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By The Numbers – Strongest Decks, 40 hours into the Patch

With 40 hours of data, these are the archetypes that are performing well.

NOTE: This article is from a previous patch -- for the latest decklists, check this link!


As of early Thursday (EST), this is how the top of the ladder looks like according to Legna:

So, while the balance patch certainly shaked things up a bit, it doesn't seem (thus far) to have had too much of an impact in the Meta – most of the decks at the top were already strong pre-patch.

Some of the buffed champs do have viable (or even moderately strong) decks though, as we'll see below.


Buffed Champs

These are the strongest decklists for Champions that received a buff. Do notice that, when checking their archetypes, all of these save Azirelia perform below 50% – yet, in the cases below, there are specific decklists that do quite well.


Hecarim Kalista Ionia

Hecarim is the champ that pilots are experimenting the most with right now…

… with rather discouraging results: pairing him with Azir, with Zed, and with Lucian has (thus far) produced decks that perform well below 50%.

His saving grace is Kalista – there are several awful decklists in this archetype, too, but the one we recommend is the most popular (seeing play in APAC and EMEA) and reaches 52%.

Regions
Shadow Isles
28 cards
Ionia
12 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
1
0
3
1
18
2
5
3
4
4
2
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Followers
14
1
Oblivious Islander
3
Oblivious Islander
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Blighted Caretaker
2
Blighted Caretaker
Spells
20
0
Fading Memories
1
Fading Memories
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Onslaught of Shadows
1
Onslaught of Shadows
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
5
Dragon Ambush
2
Dragon Ambush
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
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Ashe LeBlanc

Like Hecarim Kalist, LeBlanc is hiding her true power behind a lot of bad decklists that drag this archetype down – the list provided below though, that sees play in all shards, comfortably reaches 53% in nearly 150 games; and there are other couple of less-played lists that are doing even better.

Regions
Noxus
17 cards
Freljord
23 cards
Rarities
29 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
8
3
10
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
17
1
Omen Hawk
3
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
2
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Avarosan Trapper
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
Spells
17
1
Brittle Steel
3
Brittle Steel
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Culling Strike
2
Culling Strike
4
Bloody Business
2
Bloody Business
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Reckoning
2
Reckoning
Open deck in builder

Azirelia

The most popular list – topping its curve with one copy of Inspiring Marshal – is doing awful.

On the other hand, the list provided below, playing Dunekeeper and Shadow Apprentice, punches above 54% in nearly 500 games.

By the way: Azirelia is the most popular archetype right now – seems a reasonable bet that it will get a lot of traction in the coming days, once pilots migrate to the best decklists.

Regions
Ionia
29 cards
Shurima
11 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
7
3
2
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
3
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
18
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Shadow Apprentice
2
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
2
The Stagehand
1
The Stagehand
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
3
Blossoming Blade
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
2
Lead and Follow
3
Lead and Follow
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
5
Storm of Blades
1
Storm of Blades
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About Shen & Tri-beam

Shen does not seem to have found a home (yet) – his pairing with Jarvan IV is almost there, but all popular lists perform slightly below 50%.

Tri-beam (which arguably received both a nerf in Ezreal, and a buff in Aftershock) saw its WR decrease from quite good to 50%, so we won't currently recommend a list.


Current Top Dogs

As of right now (early Thursday), these are the best decks when WR (above 54% in all cases) and play rate are factored .


Vi Zoe Aphelios

The nerf to Ferros Financier seems to have been the slightest slap on the wrist – the latest Chompers menace performs well above 55%.

Our recommended list is the most popular in all three shards.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Mount Targon
16 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
15
2
9
3
0
4
1
5
1
6
3
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
2
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
1
Vi
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
3
Sump Dredger
7
The Winding Light
3
The Winding Light
Spells
12
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
Open deck in builder

Annie Twisted Fate

The AM shard seems to be particularly fond of this archetype (which sees very little play in APAC). TF Annie was doing quite well pre-patch, and now seems to have found a Meta it really thrives in.

Regions
Noxus
27 cards
Bilgewater
13 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
6
epic
3
rare
9
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
9
2
6
3
10
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Landmarks
3
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
Followers
9
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
22
1
Blade's Edge
3
Blade's Edge
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
3
Disintegrate
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Death's Hand
3
Death's Hand
4
Salvage
1
Salvage
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Annie Jhin

One of the most popular archetypes last patch, currently the third most played, and like Annie TF it seems to have not noticed the nerf to Disintegrate.

