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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 smaller sample than we have had in a little while, 334 games. So remember to get your games recorded!

Tier Breakdown:


Tier 0:
Skycrag Aggro: 16.17%
Tier 1:
Argenport Even Paladins: 11.08%
Tier 1.5:
Praxis Midrange: 9.28%
Tier 2:
Jennev Peaks: 5.69%
Stonescar: 5.39%
Combrei Midrange: 5.09%
Tier 3:
Icaria Blue: 3.89%
Xenan Midrange: 3.59%
Argenport Midrange: 2.69%
Diogo Combo: 2.39%
Hooru Control: 2.39%
Rakano Aggro: 2.09%
Tier 4:
Skycrag Control: 1.79%
Feln Control: 1.79%
Rakano Midrange: 1.49%
Hooru Midrange: 1.49%
Winchest Midrange: 1.49%

Meta Breakdown:


Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen many of our tier lists be extremely similar to one another, and this week is no exception. We see a slight return in Diogo Combo, alongside Xenan Midrange and Stonescar essentially swapped places. I know for a very long time, I’ve been a massive advocate for Stonescar, but Stonescar genuinely feels like an inevitably good choice into most meta’s with the right builds. I’m surprised it took this long to start rising back up in the standings, but I do expect that to continue. It has solid matchups against most of the top decks and is usually favored against the tier 3 and below decks, who seem to be less efficient than it.



We also see Praxis Midrange growing just a little more popular, as players now have access to Kairos, Grand Champion as another card for Praxis lovers to build around. Kairos has been getting slotted into quite a few archetypes, such as Talir Combo, regular Praxis Markets, reanimator and I’m sure many other archetypes will be trying to utilize this new powerhouse. 9 is a lot of power, and so I’m not sure how this card will serve in fair decks, as those decks will likely need to play a ton of ramp units and even then getting to 9 is real tough. Any deck that has to rely on ramp units in order to cast its cards, can have serious problems against decks with cards such as Harsh Rule or cheap removal in the forms of Torch or Snowballs.

When myself and Tchamber5 had the opportunity to spoil Kairos, we did a lot of theory crafting on where a card like this could go because we knew at the time, that this card had way to much powerful text to be slept on. What we didn’t account for, was that this card actually is a pretty big buff to Talir Combo, allowing for the removal of Vodakhan and Grinva in the deck, as Kairos does both jobs. For those unfamiliar, Talir combo uses Talir, Who sees beyond and Vodakhan in order to the draw their deck, then plays Grinva, Judge of battles in order to kill the opponent by sacrificing units after playing units at max board size. With Kairos, you can now play Kairos instead of Vodakhan, drawing 6 cards since Talir will be on board, and then starting to deal damage immediately instead of playing a bunch of power and following up with Grinva. This opens up a slot in the deck, which may allow for Talir Combo to become more flexible.

ECL Invitional:


This past weekend we saw the ECL invitational take place, and was taken down by DrPringles with Wisps????? Let’s take sometime to highlight the decks that made top 4. It is worth noting, Doc28 finished the swiss rounds undefeated with Argenport Midrange, but had to drop before the top four cut.

Dr Pringles – 1st Place with Wisps:


A man never afraid to play something a little different, Dr Pringles showed up with his take on a relatively unknown archetype in Wisps. Wisps’ aim is to generate value via cards like Crownwatch Press-Gang and Killer Deadly units and then recur the Wisps with Soulbringer. Soulbringer is an extremely powerful card that hasn’t had a chance to shine yet in Eternal, but with Pringles’s finish this weekend it may have time in the spotlight as players pick up and refine this archetype further. I think this deck is doing a lot of powerful things, and any deck using a Reweave package is always a place I am okay being.



Brody138 – 2nd Place with Even TJP Midrange


Team Rankstar’s own Evenhanded Golem lover didn’t stray to far from what brought him most of his success in the past, and opted to bring an interesting TJP build. Previously known for his Even Combrei builds, Brody has added Primal for cards like Kothon, Korovyat Palace and Sudden Schism allowing this archetype to grind out opponents just a little bit more than before. I think this deck is interesting, and I have no idea if this deck is built right as there are so many ways to go with this setup. Another deck looking to utilize a Reweave package, we see cards such as Avalanche Yeti, Thrashing Dune Wurm and Lumen Reclaimer as one of’s primed to be searched up off of a clutch Reweave.

Tdbarnes1 – 3/4th Place with Jennev Peaks


Old reliable Jennev Peaks shows up once again to another big event. The biggest things to note about this list is the lack of Saber-Tooth Prideleaders, a card that has impressed me constantly in Jennev builds alongside no copies of Garden of Omens. I’m not sure how I like Jennev currently when it comes to its site setup, but I do think the deck wants 3-4 sites main, and a marketed copy of the unused Garden of Omens or Howling Peak. There’s not a lot to say here, but I think Jennev was one of the top decks to bring to this tournament.

Camomilk – 3/4th Place with Winchest Twist(?)


Winchest’s popularity has continued to rise and fall this past year or so, but it always seems to show up in small numbers and perform well when it counts. Camomilk brought an interesting list, looking to play more to the board and utilize twists of Minotaur Platemaker and Siraf, Grand Strategist. These inclusions over cards like Harsh Rule and Vara, Vengence Seeker make this version much worse at coming back after losing board control, but may be the way to go if decks like Jennev and Paladins continue to be popular, both who go over the top of the tradition builds of Winchest.

Conclusion:


That’s all for this week’s Meta Monday, thanks for reading! As always, I hope your enjoying spoiler season and if you’d like to hear my opinions on the spoiled cards you can check out the Backlash Podcast with myself and Tchamber5.

-GHP

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