08/13/18 ~ 08/19/18 Statistic
Runecraft and Shadowcraft is continuing to dominate the Unlimited meta, with their combined usage totaling 43.5% this week; a big 5% jump from last week. Of the six other classes sharing the burden of this change, Bloodcraft play appeared to decrease the most.
The win rates by each class has been quite static throughout this season, except that Bloodcraft saw a large 4% decrease in win percentage, compared to last week. Aside from this, Forestcraft and Shadowcraft are still topping the leaderboard in win percentages, with Runecraft always near the 50% line.
Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes
|Archetypes||# Used||# of Wins||Win %|
|D. Shift Runecraft||1372||635||46.30%|
|Earth Essence Runecraft||1143||637||55.70%|
Consistent with the drop in usage as a class, Vengeance Bloodcraft saw less play this week, being overtaken by OTK Forestcraft and D. Shift Runecraft. Both of these decks have also seen an increase in win percentage, although by a slight margin. Daria Runecraft and Face Dragoncraft, the 9th and 10th most used archetype last week respectively, have fallen off of the radar, with Aggro Swordcraft taking its place. Interestingly, an extremely old archetype, Purgatory Forestcraft has seen some play this week, ranking in 6th place in usage and boasting an overwhelming 54.8% in win rate.
Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes
|Opponent Archetype||D. Shift Win %||Earth Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||50.70%||50.30%|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||32.90%||55%|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||N/A||56.90%|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||46.10%||63.20%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||43.10%||N/A|
|Vs. Purgatory Forestcraft||54.80%||35.10%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||59.50%||50%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||65.70%||76.90%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||75%||66.70%|
|Vs. Aggro Swordcraft||13.90%||62.20%|
It was an interesting week for D. Shift Runecraft, because this is the first time it had a positive win rate against the other dominating force of the meta, Midrange Shadowcraft. Matchup numbers for D. Shift Runecraft has historically been quite consistent and the win percentages against other decks have also shifted quite a bit this week. Most notably, its matchup against Tenko Havencraft has shifted from a slightly disadvantageous to an overwhelming advantageous matchup, which is more consistent with tournament results. Earth (Burn) Runecraft also had a great week, which may be one of many reasons why Bloodcraft play have decreased.
|Opponent Archetype||Midrange Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||N/A|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||52.70%|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||49.30%|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||56.90%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||49.70%|
|Vs. Purgatory Forestcraft||43.60%|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||40.70%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||40%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||61.80%|
|Vs. Aggro Swordcraft||62.50%|
While Runecraft has had a great week in overturning its stagnant results in the ladder, Shadowcraft has underperformed this week. The number of positive win rates against the other 9 archetypes has decreased to four from six last week, although this is partially due to minor differences in the top 10 decks represented. Notably, its win percentage against OTK Forestcraft and D. Shift Runecraft has decreased.
|Opponent Archetype||OTK Win %||Purgatory Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||47.30%||56.40%|
|Vs. OTK Forestcraft||N/A||45.70%|
|Vs. D. Shift Runecraft||67.10%||45.20%|
|Vs. Vengeance Bloodcraft||57.40%||56.30%|
|Vs. Earth Essence Runecraft||45%||64.90%|
|Vs. Purgatory Forestcraft||54.30%||N/A|
|Vs. Tenko Havencraft||64%||66.70%|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||57.60%||68.80%|
|Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft||61.70%||43.80%|
|Vs. Aggro Swordcraft||61.90%||50%|
OTK Forestcraft has climbed to second in usage this week, and has finally managed to pull off a positive win rate against Tenko Havencraft and Midrange Swordcraft. Its matchup against Midrange Shadowcraft, which was 42.1% last week, has also climbed to 47.3%. However, this is not too unexpected, as every veteran players knows that this deck is able to perform against any deck in the meta. Its counterpart, though, was something no player expected: Purgatory Forestcraft is back! This sudden appearance may be due to the few appearances of this deck in unofficial tournament scenes in Japan recently. The deck provides some balance within the Forestcraft class, as this variant is able to perform well against decks that the OTK variant struggles against. Will this deck continue to persist and find its relevance in the current meta?