Hello guys! FYFY here.
After the expansion was released, I established a goal in the game, which was make it to the S rank using a Wall Vanar deck. After a long experimentation phase, I put this deck to work in the last 2 days playing from Diamond 5 until S Rank with 42 wins and 20 losses. Today, I finally managed to beat my goal, so I wanna share my list with you guys.
Without further ado, I present “Force of Nature”, a Wallnar deck:
1.74 Kara Winterblade - Still working and testing stuff with the new BBS. I’ll be updating this list for now on but the deck can be played with both Kara or Faie.
1.73 Faie Bloodwing - The original list featuring Faie.
So, after a lot of testing I finally end up with this list. The idea here is to use Winter’s Wake as a win condition, a few minions who have good sinergy and utility and a lot of spells to control the board.
Hearth - Sister — One of the best utility minions in the game imo. Have good sinergy with Faie BBS for the displacement effect and she becomes a 4/3 with Kara BBS. She also works as a pseudo Daemonic Lure. With a bunch of walls scattered all around, its easy to trap an enemy minion into a corner using Hearth-Sisters.
Aethermaster and Manaforger — Aethermaster fills the 2 drop slot and have good sinergy with Kron. Also, being able to have aditional replace really helps to plan your hand and fish for some core cards (Abjudicator, Wall spells and Winter’s Wake).
Manaforger is really good to summon walls. The 1 mana reduction allows to use the BBS to combo with walls more easily and it’s very good for the others spells in the deck too, specially Cryogenesis, Frostburn and Winter’s Wake of course (if he live long enough).
Shiro Puppydragon — This little boy was always really good with walls, but he becomes a lot more attractive to me with the new Kara BBS. He can’t trade very well having 1 attack, but his effect have a really good synergy with walls and tokens. Add this to the new Kara BBS and your walls becomes a lot more significant on the board.
Abjudicator — The body is lame, but the effect really shines in this deck. Being able to reduce the cost for walls and many other spells is key. 0 mana Aspect of the Fox, 2 mana Cryogenesis and 4 mana Frostburn provide very good control over the board. Things like Gravity Well or Bonechill Barrier into Winter’s Wake at 8 mana is really strong and lethal if the oponnent doesn’t have an answer.
Alcuin Loremaster — This minion is amazing with decks that runs a lot of spells. With him you can spam more walls, reutilize removals and even copy spells from your opponent. He works as a pseudo card draw too, with is nice since this deck can burn your hand quickly sometimes.
Glacial Elemental — This minion is amazing when paired with Bonechill Barrier, and works even better when you have things like Abjudicator for mana reduction and Winter’s Wake to turn the barriers into real threats. Its the only Vespyr in the deck cause i like to have easy acess to him with Cryogenesis.
Inquisitor Kron — Ok, this guy suffered a big nerf in this patch. Having now 4 HP means that he can’t be a frontliner anymore, which was his core function in this deck. However, his effect with the new Kara BBS is very powerfull and you can gain a big amount of value if he manages to survive a couple turns. That means that you must play Kron defensively now, to protect him and utilize his effect instead of his provoke. He can be played in the frontline in a pinch, but with 4 HP he’ll die very, very easily. Nerfs aside, he’s still a pretty good minion.
Jax Truesight — This minion is better than never before with the new Kara BBS. With 7 mana you can have 5 ranged 2/2 THAT DON’T DIE TO BLIZTERING SKORN and this is absolutely beautiful for Vanar. I’m running 1 copy of him (my precious and shiny prismatic) just for some second win condition, as he can close out some games that Winter’s Wake can’t.
Winter’s Wake — This is my favorite card right now, and probably my favorite from the expansion. In the first versions of this deck I used to run 2 of these and some second win condition (Pandora, Dark Nemesis, Jaxi) but I decided to go full retarded and end up with 3 copies of it. And I dont regret at all. I really want to have this card in hand at 8 mana or even before to combo with Abjudicator. And I’m really good to top deck this card, so 3 copies really works for me.
This deck seems weird at first and has a lot of weaknesses (Lightbenders, Skorns, AoE), but its very, very fun to play and gives enormous satisfaction on each victory. I’m really satisfacted with the results of this effort and i really want to see more people playing Wall Vanar, cause its a such unique (and fun!) archetype.
12/10/2016 - Updated the deck list to the current version featuring White Asp.
18/10/2016 - Updated the deck list to the current version: Kara Winterblade, -3 Aethermaster, -3 Inquisitor Kron, +3 Shiro Puppydragon, +3 Dancing Blades