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.
Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes
|Archetypes||# Used||# of Wins||Win %||Win % (going 1st)||Win % (going 2nd)|
|G. Chimera Runecraft||6208||3008||48.5%||52.1%||44.8%|
The meta in the Rotation format is quite dynamic this season, with deck popularity still not stabilizing in this fourth and final week of July. Certain classes had a big change in popularity in comparison to previous weeks, while some decks, such as Shadowcraft and Bloodcraft, has been seeing usage of 5% or less this entire season. With no classes representing over 20% usage rate and six classes each representing 10% or higher usage rate, the current meta is quite diverse.
The biggest movers this week were Runecraft and Havencraft, essentially trading positions from the ranking published in previous weeks. This change can be attributed to large summer tournaments taking place in Japan, North America, and Europe. To briefly describe the scene, there has been a large increase in G. Chimera and Earth Runecraft builds in the BO3 format, which explains the rise in popularity in ladder.
Portalcraft has slowly been gaining popularity this season and has finally taken 1st place in usage this week! This is not surprising to most players who keep up with the competitive scene because Puppet Portalcraft is almost always one of two decks that each player brings to a best-of-three (BO3) format tournament (1 of 3 decks for 1 ban rule). The archetype is extremely popular because of its consistent damage output and a wide selection of follower removal cards. It does well against other existing meta decks, with no real weaknesses. The matchup between this archetype and Midrange Swordcraft was one which has changed over time in the current meta. Puppets were not faring well at the beginning of the season in this matchup, but as players put higher emphasis on cards such as Basileus, Outworld Invader and Spinaria, Keeper of Enigmas, the matchup is slowly turning in the favor of the Portalcraft deck. This deck will be relevant for quite some time and for those who have not built it yet, it is definitely worth the investment!
|Class/Archetypes||Puppets Win %||Artifacts Win %|
|Vs. Puppet Portalcraft||N/A||36.7%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||50.3%||39.7%|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||53.5%||44.0%|
|Vs. Aggro Forestcraft||53.7%||19.4%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||58.8%||44.1%|
|Vs. Summit Havencraft||41.3%||48.5%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||40.8%||58.5%|
|Vs. Lion Havencraft||60.9%||59.5%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||56.2%||36.4%|
|Vs. Earth Runecraft||61.6%||28.0%|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||63.3%||N/A|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||60.2%||29.4%|
|Vs. Reanimate Shadowcraft||56.9%||44.4%|
Swordcraft placed in second this week, trailing Portalcraft by approximately 2% in usage. For the first time in a few months, Swordcraft has also fared slightly worse in win percentage compared to Portalcraft. This is partly due to the slight edge that Puppet Portalcraft has over Midrange Swordcraft, at least by this week’s data. However, with all this said, Swordcraft is still doing spectacular in the current meta, having positive matchups against most decks that is commonly encountered in Ranked matches.
Notably, the Midrange Swordcraft deck has seen a general shift in favor of Latham, Honorable Knight over Sky Fortress and Lancer of the Tempest over Charlotta, Tiny Justice. This is not to say that Sky Fortress and Charlotta are no longer used; it is just that players are favoring its counterparts more as the encounters become more Portalcraft-heavy.
|Class/Archetypes||Midrange Win %|
|Vs. Puppet Portalcraft||49.7%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||N/A|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||51.9%|
|Vs. Aggro Forestcraft||49.1%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||53.9%|
|Vs. Summit Havencraft||56.4%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||48.1%|
|Vs. Lion Havencraft||55.0%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||41.0%|
|Vs. Earth Runecraft||51.4%|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||60.3%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||60.3%|
|Vs. Reanimate Shadowcraft||58.6%|
Runecraft has placed third in usage this week, placing in the top 3 rankings in the current expansion format for the first time. This is mostly influenced by the usage of this class by many top players in recent large tournaments, with both Runecraft archetypes being represented. Both of these decks are difficult for players to pilot, particularly due to a high proportion of spells in the decks that lead to tempo loss. This difficulty shows in the data below, with very few matchups (for both decks) showing positive win rates. However, at the highest level, many players argue that it is one of the strongest decks in the current meta.
|Class/Archetypes||G. Chimera Win %||Earth Win %|
|Vs. Puppet Portalcraft||46.5%||38.4%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||48.1%||48.6%|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||N/A||38.6%|
|Vs. Aggro Forestcraft||33.0%||34.7%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||59.2%||50.9%|
|Vs. Summit Havencraft||55.6%||38.8%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||48.7%||41.7%|
|Vs. Lion Havencraft||47.7%||35.9%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||45.3%||27.3%|
|Vs. Earth Runecraft||61.4%||N/A|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||56.0%||72.0%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||53.4%||66.7%|
|Vs. Reanimate Shadowcraft||52.2%||23.1%|