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Lore Broker’s Files: The Volkov Project

This is the third episode in the Lore Broker’s Files video series. As we continue diving into the lore behind the wonderful world of Mythgard we look now to the green Dreni faction and that super soldiers of the Volkov Project. Enjoy the dive into the Lore Broker’s Files and, as always, Spoilers ahead!

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Lore Broker’s Files: Parsa

This is the Second episode in the Lore Broker series. This series continues to cover the story, lore, and theory within the world of Mythgard in short, easy to take in sections. In this episode we look at everything that makes the Empire of Parsa such a force in the world. Enjoy the journey in to the Lore Broker’s Files, as always Spoilers Ahead.

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Flame of Xulta Spoiler: Waylay

Editor’s note: This is a guest article that TRS has published on behalf of the writer. All credit goes to GhettoBiolan. Hey Party Peoples, It is I, GhettoBiolan, here once again with a community spoiler.  While my spoiler this time isn’t as cool as a legendary spell that creates and draws a Dragon, it is still, at least, a rare that has a rather unique effect that doesn’t yet exist in Eternal.  Now before I go showing you this shadow

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Lore Broker’s Files: Chapter 1

This is the first episode in a brand new series from Team Rankstar that covers the lore of Mythgard in short, easy to take in chunks. The episodes have visuals but you do not have to watch to be able to enjoy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a peek into The Lore Broker’s Files. Spoilers ahead, this episode covers everything in Chapter 1 which acts as the game tutorial.

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Seat of Impulse: Mastery

This week, Dire Wolf Digital announced the newest mechanic, Mastery. This mechanic rewards you for having Units and Weapons stick around and deal damage. Let’s see what the TRS fam thinks about this new addition to the arsenal and some of the cards we see with it. Brody Mastery is probably going to be a starter deck theme. I’m already thinking way past that and the first direction I’m going is a Parry: Mastery deck. Skycrag and Hooru aggro specifically.

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Trail Stories: Magikarp

Age: 30 Birthplace: Coos Bay, Oregon (small coastal town on the West Coast of the United States) Team Affiliation: Team Rankstar Most Notable Eternal Achievement: I’m pretty proud of my ECL win rate which I currently think is the highest. I’m at 76% and many times I look back on the tournament and think, “Wow, I just played against a bunch of people I look up to, and got really lucky!” Other than that, I met my goal of reaching

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Seat of Impulse: The Trials of Grodov

Magikarp If we’ve seen anything in Expedition, “Praxis Shift Tokens” has been something heavily experimented with. Both Cloak of Moments and Borderlands Trailcutter have potential in a deck like this in Standard ladder. The other cards that jump out at me are Gnash and Sodi – both cards are powerful enough to be featured main deck in constructed as of now. Many of the other cards are niche, but may have a place in the market of certain decks. While

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Trail Stories: Adreus

Introducing the first ever ETERNAL WORLD CHAMPION, Adreus. Hailing from the Skycragish lands of Canada, he brought the Fire and Justice to take home more than $30,000 in total winnings from the first World Championship run.

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A Reflection on Worlds

This is a guest article from the storied tournament player and community figure, noverb. If you want to write a quest article for Team Rankstar, please reach out to MantidMan. My name is Nathan “noverb” Overbay. I am a card game player. I would not consider myself a professional by any means but I do enjoy playing competitively. I am a member of the team Friends of Eternal. This past weekend I participated in the first official Eternal Card Game

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Trail Stories: johnkkez

I had fully intended to pause Trail Stories and pick it back up by interviewing the winner of the Eternal World Championships. I told myself I would only spur it back up early if I was presented with something magical. Then, like Mana from Heaven and after 5 months of originally asking, johnkkez reached out to me to get an actual profile up before the big day. How could I turn this down? Well, spoilers, I couldn’t… so here we

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Proposed Balance Suggestions for Mythgard: A Response to Rhino

Following the announcement about balance suggestions by Rhino Games CEO, Phu, on Discord yesterday, I talked with some friends and TRS members about their ideas for proposed balance changes. I’ve gathered some here for speculation by our readers. Ultimately, the rest of the team and I absolutely trust the development team, but we were prompted and allowed to run free with ideas. Do you agree with what we have proposed? Disagree? Let us know in the comments below. Mavka: 2[G]G

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Seat of Impulse: June Balance Patch

It is time again for Team Rankstar’s Seat of Impulse. We take some of the TOP MINDS and get their knee-jerk reactions to changes in the game. This week we have a special guest appearance from Nickthos, enjoy! Tchamber5 Nerfs: Vara is still good, but not an auto-include any more. She now dies to a timely Torch from your opponent, which is huge. I think she is still a great value unit, but this does hurt a little Maiden is

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Trail Stories: Alpacalips

Journalism, and more appropriately Trail Stories, is not always about highlighting the good or the bad, but giving those with a story to tell the platform to have it seen.

