Hi Everyone, Blessio here!
I managed to go from D1 to Master in Expedition last Friday (14/02) with Elysian Flyers.
I first went from D2 to D1 thanks to AhornDelfin's Grodov Armory list but I then hit a wall of FTS Token decks that were outvaluing me quite easily so I decided to stop being reactive to threats and to become the threat.
I faced some Elysian Flyers decks while I was playing Grodov Armory and they impressed me for a few reasons:
- They all looked quite cheap to build (no legendaries at all)
- They seldomly ran out of gas thanks to cards like Majestic Skies
, Sodi's Spellshaper
and Acquisitive Crow
- Possibility to play well around AoE with Stormtamer's Mount
and Humbug Nest
The deck exists because Majestic Skies
now exists, it allows us to play a bunch of silly 1/1 with Flying and make them a threat. You always want to keep hands with Majestic Skies, without it you lose tempo and your race is much slower (plus, in the mid/late game, you can tutor whatever flyers you like with the Ultimate depending on the situation you are facing).
I wanted the deck to curve out as much as possible so in terms of creatures we have:
- 8x CC1 drops (Entrancer
+ Snowstorm Druid
- 8x CC2 drops (Stormtamer's Mount
+ Wild Cloudsnake
- 10x CC3 drops (Acquisitive Crow
+ Humbug Nest
+ Skyrider Vanguard
- The other creatures are 4 Daring Gryffyn
and you do not need me to explain you why Gryffyn is good, 2 Elvish Swindler
to play Majestic Skies more consistently and 1 Thunderstrike Dragon
that you want to draw with the Ultimate of Majestic Skies
The rest of the cards offer tempo plays (Permafrost
+ Sodi's Spellshaper
+ Edict of Grodov
) or card selection (Calibrate
Speaking about Calibrate
, it is an amazing card that allows us to keep saucy 1 Power hands and of course to find Majestic Skies more consistently (if you missed it, without Skies this deck does not do great things!)
I am playing 3 Calibrate at the moment but this is probably wrong because the card does too many good things that justify a 4x in our 75, just do not know what to cut at the moment to create space for the 4th copy.
I am aware the deck can play Highsky Lookout
and that it can be a great fit for the deck, but this 75 cards worked so well straight away to me that I did not have the time to test it. If you will give Lookout a go, please feel free to share your thoughts on it!
The best start you can have with this deck is:
- T1, a CC1 Drop
- T2, Wild Cloudsnake/Majestic Skies
- T3, AcquisitiveCrow/Humbug Nest
- T4, Daring Gryffyn/Sodi's Spellshaper/Majestic Skies
Remember, this deck is all about tempo, the power level of your cards is ridiculous compared to the one of decks like FTS or Grodov (FTJ), so curve out and out-tempo your opponents, you have the sinergies to kill their face before they control your life! :)
I am very glad the deck has received lots of props during the weekend and people are enjoying and having success playing with it!
Please feel free to add more comments and thoughts below, they are all very welcomed!