TheSkeeJay’s Tier List | May 20, 2018

Hello everyone, welcome to the first edition of TheSkeeJay’s semi-weekly tier list. I’ve noticed a rather large void in the Eternal Tier List world and I hope to fill that if at all possible.

Most tier lists that I’ve seen tend to only take Masters players into account, which spills out slightly into Diamond. But that unfortunately leaves out a pretty healthy chunk of the player-base who read those lists and think that whatever works in Masters will work in Silver, which is often not true because the decks you get matched up against in Silver are different than what you’ll see in Top 100 Master.

This tier list is broken up into two sections: Masters/Diamond and Gold/Silver/Bronze. I try to take input from players in the lower ranks who are experiencing certain things so that I can have an informed list. This is not a list of all of the decks that you can play or might play against so I implore you to use this as a starting point but not as the end-all-be-all.

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A brief explanations of the different tiers-

Tier 0: NERF NOW! These are decks that make up an unhealthy part of the metagame. They are obnoxiously OP or broken in some way and will often get nerfed eventually. In a perfect world, this tier will always be blank and will be reserved for real problems.

Tier 1: These are the premier decks right now. These are decks that you can expect to win almost any game that you play with them. These are the most popular decks, and for good reason. If you are interested in climbing, these are you best bets. They are powerful and have good matchups against a lot of decks.

Tier 1.5: Without Tier 1.5, Tier 2 would get so bloated because so many decks fall into the category. This tier is designed to separate the best tier 2 decks from the worst ones. These are decks that have a very high expectation to win and often have favorable matchups against the Tier 1 decks but have weaknesses that prevent them from actually being in the top tier themselves. These are all solid options and you shouldn’t feel bad about playing anything here.

Tier 2: These are decks that, like their 1.5 counterparts, tend to have some very good matchups but have slightly bigger holes and weaknesses. Oftentimes, Tier 2 decks can get somebody to Master by going on a hot streak but can be otherwise inconsistent or suffer from some horrible matchups. This is also where I tend to put decks that are very popular but aren’t as strong as their popularity would suggest.

Tier 3: With Tier 3 you start getting into a territory where you’re doing some pretty cool things but there’s something holding it back. A lot of times, it’s the fact that the worst matchups are some of the more popular decks. Other times the deck can do something really powerful every once in a while but folds to itself more often than not. I wouldn’t recommend trying to climb with these decks but if you’re feeling particularly confident then you might have a chance.

Tier 4: Just do yourself a favor and avoid these. Sometimes a Tier 4 deck can improve it’s rank by nature of it’s bad matchups becoming less popular, but often times these decks just aren’t very good and have glaring holes that can’t be fixed with the current card pool.

Masters/Diamond Tier List

Tier 0:

[empty]

Tier 1:

TJP Midrange

Argenport Midrange

Praxis Tokens

Tier 1.5:

Skycrag Aggro

Combrei Midrange

Scrappy Hour

Screaming Queens

Xenan Interrogator

Tier 2:

Icaria Blue

Feln Control 

Hooru Midrange

FTP Moment

Argenport Revenge

Tier 3:

Stonescar Aggro

Rakano Plate

Sentinel Reanimator

FJS Midrange

Tier 4:

Spellcrag

Hooru Nostrix-Porter

TJP Temporal Distortion

JPS Unitless Control (note, I can’t find a version of this decklist anywhere, I have no idea where people are getting this from.)

 

Gold/Silver/Bronze Tier List

Tier 0:

[empty]

Tier 1:

TJP Midrange

Argenport Midrange

Skycrag Aggro

Tier 1.5:

Praxis Tokens

Scrappy Hour

Icaria Blue

FJS Midrange

Tier 2:

Rakano Plate

Screaming Queens

Feln Control

Argenport Revenge

Tier 3:

Stonescar Aggro

Combrei Midrange

Xenan Interrogator

Spellcrag

Sentinel Reanimator

FTP Moment

Hooru Midrange

Tier 4:

TJP Temporal Distortion

Hooru Nostix-Porter

JPS Unitless Control (note, I can’t find a version of this decklist anywhere, I have no idea where people are getting this from.)

 

For an explanation on this tier list, please visit this YouTube video where I explain why I placed certain decks wherever I did. Please feel free to let me know where you disagree, what I missed, and your general thoughts on this tier list. And don’t forget to check into my streams at Twitch.tv/TheSkeeJay on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next time!


3 Comments » for TheSkeeJay’s Tier List | May 20, 2018
  1. DB says:

    The JPS Unitless Control may come from TinMan’s Toadal Justice list: https://eternalwarcry.com/decks/details/df96upOHaDY/toadal-justice-with-dead-reckoning

  2. Tyler says:

    Is there a reason (other than “new cards + slightly less awesome matchups against the ‘pure’ control decks”) that chalice has been pretty dead lately? I’ve been having good results in ranked with it since people moved to the midrange decks.

  3. Cool idea – thanks for the content!

    Interesting to see the differences between masters and below…

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