Meta Check – Düsseldorf Kotei

Meta Check – Düsseldorf Kotei

Welcome to the new environment! This is the first big tournament with the Disciples of the Void Phoenix clan pack legal. While this did have a few minor changes for most clans it was a big change for the Phoenix. The common opinion is that Phoenix are now a top clan along with Scorpion and Dragon. Düsseldorf is where we get to see it in action.


Day 1

Day 1 was a busy day with 130 players in attendance. The venue was set in a very nice hostel, so players could stay there, get food there, and importantly get beer!

Total attendance day 1

We had a big showing for Phoenix reflecting, no doubt, the fun new cards. Everyone else was roughly even across the board with Unicorn having a decent showing of 9 (half the expected 18 if every clan was equal).

The tournament was run on Lotus Pavilion which allowed players to check their standings and round pairings online and very much helped everything go a lot smoother.

After the first day we had 8 qualified and 7 clan challengers. The qualifying players were 3 Scorpion, 3 Crane, 1 Crab, and 1 Phoenix.
Qualification Numbers (No challengers)
Qualification percentage
The best performers then were Crane and Scorpion in that order. While Scorpion was expected, Crane was not. Although looking at the recent tournaments qualification rates, that might be something people need to reconsider. Phoenix despite great representation had only one qualifier which was disappointing. As this was their first tournament under the new stronghold we might need a few more events before the clan settles on a best deck and we can (hopefully) see their anticipated power. Dragon, similarly, had performance below expectations. Scorpion, Dragon, and Phoenix were considered the top tier going into this event and that prediction did not translate into results.
Win rates for main tournament (click to embiggen) this includes day 1 and the single elim rounds.
Crab and Crane are showing fantastic win rates. Crab has a small edge in that it beats out Crane.
Scorpion and Phoenix are showing some strengths and weaknesses. Scorpion appears weak to Dragon, Crane, and Crab. Phoenix appears weak to Scorpion, Crane, and Crab.
Dragon and Lion are both in poor positions and Unicorn is actually doing better than expected. Dragon surprisingly has a great Scorpion matchup, but has a meme-worthy 8% win rate against Crane. Lion is poor to everything but Unicorn, while Unicorn is poor to everything but Dragon who they have a 70% win rate against.
The usual cautions about small samples apply. We have to also remember that these figures are a reflection of what actually happened and don’t make predictions on what will happen in the next tournament or game.
Top players qualifying
1. Sebastian Kleiner – Scorpion
2. Philipp Röver – Scorpion
3. Alain Laugier – Crane
4. Michal Michalowski – Crab
5. Konstantinos Christakis – Scorpion
6. Erik Baalhuis – Crane
7. Gilles Molina – Crane
8. Hendrik Ritter – Phoenix
9. Stefan Lais – Phoenix
10. Mathieu Guyot – Crab
12. Thomas Scheer – Scorpion (translated, probably with errors)
16. Vincent Lafarge – Dragon
17. Geoffrey Lebrun – Lion
18. Nicolas Simonpietri – Crane
29, Patrick Marx – Unicorn
More fun tomorrow!


Day 2

The final winner was Michal Michalowski playing Crab.
If you see a player post their decklists please link below so we can link to their copy. In no particular order
Position Name Faction
Winner Michal Michalowski Crab
Top 2 Philipp Röver Scorpion
Top 4 Sebastian Kleiner Scorpion
Top 4 Erik Baalhuis Crane
Top 8 Hendrik Ritter Phoenix
Top 8 Vincent Lafarge Dragon
Top 8 Gilles Molina Crane
Top 8 Nicolas Simonpietri Crane
Top 16 Stefan Lais Phoenix
Top 16 Geoffrey Lebrun Lion
Top 16 Konstantinos Christakis Scorpion
Top 16 Patrick Marx Unicorn
Top 16 Alain Laugier Crane
Top 16 Thomas Scheer Scorpion
Top 16 Mathieu Guyot Crab

We also have a side event of the proving grounds in action
Attendance for the proving grounds was 99 people in total with the following breakdown
After 6 rounds, two players remained undefeated. David Whitmann playing Crab and Alexander Wolf playing Phoenix.

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12 Replies to “Meta Check – Düsseldorf Kotei”

  1. The Phoenix surge doesn’t surprise. I am hopeful though that they aren’ all new box and maybe, just maybe we have gotten to a point where at least one faction has two interestingly different functional decks that dont share 65+ cards with every other deck.

    Any vibe on Phoenix stronghold breakdown?

    1. Damnit! Lets pretend that never happen while I redo the numbers. I think I grabbed it from the standings of the round before.

  2. Quite interesting results ! We can see more and more impacts from the player’s level on those match-ups and looking deeply in the results is quite interesting.
    Crab playing dishonor was a smart choice betting on the growing feeling of invulnerability amongst Scorps players. Would this mean that Scorpions should learn to play with a 3 or 4 bet instead of their usual 5 ? Interesting perspective !
    Another astounding news is the Crane vs Dragon match-up. Niten turn 1 is already known as one of the worst choice to open vs Crane but i feel like very good Crane players were engaged in this Kotei (mostly frenchies) and that might explain the final unbalance.
    If this educated guess is proven right it means that a lot of top 16 players may have been quite relieved that 3 of 4 Crane were in the same quarter, fighting themselves instead of crushing other clans. I noticed that only a Crane deck (Alain Laugier) find a way to beat the Crab Champion. From a RPG perspective, it should be clear than an honorable Crane hatamoto does not fear the dishonor attempts from those “Bullies of the Wall” 😉
    For my own loyalty, i am somewhat disappointed with the Phoenix results. And with the “Restricted list earthquake” i fear that we, Phoenix, have missed a one time opportunity. Tomorrows will be harder (think about the indirect damages inflicted to event-restriction characters with the restricted list, and put back your Fuschicho in the spirit world :)).
    All in all, great article (as always) and a lot to think about. The end of an era too. A new spring is coming. I am excited and looking forward the next koteis !

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