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There has been a rather dramatic change in the best Legends of Runeterra decks since the latest patch. Piltover & Zahn decks have shot up in popularity, though many decks do still include Shadow Isles cards that have seen constant play since the first public showing of the game. We’ve updated our Runeterra deck lists to reflect what people are currently playing.

Legends of Runeterra best decks guide

Our Legends of Runeterra best decks guide will give you the full deck lists, along with the deck codes to help you construct them with ease, and instructions for how to use them.

We’ve changed swapped some of the decks, as it now includes updates such as the popular Ezreal Elnuks, Kinkou Elusives, and Fearsome Rally decks. There’s also the immensely powerful Karma control and Heimerdinger control decks for those who want a longer game. Finally, we also have a potential counter to Fearsome decks in the form of the Ashe Tempo deck.

Shadow Isles is still by far the most common regions used right now by players, while key cards from other regions except Noxus see a lot of play. Find out more about them in our Runeterra vault guide.

Best Runeterra decks

Budget Runeterra decks

Importing Runeterra decks

Runeterra Lucian Zed

Kinkou Elusives

Kinkou Elusives deck code


Ionia still has one Elusive based deck and it’s a very powerful Tier 1 deck that can quickly win games. There’s a few variations floating around on the internet, but this is the one that YouTube user and Twitch Streamer “Swimstrim” has recommended. It uses buffs on elusive units so that they can go straight for the enemy Nexus.

Kinkou Elusives deck list

Zed x3Omen Hawk x3
Navori Bladescout x3Elixir of Iron x3
Navori Conspirator x3
Greenglade Duo x3
Shadow Assassin x3
Kinkou Wayfinder x3
Kinkou Lifeblade x3
Jeweled Protector x3
Windfarer Hatchling x3
Twin Disciplines x3
Deny x1
Will of Ionia x3

How to play the Kinkou Elusives deck

Against aggro decks, you’ll want to use one cost chump blockers to stall them while you find your elusive followers. The deck gets a very quick burst of Neuxs damage when Greenglade Duo sees two extra followers appear on their side of the board thanks to Kinkou Wayfinder. You can also use recall followers like the Navori Conspirator to put Omen Hawk and Navouri Bladescout back into your hand, getting their abilities to trigger once again. Zed is a fantastic three cost champion that puts in a lot of work here if you can get him out, but it’s mostly the elusive followers that do the work.

For slower decks, Jeweled Protector is great at keeping certain enemies at bay while also buffing up another potentially strong elusive follower. Windfarer Hatchling is a potential late-game bomb that can be used for the final push to winning the game.

As for the spells, Deny and Will of Ionia can be used to protect your allies from direct removal, while Elixir of Iron is a good early game defensive option. Twin Disciplines is a great spell that can be used either to block massive attackers, or to get three extra points of damage on the enemy Nexus.

How to stop the Kinkou Elusives deck

Aggro decks will struggle against this deck if they can’t get a board presence. Some decks like the Fiora deck might fare a little better as their game plan is to kill followers, but Fearsome Rally decks might be racing a little too much in the early game. Control decks will also find the early game quite hard if they don’t have the right cards, but the Kinkou Elusive deck’s early followers are relatively weak. Since it relies on having elusive units, finding a way to kill them can turn the tide in your favour.

Runeterra Elise

Fearsome Rally

Fearsome Rally deck code


Some decks have simple and effective strategies and this Tier 1 midrange deck is one of the two dominant decks. Originally from Twitch user “Navi00t” but optimised by Twitch streamer and YouTube user “Swimstrim“, this deck mostly Shadow Isles cards to flood the board with Fearsome enemies, while the occasional Demacia card adds that extra bit of burst damage this deck requires to get over the enemy lines and shatter the enemy Nexus.

Fearsome rally deck list

Shadow IslesDemacia
Elise x3Brightsteel Protector x1
Hecarim x3Vanguard Redeemer x2
Arachnoid Horror x3Radiant Guardian x1
Mistwraith x3Relentless Pursuit x2
Frenzied Skitterer x3
Wraithcaller x3
The Rekindler x2
Mark of the Isles x3
Black Spear x2
Glimpse Beyond x3
Vile Feast x3
The Harrowing x2

How to play the Fearsome Rally deck

The aim of this deck is surprisingly simple: flood the board with Fearsome followers. It wants to hit hard and fast. Elise is a great early game champion as she can make your spiders even more dangerous once she levels up, a feat that’s surprisingly easy to achieve. Your late game cards are there to perform weird tricks to further heal your damaged allies or take advantage of Play triggers.

