10/15/18 ~ 10/21/18 Statistic
It has almost been a full month since the release of the Omen of the Ten (OotT) expansion, and it is becoming more clear which classes are the strongest this season. There is no doubt that Bloodcraft, Shadowcraft, and Swordcraft are the ‘hottest’ classes right now, followed closely by Dragoncraft consistently placing 4th. The placings within the top 3 has changed this week; Swordcraft has overtaken Bloodcraft! Beneath the ‘top 4’, Runecraft and Portalcraft are still in the ‘somewhat used’ categories, while Forestcraft and Havencraft are hardly used.
Monthly Usage Rates by Classes (Weeks 1 to 4)
Win Rates by Classes
The win percentage by Swordcraft has hit an all-time high this week, with an approximate 14% point difference between it and Bloodcraft, which placed 2nd in win percentages. While this statistic seems unrealistic (remember that Shadowverse log utilizes user-reported data), there is definitely no doubt that Swordcraft has the highest win rate right now. This big change has affected all other classes, with most classes having a significant drop in their respective win rates. Most notably, Bloodcraft and Shadowcraft has fallen below the 50% threshold.
Monthly Win Rates by Classes (Weeks 1 to 4)
Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes
|Archetypes||# Used||# of Wins||Win %|
|Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||8974||4554||50.7%|
|G. Chimera Runecraft||4051||1764||43.5%|
Like the class-specific statistic, Swordcraft presents impressive numbers, with Midrange Swordcraft winning 66% of the time. Although there is some suspicion for bias in the data this week, the deck’s dominance should not be questioned. Midrange Shadowcraft, on the other hand, has seen a fall in win percentage.
Another topic worthy to note are the ‘other’ categories. With Mjerrabaine, Omen of One being a popular deck recently, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine the identify of these ‘other’ categories.
Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes
|Opponent Archetype||Midrange Win %||(Other) Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||N/A||52.6%|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||67.2%||51.5%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||76.5%||49.4%|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||67.8%||40.2%|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||74.1%||61.4%|
|Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft||65.7%||50.0%|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||79.4%||44.1%|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||60.5%||46.9%|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||60.2%||43.8%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||49.7%||39.1%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||71.6%||62.5%|
|Vs. (Other) Swordcraft||47.4%||N/A|
Amazing. Dominant. Consistent. These would be some words to describe the current state of the Midrange Swordcraft deck. The matchup spread of this deck is impressive because the figures show that the deck comes out on top two-thirds of the time against most other decks in the meta. The only bad matchup according to data is PDK Dragoncraft, which is not surprising as most Dragoncraft decks are proficient in picking off small followers lined up horizontally.
The ‘other’ category for Swordcraft is most likely a combination of Mjerrabaine decks, as well as Usurpation builds.
|Opponent Archetype||Darkfeast Win %||(Other) Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||32.8%||28.4%|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||N/A||50.0%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||46.4%||35.9%|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||63.3%||52.4%|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||60.6%||40.0%|
|Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft||45.0%||30.8%|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||70.7%||45.5%|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||60.5%||54.2%|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||58.8%||62.5%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||53.5%||57.4%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||50.0%||N/A|
|Vs. (Other) Swordcraft||48.5%||37.5%|
The Darkfeast Bat deck, the main representative for the Bloodcraft class, has fallen to second in usage this week, but is still doing relatively well. The deck often has difficulty with the persistent pressure applied from Midrange Swordcraft and Shadowcraft decks, although the matchup can easily flip with the right draw. The deck is also seeing a shift in playstyle, with more players opting to play slower and more control-oriented, rather than trying to play Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft as soon as possible. With this playstyle becoming more prominent, the deck may eventually overcome its matchup against the other top decks.
|Opponent Archetype||Midrange Win %||Arcus Win %|
|Vs. Midrange Swordcraft||23.5%||34.3%|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||53.6%||55.0%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||N/A||47.3%|
|Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft||57.9%||69.3%|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||52.1%||45.3%|
|Vs. Arcus Shadowcraft||52.7%||N/A|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||53.4%||67.4%|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||53.7%||49.1%|
|Vs. Artifact Portalcraft||59.0%||61.2%|
|Vs. PDK Dragoncraft||38.4%||41.8%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||64.1%||69.2%|
|Vs. (Other) Swordcraft||50.6%||50.0%|
Shadowcraft held its 3rd position this week, making the top rankings three weeks in a row. The deck is still popular due to the consistent board presence it can create, as well as an almost-guaranteed finish using cards such as Gilnelise and Ferry. Shadowcraft is represented by two variants currently, but majority of the successful decks are hybrid decks, so there are some misclassification in the data. Regardless, it is clear that these decks are doing well against majority of the competition, except Midrange Swordcraft. However, most tournament showings suggest this matchup is relatively even, so the dynamics of this matchup will be a big topic for weeks to come.