Duels of Runeterra 5 Tournament Deck Stats and Highlights (EU + NA Top 8)

Duels of Runeterra 5 Tournament Deck Stats and Highlights (EU + NA Top 8)

Legends of Runeterra Tournament Meta Analysis (Duels of Runeterra #5)

Duels of Runeterra is a biweekly tournament series, with tournaments for NA and EU. You can find out about their next tournament by visiting http://smash.gg/dor or by visiting their Discord server.

With Legends of Runeterra still in Open Beta, the LoR competitive scene has been growing from the grassroots of the community.

We’re excited to share the decks of the top 8’s from NA and EU of Duels of Runeterra 5, a 164 player tournament organized by Monokuma Esports. If you missed our previous dive, check out our analysis of Duels of Runterra 3.

Note that since the entire tournament wasn’t streamed, this article will be focusing more on the deckbuilding choices rather than in-game decisions that the players made.

In the future when tournaments are more streamlined and fully broadcasted, we’ll cover mind games and other nuances from players.

Let’s dive in!

LoR Garen splash

The Format

Duels of Runeterra 5 had players building and bringing three decks with no region overlap between them.

These three decks were to be played in a best of three where each player would ban one deck.

The submitted decklists were transparent and openly available to see 15 minutes before each pool within a wave.

The Decks

Here are all the decklists from the EU and NA top 8’s if you’d like to explore on your own!

Top 8 EU (24 decks)

eu top 8 dor 5

1st Annie Desu

2nd freshlobster

3rd (tied) GumaBoy

3rd (tied) Protonkogen

5th (tied) potpie 

5th (tied) Presto@0785

5th (tied) ErorSvemoguce

5th (tied) Kaythal

Deck Type Count:
  • Midrange = 10
  • Control = 6
  • Combo = 5
  • Aggro = 3
Top 8 NA (24 decks)

na top 8 dor 5

1st shouix

2nd NT Casanova

3rd (tied) hyped

3rd (tied) STAN#EU004

5th (tied) Todin 

5th (tied) JPie

5th (tied) Atianta

5th (tied) FLY PowerOfEvil 

Deck Type Count:
  • Midrange = 13
  • Combo = 5
  • Aggro = 4
  • Control = 2

Region Representation

Since the format reguired three decks with no region overlaps, all six LoR regions naturally saw a decent amount of representation.

Noxus + Piltover/Zaun, lead the way with 9 decks due to an abundance of Ezreal + Draven along with some Draven + Jinx and a Teemo + Jinx deck by the 1st place finisher of EU.

The second most common region combination was FR + SI, which was the go-to pairing for control players.

One of the most interesting developments from this tournament was that the third most common region combination was actually mono Demacia due to the strength of midrange Bannerman decks.

Regions of runeterra splash

Combined (EU + NA): 15 different combinations

  • NX+PZ = 9
  • FR+SI = 7
  • DE = 6
  • DE+IO = 5
  • IO+PZ =4
  • IO+SI = 3
  • FR+NX = 3
  • DE+SI = 2
  • NX+SI = 2
  • FR+PZ = 2
  • DE+PZ = 1
  • FR+IO = 1
  • IO+NX = 1
  • DE+NX = 1
  • DE+FR = 1

EU: 10 different combinations

  • NX+PZ = 5
  • FR+SI = 5
  • DE+IO = 4
  • FR+NX = 2
  • IO+PZ = 2
  • DE+SI = 2
  • NX+SI = 1
  • DE+PZ = 1
  • FR+IO = 1
  • DE = 1

NA: 12 different combinations

  • DE = 5
  • NX+PZ = 4
  • IO+SI = 3
  • IO+PZ =2
  • FR+PZ = 2
  • FR+SI=2
  • FR+NX =1
  • IO+NX = 1
  • DE+NX = 1
  • DE+IO = 1
  • NX+SI = 1
  • DE+FR = 1

Champion Representation

Due to the format, we saw a good amount of champions represented in DoR 5.

