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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Stonescar Aggro

This is a fairly traditional Stonescar aggro list featuring Blackhall Warleader which is much better than it looks. I’m a big fan of the card. I accidentally overslept the tournament. If I hadn’t, my teammate Aetherllama wouldn’t have won this tournament. I think this Oni Ronin is very well positioned. Try it out and win the game. We literally played the Ixtun Merchant because it was a stipulaton of the stream. Unsure if it it’s a card we should play

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Eternal
sifudanny

Call to the Divine: Divining Rod after the Fall of Argenport

Calming down from the nail-biting anticipation of set four, everyone is scrambling to find their new favorite list to play. Whether it be a new take on Yeti Aggro, Wisp Killers, Mono-Time, or just finding the new crests a home in your old decks to help with the power base. One thing I’m always looking for, when a set comes out, is wha are all of the combos? I just can’t get enough of combo decks! Everyone is currently trying

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Rad Wisps

Set 4: The Fall of Argenport is finally here! My plan for this first week or so of the set is to bring y’all a brand new video every single day of the week or close to it! My first deck is a Radiant and Wisp based synergy deck. You have Xenan Cultist as your Void Drummer impersonator and Memory Dredger as Soulbringer‘s 5-6. Your main removal suite is recurring either Pathlighter or Nocturnal Creeper after hitting them with Xenan

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Eternal
notoriousghp

NotoriousGHP’s Screaming Crunch Brigade!

Since the release of set 3, The Dusk Road, I have been working on various Haunting Scream decks. Today on stream, we revisited scream to try some new cards, Crunch, the Hoarder and Kerendon Merchant! 4 Combust (Set1 #392) 3 Dark Return (Set1 #250) 4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5) 2 Permafrost (Set1 #193) 4 Torch (Set1 #8) 4 Cull the Deck (Set4 #202) 2 Devour (Set1 #261) 4 Haunting Scream (Set1 #374) 4 Crunch, the Hoarder (Set4 #258) 4 Gorgon

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Owl Control

This Owl Control deck is a fantastic control deck. It goes over the top of most other control variants with the insane amount of draw that it has. Aid of the Hooru and A New Tomorrow are both insane cards. A lot of folks might not consider A New Tomorrow a draw card or see it as worthy of inclusion but I assure you, spending 10 Power to cast this card so that next turn you can play Aid of

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Community
Mitch Gross

Eternal Optimist: Volume 1 – Getting There

Hello Everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read the first of many of my weekly posts titled, Eternal Optimist.  I am going to dive in to topics that many gaming articles tend to ignore – health and taking care of your mind/body.  This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart and since I’ve been gaming competitively on and off for most of my life, I feel like I have a resume of improving

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Warriors7

Nix-Ox Combo Deck Tech

The Nix-Ox Combo is one of the coolest, and possibly most disgusting decks to grace TESL. Nix-Ox Combo, the Assassin version, was one of the most powerful decks to exist in TES:Legends. It could kill opponents as early as t6 (usually t8-10) while consistently finding early defensive tools to stall long enough. Since its nerf, it has remained relatively quiet, but with the discovery of ramp, Necromancer and Uprising combos, it has now evolved into a new deck. There is

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Unexpected Results: THE Eternal Podcast #10 – Rise of ThePlatypusKing w/ y0ttabyte

We are joined by special guest host y0ttabyte for this episode while TheMantidMan is still moving. We recap the results of a couple tournaments — including ThePlatypusKing‘s undefeated run at the ETS Season 3 Week 1 Tournament as well as a metric ton of Set 4 Spoilers! Catch the show LIVE every Sunday at 8pm Eastern @ twitch.tv/ThePlatypusKing YouTube // Spotify // Simplecast // Direct Download of .mp3 // iTunes // Stitcher Patreon // Stripe // Discord Twitter ThePlatypusking // @PlatypusIsland

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Lateralus19

Lat’s Chats with TurquoiseLink

Howdy folks! Lateralus here and I am bringing you the second edition to my new article series: Lat’s Chats! The goal of this series is to feature different members of the community whether they are a content creator, streamer, or just a player. There are a lot of great people in the TESL community and I want to show what different members have to offer for you all whether you have been apart of this community since the beginning, just

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Legacy Open Top 8 with Czech Pile

Hello, Dunkelwerk here! This weekend Aphelion and I found ourselves in a Legacy Top 8 for our local shop. I chose Czech Pile for the tourney for it’s amazing fair match up. My local area has wayyy too many Death and Taxes players and I felt very confidant in my Grixis Delver match. I’ve probably played 300 game versus competent Grixis Delver piolts and the real secret is: board in Marsh Causalities and don’t play around Daze. Anyways, he’s how

