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Meta Monday – February 2020, Week 4

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday The following people made this article possible: ChriseayLightsOutAceMancio1982QuitschisusuexpETrexPapaCapricorn 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 it to /u/NotoriousGHP on

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Meta Monday – February 2020 Week 1

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday The following people made this article possible: ChriseaysusuexpMancio1982QuitschiLightsOutAceGrandarbA1ance 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 it to /u/NotoriousGHP on

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Meta Monday – January 2020 Week 4

Throne has shifted around quite a bit this week. Winchest and Stonescar have been top tier for a while, but it’s only now that they have started to actually dominate the metagame. Combrei Aggro is still incredibly popular, but increasingly taking a back seat as the more universally powerful decks play a larger role in the meta.

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Meta Monday – January 2020 Week 2

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday The following people made this article possible:chriseayPapaCapricornt3544LightsOutAcebA1anceMancio1982susuexpParasytesvrQQ 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 it to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit,

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Meta Monday – January 2020 Week 1

Since GHP is going to be busy throughout January, I’m going to take over a few Meta Mondays this month, and as is tradition, the articles will actually come out on Tuesday. This week, we had 242 Throne games submitted and 506 Expedition games. Due to the balance changes, the Throne meta described is pretty much just a novelty, but we should still look at what the meta was like during the final week of Endra.

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Meta Monday – 2019 in Review

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday Thank you to everyone who submitted games to our forms this year and made Meta Monday possible. The list of people who did this would be too long, but special thanks for helping the articles beyond compare go to: ChriseaySusuexpt3544SquadhawkLiglig Your game submissions make Meta Monday possible. If you want to support us, please submit your Throne games here and your Expedition games here. A Year in Review Even though I’ve been consistently writing

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Meta Monday: November Week 1

Editor’s Note: HA, “Monday” The following people made this article possible: susuexp t3544 LIFactor bA1ance Mancio1982 ThePlatypusKing Injulander Nephromancer Doobs shawnreed343 Quitschi Kekswal Blessio sleepfighter Crafty Muso Foreword This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday 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. Please specify the deck list the opponent was on each game in the form. If you have a large

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Expedition – First Impressions

When it comes to the Eternal community, I’m probably known for three things: complaining a lot, wanting rotation, and being called Isomorphic. This article is about rotation because I think that Eternal finally really rotated this Monday. And to really demonstrate the emotional impact this event had on me, I want to talk a quick bit about the background that lead to writing this article. Back in early summer, I basically quit. I didn’t really play in Eternal for around

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Meta Monday – June, Week 3

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:Chriseaymancio1982Khranenanofuturejosecarlos2121Kai99 As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If your enemy is playing an off-meta deck, please clarify some specific cards they used. If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. The quality of

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Meta Monday – June, Week 2

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:squadhawkchriseayKhraneliglignanofutureOatmealNotoriousGHPRadiophagemrben As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If your enemy is playing an off-meta deck, please clarify some specific cards they used. If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. The quality of

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Meta Monday – June, Week 1

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:LigligChriseayKhraneSquadHawkNanofutureOatmealClawblade As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If your enemy is playing an off-meta deck, please clarify some specific cards they used. If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. If you want

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Meta Monday – May, Week 4 plus Meta-Metagame Monthly

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:KhraneChriseayLigligClawBladeNanofutureI_Am_MonstrumOatmealMrbenRadiophage As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If your enemy is playing an off-meta deck, please clarify some specific cards they used. If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. If you want

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Meta Monday – May, Week 3

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:ChriseayLittleSunnyDragon SquadhawkKhraneOatmealThe SaucerorNinjacanNanofutureJustAddBaconFrankie ManiaRadiophageQuitschyMrbenDunkelwerk I want to quickly clarify how brews should be submitted to the Meta Monday form. Describing a deck simply as <Faction Combination> Brew is not useful information as there could be multiple brews in the same combination of factions. And a lot of brews can be popular enough to leave an impact on the metagame. So if you spot a brew on ladder, please

