Skip to content

Sirturmund and MonteXristo’s Recommended Lineups

The sandstorm is subsiding, making way for the shadow of control to loom once more. Monte and Sirturmund give you options to fight back!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another recommended lineup article with Sirturmund and MonteXristo. Here we'll go over some of the best LoR lineups for Gauntlet and tournaments as of April 8th.

A week has passed and the sandstorm has started to settle on this new meta.

Buried Sun Disc's dominance is starting to fade, opening the floodgates for control to seep back into the Gauntlet. We've seen a recent tournament win featuring triple control prominently, and as a result we're going to get ready for that


Landmarks for Dais

Mono Shurima

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
9
2
14
3
10
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
17
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
1
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
2
Desert Naturalist
4
Golden Ambassador
3
Golden Ambassador
Spells
10
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
2
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Aph Nox

Regions
Noxus
14 cards
Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
26 600
champion
6
epic
2
rare
15
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
8
2
15
3
2
4
3
5
0
6
2
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
22
1
Lunari Duskbringer
2
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
Spacey Sketcher
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Lunari Priestess
2
Lunari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
3
Solari Priestess
4
Blinded Mystic
2
Blinded Mystic
8
Captain Farron
2
Captain Farron
Spells
12
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
2
Pale Cascade
2
Pale Cascade
3
Culling Strike
1
Culling Strike
3
Hush
1
Hush
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
5
Starshaping
3
Starshaping
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Bandlecity
9 cards
Shurima
34 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
8
2
18
3
4
4
4
5
0
6
1
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
14
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
1
Herald of the Magus
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
15
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
1
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

This lineup was stolen from Hash, the idea is to beat Demacia decks of all size. You can leave Pantheon up with this but you should be comfortable in the matchups if you choose to do so (according to the stats both Taliyah Ziggs and Mono Shurima are about 45% into it). This lineup will do really well into control archetypes as well. With last week’s focus being more on aggro, we should see some control coming back to counter them - making this lineup a particularly interesting choice for this week.

As far as bans go for this lineup, you’ll want to protect your landmark decks from counters, this means that Taliyah Ziggs is actually one of your better bans. You should also look to remove anything extremely burn-heavy like Riven Viktor or Draven Rumble if you encounter it. 

Alternate decks that could be slotted in include The Bandle Tree, or if you’re feeling particularly gutsy - Star Spring (I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re very comfortable with the deck).


Kill’em Dead

Azir Irelia

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
14
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
4
Field Musicians
1
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Blossoming Blade
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Lead and Follow
2
Lead and Follow
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
Open deck in builder

Yordles In Arms

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
17 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
6
common
26
Mana cost
3
0
8
1
14
2
9
3
3
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
3
Bandle City Mayor
2
Bandle City Mayor
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Mystic Shot
2
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Yordle Portal
1
Yordle Portal
5
Yordles in Arms
3
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Riven Viktor

Regions
Noxus
16 cards
Piltover & Zaun
24 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
9
2
13
3
5
4
1
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Riven
3
Riven
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
Followers
17
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Forge Chief
3
Forge Chief
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Runeweaver
3
Runeweaver
3
Nyandroid
2
Nyandroid
3
Station Archivist
1
Station Archivist
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Ambush
3
Ambush
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Might
1
Might
5
Survival Skills
1
Survival Skills
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Well, well, well, what have we here? An Irelia Azir lineup in 2022?! Yeap, the deck’s back and it’s good again, at least Darkodius seems to think so. This lineup was pinched directly from him and the goal with it is to beat up on Mono Shurima. We have two aggro decks in YiA and Riven Viktor to be able to kill them before the Disc completes its countdown and the tempo oriented Irelia Azir to keep them on the back foot. 

Irelia Azir is capable of keeping Sun Disc on the backfoot because of its ability to efficiently recall the opponent’s units while still pushing damage due to Defiant Dance. You can also recall Buried Sun Disc itself if you absolutely must but the better strategy is just going to be to kill them first. 

Ban strategy here is going to be a bit odd, you’ll have to protect your aggro decks. Any control lineup you run into will instantly ban out Azirelia as it’s still going to roll them over, despite all the nerfs. This means you’ll want to take our decks with good single target removal and healing - something like Feel The Rush can be incredibly problematic for this lineup.

