Hello fellow Hexers,

So many things happening in the past few weeks, so much data to analyze!

  • Hex Card Clash released in Europe on January 30th
  • Hex Card Clash released in Japan on February 27th
  • Siege mode released on February 21st
  • Kismet drafts disappearing prematurely on February 13th
  • Doombringer has been announced for soon.

All those events have the potential to have different effects on various activity charts, so let’s have a look at last month’s activity from a different point of view than what we’ve been used to up until now.

Limited play

Participation in the weekly Clash tournaments in February has been at an all time low, with an average of 68.3 players registered (-15.7%/-30.1%).

The one significant event in the Limited universe has been the premature removal of Kismet drafts due to their much lower popularity compared to the first time the format was introduced, as we have seen last month.

There will have been a period of slightly over 28 days (4 full weeks) between the draft queues going back to 8-8-7 format and the expected release of Doombringer. Therefore, let’s look at the final 28 days of Dead of Winter and compare the numbers to the final 28 days of Kismet drafts (and the final 28 days of Frostheart, which also had Kismet drafts).

During the last days of Dead of Winter, there were 3,229 (-28.8%/-50.0%) draft gauntlets, 5,233 (-14.9%/-15.2%) evo sealed gauntlets and 338 (-32.9%/+20.0%) sealed gauntlets completed.

Looking more closely into draft data, we find that 583 (-15.1%/-43.1%) draft pods fired and 3,229 (-28.8%/-50.0%) draft gauntlets runs were completed. On average, 4.9 (-15.8%/-13.3%) runs were completed per pod.

Looking back at the limited acitivity for the past 6 months, we can have a clearer idea of how different events affect the queues’ popularity.

Draft Gauntlet

The very first Kismet drafts was a huge success, triggering an activity spike comparable to a set release, following the same type of curve over 4 weeks as the releae of Dead of Winter. Seeing that spike, we can understand HXE’s decision to launch a second Kismet draft once the initial launch activity from Dead of Winter started dying down. However, for several reasons, ranging from it being too soon in the Dead of Winter cycle to the prizes being less exciting, the jump in activity was less than half of what was seen the first time, going back to a level of activity comparable to the last month of a set pretty quickly. The removal of Kismet draft had little effect on draft activity, which remained at a level similar to the last weeks of Frostheart.

Evo Sealed Gauntlet

The first time Kismet drafts were introduced, they had a noticeable negative effect on evo sealed gauntlets, as players were flocking to the new format. That effect died down after about a week and activity went back to regular levels for the last couple of weeks of Frostheart. Unsurprisingly, Dead of Winter release weekend saw an incredible surge of evo sealed activity, which then quickly died down to stabilize after about 6 weeks. The second Kismet draft cycle had no noticeable effect on evo sealed gauntlets.

Sealed Gauntlet

Sealed data is quite interesting in my opinion. The first installment of Kismet drafts all but killed the sealed gauntlet queue for over a week. It only regained some popluarity towards the end of the set, presumably with people trying to finish their collection before the launch of Dead of Winter. Once again, as expected, there is a huge spike of activity on release weekend, which is the best occasion to build a collection. However, the sealed gauntlet queue always retained a certain level of activity during Dead of Winter, seeing many times more activity than Frostheart or even Scars of War. One needs to go all the way back to Herofall to notice a similar level of activity.

Constructed play

There hasn’t been any significant event affecting the constructed landscape, so we will stick to the usual 1 month periods compared to the previous month and to the 4th month of Frostheart.

In February, 45,308 (-10.3%/+21.6%) constructed ladder matches were played. An average of 58.4 (-16.4%/+18.9%) players signed up for the Arcanum Vault scheduled tournaments, and 65.7 (-1.7%/+57.4%) players participated in the FiveShards Weekly tournaments. Finally, the Bash had an average of 65.0 (-5.8%/-3.0%) players.

