Hello fellow Hexers,

I have been reading the feedback of the past article, and I agree that simply comparing month for month might not provide the most relevant comparison, especially in cases where a major event (such as a set release) happens in the middle of the month rather than at the very beginning. That is why this report for January comes in a little later than usual. While comparing Constructed stats between January and December (or September, 3rd month of Frostheart) is relevant, I wanted to wait until 28 days of Kismet Drafts had passed in order to use 4 weeks period for comparison of Limited data. Since Kismet appeared again on January 13th, we needed to wait until the end of February 9th to get enough data.

Limited play

For Limited, we will consider the following periods of time:

  • From January 13th to February 9th, the first 28 days since the launch of Dead of Winter Kismet Drafts
  • From December 16th to January 12th, the 28 days prior to the launch of Dead of Winter Kismet Drafts (i.e. “previous month”)
  • From October 7th to November 3rd, the first 28 days of Frostheart Kismet Drafts (i.e. “same month of previous set”)

Even though only the draft gauntlet queues changed to Kismet Drafts, we will consider the same periods for all Limited on-demand formats because experience has shown that it also affects the activity in the Evo Sealed Gauntlet queues, as more people are busy collecting the Kismet Draft rewards.

In the first four weeks of DoW KD, there were 5436 (+27.2%/-44.2%) draft gauntlets, 5748 (-20.4%/+49.4%) evo sealed gauntlets and 451 (+20.5%/+306.3%) sealed gauntlets completed.

Looking more closely into draft data, we find that 968 (+22.2%/-42.4%) draft pods fired and 5436 (+27.2%/-44.2%) draft gauntlets runs were completed. On average, 5.4 (+2.0%/-8.2%) runs were completed per pod.

It is pretty obvious that this season’s Kismet Drafts have been a lot less popular than the previous one, and it’s even been acknowledged with it’s removal sooner than expected (it was originally supposed to last until the release of set 9). Interestingly, the lower popularity of Kismet Drafts sent a lot more players in the sealed and evo sealed queues than during the previous set. This can probably be explained by players wanting to complete their Dead of Winter collection and having to rely on sealed and evo sealed to do so.

As for the Clash, an average of 81.0 (-4.4%/-20.0%) players participated in January.

Constructed play

In January, 50,495 (+5.0%/+92.8%) constructed ladder matches were played.

An average of 69.9 (-20.8%/+38.4%) players signed up for the Arcanum Vault scheduled tournaments, and 66.8 (-12.5%/+35.6%) players participated in the FiveShards Weekly tournaments.

The Hex Primal weekly tournaments had a turnout of 13.6 (-21.0%) players on average for the Immortal Weekly series, while an average of 56.2 (-22.0%) players participated in Fight Night, and Singles Night had 15.3 (-40.3%) players on average.

Finally, the Bash had an average of 69.0 (-6.5%/-13.2%) players.

While the on-demand queue keep seeing increased activity, only the Five Shards weekly tournaments have seen an improvement compared to the previous set, and all other scheduled tournaments, both officially sanctioned and community sponsored, keep seeing drops in attendance.

Meta

Ladder

Shards

  1. Diamond-Ruby (18.4% decks played, 57.6 win)
  2. Blood-Diamond (10.5% decks played, 53.0 win)
  3. Blood-Sapphire (10.0% decks played, 42.1 win)
  4. Blood-Wild (7.6% decks played, 40.7 win)
  5. Diamond-Wild (7.3% decks played, 51.3 win) ▲2
  6. Ruby-Sapphire (6.3% decks played, 50.6 win) ▼1
  7. Diamond-Sapphire (5.8% decks played, 50.5 win) ▼1
  8. Blood (5.8% decks played, 59.7 win) ▲1
  9. Sapphire-Wild (5.6% decks played, 48.8 win) ▼1
  10. Ruby-Wild (5.1% decks played, 52.8 win) ▲1

Champions

  1. Cassia Goldenlight (15.4% decks played, 61.1 win)
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (9.7% decks played, 50.2 win)
  3. Lady Avalanche (8.7% decks played, 57.8 win) ▲1
  4. Yarna of Lost Voices (5.2% decks played, 38.4 win) ▲1
  5. Haraza the Incinerator (4.2% decks played, 61.3 win) ▼2
  6. Bar’dak the Butcher (3.9% decks played, 64.4 win) ▲6
  7. Renner (3.7% decks played, 46.0 win)
  8. Plagueroot the Hollow (3.6% decks played, 38.6 win) ▼2
  9. Balthasar the Elegist (3.2% decks played, 53.0 win) ▲2
  10. Calilac (3.1% decks played, 39.5 win) ▼2

