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Weekend Warrior Weapons – Twenty-Two Runeterra Decks to Choose From

A wide selection, from Meta Decks to Off-Meta Brews, to help you find your best Runeterra deck.
Runeterra Decks

Greetings, my friend! Glad to see you again!

Please, step inside – I am confident you've come to check what we've collected and carefully curated this week, from formidable formulistas Balco's and Legna's findings, along with MaRu's own Meta Tier List – the very best blends, brews and medleys from across Runeterra!


Which Runeterra Deck to Pilot?

As it will come to no surprise to a discerning pilot such as yourself, our Meta has yet again morphed and shifted…

… and, today, past powerhouses like Portals, Pirates and Plunder, while still popular and playable, find their fates much diminished.

As seen last Tuesday when covering the best LoR decks, it is nowadays Lee Sin Nami which has become the hot new trend, with Taric Poppy trailing not too far behind.


Runeterra's Cream of the Crop

Behold – our selection of the best tools for the ladder-climbing job, if performance is what you seek. No fluttering of the cape nor flamboyant ideas in this section; just rigorous, ruthless execution. As per our exacting standards, all Cream of the Crop blends have win rates (WR) above 54%, with our sample being Platinum and above.


Lee Sin Nami, ft. Twisted Fate

In this fresh new Meta, in which neither Pirates, Portals nor Plunder rule – popular as they may still be – Lee Sin Nami emerges as the most potent deck you can bring to the LoR ladder, my friend.

Its best blend is a symphony of perfected potency, and yet there may be room for refinements: reducing the Double TroubleDouble Trouble load to make room for a single Concussive PalmConcussive Palm or Deep MeditationDeep Meditation may increase this medley's kick even further.

What's more: in the last three days, Nami Lee Sin has proven superior to other Top Dogs that, not too long ago, it was the underdog to.

Strong against: Plunder, Portals, Pirates, Nami TF, Timelines, Kat Gwen

Struggles against: Taric Poppy, Scouts, Nasus Kindred (only slightly)

Regions
Bilgewater
21 cards
Ionia
19 cards
Rarities
35 100
champion
6
epic
9
rare
19
common
6
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
8
2
6
3
3
4
8
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
1
Twisted Fate
5
Lee Sin
2
Lee Sin
Followers
15
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
2
Heavy Metal
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Taric Poppy

Inch by inch, point by point, these two melee-weapons lovers have kept climbing the steep Meta hill, and today we find them head and shoulders above the competition – and perhaps the best counter to Lee Sin Nami.

They suffer themselves in front of Pirates and Eve Viego, but they enjoy an otherwise most impressive matchup spread. If you are a Rally enjoyer, my friend, this blend will be a treat!

Strong against: Heimer Norra, Kat Gwen, Nami Ionia blends, Timelines, EzKen

Struggles against: Pirates, Eve Viego, Veigar Norra

Regions
Demacia
20 cards
Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
4
rare
7
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
15
2
3
3
9
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Poppy
3
Poppy
4
Taric
3
Taric
Equipments
1
2
The Darkin Lodestone
1
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
20
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Frightened Ibex
2
Frightened Ibex
2
Brightsteel Protector
1
Brightsteel Protector
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
3
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Tyari the Traveler
2
Tyari the Traveler
3
Laurent Protege
3
Laurent Protege
5
Mountain Sojourners
3
Mountain Sojourners
Spells
13
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Guiding Touch
2
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
4
Relentless Pursuit
2
Relentless Pursuit
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Ezreal Kennen

It never ceases to amaze, our Meta – just when you think a blend may be enjoying its last moments of glory, seeing less success both among the best LoR ladder decks or in Tournaments and Gauntlets, it turns on a dime and surges again.

I do not find it a simple task to guess why, though, looking at its matchup spread – Ezreal Kennen is certainly a very solid medley, with few overly good or truly bad matchups, but nothing that currently stands out.

