The Eternal ranked is here, bringing a completely different meta that we’ll be playing the Runeterra Open in. In this week’s Meta Report, we delve into the Eternal format, providing essential insights to prepare you for the upcoming tournament.
The Eternal format has witnessed a surge of aggressive decks employing powerful burn tools like Decimate and Get Excited!. As a result, players have had to adapt their strategies to counter these aggressive forces, favoring decks capable of withstanding their early aggression.
It’s important to note that we’re still early into the new patch, which may lead to slightly inflated statistics, but we can still gain a general understanding of the meta and identify standout-performing decks. Due to the limited number of Master players in the Eternal format, I will refrain from sharing stats specific to the Master rank.
Most Successful Archetypes
The Eternal meta is still evolving as players figure out the most competitive decks. As of now, several archetypes have shown remarkable performance at the top tier. However, the three most played decks on the ranked ladder, boasting solid win rates, are Annie Jhin, Draven Sion, and Poppy Ziggs.
Tier 2 (Thresh Nasus, Sett Trundle, Annie Katarina, Ezreal Viktor Seraphine, Ryze IO, Draven Jinx, Azir Irelia, Azir Xerath, Vi Trundle, Norra PZ, Poppy Taric, Nasus Kindred, Poppy Zed, Poppy Miss Fortune, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Gangplank Sejuani, Pyke Rek’Sai, Jayce Lux)
A lot of Tier 2 archetypes are performing well on the ranked ladder; many are keeping up with Tier 1 and will most likely join the top tier in the upcoming days. Aggressive decks have emerged as a popular choice among players, indicating a gradual rise in anti-aggro decks.
Anivia SI, despite its potential as a potent counter to aggressive decks, has not performed up to expectations on the ranked ladder. Players have been experimenting with variations of the deck, adopting a more anti-aggressive approach in order to adapt to the prevailing aggressive meta. The current win rate of Anivia SI stands at 42.15% across all ranks.
Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes
In the chart below, I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates for 22 decks to demonstrate which archetypes can be seen as the ‘kings’ in the current meta, and which decks can be labeled as ‘overplayed’ or ‘underplayed’.
The Y-Axis represents the win rate whereas the X-Axis represents the play rate.
Meta Kings: Poppy Ziggs. This aggressive deck has secured its place as the third most-played deck thus far and boasts the highest win rate on the ranked ladder. Its swarm capabilities, with Poppy threatening to buff the whole board, can be quite difficult for most decks to keep up with.
Overplayed: Azir Xerath. Although Mono Shurima has access to Xerath in the Eternal format, this archetype finds itself in an unfavorable meta. An aggressive meta means games will be quick and short, which is the worst type of game for an archetype like Mono Shurima. As a result, it may not be the optimal choice for serious ladder climbing.
Underplayed: Karma Sett SI. The Shadow Isles variant can be a strong choice against aggressive decks and can beat Nasus decks, making it a powerful deck in the current meta.
Norra Kindred Elise is a value-oriented deck that looks to run the opponent out of resources. Norra, Junk Construct, and Portalpalooza offer Mysterious Portals to keep up with the opponent’s board development.
Kindred can be a threat on the board, allowing you to mark units and later kill them, slowly switching the board’s presence in your favor. The Undying, in particular, perfectly complements Kindred’s ability, acting as an ideal unit to sacrifice. Cards like Hate Spike, Crumble, and Glimpse are perfect to play on The Undying, providing a sacrificable unit that will later resummon on the board with more stats, eventually forcing the opponent to block it when it attacks.
Akshan Samira uses two early-unit champions as win conditions. Akshan offers the Warlord’s Palace, which later can be of important value to win the game. As for Samira, her Flair allows you to challenge and pick off units, setting the stage to dominate the board while also threatening to activate Rally once she levels up.
To expedite the leveling process for Akshan and Samira, the deck incorporates The Darkin Bloodletters and Swinging Glaive. Swinging Glaive, in particular, can be extremely powerful, as the Lucky Find will further accelerate that level up and boost the prowess of your champions.
Golden Ambassador, a key inclusion, guarantees that you draw a champion and start working on your game plan. Additionally, Heedless Resurrection can bring back your dead champion, sustaining your win condition.
You’re able to set up continuous rallies in the later stages of the game.
Balance Watch: It’s too early into the Eternal meta to call for any nerfs or buffs. Aggressive decks like Poppy Ziggs, Annie Jhin, and Sion Draven seem to be the most problematic.
Most Popular Archetypes
Draven Sion is the most-played deck on the ranked ladder, with a 57.64% win rate. The buff to Draven and addition of Blowback have given Draven Sion a massive boost in performance.
Good Matchups: Azir Irelia, Rumble Vayne, Pyke Rek’Sai.
Bad Matchups: Thresh Nasus, Karma Sett SI, Taliyah Ziggs.
Annie Jhin is the second most-played deck on the ranked ladder, holding a 56.76% win rate. The aggressive deck is performing much better in Eternal compared to its Standard version. The access to Decimate has provided a powerful finisher in the later stages of the game.
Good Matchups: Trundle Sett, Ryze IO, Yasuo Katarina.
