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Sodi Not Sorry (137-1)

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137 - 1 (19 successful runs, 1 incomplete)

This is my attempt at making Sodi the Metamorph work, but at some point it just became a Sodi's Spellshaper deck.

I think her stats is just bad for a 3 drop and I can't really justify having x4 of her in the maindeck (oh I've tried, even tested a 3/1 and 2/1 market split, but noooo - she just can't block LOL).

So why keep her then?

For the most part, the deck works without her. You'll find her invaluable, however, during board stalls where you rarely trigger any of your attack-based draw. Her extra draw allows you to dig out your Savagery + other fast spells so you can bait AI to block poorly.

While she's no Kairos, Grand Champion, what she does is give you incrementing value - the longer she stays on the board, the better you'll outpace AI.

That's not to say we don't have draw. We have Sodi, Wingbreaker, Temple Scribe, Seek Answers, Sodi's Spellshaper + Sodi the Metamorph = total of 16 draw sources. 15 of them in the maindeck. 11 cost 2.

Elysian has been my pet project for a while now, and this is the first time I've felt confident running her in Gauntlet.

EDIT: Removed a copy of Xenan Obelisk from the main deck. I must've added it by mistake.

UPDATE: Fixed powerbase for more undepleted and added Emblem of Grodov.

UPDATE: Added Varret, Hero-in-Training. He's been performing well from Run 17 onwards. As a side note, this deck has been pretty consistent VS Sudden Death (3-0), which I find to be the hardest boss.


* Versus Fire, I wait until I get Xenan Obelisk out to play Sodi the Metamorph. Against other factions, I play her openly. She can still die to Suffocate, but it's not as prevalent as Torch.

* Savagery is not just for Cirso, the Great Glutton, I often use it on Teacher of Humility early game to get advantage.

* Don't go out of your way to trigger Sodi the Metamorph's muster ability. Go for the safer play. Her card draw is USUALLY more important. Come to think of it, don't go out of your way to PLAY Sodi the Metamorph. You only have 4 merchants, pull what you need.

* Time your removals. I normally use them if I get to attack that turn and trigger Sodi's Spellshaper, or a Teacher of Humility infiltrate, or Sodi, Wingbreaker skill. Other times, I'm probably stalling.

* I think Sodi's Spellshaper works better if the deck is pure aggro, but I made it more mid-rangey because I'm a bad aggro player (LOL), and I want to be able to stall if AI beats us to the beatdown. That said, our curve tops out at 5 and if you get a good aggressive hand, then go to town. I've had multiple games where I beat AI with just 1-3-cost cards + Sodi's Spellshaper + lots of Equivocate.

* The deck tries to take advantage of Elysian's tranformation suite of cards - Equivocate x8 and Cirso, the Great Glutton x4. I'm confident facing Defender of the Spire with this deck + Power of Progress + other heavily-themed AI decks.

* I still kept 2 Scorpion Wasps because I hate aegis. I tried a full playset but it just doesn't work with our strategy. 2 seems to be the sweet spot. If you're not bothered with aegis, feel free to add in x2 Sodi the Metamorph although I'd advise you to look into Edict of Grodov first.


1st loss: 5th game of 9th run = Rising Up
- AI played on curve then topped it off with Bandit Queen.
- My first drop was Tocas, Waystone Harvester. I thought it was going to be enough so I didn't redraw. Well I thought wrong LOL.
- Try to mulligan for earlier drops vs aggro, just to be safe.


* I used to have Edict of Linrei in the deck, but since it's not FAST, I took it out for more copies of Equivocate and Ice Bolt (which you can use on your own units if AI tries to remove it). We need faster interaction to get favorable trades.

* I had both Rost, the Walking Glacier + Linrei Evangel at some point. The deck was VERY good, but that's when I realized that Elysian just crumbles MORE without a lot of draw so I switched back to Sodi, Wingbreaker then added Temple Scribe.

* Spellcraft cards for Sodi the Metamorph's muster! I had a full sets / splits of Staff of Speed and Tome of Repetition during my tests. I cut them because I couldn't make Sodi the Metamorph the real highlight of the deck + they don't do anything without units + sucks when you're behind and just looking for answers.

