Patch 4.4 is right around the corner, and it’s time to get ready for the new meta. This patch aims to address the most dominant decks in the current meta, including Fizz Samira and Leona Samira, while boosting underplayed cards. The nerfs to top-tier decks will create opportunities for more archetypes to perform well on the ranked ladder.
In this article, I’ll share nine different decks to play on Day 1 of Patch 4.4, let’s get started!
With the new Mirror Image buff, LeBlanc can easily fit different decks that lack 5+ power units. On the other hand, this Bard deck features plenty of them, and as the game goes on, the Chimes will get things buffy.
The game plan is to apply early board pressure with LeBlanc, Trifarian Gloryseeker, Trifarian Hopeful, and Reckless Trifarian. Throughout the game, the Chimes drawn will increase the stats of your units, advancing Bard’s level-up condition and creating a more formidable board.
The card draw from Trifarian Assessor can replenish your hand, giving more plays for future turns. As for The Gray Apothecary, your 5+ power units dying will provide you with new units to drop on the board. You might want to hold onto those units until the Chimes start hitting.
Overwhelm is crucial for threatening direct Nexus damage, so Might and Kato the Arm are included in the deck to create an immediate threat. Trifarian Training Pits can also put more attack pressure with the Rally activation.
It utilizes early units like Lunari Duskbringer, Solari Soldier, Diana, and
Jack acts as a support champion in this deck. He’s a solid mid-game unit capable of applying pressure and creating Coins, which in turn help activate Nightfall effects.
As the game goes on, you’ll start putting bigger units on the board, like The Great Beyond or The Immortal Fire, capable of dealing Nexus damage and potentially ending the game. A leveled Aurelion Sol means you’ll basically take over the game with your 0-cost Celestial cards.
Teemo Tristana Noxus
Teemo Tristana Noxus is expected to be a popular choice for players who prefer aggressive playstyles. The archetype has already been performing decently in the meta, and with the buff to Bandle Gunners, we’ll likely see a lot of Teemo Tristana on day 1 of Patch 4.4.
The deck swarms the board with low-cost, multi-region units. These multi-region units will also advance Tristana’s level-up condition and reduce the cost of Bandle Gunners.
Once Tristana is leveled up, she grants multi-region units +1 power and the
The list runs tools to put more pressure on the opponent, such as Might and
Shyvana Aurelion Sol
This is a midrange deck that looks to dominate the board presence with Dragons. Units like Shyvana, Screeching Dragon, and Wounded Whiteflame can gain stats when they kill units with the Fury keyword. Ruined Dragonguard provides additional stats to Dragons and creates a threatening board that your opponent needs to deal with.
Once Shyvana levels up, she’ll be extremely difficult to deal with, as she’ll gain additional stats once an attack is committed and can pick off pesky units with Strafing Strike.
Aurelion Sol is your late-game champion that can be dropped earlier than turn 10 with the assistance of Eclipse Dragon‘s Daybreak effect. Having high-stat units along with an Aurelion Sol will ensure his level up on the upcoming turn, and from there you can cast the Celestial card you’ve created for 0 mana.
Kadregrin the Infernal will buff up all your Dragons, making it almost impossible for your opponent to kill them. If you manage to follow it up with a Dragon’s Clutch, the Overwhelm damage will ensure that those stats are put to use and close out the game.
The recent buff to Mirror Image has removed the restriction on copying only ally units with 5+ Power, enabling LeBlanc to be used in the Gwen Noxus deck. Gwen Noxus used to be a top-tier deck before it was hit with multiple nerfs and kicked out of the meta.
The neat thing about Gwen Noxus is that the nerf to
LeBlanc Gwen wants to put in an aggressive game plan with early units that start chipping away at the Nexus. Gwen can be extremely annoying with the Hallowed keyword, she’s difficult to kill and can push a lot of damage if not blocked. The list runs Might to take advantage of both Hallowed and Overwhelm keywords, allowing you to threaten a lot of Nexus damage.
LeBlanc’s Mirror Image can be played on important units like Gwen, Eternal Dancers, Fallen Reckoner, and Incisive Tactician. All those units give you additional value by copying them, making sure that Mirror Image isn’t only providing an ephemeral unit but also squeezing more value out of your units.
Secret Keeper and Priestess Of Desert Light Deck
Featuring six different champions, this deck revolves around Secret Keeper and Priestess of Desert Light as its main game plan. Early units such as Forsaken Baccai and Aspiring Chronomancer with the Predict effect assist in finding Secret Keeper and Priestess.
Shuffling leveling 2 champions with Secret Keeper can later be found with Predict cards or summoned by Priestess of Desert Light. The buff to Priestess will grant those summoned champions +2|+2 stats, making them more resilient and capable of changing the course of the game.
In theory, you’re only able to summon one champion from Priestess of Desert Light before she dies. We can prevent her from dying by playing Boar Stance on her, the Regeneration keyword will heal her up at the end of every round. Udyr, Inner Beast, and Vulpine Wanderer will create the Stance Swap.
This Riven Vayne deck by Sirturmund utilizes the newly buffed Retired Reckoner as part of its strategy. This archetype resembles the more well-known Rumble Vayne deck but uses Riven instead to enable its game plan with the help of the created Blade Fragments.
Overwhelm is how you win the game! A leveled Riven can gain the Overwhelm keyword with
Retired Reckoner acts as another win condition that gains more power as you target it. Keen Blade Fragment provides the Quick Attack keyword that lets you swing with your unit and make sure it doesn’t get traded off.
Teemo Caitlyn BC
As for the
The Mono Shurima archetype received several small buffs to cards like Azir, Nasus, and Glory’s Call. The buffs will give the archetype a light push into the meta, giving it a chance to keep up with other meta decks.
The primary objective is to fulfill the Buried Sun Disc‘s condition and ascend your champions. Leveling up your champions and having a Rockbear Shepherd on the board will accelerate your landmark’s advancement. Azir should be the easiest to level up, while Renekton and Nasus might be a bit tricky to manage their level-up if your opponent can kill them before they strike.
Each of your champions can be extremely powerful once ascended. Azir creates the
The early days of a new patch are always exciting as players experiment with various new decks to find the most effective and competitive options. While not all of the decks showcased here may become top-tier, they provide a range of game plans for players with varying playstyles to explore.
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