Hello TEPPEN community! Coming at you from Team Rankstar and myself, iowa, is Season 3 meta decks and tier list. This will be the most important article in TEPPEN history. All the information will be vital for all players. Details of the World Championship Qualifying Rounds have been released, the current meta as we know now, is the format for players to study and grind to be qualified for the TEPPEN World Championship 2019 Tournament.

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Meta Overview

The top 3 decks of the meta are Rathalos Wrath Awoken, Morrigan 4 MP Purple, and Wesker Reanimator. Ryu Shinku Hadoken and Wesker Dark Destruction are also worthy adversaries that have been piloted to #1 rank this season. Compared to the Season 1 and 2, we are joined by a couple new archetypes, Morrigan 4 MP Purple and Wesker Reanimator respectively. This meta is another rock paper scissors meta between the top 3 decks. These decks can still win against their worst match up. There is no best deck in format.

Meta Decks

Ryu Shinku Hadoken Traditional – Xcede

Hero Art: Shinku Hadoken

Deal 7 damage to target enemy unit.

Deck Type: Control

Difficulty: (4.0/5.0)

Viability: (5.0/5.0)

Strength: Hard control options.

Weakness: Our only win condition is chip damage, we rely on keeping the opponent in check.

Deck Code:

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Xcede’s Season 3 Ryu list, it stays true to the Season 1 and 2 Ryu list with the addition of [Agnaktor] and refined numbers to best reflect the current meta. Xcede has Season 1 and 2 top 10 finishes with Ryu. Xcede is renowned for his on point plays, predictions, and lightning reflexes with Ryu.

How the Deck Plays: Xcede’s list is the traditional take of Ryu Shinku Hadoken. The card choices revolve around red’s pool of on-play spread damage units. These units are inherently strong because the damage they deal creates a 1 for 1 value or better just for playing a unit and you still have a body on board that potentially eats more of your opponent’s cards. Having these as the main arsenal of the deck, Ryu players are reactive players, they wait for opponents to play units on-board and will react with on-play spread damage units to maintain board control. Ryu players fight to clear the opponent’s board and have at least one unit to push chip damage. Naturally Ryu players charge MP to prepare to clear more enemy units while slowly chipping their enemy down. Shinku Hadoken is one of the strongest Hero Arts in the game, Shinku Hadoken deals 7 damage to any 1 enemy unit, to keep the opponent’s win conditions in check.

Matchups

  1. Mirror: The Ryu that takes over board and maintains pressure will win this matchup.
  2. Ryu Explore: Ryu Explore’s threats are telegraphed, we should remove them.
  3. Rathalos Wrath Awoken: Save removal for their buffed units when their Hero Art is opened, other times we can ignore their buffed units. The point is to maximize trading with our units first, and utilizing removal before they will pop Hero Art.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: Always clear their board, 4 MP Purple needs at least 1 unit on board to trigger their disruptions. By removing them, 4 MP Purple has to charge 8 MP to disrupt us.
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: Set up Shinku Hadoken to take down their expensive threats.
  6. Wesker Reanimator: This is a harder matchup, but we want to take advantage of Deviljho being small through victory, pace some time to charge MP and set up removal for their next Deviljho set up.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: The longer this match goes, we will lose, we need to push as much chip damage early and win early-mid game.

Ryu Shinku Hadoken Explore – Gengur

Hero Art: Shinku Hadoken

Deal 7 damage to target enemy unit.

Deck Type: Tempo

Difficulty: (4.0/5.0)

Viability: (4.0/5.0)

Strength: Explosive win conditions.

Weakness: We rely on Explore units.

Deck Code:

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Gengur’s Ryu Explore deck is an explosive take on Season 3’s new mechanic, Explore. We lose many of the traditional on-play damage units. We gain Explore units with decent stats and we can push massive damage with [Nash] and our Legendaries.

