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Monday Meta Report - Patch 4.2 March 6th

The best Legends of Runeterra decks and what beats them for the last week of the new Patch 4.2
LoR Meta Report

Monday Meta Report

‘sup, Leer here. With the arrival of the variety balance patch, we witness a novel meta bloom. The absence of TristanaTristana blends is most noticeable, while DEDemacia is making a surprising comeback!

Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

Jayce Lux is the most-played deck of the week. It was already being played before the patch thanks to Albus FerrosAlbus Ferros getting buffed, and just got stronger with the introduction of FormulaFormula.

Garen Jarvan IV (Elites) is the second DEDemacia deck, benefitting from the addition of Blocking BadgerbearBlocking Badgerbear. It comes in two variants – Mono DEDemacia and Kayle Elites. The KayleKayle version usually differs in two to three cards, running one copy of Xolaani the BloodweaverXolaani the Bloodweaver and one to two copies of KayleKayle.

Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) is the second JayceJayce brew this week, exploiting FormulaFormula just as well as its Demacian counterpart. 

Ryze IOIonia (Pink Ryze) and Leona Kayle are still popular, whereas two EvelynnEvelynn blends see play – Evelynn Kai’Sa and Evelynn Lucian (EveLucian).

Taliyah Ziggs and Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) also get played.

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

Here, Jayce Lux and Elites place in the top three as well. DEDemacia appears to be fully powered again, dominating the meta. 

Jhin Annie (Jhinnie) is the second Aggro archetype appearing this Monday, which have become a rare sight. 

Jax Ornn is barely seeing play but ascends to the top as a valid DEDemacia counter. If you want to one-up the meta, Jax Ornn is the most-appealing choice!

Shadow Tech also convinces in the winrate department, just like Taliyah Ziggs.

Kayle Leona is still a solid deck, even after the Rahvun, Daylight's Spear nerf, and Kalista Nocturne (Fearsomes) is the third Aggro deck barely appearing this week.

Finally, EveLucian is causing an evolution in the meta, making an EvelynnEvelynn brew viable in what feels like an eternity (the last one was Evelynn Viego).

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta

DEDemacia is back in full force. With Jayce Lux and Elites, we have two archetypes that bring back life into one of the least-played regions last patch. Let’s look at the reasons:

Jayce Lux has no bad matchups against the most-played LoR meta decks. It’s even versus the removal-heavy Shadow Tech, which can efficiently remove Jayce Lux’s champs with VengeanceVengeance but can struggle against their bulky 3/3 units. Meanwhile, Lux Jayce has limited tools to deal with HeimerdingerHeimerdinger and JayceJayce, making for an interesting dynamic between removal and tempo in the mid-game.

Jayce Lux is also even against Evelynn Kai’Sa, who can become unstoppable as soon as round 5 when both EvelynnEvelynn and Kai'Sa are leveled.

Other than that, Lux Jayce beats the meta decks. Its combination of removal and tempo plays makes it well-versed in most situations. For example, it can compete against Elites thanks to its 3/3 units, while also removing BattlesmithBattlesmith with Mystic ShotMystic Shot, and keeping the Elites’ board small with removal like Shock BlastShock Blast to diminish the effect of Vanguard BannermanVanguard Bannerman and GarenGaren.

Pink Ryze is a unit-light combo deck that falters to midrange brews, while Kayle Leona can struggle to efficiently clear 3/3 units.

The inventor of the deck, Davebo, wrote a beginner-friendly guide for Jayce Lux. Since the introduction of FormulaFormula, he is currently running this list.


While Elites sounds like it might follow a similar gameplan to Jayce Lux because they are both midrange DEDemacia decks, the matchup table assures us that they work quite differently. While Jayce Lux has the access to PZPiltover & Zaun removal tools and champs, Elites relentlessly marches a more narrow path. 

