Hello fellow Hexers,

We have now passed the hump and we now sit comfortably on the tail end of the 9th set of Hex. Let’s have a look at the data for the 28 days period spanning from May 11th to June 8th in Hex, which represent the third month since the release of Doombringer. Several major changes were introduced into the game during that period:

  • Introduction of Cosmic Coins and Siege Sacks
  • Ladder progression changed to remove bonus star for 2-0 results
  • Introduction of a weekly rotation for Merry Melee formats
  • Introduction of the Immortal Gauntlet queue
  • Introduction of Signature Decks in the store

Most values will have one or two percentage values next to them. When that is the case, those percentages represent the change of that data point for this period compared to:

  • First value: 28 days preceding the current period (from April 13th to May 10th)
  • Second value: 28 days of equivalent age from the previous set (in this case, Dead of Winter, from January 12th to February 9th)

Siege

I am very sad that I cannot report any data on Siege as the Hex server API does not provide anything related to this mode. The introduction of Siege Sacks had a real impact on the game mode, and despite the vocal complaints that are visible in the forums, people are playing Siege and collecting Siege Sacks. Across all the constructed formats, a total of 3921 AA shards have been seen in decks. Unfortunately, we can’t know how many different players have them since the data from Ladder matches and Immortal gauntlets is anonymous. All those people playing Siege are not playing in the other formats as much, but they are still playing Hex, so, just like PvE, the lack of data in this format skews the data we have for the other formats.

Merry Melee

After the initial Iconoclash that originally took place from April 27th to May 7th, the format was reintroduced 24 hours later for 10 more days. Then, starting May 18th, a series of different formats have been rotating for 1 week each. Each format being very different from each other, it’s really hard to compare them but we can still look at the activity for each of them to gauge relative interest. For the Iconoclash, we will only look at the last 7 days of the format (from May 11th to 18th) in order to have a comparable time period. And because I’m late in writing this report, I’ll add Portal Kombat as a bonus.

Format Start End Gauntlet runs Matches
 Iconoclash  May 11th May 18th 747 1903
 Who’s the Boss  May 18th May 25th 1999 5152
 Epic Spell Warz  May 25th June 1st 1374 3443
 Dingleton  June 1st June 8th 405 1004
 Portal Kombat  June 8th June 15th 871 2181

 

Who’s the Boss and Epic Spell Warz have been the most popular formats by a wide margin. It is worth noting that the first week of Iconoclash (April 27th to May 4th) had 3244 gauntlet runs and 8438 games, so Iconoclash was the most popular format overall, but it could also very well be due to the novelty factor of Merry Melee at the time.

Due to the (very) high variance that is inherently present in the Merry Melee, we can assume that it is more attractive to limited players, who are used to playing with a varying array of cards, rather than to constructed players, who prefer having more control over the content of their decks and the cards that they play. Therefore, we can expect the Merry Melee activity to have a negative impact on limited play.

Limited play

In the current period, there were 1,749 (-33.4%/-68.8%) draft gauntlets, 3,415 (-20.4%/-40.3%) evo sealed gauntlets and 41 (-61.7%/-90.7%) sealed gauntlets completed.

Looking more closely into draft data, we find that 401 (-25.6%/-62.0%) draft pods fired, and 1,749 (-33.4%/-68.8%) draft gauntlets runs were completed. On average, 4.0 (-20.0%/-20.0%) runs were completed per pod.

As for the Clash, an average of 59 players participated in each event, with 217 different players participating across the period.

The more than 60% decrease in draft activity compared to the third month of the previous set might look alarming at first sight, however, it is important to note that the previous set period coincides with the return of Kismet drafts, which created a surge in draft activity that we’re not having in this set.

The sharp decrease in sealed gauntlets has 2 main causes. First, the Doombringer format has been optimized for draft and isn’t well suited for sealed, so we’re getting in a downward spiral where fewer people are playing so the ones playing have a harder time finding a match, and therefore play less themselves. Secondly, several people were dissatisfied with the return of Kismet drafts because they had not completed their collection, so there had been an unusual surge in sealed activity in the third month of Dead of Winter, making this set’s activity look even worse in comparison.

