Meta Monday – Xenan Brushstalker

Hello and welcome to another Meta Monday, the first video we have for you today isn’t quite a force in the meta but it is an iteration on Alarmadillos Xenan Killers list.
4 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
3 Twilight Hunt (Set3 #59)
4 Ripknife Assassin (Set1003 #13)
3 Vara’s Choice (Set2 #206)
2 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
4 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
4 Auric Interrogator (Set1002 #13)
4 Ayan, the Abductor (Set2 #204)
4 Dawnwalker (Set1 #86)
4 Snapping Brushstalker (Set2 #53)
4 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
2 Twinbrood Sauropod (Set1 #113)
4 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
6 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
8 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
3 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
4 Seat of Mystery (Set0 #61)
4 Xenan Banner (Set2 #201)
Recently Snapping Brushstalker was buffed to be a 5/5 and this is interesting for a few times as now not only does it rebuy dawnwalkers forever but it is also immune to Auric Runehammer. The interesting part of this deck is that it is truly a killers deck, you get to Twilight Hunt or Xenan Initiation your Brushstalker and if your opponent is trying to interact with removal spells you get to keep replaying your Snapper, Of course you can get tempo’d out with do nothing spells like Strategize and Seek Power but you have so many other threats in your deck that are must answer that you should be able to force your opponent onto the back foot where they don’t have the time to spend messing about with spells that don’t impact the board.
We are also really grindy here too as is expected of the archetype and Snapper should really help you to rebuild from Harsh Rule decks as now you have the built in way to recur your Dawnwalkers and don’t need to draw something off the top. The Killer effects in this deck can make you feel like you brought a machine gun to a sword-fight. I don’t think this list is perfect and I’d like to iterate upon it further perhaps adding some more two or four drops but I did cut the sandstorm titans here so that I could really see how good Snapper was though it’s probably correct to play some number of each.
I did record a few other videos this week though, the first one being one of the early iterations of the Svetya, Bear Mom TJP beatdown deck which was only a few cards off the lists in the ETS top 8 this weekend.
3 Finest Hour (Set1 #130)
3 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
2 Accelerated Evolution (Set1 #351)
4 Awakened Student (Set1 #331)
4 Equivocate (Set1003 #21)
4 Kothon, the Far-Watcher (Set2 #218)
3 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
4 Hooru Pacifier (Set1003 #23)
4 Knight-Chancellor Siraf (Set1 #335)
3 Stand Together (Set1 #334)
4 Unseen Commando (Set3 #122)
4 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
1 Copperhall Elite (Set1 #340)
4 Shelterwing Rider (Set2 #223)
3 Svetya, Orene of Kosul (Set3 #304)
5 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
2 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
1 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
2 Combrei Banner (Set1 #424)
3 Crest of Wisdom (Set3 #261)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)
1 Elysian Banner (Set1 #421)
2 Hooru Banner (Set2 #216)
3 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)
2 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)
I also finally got around to covering LightsOutAce Scrappy Hour, which is something I’ve been trying to fit into the schedule for quite some time especially after last weekends revenge hour really got me in the mood to play with some more Witching Hour decks.
4 Combust (Set1 #392)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
2 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Devour (Set1 #261)
4 Quarry (Set1001 #15)
4 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
4 Assembly Line (Set1 #29)
4 Madness (Set1 #267)
4 Scraptank (Set1 #391)
4 Stonescar Scrapper (Set3 #236)
4 Gearcruncher (Set3 #46)
4 The Witching Hour (Set1 #310)
1 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
8 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Crest of Chaos (Set3 #268)
4 Granite Waystone (Set3 #1)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)
This format feels by no means solved, and I am sure there are still plenty more decks we can play but I am looking forward to some new cards so we get to try out some new things especially with the full set of crests, I’ve been Thatresolves, see you next week :heart:


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