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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 272 games.
Meta Game breakdown:
Tier 0: – This deck defines the entire meta game
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
Rakano Midrange: 18.38%
Combrei Midrange: 6.25%
Hooru Midrange: 5.15%
Praxis Midrange: 5.15%
Skycrag Aggro: 4.41%
Icaria Blue: 4.41%
Argenport Midrange: 4.41%
Hooru Control: 3.68%
Diogo Combo: 3.31%
Even Combrei: 2.94%
Feln Midrange: 2.94%
Jennev Peaks: 2.57%
Mono Justice: 2.21%
Winchest Midrange: 2.21%
Feln Aggro: 1.84%
Rakano Aggro: 1.84%
Mono Fire Aggro: 1.84%
Fresh off the Eternal World Championship we see a real shocker tackling tier 0 this week in….Rakano Midrange. The most represented deck at the World Championship is 250% more represented then the next deck in our tier list, freshly tier 1.5 Stonescar. There’s no surprise to see Rakano be this dominant, and with it winning the World Championship I suspect we will either see a balance patch this week, or it will be the first deck to break 20% of the field since I’ve taken over Meta Monday. This week we also see no tier 1 decks, with both Skycrag Aggro and Mono Fire dropping substantially in popularity, we see Combrei Midrange make a massive resurgence. Not a deck I expected to be reporting as tier 1.5 today, but I am curious as to what about this deck is driving players to it over the known Sediti king, Rakano.
Moving onto tier 2 we see Praxis Midrange, Icaria Blue and Hooru Midrange still hanging out as powerful decks just missing the tier 1 cut off. This week they are joined by falling star, Skycrag Aggro alongside the true 2018 throwback, Argenport Midrange. Of note, almost every Sediti deck has broken the tier 2 or better cut off, with only later to be spoken on, Mono Justice missing out. At tier 2.5, Hooru control still struggles to solve the Rakano Puzzle, and right now isn’t a deck I can recommend to players trying to succeed on the ladder. One deck I can recommend to players is fresh onto the tier list, Diogo Combo. A deck Trumpets brought to the World Championship to target Rakano, Diogo Combo has been picking up steam with players such as Camat0 singing its praises alongside a strong performance this weekend. Although this deck can struggle with decks such as Stonescar, I do believe it may be a player moving forward as it is ultra punishing against many decks in the format that simply can’t interact with it.
Rounding out this week’s tier list, we see tiers 3 and 4 contain a pile of familiar faces in Winchest Midrange, Jennev Peaks and Rakano aggro, but notably Mono Fire has dropped all the way from tier 1.5 to 4 this week. This is likely due to its medium matchup vs Rakano, alongside less players spamming Aggro in order to climb the ladder faster.
Eternal World Championship:
This week saw the first ever Eternal World Championship, where 16 players competed for their share of $100, 000 and the title of Champion. Nine of these players stuck to the norm, and brought Rakano Midrange. Although this was predictable, the deck ended up taking it down in the hands of Adreus….who brought the same 80 cards that won the last two tournaments. Crazy! Rounding out the rest of the field, we saw the meta game heavily target Rakano with decks such as Jennev Peaks, Diogo Combo, and Feln Control. Without any more delay, let’s take a look at some of the choices players brought:
Deck Spotlight – Trumpet’s Diogo Combo
The most shocking deck to show up this weekend, Seek Power Gaming’s Trumpets took a risk and attacked the meta game head on by abusing Merchants and Eternal’s Power restriction. For those unfamiliar, this deck tries to give Invoke the Waystone Destiny, then draw it, discard your entire deck, play Stonescar Excavator and kill your opponent in the same turn, often burning for 30+ damage. I think this was a really wise choice for this weekend, and I think Trumpets may have taken this down with some better pairings, losing to both his worst matchups, Stonescar and Jennev Peaks. Although I have no idea how this deck should be built, I do think players really need to keep this deck in mind moving forward, as it is quite a consistent turn 7 kill that many decks cannot interact with. Congrats on the top 8 finish!
Deck Spotlight- TonyGeeeee’s Feln Control:
One of my favorite members of the community, Tonygeeeee stuck to what he knows, and opt’d into Feln Control as his weapon of choice this weekend. A risky move, brought him to the top 8, and a unfortunate power stumble cost him in his last possible game, sending him packing with a respectable top 8 finish. Tony had a really interesting list, main decking Rost alongside Dizo’s Office showed how he was prioritizing his threats vs answers, and was more concerned with grinding the opponent out then winning the game. I think the inclusion of multiple main deck Dizo’s Office was very wise, and the card looked great every time it was on camera. Feln is known for being the deck that can tackle 2 deck meta game’s with ease, being incredibly adaptable and it showed for Tony. I was honestly surprised to see Tony not go further, and he was definitely who i wanted to see come second in this event.
Deck Spotlight – Popotito’s Jennev Peaks.
Speaking of who i wanted to win this event, Team Rankstar’s own Popotito truly stuck to what he knows best, Jennev Peaks. The true story of this tournament was Popotito showing how mastering one deck can pay off compared to just playing the best deck. Teching cards like 3 Swift Refusal showed up massively, stunting the growth of so many greedy Rakano Power bases. Alas, it was not to be as Popotito could not tackle one last Rakano Midrange player, and lost the finals in a tight five game set. I can honestly say, I don’t think there was anyone out there who wanted this more than Popotito, and I think regardless of the result Popotito showed many players that there is so much more depth to Eternal than even the best players seem to realize.
I don’t think it’s fair for me to discuss what I believe will happen moving forward, with no tournaments announced and some form of new cards coming to Eternal soon, I suspect things to stay the same for the next little while. With Worlds being over, it’s time to figure out what’s next for Eternal, but my hopes are high.
That’s all for this week’s installment of Meta Monday and thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed!
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