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Meta Monday – May, Week 2

This is Isochron presenting Meta Tuesday. The following people made this article possible:ChriseaySquadhawkOatmealMrbenLJSchoppertTmattooPerilousNemesisGoaychanhongMrmeeseeksTheSaucerorLigligMrSmokeNanofutureTghy71ClawbladeKharne I would also like to thank the entire Reddit Community. Since we had quite a slump in submissions this week, I had to ask for help. And all of you guys and gals had nothing but kind words and support. I can seriously say that every single upvote helped get the word out and greatly increased my morale. As always, if you want your name in the

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Meta Monday – May, Week 1

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:Frankie ManiaCalebovitschOwmyballsMrmeeseeksLJSchoppertNotoriousGHPMrbenLiglig As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. If you want to look at the data we collect in a spreadsheet form, you can do

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Meta Monday – April, Week 4 ft. NotoriousGHP’s Tier List

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:SquadhawkLigligTheSaucerorLJSchoppertROESTIOldrichArtificerProdigyMrben As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. If you want to look at the data we collect in a spreadsheet form, you can do so here.

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Meta Monday – April, Week 3

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:LigligLJSchoppertSquadhawkROESTIMrbenTheSaucerorNotoriousGHPCalebovitsch This article will serve to set a precedent for future meta Mondays, but I am willing to accept input on any of the following. Last week we combined all Ixtun variants into Ixtun sites and both midrange TJP decks into TJP pledge/midrange. Although we aimed to split these archetypes up this week, and although the submitters did a really good job with providing detailed descriptions, I don’t

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What Rotation Could Be

There are a lot of good arguments to be made for rotation. But I’m not going to make them in this article. Whatever I say, the people who want to play the non-rotating format will not understand why some of us want to play a rotating format. It’s impossible to make an argument good enough to justify stealing resources, players, and creativity from the format a lot of people would prefer. So instead, I’m just going to talk about what

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Meta Monday – April, Week 2

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:LJSchoppertSquadhawkMrbenArtificerProdigyLigligNotoriousGHPOldrichCalebovitsch As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. Metagame Breakdown Last week we had a record setting low data set of only 212 games, this week,

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Isochron’s 101 – Card Draw

Hey everyone, this is going to be a new series on the TRS website where I go over some of the basics when it comes to playing Eternal. I’m not one of the best players, but I like thinking about games analytically, so I have picked up a few general guidelines along my journey with card games. The purpose of this series to elevate players from Gold III to Master, and has very limited use to competitive players. Scout One

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Does it really take two weeks to get a tier deck?

The conventional wisdom in the Eternal community since the beginning has been that a new player can expect to get a tier deck in around two weeks. However, there have been a lot of changes to the game. You can no longer get infinite silver chests every three wins, but you do get a pack for the first win of a day. The economy has been nerfed by 10%. Decks, in general, have a lot more legendaries and rares than

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Meta Monday – April, Week 1 (plus Meta-Metagame Monthly)

This is Isotropic presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:LigligSquadhawkLJSchoppertArtificerProdigyMrben It has come to my attention that a lot of people confuse me with Isomorphic. So for the sake of clarity, I will be going by Isotropic in the future to reduce misunderstandings. As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If you have a large data set (over 50

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Meta Monday – March, Week 4

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:SquadhawkLigligLJSchoppertTheSaucerorArtificerProdigyDunksCalebovitsch So, last week we tested out a new font size and the results were pretty good. However, as you will have noticed, this week it’s not present anymore. This is because the way I had to format the article to get the font size to work was time consuming and required a few janky adjustments to the general format. However, we are looking into reworking the font

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Eternal and Archetypes

Just today I saw this Reddit thread, this had constant mentions about how FJS is a control deck and discussions about why it is a control deck or not. Reading it made me feel like I have to give my own input on the matter, and my own thoughts were too long for a Reddit comment, so I’m posting them here in the hopes that I can start a more educated discussion on the issue. Card Advantage and Quality Figuring

