I very rarely share replays, and this is a pretty bad deck overall, but dem feels when you get the perfect Apex turn https://play.duelyst.com/replay?replayId=-LkY5oDPbhy6MUampKmK
I’ve hit a snag
Ah, ok anyways I got Silver, Metaltooth and Deceptibot out with Apex, and Deceptibot killing enemy Manaforger summoned a Project Omega which one-shotted the 22-health opponent Also found out that Seismoid doesn’t proc through minions summoned via Apex (would’ve been a nice hand refill in this deck).
Duelyst and Chill? How 'bout Mechs and Mill?
Here’s the deck I’ve been rocking for the last couple weeks. I finally decided to ditch my Apex plan for a faster Starhorn version: the cheap mechs + Seismoid make flooding the board early game easy, while milling a couple cards from the opponent to disrupt their game plan plus a small chance of early MechaZ0r. Midgame we throw in Sphynx when the opponent tries to empty their hand out, and close the game with some big-ass Omegas, Mandrakes and Decispikes. For removal, for the sake of mana efficiency I went for Mag’s incredibly efficient single-target removal a’la Natural Selection, and Upper Hand which is almost guaranteed 5-6 dmg when playing this deck. Rebuke is a strong alternative too due to synergy with MechaZ0r and Sword. No Makantor 'cause too slow lel (and 'cause deet Megmer).
Wr was 12-8 (60 %) in Diamond.
Do you… try keeping 6 cards in hand to avoid receiving the Riddle back?
Not necessarily, Starhorn’s draw efficiency usually makes the Riddle’s effect less detrimental for us than it is for the opponent. It’s important to never burn the Riddle off by yourself though.
The draw is so strong per a usual Starhorn deck that I’m tempted to see Replicant switched out with Cannon for the higher Mechazor chance or Z0R so you don’t lose out on the Omega draw bonus.
Honestly never woulda thought you could innovate Decidecks at this point tho. Awesome mix!
Replicant actually has the best synergy with both Omega and Seismoid, I’d rather take away Sphynx before them (although the flavor obviously suffers from that)
Wait. Does Decimus deal damage when you send the Riddle to the opponent?
If that’s the case, it’s hilariously cruel.
Nope, because your opponent doesn’t technically “draw” the Riddle.
@miguelosz should be immortal now
Awesome, a thousand thanks!
And happy immortality to me, I guess
Whaddup fellas? I’m back with a fresh build from Bromeland. This time we’re showing some love to Lyonar buildings a’la Ironcliffe Monument and friends, which combo well with the ever-so-inevitable and game-winning Strategos (besides the fact that Architect-T2K5 only gives a single proc to the trial:-( ).
You’ve got two possible routes to victory playing this deck:
- Go for a basic Strategos trial swag, delay the opponent and use Jax Truesight and heals to overpower them in the value game.
- Build Ironcliffe Monument, preferably ramped with a Timekeeper. This can be a game-ender all by itself in just a couple of turns (unless you’re playing against Vaath), but it’s especially rude when followed up with Strategos.
And don’t forget these combos:
- When possible, position your Monument so that you can get extra Ironcliffes out of Dreamgazer, Crestfallen, Mini-Jax and/or Zyx’s clone.
- Transforming Strategos into Ironcliffe allows him to benefit from the trial (promoting also himself at the end of turn).
- Timekeeper can be combo’d with Architect-T2K5 or Vigilator post-trial for some instant value plays and to not run out of cards. Legions from promoting 2-drops also help a ton in giving some draw.
- A successful double Architect-T2K5 play surprisingly gives not only two, and not three but a whopping four cards for a quick hand refill (at least from what I quickly counted in the one game I got this done)
- Lifestream both helps in keeping Monuments alive, as well as speeding up the trial when used on Zyx, or to give extra heals when used on Herald.
Wr was 15-5 (75 %) in Gold/Silver.
I actually recently tried my hand at a Monument deck after having a crazy 20 turn battle of attrition that renewed my love for Lyonar. This looks really fun.
Neat deck! I want to ask about the Bastion - I can see how it’s on-theme in a deck based around Structures, but it doesn’t seem to have any special synergies beyond giving you a Strategos proc, and the power level is pretty low. How did you find it played for you?
The Build transformation timings are a little weird. As you note, Architect “sees” everything that builds at the same time as it does, but in the same scenario, Vigilator’s buff is always lost on adjacent build minions. My guess as to what’s happening in the latter case is that he buffs the building structures themselves and then it’s lost when they transform, but I don’t really understand how. The order in which the cards are played doesn’t seem to matter.
Some additional trickiness when Build interacts with other effects: If you play a Timekeeper next to a Monument, causing it to finish building, Timekeeper will transform into an Ironcliffe. The same is true if you get a Monument off of Grimes’ Opening Gambit. In the opposite direction, however, if you get a Gate to the Undervault off of Grimes’ Dying Wish then the Gate will “see” Grimes’ death and spawn a demon. The former makes sense following the paradigm that Opening Gambits occur before the minion enters the board, but I can’t reason out the latter.
Thanks! Ah right, I forgot to mention the Timekeeper-instant Ironcliffe combo. This should definitely be used whenever possible. Bastion is there mainly for the lolz, but most people are pretty keen on removing it so usually it got around its cost worth of value.
That’s the same thought process I had on these build interactions. But I also have no idea on the Gate one Dooly do be weird sometimes!
Long time ago I met someone in S who also used liturgy as an additional wincon in such deck. I don’t remember the exact minions he used, but Liturgy finisher even before trial completion was pretty…infuriating, to say the least.
Given that aside Monument you also play Vigilator, Bastion and some cheap high health minions, what do you think of it?
Interesting idea! I would need to play the deck differently with that in mind, so it’s difficult to say how effective it would be. Vigilator is mainly a 3/4 which survives a turn and procs the trial, his effect is difficult to fully utilize until the combo with Timekeeper at 7 mana. And Bastion is usually removed instantly… but yeah I could see Liturgy working, maybe as a 1- or 2-off alternative wincon.