‘sup everyone, Leer here. As Annie Jhin continues their reign, power relations are further changing. Jayce Lux is only a Tier 2 deck now, while many arise to challenge the king.
Legends of Runeterra Decks
Sorting MaRu’s LoR Meta Tier List and meta stats by playrate (PR), we see the following:
After Annie Jhin (Jhinnie) won big last week, they also toppled Jayce Lux from the popularity throne this one.
Garen Jarvan IV (Elites) takes third place, solidifying their position at the top of the meta.
Ryze Ionia is getting more popular again, and this time around even with an above-50% winrate!
Heimer Jayce (Shadow Tech) is a permanent part of this meta, enjoying a mid-level playrate. Not too high to get targeted but also not too low to be niche.
Evelynn Kai’Sa continues its trend downward, while Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) is making up an alarming part of the meta.
Taliyah Ziggs is maintaining their position, while Jax Ornn’s popularity appears to be short-lived.
Zilean Nasus is the (far from busted) newcomer this Monday!
Turning to winrates (WR), we get this result:
Jhinnie lost a significant part of their winrate… just to remain the #1 winrate deck with a two percent lead above the next contender…
… which is Shadow Tech! Heimer Jayce performed well last week, and with Jhinnie becoming more popular, the control deck found the perfect prey.
Meanwhile, Gwen Quinn (White Gwen) is rising through the ranks while raising little attention. Similar things can be said about Gangplank Sejuani (Plunder)!
Elites is still a solid deck when it comes to winning games, while Taliyah Ziggs can’t allow themself to lose any more WR points.
It was difficult to imagine two weeks ago, but Jayce Lux is no longer one of the best Legends of Runeterra decks. Still, they found an anodyne seventh place on ladder.
Jax Ornn is losing grip on the meta in this department as well. They rose as a counter to Jayce Lux and Elites, but with their popularity falling down, they follow suit.
Kayle Leona is giving us a life sign, while we could do without one from Urgh.
Factors Shaping the LoR Meta
The Jayce Lux era (or more like the Jayce Lux interlude) is over and the game is revolving around Anne Jhin. While we critically scrutinized Jhinnie last week, let’s look at some newcomers of this week.
Gwen Quinn delivers (like a good carrier pigeon) for the second week in a row. The Demacia Shadow Isles tempo brew can be compared to the long-forgotten Scouts, beating Aggro, like Jhinnie, and control decks, like Shadow Tech, alike.
Against Aggro, their early curve and access to Quietus and Hate Spike, as well as Gwen’s healing assure a prospering prospect.
Against control, Quinn and Eternal Dancers are nightmares to deal with. Cataclysm on a Scout unit and Relentless Pursuit represent Rally opportunities to seal the deal before enemy value engines can come online.
White Gwen excels at demolishing Ryze Ionia, leaving little room for the archmage’s trickery. Urgh is the only meta archetype with a higher winrate against that deck (72.4%).
The weakness of
Scouts Gwenn Quinn are tall units, and Elites can mainstream those 24/7. They make it difficult for White Gwen’s champions to attack (without getting value-blocked) and Gwen Quinn lacks the tools to counteract Champions' Strength.
In conclusion, Gwenn Quinn is well-positioned in the meta with few weaknesses. They profit from Jhinnie’s rise, a deck they counter, and benefit just as much from Elites’ recent recess.
Moving on, Plunder has been performing well. While I personally paired Plunder with Jax Ornn for an anti-Jayce Lux lineup, these two Freljord blends have some significant distinctions that show this week. While Plunder has a whopping 55% winrate, Jax Ornn only reaches a 53% one.
A quick look at the matchup tables side by side reveals the reasons – while both brews are excellent at beating Jayce Lux, Jax Ornn struggles staggeringly against Jhinnie and Ryze, while Plunder doesn’t.
This can be deconstructed to Jax Ornn’s going-tall nature being susceptible to the Stuns of Jhinnie and Stuns + Recalls of Ryze. Plunder in that regard is more well-rounded, being able to go wide with cheap units and control the board with Sejuani and Gangplank.
In a different world, Jax Ornn would be better. For example, if Elites was the present powerhouse. In the current meta though, you are better advised to queue Plunder on ladder, and deploy Jax Ornn in specific tournament lineups!
Countering Annie Jhin
This meta report showed you some accomplished counters to Jhinnie, like Shadow Tech, Elites, and Gwenn Quinn. Still, there are some less popular choices to have fun with when queueing into Jhinnie.
What better way to counter an Annie deck than with another Annie deck! Ragnarosich used this particular list to claim rank in EMEA, achieving a 69% (nice) WR over 140 games.
While not everyone can be a rank one gamer, Annie Ezreal also sports a 55% WR over 1.2k games in the past three days. Against Jhinnie specifically, it wins 56% of the time.
There’s a comprehensive Annie Ezreal deck guide by Jasensational available on Mastering Runeterra!
If countering the Annie deck with another Annie deck is best, countering the Aggro blend with another Aggro blend is second best. Nas thinks so as well, asserting rank one in AM, rocking a 73% WR with Pirates over 50 games.
Again, not everyone can win games left and right to top the ladder standing. On average, Pirates win 58.5% of the time over 2.6k games in the past three days. Against Jhinnie, they materialize a mind-boggling 72% winrate.
MaRu also got you covered on this one, with a beginner-friendly Pirates deck guide by Seasonal runner-up ThChEm!
Norra Veigar is taking the Shadow Isles removal tools and instead of pairing them with Heimerdinger and Piltover & Zaun, it pivots to Bandle City’s additional removal and go-wide tools.
Following the first two decks, you might’ve thought somebody reached rank one in APAC with this pick. Alas, this is not the case. Still, the Bandle City Shadow Isles symbiote beats Jhinnie 60% of the time and achieves a 53% WR over 2.5k games in the past three days.
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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!
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