- 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.
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Last updated: October 21.
How to read and use our Metagame Tier List
- Two main sources of info used to build this Tier List are Mobalytics stats, and opinions of high-level competitive community.
- Stats are the main way to rank archetypes, find the best lists, and evaluate the matchups.
- My own experience/practice, as well as opinions of top players, are also taken into consideration, especially when it comes to experts of particular archetypes.
- Tiers represent the relative power of the decks and their suitability towards consistent ladder climb.
- In addition to its Tier placement, each particular deck can have either one of these two labels:
- ‘Staple’ – this is a well-known archetype with a significant play rate and win rate;
- ‘Dark Horse’ – it is an underplayed or emerging deck, with a power level high enough to be placed on the Tier List.
- The order of decks within Tiers doesn’t matter (i.e., decks that share ‘Tier 2 Staple’ ranking are not arranged by power level within that rank).
- Click on ‘More Details’ to learn more about the deck and inspect a sample decklist. Click ‘Deck Guide’ to check out our most recent in-depth article about the archetype.
Dragons are back in the meta after getting buffed in patch 2.18. The deck looks to set up its powerful dragons units thanks to its early dragon-synergies units. The Dragons’ big stat lines rapidly own the board and synergize with strike effects. The deck finishes games either with a leveled Aurelion Sol or by giving its whole board the Overwhelm keyword with Dragon’s Clutch.
- Strong against: Gangplank Sejuani.
- Weak against: Lurk.
Ziggs Poppy is an aggressive deck looking to flood the board thanks to the cheap aggro Noxus units and the powerful Bandle City swarm. Poppy then comes down to buff the whole board and create a snowball effect.
More than just a board swarm, this strategy also comes down with a lot of burn damage (Impact units, Ziggs, Legion Saboteur, Inventive Chemist, Imperial Demolitionist). Once enough damage has been done to the opponent Nexus, the deck finishes the game with burn spells. Unlike most aggro burn decks, Ziggs Poppy keeps the aggression going for a very long time before running out of cards thanks to the massive value from Bandle City.
- Strong against: Darkness, Zoe Nami, Pirate Burn.
- Weak against: Draven Sion.
This archetype uses the Bandle Tree to finish games. It runs a lot of dual-regions followers and features all 10 regions in its main deck, but can also create duo-region followers to help with Bandle Tree quest.
With a ton of draw and numerous small units, this deck is able to consistently swarm the board, making it very hard for the opponent to go through before the Bandle Tree finishes the game. Sometimes, the swarm gameplan can also enable the deck to go on the offense, making it possible to win without the Bandle Tree.
- Strong against: Darkness.
- Weak against: Fizz Nami, Zoe Nami, Bandle Swarm.
Lurk is a deck that wants to create a strong board presence with its numerous Lurker units and leverage the power of Rek’Sai and Pyke. Thanks to Predict and other top-deck manipulation tools, you can consistently trigger Lurk.
Pyke is often the most feared card in the deck – Death from Below is an incredibly effective spell, and once Pyke levels up it is very easy for him to kill every unit on the opponent’s side of the board.
- Strong against: Zoe Nami.
- Weak against: Draven Sion.
Draven Sion leverages Discard effects to gain tempo and value advantages. The deck is able to push a lot of damage very quickly with strong early units, all the while generating value with Zaunite Urchin, Grave Physician, Sump Dredger, and Lost Soul. On turn 7, Sion comes down leveled consistently – he is a very impressive finisher against any opponent without a direct counterplay.
- Strong against: Sivir Demacia, Poppy aggro.
- Weak against: Zoe Nami, Zoe Lee.
TF GP Bandle is an aggressive midrange archetype, looking to rapidly flood the board and consistently deal face damage. While the deck is very strong at killing the opponent quickly, it can also play a midrange plan thanks to the value it generates. Gangplank is a strong finisher, as he’ll come down leveled very often.
- Strong against: Draven Sion, Bandle Tree, Pirate Burn.
- Weak against: Zoe Nami, FTR, Zoe Lee.
This archetype looks to build a strong board with Demacia and Shurima units and then forces inconvenient blocks for the opponent. The Quick Attack champions are particularly powerful within this strategy. To back up the units, the deck has access to some very powerful combat tricks, as well as efficient removal in Concerted Strike. For longer games, the combination of Sivir level 2 and The Absolver, as well as Akshan’s landmarks, will help close things out.
- Strong against: Zoe Nami, Darkness.
- Weak against: Draven Sion.
Zoe Lee is the latest iteration of the Lee Sin combo deck: you aim to level up Lee Sin, give him Overwhelm and buff him up, then blow up the opponent with an OTK. Lee Sin has an innate Barrier and the deck also runs a lot of additional protection (Deny, Nopeify, buffs, some versions – Bastion).
