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The Popularity of Classes, Archetypes, and Sets at the EU Spring Preliminaries
2016/05/14 at 2:18 PM
Unlike previous tournaments, Blizzard has made every single competitor's deck from the upcoming European Spring Preliminaries available. This means that not only do the viewers know what to expect, but so do the players. We decided to take a look at all 484 decks from the 121 players that were invited on points alone, therefore leaving those out that still are yet to secure a spot through the European Tavern Hero bracket. In essence we're narrowing our search field down to the best of the best, those who have already proven their skill by racking up HCT points through ladder play or other tournaments.
Though Whispers of the Old Gods, Standard, and the latest round of nerfs all ended up being the demise of Priest on the ladder, it hasn't gone anywhere in professional play. Charts represent the number of each class and what percentage of the field that makes up, respectively.
While our chart below only includes the top 10 (simply because there are so many), the spreadsheet on the right shows all of our entries, but there are a few things worth noting when looking at this information:
As we've found, the lower a player is on the points list the more likely they are to be running N'Zoth Paladin.
Ten of the Miracle Rogues (16%) and five of the Freeze Mages (16%) run .
The Control Warrior category includes Elise Warriors.
We do not differentiate between Renolock and C'Thun Renolock.
There are two major variants of Tempo Warrior - those that run and those that run .
Five of the six Tempo Mages (83%) also run .
Three of the Ramp Druids (50%) are running .
As you can
see in our database
, there's a total of 720 cards available in Standard. Across all of these examined decks we saw 323 of them used - that's roughly 44.8% of the total card pool! But what sets are the most utilized? It's likely to be a smaller one simply due to the lower number of cards available, but let's take a look and see what we can find. Recently
a Reddit user found
that Blackrock Mountain was the most utilized set by percentage in Tier 1 of Tempo Storm's Meta Snapshot. But after doing our analysis, that's certainly not the case here. BRM may have very strong cards, but in such a large sample base, it becomes abundantly clear that the rest of the set is lacking because of that.
Number of Cards
Percentage of Set
The Grand Tournament
League of Explorers
Whispers of the Old Gods
J4CKIECHAN is running in his .
is seeing a lot of play in N'Zoth Paladin decks.
utilizes a lot of unique cards including and .
Meanwhile is running a vanilla .
There's a Miracle Druid!
Leave it to Tars to run a single in his Tempo Warrior.
is seeing play! In a single deck: .
Someone is even running .
managed to earn a spot on Exigo's Renolock roster.
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It's good to finally see Shaman doing so well.
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