LoR Meta Report – Patch 4.0 Week 2 – Best Ladder Decks

Meta Report Patch 4.0 week 2 Darkin Saga: World Ender expansion showcases all the data you need to understand the meta and start your climb.

LoR Meta Report for Patch 4.0 Week 2 is here! Jinx decks continue their solid performance as players try to adapt to the aggressive nature of the ranked ladder.

The Runeterra Seasonal tournament is approaching, and players are doing their best to make it into the top 700 on the ranked leaderboard. Overall, the meta has settled down, giving us an idea of the popular decks we might see in the seasonals.

However, a couple of decks have gained popularity this past week; decks like Katarina Leona and Aatrox Vayne seem to be solid choices for players.

Sources: The 207K matches of data from January 10 to January 16 are from LlorStat and Runeterra.AR.

Most Successful Archetypes

Tier 1 (Jinx Lulu, Trundle Tryndamere (SI), Katarina Leona, Norra Veigar, Ekko Jinx (SH), Gangplank Sejuani)

With the meta adapting to Jinx Lulu, aggressive decks like Pirates and Elise Gwen have seen a drop in win rates. Gangplank Sejuani has had a high win rate since Patch 4.0 dropped, the deck was bound to make it up to Tier 1 again.

Tier 2 (Vayne Aatrox, Pyke Rek’Sai, Ezreal Seraphine (BC), Aatrox Kayn, Darius Overwhelm, Annie Jhin, Twisted Fate Annie, Draven Jinx, Miss Fortune Twisted Fate, Apehlios Leona, Irelia Gwen, Seraphine Viktor Aphelios, Garen Jarvan IV, Viktor Seraphine Ryze, Rumble Vayne, Zed Hecarim, Aatrox Kindred, Akshan Varus, Azir Xerath, Fizz Gwen, Heimerdinger Jayce (SI), Elise Gwen)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a diverse meta like this one. Many decks are solid choices for a serious ladder climb and are on par with Tier 1 decks. Draven Jinx falls to Tier 2 after the meta has adapted to the Jinx decks.

Meme Tier

Bard Kayle created by Sorry • last updated 8 months ago

Bard Kayle has been around for quite a while. The Chimes from Bard are used to work on Kayle’s level up and buff Xoolani the Bloodweaver. However, the deck continues to underperform on the ranked ladder even after the nerfs to the top decks.

It currently has a 37.7% win rate across all ranks.

Underplayed and Overplayed Archetypes

In the chart below, I’ve plotted win rates versus play rates for 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: Jinx Lulu. The aggressive deck holds its spot as the Meta King for the second week of patch 4.0. It has been the player’s popular choice to make their ladder climb, especially in the Master rank.

Overplayed: Pyke Rek’Sai. Currently, in the top 5 most played decks, the lurk archetype fails to hold a positive win rate. It’s not the best deck to use if you want to work your way up the ranks.

Underplayed: Vayne Aatrox. The archetype is making its slow comeback and has been performing better after players made slight modifications to the list. The Darkin Spear is now favored over The Darkin Aegis and has helped maintain a good early game.

On the American ladder, I’ve been playing a lot of Aatrox Vayne Quinn and have climbed to rank 14 with an 81% win rate in 44 games.

Hidden Gems:

Aphelios Leona has had a 59% win rate the past 2 days, and its play rate has been slowly rising.

The archetype holds well against aggressive decks like Leona Katarina, Pirates, and Lulu Jinx.

The multiple-win conditions the deck operates on allow you to set up more than one threat that your opponent needs to deal with.

Balance Watch: Jinx and Quietus.

Jinx decks have been a bit too powerful, especially Ekko Jinx and Lulu Jinx. The biggest culprit is none other than Jinx. If she’s allowed to stick on the board for more than one turn, she’ll threaten to deal a lot of Nexus damage with Mega Death Rocket.

Mega Death Rocket! should be the main focus when trying to tone down Jinx. Lowering the damage the Rocket can push toward the Nexus can buy more time for players to find an answer.

Most Popular Archetypes

Jinx Lulu’s win rate drops compared to last week’s Meta Report but still maintains a high win rate of 55% across all ranks.

A lot of counter decks have been popping up on ladder, which explains the drop in win rate.

Trundle Tryndamere (SI) keeps its spot as the second most played deck with a win rate of 53.26% across all ranks.