The Shadow Isles spells are your source of removal for threats to your horrifying menagerie or give temporary buffs to hit the enemy Nexus. Several cards will kill your allies for some temporary gain, whether it’s card draw or extra power.

With the Demacia splash cards, you want to use them in specific circumstances. Vanguard Redeemer is there to replenish your hand with more potential Fearsome allies if an ally dies in the round or Radiant Guardian can be granted lifesteal and tough abilities. Relentless Pursuit is the main reason to splash into Demacia, as it gives you an extra attacking phase to close out the game before the enemy player can react.

How to beat the Fearsome Rally deck

If you can control the spider onslaught, you should be able to get into the late game. Mirror matches are best as Fearsome creatures are only blocked by creatures of three or more power. Quite a few removal spells can also get rid of key threats like an early game Elise, but damage-based mass removal might not work too well. Shadow Flare could work as a board wipe, but this does kill any blockers you send out too, so be sure that you can recover your board position if you go down that route.

But the most efficient way to deal with Fearsome decks like this one might be to create a counter deck, just be the one below this one.

Runeterra Ezreal

Ezreal Elnuks

Ezreal Elnuks deck code


This Tier 2 deck that we are looking at has been created by YouTube user and Twitch streamer “Swimstrim” and is a popular Piltover & Zahn/Freljord deck. The aim is to control the board state long enough to bring out a whole herd of Elnuks to stomp on everything in front of them.

Ezreal Elnuks deck list

Piltover & ZahnFreljord
Ezreal x3Avarosan Sentry x2
Chump Whump x3Icevale Archer x3
Thermogenic Beam x3Avarosan Marksman x2
Rummage x1Bull Elnuk x3
Mystic Shot x3Troop of Elnuks x3
Get Excited! x2Brittle Steel x3
Statikk Shock x3Harsh Winds x3
Progress Day! x2

How to play the Ezreal Elnuks deck

You’ll want to put a stop to aggro decks quickly here, with tactical use of your spells and abilities. Frostbite can neuter foes with high attack power but low defence, in order to protect your blockers. Avarosan Sentry is there to be sacrificed for card draw, while Avarosan Marksman and cheap spells like Mystic Shot are there to pick off enemies. Targeting enemies helps with Ezreal’s level up ability, and since he has the Elusive keyword, he will likely get to level up. Early Nexus damage is a key part of this deck’s strategy so take advantage of this when you can. Do not play Ezreal until he has levelled up in your hand.

Once you get to around five mana, you’ll want to flood the board with woolly Elnuks to create an imposing stomping wall to crush the enemy Nexus. Your late game spells like Harsh Winds and Progress Day! can help with larger champions and followers that your opponents might play to stop your Elnuk rampage. Combine the Elnuk assault with your levelled up Ezreal’s constant pressure on the enemy Nexus, and your opponents will succumb to the potential pressure of this cost efficient deck.

How to stop the Ezreal Elnuks deck

This deck doesn’t have a good way of dealing with mass removal, so some control decks that run them might have a better time. Early game followers have higher power and very low defence, so cards like Avalanche, Chempunk Shredder, and especially Withering Wail can keep their side of the board free in the early game.

Mirror matches can prove to be a tough match-up, but it could also be vulnerable to the Frostbite/Rimefang Wolf combo in the later game. Decks with Ashe could be this deck’s undoing. Ezreal will be hard to deal with, but some well-timed removal spells can make all the difference.

Runeterra Ashe

Ashe Tempo

Ashe Tempo deck code


As a potential answer to the rather brutal Fearsome decks might be this Ashe Tempo deck from Reddit user “Massarani“. It’s specifically designed to counter the Fearsome deck, while also keeping stronger enemies in check with Frostbite. Your main aim is to get Ashe levelled up and hurling a bunch of Frostbite effects to neutralise the enemy.

Ashe Tempo Massarani deck list

FreljordShadow Isles
Ashe x3Hecarim x3
Omen Hawk x3Arachnoid Horror x3
Icevale Archer x3Rhasa the Sunderer x2
Avarosan Marksman x1Commander Ledros x1
Rimefang Wolf x3
Avarosan Outriders x3
Babbling Bjerg x3
Avarosan Hearthstone x3
Brittle Steel x3
Flash Freeze x3
Harsh Winds x3


Some cards are rather mandatory to have in the Ashe Tempo deck, but there are plenty of others that you can tweak to your liking. I’d personally cut a Hecarim for a copy of The Rekindler so you can have a fourth Ashe.