They zero-in on the board-based playstyle of DEDemacia, with GarenGaren and Vanguard BannermanVanguard Bannerman rewarding a go-wide strategy, by trading away removal and longevity. Once the board of an Elite player is gone, they usually lose.

Because of their one-dimensional playstyle, they are unable to adapt to removal-based matchups and struggle against JayceJayce blends.

Apart from JayceJayce, Elites doesn’t have weaknesses in the Legends of Runeterra meta… apart from itself! =) The KayleKayle Elites variant reaches a round 5 board-wide buff more consistently, and KayleKayle as a Quick Attack unit is annoying to block but also dangerous to ignore. And if the KayleKayle player slams Xolaani, Aspect's Bane on an equally-wide board as the Mono DEDemacia player, they win.

Demolishing Demacia’s Domination

Jayce Lux and Elites are strong meta contenders that rapidly increase in popularity. If that’s the case, what are powerful counters that deter DEDemacia from dominating the ladder?

Jax Ornn

Regions
Freljord
27 cards
Runeterra
13 cards
Rarities
23 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
6
common
27
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
16
2
3
3
5
4
7
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
7
Ornn
3
Ornn
Equipments
2
5
Bone Club
2
Bone Club
Followers
18
1
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
3
Weaponsmith's Apprentice
2
Favored Artisan
3
Favored Artisan
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
4
Babbling Bjerg
2
Babbling Bjerg
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
5
Hearthblood Mender
3
Hearthblood Mender
8
Wrought Colossus
1
Wrought Colossus
Spells
14
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Entrancing Lure
2
Sharesies
2
Sharesies
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Fish Fight
3
Fish Fight
5
The Unforgiving Cold
2
The Unforgiving Cold

Jax Ornn did a 180 this season. After a popular start when Weaponmasters got buffed, they quickly deteriorated into a bad off-meta pick. With DEDemacia’s rise, this changes.

As we learned, DEDemacia brews are board-based and have to engage in close-quarter combat to seize control of the game. FRFreljord is the perfect region to counteract this strategy with combat spells like Troll ChantTroll Chant, and the continuous value of Equipments from Weaponmasters. Most importantly, OrnnOrnn surpasses any removal Jayce Lux can fabricate and usually ends the game in one or two swings.

While a hidden gem last week, the FRFreljord Weaponmasters sustain a 59% WR over 2k games in the past two days. In particular, Jax Ornn sports a 61% WR over Jayce Lux and a 60% one over Elites.

Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Bandlecity
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
27 000
champion
6
epic
2
rare
17
common
15
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
13
2
13
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
5
1
Ancient Preparations
2
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
16
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
2
Endless Devout
3
Rockbear Shepherd
3
Rockbear Shepherd
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
5
Safety Inspector
2
Safety Inspector
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
13
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
2
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation

Rated as an off-meta C-Tier brew at the time of its creation, Taliyah Ziggs is starting to carve its legacy into LoR. A couple of season ago it was one of the top dogs of competitive play, and Taliyah Ziggs is now returning as a meta solution.

With the archetype holding a 56.4% WR over 4.2k games in the past two days, Taliyah Ziggs is an auspicious ladder pick. Against Jayce Lux it holds a 55% WR and against Elites a 50% one.

You can check out an in-depth guide for Taliyah Ziggs by yours truly! =)

Kindred Nasus

Regions
Shurima
8 cards
Shadow Isles
32 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
3
common
23
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
0
3
8
4
0
5
5
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
3
Kindred
6
Nasus
3
Nasus
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Halberd
3
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
18
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Hapless Aristocrat
3
Hapless Aristocrat
1
The Wings and The Wave
3
The Wings and The Wave
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Fading Icon
3
Fading Icon
4
Spirit Leech
3
Spirit Leech
Spells
13
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance

Nasus SIShadow Isles is an antique seen in several champion combinations. The latest iteration is Nasus Kindred, including the new card Avarosan SentryAvarosan Sentry Ceaseless SentryCeaseless Sentry. KindredKindred is the bane of board-centric brews and is thus well-versed against DEDemacia.

