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16 Varas want it to be over quickly

By Raphael



Cost Curve




This was inspired by CptnBadass' "16 Vara":
I was really hating his powerbase and it made me drop 600 ranks in an absolutely tragic gaming session, I could never get 6 mana for Caiphus and I was struggling to activate my cards, in my opinion this is a Tempo Combo deck and it should be played aggressively, Vara's Favor although powerful was making it hard to play out my combos and Strategize is way too slow for a card that doesn't generate advantage unlike Wisdom of the Elders, you don't want to grind in a Cookbook meta.

This deck has 28 powers including Crests, Banners and Seats, it has no transmutes and it's using Seek power to reach influence requirements more consistently. In my opinion this is an objectively superior version.

I cut Rindra from the main deck, I felt I already had too many units and it was sometimes difficult to achieve its influence requirements, I also added more removal and smoothed the progression, Feeding Time is necessary but it's too expensive to run 3.


Shiftstone Cost (Does not include campaign cost) 19,400
Premium Cost 153,600
Influence Requirements 2 3
Power Sources 19 21 12
Deck Rarities 16 26 13 4 5
Card Types 17 1 34 28
Contains Cards From Campaigns
Into Shadow [Set1004]
Archetype Tempo Combo
Added November 24, 2018
Views 3,265
Eternal Version v1.40 - Bug fixes
Deck URL

Revisions (Since last major patch) November 24, 2018



ANDROSMERE Edited Eternal Version: 1.40
Good grief, this is OP. Went 17 and 3 just now from D3 to Masters.

Market feedback: Dark Return and Haunting Scream are must-haves. Azindel's Gift won me a ton of games. I grabbed it in almost every non-aggro matchup. Burglarize came in handy only once to remove a Citywide Ban and send it back their way. I never wanted Rindra, the Duskblade unless I was losing badly and desperate to get something on the board. It never delivered for me though. I think a better choice would be Feeding Time. I often wanted some removal in the market.
Raphael Eternal Version: 1.40
I'm asking for your feedback here, how did Gorgon Fanatic go for you? It's destroyed and silence so often for me I sometimes feel like cutting it, it is also an instant loss if they play Madness. :)
ANDROSMERE Edited Eternal Version: 1.40
I was happy with Gorgon Fanatic. I don't mind the opponent wasting their silence and removal on it, because then Vara, Vengeance-Seeker and Caiphus, Wandering King are more likely to stick. Opponent playing Madness on your Gorgon Fanatic is bad, but I still managed to win the only time it happened to me.

I had several games where I played Haunting Scream and Mirror Image for double charge Gorgon Fanatic on mulitple turns and ended up burying the opponent in card advantage, drawing 6 extra cards per turn.
Raphael Edited Eternal Version: 1.40
Burglarize against Cookbook is bonkers.

Unitless market is risky, if you turn into a removal pile deck when you don't draw Vara things could turn out poorly but yeah I miss some removal in the market too, maybe it's even the correct move.
orionalt Eternal Version: 1.40
Could a Vara in the market be worth it? Gives you "7" maindeck ones to hit.
Raphael Eternal Version: 1.40
I gave that though serious consideration but you always want to use the market to use Haunting Scream or Dark Return, with Azindel and Burglarize as conditional picks, picking a Rindra is already sub-optimal and putting Vara in there would only result in having a lower chance of getting your key monsters. Still, I wouldn't blame you if you swapped Rindra and Vara.
mauric Eternal Version: 1.40
Looks good! Why Rindra over BSH in the market?
Raphael Edited Eternal Version: 1.40
4 mana, it can be screamed, triggering Night shouldn't be a problem with all the mirror images and stuff.
mauric Eternal Version: 1.40