Our top 32 player list has a lot of amazing players on it. You have to be amazing to make it this far. Sensuruapril is no exception here. However, if you look purely at their ranked season, you might have thought differently. Sensuruapril finished the current ranked season at Silver 4, having played a whopping 68 games. But really, that’s the beauty of the seasonal tournament -- anyone can qualify! From their survey responses, it seems that they have a very strong understanding of the game and of competition. Sensuruapril may be the lowest seeded player coming into this event, but they should definitely not be underestimated.
Jasensational is the second and final player to have qualified only through the last chance gauntlet, having finished the season at Diamond 2. Again, this truly shows the unique opportunity that the seasonal tournament provides. Jasensational is a self-proclaimed wacky combo deck player. They were one of the few players who qualified for the top 32 with either Katarina or Yasuo, and in fact, used both! What’s truly amazing about Jasensational, is that the seasonal tournament is their debut in the tournament scene. We’re hoping this is the first of many to come.
Gnomdeguerre has produced a very interesting statistic within our top 32. They have a 46% win rate across their ranked games this season. This of course means that they’ve lost more games than they’ve won. Given that there is no way to decay out of your current ranked tier, you have the ability to lose games without falling out of the tier. We know that Gnomdeguerre is a great player, having of course gone 5-0 in the qualifier rounds, so what do so many losses actually mean? Testing. Once they got to Master they were afforded the ability to try different decks, off meta builds, and truly figure out what decks they wanted to play. Gnomdeguerre may have lost more games than they won throughout the entirety of the ranked season, but they only need to win a few important matches to take home the event.
Unlike many of the other players in the top 32, ArraysInDisarray did not play a ton of ranked games; they played under 200 ranked games. That in and of itself is actually quite impressive considering that they qualified for the event via Master ranking. What ArraysInDisarray lacked in games played, they made up for in winrate. They have among the highest among our qualified players with a 58% ranked winrate. ArraysInDisarray is not trying to reinvent the wheel, as they’ve stuck to a standard meta lineup that’s targeting one of the best decks in the meta, Twisted Fate Go Hard. Consistency is something that has worked out for ArraysInDisarray thus far, and we expect that to continue as we go through the top 32.
Sekuu was a surprise inclusion in the top 32. We’re not saying that for any particular stats reason, again all of the players in the top 32 are incredible for one reason or another, but because Sekuu mentioned their surprise on camera! We had a chance to interview Sekuu right after their qualifying game into the top 32. Sekuu mentioned that they were excited to watch the top 32 this weekend, but instead will be playing much to their surprise. Sekuu leaned rather heavily on Targon for their lineup, having brought two decks that featured the region. Will we see another Targon heavy lineup from Sekuu this weekend, or will they surprise us once again?
HelplessVictim is anything but. Their qualifying rounds included a win against the current rank 3 player on the Americas shard, Nunuyz. They played a lot of ranked games this season, nearly 800, but boasted roughly a 50% win rate across those ranked games. This is a feat however, as there has been an ascension happening with their rank over the past few seasons. Having only started playing 2 seasons ago where they finished Silver 1, they climbed to Diamond 3 the following season and of course finished Master and qualified for the Seasonal Tournament this season. If they continue that trajectory, there’s really only one place to go from here…
AETHER8781 mentioned in their player survey that they like to take risks when it comes to playing off-meta decks. This was made abundantly clear with their deck choices for the qualifier. Bringing Fizz/Twisted Fate and Ezreal/Trundle, one could definitely make the argument that a risk was taken. That risk paid off big time in the qualifying rounds netting them a 5-0 score, even through a top tournament player in Random7. Two questions remain for Aether: Will they take another risk in the top 32, and will that risk pay off again?
TheLankyOne is another player on the list that has made a bit of a comeback to competitive play. Having skipped the past two ranked seasons, the seasonal qualifier was enough of an inspiration to get back to playing at a high level. According to the player survey, TheLankyOne went for comfort picks in the qualifier rounds. Despite that, they mentioned that they prefer to deck build on their own and come to an event with decks utilizing more unconventional cards. We may have seen the rather boring lineup from TheLankyOne in the qualifiers, but we expect to see something with a bit more spice for the top 32.
ValyrianBlade was one of only a handful of qualified players to bring Lee Sin to the event. If the seasonal qualifier would have happened a month or so ago, before the Lee Sin balance changes, it’s likely that he would be a pillar of the meta. As it stands now, Lee Sin has been fringe pick at best. Lee Sin seems like it would be a narrow strategy that could easily be countered, so it seems like a big risk to play the deck. Interestingly enough, ValyrianBlade is an Actuary. If you’re unaware of what an Actuary is, they are professionals whose job it is to assess and measure risk and uncertainty. If there’s someone who would have an abundance of experience assessing whether or not a risk is worth taking, it would certainly be ValyrianBlade, and as their 5-0 record shows, it paid off.
