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Monday LoR Meta Report, Jan 16

Are you looking for the best decks in the LoR meta? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what decks you should play and prepare to face!

‘sup everyone. After a short break, your favorite LoR meta report is back to deliver you the latest ladder hotness. Riot’s hotfix demanded a hotfix of the MMR as well, throwing it into a two-week hiatus.

I took the free time to grind some ladder points and climbed all the way up to 700 LP!  =)


Legends of Runeterra Meta Decks

Leona, one of the current best Legends of Runeterra champions

Sorting MaRu’s Meta Tier List and LoR data by playrate (PR), we see the following:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play raterd (10)

Ever since the hotfix two weeks ago, Lulu Jinx has been a ladder menace. And after two weeks, everyone figured out that it’s the best LoR deck, with the highest play rate and one of the highest win rates.

Trundle Tryndamere, also known as Feel The RushFeel The Rush (FTR) has been up and coming before the patch and now plays with the big boys and girls. Or… well, ferocious Faes and racking rocket girls!

When Rockbear ShepherdRockbear Shepherd was released, it was instantly included in Azir Xerath (Mono Shurima/Sun Disc) and even brought to the Worlds Finals. Since then, Sun Disc has been one of the most-played LoR meta decks despite its grueling win rate.

Because we are already two weeks into the hotfix meta, Lulu Jinx counters start creeping up. This is the case for Norra Veigar, an old brew undergoing a resurgence this week.

It is well-known that gambling is highly addicting. This is confirmed by the fact that Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) is the fifth most-played deck in Legends of Runeterra despite its low expected payoff.

The Fallen ReckonerFallen Reckoner nerf hit Gwen Katarina (Red Gwen) quite badly, taxing some of its winrate. Nonetheless, Red Gwen remains up and running as one of the meta staples.

While Lulu Jinx is taking up the spotlight, JinxJinx turns out to be one of the strongest champions in the game. Thus, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Ekko Jinx, formerly Ekko Zilean, has come to see the light of day play.

While Hecarim Zed’s units are evanescent, their presence in the LoR meta is not. In the last two months, this Ephemeral deck has experienced a rollercoaster of success, starting with an abysmal win rate and riding the high tide to becoming one of the strongest ladder brews, down to where it is now.

Gangplank Sejuani (Plunder) is as old as this meta report and just as vibrant. Plunder is this one deck your SO keeps telling you not to worry about but always turns into a problem eventually.

As the final archetype, I am delighted to feature Katarina Leona (Sunburn). While MTTargon and NXNoxus don’t have much in common, stunning your opponents, literally and metaphorically speaking with this cunning champion combo, and then Rallying with KatarinaKatarina makes for a potent Aggro deck with a nasty midgame finisher.

Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:

LoR Best Decks: Legends of Runeterra Meta Tier List, sorted by play rate

Sunburn proves to be the best meta deck in LoR, even surpassing Lulu Jinx’s success.

Miss Fortune Twisted Fate (Pirates) and Swain TF are this week's unsung heroes, making up for their lack of popularity with their convincing WRs.

Plunder is another BWBilgewater blend at the top of the LoR ladder food chain.

While FTR and Ekko Jinx already turned up on the PR graph, Taliyah Ziggs is, like Plunder, another historic meta deck surfacing again and again no matter the season.

Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) is, like Norra Veigar, another excellent Lulu Jinx counter, while Draven Jinx (Discard Aggro) is the third JinxJinx blend in the top ten best LoR decks.


The Reasons

Unfortunately, Legna’s website is unavailable at the time of writing, so we will have to forgo his comprehensive matchup tables. Instead, we will use his raw collected data in an excel sheet.

Lulu Jinx was a secret gem before the hotfix, with Aatrox Vayne as the worst matchup. With no Darkin Overlord to end Lulu Jinx’s world, they get a green light to terrorize the ladder.

LoR Best Decks: Jinx Lulu Matchup Table

As we can see, Jinx Lulu is widely favored against most meta decks. This is because LuluLulu + Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers! removes almost any threat played on round three, while the deck also goes wide to beat most Aggro blends. Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust! is an excellent finisher for their go-wide strategy, and JinxJinx gives them the burn to push the final bit of damage.

Only Norra Veigar appears to be immune against this gameplan, as SIShadow Isles and BCBandle City have numerous ping effects to efficiently remove Lulu Jinx’s one-health units.


