• Worlds 2016 Team Lists: A breakdown.

    With all the talk of homogeneity of the team lists that were present in this year's Worlds. I thought it would be helpful to provide a post to summarize the usages of different actions/non-basic actions/characters.

    Here are the characters and non-basics.
    Card Subtitle Instances
    Elf Thief Lesser Harper 22
    Oracle Master Investigator 21
    Constantine Hellblazer 19
    Professor X Combined 18
    Half-Elf Bard Lords Alliance 14
    Dwarf Wizard Paragon Zhentarim 12
    Parallax Combined 10
    Lantern Ring LOBI 9
    Morphing Jar Canopic Jar 7
    Mr. Fantastic Combined for global 6
    Prismatic Spray Lesser Spray 6
    Ring Combined for global 5
    Batgirl Babs 4
    Breaker the Magical Warrior Mana Break 4
    Clay Golem Greater Construct 4
    Human Paladin Emerald Enclave 4
    Luke Cage Combined for global 4
    Ronin Between Employers 4
    Blue Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 3
    Kobold Greater Humanoid 3
    Red Dragon Combined for global 3
    Scarecrow Legion of Doom 3
    Venom Angelo Fortunato 3
    Captain America First Avenger 2
    Casey Jones Mutant Hunter 2
    Doomcaliber Knight Fiendish Fighter 2
    Foot Ninja Ninja Syndicate 2
    Human Torch Flame On! 2
    Hulk Green Goliath 2
    Kryptonite Green Death 2
    Millennium Puzzle The Eternal Dungeon 2
    Raven Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos! 2
    Scarecrow Hallucinogenic Vapors 2
    Silver Surfer Combined for global 2

    The following cards each appeared in the team lists once. Daredevil - Guardian of Hells Kitchen, Black Widow - MoP, Nightwing - Flying Grayson, Ultraman - Kryptonite Powered, Storm - African Priestess, Mera - Queen of Atlantis, Phoenix - Ms Psyche, White Tiger - Mystical Amulet, Rocket Raccoon - Not a Raccoon, Green Goblin - Gobby, Falcon - Recon, Thousand Dragon - Noxious Nostril Gust, Bane - Genius Tactician, and Clay Golem - Paragon Construct.
    We have Brian Le to thank for most of these one offs. His team was pretty different from the others.

    Here are the actions.
    Action Instances
    Distraction/Blink-Transmutation 12
    Resurrection 11
    Magic Missile 8
    Cloudkill 6
    Polymorph 4
    Imprisoned 4
    Vicious Struggle 4
    Crush Card Virus 2

    The following actions occurred in the team lists once. Archnemesis, Big Entrance, The Front Line, Takedown, Villainous Pact.

    Let the discussion commence.
    This article was originally published in blog: Worlds 2016 Team Lists: A breakdown. started by Bankholdup
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. The0retico's Avatar
      The0retico -
      Interesting points for me:
      - top 4 characters stands out and proves that it is good in any team
      - Bard proves to be most popular strategy
      - Oracle is very effective counter to PXG with a strong showing
      - Luke Cage and Ronin are solid newcomers
      - Disraction type global increased in popularity
      - Polymorph dropped significantly in popularity
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      PS, Daredevil....

      This is a great breakdown @Bankholdup I really appreciate it. Looking back over it, as much as folks are pointing out that bard is the #1 strategy, elf+Oracle+pxg were the combo that I think was the most oppressive. These three cards forced players going second to either kill their ramp turn 2 or risk offering extra energy to their opponents anyway.

      Add to this the fact that bard or LRing drops right into that combo, and there lies our top teams.
    1. Bankholdup's Avatar
      Bankholdup -
      The numbers might be slightly off. I was pretty sleep deprived when I made this lol. I'll do a recount later. For big picture things, the numbers are still useful as is, as I doubt a recount will make significant changes.
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      ... as much as folks are pointing out that bard is the #1 strategy, elf+Oracle+pxg were the combo that I think was the most oppressive...
      And don't forget Elf Thief + Parallax, which can be downright disgusting. The event did give me a strong hatred for Parallax abuse.
    1. Bankholdup's Avatar
      Bankholdup -
      Thanks Patrick. Speaking of Oracle, guess what wasn't on my mask ring team on the day I almost qualified. You guessed it. I regret not having her on my team. I dropped her for Mystique - Alias: You at the last minute and regretted it immensely.
    1. great_tiger's Avatar
      great_tiger -
      And i stand by it! Flying Ninjas!!!!!
    1. Rockman's Avatar
      Rockman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      PS, Daredevil....

      This is a great breakdown @Bankholdup I really appreciate it. Looking back over it, as much as folks are pointing out that bard is the #1 strategy, elf+Oracle+pxg were the combo that I think was the most oppressive. These three cards forced players going second to either kill their ramp turn 2 or risk offering extra energy to their opponents anyway.

      Add to this the fact that bard or LRing drops right into that combo, and there lies our top teams.
      I 100% agree with this statement.
    1. Bankholdup's Avatar
      Bankholdup -
      One instance of Professor X and Half-Elf Bard were missing. The list is now correct.
    1. Scum's Avatar
      Scum -
      Something I find interesting is how the numbers are, and what % of the teams playing x card appear in top 8. For how unpopular the strategy actually was Polyhulk performed amazingly well and makes you wonder why it dropped in popularity. The one that top 8ed wasn't even particularly fine tuned for the bard match and still did well against it. The biggest weakness the strategy has is your limited slots for niche answers means you have to tune it to beat a few builds, but if the meta is as homogeneous as appears fine tuning it doesn't seem like it should be an issue at all.
    1. The0retico's Avatar
      The0retico -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scum View Post
      Something I find interesting is how the numbers are, and what % of the teams playing x card appear in top 8. For how unpopular the strategy actually was Polyhulk performed amazingly well and makes you wonder why it dropped in popularity. The one that top 8ed wasn't even particularly fine tuned for the bard match and still did well against it. The biggest weakness the strategy has is your limited slots for niche answers means you have to tune it to beat a few builds, but if the meta is as homogeneous as appears fine tuning it doesn't seem like it should be an issue at all.
      Going second makes Polymorph bad. Going first can work, but I think you need to swap in Oracle anyway and get Hulk later, but for that the constantine + Dwarf Wizard ruling has t obe in effect to protect you from Elf Thieves. Also Golem makes Hulk quite ineffective.