Before I started using Empyreal I found I was just running a smidgen short on immediate buff effects. If I can land it on three minions I’m happy! It’s probably the card I replace the most after Repulsor Beast, but I really find I can’t spare it. Both Locke and Mirkblood can do well in this deck, but the reason I strongly prefer Surgeforger is that its own attack ramps up so quickly and really lets me threaten lethal, which forces the opponent into responding to me rather than setting up counter pushes. The 2/4 on Mirkblood is nice, but I’m never playing Forger naked anyway, and a 3/3 statline tends to be at least equally good because it lets me trade with most 2-drops right away. They’re okay proxies, but Forger’s the way to go imo. I ran three copies of Aurora up until recently but it’s just too vulnerable to single target removal, and the lack of an aura buffs hurts it too much. Oath is an excellent card, but the difference between 3 mana and 4 mana is huge for a deck like this, and Fealty regularly nets me four or even five cards. I cut Oath months ago, personally, and haven’t considered going back. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I didn’t run Replicant. Between it and Fealty, I haven’t run out of gas in any of my matches the past few weeks.
I love the Lyonarcanyst deck, I’ve advocated for it in the past! That version looks very spicy; Lyonar just has so many great 1-mana spells, it’s great. One of these days I have to just nut up and get Alabaster Titans because their decks always looks so excessively cool. Is there any particular reason you’re running Solarius over Spelljammer?
Hmmmm, perhaps I shall do that!