Welcome to our 25th meta report! Sunset Wanderers should’ve been a gimmick card to promote Gwent on WitcherCon, but it turned out to be one of the most impactful and popular cards to date.
Tactical Decision offers great synergy with Sunset Wanderers and playing NG allows you to include Ivar Evil-Eye, the best answer to the card. As such, the faction’s play rate has skyrocketed to almost 30%. You have myriad decks to try out, be it Reveal, Midrange, Cloggers or even Mill.
Despite all this, the crown still belongs to SY, as Lined Pockets is the best performing deck. NR connoisseurs can rely on Inspired Zeal and have to choose between Commandos and the version with Gerhart, Shani and Duel cards.
Finding the fourth faction is a difficult task. SK struggles to keep up with the top three and ST is non-existent. If you don’t enjoy the control approach of Reckless Flurry, you could embrace our lord and savior Koshchey.
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, Cyberz, Pajabol, Qnerr, SpecimenGwent, SpyroZA
Consultants: Andasama, Bantonio
Lined Pockets gained more popularity towards the end of last season while becoming the go-to SY deck this month. The nerf to Whoreson Junior and the addition of Sunset Wanderers nearly forced the deck into Non-Devotion, but the old version still feels as good as it used to. Bloody Good Friends now has 6 base power, which makes Novigradian Justice even better. The deck has a lot of control tools, giving you a chance to withstand the likes of Commandos. Your long round is quite powerful, but you’re also able to put on a threatening bleed with some coin carry-over, Cleaver and Tunnel Drill. -Cyberz
- You still have a strong Round 1 presence with Novigradian Justice and some Crimes
- Tunnel Drill along with a full bank, leader charges, Syndicate Crowns and a Bounty from The Witchfinder is a disgusting amount of points
- Correct hand composition can be hard - you need to find the right balance between coin generation and spenders
- Susceptible to being bled, especially if your opponent manages to disrupt cards like Tunnel Drill or The Witchfinder
- Professor, Fisstech Trafficker
After the buff to Reinforced Ballista, Commando decks have incorporated Siege as a tempo and control tool. Initially, a Devotion approach was popular, utilizing the extra boosts from King Foltest and Kerack Marine. The lack of consistency has proven to be the Achilles’ heel of such builds, since a combo-oriented deck can’t afford to miss the crucial pieces. As such, the archetype has returned to its Oneiromancy roots. The inclusion of Megascope makes your Blue Stripes Scout more reliable while also creating more Commandos. This allows you to sacrifice card advantage in order to bleed the opponent and force a short Round 3 where you come out on top with your massive finisher. -Wusubi
- Siege allows you to contest longer rounds while also improving your bleed potential
- Incredibly strong carry-over and short round potential with the Blue Stripes package
- Still reliant on drawing its combo pieces, especially on Red coin
- The limited amount of removal makes the deck vulnerable to engine-based strategies
- Hubert Rejk
Mill gained an important tool, with Teleportation being able to do Kingslayer’s job. Sunset Wanderers is rampant on the ladder and as a result, many meta decks have ditched Oneiromancy in favor of more thinning. Cloggers, Hyperthin and Lined Pockets are key examples of decks which can struggle against Mill. Despite its reputation, it’s easy to overlook the amount of points this deck has. Tactical Decision can put out an insane amount of tempo when combined with Snowdrop, Affan and Mage Assassins. This deck is the hero Gwent deserves, but not the one it needs right now. It’s the deck everyone loves to hate. If you like the idea of clowning around and potentially beating some of the top dogs with a funny meme deck, give it a shot. -Specimen
- The deck can gain card advantage through milling your opponent’s deck, therefore forcing them to try and 2-0 you
- Tactical Decision with Snowdrop, Affan and Mage Assassins gives the deck exactly what it needs - a good amount of proactive points
- Some matchups which are nearly impossibe to win, e.g. Commandos and Koshchey
- Slow plays like Kingslayer and Teleportation can make it very difficult to win Round 1
- War Council, Imperial Diplomacy
July 23 - The meta report has been officially released.
July 27 - Updated the decklists for Lined Pockets and Reveal.
July 29 - Updated the decklists for Commandos and Jackpot.
August 2 - Updated the decklists Koshchey and Reckless Flurry.