Welcome Wanderer! We are very glad to present to you Ultimate Stats Summary for the Season of the Draconid in Gwent. By ‘Ultimate’ we mean combining Factions, Players and Nations statistics in one place. Accordingly, the article is divided into three main chapters.
Faction stats have been collected from public profiles right after the season ended. Presented data includes factions Popularity, Winrates, Pick rates and Provisional average fMMRs. The sample is restricted to Pro Ladder players. Except for Popularity (Top2860 players in the Season of the Draconid), the sample consisted of Top500 players from the preceeding season. The reason for reducing sample size is to eliminate impact of Ranked Ladder games. Faction MMRs are obviously unaccessible via web-scraping; we use provisional fMMR based on wins-losses instead.
Players stats make use only of data scrapped from Gwent Masters Ratings website. We measure Pro Ladder scores in term of Efficiency by specially defined Ladder Efficiency Index (LEI). The LEI index is simply defined as excess MMR (above 9600) divided by the square root of number of games. Original article in which we introduced and presented LEI ratings for the first time could be find here. Seasonal scores are juxtaposed with all-time Masters 2 achievements.
National stats have been prepared in the form known from previous ‘Nations of Gwent’ vol.1 and vol. 2 articles. It is limited to Top2860 positions of Pro Ladder and consists of Gwent World Map, Highest Number of Players Top10 Chart and Best 4 Players Average MMR Top10 chart.
Some things never change. Nilfgaard remained the most popular faction amongst Top2860 players of Pro Ladder. Surprisingly enough, Monsters rised in popularity as joint second most popular faction with the solid Skellige. Northern Realms occupied the middle position, while Syndicate and Scoia’tael were once again the least played factions. It should be noted that these two had acclaimed, competitive decks: Syndicate – Hidden Cache Passiflora and Scoia’tael – Precision Strike Schirru Gord. However, these decks apparently wasn’t appealing enough. Passiflora required active play and relied on getting good draws in the right time. Schirru Gord was a rather high skillcap deck, extremely unpleasant to play against. Still those two factions improved by +5.2% (SY) and +2.1% (ST) with respect to the Season of the Griffin. On the other hand, the rise of Monsters popularity is probably tied to Overwhelming Hunger Devotion decks. Those decks had clear gameplan, lots of points and strong R1, which often enabled game control.
By a ‘picked’ faction we simply mean Top4 faction for a given player with respect to fMMR. Skellige was the most solid pick, chosen by above 90% of players. Northern Realms took second place, with very strong, but often draw dependent decks. Monsters proven to be both popular and viable, with roughly 70% picks. The most popular faction – Nilfgaard – proven to be disappointment to many players this season, with pick rate lower than statistical average of 66%. Obviously not lack of games, but lack of success is responsible here. Finally, Scoia’tael and Syndicate had lowest pick rates, on the level of 50%, which is still big (~20%) improvement with respect to preceeding season.
Skellige kept the top position when it comes to average winrate, which could be attributed to the consistency of the meta Warriors decks. Its advantage over other factions became reduced by a lot however and Northern Realms were a close runner-up. While Top2 was clear, the rest of average factions winrates differ by no more than 2%. It should be noted that Scoia’tael performed better than Nilfgaard in spite of being picked less often.
Average fMMR chart shown above is a model proof for balanced meta. Every faction was competitive! The times of 40p advantage of one faction (Skellige) over the rest hopefully will not come back soon!
Top10 leaderboard could be found on Gwent Masters Ratings website, but we always start from this chart to appreciate best season MMR scores.
The Season of the Draconid was relatively short and none of the scores made it to the Top10 of Masters 2 cycle. It should be noted how tight the scores are in Top10 – the gap between 1st and 10th place is roughly 100 MMR.
Below we present Top10 chart of players with highest LEI in the Season of the Draconid.
The common question during the season was: ‘How does Demarcation do it?’. Indeed, the score is outstanding in terms of efficiency even more than in terms of raw MMR. While it is 0.1 LEI below boundary, by distinction it is the third Heroic efficiency in Gwent Masters 2 highscores (picture below). The name of the second most efficient player is probably no surprise: Kolemoen achieved impressive winrate right at the season start and systematically climbed through the ranks. The bronze medal in efficiency goes to HannuQ, who delivered one of the most impressive placements in history, getting 10.044 MMR after 100 games. The season was rich in efficient scores in general: 8 players achieved 40+ LEI, while in the last season it was only 4 players. My 38.7 score, which was 5th last season, would be out of Top10 now.
Demarcation joins the efficiency high-scores chart at the 4th position, unfortunately kicking out his own 10.751 achievement at the same time.
How popular Gwent is over the world? Well, let’s just open a random geography book, and here we are! (Number of players in Top2860 of Pro Ladder)
After rapid decrease of the number of China players, as observed in the last Gwent Nations article, the situation remains almost constant. Russia clearly tops the competitive community in terms of the number of players, with an almost 2x lead over China and almost 3x lead over Poland. The Top3 is firm, and followed by United States (the country whose hugeness nobody questions), Ukraine (large Slavic country) and Germany. Then comes Old Europe countries: Great Britain, Italy and Spain, as well as second Asian country in the chart: South Korea. How does quantity turn to quality though? Let’s have a look at the graph below.
Such type of charts is very incidental, but some general trends remain the same. Russia leads the field with some players recently joining Top16 level, like Ch.ase, Akela114, Wlastelin or LowIQplayer. China defends with great scores of acclaimed players like Demarcation, 苏墨 or Wangid1. Polish hospitality is rather of accidental nature, with some top players losing reasons to tryhard (Pajabol and Kams are going to qualify for Masters final by Crown Points after Tailbot’s win in Open#3). InNomineSatanas was highest rated Polish player this time, joined by veterans: Kams, Pajabol and Bart933. United States are back in Top10 chart – it was a tryhard season for Redrame and Bushr this time.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed this stats summary article, for the first time in the ULTIMATE form. I’d also like to hear to as much feedback from you as possible – do not hesitate to comment or even hit me up on Discord!
Source files (.xlsx) are provided under Google Disk link, so that you can check your LEI or compare faction winrates with others. PROVISIONAL fMMRs ARE PROVISIONAL – do not put too much attention to those columns and remember THOSE ARE NOT REAL PEAK SCORES.
Written by: lerio2