The past 6 months have seen one major event in three phases affecting the constructed ladder queue: the introduction of Hex Card Clash on the PS4. When the game was first introduced in North America, the effect on the constructed ladder queue was immediate, and unlike the launch of a new set, it has not died down since. While the North American launch brought a large number of new players in, the later European and Japanese launches seemed to have no noticeable effect. While it is true that some players from those regions used a North American PSN account in order to play the game before it was launched in their regions, one is left to wonder why the launch in two major regions have very little effect on the numbers. It could be that the game has not seen any major marketing effort yet, of which Cory Jones mentioned that Sony Japan to be starting the marketing of Hex Card Clash next week, after which HXE has some marketing planned across the console network. We will revisit those numbers in the coming months to see if the marketing has had any effect.

Meta

Ladder

Shards

  1. Diamond-Ruby (17.2% decks played, 59.5 win)
  2. Blood-Sapphire (11.8% decks played, 42.9 win) ▲1
  3. Blood-Wild (8.9% decks played, 42.1 win) ▲1
  4. Diamond-Wild (8.8% decks played, 54.4 win) ▲1
  5. Blood-Diamond (7.6% decks played, 52.3 win) ▼3
  6. Sapphire-Wild (6.8% decks played, 50.9 win) ▲3
  7. Diamond-Sapphire (5.9% decks played, 41.9 win)
  8. Blood (5.1% decks played, 60.1 win)
  9. Ruby-Sapphire (4.7% decks played, 55.8 win) ▼3
  10. Blood-Ruby (4.6% decks played, 51.2 win) ▲1

Champions

  1. Cassia Goldenlight (11.5% decks played, 62.6 win)
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (6.7% decks played, 50.8 win)
  3. Lady Avalanche (6.6% decks played, 59.4 win)
  4. Plagueroot the Hollow (5.9% decks played, 42.5 win) ▲4
  5. Yarna of Lost Voices (4.7% decks played, 39.1 win) ▼1
  6. Haraza the Incinerator (4.4% decks played, 66.5 win) ▼1
  7. Calilac (4.1% decks played, 36.8 win) ▲3
  8. Ivan Slagpot (3.9% decks played, 46.0 win) ▲5
  9. Shoku The Botanist (3.7% decks played, 46.0 win) ▲7
  10. Bar’dak the Butcher (3.4% decks played, 66.1 win) ▼4

Draft Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Sapphire (11.3% decks played, 52.2 win) ▲1
  2. Diamond-Ruby (10.2% decks played, 57.2 win) ▲1
  3. Blood-Diamond (9.6% decks played, 54.7 win) ▼2
  4. Blood-Wild (8.9% decks played, 57.3 win)
  5. Diamond-Wild (5.5% decks played, 54.5 win)
  6. Ruby-Sapphire (5.3% decks played, 53.6 win)
  7. Ruby-Wild (4.6% decks played, 44.5 win)
  8. Sapphire-Wild (3.3% decks played, 44.9 win)
  9. Blood-Ruby (2.6% decks played, 50.9 win)
  10. Diamond-Sapphire (2.0% decks played, 54.3 win)

Champions

  1. Yarna of Lost Voices (10.2% decks played, 51.6 win) ▲2
  2. Entity Unknown (8.4% decks played, 57.9 win) ▲3
  3. Cassia Goldenlight (8.2% decks played, 59.4 win) ▲1
  4. Adoni-Zeddek (8.1% decks played, 53.3 win) ▼2
  5. Furiko (6.5% decks played, 48.4 win) ▼4
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (6.4% decks played, 59.5 win)
  7. Swampbutt (3.2% decks played, 47.6 win)
  8. Puff the Rainbow (2.8% decks played, 44.2 win) ▲1
  9. Lady Avalanche (2.7% decks played, 51.4 win) ▼1
  10. Venoma of the Nox (2.1% decks played, 48.1 win) ▲1

