Welcome to our 22nd meta report! Due to several buffs to bronze crimes, SY is finally back in business, as Lined Pockets is the best deck in the game. Arachas Swarm is also powerful, but with Lockdown out of the picture, MO players have viable alternatives in Viy and Carapace.
While NG can still rely on Masquerade Ball, SK has a new toy in Eist Tuirseach, making Blaze of Glory the leader of choice. Despite the recent nerfs, NR Witchers are performing reasonably well.
On the other hand, Deadeye Ambush is struggling, mostly due to Tunnel Drill being so efficient at killing Elven Deadeyes. ST has some niche alternatives in the forms of the familiar Nature’s Gift and the less familiar Mahakam Forge, as Dwarves are now somewhat competitive with Brouver Hoog leading the charge.
Saber97 has prepared a quick video overview of the meta report, going through all the decks and tiers. Check it out here!
We will update the report regularly in order to provide the community with a spot-on representation of the current meta. You can join our Discord if you have any questions.
Editing: Wusubi, Sebodunum
Writers: Gravesh, Lorakko, McP0yle, Pajabol, Saber97, Spybie, SpyroZA, Thekeyer
Consultants: Anda, Green-Knight, Lance, Qnerr, SpecimenGwent
With the latest patch, Lined Pockets skyrocketed from being barely a Tier 3 deck to being the by far strongest deck in the meta. You usually want to win Round 1 with Safecrackers while building up carry-over for Round 2. Try to keep Sea Jackal in your hand, as he’s your least committal spender. In later rounds, you want to start with Cleaver and spawn a few copies of Cleaver’s Muscle, then destroy the opponent’s board with Tunnel Drill. If the game ends up in a short Round 3, you still have a lot of points tied to the likes of Gord and Jacques de Aldersberg. -Saber97
- You have insane Round 1 tempo with Halfling Safecrackers and Novigradian Justice
- In later rounds, you can rely on Cleaver, combined with potent control tools such as Tunnel Drill and Philippa Eilhart
- Geralt: Yrden and other forms of tall punish
- Korathi Heatwave, Skewertooth, Bloody Good Fun
Standing the test of time, Devotion Warriors still maintain their place in the meta. Eist Tuirseach is a potent addition, providing Blaze of Glory with an incredible finisher. While Morkvarg: Heart of Terror has lost his Warrior tag and his place in the archetype, he quickly found his way back into the deck, improving your matchup against Lined Pockets and Double Cross. This deck aims to utilize a powerful balance between pointslam and control tools, ensuring that you have the ability to shut down many of your opponent’s engines and synergies. -SpyroZA
- Insane 30+ point finisher potential in Eist combined with leader and Jutta an Dimun
- Your control options are better than ever, along with strong tools to defend the bleed
- Blaze of Glory being tied to Eist makes your game plan less flexible
- Vulnerable to non-interactive strategies, can struggle in a short round without last say
- You can try out this version with Hjalmar an Craite
Another provision nerf and the lack of good matchups have pushed our beloved Lippy out of Tier 2. However, this doesn’t mean that the deck can’t still be a viable option to bruteforce your way through the ranks. When you manage to execute your desired game plan and force a short round with your 25-point Cerys, the overall power level of this deck is nothing to scoff at. If you feel like you need additional control tools, replace Haern Caduch and Squirrel with Delirium and Decoction. -Thekeyer
- Various big tempo plays in Cerys an Craite, Svalblod Totem and the Discard package
- Excels at Red coin abuse (as long as you don’t brick too many cards), with a powerful Round 2 bleed and a great Round 3 finisher
- Underwhelming in a long round, you get outvalued by engine decks
- The deck has enough bricks to build a house, which makes it very draw dependent
- You can try out this version with Gigascorpion Decoction
March 24 - The meta report has been officially released.
March 30 - Updated the decklist for Deadeye Ambush and moved it to Tier 2. Witchers went from 4 to 3.75 stars, while Carapace went from 3.75 to 4 stars.
April 1 - Updated the decklist for Lined Pockets to reflect Patch 8.4.
April 6 - Updated the decklists for Arachas Swarm, Warriors and Lippy.
April 8 - Moved Dwarves to Tier 3. Warriors went from 4 to 4.25 stars.
April 11 - Updated the decklists and videos for Lined Pockets, ViyJAM, Nature’s Gift and Dwarves.
April 18 - Lined Pockets went from 4.75 to 4.5 stars.
April 21 - Updated the decklists for Witchers and Dwarves, along with changing the considerations and videos for several decks.