Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 7 (08/13/18 ~ 08/19/18) 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. 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

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.

Win Rates by Classes

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 %
Midrange Shadowcraft 2227 1188 53.30%
OTK Forestcraft 1376 757 55%
D. Shift Runecraft 1372 635 46.30%
Vengeance Bloodcraft 1311 640 48.80%
Earth Essence Runecraft 1143 637 55.70%
Purgatory Forestcraft 485 266 54.80%
Tenko Havencraft 460 228 49.60%
Midrange Swordcraft 408 196 48%
Ramp Dragoncraft 332 121 36.40%
Aggro Swordcraft 320 152 47.50%

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?