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Trail Stories: Kaelos the Reckoning

Age: 34 Birthplace: South Carolina Team Affiliation: The Queensguard Most Notable Eternal Achievement: I’ve built a lot of original decks, become known for meme generation, and overcome serious neurological issues to pilot them well on occasion—when I top 8, it’s almost always with my own brew of mono Fire or Stonescar aggro. I’m also incredibly proud of The Queensguard successfully increasing the visibility of competitive women in the community. But, honestly, I am never going to top this post. Playing

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Trail Stories: DarkestHour

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the questions here relate to cards in their pre-patch (7-June) form. Looks like someone had a good pulse on the game… AGE – Time is an abstract concept created by humans and has no real bearing on the events that occur. BIRTHPLACE – Singapore TEAM AFFLIATION – Part of the now-disbanded Team Humbug [CrankyPanda, Kardinole, Prometheus] If you guys ever read this, there is no DarkestHour without you guys. I am also an alumni member/founder of

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Trail Stories: darkrevenger

Editor’s Note: darkrevenger’s first language is not English. Minor editing was done for readability but the integrity of the answers remains true to darkrevenger. AGE: Not sure 27 or 28, I ignore this fact completely, lol. BIRTHPLACE: Santiago del Estero, Argentina TEAM AFFILIATION: None. MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: None yet. PLAYING SINCE: Not sure, when Rakano aggro with 1 Icaria and 4 “search any creature or weapon give it +2 attack” was op. Combrei had Siraf, Titans 2-5’s and 2-1s

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Trail Stories: Rhuark

AGE – 35 BIRTHPLACE – New London, Connecticut TEAM AFFILIATION – Friends of Eternal MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT – 65th in two ECQ events PLAYING SINCE – Open Beta DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT – Tuner, but I enjoy building bad decks FAVORITE DECK ARCHETYPE – Tempo FAVORITE CARD – Equivocate MOST DISLIKED OR DAMAGING CARD – Cards requiring pledge for effect ONE ETERNAL WISH – Need a rotation of some kind to make

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Trail Stories: KrymsonKing

Age: 30 Birthplace: Southern California. I’m a desert kid. Team Affiliation: None competitive, but a couple janky brewer groups. Most notable Eternal achievement: Multiple First Flame explosions on the same turn. Outside the game, becoming a mod. Playing since: Omens Do you consider yourself a builder, tuner, or strictly a pilot: I’m a builder, a brewer, a tuner, and a joker. Favorite deck archetype: Combo or aggro, depending on context. Favorite card: Either Reinvigorate or Parry. They’re interesting combat tricks

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Power Bases and Speed

The following is a guest article by RousseausDisciple. Greetings, fellow players of Eternal! I am RousseausDisciple, and today I would like to talk about power bases and deck speed in the game. To begin, I have a question for you: have you ever played a power on autopilot, only to kick yourself seconds later because it prevented you from making a play you just drew, or that could have been played next turn? I know I have (and still do,

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I Wrote Better Articles Than This in 2016

A guest article by aReNGee Hello, I’m aReNGee! Welcome to my first article in recent memory, where I’m going to illustrate some points from a recent Skycrag deck I played. A huge thanks to Team Rankstar for hosting this article and another thanks to everyone who voted on the Twitter poll that pushed me to create it. Sorry, guy who wanted a podcast. It should go without saying, my opinions are solely my own and I do not represent Team

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Trail Stories: ManuS

AGE – 32 BIRTHPLACE – Near Saarbrücken Germany TEAM AFFILIATION – Eternal Titans MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT – ECQ Dark Frontier Champion PLAYING SINCE – Early Closed Beta (Spring 2016) DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT – Builder and Tuner with more strength in tuning than coming up with super original new ideas. FAVORITE DECK ARCHETYPE – Aggro Control FAVORITE CARD – Shakedown. Not one for favorite cards but this one is pretty sweet and

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Seat of Impulse: Dark Frontier

This time on Seat of Impulse, I sat down with some of the crew from Team Rankstar and got some insight on their favorite cards from the new set. Some are hot fire, like Eclipse Dragon. Others, like Ice Bolt, are only for the cool kids. And then, on the outskirts, are some of the spiciest jank we have seen since the sky started darkening. Come on for a ride, take a seat on the red and yellow chair, and

