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

1
Usage %20.6 # times used3742
# of Wins2036Win %54.4
1st Turn Win %54.1 2nd Turn Win %54.7
2
Usage %20.3 # times used3689
# of Wins1771Win %48.0
1st Turn Win %49.3 2nd Turn Win %46.6
3
Usage %15.3 # times used2766
# of Wins1431Win %51.7
1st Turn Win %51.8 2nd Turn Win %51.7
4
Usage %14.5 # times used2629
# of Wins1432Win %54.5
1st Turn Win %57.9 2nd Turn Win %51.2
5
Usage %9.6 # times used1734
# of Wins801Win %46.2
1st Turn Win %51.3 2nd Turn Win %40.7
6
Usage %8.8 # times used1603
# of Wins708Win %44.2
1st Turn Win %44.3 2nd Turn Win %44.0
7
Usage %8.8 # times used1599
# of Wins730Win %45.7
1st Turn Win %47.0 2nd Turn Win %44.4
8
Usage %2.0 # times used368
# of Wins156Win %42.4
1st Turn Win %45.2 2nd Turn Win %39.4

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win % Win % (going 1st) Win % (going 2nd)
Midrange Shadowcraft 2404 1362 56.7% 56.3% 57.0%
Vengeance Bloodcraft 1904 1002 52.6% 52.9% 52.4%
OTK Forestcraft 1732 990 57.2% 60.5% 54.0%
D. Shift Runecraft 1611 731 45.4% 48.8% 41.8%
Earth (Burn) Runecraft 1130 614 54.3% 54.0% 54.7%
Tenko Havencraft 495 255 51.5% 56.0% 48.0%
Ramp Dragoncraft 437 150 34.3% 33.0% 35.5%
Midrange Swordcraft 430 203 47.2% 53.2% 41.0%
Elana Havencraft 356 168 47.2% 45.3% 49.2%
Daria Runecraft 337 159 47.2% 40.0% 54.5%

General Comments

The meta in Unlimited has been stagnant for quite some time now and whether it is due to less support for this format in tournament scenes (relative to Rotation) or the sample size of the data from Shadowlog, it seems like this environment will be maintaining its status quo for a while. Recently, both North American and Eurasian tournaments have been conducted in the Unlimited format, and there has been many innovative decks coming out. Despite this, the ladder scene continues to be dominated by certain classes and archetypes and usage rates seem to continue being skewed towards these decks.

1. Shadowcraft

Shadowcraft

Aside from the very first week of the Brigade of the Sky format, Shadowcraft has been the most popular deck in Unlimited. Although second place is catching up, it is very likely that Shadowcraft, specifically its Midrange archetype, will continue to dominate the scene until new card releases or the next card adjustments.

Shadowcraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Midrange Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft N/A
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 52.9%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 59.9%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 59.3%
Vs. Earth (Burn) Runecraft 56.0%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 40.4%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 55.1%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 50.0%
Vs. Elana Havencraft 49.1%
Vs. Daria Runecraft 57.1%

Runecraft

Runecraft

Runecraft has placed second in usage once again, but this time closing the gap to a mere 0.3% difference with the first place. Overall, it seems like D. Shift archetypes have waned in popularity slightly, but the Burn Runecraft decks have gained much more popularity, thus creating the current situation. D. Shift Runecraft will forever be a deck that is unmeasurable by win rate stats on ladder, as complete mastery of this deck allow players to win any matchup (except OTK forestcraft maybe).

Runecraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes D. Shift Win % Earth Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 40.7% 44.0%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft 45.0% 57.7%
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 31.3% 38.6%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft N/A 62.7%
Vs. Earth (Burn) Runecraft 37.3% N/A
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 53.1% 31.6%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 68.4% 72.4%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 56.1% 57.1%
Vs. Elana Havencraft 55.8% 53.3%
Vs. Daria Runecraft 54.3% 53.8%

Bloodcraft

Bloodcraft

Bloodcraft has also taken the same spot a few weeks in a row, proudly placing third. Popularity of this class is supported almost entirely by the Vengeance archetype, which is a deck that can beat any deck when it plays perfectly on tempo. In addition, many top players prefer this deck when playing ladder due to its small gap in win percentage when comparing going first versus second.

Bloodcraft Archetypes vs. Other Archetypes
Class/Archetypes Vengeance Win %
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 47.1%
Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft N/A
Vs. OTK Forestcraft 36.9%
Vs. D. Shift Runecraft 55.0%
Vs. Earth (Burn) Runecraft 42.3%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 36.8%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 76.6%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 60.6%
Vs. Elana Havencraft 68.9%
Vs. Daria Runecraft 44.4%