Based on the thousands of games we analyzed during the LoR closed beta, combined with EG Swim’s experience as one of the most outstanding deck builders during beta testing, we prepared 12 recommended deck to run the open beta of Legends of Runeterra.

Since Legends of Runeterra is a completely new game, keep in mind that meta is very flexible and can change as players find, remake and optimize decks.

The next decks are what we predict to be the strongest during the Legends of Runeterra OBT, as well as the best budget decks if you want to try the composite decks from other regions, but you are out of “wild cards” for Craft.

Here are the twelve decks (6 meta decks and 6 budget decks) that we recommend to try at the beginning of the competition ladder during the LoR OBT.

Please note that they are not in any particular order yet as even the best decks will have a counter-strategy and this really depends on the popularity of which decks are played.

Dawnspiders (SI + DE)

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

Dawnspiders is one of Swim’s signature decks and one of two decks (along with Great White Sharks), which he believes will be one of the most optimized for rating games.

He focuses on using Elise to generate a ton of spiders 1 | 1 to activate Dawnspeakers, and constantly superimposes +1 | 1 on these spiders if an ally dies during a round.

Combine this with the sacrificial mechanics of the Shadow Isles with maps such as Cursed Keeper and finishers such as Rhasa to get an incredibly powerful deck that will be strong from the start of the meta.

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Great White Sharks (SI + DE)

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

You like to play super agro? The Great White Sharks are a deck for you. The deck can snowball quickly and has an amazing amount of opportunities to draw cards to support your hand.

Make a mulligan to find “Remembrance” and any cards with Manacost 2, keeping with you effects that can kill your Cursed Keeper if you have one.

Avoid playing anything in the 1st move, as you want to save your mana for a 3-card combo in the 3rd move. By doing this, you set off a move to raise the level of Lucian and play a very undervalued card “Remembrance”.

When attacking, don’t forget to place Lucian to the right of your units so that he can raise the level during the battle. If everything goes well, you will be ready for the winning finish with Hecarim.

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Jinx + Draven Discard Aggro (PZ + NX)

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

If Shadow Islands and Demasia are not your choice, you have one more option with Discard Aggro (we promise that we also have medium and control decks, so hold on tight!).

This deck is incredibly fast, because it seems to blow up the enemy before he enters the net. This makes the deck very good for a quick upgrade with a high skill of playing it.

Keep in mind that this style of play is not for the nervous ones, as you need to balance by playing fast and attacking the Nexus when you play with swings on the board such as Avalanche and Withering Wail.

As soon as Jinx raises the level, she will lead you to victory.

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Fiora Barrier OTK (IO + DE)

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

You knew there had to be a deck of Fiora + Shen, right? Here’s the one who uses a unique and funny combination that can nullify the opponent if you play your cards correctly.

Instead of trying to “bite off” the health of your opponent’s Nexus, you will instead try to reach the finish line with a single shot on the condition that you win the 4-kill Fiora or with Greenglade Caretaker, which you reinforced with the Barriers.

By the middle of the game you should know which of the two options is best for you and try to close the deal. If it’s a Greenglade Caretaker, think about using Stand United to trade Greenglade Caretaker for an unlocked unit to get a fatal 15+ hit. If it’s Fiora, make sure to maximize your battles with your opponent’s units and also use Judgement card more than once will bring victory.

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Vlad + Braum Midrange (NX + FR)

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

This is a complex deck that uses techniques to achieve an advantage in the middle of the game. It focuses on defending the huge Braum, which you help to spend alive with Vladimir and other cards from the damaging to the Nexus.

Try to play the early game passively until you have the most valuable battle tricks in your hands, such as Take Heart, on one big move.

Don’t underestimate Crimson Disciple, as it can deal 8+ Nexus damage, and if you need extra damage, Scarmother Vrynna can often act as the finish line.

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Ultimate Control SI + FR

Top OBT decks in Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

Your eyes do not deceive you, this deck does not use champions! It makes the deck cheap enough to almost qualify as a budget deck, but it is strong enough for us to decide to leave it here.

This is one of the most difficult decks we recommend, but it can be one of the most useful. The main strategy is to slow down the game using cheap early units and try to adjust the game to the AoE table cleanup (there are a lot of them: Avalanche, Withering Wail, and The Ruination).

Be careful not to play too greedy and make sure you protect the Nexus health well enough to reach the late game. Once you get there, use creatures like Rhasa the Sunderer and Commander Ledros as Finishers.

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