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Monday Meta Report - Feb 20th

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

Monday Meta Report

‘sup, Leer here. The meta is ever-changing with surprising twists. We have to hurry though because I have a date today.

Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

Ryze IOIonia (Pink Ryze) is massively overplayed with a poor winrate. Play Ryze if you want to have fun and like polarized matchups, not if you want to win.

TristanaTristana isn’t a feline, but the cat’s out of the bag. Teemo Gnar Tristana SIShadow Isles (SI Gunners) is the best deck in the game and no longer a secret tip.

Jax Orrn is the Pink Ryze of the future – a lousy meta deck with a downward trend.

Miss Fortune Twisted Fate (Pirates) finds itself amongst other aggro decks like Kalista Nocturne (Fearsomes), Gnar Tristana NXNoxus (Noxus Gunners), and Leona Kayle (Divine Sunlight) in the heart of the meta. Aggro was dead for almost a year but returned in many facets this season.

We’re running out of time, the rest of the pack are Norra Viego, Illaoi TF, and Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech).

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

As mentioned above, SI Gunners is the best deck in the game.

Aggro is also looking good, especially Fearsomes.

Since Aggro is running rampant on ladder, SIShadow Isles control decks, like Shadow Tech and Veigar Norra, and Annie Ezreal are finding success.

Elites were a meme for a long time to the point that the devs even made jokes about obligatorily buffing a random Elite card every patch. Somehow, they managed to actually be viable in a meta state.

Trundle Tryndamere Feel The RushFeel The Rush (FTR) is the last deck standing between me and my crush.

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta Meet my date

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
11
2
6
3
0
4
11
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
5
Kayle
3
Kayle
5
Leona
3
Leona
Followers
25
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
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
3
Wandering Shepherd
1
Wandering Shepherd
5
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
3
Rahvun, Daylight's Spear
Spells
9
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Brothers' Bond
1
Brothers' Bond
2
Pale Cascade
1
Pale Cascade
3
Might
2
Might
5
Shunpo
2
Shunpo

Meet my date – LeonaLeona NXNoxus. During the past two seasons, the sun goddess has won me over. First with Leona Diana, then Leona Katarina, and now Leona Kayle. Two seasons ago, I was a DEDemacia and combo enjoyer. But since I met LeonaLeona, my heart fell for Aggro – to the point that I brought it to the last Seasonal and reached top cut.

The above Leona Kayle version is no ordinary one. Before the patch, LeonaLeona paired up with KatarinaKatarina and included the typical NXNoxus finishers Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor and DecimateDecimate. Slower versions cut DecimateDecimate for SunburstSunburst.

With the lack of KatarinaKatarina, things have changed. ShunpoShunpo is a budget Katarina (level 2)Katarina (level 2) and replaces DecimateDecimate. Since KayleKayle tends to get big, MightMight is a mightier damage spell than Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor and also works well on Rahvun, Daylight's Spear and Sun GuardianSun Guardian

The latest breakthrough in Leona NXNoxus, though, is the inclusion of Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock. TomasOW popularized this Flock variant, hitting rank 1 in EMEA. Ravenous FlockRavenous Flock is easily activated through Solari SunhawkSolari Sunhawk and LeonaLeona, and cheaply removes backline threats like TristanaTristana.

Since I made you suffer through my rambling about Leona Kayle and reached Masters this season with Leona Kayle, I might as well give you some Mulligan advice:

Mulligan like an Aggro deck, i.e. keep your one- and two-drops (except Solari SunhawkSolari Sunhawk), as well as Sun GuardianSun Guardian. Playing a naked Twilit ProtectorTwilit Protector on round two is fine because your goal is to swiftly level LeonaLeona for a deciding round six swing.

You should almost never keep a five-drop. They are too slow and you need to level LeonaLeona early/have a board for KayleKayle to buff. Ending up with a reactive hand with five-drops and spells in hand is an easy way to lose the game.

A different kind of Aggro

LeonaLeona got me head over heels, but there are other charming options. Nocturne Kalista Fearsomes is one of them, with the most promising prospect.

Nocturne Kalista plays, as its nickname implies, Fearsome units to forgo any chump blockers. This gameplan works especially well against NorraNorra decks, as her portals summon cheap units with one to three power. If blockers should get to three attack, a well-timed NocturneNocturne or Frenzied SkittererFrenzied Skitterer can make close out the game.

While many decks have tried, Fearsome may be the only powerful meta deck utilizing Soul CleaverSoul Cleaver. Cast on WraithcallerWraithcaller, it can summon four new units, and used on Frenzied SkittererFrenzied Skitterer it can make four- or even five-attack units unable to block fearsome units.

As we can see, the SI Allegiance deck is well-placed in the meta. As an Aggro brew it destroys Ryze, and can keep up with Jax Orrn and SI Gunners. 

While it beats Pirates due to their lack of Fearsome blockers, it struggles slightly against the go-wide strategy of Noxus Gunners, as well as the chunky units and stuns of Kayle Leona.