Evo Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (13.2% decks played, 54.6 win)
  2. Blood-Sapphire (12.8% decks played, 47.8 win)
  3. Blood-Wild (11.7% decks played, 53.7 win)
  4. Diamond-Ruby (11.1% decks played, 53.4 win)
  5. Diamond-Wild (8.7% decks played, 54.7 win)
  6. Ruby-Wild (6.4% decks played, 46.2 win)
  7. Blood-Ruby (4.1% decks played, 49.0 win) ▲1
  8. Sapphire-Wild (3.8% decks played, 45.5 win) ▼1
  9. Diamond-Sapphire (2.5% decks played, 49.7 win) ▲1
  10. Ruby-Sapphire (2.3% decks played, 45.8 win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Yarna of Lost Voices (12.8% decks played, 47.2 win) ▲2
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (11.5% decks played, 53.7 win)
  3. Furiko (10.2% decks played, 54.3 win) ▼2
  4. Cassia Goldenlight (8.2% decks played, 52.5 win)
  5. Entity Unknown (7.7% decks played, 51.5 win)
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (6.4% decks played, 53.8 win)
  7. Lady Avalanche (3.2% decks played, 51.0 win) ▲1
  8. Papa Goot (3.2% decks played, 49.2 win) ▲2
  9. Venoma of the Nox (2.9% decks played, 46.6 win)
  10. Balthasar the Elegist (2.7% decks played, 47.5 win) ▲3

Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (13.1% decks played, 50.9 win)
  2. Blood-Wild (9.8% decks played, 52.9 win)
  3. Diamond-Ruby (8.3% decks played, 53.5 win) ▲1
  4. Blood-Sapphire (8.0% decks played, 40.8 win) ▲1
  5. Diamond-Wild (6.8% decks played, 53.0 win) ▼2
  6. Ruby-Wild (3.5% decks played, 50.9 win)
  7. Blood-Ruby (2.5% decks played, 55.7 win)
  8. Ruby-Sapphire (1.9% decks played, 51.9 win) ▲1
  9. Diamond-Sapphire (1.5% decks played, 48.3 win) ▼1
  10. Sapphire-Wild (1.4% decks played, 44.0 win)

Champions

  1. Adoni-Zeddek (9.7% decks played, 50.3 win) ▲1
  2. Yarna of Lost Voices (8.5% decks played, 39.8 win) ▲1
  3. Furiko (7.7% decks played, 51.6 win) ▼2
  4. Bar’dak the Butcher (6.3% decks played, 49.2 win) ▲4
  5. Cassia Goldenlight (5.8% decks played, 50.0 win) ▼1
  6. Entity Unknown (5.0% decks played, 49.6 win) ▼1
  7. Plagueroot the Hollow (4.5% decks played, 60.0 win) ▼1
  8. Calilac (3.0% decks played, 49.1 win) ▲6
  9. Swampbutt (2.7% decks played, 53.1 win) ▲2
  10. Balthasar the Elegist (2.2% decks played, 54.3 win) ▼3

Economics

In February, 62,410 (-19.1%/+15.6%) items were sold for platinum on the auction house, for a total of 7,229,402 (-22.8%/+2.4%) platinum traded. Meanwhile, 126,893 (+43.0%/+40.6%) items were sold for gold, for a total of 150,862,742 (-0.7%/+23.1%) gold traded. 1,274 (-29.9%/-19.0%) booster packs were traded for platinum at an average price of 145 (+5.1%/-11.8%), while 127 (-40.1%/-32.8%) booster packs were traded for gold at an average price of 39,613 (+7.4%/-2.2%). Primal packs sold for an average of 1,462 (-4.7%/+18.1%), while gold traded at a ratio of 235 (-11.9%) gold per 1 platinum.

February has seen a noticeable increase in gold trades in the auction house. This is mostly due to the release of Siege mode, which spiked interest in the economics of PvE.