Draft Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (11.4% decks played, 61.6 win)
  2. Blood-Sapphire (10.4% decks played, 49.2 win) ▲1
  3. Diamond-Ruby (10.3% decks played, 55.6 win) ▼1
  4. Blood-Wild (9.2% decks played, 59.1 win)
  5. Diamond-Wild (9.1% decks played, 56.8 win)
  6. Ruby-Sapphire (5.6% decks played, 45.7 win)
  7. Ruby-Wild (4.8% decks played, 52.8 win)
  8. Sapphire-Wild (3.5% decks played, 51.1 win)
  9. Blood-Ruby (2.3% decks played, 49.1 win) ▲1
  10. Diamond-Sapphire (2.1% decks played, 56.7 win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Furiko (14.9% decks played, 57.9 win)
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (12.8% decks played, 61.1 win)
  3. Yarna of Lost Voices (9.3% decks played, 47.9 win)
  4. Cassia Goldenlight (8.4% decks played, 57.5 win)
  5. Entity Unknown (6.1% decks played, 50.2 win) ▲1
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (5.2% decks played, 61.9 win) ▼1
  7. Swampbutt (3.1% decks played, 48.6 win)
  8. Lady Avalanche (2.6% decks played, 44.7 win) ▲1
  9. Puff the Rainbow (2.4% decks played, 47.9 win) ▼1
  10. None (1.9% decks played, 59.2 win)

Evo Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (14.6% decks played, 56.2 win)
  2. Blood-Sapphire (14.1% decks played, 48.0 win)
  3. Blood-Wild (12.9% decks played, 51.9 win)
  4. Diamond-Ruby (10.7% decks played, 51.7 win)
  5. Diamond-Wild (9.4% decks played, 54.1 win)
  6. Ruby-Wild (6.7% decks played, 46.7 win)
  7. Sapphire-Wild (4.1% decks played, 45.0 win)
  8. Blood-Ruby (4.1% decks played, 48.8 win)
  9. Ruby-Sapphire (2.7% decks played, 44.2 win) ▲1
  10. Diamond-Sapphire (2.3% decks played, 50.0 win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Furiko (18.6% decks played, 53.6 win)
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (15.2% decks played, 55.2 win)
  3. Yarna of Lost Voices (13.9% decks played, 47.4 win)
  4. Cassia Goldenlight (7.7% decks played, 51.6 win)
  5. Entity Unknown (6.7% decks played, 51.3 win)
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (5.1% decks played, 52.7 win)
  7. Swampbutt (2.7% decks played, 42.4 win) ▲1
  8. Lady Avalanche (2.6% decks played, 44.3 win) ▲1
  9. Venoma of the Nox (2.5% decks played, 47.3 win) ▲1
  10. Papa Goot (2.2% decks played, 50.8 win) ▲1

Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (12.1% decks played, 58.0 win)
  2. Blood-Wild (11.7% decks played, 51.4 win)
  3. Diamond-Wild (8.9% decks played, 54.8 win)
  4. Diamond-Ruby (7.7% decks played, 53.6 win) ▲1
  5. Blood-Sapphire (6.7% decks played, 46.2 win) ▼1
  6. Ruby-Wild (5.7% decks played, 48.1 win)
  7. Diamond-Sapphire (3.3% decks played, 45.4 win) ▲1
  8. Blood-Ruby (3.3% decks played, 49.0 win) ▼1
  9. Ruby-Sapphire (2.3% decks played, 43.5 win) ▲1
  10. Sapphire-Wild (2.3% decks played, 27.7 win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Furiko (13.4% decks played, 48.5 win)
  2. Adoni-Zeddek (9.7% decks played, 56.0 win)
  3. Yarna of Lost Voices (6.5% decks played, 44.8 win)
  4. Cassia Goldenlight (6.3% decks played, 55.5 win)
  5. Entity Unknown (5.5% decks played, 47.8 win)
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (4.2% decks played, 50.0 win) ▲2
  7. Balthasar the Elegist (4.1% decks played, 60.9 win) ▲4
  8. Bar’dak the Butcher (3.6% decks played, 62.8 win) ▲6
  9. Lady Avalanche (2.6% decks played, 49.5 win) ▼2
  10. Venoma of the Nox (2.4% decks played, 44.6 win) ▼1

Economics

In January, there were a total of 1,547,601 (-21.6%/+15.6%) interactions with the auction house (posts, bids and buyouts) made by 3732 (-9.4%/+22.9%) unique players. 77,055 (-15.3%/+62.1%) items were sold for platinum on the auction house, for a total of 9,358,374 (-19.4%/+36.7%) platinum traded. Meanwhile, 88,536 (-22.9%/+21.5%) items were sold for gold, for a total of 151,724,808 (-9.1%/+33.6%) gold traded.

