Final Omens Tier List – December 8th, 2017
We didn’t intend to write this Tier List. With The Dusk Road (Set 3) looming on the horizon, I had assumed that the list as is was good enough and it could survive the twilight of the format until Set 3 dropped and the game changed forever. However, we did put up a release date for the tier list, so now the time comes to deliver.
Well, what happened? In broad strokes, the meta isn’t about midrange anymore. Aggro went low to the ground, with Rally spreading over three factions (Stonescar, Rakano, Praxis) and punishing players for wanting to play 5 drops that weren’t Harsh Rule. Anti Aggro Feln became popular, which doubled as a check against the midrange decks. While they’re not gone by any means, the meta is now more about surviving aggression than it is a midrange arms race.
If your deck survives early aggression (or races it) the format is fairly open and you can play what you like. Big Three Color lists are becoming pretty popular, as players explore the edges of the format and use FJS Removal Pile as a means to justify their XXXYYYZZ influence requirements. It’s a wild format out there, be ready for six one drops one game and twelve cost spells the next.
The Tier List
Keep in mind that in a rapidly evolving metagame a single piece of new technology can throw everything out of whack, but the following list should be a good snapshot of how things were the first week of December 2017.
Explanation of Tiers
Tier 1 – These are the most successful and prominent ladder decks at the moment.
Tier 2 – These decks are powerful and great ladder choices, though noticable less popular or powerful than tier 1 decks.
Tier 3 – These decks are usually quite powerful when they go off, but need a strong draw to work or have some other exploitable weakness. Fine choices for the ladder, especially if the metagame favors them or you minimize their weaknesses.
Tier 4 – These decks are less powerful than Tier 3 decks or are wildly inconsistent.
Decks in italics were not on the previous Tier List.
Official Tier List
Explanation of Tiers
Its all aggro here! Except for the control decks, I suppose. Aggro and anti-aggro struggle for dominance, with aggro having the edge due to faster games. Removal Pile mostly preys on midrange decks and has difficulty with the aggressive decks.
Midrange kingpins Praxis, Xenan, and Argenport all end up here. Praxis tokens is a new deck that has taken off again with the release of the new promo Tesya, which leads to some busted starts. Chalice is kicking around again too, many decks go under it but Feln without Gift is generally fodder and midrange decks make a nice snack.
Almost everything else shows up here. Combrei Midrange is not as good as the three tier 2 midrange decks, so it ends up below. Big Combrei has fallen out of style, as has Big Xenan, as its not about going over the top anymore. Shimmerpack is starting to creep back in, Tesya also giving this deck new life. Rakano decks that have adopted Rally are seeing more success than those that did not.
It just won’t go away! Echo Makto is back, again. Fun to play and annoying to play against, Echo Destiny Revenge are the three most frustrating words to not play Steward into. Hooru Flyers makes it onto the list at last, albeit at the bottom spot. Elysian Midrange has fallen about as far as a midrange deck can fall, never being very popular at the best of times. Its worth noting that it made the list while its cousin TJP did not.