After my Vanar complaint thread and the replies, it got me thinking that maybe I’m just not playing the right class for my style of play. I was always interested in trying out Ziran so I decided to get rid of my Vanar cards and build myself a Ziran deck. Ever since, I’ve been having a blast with the game and I got to S-rank with a little bit of grinding.
This is what I’ve been playing. I got rid of Azure Heral because I hate minions with bad stats. The 4 health felt useless because most of the time damage comes in even numbers. It opened up space for more Gold Vitriol and Tempest.
First of all, it completely suits my style. Camp a tile, poke from range, force them to get close and then kill them with heavy sustain. It was something I tried with Faie and I just never got it to work the way I wanted most of the time.
Second, I pretty much never have to worry about card draw or consistency. Having good stat minions means I can afford skipping my turn two to get a spelljammer up which in return gives me more spelljammers and trinity oaths. I pretty much always play as many minions as I can every turn as long as I know they are going to stay on the board. Also, this makes my deck ever more consistent allowing me to set up more and more combos!
Third, the poke from Vitriol is unconditional. I can always guarantee that I can proc it even if I don’t play aggressively I can always sue Tempest or Flamebood Warlock to damage my general. For Vespyrs, which is what I used to play, I had to establish board dominance with Gravity Well early game and move in to my opponent’s side of the board because without infiltrated Snow Chasers my deck was useless. The fact Vitriol can hit generals means that I don’t have to worry about destroying artifacts against SpellHai Shidai and Vetruvian Trial decks which makes it so much more useful compared to Glacial Elemental considering that it costs one less mana and doesn’t need as much protection either.
Fourth, healing, healing healing! God I love healing. I love never having to worry about face damage and counting whether or not I’m going to risk lethal because of how amazing Sundrop Elixir is. God I love that card so much. Not to mention the amazing face damage I can get from combining it with Lucid Beam.
And finally, removal. This deck has amazing removal. Vanar has the best removal my ass! Holy Immolition is an insanely strong card. In this one game, I cleared all minions from evolutionary apex twice just by holy immolition and then walking up to the Kraigon and hitting it with my 9 damage general. My god that felt satisfying to be able to kill two Kraigon’s in one game. With my Vespyr deck, if it ever got to that point of the game it usually meant I was lost (or out of cards) but with this I can keep going and going and going! I think people underestimate Ziran’s ability to not only get rid of swarms but also remove high stat minions with a little bit of clever positioning with your general.
Overall, I think I fell in love with the game again. Ziran feels absolutely amazing to play and I definetely recommend everyone to give this deck a shot. 10/10 would duelyst again