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.”

The Misplay Meta
Stormbreak Throne Open

Welcome to a special Misplay Meta report. In this past weekend’s Stormbreak Throne 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 364 unique players. We do not know the exact number of participants, but some community estimates put it between 800-1100. 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

364 players confirmed

Finals

64 players

 

Deck Qualifier Finals
Even Feln 13.5% 23.4% ▲ 10.0%
Menace Trove 5.2% 17.2% ▲ 12.0%
Hooru Kira 12.9% 14.1% ▲ 1.2%
Skycrag Yetis 5.2% 6.3% ▲ 1.0%
Menace Sac 2.7% 6.3% ▲ 3.5%
Elysian Jarrall 3.3% 4.7% ▲ 1.4%
Skycrag Sling 3.3% 4.7% ▲ 1.4%
Feln Mid 3.8% 3.1% ▼ -0.7%
Stonescar Mid 3.3% 1.6% ▼ -1.7%
Xenan Mid 3.3% 1.6% ▼ -1.7%
Tradition Clear the Way 2.5% 1.6% ▼ -0.9%
Xenan Reanimator 2.5% 1.6% ▼ -0.9%
Feln At Any Cost 1.9% 1.6% ▼ -0.4%
Argenport Mid 1.4% 1.6% ▲ 0.2%
Even Elysian 0.5% 1.6% ▲ 1.0%
Praxis Tokens 0.5% 1.6% ▲ 1.0%
Skycrag Jarrall 0.5% 1.6% ▲ 1.0%
4F Eccentric Officer 0.3% 1.6% ▲ 1.3%
Purpose Keelo Reanimator 0.3% 1.6% ▲ 1.3%
Stonescar Heavy-Shadow 0.3% 1.6% ▲ 1.3%
Stonescar Shrine 0.3% 1.6% ▲ 1.3%
Even Xenan 3.0% 0.0% ▼ -3.0%

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

The Barbarian Camp
Team Rankstar
We Stream Games
Team Invoke Lethal

The Misplay Meta
Week of 3/18/21

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

148 games tracked

Hooru Control 8.1% 5.0%
Instinct Sling 6.1% 1.6%
Elysian Jarrall 5.4% 0.9%
Stonescar Mid 5.4% 4.0%
Tradition Soldiers 5.4% 1.6%
Vision Mid 5.4% 3.0%
Mono P 4.7% 1.2%
Xenan Mid 4.7% 0.5%
Argenport Mid 4.1% 0.1%
Argenport Valks 4.1% 2.0%
Xenan Mandrakes 4.1% 0.6%
Ambition Valks 3.4% 0.2%
Mono F 3.4% 0.8%
Vision Control 3.4% 3.2%

Throne

851 games tracked

Even Feln 9.4% 6.0%
Hooru Kira 7.1% 2.3%
Skycrag Sling 6.2% 1.1%
Even Xenan 5.1% 1.2%
Skycrag Yetis 4.2%
Tradition Clear the Way 4.2% 2.5%
Feln Mid 3.6% 1.3%
Xenan Mid 3.6% 2.0%
Mono S 3.2% 1.8%
Xenan Reanimator 3.1% 1.7%

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 3/11/21

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

280 games tracked

Creation Sentinels 7.5% 0.9%
Vision Control 6.4% 2.1%
Xenan Mid 5.4%
Elysian Jarrall 4.6% 0.4%
Instinct Sling 4.6% 1.5%
Argenport Mid 4.3% 2.6%
Mono F 4.3% 0.4%
Tradition Soldiers 3.9% 3.9%
Combrei Control 3.6% 3.3%
MONO P 3.6% 0.4%
Xenan Mandrakes 3.6% 1.0%
Hooru Control 3.2% 1.0%

Throne

798 games tracked

Hooru Kira 9.4% 0.5%
Skycrag Sling 7.4% 2.3%
Xenan Mid 5.6% 2.0%
Stonescar Mid 4.8% 1.3%
Xenan Reanimator 4.8% 0.7%
Skycrag Yetis 4.3% 4.2%
Even Xenan 3.9% 0.4%
Feln Mill 3.5% 1.6%
Elysian Jarrall 3.4% 0.3%
Even Feln 3.4% 0.9%

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 3/4/21

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

576 games tracked

Tradition Soldiers 7.8%
Combrei Control 6.9%
Creation Sentinels 6.6%
Instinct Sling 6.1%
Xenan Mid 5.4%
Elysian Jarrall 5.0%
Mono F 4.7%
Vision Control 4.3%
Argenport Valks 4.2%
Hooru Control 4.2%
Mono P 4.0%
Hooru Soldiers 3.3%
Knowledge Control 3.1%

Throne

751 games tracked

Hooru kira 8.9%
skycrag yetis 8.5%
Xenan Mid 7.6%
Stonescar mid 6.1%
xenan reanimator 5.5%
skycrag sling 5.1%
elysian jarrall 3.7%
even xenan 3.5%

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

The Misplay Meta
Week of 2/25/21

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

456 games tracked

Tradition Soldiers 9.0%
Creation Sentinels 7.9%
Xenan Mid 6.8%
Argenport Mid 5.3%
Combrei Control 4.8%
Mono P 4.8%
Argenport Valks 4.6%
Hooru Control 3.9%
Instinct Sling 3.9%
Mono F 3.5%
Vision Control 3.5%
Vision Mid 3.3%

Throne

777 games tracked

Hooru Kira 9.3%
Stonescar Mid 8.5%
Xenan Reanimator 6.6%
Skycrag Yetis 6.4%
Xenan Mid 4.6%
Mono F 4.1%
Skycrag Sling 4.0%
Elysian Jarrall 3.2%
Mono S 3.2%
Feln Mill 3.1%

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

chaated
Brantar
heywhyyou
meverz
stormguard798
Supermaus

Get Rich Streaming or Die Trying

Well, look who wandered in… Hello and welcome to The Misplay! This is the latest installment of the article series that accompanies act two of the podcast. It’s got the nicest hair of any article I’ve written yet.

