Mana Curve

3 6 12 9 6 6 4 4

Cards Attributes

Card Distribution & Keywords

Prophecy 9
Breakthrough 5
Last Gasp 4
Charge 4
Guard 3
Pilfer 3
Slay 3
Lethal 1
Betray 0
Treasure Hunt 0
Ward 0
Regenerate 0
Rally 0
Exalt 0
Plot 0
Drain 0
Assemble 0


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[Legend] Midrange Archer Meta Killer

By: Nezzajj
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Posted: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago
Outdated (1.66.1 patch)
Crafting Cost: 11700crystal
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Hey guys just wanted to share this amazing deck with you all and my thoughts on it. I've played this game since mobile release so around 1 month and some change back. Last season I got up to rank 1 but this season I wanted to go all the way. I decided after a few threads here that archer was the way to go because it wasn't weak to Scout or tokens.

Here's the list and proof


**Theme and goal**

The goal of archer is to always have board control that way you trade favorably and getting chip damage til the mid game where you smorc. This means clearing the shadow lane in fast matchups like orc warrior. In slower matchups you always take field lane until you lose then retreat into the shadow lane for the end game. Always make sure to control both lanes as best as you can but make field a priority. Against control Mage just concede (not serious but I have like a 80% lose rate)

**Card choice rundown**

I'm going to go down the off choices only

This list runs a nice draw package to counter the issue of running out of steam in some slower matchups. Aela's Huntmate provides a nice body and will probably go off 90% of the time she gets on board because of the archer early game. I don't like Archer's gambit here because we rarely run poisonous so I decided to run shadow shifts, ungolim, and rapid shots for more cycle. No Triumphant Jarls because it costs way too much to keep a consistent curve. Ungolim is a really nice 1 drop if you find him on turn 1.

Morkul Gatekeeper is an amazing 3 drop of which prophecy is his most important aspect. He probably won me 3-4 games during the climb alone.

Alena Benoch is an amazing on curve drop to finish off big taunts (especially Nahagliiv). She can probably be replaced with a finish off or Skuma Rackateer but it'll be a strictly worse replacement. She's won me a few games vs Scout alone.

**My cuts logic**

Murkwater shamans were cut because they did not contribute a large enough body on turn four where he would get silenced or removed before popping the effect.

I've explained Triumphant Jarl and gambit

Daring Cutpurse is an excellent sub for Circle Initiate

The poison package (nimble ally, Fighters Guild Recruit, Sanctuary Pet, Astrid) sometimes leaves a bitter taste since they have weak bodies and can't lay down damage (not to mention no cycling)

Blood dragons are really good however they're a turn 5 do nothing.

Any drain cards are not needed because you want to be the one putting pressure and in any faster matchup you control them with pyromancers and curses

Underworld Vigilante is an okay card here however the 1 hp body doesn't allow him to trade which is really bad as archer is the board control deck.


Always always try and go for the 2 drop. If you have ring it's okay to keep a 3. If it's a slow match up without the ring it's okay to keep a 3. Otherwise hard mulligan for it. You want to be on the board as soon as possible. Always ditch curses. Against faster decks like warrior and without ring make sure you play skulk in shadow so it won't get charged.

I will do a match up write up if anyone wants but I feel like I covered a lot of it in the explanations above.

Anyway thanks for reading and I hope some of you try it out!

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Fantastic Deck and perfect written! Thank you for sharing.

What do you think about Protector of the Innocent? But what to drop is the question...
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Nezzajj 9 months ago
The only swap I'd take out for him is circle initiate. Since they fill the prophecy role and a 2 drop they're interchangeable along with cutpurse. The rest of the cards I feel are staple to the degree of the deck's goal.
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Daine117 9 months ago
He's talking about the ring of magicka you get if playing second I believe.
Gamerya 9 months ago
Just want to say this decklist got me to top 80 legend and I'm still at 80% winrate. Control mage is tough but winnable. Cheers
Any good replacements for UNGOLIM THE LISTENER and TAZKAD THE PACKMASTER? Legendary and budget option would be great
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Nezzajj 9 months ago
Ungolim switch out for another shadow shift. Tazkad is prob the biggest staple but I'd probably switch it out for maybe another earthbone spinner for consistency
Thank you mate! loving the deck so far!
Snooww 9 months ago
Hi, Any replacements for Mournhold Traitor?
What do you think about Reive instead of Allena? It's a lower curve and she dies to pretty much everything, so you may only get to kill one thing with her.
If not dealt with, Reive can snowball and win the game by himself. He even has reach beyond guard creatures.
7-0 with this deck so far ive gone up and down rank 2 from 1 win away from rank 1 all the way down to the Serpent bracket like 15 times in the last 4 days played this deck starting at the bottom of rank 2 and hit rank 1 without a single loss...THANK YOU.
I love this deck!
I know beligerent giant is kind of super strong but what do you think would be a suitable replacement on a budget, I was thinking about 2 Vicious Dreugh and 1, Cast OUt, or the other way around.
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when I was in the same spot few months ago, savage ogres worked fine for me...dont forget not every deck runs supports and this way you stay on curve
This deck is legit. I've been going through some deck ideas on rank 1 for about a week now, and finally decided to go see what's going on this website. This is the second deck i pilfered and it carried me to legendary from the bottom of rank 1 in just a few hours. I made some minor changes - i dropped taz (keeping with the seven and under garnag) and dropped one skulker (with so few zero drops, it's not as critical to run three of them, imo). I added two unstoppable rage. Thank you for the deck list.
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