Hey. Regarding my credentials, I have started recently (end of August), and have reached Diamond in September and October.
I have tried to make ranged work with Lyonar, because they have some good synergy there (Divine Bond and Roar mostly).
I tried to fit more ranged minions, but I was unconvinced, as it did not put enough pressure early on, and the low cost ranged minions were easy to remove. So the list evolved to only have 2 ranged ones. I could try to add more, but very few meet the Lyonar prerequisite (high health mostly).
Maybe Arrow Whistler(but the bonus would not be very significant, as we don’t want to have too many units) or Syvrel could work. Syvrel is rather synergetic with the Lyonar way of killing stuff with swords after all.
So I ended up chosing Lux Ignis because his power also helps the turn he comes into play.
Blistering Skorn is mostly there to help against Chrysalis Burst and Lilithe (even though I seldom run into her).
Aegis Barrier is awesome in some matchups, and really helps protect bigger threats.
Azure Bond Shaman is not a very good starting card (people usually just ignore it first, and mow your other minions while the shaman stares helplessly, trying to commit seppuku in time), but it can buy you some space as the opponent might be reluctant to let you kill it, and it is awesome against battle pets and Nimbus obelysks.
Once there is enough stuff with 4 dmg on board, it becomes pretty easy to use it.
The Templars are mostly there to take care of Pax and they also buy some breathing space for you to deploy your Lux. They also are nice against the Songhai Panda.
Many people despise maidens, but they are awesome afterblaze targets, and are also good candidates for Aegis Shield.they are vulnerable to dispel, but not as much as the stunsteel defenders and they don’t die as easily to Skorn.
Regarding Sojourner, I always find it bad to give Songhai cards with SpellJammer, and with some buffing, he can perform well and generate more card advantage than SJ. I have tried Lionheart blessing, which somewhat comboes with Afterblaze, but that made too many spells and not enough bodies, and it requires your general to babysit the unit (which is not a problem if it is a Maiden or an adept).
The results have been OKish so far, but I struggle against Songhai, which I meet a lot in diamond. What could I do to improve my chances against them (short of removing the remaining ranged units!)?