Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (2022)

Hello there!

I’m Wamuu and today I will be giving you our top 7 decks to climb with for patch 2.18.

Patch 2.18 was a very impactful patch as many meta cards were nerfed while not so meta cards got buffed bringing back old archetypes to the meta. If you would like to read more about the patch you can read our Patch 2.18 Card Review article.

The order of this Top 7 is based on deck popularity rather than win rate but I will be covering win rates and my thoughts on each deck. Some popular decks are not included as I do not believe they are good for climbing right now but people are rather playing them for fun. All data utilized in this article is from our Mastering Runeterra Matchup Table. You should check it out if you’re curious about a certain matchup.

Without further ado these are the top decks to climb with in this patch:

#1 Pyke Rek’Sai Lurk (54.9% Overall WR)

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (1)

Bilgewater
17 cards

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Shurima
23 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (3) 29 700

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6

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7

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (6)

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (7)

24

Mana cost

9

1

13

2

6

3

3

4

3

5

3

6

3

7+

Champions

6

3

Rek'Sai

3

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4

Pyke

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (9)

Followers

29

1

Sharkling

3

1

Treasure Seeker

2

1

Xer'sai Hatchling

3

2

Aspiring Chronomancer

3

2

Redfin Hammersnout

3

2

Snapjaw Swarm

3

3

Xer'sai Caller

3

5

Xerxa'Reth, The Undertitan

3

6

Xer'sai Dunebreaker

3

8

Jaull-fish

3

Spells

5

1

Bloodbait

1

2

Bone Skewer

1

2

Call the Pack

3

Lurk is in a very good spot right now in the meta because of the buffs to the Dragons archetype. Dragons are the most played archetype at the moment with a 14.8% play rate for last season’s master players. Because of this Dragons are an easy target for Lurk as it is their worst matchup currently. Lurk has a win rate of about 72.2% vs Dragons, so it is a free win for Lurk each time you face Dragons.

Lurk has very few bad matchups; the most notable ones are Draven Sion (33.2% WR) and Bandle Pirates (37% WR). The good news for Lurk is that people are not playing as much of either deck because of the nerfs to cards like DravenTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (10) and Twinblade RevenantTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (11) for Draven Sion and the fact that Dragons (the most popular deck at the moment) is very good into Bandle Pirates (35.8% WR vs Dragons).

Because of the things mentioned above, the stars have aligned for Lurk to be meta again and you should probably get free LP with this deck as fast as possible before people stop playing Dragons and start playing Draven Sion again.

If you would like an in-depth Lurk guide you can check out Jasensational’s Lurk Deck Guide.

#2 Bandletree (55.4% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (12)

Noxus
5 cards

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (13)

Bandlecity
35 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (14) 26 500

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5

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (16)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (17)

7

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (18)

22

Mana cost

8

1

11

2

6

3

12

4

5

3

6

7+

Champions

5

1

Fizz

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2

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4

Poppy

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (20)

Landmarks

3

4

The Bandle Tree

3

Followers

19

1

Proto Poro

2

2

Bandle Commando

3

2

Bomber Twins

2

2

House Spider

3

3

Bandle City Mayor

3

3

Loping Telescope

3

4

Aloof Travelers

3

Spells

13

1

Group Shot

2

1

Ravenous Flock

2

2

Pokey Stick

3

4

Buster Shot

3

6

Hidden Pathways

1

6

Minimorph

2

It is no surprise that Bandletree remains a good deck to climb with as it was one of the top decks last patch and was barely nerfed this patch. The only card that got nerfed in the deck is Aloof TravelersTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (21) but in this type of deck, it is not a detrimental nerf as it only means the deck is just weaker against fearsome units.

As with Lurk, Bandletree benefits from both Dragons’ rise to popularity as it has a 60.8% win rate against it and the nerfs to Draven Sion as it is one of its worse matchups. Coincidentally Bandle Pirates is also a bad matchup for Bandletree but is kept in check by Dragons. This means Bandletree is in pretty much the same position as Lurk but Lurk has better matchups across the ladder at the moment.

If you would like to learn more about Bandletree you can check out my deck guide by clicking here.

