Best Legends of Runeterra Decks for beginners

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Just getting started with Legends of Runeterra? Why not take a look at these decks?
Written by Jason ColesPublished on
With the full release of Legends of Runeterra at the end of April, you might have recently jumped into the open beta to get a feel for things. That’s perfectly understandable, Riot, one of the biggest games companies in the business, has decided to branch into card games. It’s a good time to get involved, but you should always be prepared if you want to do well enough to keep new cards coming. That’s why you need to know which are the best Legends of Runeterra decks, otherwise, you’ll find yourself beaten down by the meta.
As with all card games the meta shifts and swirls in sometimes unpredictable ways, but these decklists are some of the best around. That means that even if things have changed completely upon full release, they should be a great starting place for anyone jumping in, or just wanting to take their game to the next level.

Best Legends of Runeterra Decks

We’ve split the decks into three categories, and each of them will fit a different playstyle. Aggro is all about taking the fight to your opponent, with the aim being to take them out before they have a chance to respond. Midrange is a little slower, but generally offers a bit more flexibility and can be good in both early and late game. Control is for those who like to laugh maniacally as their opponents fail to do anything that they want to do, and usually ends with something flashy. Keep that in mind and you’ll have your pick of the best Legends of Runeterra decks.

Best Legends of Runeterra Aggro Decks

First up we’ve got a deck all about using the champion Zed from Ionia and the Elites from Demacia. The aim is to pummel your opponent into nothingness with an increasingly terrifying array of creatures:
  • 3 Cithria of Cloudfield
  • 3 Fleetfeather Tracker
  • 1 Radiant Strike
  • 3 Battlesmith
  • 3 Vanguard Defender
  • 2 Deny
  • 3 Zed
  • 3 Dawnspeakers
  • 2 Laurent Protege
  • 3 Vanguard Redeemer
  • 2 Vanguard Sergeant
  • 3 Silverwing Vanguard
  • 3 Vanguard Bannerman
  • 3 Vanguard Squire
  • 3 Back to Back
The next aggro list is all about spiders, perfect for those who want to try and score some free wins via arachnophobia. It’s about flooding the board with spiders and taking advantage of both the number of creatures you have and the ability to buff them all at once:
  • 3 Hapless Aristocrat
  • 2 Legion Rearguard
  • 3 Precious Pet
  • 3 Arachnoid Horror
  • 2 Black Spear
  • 3 Elise
  • 1 Glimpse Beyond
  • 3 Vile Feast
  • 3 Brothers Bond
  • 2 House Spider
  • 3 Frenzied Skitterer
  • 2 Culling Strike
  • 1 Might
  • 2 Crowd Favourite
  • 3 Darius
  • 2 Rhasa the Sunderer
  • 1 Commander Ledros

Best Legends of Runeterra Midrange Decks

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First up we have a deck that does a great job of slowly creating larger and larger threats until you can take over a game. The aim is to get Braum out and level him up as soon as possible, but with the multiple Recall effects and a few small board wipes thrown in as well, you’ve got plenty of options:
  • 3 Omen Hawk
  • 2 Herald of Spring
  • 3 Avarosan Sentry
  • 3 Stalking Wolf
  • 1 Scaled Snapper
  • 2 Shadow Assassin
  • 3 Braum
  • 3 Wyrding Stones
  • 3 Will of Ionia
  • 3 Avalanche
  • 3 Babbling Bjerg
  • 3 Avarosan Hearthguard
  • 1 Tryndamere
  • 2 Minah Swiftfoot
  • 2 She Who Wonders
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The second midrange deck is a little more tricky to play, but if you can manage it you’ll have a great time with it. The aim is to use your smaller creatures as your early game defenders, and then overwhelm your foe with an array of spells in the mid-to-late game. It’s a little odd, but it feels excellent when it all comes together:
  • 3 Thermogenic Beam
  • 3 Vile Feast
  • 2 Glimpse Beyond
  • 1 Black Spear
  • 2 Scrapdash Assembly
  • 3 Mystic Shot
  • 3 Clump of Whumps
  • 3 Ezreal
  • 2 Chump Whump
  • 2 Statikk Shock
  • 2 Grasp of the Undying
  • 2 Withering Wail
  • 3 Heimerdinger
  • 3 Vengeance
  • 3 Trueshot Barrage
  • 3 Corina Veraza

Best Legends of Runeterra Control Decks

Commander Ledros
Commander Ledros
Finally, we come to the control decks. The first one is actually completely lacking in Champions, making it incredibly cheap to build compared to a lot of the other best Legends of Runeterra decks. Don’t take that as a sign of weakness though, it still has more than enough bite to drive your opponents to surrender. The key is to block what you can, kill what you need to, and eventually just repeatedly play Commander Ledros to wipe your enemy out. It’s simple, but has a lot of interaction too:
  • 3 Hapless Aristocrat
  • 3 Warden’s Prey
  • 3 Avarosan Sentry
  • 3 Icevale Archer
  • 3 Black Spear
  • 3 Glimpse Beyond
  • 3 Vile Feast
  • 1 Scribe of Sorrors
  • 3 Avalanche
  • 3 Babbling Bjerg
  • 2 Grasp of the Undying
  • 3 Harsh Winds
  • 3 Rhasa the Sunderer
  • 2 Vengenace
  • 1 Commander Ledros
  • 1 The Ruination
The final deck goes all-in on a surprisingly powerful control Champion, the tiny little Teemo. In a lot of card games, control decks often end up using powerful and expensive spells to finish off a game. This deck is different though, as the aim is to stall the game long enough that your opponents draw themselves to death via some poisonous mushrooms. It’s a rather silly game-plan, but one that works a little better than it probably should:
  • 2 Counterfeit Copies
  • 3 Mushroom Cloud
  • 3 Teemo
  • 3 Mystic Shot
  • 2 Black Spear
  • 3 Puffcap Peddler
  • 2 Mist’s Call
  • 3 Scribe of Sorrows
  • 3 Splinter Soul
  • 2 Chump Whump
  • 2 Grasp of the Undying
  • 3 The Rekindler
  • 2 Trueshot Barrage
  • 2 Rhasa the Sunderer
  • 3 Vengeance
  • 2 The Ruination