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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 games – 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+ games – The sample size is big enough for more precise rounding.
This week we had a sample of 173 games for Throne Constructed and 80 for Expedition Constructed
FTJ Midrange: 12.14%
Praxis Midrange: 8.09%
Skycrag Aggro: 7.51%
Even Argenport Paladins: 6.36%
Ixtun Control: 5.78%
Jennev Peaks: 4.62%
Elysian Midrange: 4.62%
Rakano Aggro: 4.05%
Mono Fire Aggro: 2.89%
Hooru Control: 2.89%
The Flame of Xulta has made a touch down onto our Eternal clients, and has given quite a few decks a pretty big bump. After the first Tuesday Night Eternal of the set, we saw FTJ Alessi rise in popularity with both Doc28 and TheOvermaster piloting the archetype to success. This deck got quite the upgrade, now being able to have its own site in the form of the extremely powerful Xulta Arcanum.
Xulta Arcanum does a lot of things this deck needs, draws cards and protects itself extremely well and ramps you. This site does require you to be at 7 power already, but FTJ is extremely good at using large quantities of power with all of its game-changing top-end pieces such as Heart of the Vault and Rizahn. With this massive upgrade, I think FTJ may be a real top deck moving forward.
With a small sample size this week, analyzing trends isn’t going to be as accurate as I’d like them to be but one trend that I think will become clear in the coming weeks is how powerful emblems are. Although not every deck can utilize them effectively, aggressive and midrange decks can take full advantage of them and play up to 8 copies to make sure that when they begin to flood, that they keep generating value and close out the game since they already have enough power. Some players are currently trying things such as 8 Emblems in Skycrag Aggro, and I keep hearing great results about its newfound consistency.
Although this set is definitely more designed to help make Expedition amazing, there’s enough powerful cards that constructed should witness some form of shakeup in the coming weeks as players start to experiment more and more. I don’t remember being this excited about a set in a really long time!
DISCLAIMER: This is an extremely small sample size, and so this tier list doesn’t carry the most meaning.
Xenan Cultists: 16.25%
Elysian Midrange: 12.5%
JPS Control: 10%
Feln Aggro: 8.75%
FPS Control: 6.25%
Combrei Aggro: 6.25%
Despite the small sample size this week, we still can see a snapshot of the early weeks of the new Expedition format. Many of the successful decks are doing something proactive while trying to back those plays up with tempo orientated answers and Emblems such as Sodi’s Spellhaper or Icy Gaze.
Xenan Cultists has been a breakout deck, having both strong tribal synergies and some of the formats best interactive spells in its Edict and Worthy Cause this deck has the ability to be aggressive if needed, while also being able to make the games go longer if needed. This seems to be one of the more flexible decks in the format currently, but due to this, I think it will take quite a while to get refined properly.
The two most interesting decks to me right now is Elysian Midrange and Feln Aggro. Elysian Midrange is a weird one, as it plays many cards that get to see play only because Expedition has a lack of unconditional removal, of course I’m talking about Gnash, Unrelenting and lla and Mizo. Both of these cards are just piles of stats, that sometimes have additional text and in this format that’s good enough as they can brick wall many archetypes. Feln lies in an interesting spot, as it gets to play 12 cards for free when discarded, allowing for some extremely explosive draws that no deck can really match. I think Feln Aggro may have the strongest “Nut draw” in the format.
I’ve almost exclusively played Expedition since The Flame of Xulta was released, but this format has really been a happy surprise for me allowing Eternal to go back to the more combat-based game it once was known for being. With competitive play being announced its a great time to either get back into Eternal or step up the grind to make sure you’re ready for the first ECQ in November! Next week we should hopefully have more data, and way more information about what each format will look like. Thanks for reading!