The following people made this article possible:
Susuexp
Mancio1982
Quitschi
Kodama
Ilyak
Lightsoutace
Chriseay
Burn
Kekswal



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, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord, or email me at [email protected].

This week, we had 164 games submitted for Throne and 376 games submitted for Expedition.

Throne Meta

Tier 1:
Skycrag Yeti’s: 11.6%
FTJ Midrange: 11.6%

Tier 1.5:
Even Elysian: 7.9%
Stonescar Aggro: 7.9%
Combrei Aggro: 7.3%
Xenan Midrange: 7.3%
Winchest Carver: 6.1%

Tier 3:
Rakano Aggro: 3.6%
Stonescar Karver: 3%
Skycrag Dragons: 3%
Mono Fire Aggro: 3%
Ixtun Control: 3%

Meta Monday?


For the first time in a very long time, Meta Monday was not released last week, the question is why? There’s a few reasons, and I’d like to take some time to discuss them this week instead of looking at Throne, so let’s start there. Throne currently feels unremarkable to me, It’s healthy with a widespread of decks and archetypes being available to play, but the gameplay itself feels lacking currently. Besides the fan-favorite Winchest Carver, the vast majority of the format is currently about just playing the best threats and with cards like Even Handed Golem somehow surviving the latest balance patch, there isn’t much room for answer heavy archetypes. With this in mind, Throne just doesn’t feel like something enjoyable or talk about, or dynamic enough to be different each week.



The primary reason for not writing last week was the 2 recent changes, The market change and adding new cards to Expedition. Both of these didn’t sit well with me, and I did not want to do a Meta Monday with a tone of frustration. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to talk with other players and play both formats myself, my opinions haven’t really changed. I currently feel like the market change was a huge nerf to combo decks making them completely nonexistent in our Throne breakdown this week, and specifically making the merchants and smugglers the same feels odd, making it hard for me to be incentivized to play regular merchants. Although a change to merchants was likely necessary, this way of implementing it felt lackluster, and disappointing. Since the last point is about the Expedition changes, let’s dive into the Expedition portion

Expedition Meta


Tier 0:
Argenport Midrange: 16%

Tier 1:
FTS Sacrifice: 12.8%
Xenan Strangers: 12.5%
FTJ Midrange: 11.9%
Skycrag Dragons: 10.5%

Tier 1.5:
Rakano Aggro: 8.6%
Elysian Aggro: 6.22%

Tier 2:
Rakano Armory: 4.3%

Tier 3:
Feln Mill: 2%


Expedition Breakdown


Taking a look at our first data set sense the implementation of Horus Traver, we see that many things have remained the same. This makes sense, as most of the powerful cards added supported already powerful archetypes with cards such as Tavrod and Crimson Firemaw. This leads to where my issue with this change comes from. In a format that already had better threats then answers, the additions of Tavrod and Crimson Firemaw are no joke and in my opinion, may stretch this problem even further.



With the Expedition ECQ this weekend one thing should be extremely clear to players, find something semi proactive to do. Almost every deck appearing on this list, either is proactive anyways or quickly turns the corner when it looks to do so and in a format about getting the best threats down as fast as possible, this is the place to be. Going into this weekend I am expecting A LOT of Xenan Strangers unless the mirror matches disincentives people. This deck has felt extremely powerful and consistent while not playing any real weak individual cards. Currently, any deck with Grodov Stranger feels like a safe bet, so why not consistently find him more often?



One deck that may be a safe choice is Skycrag Dragons. Although this deck can have issues with specifically Stranger + Predators Instinct, dragons in general have felt very powerful against the field as it’s closing rate gives it a game against everything while also having nut draw potential. I’m not sure between this and the FPS variant, but I feel safe saying any Blazing Salvo + Dragons deck can only be so bad going into this field.


Conclusion:


Expedition is in an interesting spot, and maybe I’m completely wrong about how Horus Traver effects the metagame. Hopefully many questions are answered this weekend, but until next time thanks for reading and good luck on your journey to the Eternal World Championship.

GHP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related