Strong against: Timelines, Nasus Kindred

Struggles against: Portal blends, Taric Poppy

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
3 cards
Ionia
37 cards
Rarities
31 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
16
common
12
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
10
2
9
3
10
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Kennen
3
Kennen
3
Ezreal
3
Ezreal
Landmarks
3
3
God-Willow Seedling
3
God-Willow Seedling
Followers
12
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
3
Shadow Assassin
3
Shadow Assassin
4
Kinkou Wayfinder
3
Kinkou Wayfinder
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
Spells
19
1
Ionian Tellstones
2
Ionian Tellstones
1
Recall
3
Recall
2
Gruesome Theater
1
Gruesome Theater
2
Nopeify!
2
Nopeify!
2
Retreat
2
Retreat
2
Twin Disciplines
2
Twin Disciplines
4
Concussive Palm
1
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Homecoming
3
Homecoming
Open deck in builder

Other Strong Runeterra Meta Options

Potent, tried-and-true Meta brews in the 52-54% WR range. While by-the-numbers these perform a tad below the options we have seen above, all of these have been battle-tested and should serve you well!


Gangplank Sejuani, aka Plunder

Ah, the brutal fate of those that rise too quickly, and paint themselves a target on their backs!

Plunder is today's most popular medley, and by a huge margin at that – but, as it often happens, being so widely preferred correlates with a decrease in overall performance. It remains a most punchy brew, mind you, our recommended formula hitting over 53% – and you may want to cut down on Piltovan CastawayPiltovan Castaway and ParrrleyParrrley a bit, while adding a couple of Tusk SpeakerTusk Speaker, for an extra whiff of oomph.

Strong against: Pirates, Kat Gwen, Nami TF Ionia, Nasus Kindred

Struggles against: Eve Viego (horribly!), Lee Sin Nami

Regions
Freljord
3 cards
Bilgewater
37 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
9
1
9
2
3
3
3
4
6
5
6
6
1
7+
Champions
6
5
Gangplank
3
Gangplank
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Black Market Merchant
3
Black Market Merchant
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Yordle Grifter
3
Yordle Grifter
8
The Dreadway
1
The Dreadway
Spells
15
0
Warning Shot
3
Warning Shot
1
Parrrley
3
Parrrley
2
Make it Rain
3
Make it Rain
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Viego Evelynn

As keen customers have surely noticed by now, I believe Eve Viego to be one of the most underrated LoR blends – although it's certainly gaining its well-reserved recognition, both among Best-of-Three enjoyers and Ladder climbers. Superb scribe and skipper Shadawx recently penned a learned treatise on the matter, if you wish to learn in depth about it.

Eve Viego's best formula today does bring surprises, though: reverting the trend of progressively eschewing one-drops that we saw in the last two weeks, BarkbeastBarkbeast is back in full force, being a two-of in the best-performing variants.

Strong against: Plunder, Pirates, Kat Gwen, Taric Poppy

Struggles against: Portal blends, Timelines

Regions
Runeterra
14 cards
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
12
2
11
3
3
4
2
5
5
6
5
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
18
1
Barkbeast
2
Barkbeast
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Neverglade Collector
2
Neverglade Collector
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
16
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
3
Black Spear
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
2
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Lee Sin Akshan

Pushed mainly by its great success against Timelines (itself propelled forward as a smashing counter to Norra Heimer), and good odds against Plunder, Lee Sin Akshan has seen quite the rebound as of late. It has its fair share of bad matchups, though, and is certainly not the best current option for those following the blind monk.

Strong against: Timelines, Plunder, Taric Poppy

Struggles against: Pirates, Nami Ionia blends, Nasus Kindred

Regions
Ionia
30 cards
Shurima
10 cards
Rarities
30 100
champion
6
epic
5
rare
16
common
13
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
15
2
2
3
6
4
6
5
1
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
5
Lee Sin
3
Lee Sin
Followers
10
1
Vastayan Disciple
2
Vastayan Disciple
2
Eye of the Dragon
3
Eye of the Dragon
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
Spells
24
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Ionian Tellstones
1
Momentous Choice
3
Momentous Choice
1
Rite of Calling
1
Rite of Calling
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Sonic Wave
3
Sonic Wave
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
4
Concussive Palm
2
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
3
Deny
4
Will of Ionia
1
Will of Ionia
5
Deep Meditation
3
Deep Meditation
6
Sands of Time
1
Sands of Time
Open deck in builder

Thresh Viego

A blend gaining much ladder traction as of late, and that is ardently endorsed by lineups mavens Monte and Sirturmund in their Tournament & Gauntlet recommendations. It does suffer quite badly when facing today's two Top Dogs, which may be a case of concern, yet enjoys good odds against several of the other popular ladder choices.