Going back to the previous point that Merry Melee would have a negative effect on limited play, it is interesting to note that the total number of Merry Melee gauntlet runs (4525) is by far superior to the total number of limited gauntlet runs that have been lost since last month (1818). So while limited on-demand activity seems to have plummeted, it is actually been spread over a broader spectrum of formats, and players have been player more Hex overall this month than the last.

Constructed play

In the observed period, 37,746 (+6.8%/-16.6%) constructed ladder matches were played. Cosmic Coins seems to have had the desired effect it bringing more activity in the constructed ladder.

It is still too soon to look at the Immortal gauntlet numbers, but we will be sure to look at them next month once the data starts pouring in.

Bash tournaments had an average of 40 players, with 164 different people participating across the 8 events in the period. An average of 52.0 (-26.8%/-16.1%) players signed up for the Arcanum Vault scheduled tournaments, and 39 (-13.3%/-40.9%) players participated in the FiveShards Weekly tournaments. Finally, the Fight Night had an average of 39.0 (-17.0%/-29.1%) players, while the Singles Night had an average of 6.0 (-50.0%/-60.0%) players signed up.

Meta

Ladder

Shards

  1. Diamond-Wild (14.1% decks played, 59.0% win) ▲1
  2. Diamond-Ruby (11.8% decks played, 55.9% win) ▼1
  3. Blood-Diamond (10.5% decks played, 51.7% win)
  4. Blood-Ruby (8.1% decks played, 58.7% win) ▲3
  5. Blood-Sapphire (7.3% decks played, 40.2% win) ▼1
  6. Blood-Wild (6.0% decks played, 38.1% win) ▼1
  7. Sapphire-Wild (6.0% decks played, 47.1% win) ▼1
  8. Diamond-Sapphire (4.7% decks played, 46.1% win) ▲1
  9. Ruby-Sapphire (3.9% decks played, 56.5% win) ▲2
  10. Ruby-Wild (3.9% decks played, 50.5% win) ▼2

Champions

  1. Lady Avalanche (11.0% decks played, 64.0% win) ▲1
  2. Cassia Goldenlight (6.5% decks played, 63.1% win) ▼1
  3. Adoni-Zeddek (6.2% decks played, 49.5% win)
  4. Rhiannon of Flame (5.8% decks played, 62.3% win) ▲20
  5. Blue Sparrow (3.9% decks played, 56.7% win) ▲3
  6. Plagueroot the Hollow (3.5% decks played, 37.5% win) ▲1
  7. Thk’tatcha (3.4% decks played, 58.0% win) ▲6
  8. Yarna of Lost Voices (3.1% decks played, 33.3% win) ▼3
  9. Bar’dak the Butcher (3.1% decks played, 59.5% win)
  10. Takahiro (3.1% decks played, 52.9% win) ▲5

Draft Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Diamond-Sapphire-Wild (8.2% decks played, 56.5% win)
  2. Blood-Diamond-Wild (6.4% decks played, 55.3% win)
  3. Diamond-Ruby-Wild (5.6% decks played, 56.3% win) ▲2
  4. Blood-Ruby-Wild (5.1% decks played, 55.2% win) ▼1
  5. Diamond-Ruby-Sapphire (4.6% decks played, 54.6% win) ▲1
  6. Blood-Diamond-Sapphire (4.1% decks played, 57.5% win) ▲2
  7. 5-shards (4.1% decks played, 60.7% win)
  8. Blood-Ruby-Sapphire (4.0% decks played, 52.4% win) ▼4
  9. Blood-Diamond-Ruby (3.3% decks played, 53.6% win) ▲1
  10. Ruby-Wild (3.0% decks played, 62.8% win) ▼1

Champions

  1. Obliteron Solis (17.4% decks played, 54.3% win) ▲2
  2. The Rabid Rider (14.2% decks played, 52.7% win)
  3. Annihilix Ode (12.3% decks played, 48.7% win) ▲1
  4. The Blackberry Knight (10.4% decks played, 55.7% win) ▼3
  5. Chamberlain Agustus (6.6% decks played, 44.4% win)
  6. Mistress Eravyn (5.5% decks played, 42.1% win) ▲2
  7. Madeline the Flayer (4.7% decks played, 52.3% win) ▼1
  8. The Shadow of Blightwood (4.3% decks played, 48.4% win) ▼1
  9. Rhiannon of Flame (4.0% decks played, 52.7% win) ▲5
  10. Wicked Wilda (4.0% decks played, 43.2% win) ▼1

