Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 4 (07/23/18 ~ 07/29/18) 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.

Usage %22.0 # times used4258
# of Wins2265Win %53.2
1st Turn Win %55.5 2nd Turn Win %50.9
Usage %19.4 # times used3750
# of Wins1843Win %49.1
1st Turn Win %51.2 2nd Turn Win %47.1
Usage %15.9 # times used3069
# of Wins1577Win %51.4
1st Turn Win %51.2 2nd Turn Win %51.6
Usage %11.8 # times used2276
# of Wins1183Win %52.0
1st Turn Win %55.2 2nd Turn Win %48.9
Usage %10.8 # times used2097
# of Wins975Win %46.5
1st Turn Win %47.8 2nd Turn Win %45.1
Usage %9.6 # times used1850
# of Wins868Win %46.9
1st Turn Win %48.9 2nd Turn Win %44.9
Usage %8.5 # times used1639
# of Wins774Win %47.2
1st Turn Win %53.9 2nd Turn Win %40.3
Usage %2.2 # times used419
# of Wins194Win %46.3
1st Turn Win %52.8 2nd Turn Win %39.6

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win % Win % (going 1st) Win % (going 2nd)
Midrange Shadowcraft 2851 1561 54.8% 57.3% 52.3%
Vengeance Bloodcraft 2237 1199 53.6% 52.8% 54.4%
D. Shift Runecraft 1690 822 48.6% 50.8% 46.5%
OTK Forestcraft 1357 739 54.5% 57.2% 51.9%
Earth Runecraft 1058 551 52.1% 52.7% 51.5%
Elana Havencraft 588 280 47.6% 46.7% 48.5%
Ramp Dragoncraft 528 204 38.6% 42.9% 34.4%
Face Dragoncraft 502 274 54.6% 54.1% 55.1%
Midrange Swordcraft 462 227 49.1% 52.4% 45.9%
Tenko Havencraft 437 227 51.9% 58.2% 45.6%

General Comments

Aside from Havencraft and Dragoncraft switching between 5th and 6th place, the popularity of classes is similar to the previous week. Notably, the top 3 most popular classes has been the same for numerous weeks now, solidifying their names as the best decks of this current Unlimited format. The popular archetypes does not change often in this format, which may be largely attributed to the scarcity of tournaments featuring this format. Generally, new archetypes gain explosive popularity from tournament decks and there may be a risk of a stagnant Ranked match environment due to the lack of this exposure.

It is also very interesting that the top 10 archetype used this week are mostly from classes that are not in the top 3 classes used. What this type of data generally implies is that the popular classes is dominated by a single archetype or two archetypes at best.

1. Shadowcraft


Shadowcraft has taken the top spot since the release of the current expansion, clearly solidifying its name as the most popular class in Unlimited format (ladder). There really is only one popular archetype for this class currently, which is Midrange Shadowcraft or some may refer to it as Eachtar Shadowcraft. With its oppressive board presence, immense draw power, and reliable finishers, Midrange Shadowcraft has few weaknesses and has a good matchup against most decks in the meta.  The Lord Atomy Shadowcraft archetype is also seen in Ranked matches, but is far less popular than its Midrange counterpart.

Shadowcraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Midrange Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft N/A
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 54.8%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 52.4%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 54.7%
Vs. Earth Runecraft 53.8%
Vs. Elana Havencraft 48.1%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 63.6%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 47.9%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 57.6%
Vs. Face Dragoncraft 64.9%

2. Runecraft


Runecraft is sitting at second place over Bloodcraft, despite Vengeance Bloodcraft having higher usage than Dimensional Shift Runecraft, the most popular Runecraft deck in Unlimited. The reason for this is simple, Runecraft has one more popular archetype, Earth Essence (Burn) Runecraft. The numbers shown in the tables make the decks seem unattractive, but most win percentages are very close to 50%, and Runecraft is generally a class that requires a lot of skill and experience to pilot the deck properly. In BO3 tournaments, D. Shift Runecraft is even more popular because it is able to stop a plethora of decks, if piloted by an experienced player.

Runecraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes D. Shift Win % Earth Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 47.6% 46.3%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 46.1% 50.8%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft N/A 50%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 45% 40.7%
Vs. Earth Runecraft 50% N/A
Vs. Elana Havencraft 80% 45.5%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 71.4% 52.6%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 48.3% 40%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 44.8% 22.2%
Vs. Face Dragoncraft 32.1% 50%

3. Bloodcraft


Bloodcraft has taken the third most popular spot for a few weeks in a row. Its popularity is due to the Vengeance Bloodcraft build, a thrilling and offensive deck that is able to end games fast. The deck is well suited for ladder because games involving this deck generally end quick (not always in the user’s favor, though) and there is definitely less thinking involved compared to decks such as OTK Forestcraft or D. Shift Runecraft. Aside from having a poor matchup against OTK Forestcraft and a slight disadvantage against Midrange Shadowcraft, Vengeance Bloodcraft has been, and is, doing well against all other decks in the meta.

Bloodcraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Vengeance Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 45.2%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft N/A
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 53.9%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 39.9%
Vs. Earth Runecraft 49.2%
Vs. Elana Havencraft 53.2%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 65.8%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 54.5%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 54.8%
Vs. Face Dragoncraft 57.4%