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Tasbu and Sodi Sitting in a Tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

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The article below appears in the Argenport Gazette

Tasbu has always been a power player in Myria's showbusiness, but something always held him back.

And then he met Sodi at the Argenport Gala, a newcomer in the business making waves with her ABSOLUTE CHARM. She can even deal with those pesky paparrazis FLYING around, something Tasbu has always had trouble with in the past.

The two hit it off and the rest is showbiz history. The power couple took Myria by storm with countless box office draws and can we mention the endorsements?

Vara, established showbiz royalty and current PR Manager for the couple, has one thing to say, "These two lovebirds are just so good together. They complement each other's weaknesses."

She has given the couple countless FAVORS to make sure they make an ETERNAL stamp on the business, and she loves to STRATEGIZE together with them in their newly-purchased Argenport mansion.

Road manager Rhysta never complains. She just loves setting the ground for the couple and makes sure they appear at their events on time, and with a bang. She knows they love a grand entrance.

*We just noticed she kept glancing around at the couple's stunt double, Oizio, during the interview. There might be a story there in the future!

Speaking of Oizio, the commercially successful stuntman is providing body double services for the couple since Day 1.

However, Oizio has also been rumored to "step in" for either actor whenever one of them breaks down during movie shoots. The couple has denied these and has mentioned that they have always done their own acting.

"Oizio only does our stunts, that's it. He's a good friend," says Sodi during the premiere of their recent actioner "Trials of Grodov."

The couple has also recently acquired Dizo's Office, made possible by their PA, Ms. Blight P. Smuggler.

She says, "Dizo's Office wasn't even in the market, but when Tasbu says he wants it for Sodi, you do it. After spending some time with Mr. Chairman - his office was ON the market, and OFF the market in no time." She winks at me as she says this, so I told her I'm married, to which she whispers back, "They all are, hun."

Ms. Smuggler has also purchased a pet dragon for the couple as well as the services of events organizer Champ Cunning to make sure their events start and end with a bang.

So there you have it. An insight on the latest love story to hit Myria. Will this be forever? Stay tuned.


UPDATE: August 6

Now at 132 - 5 (16 successful runs, 5 incomplete)

5th loss was 19th boss fight: Sudden Death (double damage boss).

21st run was sweet revenge VS Sudden Death. I was saved by back to back Vara's. The lifesteal from 2x 3/3 Vara + removals were enough to seal the game (won it with 25 HP).

***Didn't get much time to play with this deck since I'm busy tweaking my Killers deck which got some losses after the initial 28-0 record. This deck is still my fastest gauntlet grinder right now.

UPDATE: August 2

Now at 98 - 4 (12 successful runs, 4 incomplete).

Removed Feeding Time from market and added Crest. I fetched Crest 5 out of 14 games and 2 of those were critical to playing Tasbu on time.

***Thank you EgaL for the suggestion (comment section)!

UPDATE: July 31

Now at 84 - 4 (10 successful runs, 4 incomplete).

3rd loss was 5th game of my 11th run to Grenadin Revolt. Marketed for an early hailstorm but I might have timed it bad.

4th loss was 12th boss fight: The empower boss. Spent my removals on key units like Ironthorn, the Empower-stun unit, the Empower-sentinel unit, but completely forgot there's an Empower-flying one so I didn't work around it. Suddenly I'm facing a 256/256 and 128/128 Order of the Spire, LOL - the look on my face as I resigned.

Still no sign of the double damage boss, although my Killers gauntlet deck (now at 28-0) has defeated it on 1st run.

***MaxiXVI (in the comments below) also has his own version of this deck that has also found success:

UPDATE: July 27

I'm now 60 - 2 (8 successful runs, 2 incomplete).

The 1st loss was 1st game of my 5th run. I faced the Perfectly Even deck and couldn't get a good hand from the redraw (all power, 1 Suffocate, 1 Favor) then drew more power. By the time I started to get something on the board it was over.

The 2nd loss was the 5th game of my 8th run VS War Scavengers. I only drew 2 power the entire game after redrawing a 2-power hand. Funny because I was able to play 3 Strategize and didn't even get a single power. I was able to stall with a Suffocate and a Desecrate but there's not much you can do on 2 power. One more and I would've been able to play any of the 3 Rhysta I had.