How to play the Ashe Tempo deck

Spells like Brittle Steel, Flash Freeze and Harsh Winds seem to be there to ensure your enemy wastes spells that could potentially be disastrous to Ashe. Icevale Archer has some incredible value, not least of which, it’s a two mana follower that can block Fearsome units. Chip damage is a key factor here as a little damage here and there to the enemy Nexus makes the mid-late game a lot easier.

Ashe is your main win condition. Once you’ve levelled her up, you’ll be reducing the biggest threats to more manageable obstacles. Combine this with Rimefang Wolf and appropriate buffs to get the victory.

The rest of the deck is designed to give you value towards the late game. Avarosan Outriders pumps up the top card of the library and gives it Overwhelm, while Babbling Bjerg allows you to fish for late-game threats. Omen Hawk pumps up cards in the early game, but its main purpose is to chump block large threats that don’t have Fearsome.

How to beat the Ashe Tempo deck

While decks running optimised Fearsome decks can have difficulty against this deck, regenerating the Nexus’s health scuppers this deck’s plan considerably. Grasp of the Undying is your best counter to bigger threats like Ashe or Rimefang Wolf. Elusive decks would also run rings around it, since they don’t care too much about blockers. Frostbite will hamper their progress, but not remove the threats. An attacking Kinkou Lifeblade with some appropriately timed buffs can beat this deck with relative ease.

Legends of Runeterra Karma

Karma control

Karma control deck code


This deck comes from Twitch streamer “FiVE” and aims to control the board early on with removal spells. It uses some rather unorthodox removal spells like Death Mark that simultaneously makes certain followers more of a threat and removes key enemies. Karma is key to making this deck work.

Karma control deck list

IoniaShadow Isles
Karma x3Darkwater Scourge x3
Emerald Awakener x3Frenzied Skitterer x3
Shadow Assassin x3Soulgorger x2
Insight of Ages x3Mark of the Isles x3
Deathmark x2Grasp of the Undying x3
Deny x3Withering Wail x3
Vengeance x2
The Ruination x3
The Harrowing x2

How to play the Karma control deck

Early on, you’ll be getting rid of key threats with clever use of removal spells. Don’t play Darkwater Scourge unless you can also cast Death Mark the same turn. This will remove an enemy while giving you a powerful 5/5 Lifestealing follower. Frenzied Skitterer is there to weaken aggro decks for a turn. You want the game to go on for as long as possible to trigger the Enlightened keyword at 10 base mana. Once you’re Enlightened, Karma and some of your spells and followers suddenly become more powerful.

Late game spells like The Ruination can eliminate decks that flood the board with many enemies, while spells and followers frequently heal your Nexus. Once the opponent runs low on cards, it’s only a matter of time before the enemy succumbs to your power. The Harrowing is a fantastic end-game bomb spell to cast to close out the match.

How to beat the Karma control deck

End the game quickly by using aggro strategies. It has little in the way of early game removal outside of Withering Wail and stall tactics like Frenzied Skitterer. While Elusive decks have fallen out of favour in general, they can be quite good at dealing with the tricks that Karma control uses. Barrier Fiora decks can achieve their win condition relatively unhindered, though they will need to time spells very carefully.

Runeterra Heimerdinger

Heimerdinger control

Heimerdinger control deck code


This deck recommendation from Twitch streamer “Gaara” uses a lot of spells to control the board. Stall your opponent’s aggression before ending games with either the combination of Hecarim and Rekindler, or masses of turret fire if Heimerdinger survives long enough.

Heimerdinger control deck list

Piltover & ZahnShadow Isles
Heimerdinger x3Hecarim x3
Chempunk Pickpocket x3The Rekindler x2
Plaza Guardian x2Glimpse Beyond x3
Thermogenic Beam x3Vile Feast x3
Mystic Shot x3Grasp of the Undying x3
Flash of Brilliance x3Vengeance x2
Get Excited! x3The Ruination x1
Statikk Shock x1
Progress Day! x2

How to play the Heimerdinger control deck

Your early game plan is to use your spells to stall the opposing player. Heimerdinger is a key way of doing this, and throwing spells at your opponents allows you to have free turrets to populate your side of the board. Plaza Guardian also becomes cheaper with every spell cast, so there is no downside to just throwing spells at every threat. Towards the late game, Hecarim can be paired with The Rekindler to speed up the enemy player’s demise, thanks to the Ephemeral followers Hecarim can summon.