Evo Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Diamond-Ruby-Wild (11.0% decks played, 52.2% win) ▲1
  2. Diamond-Sapphire-Wild (10.8% decks played, 54.4% win) ▼1
  3. Blood-Diamond-Wild (7.6% decks played, 52.4% win)
  4. Blood-Diamond-Ruby (7.1% decks played, 51.3% win)
  5. Blood-Ruby-Wild (6.1% decks played, 46.6% win)
  6. Diamond-Ruby-Sapphire (5.0% decks played, 53.4% win)
  7. 5-shards (4.2% decks played, 41.3% win) ▲2
  8. Blood-Diamond-Sapphire (4.1% decks played, 54.0% win) ▼1
  9. Ruby-Sapphire-Wild (4.0% decks played, 53.6% win) ▼1
  10. Blood-Ruby-Sapphire (3.0% decks played, 49.1% win)

Champions

  1. Annihilix Ode (19.2% decks played, 49.3% win) ▲1
  2. The Rabid Rider (14.7% decks played, 52.0% win) ▲1
  3. The Blackberry Knight (14.6% decks played, 54.7% win) ▼2
  4. Obliteron Solis (10.6% decks played, 56.3% win) ▲1
  5. Chamberlain Agustus (9.1% decks played, 50.5% win) ▼1
  6. Tashi One-Horn (4.4% decks played, 54.0% win)
  7. Mistress Eravyn (3.5% decks played, 42.7% win)
  8. Limerick the Lewd (3.3% decks played, 38.1% win) ▲1
  9. The Nameless Knight (3.2% decks played, 47.9% win) ▲3
  10. Wicked Wilda (2.6% decks played, 47.5% win) ▲3

Sealed Gauntlet

Shards

  1. Blood-Diamond-Wild (8.2% decks played, 52.8% win) ▲4
  2. Diamond-Sapphire-Wild (5.3% decks played, 40.0% win) ▼1
  3. Diamond-Ruby-Wild (4.7% decks played, 53.6% win) ▼1
  4. Diamond-Ruby-Sapphire (4.7% decks played, 51.9% win) ▲3
  5. 5-shards (3.5% decks played, 25.0% win) ▲1
  6. Blood-Ruby-Sapphire (2.9% decks played, 36.4% win) ▲4
  7. Blood-Sapphire-Wild (2.3% decks played, 71.4% win) ▲4
  8. Blood-Diamond-Ruby-Wild (1.8% decks played, 83.3% win) ▲6
  9. Blood-Diamond (1.8% decks played, 66.7% win) ▲8
  10. Blood-Diamond-Sapphire (1.2% decks played, 54.5% win) ▼1

Champions

  1. The Rabid Rider (16.4% decks played, 48.1% win) ▲1
  2. Obliteron Solis (15.8% decks played, 48.8% win) ▲3
  3. Chamberlain Agustus (14.0% decks played, 52.4% win) ▲1
  4. Annihilix Ode (13.5% decks played, 48.8% win) ▼1
  5. The Blackberry Knight (10.5% decks played, 48.0% win) ▼4
  6. The Nameless Knight (6.4% decks played, 46.2% win) ▲8
  7. Limerick the Lewd (5.3% decks played, 50.0% win) ▲6
  8. Wicked Wilda (5.3% decks played, 50.0% win)
  9. The Shadow of Blightwood (3.5% decks played, 68.8% win) ▼2
  10. Madeline the Flayer (2.3% decks played, 50.0% win) ▼4

Economics

In the observed period, there were a total of 1,309,124 (-2.2%/-12.7%) interactions with the auction house (posts, bids and buyouts) made by 2,836 (-11.5%/-20.3%) unique players. 44,786 (-12.6%/-30.3%) items were sold for platinum on the auction house, for a total of 5,406,764 (-16.9%/-28.3%) platinum traded. Meanwhile, 58,635 (-17.0%/-35.8%) items were sold for gold, for a total of 111,535,426 (-17.5%/-17.2%) gold traded. 1,934 (+40.7%/+44.2%) booster packs were traded for platinum at an average price of 143 (-16.4%/+5.1%), while 116 (-18.3%/-32.6%) booster packs were traded for gold at an average price of 41,673 (+0.8%/+15.8%). Primal packs sold for an average of 1,158 (-18.2%/-22.9%), while gold traded at a ratio of 288 (+11.6%/+9.1%) gold per 1 platinum.

