Welcome to TLG’s latest meta snapshot for Legends of Runeterra, a series in which we give you our insight on the finest decks in the higher ranks of the ladder.
Every Monday, we discuss the decks that are part of the week’s meta and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. We also look at the evolution of said decks’ ratings across weeks and draw conclusions regarding the current state of the game, all of this so you can delve into your own ranked journey with a head start.
Despite Irelia-Azir’s popularity, not much has changed this week. TLC, Dragons and Thresh-Nasus are still good choices for climbing the ladder and Ezreal-Draven remains a strong post-expansion punisher. Renekton’s new ally, Merciless Hunter, has pushed the Overwhelm archetype up the rankings a bit.
Perhaps in the coming weeks, we will see a meta stabilization and the emergence of some other contenders, but for now the old favorites still have it. Othal has a spotlight explaining why this was true for the latest Fight Night tournaments, too.
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Editing: Wusubi, Sebodunum
Writers: Den, Ultraman, Othal
Most of the new decks that came out for now are aggressive builds that Trundle-Lissandra (TLC) can easily contain. Looking at our snapshot this week, there aren’t many decks TLC is afraid to face other than Overwhelm or Dragons, which justifies its top spot in the first week of this new meta.
The deck doesn’t include new cards, and this list was used by Pespscola to win the latest EU Fight Night tournament. It doesn’t feel like anything new is needed for this deck to perform. The Freljord wide punish package prevents almost every swarm deck from development in the first 4 or 5 turns and Vengeance or the single copy of The Ruination is great help in the later stages of the game against Midrange builds.
TLC still packs a lot of draw and can speedrun its combo against other slow decks, and Deep is rare on ladder at the moment anyway. In essence, TLC doesn’t fear most control-oriented matchups when it comes to reaching its win condition first.
The showcased list has enough card draw to be able to play Spectral Matron on Turn 8 every game, which makes it a great pick for ladder or tournament play, as the high-roll potential is matched with great stability. (Write-up by den)
As each and every season, Ezreal-Draven shines as the anti-fun archetype, wheeled out by players wanting to stamp out those experimenting with new or unoptimized lists. Like a tough old veteran warming up the new trainees, this deck won’t take any of your bullshit. It’s strong and stable, with the ability to remove many threats and switch to more control or aggression-based gameplay depending on the deck it’s facing.
Matchup-wise, the ol’ man struggles against quite a few of the more-established decks, including TLC and Thresh-Nasus, but it compensates for this by utterly destroying any deck that tries to win through board pressure. Watch as the Demacians fall, one after the other, while Freljord Midrange suffers a similar fate.
Against your bad matchups, Ezreal will be your best bet, as he can take advantage of even the smallest window of opportunity once flipped to deal significant Nexus damage. If the opponent ignores him and tries to go for any combo play, you can punish them and take the game with the right tools in hand. (Write-up by Ultraman)
Surprising to say the least, a Landmark archetype is finally viable. While Taliyah still searches for a deck that would accept her, Lissandra takes it upon herself to provide this deck with a win condition, set-up, trades and some early game. She can do it all, and trust me, she will!
She’s not helped much by Zilean, though, as he’s mostly there to contain aggression and be a removal target. That said, your opponent usually won’t be able to avoid answering his potential threat, because a flipped Zilean is a force to be reckoned with. Time Bomb, Avalanche and Blighted Ravine handle aggressive boards, while the Thralls slowly emerge from their icy tombs.
Their emergence can be accelerated thanks to Zilean’s spells, granting you an earlier access to multiple 8/8 Overwhelm units. Draklorn Inquisitor also will also help with this, freeing the Thralls from their deep slumber faster than expected.
Force your opponent into carefully answering each threat, until they either have no pressure left to stop you before Lissandra levels-up, or they misses a removal and you get to have a board full of gigantic minions. (Write-up by Ultraman)
With a new expansion just in and Ionia decks everywhere on the ladder, we were all curious as to what the tournament meta would look like. Would players stay on the safe side and bring the likes of TLC and Thresh-Nasus, or would new decks perform and threaten to seize the throne? Fight Night seemed to be a perfect way to find out, with 16 players across 2 shards.
Among 32 decks, diversity was the name of the game - 18 different archetypes were represented, and among them were the usual Thresh-Nasus or TLC, but also the newer Irelia-Azir or some spicy Demacia/SI brew and Zoe-Vi.
European players decided to stay on the safe side, with the only new archetypes there being Zilean-Nasus and Soraka-Braum brought by Trishfangirl69. This gamble didn’t pay off, as Trishfangirl got eliminated in the second round of the losers bracket. Americas brought in some spice but were still relatively safe, with only 3 new archetypes across 16 decks.
While Irelia-Azir performed well, the other new archetypes proved they were no match for the older ones. (Write-up by Othal)
Fight Night EU
European players decided to play the tried and tested Thresh-Nasus instead of getting too creative, and the line-ups reflected that they would either play it or were expecting to face it. The focus was on board domination and winning trades, with every player bringing at least one deck that focused on combat tricks like Dragons, Frostbite or Overwhelm.
For example, Pepscola’s winning line-up of Zoe-Lee and TLC is tailor-made to deal with Thresh-Nasus, while also being able to handle any board-based Aggro. Zoe-Lee is able to create value through Invoke, heal with Eye of the Dragon and counter Nasus with a well-timed Hush or Concussive Palm.
TLC can stall the game with AoE and freezes until Watcher swoops in for the win. This strategy paid off, as both semifinalists qUaBaTcHiE and den had brought Thresh-Nasus and fell to Pepscola.
While it’s hard to predict whether Thresh-Nasus will still be ruling the meta just from this tournament, it’s clear that European players still expect it to be one of the best decks for now, and the results it produced confirm that it hasn’t lost any of its power.