Hello, this is the first time I’ve made a deck both innovative and powerful enough to warrant posting about. I’ve only played it today, the second day of Shimzar’s release, so the sample size is small but the fact I have a win ratio of 17 to 1 against S-rank players means the deck must be good (actually lost two games, but one due to lag…a problem with Duelyst on Mac Counterplay hasn’t fixed for months). [EDIT]: Played for much more now, currently maintaining a 77%+ winrate. No changes made to deck from version first posted
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Playing the deck:
The deck focuses on abusing some of the absurdly powerful cards in Songhai to secure tempo. Heavily focus on board control in the early game - the Mist Dragon Seals are almost always used so that your 2/3 or 2/4 can trade into the opponent’s 2/3 as well as take a mana spring tile. Inquisitor Kron is the king of the mid-game and Battle Panddo is very useful for securing good trades. Take advantage of the tempo secured in the early game and play L’kian to refill your hand. Late-game you’ll want to focus on hitting face, of course. You almost always want to trade health with the opposing general if given the option to. Obviously don’t do it against a huge Vaath or if you’re close to death.
Thoughts on some new cards:
Kron is an absurdly powerful card that I would argue is the best in Shimzar, he can be used defensively if you’ve lost the board but is even better on an empty board. If a card is going to be nerfed this month it’s going to be Kron. He’s too good to be a neutral minion.
Battle Panddo + Deathstrike seal + attack is a complete board wipe for 5 mana that threatens a second board wipe if not dealt with. If you have Inner Focus your opponent can’t even play around it. Deathstrike seal has always been on the brink of playable in Reva, and the absurd combo with Battle Panddo pushes it over the edge. Both cards are great on their own and don’t have to be combo’d.
Ki Beholder is very, very good, another one of the best cards from Shimzar. His opening gambit is so flexible. It’s amazing in the early game for denying your opponent from collecting mana or from doing good attacks. It’s amazing in the late game for stalling out a big threat for a turn (Nimbus isn’t so scary if she can’t move!). And to top it off you’re not even sad to play it on nothing since his 3/2 ranged body is undercosted for 3.
Against Lyonar and mostly Vetruvian you’ll want an Onyx Bear Seal handy at all times. An unanswered Nimbus or Ironcliffe is game-ending. I never keep OBS in my opening hand against Abyssian but keep it around against Lillithe once you hit the late game. I almost always keep Kron in my starting hand if going second. When going first only keep him if it looks like already have plays on the first two turns. Be careful about replacing L’kian, you can run out of cards fairly quickly if you don’t be careful. Never rely on Fox to draw you cards against Vanar. Don’t replace Spiral Technique if it looks like you’ll be able to kill your opponent on turn 8, even if not replacing means you’ll have a weak turn.
Again, I’ve only played this deck for a single day so I’ll need more games to get into more detail. I’ll definitely be piloting this deck to S-rank this month though.