#3 Poppy Ziggs (55.9% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (22)

Noxus
16 cards

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (23)

Bandlecity
24 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (24) 26 500

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (25)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (26)

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (27)

9

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (28)

22

Mana cost

9

1

13

2

9

3

6

4

3

5

6

7+

Champions

6

3

Ziggs

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (29)

4

Poppy

3

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Followers

25

1

Inventive Chemist

3

1

Legion Rearguard

3

1

Legion Saboteur

3

2

Conchologist

3

2

House Spider

1

2

Imperial Demolitionist

3

2

Stone Stackers

3

3

Bandle City Mayor

3

4

Lecturing Yordle

3

Spells

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9

2

Pokey Stick

3

3

Noxian Fervor

3

5

Decimate

3

Poppy Ziggs is in a similar situation as Bandletree, it was a very dominant deck last patch, and only one card in the deck got nerfed which was Tenor of TerrorTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (31). So, we just switch Tenor of TerrorTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (32) for a better four drop in Bandle City in the form of Lecturing YordleTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (33) and voila! We got ourselves a still, top-tier aggro deck.

This deck is a powerhouse right now because it beats Dragons soundly and doesn’t have bad matchups besides Draven Sion, Bandle Pirates, and Lee Sin Zoe. We already covered why Draven Sion and Bandle Pirates are not being played as much on the ladder, besides that, Lee Sin Zoe is a very difficult deck to play so you won’t see much of it on the ladder. This means Poppy Ziggs is currently uncontested against most of the ladder.

I used this deck to climb to diamond this season in basically one day in conjunction with Draven Sion so I highly recommend playing this deck on ladder right now. It is a very simple and fast deck, this means more matches and more LP faster.

You can check out CastMin’s Ziggs Poppy Deck Guide if you are interested in climbing with this deck.

#4 Draven Sion (57.4% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (34)

Noxus
22 cards

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Piltover & Zaun
18 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (36) 27 000

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (37)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (38)

4

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (39)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (40)

24

Mana cost

2

4

1

12

2

12

3

4

3

5

6

7

7+

Champions

6

3

Draven

3

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7

Sion

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (42)

Followers

20

1

Reborn Grenadier

1

1

Zaunite Urchin

3

2

Boom Baboon

2

2

Fallen Rider

3

2

Grave Physician

2

3

Sump Dredger

3

5

Fallen Reckoner

2

8

Captain Farron

1

8

Lost Soul

3

Spells

14

Poro Cannon

2

2

Mystic Shot

3

2

Rummage

2

3

Get Excited!

3

3

Noxian Fervor

3

5

Survival Skills

1

Draven Sion is a deck people are sleeping on right now, the nerfs to it are not as significant as people think and more people should be playing this deck as it is still one of the strongest decks out there.

It has an amazing win rate against top decks right now like Lurk (66,9%), Dragons (68.7%), Bandletree (64%), Poppy Ziggs (64%), and Sivir Akshan (65%). With your worst matchup being Lee Zoe (13,9%), a deck that does not see that much play on the ladder because of its difficulty. It is also important to note that Bandle Pirates are also a bad matchup for Draven Sion (38.1%) but are kept in check by Dragons.

The nerfs to Draven Sion in my opinion only made it worse against already bad matchups and better against its good matchups. Twinblade RevenantTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (43) having fearsome is very good against Bandle City decks as they are not able to block it with most of its units, while it not having challenger is a problem when trying to remove SennaTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (44) or VeigarTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (45) in the Darkness matchup or Eye of the DragonTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (46) in the Lee Sin Zoe matchup.

Overall, I highly recommend climbing with this deck as I personally used it to get to Diamond in conjunction with Ziggs Poppy.