Puyshpii brought a deceptively standard lineup. Two of their three decks were exactly what we’ve come to expect from this meta; Ezreal/Draven and Twisted Fate/Go Hard. The third deck they brought was a variant on the somewhat popular Overwhelm strategy with Sejuani/Darius. There’s not too much to be said about the lineup at face value, it looks pretty standard as mentioned before, until we took a look at the response survey. In that survey, Puyshpii mentions that they built their decks to farm Fearsome decks, and clearly that strategy paid off. Puyshpii not only had a beat on what the meta was likely to be but was also able to build decks to counter the expected meta and actually execute the games themselves to victory. We would certainly be afraid of running whatever decks Puyshpii sets their targets on defeating this weekend.
There are many reasons that players entered the tournament. The $10,000 first prize or perhaps just the glory of winning the first seasonal tournament are two that come to mind. But Expurgate had a different goal in mind: they simply wanted the card back. Well, my friend, you got the card back and much more! There’s something to be said about playing in an event and not feeling any pressure to win. Once they secured their necessary 3 wins, everything else after that is just a bonus. Ironically, the nonchalant mindset is one that can be very useful in a tournament setting. Reducing the stress of a situation can help you think clearer and therefore do better. Can Expurgate keep the level head going into the Top 32 where their goals have almost certainly changed? Tune in this Sunday to find out!
MajinBae knows all about the luck of the draw. We don’t mean that they aren’t a skilled player; they are literally a Poker dealer. Talk about loving card games! MajinBae mentioned that they are a big fan of Ezreal decks, which tracks with the fact that they skipped the last ranked season. Ezreal has certainly come back into the meta in full force and it has been a great choice for many lineups. We imagine Ezreal will continue to be great going into the Top 32, but MajinBae did mention that they would one day make a good Shark Chariot deck. Perhaps MajinBae will feel most at home with shark cards… or is it card sharks?
Every player came into the Qualifier rounds with a level playing field. No player had an inherent advantage or disadvantage when the event started. However, if a player, say, misread the deck building restrictions when constructing their decks, that could certainly put that player at a disadvantage. Of course, Guillo8991 did still manage to 5-0 despite thinking that you couldn’t repeat regions across decks! What better way to boost your confidence going into the Top 32 than to have made it through the Qualifier rounds with your metaphorical hand tied behind your back? We made sure that they know the rules fully when going into the Top 32, so we can only imagine what kind of performance they will have without the self imposed disadvantage.
We have a wide range of ages represented in our Top 32, and MageQ is definitely one of the youngest. At 15 years old, they were actually the second youngest player to make our Top 32. But being young does not necessarily mean they lack Legends of Runeterra experience. During the qualifier rounds MageQ beat top tournament player Nagashi and current #4 Ranked Ladder player FloppyMudkip. MageQ mentioned their desire to use off meta decks, and their lineup showed that. Though Shen/Fiora was a rather standard deck in their lineup, they did choose to bring two heavy aggro builds in Darius/Draven and Miss Fortune/Gangplank. We personally can’t wait to see what they bring to the Top 32 rounds this Sunday.
There are a lot of different players with varying levels of experience in card games and specifically in Legends of Runeterra. Some players have been playing since the initial preview weekends and others, like our next player RogueCarry, started playing just this season. In fact, they mentioned that the reason they made some of their deck choices, namely their Solo Garen deck, was because they had a limited card pool. This once again showcases the beauty of the seasonal tournament, as both veteran and new players alike have a chance to compete and qualify. Of course, don’t let the recent start date fool you; RogueCarry played over 1300 ranked games this season. New player isn’t exactly the correct term to use when describing RogueCarry, and we don’t expect them to perform like one either!
Given the nature of competitive card games, it’s very rare that a player is the only one to bring a copy of a specific deck. Even in a game like Legends of Runeterra that comparatively has a much higher diversity of decks than other card games, it is an oddity to see a single copy of a deck slide into a pool of 32 players. Valaxs, however, was the only qualifying player to bring Draven /Jinx Discard aggro. That deck isn’t exactly an uncommon deck to see on the ladder, but with the rise of Draven/Ezreal, Draven/Jinx has taken a bit of a backseat in tournament play at least. What was interesting from their player survey was that they prefer to play off-meta decks. Even though their lineup was mostly standard, the inclusion of Draven/Jinx Discard Aggro deck certainly makes their lineup feel a bit off kilter. You don’t necessarily need to be playing a fully wacky lineup to get the advantage of being off-meta. Sometimes it just takes one choice deck.
