It’s been over 3 months since I last looked at the Top 100 teams so, with several new top-tier creatures now available, let’s see how things have changed…
Firstly, a caveat. There were three teams that I presumed were ‘experimental’ and unlikely to have reached their high score, so they were ignored and replaced by the next 3 teams on the leaderboard.
The stand-out result is that Phorurex is now on every team, something that last happened in June 2021 with Ceramagnus and we all know how quickly that was made irrelevant (now 8%).
The meta is dominated by a Big 4 of Phorurex, Scorpios Rex G3 , Skoona and Indotaurus which all appear on over 90% of teams. Indotaurus has seen a rapid rise since October as the preferred fierce option as Mortem Rex, by contrast, has been rendered obsolete and now clings on in just ONE team, as does Tenontorex .
The new Parasauthops has taken hold in almost half of teams (49%), perhaps signalling the end of erstwhile arena swap-in darling, Monolorhino , which has dropped to 83% after a year of being on over 90% of teams. Spinoconstrictor has also multiplied rapidly thanks to a big buff and may have helped to eliminate Compsocaulus from the top (down to just 3%).
Grypolyth, for all its limitations and counters, surprisingly still manages to find a spot on to 44% of teams but with fewer tanks around, may struggle for relevance in the coming months.
Whilst Skoona remains a dominant resilient force, the briefly-immortal Testacornibus may be on its last legs, dropping from 93% to 76% and likely to continue falling to make way for its offspring, the new unkillable, high-damage tank, Arctovasilas. Whilst only appearing on 14% of teams currently, we can expect to see this increase substantially as everyone races to unlock it. With a moveset that is quite literally broken (compared to the description text), it will likely become essential for a team to remain in the Top 100, such is its strength.
Last time, I asked if the Apex Era was already over. Well, with Ceramagnus now almost gone, only 2 Hydraboa, 1 Mortem, no Haast Maximus or Refrenantem currently in the top 100, we should ask ‘are apex raids worth the effort?’. The much-maligned Hadros Lux is still proving to be a useful creature though and has actually seen its use increase slightly since October to 24%, and Gorgotrebax numbers have doubled, but neither are likely to feature in the top 8 next time without a big buff.
What do you think will change in the next few months? Will the promised new fierce creatures make an impact? Who will lose out as a result of the rise of the Arctovasilas meta?