10/22/18 ~ 10/28/18 Statistic
The individual class placings this week is identical to that of last week! Bloodcraft still has an overwhelming popularity, followed by Shadowcraft and Dragoncraft. Shadowcraft and Dragoncraft has each seen a slight increase in usage, which may be reflection of a slight decrease for Bloodcraft, Havencraft, and Runecraft.
Win Rates by Classes
Majority of the classes have not seen a big change in their win percentage in a few weeks. Havencraft’s win percentage of 46.2% is an interesting figure, as popular classes/decks usually have higher win rates (with the exception of Runecraft decks). It should also be noted that Bloodcraft is still experiencing some turbulence in the meta, unable to stabilize its win percentage over 50% since the beginning of the meta.
Usage and Win Rates by Classes
|Archetypes||# Used||# of Wins||Win %|
|Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||1684||849||50.4%|
|Golden City Havencraft||1414||691||48.9%|
|Roach (OTK) Forestcraft||648||328||50.6%|
This week, Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft, Midrange Swordcraft, and Midrange Shadowcraft were the most used deck types, and this popularity is no surprise with the win rates they have! The Darkfeast Bat deck, for weeks, have had difficulty in maintaining a win percentage over 50% despite its popularity. New players concerned about investing in the deck can rest assured, as the deck is extremely powerful and a great choice for ladder matches. It is impressive that Midrange Swordcraft still places second when considering deck type, especially after the class overall has placed fourth in usage.
Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes
|Opponent Archetype||Darkfeast Win %||(Other) Win %|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||N/A||60.70%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||50%||49%|
|Vs. Golden City Havencraft||49.40%||42.30%|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||39.30%||43.80%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||39.30%||N/A|
|Vs. Roach (OTK) Forestcraft||41.50%||41.20%|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||40%||48.90%|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||50%||N/A|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||62.50%||N/A|
|Vs. Seraph Havencraft||61.80%||N/A|
Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft can be a difficult deck to master, but a deck that is well worth the practice. Win rates against other popular decks are depressing to look at, but it is important to remember that the deck can have its highs and lows. With a decent (or terrific) draw, this deck can overwhelm any of its competitors, ending the game as early as turn 7. Players are now maxing out on Mask of the Black Death, and many times the deck can easily turn around bad matchups with this single card. Finally, it is important to remember that the Unlimited format has far more varieties of decks in the ranked match environment, most of which Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft can finish off in an instant.
|Opponent Archetype||Golden City Win %||Seraph Win %|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||50.6%||38.2%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||48.0%||56.5%|
|Vs. Golden City Havencraft||N/A||54.8%|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||39.0%||83.3%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||57.7%||71.4%|
|Vs. Roach (OTK) Forestcraft||32.6%||50.0%|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||37.1%||N/A|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||57.7%||31.4%|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||60.7%||47.1%|
|Vs. Seraph Havencraft||45.2%||N/A|
Shadowcraft may not be the most popular class, but it consistently places 1st or 2nd in terms of win percentages. Midrange Shadowcraft had an impressive win rate of 55.9% this week, and this ‘slow and steady’ deck has a winning matchup against majority of its colleagues in the current meta. Nerfs to Gremory next week will definitely affect the consistency and firepower of the deck, but there is no doubt that this deck will still be popular in weeks to come. Differences between Midrange and Arcus builds have been quite ‘gray’ since the current expansion was released, but the two decks are starting to look slightly different due to many players opting to play 3 Gilnelise to 1 Arcus (or sometimes 0) in their Midrange decks.
|Opponent Archetype||Face Win %||(Other) Win %||Disdain Win %|
|Vs. Darkfeast Bat Bloodcraft||60.7%||60.0%||50.0%|
|Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft||56.1%||59.1%||50.7%|
|Vs. Golden City Havencraft||61.0%||62.9%||42.3%|
|Vs. Face Dragoncraft||N/A||60.0%||50.0%|
|Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft||56.3%||51.1%||N/A|
|Vs. Roach (OTK) Forestcraft||69.5%||N/A||100% (6/6)|
|Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft||40.0%||N/A||62.5%|
|Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft||50.0%||37.5%||N/A|
|Vs. Mysteria Runecraft||83.3%||N/A||90.9%|
|Vs. Seraph Havencraft||N/A||83.3%||68.6%|
While Havencraft is an anomaly due to its contradictory statistics, Dragoncraft is the exact opposite. Dragoncraft, specifically Face Dragoncraft, has had the best win rate for quite some time, and furthermore it has a positive win rate against the other popular decks in the meta. Disdain Dragoncraft has also showed up in the rankings this week, but it is unclear if this is a distinct deck from the ‘Face’ variant.