Greetings, comrades. Bored with life at the top of the ladder, I ventured north to the frozen wastes of bronze and have returned with this little gem complete with a quick write-up.
The inspiration for this post was twofold: first was @niklaren, who made a fantastic series on budget decks last year, as well as the compendium of budget lists currently available on duelspot and reddit. This list hit s along with another deck (write-up coming soon) in 95 wins from bronze, with this list doing the bulk of the climb from rank 3 onward.
I: The general gameplan
Capitalize on your dying wish minions and multiple buffs to pummel your unsuspecting opponents into submission. Fenrir warmaster and jaxi are surprise hits in this list, both able to trade and enable a buff target in their surviving token. Basilisk adds redundancy to this big body plan, as well as being able to punish the infestation of tryhard shidais and zirans in gold and up.
General goodstuffs include primus shieldmaster— an incredibly underrated card from even a constructed standpoint, as well as grimes— a massive value generator in budget and constructed alije which remains broken despite a drop in usage over the past 6 months.
II: Tips and Tricks
Opening: mulligan grimes unless p2 in a mu where it will beat the opponent. Only hold buffs if you have a jaxi or warmaster
Early game: try to manuever into a position where you can generate two threats. Generally play basilisk safe, as the value it generates fromthe opponent’s change in play style is benefit enough. An unanswered basilisk allows you to buff other minions with impunity. Watch for lightbender and paragon in these situations; you didn’t work this hard just to blow it all to some PWNy boi.
-endgame: chain grimes and warbirb. Don’t back off too soon, as an unexpected heal can cost you games.
III. Closing thoughts
Too often I read complaints about Vanar on these forums. Complaints which I frankly find both disheartening and unfounded. The faction holds a wealth of powerful and relatively undiscovered interactions, and I expect it along with abyss to be centers of a renaissance of deckbuilding in the coming months. Honestly most of the exploration just requires a step beyobd the confines of ramp and burn core 90+% of all faie decks run and looking into the wealth of spells and minion interactions the faction holds.
For example, this deck runs fenrir warmaster.
We need to do better comrades. We need to do better. Good luck!