Strong against: Heimer Norra, Pirates, Plunder, Eve Viego, Kat Gwen

Struggles against: Nami Ionia blends, Timelines, Taric Poppy

Regions
Ionia
9 cards
Shadow Isles
31 cards
Rarities
27 300
champion
6
epic
3
rare
13
common
18
Mana cost
0
0
0
1
18
2
8
3
3
4
3
5
4
6
4
7+
Champions
6
5
Thresh
3
Thresh
6
Viego
3
Viego
Followers
15
2
Greenglade Lookout
3
Greenglade Lookout
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Camavoran Soldier
3
Vora
3
Vora
7
Invasive Hydravine
3
Invasive Hydravine
Spells
19
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Syncopation
3
Syncopation
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
4
Deny
3
Deny
6
Vengeance
1
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
Open deck in builder

Veigar Norra

Ah! As that charming canzone goes, "La Norra è mobile, Qual piuma al vento." Having proven without doubt that she is a real Champion, Norra seems determined to show she is among the most fickle – not a week goes by in which she abandons what seemed a promising pairing (last time with Heimer) and now switches to a new partner: Veigar.

Yes, my friend: this medley does indeed have legs! And, in fact, proves superior to Heimer Norra in several confrontations: the Veigar pairing is even against Lee Sin Nami (which Heimer crumbles to), has a bigger edge on Plunder, Pirates, and Eve Viego… it truly seems a superior formula across the board. 

Strong against: Heimer Norra, Pirates, Viego Evelynn – slight edge on Plunder and Taric Poppy

Struggles against: Timelines, Nami TF Ionia, Nasus Kindred

Regions
Shadow Isles
19 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
27 200
champion
6
epic
2
rare
18
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
22
2
0
3
4
4
3
5
6
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Norra
3
Norra
4
Veigar
3
Veigar
Followers
14
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
2
Junk Construct
3
Junk Construct
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
Twisted Catalyzer
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
Ixtali Sentinel
8
Dess & Ada
2
Dess & Ada
Spells
20
1
Quietus
3
Quietus
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
The Box
1
The Box
5
Portalpalooza
3
Portalpalooza
6
Minimorph
3
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Scouts, aka Quinn Miss Fortune

This stalwart Rally blend may not enjoy Taric Poppy's popularity (and be the underdog should Scouts and Tappy bump into each other), but it sure packs one hell of a punch. And, for those that enjoy Rally-heavy Tournament lineups, in this case they can have their cake and eat it!

And, for those that enjoy spicy takes, today we shall recommend the second most-popular version, which packs a punchy 55%+ WR, while going for quite a few unconventional options.

Strong against: Pirates, Nami Ionia blends, Ezreal Kennen

Struggles against: Plunder, Viego Evelynn (badly!), Taric Poppy

Regions
Demacia
31 cards
Bilgewater
9 cards
Rarities
30 600
champion
6
epic
6
rare
13
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
5
1
11
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
5
Quinn
3
Quinn
Followers
21
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
3
Ranger-Knight Defector
6
Genevieve Elmheart
3
Genevieve Elmheart
Spells
13
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
1
Ranger's Resolve
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Blinding Assault
2
Blinding Assault
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
5
Golden Aegis
3
Golden Aegis
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Twisted Fate Nami Ionia

Although Lee Sin Nami is now indisputably the best Nami version (also being superior in a near-mirror), the Lee-less variant remains quite playable, its best formula hitting above 53% in well over a thousand games. And it's quite a distinct brew when looking at its matchups, so it remains ultimately a player's preference, even if by performance I would only recommend this variant if you are a tad short on shards and cannot craft the other.