Katarina Leona is the brightest star sun burning in the LoR cosmos, even outshining Jinx Lulu. Let’s take a look at how Sunburn matches up in the current LoR meta:

LoR Best Decks: Katarina Leona Matchup Table

As we can see, even Sunburn doesn’t win against Lulu Jinx. Katarina Leona’s early aggression runs into Jinx Lulu’s wide board, and flipping KatarinaKatarina means Sunburn lacks the blockers for a Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust! swing. And  Jinx (level 2)Jinx (level 2) is just outside the range of  LeonaLeona’s three power and Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor.

On the other hand, this LeonaLeona blend matches well against most other meta decks except Norra Veigar, and beats all of them convincingly with 60%+ odds. This is due to Sunburn’s ability to pressure early but not run out of steam thanks to Rahvun, Daylight's Spear. With Sun GuardianSun Guardian, Sunburn is not as susceptible to AoE removal and ping effects as other Aggro decks, and LeonaLeona can stun big blockers out of the way. Just like Lulu Jinx, Leona Katarina can push their final damage through burn, in this case with DecimateDecimate and Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor.


Honorable Mentions

Aphelios Leona

Regions
Shadow Isles
10 cards
Mount Targon
30 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
6
3
1
4
8
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
19
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
2
Twilit Protector
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
4
Solari Sunforger
1
Solari Sunforger
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
15
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
5
Sunburst
2
Sunburst
6
Celestial Trifecta
1
Celestial Trifecta
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
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Who would’ve thought that two LeonaLeona decks would ever make it into a discussion of the Legends of Runeterra meta? 

Aphelios Leona is a midrange control archetype that combines the tempo plays of LeonaLeona and The Winding LightThe Winding Light with the control aspects of ApheliosAphelios and SIShadow Isles spells. Especially Vile FeastVile Feast and QuietusQuietus are high in stock due to Lulu Jinx’s popularity.

Aphelios Leona can back up its theory with practice, as it sports a 56.6% WR over 2.8k games in the past three days.


Riven Viktor

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
13
2
10
3
5
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
21
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Fallen Rider
3
Fallen Rider
2
Rune Squire
3
Rune Squire
3
Nyandroid
2
Nyandroid
3
Piltovan Castaway
2
Piltovan Castaway
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
13
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Weapon Hilt
1
Weapon Hilt
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
5
Survival Skills
3
Survival Skills
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Riven Viktor is a well-known concept that once upon a time was at the top of the LoR meta. But after some adjustments to AmbushAmbush, the deck struggled to stay relevant and eventually succumbed to better options.

In this new meta, Riven Viktor spikes for no good reason, as it barely implements any new cards of the Darkin expansions apart from Piltovan CastawayPiltovan Castaway. Nonetheless, this brew breaks metrics left and right – the EMEA Master player (and polish leopard tortoise) Żółw Lamparci recently climbed to 650 LP with Riven Viktor. And overall, Riven Viktor sports a 56.7% WR over 480 games in the past three days. 


Kalista Nocturne NXNoxus

Regions
Shadow Isles
37 cards
Noxus
3 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
11
2
6
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
22
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Precious Pet
1
Precious Pet
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
2
Arachnoid Horror
3
Arachnoid Horror
2
Mistwraith
3
Mistwraith
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Frenzied Skitterer
3
Frenzied Skitterer
4
Wraithcaller
3
Wraithcaller
Spells
12
1
Mark of the Isles
3
Mark of the Isles
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
2
Legionary Charge
2
Legionary Charge
4
Risen Mists
3
Risen Mists
10
The Harrowing
3
The Harrowing
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Kalista Nocturne NXNoxus is a curious MistwraithMistwraith Allegiance deck running Legionary ChargeLegionary Charge to locate NocturneNocturne. While it baffles me why we risk ruining WraithcallerWraithcaller with a two-mana NocturneNocturne tutor, I saw Cephalopod climb with this brew shortly after the hotfix. And some players even reached Masters for the first time with this archetype!

On the LoR ladder, Kalista Nocturne holds a 54% WR over 450 games in the past three days!


Conclusion

Thank you for reading this week's meta report and making it this far. If you’re still here and read this, leave a “Hi” in the Reddit thread comments, and I will “Hi” you back! =)

The data has been due to MaRu’s Meta Tier List while the matchup tables have been from Legna’s brilliant homepage. They are doing an insane job at collecting all this data and presenting it to us in an approachable manner. They deserve all the praise in the world!

The talented Hazy has been converting the metadata into these stunning graphs for the Monday Meta Report, I can't express my gratitude enough to him!

Thanks also to Herko Kerghans, he has been doing lots of editing and proofreading that deserves appreciation!!

You can reach me on Twitter (@Leer97) or Discord (Leer#2026)!

Thanks for reading and see ya next week!



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