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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 smaller sample than we have had in a little while, 253 games. So remember to get your games recorded!

Tier Breakdown:

Tier 1:
Argenport Even Paladins: 13.04%
Skycrag Aggro: 11.46%
Tier 1.5:
Xenan Midrange: 7.91%
Jennev Peaks: 7.11%
Praxis Midrange: 6.32%
Tier 2:
Combrei Midrange: 5.93%
Argenport Midrange: 5.53%
Icaria Blue: 5.53%
Tier 3:
Hooru Control: 3.16%
Rakano Midrange: 3.16%
Stonescar: 2.77%
Winchest Midrange: 2.77

Meta Breakdown:

This week I decided, to keep Argenport Midrange and Even Argenport separate, and although there data may be slightly skewed to no one’s surprise the Paladin’s continue to stand tall. This deck is currently just doing more powerful things then most of the field, between having plenty of life steal in order to fend off aggro and the ability to get to Svetya, allows the deck to out grind most archetypes. I don’t expect this deck to become problematic, especially with The Flame of Xulta right around the corner. That said, I’m not sure if this archetype is high on the tier list due to players enjoying it or it being very strong, from my experience it’s a strong mix.

Often, I’ve found Even Argenport runs out of gas, or doesn’t do anything explosive enough. Draws that lack both Even Handed Golem and Anointer of the Faithful often end up with you playing an awkward midrange deck lacking some key removal and efficient plays. Doing things like turn 4 Copperhall Paladin without a weapon is a really weak play, and weak plays like this combined with drawing cards, like Svetya, that you can’t always cast without ramp can lead to the deck crumbling. This deck can also heavily struggle against removal pile strategies, as without its synergy it shouldn’t be able to stand up to controlling strategies looking to flex win conditions like Icaria, various sites or Heart of the Vault which all quickly slam the door on the opponent. I expect this deck to stay very popular, but im lead to believe its win rate isn’t to high.

Stonescar?

Last week we discussed how to combat the meta game, and although I’d like to do that again, the top of the tier list really hasn’t shifted this week. So instead, I’d like to look at the opposite end of the spectrum and ask “How in the hell did Stonescar drop to tier 3?” Coming in at the bottom of the tier list, the once feared Stonescar has become a mere afterthought, only making up 7 of our 253 games which, to me, is staggering. Although Stonescar has received many nerfs, it still has a lot of solid matchups against the field and can be built in a multitude of ways depending on what it is up against. With this in mind, I’ve even combined Stonescar Aggro with Stonescar Midrange. Stonescar should have a favorable matchup against the likes of Even Argenport, Xenan Midrange and Praxis Midrange while having a close matchup against Skycrag Aggro and Jennev Peaks. With this in mind, I think Stonescar is primed to make a return in the next week or two as soon as list become refined once again.


The reason Stonescar is such an attractive option is because it’s a deck able to be the beatdown or the control deck depending on the matchup, without sacrificing too much. Stonescar is packed with efficient threats and cheap interaction spells, allowing it to keep up with all kinds of strategies. Of note, Stonescar has quite a few ways to deal with a turn 2 Anointer of the Faithful with cards such as Suffocate, Torch and Desecrate all being viable main deck cards meaning the odds of Stonescar being ran over by Even Paladins is quite low, and if it comes down to just a midrange battle, I’m picking Stonescar every time.

Conclusion


That’s it for this week’s Meta Monday, thanks for reading! Hopefully you’re enjoying spoiler season, and if you’d like to hear some of Team Rankstar’s thoughts on the cards you can check out Seat of Impulse, The Unexpected Results Podcast or the Backlash Podcast for all your hot takes.

-GHP

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