Welcome to our 27th meta report! With Fruits of Ysgith out of the picture, some of the older decks such as Reckless Flurry, Reveal and Duels have managed to bounce back. Lined Pockets and Assimilate are still the top dogs, while the red faction doesn’t have too many options after the nerfs to Relicts.
After some experimentation with White Frost, it appears that the only thing MO players can do is to drag Arachas Swarm out of the retirement home. ST can still rely on the spell-oriented Precision Strike deck with a cheeky Alzur twist.
If you dislike the control approach of Reckless Flurry, SK has another option in Battle Trance, which is the polar opposite, relying on its raw pointslam. Inspired Zeal is of course the go-to leader ability for NR, be it Duels or Commandos.
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: Cyberz, McP0yle, Pajabol, SpyroZA
Consultants: Andasama, Gravesh, Lorakko, Qnerr
Tunnel Drill somehow keeps avoiding the nerf hammer and as such, SY is at the top of our meta report for yet another season. The absence of Relicts allows you to go back to Sigi Reuven and Philippa Eilhart, granting the deck even more coin generation and a powerful spender. Both additions make it easier to either contest Round 1 or defend the bleed, which is something the faction used to struggle with in the past. That said, if you find yourself losing against the likes of Reveal, feel free to go back to the old version with The Witchfinder and Graden, or even include a cheeky tech card like Tavern Brawl. As usual, Lined Pockets excels at turning coins into damage with Whoreson’s Freak Show and Tunnel Drill while having ridiculously powerful top-end control tools in Professor and Whoreson Junior. -Wusubi
- With a myriad of efficient removal at your disposal, you’re inherently favored against any engine-based strategy
- Tunnel Drill combined with a full bank and some leader charges plays for a ridiculous amount of points, often allowing you to annihilate the opposing board
- You can struggle on Blue coin if you don’t find Novigradian Justice or Philippa Eilhart
- The deck has a steep learning curve, as it requires an ideal hand composition with the right balance of coin generation and spenders
- You can try out this version with The Witchfinder and Graden
To everyone’s surprise, Nature’s Gift had a huge comeback this season. It seems that Alzur has run his course and ST is back to the more reliable pointslam. The recent additions, such as the 5-provision engines and Simlas, helped the deck a lot. It now has enough power to rival the other factions, with decent matchups into NG decks especially. Harald Gord is your bread and butter, so you’ll want to secure Round 1 in order to have round control. This allows you to push into Round 2 and force a short Round 3, where your goal is to overpower the opponent with plays like Eithné, Forest Protector and Gord. With Fauve, Isengrim’s Council and Call of the Forest, the deck is very consistent, which is a big upside when compared to the Precision Strike version. -Cyberz
- The deck has a lot of impactful engines that can spiral out of control if unanswered
- Strong Round 2 bleed potential due to Orbs of Insight, great short round with Gord
- As a Devotion deck, you don’t have access to useful tech cards like Korathi Heatwave
- Control-heavy opponents, such as Lined Pockets and in fringe cases Reckless Flurry, can put a dent in your game plan
- You can try out this version with The Great Oak
MO is in a weird spot after the brutal nerfs to the Relict archetype. Some tried to make Koshchey great again, some went as far as to play White Frost. Neither of the experiments bore any fruit and things were looking grim for the red faction. Thankfully, since ST players have shelved their Lacerates, it appears that after the 2-provision buff to Zoltan: Scoundrel, Arachas Swarm has found its way into the meta again. The deck relies on swarming the board using Organic cards and then boosting the Drones with pay-off cards. Players have tried many versions of the deck, featuring cards like Sunset Wanderers, Oneiromancy or even Mammuna with Griffins. However, in order to accommodate them, you’d have to give up on control tools like Heatwave and Geralt of Rivia, which seem to be necessary inclusions in order to compete in the current environment. -Wusubi
- You have a respectable Round 1 presence with Portal, Knickers and Crimson Curse
- The deck excels in a long round, where you can get the maximum value out of your pay-off cards like Yennefer of Vengerberg, Chimera and Bone Talisman
- Struggles against row punish and decks that can easily remove Drones, e.g. Siege
- Relies on drawing Portal in the first two rounds, as otherwise you won’t be able to access all of your key cards
- Mammuna, Griffin
September 23 - The meta report has been officially released.
October 1 - Added Nature’s Gift to Tier 2. Updated the considerations for Lined Pockets and Assimilate.