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Axie Infinity: Origins Meta Report - Season 8 Late Rare Era (15 Apr 2024)

By mauriceccy | From Professor to Gamer | 15 Apr 2024


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This Rare Era is certainly full of Bubbles. It can certainly feel bad to just lose to a rune, especially for causal players who are not at the very top. That said, Bubbles is not the strongest at the very top when faced against very optimised teams.

It is finally good to see Goo being viable, and we also see different forms of Sustain, with a triple Turnip team in the top 2 at the time of writing. Let's see which team which come out on top in this Rare Era.

tldr:

  • Feather, Poison, Goo, Sustain (Turnip!?) at the top

  • Giant Bubble still most popular at Dragon and lower ranks

  • Player Base strunk by 12% compared to last Season

Player Base Statistics

 

378bf1dc4c501da02d877a192f1326ff.png Number of Players in each Victory Star Brackets

The total number of players is about 12% lower compared to the same time last Season, despite more people will be getting end of season rewards this Season. Sure, the crypto market is not doing too well recently, but I wonder why there are fewer players in this Season compared to last Season. Could it be that many high profile top players drifted away from Origins to other games, which may have led to other casual players drifting away from Origins too?

Archetype Usage

Overall archetype usage

8e4da71d082a1a3d58a5848a77308d80.png Archetype Usage for Matches Played in each Victory Star Bracket

At the very top, we see Feather, Poison, Goo, Sustain, and some Giant Bubble teams. At the time of writing, there are only 13 players at 2000+, meaning a small sample size. When we moved down to the top 100 or so (1900-2000 VStar), we see more Anemone, Giant Bubbles, Jinx, Leafy, Glorious Mane, Fury Aggro etc.

It is good to see that many archetypes are viable. There are also many teams as "Multiple archetypes" as most of them are Giant Bubble together with some other synergies such as Anemone, Sandal, Topaz etc.

At Dragon and below, we bound to see a lot more Giant Bubble teams, with some labelled as "Giant Bubble" while many are in "Multiple archetypes". It is unfortunate that it feels bad for lower level players to be facing so many Giant Bubble teams, but it is one of those things that is hard to come out from tournaments and testing as it is not necessarily the best performing strategy.

Archetype Win Rates and Matchups

Overall Archetype Win Rates

fe5a7565fb814dbdc79cb79c12ab493a.png Overall Win Rates of Popular Archetypes

As we can see, Giant Bubble is not really the strongest archetype at the very top. Sustain (mostly a triple Turnip healing team), Feather, Goo, and Poison are performing better than Giant Bubble. It is good to see that optimised Leafy teams are doing well at 1900-2000 VStar. The rest of the archetypes are looking a bit difficult to climb further at this point.

Archetype Matchups

1d220c108a395e252ea9c003514cf85d.png Overall Archetype Matchups

The inclusion of Giant Bubble has shifted the meta in the Rare Era, which Spikes being particular bad against Giant Bubble despite having pretty good win rates most other archetypes except Goo and Glorious Mane, both of which are also new in this Rare Era.

With Spikes gone, Feather is enjoying its time at the top as Spikes was the biggest counter to Feather. As usual, Poison is pretty strong in the Rare Era. If not for Giant Bubble, which can effectively be a combo team that can OTK and sets a timer for slower teams, Poison would be having an even better time. The same can also be siad for other slower teams such as Goo, Mit Sleep, and Triple Owl. I can imagine OTK Perch will play the same role in the Epic and Mystic Era as Giant Bubble in the Rare Era in setting a timer before the OTK hits.

Conclusion

The top meta is looking quite healthy with different archetypes being able to climb to the top, but the lower ladder is not as fun as players are facing Giant Bubble way too often. It feels bad to lose just to a Rune even with their evolved Axies.

The coming Epic Era will be a more interesting one in my opinion given the number of new Runes coming in. It is also not as well tested in the pre-season as most players focus on the Mystic. Let's see if we will see any surprises in the upcoming Epic Era. Good luck with the rest of the Rare Era!


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