* Gnash, Unrelenting. I don't have copies. I crafted Sodi the Metamorph first LOL. I'll craft him next, and update if he's needed here. UPDATE: I tested him. He's good, but the deck plays differently - I think he needs his own deck but I'll keep looking out for improvements.

* Cykalis, the Burning Sand. An early, more aggressive version of the deck has him. That version just lost kept losing to bigger units played on curve / bonded so I left him out to play safer.


1. Sudden Death (double damage) - 7 turns

2. Company of Exiles (spells into units) - 8 turns

3. Highly Skilled (+1/+1 for each battle skill) - 9 turns

4. Highly Skilled (+1/+1 for each battle skill) - 19 turns

5. Limitless Possibilities (random battle skill) - 7 turns

6. Defender of the Spire (5 influence per faction) - 7 turns

7. Limitless Possibilities (random battle skill) - 7 turns

8. Labyrinth Treasury (units cost 1 less) - 11 turns

9. N/A

10. Sudden Death (double damage) - 9 turns

11. Labyrinth Treasury (units cost 1 less) - 39 turns

12. Defender of the Spire (5 influence per faction) - 7 turns

13. Limitless Possibilities (random battle skill) - 17 turns

14. Mindless Aggression (charge) - 11 turns

15. Limitless Possibilities (random battle skill) - 7 turns

16. Highly Skilled (+1/+1 for each battle skill) - 9 turns

17. Highly Skilled (+1/+1 for each battle skill) - 7 turns

18. Company of Exiles (spells into units) - 10 turns

19. Sudden Death (double damage) - 8 turns

20. Company of Exiles (spells into units) - 7 turns


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
3 3

Power Sources
20 18 12

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Deck Rarities
8 21 19 26

Card Types
32 9 13 0 26

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Trials of Grodov [Set1006]

Aggro Midrange

November 1, 2019

October 13, 2019


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Revisions (Since last major patch) November 1, 2019


BlindPanda Eternal Version: 1.47.8
I don't understand why varret is good. If you draw varret in mid/late game its a Deadcard.
Sorry English
VoidKing Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.7
This deck really is good vs. the Gauntlet. And on top of that, while it can make it a bit expensive, the amount of legendaries in this deck, plus the amount of abilities those legendaries have, makes it really fun to play because every unit says something cool every step of the way :)

4 bits of advice on this deck. 1) The teacher is always preferred on turn two over the Varret, 2) when the Varret transforms the Aegis unit is almost always the right choice (the most notable divergence from this comes vs. bosses you know don't have removal, in which case, you get the 6/6), 3) when playing the emblem and decimating, remember that it kills one of your MAX power, so you still get the power for the turn you play it, and 4) the reason this deck doesn't play crests (I think) is so you can seek answers for a power and count on it not being depleted (or most likely not being depleted) when you play it (assuming you have a unit for the banners and/or a sigil for the seat; either way, don't get rid of the Emblems). The latter doesn't come up all that often, but happens from time to time. Usually seek answers is better for the non-power card option, but it's situational, of course.

Also, I almost never market for the Xenan Obelisk. I figure it's supposed to be there for the Metamorph, but I only get her (and I get her fairly often) when my opponent has exhausted their removal (or force them to use another or just let you draw mad cards) anyway. If played right, it's just hard for them trying to keep up. Never does a situation arise where I have two merchants and need to bank on the Metamorph so hard that I need to pull both her and the Obelisk. I think I'm going to change it for an Infinite Hourglass, cause busting all the stuns off of your units is fun and devastating vs. Guantlet opponents counting on it.

When I built this deck, I needed 4 Varret's, 3 Emblem of Grodov's, and the Metamorph, so it cost me upwards of 19,000 shiftstone, and it was worth every single one. Funnest Gauntlet deck ever and pretty potent against it, too.

EDIT: The Infinite Hourglass has been much more valuable than the Obelisk. Sometimes I even get the hourglass when it simply gives me board control while still swinging, which does make sense with this deck.
Axulus Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.6
How in the world did you go on that kind of run with this deck? Just tried 5 runs and didn't get any further than the 5th opponent. Ran into a lot of power issues and also problems vs. some of the aggro decks.