18 of the 24  champions found a place in at least one of the final 48 decks.

The 6 champs that didn’t make the cut in either regions top 8 were: Braum, Kalista, Katarina, Shen, Yasuo, and Vladimir.

lor fiora splash

Fiora + Garen have become the most popular champions at 11 decks (often played together).

Hecarim has fallen off hard due to his recent nerfs, only appearing in 2 decks in the top 48 decks. Meanwhile, his Shadow Isles peer, Elise, is still doing well showing up in 8 decks.

Ezreal is still doing well (10 decks) as players have adapted since the Elnuk nerfs, opting to often pair Ezreal with Draven and Noxus.

Karma and Zed also saw a solid amount of play with 7 decks each.

All other champs were seen in 5 decks or less.

Combined (EU + NA)
  • Garen/Fiora = 11
  • Fiora = 11
  • Ezreal = 10
  • Elise = 8
  • Draven = 7
  • Karma = 7
  • Zed = 7
  • Ashe = 5
  • Thresh =  4
  • Jinx =  4
  • Lucian = 3
  • Anivia = 2
  • Tryndamere = 3
  • Lux = 2
  • Hecarim = 2
  • Darius = 2
  • Teemo = 1
  • Heimerdinger = 1
EU
  • Ezreal = 5
  • Draven= 4
  • Ashe = 4
  • Garen = 4
  • Fiora = 4
  • Elise = 3
  • Karma = 3
  • Thresh = 3
  • Zed = 3
  • Lucian = 2
  • Jinx = 2
  • Anivia = 2
  • Tryndamere = 2
  • Lux = 2
  • Teemo = 1
  • Darius = 1
  • Heimerdinger = 1
NA
  • Fiora = 7
  • Garen = 7
  • Ezreal = 5
  • Elise = 5
  • Karma = 4
  • Zed = 4
  • Draven = 3
  • Jinx = 2
  • Hecarim = 2
  • Lucian = 1
  • Ashe = 1
  • Thresh = 1
  • Tryndamere = 1
  • Darius = 1

Commentary and Analysis

Why did we see so much Mono Demacia?

Midrange Demacia using Bannerman has become the new replacement for Rally Hecarim decks.

The archetype has the deadly combination of being very strong while being very straightforward to play.

vanguard bannerman card

Players could keep mono Demacia in mind to give flexibility in building their other two decks.

We saw some players splash the remaining region that was leftover (such as teching in Denys) or choose to just stay with mono since it’s already a tight decklist.

How banning decks affects deck building

By having the ability to ban a single deck in a best of three, players were better able to shape their lineups to counter particular archetypes.

For example, a player could build their lineup with the expectation of facing Bannerman decks and ban out unfavorable decks to force the matchup.

gumaboy fr + nx ashe

We can see an example of this as Midrange Ashe decks were a staple answer to Bannerman, especially in the EU bracket.

When formats don’t have bans, the decklists tend to be more general, so it was interesting seeing how players adapted accordingly.

Ezreal proves to be one of the most flexible champions

In this format, Ezreal proved to be a solid choice being able to be play with Noxus, Ionia, and Freljord.

shouix combo io + Pz

Although Nox Ezreal has become the most popular variant, the flexibility of having multiple region combinations made him enticing for many players.

Kinkous were elusive

Despite Kinkou Elusives still showing great stats for the meta’s ladder, it wasn’t really a common choice for this tournament. Players may have anticipated counter matchups or chose to prioritize other Ionian builds due to the region limits.

casanova midrange io + Nx

The few players who ran it were PowerOfEvil who ran the standard version and Casanova who ran a variant that swapped Omen Hawk and Iron Elixer for Precious Pet and Brother’s Bond.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading, it’s been great seeing the Legends of Runeterra tournament scene grow and evolve.

Send your support to @MonokumaEsports and other grassroot tournament organizers by following or even joining tournaments to compete.

See you next time!