This GWENT Meta Snapshot, created by Team Aretuza and Team Nova, attempts to establish the best decks to play on Ranked Ladder and Pro Rank, given the current state of the metagame, in order to maximize the chances of winning games and climbing.

Every deck is accompanied by a short text explaining a little bit about the archetype, showing the reasons for placing it in its tier alongside the pros and cons of the deck and a tech section. 

As the meta continues to shift, we will consistently update our Snapshot as well as add more decks in the following days and weeks. Updates are announced on our Discord and Twitter.

 

Tier 1

Decks in this tier have favourable matchups against the majority of lower tier decks and some favourable matchups against other Tier 1 lists. Another criterion is that these decks should be able to win against lower-tier decks on blue coin most of the time.

 

Tier 2

Decks in this tier can beat Tier 1 decks if the player can access its full potential, or are strong decks with a clear counter; in addition, these decks should win consistently against lower tiers.

 

Tier 3

Decks in this tier are generally viable for normal ladder and for some cheesy picks at tournaments. These decks can surprise opponents and win matches, but without that surprise factor their potential is significantly reduced. A deck at this tier should lose against Tier 1 and Tier 2 decks the majority of the time

 

Honorable Mentions

Decks that aren't strong enough to be tiered, but with enough potential to be much better with the adequate support cards. These kind of decks are always worth keeping an eye on.


Written by Jamedi; Consultation: Damorquis, JMJWilson23 and SwanDive

 

What is a Meta Snapshot?

A Meta Snapshot is a comprehensive list of the decks which are played in a CCG. The decks are ordered by criteria, accounting for their power level through a tier (used by Team Aretuza & Team Nova), star or numerical system. If you would like to discuss our current Meta Snapshot, you can join our Discord server.

 

Which kind of criteria are used to classify a deck into a tier?

While the list of criteria is extensive, here are the most important aspects:

  • Power level is the amount of points a deck can output in comparison to others in the meta. In general, decks of higher tiers tend to have a greater number of unconditional points without depending on what rival decks do.
  • Consistency is focused on the draw dependency of a deck and the amount of thinning this deck has. Better thinning means more consistency, which usually means easier access to higher-value cards. If a deck is too dependent on drawing one or two certain cards but runs no thinning, it lacks consistency.
  • Counterability is the difficulty that other decks have to tech for the matchup against a certain deck and how much they need to sacrifice to improve the matchup. In Gwent, there are a lot of ways to prepare a deck for a concrete matchup and we can expect players to tech against the strongest/most popular decks of the metagame. The capability of a deck to win despite teching plays a role in its tier placement.

The data are collected by the players in several hundred matches and is then translated into the Snapshot. While the normal ladder experience can be different, tiered decks are good to climb the ladder to Pro Rank with relative ease.

 

What is the meaning of the different tiers?
  • Tier 1: Decks in this tier are the strongest, the most difficult to counter and heavily influence how decks in other tiers adapt.
  • Tier 2: Usually this tier covers decks which are still good, but due to some reason, they cannot be qualified as Tier 1. They usually have less strength than Tier 1 decks or have another factor that makes them slightly worse than top tier decks. In some particular metagames, a deck can be Tier 2 due to how easy it is to tech against it.
  • Tier 3: Decks in this category are still viable for climbing the ranked ladder, but they encounter more difficulty at high fMMR. They can still be used as tournament picks (in formats in which you can ban). They may still have favorable matchups versus some Tier 1 decks, but they are usually unfavored. Decks which are inconsistent or too draw-dependent also fall into this category.
  • Honorable Mentions: Here, we put decks whose strength is not enough to be tiered, but which have the potential to be much better with some support. These decks are always worth keeping an eye on. A deck which has been discovered recently and has not been played enough to be tiered can also fall into this category.

 

My experience differs from what you describe in the Snapshot. Does this mean that the Snapshot is not accurate?