Kindred Nasus holds a 53% WR versus Jayce Lux, and a 58% WR versus Elites. This archetype is committing quite heavily to the DEDemacia counter strategy, as it only achieves a 50% WR over 900 games in the past two days.

Fun Legends of Runeterra decks

Choosing optimal meta decks feels smart and all, but what are some fun brews utilizing new cards to brighten your day?

Seraphine Twisted Fate

Regions
Bilgewater
17 cards
Piltover & Zaun
23 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
eternal
Mana cost
1
0
1
1
18
2
2
3
5
4
5
5
2
6
6
7+
Champions
6
2
Seraphine
3
Seraphine
4
Twisted Fate
2
Twisted Fate
4
Viktor
1
Viktor
Followers
9
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
5
Mischievous Marai
3
Mischievous Marai
8
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
25
0
Warning Shot
1
Warning Shot
1
Piltovan Tellstones
1
Piltovan Tellstones
2
Encore
1
Encore
2
Heavy Metal
1
Heavy Metal
2
High Note
1
High Note
2
Line 'Em Up
1
Line 'Em Up
2
Make it Rain
2
Make it Rain
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Rummage
1
Rummage
2
Scrapdash Assembly
1
Scrapdash Assembly
2
Time Trick
1
Time Trick
2
Trail of Evidence
1
Trail of Evidence
3
Get Excited!
1
Get Excited!
3
Sump Fumes
1
Sump Fumes
4
Caustic Riff
2
Caustic Riff
5
Drum Solo
1
Drum Solo
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
1
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Formula
1
Formula
6
Hexbliterator
1
Hexbliterator
7
Sputtering Songspinner
1
Sputtering Songspinner
10
Glorious Evolution
2
Glorious Evolution

Remember when it was meta to hate SeraphineSeraphine? Now that she’s rarely seen, you can indulge in her pleasureful playstyle with a clean conscience. All the more so when you’re able to jam Mischievous MaraiMischievous Marai while doing so and see off Twisted FateTwisted Fate before he gets rotated out.

RPG-founder (and board-game designer =) ptash invented this deck, while Seasonal-prodigy FloppyMudkip is responsible for the particular list shown here. The most noticeable feature is that it cuts Back Alley BarBack Alley Bar from old Sera TF lists.

Personally, I enjoy Bandle Bar (Sera Ezreal BCBandle City) the most right now, but the TF version holds the highest winrate for a Sera blend on ladder and includes a novel card!

Senna Kindred Nasus

Regions
Shadow Isles
30 cards
Shurima
10 cards
Rarities
33 500
champion
6
epic
9
rare
11
common
14
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
3
3
9
4
2
5
2
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Kindred
2
Kindred
5
Senna
2
Senna
6
Nasus
2
Nasus
Equipments
2
1
The Darkin Halberd
2
The Darkin Halberd
Followers
15
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
The Wings and The Wave
2
The Wings and The Wave
2
Ceaseless Sentry
3
Ceaseless Sentry
2
Fading Icon
2
Fading Icon
3
The Undying
3
The Undying
4
Spirit Leech
2
Spirit Leech
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
2
Vile Feast
4
Crumble
3
Crumble
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
7
Castigate
3
Castigate

Technically not using a new card from the 4.2 variance patch, Senna Kindred Nasus utilizes CastigateCastigate, introduced in the prior patch. Since AtrocityAtrocity got nerfed to Slow Speed, SennaSenna enhances both spells to Fast Speed for unfair combos.

Similar to Nasus Kindred, the SennaSenna variant’s best matchups are Elites and Jayce Lux, as well as Kayle Leona. On ladder, Senna Nasus Kindred sports a 51.2% WR over 2k games in the past two days. If you missed SennaSenna, this is your best shot at playing her again!

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.

Shoutouts to GenSchwartz, who invented the brilliant nickname of EveLucian!

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!