Thanks for posting it, but unfortunately not working at all for me. I'm having way more success with the stonescar deck you posted, where I seem to defeat the final boss about 60% of the time, not to mention that the matches also go alot quicker.
biologynut99 Eternal Version: 1.49.2
This is an excellent deck and we are all having much success with it.

If you are having power issues feel free to bump up Seek Answers, or even add Seek Power, but I havent had much power issues as long as I mulligan any 2-power hands

VS Aggro, I dunno what to say. Teacher and Varret both have 3 hp which is great to block, tocas has 4, and we have 4 sandstorm titans for the 4-drop block-master. Maybe it also comes down to bad starting hands? Mulligan for 3 power and at least 1 of teacher or varret.

VoidKing Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.8
Oh, god, then you're not playing it right. I'd like to chalk your bad experience up to luck, but I've played over 10 gauntlets with this and lost like 1. Read my notes above. Maybe that will help? If not, maybe just some of us are geared more towards certain types of decks than others. Working amazing for me, more so, possibly, than any other gauntlet deck I've ever played, and I've played so, so many.

Some simple advice I can give, look for the turn 2 Teacher or Varret, almost like you would an aggro deck, but not quite as necessary with this. Mulliganing under the right circumstances seems to really help, at least, for me. Getting that turn 2 creature, almost makes it go from likely to win to almost certain to win, so it matters.
drewbagel423 Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Hey we commented back and forth on your SS deck.

Elysian is one of my least favorite factions in the game but this deck is a blast. I'm having good success with it too. I don't have Teacher or Varret so I replaced them with Temple Scribe for more draw and the Behemoth that plays power from your deck when it attacks since it also has overwhelm.

The free Sodi and weapon from the theme deck were nice!
Shoogoo Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Thanks for the deck, it looks fun. I'm surprised False Prince didn't make the cut ( not even in your explanation list).

I'm gonna try the deck now!
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Thank you for the kind words!

The moment I put Savagery in there, I didn't even consider False Prince. It's a good card that I've been waiting to put into play, but our 3 slot ramps us to Cirso and Sodi faster so it gets outclassed easily. I can see him in a straight-up aggressive deck though.
VoidKing Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.8
I'm a huge fan of False Prince, and he would be pretty damn awesome in this deck, but it's really hard to choose between that and savagery here, but I can't justify the change considering how much success I've had with this, as is (minus the Obelisk in the side, replaced by hourglass). I know I sound like I'm exaggerating, but it's been pretty unprecedented for me.

The Prince costs three while the savagery costs one, so I feel like it might bottle-kneck this deck a bit if replaced.
Shoogoo Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Fun deck, I really like it! I struggle a bit with the market, not always sure what to fetch.
Roxie Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Well you're usually aiming to get ANY of your 5 drops on the board so if you don't think you can get influence, go for the banner.

If you're playing against anything with burn or big threats (Apex Predators, Ancient Excavations), go for Xenan Obelisk.

If you don't have any removal in your hand, grab Equivocate because you don't want to be surprised by AI when it drops something horrible early game like Statuary Maiden, Reality Warden, Knight-Chancellor Siraf, Order of the Spire, that 2/4 Primal/Time dinosaur with flying, or any of the champions.

Gnash, Desert Prince is a must-grab VS anything with flyers (lol of course!).

And if you think you're going for board stall, you usually should have Xenan Obelisk on the board by then, in which case, you should go for Sodi the Metamorph for the value/win, or Gnash, Desert Prince if your opponent is packing flyers OR if you want to start removing their threats one by one with a combination of 3/3/ aranhas + FAST spells + bait attacks.

Hope you find those useful :)
Smick Eternal Version: 1.47.5
Great deck
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.6
Thank you! Hope you're enjoying it as much as I do!
Shadowcran Eternal Version: 1.47.5
Do like I did, go on feedback, in card feedback, and type "Please, for the love of mercy, Make Sodi a 3/4 or even a 2/4 so she can survive a gd torch!!". 3/3 dies immediately to torch isn't good for a legend at all,lol.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.6
HAHAHA - I might just do that! I can understand her stats though since she can be game-breaking if she stays alive for more than a turn. But still, I would love even a 0/4 version of her just to see how broken she can get!
Jgliss31 Eternal Version: 1.47.5
This guy gauntlets
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.5
Yessss. I love stress-free environments LOL
Jgliss31 Eternal Version: 1.47.5
I just realized you also made the tasbu/sodi gauntlet list i use a bunch! do you only play gauntlet?
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.5
Hey thanks for using that! That's the first thing I posted here, and still one of my go-to decks for fast clears.

