Editor’s Note: Meta Monday was delayed this week by the launch of our fabulous new website.

Welcome to Meta Monday, presented by NotoriousGHP.
The following people made this article possible:

Grandar
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As always, if you’d like to contribute data and have your name featured in the article, make sure to submit your games to both the Throne Ladder and Expedition Ladder forms. If your opponent was on an off-meta deck, please just write a little bit of information about it to make my job a little easier. If you have a large data set, you can DM them to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord, or email me at [email protected]

The quality of the metagame breakdown depends entirely on how many submissions we get. These are our significant thresholds:


0-222 games – I am not confident in the data we have, the quality of analysis will deteriorate greatly.

222-285 games –  I am confident in the value of our data, the articles will function perfectly normal in capacity

286-399 games – The metagame breakdown will include any tier 4 lists I have enough data for.

400+ games – The sample size is big enough for more precise rounding.

This week we had a sample of 343 games.

Tier Breakdowns:


Tier 0:
Ixtun Control: 15.16%
Tier 1:
Skycrag Aggro: 13.7%
Praxis Midrange: 10.5%
Tier 1.5:
Even Argenport Paladins: 8.45%
Tier 2.5:
Combrei Midrange: 4.37%
Stonescar: 4.08%
Tier 3:
Xenan Midrange: 3.79%
Argenport Midrange: 3.21%
Jennev Peaks: 2.62%
Rakano Midrange: 2.33%
Hooru Control: 2.04%
Tier 4:
Rakano Aggro: 1.75%
Winchest Midrange: 1.75%
Feln Control: 1.75%
Skycrag Control: 1.46%

Meta Analysis:


In the final installment of Meta Monday in The Trials of Grodov metagame, we get to see a lot of the main players in Skycrag Aggro, Praxis Midrange and Even Paladins standing tall as they have for quite a while. But, we get to close this metagame out with a bang! Note:“Unitless” Control decks seem to have a way of getting themselves nerfed, so if you guys could just put these down for awhile again that’d be great, especially with all the fancy creatures Flame of Xulta brought you.

For anyone who’s been paying any attention this past week, “Unitless” Ixtun Control has been dominating the metagame and has shaped the entirety of the top of masters metagame. Many players have already started asking for nerfs on this archetype, and others have attempted and failed to successfully target it. I’m surprised this style of deck took so long to be refined, as many players pointed out quickly that Garden of Omens is an absurdly powerful card and this is the type of shell that utilizes it best.

“Unitless” Ixtun Control strength comes primarily from the powers of Royal Decree and Garden of Omens. Both of these cards do so much for a good cost, and are insane when fetched by a Jennev Merchant. Royal Decree allows the deck to deal with problematic units and sites that come down after it, such as Svetya, Icaria or any of the sites. This gives a ton of flexibility to the deck, and is also a really powerful option to re-read , so you can run your opponent out of relevant cards quickly. Coupled with Royal Decree, Garden of Omens does it all. Garden often comes down, kill’s a unit and then puts card draw or End of the Story on top of the deck, which you can immediately warp in since it cost 5 which is super hard to come back from. Garden also allows the deck to main deck Relic removal if needed, which although doesn’t come up that often when it does can be pivotal and just allows for further flexibility.

Prior to The Flame of Xulta, I can honestly say I think this is the best deck in the current Throne format, but with a ton of really powerful cards being introduced, we will see if this remains the case. For those wanting to tackle this archetype, I recommend Skycrag Aggro, with some number of Swift Refusals in your main deck. Between Aegis units, Charge and burn spells alongside cheap interaction I think this may be the current best option to combat the “Unitless” Ixtun Control archetype, without having a horrible matchup against the rest of the field.

The Future of Meta Monday:


This week’s Meta Monday, marks the end of an era for Meta Monday. We’ve had a great run together, examining different metagames all year long with the help of you, the readers and community members, submitting your games. But, before you tear up, wonder what you’ll be doing each and every Monday (Editor’s note: or Tuesday or Wednesday) when you sit down and look for the article I accidentally post late too often, it’s time to break the news. It’s official, we are retiring the current google form for Meta Monday… and replacing it with not one, but two new ones! Why two? Eternal has shifted in the last few months, to allow Expedition to be a very important part of what makes up the core parts of Eternal, and so it’s time for us to update and get with the times, and start to cover Expedition. With this, I’ll finally be automating all of the data collection, and doing two separate tier lists each week, one for Expedition and one for Throne Constructed. It’s gonna take some getting used to, but as The Flame of Xulta begins to burn, its time to go on an Expedition.

My intention is to split Meta Monday approximately 50/50 between Throne Constructed and Expedition. I’d like to analyze each metagame separately and likely talk about one or two decks each that are popping up a lot and then look at any tournaments that are currently happening. When a major event is approaching, such as an ECQ, I will be writing a section on the most popular decks, and supplying some number of deck lists I can recommend players pick up for the event.

More important than ever, as some of the player base will favor either Throne Constructed or Expedition more, I need your data sets. I will happily accept data from Bronze 3 all the way to Scarlatch, as without this data there is no Meta Monday. Also sometimes finding appropriate deck lists to link each week can be quite a task, and so I’d also like to mention that I am very interested in being sent your deck lists to feature in these articles. It may get a full breakdown, it may just get linked, but any deck lists supplied will make my life easier and these articles more informed than ever. Meta Monday is something I enjoy bringing to this community each and every week, and I want to make sure this is the best article I can put out every single time. Your feedback is welcome as always.

Expedition Data Entry Form

Throne Constructed Data Entry Form

That’s all for the final installment of The Trials of Grodov Meta Monday, and I hope you enjoyed the trial as much as I did. Although it was a quick one, brace yourself for the new version of Meta Monday next week where we get to see how The Flame of Xulta shook up both of the ladders. Thanks for reading!

Contact Info (Places to send decklists, or large data sets):
/u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit
[TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord,
[email protected] is my email

-GHP

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