Remarkably, the deck still has a bad matchup against Jinx Lulu and Katarina Leona but beats decks like Veigar Norra, Ekko Jinx, Gangplank Sejuani, and Mono Shurima.

Norra Veigar jumps up the ranks! The archetype gained a lot of popularity this past week, making it into the top 3 most-played decks. The swarm deck has a 53.71% win rate across all ranks and a 53.51% win rate in Master rank.

The archetype is a great counter deck for Lulu Jinx but gets crushed against Trundle Tryndamere and Vayne Aatrox Quinn.

Katarina Gwen created by Sorry • last updated 8 months ago

Gwen Katarina holds the 4th spot in play rate. The nerf to Fallen Reckoner has definitely taken its toll on the deck. It currently has a 53.57% win rate across all ranks and a 52.51% win rate in Master rank.

It has a bad matchup against both Veigar Norra and Lulu Jinx but can beat Trundle Tryndamere and Mono Shurima.

Lurk drops from the top 3 most-played decks to the top 5. The archetype’s win rate drops below 50%! It has a win rate of 49.67% across all ranks and a win rate of 48.89% in Master rank.

Pyke Rek’Sai has a good matchup against Trundle Tryndamere, Aatrox decks, and Mono Shurima. It loses to Jinx Lulu, Gwen Katarina, and Norra Veigar.

Ekko Jinx continues a powerful performance. It’s currently the second-best Jinx deck out there, with a 55% win rate across all ranks.

It beats popular decks like Jinx Lulu and Gangplank Sejuani.

I talked about Katarina Leona in the “hidden gem” of the previous meta report, and the deck has finally established its place in the meta.

Katarina Leona is in the top 10 most-played decks with a 56.86% win rate across all ranks and a 56.49% win rate in Master rank.

Sejuani Gangplank created by Sorry • last updated 9 months ago

Gangplank Sejuani has a win rate of around 55% across all ranks and Master rank.

The Plunder deck has been putting up good numbers as it beats decks like Jinx Lulu, Lurk, Mono Shurima, and Gwen Katarina.

Both Zed Hecarim and Mono Shurima are underperforming on the ranked ladder. Their win rates across all ranks are below 50%.

Mono Shurima has a tough time against Trundle Tryndamere, Jinx Lulu, and Norra Veigar. Zed Hecarim loses to decks like Jinx Lulu, Gwen Katarina, and Norra Veigar.

Taliyah Ziggs keeps getting better! The archetype now has a 54.97% win rate across all ranks and a 55.02% win rate in Master rank.

The landmark-oriented deck beats decks like Trundle Tryndamere, Norra Veigar, and Gwen Katarina. It loses to aggressive decks like Lulu Jinx, Leona Katarina, and Pirates.

Vayne Aatrox Quinn has seen an increase in win rate after dropping below 50%. It currently has a win rate of 52.25% across all ranks and a win rate of 52.21% in Master rank.

The World Ender deck beats Jinx Lulu, Ekko Jinx, and Norra Veigar. However, Vayne Aatrox gets crushed by Trundle Tryndamere.

Kayn Aatrox follows the Vayne version closely. It has a 53.67% win rate across all ranks and a 53.79% win rate in Master.

If you’re looking to beat Jinx Lulu, Norra Veigar, and Leona Katarina then Kayn Aatrox is an awesome pick!

Trundle Tryndamere and Gwen Katarina are unfavored matchups.

Heimerdinger Jayce is in the top 20 most-played decks. It has a win rate of 54.66% across all ranks.

It’s a great choice against Ekko Jinx, Leona Katarina, and Lulu Jinx.

Ezreal Seraphine (BC)’s play rate keeps dropping. The deck that once dominated the ladder now fails to even maintain a 50% win rate.

It currently has a win rate of 47.06% across all ranks and a win rate of 46.76% in Master rank.

Akshan Varus is performing well! It has around a 53% win rate across all ranks. Akshan Varus beats Trundle Tryndamere and Norra Veigar. It has an almost even matchup against Jinx Lulu. Pyke Rek’Sai and Gwen Katarina are difficult matchups.

Closing Words

The meta is as diverse as it gets! A lot of different archetypes are seeing play and finding success.

We’ll see how things shape up this week. This is it for this week’s Meta Report; I’ll see you at 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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