Meta Snapshot #13
Update: 26 January 2020; First published: 24 December 2019; Game version: 18.104.22.168
- 26 January 2020:
- Added: Pincer Maneuver Siege Draug, Tactical Decision Masquerade Ball
- Removed (due to meta irrelevance): Radeyah Pincer Maneuver, Tactical Decision Shupe
- Updated: Call of Harmony Radeyah Elves, Precision Strike Elves
- 18 January 2020:
- Added: Blood Scent Vampires, Fruits of Ysgith Haunt, Pincer Maneuver Radeyah Draug, Radeyah Wild Card and Tactical Decision Shupe
- Updated: Gedyneith Second Wind, Kikimore Queen Death's Shadow, Mystic Echo Harmony, Siege Mobilization, Siege Pincer Maneuver, Wild Card Passiflora
- Tier adjustments:
- Call of Harmony Radeyah Elves Tier 1 ⇒ Tier 2
- Lockdown Radeyah Tier 2 ⇒ Tier 3
- Strategic Withdrawal Aristocrats Tier 3 ⇒ HM
- Wild Card Midrange Tier 2 ⇒ Tier 3
- Wild Card Passiflora Tier 3 ⇒ Tier 2
- 30 December 2019:
- Added: Call of Harmoney Radeyah Elves, Carapace Keltullis, Death's Shadow Ruehin, Imperial Formation No Units, Lockdown Radeyah, Poison Spies, Wild Card Passiflora
- Updated: Kikimore Queen Death's Shadow
- Tier adjustments:
- Kikimore Queen Death's Shadow Honorouble Mentions ⇒ Tier 3
Consultants: Adzikov, Damorquis, Jamedi, JMJWilson23, Kochua, Kolemoen, Molegion, Santtu2x, Sergi2Vamos.
Editors: Apero, Kochua
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.
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.
While decks in this tier remain good laddering options that can successfully achieve high winrates, they can struggle to achieve the same winrate when matched up against decks we place in higher tiers. They may make for strong tournament options.
Decks here aren't strong or popular enough to be tiered, but have enough potential to be better with the adequate support cards. They may win against unsuspecting opponents and can make for interesting tournament options, but are otherwise worth just 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.
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A genuinely new Nilfgaard archetype emerged with the Merchants of Ofir expansion and it displays some real potential for the future while also offering a fresh way to play the faction in the interim despite some limitations in the card pool. Like many decks that feature a Scenario, we are able to advance it immediately to Chaper 1 on the turn we play Masquerade Ball if we use our leader ability. Our deck is a bit tight on how we are able to use Strategic Withdrawal, but we can often pick up Sweers, our 1-point Artorius Vigo target, or Vincent Van Moorlehem in a pinch. In order to successfully pilot the deck, it is important to track how many Aristocrats we are able to play in a given round and plan accordingly with Masquerade Ball.
- Masquerade Ball is the centerpiece of the deck and represents incredible value. We gain a relatively strong engine in Thirsty Dame (remember that Thirsty Dame procs for every unique status given, meaning it will proc three times for Rot Tosser), two Poisons, and several Assimilate procs because the two Spawned Fangs of the Empire are not in our starting deck.
- Our pair of gold Aristocrats (Vincent Van Moorlehem and Roderick of Dun Tynne) are our primary way to complete Masquerade Ball in this deck. If we are unable to play both in the same round that we play Masquerade Ball, we will most likely have to rely on a Van Moorlehem Hunter to complete the Scenario which feels much worse.
- Masquerade Ball generates huge value when it works fully.
- Able to leverage a huge amount of Poisons for great value
- Extremely weak when the opponent is able to break up our combos
- We sacrifice a fair amount with our leader ability choice due to the lack of strong targets.
- Avallac'h ⇒ Joachim de Wett
If we find that our combo with Masquerade Ball is broken up often, we can include another Aristocrat in Joachim de Wett. This adds an additional layer of synergy with Yennefer's Invocation, as we have no other way to reliably tutor the card we steal with Invocation if we are in Round 3. The primary concern with adding Joachim de Wett is providing extra value to tall removal, so do be mindful of this when you are deciding between Avallac'h and Joachim.
Written by JMJWilson23.
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611Vincent Van Moorlehem
67Van Moorlehem's Cupbearer
47Glynnis aep Loernach
26Roderick of Dun Tynne
5Imperial Diplomacyx2Create and play a bronze card from your opponent's faction.
55Rot Tosserx2Deploy (Ranged): Spawn and play a Cow Carcass.
45Imperial Divinerx2Assimilate. Deploy: Purify a unit.
4Tourney Joustx2Remove an enemy unit's Shield and damage it by 4, or give an allied unit a Shield and boost it by 4.
44Fangs of the Empirex2Deploy: Give an enemy unit Poison.
34Van Moorlehem Hunterx2Deploy (Melee) Give an enemy unit Bleeding for 2 turns. Deploy (Ranged): Lock a unit.