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Heart of Amara (Aggressive Xenan Lifeforce Master's)

By Rainhall

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Overview

This is for you if you like synergy decks, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

I'm excited about this, it's my first time going all the way to Master with my own brew. I'm not claiming it's an idea no one ever thought of (Katra sets a pretty obvious direction), but I love off-meta stuff and have been tinkering with this since Omens came out. A meme-ier version had Amaran Camels. Add in hearts to activate lifeforce cards and you have the cheesy name. Sorry.

Cards in this Deck

It plays aggressively, but not full-on aggro. Katra, the Devoted is only a 4-drop if you have a trigger that stuck. On that note, it's often correct to drop Ayan, the Abductor end-of-turn, even forgoing a surprise block, to increase the odds that he's around to attack after you drop Katra on your turn. Otherwise, hold Katra until you have a trigger or two.

Premonition Wisp is surprisingly good here. You may already have a unit that can attack to proc it on turn 3. If you activate Wisp and Katra at the same time, the 4/4 Radiant appears first, then gets buffed.

Another important interaction: If Temple Scribe dies on the same attack that Memory Dredger gets through, it can immediately be dredged back for a free card draw and life trigger. Dredger also does work bringing back previously-buffed Cult Aspirant or our cheap trigger cards.

Cards not in this deck:

Lunar Magus: He's just awkward. He doesn't proc when he comes down, so he has to survive a turn. But then he procs before you can play anything else the next turn. Devoted Theurge and other fine 4-drops could work well here, but in practice, the 4-slot has always felt like a log jam. There's just too much good stuff. I have it pared down as much now as I ever have.

There are few 4-ofs in this deck because there are several cards that we're much less excited to see a second copy of. Instead we want to find ways to make different things work together.

Outlook

I don't see this deck having long-term legs. It was good in the tumultuous meta at the end of February 2018. It has enough life gain to stabilize against aggro, and it's aggressive enough to threaten control. However, I feel like if opponents knew what was coming, they could have sometimes managed removal or board pressure differently.

Edit 3/24: Replaced a Dreamsnatcher with a fourth Oasis Seeker due to the disappearance of Lightning Storm. Seeker is easier to cast, trades with more things, and procs on attack rather than on damage dealt.

Details

Shiftstone Cost (Does not include campaign cost) 34,500
Premium Cost 155,200
Influence Requirements 2 2
Power Sources 18 15 8
Deck Rarities 22 22 11 7
Card Types 35 3 12 25
Archetype Midrange
Updated March 24, 2018
Added March 1, 2018
Views 8,795
Eternal Version v1.29 - Dead Reckoning
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Revisions (Since last major patch) March 24, 2018

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neolights2363 Eternal Version: 1.29
I use a deck VERY SIMILAR to this and it’s amazing synergy Since there’s lots of recursion I included some Xenan Initiations and 2 Shadowlands Tyrants. His synergy with Katra perfection. But it’s not necessary. When I ran the deck is was full on Recursion and was with the old Vara. But I like the skinny version you have here. I wonder how I’d adjust it at all?
JohnY Eternal Version: 1.28.7
Hmm .. I miss Colony Matron , it's like a "must have" card in a deck like this for me, by the way it is a cool deck.
Rainhall Eternal Version: 1.29
I see how that could be fun. It's very slow for what this deck wants to do, though. It doesn't come out until 5, then it needs another turn to spawn, then another turn for the bat to attack. Do you run a control-style Katra deck? I'd love to see your list.
Tenken Eternal Version: 1.28.7
Is it unplayable without Ayans? What about with SST?

Obv it can win without them. I just mean to say should I not bother trying since it will lose a lot of power.
Rainhall Eternal Version: 1.28.7
You should be okay without SST. Consider Beckoning Lumen, Extract, Blistering Wasp, Devoted Theurge. I was still seeing a fair amount of Makto when I made this list and SST and Vara's Choice are my only answers.

I'm more skeptical about leaving out Ayan. He's so strong when you ambush him down at the end of your opponent's turn, then drop Katra and attack on yours. Ambush is also great after Harsh Rule. He's our biggest lifesteal unit. He's just such a bomb for 3 power.
Tenken Eternal Version: 1.28.7
Thanks for the reply man.
b0n0b0 Eternal Version: 1.28.7
wow this deck is awesome. Just went 6:1 on my first try. It can have really busted draws, but its not reactionary at all. If youre out tempoed or theyve got a big bad blocker, and you dont draw your varas choice, it gets real hairy really fast... but yeah, its great fun!
b0n0b0 Eternal Version: 1.28.7

I took out the 3x bauble, i dont really like the card and 2x seek power, so i had some room and added some 3x varas favors and 2x Talirs Intervention. Just won a game because i could silence the endurance of a SST after the opp attacked, that card can be so clutch some times, and still is a cheap activator :)

what do you think about Cabal Slasher? can be brought back with dredger as well and can explode dmg wise.
Rainhall Eternal Version: 1.28.7
I haven't even tested him. My concern has always been his 3 toughness, but I may be paranoid. Even if opponent has torches, everything we have dies to torches, so we want to put a strain on that card. Better they torch Slasher than Ayan, Katra or Becky.

If you try it, let me know how it goes.