Welcome to Meta Monday, presented by NotoriousGHP.
Before we jump into the article, I just want to mention for those unaware, that I will be taking back over Meta Monday for the foreseeable future. If any of data seems off feel free to contact me about it, as when I previously wrote Meta Monday we did not use any user data, and so this is a new challenge for me. Now, to the article:

The Following people made this article possible:
Chriseay
Nanofuture
NotoriousGHP
Oatmeal
Mancio1990
Merach

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 the opponent is on an off-meta deck, please specify some of the 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 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 – 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+ – The sample size is big enough for more precise rounding:

This week we have a sample of 129 games.

META GAME BREAKDOWN:

Tier 0: – This deck defines the entire meta game
Tier 1: – A sizeable 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: – Relavent 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

Tier 1:
Stonescar Midrange: 11.6%
Tier 1.5:
Praxis Pledge: 7.8%
Hooru Midrange: 7.8%
Even Xenan: 7%
Even Feln: 6.2%

Tier 2:
Mono Shadow: 5.4%
Skycrag Aggro: 4.7%

Tier 3:
FJS: 3.9%
Rakano Midrange: 3.9%
Hooru Control: 3.9%
Even Argenport weapon reanimator: 3.9%

Meta Analysis:

Unlike last week, we have no tier 0 decks. Stonescar has dropped 6% in popularity since last week, but instead Stonescar makes up our only Tier 1 deck. Stonescar is the current check on the format, but many players have started exploring strategies that can attack it, and a similar deck in Mono Shadow. Moving on to tier 1.5, we see a resurgence from Hooru midrange, Praxis Pledge and Even Xenan, while Even Feln holds similar popularity to last week. All of these decks are doing something individually powerful, but haven’t had as many results in events as Stonescar, likely keeping them out of tier 1.

Moving onto tier 2, we see Skycrag Aggro still standing tall as a popular ladder deck that will always be popular, alongside rising star, Mono Shadow. Mono Shadow had a great performance in week 6 of ETS, leading to a lot of players picking it up as another solid midrange deck to add to the ladder. Two decks have dropped in popularity down tiers from last week’s tier 2; FJS and Argenport Midrange. Looking at tier 3, we see FJS is still at a very similar popularity mark but Argenport Midrange has completely fallen off the map, and it turns out didn’t even make it onto the tier list this week. It is worth noting, two previous tier 1.5 decks are now in tier 3, Hooru Control and Rakano Midrange. These decks have dropped in popularity since their tournament finals appearances, although are both prevalent in tournaments. I expect Hooru control to pick back up in popularity, but I suspect Rakano Midrange will stay here or drop out of the tier list entirely.

Overall, the ladder meta game seems very healthy, nothing is dominating and all sorts of styles are popular.

Eternal Tournament Series:

This week we saw quite the diverse ETS top 8, with the only duplicate deck being played by myself, and winner Rhay_V3 in Stonescar Midrange. Many of these decks we’ve seen plenty of times, with a couple of tweaks, but one deck stood out in particular that needs discussing.

Deck spotlight – FTJ Alessi Moment
There seems to be a running thing with Team Rankstar, and that is that everyone seems to love Alessi, and typically do well with any deck involving her. This week, was no exception, as Doc28 resurrected the long forgotten Alessi Moment strategy to bring himself another ETS top 4 finish. The premise behind the deck is simple, it is a midrange deck packed with removal and threats the generate two for ones such as Crownwatch Press-Gang or Heart of the Vault. These elements lineup nicely, alongside some built in life/armor gain to stabilize against the more aggressive strategies in the field. Press-Gang really holds this shell together, being a unit that can block early, while generating you multiple Alessis is huge for your game plan. I think this deck, alongside the Argenport Reweave deck, really shows how powerful Press-Gang is in the current meta game, and is only really answered cleanly by Maiden.

Deck Spotlight – Auralian Rats
Rats isn’t exactly a new deck, but Mouche has been on this deck for a while and took a top 4 spot this weekend with it. Moving away from being a deck about spamming Relics, and instead now combining Relics with synergistic creatures that help support the relic matters theme. I’m no expert in this style of deck, but i suspect this deck will be a very strong answer to the meta game if it continues to revolve around how to beat stonescar. One thing to note, is how quickly this deck can overwhelm it’s opponents with relics, and with the recent changes to bore its extremely difficult to catchup when this deck is already ahead. I think this archetype deserves another look for those who have dismissed it in the past.

Predictions for next week:

Moving forward, I expect to see more players adopt strategies that are strong into Stonescar, such as Hooru control or Jennev Peaks. These strategies are both not particularly popular, but may be prime to attack this meta game with the right build. I also expect players to look more into Crown Watch Press-Gang decks, as between the last two ETS’s, the Opal Waystone Classic and the ECL invitational, this card has been putting up results in a number of different builds.

Now that I’ve taken back over Meta Monday, I’d like to add a additional segment in someway to this series and that’s where I’m looking for the community’s help. I don’t really have an idea currently, but if you feel like there is something lacking in the Eternal Content section that you think I could help with, please comment on the Reddit thread or contact me in one of the ways listed above and I’ll see what I can do for next week’s Meta Monday.

As always, your feedback is appreciated and i hoped you enjoyed this week’s installment.

This has been NotoriousGHP, with Meta Monday.

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