Many guys left their message in my previous post (Rush harms Faeria) and I could see there are some public opinion which claims we do not need a rush nerf in Discord channel.
I just want to tell more detail stories about why we should nerf rush decks.
(By the way, I think we should nerf or change rampdeck too but already many people are asking this topic to Abrakam so I won’t focus too much on it.)
Q1. Mid-range decks (Crackthorn, mono green, combat red etc…) could beat rush decks pretty well. aren’t they?
A1. Yes, they have the advantage against rush decks slightly, but not dominantly. Playing rush is a dominant choice compare to any other decks if you want to grind ELO in ladder.
If you decide to play mid-range deck in ladder,
win-rate would be
vs rush : 60%
vs ramp : 20~30% (if you select a mono green deck, it’s close to zero.)
vs mid-range : 50% (but the chance is reduced if you face a better player than you)
vs any other deck : hard to exceed 70%.
but if you choose rush deck,
vs rush : 50% (rush mirror is more draw dependent so you will get the chance close to fiffty-fiffty even your opponent is a very good player.)
vs ramp : 60%
vs mid-range : 40%
vs any other deck : 70%
Your only weakness is mid-range deck or anti-rush archetype but many other ramp or multi-colored decks suppress them.
Even though you meet your counter deck, you still have a chance to break the game at the early game.
(turn 1 or 2 imperial drain, follower or salmon + Khalim’s prayer + wrangler)
I’ve tried to counter R rush with custom green deck when the most of players started to play R rush.
(always Y rush is the most popular deck through the whole my Faeria history.)
And it was very successful. (like 11W-1L, you could check my twitch channel)
but playing anti-rush deck does not help me boost my ranking at all because I got auto-lose against #200 ramp or #150 sac with anti-rush deck.
From these points, I concluded playing rush is a dominant choice compare to any other decks and actually I hit the #1 and maintain my rank #2, 3 in 2017 Nov only using y rush.
Q2. Look at the result of Manta Cup #2! winner beats beats y rush 7 times with Y event! Mid-range rules the meta!
A2. You should consider not only the result but also the process.
If you watch what is happened in the match RaiZo vs happyjo, you will realize soon RaiZo got a very excellent draw to treat y rush. (turn 2 creature, turn 3 manta rider, training and flash wind to race at the early game and soul drain.)
RaiZo is one of the very excellent players and I don’t have any doubt about it.
But even he is outstanding, he would not be able to crash y rush without those decent draws in my opinion.
so I want to say that Y event can beat Y rush from the collaboration of skilled player and some lucky in Manta Cup #2.
actually 2nd and 4th winners played rush decks which reflect their power in BO 5.
1st winner of Manta cup #1 also adopt rush decks in his line-up. you should recognize it.
Even if I’m wrong here and rush decks might be good only in ladder, that is a still serious problem because ladder ranking is a major source of the Faeria Circuit point now.
Q3. Okay. suppose you’re right and rush is too good in ladder. but why is it a serious problem? there’s always top tier deck in any game and I think better rush player will deserve his fruit.
A3. NO. Better rush player is just a non-sense because any guys can spam rush deck if he has played Faeria like 1-2 month. Everyone plays rush means a forced equalization of the game skill and that point makes people feel frustrated so much.
Basically rush needs a small amount of skills to play and even you don’t know all of them, you can win easily because rush bets on your + your opponent’s draw heavily compare to other decks.
You could recall many only-y-rush guys in ladder some of them are succeed to get qualified for MC.
But can you list any other one-deck-only guys? you can’t. because there’s no other short-cuts or cheats like y rush in ladder.
You can reach top 5 or even top 1 with less effort if you play y rush again and again.
That was what I did and it was fun at the first time but I felt huge letdown soon because I know my game skill is still behind from the big guys but I could hit a higher rank than them. The worst part was, anybody could do this easily.
No fun at all, no worth at all.
I do not want to blame any other y rush players but I’m complaining to Abrakam who leaves us alone in this stressful meta.
Q4. So what should we do?
A4. Re-balance the power between early, mid and late decks. Easy way to achieve this goal is nerf rush and ramp.
Let rush just check only greedy decks. not the whole decks in Faeria.
Do not allow ramp decks to swallow every mid-range and control decks.
I’m not good at suggesting actual changes but I could say that we should keep in this direction.
last, PLEASE DONT SAY “more play time makes ppl quit.”.
The truth is, “more rush (and ramp) makes ppl quit.”