Omen of the Ten Meta-Report 1 (09/24/18 ~ 09/30/18) 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 current meta.

09/24/18 ~ 09/30/18 Statistic

Usage Rates by Classes

Welcome to the first week of Omen of the Ten season! Bloodcraft, Dragoncraft, and Runecraft has ranked in the top three spots this week, followed by Portalcraft, Swordcraft, Shadowcraft, Havencraft, and Forestcraft. The usage distribution actually includes a few days from the Brigade of the Sky season, so this data does not provide the most accurate ‘snapshot’ of the current meta. The first few weeks of any new season is hectic, so expect a few classes to jump spots over the next few weeks.

Win Rates by Classes

Several classes have made it past the ‘50% border’ this week, which is quite rare in the Rotation meta. Bloodcraft, also the most popular deck, performed the best, followed by Swordcraft. Interestingly, the four classes that performed well are all classes in which an existing archetype was powered up immensely, while the other four classes had new archetypes introduced. This explains the win rate patterns somewhat, as new archetypes usually do not do well in terms of aggregate data when they are first introduced.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Darkfeast Bloodcraft 11720 6442 55.0%
Midrange Swordcraft 4516 2432 53.9%
Mysteria Runecraft 4297 1968 45.8%
Puppet Portalcraft 4258 2095 49.2%
Ramp Dragoncraft 4170 1999 47.9%
Arcus Shadowcraft 3602 1896 52.6%
G. Chimera Runecraft 2995 1337 44.6%
Tenko Havencraft 2397 1155 48.2%
Disdain Dragoncraft 2298 1113 48.4%
PDK Dragoncraft 2070 1149 55.5%
Lieshenna Portalcraft 1513 682 45.1%
Jormungand Bloodcraft 1494 755 50.5%

The chart above presents the top 12 archetypes used this week, with their respective win percentages. Consistent with the class leaderboard, Bloodcraft, Dragoncraft, and Runecraft took over the archetype rankings, representing 7 of 12 archetypes on the list. Interestingly, Midrange Swordcraft is the second most popular archetype, even though the class itself ranked in 5th. Forestcraft was the only class not to be represented on this list, consistent with the class usage of merely 4.5%.

Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes

Opponent Archetype Darkfeast Win % Jormungand Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft N/A 44.1%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 47.2% 38.9%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft 66.9% 63.2%
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 55.9% 38.5%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 61.6% 53.4%
Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft 51.3% 59.0%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 64.8% 58.8%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 62.9% 60.0%
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 60.2% 55.8%
Vs. PDK Dragoncraft 58.4% 45.7%
Vs. Lieshenna Portalcraft 53.1% 50.0%
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 55.9% N/A

It is difficult to recall the last time Bloodcraft was the most popular class in either formats, so a big congratulations to them for making it to the top this week! The archetype revolved around Darkfeast Bat has been making its way up since the latter half of the Brigade of the Sky season, and it has finally reached the pinnacle of the rankings. When this deck is ‘going off’, it can summon Flauros from the deck as early as turn 2, which is hardly fair! The deck racks up damage quite fast, and finishes the opponent off with burst damage from Darkfeast Bat. The level of dominance this deck boats is similar to that of Puppet Portalcraft last season, which says a lot about the deck. Jormungand Bloodcraft is a control variant of the deck noted previously and this is doing well too. Notably, both decks do poorly against Midrange Swordcraft, which is able to consistently apply board pressure. With Evil Eye Demon being the only mass removal in the deck, spreading the followers horizontally on the board seems to be one solution to the Bloodcraft decks.

Opponent Archetype Ramp Win % Disdain Win % PDK Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 38.4% 39.7% 41.6%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 50.5% 50.7% 59.3%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft 53.6% 51.5% 52.5%
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 44.9% 49.4% 61.3%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft N/A 50.5% 50.7%
Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft 54.8% 51.0% 69.0%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 48.0% 55.1% 63.2%
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 45.9% 39.7% 52.9%
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 49.5% N/A 54.5%
Vs. PDK Dragoncraft 49.3% 45.5% N/A
Vs. Lieshenna Portalcraft 53.9% 50.5% 69.8%
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 46.1% 44.2% 54.3%

In the Rotation meta, Dragoncraft, like Bloodcraft, has been slowly rising in popularity since the latter half of the Brigade of the Sky meta. As a result, it placed second in popularity in the first week of the Omen of the Ten season! This week, Dragoncraft was represented by three archetypes that are not completely distinct from each other, meaning many hybrid versions of these decks exist. Ramp was the most popular by some margin, and PDK Dragoncraft featured an amazing win rate, only having a negative matchup against Darkfeast Bloodcraft. Disdain Dragoncraft, characterized by a new ‘Disdain’ archetype, is reminiscent of Face Dragoncraft, one of the most dominant decks in Shadowverse history. The deck is great at board control, resource management (i.e. draw power), and applying constant pressure using Storm followers.

Although all Dragoncraft variants have a negative matchup against Darkfeast Bloodcraft, it is expected for the numbers to get much closer to even, as Dragoncraft players optimize their decks against other popular decks.

Opponent Archetype Mysteria Win % G. Chimera Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 33.1% 35.2%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 50.3% 50.8%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft N/A 42.9%
Vs. Puppet Portalcraft 53.4% 49.2%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 46.4% 52.0%
Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft 38.6% 35.6%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 57.1% N/A
Vs. Tenko Havencraft 45.1% 48.8%
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 48.5% 44.9%
Vs. PDK Dragoncraft 47.5% 36.8%
Vs. Lieshenna Portalcraft 61.8% 50.8%
Vs. Jormungand Bloodcraft 36.8% 41.2%

Of the three top classes, Runecraft is the only class that had a continuing popularity since the Brigade of the Sky meta. However, the most popular deck is no longer Giant Chimera (the first time in forever), but it is Mysteria Runecraft, which got lots of support in the Omen of the Ten Expansion. Owen, Knight of Mysteria and Anne, Mysterian Prodigy added consistency and game finishing potential to the deck, causing an explosive increase in popularity. Both Runecraft decks are highly technical and require advanced skill to pilot properly, so often the aggregate data is unable to portray the ‘true’ strength of these decks.