Thursday Tier List #5 – November 3, 2016

Tier lists are updated on a biweekly basis and posted every second Thursday.

This tier list is valid for Patch v1.13

Thursday Tier List #5 – November 3, 2016

Hello all! I’m aReNGee, and I’m happy to present the fifth biweekly Tier List. Published scant hours after Tier List #4, the metagame has had two full weeks to adapted to the balance changes in patch 1.13. Overall, not too many decks changed, but we saw the resurgance of an old archetype this week, and quite a few fringe decks lost some of their pilots. As usual, I was assisted by Finkel, Neon, and Unearthly whom I have to congratulate on finishing #1, 2, and 3 respecitively in the October season. Their opinions have been combined to form the final tier list, which is based on the following assumptions:

  1. Decks have been ranked into their tier based on both win rate and popularity. The most popular and successful decks are Tier 1. A very successful but unknown deck will not show up on this list, while a popular but unsuccessful deck will show up but will be lower tiered.
  2. There is no special formula for weighting popularity vs win rate, each player has their own opinions.
  3. Decks are listed within their tiers in approximate order of success. Therefore, a deck at the top of a tier is at least slightly better than the deck below it.

Explanation of Tiers
Tier 1 – These are the best decks right now, both in terms of representation and win rate.
Tier 2 – These decks don’t have either the representation or the winrate to be considered Tier 1, but are all powerful decks and great choices for ladder.
Tier 3 – These decks are usually quite powerful when they go off, but need the a strong draw to work or have some other exploitable weakness. Fine choices for 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.

Official Tier List

Tier 1
Big Combrei (formerly Combrei Midrange)
Rakano Warcry
Aggressive Combrei
4F Control

Tier 2
Stonescar Jito
Rakano Plate (formely Rakano Midrange)
Traditional Armory
Icaria Blue/FJP Control
Elysian Midrange
Feln Midrange

Tier 3
Mono Justice
Stonescar Midrange
TJP Control
Haunting Scream
Clockroaches/Dark Roaches

Tier 4
No decks were Tier 4 this week

Rakano Burn
Feln Control
JPS Control
Mono Fire
Party Hour
Stonescar Weapons

Tier One Decks

Tier One contains the usual suspects this week, with two flavors of Combrei plus Rakano Warcry. Combrei Midrange has been discontinued as a deck name as the decks get further and further from midrange, with many players adapting a higher curve and a more controlling style. Other players had success with a more aggressive Combrei gameplan, making use of cards like Gilded Glaive and Copperhall Elite to close out games quickly. No new tech was discovered for Rakano Warcry, but the end of season climb and ladder reset meant that its popularity was too high to ignore. 4F control joins Tier One for the first time this week, on the back of Finkel’s second #1 finish and it’s strong ladder popularity.

Tier Two Decks

Jito slides a tier this week to the top of Tier Two. With most of the aggressive players playing one of the many varients of Rakano, fewer players actually played Jito this week. Rakano Plate (the slightly higher curve Rakano deck that plays no one drops) slipped to Tier Two as well as its popularity fell after its novelty wore off. Traditional Armory made a strong showing this week, preying on the various Rakano and control decks in the format. However, it’s weaker matchups against Combrei, Jito and 4F keep Armory out of tier one. Icaria Blue remains one of the most popular control decks with plenty of strong matchups, solidifying its position in tier two. Both Xenan and Elysian Midrange got boosts this week from the Amber Monument buff that allows it to bring back Dawnwalker, giving the decks some additional power and popularity. Finally, Feln Midrange brings up the rear of Tier Two. It generally has even or draw dependant matchups, and some of its cards are clunky, but the deck has enough power and popularity to land it in tier two.

Tier Three Decks

With Mono Justice’s strongest proponent pushing Rakano decks at the moment, Mono Justice has lost a fair amount of popularity. It retains its snowball potential and can quickly close out games, but needs strong draws to beat the top decks. Stonescar Midrange continues to slide in the rankings, with so much focus on four cost cards rendering the deck clunky and slow when so many decks are curving out. TJP Control has a number of varients, but most of the successful pilots have moved to the more successful 4F Control. Those that are having success with TJP are usually playing the Echoscavate combo. Haunting Scream is an old deck that received a revitalization in the Gorgon Fanatic buff as well as a huge popularity boost from winning an Eternal Tournament Series Weekly. The deck remains extremely weak to silence, hate cards, and awkward draws, which makes it too inconsistant for tier two at this time. In a similar vein, Clockroaches remains tier three as so much of the deck is based on Crown of Possibilities. However, modern versions of Clockroaches have the potential to end the game in a few short turns after a single Crown.

Tier Four Decks

No decks made Tier Four this week.

Newly Unranked Decks

Many decks slid off of the tier list this week. All of the newly unranked decks did have a ladder presence this week and were seen multiple times by most of the tier list contributors, but simply don’t have sufficient popularity or encounter rate in order to geniunely rank them on the list. Hopefully we’ll have more results for these decks next week and they can reclaim their rightful place on the tier list.