No rant but meant as a help:
Especially players that are new to Duelyst are looking too much on the rarity of cards and think that Legendaries win a game. They’re wrong! They forget that Duelyst is not only a card game but a board game, too.
With a Pauper Deck for - let’s say - 2.000 spirit it should be easily possible to reach Rank 10. (I did that last season with a completely new F2P-account in less then 5 hours. That may have changed with Shimzar - I can’t evaluate this at the moment because I don’t know the new cards good enough.) But you have to be willing to “learn” the game, how it works. And that will definitively will not work only looking at rarities of cards. Rarity is secondary.
When I look at myself: I can build every S-Rank deck for 4 factions. But the difference between me and the top players is, that they can “read” matches better, know the cards better and last but not least they are positioning better on the board.
Positioning, positioning, positioning! If you don’t learn proper positioning you will never be a top player even if your deck is full of Legendaries.
Here’s a link to the video @novarails was talking about. I haven’t seen it - but I will definitively do when I’m home. It has three parts as far as I’ve seen. This is the first one: