A bit of context 1st. What do i mean by “old zirix”? Well, for those who are kinda new, zirix 1st BBs was to summon a 2/2 dervish with rush (wind dervish). This made the general pretty broken, flooding almost the entire ladder. Why? Because he had straight damage every turn, with a lot of toys sinergycing with it: dune caster, scion 2nd wish, etc. To the point that with only but 2 or 3 cards in hand he could deal tons of damage or even kill you, EVERY TURN.
It was for me, and i guess that for many too (thats why the nerf), so frustrating to play against, because you had damage to your face every turn while you just tried to control the situation and not getting killed in the process, but he would just play more threats and damage you, while playing annoying powerfull minions and cheap spells every turn, and with little to no cards too.
Luckly that changed, and though zirix was dead during some time, he is coming back from it.
BUT, a new threat came, one that i personally fear its worse that even what zirix used to be: Reva.
Just to clarify one main difference, is that i dont see her THAT MUCH (a lot, but not just her): the ladder after shimzar brought a looot of new stuff, and i see every sort of decks every day.
BUT every time i come across a reva, i feel like just conceding, and after 3 or 4 games, just to stop playing.
Now, before anyone says anything, it is true this is somehow a “cry post”, and im currently playing a lot of vet, so that might has something to do with my experience.
What i feel is that EVERY card, in EVERY reva deck is a potential or direct threat. They are all just straight too powerful. This can be proven by the fact that songhai, specially reva, doesnt need neutral cards. There just isnt enough space for them, but not reason either for them to be included. The only one that sees play is “savage” owlbeast.
And those cards, if not dealt with, they just will deal tons of damage to you in one turn.
Just to name a few:
Katara: ive always seen this guy like a kaido power creep. Costs less, does more potential damage, allowing stronger combos and turns.
Lantern fox: well, no need to mention this. A cheap unit, that provides more cards that deal more damage and synergice so that other units deal more damage too.
Chakri avatar: i think its a good card, but in songhai it just gets retarded good, being able not only to deal tons and tons of damage to your face, but also growing making it harder to get rid of.
bacon boar: damage straight out of hand, that if not dealt with, just refill their hand so they can do more damage for a very cheap cost. This last two can also be mirror melded, making them twice scary.
ki beholder: nice card, but provides board direct board control, can be activated in the same turn, and if not dealt with, he ca be buffed by a lot so he can pretty much kill anything by afar or just deal damage.
magi: kills you while at the same time makes reva harder to kill.
savage owlbeast: a really strong card that pretty much makes the rest of the main units unkillable
Now, you try to protect your self: some of the cards or strategies dont work. Repulsor is useless since they can just dragon seal. If you cover your back from katara: juxtaposition, sending your unit far away and dealing backstab to you for 0 mana.
Apart from all this, i find some differences with old zirix that i think make reva a whole lot stronger.
she can kill you with or without board presence. Or summoming and activating, buffing and attacking with a unit out of nowhere, or just spiral technique you or just phoenix fire.
their hand doesnt get dumped… mana vortex, eclipse, lantern fox, killing edge a unit with backstab. They just have enough refill mechanics to never run out of steam and never end doing straight damage to you.
they have really strong straight foward opennings. Zirix didnt have really good 2 or 3 drops back then. Songhai not only does have them, but he also puts you in a hard spot, not to mention they can crush your openning too at the same time. They might just summon lantern fox or a katara, but they may algo lantern fox + inner focus > 2 damage to the face + mana vortex + phoenix fire your 2 drop, so you took damage, lost a unit, cant aceleratea and have to deal with a body that will just give him another spell, AND THEY DIDNT EVEN LOSE CARDS BECAUSE THEY ARE REDRAWING THEM.
So, i dont see how any faction can match against that. Im not saying they cant be beaten ( and i feel just so pumped when i do beat them), but it just feels so frustrating to see all of this. They can even just turn rhe game around every turn.
Some factions have really strong one turn winning conditions, but they depend on either search for an specific combo or setting a situation up earlier.
Now, maybe im the one that feel this, or maybe notm but i dont see a solutio really. With zirix, just the keyword “rush” being removed from the BBS was enough, but with songhai i wouldnt know how to start solving it. And thus it hasnt been this broken before, songhai has ALWAYS been a strong faction, not once it was “not in the meta”.
So, to sum up. Do you guys feel the same? How you deal with them? What has your experience been so far?
Sry for long post.