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Legends of Runeterra Champion Expansion: 2 New Decks to Try

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Legends of Runeterra released its second champion expansion in tandem with the Sentinels of Light event on July 14, adding Viego and Akshan to the pool of collectible cards.

If you're looking for new decks to try out, you're in luck. Both Viego and Akshan are flexible champions that have seen experimentation in multiple new decks, several of which have turned out to be quite strong. Whether you're siding with the Ruination or the Sentinels, here are two new decks that utilize Viego and Akshan for you to try.

Legends of Runeterra Champion Expansion: 2 New Decks to Try

1. Viego Nasus Midrange

Legends of Runeterra Viego
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Sample decklist here. This deck is similar to the Thresh Nasus deck that held a top spot in the meta for a long while, but runs Viego instead of Thresh. Your aim is to control the board, sacrifice your own units to level up Viego, and win with either a leveled Viego or a leveled Nasus. Cursed Keeper and Ravenous Butcher allow for explosive openings; the Shadow Isles self-kill package also helps Viego generate Encroaching Mists, helping him scale up and level up faster. Tools like Vile Feast, Black Spear, or Despair can control your opponent's board as you reach your win condition.

2. Akshan Lee Sin Combo

Legends of Runeterra Akshan
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Sample decklist here. This deck is a variant of the Lee Sin combo deck that aims to destroy your opponent's nexus in one turn with a powerful Lee Sin kick. In the early game, cast lots of spells to level up your Lee Sin, and use cards like Eye of the Dragon to keep yourself healthy. Then, give Overwhelm to your leveled up Lee Sin using The Absolver's Return, and you'll deal some impressive damage with one kick. Akshan is a great card to support you through the early game and provide utility with his Warlord's Palace, as most of your spells target your allies.

As you experiment with the new cards, be sure to check out some of the top decks from last patch, which are still going strong. The champion expansion is still new, so keep an eye out for more new decks and strategies that'll surface over time.