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Yowie’s Month of Fun: Week 1

Born out of a disgust for the current meta and the lack of creativity plaguing the ladder was this experiment – the idea that you could take a series of different and unique decks to ladder and still perform well enough to satisfy your hunger for victory and maintain some dignity. I was starting to feel bored with the game and disillusioned with the ladder grinding experience so I came up with this concept to spice up my personal gameplay

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Eternal
Aphelion

Spoiler Alert! – Alchemists Concoction

We are deep in the spoiler season ready for next weeks release and every day we get another piece of candy. I’m not ‘fraid of no cavities – spoil me away! Today I got my spoiler and I think this is a spicy one with applications in both draft and ranked ladder play in a few currently unseen brews. So lets pull the band aid off so I can get to the juicy stuff. Alchemists Concoction, is everything I like

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Spoiler Alert! — Vanquisher’s Blade

I am here today to reveal an exciting new card from the upcoming new set of Eternal — The Fall of Argenport. I revealed it on stream in a slew of viewer battles. Each win unlocked a new portion of the card starting with Rarity and culminating with the actual text of the card. One of my favorite Eternal streamers, y0ttabyte revealed his spoiler this way and I just had so much fun watching that I stayed up until 6AM

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
endozoite

WarpMeta #23 and ESL Memorial Recap with EndoZoa

WarpMeta took a week off during E3. Luckily the community stepped up and the comically named “1st annual ESL Memorial Tournament” was held in its place on Saturday. At the memorial tournament, the two big dogs of the format, Aggro Hlaalu and Uprising Scout, were unsurprisingly the most represented archetypes with another competitive staple, Giants BM, being the next most played. While he eventually fell in the semi-finals to superthx555 it should be noted that FroGGer91 made an insane run

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Magic: The Gathering
Victor3R

Reading the Signs of Core Set 2019

Hello, everybody, and welcome to my first article for Team Rankstar! My name is Victor and my main focus is on limited Magic. I just got back from Grand Prix Vegas with a disappointing 5-3 finish and am looking forward to the new Core Set 2019 format. The full set when live today so my very first step in evaluating each format is to look at the so-called “Signpost Uncommons,” the 10 card gold cycle that lets you know each

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Eternal
jez2718

Taking Chances: Probability and the Fall of Argenport

Hi, jez2718 here again with another article on using probability to inform deck building. In my last article I introduced the framework for calculating deck building probabilities, and looked at some basic questions you can inform via probability. In this article we’ll be building on that (so if you haven’t read the last article, I recommend reading it first) to look at evaluating a couple of strategies made relevant by spoiled Fall of Argenport cards. “Discard is consistency” and pre-boarding

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Magic: The Gathering
Aphelion

Super Jank Bros – “Mono Blue Painter”

Hello and welcome to the first edition of “Super Jank Bros”, a periodical column about some of the spicier piles of jank that catch our attention! Since the majority of us play Magic: The Gathering, as well as Eternal or Hearthstone, this column may include deck showcases from any of those games. This weeks edition features a somewhat dead archetype: Mono Blue Painter For those who do not know, the “Painter” (as it is commonly referred to, and will be

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Eternal
sifudanny

The Many Faces of Rakano

A lot of people, including me when I first started playing thought only of Rakano as aggro. Sure you had some weapons and inspire cost one at the time, but if you wanted to win with Rakano it was aggro with a Deepforged Plate attached to a Champion of Glory coming in to crush your opponents dreams. I started right when set two (Omens of the Past) came out and with that set it didn’t bring much in the hope

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Radiant Scream

Another week. Another deck. This week we have a much more serious list than last while still a bit on the meme side. First, this deck is a blast to play. I played Blackhaven on my stream twice while he was on this list — the first time he was Rank 1, the second time he was Rank 2. We split the games and he reclaimed Rank 1 off of me where he still sits at the time of writing.

