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Sirturmund’s & Monte’s Bo3 Lineup Recommendations, Feb 24

The ladder may be Gnar, Gnar, Gnar everywhere, but that's not an option in Tournaments or Gauntlets, so… what to bring? Sirturmund and MonteXristo have your back with this week’s Bo3 recommendations!

OOOOHHH KILL 'EM

This is the staple burn lineup of the start of the season. This lineup is going to be powerful because it has a cohesive strategy, kill your opponent as fast as possible. We’re still pretty early into the new meta-game and as such it’s hard to get a read on what will be played, it’s easier (and probably better for you) to just focus on playing a lineup that works together.

YiA

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
20 100
champion
5
epic
0
rare
8
common
27
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
15
2
10
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
1
Fizz
2
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
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Scrapheap
1
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Get Excited!
2
3
Yordle Portal
2
5
Yordles in Arms
3

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Bilgewater
8 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Marai Warden
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Burn

Regions
Noxus
19 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
22 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
6
common
28
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
7
3
6
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
24
1
Inventive Chemist
3
1
Legion Rearguard
3
1
Legion Saboteur
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
House Spider
3
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
2
Stone Stackers
3
4
Teenydactyl
3
Spells
10
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Might
1
3
Noxian Fervor
3
5
Decimate
3

Strategy

Ban priority: remove SI Freljord from the equation.

If there’s no FTR or Anivia to ban, you’ll want to take out any decks running Deny as that card will interrupt your game plans.

If you wish to play a different deck in this lineup, you can consider a different Gnar deck like Gnarlines (Gnar Trundle) or AkGnar (Akshan Gnar). You could also consider a second burn deck in the form of Draven Rumble


Rally Go BRRRR

This is what I believe to be the best lineup focused around Rally.

Tristana

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
25 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
19
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
18
2
8
3
6
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Tristana
3
4
Poppy
3
Followers
20
1
Proto Poro
3
2
Bandle Commando
3
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
3
Loping Telescope
2
Spells
14
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Scouts

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Bilgewater
8 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
14
2
6
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
27
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Penitent Squire
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Marai Warden
2
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
7
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
2
Sharpsight
3
4
Golden Aegis
3

Pantheon

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Mount Targon
23 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
7
3
10
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
1
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
2
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
3
5
Concerted Strike
2

The Tristana deck is another new deck of this expansion and a favorite of mine, and as a go-wide swarm deck, it meshes really well with the other decks in this lineup. It also has Spellshield units like Hungry Owlcat which will give any control deck trouble.

As you may already know, Rally decks tend to bully control. Control players are forced to ‘tap out’ of mana by playing expensive removal, opening the door for you to re-establish board presence and Rally for back-to-back attacks.

Strategy

Ban priority: you want to ban any burn deck first. While Scouts should do just fine into most aggro decks, you have to expect it will get banned and your other two decks are very weak to Decimate. Tristana may be able to hold up a little better than Pantheon but she can still struggle against a burn heavy draw.

Your secondary ban targets are the bigger Demacia decks, by this I literally mean any Demacia deck that has bigger units than yours.

You can choose to play any other Rally deck in any slot here!


Galaxy Brains Only

Special thanks to Henneky for letting me steal his lineup for this article!

Nami Twisted Fate is a deck from last meta that is currently severely underplayed. The deck saw no changes, remaining unnerfed in the patch -- it is still very strong, and Elusive units are no longer as prevalent as they were last season.

This means the deck will have a much easier time actually finding an opportunity to squeeze through damage setting them up for your burn.

