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Sirturmund & MonteXristo recommend: Eight Lineups for Seasonal Open Rounds

They are coming! Seasonal Open Rounds are around the corner -- Sirturmund & MonteXristo present eight lineups with their ban strategies and possible alternatives.

Drisoth's Stats Don't Lie

AK SI

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
2
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
3
4
Homecoming
3

YiA

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Taric Panth

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
7
3
11
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

For those of you who don’t know, Drisoth (link) is a prominent community member with a mind for stats and he spent the weekend looking at a LOT of numbers.

The stats told him this is THE BEST lineup for this upcoming Seasonal and I can see why. Ahri Kennen Shadow Isles is favored into the mirror, Yordles in Arms is just quietly one of the best decks in the game, and after much debate Taric Pantheon seems to be the premiere Pantheon deck.

This lineup has two fantastic matchups into Control, and YiA always has a chance due to Yordles in Arms . It forces an Ahri ban from Pantheon lineups, and it doesn’t completely fold to Aggro.

While Taric Pantheon and Ahri Kennen can both struggle with Aggro matchups, I do not expect there to be a ton of people on triple Aggro and a good pilot can still navigate their way through these difficult matchups. 

Ban Strategy

With this lineup, first thing we want to take care of is Aggro -- pick the deck with the most Fearsome units (probably Spiders), if they have no Fearsome attackers in their lineup then you’ll want to take out the deck with the most burn. Count out the Decimates, Noxian Fervors, etc, and see which of their decks has the most to choose your ban.  

Beyond the Aggro bans, I would probably look to remove Darkness from the equation and outside of that anything you just don’t feel like playing against.

The advantage to playing a “three good decks” lineup and being practiced on it is that you’ll know your matchups, you’ll know which you’re most comfortable playing into and your ban is flexible enough that you can spend it wherever you feel is best.

Attack Mode!

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
19
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
6
3
8
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
22
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Marai Warden
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Grizzled Ranger
1
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Spells
12
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Blinding Assault
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3
4
Riposte
1

Pantheon Taric

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
7
3
11
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

Sivir Akshan

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Shurima
21 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
7
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Sivir
3
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Followers
18
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Treasure Seeker
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
5
Radiant Guardian
1
5
Screeching Dragon
1
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Cataclysm
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

This is a lineup we’ve previously recommended and it’s still a good choice for this Seasonal! A lineup based around Scouts works best when it’s unexpected and the meta has cycled back to the point where I’m comfortable recommending this lineup.  

This lineup is looking to feast on Control players.

Rally is one of, if not THE, best ways to push your advantage in LoR. Your game plan is to get your opponent to expend all their resources dealing with your board, refill your board, and get in for two attacks, with a Rally, while they are still tapped out of mana.

Ban strategy

We'll focus on taking out Ahri Kennen first and foremost.

If your opponent isn’t playing Ahri Kennen then you can go ahead and ban Aggro decks -- I would prioritize banning something like Draven Rumble but you can take out Pirates or Spiders as well if that’s what you’d rather not play into.

If your opponent is on a triple Control lineup, be happy you hit your target, you’ll want to ban any list that’s on Deny (stuff like Feel The Minah sometimes shows up), then I would prioritize any list with PnZ removal as these decks typically have a bit more board presence and their removal is more flexible so they pose a larger threat to your strategy.

Freakin' Control

Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
24 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
15
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
5
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
16
2
Conchologist
3
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
18
1
Group Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Mist's Call
1
3
Stress Defense
1
4
The Box
2
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Minimorph
3

FTR (also Anivia or Iceborn Spiders)

Regions
Freljord
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
5
epic
5
rare
14
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
6
2
5
3
9
4
8
5
3
6
9
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
8
Tryndamere
2
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
6
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
9
Commander Ledros
1
Spells
26
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash Freeze
2
3
Passage Unearned
1
4
Avalanche
3
4
The Box
3
5
Catalyst of Aeons
2
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
2
9
The Ruination
1
12
Feel The Rush
3

AK SI

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
2
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
3
4
Homecoming
3

This is a pretty standard option for a Control lineup. I expect there will be more Pantheon than Aggro so this may not be the best choice for the Seasonal's Open Rounds, but I have always been an advocate for comfort above all else. As such, I believe you should bring this lineup if it’s what you’re most practiced on.

Ban Strategy

You’ll want to prioritize banning Taric Pantheon as it is the most problematic Rally deck. Beyond that Ahri Kennen is always an excellent ban (and one you should consider taking over even Taric Pantheon). Unlike the previous lineups, you’re pretty happy playing into Aggro - if you encounter a triple Aggro player just ban the deck with the most burn spells (or the most spell shields). 

