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
. 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,
is really insane in this deck,
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 Thunderfoot
s onto it, giving you a huge board out of no where
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.
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
, Firemane Cub