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7: Speculate on the Meta
Predicting which decks will be most common each week is a powerful kung-fu.

Maybe you don’t want to spend hours and dollars brewing an evolutionary or revolutionary deck to leave the netdecks flat-footed on a given Friday. That’s fine. You can still enjoy Magic cards. Here’s another way to do so.

After each weekend’s results, you can find coverage, what cards were in the top 32 decks, and what percentage of the meta-game each archetype made up. For instance, perhaps the field began as 30% control decks, of the top 32, 40% were control, and in the top 8, 50% were.

There are many articles and a few books that can help you identify what the weaknesses are of each archetype, and how they can mitigate their weaknesses, and how likely they are to overcome them. You can use this information to make a prediction about how the decks of that archetype will do as a group, and also about whether a very skilled or very crafty player could pilot one to the top.

Players love to win, and if an archetype does well, it is likely to grow in numbers the following week. Some will buy cards; other who already had that deck will show up. Being able to predict shifts in the meta-game is great, because having a sense of how your deck is positioned can be the difference between facing one tough match-up, or three.

Now, if you are a new player, making an accurate prediction would be very hard. So, when you see how some of your guesses are off, you might be able to correct those biases (don’t underestimate aggro).