How to stop the Heimerdinger control deck

This deck is a little more vulnerable to specific units being targeted by your spells. It only runs a few units, but a lot of spells. Heimerdinger is a key early game threat as if it levels up, it can flood the board with lots of turrets. The turrets do get progressively stronger, so try to get rid of Heimerdinger as soon as possible. Evasive decks like Fearsome can help get around the turrets, overwhelming the enemy Nexus before the turrets become too powerful.

Runeterra best decks

Burn aggro

Burn aggro deck code


Another tier 2 deck, this one based on the original version by Runeterra players “Bagels” and “Gummi”. It’s an anti-meta deck that’s designed to combat against control deck strategies and is one of the few decks that uses Noxus cards that’s viable at the time of writing. It also uses champions like Teemo to bypass everything to deal damage to the enemy Nexus, and wants to dump its hand to take advantage of Jinx’s rockets.

Burn Aggro deck list

NoxusPiltover & Zahn
Legion Saboteur x3Teemo x3
Precious Pet x3Jinx x3
Legion Rearguard x3Boomcrew Rookie x3
Legion Grenadier x1Used Cask Salesman x3
House Spider x3Mystic Shot x3
Crimson Disciple x3Get Excited! x3
Arena Battlecaster x3
Transfusion x1
Brother's Bond x2

How to play the Burn aggro deck

The idea here is to hit the enemy player hard and fast. It is designed as an anti-control deck, using low cost followers to chip away at the enemy Nexus. Teemo’s elusive skill when combined with the two Noxus spells can create some decent early game pressure. Jinx is the late game for this deck as running out of cards in hand is an easy feat for this deck to pull off. You will need to protect her at all costs though and this could be difficult with so few spells.

How to stop the Burn aggro deck

Against the top tier decks, there’s no contest. Fearsome Aggro and Elusive Kinkou have a better time against Burn Aggro, as they’ll either outpace or block the enemy’s progress. As for control decks that it’s designed to fight against, there’s a small number of cards that, if you can survive long enough, can wreck the board. It’s particularly vulnerable to having no cards in hand and no Jinx on the board, so as soon as that situation occurs, the game should be yours.

Legends of Runeterra Hecarim

Fearsome Midrange

Fearsome Midrange deck code


This deck comes from a few sources, but the example above came from Runeterra Twitch streamer and YouTube user “Swimstrim”. Fearsome Midrange probably the most expensive deck to make out of the full list as there are six champions, but it is one of the most efficient decks in the meta right now. It’s a surprisingly aggressive deck for the early game as it has Fearsome followers to break through enemy defences. Removal, card draw, and some fantastic finisher units like Commander Ledros and Hecarim allow you to slow down the enemy player’s progress.

Fearsome Midrange deck list

Shadow IslesIonia
Elise x3Shadow Assassin x2
Hecarim x3Deny x3
Arachnid Horror x3
Mistwraith x3
Frenzied Skitterer x3
Wraithcaller x3
Rhasa the Sunderer x2
Commander Ledros x1
Mark of the Isles x2
Black Spear x2
Glimpse Beyond x3
Vile Feast x3
Withering Wail x3
Vengeance x1

How to play the Fearsome Midrange deck

Your opening hand should include cards such as Elise, Black Spear, Mark of the Isles, and Vile Feast. These cards enable you to deal with early-game threats while setting up the board for a potential Frenzied Skitterer/Wraithcaller on turns three or four. These two followers help stall the game with defensive walls as you wait to play the bigger threats, like Hecarim or Rhasa the Sunderer.

Cards like Vile Feast allow you to deal with smaller followers, while at the same time creating Spiders to level up Elise. They’re also good fodder for Glimpse Beyond’s card draw, which is valuable towards the late game. You should always keep a Deny in hand to help with board wipes and other mass damaging spells.

