I don’t know about you, but I’ve always liked Lyonar’s preoccupation with formations. I like the concept of Zeal, I like the ‘stay-close-or-die’ cards (Decimate and Sky Burial), and as a result I like Skywind Glaives as well. Problem is, I haven’t yet managed to take the card and turn it into any kind of powerhouse, and, well, I’d like to! So here’s a thread all about discussing Skywind Glaives’ potential, or lack thereof. I know the next expansion might change things around, but when has that ever stopped us from discussing the existing meta.
With the release of Zyx I was expecting a slew of players trying the little gobbo out, checking out its potential, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. And I was of course waaay to busy with obsessing over Healyonar variants to try it out myself. But now, after some preliminary testing, I’ve come up with a swarm/zoo deck that I’d like to use to springboard discussion of Skywind Glaives because I think Zyx might be the thing to push Skywind Glaives’ potential just enough to be viable. Here it is:
The strategy is very simple:
- Flood the board
- Pump your weenies
- Swing for lethal
Lyonar is especially good with Zyx because of their unique access to Argeon’s BBS, Sun Wisp, Fighting Spirit and Skywind Glaives, alongside some typical strong cards. You just flood the board with everything you have (praying the opponent doesn’t pack early mass removal) then buff them with Roar and Skywind Glaives for massive damage turns. Sun Wisp (also a weenie), Sojourner and Solarius maintain your hand size, you use Fighting Spirit for tactical survivability and curving out, and Tiger is just Tiger. Bloodtear Alchemist helps ping Artifacts and finishes off key threats.
I think this is an example of a deck where Skywind Glaives can do as well as it possibly can: if it’s going to be good anywhere it should be in a deck like this, right? My initial testing suggests that the deck is overwhelmingly strong if you get a good opener (of course), but struggles against a lot of Provoke and high Health minions. The good news is that Slo and Silverguard Knight help keep these threats out of fights for júst long enough to achieve lethal, and occasionally Afterblaze and Holy Immolation do the job all by themselves.
What do you think? Is Skywind Glaives good enough in a deck like this? Does the card have any hope whatsoever? Am I approaching this all wrong?
PS: I’d consider making space for Azurite Lion, but I’m still working on what I’d cut out. Adept’s Zeal is what makes Afterblaze work in the deck.