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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 Garen, Udyr, and LeBlanc and their archetypes, as well as many more buffs to other Champions. 

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

On top of all these buffs we also got nerfs to some problematic cards like Yordles in Arms , The Bandle Tree, Buried 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 Garen 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
6
Jarvan IV
2
7
Galio
1
Followers
23
1
Cithria of Cloudfield
2
1
Penitent Squire
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
2
Vanguard Defender
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
3
Vanguard Squire
3
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
5
Swiftwing Lancer
2
6
Cithria the Bold
1
Spells
11
2
Sharpsight
2
2
Single Combat
3
3
Might of the Vanguard
2
5
Concerted Strike
2
8
For The Fallen
2

With cards like Garen, Vanguard Bannerman, and the new Might of the Vanguard, you have lots of tools to buff your board. And cards like Vanguard Squire and For 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 LeBlanc and Callous Bonecrusher receiving some big changes, as well as getting the new card 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
4
Sivir
3
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Followers
22
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
3
Reckless Trifarian
3
3
Thorn of the Rose
2
4
Callous Bonecrusher
3
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Spells
11
3
Desert Duel
2
3
Might
2
3
Quicksand
2
4
Rite of Negation
1
4
Whispered Words
3
6
For Glory!
1

Sivir is a natural pairing with LeBlanc here, with her also being a five-attack unit to help proc Reputation.

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

Treasure Seeker is just normal to include since it generates a five-attack unit as well. Reckless 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 Duel and the Lucky Find from Bruiser to give it Challenger or another nasty keyword.

You may notice the lack of Thrashing 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 Hunter as well.


Thresh Nasus Shadow Isles Shurima

With Nasus 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
5
0
3
1
12
2
7
3
3
4
3
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
6
Nasus
3
Followers
16
0
Ravenous Butcher
3
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Cursed Keeper
3
2
Fading Icon
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
4
Spirit Leech
1
Spells
18
0
Rite of Calling
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Desert Duel
2
3
Quicksand
2
4
Rite of Negation
2
6
Vengeance
2
7
Atrocity
2

Cards like Quicksand help Thresh survive in battle, and let your Fearsome units be unblockable. Desert Duel provides some more interaction with your opponent’s backline units, and can level Nasus.

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


Galio Udyr Demacia / Freljord

The buffs to Udyr and Hyara Allseer, and the addition of Inner 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
7
Galio
3
Followers
20
1
Petricite Hound
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
3
Durand Architect
2
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
3
Laurent Protege
3
6
Hyara Allseer
3
Spells
14
2
Inner Beast
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Shield of Durand
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Petricite Hound and Petricite Broadwing are two cards that will really benefit from Boar Stance and can apply a lot of pressure if they aren’t dealt with quickly enough.

Udyr and Galio 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 Ashe’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 Quicksand, Troll Chant, and Spirit Fire, and that’s why we’re in Shurima.

Pair her up with Sivir 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
4
Sivir
3
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
19
1
Treasure Seeker
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
2
3
Avarosan Trapper
2
3
Merciless Hunter
3
4
Callous Bonecrusher
2
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
10
She Who Wanders
1
Spells
13
1
Three Sisters
1
2
Inner Beast
2
2
The Absolver
2
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Quicksand
3
7
Spirit Fire
2

The 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 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 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 Katarina and Nocturne 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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