Iceborn

Iceborn Poros

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Freljord
11 cards
Rarities
6 800
champion
0
epic
0
rare
14
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
10
1
15
2
9
3
0
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
0
Followers
14
1
Daring Poro
3
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Poro Herder
3
3
Station Archivist
3
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Stress Testing
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Iterative Improvement
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
3
Poro Snax
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3

Iceborn Spiders

Regions
Freljord
7 cards
Shadow Isles
33 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
11
2
0
3
5
4
4
5
9
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
3
4
Kindred
3
Followers
4
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
9
Commander Ledros
1
Spells
30
1
Crawling Sensation
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Troll Chant
2
2
Vile Feast
3
4
The Box
2
5
Withering Mist
1
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Brood Awakening
3
6
Iceborn Legacy
3
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1
9
The Ruination
1

YiA

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Lulu
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Bomber Twins
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Yordle Captain
3
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
3
5
Yordles in Arms
3

This is a lineup I stole from my friend Snipecross after he mopped me with it in scrims. He also played it to win the most recent OLS. This lineup is a comfort lineup for him but that doesn’t mean you can’t also find success with it. 

Ban Strategy

According to Snipecross, this lineup is looking to ban Pantheon Taric which makes sense as Rally can pressure you faster than you can set up, this means you’ll also want to ban out Scouts or Sivir Akshan.

Demacia is generally a good ban as Sharpsight can be very annoying for both YiA and Poros. The two Iceborn Legacy decks really only care about getting their game plan going and otherwise just look to stall, so they can find success in almost any matchup if piloted well. 

If your opponent’s lineup lacks Pantheon Taric you’ll probably want to ban an Aggro deck as it can be troublesome for Poros. This might seem counterintuitive, as your other two decks have good Aggro matchups, but you can expect the Aggro player to ban out Spiders and then you’re stuck trying to get a win with Poros. I believe it's best to nip this problem in the bud and give yourself easier matchups if possible. 

Monte’s Weapon of Choice

AK SI

Regions
Ionia
37 cards
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
2
3
11
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
13
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
19
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
3
4
Homecoming
3

Spiders

Regions
Noxus
22 cards
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Rarities
14 500
champion
3
epic
0
rare
9
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
13
2
12
3
0
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Followers
26
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
1
Precious Pet
3
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
2
3
Doombeast
3
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Spells
11
2
Brothers' Bond
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
3
Stalking Shadows
3
5
Decimate
3

Pirates

Regions
Bilgewater
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
26 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
6
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Gangplank
3
Followers
26
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
1
Jagged Butcher
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Legion Grenadier
3
2
Marai Warden
3
4
Island Navigator
2
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Spells
8
2
Make it Rain
2
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Plan A - Beat Ahri Kennen

Plan B - Beat Pantheon

Plan C - Highroll with Ahri Kennen

I am looking to beat Ahri Kennen -- some would call this a fool's errand, and honestly, I don’t think they’re wrong. In the right hands Ahri Kennen is such an unstoppable force that even Malphite is jealous. However, I like a challenge and I believe in my ability to play my three decks better than my opponent will play theirs. 

The real reason I’m comfortable bringing this lineup is that I do not expect Control to be particularly prominent. As such, my Aggro decks are free to rain down a world of pain onto my opponents. 

Your primary plan with this lineup is to beat up Ahri Kennen, they will usually ban Spiders so you MUST BE COMFORTABLE IN THE MIRROR! I really cannot stress enough how important it is that you know how to play this mirror matchup, I fully expect to play it in all 9 rounds.

Ban Strategy

IF there is no Ahri Kennen in your opponent’s lineup, look to isolate and 2-0 their Pantheon deck. Pantheon also struggles into Aggro, giving our lineup a good backup plan. If this fallback didn’t exist, I would in no way recommend this lineup. Lineups with target strategies are most effective when they target multiple decks that are currently in the meta as you’re never guaranteed to hit only your primary target.

If all else fails and you queue into a Control player, and we assume that they will correctly ban Ahri Kennen, you’ll want to ban any SI PnZ deck, then SI Freljord, then Darkness. But the real strategy here is to hope they leave Ahri up and ban Spiders. Pirates have a little bit more substance to it than Spiders and as such are more likely to steal a win against your typical Control lineup. 

Alternate decks you can consider for this lineup are Ekko Zilean, Nightfall, and Shurima Nox burn. I wouldn’t recommend straying from the original lineup unless you’re extremely comfortable with one of these alternatives.

