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Road to Seasonals 5/10 Winner’s Lineups

Tuesday's Tournament saw Arussel rise to the top with the popular powerhouse of Fizz Afaelios, and a returning all-star in Darkness!

Tuesday's Road to Seasonals tournament saw a slippery deck come out clearly on top, with FOUR copies of Fizz Afaelios in the top four. While the ladder meta is flourishing, at least for these tourneys the meta seems to have some clear winners... Without further ado, the lineups

1st Place - Arussel

Trundle Tryndamere FTR

Regions
Freljord
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
5
epic
6
rare
14
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
1
1
4
2
5
3
8
4
8
5
3
6
11
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
8
Tryndamere
2
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
7
2
Avarosan Sentry
1
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
3
8
It That Stares
2
10
She Who Wanders
1
Spells
25
1
Three Sisters
1
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash Freeze
2
4
Avalanche
3
4
The Box
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Withering Wail
2
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1
9
Buried in Ice
1
9
The Ruination
1
12
Feel The Rush
3

The recent innovations in FTR are interesting, here we see a list that has geared itself back up with more anti-swarm tools such as two Boxes, and tossing in the full three Kindlys to keep them stronger against early swarm tactics.

Fizz Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
18
2
7
3
2
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Aphelios
3
Followers
19
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
4
Rainbowfish
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
2
Spells
15
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Flamespitter
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Wallop
1

Quickly it seems like we've gone from many innovations and tests to the afaelios lists to having one or two subtle differences. Here we're on two and two for attach cards, and one wallop to stop opponents' key turns.

Senna Veigar Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
24 900
champion
6
epic
1
rare
12
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
15
2
2
3
8
4
6
5
7
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
5
Senna
3
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
4
Aloof Travelers
2
4
Stilted Robemaker
2
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
17
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Mist's Call
1
3
Stress Defense
1
4
The Box
1
5
Withering Wail
3
6
Minimorph
2
6
Vengeance
2
9
The Ruination
1

Slowly people are coming around to the power of Minimorph, and as a result, one of the best decks to wield it is slowly creeping back in time for seasonals. The notable choices here are 2x Mini, 2x Vengeance, and 3x Wail.

2nd Place - ThePhlebotomisTV

Fizz Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
8 cards
Bandlecity
32 cards
Rarities
26 400
champion
6
epic
2
rare
14
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
18
2
7
3
2
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Aphelios
3
Followers
19
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
4
Rainbowfish
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
2
Spells
15
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Flamespitter
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Wallop
1

This is the exact same list from Arussel so I don't have much to say.

Trundle Tryndamere FTR

Regions
Freljord
31 cards
Shadow Isles
9 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
5
epic
7
rare
14
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
6
2
2
3
6
4
7
5
3
6
14
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
8
Tryndamere
2
Landmarks
3
4
Blighted Ravine
3
Followers
8
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
8
It That Stares
3
10
She Who Wanders
2
Spells
24
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Flash Freeze
2
4
Avalanche
2
4
The Box
1
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Vengeance
3
7
Atrocity
1
8
Voices of the Old Ones
1
9
Buried in Ice
2
12
Feel The Rush
3

Same as with Afaelios, FTR has a couple general builds nowadays as well, here is the more ramp-centered version, sporting no Kindly's or Sentries, but a full three Faces and It that Stares. It also has a copy of Voices of the Old ones and is up to two Buried in Ice to compliment their three ITS.

Yuumi Pantheon

Regions
Demacia
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
17
2
12
3
6
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
21
1
Chain Vest
1
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
3
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
1

Fairly basic, one Vest, one Bastion, one Aegis, one Blinded. Enough niche one-ofs to strike fear in the enemy's heart of a crucial blow-out. Blinded on an enemy's Lantern or Fated unit at the right time can be especially backbreaking for some of the top meta competitors.

3rd Place - FallingToVoid, of team OTK Club

Fizz Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
11 cards
Bandlecity
29 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
17
2
6
3
4
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Aphelios
3
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
3
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Bandle Commando
2
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
4
Rainbowfish
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
2
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
2
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
4
Bastion
2

I stand corrected on that lack of innovation thing. -Flamespitter - Wallop +2 Bastion and -Conchologist for +Bandle Commandos, aiming to play a bit of a slower value game by the looks of it. Aside from Minimorph and possibly Hush, not many things handle our threats at burst speed in this meta, so Bastion is almost guaranteed to defend well. The commandos are aimed at gaining value over time and also making for another base-elusive unit to hold origami. It's interesting to see and feels like they're targeting something in particular.

Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Shurima
34 cards
Bandlecity
9 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
8
2
14
3
4
4
5
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
5
Taliyah
3
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
2
Preservarium
2
Followers
14
1
Inventive Chemist
3
2
Rock Hopper
3
3
Endless Devout
3
4
Desert Naturalist
2
5
Herald of the Magus
2
8
The Arsenal
1
Spells
13
2
Ancient Hourglass
2
2
The Absolver
1
3
Quicksand
3
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
3
Unraveled Earth
3
4
Rite of Negation
2

The notable things here are the lower number of Absolvers to increase their count on Heralds, not much else different.

Pantheon Yuumi Taric

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
23 200
champion
6
epic
0
rare
9
common
25
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
10
3
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
2
4
Pantheon
3
4
Taric
1
Followers
12
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
2
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
2
4
Golden Aegis
1
5
Concerted Strike
2

Two Bastions seems to be the go to pairing for Taric variations, nothing else too spicy here.

4th Place - Scathus, of team CHIP

Fizz Afaelios

Regions
Mount Targon
10 cards
Bandlecity
30 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
19
2
8
3
2
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
3
Aphelios
3
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
2
2
Assistant Librarian
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Grandfather Fae
3
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
4
Rainbowfish
2
5
Papercraft Dragon
2
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Trinket Trade
1
2
Flamespitter
2
2
Guiding Touch
2
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Hush
2

This list is a fair bit more spell focused than the last, with two Hushes to disrupt the enemy's plans and a second Flamespitter to really chunk in with an early Fizz.

Miss Fortune Quinn Scouts

Regions
Demacia
34 cards
Bilgewater
6 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
16
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
12
2
8
3
6
4
3
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
5
Quinn
3
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
1
Penitent Squire
2
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Durand Sculptor
3
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
4
Island Navigator
3
6
Cithria the Bold
3
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
2
Sharpsight
3
3
Shield of Durand
2
4
Golden Aegis
3

This scouts list opts for two Shield of Durands aiming to keep their key threats alive such as Miss Fortune, Quinn, Broadwing, and Cithria since most removal is damage based still. It also goes harder on Cithria over Genevieves.

Ekko Zilean

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
29 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
11
common
18
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
11
2
5
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
4
Ekko
3
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Followers
15
1
Dropboarder
3
1
Fallen Feline
3
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
3
Station Archivist
2
4
Golden Ambassador
1
4
Voice of the Risen
3
Spells
16
0
Feral Prescience
3
1
Scrying Sands
3
2
The Absolver
2
2
Time Trick
3
3
Desert Duel
1
3
Quicksand
2
4
Rite of Negation
2

The new trick for this deck as of late is to toss in one Desert Duel since Quicksand has been falling off in it's supremacy what with attach strategies being fairly common recently.

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