And yup, I only play Gauntlet. It's easier to farm and games don't take forever. Plus I don't have to deal with the meta constantly changing since I'm F2P. I also get to enjoy playing my favorite cards that don't normally do great on the ladder like Cirso (I actually crafted 4 of him over "better" cards like Howling Peak, and I've been waiting forever to get him in a deck that actually wins LOL).

I play ranked to get my first win of the day :)
Shadowcran Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.5
"Easier to farm and games don't take forever". A person after my own heart. Also list "Doesn't have durdlers", people who abuse the timer, people who taunt, etc. Can also list "Easiest way to collect cards is gauntlet and forge over and over".
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.6
I love everything you just said HAHA.
biologynut99 Eternal Version: 1.47.7
Im all in agreement.
Way too impatient to let people take 60+ seconds only to play a sigil.
Way too frustration-prone to endure taunt-spamming timer-abusers.

Much better to have the AI respond immediately and let me get back to playing my hand!

I play draft with the gold i collect but even then i get win/loss anxiety which sucks.

P.S. I made 4 cozin darkhearts, wheres this rakano deck! I must see/have it!
Kerhex Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.3
God bless you. It works amazing. Only lost to Feln Ritualist Boss, mostly due to very bad luck on the draws. Began playing Gauntlet with this deck since yesterday and am currently 9-1. Thanks a bunch for putting this together. It's efficient and honestly very fun to play. I didn't know how to use Killer mechanics very well, and actively avoided it, this deck, along with streamer Haradeas taught me how to use it.
Roxie Edited Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Thank you! I'm glad you like the deck!

Savagery is very good with Cirso, the Great Glutton - plus the extra Overwhelm helps us trigger Teacher of Humility's infiltrate + Sodi, Wingbreaker's draw as well :)
Ravager Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Performing remarkably well. The only thing that's really missing is lifesteal.
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Haha, yes I know! This faction needs all the help it can get!

Amber Waystone could be an option, but having too many waystones would make Seat of Wisdom a bit ineffective. I find Cobalt Waystone to be a better choice so far as it negates burn and effects, a notable one would be Umbren Reaper's entomb (which is devastating VS Sudden Death boss).

You can switch it up and see how it works for you :)
GingerWolfy Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Just made this since having teacher and tocas around didn't seem like a bad idea and oh boy its real fun Love it <3
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Thank you :) Teacher of Humility + Sodi's Spellshaper can be a double draw in the early game and it's just hard for AI to come back from that.
biologynut99 Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Any replacement for Cirso?
Roxie Eternal Version: 1.47.3
Ouch :p Hard to replace - his ability is so unique and he takes care of everything we hate in Gauntlet, e.g. Statuary Maiden, Amilli, Cloudmarshal, Great-Kiln Titan, deadly units, Dawnwalker, etc.

That said, I can only think of 4 possible replacements:
#4 Ila & Mizo - I actually tested that card, but forgot in the write-up. His selling point is endurance, but I always prefer to play Sodi, Wingbreaker over him.
#3 Worldbearer Behemoth - he's big enough to handle most things. Didn't test.
#2 Rost, the Walking Glacier - good option, survives a lot, but harder to drop at T5 unless you slot in Linrei Evangel in place of maybe Temple Scribe?
#1 Gnash, Unrelenting - I'm actually testing 4 of him in the deck right now and he's quite good. He's not replacing Cirso in my deck though, but may want to try him out if you have him.
biologynut99 Eternal Version: 1.49.2
Just crafted 4 cirso, had the spare shiftstone and remembered this deck after a long time.

Where are you these days? Was really looking forward to your Rakano deck, but not a post or deck from you in months. Stop playing? Everything ok?