Disney Lorcana Meta Report: Into the Inklands – Week 10

Welcome to Lorcana.gg's weekly meta report! Each week we analyze the state of the meta using data from the previous week of online and tournament play. This meta report will go over what it all means, as well as highlighting some particularly strong and interesting decks in each archetype.

Introduction

Welcome to Lorcana.gg's weekly meta report! Each week we analyze the state of the meta using data from the previous week of online and tournament play. Our tier list is updated with the latest data, while this meta report will go over what it all means, as well as highlighting some particularly strong and interesting decks in each archetype.

The tier list is separated into three tiers. Tier 1 has the strongest decks that boast a high meta share (percentage of games played) and multiple top 8 performances in major tournaments. Tier 2 and Tier 3 decks are a notch below the top tier, with these decks usually having one or two weaknesses keeping them from dominating the meta.


Meta Overview

The meta has mostly stabilized and looks to be set until the release of Ursula's Return. Amethyst/Ruby Bounce Control is the top deck, but it's not a runaway favorite, with four other decks jostling for position behind it. All the tier 1 decks are strong options and ones I would feel confident in bringing to a tournament and that includes the big Lorcana Challenge events coming up soon.

The rest of the tier list is a big jumble of decks that aren't up the level of the top 5. Each of these decks can steal you a top 8 at a big tournament, and can definitely hold its own at your locals, but they aren't as good or as consistent as the tier 1 decks. The question is can these deck archetypes make it into tier 1 with some changes and additions coming in the next set? We will find out in a couple weeks.

For now, the tier list...

Tier List

TierDeck NameMeta ShareWin RateTop 8s
Tier 1 Amethyst/Ruby Bounce Control10.5%49.6%5
Emerald/Steel Discard8.8%49.5%3
Ruby/Sapphire Pawpsicle Control8.4%50.3%4
Amethyst/Emerald Tempo7.7%50.3%2
Amber/Steel Steelsongs7.5%50.2%2
Tier 2 Amber/Ruby Red Mufasa4.8%50.9%0
Sapphire/Steel Ramp Wheel4.6%49.8%0
Tier 3 Emerald/Steel Bucky Discard3.6%50.1%0
Amethyst/Steel Jafar Wheel3.1%49.9%1
Amethyst/Steel Tempo3.0%50.0%2
Amber/Amethyst Hyper Aggro2.3%49.0%0
Meta share and win rate data is from all games played on Pixelborn between Apr 29 - May 6
top 8s are from tournaments with 50+ players between Apr 29 - May 6

Tier 1

Amethyst/Ruby Bounce Control

Once again, Amethyst/Ruby Bounce Control remains on top. It had the highest meta share for the week and the most top 8s. The flexibility of the deck is just unmatched and that likely isn't changing for the foreseeable future.

Here is a deck that landed in the top 8 of the most recent The Pack online tournament. Interesting to see Peter Pan's Shadow - Not Sewn On in the deck list once again. But now that Minnie Mouse - Stylish Surfer has returned to the meta, Pan's Shadow is a good way to counter her, giving your cards like Madam Mim - Fox and Maui - Hero to All Evasive.

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Emerald/Steel Discard

The Emerald/Steel Discard deck moves up to the second spot on the tier list this week, even though it actually lost a bit of meta share from last week. It also managed three top 8s on the week, including a big first place in the 277-player The Pack tournament.

Here is that winning deck list, from Th3 Rat. With Daisy Duck - Secret Agent and Friar Tuck - Priest of Nottingham, the deck has two great follow-up plays to a Prince John - Greediest of All on turn 3.

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Ruby/Sapphire Pawpsicle Control

The Pawpsicles-slash-Dime deck continues to perform very well. Even though it slipped out of the second spot on the tier list, it did end up with the second-most top 8s for the week. The deck can struggle against very aggressive strategies, but is quite strong in all other matchups.

This deck came in 1st place at the Star City Games Con 5k tournament in Richmond, Virginia. The list from Phillip Pena is a pretty standard Ruby/Sapphire build now with 2 copies of Lucky Dime being your main win condition.

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Amethyst/Emerald Tempo

Amethyst/Emerald Tempo comes back down to earth a bit. After topping the tier list in top 8s last week with eleven, this time it only landed two top 8 finishes, tied for 3rd-most. It's clearly a very good deck though, that can compete with the best decks in the meta right now.

