The Misplay Meta
Week of 4/29/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

222 games tracked

Rainbow Sling 18.0% 1.1%
Mono F 8.1%
Ambition Valks 5.9% 0.1%
Creation Sentinels 4.5% 2.6%
Hooru Soldiers 4.1% 0.2%
Stonescar Aggro-Mid 4.1% 2.6%
Xenan Mid 4.1% 1.2%
Elysian Transform 3.2% 0.2%
Knowledge Control 3.2% 2.7%
Tradition Soldiers 3.2% 1.7%

Throne

348 games tracked

Skycrag Sling 13.2% 2.8%
Skycrag Yetis 8.6% 2.0%
Stonescar Aggro-Mid 7.5% 4.3%
Eccentric Officer 5.5% 3.0%
Skycrag Aggro 4.0% 1.9%
Combrei Relics 3.7% 5.3%
Mono F 3.7% 0.4%
Xenan Mid 3.2%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

Revelations with Colacoma and Watchwolf92

Watchwolf92: Yo Cola!!

Colacoma: Watchwolf! What’s up!

WW: DWD just sent me over a spoiler for Eternal: Revelations, did you get one?

Cola: Yeah, I’m really excited about mine. You know how much I love reanimator in every format and it gives a whole new direction for that. It does need some setup though.

WW: Oh really? That’s pretty sweet. I wonder if DWD hand picked these cards, because mine matches what I love to do in Eternal too, and that is to beatdown! I’m really curious about your card though. What sort of set up are we talking about? I thought playing Grasping at Shadows already required some set up.

Cola: Grasp requires void filling, but can be played from any board state. My new card requires dorks on board that you are ok with sacrificing, but I think that modern reanimator works better with cheap value units anyway. It can also work in unison with something like a Keelo package. We just need to figure out some Argenport units worth sacrificing.

WW: Argenport huh? In Throne, we have corrupted units like Jadehorn and Blightmoth that could provide some units on board that combo well with Keelo. In Expedition, we can try some sort of Grenahen shell or maybe even multi-factioned Mandrakes? Not really sure. So spill it, how are we jamming things into play? What’s the dorks for? And why AP?

Cola: I think it seems really good. I think we will see it in both Throne and Expedition as a new reanimation enabler, and both formats have good ways to fill the void. What about yours? Does it push aggro?

WW: Yeah! Similarly, I think it can see play in Expedition or Throne. Deedub is gonna be so happy! It’s a solid Justice 2 drop that you both feel good about bluff attacking every turn and are happy committing more onto it. Pretty rare to have a unit that has both of those qualities.

Cola: Nice, aggro has been lacking lately with so many cheap units that block way too well, Grenahen specifically. Tell me more. Is it a soldier?

WW: It is! Tinker Soldier to be exact, so can slot into any of these Hooru or Tradition shells we’ve seen in Expedition. I imagine Dovid is gonna be played more as well with the amplify powers. I’m also glad you mentioned Grenahen. This unit can attack into both Grenahen and Crafty Occultist even if they discard a unit for the ability. It does that by utilizing the new Valor mechanic and being a 2/2.

Cola: Wow! A 2 drop that can attack into 4 power profitably seems sweet. What about in Throne?

WW: This can probably work in Kira decks, but can also shine in those glass cannon Rakano decks that just try to shove effects onto Highland Sharpshooter as well. The coolest part for me is that it’s like the aggro Justice Felrauk, but I guess more similar to Privilege of Rank? It’s pretty funny against Felrauk if you happen to Warcry onto this on top of your deck.

Cola: Wow, this card combos really well with mine. I wonder if DWD noted during your interview that we are on a team and gave us matching cards.

WW: Well, if they keep doing these sorts of reveals, we will have two more data points by the time Worlds happens. I’m excited for us to start brewing for the Throne Open. I totally just realized we can play your card in an Even Reanimator shell in the main and can also be a cute option with Rolant, Iron Tyrant assuming you can get the first valk off.

