It’s finally here. The updated tier list for 1.7.

So before we get into the list itself, let me first thank by name all of the wonderful people who took part in this list because holy cow, it was a team effort.

From Metahub: Anociraptor, Bart, Castal, CopperKiwi87, Dr. Reebecca, Fur, Heather, JHVS, MNBrian, Nathanos96, Rt, Steph, Sweet Jacqueline, TheOneSpark, Zheng, and Piere87 (who not only participated but made the graphics as well).

From Apex Predators: Adrianoceratops, idgt902, KingDreadnaught, Legomin1314, Marktheshark, practicekat, and Relentless.

And our celebrity squad of PokefodderYT and Matt from the JWA Field Guide App.

Seriously, we’ve been fighting for the last few weeks over this list, and it’s been epic. But we feel better about it than any list we’ve ever produced.

How Was The Team Chosen?

We wanted to put together the best possible team we could to discuss the pros and cons of each of these creatures, so we decided to enlist Apex Predators for the fight. Among the apex crowd, we had individuals who commonly place in the top 10 in the world, including a few who have won multiple grueling tournaments, to get their take on how creatures play at the highest levels of the arena.

But with the new adaption of tournaments, we wanted opinions across the trophy rankings. We want to make sure the tier list holds true if we were to look at it from a strictly a – say – common/epic/rare non-hybrids perspective. Because we’ll see more tournaments. And when we do we want a tier list that holds water.

So beyond simply discussing and running some friendly matchups, we also enlisted the help of Matt from the JWA Field Guide App to build a massive complex and incredibly cool simulator. We ran 6000 1v1 battles for every creature in the game. The simulator used an advanced logic system that determined best move order for a win by comparing every possible set of next moves to every other possible set of next moves to determine the optimal choices needed to get a winning result. And like a player, the simulator did this EVERY TURN — taking into account each change in opponent status and creature status to solve for a win. The simulator was crazy.

Using this simulator, we were also able to run statistics on how often each creature wins against every other creature in the above and below tiers to find outliers – dinosaurs that many of us undervalue (or perhaps overvalue). The simulator wasn’t perfect. It couldn’t take into account the usefulness of team-play and swapping in and out at different times, but it was able to account for the use of swap in actions by simulating half of the battles on swap in dinosaurs with an opening swap in move. So while there was no way to swap out of certain matches, the simulator did a ton to show us all sorts of insane matchups we hadn’t realized existed.

What’s exciting about that data is, we get to use it more in strike towers and future tournaments to keep giving you the best possible tier lists with not only our opinion of where things should be – but thousands of computer generated matchups to prove it — taking into account crit chance and dodge chance and stun chance and everything else.

How Were Tiers Determined?

We always base the tier list on two things – one on one matchups at equal levels (without boosts), and utility on a team with swap in actions. Of course, ignoring boosts means when everything hits boost cap (and level cap) this should be what we see in the arena.

We used three major steps to determine where everything went in the tier list.

First we took a blind vote of every creature in every tier from all those participating. The blind vote showed all the changes that had been made to every creature — whether stat changes or move changes.

Second we took any creatures we disagreed on and put them up on the chopping block for debate. Disagreement was determined to be anything that had less than 66% (or two thirds) approval rate.

Third – we ran the simulator (around 6000 battles per dino) and compared how the simulator results matched up to our tiers. We then reargued a number of dinos that didn’t line up to determine where they actually should belong.

All in all, it was grueling. It was long and emotional. But we got it done. And now it’s ready to rock.

Metahub’s 1.7 Tier List

Tyrant: Diloracheirus, Dracoceratops, Erlidominus, Erlikospyx, Magnapyritor, Thoradolosaur, Trykosaurus

Apex: Diorajasaur, Grypolyth, Indoraptor, Monostegotops, Tenontorex, Tuoramoloch, Utahsinoraptor, Utarinex

Allosinosaurus, Diloranosaurus, Edmontoguanadon, Indominus Rex, Megalosuchus, Procerathomimus, Purutaurus, Spinotasuchus, Stegoceratops, Stegodeus, Suchotator, Tragodistis, Tryostronix, Tyrannolophosaur

Alankylosaurus, Ankyntrosaurus, Ardontosaurus, Geminititan, Gigaspikasaur, Ornithomimus, Paramoloch, Pterovexus, Skoolasaurus

Alpha: Amargocephalus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, Dracorex Gen 2, Einiasuchus, Gorgosuchus, Kentrosaurus, Maiasaura, Nodopatotitan, Ouranosaurus
Pachycephalosaurus, Postosuchus, Sinoceratops, Smilodon, Spinonyx, Spinotaraptor,
Stygidaryx, Stygimoloch, Tyrannosaurus Rex

Alanqa, Arambourgiania, Blue, Carnotaurus, Charlie, Darwezopteryx, Dimodactylus, Elasmotherium, Erlikosaurus, Erlikosaurus Gen 2, Giraffatitan, Koolabourgiania, Marsupial Lion, Miragaia, Monolometrodon, Monomimus, Postimetrodon, Purrolyth, Pyroraptor, Pyrritator, Rajakylosaurus, Sarcorixis, Scaphognathus, Spinosaurus Gen 2, Tanycolagreus, Wuerhosaurus

Beta: Allosaurus, Amargasaurus, Ankylocodon, Argentinosaurus, Baryonyx, Darwinopterus, Delta, Diplotator, Dracorex, Echo, Gryposuchus, Koolasuchus, Monolophosaurus, Nodopatosaurus, Proceratosaurus, Rajasaurus, Secodontosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex Gen 2, Utahraptor

Survivor: Ankylosaurus, Baryonyx Gen 2, Concavenator, Dilophosaurus, Dimetrodon, Dsungaripterus, Euoplocephalus, Gallimimus, Gorgosaurus, Kaprosuchus, Koolasuchus Gen 2, Majundasuchus, Nodosaurus, Pteranodon, Purrusaurus, Quetzalcoatlus, Scolosaurus,  Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Tuojiangosaurus, Tupandactylus, Velociraptor

Scavenger: Apatosaurus, Brontotherium, Deinocheirus,
Diplocaulus Gen 2, Edmontosaurus, Einiasaurus, Hatzegopteryx, Iguanadon, Irritator, Irritator Gen 2, Megalosaurus, Nundasuchus, Parasauralophus, Phorusrhascos, Purrusaurus G2, Stygimoloch Gen 2, Suchomimus, Triceratops Gen 2

Hatchling: Ankyolsaurus Gen 2, Dilophosaurus, Gen 2, Dimetrodon Gen 2, Dimorphodon, Diplocaulus, Lythronax, Majungasaurus, Monolophosaurus Gen 2, Ophiacodon, Sarcosuchus.

Parting Words

We’re glad this part is over. We’re sorry it took so long. We’ve got a really clean system now of how we do votes, and how we plan to go about this next time (with a further improved simulator). Truly we hope this helps you in the arena.

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