Nami/TF

Regions
Bilgewater
13 cards
Piltover & Zaun
27 cards
Rarities
27 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
10
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
4
1
16
2
10
3
3
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
4
Twisted Fate
3
Followers
10
1
Zaunite Urchin
1
2
Ballistic Bot
3
3
Station Archivist
2
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
1
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Spells
24
0
Poro Cannon
3
1
Stress Testing
3
2
Iterative Improvement
3
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pick a Card
3
2
Rummage
3
2
Time Trick
1
3
Flash of Brilliance
3
3
Get Excited!
2

Akshan Gnar is xXWhatAmIXx’s latest brew and it is a MENACE! If you miss double attacking Ruin Runners then this is the deck, and the lineup, for you! 

AkGnar

Regions
Bandlecity
15 cards
Shurima
25 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
4
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
9
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
18
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
2
Conchologist
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
3
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Ruthless Predator
2
2
The Absolver
2
3
Quicksand
1
3
Wallop
2
4
Friendship!
1
4
Rite of Negation
2

Tree

Regions
Noxus
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
29 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
8
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
8
2
9
3
10
4
0
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
2
1
Kennen
2
4
Poppy
2
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
16
1
Proto Poro
2
2
Bomber Twins
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
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Scorched Earth
2
4
Buster Shot
3
6
Minimorph
2

Strategy

Ban priority: this lineup wants to ban the Decimate decks.

You could also consider banning Darkness -- despite The Bandle Tree having a favorable matchup, I have it on good authority that both Nami Twisted Fate and Akshan Gnar can struggle in that matchup. This lineup does pretty well into SI Freljord stuff, so you’ll want to leave that up anyway. 

I’m not 100% sure it fits, but you could play Gnarlines over AkGnar or you could remove the Gnar deck altogether for something of your choosing so that you can play Gnar in your Bandle Tree deck. 


I Really, REALLY Hate Scouts.

Scouts has one of the best match-up tables in the current meta, making the deck a great candidate for a lot of best-of-three lineups this weekend. As such, I wanted to recommend a lineup that specifically targets them, meant for those that really hate losing to Miss Fortune. This is still a triple Demacia lineup, but we trade some of the Rally support for more strikes and removal for opponent key units.  

Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
11
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
14
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Spells
20
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
1
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

Galio Gnar

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Demacia
23 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
13
2
11
3
5
4
2
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
7
Galio
3
Followers
19
1
Petricite Hound
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
2
Vulpine Wanderer
3
3
Durand Protege
3
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
4
Murkwolf Shaman
2
6
Mammoth Shaman
2
Spells
15
1
Elixir of Iron
1
2
Sharpsight
2
2
Single Combat
2
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Shield of Durand
3
3
Winds of War
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

Jayce Lux

Regions
Demacia
19 cards
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
Mana cost
2
0
3
1
12
2
6
3
5
4
3
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
5
Lux
3
Landmarks
3
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
3
Followers
16
1
Forge Chief
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Mageseeker Inciter
2
7
Albus Ferros
2
Spells
15
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
6
Assembly Line
3
6
Back to Back
2
6
Shock Blast
2

Strategy

As mentioned, the idea is simple: See scouts, beat scouts.

All three of these decks have almost 70% win-rate against Scouts on the ladder, making them almost sure victories in a Bo3 setting.

If you do not see Scouts in your opponent’s lineup, the match becomes quite a bit harder as some of the match-up spreads for these decks don’t exactly fully line up. All three decks do well against Gnar Gangplank, Fizz Riven, or any Udyr Scargrounds variant you might see.

Aside from that, here are some of the good match up candidates for each deck:

  • Pantheon Yuumi will do well against Darkness, any Galio deck, and Anivia. 
  • Gnar Galio will do well against Gnar Ziggs, Akshan Gnar, Spider Aggro, and Taliyah Ziggs. 
  • Lux Jayce does well against Swain Gnar, Sejauni Gnar, Fizz Lulu, and Braum Galio

The rest of the matchups not mentioned are mostly even, which is why this lineup can be good.

However, there are some big no-nos decks that I think are worth banning outright because of multiple unfavorable matchups. Usually, those are very fast and swarmy decks like Spider Aggro or Yordle In Arms variants, as they have great matchups against Pantheon decks.

