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"Probably never good enough for ranked but really good in Gauntlet" Elysian Dinosaurs!

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Been playing this one for a while. Since Ila & Mizo was printed, I think we finally have a critical mass of powerful dinosaur synergies to make this deck work. Ila, combined with Kimi, Expedition Guide, give you 8 creatures that count towards both sides of Evelina, Valley Searcher's ability, and really make the deck work.

This deck looks a little slow and clunky, but it's actually incredibly explosive. Your first few turns are usually kinda slow, but all of a sudden once you start a turn with a couple cost reduction units out, you just dump your hand on the board and the AI is dead in 1 or 2 turns with all their units stunned or eaten in a Rampage of lethal lizards.

There is also a bit of a combo/lock in the deck with Ila & Mizo combined with killer effects from Twilight Hunt and Savagery. This lets you chain big endurance killers that make more copies of themselves to often get you 2 killer attacks in 1 turn. It also happens pretty often that you're able to get an Ila to 12/12 in stats, and then you just Killer their entire board.

This deck has gone through a large amount of tweaking and is a pretty finished product. The only thing I'm not 100% sure about is the market, but I think this is the best combination of cards.

Elysian banner is necessary for consistency,
Savagery is really insane in this deck,
Blurred Stygimoloch may look like the least necessary slot here, but it and Savagery are probably the 2 cards you get the most. It allows you to have these insane turns where you grab it from the market, play it for 1-cost, and then you're immediately able to Bond your Bellowing Thunderfoots onto it, giving you a huge board out of no where
Infinite Hourglass combos with your merchants, and there are some matchups where it's just the best card you could have. If you want to beat Sudden Death and Mindless Aggression, marketing for Hourglass should probably be your plan.
Equivocate is the probably the least "important" card, but it's a really great catchall answer to troublesome creatures, so that's why it's here

Update: after the suggestion from Carl in the comments, I tried out trumpeting warhowler, and holy shit is it good. I never really considered it because of the reckless, but good lord does he energize well, and is also fantastic with Emblem of Grodov.

Also I cut Trail Maker, he was kind of a filler card that seemed like he fit the roll the explorers play here, but the more I played him, the less I liked him. We're not really a ramp deck, the fixing isn't necessary, and the 1 health is a serious liability in gauntlet (Vara's Favor, Snowball, Firemane Cub, Temper)


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Does not include campaign cost

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Influence Requirements
2 3

Power Sources
18 15 11 4

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Deck Rarities
12 22 39

Card Types
40 8 6 0 26

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Jekk's Bounty [Set1001]
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Into Shadow [Set1004]

Aggro Midrange

December 22, 2019

December 15, 2019


Eternal Version
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Revisions (Since last major patch) December 22, 2019



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Ravager Eternal Version: 1.47.9
There are some strict upgrades for this deck, but I'm guessing you just don't have the legendaries?
Pesegato Eternal Version: 1.47.9
Could you please elaborate on which ones? Thanks!
Ravager Eternal Version: 1.47.9
Worldbearer Behemoth, for one. I went ahead and just made my own version, check it out.
Ninjacan Eternal Version: 1.47.9
I had a couple worldbearers Originally, but he got cut from the list. He's just slow and clunky and we have no use for all the extra lands he bring if he does manage to attack
carl Eternal Version: 1.47.9
How useful do you find Journey Guide to be? Borderlands Lookout is also a 1-drop explorer with more meat and can get big against some of the multicolor Gauntlet decks like the 5-color stranger pile.

Have you tried any market setups that could work with the white or blue merchants? The elysian smuggler ability is probably almost never active, right? Unless I'm missing a relic somewhere in the list. Also, have you tried SST or the anti-flyer Gnash in the market? This deck feels like it might have trouble vs flyers.

Did you try Trumpeting Warhowler or was reckless too much of a downside? I imagine Dusk Raider wouldn't be terrible either.

At first glance Bellowing Thunderfoot seems bad - is it actually good?
Ninjacan Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.9
Sorry for taking so long to reply, you asked a lot of questions and I haven't had the time to get to it.

Borderlands lookout is unplayable in gauntlet. There's at least 6 different mono-colored decks (if not more). Journey Guide is very important, this deck is all about cost reduction, get out a couple cost reduction units, and you get some hugely explosive turns

I chose the Great Valley Smuggler and this market very specifically to synergize with the deck. I really like having Hourglass in my market, and in the matchups where hourglass is good, Smuggler is just insane. I don't like Jennev Merchant, I don't really find a 3 power 2/2 aegis to be very good against any of the gauntlet decks. I'd only play him in some kind of hooru deck where you have lots of weapons and buffs and the aegis does a lot more. Here he's just a vanilla 2/2. I don't really like Auralian Merchant in Gauntlet unless I'm playing a serious ramp deck (big praxis, combrei chains, etc). Especially after the nerf, he's pretty bad now as he's not even a good blocker anymore.

I have literally never played Trumpeting Warhowler, I've kinda always wanted to try it, might be good.

Bellowing Thunderfoot is amazing, really one of the cards you're hoping to draw most of the time. I'd probably play 8 thunderfoot if I could.

As for SST and Gnash, I think if you really want something against the flying decks (which I haven't found to be a big problem), maybe a sst or an scarf in the market. I wouldn't play Gnash because we have a fair amount of fliers ourselves. I wouldn't play duskraider or SST main in this deck, the Unit types dinosaur and explorer are extremely important, if you wanted to play duskraider, I'd just play a different Elysain list all together
carl Eternal Version: 1.49
Yeah, good point about Borderlands. I would say he’s really hit or miss given the number of monocolor decks.

I tried Trumpeting Warhowler and he’s definitely better imo than Omnivorous Vorlunk. He can often come out as bigger than 3/3 in this deck, and giving killer to I&M is really good.

Overall I feel like this deck needs one more high-end bomb, like pre-nerf carnosaur. It has a lot of cost reduction but then the high end of the curve is basically a single 5-drop.