Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 7 (08/13/18 ~ 08/19/18) 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. The archetype designation in this report emulates categorization used on Shadowverse Log, and therefore may not completely reflect the appropriate archetype in the meta.

08/13/18 ~ 08/19/18 Statistic

Usage Rates by Classes

Similarly to last week, Portalcraft, Runecraft, and Forestcraft took the top 3 spots in popularity this week. Of these three classes, Forestcraft usage increased the most, with its usage increasing over 2%. Havencraft placed fourth, with approximately 4~5% less usage than third place Forestcraft. These classes are undoubtedly used the most in the tournament scene, so it is not surprising to see rankings like this. This is likely to change with the release of additional cards on August 20, 2018.

Win Rates by Classes

Forestcraft is still doing the best in terms of win percentage this season, but Portalcraft is slowly catching up! Swordcraft has also made it past the 50% mark, as it has been doing consistently this month. Havencraft has made the cut this week, increasing from the 49.7% statistic it had last week. With new cards coming out soon, it would be interesting to see if Forestcraft will still hold the top spot.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Puppet Portalcraft 6459 3562 55.10%
G. Chimera Runecraft 4324 2132 49.30%
Aggro Forestcraft 3200 1822 56.90%
Tenko Havencraft 2582 1374 53.20%
Midrange Swordcraft 2507 1321 52.70%
Midrange Forestcraft 2376 1269 53.40%
Ramp Dragoncraft 1691 653 38.60%
Midrange Shadowcraft 1142 526 46.10%
Lion Havencraft 1126 511 45.40%
Summit Havencraft 924 494 53.50%
Earth Essence Runecraft 728 325 44.60%
Neutral Forestcraft 631 334 52.90%

The top four classes discussed earlier are represented in the archetype ranking as well, with the top four archetypes each representing a different class. The top two most played has not changed in a week or two, but Aggro Forestcraft and Tenko Havencraft has both moved up a spot since last week. Notably, the same archetypes are still consistently producing positive win rates and interestingly, these values have been fairly consistent in the past two weeks. Certain Dragoncraft and Runecraft variants are not reflected well by data, and it would be interesting to see how decks such as Abyss Summoner Runecraft is doing in the meta.


Opponent Archetype Puppets Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft N/A
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 53.20%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 55.30%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 41.20%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 55.50%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 50.20%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 61.30%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 60%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 59.50%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 44.40%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 55.60%
Vs. Neutral Forestcraft 61.80%

Puppet Portalcraft has been the dominant force in the Rotation meta for about 4 weeks now and it is fair to say that it was the best deck this format, pre-”additional cards”. This archetype will be getting some support from the new cards, so it is expected that this archetype is not going anywhere soon. Artifact Portalcraft has fallen off of the top 12 decks this week as it is becoming increasingly difficult for the deck to thrive in an environment when finishing plays are performed in turns 8, 9, and 10.


Opponent Archetype Chimera Win % Earth Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 46.80% 44.40%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft N/A 53.30%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 35.30% 29.70%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 51% 45.10%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 43.10% 48%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 46.90% 42.60%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 67.40% 45.90%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 53.90% 55%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 56% 50%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 46% 33.30%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 46.70% N/A
Vs. Neutral Forestcraft 34.50% 30.80%

Statistics on Runecraft archetypes can be misleading in two main ways. First, Runecraft archetypes in the current environment are difficult to classify into specific archetype categories because many hybrid decks exist. From the perspective of large data handlers, it is not practical to create new, discrete categories until the decks are popular enough. Second, the most popular build currently, G. Chimera, is one of the most skill-driven decks in the meta and its mastery is extremely difficult. Therefore, the win percentage does not look good on paper. However, any die-hard fan of this deck should know that this deck has shown its phenomenal potential in tournament scenes, often turning around their supposed bad matchups.


Opponent Archetype Aggro Win % Midrange Win % Neutral Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 44.70% 49.80% 38.20%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 64.70% 53.10% 65.50%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft N/A 47.50% 53.70%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 55.30% 44.90% 46.80%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 46.30% 44.80% 52.40%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 52.50% N/A 39.50%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 58.10% 57% 48.30%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 55.80% 54% 57.10%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 80.20% 76.10% 45.50%
Vs. Summit Havencraft 46.80% 61.40% 72.70%
Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft 70.30% 57.40% 69.20%
Vs. Neutral Forestcraft 46.30% 60.50% N/A

Forestcraft has yet to be dethroned this season in terms of win percentage, owing this success to its two main archetypes: Aggro and Midrange. The difference between these two archetypes can be quite “gray”, with the Aggro variant preferring to run full playsets of Goblin and Leaf Man, whereas its counterpart play less copies of these and some other cards to make space for Metera, Peerless Shot, Korwa, Ravishing Designer, and Cassiopeia (just to name a few). In a head-to-head, the Midrange deck had always had an advantage over the Aggro deck, but for the first time, the Aggro variant got the better of its opposition.