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Meta Monday – March, Week 3

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:SquadhawkCalebovitschArtificerProdigyPwngulatorLJSchoppertMrbenLigligTheMantidManTheSaucerorOldRichI_Am_MonstrumGreyPower This week we’re trying out a larger font size for better readability, all feedback on this change is appreciated. This also means that we will not have the usual graphical flourishes that normally add definition to the Meta Monday articles. Testing out a new style is difficult, and trying to balance out multiple things makes it countless times harder, I hope that everyone understands. The second change

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Meta Monday – March, Week 2 ft. NotoriousGHP’s Tier List

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:MrbenSquadhawkI_Am_MonstrumRobotbcLigligArtificerProdigyTheMantidManOldRichTheSaucerorDielingWuCalebovitsch This week also features NotoriousGHP’s take on the metagame, which will hopefully become a monthly feature for Meta Monday. As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form (which you can find by clicking here). If you have a large data set (over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on

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Meta-Metagame Monthly – March

This is Isochron presenting Meta-Metagame Monthly. With the last Meta Monday, we hit four entire weeks of submissions to the Community Metagame Breakdown. And with this amount of data gathered, we can make a pretty compelling meta-analysis of the metagame during this month. Our current plan is to make one of these articles every month, although the plan will probably change depending on when we get set 5.5. A great writing principle is tension and relief, so I can’t show

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Meta Monday – March, Week 1

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The following people made this article possible:mrbenCalebovtischOldRichArtificerProdigyNotoriousGHPI_Am_MonstrumTheSaucerorTheMantidMan As always, if you want your name in the article, make sure to submit your games to our form, which you can find by clicking here. If you have a large data set (Over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/IsochronEternal on Reddit or to [TRS] Isochron#0801 on discord. Metagame Breakdown The sample size for this week was 329 games, which is fairly large in comparison to

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Meta Monday – February, Week 4

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. I have changed the way that Meta Monday articles are titled. This is for two reasons, first, since a large part of the article is the metagame breakdown, the new system of titles provides a convenient way to track the meta. Second, articles with “bad” titles got less attention on social media, so a consistent title week by week might be a better fit for the series. The following people made this article possible:RobotbcI_Am_MonstrumOldRichSquadhawkArtificerProdigyTheSaucerorCalebovitsch

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Meta Monday – Breaking it Down

This is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. Last week there was quite a bit of drama. I decided to call my project of crowdsourcing data on games a tier list. Coming from a background of Magic: the Gathering, and never having played any fighting games, this seemed like the obvious thing. However, it seems like that terminology causes a bit of confusion when it comes to people whose main exposure to tier lists comes from games that are not CCGs. So

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Meta Monday – The Big One

This article was made possible by The Shimmer Pack. The Shimmer Pack is a competitive Eternal team consisting of up-and-coming ladder and ETS grinders to go along with some familiar faces. Originally the brainchild of Kubi, Kartoffel (now of SPG) and Doc28, the team has grown rapidly ever since! Some of the team’s recent accomplishments include Kubi and Magnnarot reaching the top 32 of ECQ Burning Hope (with Kubi making top 8), Magnnarot top 8ing an ETS with FJS Warhlem

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Meta Monday – Break Week

Hello everyone, this is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. Since there was no ETS tournament this week, we get to talk about the special ECL Saturday tournament hosted by TGP. And as luck would have it, one of the top 4 finishers was a JPS deck. Now, people who know me are perfectly aware that whenever the metagame allows for it, I will play JPS (Some might even be aware of my boisterous claims of being the inventor of non-unitless JPS.).