Cola: And your card works well as a sacrifice or with self-mill to generate extra cardboard, both things reanimator generally needs. We have only seen a handful of cards so far and this set is already looking pretty hype.

WW: Well, we should probably end the part of our discussion that gets published in the article and continue this in our Discord. But if people want to discuss more ideas, they can join us there: discord.gg/jk4b4mTtP4

The Misplay Meta
Week of 4/22/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

209 games tracked

Rainbow Sling 19.1% 6.6%
Mono F 8.1% -4.4%
Ambition Valks 5.7% 4.9%
Menace Amplifier 5.7% -1.7%
Hooru Soldiers 3.8% -1.3%
Elysian Transform 3.3% 2.8%
Hooru Control 3.3% 2.2%
Menace Sling 3.3% 2.5%

Throne

287 games tracked

Skycrag Sling 16.0% 4.4%
Combrei Relics 9.1% 5.2%
Skycrag Yetis 6.6% 1.8%
Hooru Kira 4.5% 0.6%
Menace Trove 4.5% -2.3%
Mono F 4.2% 2.2%
Even Feln 3.1% -4.1%
Stonescar Aggro-Mid 3.1% -0.7%
Xenan Mid 3.1% 1.2%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

The Misplay Meta
Week of 4/15/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

351 games tracked

Mono F 12.5% 8.1%
Rainbow Sling 12.5% 5.6%
Menace Amplifier 7.4% -0.2%
Hooru Soldiers 5.1% -1.2%
Knowledge Mandrakes 4.6% 0.1%
Menace Discard 4.3% 2.2%
Menace Tesseract 4.0% 2.9%
Tradition Soldiers 3.1% -0.4%

Throne

206 games tracked

Skycrag Sling 11.7% 6.8%
Even Feln 7.3% -1.0%
Menace Trove 6.8% 2.8%
Skycrag Yetis 4.9%
Even Xenan 3.9% -0.1%
Hooru Kira 3.9% -4.0%
Stonescar Aggro-Mid 3.9% 1.1%
Eccentric Officer 3.4% 2.2%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

The Misplay Meta
Stormbreak Expedition Open

Welcome to a special Misplay Meta report. In this past weekend’s Stormbreak Expedition Open, The Misplay and several other Eternal teams tracked our matches while playing the qualifier round.

Between the participating teams, we confirmed the decks for 353 unique players. We do not know the exact number of participants, but some community estimates put it between 400-500. If that is accurate, this data represents a significant portion of the tournament’s meta.

We’re sharing the archetypes we saw, and providing links to deck lists from Eternal Warcry (all archetypes in the finals, plus any decks outside top 64 which represented at least 3% of the qualifier meta). For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Qualifiers

353 players confirmed

Finals

64 players

 

Deck Qualifier Finals △%
Rainbow Sling 11.0% 17.2% ▲ 6.1%
Menace Discard 5.4% 17.2% ▲ 11.8%
Mono F 9.1% 10.9% ▲ 1.9%
Menace Amplifier 7.9% 9.4% ▲ 1.4%
Tradition Soldiers 5.7% 6.3% ▲ 0.6%
Menace Tesseract 4.8% 6.3% ▲ 1.4%
Knowledge Mandrakes 4.2% 6.3% ▲ 2.0%
Hooru Soldiers 6.5% 4.7% ▼ 1.8%
Vision Mid 3.1% 3.1%
Xenan Mandrakes 3.1% 3.1%
Knowledge Jarrall 1.7% 3.1% ▲ 1.4%
Stonescar Heavy Shadow 0.8% 3.1% ▲ 2.3%
Creation Sentinels 2.5% 1.6% ▼ 1.0%
Combrei Control 1.7% 1.6% ▼ 0.1%
Praxis Sentinels 1.7% 1.6% ▼ 0.1%
Xenan Mid 1.7% 1.6% ▼ 0.1%
Argenport Mid 1.4% 1.6% ▲ 0.1%
Menace Sling 0.8% 1.6% ▲ 0.7%

Thank you to The Misplay and other teams for contributing to this project.

