Shadowverse Meta Analysis – Starforged Legends #1
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It is week 1 of the new format with the recent balance changes and the release of Starforged Legends. SFL has brought a lot of good support cards to many decks and at the time being, the meta seems somewhat balanced where most classes have a strong deck and nothing is overpowering or considered to be a “tier 0” deck. It will be interesting to see how the meta settles as there does not seem to be a clear top deck like what we have seen in previous formats.
Finally OTK Roach is back on top of tier 1!! With the recent support Forest received with Airbound Barrage, Spring-Green Protection, and Cassiopeia, Forest can now deal with early threats that do a lot of chip damage and has additional bouncing tools to add consistency to the combo.
This is somewhat of a new deck from the expansion as it is very aggressive with the early followers. The deck is pretty good as it can overwhelm your opponent, though it does have a much weaker late game. Personally I think OTK Roach is just the better deck so I am not sure how this deck will fair in a couple weeks as the meta settles.
Not too big of a surprise seeing the best 2 aggressive classes, Sword and Blood, seeing tier 1 as aggressive decks are always overstated and favored when there is a fresh meta as it punishes unrefined theory-crafted decks. These decks did get some support and especially Sword has even more storm than ever.
Midrange Dirt Rune
I actually haven’t seen too much of this deck on the ladder despite it being a tier 1 deck. The times I have faced it, it did not impress me that much and I was able to take them down with not too much difficulty. This deck seems honest but not strong enough to likely be a tier 1 deck in the near future.
This deck has been seeing the most play recently and will probably climb to the near top spot of tier 1 in the next analysis. With the traditional ramp to end game storm in addition to board clear and chip damage, this deck seems to do it all. Personally I don’t have an outstanding win rate with the deck but on paper it looks strong and a lot of players are favoring it at the moment.
Midrange Shadow got a bit of support mainly with Ceres of the Night. Similar to how midrange Shadow was before, it is still a solid deck and looks like it is in a good spot at bottom tier 1 or top tier 2.
I won’t go much into the tier 2 sections, everything looks about right with it.
What to look out for
One deck that is left out of this rating is the Lord Atomy/Deathly Tyrant Shadow deck. You can read more about this deck at my other post here.
I think with Staircase to Paradise the deck is very real and can be a high tier 2 or bottom tier 1 deck. The potential to go off on a turn 3/4 8/8 and constantly bring it back with a 13/13 storm waiting is just so much pressure and decks have a hard time dealing with it. We’ll see if it makes an appearance in the next tier rankings.
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