Personally, I brought triple Aggro to my Runeterra Open run. I submitted my Leona crush, Pirates, and Noxus Gunners and finished 9-1.

As you see, I excluded Fearsomes. The reason is that Fearsomes didn’t click with me and the deck felt more draw-dependent and inconsistent than Leona Kayle or Noxus Gunners. 

While Fearsomes utilizes powerful and unfair mechanics, it has a high fail rate. If you don’t draw WraithcallerWraithcaller or see Soul CleaverSoul Cleaver without a useful target, Kalista Nocturne lacks power. 

Of course, there is also the option that I play this deck wrong.

As a last pointer, here is what the data says: There are three powerful builds of Kalista Nocturne that only differ in two cards: 

You either run 2x Legionary ChargeLegionary Charge as a reliable way to locate NocturneNocturne, you run 2x Precious PetPrecious Pet to level NocturneNocturne quicker and have a more aggressive curve, or you run 2x Glimpse BeyondGlimpse Beyond, fulfilling a similar role as Legionary ChargeLegionary Charge to dig for finishers. The Glimpse BeyondGlimpse Beyond version has the upside of being mono SIShadow Isles and thus never bricking WraithcallerWraithcaller, although playing two NXNoxus cards has a vanishing risk of bricking Allegiance.

A Little Extra

Some off-meta brews show promising results but don’t have the reliable game sample size to be featured in the main data. Let’s look at three of those underdogs.

Jayce Lux

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Demacia
16 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
15
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
3
1
12
2
1
3
5
4
6
5
9
6
3
7+
Champions
6
4
Jayce
3
Jayce
5
Lux
3
Lux
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
The Forge Of Tomorrow
Followers
16
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ferros Financier
3
Ferros Financier
2
Mageseeker Persuader
3
Mageseeker Persuader
4
Mageseeker Inciter
2
Mageseeker Inciter
5
Radiant Guardian
2
Radiant Guardian
7
Albus Ferros
3
Albus Ferros
Spells
17
0
Thermogenic Beam
1
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Sharpsight
1
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
6
Assembly Line
3
Assembly Line
6
Back to Back
2
Back to Back
6
Hexbliterator
2
Hexbliterator
6
Shock Blast
2
Shock Blast

Jayce Lux is a well-known concept that peaked quite some seasons ago. Nonetheless, it remains a strong off-meta blend that is in a promising position.

Over 650 games, Lux Jayce sports a 58.5% WR in the past two days. The inventor of the deck Davebo wrote a deck guide on his creation for MaRu!

Norra Elise Kindred

Regions
Shadow Isles
31 cards
Bandlecity
9 cards
Rarities
30 400
champion
6
epic
6
rare
12
common
16
eternal
Mana cost
2
0
4
1
16
2
3
3
9
4
2
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Kindred
2
Kindred
Equipments
1
1
The Darkin Halberd
1
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
12
0
Ravenous Butcher
2
Ravenous Butcher
1
The Wings and The Wave
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
3
The Undying
3
The Undying
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
Spells
21
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Crumble
3
Crumble
4
Puzzling Signposts
1
Puzzling Signposts
5
Portalpalooza
2
Portalpalooza
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination

NorraNorra has been the latest trend and finds herself into an abundance of archetypes. Ditching ViegoViego, she befriended SIShadow Isles pals Elise and Kindred for a textbook control brew.

Norra Elise Viego proves to be the superior BCBandle City SIShadow Isles blend, as it holds a 58.1% WR over 260 games in the past two days.

Lissandra Trundle Ionia

Regions
Freljord
30 cards
Ionia
10 cards
Rarities
38 500
champion
6
epic
13
rare
14
common
7
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
7
2
6
3
8
4
11
5
0
6
8
7+
Champions
6
3
Lissandra
3
Lissandra
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Blighted Ravine
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Fan
3
The Darkin Fan
Followers
11
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
9
Minah Swiftfoot
2
Minah Swiftfoot
Spells
17
2
Entreat
1
Entreat
4
Avalanche
3
Avalanche
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Catalyst of Aeons
1
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Go Get It
2
Go Get It
5
Harsh Winds
2
Harsh Winds
5
Wild Mysticism
3
Wild Mysticism
9
Buried in Ice
2
Buried in Ice
9
Singular Will
1
Singular Will

If Trundle Lissandra Control and the Ionian version of FTR (Feel The Minah) had sex, Lissandra Trundle IOIonia would be their baby. The deck abstains from Feeling The Rush in favor of Minah SwiftfootMinah Swiftfoot and setting up WatcherWatcher through Praa the BreachwalkerPraa the Breachwalker.

In general, Trundle Ionia is known as the anti-control control blend and seems to be well-positioned in the current meta. Lissandra Trundle IOIonia holds a 56.1% WR over 180 games in the past two days. If you’re searching for a unique game experience, or miss playing WatcherWatcher, this is your deck! =)

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!