Welcome to our 16th meta report! Despite the hotfix, SK continues to dominate the ladder. NG can play Masquerade Ball with soldiers and spies, Hefty Helge, or even Double Cross Assimilate. NR relies on a Devotion Uprising deck with Viraxas, which seems to be very strong in the current meta.
As expected, SY is sticking to their old tricks with Passiflora. MO are back in full force, mainly due to Ethereal shenanigans. After the nerf to Harmony, the downfall of ST was undeniable. There are some playable leaders like Deadeye Ambush and Precision Strike, however the green faction is clearly the weakest link.
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Writers: Anda, Jagdulf, Thekeyer, Minuano, Pajabol, SpecimenGwent
Consultants: BeardyBog, BUSHr, Gravesh, Green-Knight, KingChezz, Lorakko, Saber97, Spyro, xCyBerZz
With the new expansion, SK received some over-the-top tools for one of its already refined and successful archetypes. Now equipped with bronzes that rival your opponent’s golds and arguably the two best cards in Gwent, Blood Eagle and Harald the Cripple, SK has managed to solidify its place as the king of the meta. Even after the recent hotfix, this deck still feels unfair to play against, often snatching a win from disadvantageous circumstances. -Minuano
- Extremely strong bronze package allows you to trade even in points with your opponent’s gold cards
- Due to the Veteran keyword and Blood Eagle, the deck has an incredible bleed (and 2-0) potential, while being powerful in both long and short Round 3
- Other than the slightly unfavored matchup against Imperial Formation, there isn’t a glaring weakness
- You can try Particidal Fury
- Tyrggvi, Drummond Berserker → Wild Boar, An Craite Warrior
Draug gets farmed by SK and has fallen out of favor, but it’s also difficult to build a functional Midrange deck without creating a weaker version of SK. The best option for NR is a Devotion deck which includes Viraxas and Kerack Marines. Engines like Frigate, Temerian Drummer and Anna Strenger can be pulled with Amphibious Assault which allows you to win Round 1 and bleed the opponent in Round 2, while also offering a lot of value in a long Round 3. -Wusubi
- You have strong engines and control tools, Viraxas can reset Anséis or Baron
- Amphibious Assault provides you with an easy way to win Round 1 and also makes pushing deep into Round 2 appealing
- Row punish will hurt since you swarm the board a fair bit with Kerack Frigate
- Although the deck includes John Natalis and Amphibious Assault, you don’t have access to 5 of your high-end golds, which makes it a bit draw dependent
- Reynard, Ronvid, Voymir
- You can try a greedier version with Siege
ST is struggling right now. The new cards are a bit underwhelming and the nerf to Harmony killed the faction’s best performing deck. One of the more popular decks on ladder is Deadeye Ambush, utilizing Eithné Young Queen as a value play and Forest Protector for extra removal. If you win Round 1 and push Round 2 with Vernossiel and Aelirenn, the deck can be quite scary. What truly holds you back is the bad matchup against SK. -Thekeyer
- The deck packs multiple big tempo plays
- Strong control tools in Oak, Forest Protector and Rebuke, Yaevinn and Poison
- Wide punish, you can't win against Hemdall and Wild Boar
- Water of Brokilon, Freixenet
July 22 - Added Double Ball to Tier 2.
July 24 - Added Assimilate to Tier 2. Updated decks for Ethereal Fruits and Hefty Helge.
July 27 - Added Mahakam Forge and Congregate to Tier 3. Multiple changes to decks and star ratings.