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Something Old, Something New: Old Champs with new World Ender Cards!

World Ender Champs are cool, but what about mixing Old Champs with new toys? Shadawx shares seven decks with Poros, Overwhelm, Ephemerals, Acolytes, and more!

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THE TIME HAS COME. AATROX IS HERE. PATHETIC KAYLE AND RYZE CANNOT STOP HIM….
Okay, well, maybe they can… but all those will be covered in other articles by my cohorts: Yang has tackled Aatrox, GeneralSchwartz is touring through all of Runeterra with Ryze, and 4LW has brewed new Kayle decks.

What I am here to talk about are other LoR decks that have been either improved or birthed by the other cards in Legends of Runeterra's World Ender set, so let's take a look at decks like Bandle Poros, Freljord Noxus Overwhelm, Ephemerals, and more!


Ephemerals Redeemed ProdigyRedeemed Prodigy The Darkin FanThe Darkin Fan

Here we have 2 different Ephemeral decks I’ve put together! Two new cards, The Darkin FanThe Darkin Fan and Redeemed ProdigyRedeemed Prodigy, allow you to consistently have an Ephemeral unit to attack with.

The Darkin Fan Redeemed Prodigy

Prodigy helps create good pressure, constantly making a Ghastly BandGhastly Band to stack Hollowed counters, while The Darkin Fan keeps you healthy with the DragonlingDragonling it summons (they now seem to be staples in this kind of deck). On top of the Dragonling, you can summon Praa the BreachwalkerPraa the Breachwalker as a late-game threat, and it also summons two Ephemeral copies of itself, so it works really well with this deck's synergies!

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
5
1
18
2
8
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
Followers
22
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
2
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
2
Shadowblade Fanatic
Spells
9
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
Open deck in builder

The first deck is more of a standard version: an aggressive deck that aims to put pressure with Shark ChariotShark Chariot and ZedZed. Eventually, you'll swing enough with your Ephemeral units to get a leveled HecarimHecarim down and finish them off, or get some good free attacks in with Dragon AmbushDragon Ambush.

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
33 300
champion
6
epic
9
rare
10
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
3
3
5
4
3
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Landmarks
2
2
The Black Flame
2
The Black Flame
Equipments
2
2
The Darkin Fan
2
The Darkin Fan
Followers
17
1
Oblivious Islander
3
Oblivious Islander
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
4
Field Musicians
3
Field Musicians
6
Deathless Knight
2
Deathless Knight
Spells
13
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

The second deck is slower, aiming to make good use of another two new card: Deathless KnightDeathless Knight and The Black FlameThe Black Flame.

Deathless Knight The Black Flame

KalistaKalista and The HarrowingThe Harrowing can bring the Deathless KnightDeathless Knight back and make a permanent version of it to stick on the board thanks to the Knight's effect. The Black FlameThe Black Flame also can Capture a Knight and constantly summon a new one that sticks – and that landmark has some pretty decent targets aside from the Knight to Capture and resummon such as Hecarim, Kalista, Praa, or even Redeemed Prodigy!


Bandle Poros Poro StoriesPoro Stories Pouty PoroPouty Poro

NEW PORO CARDS?!?! YES!!!

Pouty Poro Poro Stories

World Ender has given us some really interesting Poro cards in the form of Pouty PoroPouty Poro and Poro StoriesPoro Stories... but strangely enough, Poro Stories was made into a Bandle City card (I can think of a few reasons why, like being a good card to generate discard fodder for RumbleRumble and his Mecha-Yordle cards, or just to help find more regions to speed up The Bandle TreeThe Bandle Tree).

But those points aside, why not just make a normal Poro deck with Bandle City and Freljord, instead of the usual P&Z Freljord!