The hardest non-boss was 2nd game of my 7th run: Ancient Power. AI got a Siraf to stick and got to use the ability for 4 TIMES IN A ROW! Our 2-cost deadly units + 2 Annihilate held everything back until I finally got Dizo's Office in play to deal with that short-haired butch Siraf.

The hardest boss so far was on my 10th run: the Company of Exiles - the one where spells transform into units. Our spells are so efficiently-costed that I was on the short end of the stick with this boss. So I finally took Feeding Time from the market but got a 3/4 meh unit for it. After that I rushed to get Dizo's Office in play but Cut Ties gave me a 3/3 flying (wth?). Site got destroyed immediately but I was able to go wide with our smaller units so that won the game.

Still no sign of the double damage boss.

July 26 Original Write-Up

This is my latest gauntlet favorite, and is standing at 28-0 (4 runs). I haven't encountered the double damage boss so let's see.

Our 2 drops are both deadly to make sure they take down something with them all the time when they trigger Tasbu + AI tends to avoid their attacks unless "crucial to their AI plans" which allows us to trigger Sodi's onslaught.

As for the market, I've never used Feeding Time so I might switch it with Honor of Claws.

Oizio has been great as a 2-of and is key to "surprise-replenishing" a Tasbu or Sodi that just went to the void for only 3.

Lastly, I don't have all the crests, so there's only 1 in there. Feel free to replace the banners with those.


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
2 5

Power Sources
16 23 13

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Deck Rarities
11 27 11 2 16

Card Types
32 2 19 1 26

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Into Shadow [Set1004]
Homecoming [Set1005]
Trials of Grodov [Set1006]

Aggro Midrange

August 22, 2019

July 26, 2019


Eternal Version
v1.46 - Dark Frontier

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Revisions (Since last major patch) August 2, 2019


Simkeoda Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Nice looking deck.
I'm a new player and I'm having some mixed results with this deck...I figure I'm probably not using it properly.
Could you give me a few pointers? What do you look in the opening hand, when to mulligan, what is the first thing you pull from the market or anything really that you consider to be crucial for such consistent wins in gauntlet.
Tnx a bunch.
Roxie Edited Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Don't keep a hand where you don't have anything to do in the first 3 turns, especially if you know you're facing aggro.

If I got a hand with ONLY 2 power but has something that could get me to 3 or more e.g. Vara's Favor, I keep it.

If got a 2-power hand with no way to get to 3 power, I mulligan.

Anything with 3 power + Rhysta/Merchant should be good too.

I also strategize or market either Tasbu or Sodi if I know I couldn't play them soon (e.g. I lack influence, stuck at 3 power).

If you're waiting for influence, you have 8 deadly 2 drops to help you stall.

I don't play Vara's Favor on an empty board unless I really need the power.

I suicide my units into AI units (favorable exchange of course!) if I feel like AI is starting to build a board that's wider/better/scarier than mine. It's also fine to use Suffocate on 1-cost units in the early game (e.g. Initiate of the Sand or even Grenadins), just so you can keep your health at a manageable level.

Having said that, remember that there are matchups that rely on key units to snowball. In those cases, save your premium removal on said units, e.g. Katra The Devoted, Marshall Ironthorn, or that 2/4 rare Time-Primal flying dinosaur.

As for market, if I'm lacking power, I get the crest/banner (whatever you power-fixing you have there). The rest of the time, I get Champion. BUT know your matchups. If you're facing go-wide decks such as Grenadin Revolt or Rising Up or Arcanum Army, grab Hailstorm of course :)

I only pull Dizo's Office if I'm at 6 power, or I know I can get to 6-7 power. I never get it in the early game. I also almost never get Harbinger unless I desperately need another unit, or a flying blocker.

Lastly, I think it's also about knowing your matchups. Once you know what type of enemy you're facing, it's easy to plan your steps and you can really farm Gauntlet efficiently.

Goodluck! Feel free to PM if you have more questions.
Simkeoda Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Just to give you an update, after applying your advice results came immediately, 26-1 run, and that particular defeat was my mistake, I had a way out but played the wrong move.
Tnx again Roxie.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Glad I'm able to help :)

Happy grinding!
Simkeoda Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thank you very much for a really in depth reply :)
Micro Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Absolutely loving this deck!!! Thank you for posting this!
Telsmir Eternal Version: 1.46 I
I have never seen a Gauntlet deck this good, thank you for making it.

