Vault Tour Meta

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The meta in KeyForge refers to the strongest strategies available in competitive play. By studying Vault Tour results, players can better understand the meta and what has been historically successful in KeyForge Organized Play. In general, the Vault Tour meta shifts with the release of each set but is constantly evolving. The most powerful sets, houses, and cards change over time as players better understand the strategies of the game and as new cards are released.

This page is divided into separate metas based around each set release. During each meta period, the most successful sets, houses, and cards in the Vault Tour series are displayed in various charts and graphs. All data is taken from the top 16 deck lists from each Vault Tour event. While this data shows the most successful houses and cards overall, it is important to note that any house and any set can be successful with a strong lineup of cards, and every house has won a Vault Tour at least once. Moreover, the cards and strategies that are the most common among top decks are not necessarily the best in the game and may just be some of the most popular. Cards, sets, and houses that have performed well in the past are not guaranteed to perform well in the future; the KeyForge meta is always in flux.

Note: Decks that reach the top 16 more than once can be included multiple times in this data. This page is optimized for desktop view.

Call of the Archons Meta

Dates: March 15 - May 27, 2019

The first period of Vault Tours took place after the release of the first set, Call of the Archons, but before the release of the second set, Age of Ascension. There were a total of five Vault Tours during this period, two of which were Sealed and three of which were Archon.

Set and House Analysis

House Breakdown of All Top CotA
Decks in the CotA Meta
March 15 - May 27, 2019
15
42
35
23
24
62
33
Set
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Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
CotA 15 42 35 23 24 62 33 78


Card Analysis

For a longer, sortable list of cards during Call of the Archons Vault Tours, see: Full List of Popular Cards During the CotA Meta.

This is a list of the most popular Call of the Archons cards among the Top 16 decks of Vault Tours between March 15 - May 27, 2019. The list is broken down by house and by card rarity, and each table displays the top 5 Commons, top 3 Uncommons, and top 2 Rares/Specials (including ties).

Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (CotA)
Commons
Shadows.png Urchin (50)
Shadows.png Relentless Whispers (41)
Shadows.png Nerve Blast (37)
Shadows.png Bait and Switch (36)
Shadows.png Nexus (35)
Uncommons
Untamed.png Nature’s Call (18)
Dis.png Snudge (18)
Shadows.png Speed Sigil (16)
Shadows.png Lights Out (16)
Rares & Specials
Shadows.png Routine Job (13)
Shadows.png Faygin (9)
Brobnar.png Most Popular Cards:
Brobnar (CotA)
Commons
Ganger Chieftain (14)
Headhunter (12)
Gauntlet of Command (9)
Punch (9)
Smaaash (9)
Uncommons
Blood of Titans (6)
Lomir Flamefist (6)
The Warchest (6)
Rares & Specials
Pile of Skulls (2)
Yo Mama Mastery (2)


Dis.png Most Popular Cards:
Dis (CotA)
Commons
Ember Imp (27)
Dust Imp (27)
Shooler (26)
Control the Weak (23)
Dominator Bauble (21)
Mind Barb (21)
Uncommons
Snudge (18)
Lifeward (12)
Shaffles (12)
Rares & Specials
Red-Hot Armor (4)
Restringuntus (4)
Logos.png Most Popular Cards:
Logos (CotA)
Commons
Phase Shift (27)
Wild Wormhole (25)
Doc Bookton (22)
Labwork (22)
Quixo the "Adventurer" (20)
Uncommons
Positron Bolt (9)
Sloppy Labwork (9)
Neuro Syphon (8)
Rares & Specials
Help from Future Self (8)
Timetraveller (8)


Mars.png Most Popular Cards:
Mars (CotA)
Commons
Grabber Jammer (23)
Yxilo Bolter (17)
“John Smyth” (14)
Soft Landing (14)
Squawker (13)
Tunk (13)
Uncommons
Combat Pheromones (7)
Key Abduction (7)
Psychic Network (6)
Rares & Specials
Commpod (3)
Feeding Pit (3)
Phylyx the Disintegrator (3)
Sanctum.png Most Popular Cards:
Sanctum (CotA)
Commons
Sergeant Zakiel (16)
Champion Anaphiel (15)
Raiding Knight (15)
Protect the Weak (14)
Protectrix (14)
Uncommons
Glorious Few (10)
Sigil of Brotherhood (7)
Francus (6)
Virtuous Works (6)
Rares & Specials
Honorable Claim (4)
Round Table (4)


