Hello fellow Hexers,

What a month! So many things happened in October:

  • Kismet Drafts
  • PS4 release
  • Set 8 was announced (although with no specific release date)
  • 2 new weekly tournaments announced: Immortal Weekly and Fight Night

The Kismet drafts and the PS4 release are the two things that had the most impact on the data. I will get back to those in the sections where I feel they had a real effect.

NOTE: When a value has two percentage values next to it, the first represents the change of that value compared to last month, while the second represents the change of that value compared to the equivalent month of the previous set (June of 2017, 4th month of Scars of War).

Limited play

In October, there were 9,809 (+175.4%/+116.7%) draft gauntlets, 3,983 (-34.3%/-40.5%) evo sealed gauntlets and 115 (-40.7%/-73.4%) sealed gauntlets completed.

Looking more closely into draft data, we find that 1,680 (+150.0%/+93.3%) draft pods fired in October and 9,809 (+175.4%/+116.7%) draft gauntlets runs were completed. On average, 5.9 (+13.4%/+14.5%) runs were completed per pod.

Here we can clearly see the effect of Kismet drafts. This new format generated a jump in draft activity similar to the release of an entirely new set. The bigger draft activity canibalized the other limited queues. As people were busy drafting, players moved away from the sealed and evo sealed queues.

Constructed play

In October, 37,261 (+42.2%/+73.5%) constructed ladder matches were played. An average of 49.1 (-2.7%/+28.5%) players signed up for the Arcanum Vault scheduled tournaments, and 41.7 (-15.4%/-5.5%) players participated in the FiveShards Weekly tournaments. Finally, the Bash had an average of 68.3 (-15.9%) players.

Here, the jump in ladder activity comes from the PS4 release on October 17th. On the week after October 17th, there were three times more ladder matches played than the week before, and activity has not dropped since. We actually have to go all the way back to November 1st of 2016 to see such a spike (start of the new ladder season), and the increase in activity level dropped within a week at the time.

However, despite the very good trend, it is still too early to draw any definitive conclusion on the impact that PS4 has on the overall activity for several reasons: it is currently only available in North America; two weeks might not be enough for many players to move from the battling pits to the competitive ladder; and PS4 version still suffers from game breaking bugs that may discourage many players from partaking in competitive play.

Meta

Ladder

Shards

  1. Blood-Sapphire (14.1% decks played, 44.1 win) ▲3
  2. Diamond-Ruby (13.4% decks played, 60.6 win) ▲7
  3. Diamond-Sapphire (11.9% decks played, 51.8 win) ▼1
  4. Sapphire-Wild (9.8% decks played, 50.9 win) ▲1
  5. Blood-Wild (9.8% decks played, 48.8 win) ▼4
  6. Blood-Diamond (6.3% decks played, 54.1 win) ▼3
  7. Diamond-Wild (5.9% decks played, 51.1 win) ▲6
  8. Blood-Ruby (3.8% decks played, 52.2 win) ▼2
  9. Blood (3.3% decks played, 49.5 win) ▲1
  10. Ruby-Sapphire (3.2% decks played, 50.2 win) ▼2

Champions

  1. Haraza the Incinerator (8.9% decks played, 64.5 win) ▲13
  2. Cassia Goldenlight (6.8% decks played, 58.3 win) ▲16
  3. Ivan Slagpot (5.7% decks played, 53.1 win)
  4. Papa Goot (4.5% decks played, 52.1 win) ▼2
  5. Kagulichu (4.1% decks played, 58.8 win) ▲3
  6. Shoku The Botanist (3.9% decks played, 52.2 win) ▲18
  7. Plagueroot the Hollow (3.7% decks played, 36.5 win) ▲31
  8. Furiko (3.5% decks played, 55.1 win) ▲3
  9. Bishop Elijah (3.5% decks played, 57.8 win) ▼2
  10. Yarna of Lost Voices (3.4% decks played, 41.4 win) ▲6

