Clockwork Apocalypse: The deck Alduin deserves

By: SzGamer227
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Posted: 9 months ago
Updated: 6 months ago
Outdated (Morrowind patch)
Crafting Cost: 16450crystal
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The Clockwork City expansion offers so much power that this deck can take advantage of that I had to make and play this list. If you ever felt that Alduin wasn't being played to his full potential or if you just wanted a version of Alduin's theme deck that was actually viable, this is the deck for you!

Barrow Stalker and Phalanx Exemplar make this Guard-heavy archetype very formidable at all stages of the game. Clockwork Dragon and Reflective Automaton add 6 more dragons that this deck previously didn't have access to, giving Lookouts and Devour lots of extra value. Alduin has never been backed by a stronger set of cards.

This deck is pretty simple to pilot. All you have to do is hold out until late game and maintain control of the board, which is accomplished with Spellsword's access to powerful Guard creatures and hard removal. Build up a big board and hold out until you can kill your opponent while breaking as few runes as possible in the meantime. Then finish the game. Odahviing and Alduin can provide massive control swings, which gives this deck awesome clutch moments where you bounce back from the brink of destruction while shoving board-clearing dragonfire down your opponents throat.

Flavor Susbtitutions:

If you want more anti-Support forms of removal, Shadowfen Priests and/or a third copy of Edict of Azura can be included at your discretion.
- Innkeeper Delphine
- The Black Dragon
- Nahagliiv
- Devour(s)
+ Shadowfen Priest(s)
+ Edict of Azura
This flexible package means this deck can support anywhere between 2 and 6 forms of Support removal.

Most of this decks' early cards rely on Dragon synergy to produce good value,
which feels great when things work together, but can make early turns feel somewhat hit-or-miss against more aggressive decks. Ancient Lookout, Midnight Snack, and Reflective Automaton can be replaced with more consistent alternatives.
- Ancient Lookout(s)
- Midnight Snack(s)
- Reflective Automaton(s)
+ Solitude Stalwart(s)
+ Wind Keep Spellsword(s)

The Black Dragon was thrown into this deck just for fun because I had 1 extra card slot that I wanted to fill with a Unique Legendary. Other fun/valuable cards to include instead:
+ Galyn the Shelterer
+ Dawnbreaker
+ Lydia
+ The Mechanical Heart
+ Mecinar
+ Blood Magic Lord
+ Night Talon Lord

Skeletal Dragon can be included to increase the amount of Guard you have access to in the late game, and will provide a powerful card draw if it dies. (Substitution suggested by 1stVampire)
- Ironscale Dragon(s)
+ Skeletal Dragon(s)

East Empire Crafter would be able to generate a lot of value given the very large number of 5-health creatures in the deck. (Substitution suggested by The Highruler)
- 2-cost card(s)
+ East Empire Crafter(s)

Budget Substitutions:

If you don't have 3 copies of Undying Dragon, replace them with Karthspire Scourge. Any other Legendary cards you're missing can be replaced with Mantikora, Preserver of the Root, or any powerful cards you do have that you think would be close substitutes; the suggested flavor substitutions for The Black Dragon listed above are a good place to start.

You can find a budget version of this list here!

Alduin and Paarthurnax can be obtained in their respective theme decks for 500 gold each. If you replace Dark Guardians with Shadowfen Priest and cut the Black Dragon to remove the Dark Brotherhood expansion cards, you're looking at a price of 4000 gold to secure this deck's most essential cards. It ain't the cheapest deck out there, but you should be unlocking all the story cards and theme decks sooner or later, and this is a fun little deck to build on the side.

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Smaxx 9 months ago
Certainly a fun deck, but I'm still not sure about Innkeeper Delphine. She makes a cheap (and conditional) 5/5, but then again I don't think the immunity to dragons is that big of a thing. Replaced her with Galyn the Shelterer and it just feels better (also considering I'd have to craft Delphine first).
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Included Delphine just because she's a 3 cost 5/5 as long as you combo her with a dragon, which is very easy since just over half of this deck's creatures are dragons. Galyn is a great replacement if you don't have her.
I love Dragonzzzzzzzz =)

What do you think about replacing the Ironscales with Skeletal Dragons?
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SzGamer227 9 months ago
Definitely a viable substitution. Ironscale puts more immediate damage on the board which can be helpful for closing out games, and your opponent has to answer with Lethal or hard removal. Skeletal increases the amount of Guard you have access to in the late game and provides a powerful card draw if it dies.

I didn't think to include it because it has more value in decks that have other ways to access the discard pile, but it definitely isn't a bad idea!
Smaxx 9 months ago
Could imagine using them, potentially also replacing the Ancient Lookout for Soul Tear. Or maybe replacing Paarthurnax (or any of the other legendaries mentioned above) with Journey to Sovngarde? Hm…
I really like dragon decks and this is the strongest I have played as of yet. In my experience Barrow Stalker is on the weak side in a deck like this, so I replaced them with East Empire Crafters. With so many 5 hp+ minions, you are bound to get value form this card.
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SzGamer227 9 months ago
I like having a decent number of 2-cost cards to get control of the board as early as I can, and Barrow Stalker in particular can be a big hindrance to an aggro deck's early turns. East Empire Crafter does sound like a great addition to this deck and could potentially give you a significant edge over midrange and control decks, and Barrow Stalker is the only similar-cost card in this list that can be removed without weakening any of its core synergies.

Will definitely have to try that out. Thanks for the feedback!

EDIT: Crafter has passed preliminary testing. Excellent suggestion!
I had another Cliffside and Ironscale to whip out next turn, but they surrendered immediately after...
kisuke88 8 months ago
very nice deck, i love dragon.


they help'd me in mid/late game
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I couldn't find a place for Deathpriest because many of the similar cost cards are either a lot stronger and more reliable (like Phalanx Exemplar) or are important to the deck's dragon synergy (because they're dragons).

The Black Dragon is 5/5 for 4 cost with a Slay ability that can seriously disrupt your opponent's game plan and obliterate enemy Prophecy cards, as opposed to the Deathpriest being 3/5 for 5 cost and needing to remove 2 magicka in value from your opponent's hand just to get the same value in stats. I definitely wouldn't replace her.

You could replace an Ironscale and a Clockwork Dragon, but that weakens the dragon synergy that the deck is built around. It can definitely work and gives you an edge over decks that rely on big cards, and in a non-dragon control deck I would recommend them in a heartbeat. I hesitate only because I really enjoy having tons of dragons in my deck.
kisuke88 8 months ago
ok ty for the answer very exhaustive, i'll try wothout deathpriest :)
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