Regions
Freljord
26 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
30 000
champion
6
epic
6
rare
10
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
12
2
6
3
10
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Braum
3
Braum
Followers
14
1
Lonely Poro
3
Lonely Poro
1
Pouty Poro
3
Pouty Poro
2
Poro Herder
3
Poro Herder
3
Mighty Poro
3
Mighty Poro
4
Fabled Poro
2
Fabled Poro
Spells
20
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Poro Stories
3
Poro Stories
3
Poro Snax
3
Poro Snax
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
5
Spirits Unleashed
3
Spirits Unleashed
6
Aurora Porealis
3
Aurora Porealis
Open deck in builder

Aside from the normal Poro package, with this kind of deck it made sense to run the recently buffed Spirits UnleashedSpirits Unleashed to make your Poros even bigger! Poros, being so cheap, are really good at going wide, so cards like Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust! can push a lot of pressure.

I went with Biggledust over something like Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms because a lot of your units are created off of cards like Poro Stories and Aurora PorealisAurora Porealis, and to further build upon these synergies, NorraNorra made the most sense to pair with BraumBraum. She’ll level up quickly off of your created Poros, and her Portals can help refill the board in a pinch.

Finally, added two copies of another new card, Puzzling SignpostsPuzzling Signposts, to protect your big-push rounds by having a form of denial for those pesky Slow and Fast spells your opponent could activate.


Freljord Noxus Overwhelm Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon Here to HelpHere to Help

A classic.

A Ricko Rex favorite.

The Ol’ Freljord Noxus Overwhelm!

Regions
Freljord
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
9
2
6
3
3
4
3
5
3
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
6
Darius
3
Darius
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Ballista
2
The Darkin Ballista
Followers
24
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
8
2
Here to Help
3
Here to Help
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
Open deck in builder

A couple of cards stood out to me in the reveals: Crimson PigeonCrimson Pigeon and Here to HelpHere to Help.

Crimson Pigeon Here to Help

Pigeon seems like a really crazy card, able to grow constantly at the cost of pinging your supported unit for one Health, so looks like a good card to fit in aggressive decks when paired with sturdy units like Legion RearguardLegion Rearguard, or Tough units like Ruthless RaiderRuthless Raider. And Here to HelpHere to Help looks similar to Troll ChantTroll Chant, but has a different sort of upside in the form of gaining +2 Power on top of the +3 Health if the unit was damaged (which works really well with the Pigeon, right?). So with all that in mind, I figured they’d be a nice fit in here.

Being able to apply early pressure with Crimson Pigeon will help when, later in the game, you're looking to close it with Battle FuryBattle Fury on an unblocked unit, or on an Overwhelm unit. Fallen ReckonerFallen Reckoner will deal with those small chump-blockers, or one huge blocker. And The Darkin BallistaThe Darkin Ballista helps push just a little more damage when put onto something like Iron BallistaIron Ballista, or even if used in the late game in its Darkin form, Naganeka of ZurettaNaganeka of Zuretta.

Here to HelpHere to Help takes the place of Troll Chant to help keep your units alive or even can push damage along with the protection. I’m really interested in seeing how this one does!


Shurima Landmark decks: Acolyte's Reliquary Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolyte

When I saw Acolyte's Reliquary in the reveals, I knew that was a card that I wanted to try playing with.

The Ruinous AcolyteRuinous Acolyte package has always been a bit lackluster, only being able to run three copies of itself and three copies of Construct of DesolationConstruct of Desolation, as well as having to destroy one of your landmarks each summon if you wanted to buff them all.

But now… we have both of those issues solved in one card!

Acolyte's Reliquary gives you an Acolyte on summoning, and when it’s destroyed it’ll shuffle itself back into the top five cards of the deck! While being shuffled back into the deck can be a bit of a setback, and five cards deep could be a bit too deep, it’s still a good step in the right direction. If the game gets going long enough, Reliquary can certainly pose a big threat.

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
19 000
champion
3
epic
3
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
15
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
Landmarks
7
1
Acolyte's Reliquary
3
Acolyte's Reliquary
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
18
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Endless Devout
2
Endless Devout
3
Waste Walker
3
Waste Walker
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
4
Golden Ambassador
2
Golden Ambassador
Spells
12
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
1
Shuriman Tellstones
1
Shuriman Tellstones
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
3
Unleashed Energy
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

I decided to throw it into two decks, the first one being an old deck of mine, Mono Shurima beatdown. It is Shurima-only in order to get a Buried Sun DiscBuried Sun Disc for free, to destroy for effects like Ruinous Acolyte, Unleashed EnergyUnleashed Energy, and Desert NaturalistDesert Naturalist. It also runs other cards that will make use of landmark destruction, such as Waste WalkerWaste Walker and ZiggsZiggs. Aside from that, it’s pretty standard: play your units, and hit them in the face! 