Friends of Eternal
The Barbarian Camp
Team Eternal Journey
Team Rankstar
We Stream Games
Team At Any Cost
Team Invoke Lethal

The Misplay Meta
Week of 4/8/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

740 games tracked

Menace Amplifier 7.6% 3.8%
Rainbow Sling 6.9% 5.7%
Hooru Soldiers 6.4% -1.4%
Hooru Control 4.5% -1.8%
Knowledge Mandrakes 4.5% 1.7%
Mono F 4.5% 1.4%
Ambition Valks 3.8% 0.3%
Instinct Sling 3.6% -1.1%
Tradition Soldiers 3.5% -1.3%
Xenan Mid 3.2% -0.8%

Throne

328 games tracked

Even Feln 8.2% -8.0%
Hooru Kira 7.9% 3.7%
Mono F 6.1% 4.3%
Skycrag Sling 4.9% -6.9%
Skycrag Yetis 4.9% -1.1%
Even Xenan 4.0% -3.9%
Menace Trove 4.0% 2.7%
Feln Mid 3.0% 1.5%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

Flippin’ Chickens

Well, look who wandered in… Hello and welcome to The Misplay! This is the next installment of the article series that accompanies act two of the podcast.

On our last show, Jason, Nate, and I tracked the evolution of the “Xenhen” Evenhanded Golem deck that our team put together and Colacoma piloted to the top 4 of the Throne Stormbreak Open. We talked through the initial concept, the tuning process, and the final list referencing the deck lists along the way. Today I’ll revisit the lists and try to provide some retrospective insights into the development of the deck and the process of collaborating with teammates.

Without further ado, let’s check out this Chicken Recipe

The Early Brews

Ahead of the Stormbreak release, Team Misplay expected Kira, Elysian, and Sling to be major players in the open. Then the bundle dropped and everyone found new toys to fall in love with. We caught on to the Menace Trove and Even Feln lists that started popping up. Early in the week we shotgunned a lot of different deck ideas. We had Even Feln that played heavy primal, we looked at the Xenan Hourglass decks, and we started building Menace Carver/Shrine lists.

Colacoma was looking closely at Even Xenan while Piereese was testing Menace Shrine. Piereese observed that Grenahen was discarding a ton of power. That observation is a perfect example of looking at the way a card plays and imagining the context it needs to stand out. Grenahen is great, but Piereese found an angle and context for it that definitely gave the team a powerful game plan that was largely overlooked.

He knew about the Arcanum Hourglass list that Colacoma was working on and decided to just mash the robot chicken into that Even Xenan deck. He threw together a draft and asked if the powerbase could support the splash. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I was quick to flip the bird at the idea being too greedy. I had obviously written the idea off too soon, so good thing my teammates were more open-minded than I was.

There are a couple of lessons to learn from Piereese’s first draft. The first is don’t discount an idea just because you don’t see it working on paper. Playing a deck and taking a close look at the numbers in a deck you are seeing for the first time can go a long way in helping dispel baseless biases. The other lesson is more of a tip of the cap to Piereese for the way the deck is built. The initial build had a Token of Knowledge in the market to fix for Grenahen, but it also served to help keep the power going. The deck could stumble with some awkward starts and the token helps smooth out some of those rough draws. The market and removal in the deck changed a lot as we tuned the deck but the Token of Knowledge was locked in from the beginning.

Giving the Chicken a Tune up

When all was said and done, Colacoma thought the most interesting thing about working on the deck was tuning the removal for the meta we expected. By the time we were going deep on tuning, we were confident in the Kira matchup. The meta shifted as the early builds of Even Feln and Menace Trove started to dominate the ladder. We also knew Yetis was going to be a difficult match up from our internal testing. The adjustments we made to the removal were trying to account for the emerging meta and to shore up the Yetis matchup.

