The World Ender Seasonal Tournament took place this past weekend. The top players from each server competed for first place and a spot in the World Championship tournament.
This was our last seasonal tournament as Riot Games is preparing to launch a new tournament format in the upcoming season.
Our winners for the World Ender Seasonal Tournament are:
APAC Shard: Nezykk
EMEA Shard: Ultraman1996
AM Shard: FloppyMudkip
Alright, let’s take a look at a couple of off-meta decks that were brought to the top 32.
Riven Viktor relies on both champions to set up powerful attacks. You can buff up the power of your champions and give them the Overwhelm keyword with weapon shards.
Survival Skills is crucial to protecting your win condition, and it can be a shutdown for midrange decks.
Finally, Ruined Reckoner offers an additional attack with one of your units. If played on a big Overwhelm champion like Riven or Viktor, you can threaten to destroy the opponent’s Nexus.
TDN Carlinhos from America server included the deck in their lineup along with Leona Aphelios and Gwen Katarina.
Kennen Ahri wants to keep the opponent’s board in check with Kennen’s Mark of the Storm while it sneaks in elusive damage and works on leveling Ahri.
The deck runs a lot of defensive tools to prolong the game and keep key units alive. With Ahri’s elusive keyword, she can strike the opponent’s Nexus multiple times, potentially ending the game.
The list also includes Spirit Unleashed, which will buff your units and make your elusive attacks more dangerous.
The landmark-oriented deck works on leveling up both champions by summoning landmarks on the boards. Taliyah and Malphite put an immediate threat on the board; they’re able to slam the Nexus for a lot of damage.
A leveled-up Malphite can stun the opponent’s whole board with Unstoppable Force, paving the way for your units to start hitting the Nexus.
The list runs one The Absolver, keeping your opponent on the lookout for an Overwhelm play on one of your champions.
Deep is here! The good old toss deck showed up in America’s top 32. The deck was brought by ToF HisokaMorow along with Leona Asol Zoe and Kayn Aatrox.
Deep is a solid choice for battling Aatrox and Plunder while also putting up a good fight against aggressive decks.
Nautilus Maokai runs a lot of toss cards in order to hit deep once 15 cards are left in the deck. From there, you’ll try to set up Nautilus on the board, which will reduce the mana cost of all your Sea Monsters.
Each of your Sea Monsters serves a purpose to advance your game plan. Eventually, they will allow you to dominate the board.
The list also runs an Atrocity, which is a powerful tool to close out the game. Nautilus’ 13 power will force your opponent to try and keep their Nexus’ health above that number.
The deck also runs Spirited Unleashed, an important card that buffs up the stats of your units, putting a lot more pressure on the opponent.
In the late game, Sejuani can start freezing the opponent’s board. Additionally, with a Terrordactyl on the board, you’ll slowly ping down their Nexus and freeze the board immediately.
Master Yi Karma
4LW is well known for his Karma Go Hard deck, and when it came to the top 32, he delivered! His lineup consisted of Master Yi Karma, Gwen Sejuani, and Leona Aphelios.
Master Yi Karma is a control deck that wants to slow down the pace of the game and keep the board in check until you hit turn 10.
An early Master Yi on the board can do wonders! He’ll become a threat once he’s gained enough power, and at the same time, he’ll reduce the cost of the spells in your hand.
One Deep Meditation with leveled-up Karma on the board can be enough to refill your hand and provide more options for future plays.
Bonus Deck: Varus Pantheon
However, players figured out that the deck can be a solid choice in a tournament format against Aatrox and Shadow Isles decks.
Varus Pantheon attempts to level up Pantheon as quickly as possible in order to generate random keywords on him. Those keywords can turn your champion into a win condition, allowing you to start slamming down the opponent’s Nexus with the Overwhelm keyword.
Varus, like Pantheon, can threaten to deal a lot of overwhelm damage, forcing your opponent to commit resources to stop Varus or risk having their Nexus destroyed.
It’s always a risk to bring an off-meta deck to a tournament, but the surprise factor can give you an edge against your opponent.