Shadows.png Most Popular Cards:
Shadows (CotA)
Commons
Urchin (50)
Relentless Whispers (41)
Nerve Blast (37)
Bait and Switch (36)
Nexus (35)
Uncommons
Speed Sigil (16)
Lights Out (15)
Too Much to Protect (14)
Rares & Specials
Routine Job (13)
Faygin (9)
Untamed.png Most Popular Cards:
Untamed (CotA)
Commons
Dust Pixie (27)
Hunting Witch (23)
Full Moon (20)
Snufflegator (20)
Murmook (19)
Uncommons
Nature’s Call (18)
Nepenthe Seed (13)
Bigtwig (11)
Ritual of Balance (11)
Rares & Specials
Inka the Spider (4)
Teliga (4)


Age of Ascension Meta

Dates: May 31 - Oct. 20, 2019

The second period took place after the release of Age of Ascension on May 31, 2019. During this period, both Call of the Archons decks and Age of Ascension decks were valid at Archon Vault Tours. There were a total of twelve Vault Tours during this time, seven of which were Archon and five of which were Sealed AoA.

Set and House Analysis

Set Breakdown of Archon VTs
During Age of Ascension
May 31 - Oct. 20, 2019
101
14
CotA AoA Total
Set 101 14 115


House Breakdowns, by Set

House Breakdown of All Top CotA
Decks in the AoA Meta
May 31 - Oct. 20, 2019
29
60
38
19
30
85
42
Set
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Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
CotA 29 60 38 19 30 85 42 101

House Breakdown of All Top AoA
Decks in the AoA Meta
May 31 - Oct. 20, 2019
24
42
35
31
31
57
29
Set
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Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
AoA 24 42 35 31 31 57 29 83


Card Analysis

For a longer, sortable list of cards during Age of Ascension Vault Tours, see: Full List of Cards During the AoA Meta.

All data is taken from the Top 16 of Vault Tours between May 31 - Oct. 20, 2019. Each table displays the top 5 Commons, top 3 Uncommons, and top 2 Rares/Specials (including ties).

Most Popular Cards: Call of the Archons

This is a list of the most popular Call of the Archons cards among top Vault Tour decks during this period. The list is broken down by house and by card rarity.

Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (CotA)
Commons
Shadows.png Urchin (85)
Shadows.png Relentless Whispers (76)
Shadows.png Nerve Blast (62)
Untamed.png Dust Pixie (54)
Shadows.png Bait and Switch (52)
Uncommons
Shadows.png Too Much to Protect (32)
Shadows.png Speed Sigil (27)
Untamed.png Nature’s Call (26)
Rares & Specials
Shadows.png Routine Job (34)
Shadows.png Faygin (15)
Brobnar.png Most Popular Cards:
Brobnar (CotA)
Commons
Bumpsy (21)
Ganger Chieftain (20)
Krump (19)
Smaaash (19)
Punch (17)
Uncommons
Hebe the Huge (11)
Smith (10)
Earthshaker (9)
Grenade Snib (9)
Rares & Specials
Bilgum Avalanche (4)
Iron Obelisk (4)
Pile of Skulls (4)


Dis.png Most Popular Cards:
Dis (CotA)
Commons
Control the Weak (48)
Shooler (46)
Dust Imp (42)
Ember Imp (36)
Pit Demon (36)
Uncommons
Shaffles (18)
Poltergeist (17)
Snudge (15)
Three Fates (15)
Rares & Specials
Restringuntus (10)
Overlord Greking (6)
Screaming Cave (6)
Logos.png Most Popular Cards:
Logos (CotA)
Commons
Mother (33)
Quixo the “Adventurer” (28)
Wild Wormhole (28)
Phase Shift (24)
Labwork (21)
Twin Bolt Emission (21)
Uncommons
Brain Eater (11)
Positron Bolt (11)
Spectral Tunneler (10)
Rares & Specials
Help from Future Self (8)
Timetraveller (8)