Piereese’s build had ten removal spells, split between Defile, Annihilate, Fatal Misstep, and Send an Agent. The Missteps were there for additional discard, and the rest of the removal was targeting the really dangerous single-faction units. One-for-one removal is not at its best into Evenhanded Golem decks, and is also underwhelming against Menace sacrifice lists. There are important units to remove in sacrifice lists, but it’s a trap to try to kill every unit that matters with one-for-one spells. So the next advancement in the list was trimming some removal for more and swapping some flavor of removal around.

One version of the deck had a market Eremot’s Designs for the Yeti problem. We concluded that you can’t run a critical early-game answer in your market, when you really need it on turns 2-4. So we tried it in the main deck. Eremot’s Designs is pretty good into Kira, it’s a better piece of removal against Shrine lists, and had implications against Even Feln. Eremot’s Designs is also serviceable-to-good against Yetis, depending on how many Snowcrust Yetis turn up in the early game. Trimming a little removal made way for a Baby Vara to make her way into the main deck as well.

There was one final change to the removal that solved a lot of problems. Thudrock’s Masterwork and Lord Steyer’s Tower are very dangerous and powerful cards in the early game. Colacoma found Nectar of Unlife as a way to kill both sites. I believe it was a game-changer for the Yetis matchup. Nectar also gave a way to use power to reload on units in the mid to late game as well. We cut the Defiles to go up one more Eremot’s Designs and add the second Baby Vara.

The market changed and developed with the deck as a whole, but we made a couple of market decisions at the tail end of testing. Piereese’s Token of Knowledge, Banish, and Grasping at Shadows were locked in right away. His list started with Dichro’s Ruin and Xenan Temple, but they were cut early. Silverblade Menace made its way into the list, along with Toll of Warfare as a card to target other void-based decks that also had implications against Clear The Way Combo (a nice bonus, but not something we were especially concerned with). Near the end we were still looking for a little more game against Yetis. Remember though you shouldn’t put a card in the market that you need in the early game. Pale Rider’s Timepiece does a lot of great things against Yetis. It is not going to save you from dying on turn 4, but it can be useful in slamming the door shut on an opponent trying to steal a win with burn and charge units. This deck could also realistically get to play the spellcraft Witching Hour, which could also be backbreaking into other midrange strategies. It ended being serviceable enough and was the final card locked into the list that Colacoma and Piereese brought to the Throne Open.

That’s all for today folks. Thank you for checking out this article and a special thanks to Piereese and Colacoma for their insights about the deck and tuning process for the list. Take care and I hope all your chickens come with the perfect fixin’s.

The Misplay Meta
Week of 4/1/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

688 games tracked

Hooru Soldiers 7.7% ▲ 0.3%
Hooru Control 6.3% ▲ 1.6%
Instinct Sling 4.8% ▲ 0.9%
Tradition Soldiers 4.8% ▼ -2.7%
Creation Sentinels 4.1% ▲ 1.6%
Xenan Mid 4.1% ▼ -0.5%
Menace Amplifier 3.8% ▲ 0.2%
Ambition Valks 3.5% ▲ 1.0%
Mono F 3.1% ▼ -0.8%

Throne

383 games tracked

Even Feln 16.2% ▼ -1.7%
Skycrag Sling 11.7% ▲ 4.9%
Even Xenan 7.8% ▲ 5.1%
Skycrag Yetis 6.0% ▲ 1.0%
Hooru Kira 4.2% ▼ -2.2%
Xenan Reanimator 3.7%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

The Misplay Meta
Week of 3/25/21

Welcome to The Misplay Meta. As part of our internal tracking, The Misplay collects data on what we see while playing the ranked ladders. We share that data every Friday in this article series.

