I’ve been playing this deck almost exclusively all season. It started out trying to make a meme deck work, but I’ve found it to be a very solid deck. It got me to S rank no problems, and I played it in the Duelyst Pro League qualifying tournament to good effect. Overall I’ve had 57 wins 18 losses, a 76% win rate. I posted this here to show that Flying Lyonar / Lyonair ™ / Flyonar is a viable deck archetype.
How to play
This deck plays similarly to an aggro lyonar deck. It wants to take board control and start pushing face damage. It uses lyonar’s strong low cost minions and cheap buffs, along with holy immolation and arcelyte regalia. I opted not to include any answer cards other than repulser beast, as I want to be the one with the initiative, playing threats instead of answering my opponents.
If you can get your opponent to back off to conserve health, it gives you space to effectively use the flying package. Skywing lets you spam out multiple flying minions which all demand answers. I almost always use flying minions to hit face and close out the game faster.
This deck has a favourable matchup against Cassyva. She can’t keep up early game, and doesn’t have clean answers to flying minions. Kelaino can be an issue if you don’t have a flying minion to take her down. By the time Cass reaches 7 mana, you should be threatening too much damage for her to drop shadow novas or revenants. I often don’t play ironcliffs unless Cass has already used some lures.
Vaath is even. He doesn’t have ways to deal with flying minions, but he can often keep up on the board. You should try to use immolation to take board control, and play around makantor destroying your own board. If you can get him low enough to be forced to back off, the extra space can buy you a lot of time to win with flying minions. Taygette isn’t too much of an issue because flying minions and dioltas trade well with it.
Kara is probably slightly in their favour. They have more answers than most for flying minions, and their opening gambit minions can be good at dissecting your board. I often avoid playing dioltas / ironcliff because the tempo loss of having them removed can be game-losing. Immolation and regalia are the MVP’s of this matchup.
If you have any questions about card choices or how to play the deck, I will do my best to answer.