Visiting Runeterra’s Landmarks

Soraka Tahm Kench

Regions
Bilgewater
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
17
2
5
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Soraka
3
4
Tahm Kench
3
Landmarks
3
2
Star Spring
3
Followers
15
1
Crusty Codger
3
1
Star Shepherd
3
2
Boxtopus
3
2
Fortune Croaker
3
4
Broadbacked Protector
3
Spells
16
1
Shakedown
2
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sunblessed Vigor
2
3
Hush
2
4
Astral Protection
3
4
Bastion
1

Bandle Tree

Regions
Noxus
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
5
epic
6
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
7
3
12
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Kennen
2
4
Poppy
3
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
17
1
Proto Poro
1
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Grumbleslug
2
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
4
Buster Shot
3
4
Whispered Words
1
6
Minimorph
2

Thralls

Regions
Freljord
21 cards
Shurima
19 cards
Rarities
31 500
champion
6
epic
7
rare
12
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
7
2
8
3
12
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
7
1
Frozen Thrall
3
2
Preservarium
1
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
8
2
Clockwork Curator
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
8
The Clock Hand
2
Spells
19
1
Imagined Possibilities
2
1
Three Sisters
3
2
Time in a Bottle
3
3
Ice Shard
2
4
Avalanche
3
4
Promising Future
3
4
Rite of Negation
2
4
Succumb to the Cold
1

This lineup focuses on hard-targeting Control/Slow decks and surviving against the rest of the field with a combination of heals, swarm units and AoE spells. All three decks have good winrates into your typical Control decks like FTR while also being able to defend themselves against full Aggro lineups.

The main weakness of this lineup will be more Midrange decks like Pantheon, or full Elusive decks. TK Raka and Bandle Tree, while not currently super meta, just won GiantSlayer’s Fight Night tournament on the hands of 4LW (he had Ahri Kennen over Thralls as 3rd deck) so the stocks on these two decks are up up up!

Here's our detailed guide (link) about Tahm Kench Soraka, in case you're not familiar with the deck.

Ban Strategy

Ban priority with this lineup will be Midrange decks like Pantheon, and Fearsome decks like Viego Kindred. If the opponent is not playing either of those decks, then you can target things that might have landmark removal, like Noxus with Scorched Earth or some invoke-heavy Targon decks.

The deck doesn't necessarily need to ban Ahri Kennen, as both Tree and Thralls can do okayish vs it, but probably better to be safe and ban it when the chance arises.

You should always leave Darkness, Lee Sin, FTR, Anivia, and other Control/slow decks open.

If running into triple Aggro, usually you can do decent versus anything except for Elusive. Bandle Tree can swarm the board wide enough to give you plenty of blockers while also having a lot of pings itself. Star Spring can stabilize with Broadbacked Protector. Thralls, while the weakest against triple Aggro, can do some good moves with Ice Shard and the rest of your AoE.

An alternate deck for this list is Ahri Kennen SI, possibly replacing either TK Raka or Thralls. If you replace TK Raka with it, it gives you a lot of points vs Ahri Kennen lineups. If you replace Thralls with it, it allows you to survive versus triple Rally lineups.

A Different Approach To Aggro

Ziggs Taliyah

Regions
Shurima
29 cards
Bandlecity
14 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
13
2
13
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
6
1
Hexplosive Minefield
3
2
Preservarium
3
Followers
14
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
3
8
The Arsenal
2
Spells
14
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
3
Unleashed Energy
2
3
Unraveled Earth
2

Nightfall

Regions
Shadow Isles
18 cards
Mount Targon
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
13
1
17
2
3
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
4
Nocturne
3
Followers
18
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Solari Soldier
1
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
1
The Flight
3
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
2
The Sky Shadows
2
3
Doombeast
3
Spells
16
0
Fading Memories
3
1
Heavens Aligned
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
2
Unto Dusk
3
5
Moonlight Affliction
1

Ahri Kennen SI

Regions
Shadow Isles
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
14
1
10
2
4
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
Followers
14
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
3
Tasty Faefolk
1
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Spells
17
1
Go Hard
3
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
2

This lineup’s purpose is to give you that Aggro feeling while not necessarily playing all the standard Aggro decks (Spiders, Pirates, and the like). All these decks can still present a ton of pressure against the opponent and can kill them quickly if the opponent is not careful. 

Ban priority is a little bit all over the place with this lineup, so it has to be more of a judgment call based on what your opponent is bringing. Ziggs Taliyah, for example, can do well against Control while struggling with Ahri Kennen and full traditional Aggro. Nightfall does well against Ahri Kennen while struggling into Control a bit, and Ahri Kennen does well into almost everything except Scouts. Ideally, here you are banning your traditional Aggro decks, like Spiders and Pirates first, and gaining points towards midrange and combo type of decks.

