Greetings quinti.DRK3, I would appreciate your feedback . (And anyone else's who cares to give it.)
I have found, as I try to craft my own original decks that are competitive and fun, that I almost have to resort to a high percentage of "meta-content": either currently popular cards, or archetypes, or both -- and often my successful decks are what I would consider almost a variation on some meta deck. I completed the Christmas event almost entirely on the back of one deck -- an ST Harmony deck that differed from meta only in that I replaced Saskia: Commander with Water of Brokilon, included a few more Harmony cards, and relied on locks and very limited poison for control.
Today, I found myself with a surprising amount of time to try a variety of decks, but the only ones I have any interest in playing further are a pair of NR decks, both of which rely heavily on currently popular cards like Reavers and Immortals/Damned Sorceress combinations. With other factions (although I haven't really given SY a fair shot) I can't even deviate from meta concepts without disaster.
I believe the problem lies with the small number of exceptionally good cards that just can't be out-pointed by anything else.
Have you observed similar things?
Yes, unfortunately to achieve some degree of competitiveness, you often need to include either meta packages with very good point-provision ratios, or a good amount of control.
Long gone is the time where you had a wholesome idea for a deck, built it without thinking of the meta and then be able to have some wins with it.
I have also been involved in some NR decks... i recently found Misterhabbla has returned to Gwent and his video on double Melitele is my recommendation, it made me understand how the card works and sparked an interest in the card.
Also, tomorrow i will be posting my NR temple of melitele deck here, which is one of the hardest decks to use ive ever shared
And on the 30th, it will be the very last deck, Svalblods deck, which is also ready just need to have some time to write the guides.