Hey all, Tecnophi here with a quick look at the top shard types, champions, and cards from the Five Shards’ Sapphire Cup sponsored by Colin. A glimpse of what the current meta is like.
The top two deck shard compositions tells an interesting story of the the current thinking in the meta. Ruby/Sapphire is the most popular by far occupying ~18% of the field, followed by Mono-Sapphire which makes up ~13%. In the top 4, three of the decks were Mono-Sapphire with 1st and 2nd place being Mono-Sapphire.
|Top Deck Type:||Deck Count:|
|11||Ruby, Sapphire, Wild||5|
|14||Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire||4|
|18||Blood, Diamond, Wild||1|
|19||Diamond, Sapphire, Wild||1|
|20||Blood, Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Wild||1|
Poca, the Conflagrater was the top champion of choice with her charge power working well with Ruby/Sapphire and Ruby decks. In a close second Bertram Cragraven whose charge power works well with the 9th most popular card of the tournament Reese the Crustcrawler, and is able to delay games against Gore Feast of Kog’Tepetl decks that made up ~19% of all decks. In 3rd place, we have Dimmid being picked often in Blood/Diamond and Diamond/Ruby decks.
|Top Picked Champions:||Deck Count:|
|1||Poca, The Conflagrater||32|
|6||Bunoshi the Ruthless||12|
|7||Wyatt the Sapper||8|
|15||One Eye Open||2|
|16||Sir Giles Rowan||2|
|19||Tetzot, Son of Omoc||1|
|20||Daughter of Stars||0|
|24||Nin the Shadow||0|
|25||Palamedes, The Righteous||0|
The top 7 cards from the tournament are Ruby or Sapphire, with the Set 1 Shards of Fate common Buccaneer being in ~42% of the Sapphire Cup decks. The top popular cards shows the low representation that Wild had in the Sapphire Cup, with the first Wild card—Wrathwood Master Moss—showing up on the list at 27th.
|Top Main Deck Cards:||Deck Count:|
|3||Cerulean Mirror Knight||55|
|6||Verdict of the Ancient Kings||41|
|9||Reese the Crustcrawler||37|
|13||Angel of Dawn||32|
|14||Gore Feast of Kog’Tepetl||32|
|17||Shard of Innovation||30|
|20||Mastery of Time||28|
|27||Wrathwood Master Moss||19|
|29||Shard of Conquest||17|
Next week the HexTechs Open: Nulzann will be taking place, and the week after will be VIP constructed. Decks from the Sapphire Cup will be shaping the play field for those tournaments. With the upcoming Wild Cup on April 11th, the meta will look quite a bit different due to the format of unified team constructed, where the maximum of four copies of a card can be played across a team’s three decks. With that limitation, it’s quite possible some of the decks will be forced closely follow one of the prominent deck types that did well in the Sapphire Cup. Conversely, we should see some less-played shards such as Wild more represented as teams avoid shard conflict between decks.
Thanks for reading about the ever changing Hex meta, and looking forward to the next time.