LoR Meta Report – Patch 3.16 Week 1 – Best Ladder Decks – Nami Meta

Hello everyone, it’s been almost a week since Patch 3.16 went live, and a lot of things have changed after the batch of changes the patch held.

Both Miss Fortune Twisted Fate and Ezreal Kennen fell off after they were hit with a couple of nerfs. Different Swain decks are now roaming on the competitive ladder, and Nami Lee Sin continues its domination.

We already have an idea of the best-performing decks as we approach the seasonal tournament. Let’s take a look at how decks are holding up in the first week of Patch 3.16.

You can find most of the deck codes on our Meta Tier List.

Sources: The 179k matches of data from September 28 to October 3 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 Successful Archetypes

Tier 1 (Twisted Fate Swain, Nami Lee Sin, Akshan Lee Sin, Fiora Pantheon, Katarina Gwen, Swain Norra) Nami Lee Sin and Akshan Lee Sin continue performing well. Twisted Fate Swain, Swain Norra, and Fiora Pantheon join Tier 1 after the buffs those decks received in the latest patch.

Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Gangplank Sejuani, Poppy Taric, and Scouts fall off from Tier 1.

Tier 2 (Heimerdinger Norra, Leona Aurelion Sol, Swain Caitlyn, Taric Poppy, Karma Master Yi, Elise Nocturne (NX), Gangplank Sejuani, Timelines Trundle, Gwen Sejuani, Akshan Pantheon, Nami Twisted Fate SI, Lurk, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate) Different archetypes are performing well in Tier 2. Miss Fortune Twisted Fate took quite a hit after the nerfs; its stats have dropped substantially.

Meme Tier Braum Tahm Kench. The community has been testing out this archetype, but unfortunately, it’s holding a 28.84% win rate in Platinum+ ranks.

Balance Watch Nami Lee Sin. The deck managed to dodge any nerfs in Patch 3.16, and now it’s continuing its domination on the competitive ladder. Similarly, Akshan Lee Sin takes advantage of Ionia’s prowess. However, it remains in the shadow of the Nami version but still performs astoundingly well on the ranked ladder.

Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes

In the chart below, I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates of 20 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: Nami Lee Sin, Fiora Pantheon, and Swain Twisted Fate. Although Twisted Fate Swain holds the highest play rate compared to the other two decks, Nami Lee Sin and Fiora Pantheon have higher win rates and have a favored matchup against Swain Twisted Fate.

Overplayed: Karma Master Yi has gained a lot of popularity recently. The win rate of the deck was hovering around 51% but has dropped below 50% today. The difficulty of piloting the deck could be a reason for the win rate drop.

Underplayed: Heimerdinger Jayce. The archetype has a 54% win rate on the competitive ladder and performs well against popular Swain decks. Heimerdinger Jayce is overshadowed by the Norra Heimerdinger deck but is slowly gaining back its popularity and could be a popular choice in the upcoming seasonal tournament.

Hidden Gems:

Malphite Taliyah created by Sorry • last updated 12 months ago

Malphite Taliyah received a small buff on Grumpy Rockbear‘s health. The landmark-oriented deck has around a 52% win rate on the ranked ladder. It wants to level up both champions as soon as possible and take advantage of their strong abilities to set up a powerful attack. The Absolver gives the Overwhelm keyword and a stat buff to your champions, turning them into a threat that could possibly close out the game.

