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

Updated: 14 June 2019 (Game version: 2.2.0.24)
First published: 13 May 2019 (Game version: 2.1.0.57)

  • 14 June 2019:
  • 07 June 2019:
    • Updated the following lists to reflect the recent balance patch:
      Arachas Queen Consume, Artifact Arachas, Brouver Midrange, Calveit Swarm, Crach Control, Dana Harmony, Eithné Deathblow, Emhyr Midrange, Henselt Draug, Svalblod Selfwound.
    • Temporarily removed the following lists, as we have yet to adjust them to the recent balance patch:
      Ardal Tactics, Arnjolf Control, Big Woodland, Brouver Traps, Deathwish, Dwarves, Humans Northern Realms, Shupe Nilfgaard, Shupe Northern Realms.
    • Tier adjustments:
  • 24 May 2019:
    • Added an FAQ
    • Added Artifact Arachas and Brouver Midrange
    • Updated Crach Control deck list
    • Tier adjustments:
      • Big Woodland Tier 2 ⇒ Tier 3
      • Shupe Nilfgaard Tier 2 ⇒ Tier 3
      • Ardal Tactics Tier 3 ⇒ HM
      • Shupe Northern Realms Tier 3 ⇒ HM
      • Dwarves Tier 3 ⇒ Tier 2
      • Crach Control Tier 3 ⇒ Tier 2
  • 19 May 2019:
    • Added links to PlayGwent.com for easy deck importing.
  • 17 May 2019:
    • Added Ardal Tactics, Arnjolf Control, Dana Harmony, Deathwish and Humans Northern Realms
    • Added new matchup section for Tier 1 and Tier 2 decks
       

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Overview

The change of Water of Brokilon was initially seen as a nerf, but the increase of power to Dryad Fledgling allows this card to be used outside of Dana Méadbh decks, as we can now play it without fearing Gimpy Gerwin. Using Francesca Findabair in a long Round 3 to generate four of these Dryads not only guarantees a great number of points per turn, but also turns cards that are usually mulligan-fodder into valuable plays, such as Dryad Grovekeeper. If we go first, this usually is not possible and we are sometimes forced to play Water of Brokilon in Round 1, but playing it again in Round 3 to spread our value more equally between rounds means suffering significantly less than other Scoia’tael decks. This is an archetype with potential to become a contender for top-tier spots in the future, if more support is introduced.

 

Essential Cards

  • Due to the buff in the strength of Dryad Fledgling, Water of Brokilon has become key to this new archetype. Played in combination with Fauve for maximum value, it is our primary mulligan target, along with the bronze thinners Mahakam Volunteers and Brokilon Sentinel. Water of Brokilon’s long-round value is extremely threatening for our opponents.
  • Sheldon Skaggs is not really a key card, but it is still an important carryover tool that improves the value of this deck a lot if we are able to play our handbuff cards. It is vulnerable to Shilard Fitz-Oesterlen in the Nilfgaard matchup, but still represents great value against decks that play tall units or engines.

 
Pros

Cons

  • Francesca Findabair has an incredibly low number of provisions, making our deck more unstable
  • No valuable second target for Fauve or Francesca

 

Tech Choices

  • Ciaran aep Easnillen, PantherIda Emean aep Sivney, Dol Blathanna Archer
  • Ciaran aep Easnillen, PantherMorenn, Dol Blathanna Archer

This deck has a flex slot in the range of 7-8 provisions, which in our stock list is used by Ciaran to provide Lock utility. If we are facing a lot of artifacts, we can use that spot for Ida Emean aep Sivney, which in the worst case will be 7 strength for 8 provisions, plus the potential Harmony ticks of being an Elf.

Another option is to swap out Ciaran for an additional Dryad, Morenn, as a possible control option. This, however, is not our first recommendation due to the already great number of Dryads this deck generates. In both tech choices, Panther is cut, as it finds limited value in mirror matches.

  • Francesca Findabair Francesca Findabair 13 Order: Play a special card from your graveyard.
  • 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.
  • Water of Brokilon Water of Brokilon 11 Spawn and Summon a Dryad Fledgling to an allied row. If you control a Dryad, Spawn 2 Dryad Fledglings and Summon them to an allied row instead.
  • 5 Ithlinne Aegli Ithlinne Aegli 11 Deploy: Boost a Scoia'tael unit in your hand by 4.
  • 6 Barnabas Beckenbauer Barnabas Beckenbauer 10 Deploy: Boost an allied Elf, Dwarf, and Dryad unit by 2.
  • 5 Gabor Zigrin Gabor Zigrin 9 Deploy (Melee): Gain Resilience. Deploy (Ranged): Gain Immunity. Whenever you play a Dwarf, boost self by 1.
  • 4 Milaen Milaen 9 Deploy (Melee): Damage an enemy unit by 4. Deploy (Ranged): Damage 4 enemy units by 1.
  • 3 Sheldon Skaggs Sheldon Skaggs 9 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by this unit's power.
  • 2 Fauve Fauve 9 Deploy: Play a Nature card from your deck.
  • 5 Ciaran aep Easnillen Ciaran aep Easnillen 7 Deploy: Lock a unit and move it to the other row.
  • 3 Milva Milva 7 Immunity. Boost self by 1 whenever you play a Scoia'tael unit.
  • 3 Panther Panther x2 6 Deploy: Damage a non-Scoia'tael enemy unit by 3.
  • 3 Mahakam Volunteers Mahakam Volunteers x2 5 Deploy: If there is a Dwarf on this row, Summon a copy of this unit from your deck to this row.
  • 2 Brokilon Sentinel Brokilon Sentinel x2 5 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 2. Deathblow: Summon a copy of this unit from your deck to this row.
  • Dryad's Caress Dryad's Caress 4 Give an allied unit Vitality for 6 turns. If you control a Dryad, Purify the allied unit first.
  • 4 Dryad Grovekeeper Dryad Grovekeeper x2 4 Deploy: Give an allied unit Vitality with a duration equal to the number of other allied Dryad units.
  • 4 Dryad Fledgling Dryad Fledgling x2 4 Harmony.
  • 2 Dwarven Agitator Dwarven Agitator x2 4 Deploy (Ranged): Boost a Dwarf in your hand by 2.
  • 1 Dwarven Skirmisher Dwarven Skirmisher x2 4 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 3. If it survives, boost self by 1.

Honorable Mentions