Hello everyone, week 2 has passed since Patch 3.14 dropped, and the meta has somewhat settled down. Many new archetypes have gained popularity on the competitive ladder, bringing in new ways to enjoy the game.
It’s evident that the Ionia region has been dominating the ladder. The addition of new cards brought a lot of Ionia decks out of the shadows, and they are currently performing splendidly well, maybe too well.
Unlike last week’s meta report, this time around we have more stats for the Master rank, so we’re able to figure out the dominant decks in a settled meta.
You can find most of the deck codes on our Meta Tier List.
Sources: The 176k matches of data from September 6 to September 12 are from LoR Meta. The data is based on Platinum, Diamond, and Master rank matches. I also used Runeterra.AR for more Master rank stats on low play rate decks.
Most Popular Archetypes
- Miss Fortune Twisted Fate (Pirate Aggro) continues its domination on the ranked ladder. The archetype has been performing well for quite a while, mainly due to the strength of Riptide Sermon in the list. It’s holding the highest win rate at a 55.2% in Platinum+ and 59.9% in Master rank.
- As expected, Ezreal Kennen is one of the best performers and is a popular archetype, quickly becoming one of the top 5 most played decks. In the Master rank, Ezreal Kennen has the second highest win rate with a 59.3%.
- Katarina Gwen is still punching through blockers with the Reckoners. A lot of lists have adopted a more aggressive style to combat Ionia decks, especially since The Harrowing is easily countered by Deny. In Platinum +, Gwen Katarina is holding a 53.3% win rate. However, Master players are pulling in an amazing 58.7% win rate!
- Nasus Kindred‘s win rate has dropped down to 50.7% in Platinum+ compared to last week’s 53.3%. However, Master players refuse to let the doggo down, managing to hit a 55.8% win rate.
- Lee Sin Akshan makes a comeback! The old archetype was pushed out of the meta a long time ago, but, with the addition of the new cards, Lee Akshan is one of the best decks in the meta. The Platinum+ ranks have a 51.3% win rate, while the Master rank has a 54.8% win rate.
- Vi Jax Timelines isn’t capable of holding a 50% win rate in Platinum+ anymore. As for the Trundle Timelines version, it’s currently the more played and better-performing version, with a 50.7% win rate in Platinum+ and a 56% win rate in Master rank.
- Twisted Fate Nami Ionia remains the most popular TF Nami version out there. The archetype holds a 53.1% win rate in Platinum+ and 56.4% in Master rank. As for the Shadow Isles version, the archetype has a lower play rate but is performing well on the competitive ladder, with a 52.27% in Platinum+ and 55.2% in Master rank.
- Taric Poppy and Miss Fortune Quinn (Scouts) are hitting hard as counter-meta decks. In Master rank, both archetypes have a win rate of around 57%.
- Viego Evelynn is one of the best decks out there! It has the ability to put board pressure and create a constant threat with Viego, Evelynn, and Neverglade Collector.
- Akshan Kayn is still underperforming in all ranks, unable to maintain a 50% win rate.
- Watch out, Sejuani Gwen is on the rise again! The deck is now gaining popularity again after most players have dropped The Harrowing due to the increase of Ionia decks on the ladder.
- Different Norra decks are showing up! Nami Norra, Elise Norra, and Heimerdinger Norra are all being tested on the competitive ladder. Heimerdinger Norra is currently the best-performing version out there, with a 53% win rate in Platinum+ and a 55.2% win rate in Master rank.
- Akshan Pantheon is one of the newest to show up in the top-played decks. It’s barely holding a 50% win rate but seems to have potential, at least in different future metas.
Most Successful Archetypes
Tier 1 (Pirate Aggro, Katarina Gwen, Scouts, Ezreal Kennen, Viego Evelynn, Nami Twisted Fate IO) a healthy diversity in tier 1. Ionia decks have been performing well, which forced the meta to try countering them.
Tier 2 (Nasus Kindred, Heimerdinger Norra, Timelines Trundle, Akshan Kayn, Gwen Sejuani, Akshan Lee Sin, Akshan Pantheon, Nami Twisted Fate SI, Lurk) we have a lot of different archetypes in Tier 2. The game feels fresh and diverse. So far, Heimerdinger Norra is an interesting archetype that’s putting out good numbers.
Meme Tier Master Yi decks. Unfortunately, Master Yi seems to be the weakest champion in this expansion; all of his decks have a lower than 50% win rate.
Balance Watch Pirate Aggro and Ezreal Kennen. Both decks are dominating the scene. Kennen’s buff has put the archetype on a completely different level, allowing it to bully board-centered decks with its ability to kill off units easily while setting up for a burn plan with Ezreal.
Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes
In the chart below, I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates of 19 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: Pirate Aggro and Ezreal Kennen. The two decks are doing extremely well in Master rank holding around a 59% win rate.
Overplayed: Jax Vi. The archetype is unable to hold a 50% win rate anymore and it’s evident that Trundle Timelines is the dominant version.
Underplayed: Taric Poppy has a high win rate as a counter meta deck. It’s a solid choice against the popular Ionia decks and can beat Pirate Aggro.
Hidden Gems: No longer so hidden, Norra Heimerdinger’s list could be just what players were looking for! It’s holding a 55.2% win rate at Master rank.
Even though players are irritated by Ionia’s power, the meta feels quite versatile. We have a lot of different archetypes that can hold their own on the competitive ladder.
This is it for this week’s Meta Report. I’ll see you at the next one!