Auction House

Cards

PvP cards most traded for platinum

  1. Zeddek’s Judgment (270) ▲12
  2. Demented Whispers (260) ▲6
  3. Wrath of Elements (257) ▼2
  4. Choir of Lumos (251) ▼2
  5. Exalted Pathfinder (238) ▲4
  6. Wax Sacrament (237) ▲10
  7. Sapphire Ice (227) ▲10
  8. Diamond Ice (221) ▼3
  9. Blood Ice (219) ▲5
  10. Quenchinator (216) ▲8
  11. Wax Dawn (213) ▼1
  12. Runic Candescence (212) ▼6
  13. Replipopper 4000 (206) ▲41
  14. Light ‘Em Up (203) ▲1
  15. Wings of Wax (203) ▼4
  16. Leprechaun Artist (184) ▲13
  17. Wild Ice (184) ▲8
  18. Ruby Ice (183) ▼15
  19. Baroness Floriana (178) ▲25
  20. Righteous Waxshot (176) ▲30

PvP cards most traded for gold

  1. Acolyte of Flame (443)
  2. Effigy of Nulzann (359) ▲1
  3. Diamond Ice (340) ▲5
  4. Surprise Runt Gang (321) ▲68
  5. Scraptooth Cackler (320) ▲355
  6. Ambling Bluff (303) ▲139
  7. Corpse Lily (299) ▲40
  8. Cruel Sentence (288) ▲3
  9. Lumiknight (286) ▲1
  10. Nyctophobia (286) ▲95
  11. Courageous Soul (279) ▲78
  12. Choir of Lumos (279) ▲1
  13. Bonetide (277) ▲42
  14. Return to Cinder (272) ▼10
  15. Wings of Wax (264) ▲13
  16. Blood Ice (259) ▼9
  17. Brutal Brawler (259) ▲175
  18. Verdict of the Ancient Kings (250) ▲100
  19. Gloaming Edict (250) ▼3
  20. Wild Ice (247) ▲1

Most valuable PvP cards (platinum)

  1. Bride of the Damned (2893)
  2. Eternal Seeker (1343) ▲1
  3. Vampire King (1169) ▲1
  4. Inner Conflict (970) ▲1490
  5. Eyes of the Heart (957) ▲5
  6. Phenteo the Brood Priest (938) ▲20
  7. Rune Ear Hierophant (913) ▲27
  8. Psychic Ascension (906) ▲3
  9. Chronic Madness (893) ▲3
  10. Shamrock, The Goldfather (884) ▲7
  11. Mightsinger of Ages (835) ▲11
  12. Dark Heart of Nulzann (834) ▼7
  13. Herofall (825) ▼6
  14. Boltwing Phoenix (773) ▼1
  15. The Killipede (770) ▲34
  16. Matriarch of Flames (752) ▲8
  17. Bloombringer (750) ▲51
  18. Daughter of the Poet (747) ▼3
  19. From The Ashes (743) ▼13
  20. Carloth Cobblestone (732) ▲172

Most valuable PvP cards (gold)

  1. Daughter of the Poet (239200) ▲1013
  2. Matriarch of Flames (209600)
  3. Rune Ear Hierophant (179400)
  4. Bloombringer (137999)
  5. Brosi-Buk, Mischief Master (134500) ▲243
  6. Corners of the World (134500)
  7. Lyvaanth (125000) ▲1
  8. Scion of Lyvaanth (120667) ▲5
  9. Well of Cunning (120000)
  10. The Librarian (105750) ▲5
  11. Well of Innovation (100000) ▲98
  12. Well of Life (98597)
  13. Well of Instinct (98000) ▼3
  14. Dreamcall (90000) ▲5
  15. Cult of the Nameless City (88000)
  16. Shamrock, The Goldfather (87333) ▼12
  17. Well of Purpose (85000)
  18. Void Star the Sightless (82500) ▼4
  19. Well of Ancients (82500) ▲132
  20. Dreamweaver Ancient (80000) ▲5

