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Legends of Runeterra Metagame Tier List

We’re happy to present RuneterraCCG.com’s Metagame Tier List! This is the page that will help you find a footing in Legends of Runeterra’s ever-changing ladder meta.

The rankings and decks presented here are curated by Agigas – a consistent top player on the EU Masters ladder since Beta, and Empires of the Ascended Seasonal Tournament Top 4 finisher.

Feel welcome to stop by our Discord for discussion, questions, and feedback!

Last updated: October 21.

Update Overview - Beyond the Bandlewood Season, post-Worlds meta

The balance patch 2.18 has been very impactful on the meta. There are some changes that will have a big impact later, such as Zoe Nami getting completely removed, but for now, Dragons is by far the most impactful addition to the ladder.

With numerous buffs, Dragons was the most hyped-up archetype coming into the patch. and the deck definitely lived up to the expectations with a great win rate all the while being the most popular archetype. The buff to Dragon’s Clutch is making Dragon look like a completely new deck, and other buffs make the deck’s early draws a lot smoother. The deck gets a Tier 1 spot in the early meta, and players will now have to adapt to its presence.

With Dragons being so dominant, decks that are good into it are showing up on the ladder. Lurk is the most blatant example, climbing to Tier 1 thanks to its 74.5% win rate against Dragons. Sivir Demacia is also doing pretty good against Dragons, with a 60% win rate into it, and also benefits from the temporary drop in Draven Sion’s popularity, and therefore gets its place in Tier 1 too. Finally, Turbo Thralls also climbs the ranks with good matchups against Dragons and Bandle Tree.

On the other end, decks weak against Dragons are not having a great time. I was expecting Gangplank Sejuani to be a winner from the patch, but for now, it struggles in the Dragon-centric meta and drops to Tier 2. I expect it to get back its Tier 1 spot when the meta stabilizes though. Darkness is in a similar spot, showing disappointing results despite Dess & Ada’s buff.

Gangplank TF had an uncertain future because of the nerf to Tenor of Terror, leading to a big drop in play rate so far. However, Pokrovac showed the deck still got what it takes to be a Tier 1 contender – he is the first player to reach master this season after an 18-1 run on the deck.

Among Poppy aggro decks, Yordle Burn is the least affected one from the nerfs – it simply replaces Tenor of Terror with Lecturing Yordle, and continues to dominate the meta. If your goal is to climb fast, this is the deck I would recommend. Other Poppy aggro archetypes however struggle a bit more with the nerfs and seem to have fallen down to Tier 2.

While Draven Sion isn’t the most played archetype anymore because of its nerfs and the excitement around other archetypes, it still holds a very high win rate.

Overall, the entire current meta revolves around Dragons because of how popular they are since their buffs. However, as the meta stabilizes and diversifies, we can expect a lot of changes in the coming days, and we will keep the tier list updated. Thanks for reading!

Changelog

Patch 2.18
October 21

Dragons, Poppy Taric added.

Bandle Swarm, Gangplank Sejuani, Elusive Rally go from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple. Gangplank TF goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.

Sivir Demacia, Turbo Thralls goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.

Gangplank TF, Yordle Burn updated.

Zoe Nami, Lulu Poppy PnZ, Ledros Control, Caitlyn Draven, Fizz Nami, FTR, Jinx Lulu, Swain TF, Jarvan Shen, Ezreal Karma, Ezreal Vi

Patch update Overview.

Patch 2.14-2.17 (Beyond the Bandlewood)
Patch 2.12-2.13 (Sentinels of Light)
Patch 2.11 (Rise of the Underworlds)
Patch 2.9 (Guardians of the Ancient mid-season update)
Patch 2.7 (Guardians of the Ancient)

26 Responses

  1. dracofulmen says:

    Can you add yasuo malphite?

    • Agigas says:

      Unfortunately no, Yasuo Malphite is performing far too badly to make it to the tier list – this list is only about competitive decks. 🤔

  2. John Taxpayer says:

    Can you add yasuo malphite?

  3. ALFRED - CLAVITE says:

    How about matron cithria?

  4. himari says:

    thank you so much for the ui update, now i no longer almost crash from loading all decks at once

  5. Shaq says:

    Would appreciate if the Nasus Thresh Deck could get a Matchup Guide for Azir Irelia.

  6. Prof. Flex says:

    Thanks for the update

  7. mirciup says:

    What do you think about Leona/Yasuo or any Leona variations? Would she perform at least slightly decent? Would she be at a tier 2 or lower or is she unplayable in the meta?

    • Agigas says:

      I don’t think it’s unplayable, but I don’t consider it as competitive – I would place it in tier 3. However, be aware that Legends of Runeterra is a pretty skill-intensive game with not that big of a gap between tiers. A strong player can climb all the way up to master with a tier 3 deck, especially when he has the power of surprise. What I’m saying is, if you like Yasuo Leona, don’t let a tier list dissuade you from playing it, unless what’s most important to you is to play the very best archetypes.

