Gladiator Data Crunch: The Most Played Cards and Colours in the May 2020 Tournaments

By: Mackenzie (she/her) (“Who Smiles at Death” in the Discord)

With May coming to a close and not much else to do I thought it would be interesting to see how the competitive meta of Gladiator was shaping up. Specifically, what was being played most at the upper echelons of tournaments. So, I grabbed every deck list that made top 8 in a May tournament (a total of 64) and did some crunching. Looking at the 64 deck lists these are the findings that I thought people would find most interesting.

All Cards Played in at Least 50% of Decks

CardNumber of decksPercentage of all decks
Fabled passage4570%
Ketria Triome4063%
Gilded Goose3656%
Paradise Druid3555%
Castle Vantress3453%

Non-Land Cards That See the Most Play

Card NameNumber of decks Percentage of all decks containing this card
Gilded Goose3656%
Paradise Druid3555%
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath3047%
Vivien, Monsters’ Advocate3047%
Llanowar Elves3047%
Incubation Druid2945%
Questing Beast2945%
Jadelight Ranger2844%
Voracious Hydra2641%
Once Upon a Time2539%
Brazen Borrower2539%

Prevalence of Each Basic Land Type

LandNumber of decks it is inPercentage of all decks containing this card

Most played color combinations

CombinationNumber of decksPercentage of the field (64)
Bant (G/U/W)1422%
Gruul (G/R)1219%
Sulti (B/G/U)914%
Jeskai (R/U/W)46%
Esper (B/U/W)46%

In addition to looking at the most played cards I was also interested in the average converted mana cost of the top preforming decks.

Average converted mana cost of all decks3.326258
Standard Deviation0.453679

The average cmc of all 64 decks was 3.326, which makes sense when you look at the graph, a large majority of decks have an average cmc of between 3.29 and 3.69 so an overall average of 3.326 is unsurprising. I will leave it to others to comment on if this number is too high or too low, I just thought it was something people would be interested in seeing.

Looking at the most played cards it is clear green in the most represented color in tournament play, with almost all of the most played land and non-land cards being green. Similarly, the three most prevalent color pairings also feature green. This open the door to a discussion about possible counter plays or card choices that could be made to exploit this trend, but I will leave the analysis of these findings to those who are more qualified to discuss them. Please feel free to use/cite these statistics (just please credit me (she/her)) and shoot me a message on discord (TrueMarduSoul#1357) if you have any suggestions about other measures and statistics that you think would be relevant.

Methods of data collection

All data presented here was pulled from articles and tournament reports posted on the Gladiator: Arena Singleton blog. I looked at all the results of tournaments held in the month of May and pulled the top eight ranked deck lists from tournaments with at least 32 participants.