Welcome to Article 2 of 2, catching up on the last few sets that I got behind in writing about.
I'm still running strong with my Walls deck, currently sitting at 70% win rate for daily Quick Play in the Historic Queue. No, this deck does not hold up on the ladder, but for daily play, it's doing excellent.
I can't comment on the AFR or MID sets for gamplay itself, as I have long forgotten anything from that time, but currently the main two sets I run up against that I can't win against are the deathtouch decks (unless I have Tetsuko in my opening hand) or this new Minion of the Mighty Surprise Dragons set of decks that is super popular at the time of this writing. I always concede on deathtouch, and unless I have a flyer or two out to block with, I have been conceding immediately as soon as Minion of the Mighty is played.
In the past month, a lot of my losses are just me conceding against the minion of the mighty deck, which sucks but I guess a loss is a loss against a super cheaty trick deck like that. I could play it, and it does look like fun, but it looks too linear for me. I'll stick to my Walls deck.
Other than that, this deck has been treating me pretty well still. I have been playing it almost exactly one full year now with only a minor change or two. I even spend some gold to finish blinging this deck out as well. I got the cosmetics for every card that has one. It's been great fun.
I do see the mirror match of this deck every few days, and it comes down to who has the larger creatures out first and who goes first.
You can see this does pretty well against the current Historic Quick Play meta. I'll continue to play it until it proves ineffective.
Next are the rest of the stats...
As you can see, I track a lot of stats. Most of this is automated at this point, so I just enter in daily numbers as I play each game.
I typically just play to 4 wins a day, usually early in the morning, and keep my daily quests from cluttering up. I've also continued to play each of the Midweek Magic events as well, though rewards are less useless or exciting now that the FNM@ Home packs rewards are no longer a thing.
I hope you found these stats interesting. I know I always do. You don't realize how much of something you do until you start to track it all. The numbers can be amazing sometimes, even on the most mundane tasks or activities.
I am very much looking forward to the next set, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, as it holds a lot more interest for me in it's art style and themes (Cyberpunk!), creature types (more ninjas!) and other stuff.
I haven't felt motivated enough these past few sets to write any stat articles, so I apologize for those of you who actually read these. Whoever you are, please leave me a comment or drop me an email so I know someone finds these interesting or if there's some other stat you would like to see tracked.
This article is one of two, focusing on my collection growth over the last few sets. I keep track of all of these regardless of the article writing aspect. I think it's more of an addiction of stats than anything else. It's a ton of work to keep track of all of this info, and some days I just don't want to, but I've been doing it long enough now that I almost can't stop.
I really didn't find much interest in the past few sets, and with my historic deck holding strong at a 70% daily win rate, I really have no need to upgrade it or change decks, thus I really don't need any cards for game play. I didn't draft much and I only opened free packs and obtained free ICRs.
The collection growth took a big hit, but I don't really feel I'm missing out on much with all of the wild cards I hold now.
Here's what I've been hoarding the past year:
All booster packs were free, earned through set mastery, mastery pass, codes and draft rewards. I did not purchase any packs for this set.
These packs were tracked independently from the draft, so all numbers reflect what can be expected if you only opened 60 booster packs for the current set and nothing else
The stats for AFR and MID were a little off for vault progress, cards vaulted and cards kept (note they are the same). I had a note next to these columns stating that the tracking data was still all broken during that time, so those couple of stats are off. The rest is accurate and was all hand tracked.
The VOW stats are all fine, as the tracking data was working again by this point.
Since these sets weren't too exciting to me, I didn't do much drafting. As mentioned above, I didn't really need the cards. I decided to spend gold instead on more cosmetics.
ICR / Crafting
I didn't need much with my working daily driver deck, so anything crafted was for experimenting with or an event or something I did.
Keep in mind the VOW ICR's are still coming, so I'll probably obtain another week's worth from the mastery pass.
Total Collection Stats
Here are all totals from all stats combined.
The numbers from the tracker stats vs my hand tracked stats will be a little off due to opening packs on a couple of other accounts I manage while the tracker was still running. But you can see they're pretty close :) I am not tracking the Alchemy collection stats as I don't really care about any of those cards.
Well that catches us all up on my collection stats over the last 3 sets.
I am really excited for Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty and will most likely be drafting and collecting a bunch of this set.