Strong against: Heimer Norra, Timelines

Struggles against: Plunder, Taric Poppy, Lee Sin Nami 

Regions
Ionia
17 cards
Bilgewater
23 cards
Rarities
35 900
champion
6
epic
9
rare
23
common
2
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
7
2
6
3
8
4
7
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Nami
3
Nami
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
12
1
Vastayan Disciple
3
Vastayan Disciple
2
Coral Creatures
3
Coral Creatures
5
Fleet Admiral Shelly
3
Fleet Admiral Shelly
6
Wiggly Burblefish
3
Wiggly Burblefish
Spells
22
1
Ionian Tellstones
3
Ionian Tellstones
1
Wuju Style
3
Wuju Style
2
Heavy Metal
3
Heavy Metal
2
Nopeify!
1
Nopeify!
3
Double Trouble
3
Double Trouble
4
Concussive Palm
3
Concussive Palm
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Deep Meditation
2
Deep Meditation
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
2
Eye of Nagakabouros
Open deck in builder

Pirates, aka Miss Fortune Twisted Fate

Assaulted from all sides and with a mounting number of predators, Pirates are going down the way they went up: among blood and carnage. By now the Shellshocker Shellshocker and Slippery WaveriderSlippery Waverider version is not just the best: it's the only Pirate formula that seems to be working well.

Quite an interesting turn of events, to be sure! While Riptide SermonRiptide Sermon's power has been proven beyond contestation, the Meta has indeed adapted and shifted so as to counter one of its former powerhouses, reducing it to what we see nowadays: a brutally efficient blend, but nothing outstanding.

Strong against: Timelines, Kat Gwen, Taric Poppy, Nasus Kindred

Struggles against: Plunder (horribly!), Nami Ionia blends, Pink Viego, Eve Viego, Portal blends 

Regions
Noxus
15 cards
Bilgewater
25 cards
Rarities
29 200
champion
6
epic
6
rare
6
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
6
2
6
3
6
4
4
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Miss Fortune
3
Miss Fortune
4
Twisted Fate
3
Twisted Fate
Followers
22
1
Jagged Butcher
3
Jagged Butcher
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
1
Shellshocker
3
Shellshocker
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Marai Warden
3
Marai Warden
4
Zap Sprayfin
3
Zap Sprayfin
5
Slippery Waverider
1
Slippery Waverider
Spells
12
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
5
Eye of Nagakabouros
3
Eye of Nagakabouros
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
6
Riptide Sermon
3
Riptide Sermon
Open deck in builder

Katarina Gwen, ft. Elise

This tough, resilient trio keeps finding footholds in the Meta – a bit like Pirates now, this not-long-ago ladder Juggernaut enjoys perhaps only a modicum of its past prestige, but nevertheless still remains a brutally efficient climbing tool. Katarina Gwen is also one of the few blends that handily handles both Portal versions.

Strong against: Portal blends, Nasus Kindred

Struggles against: Plunder, Pirates, Eve Viego, Taric Poppy

Regions
Noxus
18 cards
Shadow Isles
22 cards
Rarities
28 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
13
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
14
2
5
3
5
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
2
Elise
1
Elise
3
Katarina
2
Katarina
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Followers
21
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
2
House Spider
2
House Spider
2
Ionian Hookmaster
1
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
Arachnoid Sentry
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Fallen Reckoner
3
Fallen Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
2
Eternal Dancers
Spells
13
1
Quietus
1
Quietus
1
Ravenous Flock
2
Ravenous Flock
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Scorched Earth
1
Scorched Earth
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

Connoisseur's Corner

Not-so-common blends, or good formulas for otherwise mediocre archetypes – if you are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, while still fairly sturdy and well-tested, these are the medleys for you, my friend.


Yuumi Pantheon

Ah, the sweet taste of nostalgia! It always warms my heart to be able to recommend an Old Dog clawing its way back into the current field: I am sure some old-timers will gaze upon this medley most fondly, cherishing memories of its past greatness, while at the same time those that have recently arrived to Runeterra may have a chance to taste a sample of LoR's increasingly vast past.

