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Strongest New Decks, 24hs Into World Ender

With 24hs of data, these are the early best-performing decks from the World Ender expansion!

Note: This is an older article.
For the most recent data, check the latest LoR Best Decks article, or our Meta Tier List!

Current Best New LoR Decks – Welcome to World Ender

With roughly 24hs of data since the World Ender expansion arrived at Legends of Runeterra, these are the early trends in the LoR ladder according Mastering Runeterra Meta Tier List and matchup data:

  • AatroxAatrox is the forerunner (by several miles) among the three World Ender Champs. A whopping ten (out of sixteen) of the World Championship competitors will bring him to the fray (check here for the full list of Worlds decks & lineups), and he also leads the ladder race with some of the most popular and heavy-hitting decks.
  • KayleKayle and RyzeRyze are, thus far, absent from Worlds (exactly zero competitors will bring any of them) and early ladder stats are thus far not too encouraging (most Ryze decks have win rates below 40%, and none is above 45%; there may be some hope for Kayle, but thus far most of her decks perform similar to Ryze's).
  • Champions' StrengthChampions is looking like one of the meta-defining cards of this expansion: it is featured in eleven Worlds decks, and WhatAmI has built his entire lineup around it. Ladder decks are following suit – as we'll showcase today, including such weird combinations as Jinx Demacia.

In today's article, we'll showcase the best LoR ladder decks, according to data from the first 24hs. If you're interested in Worlds decks, please check yesterday's LoR World Championship – All Competitors’ Decks article. And if you are interested in the players themselves (their stories, their stats, and their struggles), you may want to check the LoR World Championship – Meet the Competitors article.


Aatrox, Aatrox All the Way Down

More than half of the Worlds lineups will feature Aatrox – and, by early ladder stats, for good reason. While it's way too early to tell which decks will end up on top (because, among other reasons, we have a lot of weak Ryze and Kayle archetypes selflessly inflating other decks' win rates), Aatrox looks like a clear candidate at becoming one of this meta's powerhouses.


Aatrox Kayn

Step aside, folks – Juggernaut incoming!

The exact build that ABG Aurora will bring to Words is terrorizing the ladder, with about 1,000 games played at a silly 60% WR – and two other lists (with just minimum variations in card ratios) show similar numbers. Notice that another Worlds competitor, AragOrnn, was also on a similar idea.

By early ladder data, Aatrox Kayne seems to beat Aatrox Vayne builds (another Aatrox brew that is doing well on ladder, as we'll see below, and is very common in Worlds), Aatrox Akshan and Red Gwen (which is still alive and kicking behinds). On the other hand, good ol' Annie Jhin is a rough matchup for Kaytrox, and Jinx Demacia is disastrous.

Regions
Runeterra
40 cards
Rarities
31 700
champion
5
epic
10
rare
11
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
3
3
12
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
5
5
Kayn
2
Kayn
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
15
1
Buhru Cultist
2
Buhru Cultist
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Keeper of the Box
3
Blooming Cultist
3
Blooming Cultist
4
Ambitious Cultist
2
Ambitious Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
11
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Aatrox Vayne (two versions)

This is interesting: there are two different takes with Aatrox and Vayne – one path, similar to what SmoothSwoleoist will bring to Worlds, puts a lot of focus on Equipment by main-decking about a dozen. This version is currently the most popular Aatrox Vayne deck on ladder, punching at 57% in around 800 games – early matchup data, though, suggests it's a bit of a bully deck, beating weaker brews (read: Ryze and Kayle) while folding to other Aatrox decks, Red Gwen and Jhinnie.


Regions
Demacia
25 cards
Runeterra
15 cards
Rarities
36 600
champion
6
epic
12
rare
10
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
1
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
12
2
The Darkin Spear
3
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Harp
2
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
12
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Faithful Wolfdog
2
Faithful Wolfdog
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
1
Ranger-Knight Defector
4
Widowed Huntress
3
Widowed Huntress
Spells
10
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
1
Silence and Suppress
1
Silence and Suppress
2
Fish Fight
2
Fish Fight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
6
Roar of Icathia
3
Roar of Icathia
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There's a second version, closer to Quinn Vayne Fiora from past metas, and Aatrox replacing Fiora in this case. This variation seems less common, yet equally punchy: the list showcased below performs above 60% in 300+ games, with similar lists putting analogous numbers – still, when looking at matchups, it seems inferior to Kaytrox.