      For what is the strongest Leona version, there are tons of pretty decent Leona archetypes. Leona Asol and Leona Karma are looking to be the strongest control ones, but you can also find some more aggressive daybreak decks, like Leona Lucian or Leona Draven!

  8. Kris says:

    Yeah, as a new player I would really like to see a somewhat optimized decklist for Droplet, Yasuo, Leona. These are basically my only cards 😀

    • Agigas says:

      Well, if you really want a deck that features all 3 of these cards, I think you’ll have to do a homebrew because Droplet isn’t usually featured in Yasuo Leona lists. 🤔

  9. TorrasqueCR says:

    What about Ez/Teemo freljord?

    • Agigas says:

      It has a low play rate and isn’t very successful right now because of the high amount of aggressive deck on the ladder. I wouldn’t recommend it outside of specific targeting strategies.

  10. Targon563 says:

    I just want to take a moment to thank you Agigas for all the work you’re doing on the meta analysis! Everything is very in-depth and well documented & Runeterraccg helped me a lot with my performance. I’m really grateful that you’re updating the tier list constantly with new information and I wanted to say thanks to you and to the Runeterraccg team! 😁

    • Robert says:

      I second this! Thank you Agigas, and all those that contribute to this website. Thank you thank you thank you!! I have improved tremendously as a LoR player from your content.

    • Agigas says:

      Thanks a lot, I’m really happy you like the content and that it helps you! 😄

  11. Sam says:

    What’s the best deck with Viego in it right now? Is it Viego Nasus, or is there not really one worth mentioning right now?

    • Agigas says:

      Viego Nasus does seem like the most successful Viego deck so far, other builds for the champ are performing pretty badly. Viego Nasus is performing sightly worse than Nasus Thresh, which is a very similar deck, and that’s why it doesn’t have its own spot. I’m going to include it in Nasus Thresh’s description.

  12. GloriousBeardGuy says:

    The only think I’d like to you to add to these tier lists are some “Bonus Decks.” Kinda like TLG adds to theirs. Maybe decks with great win rates but small sample sizes, or decks that you might have your eyes on that haven’t caught on (Elusive Rally) yet. Other than that, I find your list to be most helpful of all that are published regularly. Thanks again for all your hard work Agi. 😀

    • Agigas says:

      Thanks a lot for the feedback! 😄
      For that I do feature some bonus decks in the tier list, they are in the dark horses. For example, Sivir Demacia (Tier 1 Dark Horse), Riven Draven (Tier 2 Dark Horse), Shurima Burn (Tier 2 Dark Horse), and Pirate Midrange (Tier 2 Dark Horse) all have great win rates for very low play rates. 🙂

  13. Alonshow says:

    I know that this is a very basic question, but I just wanted to confirm: Tier 1 Dark horse decks are supposed to be stronger (in general, of course) than Tier 2 Staple decks, right?

    • Agigas says:

      Yes! The Tier (1 or 2) is an indicator of the power of the deck, whereas the category (Staple or Dark Horse) is an indicator of how much the deck has been played. 🙂

  14. ABDULRAHMAN says:

    What will u recommend more zombie Anivia or Veigo Ionia( with thresh to summon veigo)

    • Agigas says:

      I personally like Anivia control more because it has a higher amount of draw and consistency. However, both decks are pretty close in power level, so I think it mostly comes down to personal preferences. 🙂

  15. Tristan says:

    Fantastic job on making and updating these tier list decks frequently. One question I did have however. I’ve noticed that the ‘Elusives Rally’ deck that has just been updated has changed from Lulu/Poppy to Zed/Poppy. What’s the benefit of replacing Lulu with Zed? Or is it just a meta call? Intrigued because it’s been Lulu/Poppy for weeks and now Lulu’s been replaced.

    Also, a while ago when you wrote the deck articles, you would (and still do) add a rough percentage to how the deck matched up against other meta decks. Most of the other authors who publish deck articles use terms varying from ‘heavily favoured’ to ‘heavily unfavored’ and everything in between. Just out of curiosity, what are the parameters for determining the matchups? For example, I’m guessing an ‘even’ matchup would be about 50% but what percentage separates a deck that is slightly favoured, favoured or heavily favoured? Similarly, what percentage separates a deck that is slightly unfavoured, unfavoured or heavily unfavoured?

    • Agigas says:

      Thanks a lot! 😄

      Zed currently does better into the current meta that keeps accelerating. Also, Zed Poppy was not a very popular combination early in the season, so we had very few stats on it, but now that it’s getting more popular it’s the version finding the most success.

      30-35% = heavily unfavored, 40% = unfavored, 45% = slightly unfavored, 50% = even, 55% = slightly favored, 60% = favored, 65-70% = heavily favored.

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