A few alternative decks you could choose to include here are Ekko Zilean, Draven Rumble, Gnar Ziggs or some cheesy homebrew deck that fills a similar role to Riven Viktor


Dance to the beat of my tune

Azir Irelia

Regions
Ionia
25 cards
Shurima
15 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
15
2
6
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
3
Irelia
3
Irelia
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Emperor's Dais
3
Emperor's Dais
Followers
14
1
Dunekeeper
2
Dunekeeper
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Greenglade Duo
3
Greenglade Duo
2
Ribbon Dancer
3
Ribbon Dancer
4
Field Musicians
1
Field Musicians
5
Blossoming Blade
2
Blossoming Blade
Spells
14
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Lead and Follow
2
Lead and Follow
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
4
Homecoming
2
Homecoming
5
Defiant Dance
3
Defiant Dance
Open deck in builder

Fizz Aphelios

Regions
Mount Targon
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
25 500
champion
6
epic
1
rare
15
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
19
2
6
3
2
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
Followers
18
1
Yordle Squire
2
Yordle Squire
2
Assistant Librarian
3
Assistant Librarian
2
Bandle Commando
1
Bandle Commando
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
3
Gleaming Lantern
3
Gleaming Lantern
4
Rainbowfish
2
Rainbowfish
6
Papercraft Dragon
1
Papercraft Dragon
Spells
16
1
Fae Sprout
3
Fae Sprout
1
Group Shot
1
Group Shot
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
Open deck in builder

Taliyah Ziggs

Regions
Shurima
32 cards
Bandlecity
11 cards
Rarities
24 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
17
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
10
2
17
3
3
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
5
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
17
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
3
Waste Walker
3
Waste Walker
4
Desert Naturalist
3
Desert Naturalist
5
Herald of the Magus
2
Herald of the Magus
Spells
12
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Ancient Hourglass
1
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
Open deck in builder

You may have noticed this is a different Taliyah Ziggs list than the one I have posted above. That’s because this is my own and I feel it is more tempo-oriented. I have crafted this lineup because these are the three decks I enjoy playing right now and I thought it’d be funny to play a lineup with three tempo decks.

You should look to this lineup if you like to control the pace of the game and make your opponent play awkwardly to keep up. These lists should all have a good shot into control and midrange decks that you may encounter.  Aggro can be a problem for this lineup however, it’s not completely doomed. You can race them with Irelia Azir and Taliyah Ziggs or stall out with Fizz Aphelios - it won’t be easy but it will be doable.

Our ban strategy is obviously going to be taking out the aggro deck. We’re particularly weak to anything fearsome heavy so you’ll want to remove Spiders as a first priority. If there are no arachnoids to spook you, just take out the deck you’re least comfortable playing into.

As this is a lineup that I kind of just threw together for fun you can swap out any deck you wanted for any other deck that’s in your back pocket. Whatever you feel is fun is what I would suggest playing here.


Chad Rally Abusers

Rally lineups have been a constant in our recommendations for months now. The new patch changed things enough that it seemed like Rally would take a back seat to new decks, but two big developments this week have made Triple Rally appealing again. First, Kevor won Fight Night AM with a control lineup. Second, Viktor Lee Sin is on the rise. Triple rally should do very well versus both of those lineups. 

Pantheon Yuumi

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
25 800
champion
6
epic
2
rare
11
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
16
2
11
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
3
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Followers
14
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
20
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
3
Zenith Blade
3
Zenith Blade
4
Bastion
2
Bastion
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Akshan Sivir

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
13
2
10
3
4
4
6
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Followers
18
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
6
Cithria the Bold
2
Cithria the Bold
Spells
16
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
3
Shield of Durand
2
Shield of Durand
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

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
14
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
2
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

The idea of the lineup is as straightforward as it gets: win through a rally play. By now these decks are a staple of the meta and one of the most played lineups. In my predicted meta for this week, I foresee a lot of Thresh Aurelion Sol, Feel The Rush, Darkness and Viktor Lee Sin. All three of these decks should do very well against any lineup containing any of those decks, putting you in a favourable position to win the whole set.

The addition of double Bastion on the Pantheon decks also gives you an answer versus things like Minimorph or to stop an Aphelios from stunning your Wounded Whiteflame, making those match ups better for your whole lineup as well.

Another matchup that is surprisingly in our favour is Riven Viktor. All three of our decks sport a 55%+ win rate versus the deck, giving us another deck we can target in our opponents’ lineups. 