#5 Gangplank Sejuani (54.8% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (47)

Freljord
4 cards

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (48)

Bilgewater
36 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (49) 28 200

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (50)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (51)

4

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (52)

12

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (53)

18

Mana cost

3

7

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1

12

2

2

3

5

4

3

5

6

6

2

7+

Champions

6

5

Gangplank

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (54)

6

Sejuani

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (55)

Followers

23

1

Crackshot Corsair

3

1

Jagged Butcher

2

2

Black Market Merchant

3

2

Fortune Croaker

3

2

Marai Warden

3

3

Monkey Idol

2

4

Yordle Grifter

3

4

Zap Sprayfin

2

8

The Dreadway

2

Spells

11

Warning Shot

3

1

Parrrley

1

1

Three Sisters

1

2

Make it Rain

3

6

Monster Harpoon

3

Gangplank Sejuani is the best all-around deck in the list as it has mostly 50%-win rates across the decks on the ladder currently with only two bad matchups which are Zed Poppy (40,7%) and Thralls (40%). Zed Poppy and Thralls are not popular decks so you shouldn’t worry too much about running into them.

The nerf to Aloof TravelersTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (56) means it is no longer an auto-include in all Bandle City and PnZ decks, this is a soft buff to Gangplank Sejuani as your champions won’t get discarded as often in this patch.

If you like either Gangplank or Sejuani I highly recommend climbing with this deck as it rewards your skill as a player on it.

#6 Sivir Akshan (57% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (57)

Demacia
17 cards

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (58)

Shurima
23 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (59) 23 400

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (60)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (61)

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (62)

10

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (63)

24

Mana cost

8

1

14

2

6

3

5

4

7

5

6

7+

Champions

6

2

Akshan

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (64)

4

Sivir

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (65)

Landmarks

2

2

Preservarium

2

Followers

19

1

Fleetfeather Tracker

3

1

Treasure Seeker

3

2

Brightsteel Protector

3

3

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Merciless Hunter

3

3

Vekauran Vagabond

2

5

Radiant Guardian

2

5

Vekauran Bruiser

3

Spells

13

1

Shaped Stone

2

2

Sharpsight

3

2

Single Combat

1

2

The Absolver

2

3

Cataclysm

1

4

Golden Aegis

2

5

Concerted Strike

2

Sivir Akshan has been a dominant deck for a while now on the ladder and it keeps being a top deck in this patch as it didn’t receive any nerfs.

If you want to climb with a deck that rewards your skill as a player, Sivir Akshan is the choice as it can be tricky to play in some matchups but can ultimately win almost any game if played correctly. It also punishes your opponent heavily for his misplays.

This deck has a pretty good win rate against the most popular deck on the ladder which is Dragons (66,4%) and it only has bad matchups against Draven Sion (35%) and Gangplank Sejuani (35.4%) which are not as popular currently.

If you want to learn how to pilot Sivir Akshan correctly you can read Leer’s Akshan Sivir Deck Guide.

#7 Zed Poppy (59.4% Overall WR):

Regions

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (66)

Demacia
19 cards

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (67)

Ionia
21 cards

Rarities

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (68) 23 400

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (69)

6

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (70)

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (71)

10

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (72)

24

Mana cost

7

1

16

2

6

3

11

4

5

6

7+

Champions

6

3

Zed

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (73)

4

Poppy

3

Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (74)

Followers

17

1

Fleetfeather Tracker

3

1

Navori Bladescout

2

2

Brightsteel Protector

3

2

Greenglade Duo

3

2

Young Witch

3

3

Shadow Assassin

3

Spells

17

1

Ranger's Resolve

2

2

Nopeify!

1

2

Sharpsight

3

2

Twin Disciplines

3

4

Concussive Palm

1

4

Golden Aegis

3

4

Relentless Pursuit

2

4

Spirit's Refuge

2

By far the most underrated deck on the list, Zed Poppy is a powerhouse of a deck right now. With the nerf to Nami Zoe getting rid of elusives in the meta most decks are not expecting elusive units on the ladder. This makes Zed Poppy a very hard deck to deal with as most decks are not very interactive and you can rally multiple times with a full board of elusives.

I don’t believe the nerf to Relentless PursuitTop 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (75) is as bad as most people think as now it can’t be negated by Nopeify!Top 7 LoR Decks to Climb With | Mastering Runeterra (76) and the +1/+1 on a unit can matter in some double rally scenarios.

