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Subject: Decks Analysis part one -- Spheres and Threat rss

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Dale Stephenson
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I was curious which cards were most used and unused, and found that cardgamedb had a large number of submitted decks. I took the most recent visible deck (i.e. no side quests -- that messes with viewing for some reason) from 100 different individuals, beginning at 1/27/16 and working backwards to 3/19/15, and recorded the cards used plus the most recent cycle/saga used in the deck, for future analysis. I did no filtering based on solo/2-P or thematic/power, so all manner of decks are included.

Here's a look at the spheres used in these 200 decks:

One deck used one hero and three decks used two heroes. An additional three decks used Gandalf as one of their heroes, leaving 93 decks with three Heroes with spheres.

Of those 93 decks
16 were monosphere
54 were dual-sphere
23 were tri-sphere

The monosphere decks were split fairly evenly between spheres (three leadership, four lore, four spirit, five tactics).

Here's the tri-sphere decks, in order of popularity:
10 no Spirit
8 no Tactics
3 no Leadership
2 no Lore

Here's the dual-sphere decks, in order of popularity, with the dominant sphere listed first
10 Spirit-Lore
7 Spirit-Tactics
7 Leadership-Spirit
7 Lore-Spirit
5 Lore-Tactics
4 Tactics-Leadership
4 Tactics-Spirit
3 Tactics-Lore
3 Lore-Leadership
3 Spirit-Leadership
1 Leadership-Tactics
0 Leadership-Lore

Combining the dominant/splash together we get:
17 Lore/Spirit
11 Spirit/Tactics
10 Leadership/Spirit
8 Lore/Tactics
5 Leadership/Tactics
3 Leadership/Lore

So overall the sphere preference is Spirit > Lore > Tactics > Leadership, although Leadership/Leadership/Lore is the only combination not represented at all (ironically, the first deck on Beorn's Path is this combination).

What about threat? Nine of 100 decks started in secrecy, four of which were the <3 hero decks:

12 -- LeAragorn
12 -- LoPippin, TaMerry
19 -- Gandalf, SpGlorfindel
20 -- Elrohir, Elladan

The regular secrecy decks were all hobbits:
10 -- Frodo, LoPippin, SpMerry
20 -- Sam, LoPippin, TaMerry
20 -- Sam, LoPippin, TaMerry
20 -- Sam, LoPippin, TaMerry
20 -- Sam, LoPippin, TaMerry

Outside of secrecy decks, here's the hobbit usage:
4 Frodo Baggins
2 Bilbo Baggins
2 Sam Gamgee
2 Lore Pippin
2 Spirit Merry
2 Tactics Merry
0 Spirit Pippin
0 Fatty Bolger

The other decks are mostly 25-32 with a center under 30 (warning -- crude ascii graph ahead):

22 X
23 X
24 X
25 XXXXXXXXXX
26 XXXXXXXXXX
27 XXXXXXXXXXX
28 XXXXXXXXXXXXX
29 XXXXXXXXXXXXX
30 XXXXX
31 XXXXXXXXX
32 XXXXXXXXXX
33 XXXX
34 X
35
36 X
37 X

26 decks would face the Hill Troll in round one. The highest threat deck combined Elrond, Lore Glorfindel, and Lore Aragorn, while the lowest non-secrecy threat combined Dunhere, Galadriel, and Spirit Glorfindel. So both monosphere, and both featuring Glorfindel and a ring holder.
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dalestephenson wrote:
So overall the sphere preference is Spirit > Lore > Tactics > Leadership


Exactly as expected.

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26 decks would face the Hill Troll in round one.


That Hill Troll has left quite an impression on deck builders.

To be fair, the newer scenarios often don't punish decks with above 30 starting Threat that badly.

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Neat post, thanks for the analysis.
 
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Awesome analysis, but I wonder why you took decks from only 100 people, instead of all decks.
 
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ira212 wrote:
Awesome analysis, but I wonder why you took decks from only 100 people, instead of all decks.


I used 100 because it's a nice round number. If there's a way to get stats for all decks from cardgamedb I don't know it, so I manually checked each deck for its contents, which took quite a bit of time. Using 100 different people was to avoid the pool being influenced too much by prolific deck-builders.
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