Hi guys, ever since I stopped streaming nobody knows what the hell I’m playing these days, so I thought I’d make a quick post that consists of a bunch of decks that I play and a few ongoing experimental lists.
I could just make an Imgur post like Grinch does but I thought a forum post would be more interactive. So yeah, here goes…
A lot of the tier lists have Bond Lyonar as the deck to beat right now and I have to say I agree, its consistent and powerful. I myself spent most of the last season in top10 with this (before tanking, lol).
My version ditches sunbloom in favour of Shroud; I prefer shroud simply because this choice allows me to play 10 2-drops! Similarly, since Sun Wisp draws a card when played thus I can keep the curve low while also ensuring I don’t gass out.
The other unique feature of the deck is the choice to run Pandora over Zir. I could write three pages on this choice alone, but for now I’ll simply state that most of the wolves Pandora spawns are good in Lyonar and the 3/10 stats also make her a good bond target. In many matchups this combination makes Pandora quite the formidible lategame powerhouse; opponents will often need to get close to deal with her and the wolves (e.g. lightbender) but in doing so risk the divine bond.
Tips for playing:
- Understand that running Pandora over Zir completely changes how you play the mid-phase of the game.
- As with all Lyonar decks right now, Slo is a monster if played correctly, so focus on understanding how to use this card; in most cases, its more powerful in the hand than on the board, which kinda makes this card unique.
So this is probably the deck I’m most known for, I’ve always said this deck is nuts but for whatever reason this deck has never really become meta. A pity, but there isn’t a lot I can do about that.
There is a guide on the forum for this thing, if interested.
With the release of Shimzar Starhorn got a bunch of tools and that enabled a “Zoo” playstyle, and this style of play is one of my favourite ways to play Duelyst. Indeed, Razor Skin is probably my favourite card in the whole of Shimzar expansion.
Anyway, I digress. The point of this deck is to aggressively expand onto the board with a host of small but sticky threats. I have two versions showcased here; one trying to just get minions on board and the other trying to add a little bit of late game combo potential. However, since this deck is more of a “concept” than definitive list of dudes this ends up being one of those decks where most of the cards are interchangeable and you can tweak it according to your preference.
Personally I find this sort of deck fun to play and reasonably competitive (I have climbed to S-rank with it twice now). Hopefully the next expansion will provide even more support for the archetype.
tips for playing:
- Be aggressive, and don’t be a pussy; if you play around turn 2 Slo Immolation you lose.
- protect and set up your snowball cards; not only does Mirkblood/Shiro/Razor skin turn small guys into threats its also the case that these cards can also make your board much resilient against shit like Plasma storm and/or Frostburn.
Again, somewhere on the forums you can read about my previous attempts at building this archetype.
So this list I’ve been playing for most of this season. I must confess I don’t really like playing Vetruvian much, but hey, I’m a completionist and I wanna get the faction to level 50
The deck has a bunch of value minions and a decent amount of heal (to utilise Sajj Bbs you bloody need that!) The aim of the game it outvalue the opponent (either through minions and/or card advantage) and then smack them with some sort of artifact combo (Eg Staff + Hex + Time Mael = 14 dmg).
This deck is also an interesting experiment for me; most of the time when deckbuilding I consider it a failure when I have a bunch of 2-of’s or 1-ofs; I’m the sort of player that almost always builds for max consistency. But here, I’ve been much more liberal with one-ofs than I normally would be.
Tips for playing:
Wings is used for mana ramp (e.g as Player 2 T1= wings T2 = Nimbus) and for dealing with ranged minions. Basically, its a sweet little card that provides a lot of flexibility. Honestly I think this card should see a lot more play than it currently does.
GroveKeeper is for Lyonar Meta, right? Nope. Again, when it comes to deck building, I hate running “tech cards” for the most part; and that comes down to the fact I like to build for consistency. So no, this card isn’t here to specifically beat the Lyonars on ladder (though, of course, it does well against them!), actually, this card is for Songhai and Abyssian. In the spirit of games, I’ll let you guys try to figure out why I say that
CONTROL SONGHAI (experimental)
OKAY so this is the deck I am currently working on. In the thread below I’ve written a little building diary, which may be of interest to those that like to see the building process in action…
I’ll be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with how things turned out here. As I tinkered the deck got progressively faster, and eventually it got to the state that it is now. Honestly, this attempt at “control” is probably just a bad midrange list, which is a shame, but hey not every deckbuilding experiment will be successful.
I should probably qualify what I mean by “successful” when when talking about decks. For me hiting S is a peice of piss and so therefore that is not a good measure of a deck. Rather, I define a “good deck” as being something I think I could finish a season in the top20 with (a highly subjective measure, most admittedly). Basically, I’m 100% confident I could hit S with this shit, but I am currently unsure as to whether I could to much more than that. Thus, by my own metrics, this deck is currently a failure.
After a bunch of games I decided that Gnasher wasn’t really good enough, but I have thus far been happy with the performance of both Beastmaster and Xho, so those guys are going to survive this round of ‘the culling’.
Additionally, I swapped to Kaleos. In theory I think his BBS is powerful and I wanted to tinker with a deck the utilised that BBS in a technical way (as opposed to just buffing shit with the 5 mana cat thing). but utlimately that is hard to consistently and unfortunatly I think the exact list would be improved by just switching back to Reva.