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Champion Choices: Lineups I Would Bring to Gauntlets and Tournaments

Seasonal Champion MajiinBae presents three lineups for Gauntlets & Tournaments this weekend.

Hello guys! Majiin here again with another quick article on some lineups I really like for the tournaments this weekend.

Last weekend we saw the rise of Demacia decks to counter the Control-heavy metagame that plagued the top 8 of the week prior, and I expect to see a lot of the same type of lists on Sunday. 

With that said, my first pick of the best lineup is a bit of a copout as it is the lineup that SamanthaHoney used to take down the entire MR Qualifier last weekend.

The "Double Demacia + X Deck" Lineup

Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Landmarks
2
2
Preservarium
2
Preservarium
Followers
17
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
3
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
3
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
1
Single Combat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Pantheon Shyvana

Regions
Demacia
23 cards
Mount Targon
17 cards
Rarities
24 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
13
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
8
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Shyvana
3
Shyvana
Followers
14
1
Dragon Chow
3
Dragon Chow
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
5
Screeching Dragon
2
Screeching Dragon
Spells
20
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Dragon's Clutch
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Strafing Strike
1
Strafing Strike
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Kennen Ahri

Regions
Ionia
38 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
16
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Followers
14
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
2
The Mourned
2
Navori Conspirator
3
Navori Conspirator
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
Spells
20
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
3
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
4
Will of Ionia
2
Will of Ionia
Open deck in builder

This lineup took first and for a very good reason: when you are able to ban Ahri Kennen the slower Demacia strategies shoot way up in power.

Pantheon and Sivir have very few weaknesses in the meta and perform very well not only against Control, but also against strategies based around smaller units, like Scouts for example, which I also expect to show up in numbers. 

The Level 1 Lineup

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
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
2
Elise
3
Elise
Followers
27
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Precious Pet
3
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
Spells
10
2
Brothers' Bond
1
Brothers' Bond
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Stalking Shadows
3
Stalking Shadows
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Draven Rumble Burn

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
16 cards
Noxus
24 cards
Rarities
25 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
9
common
23
Mana cost
1
0
5
1
12
2
11
3
5
4
1
5
3
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Followers
18
1
Reborn Grenadier
2
Reborn Grenadier
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
8
Lost Soul
2
Lost Soul
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
1
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
3
Might
3
Whirling Death
2
Whirling Death
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Pirates

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

If everyone is going to bring Demacia, and Control takes a back seat this weekend, then triple Burn is absolutely the place to be.

All the healing in the format is concentrated into only a few decks such as Darkness and FTR, and I believe that the rise of scouts and Sivir decks will make most players think twice about bringing them. This lineup is looking to take advantage of a weakness in other lineups so it’s likely to be very feast or famine. 

The “My Decks Are Better Than Yours Nanana Booboo” Lineups

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
28 cards
Bilgewater
12 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
13
2
5
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
23
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
3
Penitent Squire
1
Pool Shark
2
Pool Shark
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Fortune Croaker
2
Marai Warden
2
Marai Warden
3
Vanguard Sergeant
2
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
11
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Ahri Kennen

Regions
Ionia
39 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
13
2
3
3
10
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
2
Ahri
3
Ahri
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
15
1
Dancing Droplet
3
Dancing Droplet
1
The Mourned
3
The Mourned
2
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Fae Bladetwirler
2
Navori Conspirator
2
Navori Conspirator
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
2
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
16
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Fizz Lulu 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
18 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
7
1
15
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Loping Telescope
3
Loping Telescope
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
16
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
1
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

This lineup is simple…

… and about as subtle as a brick. Show up with the strongest three decks in a vacuum, and dare people to beat you.

It’s tough to have a lineup that is strong against all three of these -- you will able to leverage raw power in a way that other players might not with their “tuned” and “well thought out” lineups.

Screw that, thinking is for losers. I’m just here to do busted stuff!

In Closing

There are lots of viable strategies, from very complex to brick-simple. But you need to at least have a plan -- make sure you know what your lineup wants to do.

And good luck out there!

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