Regions
Demacia
30 cards
Runeterra
10 cards
Rarities
35 300
champion
6
epic
11
rare
9
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
4
3
2
4
2
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Vayne
3
Vayne
5
Quinn
2
Quinn
6
Aatrox
1
Aatrox
Equipments
9
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
11
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Steadfast Elkin
3
Steadfast Elkin
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
Spells
14
1
Catch!
2
Catch!
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
6
Condemn
1
Condemn
8
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength
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Aatrox Akshan

Yang's list from his new Aatrox decks article yesterday is putting quite the work! Around 300 games and WR over 56% – it loses to Kaytrox and Jhinnie, but seems good into Jinx Lulu (another Old Dog that still bites quite fiercely), and able to hold its own against Red Gwen.

World competitor Da Tank Buster is also on this same champion pair, but with a fairly different build (here) – too little ladder data right now to compare.

Regions
Runeterra
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
37 800
champion
6
epic
14
rare
5
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
12
3
2
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
6
Aatrox
3
Aatrox
Equipments
11
2
The Darkin Aegis
3
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Spear
Followers
12
1
Baccai Reaper
3
Baccai Reaper
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
11
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
3
Desert Duel
2
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
2
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
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Champions' Strength Decks

Champions' StrengthChampions is the meta-defining card in World Ender thus far (although, folks, remember: too early to tell!). As noted above, CS is a very common card among World Championship lineups, to the point that one competitor, WhatAmI, built his whole lineup around the card.


Teddy's Lone Strong Jinx

The exact decklist that Teddy plans to let loose at Worlds is wreaking havoc on the LoR ladder, with WR so high it can only be described as "$%@&!!?" across nearly 700 games.

Thus far, looks like Lone Jinx demolishes Aatrox decks, and seems to have the upper hand against Red Gwen and Jhinnie.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Demacia
8 cards
Rarities
21 100
champion
3
epic
6
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
17
1
13
2
1
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
3
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
19
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Eager Apprentice
1
Eager Apprentice
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
1
Stress Testing
3
Stress Testing
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Strong Jinx Teemo

Similar take. Similar scarily high WR across 300 games, and also eager to chew World Enders for breakfast, brunch, and supper.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
33 cards
Demacia
7 cards
Rarities
28 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
1
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
16
1
14
2
0
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Sting Officer
2
Sting Officer
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Rummage
3
Rummage
5
Rocket Barrage
1
Rocket Barrage
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Jayce Lux Seraphine

The first of WhatAmI's unholy creations we'll see today (spoiler: all three are kicking butts and taking names on ladder) takes a somewhat similar route to Teddy's Lone Jinx, with cheap PZPiltover & Zaun followers and Champions' StrengthChampions as top end. Looks solid against Aatrox Kayn, and very good against Aatrox Vayne.

Regions
Demacia
11 cards
Piltover & Zaun
29 cards
Rarities
29 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
7
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
10
2
3
3
4
4
3
5
6
6
3
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
1
Seraphine
4
Jayce
2
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Followers
21
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
1
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
1
Sump Dredger
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
6
Assembly Line
2
Assembly Line
6
Back to Back
2
Back to Back
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
6
Shock Blast
1
Shock Blast
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Caitlyn Jayce Lucian Teemo

For Worlds, MatiMayo will bring a deck (Lucian Teemo Jinx) that looks like a mixture of Teddy's Lone Jinx and WhatAmI's Jayce Lux Seraphine brew that we just saw above. Mati's deck has not yet made too many waves in ranked (seems very good, although in too small a sample to say for sure), but the LoR ladder already has its own twist on it: Caitlyn Jayce Lucian Teemo. Performance: stupidly high WR in around 400 games.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Demacia
8 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
10
2
6
3
2
4
0
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
2
Lucian
1
Lucian
3
Caitlyn
2
Caitlyn
4
Jayce
2
Jayce
Followers
22
1
Acorn, the Hextechnician
3
Acorn, the Hextechnician
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Jury-Rig
2
Jury-Rig
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Fizz Norra Poppy

Bandle City Demacia is a region pairing with several fans at Worlds – both MatiMayo and Smooth Swoleoist brewed with Norra and Poppy, and Smooth's exact decklist is putting very nice numbers: WR over 60% in around 300 games. 

