Updated for set 4. Merchant gives better access to Xenan Obelisk
, so there is less need for rally. Cinder Yeti
and Praxis Displacer
make Teacher of Humility
hit more often. Vault of the Praxis
in the market is great against control.
Budget alternatives: Spark Hatcher
for Teacher of Humility
, Predatory Carnosaur
for Heart of the Vault
Look for a functional hand with obelisk or a fast hand with multiple plays by turn 3.
It is ok to lose some units on an attack, but only if you have a plan to finish the game. Either set up a 2 turn kill or put them into burn range. If you can't do that then it is usually better to go wider and wait for Xenan Obelisk
When the board is stalled you can use Praxis Displacer
to return units you have to get the summon effect again.
If you think your opponent plays sweepers then don't commit more to the board than you need to win. Sometimes your best chance to win will be to hope they don't have a sweeper (or a 2nd one), they are only about 50% to have the first one and 12% to have the 2nd assuming they play 4 copies and have seen about 12 cards.
Remember to play your power and Initiate of the Sands
before attacks when you have Xenan Obelisk
and can get 8 power. Also remember to play Temple Scribe
or Heart of the Vault
before attacks if they could draw something relevant and you would play them that turn anyway.