GAllant is another player in our Top 32 who made it in from the waitlist. They finished the cutoff period at rank 849, which is well within the reasonable ‘Oh crap, I might not get in’ range of ranks. Despite this, GAllant of course did make it into the Qualifying rounds as well as our Top 32. Despite this being GAllant’s first Masters season and only their second season that they’ve played ranked since Open Beta, GAllant was not unprepared. In fact, they teamed up with another one of our Top 32 players, thecupismine. Obviously, their work paid off to some extent, but will it be able to put one, or both, of them into the finals?
Henneky is another player who’s shown a steady progression throughout their Ranked Legends of Runeterra career. They started ranked with two seasons of Iron before climbing to Platinum the next two seasons before hitting Masters for the first time this season. Their next level of progression was actually in the Qualifier rounds as they took down the ‘Father’ of Pirate Aggro and top Brazilian player, 4LW. We have covered a lot of 4LW over the months of Legends of Runeterra tournaments we’ve had, and believe us when we say that they are a very scary opponent. Henneky shows us that even when you’re coming off of your first season in Masters, you can put the time and work into improving your game and take down some of the best players in the world. This Sunday we’ll see if Henneky achieves that same feat a few more times.
By our account, AquaDeiTy has been keeping their cards close to the chest. There wasn’t a ton of insight into their thought process on the player survey, and by our records, they don’t have any social media accounts. There’s nothing wrong with this of course, and in fact, it could be for a competitive advantage. Being an unknown factor to your opponents, especially in a card game, can be a massive advantage. Their lineup was even a bit of an off kilter selection. Being one of only two Top 32 players to bring Anivia and one of the handfuls that brought Lee Sin, it’s entirely possible that their deck choices were meant to be a mystery as well. We can take what we can from what we saw played in the qualifying rounds, but if you’re keeping an eye on AquaDeiTy this Sunday, definitely expect something unexpected.
Romnore is another player in our Top 32 who came back to ranked in full force this season. Going from Gold last season to Top 100 Masters this season, the glow up was real. When looking over their profile we noticed something consistent between deck choice and the player survey: Heimerdinger. While Heimerdinger decks aren’t that rare these days, they’ve certainly not been seen at the same rate as the other decks we’ve talked about thus far such as Shen/Fiora or Twisted Fate/Go Hard. In fact, only 4 of our Top 32 players brought Heimerdinger at all. Despite this, Romnore not only brought, and performed, with Heimerdinger, but they also spoke in the survey about how Heimerdinger is one of their favorite archetypes. They also mentioned that Heimerdinger was their overperforming card of the Qualifier rounds. We expect to see Romnore continue their success with Heimerdinger, and perhaps even attribute their performance entirely to the unwieldy 5 drop champion himself!
We mentioned earlier that Thecupismine and GAllant have been practice partners for this event. Now they have to potentially face off against each other in the Top 32. While you’re going to be rooting for your friend and playtest partners to do well, we’ve found that you tend to play even harder against them than you would a random opponent. Having a playtest partner in the Top 32 may be an even greater benefit than just the obvious in-game benefits. Thecupismine also brought a rather spicy Dragon Fiora list to the Qualifier rounds. Perhaps trying to win the favor of the Dragon Master himself, Brian Kibler, Thecupismine certainly did make a bold move with that deck choice. We wonder how much bickering back and forth there was between the two practice partners when Thecupismine decided to lock that choice in!
We looked up if Zeeta has some alternative meaning to no avail, but we honestly thought it translated to something like dedication, persistence, or frankly, grinder. ZeetaB played the most ranked games this season of anyone else in the top 32. They played almost 2000 ranked games this season with the next closest player being nearly 700 games behind them. The differential between the next closest player is a larger number of games than some of the other Top 32 players even played! The road to a Seasonal championship is not going to be easy for anyone, but ZeetaB is at the very least not going to be worried about being unpracticed!
Sucessor is a very interesting case in our Top 32. They are technically the number 2 seed coming into the Top 32, and finished the ladder cutoff period in the top 50. In fact, they sat at rank 1 for quite some time during the season. What’s interesting about that is the fact that their ranked win rate during this season was only about 50%. This of course isn’t terrible, but it is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum compared to the other players in our Top 32. If that win rate follows them through the Top 32, they may not make it as far as they were hoping. However, that’s another beauty of the Seasonal Tournament; your previous winrate doesn’t matter! If Sucessor can string together a few key wins, then they may just be able to sit atop the throne of number 1 in the Shard!
If you didn’t read the full tournament rules, you may not have noticed that the minimum age to play in the Seasonal tournament was 13 years old. For most of the players in our Top 32, this was not anything to even have to worry about, but for Derek it was a bit close. Derek is our youngest player in the Top 32 at 14 years old. But don’t let their age lure you into a false sense of security. Derek’s read on the meta was arguably the most maximized. If you saw the region breakdown, you’d notice that Shadow Isles was the most played region because it has multiple top tier decks. Derek just decided to bring 3 Shadow Isles decks to the qualifier. Derek had the read that it was best to just jam the best region 3 times, and it obviously paid off. We can’t wait to see what their read is on the Top 32 meta.
