The Year of the Dragon is almost upon us, and with its arrival, we’ve decided to begin a new tradition with new sets.
In its last report for Rastakhan’s Rumble, the Data Reaper team has evaluated the strength of each class regarding their Year of the Raven sets and highlighted the most notable and powerful directions they could go to once the Year of the Mammoth sets rotate out to Wild.
Now, we have also built a massive, 10-piece article in which we evaluate every single card from Rise of Shadows and carefully assess its potential uses. We have also evaluated the strength of each class set and ranked them against each other.
Finally, taking Year of the Raven sets and the Rise of Shadows set into account, we have ranked classes from the most powerful to least powerful, based on our opinion. We’re putting our money where our mouths are, in attempting to predict the next meta, an obviously difficult task.
We will also be producing a serious theory-crafting article (minimizing memes) in which we will present you with ideas on what kind of decks could be successful from each class in Rise of Shadows. It will be the biggest one yet. Expect it in a couple of days, before the launch of Rise of Shadows!
We’ve evaluated cards based on their potential strength in the upcoming expansion and scored them accordingly from 1 to 4 based on the guidelines below. We decided it would be best to rank them up to 4 rather than 5, in order to avoid the comfort of copping out with too many 3’s. It’s easy to be right when you say nothing of substance, after all.
4- Meta-defining, or an extremely powerful card we have great confidence will see play. Translation: Busted!
3- Very strong card that we’re confident will see play. Translation: Nice!
2- Decent, or niche card with potential to see play. Translation: Okay!
1- A card we don’t believe will see competitive play, for whatever reason. Translation: Meh!
For neutral cards that we believe will see play, we’ve also listed the classes that are most likely to use them.
Without further ado, we present the 10-part article, which evaluates each class set as well as the neutral set. Each class piece ends in final thoughts regarding the class’ prospects and ranks it, as follows:
Year of the Raven Sets rank: How strong is the class based on its cards from the classic, Witchwood, Boomsday and Rastakhan sets?
Rise of Shadows Set rank: How strong is the class’ new set, not ignoring impactful neutrals that could supplement it?
Overall Power Ranking: How strong is the class based on the entire card pool? This rank is not based on some average between the first two, but a subjective assessment that stands on its own.
Click on the portrait boxes below to jump to each set.
Note that we’ve intentionally avoided seeing any card preview from any other content creator while preparing this piece, to not be influenced by them. We hope you have fun digging into our thoughts and find helpful insights you couldn’t find elsewhere.
We’ll see you again soon!
The Vicious Syndicate Data Reaper Team