Mikulas “Pokrovac” Duo was the first player to hit Master in Legends of Runeterra’s open beta. At the time, he did it with his signature Spider Aggro deck, which then went on to become one of the most popular aggro decks in Runeterra, spanning several iterations.
When Runeterra’s ranked ladder reset with the launch of The Rise of Tides expansion, the card game veteran naturally set out to repeat his achievement. And he’s done it again.
Runeterra players might be disappointed to learn that Pokrovac didn’t use any of the wild new archetypes that Rise of Tides has spawned, like the Maokai Mill decks, but instead used an older, if modified archetype — the Bannerman Midrange.
Pokrovac updated the Bannerman to make it a Demacia/Bilgewater mix, with Miss Fortune and Quinn as the champions. On top of that, he’s strengthened the mana curve of the deck by adding the very powerful Jagged Butcher (potentially a 3/3 for 1 mana) and the combat buff that is Ranger’s Resolve.
Therefore, you should know what to expect on ladder in the next couple of decks: tons and tons of Bannermen (i.e.: not much more different than before the expansion).