Mars.png Most Popular Cards:
Mars (CotA)
Commons
Grabber Jammer (24)
Squawker (16)
Ulyq Megamouth (13)
Soft Landing (11)
“John Smyth” (9)
Yxilo Bolter (9)
Uncommons
Battle Fleet (16)
Combat Pheromones (7)
Key Abduction (7)
Rares & Specials
Feeding Pit (4)
Martians Make Bad Allies (4)
Sanctum.png Most Popular Cards:
Sanctum (CotA)
Commons
Raiding Knight (21)
Bulwark (20)
Champion Anaphiel (19)
Sergeant Zakiel (18)
Inspiration (17)
Uncommons
Doorstep to Heaven (18)
Virtuous Works (18)
Champion Tabris (11)
Rares & Specials
The Vaultkeeper (5)
Oath of Poverty (4)


Shadows.png Most Popular Cards:
Shadows (CotA)
Commons
Urchin (85)
Relentless Whispers (76)
Nerve Blast (62)
Bait and Switch (52)
Ghostly Hand (48)
Uncommons
Too Much to Protect (32)
Speed Sigil (27)
Lights Out (20)
Rares & Specials
Routine Job (34)
Faygin (15)
Untamed.png Most Popular Cards:
Untamed (CotA)
Commons
Dust Pixie (54)
Hunting Witch (40)
Niffle Ape (25)
Regrowth (24)
Lost in the Woods (22)
Witch of the Eye (22)
Uncommons
Nature’s Call (26)
Nepenthe Seed (15)
Mimicry (8)
Rares & Specials
Fuzzy Gruen (4)
Teliga (4)


Most Popular Cards: Age of Ascension

This is a list of the most popular Age of Ascension cards among top Vault Tour decks during this period. The list is broken down by house and by card rarity.

Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (AoA)
Commons
Shadows.png Ronnie Wristclocks (51)
Shadows.png Nerve Blast (37)
Dis.png Exhume (36)
Shadows.png Throwing Stars (35)
Shadows.png Life for a Life (32)
Dis.png Unlocked Gateway (32)
Uncommons
Shadows.png Too Much to Protect (18)
Shadows.png Brend the Fanatic (18)
Mars.png Key Abduction (16)
Dis.png Three Fates (16)
Rares & Specials
Shadows.png Routine Job (19)
Mars.png Martian Generosity (10)
Brobnar.png Most Popular Cards:
Brobnar (AoA)
Commons
Coward’s End (17)
Groke (17)
Foozle (16)
Drummernaut (15)
Cowfyne (14)
Uncommons
Grump Buggy (8)
Blood of Titans (7)
Culf the Quiet (7)
Flamewake Shaman (7)
Rares & Specials
Champion’s Challenge (6)
Signal Fire (4)


Dis.png Most Popular Cards:
Dis (AoA)
Commons
Exhume (36)
Unlocked Gateway (32)
Banish (24)
Binding Irons (21)
Gub (21)
Uncommons
Three Fates (16)
Angwish (11)
Bloodshard Imp (10)
Lifeward (10)
Poltergeist (10)
Rares & Specials
Onyx Knight (6)
Ortannu’s Binding (6)
Shadow of Dis (6)
Logos.png Most Popular Cards:
Logos (AoA)
Commons
Hexpion (24)
Wild Wormhole (24)
Titan Mechanic (23)
Archimedes (22)
Labwork (20)
Uncommons
Jargogle (12)
Director of Z.Y.X. (11)
Interdimensional Graft (10)
Rares & Specials
Neutron Shark (8)
Help from Future Self (6)
Timetraveller (6)


Mars.png Most Popular Cards:
Mars (AoA)
Commons
Mars First (22)
Tyxl Beambuckler (22)
Ixxyxli Fixfinger (20)
Collector Worm (18)
Mars Needs Æmber (18)
Uncommons
Key Abduction (16)
Mothership Support (7)
Nyzyk Resonator (7)
Rares & Specials
Martian Generosity (10)
Brain Stem Antenna (5)
Sanctum.png Most Popular Cards:
Sanctum (AoA)
Commons
Bordan the Redeemed (23)
Abond the Armorsmith (22)
The Grey Rider (21)
Sir Marrows (20)
Shield of Justice (18)
Uncommons
Gatekeeper (8)
Prince Derric, Unifier (8)
The Spirit’s Way (8)
Rares & Specials
Armageddon Cloak (5)
Martyr’s End (4)


