Hey all. I’ve been posting my S decks each month so I’m just keeping up with tradition. Honestly, this one isn’t particularly flashy, nor is it completely overpowered and clearly the best deck in the format the way several of my decks have been in the past. That said, it’s reasonable against the field, has no atrocious matchups and is simpler to play than some of the other decks I’ve posted here in the past. Here’s the list-
3x Windblade Adept
3x Azurite Lion
2x Primus Fist
2x Lasting Judgment
3x Sun Bloom
3x Silverguard Knight
3x Saberspine Tiger
3x Primus Shieldmaster
2x Sworn Sister L’kian
3x Arclyte Regalia
3x Holy Immolation
2x Circle of Life
3x Ironcliffe Guardian
This list went through a number of changes (upgrades) and I believe this to be the correct version of it.
Most of these cards are extremely standard and straightforward, but here’s a few quick notes on some of the weirder ones-
-Lasting Judgment is sweet in Lyonar mirror match to kill opposing Adepts and Lions and also amazing against Sunsteel Defender. Also note that it can be used in a pinch as an offensive card to deal 3 additional damage to the opponent and burst them down.
-Afterblaze is very much a late game card in most situations, so don’t be fooled by what it costs- early on, unless they have a battle minion that would suicide into your Afterblazed guy, it’s almost always better to play guys/develop the board than it would be to play Afterblaze. Because you don’t want them early on and don’t want to consistently draw multiples, 2 is the correct number. It’s a 2/2 split with Primus Fist because they fill similar roles but obviously they boost things quite differently and each has pros and cons.
-Regalia is ABSURD against Lyonar and Songhai, good against Vanar, fine against Vetruvian and meh against Abyssian and Magmar. Regardless, like Afterblaze, this is very much a late game card and generally not something you want to play early on.
-Fiz is better than Healing Mystic in this deck in most situations. The additional damage offsets the battle pet drawback most of the time. Because the deck is capable of an incredible amount of burst damage (Tiger, Immolation, Fist, Roar, Afterblaze, Regalia) every single point of damage throughout the game truly matters. You can do MASSIVE amounts of damage in an individual turn.
-L’kian and to a lesser extent Afterblaze are both needed to give the deck something remotely resembling attrition and late game. Without this kind of card the deck can (and did) “run out of gas” and generally lose late game top deck situations. Also, your creatures are bulky and can often provide card advantage over the course of the game by forcing 2 for 1s.
-Circle of Life, Fizz, Regalia and Lasting Judgment, combined with a boatload of Provoke creatures, give you a very favorable matchup against highly aggressive “all in” kind of decks.
Dioltas was in the original list but got removed as it just felt too slow/too underwhelming very often. It’d trade with cards that cost a lot less than it does too often or simply be ignored. The Tomb was mediocre in my deck as I’m not running Divine Bond, which I think is a very mediocre card right now, to make it super dangerous. Tombstone is fine with Roar but it’s not good enough to warrant inclusion.
Great matchup vs other Lyonar decks
Very good matchup vs Songhai
Favorable matchup vs Vanar
Very close matchup vs Vetruvian
Close to slightly unfavorable matchup vs Abyssian
Unfavorable matchup vs Magmar
Good luck all!