(Update 3) Changes to Cards in the January 15 Release

(Update 3)
The changes to cards and the vial bonus for Blazing Lion Admiral; Ms. Miranda, Light Mage; and Vile Violet Dragon have now gone into effect. We thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked to resolve this issue.

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Greetings, Shadowverse fans! Although we didn't previously announce the date for these card changes, due to the schedule of upcoming events and tournaments, we've decided to proceed with card changes on January 15 (PT). We'll be changing four cards in this release. This is an explanation of what we're changing and why.

What's Changing

1. Blazing Lion Admiral's cost will be increased by 1 and his defense will be decreased by 1.
2. Ms. Miranda, Light Mage's cost will be increased by 1.
3. Vile Violet Dragon's cost will be increased by 1.
4. Greenglen Axeman's cost will be decreased by 1.




For a limited time after the update, Blazing Lion Admiral; Ms. Miranda, Light Mage; and Vile Violet Dragon will produce more vials when liquefied. Since Greenglen Axeman is being strengthened, it will not produce more vials when liquefied.

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The Current Game Environment

According to the data we gathered in early January from high-ranking matches in the Rotation format, the following four deck archetypes currently possess the highest usage rates:
1. Mysteria Runecraft – 23.6% (A deck that is built around cards with the Mysteria trait.)
2. Blazing Lion Swordcraft – 15.7% (A deck that makes use of Blazing Lion Admiral's Invocation effect.)
3. Ramp Dragoncraft – 8.4% (A deck that utilizes a "ramp" strategy, where the player focuses on quickly increasing their maximum play points in the early game to play large cost cards in the mid game.)
4. Serpent Drake Dragoncraft – 5.7% (A ramp deck based on using Serpent Drake combos.)

The most used deck (Mysteria Runecraft) features a win rate of 55% (the second highest). The second most used deck (Blazing Lion Swordcraft) features a win rate of 57.5% (the highest). The third and fourth most used decks (Ramp Dragoncraft and Serpent Drake Dragoncraft) both feature a win rate of 52.2% (tying them for fifth highest win rate). Because these deck archetypes currently enjoy both high win and usage rates, cards central to these decks were targeted for adjustment. We believe these changes will help foster a more balanced game environment.

Additionally, according to our Rotation format data, Forestcraft currently has a low usage rate. By strengthening a Forestcraft card, we believe the game environment will become more balanced.

According to our high-ranking Rotation match data gathered in early January, the average win rate for all deck archetypes going first is 51.8% (compared to 51.9% in mid-December). According to our high-ranking Unlimited match data gathered in early January, the average win rate for all deck archetypes going first is 52.1% (compared to 53.1% in mid-December).

Details

1. Blazing Lion Admiral's cost will be increased from 7 to 8 and its defense will be decreased from 5 (evolved: 7) to 4 (evolved: 6).
2. Ms. Miranda, Light Mage's cost will be increased from 6 to 7.
3. Vile Violet Dragon's cost will be increased from 5 to 6.
4. Greenglen Axeman's cost will be decreased from 7 to 6.

Temporary Vial Bonus

- Blazing Lion Admiral will produce 3500 vials.
- Ms. Miranda, Light Mage will produce 800 vials.
- Vile Violent Dragon will produce 200 vials.

The cards above will produce more vials when liquefied from the Jan 15 update until the major update scheduled for February 18 (PT). Since Greenglen Axeman is being strengthened, it will not produce more vials when liquefied.

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 next change announcement.

February 18 (PT)

This date is subject to change. Even if there are no changes made to cards, we'll still make an announcement. If emergency changes are deemed necessary, we may make changes, specify restrictions, or specify banned cards before the above date.

That's all for this round. Happy battling!