So after perusing through Songhai’s lesser-used cards, I came upon the former crown-jewel that is Mask of Shadows (I was not here during it’s glory days, unfortunately). I still wanted to experiment with the card, though, so after some hard grinding and disenchanting, and tons of theorycrafting, I came up with this deck. So far, it has been very kind to me though I’ve goofed several times with it (which is very easy to do, because this really does require VERY HIGH attention to your positioning).
The idea of the deck is generally to whittle down your opponent as much as possible early on while controlling the board via. Lantern Fox and your spells. Originally I ran Bloodrage Mask instead of Crescent Spear, however I think the latter fits in more here since you generally don’t want to be in the thick of things with Bloodrage Mask (which you will be) but Crescent Spear is much more favorable in those types of situations.
Zendo, Killing Edge, and unanswered Chakris/Four Winds are your key win conditions. You want to go in for burst damage whenever you can (so long as you have card draw ready). Mask of Shadows is nice for this, and also helps with your goal of controlling the board. Along with Mask of Shadows, Crescent Spear can help end a game that’s been dragging on too long. They won’t win the game by themselves, but they are critical to playing this deck and having good positioning is vital to using them.
Mist Walking is also an underrated MVP spell. I still joke about how it’s useless but it’s really pretty darn valuable. It’s key to utilizing Mask of Shadows sometimes, but even more often it’s basically soft removal. When you Mist Walk straight out of some poor Vetruvian sap’s Aymara, it feels super satisfying (sorry Vet players!)
Lastly, on the general choice. I do think you could play Reva with this deck, but it goes back to the key element here: positioning. Since you will usually be right in the enemies face attempting to get behind them to use MoS effectively, it makes it awkward attempting to use Reva’s BBS. The last thing you want to do with this deck is remove your general from the action, so Reva seems iffy. I feel Kaleos’ ability to play his minions conservatively fits this deck more.
As for success rates: Last season I went from around Diamond 5 to Diamond 3 with an old version of this deck (didn’t play too many games, but it was pretty decent). With my current version, I’m on a 7 game win streak (Gold 9). Looking forward to trying for S-Rank this season… we will see