Aside from aggro, the other worry is the control tools from Noxus, so I would ban things like Swain Gnar or Bandle Tree if they run triple Ravenous Flock,  double Scorched Earth.

Lastly, Pantheon Yuumi does well against our two non-Pantheon decks, meaning it is worth a ban if nothing better to ban. 

If there is a deck here that you do not like playing, the one alternative that fits right in is Akshan Sivir Demacia. The deck also sports a great winrate against Scouts and shares a lot of the similar strengths and weaknesses as the rest of your decks.


Combo Style Decks Are My Thing

Two of these decks have something in common: they are trying to win the game through big combo pieces together with Overwhelm.

The third deck, Darkness… well, let's just pretend it is also a combo deck. 🙂

Lee Sin Zoe

Regions
Ionia
19 cards
Mount Targon
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
9
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
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sonic Wave
3
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Hush
2
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Concussive Palm
3
4
Deny
2
5
Deep Meditation
2

Akshan Gnar

Regions
Shurima
20 cards
Bandlecity
20 cards
Rarities
27 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
3
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
7
3
5
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
4
Gnar
3
Followers
21
1
Inventive Chemist
2
1
Treasure Seeker
2
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Conchologist
3
3
Merciless Hunter
3
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
3
5
Ruin Runner
3
Spells
13
1
Shaped Stone
3
2
Flamespitter
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
The Absolver
2
3
Wallop
2
4
Rite of Negation
2

Veigar Senna

Regions
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Bandlecity
21 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
15
2
2
3
7
4
5
5
7
6
3
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
Go Hard
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Mist's Call
2
4
Transposition
1
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Minimorph
2
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
2

Strategy

The idea of putting these three decks together is that they all do well against the Yordles in Arms piles, whether it is Fizz Gnar or Lulu Fizz. If you see either of those two decks in your opponent’s lineup, you want to target them.

All three decks also sport great win rates against Spider Aggro and Gnar Ziggs, allowing you to abuse players who are bringing triple aggro lineups as they always include one of these two decks.

Two of our decks, Akshan Gnar and Lee Sin Zoe, also sport decent win rates against Galio decks, allowing you to still defend yourself against Formidable units. 

Ban priority: Scouts is your main worry, always ban it first. All three of our decks are about a 40% win rate against Scouts, which while not unwinnable, do put us in a tough spot right off the bat.

The second priority should be The Bandle Tree decks, and some might even argue it should be our first priority. The only reason I have it second is because Akshan Gnar is slightly favored against it, but it is likely the opponent bans it. So, play it by ear by determining what your opponent’s best ban is, and if that is Akshan Gnar, then ban Bandle Tree over Scouts.

Lastly, Pantheon Yummi decks also present a bit of a challenge against us so just be mindful of them too.

If any of these decks don’t really speak to you, an alternative for this lineup is Anivia control. Anivia control allows you to still have great matchups against Yordle In Arms decks as well as against Spider aggro or Gnar Ziggs.


Wait, It’s All Bandle Tree?

This lineup is inspired by Lazyguga, who finished 2nd place in the most recent Americas seasonal using a triple bandle tree lineup. We have a new patch and new champions since then, but I still feel this lineup is very lowkey and is still super strong.

Bandle Tree Noxus

Regions
Noxus
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
19 500
champion
2
epic
7
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
10
2
9
3
9
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
2
1
Fizz
2
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
20
1
Proto Poro
1
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Grandfather Fae
2
2
House Spider
3
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Aloof Travelers
3
6
Yordle Ranger
1
Spells
15
1
Group Shot
3
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Scorched Earth
1
4
Buster Shot
3
6
Minimorph
2

