Meta “Monday” – August Week 2

Hello everyone! I am noverb, filling in for your usual host NotoriousGHP. Welcome to Meta “Monday”!
The following people made this article possible:  

Mullibok
susuexp
nanofuture
Oatmeal
TadhgMor
Radiophage
Mancio1982

As always, if you want to contribute data and have your name featured in the article, make sure to submit your games to this form. If your opponent is on an off-meta deck, please specify some pieces to their deck. If you have a large data set (Over 50 games), you can DM it to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord, or email him directly 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 have a sample of 197 games.

META GAME BREAKDOWN:

Tier 0: – This deck defines the entire metagame
Tier 1: – A sizable minority of ladder games will be against these lists
Tier 1.5: – Meta defining lists that are not quite dominant to be tier 1
Tier 2: – Popular decks that you should keep in mind
Tier 2.5: – Relevant decks that are less popular then tier 2 decks
Tier 3: – Obscure decks that you’re fairly unlikely to run across:
Tier 4: – Everything below tier 3 

Note: Feln Control and Midrange as well as Stonescar Aggro and Midrange have been combined into one listing due to the number of responses that did not have an archetype listed.

Tier 1
Stonescar Aggro/Midrange: 11.68%
Tier 1.5
Feln Midrange/Control: 8.12%
Argenport Midrange: 6.09%
Tier 2
Praxis Midrange: 5.58%
Jennev Peaks: 5.08%
Yetis: 4.57%
Mono Fire: 4.06%
Tier 2.5
Winchest (FJS): 3.55%
Rakano Aggro: 3.55%
Rakano Midrange: 3.55%
Skycrag Aggro: 3.55%
Icaria Blue: 3.05%
Xenan Mid: 3.05%
Tier 3
Rats: 2.54%
Combrei Midrange: 2.03%
Hooru Control: 2.03%
Hooru Midrange: 2.03%
Tier 4
Argenport Control: 1.52%
Diogo Combo: 1.52%
Reanimator: 1.52%

Meta Analysis:

Coming out of Week 1 there was one word on everyone’s lips: Yetis. Love ’em or hate ’em you definitely had to play against them. With a bulls-eye firmly planted on the Yeti’s furry little heads, anti-aggro midrange and control strategies started to populate the ladder. Now that Yetis are falling off in popularity we are beginning to see the midrange war.

Shadow is leading the pack with Stonescar, Feln, and Argenport all dominating the ladder in droves. There’s a slew of powerful options with Desecrate and Annihilate as prime removal and quite a few solid choices for units. Even post-nerf, Vara continues to be a powerhouse in the meta against aggro and midrange decks alike. Staying two factions also allows them to play all of the best Power sources to have near perfect Influence.

Praxis and Jennev decks are still playing with their new toy: Saber-Tooth Prideleader. This cool cat has lead them to victory against Yetis while not sacrificing too much against the other midrange juggernauts. Other Fire decks are seeing a rise, though, with Mono Fire and Rakano Aggro getting an upswing in popularity. I’m sure the Insignia helped Rakano regain it’s footing, it will definitely be a deck to watch in the coming weeks.

Icaria decks continue to stay popular in a few different forms. The first being Icaria Blue which features a more controlling strategy churning out value and hard-to-answer threats. Harsh Rule and Hailstorm allow them to keep the board clear to land one of two powerful Sites, and ultimately Icaria. The second is a midrange variant of Rakano which is usually a hobbled variant of what we saw overwhelm the meta in July. With the nerf to Privilege of Rank and Sediti, the deck suffered but still persists with powerful units and a decent removal package. You will also see Winchest (FJS) playing around with Icaria. Despite the many, many nerfs that have struck the deck it still remains a solid option, especially in a midrange meta.

One deck I would like to take a moment to mention is Rats, also known as TSP Relics. While not extremely popular it did see a good amount of play among the top of the Masters Ladder. The deck has quite a strong aggressive gameplan, interesting ways to increase consistency, and powerful market options. This is definitely a deck that could make a comeback as the meta shifts back towards a midrange slugfest.

CONCLUSION:


With the lack of tournaments to shake up the meta it will continue to ebb and flow naturally. There is a lot of variety in the format without one deck being too overbearing. As a midrange player I am pleased with the current meta and find it to be quite healthy. We can surely expect to see the rise of threats to midrange decks like Diogo Combo and Temporal Control in the weeks to come.

This has been noverb with Meta “Monday”.

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1 Comment » for Meta “Monday” – August Week 2
  1. SlimJim says:

    I’m still having lots of success with Yetis. It’s an easy deck to pilot and it builds value quite well. It also has fewer dead draws than Stonescar. I’m also a sucker for low to the ground aggro.

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