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Monday Meta Report - April 10th

Are you looking for the best Legends of Runeterra decks? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what lor meta decks you should play and prepare to face!
LoR Meta Report

‘sup everyone, Leer here. This week proves that there is no tier zero deck on ladder (yet) while we find three meta kings situated in a perfect stalemate.

Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

Samira Fizz’s monarchy is over and it now has to share the throne with Karma Sett and Ashe LeBlanc. Especially Ashe LeBlanc rose from zero to hero in the span of a week.

Gwen Quinn and Maokai Nautilus (Deep) are steadily climbing in popularity.

While Pyke Rek’Sai (Lurk) is standing in place, Leona finds yet another woman to date – Samira.

Aatrox Kayn are your resident Darkins.

Jack Seraphine is the latest Back Alley BarBack Alley Bar brew, whereas Teemo Caitlyn is heading to where it belongs – out of the meta!

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

Samira Leona is the new top dog. As data shows, it doesn’t matter much if you prefer a threesome with Kayle or not, you win a lot either way. Just wanted to say, Leona Samira appeared in the Honorable Mentions last week! =)

Ashe LeBlanc is for the first time not a niche counter deck but rather a commanding meta player. Once again, Ashe LeBlanc appeared in the Honorable Mentions last week! 😛

Quinn Gwen is losing some momentum but still remains a strong lor meta deck.

Taliyah lost her perfect partner ZiggsZiggs to rotations, and is now pairing up with ChipChip and Dwayne The Rock Johnson Malphite.

Just like Gwen Quinn, Garen Jarvan IV (Elites) lost some more games this week, but is still in a solid spot.

Illaoi Swain might be the strangest champ combo of all time but it somehow works… Who am I to judge if it works out on paper? =)

As it turns out, Samira Fizz wasn’t a tier zero deck. Nonetheless, the deck remains in an okayish spot, stealing enough wins away to remain relevant.

Vayne Quinn Aatrox was hit the hardest out of all the DEDemacia blends this week. It lost a whole four percentage points of its winrate, making it the weakest DEDemacia deck.

Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) is also losing more now.

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta

Ashe LeBlanc is the key point this week. Gaining this much popularity has lasting consequences for the LoR meta game. 

Ashe LeBlanc is burning through DEDemacia decks. Especially Aatrox Vayne is affected by this, as they rely on low-health units like ValorValor and Ranger-Knight DefectorRanger-Knight Defector that are susceptible to Brittle SteelBrittle Steel.

Even Leona Samira is struggling against the NXNoxus FRFreljord blend due to their weakness against ReckoningReckoning. ((Am I the only one who thinks of Sirturmund when seeing the ReckoningReckoning icon?)) 

Ashe LeBlanc’s worst matchup is Deep with 47% odds. This means that it doesn’t have any truly bad matchups and is a low-risk deck to play on ladder.

As the matchup table reveals, the three meta kings, Ashe LeBlanc, Karma Sett, and Samira Fizz are in a perfect stalemate. No Rock Paper Scissors, just Rock, Rock, and more Rock. 

ChipChip nods.

As Ashe LeBlanc is burning DEDemacia decks, Leona is burning through pretty partners. First KatarinaKatarina, then KayleKayle, and now SamiraSamira, Leona NXNoxus is stronger than ever.

Leona Samira is destroying Karma Sett as an Aggro blend with units robust against Caustic RiffCaustic Riff

Against DEDemacia blends, Leona NXNoxus relies on stuns to disrupt the enemy gameplan and close out the match.

Only Ashe LeBlanc is presenting a problem due to ReckoningReckoning, as previously mentioned.

Leona Samira finds itself in an incredible spot. Beating almost everything, you have to have a very good reason not to include this deck in your ladder and tournament repertoire.