This deck does very well against some of the top decks right now including Dragons (65,4%), Lurk (56,9%), Bandletree (63,8%), and Darkness (67,4%). While it has only a few bad matchups including Ziggs Poppy (40%) and Bandle Pirates (41%) but Bandle Pirates is in Dragon jail so you don’t have to worry about them.

If you want to learn how to play Zed Poppy Herko Kerghans has an amazing guide on it, you can check it out by clicking here.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

You can safely climb with any of these decks if you take the time to learn how to play them. If you are a newer player I recommend easier decks such as Lurk, Poppy Ziggs, and Bandletree as they have less room for mistakes and you don’t get punished as hard for messing up.

If you are a more advanced player, decks like Draven Sion, Sivir Akshan and Zed Poppy reward your game knowledge and your ability to pilot them.

Overall, climbing the ladder requires a lot of games so my advice is to choose one or two decks you enjoy playing from this list and stick to them and you will surely climb while having fun which is, in my opinion, the most important thing for this game.

I hoped you enjoyed my list and good luck with your climb!

Wamuu

Top 200 Master LoR player. I have a lot of passion for this game and love sharing my thoughts and game knowledge through deck guides and articles for competitive play.

If you would like to watch me play you can follow me on twitch at: https://www.twitch.tv/elwamuu

If you would like coaching from me you can dm me in Discord at: Wamuu#7531

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FAQs

What is the strongest region in LoR? ›

1. Shurima - It's not so much that sundisc is good finally, it might be quicksand, it might be the landmark value pkg, it might not be any one thing but the overall value versatility. 2. Demacia - It's very hard to beat 2 mana kill anything you want, even with the nerfs to the likes of sharpsight, and the 3 mana elite.

How do you get cards fast in LoR? ›

Experience points, or XP, are your best friend when it comes to earning your collected cards. If you haven't already finished the prologue to unlock all of the regions in Runeterra, do so, because region rewards, which are unlocked in a level system with XP, will be your regular source of new cards.

How do you climb ranked in Legends of Runeterra? ›

Tips and Tricks to Climb Ranks in Legends of Runeterra - YouTube

Is Runeterra better than Hearthstone? ›

Is Runeterra ACTUALLY Better Than Hearthstone? - YouTube

Is Legend of Runeterra pay to win? ›

So although LoR is not a pay to win game, the way in which it is styled means that paying does get your farther faster with much less frustration. A more enjoyable experience comes from paying to play better.

Why did Shurima fall? ›

Shurima was once a powerful empire that spanned the farthest reaches of the vast southern continent. After an era of expansion and prosperity, its last emperor was betrayed by his closest friend, and the empire fell to ruin.

Who is the strongest region in world? ›

Formerly known as Region 1, its capital and largest city is Mekelle. Tigray is the fifth-largest by area, the fifth-most populous, and the fifth-most densely populated of the 11 regional states.
...
Tigray Region.
Tigray Region ክልል ትግራይ
• Total50,079 km2 (19,336 sq mi)
• Rank6th
Population (2019)
• Total5,443,000
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What region should I choose for LOR? ›

Playstyle: Piltover & Zaun is probably the most popular Region for Legends of Runeterra.

What are midrange decks? ›

Midrange decks are aggressive decks that flip the standard aggro-control deck archetype by attempting to control the early game, then closing the game with efficient creatures in the mid to late game.

What champions are in Legends of Runeterra? ›

List of Champions
  • 1Fizz.
  • 4Gnar.
  • 5Heimerdinger.
  • 1Kennen.
  • 3Lulu.
  • 4Poppy.
  • 4Rumble.
  • 1Teemo.

Can you disenchant cards in Legends of Runeterra? ›

Note once you've crafted or earned three copies of any card, it CANNOT be earned through regional rewards, Expeditions, or any other system above anymore. You also cannot disenchant cards – once you've made them, they're kept forever.

Is Legends of Runeterra on Mac? ›

As it stands right now, it doesn't look like Riot Games has any laid-in-stone plans to bring Legends of Runeterra to the Mac ecosystem. In fact, in the official FAQ on the website, the developers have even stated that Mac is not supported right now.

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