I am running crests instead of banners main deck with a banner in market as EGaL suggested.

Go Feln ! :-)
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thank you! EgaL's suggestion is great! And crests > banners here too. Only reason I don't have crests in the main deck is because I don't have a complete set :)

Yesss Feln!
abby315 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Love the writeup! Have you considered Stonescar Sneak? I use it in my mono-Shadow gauntlet deck - which I may update with some of these cards - and it's just so good for breaking board stalls and mana flood. The computer has no idea how to properly block a quickdraw unit, never removes Sneak but tries to keep you off of everything else, and starts chump-blocking at like 14 life. It's especially good with your 8 (possibly more with Vara) deadly units! Give it a try!
Roxie Edited Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Hey thanks! Quickdraw + Deadly is OP! I had Spiteful Strike in an early version of this, but it didn't make the final cut since by the time I get it, I had better stuff going on already. I had to look up Stonescar Sneak (I don't have it :p), and you're right - it sounds good as a late game drop and mana sink. Will try those once I get them!
ethereal792 Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Huge fan of this deck, or at least core strategy. I didn't have the Nullblades or Harbinger, and am missing 1 Rhysta. I added in 4 Blackhall Warleaders, which I think is super OP against the AI and adds a necessary 2 drop so you don't get screwed in the early game. I don't think my record is as good as yours, but this is definitely one of the better Gauntlet decks that I've tried.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thank you! Glad the Warleaders are working for you.

Btw, you can get 1x Nullblade from the in-game Store under Theme Decks for 3k gold. The deck is called Livia's Armory :) Another replacement for it would be Steward of the Past (same cost + deadly, but Nullblade is more flexible).

Harbinger also isn't that necessary since you got Hailstorm as a better sweeper and Dizo's Office for lifesteal. I think you can replace it with Big Vara since you have lots of targets available (I might try that too!).
ethereal792 Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thanks a bunch! Just bought the theme deck :)
EgaL Eternal Version: 1.46 I
I did not lose so far. Three or four Gauntlet runs.

I took out the Banners for Crests and replaced the Feeding Time with a Banner. This works out pretty well since it gives you another 4 three drops that can get you from three to four power.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
I love your suggestion - makes a lot of sense. And that Feeding Time hasn't been useful in any of my matches so far anyway. I'm doing a variation of your tweak (since I don't have full Crests), and let you know how it goes!
Kcnabrev Eternal Version: 1.46 I
21-0. Nice.
VoidKing Eternal Version: 1.46 I
This deck is considerably worse (especially against gauntlet) than soooo many others. Nothing to see here, move along.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
I'm sorry this deck gave you such a bad time! They tend to do that sometimes.

I remember this girl Meg (yes like the shark Statham killed) - we were simply not good for each other so we parted ways. But I'm happy she's married now with someone who's right for her.

I believe that about you VoidKing! Go back to the main page and BROWSE! Find the one that's gonna make you happy! Find your VoidQueen! Make some VoidBabies! We're rooting for you :)

PS. Still having success with this (+2 other decks I have in rotation) - have enough for next league + 2 drafts!

PPS. Looooving the "Ariana-Grande-Thank-You-Next" vibe you have going on there! Werk it ;)
VoidKing Edited Eternal Version: 1.46 I
A polite response to my, admittedly, slightly salty comment. Now I just feel bad... lol

To be honest, one of the lists I use a lot is the Stonescar Aggro deck that was taken to Worlds this year. If you don't have a guaranteed two-drop in your opening hand, mulligan. Other than that, just play aggro as aggro was intended and it will win the whole gauntlet up to three times in a row (my experience).

I tried several times with this Tasbu/Sodi build and all it seemed good at doing was frustrating me. Power screw is a HUGE problem with this deck, but even when it wasn't doing that to me, it didn't seem particularly powerful vs. many of the other builds I use (Rakano Icaria, Feln Midrange, Jennev Peaks, etc.). But, oh well, I needed to craft those Tasbus anyway.

If it works for you, good on you, Sir, and thank you for not biting my head off for my comment above made, desperately, with much aggrivation.

