First of all, it’s an honor to be part of the inauguration of FoW Library!
This website is going to help the community a lot and will become a beacon of information on the internet that was lacking so far.
Now, for everyone who doesn’t know me, I’m the 2019 vice World Champion, I’m from Spain, I’m part of the Global Banlist Committee, member of the Seven Kings Team and I love Wanderer, which is what I’m going to write about in this article.
This year, Italy/France/Spain joined forces to create a new and updated banlist for Wanderer. We designed the banlist to make Wanderer as rewarding and challenging for players as New Frontiers (NF), hoping that by seeing this, Eye Spy Productions (ESP) gives support and start a new competitive era with this format in mind.
Soon after the banlist was released, more countries and small communities followed the list and joined the committee, which is now almost global. That happened with the release of AO2.
Now, after almost 6 months, we have gathered tons of data about how the format has developed.
Let us have a look at a few tournaments:
As you can see, the format has been in a healthy and diverse state since then. Many different rulers are currently being played. We’ve had Aggro, Combo and Control in the top spots, keeping each other in check.
Then, AO3 and GitS landed three months ago and changed the game a lot. Sigurd, the Covenant King (AO3-082), Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037), Awakening of the Winged Lord (AO3-059), to name just a few, were cards that made a huge impact on the game, not only changing NF drastically but creating new interactions in Wanderer which made the graveyard decks rise in popularity.
The Seven Kings Team streamed what we thought the format would be with the release of AO3, both NF and Wanderer, and we were right (you can see the whole video in Spanish below). The Tier1 rank of Loki was stolen by the Lich Reanimator loop deck.
Lumia, Lucifer and Pricia stayed in the Tier1 rank as they were able to fight back, thanks to Barrier Seal (LEL-045), Umr-At-Tawil (ENW-051) and the big damage that Pricia, True Beastmaster (RDE-076) // Reincarnated Maiden of Flame, Pricia (RDE-076J) can do with few resources.
Now as we are really close to the end of this current cluster, we can observe that the game currently revolves around graveyard. Hanzo, a ruler which disappeared after Kaguya, Sealed God of the Moon (DBV-095) was banned, took the crown proving that in a field full of combo, Sealing Scroll (SDV4-016) is the best pick over Lich (my poor, poor Lich).
Check the decklists that have been giving the best results, which are new and old decks filled with new and old tools:
What can we expect from the near future? Soon, we will have Alice Origins 4: Prologue of Attoractia in stores. With the release of the new set, there will be new decks to beat, improvements for the decks that we already play and changes to the banlist.
Is Black Moon-Ray (PofA-045) better than Black Moonbeam (BFA-061)? Is Defense Stance (PofA-087) a new approach for building Lumia? Will Sylvia’s Burning Flame (PofA-028) be good enough to put the Aggro archetype back in the top Tier1 rank again? I wonder if Curse of Caduceus (PofA-051) is the beginning of cards designed to be for sideboards only…
…only time will tell, but what is for sure, we will be here playing and discovering what to play in Wanderer.
Until next time, keep yourself safe!