This is by far my best performing Gauntlet deck. First of all it's got a great curve with lots of really efficient 2-3 drops, which really help against the agressive decks and bosses. It also has some great power sinks in the form of Kothon, the Far-Watcher
and Knight-Chancellor Siraf
. It also runs some great combat tricks which really help to get easy 2 for 1's (Finest Hour
, Stand Together
. I also think that both False Prince
and Cirso, the Great Glutton
are really busted against the AI. False Prince
is great because the AI won't cast any damage spells on Prince unless they kill him and Cirso lets you stall really good + with any combat trick you can get easy 3 for 1's. One of the drawbacks of the deck is that it needs TTJJPP influence requirements, which is why Trail Maker
and Seek Power
are needed. That being said the deck is power hungry anyways so the additional power is really welcome.
Maybe it's a bit surprising that I run Accelerated Evolution
over Xenan Obelisk
, but that's one of the choices specifically for Gauntlet. While the AI runs some removal it's usually not running tons of them so giving two units flying can win games on the spot (the same is true for removing stun effects). It's also easier to cast Evolution and there is a spells matter boss and an aegis flier deck, where it's great against :-)
In the 35:0 run I beat the the double damage, start with 5 influence, units get a random skill (which are among the hardest bosses) and the spells + play an additional influence boss in a row.
Isn't the powerbase way too greedy?
Don't underestimate the 4 Seek Power
and Trail Maker
, which don't count for the redraw rule! Early on you realistically only need TTJP which is quite easy to get even by turn 3, if you use the any influence cards for it. Then you only need another J for Enforcer and P for Criso and Crystallize, which you will nearly always get when you reach 5 power. Get the second P over the second J unless you have Enforcer in your hand.
What does this deck offer over straight Elysian or Combrei decks?
The biggest issue with Elysian is the lack of removal/ combat tricks and good defensive 2-3 drops. If you ever got stuck at 3 power with Elysian you might straight loose against agressive decks. Also the AI grow big decks can cause problems.
Combrei Aggro is actually a great Gauntlet deck, but lacks a good way to break board stalls. I personally also find it to be very boring to play, since the deck is so linear and rarely allows for smart plays. Also getting flooded can cause serious issues.
It feels like my TJP deck adresses both problems of Combrei and Elysian in Gauntlet. I don't say it's perfect and could see that you could do even better with a tweaked powerbase / some slightly different cards, but overall the archetype exceeded my expectations.