Zoe is a very good 1-drop in this deck that doesn’t necessarily require a second champion to execute its game plan, and the spells she creates can help with leveling up and protecting Lee Sin. Despite being a combo deck, Zoe Lee can put up a very strong fight against aggressive opponents thanks to Eye of the Dragon, which can be tutored with Crescendum generated by Gifts from Beyond.
- Strong against: Draven Sion.
- Weak against: Darkness.
Turbo Thralls is a deck that leverages Frozen Thralls with ‘advance countdown’ cards and Promising Future to create a massive board advantage.
The archetype consists of 3 core parts: the Frozen Thralls package (Frozen Thralls, Lissandra, Draklorn Inquisitor, Taliyah), the accelerators (Clockwork Curator, Draklorn Inquisitor, Preservationist, The Clock Hand, Time in a Bottle), and the defensive tools (Blighted Ravine, Kindly Tavernkeeper, Three Sisters, Avalanche).
The very sudden burst of tempo created by Frostguard Thralls makes the deck very powerful against slower archetypes, though it tends to struggle against fast lists.
- Strong against: Gangplank Sejuani, Darkness.
- Weak against: Elusive Rally, Zoe Nami.
Sejuani Gangplank is a Bilgewater Allegiance deck, with strong Plunder cards and a lot of enablers for them. The deck packs a solid mix of efficient units, draw, and removals, and it can feel powerful at all points of the game. Sejuani and Gangplank will level up consistently to become game-winning threats. The Dreadway is a very strong finisher, and it also draws Gangplank.
- Strong against: Draven Caitlyn.
- Weak against: Zoe Nami.
Lulu Poppy is an archetype that looks flood the board with numerous cheap units. With the powerful Demacia spells, the deck is able to back up its board presence with strong combat tricks and Rallies. Bandle City Mayor is a key card in the deck, allowing us to play a lot of units in a single turn when he survives. Thanks to Hidden Pathways, this seemingly aggressive deck rarely ever runs out of value.
- Strong against: Bandle Tree, Fizz Nami.
- Weak against: Draven Sion, Draven Caitlyn.
Darkness is the archetype revolving around the Darkness spell. With many Darkness generators and ways to increase its damage, the deck is able to control the opponent’s board very effectively. If Veigar stays on the board for a couple of turns, Darkness becomes extremely strong, and Veigar will level up quickly. From there, the archetype will have no problem finishing games with a couple of Darknesses to the opponent’s face.
- Strong against: Zoe Nami.
- Weak against: Poppy aggro, Bandle Tree.
Elusive Rally is a very aggressive deck, mixing the power of Elusive units from Ionia and Rallies from Demacia. While our champions are not Elusive, they both also benefit greatly from Rallies, as they have powerful on-attack effects and level-up conditions. To back up your units and protect them from interaction, the deck packs some of the best buff spells, Twin Disciplines and Sharpsight. This is a very straightforward deck – play units that offer a lot of pressure, and Rally until your opponent dies.
This archetype can replace any of its champions for Lulu to buff Elusive units and get strong trades with Challengers, but the concept stays the same – leveraging powerful early pressure and buffs with rallies.
- Strong against: Darkness, Zoe Nami.
- Weak against: Draven Sion, Caitlyn Draven.
Pirate Aggro is a very aggressive archetype that aims to put pressure on the opponent right from the start with its numerous 1-drop units. It has a strong early curve to keep the pressure up for as long as possible. If the opponent manages to stabilize, Pirate Aggro also has a large amount of burn to finish them off. You can level up Gangplank quickly if you sequence your damage properly, which gives the deck a surprisingly strong midgame.
- Strong against: Zoe Nami, Lurk.
- Weak against: Darkness, Draven Sion.
Decklist by RyanLaguatan. Poppy Taric is a midrange archetype combining Demacia and Targon for their powerful board presence and combat tricks. Then, the deck accelerates the pressure with rallies. Both of the champions combines really well with rallies – Poppy can easily level up in this deck, and Taric cast them again to get 2 extra attack phase instead of one! With both champions on board and a Rally, Poppy can level over a single turn.
Fizz Lee is a surprisingly aggressive deck, with a lot of Elusives and protection spells to apply pressure on the opponent.
Lee Sin helps the deck control the opponent’s key units, and levels quickly – he deals damage through the opponent’s board, acting like yet another evasive threat. Unlike most all-in Elusive decks, this deck’s high amount of draw, and board control with Lee Sin, enables it to play longer, grindier games.
- Strong against: Zoe Nami.
- Weak against: GP TF Bandle.
Decklist by Freshlobster. Riven Vi is an aggressive combo deck, looking to create an enormous unit (Ballistic Bot, Riven, or Vi), give it Elusive – with Ambush, or Overwhelm – with Heavy Blade Fragment, and protect it with Survival Skills.
