A few weeks back I posted the less competitive version of this deck
. This is the highly tuned version of that deck. Big credit goes to AppleChips, who contributed heavily in the development of this deck, adding some very important elements to it. Together we came up with this monster. It's not a deck that works in every meta, is quite difficult to pilot, and is particularly difficult to play against very skilled players, who understand how the deck functions and how to fight against it.
I'll break down some of the ideas below, but likely will not do a great job encompassing all the important elements in my explanation. I have been meaning to do a stream since it has been a really long time since my last one, so I may add a video link to this deck with some gameplay if I do. It is important to note that the deck is incredibly tight, and is very difficult to make adjustments to the numbers. It would be nice to add +1 to some of the cards, but there just isn't enough space.
The main thing this deck is trying to do is cheat out Aid of the Hooru
and very often chain cast them every subsequent turn, It is a very crushing experience to play against this when it goes off. I would also think that some of the cards warrant Nerfs to add voidbound clauses to them because they are quite degenerate. You can cast aid as early as turn 3, via turn 1 and 2 discard effects, followed by a turn 3 Haunting Scream
targeting West-Wind Herald
. Once scream has been cast on a unit the charge remains, so A Life For A Life
can function as additional copies in subsequent turns. Re-read can tutor a scream that has been milled to the void or return scream/life for a life after you have used them to help with casting Aid over and over again.
The second most potent line you have in the deck is to use Life for a Life to return Scrapfind Skimmer
, which almost guarantees you to set up Aid the following turn. It also mills a very large amount of cards, which allows us to even lean onto Katra for giant amounts of ramp/damage. This allows us to use Davia or even hard cast Aid, when dealing with a lot of flyers on the opponents board, or need to take lines like that to add even more consistency. Katra is mostly played via scream or Life for a Life, but also has an outside chance of being hardcast by playing 2x Conclaves for Time influence.
Privilege of Rank
is a key card, which allows you to draw free cards, and fix Justice influence virtually for free. It's also the reason we are playing Life for a Life over some of the alternatives, since it essentially only has 1 shadow requirement. Lethrai Marauder
is your swiss army knife. It is an answer to almost anything, it allows you to answer opponent's flyers, interacts in a variety of situations, and is important synergy to the deck by discarding cards. On top of all of this, it allows you to keep hand that you would otherwise never keep, because it can create 2 Elves on turn 2, leading to turn 3 Lethrai Dead Drop
. Which is incredibly strong. Aside from that, you are looking to have a good density of discard effects in your opening hand, along with Scream, LFAL or re-read. There is definitely a lot of variance potential, but that is likely sufficient to set up some very early Aids. Because nothing gets voidbound (except from LFAL) and Aid draws you 4 cards, it's very easy to keep chaining Aid once you play your first one, and just lock out the opponent completely.
Apologies to the ladder