Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Meta Report! 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 May 8th and May 15th. 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. Creating a Meta Report for all the different servers is a big undertaking and I will only be doing that if enough people show interest. At the moment, it seems that interest in Meta Reports is too low to justify the effort.
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.
This week sees the introduction of Serena Cooper, and she quickly appeared in almost a quarter of all defense teams in Rank 30. Rose Ludlum suffered a considerable hit to her popularity, but not quite enough to dislodge her as the 6th most popular pilot, as Cadence is still very valuable. Emma Simson was not so lucky; she dropped three spots and is likely to be surpassed by Serena Cooper next week. Betty Abigail continue to slowly but surely rise, breaking into the Top 15 for the first time.
Only the top 15 pilots are shown by default. Click here to show all of them.
The first wave meta remains virtually unchanged this week, with Bibi Olin continuing to dominate on defense. Enomoto Tsubasa and Jiang Lun mei weren't as ubiquitous this time around, and EL broke into the Top 10.
Enomoto Tsubasa finds herself at the top of second wave this time around, having given away that spot in the first wave. While Serena Cooper is nowhere near close to removing Rose Ludlum as main support in the second wave, it caused her to drop several ranks. Bibi Olin also entered the Top 10, as more people put her in second wave to avoid the counters being placed in the first wave by the attacking team.
As Serena Cooper took over healing duties in the second wave, Rose Ludlum has been pushed into the third wave, and Emma Simson greatly suffered as a result. Betty Abigail gained the most ground here, breaking into the Top 10. Elin Miller, once the everpresent bully, saw a considerable drop in popularity; while you are still more likely to run into her in the third wave, she is no longer a sure thing.
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.
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