Welcome to our 23rd meta report! After Redrame’s flawless run in the Top 16 qualifier, his Pirate’s Cove deck has taken the ladder by storm. And rightfully so - it’s the best deck which can also include various tech cards. Joining SY in the crowded Tier 1, MO is still the most flexible faction, with 3 powerful options in Arachas Swarm, Carapace and Viy.
With the nerfs to Halfling Safecracker and Cleaver, Lined Pockets and Tunnel Drill aren’t as popular as last season - which is great news for Deadeye Ambush. Elves are the best option for ST, as with the nerf to Masquerade Ball and the inevitable downfall of NG, Nature’s Gift has lost its most favored matchup.
Following the nice buff to Coral, Warriors and Reckless Flurry have both incorporated the Discard package, making their Round 1 quite threatening - if they manage to draw it. While everyone expected Blue Stripes to be strong due to Foltest, the Temerian ruler performs better in a Pincer Maneuver deck with Draug and Erland of Larvik.
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: Avades, Bantonio, BeardyBog, Gravesh, KingChezz93, Lorakko, Pajabol, Qnerr, Saber97, Spybie, SpyroZA
Consultants: Andasama, Green-Knight, McP0yle, SpecimenGwent
After the nerfs to Lined Pockets, SY has taken a new form in Pirate’s Cove and quickly proved that it’s still the top dog. With the ability to spawn two Sea Jackals, you never have an issue with spenders, allowing you to fully utilize the coin generation cards without the need to include the weak bronze spenders. As a raw value deck with many power plays, such as the recently buffed Professor, Whoreson Junior and both the Bleinheim and Borsodi brothers, very few decks are able to bleed you. The deck is also quite flexible which is a big upside, as it allows you to include various tech cards and adapt to the meta. -SpyroZA
- The deck has a scary long round with a great capability to defend the Round 2 bleed
- Pirate’s Cove allows you to spend coins efficiently while providing some short round potential with the likes of Sigi Reuven
- As a Devotion deck, it can be vulnerable against greedier decks like Carapace if you don’t include any tech cards
- Philippa Eilhart, Walter Veritas, Boris, Saul de Navarette
At first glance, Witchers might strike you as an outdated archetype with not too many favored matchups in the current meta. However, the deck still performs well and can even go toe-to-toe with Pirate’s Cove. The usual game plan is to secure Round 1 with Amphibious Assault and bronze engines while generating carry-over with Erland and Vesemir: Mentor. This allows you to put on a scary bleed in Round 2, leading into an explosive short round, where you’re able to outvalue most decks in the game thanks to the combined power of the Witcher trio and Uprising. -Wusubi
- Still great on Blue coin, utilizing Crystal Skull to its full potential with Griffin Witcher
- The ability to generate carry-over while winning Round 1 due to Amphibious Assault makes for a threatening bleed in Round 2
- Underwhelming in a long round, mainly due to the limited amount of control tools
- With multiple cards having the Adrenaline condition, sequencing can get awkward
- You can try out this version with Prince Anséis
While the big nerf to Masquerade Ball is surely a cause of celebration over in Gwent’s subreddit, it’s bad news for Nature’s Gift, as NG was the deck it used to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With Pirate’s Cove and the three MO decks reinforcing their position in the meta, you’re looking at a handful of unfavored matchups. The list wants to win Round 1 using Hamadryad and Shaping Nature while generating carry-over with Dunca. This allows you to bleed the opponent with the likes of Figgis, Pavko and Gezras, usually keeping Forest Protector and Harald Gord for the short Round 3. -Wusubi
- Strong Round 1 presence with Hamadryad and Shaping Nature
- You can generate a decent amount of carry-over with Dunca and Circle of Life, which makes your Round 2 bleed more threatening
- Struggles against the Tier 1 decks
- Lacks tall punish due to Devotion, can’t answer Defenders efficiently
- Paulie Dahlberg, Oakcritters
May 21 - The meta report has been officially released.
May 23 - Updated the decklists for Radeyah Elves, Lined Pockets and Reckless Flurry.
May 26 - Updated the decklist for ViyJAM. Changed the rating for Trap Elves (4 to 3.75 stars).
May 29 - Updated the decklist for Witchers and changed the rating from 3.75 to 4 stars.
June 1 - Updated the decklist for Warriors. Changed the rating for Lined Pockets (4 to 3.75 stars).
June 4 - Changed the rating for Radeyah Elves (from 4 to 3.75 stars). Nature’s Gift and Pincer Draug were moved to Tier 3.
June 7 - Minor changes to decklists and considerations for several decks.