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Community
Lateralus19

Lat’s Chats with Warriors7

Howdy folks! Lateralus here and I am bringing you the first edition to my new article series: Lat’s Chats! The goal of this series will be to feature different members of the community whether they are a content creator, streamer, or just a player. There are a lot of great people in the TESL community and I want to show what different members have to offer for you all whether you have been apart of this community since the beginning,

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
endozoite

EndoZoa’s Comprehensive Guide to Tempo Assassin

People have been asking for it for a long time so here it is: my guide to Tempo Assassin as we currently understand it. Tempo Assassin is a largely unexplored archetype with contributions from a small number of top players. I piloted my build of the deck to a #6 legend finish April 2018. Afterwards a few players, GentleBen in particular, spent a significant amount of time and energy tuning their own versions which followed largely the same philosophy as

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Last Stand at the Memes

Hello and welcome back to another adventure on Platypus Island! This week we have “Molten Stand” or “Last Stand at the Fist” or “Last Stand at the Memes” — the naming possibilities are endless! Essentially I wanted to take one of my favorite and most successful deck ideas (Molten Fist beatdown), and add some spice in the form of Last Stand at the Gate. The game plan is pretty straightforward: control the board until you can buff up some armor

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Eternal
dunkelwerk23

Tips for a More Enjoyable Ladder Experience

Eternal’s ladder changes by the minute; you could be queueing into Skycrag Aggro for 5 consecutive games, finally change your deck to beat it, and never see it again. If you’re like me, you suffer from minor ladder anxiety, really dislike “ropers”, and really don’t enjoy losing. This ladder experience challenges me sometimes, and with Set 4 on our doorstep, here are a few of the ways I keep it enjoyable:   Take frequent breaks Get 5 loses in a

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
justinlarson

You Should Play Raidmother OTK – Justin Larson

Howdy folks, Justin here, writing for Team Rankstar. These guys were cool enough to give me the opportunity to encourage some off-meta decks on a regular basis, and I’m bringing you back to basics with this one. If you like this sort of thing, please let the Team Rankstar guys know, so I can double my nonexistent page rate. I really enjoy writing, but after CVH went to the dark side, I haven’t been able to find a site to

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Unexpected Results: THE Eternal Podcast #9 – Merchants and Markets, Oh My!

In this episode, we discuss a couple community events both past and future but largely we discuss the latest spoilers. Namely, we discuss Merchants, Markets, and the future of Organized Play. Catch the show LIVE every Sunday at 8pm Eastern @ twitch.tv/ThePlatypusKing YouTube // Simplecast // Direct Download of .mp3 // iTunes // Stitcher Patreon // Stripe // Discord Twitter ThePlatypusking // @PlatypusIsland TheMantidMan // @MantidMan Team Rankstar // @TeamRankstar

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Magic: The Gathering
Aphelion

Top 8 Time Vault Games Open ft Food Chain

Hello all! I top 8’d a 6 round of swiss, 34 person tournament and wanted to post my thoughts on it. Here is the list I brought: http://mtgtop8.com/event?e=19394&d=323551&f=LE While I do not have a fully detailed recollection of how everything shook out, I can do a quick once over of my matches: R1 – Rory BUG Delver G1 – BUG Delver did BUG Delver-y stuff. 2 blindly flipped Delvers closed out the game pretty quickly. G2 – I actually am pretty

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
endozoite

Warpmeta #21 + #22 Recap with EndoZoa

It’s been an action packed two weeks of Warpmeta and while it has felt like the community has continued to narrow its focus onto a few key decks, every week new ideas and lineups shake things up and continually push us in new directions. Warpmeta #21 Warriors7 took down Warpmeta #21 for the 2nd week in a row with the two decks for which he is probably best known: Midrange Battlemage and Conscription Telvanni. His third deck, Tribunal Control was

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Community
Aphelion

Welcoming EndoZoa, Lateralus19 and PauloDiogo to Team Rankstar!

We are beyond excited to welcome this power trio to Team Rankstar! In order to get to know them better, I decided to interview each of them about their experience in TESL, goals within Team Rankstar and thoughts about the community!   What brought you to TESL? EndoZoa: I’ve been playing TCGs/CCGs for years (started mtg in 2nd grade) and basically grew up on daily mtg and ChannelFireball articles. I’d tried several digital TCGs before (HS, Shadowverse, Hex, Duelyst, etc.)

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Eternal
ThePlatypusKing

Rakano Midrange

Rakano Midrange featuring the likes of Copperhall Porter and Jekk, the Bounty Hunter originally submitted by stream viewer, ProLuckor. Watch ThePlatypusKing navigate his way through a handful of games with this delightful archetype!

