Proof of Master
June 10th 2017 - Guide created.
June 12th 2017 - Added x3 Withering Witch & 3x Sabotage to sideboard.
Big Fel Cauldron
Right, so the idea behind this deck actually started with Feln Cauldron
, as it has always been one of my favorite cards and I've always wanted to make a deck that used Cauldron as a core card - However, Cauldron can be tricky and so this deck has evolved throughout the last couple of weeks into a more void recycle kind of deck, with Feln Cauldron
being your discard buddy, when you want to do a combo with Vara, Fate-Touched
or Grasping at Shadows
, or if you simply have obsolete cards that you want to recycle. Card Breakdown Feln Stranger
I threw three of these in here for the sole purpose of acting like an early blocker versus for example Rakano Plate or Combrei Midrange and to make sure I can get a fully empowered Champion of Cunning sooner rather than later.
Is used for obvious reasons to recycle Gorgon Fanatic
. The hidden potential of this card, is when you start recycling the already recycled Gorgons with Vara, Fate-Touched
. Feln Cauldron
Allright, this is the 2nd most important card/mechanic in your artillery. It's gonna feel weird to start out with, but your main target for the discard mechanic, will be; Gorgon Fanatic
, Champion of Cunning
, Black-Sky Habringer and Vara, Fate-Touched
. The reason for this is simple; You want to recycle these through Vara, Fate-Touched
and Grasping at Shadows
(And Haunting Scream
for Gorgon, obviously - When I mention this as a discard option, it's mainly versus Combrei to avoid Gorgon being silenced).
Grasping at Shadows
This is 9/10 times to grab or proc an existing Vara. Don't discard this at any time, this can be comboed with Vara in so many ways it's a wonder they are not exclusive to each other in deck construction.
The lack of removal cards is intentional - Don't be affraid to sacrifice important units to get board control, you're meant to recycle them. Some you recycle through discarding with Cauldron, others by blocking/intentionally eating removals. Sideboard Suffocate
I sometimes weave this into the structure, either for 2x Lightning Storm, 2x Seek Power, 1x Vara + 1x Champion, all depending on the popularity of the decks I'm facing at that particular time. Steward of the Past
Potential replacement for Champion of Cunning. Umbren Reaper
Potential replacement for Champion of Cunning. It has the same recycle potential, except you trade board control for more siphon strength. I like this option, I just feel like I got the siphon thing down well and it becomes sort of obsolete next to the offensive potential of CoC. Besides, I often recycle CoC to eat removals while I plan my end-game. Reaper doesn't do that. All that said, excellent replacement option for CoC if you don't need Steward to wipe Tormentor/Scream decks.
Thunderstrike Dragon Potential replacement for Champion of Cunning - These are good for extra Cauldron discards if you play more than two. However, as they can't be recycled through Vara, they lose a ton of value.
Scourge of Frosthome
I love this card. I think it's one of the best cards in the game, if not the best. The problem with this card is that it's a ten-drop and so it only really becomes viable if you're ahead in board control and simply use it to deny your enemy a chance of a board clear comeback. However, you wont believe how many times I've been able to summon Scourge on turn 5 by Grasping him after a Cauldron discard. This is insanely efficient, especially since the amount of board control most decks have at turn 5, wont be able to contest Scourge and you will limit all draw/unit fast spells from your opponent for a foreseeable amount of the match. My point is: This is godlike in this decks archetype, but it also makes your deck more clunky and more unreliable, because you wont be able to chain it with Vara and it would have to replace 1x Vara/1x BSH/1xCoC. I most often swap it out for 1x Vara/1x CoC , especially if there's alot of Sky King/Primal Spell decks around. If you only have 3 of something, throw this in. Strength of the Pack
I guess it's self-explanatory, but this is pretty much a replacement to Vara if you don't have 4. Why? Because you can cast this on an existing Vara and obtain somewhat the same result as with GoS/Vara play.
I'm climbing right now, so I will probably grab some footage of the games and make a short gameplay example video sometime tonight, if anyone is interested.
Good luck on the ladder!