If this doesn’t finish the game in a single hit, you can have another go with Ruined Reckoner’s Midnight Raid, or finish the opponent with Get Excited. While the main focus of the deck is on the combo, it is also an overall aggressive archetype that gets to win games without needing the combo.
- Strong against: Yordle Burn.
- Weak against: Darkness.
Soraka Tahm Kench Star Spring is a deck that builds its entire gameplay around the Star Spring win condition. It plays a good mix of self-damaging units and spells, and numerous heals.
Aside from Star Spring, Soraka is also a very powerful payoff for healing – she can rapidly snowball games as a draw and healing engine. Tahm Kench is a removal engine in this deck, as you can keep him alive with your heals and protection spells.
- Strong against: Darkness, Gangplank TF Bandle
- Weak against: Poppy aggro.
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!
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.
Gangplank Sejuani goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple. Turbo Thralls goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Ledros Control added.
Bandle Swarm goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple.
Caitlyn Draven goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Darkness decklist updated.
Gangplank TF decklist updated.
Draven Sion decklist updated.
Lulu Poppy PnZ decklist updated.
Fizz Lee, Riven Vi, Tahm Soraka added.
Azir Irelia, Thresh Nasus, Viego Ionia removed.
Fizz Nami goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Bandle Tree goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple.
Darkness, Draven Sion, Sivir Demacia, Bandle Tree decklist updated.
Post-Worlds Meta Overview added.
Ez Vi Shellfolk added.
Zoe Nami, GP TF Bandle, Zoe Lee, Caitlyn Draven, Bandle Swarm decklist updated.
Turbo Thralls goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Yordle Burn goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple.
Gangplank Sejuani goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
FTR control goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Poppy Ziggs, Lulu Poppy PnZ added.
GP TF Bandle goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple.
Elusive Rally, Bandle Swarm decklists updated.
Anivia Control removed.
FTR control added.
Zoe Lee goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.
Sivir Demacia goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
Darkness, Zoe Lee, Pirate Burn decklist updated.
Ziggs Taliyah removed.
TF GP Bandle added.
Zoe Nami goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple. Fizz Nami goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Turbo Thralls goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Zoe Lee goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Dark Horse. Viego Ionia and Jarvan Shen go from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Zoe Nami, Draven Sion, Sivir Demacia, Gangplank Sejuani, Elusive Rally, Fizz Nami, Bandle Swarm, Darkness, Caitlyn Draven, Bandle Tree, Pirate Burn, Lurk, Turbo Thralls, Jarvan Shen, Ziggs Taliyah, Ezreal Karma, Swain TF, Viego Ionia, Jinx Lulu decklist updated.
All matchup tables updated.
Riven Draven removed.
Hotfix Update Overview.
Darkness goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
Gangplank Sejuani updated.
Azir Irelia goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse. Caitlyn Draven, Pirate Burn go from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple. Nasus Sacrifice, Jinx Lulu, Swain TF, Anivia Control, Ezreal Karma go from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Zoe Nami goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Darkness goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple. LuluPoppy goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Zoe Nami, Bandle Tree, Sivir Demacia updated. Tristana Poppy updated into Lulu Poppy. Lulu Poppy Ionia added in Zed Lulu's description.
Sivir Ionia, Predict Go Hard, Akshan Lee, Discard Aggro, TF Go Hard removed.
Darkness, Zoe Lee, Anivia Control updated.
Zoe Lee goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.
Swain TF goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Draven Sion goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple. Fizz Nami goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Darkness goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Caitlyn Draven replaces Ezreal Draven. Zoe Nami, Ziggs Taliyah, Bandle Tree, Poppy Tristana added.
Fizz Nami updated.
Darkness, Sion Draven, Fizz Nami, Predict Go Hard added.
Pirate Midrange, Shurima Burn, Reputation, Sivir TF removed.
Ezreal Draven updated.
Patch 2.14 update overview.
Sivir Demacia decklist updated.
Sivir Demacia goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple.
Pirate Burn, Ezreal Draven, Sivir Ionia go from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.
Discard Aggro goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
TF Go Hard added.
Jarvan Shen goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
Swain TF, Riven Draven decklist updated.
Zed Lulu, Discard Aggro, Ezreal Draven, Jarvan Shen go from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple. GP Sejuani goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple. Swain TF goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Dark Horse.
Turbo Thralls, Reputation go from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Anivia Control, Viego Ionia, Sivir TF added.
Elusive Burn, Taric Jarvan removed.
Patch 2.13 Update Overview added.
Gangplank Sejuani, Pirate Midrange decklist updated.
Azir Irelia, Sivir Ionia, Discard Aggro, Zoe Lee decklist updated.
