So I’ve been trying to refine and make my Arcanyst Shidai deck more consistent for a little while and have come up with this:
I call it Aggronyst Shidai, because it can put out a lot of damage in a very short time. It also seems to be far more consistent than a list fully devoted to arcanyst combo’s. I removed the slower arcanyst cards and replaced them with strong aggro/tempo choices such as Ki Beholder, Killing Edge and Flameblood Warlock. The result is a list far less dependent on setting up board and more about making strong tempo plays in the early game and then finishing off with reach.
With the combination of things like Four Winds Magi, Killing Edge, Ki Beholder and Phoenix Fire you can find yourself reaching lethal very early. Here’s an example of this:
“Why Shidai instead of Reva?”
I prefer Shidai in this list because being able to cast 2 spells and receive an instant buff to my minions or instant damage/healing from Magi tends to have more impact and result in lethal quicker than summoning a single minion that often can’t be used until the next turn. Plus, the spell you actually get from Shidai’s BBS can sometimes be very useful in the given situation and provide even more instant value.
I feel that the deck is pretty strong. I’ve consistently beat some of the meta decks using this list (The example above is Wanderer Reva which was ranked 5th in Duelystcentral power rankings) so I’m thinking this could probably place fairly high on the list but I would need some opinions of veteran players to confirm that and place it. Thoughts?