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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 6 days, 23 hours ago
    Quote From Nifty129

    If anything I was more outspoken about the possitive impact of the last two patches than anyone.

    I did notice that. I also thought it was probably a bit too soon, and also some wishful thinking as well.

    The recent changes definitely shifted the meta, but the lasting impact has not been as big as people might have expected.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 week, 4 days ago

    These are completely normal stats, as far as what I've been seeing for the last few months. Especially Lurk. It's always been around 51 or 52% at best.

    Lulu/Fizz is a version of Yordles in Arms. It's had a similar winrate to that for a long time as well.

    I've told you for a long time that spiders is not actually very good, and it's not. Pirates is doing better, but also not that great (and has a very low playrate).

    In short, nothing surprising here for me.

    Maybe the difference is that you stopped looking at the Mobalytics stats page, which has always been a very inaccurate picture of the actual meta?

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    I completely agree about the removal of burst passing. It was a silly loophole that is much better closed off.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Head on over to Mastering Runeterra to see the latest meta report for the first couple days after the patch.

    It's a fascinating picture of what is good and what is not good currently in the meta.

    Note that the playrate of Mono-Shurima is decreasing at this point, so it's nothing to be concerned about.

    The rest of the meta has a lot of interesting decks and it's pretty diverse. So far, I'd say Riot did a great job with this balance patch!

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From Nifty129

    Everyone just needs to chill out, let the meta settle and do some actual math and then swap decks to things that are powerful.

    Thats the game operating as intended.

    If your stuff you've been playing since bandle releases still didn't get countered a year later that would be messed up.

    You seem to be under the impression that people here are complaining. We are not complaining. We are analyzing the situation that is developing, nothing more.

    Speaking of which, new data is in, and the playrate of Mono-Shurima is plummeting, as I said it would. Numbers for the last two days:

    Playrate down to 13%. Winrate down to just a shade over 50%.

    Meanwhile, Riven/Viktor is up to 10% playrate with a 60% winrate.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I don't think people are nearly as upset as you think they are. Mono-Shurima can be explosive against basically any deck, if they get a good draw. So if that happens to a specific person, they might get upset, regardless of their deck. Also, when mono-Shurima wins, they force you to watch a mini-movie of level up animations, which is another thing that annoys people.

    In point of fact, before this patch, the thing most people WERE complaining about was Bandle City, due to the exact situation you're describing. No one is upset about "card advantage" decks being beaten by Mono-Shurima. I'd imagine they are quite happy about the disappearance of Bandle City Value decks.

    Sometimes, I feel like you invent controversy out of thin air.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From FenrirWulf

    Since decks with higher playrate will have a lower winrate and if it was truly a bad deck, it would not be able to maintain 50% winrate for so long despite having a ton of counters in the meta.

    This is a subjective thing. None of the "counters" are getting higher than about a 2% playrate. Since mono-shurima has a 23% playrate, the mono-shurima players have a much higher chance of a mirror than a counter, honestly.

    And that's the biggest reason it will continue moving to 50% winrate as the playrate increases.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Quote From minuano28
    Quote From FenrirWulf

    Also out of curiosity, which kind of data set are you guys using (personally I use lor-meta and llorr-stats) because depending on the site you're using the playrate and winrates of decks may be wildly varied. But in general, Mono Shurima has 25% playrate while maintaining 49-50% of a winrate. In terms of strength, Mono Shurima is doing well in that department. Since decks with higher playrate will have a lower winrate and if it was truly a bad deck, it would not be able to maintain 50% winrate for so long despite having a ton of counters in the meta.

    Is it tier 1 material? Eh, that's a bit hard to say still. Maybe in a week or so, there'd be a more defined meta and they become a tier 2 deck. But there could also be a case where the deck lists gets even more refined and goes to tier 1.

