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Legends of Runeterra Decks - Monday Meta Report, January 2

Are you looking for the most powerful Legends of Runeterra decks? Leer dives into the data to show you what decks you should play!
LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by play rate

Legends of Runeterra Decks - Monday Meta Report

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The meta is approaching a stalemate with Aatrox Vayne, Ezreal Seraphine BCBandle City, and Gwen Katarina at the top. Despite this fact, we still see new Aggro decks popping up this week, making for an exciting dive into the most powerful Legends of Runeterra decks!


Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by play rate

Aatrox Vayne is the uncontested king, the most popular and most powerful deck in Legends of Runeterra. 

Katarina Gwen (Red Gwen) takes back rank two, fighting the PZPiltover & Zaun popstar duo Seraphine Ezreal (Bandle Bar).

Aatrox Kayn is still seeing their PR diminish, while Rumble Vayne is rising again.

Three decks with abysmal WRs are still popular in the Legends of Runeterra ladder – Hecarim Zed, Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh), and Azir Xerath (Sun Disc).

Discard Aggro is seeing less play, whereas Tryndamere Trundle Feel The RushFeel The Rush (FTR) is getting popular again.

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

LoR Meta Report: Legends of Runeterra Tier List, sorted by win rate

As we saw, Vayne Aatrox is the best-performing Legends of Runeterra deck; nothing new here.

What is surprising, though, is the fact that Elise Gwen (Spider Gwen) is the second most-winning archetype right now. After Jinx Lulu’s showtime last week, they are the second deck to make a significant jump in WR this season.

Despite Aggro brews losing in popularity, they are stronger than ever. With Discard Aggro, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate (Pirate Aggro), and Spider Gwen all sitting at a 57% WR, aggressive decks are showing great success in the Runeterra ladder. This fact is supported by Jinx Lulu sporting a high WR as well.

Red Gwen is still a meta staple, alongside the meta-breaker Rumble Vayne.

Aatrox Kayn is also a solid pick, though by far the inferior AatroxAatrox brew.

FTR is also seen in the WR chart, reassuring its position as a good deck, while the other control blend, Bandle Sera, barely holds onto a solid WR.


The Reasons

Four out of the five highest-WR decks this week in Legends of Runeterra are Aggro. We discussed most Aggro decks in the last episodes, but two new brews showed up.

While there is no matchup table for Spider Gwen yet, there is one for Pirates:

As with most Aggro piles, Pirates suck against AatroxAatrox blends due to Aatrox's strong early game and Steadfast ElkinSteadfast Elkin trading two for one.

The removal-heavy Bandle Bar is also a tough nut to crack, but manageable due to Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros and Blue CardBlue Card giving Pirates the longevity to run Bandle Bar out of removal spells.

Red Gwen is the only slightly favored popular matchup, thanks to Pirates having a lower curve in this aggro mirror.

Overall, though, this table doesn’t look promising – but what gives Pirates the edge over other Aggro decks is the fact that they are heavily favored against smaller meta brews. In particular, other Aggro blends that run many one-health units are susceptible to Red CardRed Card, and they can't block attacks with Miss FortuneMiss Fortune on the board.

Thus, Pirates is a top-notch gatekeeper punishing any archetypes that want to get creative, like Rumble Vayne that wants to beat AatroxAatrox or even FTR.

What makes Pirates work is the fact that it is heavily favored against these decks, from a 61% WR to a 72% WR, making up for the bad matchup against AatroxAatrox.


A deck with a completely different game plan that showed up this week is FTR. While one of the oldest Legends of Runeterra decks, it keeps lurking.

As we can see, FTR has a solid WR into Aatrox Vayne and is favored against Aatrox Kayn, thanks to their big units outgrowing most Darkins and Buried in IceBuried in Ice stopping them cold.

What’s more, FTR also beats Bandle Bar, as FTR’s big units are immune to Bandle Bar’s ping spells, and both QuietusQuietus and She Who WandersShe Who Wanders take care of both of their champs.

Red Gwen is an okay matchup, balancing between the anti-aggro tools of FTR (like AvalancheAvalanche or Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine) and the combo components of Red Gwen (like KatarinaKatarina).

Since these matchups show up so much on the Runeterra ladder compared to other decks, they matter the most and give FTR a place.

Where FTR falls short, though, is in punishing mediocre meta decks. For example, FTR is unfavored against Urgh and Hecarim Zed, two brews with a bad overall WR.


Honorable Mentions

Fizz Gwen

Regions
Bilgewater
16 cards
Shadow Isles
24 cards
Rarities
32 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
21
common
7
eternal
Mana cost
2
0
11
1
10
2
6
3
9
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
3
Opulent Foyer
3
Opulent Foyer
Followers
18
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
2
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Redeemed Prodigy
3
Buhru Leader
3
Buhru Leader
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
Spells
13
0
Fading Memories
2
Fading Memories
1
Quietus
2
Quietus
1
Shadow Isles Tellstones
3
Shadow Isles Tellstones
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
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Fizz Gwen is a brew found by the Red Pup Gamers during their Aegis Grand Finals prep. While the original idea was to beat AatroxAatrox with QuietusQuietus and Heavy MetalHeavy Metal as well as Bandle Bar with FizzFizz, the archetype turned out to be only 50/50 into Bandle Bar and thus falls into a similar category as Rumble Vayne.

Fizz Gwen was supposed to be an exclusive tournament pick but quickly found its way on the ladder. There, it holds a solid 53.5% WR in 1.3k games over the last three days.


Darius FRFreljord

Regions
Freljord
17 cards
Noxus
23 cards
Rarities
15 100
champion
2
epic
3
rare
10
common
25
eternal
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
9
2
6
3
0
4
8
5
2
6
5
7+
Champions
2
6
Darius
2
Darius
Equipments
3
5
Bone Club
3
Bone Club
Followers
24
1
Crimson Pigeon
3
Crimson Pigeon
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Ruthless Raider
3
Ruthless Raider
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Iron Ballista
3
Iron Ballista
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
7
Ancient Yeti
3
Ancient Yeti
Spells
11
1
Elixir of Wrath
1
Elixir of Wrath
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
5
Decisive Maneuver
2
Decisive Maneuver
8
Battle Fury
2
Battle Fury
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This is another RickoRex Overwhelm special. Most of the time, Overwhelm is Copium but this time around it turns out to be really good.

As RickoRex argues in his Tweet, Darius FRFreljord beats both Bandle Bar and Aatrox consistently.

And this doesn’t seem unique to RickoRex’s expertise on Overwhelm brews. On the Legends of Runeterra ladder, Darius FRFreljord sports a 55% WR in 1.6k games over the past three days.


Nightfall

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
eternal
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Diana
3
Diana
4
Nocturne
3
Nocturne
Followers
21
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Solari Soldier
3
Solari Soldier
1
Stygian Onlooker
3
Stygian Onlooker
1
The Flight
3
The Flight
2
Twilit Protector
3
Twilit Protector
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
3
Moonlit Glenkeeper
Spells
13
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Unspeakable Horror
3
Unspeakable Horror
2
Unto Dusk
3
Unto Dusk
5
Moonlight Affliction
1
Moonlight Affliction
Open deck in builder

Just like FTR, Nightfall is one of the oldest concepts in Runeterra, and shows up time and time again. While it isn’t popular enough to be featured on the graphs, it is putting up high WR numbers, with the caveat of unreliable sample size.

In 600 games, Nightfall holds a 55.9% WR over the past three days. We even have a detailed deck guide about Nightfall on our website! 


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 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 and see ya next week!


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