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Monday Meta Report - April 17th Runeterra Open Week

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!

‘sup everyone, Leer here. The Runeterra Open certainly wasn’t what we were expecting but the show must go on. 

The LoR meta appears to be solved, with three meta giants at the top …unless Sea Monsters and Tentacles can challenge the data quo?

Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

Nothing big changed here. Ashe LeBlanc, Karma Sett, and Samira Fizz are still the top dogs with similar playrates.

A fan favorite, Maokai Nautilus (Deep), is gaining wind… or rather current? Not sure what it looks like in those depths. =)

Samira Leona dominated the winrate chart last week, and players are quickly getting the note. Your’s Truly even released a Leona Samira Deck Guide

On the contrary, Quinn Gwen is the last DEDemacia brew succumbing to the Freljordian winds.

Pyke Rek’Sai (Lurk) is thankfully gaining less traction, despite its potential to hunt down Ashe LeBlanc.

TaliyahTaliyah lost her beloved bomb aficionado and now lives with a rock. Taliyah Malphite is a meta deck, and ChipChip is a happy little pebble.

Teemo Caitlyn shouldn’t exist.

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

Sprinkle some kale KayleKayle in or don’t, the data doesn’t change – Leona Samira is the most powerful archetype in the Legends of Runeterra meta.

Samira Fizz and Ashe LeBlanc are clearly a step behind Leona Samira, but still ahead of the rest of the field…

…Unless we’re talking about Illaoi Jarvan IV. Where several DEDemacia blends have failed, IllaoiIllaoi wants to bring DEDemacia back to the top.

Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) is silently one of the best control decks in the game, outperforming competitors like Karma Sett.

Quinn Gwen is still in an okay spot but starting to reach the end credits.

Taliyah Malphite’s short-lived success is starting to crumble, now being on the same power level as Deep.

Lurk is also losing winning chances by the day.

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta

As DEDemacia decks are getting less popular, Ashe LeBlanc is running out of prey. Karma Sett, Fizz Samira, and Deep are all decks that Ashe LeBlanc isn’t favored facing. 

Despite this fact, Ashe is beating almost everything else, explaining its high winrate despite its grim-looking matchups against the most popular brews.


Illaoi Jarvan IV is the latest addition to the best Legends of Runeterra decks. 

As a DEDemacia deck, Illaoi J4 has to pay the Ashe LeBlanc tax and can’t overwhelm the stunning Leona Samira combo.

Otherwise, their odds in the meta look very promising. As opposed to other kinds of their brethren like Aatrox Vayne or Galio Udyr, Illaoi J4 doesn’t struggle against Deep. 

This might just be the deciding factor of why Illaoi J4 is in and the other DEDemacia blends are out.

Malphite Taliyah saw The Sudden SurgeThe Sudden Surge a spontaneous rise in activity last week with promising results. This week, it lost some of its momentum but is remaining to be a solid meta deck.

As Malphite Taliyah’s matchup table reveals, they struggle heavily with decks that threaten to close out the game as early as round five. TaliyahTaliyah and MalphiteMalphite need time to blossom and can unleash their full potential once Malphite (level 2)Malphite (level 2) hits the board. This is why it's favored against brews like Jack Seraphine and Karma Sett, who want to drag out the game as long as possible and lack the ability to race Malphite Taliyah.

The loss of momentum of ChipChip’s favorite archetype lies in Samira Leona. The NXNoxus blend is getting popular by the day and doesn’t hesitate to feast on Malphite Taliyah’s weaknesses.

Honorable Mentions

Leona Diana

Regions
Mount Targon
32 cards
Noxus
8 cards
Rarities
26 500
champion
5
epic
6
rare
7
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
5
2
Diana
2
Diana
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
26
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
2
Solari Shieldbearer
3
Solari Shieldbearer
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
Twilit Protector
3
Twilit Protector
3
Sun Guardian
3
Sun Guardian
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
9
2
Brothers' Bond
2
Brothers' Bond
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Might
1
Might
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
1
Pirouette
5
Moonlight Affliction
2
Moonlight Affliction

Born out of the desire to split LeonaLeona and SamiraSamira in this meta, the Celesbians are back in full glory!

