Welcome back Wanderer! Gwent Masters 3 cycle have begun with the Season of the Wolf, and we have the pleasure to present to you the Ultimate Stats Summary, just as we did in the preceeding Season of Wild Hunt. By ‘Ultimate’ we mean combining Factions, Players and National 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 and Pick rates. The sample is restricted to Pro Ladder players. Except for Popularity (Top2860 players in the Season of the Wolf, 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. With Masters 3 launch faction scores became visible via game client – to avoid confusion we do not show provisional fMMR data anymore, but still use it for pick rates.
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.
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 Highest Number of Players Top10 Chart and Best 4 Players Average MMR Top10 chart.
The Season of the Wolf is the first competitive season in the Masters 3 cycle. There was no balance patch with respect to last season, in which Way of the Witcher (WotW) expansion was released. However, a new card: Madoc was introduced as a support to bomb archetype. It found its way to control Scoia’tael builds (pioneered by Adzikov), as well as some Nilfgaard meme decks focused around copying Madoc with Letho:Kingslayer. While the second approach was fashionable mainly in the early season, Precision Strike Madoc proven to be decent in the long run.
Nilfgaard is still triumphant in popularity statistics (-2.1%). Next to Lockdown Ball, the place of Assimilate was conquested by other builds, like Midrange Double Cross and especially Lockdown Nova Cloggers discovered by Russian player prv1605 and then adopted by Shaggy and other players.
Skellige always solid (+0.8%). Last season’s dominant Ursine Lippy and Patricidal Fury Warriors were joined by Battle Trance Gedyneith (or Fish Flappers if you will) and Ursine Warriors.
Scoia’tael popularity didn’t change. It was probably the most varied faction, ranging from control (Precision Strike Madoc) to pointslam (Devo Gift Gezras, Deadeye Ambush Elves) and engines (Devotion Guerilla Movement).
Monsters on the other hand were least varied, with Overwhelming Hunger Viy and Carapace Keltullis as exclusive competitive decks (-0.5%).
Northern Realms witnessed the biggest popularity growth (+3.3%), while being restricted almost only to Uprising Witchers with various tech choices.
Syndicate went even deeper down the niche (-1.4%). Will it ever come back into daylight?
Total winrate chart is pretty tight, with Northern Realms on a slight lead. In general, pointslam decks not going very tall (unlike Viy) proven to be most solid, with NR Witchers, Ursine Lippy/Warriors and Ambush Elves being clear examples. Monsters with Viy were not as dominant as binary.
By a ‘picked’ faction we simply mean Top4 faction of a given player with respect to fMMR. Nothing really changed with respect to the preceeding season, except for big growth of Northern Realms as a competitive pick (+0.29).
Player Stats (Efficiency)
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 competitive.
Crowned Masters 2 champion Pajabol continues his reign, while closing seemingly impossible gap to Redrame during the very last days of the season. Shaggy took third place with amazing NG score of 2716 fMMR. For final fMMR scores of the winner i refer you to Pajabol afterseason tweet.
Top10 Efficiency (LEI)
Below we present the Top10 chart of players with the highest LEI in the Season of the Wolf.
Two clearly most efficient scores were achieved by TailBot and Iluxa228 (BigKukuRUzina35). While Iluxa achieved impressive winrate and Top16 position early in the season, TailBot launched his classic Top16 attack very late. Final scores of both players are pasted below. Third postion in the chart was claimed by KronoSex with efficient placements.
Top 10 Charts
Actually this graph is sensational and explains why it is worth to make some stats again and again. Could you see what is missing? Yes, China is not Top2 country anymore in Top2860 of Pro Ladder! The plunge is massive and rapid: from ~330 players last season to ~180 now. What could be the reason behind?…
Poland on the other hand does very well, with ~60 more players than last season.
Quality of top Polish players still defends Top1 position for Poland. Russia is on solid second place and Germany come third. Also British players seem to have done exceptionally well this time.
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Written by: lerio2