Shadows.png Most Popular Cards:
Shadows (AoA)
Commons
Ronnie Wristclocks (51)
Nerve Blast (37)
Throwing Stars (36)
Life for a Life (32)
Miasma (31)
Uncommons
Too Much to Protect (18)
Brend the Fanatic (18)
Redlock (14)
Rares & Specials
Routine Job (19)
Plague Rat (7)
Untamed.png Most Popular Cards:
Untamed (AoA)
Commons
Glimmer (23)
Grovekeeper (20)
They’re Everywhere! (20)
Knoxx (19)
Persistence Hunting (19)
Uncommons
Panpaca, Anga (12)
Bumblebird (9)
Lifeweb (9)
Soldiers to Flowers (9)
Rares & Specials
Fuzzy Gruen (4)
Gravid Cycle (4)


Worlds Collide Meta

Dates: Nov. 8, 2019 - Present

After the release of Worlds Collide in November 2019, a new Vault Tour meta emerged. While the first three sets were all valid during Archon Vault Tours at this time, Vault Tours were dominated by both Worlds Collide and Call of the Archons decks. So far, there have been three Sealed Vault Tours and two Archon ones during this time period.

Set and House Analysis

Set Breakdown of Archon VTs
During Worlds Collide
Nov. 8, 2019 - Present
10
1
13
CotA AoA WC Total
Set 10 1 13 24


House Breakdowns, by Set

House Breakdown of All Top CotA
Decks in the WC Meta
Nov. 8, 2019 - Present
2
6
5
1
1
9
6
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
CotA 2 6 5 1 1 9 6 10

House Breakdown of All Top AoA
Decks in the WC Meta
Nov. 8, 2019 - Present
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
AoA 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1

House Breakdown of All Top WC
Decks in the WC Meta
Nov. 8, 2019 - Present
11
16
24
36
17
28
15
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Saurian P.png
Shadows.png
Star Alliance.png
Untamed.png
Total
WC 11 16 24 36 17 28 15 49


Card Analysis

For a longer, sortable list of cards during Worlds Collide Vault Tours, see: Full List of Cards During the WC Meta.

All data is taken from the Top 16 of Vault Tours between Nov. 8, 2019 - Present. Each table displays the top 5 Commons, top 3 Uncommons, and top 2 Rares/Specials (including ties).

Most Popular Cards, by Set

This is a list of the most popular cards among top Vault Tour decks during this period and is broken down by set.

Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (CotA)
Commons
Untamed.png Hunting Witch (10)
Shadows.png Urchin (10)
Logos.png Mother (8)
Dis.png Ember Imp (7)
Shadows.png Miasma (7)
Shadows.png Relentless Whispers (7)
Uncommons
Untamed.png Nature’s Call (5)
Shadows.png Duskrunner (3)
Logos.png Interdimensional Graft (3)
Shadows.png Lights Out (3)
Dis.png Poltergeist (3)
Untamed.png Ritual of Balance (3)
Dis.png Shaffles (3)
Shadows.png Skeleton Key (3)
Dis.png Stealer of Souls (3)
Rares & Specials
Shadows.png Routine Job (8)
Dis.png Collar of Subordination (2)
Shadows.png Faygin (2)
Logos.png Help from Future Self (2)
Untamed.png The Common Cold (2)
Logos.png Timetraveller (2)
Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (AoA)[1]
Commons
Shadows.png Whistling Darts (3)
Sanctum.png Aubade the Grim (2)
Untamed.png Song of Spring (2)
Uncommons
Untamed.png Nature’s Call (2)
Rares & Specials
Shadows.png Untamed Ambassador (2)


Most Popular Cards:
All Houses (WC)
Commons
Saurian P.png Phalanx Strike (26)
Saurian P.png Senator Shrix (25)
Star Alliance.png Com. Officer Kirby (24)
Saurian P.png Rhetor Gallim (23)
Logos.png Eyegor (22)
Saurian P.png Thero Centurion (22)
Uncommons
Saurian P.png Philophosaurus (12)
Saurian P.png Ancient Power (10)
Saurian P.png Regrettable Meteor (9)
Saurian P.png Tribune Pompitus (9)
Rares & Specials
Saurian P.png Crassosaurus (6)
Star Alliance.png Chan’s Blaster (5)


Most Popular Cards: Worlds Collide

This is a list of the most popular Worlds Collide cards among top Vault Tour decks during this period. The list is broken down by house and by card rarity.

