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FTS Profane Nexus - The Flame of Xulta Expedition

Expedition Deck By
Twiddles

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*Update: Happy to see so many people enjoying the deck and testing variations. While I haven't been fully convinced of changes to the body of the deck, I realized that Amber Coin is probably inferior to more Emblems. The Coin is great when you high roll an opening hand and can grab the token while also developing power for turn. But otherwise, Emblems are more reliable units in the mid / late game, the bodies themselves are of course better, and perhaps most importantly they are undepleted which allows you to curve out early / mid game more consistently. It's not a strict improvement, so feel free to keep testing Amber Coin, but I've replaced them with emblems. This also allowed me to rebalance the colors in the deck a little more, based on the shiftstoned.com power calculator and the importance of being on each color early game (Shadow in particular for Slumbering Stone and Devour).
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Token-sacrificing decks ("aristocrats" for MtG players) is one of my favorite deck styles. I've been fiddling with FTS versions as far back as set 1, leveraging win cons as janky as Brimstone Altar. As of set 7, I think it's in the best place it's ever been particularly in Expedition, due largely to Profane Nexus and the absolutely nutty Worthy Cause.

I've gone through a few iterations of this deck since set 7 dropped, and I'm pretty happy with where it is now. It's very consistent and most matchups feel favored (granted, we don't really have a meta or optimized decks yet). The power base can probably still be improved (maybe fit in some more emblems), and the market might have some flex. In any case, I've seen a lot of people do Xenan Cultist decks and a few people do FTS tokens, but they didn't quite have my take on it, so I thought I'd share.


General Strategy / Matchups:
The deck has inevitability in most matchups, and it's just a matter of setting up in time, stabilizing, and getting an engine going, like an unchallenged Profane Nexus or a Vault of the Praxis. The main issue is when flyers or overwhelm units outnumber your removal, and so something like Stonescar Dragons can be a rough matchup. Playing around Aamri's Choice can also be difficult when all your blockers are all 1/1s. Otherwise, the deck can handle most big idiots on the ground by just chump blocking and then putting a swarm of deadly spiders in front of them, so use your hard removal wisely.

Also, while we don't really care about full sweepers like Shen-Ra Speaks in control, one-sided sweepers in a tempo matchup are brutal. I've lost a couple times now to a Crystallize from the market. Nahid's Choice can be vital in saving you from these.


Token Generators:
Amber Coin, Lumen Shepherd, Kennelmaster, Slumbering Stone, Nahid's Choice, Shadowlands Guide, Torrent of Spiders

I'm fairly confident these are the best token producers in the format. Kennelmaster is probably a surprise to some people, but the card is gas for a 1-drop when snowballs are nowhere to be found. The only awkward part is when you find your reckless dogs running into mastery or lifesteal units. However, there are a ton of sac outlets for your dogs and with some forethought, it usually isn't an issue.

If I were to make room for more token producers, Proselytize and Recogulator would be next in line, but I think they're both significantly worse than what we already have, and I'm happy with the density of tokens in the deck.


Sac Outlets:
Combust, Worthy Cause, Devour, Profane Nexus

The deck pretty comfortably supports 16 sacrifice effects (4 of which repeatedly sac each turn), and all of them are extremely good. This includes 8 1-cost removal spells, and Worthy Cause in particular is insane, as it can be used at fast speed after a chump block, can 2-for-1 combat tricks, and shores up nasty text boxes.


Market and Win-cons:
Wurm Bait is another that has seen very little play, so some people might not know what to make of it. The card is very good at closing out games. Token-sacrifice decks often get into a controlling position, only to stall out on the board because the opponent has a couple 2/2s or better, which gives them time to find outs, like evasive threats. Wurm Bait regularly pumps out 10/10s and 15/15s , which lets you put a real clock on the opponent.

It might seem weird having both Wurm Bait and Vault of the Praxis in the market, but I find myself grabbing both in different scenarios. If you can't afford to feed Wurm Bait and just need gas, obviously Vault of the Praxis is better. That said, there have been games where I went for Wurm Bait early because the game state allowed it. Obviously, getting big unblockable units going that early is worth it if you can.

All that said, I probably grab Kairos' Choice and Cremate from the market more than anything, so I definitely don't think you cut those - though you could possibly replace one of them with an alternative piece of removal, like one of the edicts.

I have yet to get Disjunction out of the market even once, so it could probably get cut. However, I still feel like it makes sense, in case of a troublesome attachment of if your Wurm Bait / Vault of the Praxis gets removed. It probably gets better in the mirror match.


Just as a heads up, the deck has a lot of micromanagement, and misplays are easy to make. Just keep in mind that it comes with a bit of a learning curve as you get used to it.

