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FTS Sacrifice

Expedition Deck By
AGhostlyToaster
Team Not-Tavrod

+9

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Faction

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I haven't touched expedition since FoX released, but I've been hoping the new set would finally deliver enough support for the FTS sacrifice archetype DWD has been pushing sorta half-heartedly. I thought I might only enjoy it in Throne because a lot of good token generators and other key cards are absent from expedition, but I was surprised to find that DWD printed a lot more quality cards for the deck than I expected - enough that I think this is actually really good, and has the tools it's looking for. I've only had a day to play at this point, but in that time I rose from the bottom of bronze to the doorstep of diamond with an extremely consistent 75-85% win rate.

This is fundamentally a control deck, with the aim being stalling to survive, maintaining command of the board (at least enough to stick the site), and eventually amassing insurmountable card advantage. However, you do want to be proactive in getting your engines set up, which tends to work in harmony with staying alive. We'll discuss a few different ways to actually close out the game, but the principle is always surviving and drawing.

Everything in this deck revolves around sacrificing units profitably, and to do that, we need good token generators. Luckily, EoE brought with it probably the best two options in the game. Display of Destruction is sort of a given for the deck. 3 bodies for 3 is a great rate for sac fuel, especially at fast speed to ensure they're up at the start of your turn, and that's almost always what this card is for. The damage mode is a really useful second option, with the ramp mode a rare third that can enable the occasional big turn and power some of the big cards here that directly reward sacrifices. Perhaps even more exciting is Kato, Arena Herald. This is a reliable 3 bodies for 2 power with built-in sweeper resistance. Late in the game, it brings an 8/8 to the board alongside double sac fodder for just 2 power, and gives you ample opportunity to get a second 8/8 for just 1 more. (If it says 9 on the shade, sacrificing it will summon the 8/8.) The shade's 1-power self-sacrifice is also a great boost when sac-matters cards are in play. I cannot overstate how much of a boon this has been to the sacrifice archetype. Play 4 in all FTS sacrifice decks, Throne or Expedition. Ephemeral Wisp is the other BEST token generator, turning every power into fuel. Nahid's Choice is a solid 2 bodies for 2, with the often useful alternate mode winning it a place in the deck over less versatile options.

Another new token card that's good here is the time market spell, Crack the Earth. A market spell that gives a token was the natural first option; access to Induce Madness and Mysterious Waystone sealed it. These two relics represent win conditions out of the market for different matchups. If your opponent wants to play to the board, they will absolutely not be able to keep up with a functioning sacrifice engine once Induce Madness is in play. I've come back against everything up to massive flying stranger boards with this. In most games this is my first market pull, but it isn't exclusive. Mysterious Waystone is an alternative win condition for decks that will try to grind us out, and has also been really strong, particularly against relic weapons. Otherwise, a Scraptank is here as a threat and tokens in one card in case board presence is what you need. I experimented with Eremot's Machinations, but essentially never wanted to get it. I also tried Ancient Excavator to lend the relics some backup, which is super slow, but does its job as intended in extremely grindy games where a removed relic is your best chance of winning, especially Mysterious Waystone matchups. I'm going to borrow Oblivion Spike from Twiddles' similar list, as I didn't even notice it was in Expedition and it seems like a more consistently relevant draw as a 2-for-1, finisher, or emergency removal. Ark of Sol rounds out the market with a Bargain option, providing early ramp or late-game sacrifice procs without spending a card. Don't forget this is here like I do, and don't just automatically use it when available - if the power isn't relevant, save it for later on when sacrificing is extra profitable. As for market timing, it's quite flexible due to the spell's low cost and fast speed. If I already have a read on what I'll need, I will sometimes play it on 1 power if possible to prepare banners or block something unexpectedly, but it's useful throughout the game as sacrifice material or an Ark of Sol trigger due to the fast speed. Because the spell is so cheap and everything it can fetch is on 5 cost, I think it's usually sound to play the spell when the body is needed and a card can be spared, rather than always waiting until you need the market card.

Echoes of Eternity also brings Strange Burglar and Dova, the Fearmonger. Strange Burglar is like Stonescar Scrapper but draws an extra card for just one unit and has a small buff for wide boards. This card is absolutely absurd for this strategy, and I appreciate how much DWD pushed it, because without Burglar this deck would be a shell of itself. Dova, then, is like Tasbu, the Forbidden; it isn't quite as powerful and is more limited to the sacrifice strategy, but has easy influence requirements and does a lot for the deck between tons of card draw, power fixing with Pledge, occasional mastery providing both a win condition and sacrifice fuel, and just an on-rate body. It's very context-dependent whether you want to save Dova to draw off as you play it or simply develop it as a threat and possibly go for draw later. Finally, we have Profane Nexus. When supported properly, this site is incredibly powerful for its cost and playing it early on is a key to a lot of wins. Devour is the most valuable spell, but Sol's Fury is often the first you play in order to protect it. Last Rites revives Wisps, don't forget. When Obrak, the Feaster comes out, don't be afraid to use it as sac fodder if it isn't going to win you the game or you don't want to throw units away at the moment.