PS: I've definitely browsed.. I've browsed until I can't browse anymore. Sadly, it takes a lot to impress me.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
It's all good :)

I've been lurking around this website for a few months now and I absolutely love reading about everyone's experiences and how certain decks work - so I thought it's about time I pay it forward and add some value in even the smallest way.

All in all, I'm glad players are having success with this deck and are even willing to contribute to it especially since I'm no expert - I'm just going to keep writing about my progress for anyone who's interested.

Cheers! And keep BROWSING :)
Alomba87 Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Great Gauntlet deck. Thanks for sharing!
hsgroot Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Upvoted for the creative read :^)
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thank you!
Jgliss31 Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Excited to try this out! been looking for a fun new gauntlet deck and this seems to fit the bill!
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thanks! One tip for the warp units -- make sure you warp them into play quickly before Tasbu's effect triggers. I lost some value because I was too slow warping my Oizio AFTER I sacrificed-attacked my Tasbu. I didn't get the to warp Oizio so I had to play him from my hand, and lost an additional card. Warping him to play has a very small window before Tasbu's draw triggers :)
MaxiXVI Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Funny reading, and the deck is interesting. Testing immediately.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Thanks! Let me know how it goes. The card draw with both Tasbu and Sodi have been amazing so far.
MaxiXVI Eternal Version: 1.46 I
27 - 2 (loses: 1.power screw. 2. WTF final against boss Nikos, the Unifier). The deck feels very reliable (and a little slow sometimes, but this didn't cause me problems). Once it's underway, it's unstoppable. But I worried that I failed in the first turns, that's why I made some changes*: Add crests (cut 3 shadow sigils), are reeeeally necessary to meet the high influence requirements . Cut 1 Rhysta and Nullblades, add 3 seek power. Market: change Feeding Time for Permafrost.

They are good cards, but power screw is a problem, so I prefer to sacrifice some power in favor of greater consistency. There were times when I couldn't play Tasbu, even Sodi or Hailstorm. So, seek power is necessary for me. I would like to put a banner on the market, but you can't...
I will definitely continue playing it in the next few days. It's fun to play, and the two wins againts Mindless Aggression boss, were unforgettable.

* I made changes while I was testing the deck, this is the "final" version (for now).
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
That Nikos Boss - ugh. Glad I haven't faced that with this deck yet :)

I've encountered power screw but I almost never get problems in the first few turns - I'm usually the aggressor especially with the well-costed kill spells. We might have different play styles but I'm glad the deck works either way!

I'm going to try your changes as well to see if it plays smoother for me. I'm 60-2 right now by the way, feel free to check my update on the main article :)
MaxiXVI Eternal Version: 1.46 I
Hi there! I have some news: Now, it's 56 - 5. It's overwhelming against bosses (Highly Skilled x3, Mindless Aggression x3, Limitless Possibilities x2, luckily I didn't face other decks like cof Company of Exiles cof). For over 30 games I have no serious problems of power screw (praying to the Eternal Gods maybe it helped), 25 powers + 2 seek power feels great to me. My defeats were against Spreading Darkness, Power of Fire and Elemental Mastery. I still have minor problems against aggressive decks that reduce my life very fast, so I made more changes (cutting 1 Tasbu, adding Rindra's Choice). Spells may be able to adjust a little more, but it really depends on matchups. Right now, deck looks like this:
Waiting to face Sudden Death or Company of Exiles bosses, this deck is one of the best and most reliable I've played with in Gauntlet. I hope more people try it!
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.46 I
I like your tweaks! Looks well-rounded. I miss Nullblade though! I'm not sure if I'm lucky but I always get that card at the right time. It's mostly a 1-for-1 removal for me (and I summon it before/after doing Vara's Favor on a Dawnwalker or other recursive units), but there are a lot of instances where it does a 2-for-1 and takes care of smaller units that could otherwise be problematic in the long run. But that's why we tweak to suit our playstyles :)

I also get why you'd include Rindra's Choice. Annihilate becomes a market card for me when I face the multi-faction opponent (the one running multiple Champions).

I'm 84 - 4 right now and I've included your version in my update just now!

Thanks again for your inputs - gives other players some insight on how they can use the deck better!