Regions
Shurima
34 cards
Bandlecity
9 cards
Rarities
28 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
18
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
13
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
6
1
Acolyte's Reliquary
3
Acolyte's Reliquary
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
15
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Ruinous Acolyte
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
1
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
13
2
Drop the Bomb
2
Drop the Bomb
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

The second deck is Bandle City ZiggsZiggs TaliyahTaliyah, a niche pick of a deck that loves to randomly show up in tournament lineups. Fitting Reliquary into this seemed like a decent inclusion, since it works well with the rest of the deck. Drop the BombDrop the Bomb helps remove any small blockers while giving a landmark to destroy, and The ArsenalThe Arsenal really gets going with the landmark destruction cycle you can go through with Reliquary. I might even want to go to two copies of him, depending on how the deck feels.


Lux Norra Champions' StrengthChampions The Darkin StaffThe Darkin Staff

Finally we have another one of my favorite decks, Bandle Lux!

Champions

Champions' StrengthChampions is a card that is on everyone’s radar as one of the most powerful cards revealed, so it seems to make sense to pair it with Bandle and their go-wide package, also known as NorraNorra and her Portals!

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Bandlecity
26 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
12
2
7
3
2
4
6
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Lux
3
Lux
Equipments
1
1
The Darkin Staff
1
The Darkin Staff
Followers
16
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
17
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Back to Back
2
Back to Back
8
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength
Open deck in builder

Pairing NorraNorra and LuxLux offers a lot of control while going wide at the same time, sort of similar to how Norra VeigarVeigar worked. Cards like PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza helps progress Lux quickly, and Back to BackBack to Back gives you a Final SparkFinal Spark right away with her on board! And with all the portals that Norra, PortalpaloozaPortalpalooza and Junk ConstructJunk Construct put into your deck, you should have a board that will certainly benefit from Back to Back or Champions’ Strength.

You also run other cards to help advance either gameplan: Vanguard SergeantVanguard Sergeant gives you a For Demacia!For Demacia! that will trigger Lux or push tons of damage, The Darkin StaffThe Darkin Staff is a great spell-mana refill and chip Impact damage (and late-game can become a giant BaalkuxBaalkux), and Puzzling SignpostsPuzzling Signposts and Ranger's Resolve keeps your board wide and negate any tricks your opponent may have to get in your way.

One final thing to note, depending on how the meta turns out to be, is that MinimorphMinimorph fits wonderfully here, so I would probably replace Back to Back with Minimorph if needed.


The End

World Ender seems to bring more beginnings to decks than ends! A lot of the new cards seem to be really, really interesting for different archetypes. Just to name some of the ones I haven’t even looked at here, we've got decent new cards for Transform, Evolve, Elites, Dragons, Formidable, and more! It’ll be great to see how it all ties together, and what new brews will emerge on top… especially with the World Championship being played this weekend on the new patch! So, if you’re interested, head over to the Legends of Runeterra Twitch and YouTube channels from Dec. 8-10 at 8:00 AM PT – you’ll also be receiving rewards just for watching!

Looking for even more decks today? Then check:
GeneralSchwartz's ten Ryze decks, one for every region,
4LW's five Kayle decks,
Yangzera's five Aatrox decks.

Anyways, thanks for reading these articles, it means a lot. Hope you enjoy them and I hope you have fun making your own brews and playing them! 

Thanks for reading!


About the Author

Playing LoR since beta, consistent masters player. LoR Dreamhack Champion/Aegis Season 0 Champion(BEAU) and other high-level tournament wins & top cuts. Crazy deck builder, omega-cracked player. I like garlic bread.

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