How the Deck Plays: The deck heavily relies on the Explore mechanic, for that reason we run 9 Explore units and 6 actions that trigger Explore. Unlike traditional Ryu, we don’t hard control our opponent. We set up an Explore engine, and protect our units while using Shinku Hadoken and [Detonation] from [Guile] to push massive damage with [Nash]. Alternatively, we can make create higher chip damage with [Leon S. Kennedy] using [Fighting Spirit] from his Explore.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: We want to bait out their removal, because our win conditions are specific units, we have to choose safe timings for Nash to spike. Use [Fighting Spirit] and [Shield] effectively to exhaust their removal.
  2. Mirror: This matchup is based on who can push their win condition better.
  3. Rathalos Wrath Awoken: Save removal for their buffed units when their Hero Art is opened, other times we can ignore their buffed units. The point is to maximize trading with our units first, and utilizing removal before they will pop Hero Art.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: Always clear their board, 4 MP Purple needs at least 1 unit on board to trigger their disruptions. By removing them, 4 MP Purple has to charge 8 MP to disrupt us.
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: Set up Shinku Hadoken to take down their expensive threats.
  6. Wesker Reanimator: This is a harder matchup, but we want to take advantage of [Deviljho] being small through victory, pace some time to charge MP and set up removal for their next [Deviljho] set up.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: We lose the late game, but we have explosive win conditions to close out the early-mid game.

Rathalos Wrath Awoken – Water

Hero Art: Wrath Awoken

Give target friendly unit flight and +X damage where X is the number of times you have played an action that buffs damage.

Deck Type: Tempo

Difficulty: (3.0/5.0)

Viability: (5.0/5.0)

Strength: Constant threat of lethal because of Wrath Awoken and great recovery.

Weakness: Our units are our win condition and can be disrupted.

Deck Code:

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Water is the renowned #1 player for North America having the best showings in ladder. This Rathalos list takes away Reckless Charge and Combo, and focuses more on establishing board so that it’s harder for us to get blown out from our opponent clearing our units. We fight to be lethal mid-late game, and we set up early game.

How the Deck Plays: We want to establish board, we play every MP Boost unit in the game, those are our first units we play. We use these units to flood our board and we only use our buff Actions when needed for trading or when we’re capped at 5 MP. By doing this, just as much as we will lose our early resources, so will our opponent, and the idea is to outpace them mid-game and use Hero Art for strong trades and push lethal.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: This matchup can be difficult because Ryu actively takes down our units. However our goal is to maintain MP advantage with MP Boost units and not get board cleared to keep our Hero Art viable as a win condition.
  2. Ryu Explore: For this match up we can enter action wars, we come out as the victor if we spread our buffs. 
  3. Mirror: Winning unit trades will help this match up. Being able to counter the opponent set up with Disarm or Evasive Action is also crucial.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: We want to avoid situations where [Four Eyes] steals a valuable unit. We also want to invest in [Iris] in this matchup because [Iris] dodges [Beltway] and [Demonic Intimidation].
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: It’s important that we shut down their threat using [Disarm] or unit trading. Their Halts make unit trading difficult.
  6. Wesker Reanimator: We normally win this match up by filling our board buffing all lanes to force the enemy Wesker to panic. We get safe value using Wrath Awoken last second, if we check the enemy MP during action phase, we can tell when they have the hard removal to our win condition or not.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: While Dark Destruction Wesker has a Hero Art that kills our units much like Shinku Hadoken, their deck does not contain as much hard removal options as does Ryu. We can use this to our advantage and push damage.

Morrigan Shadow Blade 4 MP Purple – iowa

Hero Art: Shadow Blade

Deal 4 damage to an enemy unit. If that unit has flight, deal 6 instead. Gain life equal to the damage dealt.

Deck Type: Midrange Tempo

Difficulty: (4.5/5.0)

Viability: (5.0/5.0)

Strength: Disruption

Weakness: 8 MP Commitments for our disruption.

Deck Code:

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My take on Shadow Blade Morrigan focuses on consistency on our ratios and card choices. In this version we use [Hidden Intent] even though it costs half of our life, Shadow Blade helps to lower the impact of that cost. We play [Ibuki] over [Vector], [Vector] opening in a hand by himself makes him ⅕ whereas [Ibuki] is always a 2/6. We play one of [Tigrex], however my peers are fans of 2 copies of [Tigrex] which I am increasingly understanding.

