Changes to Cards in the April 25 Release

In the April 25 (PT) release we'll be making changes to two cards. This is an explanation of what we're changing and why.

OVERVIEW

1. The silver Shadowcraft spell Troth's Curse will now cost 2 instead of 3.
2. The legendary Shadowcraft follower Corpselord of Woe will have 5 attack instead of 4, and its Necromancy effect will cost 4 shadows instead of 6.

There will be no changes to vials produced when liquefying these two cards.

EARLY-APRIL GAME ENVIRONMENT

First, we'll report our data from the game environment in early April and explain why we're making these changes to the game environment. In previous announcements we have disclosed win and usage rates for specific deck archetypes but will not be doing so this time. As we will not be reducing the strength of or adding any new cards in this update, we're concerned that these particulars could serve as advice on how to win matches.

Data from high-ranking Rotation matches in early April showed no deck archetype in particular with an overwhelming advantage, with 10 deck archetypes having a 51.0% or higher win rate. Similarly, usage rates from earlier this month revealed a diverse game environment with 8 deck archetypes with 4.0% or higher use. With no deck archetype holding an overwhelming win or usage rate in the current game environment, we have determined that it is not necessary to reduce the strength of any cards.

Data from high-ranking Unlimited matches in early April also showed us no deck archetype in particular with an overwhelming advantage, with 13 deck archetypes having a 51.0% or higher win rate. Similarly, usage rates from earlier this month revealed a diverse game environment and 7 deck archetypes with 4.0% or higher use. With no deck archetype holding an overwhelming win or usage rate in the current game environment, we have determined that it is not necessary to restrict, ban, or reduce the strength of any cards.

STRENGTHENING CARDS
This is the first time that we will be strengthening cards in an update. Up until now, we have been changing and restricting cards in deck archetypes that held overwhelmingly high win rates or proved to be problematic to the game environment. Since no deck archetypes have an overwhelming advantage as found from our data above, we have deemed it currently unnecessary to reduce the strength of any cards.

On the other hand, in the current game environment Shadowcraft was found to have a considerably lower usage rate than other classes in Rotation. Since we won't be adding any new cards with this update or reducing the strength of any cards, we have decided to try and use this opportunity to strengthen a currently underutilized class. We made the decision to strengthen these two cards after considering the influence they would have on the game environment based on their effects and utility as well as their low usage rate within Shadowcraft deck archetypes.

DETAILS OF THE CHANGES

1. The cost of Troth's Curse will be lowered from 3 to 2.

2. Corpselord of Woe's attack will be raised from 4 to 5, and its Necromancy effect will cost 4 shadows instead of 6.
Before: Can't attack. At the start of your turn, perform Necromancy (6): Evolve this follower.
After: Can't attack. At the start of your turn, perform Necromancy (4): Evolve this follower.

VIAL BONUS
Since we are strengthening cards with this update, there will be no temporary vial bonuses for the cards affected.

TAKE TWO RUNS
These changes will also be applied to all Take Two decks after maintenance, even decks that are being used in the middle of a five-match run.

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 when their strength is reduced. This includes both of our constructed formats, Rotation and Unlimited. In addition to the card changes we've made in the past and card changes targeted at Rotation, we will designate cards to have a one-card restriction or card bans for Unlimited.

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.

May 28 (Announcement), May 29 (Change)
Jun 26 (Announcement), Jun 27 (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