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Praxis Pledge - 2nd Place in ETS weekly 2 times in a row (Also rank 1 on ladder)

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The Barbarian Camp


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Definitely a tier 1 deck at the moment, is only held back by the prevalence of Vara, Vengeance Seeker. This deck absolutely crushes most other decks, and can often outgrind varas with Heart of the Vault. I've been playing this at the #1 spot on ladder, as well as in the past 2 weekly tournaments, both of which I finished 2nd place in.

Praxis pledge has 6 flex slots, which are currently being taken up by 3 copies of Amaran Stinger, 2 copies of East Annex Smuggler, and 1 copy of Devotee of the Sands. There are no copies of Sandstorm Titan or Zuberi, Outlands Warlord because this deck needs cheap cards to play on turns 2-3, not more expensive fatties. Stinger in particular is still an extremely powerful card, and its newfound vulnerability to torch is far less relevant than it seems on first glance as this deck has so many must-torch units already. Smugglers have been extremely strong for having more access to Xenan Obelisk, as well as being extra insurance against flood (one of the main weaknesses of pledge decks in general). Lastly, the single copy of devotee is in there as a 9th 2-drop, since having a card to play on turn 2 is critical. I'm playing it over the 4th stinger because stinger gets a lot worse in multiples. It's usually possible to connect with the 1st stinger, but the 2nd one will generally get stonewalled by your opponent's developing board and/or their removal. I'm generally happy to draw 1 stinger in a game, but not multiples, which is why I'm playing a single devotee over the 4th copy.


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
3 4

Power Sources
20 20 14

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Deck Rarities
15 17 20 21

Card Types
47 1 6 0 26

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Homecoming [Set1005]

Aggro Midrange

June 23, 2019


Eternal Version
v1.46 - Dark Frontier

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SNL1M Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Hey Erik! I am really a big fan of your deck, anything changed from your list? The deck is insane, climbed to masters in 5 days even with 7 legendaries
What is the legendary crafting path do you suggest for a newer player like me?
I currently have 4 Cyka, 1 Darya, 2 Tocas (1, theme, 1 pack).
Just dusted my two newly crafted Daryas is response to the nerf, but I can remake them anythime.
Erik9099 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Hey there, glad to hear you've been having success :)
I'd say the most important legendary for this deck is Cykalis, the Burning Sand, which you already have, followed closely by Heart of the Vault. Tocas, Waystone Harvester is a good one as well, though it's not nearly as important as those first 2. As for darya, I'm really not sure about her at the moment. I think she's still probably better than any of the other available pledge options, but she can definitely be substituted with other pledge cards and the deck will still work almost as well. If you're low on shiftstones I would recommend leaving the daryas aside until later and spending the stone on Heart of the Vaults instead, especially since HotV sees a ton of play outside of this deck as well.
A word of caution: Although I think Praxis Pledge is still a strong contender post-patch, it has certainly lost some of its power. You may want to wait to see the results from the next few tournaments before crafting any more cards for the deck, as it may not be as good anymore depending on how the post-patch metagame changes.
SNL1M Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Thanks man for the well thought out reply. Will definitely wait and see how the meta will change before going all in.
RemiErrebus Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Sry for posting other guys link but would you consider this deck A good waystone to play till i gather the good pledge cards?my even feln is now kinda weak and Praxis pledge got my eye but i only got arround 15k shiftstones.thx for reading
Erik9099 Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Hi there,
I don't mind you posting another person's decklist at all.

In my opinion, praxis pledge is one of the worst budget decks out there, since it relies heavily on powerful legendaries in Heart of the Vault, Teacher of Humility, and Cykalis, the Burning Sand. I would not recommend building the deck if you can't afford 4 copies of each of these. If you're looking for a powerful budget option, I would recommend looking at some of the budget stonescar aggro lists that are floating around.
frmorrison Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Moonstone and Daryl are getting nerfed today.
Ruru4862 Eternal Version: 1.46.8
yeah i agreed
Erik9099 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Yeah I know ;_;
Praxis Pledge isn't dead though, the powerhouses of the deck (Glasshopper, Cykalis, Gunrunner, and HotV) were left untouched, and the nerfs to maiden and vara are very helpful for the deck. We'll have to see how the meta evolves.
MickyS Eternal Version: 1.46.8
I incidently crafted this list today. Would you recommend destroying Darya?

Also thank for the list. I climb from 300 to 30 in minimum time.
Erik9099 Eternal Version: 1.46.8
I think praxis is still a strong contender, so I wouldn't recommend destroying your pledge cards.
OmegaWeapon Eternal Version: 1.46.7
Just curious why kerasaur in the market? Is it just for a beefy threat thats a 2 for 1 if they remove it i know the deck only runs torch so it pretty much never nets your opponent a card
Erik9099 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.8
It's basically just a very beefy threat. In the mirror, it's going to be the biggest unit on the board, which is very valuable. Against primal decks, it just laughs at their ice bolts and permafrosts. At worst, it eats a removal spell and draws you a card. It certainly isn't amazing or anything, but it's nice to have a market card that you can get when you just want something to slam on the board, and kerasaur has felt like the best option for that role so far.
anomia Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Why would it laught at permafrost tho? What am I missing?
Erik9099 Eternal Version: 1.46.8
If a primal deck permafrosts your thundering kerasaur, any spells they cast afterwards will draw you cards (because the kerasaur is still in play). Most primal decks play cards like Strategize, Wisdom of the Elders, Honor of Claws, etc... so you will be drawing cards like crazy.
anomia Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Oh I see. Well, if it's horuu or feln, permafrosts are a temporary solution most of the time for units that have value while on board. Anytime soon you will have annihilate or vanquish. But I can see your point due the fact that even removal has some value because of card drawing.
Erik9099 Eternal Version: 1.46.8
If they spend a permafrost and then an annihilate on kerasaur, that's a 3-for-1.
Knighthawke Eternal Version: 1.46.7
I find myself running into a lot of relics. Do you think bore or passage of eons would be a better fit, probably over the banner
Erik9099 Eternal Version: 1.46.7
What kind of relics are you running into generally?
The problem with bore is that only the smuggler gets it, so you'd have to switch 2 auralian merchants for 2 smugglers, and auralian merchant is just far better than smuggler in this deck. Passage of Eons is just too expensive for the effect.
The other problem with these options is that we already have a relic removal card in dissociate, and you want to avoid overlap in market cards as much as possible. Although it would be nice to be able to blow out multiple permafrosts or rat cages, it's not worth the sacrificed market slot in my experience.
Dogger Eternal Version: 1.46.7
Very nice deck, was struggling in D1 to get to Masters and this just tipped me over. Well done!
Erik9099 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.7
Glad to hear it, and thank you :)
biologynut99 Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Hey Erik.

Could I ask a favour?

It's totally ok if not, but if you have the time I could really use a pro's advice on this deck i've been working really hard on.

It's an ixtun deck sorta aggro-mid, and i've got it "almost just right" but can't make the last hard decisions.

Any advice, even harsh, would be appreciated.

P.S. I have a just-for-fun deck that's actually turned out to be decent in action, based on Tavrod+Equalizer+Minotaurs.

Thanks for your time, and any advice would be awesome, but i'll understand if your busy.