How to beat the Fearsome Midrange deck

Aggro decks will struggle against this deck as Fearsome makes followers too big to deal with, but Control decks have a far better time overall. My advice for you here is to time your mass removal for when your opponent over-commits to playing their bigger cards. As Deny is such an ever-present threat, you need to think very carefully about certain cards that are more unorthodox. I personally like giving enemy attackers Ephemeral with Shadow Flare, then chump blocking to reset the board.

But the most efficient way to deal with Fearsome Midrange might be to create a counter deck, just be the one below this one.

Runeterra Fiora deck

Fiora aggro/control

Fiora deck code


I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to put in a Fiora deck since the combo required to trigger the win condition is reliant on one main source. The general idea is to protect Fiora at all costs while building up a wall of blockers. There are a lot of Challenger followers in the deck, tons of Barrier effects, and enough spells to save your units. However, this deck seems to be the most consistent version of the deck thanks to a few things.

Fiora Barrier deck list

Fiora x3Shen x3
Fleetfeather Tracker x3Greenglade Caretaker x3
Brightsteel Protector x3Rivershaper x3
Laurent Chevalier x3Yusari x3
Single Combat x3Ki Guardian x3
Prismatic Barrier x3Spirit's Refuge x3
Riposte x3
Judgment x1


  • Remove: Ki Guardian x3
  • Add: Deny x3

How to play the Fiora deck

Your opening hand should consist of a copy of Fiora, at least one spell to protect her from early threats, and a follower with the Barrier granting abilities or the Challenger ability. You don’t want to be striking the Nexus with Fiora. Instead, you want to use Fiora’s Challenger ability to kill weak enemy units. She needs to kill four in total to win the game, which is not all that hard to do.

The hard bit is to keep her alive, as everyone will be targeting Fiora with their removal spells. Luckily, when it comes to any combat-based trickery, you have plenty of Barrier granting spells at Burst speed that will protect you from a large number of cards. If Fiora does perish in combat, you can use the rest of your cards to build up a defensive wall against enemy units. Laurent Chevalier is a great target for Barrier effects as his strike ability gives you more Challenger followers.

If the game lasts long enough for you to get 10 base mana, it’s likely that you’ll need a spell to give you that final push to victory. Judgment is a fantastic late-game bomb as you can just have Fiora hit the entire board. Since the enemy player will have likely flooded the board. You only get one shot at this though and if it is countered by Deny, you’ll have to win the hard way.

How to stop the Fiora deck

Control decks will have a better time against Fiora, as Aggro decks might not have the power to overcome her damage output and Barrier based defences. The aim is to kill Fiora by any means possible. Frostbite cards from the Freljord region really badly hurts Fiora’s potential as her attack power goes to zero.

Damage spells and instant kill spells also put on the brakes for the Fiora deck, meaning that the opponent needs to use the rest of the cards in their deck to stall you out. Spells like Deny also ensure certain tricks like the Judgment/Fiora combo won’t work, though these spells could potentially be countered too.

Legends of Runeterra Garen

Garen/Tryndamere budget midrange

Garen/Tryndamere budget deck code


This budget deck comes from Twitch user “Swimstrim” and is designed to be a budget deck that uses a lot of cards that you may already have from both Demacia and Freljord regions. It aims to control the board long enough to reach the end game, where lots of big beasts and heavy hitting people enter the battlefield to overwhelm your opponent. It also has some half-decent removal.

Garen/Tryndamere budget deck list

Garen x1Tryndamere x1
Fleetfeather Tracker x2Omen Hawk x2
Vanguard Sergeant x3Avarosan Sentry x3
Laurent Protege x2Avarosan Marksman x2
Radiant Guardian x1Bull Elnuk x3
Radiant Strike x2Babbling Bjerg x3
Single Combat x1Troop of Elnuks x3
Detain x1Avarosan Hearthguard x1
Back to Back x2Alpha Wildclaw x2
Judgment x1Brittle Steel x2
Avalanche x2

How to play the Garen/Tryndamere budget deck

In the early game, you want to build a wall full of defensive units. Early on, you can use the likes of Fleetfeather Tracker and Laurent Protege to have challenger units to pick off enemies. Omen Hawk can also buff your units a little bit. Babbling Bjerg is a great mid-game option as he can draw out any one of the 5+ power cards such as Radiant Guardian, Avarosan Hearthguard, and Alpha Wildclaw. Troop of Elnuks will flood the board with woolly beasts that can prove to be a nuisance to get rid of. Tryndamere and Garen are your win conditions.