Brobnar.png Most Popular Cards:
Brobnar (WC)
Commons
Alaka (8)
Berserker Slam (8)
Ballcano (6)
Barn Razing (6)
Ganger Chieftain (6)
Groke (6)
Gron Nine-Toes (6)
Irestaff (6)
Mogghunter (6)
Narp (6)
Uncommons
Overrun (4)
Shattered Throne (4)
Blood Money (3)
Rares & Specials
Forgemaster Og (2)
Groke’s Brew (2)
Mega Groke (2)
Pile of Skulls (2)
Ragnarok (2)
The Floor is Lava (2)
Dis.png Most Popular Cards:
Dis (WC)
Commons
Infurnace (14)
Exhume (13)
Rotgrub (11)
Etaromme (10)
Harbinger of Doom (9)
Lilithal (9)
Uncommons
Hysteria (5)
Soulkeeper (5)
Poltergeist (4)
Snag (4)
Spyyyder (4)
Three Fates (4)
Rares & Specials
Ortannu’s Binding (4)
Collar of Subordination (2)
Ortannu the Chained (2)
Snag’s Mirror (2)


Logos.png Most Popular Cards:
Logos (WC)
Commons
Eyegor (22)
Tautau Vapors (20)
Wild Wormhole (20)
Cutthroat Research (17)
Twin Bolt Emission (17)
Uncommons
C.Æ.N.D.L.E. Unit (6)
Interdimensional Graft (5)
Jargogle (5)
Rares & Specials
Academy Training (3)
Self-Bolstering Automata (3)
Saurian P.png Most Popular Cards:
Saurian (WC)
Commons
Phalanx Strike (26)
Senator Shrix (25)
Rhetor Gallim (23)
Thero Centurion (22)
Praefectus Ludo (21)
Uncommons
Philophosaurus (12)
Ancient Power (10)
Regrettable Meteor (9)
Tribune Pompitus (9)
Rares & Specials
Crassosaurus (6)
Primus Unguis (4)


Shadows.png Most Popular Cards:
Shadows (WC)
Commons
Trust No One (16)
Hock (15)
Ronnie Wristclocks (14)
Breaker Hill (13)
J. Vinda (12)
Uncommons
Too Much to Protect (8)
Into the Night (4)
Oubliette (4)
Rares & Specials
Customs Office (3)
Ring of Invisibility (3)
Star Alliance.png Most Popular Cards:
Star Alliance (WC)
Commons
Com. Officer Kirby (24)
Zap (19)
First Officer Frane (17)
Medic Ingram (17)
Chief Engineer Walls (16)
Uncommons
Information Officer Gray (8)
Quintrino Flux (7)
Stunner (7)
Rares & Specials
Chan’s Blaster (5)
Uncharted Lands (4)


Untamed.png Most Popular Cards:
Untamed (WC)
Commons
Unnatural Selection (12)
Ghosthawk (11)
Rustgnawer (11)
Imprinted Murmook (10)
Bramble Lynx (8)
Harmonia (8)
Musthic Murmook (8)
Uncommons
Flaxia (6)
Nature’s Call (6)
Fangtooth Cavern (5)
Rares & Specials
Moor Wolf (4)
Eldest Bear (2)
Fuzzy Gruen (2)
Gravid Cycle (2)
Perilous Wild (2)
Teliga (2)
Vineapple Tree (2)


All Time

Set and House Analysis

House Breakdowns, by Set

House Breakdown of All Top
Call of the Archons Decks
All Time
46
108
78
43
55
156
81
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
CotA 46 108 78 43 55 156 81 189
House Breakdown of All Top
Age of Ascension Decks
All Time
24
42
35
31
32
58
30
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Mars.png
Sanctum.png
Shadows.png
Untamed.png
Total
AoA 24 42 35 31 32 58 30 84
House Breakdown of All Top
Worlds Collide Decks
All Time
11
16
24
36
17
28
15
Set
Brobnar.png
Dis.png
Logos.png
Saurian P.png
Shadows.png
Star Alliance.png
Untamed.png
Total
WC 11 16 24 36 17 28 15 49


References
  1. Note: Only one Age of Ascension deck made the top cut during this period. Cards that appeared fewer than twice are not included.
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