It’s the second week of patch 3.10.0. You’d think the meta has started to settle down in preparation for the upcoming seasonal tournament, but we’ve got a lot to talk about!
The meta has been quite versatile, and new decks have also started rising and contesting top meta decks.
Source: The 219k matches of data from July 5 to July 11 are from LoR Meta. The data is based on Platinum, Diamond, and Master rank matches.
Most Popular Archetypes
- Annie Twisted Fate remains the most popular archetype in platinum, diamond, and Master. The archetype has slightly dropped in win rate.
- With the increase of Thralls play rate, it’s not a surprise that Annie Jhin maintains its popularity on the ranked ladder, especially in platinum and diamond ranks.
- Azir Irelia’s popularity and win rate has gone down compared to last week’s meta report. The increase of Taric Poppy and Scouts has pushed the archetype down further.
- Thralls has gained insane popularity this week. In the previous meta report, I talked about Thralls maintaining a high win rate even after the nerf. Players have figured out that the deck is still solid, and as expected, its play rate increased significantly, especially in Master rank.
- Nami Twisted Fate SI solidifies its dominance over the PnZ version, keeping a high play rate for week 2 of patch 3.10.0.
- Ahri Bard dropped slightly in play rate after the increase of Taric Poppy and Jarvan Bard Poppy – both prey on the Ionia Shurima deck.
- Zoe Vi Aphelios takes a heavy hit, its play rate has gone down a lot. Players have slowly gotten accustomed to the wide board + Overwhelm win condition and have started countering it.
- Nothing significant has changed in Heimerdinger Jayce SI, the deck is still performing well in the meta and has a good play and win rate.
- A sudden increase in Miss Fortune Quinn‘s play rate for both Platinum+ and Master! As discussed in the previous Meta Report, Scouts was a “Hidden Gem” an archetype that’s perfect to counter the current meta, and its increase this week is not a surprise at all.
- Ashe Leblanc and Sun Disc continue to hold good play rates even though their win rate is below 50% in lower ranks and barely holds 50% in Master rank.
- Taric Poppy and Akshan Reneketon (BC) are new decks that are gaining popularity fast. Taric Poppy tries to hit the meta, countering many popular archetypes. As for Akshan Renekton (BC), the aggressive Overwhelm deck wants to close out the game as fast as possible before the opposing deck can set up its game plan.
- Trundle Tryndamere sees a slight increase in play rate, the control deck wants to counter Annie Twisted Fate and Zoe Vi Apehlios.
Most Successful Archetypes
- Tier 1 (Annie Twisted Fate, Lissandra Taliyah, Ahri Bard, Vi Zoe Aphelios, Annie Jhin, Irelia Azir) Healthy versatile top-tier decks. However, it’s evident that more fast-paced decks are increasing.
- Tier 2 (Scouts, Trundle Caitlyn, Fizz Riven, J4 Poppy Bard, Taric Poppy, FTR) aggressive Demacia decks are gaining popularity to combat the meta.
- Meme Tier Nami Twisted Fate PnZ continues to go down in win rate reaching 45.54% on the ranked ladder.
- Balance Watch Bard and the Chimes mechanic seem to be the most problematic right now. Early chimes can dominate the game. Many Chimes decks continue to gain popularity like Bard Poppy, Illaoi Bard, and Bard Ahri.
Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes
In the chart below I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates of 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: Thralls and Annie Twisted Fate. Thralls has climbed back to its spot as one of the dominant decks in the meta. Players have quickly shifted their play pattern to counter Thralls.
Overplayed: Twisted Fate Nami (PZ), Sun Disc, and Ashe Leblanc all have low win rates but it seems they still have a fanbase that enjoys their play style. However, with the increase of Demacia decks, I expect Ashe Leblanc to start performing a bit better.
Underplayed: Jayce Lux and Timelines Trundle. Both archetypes are holding a good win rate and have been performing consistently well on the ranked ladder. However, their play rate is still a bit low compared to other popular decks.
Hidden Gems: Akshan Sivir Targon. Snnuy popularized the deck, which relies on Ruin Runner and Winding Light as “big plays” and has a 52.68% win rate on the ranked ladder.
Illaoi Bard is performing well on the ranked ladder, the archetype relies on Chimes and Overwhelm damage to set up its game plan. It currently has a 55.61% win rate.
New decks have joined the battle! The meta doesn’t feel like it settled down just yet. Players continue to explore and find new archetypes that fit in the existing meta. It’ll be interesting to see what the top players end up bringing for the Seasonals tournament this upcoming Saturday.
Hope you found this week’s meta report useful, I’ll see you next week!