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Throne Meta


Tier 1:
Combrei Aggro: 11.3%


Tier 1.5:
Combrei Midrange
: 8.4%
Winchest Midrange: 6.4%
Argenport Midrange: 6%


Tier 2:
Grodov Midrange: 5.4%
Rakano Aggro: 5%
Stonescar Midrange: 4.5%


Tier 2.5:
Xenan Midrange
: 3.9%
Argenport Even Paladins: 3.4%


Tier 3:
Stonescar Aggro: 3%
Skycrag Aggro: 3%
Hooru Control: 3%
Skycrag Control: 2.5%
Auralian Midrange: 2.5%
Hooru Midrange: 2.5%

Throne Breakdown

Huh. It’s been a while since I’ve written Meta Monday but don’t worry I’ll be gone again for the next couple of weeks. Since I’ve been away we’ve seen the rise and fall of Endra, and as the Throne meta adjusts one thing has remained clear, people were sleeping on Combrei Aggro. Prior to Endra existing, Combrei Aggro was nowhere, but now that players picked it up to combat Endra it has still stuck around despite Endra no longer being prevalent in Throne and as we head towards the Quarterly Championship, Combrei is the deck to beat.

Speaking of the Quarterly Championships, those happen to be this weekend…..back to back. Throne is the wild card, as the Expedition ECQ just occurred players already have been testing for and refining that format, but we haven’t had any sort of Throne tournament since the last ECQ. This mean’s players will be trying out plenty of decks and of course, breaking out the old reliable decks such as Winchest which performed fantastically in the last ECQ. It’s hard to predict what will show up besides Winchest and Combrei, as nothing else seems substantially popular currently.



Spellcrag is a deck that was massively hyped for the last ECQ that primarily, under-performed. We did see Erik9099 go far in the tournament, but besides him, the deck’s conversion rate just fell flat and ever since the decks numbers have massively dropped. We still see players who do truly love that style of deck hyping it up and having success, and with proper refinements, those players may be able to adapt it to attack most of the meta game. Where I grow concerned for this deck is against Combrei Aggro, a deck packing 4 Stand Together, one of the best ways to combat Spellcrag, and I share this concern for most control decks. Spellcrag feels like one of the strongest choices for this event if you believe Combrei Aggro won’t perform well or if you want to pray to dodge it.



Stonescar of any sort also has my attention, as this deck doesn’t really have any terrible matchups and can be built in so many different ways depending on what’s popular. Getting the right build of this archetype will be tough, including determining how aggressive you want to be but getting it right may be enough to punch your ticket to the world championship. Anyone who knows me knows this will be one of my top choices for the tournament if I can find something I feel confident in.

Expedition Meta


Tier 1:
Stonescar Midrange: 12%
Argenport Midrange: 11%
Elysian Midrange: 10.5%


Tier 1.5:
JPS Control: 7.4%
Xenan Midrange: 6.8%
Combrei Aggro: 6.3%


Tier 2:
Rakano Aggro: 5.2%
Kerendon Control: 4.7%
Stonescar Aggro: 4.2%


Tier 2.5:
Feln Midrange: 3.1%

Expedition Breakdown



There is no possible way I can do this unbias, so let’s run with it. Team Rankstar member LightsOutAce won the ECQ with Argenport Midrange, I might be the only human who is happier than him about it. Coming into this ECQ, there was a ton of options, the meta felt super wide open and very little stood above the rest or necessarily felt weak, allowing players to play more of a comfort strategy if desired. The one exception felt to be Argenport Midrange, the deck almost the entirety of Team Rankstar played and many others as well, making up 20/64 day 2 decks.



Now the real question is how do we move on going towards the Quarterly Championship? Will everyone play Argenport? Will it be heavily targetted? Can it be beaten? In my opinion, Argenport can be targetted pretty easily without just playing suboptimal cards, and the first thing that pops to mind is Xenan Cultist or Xenan Ramp. In general, Argenport struggles at making a come back against large boards, which is why something like Cultist who goes very wide or Xenan Ramp who turbo out Vara should be favored, as they build many boards that Argenport should struggle to answer.



In the ECQ many notable players opted for Skycrag Yeti’s as there deck of choice and after discussing it with some of them, they all claimed to feel favored vs Argenport. This makes sense, as Eremot’s designs doesn’t just kill this deck but Yeti’s does have a lot of ways to punish you for playing just one spell a turn with there countless stun effects, efficient spells and burn spells meaning not only do you need to try to find a way to double spell vs them, but they need to be more than just an impending doom.



Conclusion:



The Quarterly Championship is going to be an interesting event, and I’m not sure how players will react to the ECQ results, but my guess is that it will be a field of Argenport once again as players need to prepare for the Throne event as well. For Throne, I’m expecting an absolute mess of decks but I won’t be shocked to see some form of Aggresive midrange to be the right choice such as Maul or Stonescar Aggro.

That’s all for this week’s Meta Monday, another reminder that Isochron will be writing the next two weeks installments as I deal with some medical issues, but thanks for reading and I’ll see you Sunday in the Quarterly Championship.

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