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.