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Eternal
jez2718

Taking Chances: A Guide to Using Probability in Deck Building

Hi, jez2718 here. As some of you may know, I am a mathematics PhD student and as Batteriez has occasionally let slip on Discord this has lead to team TGP blackmailing asking me to do probability calculations to inform various deck building choices that arise in Eternal.  So I thought I’d write an article about the basic techniques that I’ve been using. What do these calculations achieve? It’s important to remember what we are and aren’t doing here. The advantage

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Eternal
Aphelion

TheSkeeJay’s Tier List | June 3, 2018

Hello again everybody! Two weeks ago I debuted the first version of my tier list and it was very well received, so thank you to everybody who took the time to leave some feedback! This week, I wanted to use data to try to get an accurate picture of the meta game. This served two purposes: 1) It made sure that I didn’t leave any decks off the list that are popular enough to be considered; and, 2) Knowing which

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Eternal
The Mantid Man

Dumpster Decking: Brenn, Chronicler of Ages

Oh my Rolant, we’re back again, Vara, Kaleb, everybody sing, Gonna bring you Scrap, show you how, Gotta gotta question for you, better Answer now, yeah! Am I original? (nah) Am I the Jankiest? (Nah) Am I terrible? (yeah) Am I everything you need? You better Dumpster Dive with me! If you did not get that garbage fire of a Backstreet Boys reference, congratulations, you did not have to suffer in high school like some of us did. For the

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Warriors7

Epics Crafting Guide

Epics Crafting Guide by EndoZoa, Karakondzhul and Warriors7 Epics provide powerful utility tools to a deck, and they are often worth crafting before legendaries. The cards will be rated from a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest, and there will be brief descriptions as well. There will also be a top 5 list to craft, which means story mode cards or cards from gold expansions will be excluded, though they will be

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Community
Aphelion

Learning the Lingo

Have you ever overheard a conversation in a language you understand, but the topic and words being use were so foreign, you had no idea what they are talking about? Like hearing someone passionately discuss a sport you have never followed, or go on about their favorite role playing game. Often this is because they are using phrases and words that are unfamiliar to you, so you have a hard time assigning meaning. For us card game players, this is

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Warriors7

Legendary Crafting Guide

Free to play in TES:Legends is extremely viable, and this is proven through the role legendaries play in most decks. Legendaries are often not core to an archetype, but will increase the power level of the deck. Epics, rares and commons are the backbone of most decks, and it is far more important to prioritize soul gems on those cards. Yet legendaries have some of the most unique and fun mechanics in the game, and some legendaries are the centrepiece

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Eternal
Aphelion

TheSkeeJay’s Tier List | May 20, 2018

Hello everyone, welcome to the first edition of TheSkeeJay’s semi-weekly tier list. I’ve noticed a rather large void in the Eternal Tier List world and I hope to fill that if at all possible. Most tier lists that I’ve seen tend to only take Masters players into account, which spills out slightly into Diamond. But that unfortunately leaves out a pretty healthy chunk of the player-base who read those lists and think that whatever works in Masters will work in

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
endozoite

The Waiting Game

In the wide world of trading and collectible card games, individual games emphasize different strategic niches through which mastery can be achieved. A skill of particular importance in The Elder Scrolls: Legends (TESL), more so than most other games of the genre, is the proper utilization of inaction. While most games that use the power toughness (p/t) system: Hearthstone, Magic, Shadowverse, Hex, Eternal… will teach players that maximum efficiency should be prioritized in almost all cases, TESL is very different.

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Welcoming NotoriousGHP and Theovermaster to Team Rankstar!

The cat is more or less out of the bag already, but I wanted to take a minute to formally welcome NotoriousGHP and Theovermaster to Team Rankstar! NotoriousGHP GHP hails from the cold NE corner of North America. With several years of MTG success under their belt, then went looking for something to scratch the itch without needing so much preparation. Hearthstone was the first mistress to tango with the Notorious one, after a few years of hearthstone, GHP wanted

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Eternal
Aphelion

Dumpster Decking Challenge

Team Rankstar is hosting a deck building challenge based around “Brenn, Chronicaler of Ages”! First place will receive a $25 Steam Gift Card! Perfect for completing your set of Knucklebones! The rules: – We pick a card that is not particularly popular or appears in a tier deck – We will offer 1 week for deckbuilding – You will develop a deck list for Sifudanny to play 5 games on stream – Lists will be submit in The Dojo (https://discord.gg/A62XzMT)