While I was initially skeptical, I've come around on Kindling Carver. Although it has some drawbacks compared to straightforward card advantage options like Eager Offering or Nahid's Distillation, the early-game digging capability is incredibly valuable for consistently getting things online, and it helps get immediate value off Dova or Induce Madness with free triggers for them every turn. Carver really delivers both consistency and synergy and isn't something I'd consider skipping anymore. This does increase the burden on our sacrifice fuel, so be mindful of what you'll need going forward and don't get Carver-happy if you have something more important coming up.

Finally, Destruction Chant is way better than a seek power or especially a cargo; I just have 2 because Ark of Sol and Pledge ease its burden considerably, as does digging with Carver. And then there's great sac removal in Combust and Worthy Cause, which are both utterly devastating with Induce Madness in play.

Expedition Information

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Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost
66,700

Premium Cost
254,400

Influence Requirements
2 2 3

Power Sources
12 12 15 14

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Deck Rarities
16 19 24 14

Card Types
21 3 27 4 25

Archetype
Control

Updated
February 14, 2020

Added
February 12, 2020

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7,103

Eternal Version
Echoes of Eternity

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Revisions (Since last major patch) February 13, 2020

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beefguitarstar Eternal Version: 1.50.5
Excellent explanation, ran a variant of this deck to rank #1 today. Real fun times. Had some trouble making use of Scrap tank though.
AGhostlyToaster Eternal Version: 1.50.5
Glad you liked the explanation and have had success with the archetype! Scraptank is rarely my first pull, but if I'm not drawing enough sac fodder it can be a lifesaver mid-to-late game.
JTJag Eternal Version: 1.50.5
It feels like Shrine to Karvet should get wedged into this list somehow.
beefguitarstar Eternal Version: 1.50.5
Heh, I thought you didn't want that to be known? :)
JTJag Eternal Version: 1.50.5
I'm too helpful for my own good
Seedyjee Edited Eternal Version: 1.50.5
Just got a Tota Circle last game from invoking Destruction Chant felt pretty damn strong from the tributes and the card draw..I think Ill try to work it in and swap a few tota cards in. Really digging this deck right now though..so fun :)
Seedyjee Eternal Version: 1.50.4
Fun deck..endless nightmares are decent too for popping up at the end of your turn for fast spell sacs. Not sure what you'd replace..I replaced two nahids choices for 2 of them so far. not sure how good they are.
AGhostlyToaster Eternal Version: 1.50.4
I did look at that - I shied away because it doesn't provide multiple bodies early on and can't protect the site, but it still has a lot of potential. I think -2 Nahid's Choice for 2 of them is what I'd do to fit them in, too.
beefguitarstar Eternal Version: 1.50.4
Cool deck! How do you feel about Kindling Carver?
AGhostlyToaster Eternal Version: 1.50.4
My initial thought was that it wasn't quite worth it because it would be too likely to waste sac material on cards you can't play, where a card like Eager Offering or Nahid's Distillation is better at building up cards in hand for the sort of combo turns this deck does so well. However, a lot of people are swearing by it and I'll be giving it a shot in place of Offer/Distillation for a while. The potential to dig for cards, especially power, really early in the game may have enough positive effect on getting your engines running to be worth it.
dyslexicfaser Eternal Version: 1.50.4
Seems like a fun deck, but what's the win condition? Kato's giants? Obrak from a fully agenda'd site? Plinking away with Mysterious Waystone?
AGhostlyToaster Edited Eternal Version: 1.50.4
Generally, the win condition is raw card advantage and board control, at which point it doesn't matter whether you beat them to death with 1/1s, 8/8s a Dova, or a wet noodle. Exactly how you want to win depends on the opponent. If it's a particularly grindy opponent, the win condition is likely Mysterious Waystone, which can bypass the need to own the board. Kato's giants are a very common finisher once you've stalled out the game to the point you're in control. In a lot of matches I'd say Induce Madness is a win condition in the manner of Svetya's Sanctum - it just generates oppressive board advantage incidentally while you sit there drawing cards and such.
cmsncsu89 Eternal Version: 1.50.4
This is great! Lots of fun!