Fiora Shen added in Jarvan Shen's description.
Ezreal Draven goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse.
Elusive Rally added.
Ezreal Draven decklist updated
Swain TF decklist updated.
Zed Sivir changed into Akshan Sivir. Pirate Burn, Lurk, Riven Draven decklist updated.
Karma Ezreal, Sejuani Gangplank, Elusive Burn, Jinx Lulu go from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Swain TF goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Sivir Demacia, Shurima Burn, Pirate Midrange added.
Teemo Elusive, Ashe Noxus, Overwhelm, Scouts removed.
Jarvan Shen decklist updated.
Akshan Lee added. Viego Nasus added in Thresh Nasus' description.
Sivir Zed goes from Tier 1 Pick of the Patch to Tier 1 Staple.
Akshan Sivir added in Sivir Zed's description.
Jarvan Shen goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Zed Sivir goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 1 Pick of the Patch. Irelia Azir goes from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple. Ashe Noxus goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Reputation goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple. Zoe Lee, Thresh Nasus go from Tier 1 Dark Horse to Tier 2 Staple.
Ezreal Karma, Sejuani Gangplank, Elusive Burn, Teemo Elusive added.
Yeti, Zoe Vi, Nightfall, Malphite Taliyah, FTR control, Deep removed.
Jarvan Shen decklist updated.
Lurk decklist updated.
Nasus Thresh decklist updated.
Jinx Lulu, Scouts, Riven Draven added.
Spider Aggro, Soraka TK, BW Allegiance removed.
Sivir Zed, Irelia Azir, Zoe Lee, Thresh Nasus, Lurk, Jarvan Shen, Deep decklist updated.
Sivir Zed goes from Tier 2 Dark Horse to Tier 1 Staple. Irelia Azir goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple. Discard Aggro goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Turbo Thralls goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple. Ashe Noxus goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Patch 2.11 Week 2 Update Overview added.
Yetis, Zed Sivir added. Dragons removed.
Bilgewater Allegiance decklist and description updated.
Reputation, Lurk, Jarvan Shen, Swain TF, Taric Jarvan, Bilgewater Allegiance, Malphite Taliyah added.
Azir Burn, Crimson removed.
Lissandra SI changed to FR SI control and goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse.
Pirate Burn, Turbo Thralls, Discard Aggro go from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Staple. Zoe Lee goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Thresh Nasus goes from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 1 Dark Horse. Dragon goes from Tier 2 Staple to Tier 2 Dark Horse. Irelia Azir, Ezreal Draven go from Tier 1 Staple to Tier 2 Staple.
Pirate Burn, Turbo Thralls, Zoe Lee, Thresh Nasus, Irelia Azir, Ezreal Draven, Overwhelm, Deep decklists updated.
All matchups and descriptions updated.
Patch 2.11 Update Overview added.
Deep deck guide added.
Meta Tier List visuals and UI updated.
Decklists and matchups updated for every archetype.
Patch 2.9 Update Overview added.
Azir Burn, Elise Spider go from Tier 2 "Staple" to Tier 1 "Dark Horse".
Dragons, Discard Aggro, Overwhelm Shurima go from Tier 1 "Staple" to Tier 2 "Staple".
Soraka TK, Braum Vladimir, Pirate Burn, Zoe Vi, Nightfall Aggro, Zoe Lee go from Tier 2 "Staple to Tier 2 "Dark Horse".
Shen Jarvan, Lucian Azir, Scouts, All-in Fiora, Draven Vi, Chirean Burn removed from the tier list.
Dragons, Overwhelm, Irelia Azir go from Tier 1 ‘Dark Horse’ to Tier 1 ‘Staple’.
Nightfall, Azir Burn go from Tier 1 ‘Dark Horse’ to Tier 2 ‘Staple’.
Dragons, Overwhelm Shurima, Azir Irelia, Discard Aggro decklists updated.
Irelia Azir and Azir Burn added to Tier 1 ‘Dark Horse’. Zoe Vi added to Tier 2 ‘Staple’. All-in Fiora, Chirean Burn, Draven Vi added to Tier 2 ‘Dark Horse’.
Lulu Shen and Endure Aggro removed.
Nightfall and Dragons go from Tier 2 ‘Staple’ to Tier 1 ‘Dark Horse’.
Lissandra Matron and Zoe Lee go from Tier 1 ‘Staple’ to Tier 2 ‘Staple’.
Nasus Thresh, Ezreal Draven, Overwhelm decklists updated. Zoe Asol becomes Dragons.
Zilean Nasus version added into Nasus Thresh’s description.
Discard Aggro, Ashe Noxus, Crimson, Lissandra Matron, Zoe Lee, Spiders matchup table updated.
May 8 update overview.
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