Arguably one of the most refined archetypes, too, with the same list being the most popular (by a wide margin) in all three shards.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Noxus
19 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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Ahri Bard

While this is the only deck among the Top Dogs that received no nerfs, Ahri Bard seems to have lost a tiny bit of steam post-patch.

Only a tiny bit, though, and is the second most popular deck currently.

Regions
Ionia
31 cards
Runeterra
3 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
8
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
13
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
4
Bard
3
Bard
Followers
19
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
2
Shadow Assassin
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
15
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Our recommended list is the most popular (by a huge margin) in the AM and EMEA shards, topping its curve with Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed.

If you prefer something lower to the ground (which was what performed best pre-patch), check APAC's most popular version instead.


Heimer Jayce Shadows

It would seem that nobody got the memo that Ferros Financier got nerfed – Professor and Student have actually improved their performance post-patch, and once again we find them among the Meta's forerunners.

Our recommended list is the most popular in EMEA (the shard in which this archetype sees the most play) and APAC; Heimer Jayce doesn't seem to gain much favor in the AM shard, though.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
32 cards
Shadow Isles
8 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
5
0
6
1
8
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
7
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Heimerdinger
3
Heimerdinger
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
11
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
Adaptatron 3000
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Hextech Handler
3
Hextech Handler
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
Spells
22
0
Production Surge
3
Production Surge
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
Flash of Brilliance
6
Piercing Darkness
2
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Jarvan Bard Poppy

If Regis didn't get the "You're Nerfed" memo, Petricite Broadwing doesn't even know what a memo is.

Jarvan Bard Poppy certainly lost quite a bit of ground in play rate (from most popular, to around fifth place), but its performance seems untouched.

Regions
Runeterra
3 cards
Demacia
34 cards
Rarities
25 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
10
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
3
3
12
4
5
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Bard
3
Bard
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
6
Jarvan IV
1
Jarvan IV
Followers
26
1
Byrd, The Bellringer
3
Byrd, The Bellringer
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
3
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Laurent Protege
2
Laurent Protege
3
Vanguard Sergeant
1
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Silverwing Vanguard
1
Silverwing Vanguard
4
Swiftwing Flight
2
Swiftwing Flight
4
Vanguard Bannerman
3
Vanguard Bannerman
Spells
8
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
4
Relentless Pursuit
1
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Other Strong Options

These are other very good options currently.

The usual "too early to tell" caveat applies, but all of these are refined archetypes that were already strong last patch – we'll see how the meta shapes up in the next few days (once LP donors leave the stage, and pilots focus on what works), but seems like a safe bet that all these decks will remain a factor.


Nami Twisted Fate Shadows

Arguably the big-brain-est deck out there, Nami TF has remained at the top of the charts post-patch, seeing play across all shards.

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
33 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
13
common
12
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
10
2
6
3
7
4
6
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
11
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
4
Zap Sprayfin
2
Zap Sprayfin
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
23
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Answered Prayer
1
Answered Prayer
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
1
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Annie Elise

Annie loves this Meta, showing up in yet a third archetype among the strongest.

It seems like a fairly refined archetype, too: it's widely more popular in EMEA than in the other two shards, but our recommended list is the most played in all three servers.

Regions
Noxus
23 cards
Shadow Isles
17 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
5
3
5
4
2
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
2
Elise
3
Elise
Landmarks
5
1
Ravenbloom Conservatory
3
Ravenbloom Conservatory
4
Catalogue of Regrets
2
Catalogue of Regrets
Followers
7
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
8
Captain Farron
1
Captain Farron
Spells
22
1
Go Hard
3
Go Hard
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unspeakable Horror
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
Open deck in builder

On Lurkers, Deep and Fizz Riven

All three of these archetypes are doing great (and Fizz Riven in particular has, overally, the second highest WR among Meta decks, only a couple of decimal points behind Vi Zoe Aphelios).

There are a LOT of different decklists for each archetype, though, all of them with very low playrates, so it's hard to recommend a by-the-numbers best option – tread very carefully, but these would be our choices for:

Lurkers 

Deep 

Fizz Riven 


Closing Words

Thus far, the patch seems to have changed things little – none of the buffed champs are making too much of a splash, many of the top decks didn't get the memo about their cards being nerfed, and the Top Dogs are pretty much the same as pre-patch (even if some ups and downs have been seen).

Perhaps the biggest news right now is the resurface of both Lurkers (which was doing quite well pre-patch, but with lower play rate) and Deep (which, after a bit of time under the spotlight, receded to obscurity). 

We'll see tomorrow in Weekend Warrior Weapons how things look like, with an extra day of data!

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

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And good luck in your climb!



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