Welcome to our 32nd meta report! While the recent card drop only featured 21 new cards, some of them have already had a big impact on the game. Ring of Favor is the clear winner amongst the Neutrals, being included in many decks as a way to improve your Round 1 potential.
Golden Nekker fits into pointslam decks alongside Aerondight and Ciri: Nova. The two obvious candidates are Blood Scent and Reckless Flurry. The addition of Traveling Priestess led to the resurgence of Pincer Maneuver, swiftly replacing Alumni as the greedy NR deck of choice.
Speaking of greed, with some decks moving away from Korathi Heatwave, Self-Wound is stronger than ever. ST can rely on Deadeye Ambush and SY is a bit more flexible with Conjurer’s Candle and Shady Vendor. NG got the short end of the stick this month - after multiple nerfs to Assimilate, some people are desperate enough to play Mill.
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Editing: Wusubi, ShadowplayRed, Sebodunum
Writers: Avades, EuronCrowsEye, Gravesh, Inayesel, Kerpeten96, Lorakko, Oliveira, SpyroZA, Zubedoo
Consultants: Andasama, Pajabol, SpecimenGwent
The new patch introduced a new way to play NR: a Traveling Priestess deck. This 4-provision card gains 3 charges each time it’s shuffled back into the deck. The key cards to this strategy are King Radovid V, who grants you more leader charges, Snowdrop, who boosts herself by 2 for each card drawn, and Istredd, who’s Patience ability allows you to draw and shuffle back more cards with each passing turn. You can combine the Priestess with Tridam Infantry and Trollololo, resulting in a crazy finisher. The deck includes a modest Siege Engine package as a form of control, helping to relieve some of its solitaire nature.
If you manage to thin everything (Hubert Rejk, Knickers, Siege Masters) while playing Amphibious Assault twice, you can set up your Round 3 deck in a way where Vernon Roche pulls Traveling Priestess and Tridam Infantry, making your finisher even better. This won’t work if your opponent passes before you play Ring of Favor; in that case you’ll have to play one of your thinning cards from hand. It can also get disrupted by cards like Ihuarraquax, Matta Hu’uri and of course the Mill archetype. -EuronCrowsEye
- Consistent due to Pincer Maneuver, Snowdrop, Istredd and Griffin Witcher Mentors
- One of the finest finishers in the game with Traveling Priestess and Tridam Infantry playing for more than 30 points in some cases
- With so much thinning, the deck is vulnerable to getting milled by Tactical Decision
- Struggles against decks with multiple forms of tall punish, especially without last say
- Foltest’s Pride → Kaer Seren
- You can try out this version with Gerhart of Aelle
Deadeye Ambush is in a good spot in the meta and thus still a solid option for ST. With the new Ring of Favor alongside cards like Vanadáin and Aelirenn, it’s easier to contest Round 1. Alissa Henson is used to put two Waylays back into the deck in order for Simlas to pull four copies, or even a second Heatwave against decks like Self-Wound. You have an easy time swarming the board with Feign Death, Simlas and leader charges, allowing you to utilize powerful pay-off cards like Vernossiel and Isengrim. When given round control, you can quickly generate a lot of tempo, making it very easy to disrupt your opponent’s game plan, force out their golds and win Round 3 with leftovers. -Zubedoo
- Powerful removal options in Simlas into four Waylays, Vernossiel and Yaevinn
- Can easily hold its own on Blue coin with Ring of Favor, Vanadáin and bronzes
- You rely on drawing multiple combo pieces in order to execute your game plan
- The deck has a couple of bricks and can struggle with over-swarming the board
- Toruviel, Squirrel
Lined Pockets is back on the menu! The new SY cards fit quite well with the archetype. When you pair these with the reworked Bare-Knuckle Brawler and Eventide Plunder, you have great tools at your disposal. In a long Round 3, the deck can leverage its Intimidate cards along with Whoreson Senior, Cutup Lackeys and a bunch of Crimes. You can use Conjurer’s Candle to protect Tunnel Drill and other threats. The Bare-Knuckle Brawler’s new Fee ability can also be used to enable a devastating Geralt: Igni. If you end up in a short round, Savolla and King of Beggars can provide a strong finisher. -Avades
- Since the deck includes several high-tempo plays, defending a bleed should be easy
- Awesome long round potential due to a mixture of powerful engines and Geralt: Igni
- The deck is a bit draw dependent
- You don’t have any form of hard control, which can be an issue against greedy decks
- Geralt: Igni → Korathi Heatwave
April 19 - The meta report has been officially released.
April 26 - Moved Stockpile to Tier 1 and Self-Wound to Tier 2. Updated the decklists for Cyrus OtB and Dwarves.
May 3 - Added Arachas Swarm, Nekker OtB and Nekker NG to Tier 2. Moved Lined Pockets to Tier 3.