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Tuesday Meta Report – May 2nd

Are you looking for the best Legends of Runeterra decks? Leer takes a deep dive into the data to show you what lor meta decks you should play and prepare to face!
Monday Meta Report Legends of Runeterra

Tuesday Meta Report – May 2nd

Hi, welcome to the Belated Monday Tuesday Meta Report. We got a big balance patch last Wednesday, and delaying the article by a day gives us even more precise data about this exciting meta!

Legends of Runeterra Decks

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

Maokai Nautilus (Deep) is the most-played LoR deck. A sentence I never thought I’d say.

Tristana NXNoxus is back thanks to the buff of Bandle GunnersBandle Gunners.

Karma Sett got some adjustments to KarmaKarma and Caustic RiffCaustic Riff but manages to stay afloat nonetheless.

Ashe LeBlanc seems to not have been hit hard enough, remaining a dominant force on the LoR ladder.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That’s what Mono Shurima players are proving after the rotation of XerathXerath. Thanks to them, we get the latest Sun Disc abomination, sporting a powerful 44% winrate. 🙂

Pyke Rek’Sai (Urgh) is, unfortunately, still a meta deck.

SamiraSamira got the nerfs she deserved, but both Samira Varus and Samira Fizz maintain some of their popularity with solid winning odds.

Teemo Caitlyn is yet back again with a horrendous winrate, don’t play this spawn of hell archetype if LP means anything to you.

Heimerdinger Jayce (Shadow Tech) is also a relevant Legends of Runeterra meta deck.

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

As we can see in the PR graph, Tristana NXNoxus seems to be the deck to beat in the current format. It proves difficult though, as Tristana NXNoxus has one of the highest winrates on ladder.

What’s better than Teemo Tristana? Teemo Tristana, of course!

Tristana BWBilgewater flies under the radar of most players but has a slight edge over their NXNoxus sibling.

Let me just say one word: DEDemacia.

DEDemacia is back in full force, after AsheAshe got adjusted and much less popular than before. With their biggest nemesis gone, Aatrox Vayne and Illaoi Jarvan IV can build their tents on ladder once more.

Urgh exploits the lack of control brews in the meta, feasting on most combo/midrange blends.

The same can be said for Shen J4, which is especially powerful in DEDemacia mirrors thanks to its barriers blocking big beasts and Quick Attack units.

Norra Gnar NXNoxus (Gnorra?) showcases the other, control-esk side of BCBandle City and NXNoxus. Especially Lord BroadmaneLord Broadmane tends to fatigue the opponent, forcing them into top-deck wars that are won by NorraNorra’s portals.

Shadow Tech is proving alongside Gnorra that control is alive in this meta and can put up numbers.

Ekko Jinx is one of my all-time favorite decks, and its good matchup into Tristana supports Ekko Jinx’s viability on ladder.

As mentioned above, Ashe LeBlanc is still a powerful weapon despite the nerfs to AsheAshe and ReckoningReckoning.

Factors Shaping the LoR Meta

Two TristanaTristana blends climbed to the top of the ladder. Let’s take a closer look at their matchup table and where the BWBilgewater version gets the edge.

As we can see, both Tristana versions have a similar matchup spread, beating almost every popular meta deck. 

While the NXNoxus variant is better at rushing down Maokai Nautilus before they can go Deep, the BWBilgewater version gets their advantage in the mirror and Samira Varus matchups.

Against Samira Varus, Prize FightPrize Fight resets The Darkin BowThe Darkin Bow, preventing any lethal attempt of the Varus player.

In the mirror, the BWBilgewater has a little more steam thanks to GnarGnar, more consistent removal for TristanaTristana, and more pings to control the board.

Which version do I think is the best? If I had to suggest you a deck, I’d suggest Tristana NXNoxus. It’s straightforward to play and rewarding if you manage your mana well.

The BWBilgewater variant is a bit more tricky. Your main wincon comes from The King's Court, granting your allies Brash while disabling enemy units from blocking with Prize FightPrize Fight

In this regard, the BWBilgewater version is more combo-oriented and utilizes its powerful early game to weather the storm until round seven, when it can unleash its own hurricane of Brash units.

How to Beat Tristana – The Comeback of Demacia

The second-biggest winner of the patch is DEDemacia. Dodging adjustments, and with Ashe LeBlanc less popular, DEDemacia can once again freely roam the ladder.

The matchup table reveals that DEDemacia works well against Tristana. If you didn’t sleep the last few patches, it shouldn’t be news to you that both decks also beat Karma Sett but lose to Ashe LeBlanc. 

Aatrox Vayne has some countermeasures to Urgh thanks to the The Darkin HarpThe Darkin Harp, but Illaoi J4 drowns in the Tentacle-less depths…

… unless they contain Sea Monsters! As I explained two weeks ago, Illaoi J4 gains the edge over other DEDemacia blends by beating Deep. This is thanks to their Illaoi beatdown game plan being fast than AatroxAatrox, as well as Aatrox Vayne getting countered by Heavy MetalHeavy Metal and QuietusQuietus.

In the long run, time will tell which DEDemacia brew will come out ahead. If Urgh gets more popular, or the Tristana domination continues, Aatrox Vayne has better odds. But if Deep gains yet more popularity, or Samira Varus and Ashe LeBlanc get played more, Illaoi might as well come out ahead!