Most Popular Archetypes

  • Swain Twisted Fate is the most played deck in the first week of Patch 3.16. The play rate is a whopping 13% in Platinum+. As for the deck’s win rate, it holds a 54.4% win rate in Platinum+ and a 56.7% win rate in Master rank.
  • The meta has shifted to adapt to Swain Twisted Fate, many Shadow Isles are making a comeback in an attempt to counter the deck.
  • It’s not a surprise that Nami Lee Sin has the highest win rate. The archetype continues its domination on the ranked ladder, managing to keep a 58.3% win rate in Platinum+ and a 60.3% win rate in Master rank.
Fiora Pantheon created by Sorry • last updated 12 months ago
  • Fiora Pantheon has gained insane popularity relatively quickly and has positioned itself as one of the top 3 most played decks on the ranked ladder. The archetype currently boasts a 57.4% win rate in Platinum+ and a 58.4% in Master rank.
  • The deck performs well against Shadow Isles decks and Swain decks making it the perfect choice for a serious ladder climb.
  • Leona Aurelion Sol is struggling to stay above a 50% win rate in platinum+. The Daybreak deck still has its fans, but it’s barely keeping up against the popular meta decks even after the buffs the archetype received.
  • The archetype loses to both Swain Twisted Fate and Nami Lee Sin, the top two decks on the ranked ladder.
  • The buff to Master Yi turned him into the perfect addition to the Karma Go Hard deck that used to run either Thresh or Kindred. The control deck is the fifth most played deck. However, its win rate has dropped below 50% in Platinum+ and Master rank.
  • Even though the archetype isn’t performing well on the ranked ladder, it has proven to be a solid choice in a tournament lineup.
  • Poppy Taric DE remains a popular choice, especially after the increase of Shadow Isles decks. The archetype did drop in win rate due to the different Swain decks that perform well against it, but with players now trying to counter Swain decks, Poppy Taric can prey on the majority of those decks. The deck has a 52.8% win rate in Platinum+ and a 54.9% win rate in Master rank.
Nocturne Elise created by Sorry • last updated 12 months ago
  • Elise Nocturne (NX) is the only aggressive deck in the top 20 most played decks. After the nerf to Decimate and Riptide Sermon, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate’s play rate and win rate plummeted.
  • Unfortunately, Elise Nocturne (NX) is failing to keep the aggressive play style alive. The deck holds a 49% win rate in Platinum+ and barely a 50% win rate in Master rank.
  • Both Heimerdinger Norra and Veigar Norra are performing well as Tier 2 decks. They’re currently hovering around a 52% win rate. The Shadow Isles decks beat down on the popular Swain Twisted Fate, which gives them an edge on the ranked ladder.
  • Akshan Lee Sin remains a Tier 1 deck, holding a 55.6% win rate in Platinum+ and a 56.6% win rate in Master rank. The archetype has a low play rate due to Nami Lee Sin being the better version. However, Akshan Lee Sin is the perfect archetype for a tournament line-up if you wish to still bring Nami but paired with Twisted Fate instead of Lee Sin.
Sejuani Gangplank created by Sorry • last updated 1 year ago
  • Gangplank Sejuani has dropped significantly in play rate and win rate. The archetype was relying on Riptide Sermon as one of its strongest plays and the nerf weakened the deck. Swain Twisted Fate’s popularity also made it more difficult for Gangplank Sejuani to compete in the meta, slowly causing it to lose popularity.
Norra Swain created by Sorry • last updated 12 months ago
  • Although Swain Norra has the lowest play rate compared to the PnZ and Bilgewater versions. It has started dominating the scene with its better matchup table and beating the other Swain versions. The archetype is hovering around a 55% win rate in all ranks and will most likely catch up to the Bilgewater version in terms of play rate in the near future.
  • Trundle Timelines is still holding an above 50% win rate even after the nerf to Concurrent Timelines. The archetype has a favorable matchup against Swain Twisted Fate, which is probably the reason the deck is still performing decently.

Akshan Pantheon is astonishingly putting up good numbers! The archetype has a win rate of 54.2% in Platinum+ and a win rate of 55.9% in Master rank.

Akshan Pantheon is a solid choice to beat popular decks like Swain Twisted Fate and Karma Master Yi.

Closing Words

The meta has lost its aggressive play style and has now shifted to mid-range, control, and combo decks battling out. The nerf to Decimate and Riptide Sermon kicked the last remaining aggressive deck out of the meta.

Outside of Nami dominating the scene, we do see a lot of different archetypes performing well on the ranked ladder. Many old champions are making a comeback, like Fiora, Karma, and Swain.

This is it for this week’s Meta Report, I’ll see you in the next one!


Alaa "TricksterSorry" Yassine is a competitive Legends of Runeterra player. His passion for card games ignited in his youth with favorites like Yugioh and Pokemon. Currently, he dedicates himself to achieving professional excellence in Runeterra, while also creating informative video and written content for the Runeterra community.

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