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: 126.96.36.199_541)
The return of Greatswords is caused by multiple indirect buffs to the archetype due to a decrease in weather provision cost and a different burst option than Harald the Cripple in the form of Arnjolf the Patricide. As most of our points are generated through damage pings, the deck’s core is centered around cards that proc this effect, like Torrential Rain, Dimun Light Longship and Stammelford's Tremors. The rest of the deck builds upon the damage pings with Bloodthirst. In addition to all of this, we run the usual Discard package (Morkvarg, Birna Bran, Heymaey Skald and Tuirseach Skirmisher) as a way to increase the consistency of the deck.
While Delirium’s point ceiling caps at a 6-point boost for each An Craite Greatsword on the row, Giant Boar can be used as a high point finisher, as it also counts self-damaged units like Dimun Light Longship.
If we remove Dagur Two Blades from the deck, we can use the Sirens produced by Arnjolf the Patricide to align the first ping for Regis. Additional Regis procs can be assured by our different damage effects. Furthermore, we should also remove Roach and add another Stammelford's Tremors to compensate the provision cost change.