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By The Numbers – Twelve Potent Off-Meta Brews to Spice Up Your Ladder Climb

If you're looking for a deck with a little bit of Off-Meta punch to spice things up in the LoR ladder, we may have a brew for you! =)

All brews in this article have good to great win rates (WR) according to Balco, Legna & Seth, in Platinum and above, during the last three days – that is to say, these are as up-to-date as you can get.

Sample sizes, though – as you would expect for any off-meta brew – are small; be advised that a single highly-skilled (and/or extremely-lucky) player could explain these lists' great results.

Should Work

Sample sizes are small, but all lists here have at least 100 games under their belt, played in the last three days with the exact recommended list – as well-tested as you can get while still being a nearly-unknown brew.


TealRed's Jayce Vi

As mentioned last Sunday, this is TealRed doing TealRed things.

In the last three days [Balco], the thing TealRed is doing – a rejuvenated version of Jayce Sentinels, if you will – is punching at 53% across nearly 300 games.

And in the last 24hs [Seth], the thing TealRed is doing is the scariest thing let loose on the ladder:

If you want both "hot" and "fresh", this is it.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
12
2
6
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Vi
3
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
Followers
13
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
4
Defective Swapbot
2
9
Commander Ledros
2
Spells
18
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
3
6
Vengeance
3

Dragons

An interesting cross-shard experiment, seeing play in all three servers, although mainly in Americas. Except Broadwing (because, well, Demacia) and one copy of Jarvan, every unit is indeed a Dragon, or a Dragon support card.

Punches above 53% across 260+ games.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Mount Targon
11 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
14
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
11
2
9
3
5
4
4
5
1
6
7
7+
Champions
6
4
Shyvana
3
6
Jarvan IV
1
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Followers
20
1
Dragon Chow
3
2
Herald of Dragons
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
3
Ruined Dragonguard
3
4
Whiteflame Protector
1
5
Screeching Dragon
3
7
Eclipse Dragon
2
8
Protective Broodfather
3
Spells
14
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
3
Strafing Strike
3
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
1

Ahri Bard

By now a staple of these articles, which I'll stubbornly keep highlighting until folks get the message (or until Monte writes the guide for it, in a few days!).

Note that this brew is even making waves in tournaments, and was included among the lineups Sirturmund & Monte recommended last week.

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
15
2
3
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
4
Bard
3
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Navori Conspirator
3
2
Navori Highwayman
1
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Spells
16
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Ezreal Bard

From "Nah, not that good" to wandering everywhere, Bard is proving to be the most flexible of the new champs. Here's him paired with Ezreal and the Discard package – Chompers fans rejoice!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
4
0
6
1
14
2
8
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
4
Bard
3
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Station Archivist
1
3
Sump Dredger
2
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
1
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
3
Get Excited!
2
4
Aftershock
1
4
Statikk Shock
2

Proceed with Care

Like the previous section, all decks where have good to great (to stupidly high) winrates at Platinum and above – sample sizes are TINY though (between 40 and 80 games), so pilots beware!!


Frozen Fate

This is…

… a brew that's impossible to describe, from the 2-1 Champion split, to using Blighted Ravine in a deck full of one-drops.

Surely the brainchild of a single mind: there's exactly one list, from the EMEA shard. Proceed with extreme caution, but numbers look sweet.

Regions
Freljord
7 cards
Bilgewater
33 cards
Rarities
20 900
champion
3
epic
6
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
16
2
0
3
7
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Twisted Fate
2
6
Sejuani
1
Landmarks
2
4
Blighted Ravine
2
Followers
15
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
1
Pool Shark
2
2
Black Market Merchant
3
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
2
Tusk Speaker
1
Spells
20
0
Warning Shot
3
2
Make it Rain
3
2
Monkey Business
3
2
Shared Spoils
3
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
6
Monster Harpoon
2

Zed Lulu Bard

Arguably a well-known archetype, but swapping two Zeds for Lulu seems to be doing wonders. Tiny sample, though, so it's perfectly possible it's just an Aspect-tier pilot pushing its performance upwards.

Regions
Ionia
29 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
17
2
8
3
5
4
1
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
2
3
Zed
1
4
Bard
3
Landmarks
1
2
Mystic Vortex
1
Followers
21
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
1
Navori Bladescout
1
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
2
Greenglade Duo
2
2
Young Witch
3
3
Greenglade Elder
1
3
Rivershaper
1
3
Shadow Assassin
3
4
Fae Guide
1
4
Kinkou Lifeblade
1
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
12
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Syncopation
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
5
Cosmic Binding
1

Lee Sin Riven

A fairly straightforward concept on the surface, with Riven providing both spells and ways to give Lee Sin Overwhelm, which is what he needs to OTK the game.

