Best Budget Decks – Legends of Runeterra
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SPIDER AGGRO DECK – Best Budget Deck in LOR
The Spider Aggro deck might be the easiest to build of the best budget decks in LOR. This is because many of the cards required to make the deck work such as Precious Pet, Vile Feast, and Decimate are already in your collection when you start the game! It is a very fun deck to play and is a great introduction into the world of Legends of Runeterra!
This archetype generally wants to swarm the board with spiders and level Elise when possible. Most versions use Draven to aid with the aggression of the deck or Darius to serve as a mid-game finisher. The version that I think is the best budget deck in the archetype uses Darius given that your starting collection already contains 2x Darius.
Deck Code: CEBQCAQDAMBQCBJIFM4AKAIDA4EQ6KBXAIBQCAYZEYXAGAIFGEZDKAIBAEBQE
My Spider Aggro Midrange Budget Deck List
This budget deck is able to swarm the board early with cards like Hapless Aristocrat which summons a body even after it dies and House Spider which spawns another follower when you summon it. Then, it leverages the wide board state by utilizing cards that benefit from having a lot of bodies on the field. These are cards like Arena Battlecaster, Crowd Favorite and Brother’s Bond. If you can get Elise to level, she can be a devastating early-game finisher alongside attack buffs by allowing your spiders to challenge your opponent’s blockers. But leveling Elise is not always consistent, so Darius and Decimate can give you the over-the-top damage to close out the game later on.
Improving Your Spider Aggro Budget Deck Later On
- Add a third Elise – Given the amount of spider synergy in the deck, having a third Elise will only make that win condition more consistent!
- Swap out Darius for Draven – Darius is too slow for this deck, and gets easily countered by removal. Draven helps the deck better achieve its goals. If you decide to do this, you should probably consider running some Decimates to act as a replacement mid-game finisher.
MONO DEMACIA MIDRANGE DECK – Best Budget Deck in LOR
The Demacia Midrange deck (or “Bannerman” as it is sometimes called) is an archetype that has existed in Legends of Runeterra for a long time. The deck has seen some adaptations into a budget deck that cuts some of the more expensive cards in favor of more common cards that serve a similar purpose. Even though this deck is one of the best budget decks in LOR for playing midrange, its goal is quite simple.
Demacia specializes in having very stat-efficient minions and this deck capitalizes on that by filling out the curve with valuable bodies to take control of the board throughout the early and mid game.
Deck Code: CEBAEAQAAMEQSAIAAEEQWEQVDIOSOKYCAEAQAMQCAIAAOCABAEAQADA
My Mono Demacia Midrange Budget Deck List
The plan with this budget deck is to play minions on curve and get value trades with challenger units like Laurent Protege and Fleetfeather Tracker. Then, later on you will play Vanguard Bannerman to buff all your minions and use cards like Relentless Pursuit to overwhelm your opponent. Some versions of Midrange Demacia that are budget decks use a splash of some other region like Ionia or Bilgewater. My list uses exclusively Demacia cards, so you will not need to worry about losing out on the Allegiance odds with Vanguard Bannerman.
Improving Your Demacia Midrange Budget Deck Later On
- Include 2x Cithria The Bold over Greathorn Companion. Cithria The Bold synergizes much better with rally and serves as a better mid-game threat.
- Put in two more Garens when possible – Garen’s Regenerate threatens a lot of favorable trades and his flipped form is very strong. Drawing Garen reliably can only help you.
- Laurent Protege should be subbed out for Fiora. Fiora serves as an important secondary win condition for most versions of the list, using cards like War Chefs, Radiant Strike, and Single Combat to get her to 4 kills without dying. Fiora excels against the token archetype, so without her in the deck, you will find yourself unfavored against that type of deck.
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BURN AGGRO DECK – Best Budget Deck in LOR
The Burn Aggro deck has been an archetype that has seen competitive play in Legends of Runeterra since its conception. For a long time, it was the strongest aggro concept in the game, and is still a remarkably strong aggressive strategy in the current meta. What is great about this deck is that, given how common its component cards are, this deck has traditionally been one of the best budget decks to climb with.
This deck has seen many changes throughout the seasons. Some lists have included Draven, but it has generally been accepted that Teemo is the best champion in the deck. Luckily, however, you do not need Teemo to start playing the budget deck version of this concept!
Deck Code: CEBQEAQDAMCAIAIECETTINQGAEBQYDY6EUUC6AQBAECB6AIBAMBAA
My Burn Aggro Budget Deck List
This budget deck plays identically to traditional Burn Aggro decks because it is only one card off from the normal version of the deck! Burn aggro plays a lot of minions early game that each have a way to sneak in damage to the nexus. Boomcrew Rookie has a skill on attack that does 2 damage to the enemy nexus. Legion Grenadier deals 2 to the enemy nexus upon death. These cards are designed to do lots of damage to the enemy nexus, and not to fight for the board.
