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Shadow main dish; Justice, just a dessert.

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Updated version of Grind the Sh*****(adow) out of Gauntlet. Now splashed with justice, which makes up for the couple of things mono shadow struggles with. Namely: curse removal and lost access to overpowered power cards (i'm looking at you, cylixes). Most of the writeup of the earlier version of the deck still holds. So I'll only discuss the additions / changes:
Bye bye Veteran Mercenary, we will miss you (not really, Baby Vara is a great replacement)
Goodbye Annihilate , welcome Just Desserts. Still testing this, but overall, pretty confident this was a positive change. Just desserts has no restriction regarding it's target, and comes really handy against the double damage boss, as it negates many of the annying ping-to-face effects (Umbren Reaper and Ticking Grenadin).The boss is pretty much still a 50 50.
Petition really pulls it's weight when paired with the cylixes. Also, Broken Contract. Broken contract has two main uses: adding another aggresive unit, if you are the aggresor, and as a counter to relic weapons. I like the card a lot as a one-of.
Shadow Etchings adds consistency to the already-pretty-consistent deck. 80% of the time you grab either Inquisitor Makto or Dizo's Office (depending on how much power you have).
Cast into Shadow has been overperforming for me, in almost every matchup. Being able to kill both units and curses (and two of them!) is bonkers. You usually have power to spare, so no issues there,

Market grab order is something like:
Eremot's Designs when against a go-wide cheap-united deck. Even if I seem ahead at first, I usually still grab this card, as it shuts down any possible comeback.
Edict of Makkar works as a cheap removal for big bodies. It will be pretty clear when you need to grab it. Against a combrei deck, that runs SST, it's never wrong to get this (although it may not be the best choice).
Slay is the weakest card in the market. I take this when don't have enough power for the more expensive stuff, and want a catch all safety valve. If you think of something better, let me know.
Inquisitor Makto gives sticky board presence. So far, it has worked well.
Dizo's Office is the finisher. If you managed to play this, and it sticks a turn, you have probably already won.
Anyways, I've repeatedly gotten till the Boss, without a hitch. Bosses may be, of course, an issue, depending on how good a draw they get. Penny for your thoughts, and any suggestion is welcomed.

Edit: WIth Etchings and Petition I'm hitting 6 power pretty much every game, so +1 Icaria


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

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Influence Requirements
2 6

Power Sources
12 20 12 1

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Deck Rarities
4 25 33 3 11

Card Types
30 4 20 1 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Dead Reckoning [Set1003]
Into Shadow [Set1004]
Promises by Firelight [Set1007]
Whispers of the Throne [Set1085]
Shadow of the Spire [Set1087]
Awakening [Set1095]

Control Midrange

September 18, 2020

September 14, 2020


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Revisions (Since last major patch) September 18, 2020


Martel Edited Eternal Version: 20.09.03
Burglarize instead of Slay in the Market maybe ? Dunno. Also removed 2 Incarnus (sometimes too weak).
ElmoLesto Edited Eternal Version: 20.09.03
I'm not sure about Burglarize. Against which deck would you pick it over Eremot's Designs (the most annoying relic is, I think, Xenan Obelisk, and Eremot's Designs does wonderfully against those decks that use it)? If I had market access to justice cards, I'd get Pristine Light, but I don't, and nothing seems to be a good replacement for it (and I'm not willing to downgrade from shadow merchant to smuggler). Never had issues with incarnus, but it's true that its statline is awful for a 4-drop.