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.
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.
While the list of criteria is extensive, here are the most important aspects:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consultants: Adzikov, Argeiphontes, Ash_philo, Brazilianbeast, Damorquis, Gwent2town, Jamedi, JMJWilson23, Kara_Lisa, kolemoen, Miketocome, Molegion, Poisound, Santtu2x, shinmiri2
Editors: Easha Dustfeather, Kochua, lordgort, Lothari, Mortheous, SwanDive
With a huge new patch has come a brand-new meta. In the early days, we have seen Northern Realms and Syndicate stand out as the dominant factions, though the meta is always developing and counter options have begun to develop. In particular, buffs to King Foltest and the advent of Sigismund Dijkstra have vaulted these leaders to the top of the meta. Much of the developments have centered around finding advantages against these two leaders.
In the first update of this Meta Snapshot, we present 19 updated decks that focus on key archetypes seen in the metagame. Included are options from each faction, although some factions have been explored more than others. While Sigismund Dijkstra has emerged as the predominant Syndicate leader, we have included other options for players seeking alternatives. In Skellige and Monsters, fewer decks are included due to their lower popularity, but we will monitor the situation closely to identify decks from these factions that emerge later in the patch cycle.
We hope you enjoy our Meta Snapshot and happy Gwenting!
Update: 17 August 2019
First published: 12 August 2019 (Game version: 188.8.131.52)
As Skellige’s standing in the metagame has fallen, its decks have adapted to suit this fact. In past metas, Skellige had the strongest bronze cards and as such, stood among the strongest faction options. This lead to the decks composing themselves in ways that best avoided common counters found in the game. Such was the story behind the rise of Harald the Cripple decks that excluded Olaf due to its poor play into Bounty effects and Syndicate in general. Now, the package of Olaf and Knut the Callous has returned in these decks to increase the power ceiling of the deck and allow it the opportunity to potentially compete with other factions that possess more powerful gold cards.
One minor awkwardness in the list is the fact that our tutor (Royal Decree) cannot fetch two of our most powerful cards, Vigo's Muzzle and Svalblod Totem. One way to increase our consistency in some regards is to remove Muzzle for a different removal option in Hjalmar an Craite. While this change reduces our versatility, we gain an additional target for Royal Decree.
We already run tech against common meta cards such as The Flying Redanian and Blue Stripes Commandos in Muzzle and Regis: Bloodlust, but these are highly committal resources. There are times when we want to play for carryover without committing to win Round 1, in which case Northern Wind can be a useful play that provides some removal value as well.
Written by JMJWilson23.