Throughout the first few turns, you use these minions alongside Crimson Disciple, Transfusion, and Imperial Demolitionist combos to take down about half of your opponent’s nexus health. Then, you immediately switch to doing most, if not all of your damage through the direct damage burn spells that you are left with in your hand.
Improving Your Burn Aggro Budget Deck Later On
- Replace 3x Legion Rearguard with 3x Teemo – This is the only worthwhile change to make to this Burn Aggro list. The fact that Teemo is Elusive makes him plainly better for getting in chip damage early game than Legion Rearguard.
BUDGET ELUSIVE AGGRO DECK – Best Budget Deck in LOR
The non-budget deck version of the Elusive Aggro deck is currently the best list in Legends of Runeterra right now. If you hope to play the competitive version after you fill out your collection, then this budget deck is for you! Elusive Aggro decks try to overwhelm their opponents with unblockable Elusive attackers. To support this goal, most versions carry some sort of buff cards to save the valuable Elusive minions and push for lethal damage.
This type of deck does not normally run too many Epic cards and only runs one champion that is not in the starter collection. As a result, the Elusive aggro budget deck is only a few cards off from the most competitive versions of the list.
Deck Code: CEBACAIBCYEACAQCAYGBCFBMGI4QIAIBAECACAQBA4AQEAQFAIAQECIXAEBQCARGGE2A
My Elusive Aggro Budget Deck List
The Elusive Aggro budget deck should feel similar to the more competitive version. The goal is to threaten as much unblockable damage as possible with your Elusive powerhouses like Greenglade Duo and Solitary Monk. When those units are threatened with removal, you can keep them alive with Twin Disciplines, Elixir of Iron, and Fury of the North. Kinkou Wayfinder and Navori Highwayman are to ensure that you always have a wide board so that you stand to benefit from cards like Keeper of Masks.
You may sometimes find yourself making tough decisions with this deck, but its overall power level compensates for how tough it can be on new players at times. Make sure that you block aggression with your non-Elusive minions if you are in an aggro mirror. Otherwise, you should be trying to push for as much damage as you can with your high power units.
Improving Your Elusive Aggro Budget Deck Later On
- Replace 2x Jeweled Protector with 2x Windfarer Hatchling – This is the most important change to the deck. Jeweled Protector is a good card that saw play in earlier versions of the Elusive Aggro deck. However, it has been fazed out in favor of more efficient aggro cards. Whereas Jeweled Protector is a buff card that requires a turn of set-up, Windfarer Hatchling is an immediate buff to your already wide board that often threatens lethal on the spot! This should be the first change you make to your budget deck!
- Add one more Zed – Some versions of this budget deck have run only 2x Zed because the emphasis was generally on the Elusive minions. But this deck is much more focused on winning fast, so a third Zed will help you win the game as early as possible.
MONO NOXUS AGGRO DECK – Best Budget Deck in LOR
This archetype is quite a new concept in Legends of Runeterra. It became popular due to recent buffs to certain Noxus cards. Interestingly, you don’t need any Epic or non-starter Champions to make a deck of this archetype. Just like Burn Aggro, the budget deck version of this Mono Noxus deck is generally the same as the competitive version.
The main goal of the strategy is to use Noxus’s amazing aggro tools to do large amounts of damage to the enemy nexus early game and then close out the game with burn and overwhelm units. This is probably my favorite budget deck in LOR so be sure to try it out!
Deck Code: CEBAGAQDAMCAKCIBAMBAQDYTDYSSQLZXAEBACAY3EYAA
My Mono Noxus Aggro Budget Deck List
This list utilizes powerful Crimson Disciple combos, valuable tempo minions, and buff cards to get early damage in. Burn cards like Noxian Fervor and Decimate can close out the game alongside Overwhelm units like Basilisk Rider and Darius. The attack buffs in the deck are primarily meant to give your units with overwhelm more reach with their damage. Keep in mind as you play that Darius can get countered by removal so make sure Darius can actually get his attack off in mid-game.
This budget deck is fun to play, easy to understand, and quite powerful. It wins especially hard against token decks that cannot stop the huge swings from your Overwhelm minions!
Improving Your Mono Noxus Aggro Budget Deck Later On
- Put in 3x Miss Fortune instead of 3x Might – Even though this budget deck is supposed to have only Noxus cards, having a few cards from another region does not hurt your win condition too much. Miss Fortune is an amazing tempo card. If nothing else, she is a 3/3 body with an attack ability that gives you extra damage. But she can also render your opponent’s 1 health blockers powerless against your overwhelm units! She would take the place of Might which is a great attack buff card, but is ultimately redundant in a budget deck with so many Overwhelm units.
Budget decks in LOR are very often cheap imitations of their competitive counterparts. However, these lists are playable in their current state and, in the right hands, can contest the top decks in the meta. If you construct these budget decks using my guide, and follow my recommendations for exchanging certain cards, you will be climbing the Legends of Runeterra ladder in no time! Thanks for reading and good luck building and playing these budget decks!
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