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Xenan Lifeforce Cookout

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Xenan lifeforce checks all the boxes of a great deck for the Cookout! event:
- wants to play lots of 1-drops
- preys on aggro decks
- can take 10+ burn to the face and survive
- held back by lack of card draw and weakness to sweepers
I went 7-0 with this version of the deck (5-2 with an earlier version) and it feels very well positioned in a meta consisting mostly of fire-based aggro and Maul decks.

This version goes heavy on the 1-drop life-gain units (Sanctuary Priest, Auralian Restorationist, Arcanum Elite) to get rid of cards against Maul, and run any merchants because I felt they were too slow.
The standard lifeforce win-cons are Cult Aspirant and Katra, the Devoted and they do work here if you can protect them. Razorquill is amazing with Katra, the Devoted even without the infinite combo, but isn't great if you don't have Katra on the board and could potentially be cut. I also run Cabal Slasher as an extra must-block threat and while it normally it trades down, if you can tag it with Arcanum Elite it becomes a real win-con.
In an aggro-dominated meta Suffocate is the best removal in these factions and Extract, while expensive, plays well with the rest of the deck. Ayan, the Abductor is also worth considering.

It may be worth cutting some Amethyst Coins since they can be a little clunky, but having an extra draw every turn does a lot to smooth out the power base.

Also worth noting:
- Some of the lifegain triggers in the deck are activated by onslaught (Arcanum Elite, Amethyst Coin) and can only be used to grow creatures post-combat. Arcanum Elite and Piercing Grief are the best onslaught enablers but I've found myself chump-attacking a few times to be able to grow a Cult Aspirant or Katra.
- Amethyst Coin and Razorquill give the opponent a window to cast Torch (since they deal damage) while the rest of the lifegain triggers do not.

Event Information

July 3-8, 2019
At the start of your turn, shuffle a festive Firebomb into your deck, and then draw an extra card.


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

Premium Cost

Influence Requirements
2 2

Power Sources
16 15 8 4

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Deck Rarities
32 28 8

Card Types
40 0 8 0 27

Contains Cards From Campaigns
Into Shadow [Set1004]


July 6, 2019


Eternal Version
Dark Frontier

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DavidSWu Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Thank you so much!!! 6-1, 4-3, 4-3, 4-3, so I was able to get the playset with just the 10,000 spare gold I had. All I did was swap out 4x Extract for 4x Vara's Choice and 4x Razorquill for 4x Ayan, but otherwise it's just such a strong and consistent deck for this event. Some of the games were really close though, like my last game when I was 3-3 and on the draw against Combrei aggro. I would've flipped if I lost, went 3-4, and had to grind 2,500 more gold... but I digress.
amiableMortician Eternal Version: 1.46.8
went 2/5. Don't know where you got the idea people weren't playing sweepers, one of the five losses was vs. rakano running maindeck harsh rule. Another game I got firebombed 4 times, another game I lost to JPS blitz with an unblockable 21/3 Berserk Cabal Slasher, another was vs. Rakano with two Kemmo by turn 4 (and a Bladebreaker before turn 6).....

I'm really not sure what I should be doing vs. aggro. I can't ever be sure that they don't have a trick or burn, so I don't know when I should block. I also ran out of cards a lot (mostly against F/FJ aggro), which is IMO really, really stupid.

IMO I think you got, if not lucky, at least luckier than me.
Balthyde Eternal Version: 1.46.8
Huh, it sounds like you played against a very different set of decks than I did. You really shouldn't be blocking against most of the aggro decks I saw, at least not with units more valuable than their combat tricks. In my experience this deck can generally out-race them, but it sounds like your experience was different. Sorry about that.