How to stop the Garen/Tryndamere budget deck

This deck is designed to go toe-to-toe with aggro decks, but has few defences against control decks. Should they flood the board with too much to handle, kill spells like The Ruination can prove to be rather disruptive when used mid-game. The spells of this deck are a combination of removal and buff spells, so you can use cards like Deny to counter them, or by casting damaging spells to kill that unit in response to their buff spells.

Runeterra Darius

Elise/Darius budget spiders aggro

Elise/Darius budget spiders deck code


Another budget deck comes from Twitch user “Swimstrim“, this time based around the spiders from both Noxus and the Shadow Isles. The main aim is to get Elise to turn into a spider as quickly as possible, while buffing the other spider cards to steamroll over the enemy’s defences. It also wants to play certain Shadow Isles card combinations, such as Ravenous Butcher and Cursed Keeper to flood the board with hard-to-kill abominations.

Elise/Darius budget spiders deck list

NoxusShadow Isles
Darius x2Elise x2
Legion Rearguard x2Ravenous Butcher x2
Precious Pet x2Hapless Aristocrat x2
House Spider x2Cursed Keeper x3
Arachnoid Sentry x2Frenzied Skitterer 1
Crowd Favorite x3Chronicler of Ruin x3
Arachnoid Host x2Crawling Sensation x2
Captain Farron x1Black Spear x1
Glimpse Beyond x2
Vile Feast x3
Grasp of the Undying x1
Withering Wail x2

How to play the Elise/Darius budget spiders deck

Your first objective with the Elise/Darius budget spiders deck is to get Elise onto the table with three other spiders. This will flip her to her enhanced version, which gives Fearsome and Challenger to your spiders, two abilities that you can use to control the board. From this point onwards, you should focus on eliminating threats and punching the enemy Nexus long enough for Darius or Captain Farron to finish them off.

If you find spiders hard to come by, you can apply early pressure with the Cursed Keeper/Ravenous Butcher combo that puts two hefty followers onto the battlefield for a small mana cost.

How to stop the Elise/Darius budget spiders deck

If you stop Elise from flipping early on, then you should overtake this deck. It also features a lot of weaker creatures, so spells that deal damage to lots of creatures at once are great shouts. If you’re running Shadow Isles, then The Ruination hurts this deck badly.

Legends of Runeterra Jinx

Jinx/Darius budget aggro

Jinx/Darius budget aggro deck code


Twitch user “Swimstrim” has a talent for making some decent budget decks and this one is a fascinating combination of using mostly cards you already have from Piltover & Zahn and Noxus. It’s a incredibly aggressive deck early on that aims to get as much damage in before it uses Jinx or Darius to end the game.

Jinx/Darius budget aggro deck list

Piltover & ZahnNoxus
Jinx x2Darius x2
Astute Academic x3Legion Rearguard x3
Zaunite Urchin x2Precious Pet x2
Academy Prodigy x2House Spider x2
Boomcrew Rookie x3Crowd Favorite x1
Flame Chompers! x3Might x2
Sump Dredger x3
Augmented Experimenter x1
Thermogenic Beam x2
Jury-Rig x3
Mystic Shot x2
Get Excited! x2

How to play the Jinx/Darius budget aggro deck

This deck aims to go aggressive immediately with the likes of Legion Rearguard and Sump Dredger for cheap early pressure. By emptying your hand, Jinx will level up and get some rather nasty single-use spells that you can fling at your opponent. There is a little bit of card draw in there just in case you run out of ammunition, with Zaunite Urchin being a good chump blocker. Your spells are to deal with enemy threats, as well as putting more scrap in the way. Darius is a good game-ender once the enemy is below 10 health.

How to stop the Jinx/Darius budget aggro deck

Build a wall of defensive units and weather the storm that’s coming. Brand is this deck’s worst enemy and can wall the enemy. He’s especially good if you can ensure damaging spells can keep him alive. Any spells that restore Nexus health can disrupt this deck’s endgame plans, so Grasp of the Undying and Withering Wail can be a problem. Some decks also run stun, which can also ensure they don’t hit your Nexus.

Runeterra Rhasa the Sunderer

Cheap Shadow Isles control

Cheap Shadow Isles control deck code


There are no champions involved involved in this budget deck. It’s a very similar to the Atrocity Control deck in many respects, but its win condition is slightly different. If you can afford a copy of Commander Ledros, a single The Ruination, and three Rhasa the Sunderers, this one shouldn’t break the bank to craft.