In terms of ban targets, some of our biggest hurdles come from facing Noxus control decks. Two targets come to mind, Ezreal Caitlyn and Aphelios Zoe Noxus. Both of these decks play enough stuns, Ravenous Flock, and other removal tools like Culling Strike, that it can make our life very difficult to keep a strongenough board to win. 

When looking at this lineup, I would say the weakest link is probably Scouts, as it opens us up to being countered by decks like Pantheon. However, it is hard to find another Golden Aegis deck that is as good as Scouts. There are some options like Lux Jayce splashing rally, or simply playing Tristana Fae Swarm, but both of those options lose you some points versus heavy control, so keep that in mind. Another option is running Mono Shurima in this lineup and focusing more on purely countering control lineups, instead of targeting Viktor Lee. 


Runeterra’s Most Hated

Folks have started to play control decks again, including Darkness and Feel The Rush. It seems when a popular player wins a tournament playing some Shadow Isles decks, everyone follows along! As such, this lineup is a mashup of Runeterra’s most hated decks which just so happen to do well versus control. 

Bandle Tree

Regions
Noxus
9 cards
Bandlecity
31 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
5
epic
6
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
8
3
13
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
4
Poppy
2
Poppy
Landmarks
3
4
The Bandle Tree
3
The Bandle Tree
Followers
16
2
Bomber Twins
2
Bomber Twins
2
Grandfather Fae
2
Grandfather Fae
2
Grumbleslug
2
Grumbleslug
2
House Spider
3
House Spider
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Loping Telescope
2
Loping Telescope
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
Spells
16
1
Ravenous Flock
3
Ravenous Flock
1
Scrapheap
2
Scrapheap
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
3
Scorched Earth
3
Scorched Earth
4
Buster Shot
3
Buster Shot
5
Yordles in Arms
2
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Mono Shurima

Regions
Shurima
40 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
8
2
15
3
8
4
0
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Azir
3
Azir
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
7
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
1
Buried Sun Disc
1
Buried Sun Disc
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
14
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Soothsayer
2
Soothsayer
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
4
Golden Ambassador
3
Golden Ambassador
Spells
13
1
Rite of Calling
2
Rite of Calling
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
2
Quicksand
3
Rite of the Arcane
2
Rite of the Arcane
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

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
14
2
6
3
3
4
6
5
4
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
24
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Penitent Squire
2
Penitent Squire
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
Brightsteel Protector
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Vanguard Sergeant
3
Vanguard Sergeant
4
Island Navigator
3
Island Navigator
6
Cithria the Bold
3
Cithria the Bold
6
Genevieve Elmheart
1
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
10
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
2
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Historically all three of these decks have done very well versus control archetypes, making them excellent candidates for this weekend as Darkness starts to rise again. All these decks play at different speeds, so make sure you practice the lineup before starting up your Gauntlet run to understand when you go for lethal and when you have to be more conservative.

In terms of what decks to target with this lineup, our prime prey is Darkness. Both Sun Disc and Bandle Tree have something ridiculous like an 80% win rate into Darkness, meaning you will almost always have a 1-0 edge in the match even if the opponent bans one of the two decks. Scouts, while not as potent against it as the other two, still does very well versus the slow nature of Darkness.

Other decks you want to see and face include Feel The Rush, Thresh Aurelion Sol, Twisted Fate Go Hard, among other slow variants.

In terms of bans, all of our decks are weak to different things, which can be both a blessing and a curse. However, my main suggestion would be to ban Pantheon decks as we have no way to really stop their big Wounded Whiteflame assuming the opponent bans our Bandle Tree deck. I would also consider banning Viktor aggro decks such as Viktor Riven as they might kill us too fast with their Ambush combo. 

For alternate deck ideas, if you are not a fan of Mono Shurima, you could replace that with Azir Irelia. It both has a great match up versus control, and it is also one of Runeterra’s Most Hated, fitting both of our requirements 🙂 

Otherwise, we could replace any of the decks with Ziggs Taliyah, which also does very well versus most control lineups. 


Sirturmund’s Pick: Return Of The Lee Sin

This week I discovered what I believe to be one of the strongest decks in the current meta, Lee Sin Viktor. The deck plays like a slow burn deck, using Lee more as a support card than its main win condition. After hitting rank 3 with the deck, I just had to make a lineup around the deck!

