Hey guys, RyanH here. Today I’m very proud to present my latest Deck Lab, Dervish Bastion. As usual, Deck Labs indicate decks that have been field tested, and Stupidest Decks are for decks that are pure theorycrafting.
As we all know, there are many “tribes” in Duelyst: Dervish, Arcanyst, Vespyr, Warmaster…and Structure. Today we’re going to be talking about the last one.
Basically, Structures are minions that can’t attack nor move (unless buffed by Stone to Spears), but have some sort of ongoing effect. We know them as Obelysks, and one other:
No, not the Overwatch hero, but this:
The only Neutral Structure in this game. It hasn’t seen play (like much of the other Structures) simply because well…its slow. It can’t move, which kills your movement, and the effect doesn’t really help all that much.
Let’s talk about something else: the even health / odd health theory.
Now, why is something like Healing Mystic played over say, Skyrock Golem?
The answer is because Healing Mystic (besides having a better effect) has a 2 / 3 body, vs Skyrock Golem who has 3 / 2. This one point difference is enough to determine if a card is viable. Think about it: Healing Mystic gets to put in 4 damage on the Enemy General (assuming they both bash each other), while Skyrock only gets to put in 3. Simply put, a minion that can survive 2 General hits is better than a minion who only survives one.
You’re probably thinking: duh, of course! Now, what 2 Health minion does let’s say…Vetruvian have?
That’s right: Iron Dervishes. If you want to buff their health, you’d either run Windstorm Obelysk (which is garbage) or Inner Oasis, which requires a lot of setup.
This is where Bastion comes in.
Your 0/6 becomes 0/7, taking 4 hits to destroy. Your 2/2 becomes 2/3s. Your Nimbus becomes 3/9.
I believe I can make Bastion work.
All of this should be pretty self explanatory, but let’s explain some syngergies so you know what to do.
Bastion + Bastion + Bastion. +2 Health to each of your Bastions, and +3 to the rest. Takes very long time to setup, but if you get this off? Nothing is going to stop you (except Plasma Storm).
Orb Weaver + Iron Dervish + Bastion. Your 2/2s are now 2/3s. Congratulations.
Star’s Fury + Fireblaze Obelysk. Spawn a 3/2 Rush in front of everything. Bonus points if you have multiple Fireblaze Obelsyks up.
Circle of Dessication + Structures. Whenever you feel like you’re being overwhelmed, hit that big reset button.
But what do I do when my Obelysks are dispelled?
Use them as reach. Spawn minions in unexpected positions. Use them to bodyblock.
The only one that matters:
LILITHE VARIAX: 1-0 (so far)
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GL, and HF. Especially that last bit.