PvE cards most traded for platinum

  1. Lovebound (131)
  2. Spiraling End (126) ▼1
  3. Hired Horn Cutthroat (116) ▲20
  4. Stampeding Wyldeboar (64)
  5. Devout Crusader (62) ▲5
  6. Hunger of the Mountain God (58) ▲5
  7. Phenteo’s Gift (58) ▼5
  8. Ardent Recruiter (57) ▼1
  9. Nazhk Lookout (55) ▼6
  10. Lightning Elemental (50) ▲29
  11. Xentoth’s Missionary (48) ▼3
  12. Royal Bloodline (45) ▲1
  13. Spectral Acorn (45) ▼8
  14. Glimmerfly Dance (44) ▲17
  15. Engrossed Bibliophile (39) ▼6
  16. Sporeshambler (39) ▲29
  17. Apprentice Trio (39) ▲4
  18. Dream Spider (37) ▲94
  19. Halls of Kukatan (37) ▲32
  20. Angel of Glory (35)

PvE cards most traded for gold

  1. Spectral Acorn (2102)
  2. Mystic Squirrel (386)
  3. Dream Bear (324) ▲105
  4. Lovebound (314)
  5. Scraptooth Bouncer (241) ▲92
  6. Dream Turtle (231) ▲108
  7. Dream Eagle (225) ▲1
  8. Giggling Scavenger (207) ▲90
  9. Dynamo Whistle (200) ▲34
  10. Chickatwice (190) ▼4
  11. Dire Toad (179) ▼4
  12. Dream Spider (175) ▲50
  13. Bubblebee (173) ▲32
  14. Morphology (165) ▲15
  15. Fennec Fox (162) ▲5
  16. Scraptooth Mangler (148) ▼12
  17. Deployment Orders (146) ▲43
  18. Noble Outrider (145) ▲23
  19. Spirit of Retribution (145) ▼10
  20. Tricerobot (141) ▲5

Most valuable PvE cards (platinum)

  1. Spectral Oak (5942)
  2. Slaughtergear’s Replicator (2149) ▲4
  3. Slaughtergear’s Reaver (1800) ▲4
  4. Succumb To Madness (1660) ▲1
  5. Pod of Shoggoth (1248) ▼1
  6. Optimatron (1225) ▲8
  7. Forgotten Triolith (1205) ▲1
  8. Splinterslam (1037) ▲7
  9. Angel of Foresight (995) ▲12
  10. Slithering Marauder (799) ▲2
  11. Cartomancy (783) ▲9
  12. Silent Blade Sensei (697) ▲11
  13. Dread Wight (690)
  14. The Crowd Roars! (626)
  15. Feralroot Tracker (585) ▲17
  16. Prospero, Sylvan Enchanter (550) ▲25
  17. Professor Sporzin (537) ▲9
  18. Lady Cassandra (501) ▲1
  19. Arcane Dreamcatcher (476) ▲19
  20. Juurdin (458) ▲13

Most valuable PvE cards (gold)

  1. Apprentice Trio (50000)
  2. Wildwood Beastcaller (45000)
  3. Forgotten Triolith (44700)
  4. Croven Memorythief (40000) ▼3
  5. Leeching Burrower (31014) ▲90
  6. Nimomancer (22570) ▲59
  7. Freaky Fungus (19950) ▲16
  8. Stampeding Wyldeboar (17750) ▲6
  9. Engrossed Bibliophile (17714) ▲4
  10. The Berry Bunch (15000) ▼5
  11. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (15000) ▼1
  12. Arcanograft Technician (14999)
  13. Xocoy, High Cleric (13911) ▼4
  14. Royal Bloodline (12254) ▲8
  15. Lady Devonshire (12000) ▼7
  16. Wildflame Phoenix (11500)
  17. Stormsprite (9861) ▲44
  18. Killarvae (9363) ▲23
  19. Horrorcrafted Behemoth (9333) ▲1
  20. Subterranean Augmentor (8500)
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Software engineer, analyst and data enthusiast, Fred runs Hex PvP Tools, providing the community with a valuable tool that collects and aggregates all the data provided by the Hex server API and displays it in a digestable manner.

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