Short answer, no. Long answer, there are a huge number of factors that can influence the development of a matchup between two players with their respective decks, which includes player skill, knowledge of the matchup and the respective decks, cards drawn and how they have played the match. Also, it is worth noting that a meta snapshot represents a picture of how the meta is in a particular moment. “Tiers” as defined above are never rigid constructs. In any given day, the meta can shift dramatically.

In general, inexperienced players tend to play worse and with more unpredictable lists. As we move up on the ladder, decklists tend to be more optimized, sometimes influenced by content creators such as popular streamers or the most recent meta snapshot. Reaching Pro Rank, we can expect to face the best possible players with the most optimized decklists.

 

I have a different list from the one shown in the Snapshot. Does this mean that one of the lists is incorrect?

Lists provided in our snapshots are usually stock lists, which are supposed to be a base to be modified according to the meta you are currently facing and your own playstyle. The tech section provides some card replacement options which may be more effective within a particular meta. This normally does not affect a deck’s overall consistency.

 

I haven’t seen this deck which appears in the Snapshot / I play this list or this archetype and it isn’t in the Snapshot.

The Snapshot tries to be as accurate and complete as possible. We release an initial snapshot as soon as the meta has settled after a game patch and make as many updates as possible afterwards. If a deck is not included, it will most likely be added in one of the next updates, as we try to prioritize the most popular and relevant decks. Despite that, we have to skip some decks which are unpopular or are very similar to existing ones. If you would like to be informed about our updates, feel free to check our website regularly or follow Team Aretuza or Team Nova on Twitter or Discord.

 

Are you just including the most popular decks/FOTM lists? Do you keep the best lists for yourselves?

No. While it is true that part of our work is to try and create a representation of the meta that is as accurate as possible and this, of course, includes the popularity of decks, popularity has no impact on how decks are tiered. We do not keep the best lists for ourselves. We are creating meta snapshots to share our collective knowledge of this game and provide players of all levels with a more enjoyable Gwent experience.

 

Do you have more questions? Join the discussion on Discord!

Contributors

Consultants: AdzikovArgeiphontes, Ash_philoBrazilianbeast, DamorquisGwent2town, Jamedi, JMJWilson23, Kara_LisakolemoenMiketocome, Molegion, Poisound, Santtu2xshinmiri2
Editors: Easha Dustfeather, Kochualordgort, Lothari, MortheousSwanDive
Manager: SwanDive

Patch Overview

Update: 17 November 2019; First published: 16 October 2019; Game version: 4.1.0.64

 

Changelog:

 

Tier 1

Overview

Although this deck does not reach the heights that it did in previous seasons before several nerfs were introduced, we still see a potential powerhouse in the meta. Dwarves takes full advantage of Novigradian Justice: We are able to play a total of four bronze Dwarves thanks to it and our leader ability Mystic Echo. When used with Dwarven Mercenaries, this immediately puts four engines on the board, and if pulled off in Round 3, it is often near impossible to answer. The overall goal of the deck is to survive a weak Round 1 in which we want to get rid of our worst cards. In some cases, we need to invest some of our golds due to our lack of early tempo. Additionally, cards like Gabor Zigrin, Zoltan Chivay and Barclay Els synergize with all our Dwarves and will thus typically achieve great value, especially with all the possibilities we have to create Rowdy Dwarves.

 

Essential Cards

  • Novigradian Justice is easily the most important card in this deck. Justice can play four bronze Dwarves in one turn, thanks to our leader ability. It is also quite flexible: We can play it in Round 2 to survive a bleed, either on Dwarven Mercenaries early or on Dwarf Berserker if we are playing against a control deck.
  • Call of the Forest is another important card in this deck. The change it received in Patch 3.2 has made it an excellent tool to pull key units from our deck, such as The Great Oak or Gabor Zigrin. As it is a special card, it can also be used in a pinch with our leader ability if there is another card in our deck we really cannot do without.

 
Pros

  • Great long round due to Dwarven Mercenaries
  • Less bleedable than other Scoia’tael decks

Cons

  • Weak to heavy control and low-unit decks
  • The deck has a relatively poor Round 1, especially when starting first, which makes us vulnerable.

