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Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 10 (09/10/18~09/16/18) Unlimited

Meta Analysis History

The weekly meta-analysis, brought to you by Gamepress, utilizes data published on Shadowverse Log to provide a summary of popular and strong decks in the meta-game. Shadowverse Log is a Japanese, public data set that compiles user-reported matchup data. Please be aware that Shadowvere Log is unofficial and unaffiliated with Cygames, Inc. The archetype designation in this report emulates categorization used on Shadowverse Log, and therefore may not completely reflect the appropriate archetype in the current meta.

09/10/18 ~ 09/16/18 Statistic

Usage Rates by Classes

Last week, Shadowcraft has seen a decrease in play and it appeared that popularity for the deck was waning. However, this week’s data showed the exact opposite. Shadowcraft usage has hit its all-time high this week, with this single class representing approximately one-third of all used decks. The other top 3 members, Bloodcraft and Runecraft, has seen a slight decrease in play.

Win Rates by Classes

The win percentage leaderboard in Unlimited has been consistently topped by Forestcraft and Shadowcraft. This week, Forestcraft has slipped just outside of the 50% mark, and it appears that majority of the classes did poorly compared to the previous few weeks. Although the direction of causality is debatable, there is a high correlation between the explosive increase in win percentage for Shadowcraft and the decrease in all other classes. Shadowcraft, therefore, has broken a record in two departments this week, reaching an overall win percentage of 59.3%. The current situation resembles Shadowcraft’s dominance in the Tempest of the Gods season and it is very likely that card adjustments will hit cards in this class soon.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Midrange Shadowcraft 2526 1536 60.8%
Darkfeast Bloodcraft 786 379 48.2%
D. Shift Runecraft 680 286 42.1%
OTK Forestcraft 610 320 52.5%
Tenko Havencraft 322 136 42.2%
Aggro Swordcraft 226 123 54.4%
Vengeance Bloodcraft 217 95 43.8%
Earth Essence Runecraft 196 79 40.3%

Midrange Shadowcraft has hit an all-time high win percentage of 60.8% this week, a large increase from an already god-like figure of 57.3% it had last week. Many players may have been worried to see Forestcraft go under the 50% win rate mark this week, but they can be reassured that OTK Forestcraft is still a great deck to play, dishing out a 52.5% win rate. Many of the other archetypes have not done so well this week, dropping over 4%, most likely attributed to the overwhelming dominance of Midrange Shadowcraft.

Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes

Shadowcraft
Shadowcraft
Opponent Archetype Midrange Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft N/A
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 60.1%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 64.2%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 69.2%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 67.5%
Vs. Aggro Swordcraft 64.6%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 67.6%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 67.3%

Midrange Shadowcraft has hit an all-time high in overall win percentage this week. Consistent with that achievement, the matchup breakdown for the deck is simply astonishing. There probably has never been dominance like this before in the history of Shadowverse, where a single deck has achieved a 60%+ win rate against all other relevant decks in the meta. Also, it can be noted that many of these numbers are actually approaching the 70s, which are rarely seen in any Shadowverse matchups.

Bloodcraft
Bloodcraft
Opponent Archetype Darkfeast Win % Vengeance Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 39.9% 32.4%
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft N/A 52.4%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 67.2% 57.1%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 30.8% 25.9%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 68.8% 60.0%
Vs. Aggro Swordcraft 36.7% 60.0%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 45.0% N/A
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 75.0% 42.9%

This week, Bloodcraft has quietly maintained its spot as the second most played class. Darkfeast Bat variants are still the more popular deck, even though Vengeance Bloodcraft has better matchups superficially. In a head-to-head, Vengeance Bloodcraft seems to have a slight edge over its counterpart, most likely due to a weak board presence in the Darkfeast deck during the mid-game, whereas the Vengeance deck plays many powerful followers between turns 4 to 7.

Runecraft
Runecraft
Opponent Archetype D. Shift Win % Earth Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 35.80% 32.70%
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 32.80% 25%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft N/A 50%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 28% 11.80%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 78.30% 33.30%
Vs. Aggro Swordcraft 15% 50%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 42.90% 57.10%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 50% N/A

Runecraft is still represented by two archetypes: D. Shift and Earth Essence. A quick glance at the chart makes this class quite unattractive, but rest assured as this these decks are powerful. Unfortunately, D. Shift has been having a difficult time this meta, due to the popularity of fast decks and decks that like to spread out followers. The win statistics of Earth Runecraft is quite surprising, as this deck had many favorable matchups at the beginning of the season.

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