On our last show, we welcomed marvin_the_imp to hear about his life as a tournament organizer, team captain, President Lincoln imposter, and twitch streamer. The whole show definitely shines a light on marvin as a prominent member of the community, and boy does his hair glisten! For our purpose here, I’ll focus on our discussion about streaming 101, the do’s and don’ts from a bunch of amateur streamers.

Streaming 101 Nuts and Bolts

Before diving into all the fun parts of streaming, like talking to yourself for hours on end and getting wrecked on camera (that might just be me), we have to talk about the critical components first. You need gear and software to start streaming even before you hit the go live button.

Jason, marvin, and I all use Streamlabs OBS. It’s simple to find, download, and install. I used a YouTube tutorial to help get my settings configured correctly. Jason didn’t and he’s always trying to fix his sound.

The one piece of equipment you truly cannot go into streaming without is a microphone. Our “market research” that Nate provided confirms having good sound quality is incredibly important. If you don’t have a webcam, no problem, if you haven’t made or commissioned fancy icons or overlays, no worries, but poor audio is a fast way to send viewers anywhere else. marvin_the_imp uses a Blue Yeti Microphone, Jason uses a fancy podcasting mic, and I use our old, less fancy podcasting mics. If you are really interested in streaming at any level of commitment, invest in a nice microphone. On the show we recommended the Blue Yeti, since it is good value and doesn’t have to be on-camera to get good audio quality.

Between the three of us we have some cool extras too, that are nice but not necessary to round out our stream setups. We all use webcams so our audience can see our nice hair or dance-fighting moves. Jason uses a green screen and Elgato key lights and I have a speech-to-text overlay as an accessibility feature through PubNub.

Once your physical setup and software are ready, you’re ready to hit that go live button and start your streaming adventure!

Spinning Yarn and Building Bridges

The rest of our discussion contained our thoughts and strategies for building an audience.

Establish a schedule for yourself. Pick some days and times when you are consistently free and stick to your schedule to the best of your ability. marvin had really good points about being realistic about your plans and ambitions as you get started. Eternal is probably not a game that is going to make you rich and famous. When you set your schedule start small, and you can always add more days or stream longer if you are really into it. One of the nice things about streaming Eternal in particular is the community is really supportive and pretty low-pressure.

Once you hit the go live button, it’s showtime. marvin and I find it very helpful to have a plan for what you’re going to stream each day. It can be as simple as choosing which modes you are going to play. You can also be as specific and detailed as you like; “I’m going to play Mono Fire in Throne for the first half of the stream, then play Argenport Valkyries and Mono Primal in Expedition for the second half.” Choose what works for you.

I am pretty convinced that streaming is a performance art. One of marvin’s tips was to skip a day if you aren’t feeling it because your audience will know. Early on you are probably going to spend a lot of time talking to yourself. Don’t be discouraged. Your channel is going to be a reflection of yourself, so be intentional about how you decide to present yourself. In my opinion it would be silly for me to pretend I am better than I am. I choose to embrace my misplays and make them part of the show. I also added channel point rewards that were specific to my personality and interests (Capoeira and bad 90s/2000s pop music). Use those early streams to find your voice and decide how you are going to make your channel unique to you.

We also talked about a few Eternal-specific ideas. marvin pointed out that drafting tends to get better engagement during a stream, since there tends to be more time and more things to talk about during a draft than during games. Spreading out what formats you are playing will also help keep you fresh and engaged in your own stream. I also recommend getting creative. I play viewer decks as a channel points reward, Jedi wears hats, and I know Doc’s stream runs deck-doctoring as a channel points reward as well.

I hope this brief introduction to streaming is insightful for anyone that might be interested in dipping their toes into the streaming pool. It can’t hurt to try. You may just discover a new hobby that you enjoy. If it’s miserable you never have to do it again, and I bet the resale value on the microphone isn’t bad.

I will be back in a couple weeks, and back to Eternal focused content.

The Misplay Meta
Week of 2/18/21

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

274 games tracked

Creation Sentinels 13.9%
Tradition Soldiers 7.7%
Mono F 6.9%
Xenan Mid 6.6%
Hooru Soldiers 6.2%
Ambition Valks 5.1%
Argenport Valks 4.7%
Argenport Mid 4.4%
Vision Control 4.0%
Knowledge Control 3.6%

Throne

170 games tracked

Xenan Reanimator 12.4%
Hooru Kira 7.6%
Even Xenan 5.9%
Skycrag Yetis 5.9%
Feln Mill 5.3%
Skycrag Sling 5.3%
Stonescar Mid 5.3%
Feln Mid 4.7%
Stonescar Aggro 4.1%
Mono F 3.5%

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