 

Tech Choices

  • Dwarven Chariot (x2) ⇒ Alzur's Thunder, Dryad Enchantress
  • Ida Emean aep Sivney, Dwarven Chariot (x2) ⇒ Fauve, Dryad Enchantress, Dryad's Caress

The 5-provision slots of the deck are mostly where we are able to make tech changes. If we face a high representation of Nilfgaard decks, particularly those with Damien de la Tour and Stefan Skellen, Alzur's Thunder can be a solid removal tool. The other 5-provision slot can then become a points card as we recommend here or another tech of your choosing.

If we find ourselves in a meta where we are primarily concerned about Purifying our own units instead of the opponent's, we can replace Ida Emean aep Sivney with the combination of Fauve and Dryad's Caress, which plays for many more points. Fauve is also able to tutor other key cards, like Call of the Forest and Zoltan's Company, to help our consistency.

     


    Written by Jamedi, Zade & Kara.

     

    • Mystic Echo Mystic Echo 13 Order: Play a Scoia'tael special card from your graveyard. This ability adds 13 provisions to your deck's provisions limit.
    • 8 The Great Oak The Great Oak 13 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by the number of cards to the left of Great Oak, then boost self by the number of cards to the right of Great Oak.
    • Novigradian Justice Novigradian Justice 12 Play a bronze unit from your deck. If it was a Dwarf, Spawn a base copy of it and Summon it to the same row.
    • 6 Zoltan: Warrior Zoltan: Warrior 12 Deploy (Melee): Spawn 2 Rowdy Dwarves in this row. Deploy (Ranged): Boost all allied Rowdy Dwarves by 2.
    • 7 Munro Bruys Munro Bruys 11 Deploy: Transform 2 allied Rowdy Dwarfs into Dwarf Berserkers.
    • Call of the Forest Call of the Forest 10 Play a Scoia'tael unit from your deck and boost it by 1.
    • 5 Gabor Zigrin Gabor Zigrin 9 Deploy (Melee): Gain Resilience. Deploy (Ranged): Gain Immunity. Whenever you play a Dwarf, boost self by 1.
    • 4 Zoltan Chivay Zoltan Chivay 9 Deploy (Melee): Destroy a unit with power less than or equal to the number of allied Dwarf units.
    • 4 Figgis Merluzzo Figgis Merluzzo 9 Defender. Deploy: Spawn 2 Rowdy Dwarves in this row.
    • 5 Ida Emean aep Sivney Ida Emean aep Sivney 7 Deploy (Melee): Purify a unit. Deploy (Ranged): Give an allied unit Vitality for 4 turns.
    • 3 Barclay Els Barclay Els 7 Deploy: Boost an allied unit by 1 for each allied Dwarf.
    • Zoltan's Company Zoltan's Company 6 Spawn 3 Rowdy Dwarves in an allied row.
    • 3 Dwarven Chariot Dwarven Chariot x2 5 Deploy: Spawn a Rowdy Dwarf in this row. Bonded: Spawn 2 Rowdy Dwarves in this row instead.
    • Tempering Tempering x2 4 Boost a unit by 5. If it's a Dwarf also give it 2 Armor.
    • 4 Mahakam Marauder Mahakam Marauder x2 4 Deploy: Gain Vitality for 2 turns. Bonded: Gain Vitality for 4 turns.
    • 3 Dwarven Mercenary Dwarven Mercenary x2 4 Order: Damage an enemy unit by 1. Charge: 1. Gain 1 Charge whenever you play a Dwarf.
    • 2 Mahakam Guard Mahakam Guard x2 4 Deploy: Boost self by the number of allied Dwarf units on this row.
    • 2 Dwarf Berserker Dwarf Berserker x2 4 Barricade: At the end of your turn, damage self by 1 then damage a random enemy unit by 1.
    • 1 Dwarven Skirmisher Dwarven Skirmisher x2 4 Deploy (Melee): Damage an enemy unit by 3. If it survived, boost self by 1.

    Matchups

    Favorable against
    Struggles against

    Tier 2

    Tier 3

    Honorable Mentions