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Vara Rises again!

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Eternal Titans


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I always come back to trying mono-shadow when new sets/campaigns hit. There has been a new set, a campaign, and some nerfs/buffs since I last updated/looked at the deck and boy did we get some good ones. Dizo's Office is a huge addition while we also picked up Rhysta from set 5. Desecrate though is one of the best cards to come out of the campaign (the site being the actual best) we have incidental lifegain so the damage is barely noticeable then we get ponysnatcher another double shadow two drop which shadow is not short of but right now might be the best one to play because of how warping/important markets are. I cut all the scout power because I wanted to give veteran mercenary another try after its stat/cost change.

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Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements

Power Sources
22 4

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Deck Rarities
8 23 18 4 9

Card Types
25 0 26 0 26

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Jekk's Bounty [Set1001]
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Into Shadow [Set1004]
Homecoming [Set1005]


April 4, 2019

March 30, 2019


Eternal Version
v1.45 - Homecoming

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Revisions (Since last major patch) April 4, 2019


tehaaron Eternal Version: 1.45.2
Just thought I would throw it out there that I went 28-0 in Master gauntlet with this deck and it was very fast. I am quite pleased considering I didnt even bother switching out things like Ponysnatcher and Burglarize that aren't very valuable in gaunt. Wonderful deck!
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45.2
dude, thats awesome! Thanks and Glad its working out wonderfully for you! :)
gotaway Eternal Version: 1.45.1
Enjoying the deck. Thanks a lot.

I found the deck performed better when I tweaked it to end game sooner, since most multifaction decks have way more value. Dropped a couple mug/cull for instigator 2 drop. Left the veteran in for “fun”

I found burglarize to be too slow even as a counter to chains. They often already got value off playing it. So I took it out of the market and replaced it with bloodlust. Figured I’d use their buffed unit to kill them and end it there. It’s also not a dead market card against non relic decks. It’s been performing awesome, highly suggest trying it.

Also took out big Vara since bloodlust is good to just end games, big Vara felt too slow since most games are lost when you can hard cast her anyways. Replaced her with Slimespitter slug to combat flying units.
Lihai Edited Eternal Version: 1.45
Caiphus VS mercenary ? Which is good?
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Caiphus is much stronger but you need to be playing Dark Return or a similar effect to get the most out of him. Mercenary is a nice little 2 for 1 but the body isnt all that great and shadow has a plethora of 4+ drops you can run if you don't want to play merc.
EquivoKate Eternal Version: 1.45
Marionette Cross seems like it would be an obvious fit for this deck, is there a reason it isn't included?
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
I feel that card is more of an aggressive one and this deck isnt really that - you can certainly tailor the deck that way however.
Spring Eternal Version: 1.45
Like the concept but dislike the build. Wasn't working particularly well for me. I built it my own way based off this foundation and have been doing very well today. For reference I'm a Master level player who has climbed from Gold 3 to Gold 1 in one day after the reset with this build-

4 Shakedown (Set1004 #18)
2 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
4 Argenport Instigator (Set1 #268)
4 Desecrate (Set1005 #17)
4 Ponysnatcher (Set1005 #18)
4 Ripknife Assassin (Set1003 #13)
4 Vara's Favor (Set0 #35)
2 Kerendon Merchant (Set4 #217)
4 Rhysta, Acantha's Herald (Set5 #168)
4 Deathstrike (Set1 #290)
4 Memory Dredger (Set2 #159)
4 Vara, Vengeance-Seeker (Set1004 #19)
3 Dizo's Office (Set5 #182)
20 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Amethyst Waystone (Set3 #201)
4 Sealed Writ (Set1004 #23)
1 Madness (Set1 #267)
1 Burglarize (Set4 #224)
1 In Cold Blood (Set1003 #15)
1 Stray into Shadow (Set1001 #9)
1 Vara, Fate-Touched (Set1 #307)
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
I've made a few changes but overall pretty good!
Depraved Eternal Version: 1.45
Your deck has seriously been a blast to play. Thanks for sharing the deck list!
T3mp3r Eternal Version: 1.45
Had to grind last night and almost got masters with this deck but ran out of time. Dang work and stuffs. Got to diamond 1 :(. Love the deck man. Will try for it this time around.
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Dang, that's too bad man but glad to hear you love the deck! :D Good Luck this month
Lunessence Eternal Version: 1.45
Yes! Just hit Master for the first time! Thank you for this deck!
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Awesome man, glad to be of assistance!
lobiito Eternal Version: 1.45
I would recommend Devouring Shadow for Vargo decks right now. If you play it as a response on 4 it kills the critter.
PoeticDiscord Eternal Version: 1.45
What would you replace? The Mugs?
Prometheus Eternal Version: 1.45
Seconded, you really need Devouring to handle the Vargo-sweep decks out there as they will simply rule your ripknifes, kennys and varas without hesitation.
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
I've just cut the set back for devouring shadow in the market. I think you still want Mug as it good after the opponent plays a smuggler or just to use right before turn 6 to hit a site
ElmoLesto Eternal Version: 1.45
How often do you pull Vara out of the market? Is it worth having her considering none of the other creatures will trigger vara more than once?
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Not very often - its good in the very grindy matchups but you can tech that spot to be anything you want - the 4th office, Argentport Ringmaster, Whispers in the Void, Azindel's Gift,Sleepless Night etc.
GENzo Eternal Version: 1.45
Any idea to replace dizo 's office ? :(
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Sadly nothing quite is the same as Dizo's Office. You can add any of the cards I listed above or from my old list Shadowlands Tyrant - shadow has no shortage of top end powerful cards you can run.
Aesthetic Eternal Version: 1.45
Pretty sure you're my favorite deck creator on here haha.
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
D'awww <3
Abeneezer Eternal Version: 1.45
Damn, this deck is good fun
InGenuity Eternal Version: 1.45
Hell yeah it is :D