Expedition Information

Details

Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost
53,550

Premium Cost
223,200

Influence Requirements
2 2 2

Power Sources
11 12 14 12

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Deck Rarities
13 25 27 9

Card Types
22 2 27 4 25

Archetype
Control

Updated
February 13, 2020

Added
October 10, 2019

Views
7,275

Eternal Version
v1.50 - Echoes of Eternity

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SilentNSly Eternal Version: 1.47.5
Twiddles Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.5
It would be really hard to leverage 3 tokens in one turn and they also can't' be sacrificed to Profane Nexus, so I don't think Flametail Whip would be good.

Since this isn't a cultist deck, Eager Offering doesn't have any synergies other than maybe pinging the opponent once off Nexus. However, this is a control deck, so 3-cost draw two wouldn't be terrible, if you wanted to try it out.

Nahid's Faithful is a powerful card of course. However, I like it in decks that pressure the opponent with attackers (like a cultist deck with Zhen-Zu). This deck is really a control deck that wants to spend it's sack fodder on removal spells and card draw, not on an early attacker. Also, this deck tends to make the opponent's removal bad by only offering tokens as targets (Kennelmaster is probably the highest value target). This is also just a 1-drop, which is fine to trade with removal, but you also invest sac fodder into it, so it gets closer to a 2-for-1 for the opponent.

Obrak is maybe the most exciting option to me from the cards you listed. It suffers from some of the issues Nahid's Faithful does, like giving the opponent a target for their removal, but it's a little more resistant, since it has revenge and it doesn't eat another unit unless you get to untap with it. Also, it's an actual win condition by itself. Perhaps most importantly, the deck struggles with flyers, and this monster flyer could help shore that up. Still it's a 5 drop that doesn't do much when you're behind (maybe staves off a single attack, and then eats itself). This deck likes to do things at less power or multiple things at 5 - it's quite good at keeping gas in hand and making versatile, high tempo plays on 4 or 5 power (like kill spell + a bunch of spiders). Still, I think there is merit to trying Obrak in this list.

Let me know if you have any success with these cards!
Fanderay Eternal Version: 1.47.5
I miss the full set of Kennelmaster. What would be a good replacement?
Twiddles Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.5
I'd probably replace it with value sac fodder. There are some slower options, like Dark Wisp and Proselytize. In addition to slowing down the deck a bit, this will also lower the average value of your Shadowlands Guides, since the only high value target will be Slumbering Stone, though it will still generally find at least a 1/1 token from one of your other cards.

If you wanted to replace it with just any old 1-drop to have presence on the board, you could use Nahid's Faithful, Borderlands Lookout, or Xenan Lifespeaker, which are all good units but don't do much to further the gameplan of the deck.
chaostehjace Eternal Version: 1.47.4
Well I opened three Profane Nexus magically, so I guess I will build this.
neolights2363 Eternal Version: 1.47
I might have to build this
eljeffedemagico Eternal Version: 1.47
I am having a ton of fun with this deck! i dont even have all the cards so i had to switch it up, but it still plays well! i only have two profane nexus so i just put one in the market to ensure that i could get it. i also dont have kennel master so i used ticking grenadine (i figured i might as well just deal damage lol), and bringing him back with guide gives me much joy. i also had to use proselytize and it works, but is clearly not optimal! thanks for a resilient deck that rewards smart lines of play and not just control or beatdown!
Twiddles Eternal Version: 1.47
Glad you're enjoying it! I can't quite grow tired of it either, haha. The playstyle is super engaging.

The damage from Ticking Grenadin seems like it could add up. Scorpion or Direfang Spider are options as well. Also, Xenan Lifespeaker could reultimate each time you grab him with Shadowlands Guide, making a pretty big fella.

Feed the Flames is interesting, and I've been meaning to test it. You can discard Lumen Shepherd to it, which is neat, and you get 3/1 1-drops for Shadowlands. It's still a total of 3-power to get them down though which is only alright and they do have reckless.

You could also just replace it with something other than a 1-drop, since you have several cards in the deck making 1-cost tokens for Shadowlands Guide already.
eljeffedemagico Eternal Version: 1.47
yea i looked at all other potential token engines and wasn't to excited about them. i would hesitate to discard lumen shepherd bc in one game i used him as market fodder and he actually came in handy late game when i kind of stalled and needed an instant blocker. brought him from market, get wisp, play a 4/6 body. i guess its fair to say there is definitely some room to play around. have you ever tried nahid's faithful? could be another sac outlet that can give life-steal and comes back with guide!
Twiddles Eternal Version: 1.47
Yeah, Lumen Shepherd as market fodder is the main plan, and the ability to shuffle him back and forth for tokens is really nice sometimes. I've considered upping the merchant count just for that.

And I have not played with Nahid's Faithful in this build. It's an extremely powerful card, but I see it as more of an aggro card. And it's obviously a token consumer, not a token producer, so it would be competiting with combust, devour, worthy cause, and Nexus, all of which are more important in this controlly-shell. That said, it's still good, and I think it'd be a solid replacement for you - I don't know why I didn't think to mention it over the janky cards I listed above, haha.