    I use Runterra AR from what I am seeing the decks winrate is decreasing by the day going from 53% to 50%. It still has a high playrate tho. Around 19% last time I checked:

    https://runeterra.ar/meta

    I also use Runeterra AR, but I use the stats page, and set the time window to the last two days, and that's how I get a playrate of 23% with a winrate of 51.6% over 13k matches.

    Stats page for Runeterra AR

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Update: The playrate according to Runeterra.Ar is now up to almost 23%. Winrate is down to 51.6%.

    It's novel. People like making their opponents watch a movie. It will fade once people realize it's not really that good actually. 

    Meanwhile, Azirelia is a real deck again. And it kicks the crap outta mono-Shurima.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    The stats are up on Runeterra.Ar, and I have some personal experience with it as well. The site's data shows about 8.5k games played, making it a whopping 17% playrate over the past two days, which is pretty insane. About double the playrate of anything in the past few months. But its winrate is only about 53%.

    Yes, it can highroll pretty hard. Yes, it's actually a good deck now. No, it's not as OP as people think it is.

    Examples of decks that beat it:

    • Elise Spiders - mono-shurima is actually listed on Runeterra.Ar as the best matchup currently for spiders. Spiders deck has a 1.5% playrate and a 55% winrate overall - no doubt thanks to the easy wins from all the mono-shurima players
    • Azir/Irelia - mono-shurima is also listed as the best matchup for this deck as well - this deck that got nerfed hard in the past and fell off the scene for a long time. Well, it's back, and it's eating mono-shurima for breakfast. Azirelia's playrate is at 2% and winrate is at 57%.

    So, yeah, guys. Don't fall into the trap of the alarmist hype that mono-Shurima is completely broken and OP. It just isn't.

    Side note - I played 5 games with the deck in Plat 2 and lost literally all 5 games. Never touching it again. Time to play decks that beat up on it, so I can get back my lost LP. Also, just for fun in normals, I played an old poro deck with Fabled Poro and such, focused on building a buffed board of all types of poros, and I queued into mono-Shurima all three games so far, and I completely wrecked my opponent in all of those games - with poros. Seriously, the deck can't be that good if it folds to poros. (Edit - though, to be fair, I did include two copies of Aftershock in there, and those did have an impact on two of my wins. In one of the wins, the opponent put their Xerath into a landmark, preparing to level him when he popped out the next turn. Aftershock ended that dream, and the game. In the other game, the opponent didn't bother to spellshield the Sundisc, so I killed it. Third game, I just beat him the normal way.)

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    This card would work well in a Yasuo Leona deck, for sure. Not sure that pairing has any hope of being viable, but if it does - this card goes in there. 

    In general, though, a fast speed double stun will definitely get played a fair bit, no question. Aphelios control decks will almost certainly be showing up, and they will 100% run this card. 

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    This is very similar to Swipe in HS Druid. It definitely has the chance to be quite good. Being slow is a definite drawback, but it's still a very interesting and potentially quite good spell.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I'm with TTG on this one. Slow spells need to bring something special to the table in order to be playable. This is not special enough to earn a card slot in most decks.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    You can totally mess around with Deep if you want, as long as you are OK with losing some games.

    As for getting a couple copies of Maokai, as long as you get your weekly vault to level 10, you will have two champion wildcards in two weeks, and that will finish off your 3 copies.

    By the way, in that mill deck, the Ferros Financier can fetch you some needed tools, such as Trueshot Barrage, The Ruination, more copies of Vengeance, or even Atrocity if you have a big Viego on the board.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Quote From pudgelover

