The Meta Analysis – The Great Big Gladiator Games

The numbers have been crunched, and Tyreworm is here to share the stats.

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Gladiator Staples: Part I

Have you ever wondered about which cards are Gladiator staples? Well, today is your lucky day!

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The Metagame Loop

The concept of the Metagame in this article specifically relates to the cycle of player decisions and actions leading up to, and during, any given competitive constructed tournament. I refer to this in the article as a single metagame cycle. This cycle is format agnostic. The steps within this cycle may or may not be executed consciously by the players, but all players in a given tournament execute this fundamental gameplay loop.

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What Makes a Healthy Metagame?

What makes a healthy metagame? Just like any organization or society, the answer is one word: Diversity. In Magic, that means deck diversity. Magic: The Gathering is a sprawling game, in the last 27 years it has spawned over 20,000 unique cards, and those cards have translated into diverse strategies that allow players an array of options to win a match against one or more opponents. From the pro-tour to the kitchen table the game carries the promise that “you can win with the cards you’ve bought.” While that statement is a gross simplification of how tournament magic unfolds, I’m going to use it in my definition of what makes the game both engaging, and in particular, fun.

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Weekly Meta Analysis – Season 3 Week 7

Week 7 had an interesting set of results, with the usually popular Jeskai Control only having one entry and Boros Aggro having its worst week of results in a while. The variants of Mono-White looked strong, with both Aggro and Death & Taxes putting in a very strong showing, with a combined 14-6 record. Sultai Control was the surprise of the week, putting in several strong results, and showing that control doesn’t always need white to put in a good showing.

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

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.

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22 May 2020 | Tournaments Breakdown and Metagame Analysis

On May 22nd two FNM tournaments were conducted in a row. I ran the Eurozone tournament while Prince Phantom hosted the NAzone tournament. Thanks go to all the attendees and the other Tournament Organizers, nashty and Horatius. The following Champions emerged victorious from the Tournament battlegrounds.

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