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

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.

 

Honorable Mentions

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.

 

Do you have more questions? Join the discussion on Discord!

Contributors

Consultants: Adzikov, Damorquis, Jamedi, JMJWilson23, KochuaKolemoen, MolegionSanttu2x, Sergi2Vamos.
Editors: Apero, Easha Dustfeather, SwanDive
Manager: SwanDive

Patch Overview

PLEASE NOTE: This Meta Snapshot was intended for use during the Season of Love (February of 2020) and does not accurately reflect the meta as of the Season of the Bear (March 2020)

Below is Team Aretuza and Team Nova's Meta Snapshot for the Season of Love. The meta displays a large degree of variability after the balance patch that was implemented before this season's start. No true contenders stand out as one to completely dominate the meta as of yet, so we will remain diligent in following the meta to see if this changes. As always, we will make appropriate changes throughout the season to keep viewers up to date with the meta to the best of our ability. You can follow the invite link to our Discord server in the upper right hand corner of the site to ask any questions you may have at any time. Enjoy and good luck on your Gwent journey this month!

Changelog:

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Overview

In contrast to the more proactive harmony decks, Scoia'tael can also utilize a more removal-focused deck that utilizes Scorch to potentially gain huge value. We complement Scorch with poison effects to punish opponents who have no way to play around Scorch other than boosting a single unit to high power. Poison is also a valuable tool to help us win Round 1, which is important for a deck that wants to play reactively as badly as this one. Our points come from a relatively standard elf package that we typically will be looking to play after we commit our Scorch.

Essential Cards

  • Scorch is the eponymous card of the deck for a reason; a great deal of our effort goes into making this card play for good value. The payoff is potentially quite high with Scorch, particularly against decks that have a difficult time avoiding it.
  • Vernossiel is our best enabler for Elf synergies, generating 3 Elves on the board to boost up with Isengrim Faoiltiarna. The additional bodies on board also help The Great Oak achieve value, especially in conjunction with 3 Brokilon Sentinels from our leader ability.

Pros

  • Devastating against decks that play multiple tall units near the same strength
  • Poison package gives us a strong Round 1

Cons

  • Weak against other reactive decks
  • Awkwardness will occur when we have to play Matta Hu'uri to find our Scorch from deck

Tech Choices

  • Etriel, MuirlegaMilaen, Yaevinn

This change sees us trade out two reactive damage cards for two different reactive damage cards. If we find our Etriel/Muirlega being removed in many cases or if we would benefit from the greater/modular damage offered by Milaen and Yaevinn, we can make this change.


Written by JMJWilson23

  • Precision Strike Precision Strike 16 Order: Damage unit by 1. Charges: 3 Once all Charges have been exhausted, Spawn and play Brokilon Sentinel. This ability adds 16 provisions to your deck's provisions limit.
  • Scorch Scorch 13 Destroy the highest unit(s).
  • 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.
  • 5 Vernossiel Vernossiel 12 Deploy (Melee): Each allied Elven Deadeye damages a random enemy unit by 2. Deploy (Ranged): Spawn 2 Elven Deadeyes in this row.
  • 5 Maraal Maraal 10 Deploy: Poison an enemy unit. Order: Poison an enemy unit.
  • 6 Matta Hu'uri Matta Hu'uri 9 Deploy (Ranged): If neither player has passed and your opponent's hand is not full, they draw the lowest-cost card, and you draw the highest-cost card.
  • 6 Isengrim Faoiltiarna Isengrim Faoiltiarna 8 Deploy: Boost all other allied Elf units by 1. Whenever you play an Elf, boost self by 1.
  • 5 Aelirenn Aelirenn 8 If on turn end you control 5 or more allied Elf units, Summon this unit from your deck to the melee row.
  • 4 Etriel Etriel 8 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 3. If you control Muirlega, damage it by 7 instead.
  • 4 Muirlega Muirlega 8 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 3. If you control Etriel, also damage adjacent units by 3.
  • 5 Weeping Willow Weeping Willow 7 Harmony. Deploy (Melee): Gain Shield. Deploy (Ranged): Poison an enemy unit.
  • 3 Half-Elf Hunter Half-Elf Hunter x2 6 Harmony. Deploy: Spawn an Elven Deadeye into this row.
  • 4 Forest Whisperer Forest Whisperer x2 5 Deploy (Melee): Give an enemy unit Poison. Order (Ranged): Give an allied unit a Shield.
  • 3 Dryad Ranger Dryad Ranger x2 5 Harmony. Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 2, then give it Poison.
  • 2 Brokilon Sentinel Brokilon Sentinel x2 5 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 2. Deathblow: Summon all copies of this unit from your deck to this row.
  • 3 Vrihedd Officer Vrihedd Officer x2 4 Deploy (Melee): Damage an enemy unit by 2. Deploy (Ranged): Boost an allied unit by 2.
  • 3 Dol Blathanna Bowman Dol Blathanna Bowman x2 4 Deploy: Damage an enemy unit by 1 for each row that separates it from this unit.
  • 2 Scoia'tael Neophyte Scoia'tael Neophyte 4 Deploy: Spawn and Summon a base copy of this unit to the other allied row.
  • 1 Dwarven Skirmisher Dwarven Skirmisher x2 4 Deploy (Melee): Damage an enemy unit by 3. If it survived, boost self by 1.
  • Aen Seidhe Sabre Aen Seidhe Sabre 0 Order: Spawn and play Scoia'tael Neophyte.

Matchups

Favorable against
Struggles against

Honorable Mentions