    I can agree with all said. Yeah, in MtG it's all about impact when we talk about control decks. All and all my view on the game could be wrong, which prolly is and I can't say otherwise because what I know and what I've seen so far is not the greatest data base for comparison tbf. But still, I can enjoy a first win of the day struggling with Karma /Sol or some retarded greedy comp up until I get a better understanding of the game. The game is clearly designed to be a minions clash with combat tricks and you either let it resolve or you interfere so, yeah I guess for some people it's better than trying to play around board clear or big minion with potential to turn the game around. MtG besides MonoBitch as they used to call it back in the days, I enjoy most of Izzet decks being burn control with insane card draw or mill, or good old 2021 Dragon Control. So,ya. As I said LoR is a decent game, lovely animations sometimes a bit too long but hey, its fancy. Design is overall good quality in terms of mechanics and core values of the game when it comes down to interactive gameplay. So, I guess I am on a quest to come up with a greedy 30% win rate at best deck, haha! I get it that some people will react negative to what I said, coming from a different universe where we play broken cards upon broken cards to defeat even more broken cards yeah, playing for board and buffing units will be a bit strange. Watching players shiver and  calculate how much to advance the board state waiting for "Wrath of God" ( Still legal card btw in MtG ) is just other type of fun, but also gives you time and slows down the pace of the game overall because if you overcommit you are kind of done. So,ya. I can't say that I hate the game, or that the game is just aggro, as I said there are combo decks, burn decks, some midrange but ya in general minions royal. So take it with a grain of salt. Also, I do listen to advice and I do take suggestions if they are explained stupid enough for someone like me who is obviously ignorant af. Before I forget, board development in LoR is slower compared to MtG, not that it's slow in LoR.   :) 

    P.S Here is my definition of aggro for ya lad , "aggressive deck which attempts to win the game through persistent, quick damage dealing." Just saying. 

    Stay safe, stay sexy and may the Doomskar be with ya!

    This is actually an excellent response to both my post and Trifarian General's post.

    I officially apologize for the tone of my most recent response above. It was definitely harsher than necessary, and rude besides. So, my apologies for that.

    Back to the original topic, I actually had another thought that hasn't been mentioned yet, in terms of "attrition"-style decks in LoR. Have you investigated Maokai yet? And I don't mean in a deep deck. I mean in a mill deck. They are very niche and barely ever used, but I HAVE seen them.

    Something like this maybe.

    Side note - I have never played MtG, but I did play Eternal for quite a while, which is just about as close as you can get to being a MtG clone without being the same game. Generally in games like Eternal (and probably also MtG) aggro is kinda non-viable unless it's completely broken beyond all imagining. When your opponent can remove your units as fast as you play them, for the same mana/card cost or even 2-for-1 or 3-for-1, then aggro just can't ever get started (again, unless it's absurdly fast). In Eternal, the only viable aggro decks would be winning on turn 3 or 4. I assume it's similar for MtG. But LoR is not designed like those games, so aggro looks different here.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Quote From pudgelover
    ...you are zerged down by aggro... in MtG aggro is a whole different beast compared to LoR it hurts wayyyyy more waaaay faster. ... Once again thank you for the suggestions I guess the game is just designed to be a fast paced aggro fest.

    I agree, this is clearly not a game for your tastes.

    But I really have to hope that you realize the extreme inconsistencies of the way that you're complaining about the game design of LoR. Such as the one I highlighted here.

    According to direct quotes from your own writing, LoR manages to have aggro that is way too slow ... but also fast. And every deck is aggro as well, unless it's a pathetic attempt to be sub-par control. Best I can figure, based on inferences from what you've said in your posts, you define aggro in LoR as ... basically anything that relies on units to deal damage. Which is probably the worst definition of aggro I've ever seen anyone imply for any game.

    If you took the time to actually understand the classifications in LoR, you would realize that barely any actual aggro decks are even in the meta right now (unless you're playing ranked ladder way down in the iron and bronze area, in which case it IS mostly just aggro ... because new players can't build good decks that aren't aggro). And incidentally, it's pretty clear that you haven't learned the depth of subtlety to how to play control cards in LoR. You should never be in a situation where playing a board wipe results in your opponent refilling immediately. It that happens to you, you are not properly utilizing the "pass turn" mechanic, which forces your opponent to either do nothing, or to develop more units into your board wipe.

