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.
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.
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
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.
The five new faction leaders introduced to Gwent with the Thronebreaker Leaders Update at the beginning of the month have had a mixed impact on the Gwent meta, while nerfs to some familiar faces have left more room for a wider variety of played cards.
Published: 15 February 2019 (Patch: 22.214.171.124_541)
Playing Lippy Gudmund feels at times like cheating the provision system, as it enables us to play our gold cards in two different rounds while Discarding any low quality or tech cards in bad matchups. Crach an Craite is used as a leader in this deck due to its high number of provisions and its ability to enable Geralt: Professional. This deck was created by Gnurrgard and Wusubi.
There is a difference between Skjall and Gimpy Gerwin that must be considered when taking this deck into the meta: Skjall’s single-target damage is far safer and more consistent, but the possible AoE of Gimpy Gerwin can be far more powerful against decks such as Big Monsters or Slave Infantry NG.
The decision of whether to replace the Unicorn/Chironex combination with Olaf and Hym depends very much on how many mirrors we face - it is far safer to play the horses in a mirror match. However, if we face more uninteractive decks, Olaf and Hym are almost assured value, especially against Monsters.