How the Deck Plays: This deck invests 8 MP early for disruption using [Beltway] and [Four Eyes]. [Beltway] and [Four Eyes] bounce and steal enemy units respectively. Having these abilities are very powerful because we gain board presence and minus one our opponent. We use our Hero Art Shadow Blade to control our opponent’s board and gain life to stay ahead on life throughout the game. As long as we keep board presence, the life gain is threatening throughout the whole game because Time Out rewards the player with more health.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: This is our hardest match up because Ryu can take down our units quickly making us have to charge back up to 8 MP to spike with our deck.
  2. Ryu Explore: If we set up stealing their committed unit early, we can take away their momentum and snowball the game.
  3. Rathalos: We want to set up [Four Eyes] to steal their best unit early, save [Beltway] for mid-late game bounces.[Beltway] early does not give as nearly the same value as he does in mid-late game against Rathalos because Rathalos has great recovery.
  4. Mirror: The first person to play the first unit usually loses, because the other player will usually disrupt and snowball.
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: Steal or kill [Ibuki].
  6. Wesker Reanimator: Steal the enemy [Deviljho] or [Tyrant (T-103)] and those cards become your threats and they will go to your Graveyard when they die and not your opponent’s Graveyard.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: You can snowball with [Four Eyes] and [Beltway] to make this an easy game. [Bertha] increasing the health of your units also help trading.

Morrigan Darkness Illusion Big Resonate – iowa

Hero Art: Darkness Illusion

Destroy all enemy units inflicted with halt.

Deck Type: Combo

Difficulty: (4.5/5.0)

Viability: (3.0/5.0)

Strength: Our units threaten lethal early.

Weakness: We commit too much MP and there are many counters in the meta to stop our win conditions.

Deck Code:

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Big Resonate has fallen off this meta, it is still a strong deck, but has lost favor due to its inconsistencies to the deck having inconsistent draws and bad match up against many match ups mainboarding counters. The deck is still worth mentioning but it is a minority in our meta. In this season, the addition of [Ada Wong] allows us to dodge anti-flight abilities which have increased this Season, namely Shadow Blade.

How the Deck Plays: The deck focuses on high cost Resonate units, [Ibuki] snowballs very quickly for lethal, her Agility and +1/+2 Resonate allow this. [Jester] while being a 2/8, will create us 2/4 fliers that block damage and deal damage for us on Resonate triggers. The rest of the deck is to trigger Resonate, protect our units, and control the opponent.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: Ryu is stacked against our deck with their numerous options to burn our threats, we normally lose this matchup. Shinku Hadoken helps Ryu close out the game.
  2. Ryu Explore: Ryu is stacked against our deck with their numerous options to burn our threats, we normally lose this matchup. Shinku Hadoken helps Ryu close out the game.
  3. Rathalos: Rathalos players play [Disarm] and [Evasive Action] mainboard which completely shut down our deck, we normally cannot keep up after these counters are played.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: If they don’t steal our unit early, we can snowball.
  5. Mirror: Whoever can protect their unit better and secure destroying the enemy unit will win this match up.
  6. Wesker Reanimator: Reanimator mainboards 4-6 hard removals for our units. If our win condition gets removed, we have trouble climbing back because Wesker can apply constant pressure.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: We normally win this match up because their damage output is not high and we can pace for multiple setups if needed.

Wesker Uroboros Reanimator – Fattypower/Thetrueasian

Hero Art: Uroboros

Bring back the highest cost unit from your Graveyard to the field.

Deck Type: Combo

Difficulty: (4.0/5.0)

Viability: (5.0/5.0)

Strength: We recur big threats

Weakness: We lose to early big damage

Deck Code:

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Fattypower and Thetrueasian reached #1 with this deck list. This is one of the new archetypes from Season 3. The deck abuses [Tyrant (T-103)] and [Deviljho]. Having Actions to control our opponent and bring back our units from the Graveyard. Playing high cost cards also charge our Hero Art to bring back our threats without having to use MP or a card.

