Brigade of the Sky Meta-Report 8 (08/20/18 ~ 08/26/18) 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. Shadowverse Log is a Japanese, public data set that compiles user-reported matchup data. Please be aware that Shadowvere Log is unofficial and unaffiliated with Cygames, Inc. The archetype designation in this report emulates categorization used on Shadowverse Log, and therefore may not completely reflect the appropriate archetype in the meta.

08/20/18 ~ 08/26/18 Statistic

Usage Rates by Classes

With the release of the mini-expansion for Brigade of the Sky, there has been a large shift in popularity of certain classes. Portalcraft is still leading the field, with usage over 20%. In fact, since last week, Portalcraft has increased dramatically, by over 4%! Runecraft is also still popular, although its use has dropped about 2%. Finally, there is a newcomer to the top 3, Dragoncraft! With the mini-expansion providing powerful cards to this class, it has instantly gained popularity and now see usage of over 17%, a big jump from 8.8% last week. Shadowcraft is also making a comeback from the bottom, ranking in fourth. Lastly, a result that no player would have expected at the beginning of this format: Swordcraft ranked in last place of popularity this week.

Win Rates by Classes

Although big change in popularity was evident for certain classes, the leaderboard for win percentages are still held by familiar classes. For a few weeks now, Forestcraft, Swordcraft, and Portalcraft has consistently placed over the 50% mark, although this is the first time Forestcraft has placed second in overall win percentages. With only a few days of exposure to the new cards, the win percentages have most likely not solidified yet and will see some fluctuations in the coming weeks.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Puppet Portalcraft 11577 6463 55.8%
Ramp Dragoncraft 6448 3062 47.5%
G. Chimera Runecraft 3907 1947 49.8%
Arcus (Midrange) Shadowcraft 3313 1684 50.8%
Other (Mysteria) Runecraft 3273 1423 43.5%
Tenko Havencraft 2710 1429 52.7%
Midrange Swordcraft 1949 1039 53.3%
Aggro Forestcraft 1861 1055 56.7%
Midrange Forestcraft 1793 898 50.1%
Earth (Abyss Summoner) Runecraft 1132 580 51.2%
Jormungand Bloodcraft 780 349 44.7%
Lion Havencraft 696 301 43.2%

The addition of the mini-expansion last week had a large impact on the archetypes played this week, with Dragoncraft and Shadowcraft archetypes increasing in usage. The popularity ranking of archetypes correlates well with the popularity of classes as well. Mysteria and Abyss Summoner Runecraft has been difficult to classify based on categories used by Shadowverse Log and the best guess is these two decks are being represented in the “Other” and “Earth” categories, respectively. In a similar sense, the “Ramp Dragoncraft” category seems to combine data for traditional Ramp, Lindworm, and Jabberwock variants.

Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes

Opponent Archetype Puppets Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft N/A
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 57.4%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 49.8%
Vs. Arcus (Midrange) Shadowcraft 59.1%
Vs. Other (Mysteria) Runecraft 62.0%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 44.8%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 54.6%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 54.0%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 58.2%
Vs. Earth (Abyss Summoner) Runecraft 55.6%
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 72.2%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 62.3%

Despite the addition of powerful new cards to other classes, Puppet Portalcraft is still the dominating force in the current meta. In fact, the deck seems to have an even better matchup against its competitors, owing it partially to the addition of Cucouroux, Green Gunsmith. As far as poor matchups for the deck is concerned, Tenko Havencraft (and some hybrid versions) has always been difficult, due to the plethora of healing options that slow down lethal plays with Orchis and Noah. With regards to the G. Chimera matchup, the numbers go back and forth, suggesting that this is a relatively even matchup.

Opponent Archetype Ramp Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 42.6%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft N/A
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 46.9%
Vs. Arcus (Midrange) Shadowcraft 47.5%
Vs. Other (Mysteria) Runecraft 48.5%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 45.7%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 46.3%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 42.5%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 58.1%
Vs. Earth (Abyss Summoner) Runecraft 48.5%
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 38.8%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 49.3%

Dragoncraft has made it to the top 3 for the first time in the BotS format! Dragoncraft has gained two very powerful cards in the mini-expansion, Warbreaker Dragoon and Poseidon, both of which has immense potential for all Dragoncraft archetypes. However, these improvements are hard to gauge, especially when aggregate data, such as those above, show a losing matchup against all other decks, except one. However, it is important to remember that it has only been a few days since the cards were released, and players will need some time to get used to the new cards. Also, the “Ramp Dragoncraft” category in Shadowverse Log lumps all of the control-based Dragoncraft decks together, so it is difficult to see any differences in performance for the Dragoncraft archetypes. One thing is for sure though; Dragoncraft is on the rise and will most likely continue to be popular until the end of the season.

Opponent Archetype G. Chimera Win % Mysteria Win % Abyss Win %
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 50.2% 38.0% 44.4%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 53.1% 50.0% 51.5%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft N/A 49.6% 48.6%
Vs. Arcus (Midrange) Shadowcraft 46.9% 41.4% 37.5%
Vs. Other (Mysteria) Runecraft 50.4% N/A 44.4%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 56.1% 52.4% 36.4%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 48.4% 44.2% 42.0%
Vs. Aggro Forestcraft 35.3% 31.9% 26.6%
Vs. Midrange Forestcraft 48.7% 37.7% 42.3%
Vs. Earth (Abyss Summoner) Runecraft 51.4% 55.6% N/A
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 37.7% 45.7% 50.0%
Vs. Lion Havencraft 67.9% 41.0% 70.6%

Runecraft has dropped to third in popularity this week by a slight 0.6% margin to Dragoncraft. However, the class is still extremely popular, with three of its archetypes being represented in the top 12 archetypes used. Data for Runecraft is extremely difficult to analyze, due to the technical skill required to pilot the decks at a decent level. In addition, many of the decks are hybrids and therefore difficult to classify into a distinct archetype category. At the end of the day, please take all data presented with a grain of salt and be aware that it can sometimes be misleading. There is no doubt that Runecraft is an extremely strong class this format, despite how the numbers look on paper.

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