Word has it that yours truly, who topped the last Seasonal with Leona Katarina, is working on a guide for Leona Samira. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days! =)

Honorable Mentions

Varus Riven Samira

Regions
Runeterra
27 cards
Noxus
13 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
19
2
2
3
12
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Samira
3
Samira
3
Riven
1
Riven
4
Varus
2
Varus
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Ballista
2
The Darkin Ballista
2
Great Hammers
1
Great Hammers
Followers
17
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Keeper of the Box
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
1
Shadowblade Fanatic
4
Ambitious Cultist
2
Ambitious Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
14
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
2
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
The Violent Dischord
2
The Violent Dischord
2
Transfusion
2
Transfusion
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
5
The Unforgiving Cold
1
The Unforgiving Cold
Open deck in builder

SamiraSamira proved herself as a team player this week in Leona NXNoxus. The utility FlairFlair provides should not be underestimated, especially the Challenger part of the spell.

Varus Riven Samira is the latest VarusVarus combo deck after Akshan Varus and Pantheon Varus. Several AM players rose to high ranks with this brew in the past couple of days, like Smiley sitting at 440 LP and Kuako reaching 420 LP.

For the average ladderista, Samira Varus Riven sports a 53.5% WR over 5.7k games in the past three days. 

Caitlyn Jayce

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
26 cards
Shadow Isles
14 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
7
common
25
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
9
3
4
4
0
5
9
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
Caitlyn
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
Followers
13
1
Burgeoning Sentinel
3
Burgeoning Sentinel
1
Forge Chief
2
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
3
Buhru Sentinel
3
Buhru Sentinel
7
Albus Ferros
2
Albus Ferros
Spells
21
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Soul Harvest
2
Soul Harvest
3
Piltover Peacemaker
3
Piltover Peacemaker
4
Caustic Riff
1
Caustic Riff
6
Formula
3
Formula
6
Piercing Darkness
1
Piercing Darkness
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

If you’re sick of Heimer Jayce being the number one SIShadow Isles deck for quite some time now, you might want to spice up things with Sentinel control! Considering the power of Albus FerrosAlbus Ferros, we can’t ditch JayceJayce, but we get to play Burgeoning SentinelBurgeoning Sentinel (burgeoning means beginning to grow or increase rapidly

by the way =) and Buhru SentinelBuhru Sentinel for a unique Fearsome control playstyle.

The PZPiltover & Zaun SIShadow Isles blend finds success on ladder, achieving a 52.5% WR over 3.3k games in the past three days.

Galio Udyr

Regions
Demacia
32 cards
Freljord
8 cards
Rarities
32 600
champion
6
epic
8
rare
12
common
14
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
17
2
11
3
0
4
3
5
0
6
6
7+
Champions
6
5
Udyr
3
Udyr
7
Galio
3
Galio
Equipments
5
2
The Darkin Spear
3
The Darkin Spear
2
The Darkin Aegis
2
The Darkin Aegis
Followers
21
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
1
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Stony Suppressor
3
Stony Suppressor
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Blocking Badgerbear
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Petricite Charger
3
Petricite Charger
8
Tianna Crownguard
1
Tianna Crownguard
9
Gorlith the Unscalable
2
Gorlith the Unscalable
Spells
8
2
Inner Beast
2
Inner Beast
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Shield of Durand
3
Shield of Durand
Open deck in builder

Put two dead champs in a deck and… get a more than solid deck?! 

GalioGalio and UdyrUdyr are one of the least-played champions in the Legends of Runeterra meta. For quite some time now, they haven’t seen a single promising archetype.

Galio Udyr somehow clicks, combining tenacious DEDemacia units with FRFreljord stances. Especially the synergy of Formidable and The Darkin SpearThe Darkin Spear gives this deck powerful tempo plays. Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing + The Darkin SpearThe Darkin Spear is a four-cost combo that can remove almost any unit in the game. Who would think a petrified bird wielding a spear could be this scary? =)

Galio Udyr holds a 52% WR over 8.5k games in the past three days. If you want to witness two of the rarest LoR champions in the LoR meta, now might be your first and last time!

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 Legends of Runeterra Meta Report, I can't express my gratitude enough to him!

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

Thanks for reading this Monday's LoR Meta Report and see ya next week!

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