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Meta Monday – Firepower

Hello everyone, this is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. Before we get into the ETS news, a quick shout out to the ECL and NotoriousGHP for taking down their sunday tournament. Even though we here at meta monday don’t usually focus on the ECL, the fine folks at The Great Parliament put on great tournaments multiple times a week. Now in ETS related news, fire is still extremely dominant, and most of the top 8 is what we would expect. So

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Meta Monday – Balance Changes

Hello everyone, this is Isochron presenting Meta Monday. The most controversial nerf in Eternal history has to be the one where Vara was reduced to pure jank. Thankfully, for the people who miss our rebellious scion, Vara is back in almost full force and, despite being thematically contradictory, reanimating Azindels left and right. Although Vara did not put up ETS results, the deck has become a respectable choice. Vara was not the only card to get buffed, as two of

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Meta Monday – Ambition

“You mean FJS Monday? Starring ECQ winner FJS and ETS winner FJS? Guest starring second place finishers FJS and even more shockingly, FJS?” – Notorious GHP Welcome back to Meta Monday, this is Isochron. If FJS was the top dog last week, it has now become dominant to the point that we’re approaching a metagame singularity. Soon, only FJS will remain and all other decks will be completely wiped out. The top 3 finishes in the ETS and ECQ were

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Meta Monday – Eternal XOurnament Series

Howling Peak is out and Xo of the Endless Hoard is in. The promising dragon from the start of set 5 meta is now represented by an average of 3 copies per deck in the ETS top 8. The only deck that ran no copies of Xo in the top 8 was Haunted Highway, which has received no updates at all. But before we dig deeper into the deck lists that made up the ETS, we should talk about what

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Meta Monday – Eternal in Review

Since the year is ending and Howling Peak remains at the peak of the metagame, I though it would be a good idea to focus on the history of Eternal instead of talking about how good Xo is. And since the meta monday series only started in 2018, I thought it would also be a good idea to include 2016-2017 in this review. And the 31st of December also marks my two year anniversary with Eternal, so I thought that

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Meta Monday – Winter Wonderland

Hello everyone, I am Isochron and this is the new and improved Meta Monday.  We at Team Rankstar feel that it is better to branch out into other metagame related topics instead of just focusing on tournaments. But no need to worry, since tournament coverage will still remain at the heart of these articles. Another part of this re-branding is that I will be regularly writing these articles instead of the rotating format we had before. I hope the fun

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Meta Monday – ETS World Champion

Congratulations to Tobboo for winning the ETSWC with his Telut variant of Rakano Valkyries. Many good players and innovative decks clashed in the tournament, this article will focus on the top 8. This is Isochron with Team Rankstar, bringing you Meta Monday. As mentioned, Tobboo took down the tournament with a very well built variant of a Set 4 classic. Since the Icaria and Answer the Call nerfs, Valkyries has not been a serious competitive archetype, however, the efforts of

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Meta Monday – Defiance

Since there were no major ETS tournaments this week, our focus must turn to the Defiance ECQ tournament, which also provides a good snapshot of the best decks in the metagame. The tournament was won by Feln Midrange, which has shown itself to be one of the strongest decks time after time. After people realized that Aegis is more valuable than Vara, and that Champion of Cunning is a better win condition than Caiphus, Feln Midrange has been on a

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Meta Monday – Format Shift

Hello everyone and welcome to another installation of Meta Monday! Before I continue with the introduction, I just have to go over the West-Wind Herald in the room. The winning deck of the ETS speaks to my soul. As a brewer at heart, seeing such a niche and previously unplayable deck tuned to its peak is everything I want to see in Eternal. But before we can afford to devote more attention to the best deck, let’s continue with a

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Brew Spotlight: Lethal Tempo

Welcome to the first installment of “Brew Spotlight” by Team Rankstar. This is going to be a series that focuses on developing brews that we think are interesting and can also perform. To kick off this series right, we will be looking at “Lethal Tempo” by SecondBlue. This was one of the four decks that took SecondBlue to his first place finish in the first ever ECL invitational. The shell for this build is fairly uninteresting. It runs Teacher, Sandstorm

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