This deck from Artabax, considered one of the best Amethyst/Emerald players in the game, came in 2nd place in the 277-player The Pack tournament. The deck has a small Evasive package with Pascal - Rapunzel's Companion and Tinker Bell - Most Helpful, which can help you close out games even if your opponent has seized board control.

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Amber/Steel Steelsongs

Steelsongs rounds out the five decks of tier 1. It, like all the other tier 1 decks, saw a drop in meta share but still has a clear lead over the tier 2 and 3 decks. It also brought in two top 8s on the week.

This list from Aaron Rubin was one of those top 8s, which came in the 277-player online The Pack tournament. As we noted last week, there are different flavors of Steelsong, either Lantern, Pride Lands - Pride Rock or Sleepy's Flute. This deck runs the latter.

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Tier 2

Amber/Ruby Red Mufasa

Amber/Ruby Mufasa was one of the few decks to rise in meta share this week. It still remains firmly in tier 2, however. The deck just doesn't win consistently enough at the highest level to be up there with the top decks. But it can still pull in some surprise results.

For example, here is a Mufasa deck from Laura G. that won a recent 27-player tournament in France. This deck is notable in that it is the first time I've seen 99 Puppies being run. The card is useful as a finisher in aggro strategies, but its uninkable nature can make it pretty clunky.

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Sapphire/Steel Ramp Wheel

Sapphire/Steel Ramp Wheel keeps tumbling down the tier list. Some players swear the deck is better than its ranking would suggest, but it seems the player base at wide does not agree. Admittedly, it is a difficult deck to pilot, which is likely affecting its meta share.

Our highlight for this week is another deck from the 27-player tournament in France. This list from Maxime P. came in 3rd place in the tournament. It showcases exactly why this deck can be difficult to pilot, as it runs many 2-of and 1-ofs in the deck.

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Tier 3

Emerald/Steel Bucky Discard

The Emerald/Steel Bucky Discard deck lost meta share this week and drops down into tier 3. After a pretty strong showing in the Set Championships for the archetype, this is pretty surprising to see. The more aggressive discard version is likely a better deck, but the slower Bucky-centered build does seem better than tier 3, in my opinion.

Here is a Bucky-build that finished in the top 8 in the same French tournament. This list from Nicola S. runs a ton of Floodborns for lots of Bucky procs.

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Amethyst/Steel Jafar Wheel

Jafar Wheel has seen a small uptick in play. Maybe players are wanting to live the combo wombo dream before the start of the new set? To be fair, it did managed a top 8 this week, so it's not a complete meme deck.

That top 8, impressively, came in the 277-player Pixelborn tournament. This deck from Brett Myers came in 4th place in the tournament. And this list isn't one of those half-Jafar, half-control builds. This runs the full Jafar Wheel combo. I respect it.

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Amethyst/Steel Tempo

The tempo version of Amethyst/Steel has struggled to maintain meta relevance, losing in meta share over the past few weeks. And yet, it still it pulled in two top 8s this week. And the deck looks like it may be getting some decent upgrades in the next set, so it could be one to watch going forward.

Here is a deck that came in 1st place in a 63-player tournament in France. The deck, from Pataclop, is a familiar looking list, relying on the Amethyst bounce package and the Steel Floodborn characters and Songs.

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Amber/Amethyst Hyper Aggro

Amber/Amethyst Hyper Aggro rounds out the tier list this week. It drops in meta share this week compared to the other tier 3 decks, leaving it at the bottom of the rankings.

It did have a notable finish in a Set Championship. Technically, this result was from last week but the tournament list only got uploaded recently, so we'll include it here. This list from Imorcal came in the top 8 of a 57-player Set Championship tournament in Spain.

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And that's the meta report for this week. It does feel like the meta is currently in stasis while we wait for the next set to drop. Not much left to explore in the Inklands meta.

But we will soon have the full set of Ursula's Return revealed and then it's time to look forward to the next meta. What existing decks will get stronger? What new decks will emerge? Stay tuned for our full analysis of the upcoming set!

Until then, good luck and have fun!

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An avid player of card games since he got hooked on the Star Wars CCG back in his teens, Phil "gutshot" Bicking is excited to share his years of expertise to players of Lorcana.

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