Welcome back Wanderer! We are very glad to present to you Ultimate Stats Summary for the Season of the Cat in Gwent, just as we did in the preceeding Season of the Dryad and earlier in the Season of the Draconid. 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 Cat), 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.
In the preceeding season (Season of the Dryad) Nilfgaard for the first time lost the most popular faction title. Since then NG popularity dropped even more (-2.7%). Some buffs to thinning cards like Impera Brigade or Hunting Pack and midrange cards like Auckes/Serrit/Letho trio did not compensate for Masquerade Ball packet nerfs. Syndicate is still the least popular faction, but its popularity increased a little bit (+1.5%). While Hidden Cache Passiflora and Congregate Fireswarm remain the main decks for Syndicate, some interesting experiments were done also with Pirate’s Cove and Sigi Reuven+Caesar Bilzen+Bincy combo.
Monsters popularity increased by a lot (+3.7%). Overwhelming Hunger remains the most popular leader ability for Monsters by far. Relatively easy to play and offering loads of proactive points, MO popularity was probably also enhanced by %wr data shared during the season.
Despite the Nilfgaardian crisis, Northern Realms did not seize the opportunity to dominate the ladder. Even conversely, NR popularity dropped (-2.4%). Coming in two main flavours: Shieldwall and Mobilization Revenants, NR apparently wasn’t attractive enough to see interest in a non-competitive season. In the second part of the season also classical Inspired Zeal Commandos archetype started to reach some success (perhaps due to Magpie lineup on Open #4).
Scoia’tael and Skellige popularity did not change in a relevant way. In addition to last season archetypes, Battle Trance Alchemy got some interest.
By a ‘picked’ faction we simply mean Top4 faction for a given player with respect to fMMR. Skellige is not dominant anymore, and leads the field on equal footing with Monsters. Perhaps due to popularity drop, Northern Realms lost its runner-up position. Scoia’tael overtook NR. Syndicate is picked 10% more often, while Nilfgaard dived even deeper into dumpster. It was chosen about 3x times less often than in the case of random faction choice.
Monsters winrate increased by around 2% and it was the most successful faction on average during the Season of the Cat (57.8%). Nilfgaard winrate did not change in absolute numbers (52.3%), but distance to the closest faction (Scoia’tael) expanded to almost 3.5% . In spite of low pick rate, Northern Realms were pretty successful. From the absolute dominance with 60%+ winrate, Skellige lurks back into the middle of the field (56.7%), while Syndicate is even marginally better (56.9%).
This time some significant differences between two graphs above could be observed, which requires a deeper comment. Juxtaposing fMMR of picked factions and winrate of factions shows pretty much how eager pro players are to meme with particular faction. In other words, faction you meme with does not account to picked factions, but impacts (most usually negatively) average faction winrate. As we can see Nilfgaard, Northern Realms and Syndicate were often treated as meme factions, while Monsters, Skellige and Scoia‘tael were approached more seriously.
Top10 leaderboard could be found on Gwent Masters Ratings website, but we always start from this chart to appreciate best season MMR scores. For the meaning of efficiency index LEI i refer you once again to the original article. Season was non-competitive.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BART933 ON REACHING 10.8k MMR MILESTONE! Bart’s performance in non-competitive seasons is astonishing. Danirai took second place trying to give Bart some competition and managed to join 10.7k club. Nik_r gets bronze medal – he played all 6 factions (including Nilfgaard!) to very high scores.
Below we present Top10 chart of players with highest LEI in the Season of the Cat.
Danirai achieved the highest LEI. Lerio2 and kolemoen took 2nd and 3rd with placement scores. Kolemoen achieved impressive 81% winrate on ladder and the only reason he is lower is due to playing some games with non-picked factions. Some high LEI profiles were published on Twitter, so here are the links if you are curious: Danirai, lerio, Saber. None of the scores made it to LEI highscores table.
How popular Gwent is over the world? (Number of players in Top2860 of Pro Ladder)
The number of Russian players increased by almost 100 in Top2860 and the number of Ukrainians by almost 50 with respect to last season. Both Russia and whole CIS community seems to be on fire with Gwent interest. At the same time the number of Chinese and US players dropped a bit. The number of Polish and German players did not change significantly.
Polish and Ukrainian players tryharded most this season, while Russian/Chinese backseat mode still lasts. Czech Republic makes its primary appearence in Top10 stats at 9th place.
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Data scrapped from Gwent Masters Ratings (with LEI’s) is available in the form of Google Doc here.
Written by: lerio2