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This week, we had 154 games submitted for Throne and 135 games submitted for Expedition.
Throne…is still weird. Some players claim it is the best way to play Eternal with all sorts of strategies being viable, while others would rather watch paint dry than play Throne. I personally lie in the middle, but let’s take a look at some of the trends going on for those players looking to accumulate some Quarterly Championship Points.
Over the past few weeks, We’ve seen FTJ Midrange and Skycrag Yeti’s typically reign as the top decks of the format. Both decks are using many individually powerful cards while also having distinct ways to interact. If we look at Yeti’s there are typically 2 ways to fight decks like this, removal or blocking. In the case of Yeti’s, there are enough stun effects in the deck that blocking usually leads to getting too far behind, as cards such as Thudrock’s Masterwork allow the deck to develop onto the board while interacting. Against removal heavy decks, Yeti’s can struggle at times but has tools such as overall being a very low curve deck combined with Bond units and Emblems allowing Yeti’s to develop faster and more efficiently then removal heavy decks can remove the units. This is a huge reason why we’ve seen a massive decline in decks known as Removal piles such as Winchest Midrange/Control.
FTJ is one of these big-time midrange strategies that always seem to exist in any metagame which typically can be attacked with efficient removal, charge units and of course, over the top relics. Unlike time midrange of the past, FTJ has ways to deal with all of these issues. The real scary part is almost all of these issues can be dealt with one specific card, and one many claims limit future design space, Saber-Tooth Prideleader. This card lines up in such a way that not only can it deal with over the top weapons, but can also roadblock aggressive strategies and due to its life gain ability, this card really is never dead. Of course, this isn’t the only card dealing with this decks issues, as cards such as Desert Marshal help deal with aggressive and charging threats while Icaria and Xulta Arcanium make the plan of removing every threat an uphill battle. These two featured decks have and will continue to be powerful in Throne as they are some of the few archetypes with powerful gameplans that can actually cover there own weaknesses without stretching themselves thin.
This weekend held another ECQ: Aftershock, taking down by VirginMary with there take on Stonescar Dragons, a deck many players had dismissed going into this tournament. VirginMary went with a much slower build then most players, moving away from early aggressive units such as Teething Welp and Varret in exchange for way more top end and of course, Volatility to make sure that the card advantage game favored them. But of course, Stonescar wasn’t the star of the show, another deck was.
Rakano Aggro put two players into the top 4 of this tournament, and for good reason. Although this deck may look unimpressive on paper, this is easily the most efficient deck in the format and with so many decks spending the first couple of turns setting up, including with awkward power bases, Rakano gives players plenty of time to punish this. This deck also put 4 players total into the top 16, and I expect to see more of it in the future. This deck is one of the few decks that gets to develop while holding up its power for its fast spells, which should allow for Rakano players to get more priority each and every game. If Rakano becomes more popular, I expect many decks to lose.
Although many of our lives have been disrupted as of late, Eternal seems to be staying the same these last few weeks. With this ECQ being over, I’m expecting some changes in the coming weeks directly mostly as Throne in order to spice it up and bring more popularity back to the format. Thanks for reading this week’s Meta Monday, and I hope you enjoyed. Stay safe, and I’ll see you next week.