This is by no means a blend that you should expect to do extraordinarily well on ladder with, my friend – its current performance being a somewhat modest 52%, and one would suspect is being pushed by extremely proficient pilots – yet it is once again very much playable.

Strong against: Heimer Norra – not afraid of Plunder

Struggles against: Pirates

Regions
Demacia
13 cards
Mount Targon
27 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
19
2
7
3
5
4
4
5
2
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Yuumi
2
Yuumi
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
4
Taric
1
Taric
Equipments
3
2
The Darkin Lodestone
3
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
18
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Mountain Goat
3
Mountain Goat
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
2
Durand Protege
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
Spells
13
2
Guiding Touch
3
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
4
Bastion
1
Bastion
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Akshan Pantheon

A bit of an inconsistent medley – we have witnessed it doing quite well some days, rather poorly in others – yet today it sports a most respectable 53%+ WR, so the current field may be ripe for it.

Regions
Mount Targon
16 cards
Shurima
24 cards
Rarities
30 800
champion
6
epic
8
rare
3
common
23
Mana cost
0
0
11
1
12
2
11
3
5
4
1
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Pantheon
3
Pantheon
Equipments
5
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
2
The Darkin Lodestone
2
The Darkin Lodestone
Followers
14
1
Forsaken Baccai
3
Forsaken Baccai
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Merciless Hunter
1
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
3
Wandering Shepherd
3
Wandering Shepherd
Spells
15
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Ruthless Predator
1
Ruthless Predator
2
The Absolver
1
The Absolver
3
Desert Duel
3
Desert Duel
3
Grappling Hook
1
Grappling Hook
3
Quicksand
1
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
5
Heedless Resurrection
1
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Zed Hecarim

Now, this one is a surprise! Or, as I believe younger pilots are fond of saying, one that would appear to be drenched in Copium, for this is a concept that is as obvious as it has been disappointing in every single LoR Meta, except perhaps the very early Expeditions days.

But when you see a Shark ChariotShark Chariot-fueled, all-in Ephemeral blend punching at nearly 54% in more than 300 games, you just have to highlight it!

Regions
Ionia
15 cards
Shadow Isles
25 cards
Rarities
25 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
6
common
25
Mana cost
3
0
11
1
17
2
3
3
0
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Zed
3
Zed
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Followers
18
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Shadow Apprentice
3
Shadow Apprentice
1
Sparring Student
3
Sparring Student
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
Soul Shepherd
3
Soul Shepherd
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
Spells
16
0
Fading Memories
3
Fading Memories
1
Mark of the Isles
2
Mark of the Isles
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Onslaught of Shadows
3
Onslaught of Shadows
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
Open deck in builder

Jax Vi, aka "The OTHER Timelines Deck"

I believe Jax Vi's results as of late are too consistent to label it as just a fluke, my friend – there are now two slightly different versions, both packing a 53%+ punch in around 200-300 games each. Either the field has changed enough for this most resilient of brews to shine, or its rugged, die-hard pilots have become skilled enough to make it push through hell and high water.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
19 cards
Runeterra
21 cards
Rarities
29 800
champion
6
epic
6
rare
9
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
15
2
7
3
8
4
3
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Jax
3
Jax
5
Vi
3
Vi
Followers
18
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Zaunite Urchin
2
Zaunite Urchin
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ferros Financier
2
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Ionian Hookmaster
3
Piltovan Castaway
3
Piltovan Castaway
4
Aloof Travelers
2
Aloof Travelers
4
Combat Cook
3
Combat Cook
Spells
16
1
Blades of the Fallen
2
Blades of the Fallen
2
Concurrent Timelines
3
Concurrent Timelines
2
Entrancing Lure
1
Entrancing Lure
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
3
Scavenged Camocloaker
1
Scavenged Camocloaker
4
Parts Made Whole
3
Parts Made Whole
Open deck in builder

A Walk on the Wild Side

Should you wish to dance with risk and chance, these are all well-performing, if quite fringe, brews and blends – their performance is excellent, but their sample sizes are too small to predict, with any degree of confidence, how they shall fare tomorrow.

