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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
9
3
5
4
3
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Vi
3
Vi
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
13
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
4
Defective Swapbot
2
Defective Swapbot
9
Commander Ledros
2
Commander Ledros
Spells
18
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Aftershock
3
Aftershock
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
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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
4
4
5
5
1
6
7
7+
Champions
6
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
10
Aurelion Sol
2
Aurelion Sol
Followers
20
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
2
Herald of Dragons
3
Herald of Dragons
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Ruined Dragonguard
3
Ruined Dragonguard
4
Whiteflame Protector
1
Whiteflame Protector
5
Screeching Dragon
3
Screeching Dragon
7
Eclipse Dragon
2
Eclipse Dragon
8
Protective Broodfather
3
Protective Broodfather
Spells
14
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Strafing Strike
3
Strafing Strike
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
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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
9 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
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
18
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Highwayman
1
Navori Highwayman
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
Spells
16
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
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Ezreal Bard

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

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Runeterra
8 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
4
0
6
1
14
2
9
3
7
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
3
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
2
Get Excited!
4
Statikk Shock
2
Statikk Shock
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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 RavineBlighted 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
Twisted Fate
6
Sejuani
1
Sejuani
Landmarks
2
4
Blighted Ravine
2
Blighted Ravine
Followers
15
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Pool Shark
2
Pool Shark
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
2
Tusk Speaker
1
Tusk Speaker
Spells
20
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
2
Monkey Business
3
Monkey Business
2
Shared Spoils
3
Shared Spoils
4
Powder Pandemonium
3
Powder Pandemonium
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Monster Harpoon
2
Monster Harpoon
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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
11 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
Lulu
3
Zed
1
Zed
4
Bard
3
Bard
Landmarks
1
2
Mystic Vortex
1
Mystic Vortex
Followers
21
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Navori Bladescout
1
Navori Bladescout
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Young Witch
3
Young Witch
3
Greenglade Elder
1
Greenglade Elder
3
Rivershaper
1
Rivershaper
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Fae Guide
1
Fae Guide
4
Kinkou Lifeblade
1
Kinkou Lifeblade
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
12
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Sonic Wave
3
Sonic Wave
2
Syncopation
1
Syncopation
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
5
Cosmic Binding
1
Cosmic Binding
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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
Riven
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
11
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Scales of the Dragon
2
Scales of the Dragon
4
Ruined Reckoner
1
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
23
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Twin Disciplines
1
Twin Disciplines
3
Memory's Cloak
3
Memory's Cloak
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Flurry of Fists
2
Flurry of Fists
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
4
Whimsy!
1
Whimsy!
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
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Ramp Aurelion Sol

A bit like with the resurgence of Dragons, Aurelion SolAurelion 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
Lissandra
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Aurelion Sol
Landmarks
4
4
Blighted Ravine
1
Blighted Ravine
6
Targon's Peak
3
Targon's Peak
Followers
11
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
Spacey Sketcher
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
8
The Infinite Mindsplitter
1
The Infinite Mindsplitter
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
19
3
Divergent Paths
1
Divergent Paths
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Starshaping
1
Starshaping
5
Sunburst
1
Sunburst
7
Revitalizing Roar
1
Revitalizing Roar
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
Voices of the Old Ones
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
12
Warmother's Call
1
Warmother's Call
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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
3
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Shellshocker
2
Shellshocker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
2
Petricite Broadwing
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
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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
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
20
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Lunari Shadestalker
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
14
1
Mark of the Isles
2
Mark of the Isles
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
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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
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
19
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
7
Albus Ferros
1
Albus Ferros
Spells
14
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Shock Blast
3
Shock Blast
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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
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
21
1
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Reborn Grenadier
3
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Arena Battlecaster
3
Arena Battlecaster
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
4
Crowd Favorite
2
Crowd Favorite
Spells
13
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
2
Rummage
2
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Vision
2
Vision
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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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
5
1
15
2
2
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Followers
18
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Aloof Travelers
6
Revna, the Lorekeeper
3
Revna, the Lorekeeper
8
It That Stares
2
It That Stares
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
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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!



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