This is not a tier list. Think of it more as frequency. We’re sharing the archetypes we see and providing links to similar deck lists from Eternal Warcry. For clarity, we limit our charts to the most-seen decks, then we combine and list the remaining decks as “Other”. The frequency limit may fluctuate from week to week based on the number of games we record, but rest assured that we are trying to present the data as accurately as possible.

This report uses our team’s naming conventions: [Faction] [Defining Characteristic]. There are other naming conventions in the Eternal community, but we hope this version will be clear, consistent, and supportive of a wide range of players, from the least fluent to the unnecessarily fluent in Eternal jargon.

Expedition

281 games tracked

Hooru Soldiers 7.5% ▲ 5.4%
Tradition Soldiers 7.5% ▲ 2.1%
Hooru Control 4.6% ▼ -3.5%
Xenan Mid 4.6% ▼ -0.1%
Instinct Sling 3.9% ▼ -2.2%
Mono F 3.9% ▲ 0.5%
Combrei Control 3.6% ▲ 2.2%
Menace Amplifier 3.6% ▲ 2.9%
Feln At Any Cost 3.2% ▲ 2.5%
Vision Control 3.2% ▼ -0.2%

Throne

218 games tracked

Even Feln 17.9% ▲ 8.5%
Skycrag Sling 6.9% ▲ 0.7%
Hooru Kira 6.4% ▼ -0.6%
Menace Sac 5.0% ▲ 3.2%
Skycrag Yetis 5.0% ▲ 0.8%
Stonescar Mid 4.1% ▲ 1.2%
Feln At Any Cost 3.7% ▲ 3.0%
Feln Mid 3.7%
Xenan Reanimator 3.7% ▲ 0.6%
Tradition Clear the Way 3.2% ▼ -1.0%

Thank you to the entire Misplay team and community contributors for their time, effort, and dedication to this project.

ApricotKnight
chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

Misplay Trades Piereese in Blockbuster Deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Piereese is moving to a new discord and team that is willing to meet his salary demands.

The three-time ECQ qualifier — and one of The Misplay’s best deck builders — was traded Thursday afternoon to Team Eternal Journey in exchange for darth_herman2, a conditional 1st round pick in 2022, and a 3rd round pick in 2023.

“We’re thrilled to add a player of his caliber,” Eternal Journey president Jedi said, “especially with an Expedition qualifier looming.”

The cash-strapped Misplay who have struggled to acquire new Patrons in Q1 hope this will leave enough cap space to re-sign Eternal megastar colacoma who will become a free agent at the end of this season. “It’s a numbers thing,” Misplay co-founder parmele told reporters on Thursday, “I wish there was a world where we could keep both but you have to make hard choices in this game.”

Dealing Piereese is a shocking move considering nobody even knows if this is legal. “I’ve never heard of a player being traded at this level,” said Friends of Eternal founder Sunyveil, who said he was in tears when he heard about the deal. “This puts Red Rhombuses in win now mode,” Sunyveil said, “trading a starter for a specialist who’s only going to play in a third of the matches is going to make their fan base lose confidence in the team.”

For Team Eternal Journey, landing Piereese is a big win and another tactical move in a series by Eternal Journey to make frostwaves in the Eternal competitive scene. Piereese should make an immediate impact for a team that suffered a devastating loss in the FETL last week to TBC’s developmental team.

The Misplay also stands to benefit from darth_herman2’s draft experience. A co-co-host of the Eternal Journey podcast, darth_herman2 — not to be confused with darth_herman or darth_herman1, both likely excellent players in their own right  — brings a draft perspective The Misplay has been lacking. “I’m excited,” darth_herman2 said, “maybe they’ll even let me on their podcast.”

Piereese was noncommittal about whether he would re-sign with Team Eternal Journey when he hits free agency at the end of the season but added that he was “confused” and “[he’ll] probably just play even more LoR now that Fiora, TF, and Aphelios were nerfed.”