Welcome to the 1st edition of the Meta Report! Let's be clear from the start: this is not a Tier List. This report is based on the Defense teams used on the 3V3 arena; as such, it only shows how much each pilot is used in this particular PVP mode. However, you can safely assume that the most popular pilots in this mode will also be showing up a lot in standard Arena and in Conquest Battle, making it a very useful data dump to know what you will be facing. Pilots at the top of this list are solid picks if you need to improve your PVP game, in any mode.
The data was obtained in the Global Server 1 between April 24th and May 1st. While I expect it to be the same on other Global servers, the Korea servers have three extra pilots that could certainly create a different meta. I do not have a high level account in a Korea server that I could use to gather the data I need to produce a proper meta report for it. If you have such an account and are willing to use it to gather the data I need, contact me on Reddit.
The report is divided in three parts: Rank 1000, Rank 100 and Rank 30. While every pilot is seen in Rank 1000 in a way or another, Rank 30 is a lot more focused and sees VIP12 pilots in greater numbers; though they most certainly don't take over the top spots.
The following tables show how popular the pilots are overall, no matter what wave they're placed in. If you want to know what pilots are worth obtaining and leveling for PVP, this is your list. Bibi Olin and Jiang Lun Mei are the undisputed queens of PVP, being in nearly every single team at Rank 30.
Only the top 15 pilots are shown by default. Click here to show all of them.
For the most part, teams in Wave 1 see little diversity. Bibi Olin, Jiang Lun mei, Enomoto Tsubasa and Jung E-young vastly outnumber other lineups, with the fifth spot going to some form of aggro. Enomoto Tsubasa's survival can ensure an easy defeat of the opponent's Wave 2 team.
Teams in Wave 2 see more variation at lower ranks, with Elin Miller and Rachel Stewart competing for the tanking position, generally supported by Rose Ludlum and Ariel Rossi. In the top 30, Elin Miller greatly falls in preference, making Rachel Stewart the undisputed Wave 2 tank.
Wave 3 is the most diverse, as players put together teams with whatever strong pilots they have left. Elin Miller generally takes the tank spot here, with Min You-hyun and Tanya Brown providing damage and either Rose Ludlum or Emma Simson healing.
Something is important to note: Ooparts do not currently apply to the defense team. You should not waste resources in giving Ooparts to the pilots you are using only to defend in Arena, since they always defend without any. This means that attacking teams always have an edge over the Defender team, as you can outfit them with the right Ooparts to counter their team members and formations, and don't have to worry about a weak unit being far stronger than expected due to Ooparts.