Sérket is another player whose reputation precedes them. They’re not only one of the top Brazilian content creators who participated in the Riot Creator Challenge for the Rising Tides release but also was a Professional League of Legends player in the Challenger Series. With the exception of perhaps Petrify, Sérket may be the only player in our Top 32 who is playing Legends of Runeterra, at least in some part, as their profession. We didn’t mention it everywhere, but virtually every other player in the Top 32 is a student or has a day job that has nothing to do with Legends of Runeterra. Being able to fully devote your time, especially when there was only a week between the Qualifier and the Top 32, is certainly going to be an advantage for Sérket. We need only wait a bit longer to see how much that advantage will pay off.
Making the Top 32 is a feat in and of itself, but that is merely one of a laundry list of feats that TEMPO13X has achieved. They have the Riot ‘Triple Crown’ as they are Master in League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and of course Legends of Runeterra. I’m sure there are other players who have done this, but those players haven’t also made it this far in the seasonal tournament! What’s possibly even crazier, is that they made this deep run in the tournament with arguably the weirdest lineup. Hecarim, Nautilus, and an old style Pirate Aggro deck were their three decks. Each of those would be noteworthy inclusions in a standard lineup, and TEMPO13X brought all three! The last note here is that TEMPO13X’s reputation preceded them. On the player survey, they were the most mentioned player when asked who they wanted to play against. Whether this is a show of respect or just a target on their back, we know TEMPO13X has what it takes to be the best at whatever they’re doing.
Lazyguga has been a top Brazilian player in the tournament community for quite some time. They are a part of one of the top competitive teams, Team Hydra, which has a lot of top players on their squad. Team Hydra won the Liga Brasileira de Legends of Runeterra tournament which was a big team event that had many top teams and players in it. Needless to say, Lazyguga is coming into this event with not only a lot of tournament experience but also the support of a top team. Even though Legends of Runeterra is a solo competitor game, having the support and preparation of a team cannot be understated. Being able to test matchups, gain insights, and suggest tech choices en masse is something that just isn’t feasible to do in such a short amount of time without the support of a team. Lazyguga is certainly in a great position coming into our top 32.
Tenchuu is our only player from Argentina in the Top 32. Up to this point, Tenchuu has been doing a great job representing their country. They’ve boasted the highest ranked win rate of any player in the Top 32. Across over 300 games they won almost 65% of them. Considering that they ended the cutoff period in the top 250, they had that high win rate against top level players. The impressive play of course continued on into the Qualifier rounds where they were able to take down two top tournament players in Sharkgui and Trivo. We’re into our choices for the top 8 players, so you really can’t go wrong putting faith in any of these players, but a 65% win rate certainly seems like a safe choice.
Who is Deach? For the blind, he is light. For the hungry, he is bread. For the thirsty, he is the source of water. For the dead, he is life. For the sick, he is the cure. For the prisoner, he is freedom. For the loner, he is the companion. For the traveler, he is the way. For us, he's everything.
If you know, you know. In all seriousness, Deach is one of the best players in Brazil. Not only a top performer in tournaments but also just watches everything. We pride ourselves on keeping up with the competitive landscape and we swear we see Deach in every Twitch chat. High level play and an infectious personality can certainly be a deadly combination for a top player.
Petrify is a name that many at home may recognize if you’ve been following competitive card games for a while. By day, they are a game designer for the CCG Gods Unchained, and by night they are a competitive player of Complexity. They’ve had success in just about every card digital card game that’s been released. In fact, Petrify was one of the first players to hit Masters back in the Beta period for Legends of Runeterra. Despite that, this is actually Petrify’s first tournament for Legends of Runeterra. Petrify has been vocal before about how the tournament scene hasn’t quite brought out the best players yet, so we’ll have to see if they can lead by example and herald in a new wave of tournament players.
XxWhatAmIxX was actually one of our Top 10 players to watch (Woo we got 1!). They have had tournament and ladder success already, and the Top 32 here is another notch on their championship belt. They have even had success in an event that was very similar in format and skill density to this event as one of the top competitive Legends of Runeterra discord servers (RCO) had an event in practice for the seasonal tournament. XxWhatAmIxX was able to Top 4 that event. XxWhatAmIxX tends to bring what appears at face value to be standard decks, but always adds a bit of their own flair to them. Choices like Battle Fury in a traditionally aggressive strategy or even Captain Farron in Discard aggro are great examples of this. They are so practiced on these specific archetypes that misplays are few and far between, but also that these card choice flexes aren’t just made randomly. They are specific choices that are meant to solve a particular problem that the deck may have. XxWhatAmIxX is definitely going to be one of the scarier opponents to have to face in this event.