08/06/18 ~ 08/12/18 Statistic
This week, Runecraft overtook Shadowcraft in usage by three whole percentage points. Aside from Portalcraft, the Unlimited format sees decent play for the other 7 classes, although it is clear that the same four classes are always at the top.
The win percentages in the Unlimited format is a much closer race compared to the Rotation format. Three classes made the cut over 50%, and the margin between them is quite small. Runecraft, specifically D. Shift, has a large disparity in win percentages with increasing ranks (data not shown), and it can even vary amongst different Master Points strata. Therefore, it is difficult to quantify the immense strength of the deck with just these numbers.
Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes
|Archetypes||# Used||# of Wins||Win %|
|D. Shift Runecraft||1514||691||45.6%|
|Earth Essence Runecraft||1290||703||54.5%|
The same four decks, each of which are representative decks for their class, are sitting at the top, in terms of usage. The Unlimited format has many more varieties of decks overall, and this can sometimes cause a phenomena seen above, in which the win percentages of most decks on the table are above 50%. This week, the highest win ratio was not seen by the most popular decks, instead, Burn Runecraft and Tenko Havencraft has taken the title.
Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes
|Opponent Archetype||D. Shift Win %||Earth Win %||Daria Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||45.2%||50.3%||42.9%|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||40.9%||54.7%||49.2%|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||40.8%||45.7%||60.8%|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||N/A||60.2%||46.2%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||39.8%||N/A||58.6%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||47.3%||37.8%||36.8%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||59.3%||66.7%||80.0%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||66.7%||53.6%||80.0%|
|Vs. Daria Runecraft||53.8%||41.4%||N/A|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||32.3%||80.8%||57.1%|
Runecraft is represented by two main archetypes, D. Shift and Burn. D. Shift appears weak in numbers, but is currently considered one of two or three best decks in the Unlimited format. If the data was limited to players in the Grand Master rank, the usage and win percentages will change drastically. Burn Runecraft is also doing well, placing 5th in usage. It is doing well against midrange and control decks, and fights evenly (or better) against the top decks in the format.
|Opponent Archetype||Midrange Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||N/A|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||51.5%|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||57.9%|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||54.8%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||49.7%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||29.9%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||47.2%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||69.5%|
|Vs. Daria Runecraft||57.1%|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||58.2%|
Shadowcraft took second in usage, but it seems like the Midrange Shadowcraft archetype is still the most popular deck in the Unlimited format, boasting a consistent, high win percentage. The versatility of the deck allows it to adapt to any matchup, although some high rankers argue that it is difficult to master the deck to that level. Having a positive matchup against the top 5 decks, it is expected that this archetype will stick around, at least until new cards are released.
|Opponent Archetype||OTK Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||42.1%|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||59.7%|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||N/A|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||59.2%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||54.3%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||45.6%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||42.1%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||61.7%|
|Vs. Daria Runecraft||39.2%|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||30.6%|
Forestcraft is represented by its OTK archetype, taking 3rd place in usage this week. It is able to do well against the other popular decks in the meta, only sometimes having trouble with the Shadowcraft matchup due to cards such as Death’s Breath. Other poor matchups for this archetype are Ward-heavy decks and decks that are able to continuously pressure the board with mid-sized followers.