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0-222 games – I am not confident in the data we have, the quality of analysis will deteriorate greatly.
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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 had a sample of 471 games for Throne Constructed and 309 for Expedition Constructed.
Throne Meta Breakdown:
Praxis Midrange: 14.13%
Grodov (FTJ) Midrange: 11.9%
Elysian Maul: 6.32%
Xenan Cultist: 5.9%
Stonescar Aggro: 4.83%
Rakano Aggro: 4.46%
Jennev Control: 3.72%
Mono Fire Aggro: 3.35%
Stonescar Midrange: 3%
Ixtun Control: 2.7%
Skycrag Aggro: 2.7%
Argenport Even Paladins: 2.23%
Argenport Midrange: 2%
Combrei Midrange: 2%
Skycrag Control: 2%
Winchest Midrange: 2%
Feln Control: 2%
Although Throne has not been many players focus on the Expedition ECQ this past weekend, Throne’s meta continues to slowly shift around in all tiers except for tier 1, who continue to be owned by Praxis and Grodov Midrange. Keep in mind that in future weeks, we should see more developments in Throne as the next ECQ will be Throne, a format that hasn’t had a major tournament since the release of The Flame of Xulta released. With that in mind, many players will be refining decks and experimenting in the coming weeks, hopefully meaning our Kairos overlords will finally begin to topple.
There have been some interesting developments this week, as we see Skycrag Aggro take a massive drop in popularity while Elysian Maul and….Xenan Cultist??? rising in the rankings. I’ve been singing the praises of Maul recently, and it doesn’t surprise me to see it’s popularity rise as Skycrag Aggro, one of it’s worse matchups falls in popularity. What does surprise me, is Xenan Cultist. Taking many of the core concepts from the Expedition all-star, Cultist has been a deck recently popularized by ManuS that many others have recently started tweaking to good results. This deck plays similarly to Expeditions version, trying to generate value via sacrificing units, but in Throne, you get access to another massive pay off, Tasbu. Tasbu is an extremely powerful card, that has popped up in quite a few decks since it received a buff earlier this year, but in a deck that can sacrifice its own units Tasbu can easily generate enough value that no opponent can come back from. I’m not sure what I think of Cultist yet, but in the currently Throne meta this deck seems problematic for many top decks, especially for Praxis, who struggle to interact with this kind of deck. I do believe that if decks such as Ixtun Control or Temporal start to pick up in popularity, which wouldn’t surprise me, I am not convinced this deck can stand up to decks such as those even with Tasbu as it’s engine.
Now that the focus shifts back to Throne, I expect to see a large increase in Ixtun Control and Jennev. Both of these decks were very popular before the newest iteration of Expedition came out, and although Ixtun received some nerfs, I don’t see how these aren’t top decks moving forward. The biggest questions are how do you build them, as both have received some powerful new tools, most notably Prodigious Sorcery, allowing both decks to close games out completely out of nowhere. It’s gonna be a interesting few weeks to see how the meta develops
Expedition Meta Breakdown:
Xenan Cultist: 15.5%
Elysian Midrange: 11.65%
Stonescar Mastery: 10.7
Kerendon Control: 9.39%
Hooru Aggro: 7.12%
Stonescar Control: 6.47%
Combrei Aggro: 5.5%
Rakano Oni: 5.18%
Linrei (JPS) Curses: 2.91%
Fresh off the first ECQ of the season, to no one’s surprise this week’s tier 0 deck Xenan Cultist dominated the first opportunity to make it to worlds, including sending BruisedByGod to worlds. Cultist was the front runner for this event, and almost every team brought Cultist to battle, with or without Karvet. A couple of other decks had a strong showing as well, most notably was Kerendon Control and Hooru Aggro, both decks are playing a large number of Expedition’s strongest cards while also having the ability to fight what Cultist wants to be doing.
Kerendon was a deck I spent a lot of time on personally, but just couldn’t find a build I was happy with although many others did. Kerendon is Expeditions primer control deck and is one of the few decks who can still win the game after a Vara, Fate Touched hits the board allowing it to grind out Cultist and many other strategies. Kerendon is still using two key cards that are defining almost all shadow decks in Expedition, Incarnus and Karvet. These cards do so many things in the context of Expedition, as Incarnus always generates value while also having the ability to snipe sites and Karvet dominates the air and can swing many races. In decks such as Cultist, Karvet also has the bonus ability to do absurd things with Xenan Temple, another one of Expeditions premier cards.
Hooru Aggro was the deck most of Team Rankstar chose to pilot this weekend, but there are many ways to build this deck as seen by the top 64. We saw showings from the classic build, trying to utilize its early units and pump spells to close games out, we say Rankstar’s variant with Horde Plunderer and Aniyah and then Antman’s second-place build going bigger with Clutch of Talons and Spire Chaplin. I’m still not sure on the optimal build, but all of these decks are doing efficient, yet powerful things and all have some insane high rolls, allowing for some very free wins given the opportunity.
Expedition is about to get a massive shakeup, as it’s power level will increase with the additions of The Trials of Grodov and Dead Reckoning being added to the format. Some key cards will be avaliable in the format, and we should also expect our meta report to change for the next couple weeks as players try out new strategies. Right now my biggest concern is Saber-Tooth Prideleader, as this card slots right into almost any time deck currently and pairs great with Sodi’s Spellshaper or Xenan Temple, creating an insane swing turn that can’t be interacted with if your removal is all slow. Saber-Tooth Prideleader also out sizes the vast majority of the format, and I expect to see it ruining many players days.
Thanks for reading this week’s Meta Monday! With the first ECQ over with, and focus shifting to Throne alongside the new Expedition changes, it’s gonna be a pretty crazy couple of weeks and hopefully we see some big shifts in the Meta Game as players try out new things.
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