What an exciting weekend for Team Rankstar! Congratulations to Magikarp for taking down the ETS! Their deck went wide, dodged sweepers and pushed damage through very effectively, which made for some exciting games. Great job Sifudanny for top 8ing with a deck you generally steer clear of! We are also expanding into some other games, and just started working more heavily in The Elder Scrolls Legends, so expect some content for that soon!
The ETS top 8 only had 2 copies of Hailstorm, which were in Sifudanny’s sideboard, so it allowed for some new and old favorites to rise again. TinMan came in second with their aptly named version of Burn Queen, which was a risky but very good meta call on their part. Mouche also took advantage of the sweeper light meta with a really interesting TJP aggro list. A combination of Combrei Flightschool and Hooru Fliers, packing evasion, protection, with a hint of reach! AP Mid made sure to have a strong presence this week, with 3 decks making it into the top 8, which continues to be a really strong choice for tournament play. This spicy list in the top 8 this week is DrHero’s take on “Praxis Horn“. This has a great control matchup, with 4x Flamestoker in the board, and Shepherd’s Horn to help stabilize versus aggro. A really interesting choice, I am a huge fan!
We are working on some new projects very soon, to hopefully have a more detailed analysis of things happening in the Eternal world, including a more indepth look at tournament decks and results. Hoping to have a formal announcement very soon!
3 Finest Hour (Set1 #130)
4 Oni Ronin (Set1 #13)
2 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Steady Marshal (Set3 #105)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Champion of Glory (Set1 #314)
4 Crownwatch Paladin (Set1 #139)
4 Rakano Outlaw (Set1 #20)
2 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
4 Unseen Commando (Set3 #122)
4 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
4 Whirling Duo (Set3 #254)
4 Hammer of Might (Set1 #170)
3 Deepforged Plate (Set1 #317)
7 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
6 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)
4 Rakano Banner (Set1 #427)
4 Seat of Glory (Set0 #56)
Today we have gone for something a little different from recent weeks – after a few weeks of hard control we’ve decided to go back to our roots and try out two of the premiere fire based beatdown decks (but don’t worry we’ll be completing the triangle later this week with some Stonescar gunslingers!)
On top of this though we’ve got a real hard hitter, the go big or go home Vodacombo deck! Though Voda isn’t exactly well positioned with a little luck you can really go a long way as you go over the top of anything and everything and you even get to sit back and let the client do a bunch of the work for you! The age old midrange combination of Desert Marshal and Mystic Ascendant is still very good and the cost increase to Protect is mostly ignored as the turn you play Marshal the empower brings you up to having an additional 2 to hold up the protect. I’d like to try out some primal in here so we had a little bit more interaction but you really just want to slam one of your huge “combo” pieces and go off!
Skycrag is allegedly the best laddering deck we have right now, and I’m inclined to nearly agree. I think it’s honestly argenport but of course I’m biased there and I think if you got a really good pilot than Skycrag could definitely win over it. Being able to get on the board a whole turn earlier is huge especially being on the play with Oni Ronin. Skycrag also gets to blank Hailstorm a little bit with it’s cheap Aegis units turning Hailstorm into a 3 cost *Slay* that pops a few aegis. Mortar to me feels like the biggest weak spot and as soon as something better gets printed this deck could very much be in danger of becoming an overturned monster. I feel like Argenport is a lot easier to play, I’m not sure if this is just down to playstyle.
Rakano is honestly my least favourite beatdown deck but I’ve been very interested in watching it grow and develop over the past year or so. I think my list was perhaps a mistake because it wasn’t playing inquisitors blade over some number of hammer of might. I’d be happy to revisit this again in the future if a good list came up but I’m unlikely to make any innovations on this myself. Rakano however has a lot of strengths it plays some of the best justice staples in Enforcer and Commando and gets to finish games with Deepforged Plate as well as just being able to hammer the midrange mirrors with its Champion of Glory, Whirling Duo and Unseen Commando!
Stonescar is honestly my favourite but I’m hoping to fit together a separate article on that and its evolution.
I’m hoping to chuck out a little extra content next week as I’ve got a few extra days off so hit me up in the comments on reddit and let me know what you’d like to see!