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Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 5: (07/30 ~ 08/05) Rotation

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.

Rotation Matchup Chart

1
Usage %19.0 # times used12400
# of Wins6040Win %48.7
1st Turn Win %51.7 2nd Turn Win %45.7
2
Usage %18.9 # times used12348
# of Wins6456Win %52.3
1st Turn Win %57.3 2nd Turn Win %47.3
3
Usage %14.7 # times used9618
# of Wins4793Win %49.8
1st Turn Win %54.1 2nd Turn Win %45.5
4
Usage %14.4 # times used9417
# of Wins4947Win %52.5
1st Turn Win %57.4 2nd Turn Win %47.8
5
Usage %14.4 # times used9397
# of Wins5126Win %54.5
1st Turn Win %59.8 2nd Turn Win %49.4
6
Usage %10.7 # times used7004
# of Wins3224Win %46.0
1st Turn Win %48.2 2nd Turn Win %43.8
7
Usage %4.4 # times used2862
# of Wins1123Win %39.2
1st Turn Win %39.9 2nd Turn Win %38.7
8
Usage %3.6 # times used2348
# of Wins988Win %42.1
1st Turn Win %48.3 2nd Turn Win %36.2

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win % Win % (going 1st) Win % (going 2nd)
Puppet Portalcraft 10218 5516 54.0% 59.0% 48.9%
G. Chimera Runecraft 7971 4012 50.3% 53.1% 47.5%
Midrange Swordcraft 7519 3983 53.0% 57.7% 48.5%
Aggro Forestcraft 4260 2463 57.8% 64.1% 51.5%
Tenko Havencraft 3802 2019 53.0% 56.1% 49.9%
Ramp Dragoncraft 3781 1637 43.3% 45.2% 41.3%
Midrange Forestcraft 3357 1780 53.0% 58.1% 48.2%
Summit Havencraft 2591 1258 48.6% 52.8% 44.4%
Lion Havencraft 1875 860 45.9% 53.2% 38.2%
Earth Essence Runecraft 1088 419 38.5% 40.8% 36.2%
Midrange Shadowcraft 1011 433 42.8% 43.2% 42.5%
Artifact Portalcraft 971 383 39.4% 43.7% 35.6%

General Comments

The first week of August marks the 6th week (approximately) since entering the Brigade of the Sky format and it has been a while since there has been this much disparity in popularity of certain classes and archetypes throughout the format. This may be an indication that more and more players are being involved in Shadowverse tournaments, social media, and online guides, which introduce players to new playstyles and ideas.

After few weeks of observing the meta, it has become apparent that Dragoncraft, Shadowcraft, and Bloodcraft has been sitting at the bottom three spots (in terms of popularity) consistently this format, which is a consequence of its poor matchup with the current popular decks. The rankings of the other five classes, however, has been quite dynamic throughout this format, and this variety is indicative of a healthy competitive environment.

1. Runecraft

Runecraft

Runecraft has taken the top spot this week, edging out Portalcraft by a slight 0.1% margin! Nonetheless, there is no doubt that Runecraft has been getting much attention lately, especially with the increase in usage of this class in the tournament scene. Runecraft in Ranked matches are represented mainly by two archetypes, G. Chimera and Earth Essence, with overall win rates of 50.3% and 38.5%, respectively. It can be difficult to see why players opt for this class when the win percentages are not as high as other top classes, but as previously stated, this class has been very popular in BO3 format tournaments and has shown its worth by stopping other top-tier decks that have always been popular in the format. An interesting statistic that can be seen in this week’s data is that the G. Chimera archetype has gone positive against Puppet Portalcraft, quite the opposite from the trend in the previous 5 to 6 weeks.

Runecraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Chimera Win % Earth Win %
Vs, Puppet Portalcraft 51.0% 39.2%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft N/A 32.2%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 46.6% 38.4%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 31.3% 31.4%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 56.2% 27.6%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 62.2% 36.5%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 47.4% 45.2%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 52.8% 52.2%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 47.8% 48.5%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 67.8% N/A
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 53.7% 42.9%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 60.9% 47.1%

2. Portalcraft

Portalcraft

Portalcraft has placed second this week, falling just short of Runecraft. However, the archetype data shows that Puppet Portalcraft is still the most popular deck in the Rotation format, with its impressive win rate of 54% overall! Its counterpart build, Artifact Portalcraft, is still seeing some play, with an overall win rate of 39.4% this week. It seems that Puppet Portalcraft will continue to be the most popular deck in the format, as it can be seen in almost every player’s BO3 deck choices. It is not surprising though, as this deck does well in almost every matchup, except Tenko Havencraft. This matchup has always been difficult for Puppets for many reasons, one of them being that the persistent healing from De La Fille nullifies damage dealt by Silva, Ardent Sniper’s Accelerate ability.

Portalcraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Puppet Win % Artifact Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft N/A 32.7%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 49.0% 39.1%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 50.6% 46.9%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 54.9% 24.6%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 38.7% 44.1%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 60.9% 40.8%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 55.0% 18.2%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 49.3% 30.6%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 63.4% 57.7%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 60.8% 52.9%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 66.0% 56.3%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 67.3% N/A

3. Havencraft

Havencraft

Havencraft is back in its rightful place (a little biased), placing in third this week, blowing away all the doubts from the anti-Havencraft faction after its popularity has sunk to 5th place the previous week. Havencraft is the most diverse class in the current Rotation format, with three archetypes being represented. In decreasing order of popularity, Tenko had an overall win rate of 53%, followed by Summit at 48.6% and Lion at 45.9%. Havencraft is still the deck to beat in competitive tournament play, almost always being the target for a ban in North American and European BO3 tournaments.

Havencraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Tenko Win % Summit Win % Lion Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 61.3% 50.9% 36.6%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 43.8% 47.2% 52.2%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 50.4% 45.2% 48.2%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 47.0% 38.9% 29.5%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft N/A 45.1% 67.6%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 59.3% 54.6% 56.9%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 49.3% 36.0% 32.5%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 54.9% N/A 54.7%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 32.4% 45.3% N/A
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 72.4% 47.8% 51.5%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 49.0% 64.5% 62.5%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 55.9% 69.4% 42.3%