Interestingly though, this brew eschews Eyes of the Dragon, and goes for several tools of the Noxus Control package.

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Noxus
20 cards
Rarities
24 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
14
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
6
2
12
3
12
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
11
1
Blade Squire
3
2
Runeweaver
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
3
Scales of the Dragon
2
4
Ruined Reckoner
1
Spells
23
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
1
Ravenous Flock
2
2
Disintegrate
2
2
Twin Disciplines
1
3
Memory's Cloak
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
4
Flurry of Fists
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
4
Whimsy!
1
4
Whispered Words
2

Ramp Aurelion Sol

A bit like with the resurgence of Dragons, Aurelion Sol seems to be enjoying this more midrange-y meta. There are a handful of different decklists, most doing moderately well, and the recommended list below gets to 54% WR in around 80 games.

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Mount Targon
13 cards
Rarities
37 000
champion
6
epic
12
rare
12
common
10
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
3
2
2
3
3
4
7
5
3
6
19
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
1
8
Tryndamere
2
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Landmarks
4
4
Blighted Ravine
1
5
Targon's Peak
3
Followers
11
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
8
It That Stares
2
8
The Infinite Mindsplitter
1
10
She Who Wanders
2
Spells
19
3
Divergent Paths
1
4
Avalanche
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Starshaping
1
6
Harsh Winds
2
6
Sunburst
1
7
Revitalizing Roar
1
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
9
Buried in Ice
2
12
Feel The Rush
3
12
Warmother's Call
1

Once They Were Meta Staples

Here are a few well-known archetypes that, although currently pushed to obscurity, sport solid to great WR.


Miss Fortune Quinn, aka Scouts

This stalwart pair may have been pushed to the fringes of the meta, but its performance is superb. Definitely not a new archetype, but if you want both "well-tested" and "little-played", this is the brew for you – well over 55% WR in more than 400 games.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Bilgewater
11 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
16
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Shellshocker
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Marai Warden
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Inspiring Light
3
2
Sharpsight
2
4
Golden Aegis
3

Diana Nocturne

Nightfall was having a rough time this patch, but in the last few days it looks like it has found its footing: 55%+, across nearly 200 games with this decklist.

Regions
Shadow Isles
20 cards
Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
4
Nocturne
3
Followers
20
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Solari Soldier
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
1
The Flight
3
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
3
Doombeast
3
7
The Winding Light
2
Spells
14
1
Mark of the Isles
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
2
Unto Dusk
3
3
Stalking Shadows
3

Lux Jayce

Weirdest story of this patch, if you ask me – why this archetype went from one of the Top Dog among the Meta Staples the second week of the patch, to being pushed to the fringes of the meta, is something that puzzles me to no end.

Yet there it is, sporting stupidly high WR week after week!

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Demacia
19 cards
Rarities
25 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
14
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
4
3
3
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Lux
3
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
Followers
19
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
7
Albus Ferros
1
Spells
14
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Single Combat
2
5
Concerted Strike
2
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Shock Blast
3

Draven Jinx

Perhaps the oldest Meta Staple of them all is making a bit of a small return – there are several slightly different lists, all performing great.

Plus: you get to play Jinx! =)

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
11
2
8
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
4
Jinx
3
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
1
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
House Spider
3
4
Crowd Favorite
2
Spells
13
1
Jury-Rig
3
2
Rummage
2
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Vision
2
5
Decimate
3

Trundle Gnar Timelines

The Timelines archetype got a bit of a resurgence two weeks ago, by pairing Trundle with Caitlyn – that experiment seems to not have paid off (it still sees quite a bit of play, but with below-50% WR).

Quietly, though, the original pair – Trundle Gnar – seems to be doing quite well as of late.

Regions
Freljord
25 cards
Piltover & Zaun
15 cards
Rarities
31 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
7
common
19
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
12
2
2
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
18
1
Omen Hawk
2
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Icevale Archer
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
8
It That Stares
2
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Troll Chant
3
9
Buried in Ice
2

In Closing

Hope you've found some spice up there for you! =)

Any questions, comments or feedback – or any exotic blend you're after! – feel free drop a comment, poke me on Twitter (@HerkoKerghans), stop for a chat the LoR Poetry Discord (https://discord.gg/VNN5NmGhXY), or check more of my writings on Substack (https://riwan.substack.com/)

And good luck on the ladder!