Regions
Demacia
10 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
20
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
1
Fizz
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
Followers
22
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
2
Bandle Commando
2
Bandle Commando
2
Blastcone Seedling
1
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Grumbleslug
3
Grumbleslug
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Loping Telescope
1
Loping Telescope
Spells
12
1
Fae Sprout
1
Fae Sprout
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Inspiring Light
3
Inspiring Light
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Fizz Heimerdinger Norra

Another WhatAmI brew, also going for the Bandlemacia region mixt, and with similar results to Smooth's above: WR near 60% in around 300 games.

Regions
Demacia
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
17
2
5
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
1
Fizz
2
Norra
3
Norra
5
Heimerdinger
2
Heimerdinger
Followers
19
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
15
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Aphelios Leona Zoe

Third and last of WhatAmI's Worlds brews –  the least played on the Runeterra ladder thus far (close to, but not reaching 200 games), but again with bonkers winrate.

Regions
Mount Targon
34 cards
Demacia
6 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
8
2
7
3
0
4
11
5
1
6
4
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
Mountain Goat
1
Mountain Goat
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
1
Twilit Protector
3
Solari Priestess
2
Solari Priestess
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
1
The Winding Light
Spells
12
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Sunburst
3
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
8
Champions' Strength
3
Champions' Strength
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Old Top Dogs

Decks in this section were already among the best decks in Runeterra last week, and are pounding on plenty of prey (read: Kayle and Ryze decks) today.


Katarina Gwen, ft Elise

A very common deck at Worlds (featured in six out of sixteen lineups), this Domination ladder powerhouse still packs a punch: WR above 57% across 700 games with its best list, shown below.

It seems a serious underdog to Aatrox Kayn, but superior to Aatrox Vayne. 

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Shadow Isles
23 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
1
3
Opulent Foyer
1
Opulent Foyer
Followers
19
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
House Spider
1
House Spider
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
14
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Annie Jhin

These two champs are dead-set on not changing a single card in their build, even if the world is ending…

… although, really, with the nice edge they seem to enjoy over Aatrox Kayn or Aatrox Vayne, why would they?

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
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Jinx Lulu

One of the best decks in Runeterra by the end of Domination, Jinx Lulu has thus far shown it has what it takes to keep the end of the world at bay, even when it's disfavored into all Aatrox decks: a 55% WR in around 400 games with its best build today.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
23 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
4
common
29
Mana cost
3
0
14
1
13
2
6
3
4
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
4
Jinx
3
Jinx
Followers
17
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Yordle Squire
3
Yordle Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Squeaker
3
Squeaker
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Bandle Tellstones
1
Jury-Rig
3
Jury-Rig
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
1
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
1
Sneezy Biggledust!
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Wrapping Up

With the usual caveat for these early reports (it's way too early to tell anything for certain, even if this time we've got the Worlds' decks to jump on ladder), it looks like Aatrox and Champions' Strength are the cards of the hour. Whether they'll sweep Runeterra uncontested, or some other deck will rise to confront them, remains to be seen.

Stay tuned for our Best LoR Decks article tomorrow, when we'll dig into the first forty hours of data.

Happy brewing, and good luck out there! =)

Any questions or comments, or more data you may need, feel free to:

Poke me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HerkoKerghans,

Stop for a chat on the Mastering Runeterra Discord: https://discord.gg/8RQqZECTz2,

Or find more writings on substack: https://riwan.substack.com/

And good luck in your climb! =)



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