And, as we shall see, except one case they all share a commonality today: these were all, at some point in the past, very solid (or downright broken) ladder archetypes – it would seem pilots are largely focused in trying to find out if old weapons of choice remain sharp.


Jhinnie

After falling to obscurity, Annie and Jhin are having amazing success in the fringes. Data is too scarce to even try to guess why – if there is one blend that we can safely assume has not seen tweaks and refinements, this would be it – but numbers are beyond impressive: 56%+ in nearly 300 games.

Not a brew I would recommend to the untrained, but if you do have earned a few scars with this champion pair, it may be a good choice right now.

Regions
Runeterra
28 cards
Noxus
12 cards
Rarities
22 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
3
common
31
Mana cost
0
0
12
1
15
2
7
3
3
4
0
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Annie
3
Annie
4
Jhin
3
Jhin
Followers
28
1
Crackshot Corsair
3
Crackshot Corsair
1
Legion Rearguard
3
Legion Rearguard
1
Legion Saboteur
3
Legion Saboteur
2
Boomcrew Rookie
3
Boomcrew Rookie
2
Imperial Demolitionist
3
Imperial Demolitionist
2
Solari Sunhawk
3
Solari Sunhawk
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Arachnoid Sentry
1
Arachnoid Sentry
3
Doombeast
3
Doombeast
Spells
6
3
Noxian Fervor
3
Noxian Fervor
6
Decimate
3
Decimate
Open deck in builder

Kai'Sa Demacia

Kai'Sa, like Jhinnie, now punches well above a whopping 56%. As should be evident at this point, the ladder seems chock-full of former Juggernauts making a bit of a comeback – perhaps due to extremely experienced pilots sharpening their weapons of choice, getting ready for the Grand Seasonal Tournament that shall take place in two weeks?

Seems like an unlikely explanation, given the Balance Patch next Wednesday may toss any such practice into the trash bin, but it's nevertheless interesting to notice the trend.

Regions
Demacia
17 cards
Shurima
23 cards
Rarities
21 700
champion
3
epic
6
rare
12
common
19
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
11
2
5
3
6
4
8
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
3
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
22
1
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
3
Fireth, Reaper of the Sands
1
Voidling
3
Voidling
2
Belvethi Elder
3
Belvethi Elder
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Brightsteel Protector
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Durand Protege
1
Durand Protege
3
Merciless Hunter
2
Merciless Hunter
4
Ranger-Knight Defector
2
Ranger-Knight Defector
4
Void Blaster
3
Void Blaster
Spells
15
1
Chain Vest
1
Chain Vest
1
Rite of Calling
3
Rite of Calling
2
Blinding Assault
3
Blinding Assault
3
Cataclysm
2
Cataclysm
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
1
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
5
Heedless Resurrection
2
Heedless Resurrection
Open deck in builder

Sivir Akshan Demacia

And yet, here we have a third – ancient ladder powerhouse, pushed to obscurity, now smashing above 56%. Is Triple Rally, as superb scholars Sirturmund and Monte suspect, about to make a comeback in the Tournament scene?

Regions
Demacia
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
27 400
champion
6
epic
4
rare
8
common
22
Mana cost
0
0
10
1
12
2
6
3
6
4
6
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Akshan
3
Akshan
4
Sivir
3
Sivir
Equipments
3
1
The Darkin Bloodletters
3
The Darkin Bloodletters
Followers
17
1
Forsaken Baccai
2
Forsaken Baccai
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Vekauran Vagabond
2
Vekauran Vagabond
4
Combat Cook
2
Combat Cook
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
Spells
14
1
Shaped Stone
2
Shaped Stone
2
Sharpsight
2
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
2
Single Combat
2
The Absolver
2
The Absolver
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
5
Concerted Strike
2
Concerted Strike
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Trundle Tryndamere

If third time's the charm, I would guess fourth may start looking like a trend: yet another old archetype brought from obscurity to smashing, if fringe, success, hitting well above 56%.

