- Nov 16, 2019
No doubt. It's quite interesting to me to see how widely the ranking system seems to vary. I'm sure if I sat down & grinded I could climb higher. Honestly I find the lower ranks to be more of an issue as there are so many different brews compared to higher ranks.wow, i regularily get to silver rank and stop rising up then. i mainly do the standard play for quests.
At higher ranks it's mostly meta decks which I'm familiar enough with to know what's coming. At the lower ranks you run into decks that you assume are meta that then pull out unexpected shit. That or you just have no clue what's coming. With the higher ranks as long as you know the meta you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Having a general idea of what you're up against makes a huge difference; in my case at least. I'm so close to finishing Ikoria. Maybe I'll get a chance to do some drafts this afternoon & finish it. Once I get that out of the way I might see about grinding ranked. It's best to grind at the beginning of the season considering that even if you hit mythic it resets back to Platinum 4 though. So it'll be a hard call. I might grind it anyway just for the practice. That or I'll switch over to drafting Ixalan. That's a hard call for me though as I don't play historic at all ATM as I have basically no collection for historic since I started after THB. We'll see if I decide it's worth trying to collect older sets as well for historic. For now I've been focused exclusively on drafting / completing all the standard legal sets for fall. Basically everything from ELD onwards. It wasn't until nearly the end of THB before I started drafting properly & getting serious so it's taking me a bit to catch up. I'm sure I'll have full sets of everything standard legal by the fall if I keep it up.
As for getting through the quests quickly I find that the play queue is a good way to whip through the dailies but the matching is totally random IMHO. It's based off cards in the deck but still seems quite random. I use many trackers & one of them MTGA Assistant lists recent opponents with ranks so you can look back & see what rank the people you are up against in the play queue actually are. It's so random! One match I'm playing against top mythic players the next I'm playing against bronze 4. I'm using a fully decked out Mono Red cleave deck yet I will often run into players in bronze, silver, etc. Most likely they also have good decks & just haven't played ranked but it's still a bit odd to me for some reason. I figure if you're running basically tier 1 you'd run into more tier 1 but not it's not as consistent as I'd expect. As I mentioned ranked even at platinum I run into a surprisingly large variety of decks. There's a much smaller amount of "meta" decks than I would expect. At least tier 1 anyway. At higher ranks my understanding is there is a lot more "meta" decks being played. Though at higher levels it's basically a requirement.
The deck you linked was definitely a contender but is it still viable post companion change? I know that some of the Lurrus decks were still quite playable as they used Lurrus late game as opposed to on curve. Seeing as I don't have much experience playing a deck like the one you linked I'm not sure as to it's viability with the companion change. The Lurrus decks I'd messed with aren't viable post change. I had a enchantment based deck Orzhov Lurrus deck with constellation triggers but with it's to much of a hit with the companion change. It was fun for a bit when IKO first dropped. I opened a Lurrus on the first day in sealed & proceeded to make said Orzhov deck. It was a blast the first week or so before people caught on to Lurrus in general. Regardless of what deck you're playing now best of luck to you. May the queues treat you favorably & may the RNG god's bless you with decent opening hands.