Honorable Mentions

Tristana Demacia

Regions
Bandlecity
38 cards
Demacia
2 cards
Rarities
31 300
champion
6
epic
7
rare
11
common
16
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
12
2
9
3
9
4
0
5
0
6
5
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
3
Teemo
3
Tristana
3
Tristana
Followers
24
2
Bandle Commando
3
Bandle Commando
2
Blastcone Seedling
3
Blastcone Seedling
2
Grandfather Fae
3
Grandfather Fae
2
Grumbleslug
3
Grumbleslug
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Bandle City Mayor
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
4
Tenor of Terror
3
Tenor of Terror
10
Bandle Gunners
3
Bandle Gunners
Spells
10
1
Group Shot
2
Group Shot
4
Buster Shot
2
Buster Shot
4
Puzzling Signposts
2
Puzzling Signposts
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
2
Sneezy Biggledust!
9
Champions' Strength
2
Champions' Strength

If Tristana gets beaten by DEDemacia, what happens if Tristana joins the dark side of the force and plays DEDemacia themself?

The upside of such treachery is that the swarm deck gets access to Champions' StrengthChampions. The downside is it loses the flexibility other regions have. With Tristana DEDemacia, we have no cheeky combat tricks like MightMight, burn like Noxian FervorNoxian Fervor, or stuns like PirouettePirouette

During the last world championship, WhatAmI’s lineup showed that slapping an (unnerfed) Champions' StrengthChampions onto a bunch of BCBandle City units isn’t enough. With the powerful TristanaTristana shell though, things look different. You are no longer a brainless go-wide deck but also play tall units like TristanaTristana and Bandle GunnersBandle Gunners.

Tristana DEDemacia sits at a 57.9% WR over 4.7k games in the past three days. At the rate this brew is going, it will appear in the next meta report as the protagonist!

Illaoi Swain

Regions
Bilgewater
26 cards
Noxus
14 cards
Rarities
30 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
11
common
17
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
9
2
10
3
3
4
6
5
3
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Illaoi
3
Illaoi
5
Swain
3
Swain
Followers
12
1
Watchful Idol
3
Watchful Idol
2
Hired Gun
1
Hired Gun
3
The Sea's Voice
3
The Sea's Voice
6
Lord Broadmane
1
Lord Broadmane
7
The Leviathan
3
The Leviathan
8
Riptide Rex
1
Riptide Rex
Spells
22
1
Parrrley
2
Parrrley
2
Disintegrate
2
Disintegrate
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
3
Noxian Fervor
1
Noxian Fervor
3
Pirouette
2
Pirouette
3
Scorched Earth
2
Scorched Earth
3
Tentacle Smash
2
Tentacle Smash
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
2
Riptide Sermon

Illaoi Swain is this really, really weird concept that doesn’t have any synergies on the surface. IllaoiIllaoi wants to beat down the board, while SwainSwain aims to control it with removal and stun-lock enemies with The LeviathanThe Leviathan.

Digging a little deeper though, you will come to realize that this is just Swain BWBilgewater with some Tentacle early game slapped onto it. This gives the deck incredible flexibility, where it can beat the slower matchups through IllaoiIllaoi beatdown and weather the Aggro storm with the SwainSwain control package.

On third sight, the champs have some minor synergies – Swain ran Eye of NagakabourosEye of Nagakabouros anyway, Tentacle SmashTentacle Smash deals combat damage thus leveling SwainSwain, and Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon facilitates both gameplans.

On ladder, the Swain Illaoi conglomerate sports a 57.8% WR over 2.4k games in the past three days!

Pantheon Samira

Regions
Noxus
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
28 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
10
common
19
eternal
standard
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
18
2
4
3
9
4
0
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Samira
3
Samira
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
4
1
The Darkin Ballista
2
The Darkin Ballista
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Grave Physician
2
Grave Physician
2
Lunari Cultist
3
Lunari Cultist
3
Iula
1
Iula
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
1
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
17
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Targonian Tellstones
2
Targonian Tellstones
2
Entrancing Lure
1
Entrancing Lure
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Transfusion
1
Transfusion
4
Furious Wielder
3
Furious Wielder
4
The Expanse's Protection
3
The Expanse's Protection

Pantheon Samira is a concept I first learned about watching WhatAmI climb to Masters when SamiraSamira was freshly released. Other SamiraSamira blends quickly pulled the attention away from the brew though.

With the nerfs to all those popular SamiraSamira variants, Pantheon Samira once again gets a chance to prove itself. As foretold by Yang in his patch prediction, the deck indeed is in a commanding position to be the best SamiraSamira deck out there.

On ladder, Pantheon Samira proves to be a force to be reckoned with, upholding a 55.65 WR over 3.3k games in the past three days. 

Yang came prepared for this meta and already published an in-depth Pantheon Samira deck guide!

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! =)

In the intro, I said the move to Tuesday gives us an extra day of data to work with. While this is true, there was another reason behind the delay of this report – I got together with LoR friends over the weekend!

I had to travel over seven hours to do so but it was well worth the journey. I can only recommend making friends in LoR and I feel blessed to have found a community I enjoy spending time in. This includes you! =)

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 Tuesday Legends of Runeterra Meta Report, I can't express my gratitude enough to him!

Thanks to Herko Kerghans for his ever-lasting influence on this series and my writing as a whole.

You can reach me on Twitter (@Leer97) or on Discord (Leer#2026).

Thanks for reading this Monday's Tuesday’s LoR Meta Report and see ya next week!