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Izana

TES:L Spotlight: Aggro Hlaalu

Houses of Morrowind is one month old! The meta, while far from established, is starting to settle down. Recently, Warrior7 and Karakondzhul released their meta list with no surprises in the tier 1 section: Midrange Dagoth Ur Midrange Battlemage Token Hlaalu In this article, we are going to analyze the core cards, general strategy, and possible variations of Token Hlaalu in the metagame. Overview HlaaIu is perhaps the most difficult house to theorycraft. With strong midrange colors, access to mechanics

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Eternal
Aphelion

Magikarp plays Rakano Plate

This edition of “Magikarp plays” (title under construction) we tackle a classic aggressive strategy that is perfect for a control heavy meta: Rakano Plate! 4 Oni Ronin (Set1 #13) 4 Torch (Set1 #8) 4 Champion of Glory (Set1 #314) 4 Crownwatch Paladin (Set1 #139) 1 Miner’s Musket (Set3 #10) 2 Ornate Katana (Set1 #23) 4 Rakano Outlaw (Set1 #20) 4 Vanquish (Set1 #143) 2 Cinder Yeti (Set1002 #1) 4 Unseen Commando (Set3 #122) 4 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151) 4 Whirling

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Eternal
arbitraryarmor

Light the Night with Flame: Skycrag Burn

Light the Night with Flame: Skycrag Burn Skycrag Aggro has been around ever since Omens of the Past was released. Backing up the classic fire aggro shell of cheap warcry units with some very powerful multifaction threats, Skycrag can make short work of many opponents. However, what if we cut out the middleman? What if we dropped most of the units and weapons and opted for a more direct approach? If going to the dome is more your style, I

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Embracing Variance

Variance is a tricky mistress, at singular events it is very intuitive but when It comes to large numbers our intuition is seldom correct. The result of this dissonance hurts us when it comes to gaming, since almost every game we play has random elements embedded in it. I’ll try to make this point clearer with an example from TESL. Say you are running an awesome midrange warrior deck and you’ve played over 100 games with this deck, winning at

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
zurflootrs

Deck Tech: Highlander Tribunal

Hello and welcome to the first (hopefully of many) of my deck tech articles! Today I want to share with you one of the most exciting and potential-packed decks I’ve been tinkering with, Singleton Tribunal. As soon as I saw that tricolor decks were becoming an option, I knew I wanted to try to make them work with the singleton cards that the Forgotten Hero Pack brought. While Singleton certainly isn’t the most viable or strongest way to play Tribunal,

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Eternal
Team Rankstar

Dr. Netdeck: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet.

Netdecking is the process whereby a player replicates a (usually) tournament winning decklist in a competitive card game, it implies a lack of creativity in a player who simply wants to grind out wins, be that on ladder or otherwise. Netdecking is often openly frowned upon and far less often defended. I’m here to tell you why Netdecking is probably the best tool you have in Eternal and how to do in the most effective manner. Why should I start

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends
cificare

Deck Guide: Redoran Rally

It’s been an exciting season in our TESL community with the release of the long anticipated Morrowind expansion. I’m not going to touch on any of the new mechanics or changes to the game, as I’m sure you have all seen that by now. Instead I wanted to share with you my favorite 3-colored deck, a Midrange Rally Redoran. This is my first deck guide after joining team TRS and I plan to produce content on a regular basis for

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Eternal
The Mantid Man

Mind Linking: SooNo

This is the first ever Mind Linking that I, with the help of Team Rankstar, will be putting up in tandem with SifuDanny’s Interview series videos on Youtube. This week we dive into the ETS Season 2 Week 3 runner-up SooNo. The first thing to note is it is not that difficult to pronounce his name when you are casting events or talking to your friends about the guy you hate. It is SO-NO, pretty simple. Not “Soo nu”, not “Snow”, and

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Eternal
Team Rankstar

Jank Friday – Crowned Firebombs

Hello everyone, heywhyyou is here with our new (not sure if it’s will be weekly, but I’ll try my best) Jank Friday article series! I hope everyone had a great week and hopefully most of you already made masters in ranked. If you have, well, I might have something for ya! Note: this deck won’t help you climb up the ladder. In fact you might drop a lot of ranks with it. Still excited? Alright, I warned you. Crowned Firebombs!!

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Community
Aphelion

Don’t Fear The Roper

Life happens. Sometimes really unexpectedly. With the best intentions to finish a game, sometimes you sit down and it feels like everything is against you on that goal. The wonderful door to door salesperson strolls up mid control mirror, it’s been a while since you heard from Grandma so she calls to catch up, Taco Bell decides it officially doesn’t agree with you, your very sick 4-year-old wakes up thrilled. Anyone who has played video games for any amount of

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