Regions
Freljord
28 cards
Shadow Isles
12 cards
Rarities
27 700
champion
5
epic
6
rare
13
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
6
2
2
3
6
4
8
5
3
6
12
7+
Champions
5
5
Trundle
3
Trundle
8
Tryndamere
2
Tryndamere
Landmarks
2
4
Blighted Ravine
2
Blighted Ravine
Followers
10
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Faces of the Old Ones
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
Kindly Tavernkeeper
8
It That Stares
3
It That Stares
10
She Who Wanders
2
She Who Wanders
Spells
23
1
Three Sisters
3
Three Sisters
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
4
Avalanche
2
Avalanche
4
The Box
2
The Box
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
Catalyst of Aeons
5
Withering Wail
2
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
7
Atrocity
1
Atrocity
9
The Ruination
1
The Ruination
12
Feel The Rush
3
Feel The Rush
Open deck in builder

Bandle Taliyah Ziggs

And, yes: this landmark duo would indeed count as "Once Was a Ladder Powerhouse," in a roughly similar vein as Jhinnie, Kai'Sa and Sivir Kaisa. And, like all of them, Taliya Ziggs sports smashing success as of right now.

Regions
Bandlecity
18 cards
Shurima
28 cards
Rarities
24 300
champion
6
epic
1
rare
9
common
24
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
16
2
14
3
1
4
5
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Ziggs
3
Ziggs
5
Taliyah
3
Taliyah
Landmarks
2
1
Hexplosive Minefield
1
Hexplosive Minefield
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
17
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Bomber Twins
3
Bomber Twins
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
3
Endless Devout
3
Endless Devout
3
Waste Walker
3
Waste Walker
5
Safety Inspector
2
Safety Inspector
Spells
15
2
Drop the Bomb
3
Drop the Bomb
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
The Absolver
3
The Absolver
3
Unleashed Energy
2
Unleashed Energy
3
Unraveled Earth
3
Unraveled Earth
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Draven Rumble Demacia

Breaking the above trend, Draven Rumble goes Demacia! While this champ pair had a bit of success in the past, it was never what I would label a powerhouse – and now they seem to have taken a liking for Demacia, with quite the fresh take and new toys.

Regions
Noxus
30 cards
Demacia
10 cards
Rarities
25 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
18
common
16
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
8
2
10
3
8
4
7
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
3
Draven
3
Draven
4
Rumble
3
Rumble
Equipments
3
2
Great Hammers
3
Great Hammers
Followers
11
1
Blade Squire
3
Blade Squire
1
Draven's Biggest Fan
2
Draven's Biggest Fan
2
Ionian Hookmaster
2
Ionian Hookmaster
4
Ruined Reckoner
2
Ruined Reckoner
5
Ancient Warmonger
2
Ancient Warmonger
Spells
20
1
Catch!
1
Catch!
1
Noxian Tellstones
1
Noxian Tellstones
2
Field Promotion
3
Field Promotion
3
Cataclysm
3
Cataclysm
3
Shield of Durand
1
Shield of Durand
3
Whirling Death
3
Whirling Death
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
5
Golden Aegis
2
Golden Aegis
5
Survival Skills
3
Survival Skills
Open deck in builder

Very well, my friend!

Runeterra Decks

As noted last Friday, shifts in the Meta may not be as abrupt and violent as in the early days of an expansion…

… but it is quite clear that we shall arrive at the Balance Patch next Wednesday with our field still in unresolved turmoil.

I shall also forward the usual warning when such a Patch is just around the corner: if you are short on shard, do bear in mind that anything you craft in the next week or so may be made irrelevant just mere days later. Even if your weapon of choice receives no nerf itself, we have seen mountains of evidence by now that, just by the field itself shifting, an otherwise powerful deck may be pushed to the fringes and reduced to insignificance.To close, our usual reminder: all stats and recommendations above are for choosing the best LoR deck for the Legends of Runeterra Ladder – if you are in need of weapons of choice for a Tournament or Gauntlet run, be sure to check Sirturmund's & Monte's recommended Best-of-Three decks and lineups.

And best of luck!


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