Auction House

Cards

PvP cards most traded for platinum

  1. Brilliant Annihilix (248) ▲2
  2. Zomboyz (235) ▼1
  3. Lilygrove Warden (218) ▲24
  4. Scour the Archives (213)
  5. Heart of Agony (195) ▲15
  6. Replipopper 4000 (181) ▲35
  7. Runebind (174) ▲6
  8. Remnant of Life (168) ▲2
  9. Exalted Pathfinder (161) ▲84
  10. Remnant of Purpose (159) ▼4
  11. Rowdy Piper (158) ▼9
  12. Remnant of Hatred (157) ▼7
  13. Remnant of Innovation (154) ▼6
  14. Blightbark Reserve (147) ▲122
  15. Dreamsmoke Diva (145) ▼3
  16. Remnant of Ancients (142) ▲3
  17. Leprechaun Artist (142) ▲59
  18. Silent Auctioneer (138) ▼7
  19. Soul Severance (136) ▲4
  20. Righteous Waxshot (133) ▲65

PvP cards most traded for gold

  1. Howling Rebel (217) ▲40
  2. Master’s Tutelage (213) ▲19
  3. Glimmer Fox (188) ▲24
  4. From the Wreckage (181) ▲12
  5. Flare Imp (176) ▲2
  6. Glissade (173) ▼2
  7. Locke’s T-Wrex (170) ▲71
  8. Shadow Bat (163) ▲89
  9. Drifting Ruinant (161) ▼6
  10. One-Hit Wounder (160) ▲49
  11. Root of Cunning (158) ▲13
  12. Spectral Attendant (158) ▲30
  13. Blightbark Courier (156) ▲54
  14. Grapes of Wrath (156) ▼13
  15. Faebreeze (156) ▲179
  16. Sucker Punch (156) ▲2
  17. Servant of Suffering (155) ▲60
  18. Undying Vow (154) ▲33
  19. Root of Life (154) ▲44
  20. Fatal Feast (149) ▲68

Most valuable PvP cards (platinum)

  1. Bride of the Damned (1395) ▲4
  2. Eyes of the Heart (1355) ▲4
  3. Wax Sacrament (1193) ▲8
  4. Archmage Wrenlocke (1094) ▲103
  5. Eternal Seeker (1055) ▼1
  6. Demented Whispers (931) ▲7
  7. Light ‘Em Up (909) ▲8
  8. Woken Drokkatar (901) ▲10
  9. Voice of the Ashwood (890) ▲21
  10. Scribe of the Flayed Man (834) ▼1
  11. Sabotage (830) ▲713
  12. Daughter of the Poet (827) ▲5
  13. Eldurathan’s Glory (819) ▲35
  14. Rune Ear Hierophant (804) ▲2
  15. Mastery of Time (795) ▲37
  16. Mightsinger of Ages (791) ▲17
  17. Wildlife (758) ▲8
  18. Psychic Ascension (736) ▲10
  19. Dark Heart of Nulzann (728) ▲16
  20. Phenteo the Brood Priest (718) ▲3

Most valuable PvP cards (gold)

  1. Empress of Ice (182000) ▲683
  2. Burn (109900)
  3. Freak of Nature (102200)
  4. Well of Hatred (90000) ▲20
  5. Quui the Runemother (81050) ▲14
  6. Immaculate Mortrus (71727) ▲23
  7. Vampire Princess (70000)
  8. Viridian (66250)
  9. Fortress of Ayotochi (65580) ▲108
  10. Ryaalinth the Soulcursed (57884)
  11. Twilight Justice (57625)
  12. Graven Geist (57500) ▲10
  13. Necronettle (56800) ▲201
  14. Violet’s Caress (55833) ▲13
  15. Timophy the Turtle (53866) ▲8
  16. Candlelight (53129)
  17. Baroness Floriana (53000) ▲316
  18. Communion of Wax (52500) ▲114
  19. William Rowan (52500)
  20. Horrors of War (51200) ▲10