This lineup is fun, is fast, and may present a great opportunity as both AK and Ziggs Taliyah are top-tier decks.

Lastly, if you are looking to replace any deck in this lineup, an alternate deck you can bring is Yordle In Arms. It is also an Aggro deck but not a full Aggro deck and improves your match-up points vs Control a bit. Other options include Scouts and Lulu Ahri if you don’t want to bring Ahri Kennen. 

Sirturmund’s Weapon of Choice

Lee Sin Zoe

Regions
Ionia
20 cards
Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
8
3
5
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
5
Lee Sin
3
Followers
7
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
3
Solari Priestess
2
3
Wounded Whiteflame
2
Spells
27
2
Gifts From Beyond
3
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Will of Ionia
1
5
Deep Meditation
2

Ahri Kennen (Shurima or Demacia)

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Shurima
2 cards
Rarities
26 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
16
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
14
2
2
3
10
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
2
Ahri
3
Landmarks
2
3
God-Willow Seedling
2
Followers
15
1
Dancing Droplet
3
1
The Mourned
3
2
Fae Bladetwirler
2
2
Navori Conspirator
2
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Spells
17
1
Recall
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
The Absolver
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Homecoming
3

Viego Kindred 

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
0
1
16
2
5
3
8
4
3
5
2
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
5
Viego
3
Followers
15
0
Ravenous Butcher
2
2
Fading Icon
2
2
Greenglade Lookout
3
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Spells
19
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Syncopation
1
2
Twin Disciplines
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
6
Vengeance
2
7
Atrocity
1

This last lineup is what I plan to bring to the Seasonals at the moment. I am expecting most players this weekend to either be on Ahri Kennen or be on Pantheon. I wanted a lineup that can always ban Ahri Kennen and do decent or be favorable versus Pantheon, and this is what I came up with. 

Every lineup with Pantheon will almost automatically ban your Ahri Kennen, so really you’re playing with two decks: Lee and Viego.

Lee Sin is favored versus Pantheon as you can protect against a lot of their removal, and threaten their Pantheon or Taric/Shyvana in many different ways. We also run double Priestess to make the deck slightly more consistent and even give us an alternate way to deal with key opponent units.

Viego Kindred uses the removal tools from Shadow Isles combined with the stalls from Ionia (stun, deny, etc) to slow down Pantheon decks just enough for you to level up your big units and win. This match-up tends to be very favorable as well.

Ban Strategy

You are always banning either Ahri Kennen or Darkness. Those two decks have good matchups into both Lee and Viego Kindred, and the Ahri Kennen SI version can do well into our Ahri Kennen Shurima version.

If the opponent for some reason is not on any of those two decks, then it becomes more of a judgment call. I tend to go on banning the deck with the most removal, as our lineup relies on keeping key big units like Lee, Viego, and Kindred on the field. 

We do well into Midrange and decently into Control too by targeting FTR (all our decks have Denys and Stuns).

Against Aggro, we have removal in Viego Kindred with Vile Feast, Eye of the Dragon in Lee, and just general nonsense Ahri Kennen can do. I would say you ban Spiders as that probably does the best against Ahri Kennen, and hope to race down the remaining Aggro options they might have.

And all our decks do very well against stuff like combo (Lee), as we have ways to stop their big combo turns, you just have to be comfortable to win the mirror. 

If you’re looking to make some replacements, you can swap our Viego Kindred for Pantheon and switch your Ahri Kennen version to Shadow Isles. That gives you some points versus lineups like Scouts. If you instead swap Lee for Pantheon, you gain some points versus Darkness.

I don’t recommend taking Ahri Kennen out of the lineup as you want to force your opponent to ban it. 

About the authors

Sirturmund is a long-time player of the game, having played LoR since beta. He has found competitive success in the past year with a couple of seasonal top cuts finishes, rank 1 ladder placements, and first spot in a Qualifier of Mastering Runeterra's Championship. Best known for being one of the very few to still bring Star Springs (link) to tournaments, you can find Sirturmund lurking around all the social media sites absorbing anything he can about the game!

MonteXristo has been playing the game since closed beta and has consistently made it to masters every season he’s been active.  His accomplishments include having peaked in the top 20, taking first place in the “Streamer Sideboard Showdown” and LPP Riot Grand Prix. When he’s not writing for Mastering Runeterra he keeps his card-slinging skills sharp by playing in the Runeterra Academy tournament, with his team The Wobbly Wombats (link)!

Big "thank you!" to Mazaza for catching a big deck typo in the Control lineup.