1,812 (-32.7%/-12.3%) booster packs from the latest set were traded for platinum at an average price of 138 (-20.6%/-21.6%), while 212 (-20.0%/-23.2%) booster packs were traded for gold at an average price of 36,883 (-12.3%/-12.4%). Primal packs sold for an average of 1551 (-7.3%/+8.2%).

The drop in value of Dead of Winter booster packs could very well be explained by the Kismet Drafts reducing the demand for them, and while it’s normal to see lower auction house activity as a set ages, it is encouraging to see the economy is much healthier than it was at the same point in Frostheart with more interactions, more players, and bigger volume.

Auction House

Cards

PvP cards most traded for platinum

  1. Wrath of Elements (496) ▲1
  2. Choir of Lumos (444) ▼1
  3. Ruby Ice (411) ▲6
  4. Flame Barrage (404) ▲1
  5. Diamond Ice (380) ▲6
  6. Runic Candescence (375)
  7. Acolyte of Flame (372)
  8. Demented Whispers (369) ▲4
  9. Exalted Pathfinder (358) ▲6
  10. Wax Dawn (356) ▼6
  11. Wings of Wax (354) ▼3
  12. Arcing Rust (350) ▲4
  13. Zeddek’s Judgment (350) ▼10
  14. Blood Ice (339) ▲9
  15. Light ‘Em Up (324) ▲21
  16. Wax Sacrament (322) ▼3
  17. Sapphire Ice (290) ▲14
  18. Quenchinator (288) ▼8
  19. Primordial Sabretooth (283) ▲35
  20. Nameless Draught (283) ▲17

PvP cards most traded for gold

  1. Acolyte of Flame (492)
  2. Razorboard Shredder (440) ▲43
  3. Effigy of Nulzann (341) ▲1
  4. Return to Cinder (309) ▼1
  5. Flamelick (294)
  6. Guidance (293) ▲20
  7. Blood Ice (289) ▲1
  8. Diamond Ice (287) ▲5
  9. Kindlekit (275) ▲16
  10. Cruel Sentence (270) ▲6
  11. Lumiknight (269) ▲7
  12. Jubilant Jouster (267) ▲10
  13. Choir of Lumos (264) ▼6
  14. Ruby Ice (262) ▼12
  15. Gloaming Edict (261) ▲20
  16. Wild Knight (260) ▲157
  17. Sapphire Ice (256) ▼5
  18. Palm of Granite (251) ▼8
  19. Candle Crush (246) ▲23
  20. Winter’s Grasp (243) ▼3

Most valuable PvP cards (platinum)

  1. Bride of the Damned (2753)
  2. Hand of the Black Crucible (1470) ▲2
  3. Eternal Seeker (1274) ▲12
  4. Vampire King (1188) ▼2
  5. Dark Heart of Nulzann (972)
  6. From The Ashes (962) ▲4
  7. Herofall (931) ▲4
  8. Wax Sacrament (915) ▲10
  9. Runebind (906) ▲4
  10. Eyes of the Heart (860) ▲24
  11. Psychic Ascension (852) ▲1
  12. Chronic Madness (847) ▲7
  13. Boltwing Phoenix (810) ▲7
  14. Well of Conquest (793) ▲9
  15. Daughter of the Poet (786) ▲2
  16. Well of Cunning (784) ▼7
  17. Shamrock, The Goldfather (770) ▼9
  18. Wrathwood Master Moss (744) ▲18
  19. Exalted Pathfinder (729) ▲5
  20. Demented Whispers (702) ▲5

Most valuable PvP cards (gold)