PvE cards most traded for platinum

  1. Hired Horn Cutthroat (73) ▲29
  2. Brewed Ambrosia (53) ▼1
  3. Frostmare (42) ▲43
  4. Tidal Eddy (35) ▲34
  5. Angel of Glory (35) ▲75
  6. Devout Crusader (33)
  7. Ardent Recruiter (32)
  8. Engrossed Bibliophile (32) ▲1
  9. Underworld Reinforcements (28) ▲127
  10. Spiraling End (27) ▼2
  11. Underworld Recruiter (25) ▲22
  12. Phenteo’s Gift (24) ▼7
  13. Aryndel Warden (23) ▲19
  14. Hired Horn Captain (23)
  15. Pathfind (22) ▲25
  16. Noble Outrider (22) ▲27
  17. Lovebound (22) ▲1
  18. Stampeding Wyldeboar (21) ▼6
  19. Contract Killing (20) ▲58
  20. Dream Spider (20) ▼6

PvE cards most traded for gold

  1. Spectral Acorn (706)
  2. Mystic Squirrel (106) ▲2
  3. Devout Crusader (75) ▲79
  4. Spirit of Retribution (71) ▲28
  5. Dire Toad (71) ▲1
  6. Ankylosaurus (70) ▲4
  7. Spiraling End (68) ▲27
  8. Oath of the Legion (65) ▲20
  9. Targoyle (61) ▲36
  10. Howling Head Hunter (59) ▲92
  11. Chickatwice (56) ▼4
  12. Adaptatron (54) ▼7
  13. Supporting Fire (53) ▲26
  14. Skittering Skarn (52) ▲62
  15. Sepulchra Maggot (51) ▲23
  16. Mawstorm (50) ▲6
  17. Chaotic Murmurs (50) ▼8
  18. Borrowed Life (50) ▲76
  19. Bramble Creeper (49) ▲14
  20. Feralroot Songstress (49) ▲28

Most valuable PvE cards (platinum)

  1. Spectral Oak (4400)
  2. Slaughtergear’s Replicator (2400) ▲2
  3. Succumb To Madness (2083)
  4. Slaughtergear’s Reaver (1765) ▼2
  5. Cartomancy (1569) ▲1
  6. Forgotten Triolith (1193) ▼1
  7. Lady Cassandra (938)
  8. Optimatron (900)
  9. Angel of Foresight (835)
  10. Water Elemental (633) ▲1
  11. Feralroot Tracker (491) ▲13
  12. Slithering Marauder (487)
  13. Brewed Ambrosia (449) ▲4
  14. Juurdin (441) ▲29
  15. The Wrath of Zakiir (399) ▼3
  16. Final Performance (393) ▼3
  17. Oni Assassin (352) ▲23
  18. Horrific Poltergeist (350)
  19. Feralfuel Infusion Device (341) ▲2
  20. Pathfind (333) ▲8

Most valuable PvE cards (gold)

  1. Brewed Ambrosia (94000)
  2. Soulreaper (38750)
  3. Engulfing Cataclyst (35000)
  4. The Berry Bunch (25000) ▲12
  5. Engrossed Bibliophile (21505) ▲5
  6. Sneakblade of the Milky Eye (19200) ▲14
  7. Coldheart Reaver (18900)
  8. Stampeding Wyldeboar (18812) ▲7
  9. Entrath Settlers (18750) ▼4
  10. Lady Devonshire (18536) ▲13
  11. Drag to the Depths (16750) ▲15
  12. Leeching Burrower (16201) ▲5
  13. Critical Jamage (16000) ▼6
  14. Thermogenesis (16000) ▼2
  15. Lovebound (11999) ▼4
  16. Wildflame Phoenix (11750) ▲46
  17. Angel of Glory (11305) ▲47
  18. Xocoy, High Cleric (9912) ▲12
  19. Royal Bloodline (9484) ▲8
  20. Mass Produce (9040) ▲23
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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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