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Screaming Katra/Herald

Throne Deck By
Almost
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Eternal Titans

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Faction

Information

This is my current version of screaming West-Wind Herald, based on Good News Bruh (Turn 3 Aid of the Hooru) but with some changes. The deck is way more consistent than you might expect for a combo deck, as there is a lot of redundancy.

The biggest change is the newest Promo card, Injustice, which is excellent for this deck as a way to self-mill 4 cards while also putting power or Haunting Scream on top of your deck. It even works nicely with Darkwater Vines which mills from the bottom of your deck, leaving the top card in place.

You either win with West-Wind Herald playing big spells from your void, or summon Katra, The First Seal from your void and use her as a giant life-gaining unit that also ramps you enough that you can often play Aid of the Hooru from hand. Or just hit the enemy twice with Katra and they will usually die.

Lethrai Marauder and Blight Pass Smuggler are your primary ways to deal with problematic enemy cards, like flying blockers or Adjudicator's Gavel. Marauder can also be used on turn 2 to play an elf, and then bargain Lethrai Dead Drop on turn 3.

When mulliganing, you want as much self-mill as possible, and ideally also some way to play a unit from your void. Injustice basically makes any opening hand great.

Details

Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost
57,750

Premium Cost
244,800

Influence Requirements
2 2 2 6

Power Sources
5 13 12 13 8

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Deck Rarities
9 23 29 5 10

Card Types
25 1 29 0 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Enter the Arcanum [Set1135]

Archetype
Combo

Updated
September 20, 2023

Added
September 16, 2023

Views
1,944

Eternal Version
The Devouring

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Revisions (Since last major patch) September 20, 2023


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Comments

maslovk Edited Eternal Version: 23.08.17
Tried this version and different other versions.
Combrei = die (too many void and hand hate)
Aggro = die
Any air = near die
Good timed spell interuption = die
Hand disruption = near die (just re-read helps)
Not perfect draw = die to everyone
Like really, what are good matchups? It seems like the only good matchup is perfect draw tbh.
yardglass Eternal Version: 23.08.17
Yea, wish I'd read your comment before creating this. It dies to everything.
Almost Edited Eternal Version: 23.08.17
Combrei Lawmage is definitely annoying. Lethrai Marauder and Merchant give you some answers to the lawmage, and Life for a Life still works. Grand Suppressor is hard to remove, but many of your core cards still work.

Flying units are only a problem if they choose to not attack, and you can still sometimes get past them if you have removal. Some Valkyrie decks can play a flying unit every turn, but that is not too common.

I find that Aggro is often a good matchup, as both West-Wind Herald and Katra can stabilize the board thanks to life-gain or big blockers. Control decks like Hooru or Combrei relics are pretty good matchups since West-Wind Herald has aegis and scream gives charge. Many midrange decks are too slow to kill you, giving you time to draw into a combo.

Also as you point out, sometimes you just get the perfect draw and that beats pretty much everything.
imestr8 Eternal Version: 23.08.17
I really like your take on the deck. I'm curious about a couple of the choices, where you are evaluating some cards a bit differently than I would expect.

I like the addition of the 5th big spell, I've often felt like it just needed a bit more consistency in getting that type of payoff in the void. Witching hour certainly seems like the best non-aid spell for this deck to cheat on. I also like upping re-read, now that we have injustice, it previously felt like it would get stuck in hand often, which pushed the number down to 2. But now even more so with a relevant mill spell in the deck. It also has access to bone music here, which I suppose does something similar for re-read. The full set of Privileges is also probably correct.

I'm curious how good Bone music is in the deck, I never considered it here. I feel like I'm not sold on the market. I agree that sometimes the deck needs more interaction that also doesn't remove synergy from the deck, I've always looked towards collapse as maybe being a better fit.

Cuts need to be made somewhere, of course, but I'm surprised gustrider is in here in such low numbers. Skimmer also being something I want a lot of when I play the deck, but less suprising to the gustrider.
Almost Eternal Version: 23.08.17
Yea I like having a 5th big spell. I've often had West-Wind Herald play spells like Injustice or A Life for a Life because I had nothing better in the void.

Bone Music has been decent, as it is another way to discard from hand and the units are relevant against both aggro and control. Bone Music is still plan C though, and I would rather play West-Wind Herald or Katra if possible. Merchant has also been fine as a situational piece of interaction, but I could definitely see playing collapse instead.

I should probably play more copies of Gustrider, but I have had too many games where it is hard to get the onslaught early. At one point I was trying a version with time influence and Gravitur Trainee was a great 1-cost discard effect. I think that Steyer's Eyes can fill a similar role.
imestr8 Eternal Version: 23.08.17
I often end up wwh-ing lfal into skimmer to set up the next turn as well. Also interesting is potentially have 2-3 large units that are worth reanimating, but I haven't delved into that past using something like fear. The toughest thing for the deck have been suppressor effects from my experience.