Draft Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Sapphire (11.8% decks played, 51.1 win) ▲4
  2. Blood-Wild (9.6% decks played, 57.5 win) ▲1
  3. Diamond-Ruby (6.6% decks played, 56.2 win) ▲1
  4. Ruby-Sapphire (6.0% decks played, 57.1 win) ▲6
  5. Diamond-Wild (5.8% decks played, 57.1 win) ▲2
  6. Diamond-Sapphire (5.7% decks played, 56.3 win) ▲2
  7. Sapphire-Wild (5.6% decks played, 50.9 win) ▼6
  8. Ruby-Wild (4.4% decks played, 53.8 win) ▼2
  9. Blood-Diamond (4.2% decks played, 55.3 win) ▼7
  10. Blood-Ruby (3.5% decks played, 52.5 win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Bloodspinner Zorath (6.9% decks played, 51.6 win)
  2. Ada the Apparitionist (6.0% decks played, 60.6 win)
  3. Zorzym of Korru (5.9% decks played, 49.4 win)
  4. Furiko (5.8% decks played, 58.7 win) ▼1
  5. Takahiro (5.7% decks played, 60.7 win)
  6. Winter Moon (5.3% decks played, 42.5 win)
  7. Morgan McBombus (4.5% decks played, 61.1 win)
  8. Papa Goot (4.3% decks played, 56.0 win) ▼6
  9. Swampbutt (3.1% decks played, 46.4 win) ▼2
  10. Uzzu the Bonewalker (2.4% decks played, 47.6 win)

Evo Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (13.6% decks played, 52.6 win)
  2. Sapphire-Wild (10.7% decks played, 55.4 win)
  3. Blood-Wild (8.0% decks played, 55.5 win)
  4. Ruby-Wild (7.9% decks played, 46.0 win)
  5. Blood-Sapphire (7.7% decks played, 42.5 win) ▲1
  6. Diamond-Ruby (7.0% decks played, 51.1 win) ▼1
  7. Diamond-Wild (6.1% decks played, 55.0 win)
  8. Blood-Ruby (4.1% decks played, 46.5 win)
  9. Diamond-Sapphire (3.3% decks played, 52.2 win)
  10. Ruby-Sapphire (2.3% decks played, 47.0 win)

Champions

  1. Papa Goot (14.4% decks played, 52.6 win)
  2. Puff the Rainbow (13.6% decks played, 54.9 win)
  3. Furiko (12.5% decks played, 55.2 win)
  4. Yarna of Lost Voices (7.5% decks played, 40.5 win)
  5. Cassia Goldenlight (5.3% decks played, 51.9 win)
  6. Tork Slamstyx (4.9% decks played, 48.0 win)
  7. Swampbutt (4.1% decks played, 42.8 win)
  8. Plagueroot the Hollow (3.5% decks played, 53.2 win)
  9. Calilac (3.0% decks played, 42.5 win)
  10. Gryrr Clampclaw (2.8% decks played, 42.1 win)

Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond (11.4% decks played, 55.1 win)
  2. Diamond-Ruby (7.6% decks played, 44.4 win) ▲3
  3. Ruby-Wild (6.4% decks played, 40.0 win) ▲3
  4. Sapphire-Wild (6.1% decks played, 49.2 win) ▼1
  5. Diamond-Wild (3.8% decks played, 67.2 win) ▲3
  6. Blood-Wild (3.8% decks played, 61.4 win) ▼2
  7. Diamond-Sapphire (3.5% decks played, 37.9 win)
  8. Blood-Sapphire (3.2% decks played, 34.8 win) ▼6
  9. Blood-Ruby (2.9% decks played, 58.3 win)
  10. Ruby-Sapphire (1.7% decks played, 44.4 win) ▲1

Champions

  1. Papa Goot (8.5% decks played, 52.2 win) ▲2
  2. Puff the Rainbow (6.7% decks played, 47.6 win) ▼1
  3. Cassia Goldenlight (5.8% decks played, 48.5 win) ▲2
  4. Furiko (4.7% decks played, 67.1 win) ▼2
  5. Puck and Balthasar (3.8% decks played, 34.8 win) ▲8
  6. Yarna of Lost Voices (3.8% decks played, 28.6 win) ▼2
  7. Swampbutt (3.8% decks played, 25.9 win) ▲3
  8. Gryrr Clampclaw (3.5% decks played, 44.0 win) ▲4
  9. Plagueroot the Hollow (3.5% decks played, 50.0 win) ▼2
  10. Tork Slamstyx (2.9% decks played, 50.0 win) ▼2

Economics

In October, 1,573 (-23.8%/-18.4%) Frostheart booster packs were traded for platinum at an average price of 164 (-6.7%/+7.3%), while 189 (-31.5%/-23.5%) Frostheart booster packs were traded for gold at an average price of 40,520 (-3.7%/+14.9%). We need to read these numbers in the context of Kismet drafts, which greatly reduced the demand for Frostheart packs, which were only usable in sealed and evo sealed. 544 Kismet packs were traded for platinum at an average price of 214, while 31 Kismet packs were traded for gold at an average price of 50,752. Primal packs sold for an average of 1,238 (-11.8%/+2.5%), while gold traded at a ratio of 240 (-1.1%/+42.6%) gold per 1 platinum. However, for a couple of days in the middle of the month, the value of gold was fixed at exactly 210:1.

