Alison and tribal aggro decks that run 3 cost Xenan Obelisks
, name a more iconic duo. This deck bears similarities to the good old Power Rangers
deck, so named because it runs elves (the "rangers") who have Empower synergy. The shell this time is different, because instead of running other Empower synergy in Justice colors, it instead runs Xenan in order to get access to Sunset Stone, my favorite card of the Promises by Firelight campaign.
I have been having quite a decent winrate with this deck in Throne and doing passably well against a wide variety of decks. I am not so sure about the Endra matchup - while it's not as bad as it looks, I do believe that it is not the greatest and that I got somewhat lucky in my games against Endra. Despite this, I think the deck is fine on ladder. You do have some play against Endra and you will do decently well against decks which run suboptimal cards to hate out Endra.
I do not think the deck is tier 1 by any means but I think it is a playable deck on ladder and at least for me it is quite a fun deck to play. This deck sucks ass against anti-aggro cards, especially Prideleader, as well as against sweepers. Luckily those cards are bad against Endra so they aren't too popular at the moment.
- Cabal Standard in the Market isn't just there to transform into Cabal Tactic; it can also be used to trigger Empower at an opportune time.
- Phase Out can be used on your own Vishni to produce 3 2/1 elves. Good if you're facing a bunch of x/2s in an aggro mirror or just want value from Tavia.
- If you don't need to play a power card right now (either to cast something now or cast something next turn), consider holding it so that you have more Tavia fuel. Tavia fuel is really important for this deck.
- Vishni's infiltrate can make your void larger to give +2/+2 to Bloodseeker. Matchups in brief Combrei
It's an aggro mirror, except you have Suffocates. There will be a lot of unit combat involved, so Cabal Tactic is your most useful Market card, followed by Xenan Obelisk to outsize them. If you can play two Sunset Stones/Xenan Obelisks, you'll be rolling in the money because your units will all be bigger and will win the damage race due to Endurance. Trading off everything is also fine - you're better when both players are hellbent because Sunset Stone finds you gas. Annihilate is good for beating Cykalises and blowing out combat tricks. Endra
The good news is that this matchup isn't difficult to pilot. Either they have it and beat you, or they don't and lose. There are still some nuances to improve your winrate though. Annihilate should be held up to blow out Mirror Image and similar. Teacher of Humility is good against Endra because they make the card draw and Market Endra much worse. Vishni and Nullblade can hate out their void for the FPS versions that interact with the void. Finally, most Endra decks are 3 or more colors so Borderlands Lookout is a 1 mana 3/4 in this matchup.
go wide and pray