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Because... Death (8-3 Masters 200)

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So... I wanted to give Aika, Whirling Death charge and I wanted her to be big, all at the same time, so I thought Obelisk + Aika would make her big and that I would give Death Pit a try. After all, who uses Death Pit. No one. So I threw some good cards together and discovered a few things:

1. People often don't realize what Death Pit is nor what it does. Many people will pretend their units still have summoning sickness even with the card in play.

2. A charging Aika, Whirling Death with a Deepforged Plate on her to win you the game out of nowhere when you have 12 power is as satusfying as I thought it would be - very.

3. Death Pit is a strong card when your cards are bigger and do more.

4. Charging Worldbearer Behemoth, Gnash, or HotV is great and takes opponents by surprise.

Basically, this deck is a WHIRL of fun and you should try it.

Some pointers from the games I've played

1. If you have just one merchant in hand, it's usually a 50/50 whether to nab Pit or Behemoth, but if you have two, grab Pit first. Pit is most useful if you already have Reliquary Raider or Moonstone Vanguard in hand.
2. Watch out for Royal Decree - if they just played a primal merchant, be careful of what you put in your hand.
3. Getting to 12 power is important as it makes Aika a real win condition and it is beautiful.
4. I have 2 of Nika and 2 Tocas in part because I only have 2 Tocas (sad face, I always nab the non-jank legendaries last) and in part because a charging Nika with lots of power available is also beautiful)
5. People waste removal on your +1 Max Power units and that can hurt, but it's also okay long run.
6. Saber-Tooth Prideleader is thus far a useful card - good against aggro and Relic decks. Good against sites and weapons too. Ambush is a great keyword, basically.

Again, have fun and if you have any suggestions I'm open to them.


Shiftstone Cost
Does not include campaign cost

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Influence Requirements
3 3

Power Sources
20 21 16

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Deck Rarities
18 14 25 14

Card Types
40 9 6 0 25

Contains Cards From Campaigns
The Tale of Horus Traver [Set1002]
Trials of Grodov [Set1006]

Combo Midrange

July 28, 2019


Eternal Version
v1.46 - Dark Frontier

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Haze Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Love the idea, here is the version I’m testing. It feels dope :

What are your thoughts on this ?
djwarpt Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Nice, good to see some one using Aika, Whirling Death. I have some ideas; doesn't it seem like this is a combo deck for Aika? If that's the case, isn't it better to play Worldbearer Behemoth main deck and put Aika, Whirling Death in the market? Also, with 8 merchants/smugglers, I think Xo of the Endless Hoard belongs as well?
Crylorenzo Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Yeah, those are some great suggestions! I like both your ideas and I'll give them a whirl, though the market would need some serious tweaking to have Aika in there I feel (because it is fire and 4 of my merchants couldn't access it, but if I switch to the fire merchant I'd have to re-think my market because it's mostly time to have access to Pit of Death. That would favor Xo though, but at the expense of Pit of Death, unless that is moved main deck, which makes it less likely to show up)
djwarpt Eternal Version: 1.46.9
One last thing... I added Flame Blast because... you know, death.
djwarpt Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Posted my changes if you want to take a look...

Tocas, Waystone Harvester is definitely a 4 of, and charging Xo of the Endless Hoard is nuts. I haven't actually gotten to win with Aika, Whirling Death, but Death Pit plus midrange value cards can easily run anybody down.
Crylorenzo Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Thanks for posting your changes! They look great! I'll try it out later today when I have time!
djwarpt Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Good point; I think the Auralian Merchant is too good to cut, so maybe your market is the best way to go.
roboticowl Edited Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Didn't have a second Nika so I'm using a third Tocas and feeling happy with it in jank-rank Master's.
Crylorenzo Eternal Version: 1.46.9
Awesome, glad to hear! It's probably the better card, but I had one game with a charging 12/3 Nika that felt satisfying :) Glad you enjoy it!