Leona Diana trades SamiraSamira and KayleKayle for DianaDiana as well as Moonlight AfflictionMoonlight Affliction and The Winding LightThe Winding Light. These cards give Leona NXNoxus more potential to end the game, although in trade for early-game utility.

On ladder, the celebs sport a 54.8% WR over 1.5k games in the past three days. I brought the above list to the Runeterra Open, going 8-2. I am especially satisfied with going down to two The Winding LightThe Winding Light and fitting in PirouettePirouette as opposed to more popular versions, as The Winding LightThe Winding Light can brick your hand early and PirouettePirouette can remove two blockers in a single card!

Jinden brought the same version, going 9-1 and qualifying for the playoffs with Leona Diana!

Samira Varus

Regions
Runeterra
26 cards
Noxus
14 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
5
epic
3
rare
15
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
16
2
2
3
12
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
2
Samira
3
Samira
4
Varus
2
Varus
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Ballista
3
The Darkin Ballista
Followers
15
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
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Shadowblade Fanatic
1
Shadowblade Fanatic
4
Ambitious Cultist
2
Ambitious Cultist
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
Spells
17
1
All Out
2
All Out
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
2
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
2
The Violent Dischord
2
The Violent Dischord
2
Transfusion
1
Transfusion
3
Pirouette
1
Pirouette
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
2
The Expanse's Protection
4
The Unending Wave
1
The Unending Wave
5
The Unforgiving Cold
1
The Unforgiving Cold

People split Leona and Samira to fit them into different decks. If you play Leona Diana, why not pair it with Samira Varus? Both decks agree on banning Ashe LeBlanc and show promising results on ladder.

Samira Varus Riven was featured in last week’s report and for a good reason. It continues to slap on ladder, sporting a 53.9% WR over 1.6k games in the past three days.

Personally, I brought this deck to the Runeterra Open as I felt confident playing it and it beats almost everything but Ashe LeBlanc. As with Diana Leona, I am satisfied with the above build, cutting down on RivenRiven, an inefficient three-mana investment to create one or two Blade Fragments to advance VarusVarus’ level-up condition.

Once again, Jinden brought totally coincidental the same exact list, qualifying for the top cut. This time around, it was a much more known-about deck though that many players wielded!

Aatrox Bilgewater

Regions
Bilgewater
25 cards
Runeterra
15 cards
Rarities
28 600
champion
2
epic
16
rare
6
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
15
1
9
2
3
3
6
4
2
5
2
6
3
7+
Champions
2
6
Aatrox
2
Aatrox
Landmarks
3
4
Reaver's Row
3
Reaver's Row
Equipments
10
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
2
The Darkin Harp
3
The Darkin Harp
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
1
The Darkin Ballista
1
The Darkin Ballista
Followers
20
1
Buhru Cultist
3
Buhru Cultist
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
1
Watchful Idol
2
Watchful Idol
2
Jagged Taskmaster
3
Jagged Taskmaster
4
Steem
3
Steem
7
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
3
Xolaani the Bloodweaver
Spells
5
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros

Aatrox Bilgewater is somewhat of a meme deck that turned up last season with commendable stats. It is the latest iteration of the Reaver's Row archetype, previously featuring TaliyahTaliyah.

AatroxAatrox allows us to play weapons to buff our units’ attacks. Why do we want that? you might ask. Because we get to play Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver of course!

Showcasing one of the most unique and silliest gameplans the game has to offer, Aatrox Reaver’s Row is a deck every respectable LoR veteran has to experience once in their lifetime.

And before you ask, no, this wasn’t my third deck in the Runeterra Open, and neither was it Jinden’s. It was Ashe LeBlanc. 

Nonetheless, Aatrox Reaver’s Row is not a deck to be underestimated and could even function in a tournament setting (... just like Lurk could, strictly theoretically speaking. Please don’t bring any of these decks and highroll my bum in a tournament, thank you!) The deck holds a 54.2% WR over 2.9k games in the past three days. At the rate it’s going, it might become meta soon! =)

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!

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 on Discord (Leer#2026).

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

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