Rek’Sai Pyke Lurk – The First Deck to Reach Masters in NA!

  • Origins

Rek’Sai Pyke is my choice for today’s Deck of the Day! The Lurkers have made a comeback early this season after its favored matchups gained popularity on the ladder after the recent balance update. The list provided in this article is by Zult – the first player to reach Masters in NA this season!

The archetype has been around since the Rise of the Underworlds expansion, but never really got to the place where it would be unanimously considered top-tier. Well, that’s until Patch 2.18 came out – now players are arguing whether or not this old Lurk archetype might actually be the new Tier 1 meta deck!

Lurkers didn’t really receive any buffs or nerfs to their cards in patch 2.18, but the meta shifting to matchups that favor Lurk – especially the Dragons matchup! – elevated the deck up in the competitive ladder environment.

  • Gameplan

Rek’Sai Pyke relies on early units like Sharkling, Xer’sai Hatchling, and Aspiring Chronomancer to activate Lurk early on in the game. The main objective isn’t really to push early damage, but to start working on activating Lurk which will buff up the power of all your Lurkers

Predict cards like Aspiring Chronomancer and Xer’sai Caller are crucial for the deck’s consistency. You’re usually looking to Predict on your attacking turn and then look for Rek’Sai or Pyke to place on the top of the deck.

Lurking with Pyke on top of your deck will allow you to transform it to Death from Below, which acts as a great removal card for your opponent’s key threat.

Lurking with Rek’Sai on the top of your deck will grant your Lurkers everywhere +1 | 0 – it’ll massively speed up the Power gains on your Lurkers, making it easier for Rek’Sai to level up, or allowing your Xerxa’Reth, The Undertitan activate its ability to gain Overwhelm and Spellshield.


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Snapjaw Swarm acts as a Lurk trigger on a defensive turn when you don’t have the attack token. It can also be played alongside a Predict card or Call the Pack to ensure a Lurker is on the top of your deck.

Call the Pack comes in useful if you have a Rek’Sai or Pyke in hand, it allows you to place them on top of your deck before you attack with your units.

Your big Lurkers Xerxa’Reth, The Undertitan, and Xer’sai Dunebreaker are able to push in a lot of damage with the Overwhelm keyword. If you manage to level up Rek’Sai she’ll gain the Overwhelm keyword as well.

A leveled-up Pyke can threaten to clear the whole board. If the damage from your Death from Below levels up your Pyke, it will result in the summoned Pyke’s ability triggering and will begin chain-removing units off the board one by one.

An important interaction is the Bone Skewer played on Pyke. If Pyke is already leveled or about to level up upon the Strike, his ability will trigger as well – and after that he will return to the top of the deck.

However, as you’ve noticed, Zult’s list doesn’t run Bone Skewer main deck – he focuses on a more unit-centered plan where you have access to Bone Skewer only as a Pyke’s champion spell. Even so, a main deck Bone Skewer is still a solid choice to add if you prefer running an additional interaction card.

If you’ve set up a couple of Lurkers on board, Jaull-fish on turn 8 can be a game swinger that’ll turn the tides to your favor.

  • Verdict

Lurk in the current meta is a great choice to pick up for the ladder. Although it struggles against aggressive burn decks that close out the game before you’re able to set up Lurk’s win condition, the deck performs well into some of the popular decks currently being played.

Shyvana Aurelion Sol is one of the top meta decks at the moment, and Lurk has a good matchup into it! It also is favored against Veigar Senna, Lee Sin, and Shellfolk decks that are popular choices on ladder and tournaments.

What’s also interesting is that Rek’Sai Pyke also beats decks that are trying to counter Shyvana Aurelion Sol, like Ashe LeBlanc and Lissandra Taliyah Turbo Thralls.

Overall it has a good matchup table, and if the meta remains the same as it is right now, Rek’Sai Pyke will probably remain a top-tier deck for this season.

Sorry

My name is Alaa, better known as Sorry or TricksterSorry. Legends of Runeterra competitive player, I enjoy playing tournaments and competing against top players.

4 Responses

  1. Kassadin says:

    Bone Skewer looks great in theory in practice it’s a very clunky card. You are trading a unit on board and card draw for removal which not a great deal unless your leveling you Pyke.

    • Conor says:

      You often aren’t trading a unit on board because you can play it as a reactive tool when a key unit is being targeted by removal. If they want to play one of the many spells that kill Pyke, you can use Bone Skewer to kill some unit(s) on their board and preserve your Pyke at the same time.

  2. Fortune Gun says:

    I’m losing to lurk even playing aggro. This deck has many low cost options wich you don’t care about losing them as long as they already lucked. Call the pack should cost more, that’s too much value and you never run out of gas. Still trying to figure out how to beat it T_T

    • Kassadin says:

      I am sorry but this is simply not true the deck has no card draw and your only value engine is call of the pack which require you to place one of your cards on top of the deck, the only time when you want to do that is if you have a Rek’Sai or a Pyke in hand. The deck does run of gas and your high cost lurks tend to be underwhelming if you do as much as miss two lurks.

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