Lee Sin Viktor 

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
26 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
11
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
0
1
17
2
4
3
10
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Viktor
3
Viktor
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
8
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Station Archivist
2
Station Archivist
Spells
26
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Calculated Creations
2
Calculated Creations
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Time Trick
3
Time Trick
2
Twin Disciplines
3
Twin Disciplines
3
Ambush
2
Ambush
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Spirit's Refuge
1
Spirit's Refuge
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
Open deck in builder

Darkness

Regions
Shadow Isles
21 cards
Bandlecity
22 cards
Rarities
23 400
champion
6
epic
0
rare
10
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
14
2
4
3
6
4
7
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
5
Senna
3
Senna
Followers
17
1
Otterpus
2
Otterpus
2
Conchologist
2
Conchologist
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
Darkbulb Acolyte
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
Stilted Robemaker
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
7
The Rekindler
1
The Rekindler
Spells
17
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Mist's Call
1
Mist's Call
3
Stress Defense
1
Stress Defense
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
5
Withering Mist
1
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
3
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

Aphelios Zoe Vi

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Mount Targon
19 cards
Rarities
23 800
champion
6
epic
0
rare
12
common
22
Mana cost
4
0
7
1
14
2
11
3
0
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
1
Zoe
3
Aphelios
3
Aphelios
5
Vi
2
Vi
Followers
16
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Spacey Sketcher
3
Spacey Sketcher
2
Ballistic Bot
3
Ballistic Bot
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Sump Dredger
2
Sump Dredger
Spells
18
0
Poro Cannon
2
Poro Cannon
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
Thermogenic Beam
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
3
Aftershock
1
Aftershock
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Hush
2
Hush
5
Starshaping
2
Starshaping
Open deck in builder

After looking through the data and my own playing experience, there is one thing that was plainly obvious to me when playing Lee Sin Viktor: It destroys Lulu Fizz Yordle In Arms. As such, I wanted to make my lineup a combination of three decks that have good win rates versus YiA and just target that. It helps that Yordle In Arms is still the most popular tournament deck to bring, being present in 30% of player’s lineups for Aegis Esport’s first week of matches. 

Aside from targeting Lulu Fizz, our lineup does a lot of other things effectively as well. It is a balanced midrange and late game mix, which allows it to hold its own versus some of the aggro decks you might face such as Viktor Riven or Draven Rumble. It can also do well versus mostly all other midrange decks that are not Demacia rally decks. And when it comes to matchups versus control decks, our access to value from Viktor, Darkness and Celestials make our late game very potent as well.

Our ban priority will be either Sivir Akshan or Pantheon Yuumi decks. Both of those decks can do very well into our Viktor Lee and Darkness decks, making it really easy for our opponents to ban the Aphelios deck and just focus on those other two decks.  Aside from that, you might run into some lineups specifically countering Darkness, in which case use your better judgement to ban the worst of the three decks (i.e. banning Mono Shurima if you see Bandle Tree and Scouts as their other two decks). 

In terms of alternate decks, one thing I tried during week one of Aegis Esports’ league was Zoe Aphelios Noxus instead of P&Z. It works very well if you prefer that over the Vi version, and it can do better versus things like Pantheon decks. Another alternative is leaning more towards full SI control and swapping the Aphelios deck for Feel The Rush or TLC, giving you a better matchup spread versus aggro decks while making you worse versus anti control lineups. 


About the Authors

MonteXristo has been playing the game since closed beta and has consistently made it to masters every season he’s been active.  His accomplishments include having peaked in the top 20, taking first place in the “Streamer Sideboard Showdown” and LPP Riot Grand Prix. When he’s not writing for Mastering Runeterra he keeps his card-slinging skills sharp by playing in the Runeterra Academy tournament, with his team The Wobbly Wombats!

Sirturmund is a long-time player of the game, having played LoR since beta. He has found competitive success in the past year with a couple of seasonal top cuts finishes, rank 1 ladder placements, and first spot in a Qualifier of Mastering Runeterra's Championship. Best known for being one of the very few to still bring Star Springs to tournaments, you can find Sirturmund lurking around all the social media sites absorbing anything he can about the game!



TRACK YOUR STATS

Create your account for free!

- Get your profile to add and share decks
- Connect your Riot account to get match history and deck stats