Kismet drafts were very likely created to provide a massive platinum sink in the game. Because they exist in a closed environment (the only packs available were the ones offered as prizes from draft gauntlets), it is possible to look at exactly how successful a platinum sink it has been. Between its launch on October 7th and the end of the month, 1570 Kismet draft pods have fired. At 8 players per pod, and 700 platinum per player, it is a sink of 8,792,000 platinum. However, players won Kismet packs from those gauntlets that they used to reduce the prize of their next entry. At 12 packs rewarded per pod, we have 18,840 Kismet packs that were generated (a value of 3,768,000 platinum), reducing the net amount platinum sunk into Kismet drafts to 5,024,000.

Auction House

In October, there were a total of 1,808,675 (+35.1%/+51.6%) interactions with the auction house (posts, bids and buyouts) made by 3768 (+24.1%/+5.7%) unique players. 53,996 (+13.6%/+5.2%) items were sold for platinum on the auction house, for a total of 7,056,761 (+3.1%/+1.7%) platinum traded. Meanwhile, 90,244 (+23.8%/+28.5%) items were sold for gold, for a total of 122,557,026 (+7.9%/-1.2%) gold traded.

Cards

PvP cards most traded for platinum

  1. Light the Votives (411) ▲11
  2. Pippit Hustler (397) ▼1
  3. Cyclone Shaper (345) ▲107
  4. Sapphire Ice (310) ▼2
  5. Into the Unknown (283) ▲5
  6. Cosmic Calling (278) ▲190
  7. Blood Ice (273) ▲12
  8. Cult of the Nameless City (267) ▲5
  9. Consult the Talon (234) ▲27
  10. Diamond Ice (232) ▲8
  11. Blight Knight (230) ▲65
  12. Decree of Banishing (224) ▼8
  13. Runebind (213) ▼10
  14. Wild Ice (213) ▲9
  15. Scion of Lyvaanth (208) ▼1
  16. Ruby Ice (203) ▲31
  17. Violet’s Caress (202) ▼8
  18. Twilight Archon (196) ▼13
  19. Rune Ear Hierophant (193) ▲82
  20. Twilight Eclipse (183) ▲5

PvP cards most traded for gold

  1. Sapphire Ice (443) ▲1
  2. Blood Ice (441) ▲2
  3. Nightfall (420) ▲22
  4. Wild Ice (395) ▲2
  5. Daybreak (360) ▲7
  6. Diamond Ice (354) ▲5
  7. Effigy of Nulzann (346) ▼6
  8. Splinter of Xinlurgash (345) ▲58
  9. Ruby Ice (338) ▼2
  10. Blightseed Cultivator (321) ▲26
  11. Shards of Fate (320) ▼8
  12. Fever Bloom (305) ▼7
  13. Eldritch Thunderbird (300) ▲109
  14. Heart’s Whisper (297) ▼5
  15. Guidance (277) ▼7
  16. Vesper (275) ▲1
  17. Shard of Cunning (273) ▼3
  18. Lyvaanth’s Claw (272) ▲132
  19. Arcane Focus (264) ▲55
  20. Twilight Eclipse (251) ▼10

Most valuable PvP cards (platinum)

  1. Bride of the Damned (2450)
  2. The Mushwocky (1510) ▲692
  3. Vampire King (1152) ▲9
  4. Dark Heart of Nulzann (930) ▼2
  5. Herofall (879) ▲2
  6. Chronic Madness (852) ▲10
  7. Runebind (844) ▲6
  8. Daughter of the Poet (840) ▼4
  9. Lord Blightbark (831) ▼6
  10. Psychic Ascension (805) ▲11
  11. Hero of Legend (773) ▲19
  12. Wrathwood Master Moss (748) ▲21
  13. Eternal Seeker (733) ▲25
  14. Boltwing Phoenix (731) ▼9
  15. Rune Ear Hierophant (708) ▼4
  16. Well of Cunning (698) ▼7
  17. Matriarch of Flames (683) ▼9
  18. Empress of Ice (678) ▼1
  19. Mightsinger of Ages (676)
  20. Phenteo the Brood Priest (669) ▼5

Most valuable PvP cards (gold)