  1. Wax Sacrament (237750) ▲4
  2. Eternal Seeker (229911)
  3. Shamrock, The Goldfather (200000)
  4. Well of Retribution (200000) ▲879
  5. Exalted Pathfinder (199867) ▲13
  6. Wildlife (184000) ▲8
  7. Demented Whispers (170000) ▲1
  8. Lyvaanth (161000) ▲68
  9. Uruunaz (150000)
  10. Well of Instinct (125000)
  11. Scars of War (120750)
  12. Pureflame Protector (116916) ▲11
  13. Scion of Lyvaanth (112500) ▲45
  14. Void Star the Sightless (103470) ▼2
  15. The Librarian (100000) ▲1853
  16. Light ‘Em Up (99000) ▲29
  17. Lord Blightbark (87501)
  18. Twilight Archon (87500) ▲33
  19. Dreamcall (86667) ▲103
  20. Sunlit Sentence (84580) ▼4

PvE cards most traded for platinum

  1. Spiraling End (241)
  2. Phenteo’s Gift (86)
  3. Nazhk Lookout (83)
  4. Stampeding Wyldeboar (53) ▲18
  5. Spectral Acorn (52) ▼1
  6. Dream Eagle (51) ▼1
  7. Engrossed Bibliophile (46) ▼1
  8. Xentoth’s Missionary (46) ▲1
  9. Ardent Recruiter (46) ▼2
  10. Devout Crusader (41) ▲17
  11. Hunger of the Mountain God (41) ▼3
  12. Fertile Engorger (41) ▲176
  13. Royal Bloodline (40) ▲30
  14. Xocoy, High Cleric (40) ▲17
  15. Chaotic Murmurs (35) ▼4
  16. Enthralling Gaze (35) ▲98
  17. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (34) ▲18
  18. Life From Death (34) ▼4
  19. Vaarician (30) ▲7
  20. Fanged Fanatic (30) ▲56

PvE cards most traded for gold

  1. Spectral Acorn (1840)
  2. Mystic Squirrel (435)
  3. Yule Tide (307) ▲1
  4. Scraptooth Mangler (201) ▲21
  5. Rite of Denial (182) ▲16
  6. Chickatwice (145) ▲30
  7. Dire Toad (135) ▲10
  8. Spirit of Retribution (133) ▲10
  9. Dream Eagle (132) ▼2
  10. Contract Killing (127) ▲61
  11. Adaptatron (126) ▼5
  12. Ankylosaurus (125) ▲19
  13. Sepulchra Maggot (121) ▲37
  14. Defiant Totemist (120) ▼3
  15. Spiraling End (118) ▼6
  16. Heroic Echo (118) ▲115
  17. Mawstorm (111) ▼4
  18. Devout Crusader (109) ▲17
  19. Skulk of the Wastes (109)
  20. Fennec Fox (108) ▲29

Most valuable PvE cards (platinum)

  1. Spectral Oak (4857)
  2. Cloud King (1999) ▲67
  3. Cerulean Sky Mage (1855) ▲21
  4. Pod of Shoggoth (1633) ▼1
  5. Succumb To Madness (1478) ▲1
  6. Slaughtergear’s Replicator (1256) ▲2
  7. Slaughtergear’s Reaver (1074) ▼5
  8. Forgotten Triolith (1001) ▼1
  9. Furybringer (990) ▲27
  10. Shiitake Chef (974) ▼5
  11. Cosmic Flashpaw (939) ▲21
  12. Slithering Marauder (890) ▲1
  13. Dread Wight (866) ▲17
  14. Optimatron (857) ▼10
  15. Splinterslam (845) ▼5
  16. Air Elemental (829) ▲17
  17. Mindsnatch Raven (628) ▲5
  18. Soul Devour (578) ▲26
  19. Lady Cassandra (536) ▼7
  20. Cartomancy (532) ▼4

Most valuable PvE cards (gold)

  1. Vaarician (50000) ▲2
  2. Croven Memorythief (50000) ▲12
  3. Cloud King (30000)
  4. Chest’O Hex (24000)
  5. The Berry Bunch (22000) ▲76
  6. Rot Sniper (19999)
  7. Oni Assassin (16667) ▲8
  8. Lady Devonshire (14854) ▲8
  9. Xocoy, High Cleric (13010) ▲20
  10. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (12167) ▲87
  11. Critical Jamage (12041) ▲31
  12. Lightning Elemental (11750) ▲97
  13. Engrossed Bibliophile (11640) ▲6
  14. Stampeding Wyldeboar (11525) ▲20
  15. Defiler of the Fallen (11000)
  16. Wildflame Phoenix (10632) ▲21
  17. Vampiric Nightstalker (10000) ▲5
  18. Volley (9999)
  19. Drag to the Depths (9711) ▲5
  20. Horrorcrafted Behemoth (9394) ▲8
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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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