Welcome to our 31st meta report! The other factions have finally caught up to SY after a 2-power nerf to King of Beggars. Jackpot has lost a provision and Off the Books has gained a fourth charge, making it a more viable leader ability for both Midrange and Bounty decks.
While NR can still rely on its menacing Alumni deck, Siege is also an interesting option due to the multitude of buffs to Siege Engines and the rework of Resupply. Nothing has changed for NG, with Assimilate being the best choice as usual.
Sigvald and Knut the Callous have received significant buffs, finally turning Self-wound into a relevant archetype. As such, SK is the most flexible faction, since you can also opt for Battle Trance or Onslaught to target different matchups.
With the four best factions being clear-cut this season, there’s no reason to play ST and MO. That said, we’re still including Guerilla Tactics and Blood Scent - they’re annoying to deal with and can give several decks a run for their money.
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, ShadowplayRed, Sebodunum
Writers: Avades, EuronCrowsEye, Gravesh, Oliveira, Pajabol, SpyroZA, Zubedoo
Consultants: Andasama, Flavko, Inayesel, Kerpeten96, Lorakko, McP0yle, SpecimenGwent
Inspired Zeal once again makes an appearance in Tier 1, with Alumni still being the go-to deck for NR. The key difference with this iteration is that it’s no longer a Devotion deck, as it now uses either Vigo’s Muzzle as a neat control tool or Royal Decree to make the deck more consistent. Leticia was replaced by Knickers or Necromancy to improve your odds against control decks. Siege Masters will Summon themselves from your hand and draw a card when you play a Siege Engine, creating a pocket for Raffard’s Vengeance. Flexible gold cards like Chapter of Wizards and Gerhart of Aelle provide you with a multitude of options, while Seltkirk of Gulet and Margarita Laux-Antille allow you to deal with the opposing threats. -EuronCrowsEye
- You have a lot of power in the carry-over from Ban Ard and Aretuza Students, making the deck strong in long and short rounds alike
- Alumni and Seltkirk remain as the staple removal options, with Vigo’s Muzzle adding the spicy opportunity to yoink one of your opponent’s engines
- Graveyard disruption cards can sometimes hinder Shani (e.g. Experimental Remedy)
- Control decks can answer Students, preventing you from getting the Zeal on Alumni
- Royal Decree, Necromancy
After a significant buff, Off The Books became a solid alternative to Jackpot, offering a multi-use ability which also makes your Tributes cheaper. This version of the deck was built by Mistikal, and it includes enough control tools for the opposing engines, with Whoreson Junior being the ultimate Devotion pay-off. Jacques and Philippa Eilhart are efficient spenders that solve the issue of over-profiting, since you can’t rely on Jackpot’s passive ability. You often have a better Round 1 presence than Jackpot, with flexible leader charges and a few more provisions at your disposal. -Pajabol
- Higher ceiling than Jackpot, as Off the Books provides you with three more provisions
- Very good at removing the opponent’s engines while still having an insane amount of proactive points thanks to Savolla and King of Beggars
- Potential awkwardness with over-profiting and spending coins due to the lack of the safety net that’s Jackpot’s passive ability
- Not being able to protect Whoreson’s Freak Show and Salamandra Mages with your leader ability can prove to be problematic
- Casino Bouncers, Tax Collector
Guerilla Tactics is nothing but a shell of its former self, yet with another hopeless patch for the ST enjoyers, the faction doesn’t have promising alternatives. You can still get round control by just slamming Saskia: Commander while developing carry-over in the form of Orbs of Insight and The Mushy Truffle. The nerf to Milva: Sharpshooter made the control potential worse, which limits your ability to compete with the rest of the meta. -Gravesh
- Saskia: Commander remains untouched and still takes over the round she’s played in
- Alzur giveth and Alzur taketh away; if you manage to high-roll, you can beat any deck
- With Milva: Sharpshooter’s ability dealing 1 damage, the deck feels like a wet noodle
- The deck can struggle with proactivity and can also end up bricking some of its cards
- Korathi Heatwave, Red Haze