Welcome to our 26th meta report! Despite the hotfix earlier this month, Fruits of Ysgith continues to dominate the ladder with a Relict-based deck that still relies on Mammuna, Bloody Mistress and Caranthir. SY isn’t far behind - Lined Pockets is stronger than the other factions and can also tech against MO with cards like The Witchfinder, The Scoundrel and Graden.
ST benefited the most from the Thanedd Coup expansion, going from the gutter to the very top of Tier 2. The additions of Simlas, Orb of Insight and Elven Seer make for a great Precision Strike deck, utilizing Harald Gord to his full potential.
With the nerf to Sunset Wanderers, the heartbroken NG players had to shelve Tactical Decision and explore other avenues. After some experimentation with Enslave, it seems that Imprisonment is the better leader ability, incorporating Terranova and Fercart into a solid Midrange deck.
It’s no secret that NR and SK got the short end of the stick this season. However, if you really want to play these factions, we’ve got you covered. NR can rely on Commandos, while SK has a decent option in Rage of the Sea with Melusine and Dagur Two Blades, which is quite effective against MO.
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Editing: Wusubi, Sebodunum
Writers: Cyberz, McP0yle, SpyroZA
Consultants: Andasama, Gravesh, Pajabol, Qnerr
With the introduction of Selfeater and Bloody Mistress, Relicts now have even more threatening engines for you to worry about. On top of this, Mammuna is one of the best cards in Gwent, especially when combined with Caranthir. Fruits of Ysgith provides a powerful Round 1 presence and synergizes with Griffin, Idarran and Bloody Mistress. The deck has an easy time winning the first round with its incredible bronze cards while setting up the graveyard for Mammuna. You can then proceed to bleed your opponent, however your long Round 3 is also decent thanks to all the engines. This makes the deck extremely flexible; the only downside is the fact that it’s draw dependent, as it relies on specific combo pieces. -Wusubi
- Great Round 1 presence, as the deck is able to generate 30 points in just three cards
- You have strong engines and some pointslam options like Caranthir and Mammuna, which allows you to play both long and short rounds
- The deck has a multitude of threats that demand answers - Idarran, Bloody Mistress, Witch Apprentice and even cards like Selfeater and Cave Troll
- While you have Royal Decree and Maxii to help you out, the deck is draw dependent since you have to set up your graveyard and find a target for Caranthir
- Adda: Striga, Natural Selection
- You can try out this version with She Who Knows
Dear diary, today I tried to play some NG. I was in shock when I soon realized that Masquerade Ball is power-crept. Even Reveal, the shining star of last season, can’t beat the Top 3 factions anymore. Suddenly, it came to me: if you can’t beat them, join them. I went to the deck-builder, came up with an Assimilate deck and chose Imprisonment for some control. Artaud Terranova and the nice buff to Mage Torturer helped me in my undertaking. Playing the deck, I quickly learned to use my opponent’s biggest weapons against them, as their bronzes and golds are simply better than mine. I have to admit, I had a blast doing all kinds of shenanigans with Informant, Remedy and Coup de Grace. Oh and Joachim de Wett is pretty good in this deck, as with so much thinning and specials, he was able to pull my golds if I didn’t draw them. -Cyberz
- The deck thins well with Blightmakers, Dead Man’s Tongue and Fercart, which makes Joachim incredibly valuable
- Can generate a lot of of value if you manage to find good targets for Artaud Terranova, Informant and Experimental Remedy
- You rely on your opponent’s cards to carry you, which is an approach that can backfire
- Struggles to deal with the abundance of threats in the meta, as unlike other NG decks, you only have Imprisonment, Yennefer’s Invocation and Tourney Joust
- Gorthur Gvaed, Cantarella
If you find yourself with a monster infestation but don’t have enough crowns to hire Geralt, look no further than Rage of the Sea with Melusine. This deck makes use of multiple massive threats that will completely steamroll the opposition if left unanswered. Additionally, the ability to play Sigrdrifa’s Rite twice means you can use Melusine in all three rounds if necessary, allowing you to get the most out of the carry-over and make the deck far more resistant to being bled than ever before. The bronze package of Cultist cards is highly synergistic and effective, which gives you a good Round 1 presence. -SpyroZA
- The deck completely obliterates MO, as defending the bleed is so easy with Melusine
- Can generate a big amount of carry-over with Melusine, granting you a great finisher
- Can be draw dependent since you rely on combo pieces, which forces you into playing multiple consistency cards
- Vulnerable to control-heavy decks with efficient ways to get through Covenant of Steel and answer Melusine or Dagur Two Blades
- Bear Witcher Mentor
August 20 - The meta report has been officially released.
August 24 - Updated the decklist for Lined Pockets.
August 31 - Updated the decklist for Fruits of Ysgith.