How the Deck Plays: The ratios are consistent enough where we can either draw the god hand or at least trade resources with our opponent until the deck can go off playing large threats and recycling the threats using [Rebirth] and our Hero Art Uroboros.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: We can win this matchup by outpacing Ryu’s damage with our high health units and recurring these units constantly.
  2. Ryu Explore: We can win this matchup by outpacing Ryu’s damage with our high health units and recurring these units constantly. You also want to save removal for [Nash].
  3. Rathalos: We normally lose this match up because Rathalos will deal direct big early damage.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: We need to use [Selfless Predation] and [Mad Massacre] to kill our own units if they reach below 4 health to dodge [Four Eyes] from stealing our units. This match up stealing our units hurts us gravely.
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: We try to filter for our hard removal.
  6. Mirror: This matchup is very draw based. Whoever can get the most value early. [Living Death] can drastically turn the tide in this match up for either of the players. [Tyrant (T-103)] is more valuable than [Deviljho] in this matchup in terms of unit choice.
  7. Wesker Dark Destruction: We win this match up because our units constantly eat up the enemy revenge units and Dark Destruction cannot target out main threats.

Wesker Dark Destruction – iowa

Hero Art: Dark Destruction

Destroy a target enemy unit with 5 MP or less.

Deck Type: Midrange Tempo

Difficulty: (4.0/5.0)

Viability: (4.0/5.0)

Strength: We win late game

Weakness: Getting to late game

Deck Code:

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My rendition of Wesker Dark Destruction focuses on control and revenge units. The deck focuses on being able to establish board throughout the game use hard removal to stop threats our units cannot trade with. Dark Destruction has gotten to #1 in Season 3 before, but these Dark Destruction decks are constantly changing to reflect the meta with various tech options.

How the Deck Plays: We use our revenge units to trade against our enemies. The revenge units instead of going to our Graveyard, will go to our deck with increased stats and reduced MP cost. This allows us to keep up on board at all times, often outpacing our opponents.

Matchups

  1. Ryu Traditional: We win this match up using revenge units to constantly keep board.
  2. Ryu Explore: We win this match up using revenge units to constantly keep board. We also have Dark Destruction to stop [Nash].
  3. Rathalos: We have to keep Rathalos in check mid-game and be constantly aware of their potential damage spikes and hold Dark Destruction.
  4. Morrigan 4 MP Purple: We play weak units first to avoid [Four Eyes] stealing big creatures. We then charge for Dark Destruction to spike back the board by killing their units with trades and holding Dark Destruction when they play a new unit.
  5. Morrigan Big Resonate: We try to cycle for our hard removal.
  6. Wesker Uroboros: We normally lose this match up because we can’t target their threats with Dark Destruction and their threats eat up a lot of our units where we can’t keep up.
  7. Mirror: Whoever can do the most chip damage will win, the mirror usually goes to time.

Tier List

Tier 0: N/A

Tier 1: Rathalos Wrath Awoken, Morrigan 4 MP Purple, Wesker Reanimator

Tier 2: Ryu Traditional, Ryu Explore, Wesker Dark Destruction, Jill

Tier 3: X, Chun-Li, Dante, Morrigan Big Resonate, Nergigante

Outro

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4 Responses

  1. Well done this is a nice cohesive meta snapshot. The matchups list is one of the most valuable pieces of information here if anyone just skims through it they should take a look at those agaim.

  2. Thanks for this as always.

    Would appreciate some clarity on this remark in the opening paragraph: “Details of the World Championship Qualifying Rounds have been released, the current meta as we know now, is the format for players to study and grind to be qualified for the TEPPEN World Championship 2019 Tournament.”

    Where is this information from? Thank you

  3. my personal input for Wesker Dark Destruction deck, since the deck focuses primarily on Revenge:
    1. substitute a card for Spreading Infection bcuz it gives you 3 zombies for 5-cost and all the zombies have revenge
    2. add some Agnus bcuz he can provide revenge once again for the units who have used revenge before (as revenge triggers once only per unit)

    Happy playing!

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