    P.S. - I'm not a fan of someone creating a thread that pretends to ask for advice, when the person has, in fact, already completely made up their mind and will not listen seriously to anything helpful that anyone suggests. And despite the fact that you're not listening to suggestions, I'll still offer one last one - don't even bother to keep doing dailies in LoR. You clearly hate the game, so why torture yourself?

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The most controlling deck I know of, in this game, is one that uses The Howling Abyss as the wincon. Literally endless value once you drop it. Some lists include early blocker units, like Avarosan Sentry, but you can also just play it with all spells, plus 1 landmark (which is functionally basically a spell as well). The full spells version looks like this. Go Hard means that you can never deck yourself out. Abyss gives value indefinitely. Spells let you kill basically anything. Also has healing.

    This is the closest I can come up with, for what you seem to be asking for. Disclaimer- A deck like this is very hard to pilot in LoR, which is not really meant to support this type of deck. So, don't expect to win a ton. But I think you'll find it fun to play.

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    I think the closest to your first deck idea is probably a Deep deck, with Nautilus and Maokai. That being said, Deep is not very good in the meta right now, and it's a very punishing deck - if you make any mistakes, you pretty much lose. The basic idea is that it's a control deck, with little bodies to control the early game and act as chump blockers. Later in the game, you "go Deep" and then smack your opponent HARD with enormous units. A couple of decklists: 

    Pretty much a standard list here.

    A couple of unusual card choices in this one.

    A Lee Sin deck might be similar to your second idea. It's a combo deck that focuses on leveling up Lee Sin, giving him overwhelm, and then winning the game with a literal OTK (where you get Lee to 10 damage, kick an enemy into their own Nexus, hitting it for 10, then the overwhelm attack goes through the block for 10 more). Of course, setting up a combo like that requires very controlling gameplay until you're able to set up the combo. By the way, you're only allowed to have Eye of the Dragon in your 2-cost unit slot, because it's your most important stalling unit while you try to get the combo online - you need to be able to use Gifts From Beyond and then Crescendum to summon it from your deck. Wounded Whiteflame can act as a backup wincon if you don't draw Lee Sin.

    This is a pretty standard list

    Here's a slightly different build that uses the minimal possible units

    Lastly, if you just want full control, let the random dice roll, you could go with a The Howling Abyss deck. It's basically just all control, ramp, and healing tools, plus an infinite value generator. You can go quite a few different directions with this, maybe including Avarosan Sentry for an early blocker and card draw. You can also just go literally all spells, like this. Warning though - this kind of deck is not likely to get a ton of wins.

    In reply to Newbie Need some help
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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    https://masteringruneterra.com/lor-meta-march-21/

    It's actually mostly the same as last week. Darkness control still has the highest playrate. 

    Taliyah/Ziggs has not held up as a major contender.

    Fizz Lulu has the highest winrate. 

    Aggro is slightly more playable than last week, but still has a lackluster winrate. 

    If you go read the article, take note:

    PR = playrate

    WR = winrate

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    Santa Braum 590 641 Posts Joined 03/30/2019
    Posted 2 months ago

    It appears that Riot doesn't publish that information for LoR. I have no idea why.

    Apparently, the best the playerbase has gotten from Riot on this topic is that Platinum or higher counts as "high" rank.

    The playerbase is apparently in the low millions, but no more than 2k make it to Masters in a given 2-month season (and lately that number is even lower than it used to be). I'm sure a significant percentage of the overall playerbase never really plays ranked mode.

    Anyways, yeah - no official numbers from Riot. If I had to guess, the distribution is probably similar to LoL, with the majority of players in Silver and Gold. It's very easy to get Silver. Pretty easy to get to Gold. Significantly harder to get to Platinum than to get to Gold. And from there, you have to be genuinely quite good at the game in order to climb through Plat into Diamond and then into Masters.