Cheap Shadow Isles control deck list

Shadow IslesFreljord
Hapless Aristocrat x3Avarosan Sentry x3
Warden's Prey x3Icevale Archer x3
Scribe of Sorrows x3Babbling Bjerg x3
Rhasa the Sunderer x3Avalanche x3
Commander Ledros x1Harsh Winds x3
Black Spear x3
Vile Feast x3
Glimpse Beyond x3
Grasp of the Undying x2
Vengeance x2
The Ruination x1

How to play the Cheap Shadow Isles control deck

In the early game, use removal like Avalanche or blockers like Hapless Aristocrat and Avarosan Sentry to help mitigate against aggro decks. They will be your main cause of concern here, so proper timing of spells can help with buff spells. Using Glimpse Beyond after blocking with a chump blocker will still prevent damage, but refill your hand a tad.

In the mid and late game, you can begin efficiently removing threats and bashing in the enemy Nexus. Commander Ledros is the late-game bomb that will come back to your hand if it dies and will always deal damage rounded up when it cuts the Nexus health in half. Rhasa the Sunderer is fantastic removal, provided you got an ally killed that turn.

How to stop the Cheap Shadow Isles control deck

There’s only so much that this deck can do against aggro decks, so hitting it hard and fast is key. Buff spells also work wonderfully against this deck as it relies on dealing a low amount of damage in the early game. Once it hits late-game, it’s likely too late to deal with this deck, so attack that Nexus while you can.

Runeterra Kinkou Lifeblade

Elusive budget aggro/midrange

Elusive budget deck code


The final deck we would like to showcase is a budget variant of the Elusive deck that’s dominating the current Runeterra meta, but there are no champions involved. Instead it just uses a lot of Elusive units, some ways to buff them and some ways to defend yourself.

Elusive budget deck list

Inspiring Mentor x3Fleetfeather Tracker x3
Navori Bladescout x3Dawnspeakers x2
Greenglade Duo x3Laurent Bladekeeper x3
Keeper of Masks x3Prismatic Barrier x3
Navori Conspirator x3Back to Back x2
Deny x3
Greenglade Elder x2
Shadow Assassin x3
Solitary Monk x1
Kinkou Lifeblade x3


  • Remove: Solitary Monk x1, Navori Bladescout x3
  • Add: Yusari x1, Ki Guardian x3

How to play the Elusive budget deck

This deck plays a lot like the other Elusive deck, but is just running at half the power. The goal is to damage the enemy Nexus with your Elusive followers until it shatters. The rest are either spells or followers that have abilities to pump your Elusive attackers. It even uses the same trick with recalling certain followers with Navori Conspirator so you can replay them for additional effects. There’s not really much else to this deck other than using followers who have lived out their usefulness to block the enemy attackers.

The original version of this deck is a bit more on the aggressive side, so if you want something with a little more of a control focus, then I recommend switching out Solitary Monk for Yusari and the Navori Bladescouts for Ki Guardian spells. This will give you a little more protection against slower decks that get scarier as the game progresses, while at the same time giving you access to more card draw effects.

How to stop the Elusive budget deck

Aside from the Deny spell, there is no way for this deck to counter any removal spells. Control decks do very well against the budget version of the Elusive deck. Lots of spells will try to pump up followers, so having Frostbite effects can keep the most dangerous enemies in check, provided you play the cards at the right point.

Runeterra deck codes

How to import Runeterra deck codes

Finally, you may find in various articles around the internet, including this one, that there are Runeterra deck codes. In order to use them you’ll need to perform the following steps:

  • Highlight the deck code and copy it to your clipboard (Ctrl + C on PC). They look like something like this – CEBAGAICEUVTCBQBAUARGKBJGE3AEAIBAI4QKAIFB4MR2IJNAEAQCBID
  • Launch Legends of Runeterra and click Collection.
  • Click Decks, then click “Import Deck” at the top of the screen. We’ve circled it in our image above.
  • Paste the deck code (Ctrl + V on PC) and click “Import Deck”.

As for how to export deck codes into Legends of Runeterra, once you’ve finished creating them, simply click the Deck you wish to share, then click the “Share” button. This will generate the code to share your deck.

These Legends of Runeterra decks should give you a head start when the game enters its open beta. Thanks for reading and do check out our other Legends of Runeterra guides below.

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