LoR Meta Report – Patch 3.19 Week 1 – Best Ladder Decks – The Fall of Seraphine
Patch 3.19 focused on toning down Vayne and Seraphine, two champions that dominated the meta. The nerfs dropped both champions’ popularity and brought “new” decks into the meta.
This will be the patch on which the world tournament will be played, so the top players have already begun serious practice and the search for the best performers.
Sources: The 171K matches of data from November 9 to November 14 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 decks with a low play rate.
Most Successful Archetypes
Tier 1 (Draven Jinx, Teemo Zoe (BC), Heimerdinger Jayce (SI), Twisted Fate Annie, Viktor Seraphine (SI), Leona Diana (SI))
Seraphine and Vayne’s dominance over Tier 1 has finally ended. Many different archetypes joined Tier 1, but Draven Jinx and Teemo Zoe (BC) were the most popular in the first week of Patch 3.19.
Tier 2 (Fiora Quinn Vayne (PZ), Rumble Vayne, Zed Hecarim, Pantheon Varus, Annie Jhin, Taliyah Ziggs (BC), Ekko Jinx (SH), Heimerdinger Norra (SI), Elise Norra, Akshan Varus, Miss Fortune Swain, Vayne Gwen, Pyke Rek’Sai, Katarina Gwen)
Tier 2 has a high level of diversity. New archetypes like Taliyah Ziggs (BC), Ekko Jinx (SH), and Elise Norra joined the mix. Vayne decks have dropped immensely in popularity, leaving Fiora Quinn Vayne (PZ) as the only contender for tier 1.
Although Reaver’s Row received a buff in Patch 3.19, the archetype still struggles to perform well in the meta, holding a 43% win rate in Platinum+.
Balance Watch It’s too early in the meta to pinpoint any problematic cards. So far, the meta feels diverse, with many different decks showing potential.
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: (Teemo Zoe (BC)) The archetype is in the top 2 most played decks, rivaling Draven Jinx in play rate. Additionally, it’s holding the highest win rate in the current meta, beating many of the popular archetypes.
Overplayed: (Taliyah (BW)) Taliyah Reaver’s Row is in the top 5 most played decks. However, the archetype is underperforming and shouldn’t be considered a choice for a serious ladder climb.
Underplayed: (Viktor Seraphine (SI)) Although the archetype has a high win rate, the deck still has a low play rate. The nerf to Seraphine seems not to have affected the Shadow Isles version much, and it’ll definitely see play in the upcoming Worlds tournament.
Both Jinx and Spirit Unleashed received a buff in Patch 3.19. Jinx Freljord plays similarly to the discard aggro deck but uses Spirit Unleashed to buff up your units and create a threat out of them. Your ability to draw cards with Jinx, Rummage, and Augmented Experimenter keeps you from running out of gas and continue to put pressure on the board before switching to the burn plan.
The Seraphine Bandle City is still showing potential, even after Seraphine’s nerf. The deck performs well against all the Shadow Isles in the meta, and currently has a 59% win rate on the ranked ladder.
Leblanc Sivir has a 56% win rate on the ranked ladder. The aggressive archetype is performing well in the meta, especially with Incisive Tactician offering Rally against Shadow Isles decks.
Most Popular Archetypes
Jinx’s buff brought back the old Discard aggro deck. Draven Jinx has the highest play rate on the ranked ladder this week. It holds a 54.4% win rate in Platinum+ and a 53.32% win rate in Master rank.
Although there’s been an increase in Shadow Isles decks, Draven Jinx is still performing well in the meta.
Teemo Zoe (BC) was showing potential last patch, and with the nerf to Vayne and Seraphine, it only gave the deck a boost in performance. The archetype has a 57% win rate in both Platinum+ and Master ranks.
The deck has an amazing matchup table and beats many top meta decks that can’t deal with the wide elusive board. It has a rough time against Draven Jinx, Annie Jhin, Twisted Fate Annie, and Heimerdinger Jayce.
Annie Jhin has a 54.1% win rate in Platinum+ and a 51.83% win rate in Master rank. The increase in Shadow Isles decks pushed the archetype out of Tier 1, but it still performs well on the ranked ladder.
Zed Hecarim maintains a high play rate, but its win rate remains below 50%. In both Platinum+ and Master ranks, the deck has around a 49% win rate.
Heimerdinger Jayce (SI) has seen an increase in popularity in Patch 3.19. The archetype performs well against the top 3 most played decks: Draven Jinx, Annie Jhin, and Zoe Teemo (BC) making it one of the best anti-meta decks out there.
The old Ekko predict deck is back, but with a small change, Jinx has replaced Zilean as Ekko’s partner. The deck has a 53.3% win rate in Platinum+ and a 54.38% win rate in Master rank.
Annie Twisted Fate Katarina is seeing an increase in play rate recently. The archetype has a 56.4% win rate in Platinum+ and a 55.56% win rate in Master rank. Annie Twisted Fate is the perfect choice against popular decks like Annie Jhin, Teemo Zoe (BC), and Draven Jinx.
Quinn Vayne is currently the best-performing Vayne deck on the ranked ladder. The one-off Fiora version has a higher win rate, at 54.6% in Platinum+ and 53.52% in Master rank.
Patch 3.19 nerfed Saga Seeker, however, Varus, was on the receiving end of a buff. The deck still maintains a good performance on the ranked ladder. It has a 53.8% win rate in Platinum+ and 53.02% in Master rank.
Although the deck has a good matchup against most of the meta, it loses to the top 3 most played decks, Annie Jhin, Draven Jinx, and Teemo Zoe (BC) which is holding the deck back from becoming tier 1.
Leona Diana (SI) has been putting up good numbers since the last patch. The deck has an amazing matchup table, and with Draven Jinx joining the meta, Leona Diana is a solid pick to target the popular deck. It currently has a 56% win rate in both Platinum+ and Master ranks.
The old aggressive landmark-oriented archetype has made a comeback. Taliyah Ziggs (BC) has around a 53% win rate in both Platinum+ and Master ranks.
The archetype has a bad matchup against the top 3 most-played decks but performs well against the Shadow Isles decks.
Seraphine Viktor (SI) is the only archetype that survived the nerf out of the top 3 Seraphine decks. The deck is still performing outstandingly well, holding a 54.9% win rate in Platinum+ and a 56.85% win rate in Master rank.
The nerf to Vayne and Golden Aegis has dropped Rumble Vayne (NX)’s win rate, growing down to 50.7% win rate in platinum+ and 51.42% in Master rank.
Elise Norra and Heimerdinger Norra’s play rate increased on week 1 of Patch 3.19. Their win rate started to slowly drop as the meta adapted to them. Elise Norra has a 52% win rate in both Platinum+ and Master Ranks. As for Heimerdinger Norra, the deck has a 50.8% win rate in Platinum+ and 49.59% in Master rank.
- Seraphine Ezreal (NX) and Seraphine Viktor (IO) both dropped below a 50% win rate after the Seraphine and Fanclub President nerfs.
- Vayne Zed has a 45% win rate in the Platinum+ rank.
- Even with the buff to Jax, Ornn Jax is still at 46.1% in the platinum+ rank.
- Nasus Kindred‘s play rate has seen an increase, but its win rate remains below 50%.
With Seraphine and Vayne dropping in popularity, many different archetypes are seeing more play. The meta in week 1 of Patch 3.19 is diverse but has not yet settled down. The rise of Twisted Fate Annie might change up the top performers in the upcoming weeks.
This is it for this week’s Meta Report. I’ll see you at the next one!