Changes to Cards in the March 8 Release

In anticipation of the maintenance slated for March 8, we'd like to explain our thoughts on making changes to cards.

SUMMARY
In the March 8 maintenance, there won't be any changes to cards' costs or abilities. There also won't be any new bans or one-card restrictions in the Unlimited format.

EARLY-MARCH PLAY ENVIRONMENT
Below we're going to give a detailed report on the early-March play environment and explain why no cards are changing on March 8. Although previous announcements have featured information on individual deck types' usage rates and win rates, we'll be omitting those figures this time around. We're concerned that these particulars could serve as advice on how to win matches, since there haven't been any changes to cards, new card additions, or any new sets.

ROTATION
In the Rotation format, data from high-ranking matches in early March didn't reveal any deck types with particularly high win rates. There are currently twelve deck types with 51.0% win rates or higher, and there are seven deck types with usage rates of 4.0% or higher. This has made for a reasonably diverse play environment. There are points at which specific deck types' play rates do rise, but their win rates still aren't particularly high, which led us to decide that changes weren't necessary this time around. We'll continue to keep a close watch on usage rates in the days ahead.

Data taken from high-ranking Rotation matches in early February revealed that the overall first-player win rate was 50.4%; however, it's now 51.3% as of early March. The first-player win rate is therefore still hovering around 50%, and it will continue to be a subject of attention for us.

UNLIMITED
In the Unlimited format, data from high-ranking matches in early March didn't reveal any deck types with a particularly high win rate. Eleven deck types have win rates of 51.0% or higher, making for a diverse play environment. No deck types have a particularly high play rate, and nine currently have 4.0% play rates or higher.

Data taken from high-ranking Unlimited matches in early February revealed that the overall first-player win rate was 51.4%, and this is now 51.5% as of early March The first-player win rate is therefore getting closer to 50%. The first-player win rate is therefore still hovering around 50%, and it will continue to be a subject of attention for us.

To sum up, there aren't any decks that have particularly high win rates or usage rates, the play environment is diverse, and there is no extreme first-player advantage. For these reasons, we've decided that changes to cards aren't necessary this time around.

FUTURE CHANGES TO CARDS
We routinely review match data in the Shadowverse Team. In order to maintain a great game environment, we change card costs and effects, and boost the number of vials that are available from liquefying cards. We consider both Rotation and Unlimited formats; and when changes would affect the Rotation format inappropriately, we may ban cards or make one-copy limits in the Unlimited format instead.

Any future changes to card costs and effects will be announced in advance, and then changes will generally be made the next day. See below for the scheduled announcement and change dates.

March 27 (Announcement), March 28 (Change)

These dates are, however, subject to change. Even if there are no changes made to cards, we'll still announce that things are staying the same. If emergency changes are deemed necessary, we may make changes, specify restrictions, or specify banned cards outside of the above dates.

Shadowverse Team