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Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 11 (09/17/18~09/23/18) 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.

09/17/18~09/23/18 Statistic

Usage Rates by Classes

The meta in the Unlimited format has not moved for quite some time, and this last week of the Brigade of the Sky season is no exception. Shadowcraft still sees the most play by a far margin, accounting for approximately one-third of all decks played. Dragoncraft, Bloodcraft, and Havencraft has seen a slight increase in play, while the rest has decreased.

Usage Rates by Classes (Entire BotS season)

Forestcraft, Swordcraft, Dragoncraft, Shadowcraft
Runecraft, Bloodcraft, Havencraft, Portalcraft

The two figures above show the change in usage rate for each class in the BotS season. Only nine weeks out of 11 or 12 weeks are shown here, as data for other weeks could not be obtained. Shadowcraft has been the dominating force this season, starting strong with the card adjustment of Demonlord Eachtar. The usage rate then suddenly jumped from the 20s to the 30s when the mini-expansion was released, introducing the powerful Gremory to the scene. Since then, Shadowcraft usage has consistently represented approximately one-third of all used decks, creating a somewhat ‘unhealthy’ environment. What is also interesting about the Unlimited format this season is that usage for other decks have been fairly consistent through the 9 weeks, with the exception of Runecraft and Bloodcraft fighting for second place.

Win Rates by Classes

Last week, Forestcraft fell off of the ‘over 50%’ group, and Shadowcraft has hit an all-time high in win percentage with 59.3%. This week, Forestcraft is back in the elite status, joined by Bloodcraft. Consistent with the rise in these three classes, the win percentage of other classes have dropped considerably.

Win Rates by Classes (Entire BotS season)

Forestcraft, Swordcraft, Dragoncraft, Shadowcraft
Runecraft, Bloodcraft, Havencraft, Portalcraft

Looking back at the change in win percentage over the past three months, it is obvious the Forestcraft and Shadowcraft (especially the latter) has been the most dominant this season. Bloodcraft was also impressive, producing positive statistics in five of the nine weeks presented in the figure. The other classes could not quite make it to this elite status, most likely due to its inability to compete with Midrange Shadowcraft, the dominant deck of the format.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Midrange Shadowcraft 3324 1923 57.9%
Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft 1285 720 52.0%
OTK Forestcraft 855 466 54.5%
D. Shift Runecraft 643 259 40.3%
Tenko Havencraft 443 225 50.8%
Phoenix Dragoncraft 410 189 46.1%
Lord Atomy Shadowcraft 314 198 63.1%
Earth Runecraft 280 124 44.3%
Vengeance Bloodcraft 257 120 46.7%

The two decks to highlight this week are Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft and Tenko Havencraft. Both decks have seen a slight increase in popularity since the last week, and they both produced great results, in terms of win percentage. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft has been doing much better against Midrange Shadowcraft, and it appears that Tenko Havencraft’s increase in win rate corresponds with the relative increase in popularity of this Bloodcraft deck. Dragoncraft this week was represented by a relatively new archetype, Phoenix Dragoncraft, which utilizes Phoenix Roost to summon large Storm followers from the hand or with Jabberwock. Lord Atomy Shadowcraft has joined the leaderboard once again this week, although there is no longer a clear distinction between this archetype and the Midrange type. Therefore, it is likely that many decks in either of these categories are misclassified.

Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes

Shadowcraft
Shadowcraft
Opponent Archetype Midrange Win % Atomy Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft N/A 59.5%
Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft 57.5% 65.0%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 59.5% 84.0%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 63.2% 46.7%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 53.7% 59.1%
Vs. Phoenix Dragoncraft 36.9% 40.0%
Vs. Lord Atomy Shadowcraft 40.5% N/A
Vs. Earth Runecraft 59.3% 66.7% (4/6)
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 69.1% 66.7%

Both Midrange and Lord Atomy Shadowcraft has been represented in the meta this week, even though they may be similar decks, just classified incorrectly. Recently, the traditional Midrange Shadowcraft deck has started to include the Lord Atomy strategy, most likely to keep up with the speed of the Darkfeast Bat deck. Both decks have been dominating the scene, only having a poor matchup against Phoenix Dragoncraft. This is most likely due to the fact that the Shadowcraft decks are unable to fully take advantage of Phoenix’s ability, with the only real benefit being an early Eachtar play.

Bloodcraft
Bloodcraft
Opponent Archetype Darkfeast Win % Vengeance Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 42.5% 30.9%
Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft N/A 45.7%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 38.6% 36.0%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 78.9% 61.1%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 55.1% 50% (2/4)
Vs. Phoenix Dragoncraft 57.8% 37.5%
Vs. Lord Atomy Shadowcraft 35.0% 33.3%
Vs. Earth Runecraft 69.7% 66.7% (⅔)
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 54.3% N/A

Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft is still the popular choice over its counterpart, due to the slightly better matchup against Midrange Shadowcraft. Although the numbers do not favor the Darkfeast deck at all, many players argue that this deck is able to fightly evenly with the Shadowcraft deck, as its able to consistently put a 7 or 8 turn clock on the opponent. Vengeance Bloodcraft was quite popular at the beginning of the meta, but has fallen out of favor due to its difficulty beating the Shadowcraft deck. Last week’s data showed that the head-to-head between the Bloodcraft decks favored the Vengeance build, but this week’s data shows the opposite, suggesting that the matchup is close to even.

Runecraft
Runecraft
Opponent Archetype D. Shift Win % Earth Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 36.8% 40.7%
Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft 21.1% 30.3%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 20.0% 28.6%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft N/A 60.0%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 44.4% 18.2%
Vs. Phoenix Dragoncraft 34.8% 50.0%
Vs. Lord Atomy Shadowcraft 53.3% 33.3% (2/6)
Vs. Earth Runecraft 40.0% N/A
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 38.9% N/A

Popularity for Dimensional Shift Runecraft seemed to have dropped slightly in the past few weeks, and it is not really surprising since the top decks are all able to produce lethal damage at around turn 7. However, it is likely that these decks will always stay on the radar due to their unique playstyle and its unstoppable plays when all the stars are aligned. With upcoming cards and nerfs, the meta may shift to a slower one, and these decks might just make a huge comeback.

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