Bad Matchups: Poppy Ziggs, Nasus Thresh, Aphelios Viktor.
Poppy Ziggs has been quickly rising the ranks and is looking to overtake both Annie Jhin and Draven Sion. The aggressive swarm deck boasts a winrate of 64.62%.
Good Matchups: Sett Trundle, Azir Irelia, Akshan Samira.
Bad Matchups: Nasus Thresh, Aphelios Viktor, Twisted Fate Swain.
Nasus Thresh is one of the best choices against the infestation of aggressive decks in the Eternal meta. The deck has a 60.73% win rate across all ranks, making it one of the best choices for a ladder climb. It currently has a higher play rate and win rate than the Kindred Nasus version.
Good Matchups: Draven Sion, Jinx Draven, Annie Jhin.
Bad Matchups: Annie Katarina, Karma Sett SI, Trundle Vi.
Sett Trundle has been losing popularity, dropping from the top 3 most-played decks to the fifth most-played deck as aggressive decks gain popularity. The archetype has a 55.48% win rate across all ranks. This win rate will most likely drop as aggressive decks thrive on the ranked ladder.
Good Matchups: Trundle Vi, Trundle Tryndamere SI, Swain TF.
Bad Matchups: Poppy Ziggs, Annie Jhin, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate.
The Lord Broadmane deck has been a powerful and popular choice among players. The deck has a 58.5% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Swain Twisted Fate, Ekko Jinx, Nasus Kindred.
Bad Matchups: Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Trundle Vi, Draven Sion.
The Bandle City Seraphine Ezreal Viktor has seen success on the Eternal ranked ladder, becoming one of the best decks. The archetype is in the top 10 most-played decks with a win rate of 55.93%.
Good Matchups: Annie Katarina, Ekko Jinx, Anivia SI.
Bad Matchups: Taric Poppy, Kai’Sa DE, Trundle VI.
Ryze Ionia makes a comeback in the Eternal format, having access to powerful cards like Eye of the Dragon and Homecoming. Ryze IO is in the top 10 most-played decks with a 50.25% win rate across all ranks. The aggressive decks are keeping Ryze IO in check.
Good Matchups: Trundle Vi, Veigar Senna, Anivia SI.
Bad Matchups: Annie Jhin, Poppy Ziggs, Poppy Miss Fortune.
Although Draven Jinx received a buff to Draven and has access to Get Excited! and Crowd Favorite in the Eternal format, it seems players are favoring other aggressive decks over it. However, it is still performing well on the ranked ladder, holding a 57.59% win rate.
Good Matchups: Trundle Vi, Azir Irelia, Pyke Rek’Sai.
Bad Matchups: Thresh Nasus, Annie Katarina, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate.
With the popular aggressive meta, Azir Irelia has been struggling to keep up with other decks. The archetype has a 48.82% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Karma Sett SI, Ryze IO, Azir Xerath.
Bad Matchups: Poppy Ziggs, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Akshan Samira.
Mono Shurima is not having the best time against an aggressive meta. Even with the access of Xerath again, the archetype continues to underperform, having a 46.55% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Anivia SI, Karma Sett SI, Veigar Senna.
Bad Matchups: Rumble Vayne, Annie Jhin, Azir Irelia.
Good Matchups: Veigar Senna, Nasus Thresh, Ezreal Seraphine Viktor.
Bad Matchups: Draven Jinx, Annie Jhin, Rumble Vayne.
Norra PZ is in the top 15 most-played decks with a 51.21% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Anivia SI, Annie Katarina, Ryze IO.
Bad Matchups: Rumble Vayne, Miss Fortune Poppy, Samira Akshan.
The Poppy Taric rally deck has been holding up well on the ranked ladder, managing a 56.5% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Anivia SI, Rumble Vayne, Azir Xerath.
Bad Matchups: Poppy Ziggs, Annie Jhin, Nasus Kindred.
Miss Fortune Twisted Fate has a low play rate compared to other aggressive decks, but it holds a solid win rate of 60.52% across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Jayce Lux, Vayne Rumble, Azir Irelia.
Bad Matchups: Ekko Jinx, Nasus Thresh, Poppy Ziggs.
Gangplank Sejuani is performing solidly on the ranked ladder. The archetype has a 56% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Pyke Rek’Sai, Ezreal Seraphine Viktor, Aphelios Viktor.
Bad Matchups: Ekko Jinx, Azir Irelia, Draven Jinx.
Pyke Rek’Sai is struggling against the aggressive meta, holding a 45.99% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Rumble Vayne, Azir Xerath, Karma Sett PZ.
Bad Matchups: Gangplank Sejuani, Poppy Ziggs, Draven Sion.
Jayce Lux has a 54.99% win rate across all ranks.
Good Matchups: Ryze IO, Ezreal Viktor Seraphine, Taric Poppy.
Bad Matchups: Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Poppy Ziggs, Draven Sion.
The meta has been heavily dominated by aggressive decks, compelling players to make a decisive choice: either join the aggressive players or seek out archetypes that possess the means to deal with them.
This is it for this week’s Meta Report; I’ll see you at the next one!