Here’s a great look at how the PvZ: Heroes meta is shaping up currently. If you are unfamiliar with Meta Snapshots, the general idea is to give you a sense of which decks are being played most frequently, and also to display which are generally the best decks for ranked play. Thanks to Redeemed who wrote this one up for the PvZ: Heroes Subreddit, and allowed us to re-host it here!
Preamble: I tracked 50 zombie games and 50 plant games to create this meta-snapshot. 50 is a small sample size, but any larger and it would have taken too long and the article might fail to be relevant. Please note that this article only aims to show the most POPULAR decks not necessarily the BEST decks, and it does not claim to be able to evaluate the comparative strength or weaknesses of these decks (I don’t play many of these decks myself). I’m only showing the most popular 6 decks each, because sample sizes start to get really small from the 7th deck onwards.
This meta-snapshot serves two purposes. One is that several newer players have been asking for the meta to learn more about what are some already established strong deck builds, which isn’t surprising since if you only play plants (for e.g.) you have no idea what other plants players are playing. The second reason is for folks who are struggling to rise up in the Diamond / Taco range, and having some data about your most likely opponents may help you to tweak your decks (or change deck completely) to improve your win-rates against these particular matchups.
It is also important to note that this meta-snapshot was taken at Ultimate league, if you’re at Wooden league or Silver league, I’m sure your meta will look considerably different. It is also interesting to note that the Zombie opponent rank variance (I faced opponents as low as Rank 2) is much more inconsistent compared to the Plants (quite clear normal distribution, with median at Rank 41). My conclusion therefore is that there are many more people playing Plants than Zombies, but this also means if you’re a zombie player, you’re more likely to queue into a difficult opponent.
Lastly, metas are expected to change with time. Currently, Festivus is ongoing and is definitely going to shake up the meta a little with folks grinding for tickets or wanting to try out their new cards.
Top 6 Plant Decks
- 6th – Control Wall Knight (8%)
With access to Nuts and removal, Wall Knight can stall the game till late where Strikethrough minions or big hitters like Cornucopia take over. Mirror Nut is also regaining popularity as a finisher.
- 5th – Tempo Grass Knuckles (10%)
A relatively broad range of decks, some using buffing of bullseye cards, others relying on pea synergy and some just using buffs. All of them are fairly aggressive, and finishers range from Re-Peat Moss to Bananasaurus Res.
- Tied 3rd – Control Solar Flare (12%)
Solar Flare has so much removal that it is not surprising to find the zombie hero all out minions and cards by Turn 10, having to deal with a Cornucopia on the board.
- Tied 3rd – Freeze Green Shadow (12%)
Several variants exist, but all of them run freeze cards to gain tempo advantage while Snow Drop and Winter Squash wrecks havoc on the board.
- 2nd – Aggro Solar Flare (14%)
Perhaps “Pineclone Solar Flare” is a better name. Hopes to create an early board of Mushrooms and Pears then Pineclone you to death.
Sample Decks: TheBeamish
- 1st – Aggro Captain Combustible (20%)
Whether it is Mushrrom Aggro, Re-Peat Moss or Bananasaurus Rex, you know Captain Combustible will be quick, aggressive and very painful.
Top 6 Zombie Decks
- Tied 5th – Aggro Impfinity (8%)
Impfinity is best well known for swarming imp decks, but recently more mid-range variants with Sharktronic Sub and Plank Walker have been popular as well.
- Tied 5th – OTK Professor Brainstorm (8%)
For the uninitiated, “OTK” stands for One Turn Kill, and the main gameplan is to teleport in a huge buffed Valkyrie that kills you in one single hit. Several variants exist, but the most consistent appear to be the (very expensive) variant which runs Fireworks Zombie and Barrel of Dreadbeards.
- 4th – Dancers Electric Boogaloo (10%)
While typically Dancer decks are fairly aggressive and hope to use Flamenco Zombie as a finisher, there are decks which curve out later with Gargantaurs.
- 3rd – Mid-Range The Smash (12%)
While Pet-based Smashes do exist on ladder, majority of the Smashes are mid-range decks which run Sports minions in the early game, and either play Gargantaurs or Buffs in the late-game.
- 2nd – Aggro Super Brainz (16%)
Perhaps “Aggro” is a bit redundant here, since Super Brainz doesn’t run any control decks. There are several different varieties of Aggro Super Brainz, but they are all fairly aggressive decks. Finishers can range from Stealthy Imp to Trickster to Zombot Plank Walker.
- 1st – Aggro Professor Brainstorm (18%)
“Aggro” is used loosely here, it’s mainly to distinguish this deck from Valkyrie-OTK decks. This deck usually uses aggressive minions like Chimney Sweep and Science minions synergy to put up an aggressive board. Trickster is the most feared finisher here, but some cheaper decks exist which just run Hail-a-Copter instead.