Mana Curve

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Card Distribution & Keywords

Ward 7
Prophecy 5
Charge 3
Drain 3
Betray 3
Breakthrough 1
Regenerate 0
Rally 0
Slay 0
Wane 0
Wax 0
Treasure Hunt 0
Lethal 0
Invade 0
Exalt 0
Guard 0
Last Gasp 0
Pilfer 0
Assemble 0
Plot 0


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Legend #36 Aggro Keyword Assassin

By: Aifread
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Posted: 3 months ago
Updated: 3 months ago
Outdated (Elsweyr patch)
Crafting Cost: 4350crystal
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Original deck by @DQ_Joe on the official discord!
Go face 95% of the time, Manic Jack combos very well with Royal Sage, Wardcrafter and Sixth House Amulet (after being buffed once). Make sure to Wardcrafter Manic Jack before using Manic Mutation as Manic Mutation could pull Ward.
Spoils of war gives you a bit more steam midgame and combos well with Altmer Flameslinger and Blood Sacrament (both of which can proc Empower twice in one turn).
I prefer to use Seyda Neen when another creature can attack with the +3 Power as people tend to overlook it, making it great Betray fodder for Blood Sacrament.

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Not sure if it's the playstyle I can't get or this deck only works at higher tiers where the decks are more predictable, but this deck seems to absolutely blow at lower ranks. Everybody is running such off the wall crap about the place that this deck seems to never get going as I guess you see random cards that can shut this down much more often in lower tiers than higher.
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Aifread 3 months ago
I'm not sure, definitely could just be more effective at higher ranks, I used my Telvanni control deck to climb to 3 and then used this deck. Here's a writeup I did on reddit in case it helps:

I'm kinda unfamiliar with most game terms/decks but I mostly play it like other aggro decks, trying to get 2, 1 and maybe a 3 cost in starting hand (creatures, not actions). Then prioritize going for face. If there's a good trade you could take but you're winning the race in health go for face - force them to make bad trades. In general I only traded if they could gain health back from the creature or if I needed to do so that they couldn't threaten to kill me next round.

I usually tried to go field Lane first but split up after getting one or two in field Lane to make my threats harder to deal with. Generally it's best to use instant damage (lightning bolt, cliff racer, ancano, etc) to finish off your opponents and play creatures before. Blood Sacrament is great for when both you and your opponent are threatening eachother with lethal. My most stompy games were when i could get a wardcrafter/sixth house amulet/royal sage off on manic jack.
Don't get me wrong, the deck does feel very fun to play, and I did see your post on reddit is why I built the list. When it works it feels very good and for the deck cost is extremely effective. Probably the cheapest good decklist I've seen.

Maybe I need to get myself a Control list for this low rank business, just need to 20K Gems for Legendaries first.
Hyracul 3 months ago
This is the first time I get surprised by my own deck. Aggro af, good midrange support and awesome responses to both aggro and control decks. Gonna play it for a while, thanks!
pr0jix 3 months ago
I am not quite feeling it, seems a little too slow to me for face assassin.

The only synergy I see is Manic Jack, but that's at pretty high turns and it will just get targeted by hard removal.
Cunning ally is in the deck, but it has only 70% chance of triggering, which IMO is a bit too low.

The Brutal Ashlander into Soul Split combo is missing.
There is Blood Sacrament included, but zero last gasp creatures - I would for example put House Kinsman in, that is potentially 10 damage to face...
No Mournhold traitor in face assassin deck is really weird too.

Ancano while a nice finisher is IMO a bit slow, if you don't win by turn 5 or 6 you've probably lost the game regardless.
It's a good deck, tailored it a little though, removed x1 Crushing Blow and x1 Cunning Ally and replaced them with x2 Brutal Ashlander's.

Here's what I've seen during testing with these changes;

#1. Brutal Ashlander now has synergy with Blood Sacrament, can gain drain with Royal Sage and Maniac Mutation to hit for 4 health proc on use.

#2. The replacement allows for a potential draw/play early mana phases which would have been dead plays.

#3. Unlike Crushing blow, you can ward Ashlanders to potentially kill off 1-1/2-1's and still get 3 dmg on face or another creature which increases its value. (Granted this is still a random outcome, but adds nice synergy nonetheless.)

#4. Cunning Ally, whilst being a great addition in this deck, feels hampered by the amount of times pulled early game without sufficient mana to play firebolt, and or the fact that firebolt can't hit face without the assistance of another late game card. This is still a great addition to the deck, but feel it should be limited to x2 copies instead of 3.
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