While it helps enable Reputation if blocked, and pairs well with Vulnerable, I feel that most times opponents might not block it at all, or easily ping it off.

If it were to be included I’d probably try and make room for Merciless HunterMerciless Hunter as well.


Thresh Nasus Shadow Isles Shurima

With NasusNasus getting Fearsome again, and with the overall buffs to Shurima since this deck was last prevalent, I think this deck can be really good at the moment.

Regions
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Shurima
17 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
2
common
30
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
12
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Followers
16
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
Ravenous Butcher
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Cursed Keeper
3
Cursed Keeper
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Spirit Leech
1
Spirit Leech
Spells
18
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Cards like QuicksandQuicksand help Thresh survive in battle, and let your Fearsome units be unblockable. Desert DuelDesert Duel provides some more interaction with your opponent’s backline units, and can level NasusNasus.

Other than that, the rest of the deck is kinda the same as before.


Galio Udyr Demacia / Freljord

The buffs to UdyrUdyr and Hyara AllseerHyara Allseer, and the addition of Inner BeastInner Beast, have really improved the Stance package overall.

And they have solid synergy with the Formidable units. 

Regions
Demacia
22 cards
Freljord
18 cards
Rarities
23 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
11
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
11
3
0
4
5
5
3
6
3
7+
Champions
6
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
7
Galio
3
Galio
Followers
20
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Durand Architect
2
Durand Architect
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
6
Hyara Allseer
3
Hyara Allseer
Spells
14
2
Inner Beast
3
Inner Beast
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
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Petricite HoundPetricite Hound and Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing are two cards that will really benefit from Boar StanceBoar Stance and can apply a lot of pressure if they aren’t dealt with quickly enough.

UdyrUdyr and GalioGalio are the main powerhouse finishers of the deck though, being able to grow big enough for your opponent to be unable to deal with aside from hard removal.


Ashe Sivir Shurima Freljord

With AsheAshe’s new buff, she can now level-up by just reducing an enemy’s power to 0, regardless if that reduction is due to Frostbite effects – for example, this should work with cards like QuicksandQuicksand, Troll ChantTroll Chant, and Spirit FireSpirit Fire, and that’s why we’re in Shurima.

Pair her up with SivirSivir and add in some more beefy units, and you got yourself a nice deck to try out.

Regions
Freljord
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
24 100
champion
6
epic
1
rare
8
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
14
2
8
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
19
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
Avarosan Trapper
2
Avarosan Trapper
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
4
Callous Bonecrusher
2
Callous Bonecrusher
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
Vekauran Bruiser
10
She Who Wanders
1
She Who Wanders
Spells
13
1
Three Sisters
1
Three Sisters
2
Inner Beast
2
Inner Beast
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
7
Spirit Fire
2
Spirit Fire
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The AbsolverThe Absolver is great here too because we're counting on Ashe leveling real quick, so The Absolver should be active quickly too (and remember that, if Sivir is leveled-up, she'll give your whole board Overwhelm).

Cards like Callous BonecrusherCallous Bonecrusher add that little bit of extra threat you might need towards the late game, with lots of ways to proc Reputation. And She Who WandersShe Who Wanders is a nice one-of trump card in case things aren’t going your way.


In closing

There you go, some new decks to try out with this Champion update patch!

I’m really looking forward to seeing what others come up with, especially with the KatarinaKatarina and NocturneNocturne buffs. Seasonals are in about 2 weeks as well so it’ll be really interesting to see what ends up happening there!

Also on top of all that, Mastering Runeterra is holding tournaments every day up until seasonals, so it’ll be a great place to test out new decks and lineups and see what comes out on top!

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the climb!


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