  1. Rune Ear Hierophant (290950)
  2. Transmogrifade (175000)
  3. Runebind (143001) ▲13
  4. Well of Life (115000)
  5. Chronic Madness (110250) ▲2
  6. Boltwing Phoenix (97502) ▼5
  7. Emsee, Etcher of Nulzann (97300) ▲11
  8. Well of Savagery (93000)
  9. Auspex of Lanupaw (90000) ▲138
  10. Well of Innovation (90000) ▲203
  11. Lazgar’s Vengeance (90000) ▲21
  12. Woken Drokkatar (75001)
  13. Xentoth’s Malice (75001) ▼5
  14. Locket of Reflection (75000) ▲117
  15. Sunsoul Phoenix (75000)
  16. Well of Hatred (70000)
  17. Incantation of Righteousness (67500) ▲321
  18. Bounty of the Magus (66483) ▼5
  19. Herofall (65001) ▲289
  20. Tribunal Magistrate (65000)

PvE cards most traded for platinum

  1. Spiraling End (239)
  2. Phenteo’s Gift (116)
  3. Nazhk Lookout (96) ▲1
  4. Royal Bloodline (86)
  5. Engrossed Bibliophile (74) ▲2
  6. Stampeding Wyldeboar (73) ▲7
  7. Dream Eagle (66) ▼1
  8. Chaotic Murmurs (60) ▲3
  9. Glimmerfly Dance (59) ▲8
  10. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (57) ▲12
  11. Ardent Recruiter (54) ▼1
  12. Spectral Acorn (51) ▼9
  13. Devout Crusader (51) ▼8
  14. Enthralling Gaze (49)
  15. The Ruin of Ripplewood (47) ▼7
  16. Cerebral Jack-hat (46) ▼1
  17. Cartomancy (41) ▼5
  18. Xocoy, High Cleric (40) ▼4
  19. The Berry Bunch (37) ▲8
  20. Succumb To Madness (36) ▲8

PvE cards most traded for gold

  1. Spectral Acorn (1546)
  2. Mystic Squirrel (222) ▲1
  3. Tricky Tykes (211)
  4. Chickatwice (200)
  5. Dire Toad (200) ▼3
  6. Fennec Fox (180) ▲12
  7. Adaptatron (170) ▲4
  8. Mawstorm (170) ▼2
  9. Scraptooth Mangler (149)
  10. Dream Eagle (148) ▲5
  11. Enthralling Gaze (144)
  12. Noble Outrider (137) ▲8
  13. Spiraling End (132) ▲23
  14. Spirit of Retribution (124) ▼7
  15. Rite of Denial (122) ▲12
  16. Woeful Webbing (118) ▲12
  17. Pyreblade Slicer (117) ▲4
  18. Deployment Orders (117) ▲11
  19. Bramble Creeper (115) ▲27
  20. Warforged Slayer (114) ▲11

Most valuable PvE cards (platinum)

  1. Spectral Oak (6899)
  2. Lady Cassandra (1767) ▲8
  3. Shiitake Chef (1683) ▼1
  4. Slaughtergear’s Reaver (1583)
  5. Slaughtergear’s Replicator (1427)
  6. Optimatron (1272)
  7. Splinterslam (1230) ▼4
  8. Pod of Shoggoth (982) ▼3
  9. Angel of Foresight (975) ▼3
  10. Succumb To Madness (968) ▼1
  11. Forgotten Triolith (900) ▼7
  12. Mindsnatch Raven (769) ▲1
  13. The Crowd Roars! (696) ▲4
  14. Professor Sporzin (607) ▲15
  15. Slithering Marauder (578) ▼4
  16. The Wrath of Zakiir (566) ▼8
  17. Water Elemental (484) ▼2
  18. Tome of Uruunaz (478) ▲109
  19. Silent Blade Sensei (471) ▲11
  20. Cartomancy (457) ▼1

Most valuable PvE cards (gold)

  1. Forgotten Triolith (177500)
  2. Succumb To Madness (80000)
  3. Arcane Dreamcatcher (35000)
  4. The Ruin of Ripplewood (33750)
  5. Swiftpaw Trickster (30999)
  6. Lady Devonshire (23000) ▲3
  7. Phoenix Guard Harrier (22833)
  8. Oni Assassin (21000) ▲3
  9. Wildflame Phoenix (20300) ▼1
  10. Lord Bernard P. Dunthorpe (20000) ▲11
  11. Soulblade Samurai (19900)
  12. Xocoy, High Cleric (19057) ▲8
  13. Volley (18600) ▲4
  14. Engrossed Bibliophile (18187) ▼8
  15. Coldheart Reaver (18000) ▲7
  16. Stampeding Wyldeboar (17875) ▼4
  17. Horrific Poltergeist (17399)
  18. Royal Stork (17000) ▲1
  19. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (17000) ▲24
  20. The Berry Bunch (16928) ▲5
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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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