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Fearsome Midrange deck list guide - Open Beta - Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

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Our Fearsome Midrange deck list guide features the best Legends of Runeterra deck list for the open beta (February 2020). Our Fearsome Midrange guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

For a midrange deck, you’re looking to adapt to what your opponent decides to try. Up against a super fast aggro deck? Stall them out and win through value. Facing up to a grindy control deck? Hit them hard in the early game.

You’ll have enough tools to succeed in most scenarios with this deck, particularly thanks to how both Elise and Hecarim put the opponent under pressure and force them to make decisions they’d rather not make.

Of course, you’re not completely invincible. Shadow Isles decks will always pose a threat given their high power level, and your card draw sometimes just won’t be what you’re looking for. Regardless, give the Fearsome Midrange deck a shot - it’s one of the strongest decks out there at the moment.

In the latest version of our Fearsome Midrange guide, we’ve got the deck list we’re using for the open beta of Legends of Runeterra.

Shadow IslesIonia
2 x Mark of the Isles2 x Deny
3 x Arachnoid Horror3 x Shadow Assassin
2 x Black Spear
3 x Elise
3 x Glimpse Beyond
3 x Mistwraith
3 x Vile Feast
3 x Frenzied Skitterer
3 x Wraithcaller
3 x Withering Wail
3 x Hecarim
2 x Rhasa the Sunderer
1 x Vengeance
1 x Commander Ledros

Select and copy the long ID string below, then click ‘Import Deck’ in Legends of Runeterra’s Collection to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: CEBACAICHEEQCBIOCAOSOKBKGE2TQAQBAEBDCAYBAULCEIYBAIAQKAJB

General strategy

Your gameplan is constantly evolving with this Fearsome Midrange deck. The power brought by each Champion you use can lead to huge wins early on, but you’ll be able to carry things on to the late game if needed.

Early game: Turn 1 is kind of annoying since you don’t have any 1-drops, but you’ll be able to bank the unused mana as Spell Mana for later anyway. Ideally, you can play out an Arachnoid Horror or Elise on turn 2 though, and if you’re going second you’ll usually be able to immediately attack and start dealing Nexus damage. Since most of your units have Fearsome, your opponent will struggle to block incoming damage without making suboptimal trades.

Early on, Elise can be a swift win condition. If your opponent can’t take her out because of Fearsome, she can upgrade early and force damage so quickly your enemy won’t be able to stop you. Frenzied Skitterer and Arachnoid Horror, along with Elise’s generated Spiders, will be able to chip away before they can be dealt with.

Even without your spider bois though, Wraithcallers are another sweet start. They get more and more powerful as you play more of them too, and Wraithcaller summons extra copies. If you’re up against aggro decks, you might have to block with your early units annoyingly, but you’ll regain the value later on in the game.

Mid game: Whatever units you’ve got left, try to get them played out. Shadow Assassin keeps your hand full whilst giving you the opportunity to hit the enemy Nexus whilst also blocking their Elusive units.

Deny enemy spells when they threaten your board - things like Grasp of the Undying or Black Spear are worthy targets at this point, especially if you’re looking to close out the game early. Get Hecarim on board when you’ve got an attack token too - being able to start throwing Spectral Riders at your enemy and look to level him up if possible. Your enemy will have to choose between blocking Hecarim and your Ephemeral units.

Late game: Just keep throwing whatever you can onto the board - Frenzied Skitterer can throw your opponent off and force 3 Power units to be unable to block your Fearsome units, and the likes of Withering Wail acts as a great counter to your opponents’ small units too.

Rhasa the Sunderer and Commander Ledros top off your curve. Ledros is a basic play that spells inevitable doom for your enemy if they can’t kill you soon, so if you find the time, absolutely play him out. Rhasa needs to be used more smartly - you can take out enemy Champions if you’re smart about things, so try to make trades to leave only 2 enemy units alive. Remember you’ve got to have your own unit die on the same turn! Late on, you’re just trying to stay alive in the face of enemy Combo decks, and grind them out with Commander Ledros and your other remaining units.

More essential Legends of Runeterra guides:

Fearsome Midrange Mulligan guide

These are the cards you’ll want to make the best possible start with Fearsome Midrange:

  • 1. Hold on to Elise if possible. She can lead to very quick victories thanks to her Fearsome ability as well as the fact that she summons free minions with each attack.
  • 2. You don’t have any 1-drops, but Arachnoid Horror is a good keep against non-aggro opponents. It’ll let you get a fair bit of damage in early.
  • 3. Removal spells like Black Spear and Vile Feast can be cheap ways to fight for board control against aggression, and Mark of the Isles is a sneaky way to trade more effectively, surprising your foe with extra damage.

Fearsome Midrange tips, combos and synergies

Here’s an overview of the synergies to look out for in this Fearsome Midrange deck. Keep an eye out for more once the metagame has time to grow.

- Don’t be afraid to send your Champions into battle. You’ve got 3 copies of each, and you want to force your opponent to deal with them.

- Frenzied Skitterer reduces enemy units’ attack Power by 1 on the round it’s played. This can force them to fail to block Fearsome units, or be used on your defensive turn to discourage an enemy attack.

- Units with Fearsome can’t be blocked by enemies with under 3 Power. This often forces your foe to block small units with much stronger ones, or forego blocking altogether.

- When Elise dies, all your Spiders lose Fearsome and Challenger. Use Challenger and your other spells to keep your upgraded Elise alive if possible.

- Mistwraiths get stronger and stronger the more you’ve summoned this game. In addition, Wraithcaller gives you even more copies of the unit, letting you have even more attack power that can’t be blocked by units with less than 3 attack.

- Hecarim buffs himself, and 4 attacks with him will let him upgrade. Drawing an extra copy of him speeds things up though, with Hecarim's Onslaught of Shadows giving you two extra Spectral Riders.

- Rhasa the Sunderer only triggers when you’ve had a friendly minion die on the same turn, so either block or use something like Glimpse Beyond to activate this effect.

- Commander Ledros’ Play effect finishes your opponent off if they’re on 1 Health. In fact, all his damage rounds up if the enemy Nexus’ health is an odd number, so take this into account when counting out your damage.

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