The second week of Patch 3.19 has seen a lot of changes compared to the early stages of the new patch. After the meta settled down, it became easier to determine the best performers on the ranked ladder, which forced some of last week’s tier 1 decks to drop significantly in play rate and win rate.
This weekend we had the World Championship Qualifier, where the top 64 players from each server battled it out for a seat to represent their region. The top 16 players who qualified for Worlds can be found here.
In today’s meta-report, we’ll take a look at ladder statistics and the decks that were brought to the world qualifier.
Sources: The 206K matches of data from November 15 to November 21 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. Full decklist of world qualifier competitors.
Most Successful Archetypes
We see both Tryndamere Trundle (SI) and Katarina Gwen gain popularity over the week, landing them in Tier 1 after a solid performance. Vayne Kayn and Quinn Vayne (PZ) have been performing well for a while now, and with the increase of Shadow Isles decks like Heimerdinger Jayce and Tryndamere Trundle (SI) both decks have better matchups on the ranked ladder.
Tier 2 (Heimerdinger Jayce, Draven Jinx, 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, Akshan Varus, Leona Diana (SI), Jinx (FR))
A lot of different archetypes are present in Tier 2, showcasing a healthy diversity in the meta. Annie Jhin has had solid stats this past week, even with the increase of Shadow Isles decks. As for Draven Jinx, its dominance lasted for a short while before players quickly adapted to the discard deck, and it ultimately dropped to Tier 2.
Meme Tier (Evelynn Udyr) The deck tries to take advantage of the buff Spirits Unleashed received. The stat pump for the Husks can create a buffy board that is difficult to deal with. However, the archetype has been underperforming, barely holding a 39% win rate on the ranked ladder.
Balance Watch I don’t think I have anything in mind that requires an immediate nerf. As for buffs, Viego definitely needs a revert back to 5 mana; the champion has been nonexistent since the nerf.
Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes
In the chart below, I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates of 21 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: (Gwen Katarina) The archetype has an amazing matchup table, with only Diana Leona (SI) being an extremely bad matchup. The deck even saw the most play in the world qualifier tournament. It was only a matter of time until players picked up on the high win rate Gwen Katarina had. After the increase in popularity of Trundle Tryndamere (SI) it was time for Gwen Katarina to take over.
Overplayed: (Norra Veigar) The archetype has a high play rate but barely holds a 50% win rate on the ranked ladder. Simialry, Elise Norra has been underperforming, even dropping to 49.5% win rate in Platinum+
Underplayed: (Pantheon Varus) With the increase of Trundle Tryndamere (SI) and Gwen Katarina decks, Pantheon Varus is the perfect archetype to deal with both decks, and its win rate is showcasing just that: 54.2% in platinum+ and 57% in Master rank.
Fizz Nami Varus has a 55% win rate on the ranked ladder. The elusive deck can be difficult for slow decks to keep up with once Fleet Admiral Shelly starts buffing up the board and creating a powerful board.
World Championship Qualifier Meta Report
- Katarina Gwen was the most popular deck during the World Qualifier, brought by 75 players on all three servers. The deck has been showing solid performance on the ranked ladder for over a week now but has remained at a low play rate. Players chose the deck based on its performance and perfect matchup table, which complements almost every lineup.
- Vayne (PZ) was the second-most popular deck, brought by 43 players on all three servers. The archetype tries to counter Shadow Isles decks like Heimerdinger Jayce and Feel The Rush, and it also puts up a fight against aggressive decks like Draven Jinx.
- Taliyah Ziggs saw play as a counter-meta deck that does well against the Shadow Isles decks and can beat Annie Twisted Fate. The deck had a total of 33 players on all three servers.
- Interestingly, players from the AM and APAC regions agreed to bring different versions of Monkeys deck. AM brought 8 Monkey decks while APAC brought 3 decks. On the other hand, EMEA was not on the same strategy.
- Trundle Tryndamare (SI) saw a lot of play in the world qualifier. A total of 38 players brought the deck.
- Vayne Kayn gained a lot of popularity recently and rivaled Vayne (PZ) in players’ lineups. On all three servers, 32 players brought Vayne Kayn.
- As expected, Seraphine (SI) made an appearance in the world tournament due to its solid performance even after Seraphine’s nerf. 31 players in total brought the archetype.
- There were 10 Timelines decks on all three servers, with AM bringing 9 of them while APAC brought it only once.
- Remarkably, EMEA brought 11 Seraphine (IO), an archetype that has been underperforming since the Seraphine nerf.
- On all three servers, 29 players brought Elusives (Some included different versions of Teemo Zoe (BC)).
- Annie Twisted Fate and Heimerdinger Jayce were brought 32 times each.
- Purrsuit (Aphelios Seraphine) had 26 players including it in their lineup on all three servers.
Top 16 Decks
Here’s the deck distribution of the top 16 players that advanced to the World Championship tournament.
We have eight players qualified with Katarina Gwen.
Four players with Annie Twisted Fate made it through.
I’ve been enjoying the diverse meta, and it seems it has reflected positively on the tournament scene. Many unexpected decks made it into players’ lineups and even made it to the top 16.
This is it for this week’s Meta Report. I’ll see you at the next one!