Bandle Tree Freljord

Regions
Bandlecity
36 cards
Freljord
4 cards
Rarities
20 900
champion
3
epic
6
rare
8
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
13
2
7
3
12
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
3
4
Poppy
3
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
22
1
Lonely Poro
2
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Grandfather Fae
2
2
Grumbleslug
2
2
Icevale Archer
2
2
Minion
2
3
Arena Kingpin
1
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Aloof Travelers
3
Spells
12
1
Group Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
4
Buster Shot
3
6
Minimorph
3

Bandle Tree Bilgewater

Regions
Bilgewater
6 cards
Bandlecity
34 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
7
rare
9
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
7
3
12
4
0
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
2
4
Gnar
3
4
Twisted Fate
1
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
Followers
17
2
Bomber Twins
2
2
Marai Warden
3
2
Minion
2
3
Arena Kingpin
1
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
6
Yordle Ranger
1
Spells
14
1
Group Shot
3
2
Make it Rain
2
2
Pokey Stick
3
4
Buster Shot
3
6
Minimorph
3

Strategy

The idea here is to mostly target slower decks, mainly Darkness and Lee Sin Zoe.

Both of those decks have almost no way to deal with Bandle Tree once it is on the field, allowing you to put them on a timer. The access to Minimorph means that both decks also get shut down when they try to go for their combo with Lee or Veigar. So in terms of what to leave open, try for the slower control or combo oriented decks. A lot of other matchups will be even just due to the sheer swarm power and low cost removal you are given from Bandle City. 

Ban priority: it's simple: prioritize any deck with landmark removal.

Things like Gnar Swain (that play Scorched Earth) or Trundle Gnar Timelines (that play Aftershock) are easy first ban targets.

If the opponent has no deck with hard landmark removal, other priorities for ban include Scouts and Yordle In Arms decks. Both of these decks can go toe to toe with your swarmy board, making it difficult to survive long enough to win through The Bandle Tree.

If you don’t like the Bandle Tree style of decks, then this lineup is not for you. The regions here, like Freljord and Bilgewater, were chosen due to their access to units like Marai Warden or Lonely Poro, which could potentially give you another region. It is hard to recommend another region as efficient as those two, not counting the typical Noxus Bandle Tree variant. We have also spread out our power over all three decks, not putting all our best pieces in the Noxus variant (Poppy, Gnar) so that the opponent has a much harder time deciding which version to ban. 


Bonus Track -- Wednesday's $100 Daily Tournament Winner

As bonus track: This is the lineup with which ThePhlebotomisTV won yesterday's MaRu $100 Daily Tournament -- beating no other than last Seasonal's champ saltysimon in the semifinals -- which we'll show here without commentary.

Caitlyn Senna

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
4
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
10
2
3
3
10
4
8
5
3
6
6
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
10
2
Ferros Financier
3
4
Aloof Travelers
3
9
Commander Ledros
3
9
Corina Veraza
1
Spells
24
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Time Trick
1
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Aftershock
2
4
Gotcha!
3
4
The Box
2
5
Grasp of the Undying
1
5
Withering Mist
2
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
2

Gnar Trundle Timelines

Regions
Freljord
15 cards
Piltover & Zaun
25 cards
Rarities
26 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
7
common
24
Mana cost
2
0
8
1
14
2
4
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
18
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Avarosan Sentry
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Ferros Financier
3
3
Sump Dredger
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
It That Stares
1
Spells
16
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Troll Chant
3
3
Get Excited!
2
4
Aftershock
2

Atrocity Invoke

Regions
Mount Targon
39 cards
Shadow Isles
1 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion
6
epic
0
rare
16
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
13
2
10
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
2
Diana
3
Followers
21
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
2
Lunari Shadestalker
3
2
The Sky Shadows
2
3
Lunari Priestess
3
3
Solari Priestess
3
4
Mountain Scryer
3
4
Solari Sunforger
1
Spells
13
1
Spell Thief
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
3
Divergent Paths
1
3
Hush
2
3
Paddle Star
1
5
Starshaping
2
7
Atrocity
1

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!