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Bearhopper Ramp: Deck Tech

A guest article by Mattyocre When I heard about the new promo card being released in April, I really didn’t think much of it.  These cards have been pretty hit or miss in terms of having any real competitive impact in constructed, but the power level recently has seemed to be getting better.  Cursed Prophet, Deleph is a good example of that increased power as he has seen a decent amount of play and reasonable success. But, when I finally

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Trail Stories: TallSharkandHandsome

AGE – 31 BIRTHPLACE – Syracuse, NY (Currently: Baltimore, MD) TEAM AFFILIATION – [TGP] The Great Parliament MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT – Myself? I haven’t had any notable tournament finishes because I never have time to do tournaments. Mostly just a streamer. The thing I did that excited ME the most was back in set 4 when my podcast cohost JayMang and I popularized JPS Blitz so effectively that fellow TGP teammate Almost took an 8-merchant version of it to

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Seat of Impulse: Frontiers on the Frontier

More news from DWD, more impulsive takes from your favorite Team of RankStars. I foresee this being a standard fare for the next few weeks with us so quickly entering spoiler season, so buckle up! It’s time to take a look at a few spoilers and talk a little bit about how we will see more from the Community.

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Trail Stories: Popotito

Note: Popotito’s native tongue is not English, but he answered every question in English for us. In keeping with the theme of Trail Stories I did as little editing as possible to keep it true to Popotito, only cleaning up minor wording to make sure nothing is lost in translation. AGE – I’m 29 years old BIRTHPLACE – I’m from Argentina, Santiago del Estero TEAM AFFILIATION – I’m not in any team but we plan to make a team with

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Seat of Impulse: April

Are you tired of trying to dig through the forty different discord channels and all of off-the-wall opinions on Reddit? Do you want to get a taste of the new information without all of the chaff? You have come to the right place! Seat of Impulse is an ongoing snapshot of the latest news in the Eternal Card Game from some of the best and brightest on Team Rankstar. In this edition we will be looking at a few different

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Trail Stories: Grimfan

AGE – 33 BIRTHPLACE – Springfield, Missouri TEAM AFFILIATION – Friends of Eternal MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT – N/A PLAYING SINCE – 4/29/2016 is when I acquired my closed beta key, I have been hooked ever since. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT – I’m a bit of everything. I love to build with new cards and try to find ways to make old cards work with them, especially underplayed cards that don’t see much

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Trail Stories: Isochron

AGE: I am Isochron BIRTHPLACE: I am not Isomorphic TEAM AFFILIATION: Team Rankstar, but between you and me, they mostly just keep me around so someone would write Meta Monday. MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: There are a few, but if I have to choose one, it’s definitely being called a whiner by IlyaK. PLAYING SINCE: December 31st, 2016. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT: I will have to throw a wrench into the plans right

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Exploring The World in a Digital Card Game

Mythgard is set in a world not unlike our own, it is just a parallel to our world. That is the first draw of the game for people like me. “How can they tell a compelling story set in our world?” This is the variant of a question I tend to ask myself a lot when I find a new game. How can they tell this story? Look, the game play is stellar. The art is phenomenal. The community is

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Trail Stories: Noverb

AGE: 24 BIRTHPLACE: Virginia Beach, VA, USA TEAM AFFILIATION: Friends of Eternal or [FE] MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: Making the finals of an ECQ. PLAYING SINCE: Early beta but only casually. Didn’t start thinking about Eternal competitively until about December 26, 2018. DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT: Probably a Tuner/Pilot. All of the decks that I build myself are just absolute jank. I find myself taking decks from EWC and tweaking them to my

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Trail Stories: Dr Pringles

AGE: 25 BIRTHPLACE: Near Kaiserslautern, Germany TEAM AFFILIATION: The Great Parliament MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: Champion of the latest ETS Invitational (Season 1, 2019) PLAYING SINCE: Late 2017, ETS since Season 1, 2018 DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT: I am a builder. Unfortunately, a bad one. So competitively I’m just a pilot. My plan to make Compass Rod a deck failed horribly. But I also like picking up random decks I find on warcry

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Karp’s Corner: My Eternal Tournament Series Decks

Welcome to another Karp’s Corner! I’m Magikarp from Team Rankstar and this weekend I participated in the ETS S1 Invitational of 2019. As of currently writing this I ended day 1 with a 4-1 record moving on to the top 16. I’m going to outline how my day went, go over why I chose the deck for today, and give you my closing thoughts on the format moving forward. Here are how my match-ups went: Rd. 1: Win [Temporal: 2-1]

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Eternal’s Meta Game Is Actually Great

A Guest Article by Mattyocre I’ve seen a lot of heated debate about the current state of Eternal’s meta game, with many people across various platforms brandishing their torches and pitchforks. Personally, I think the game is in a very healthy position with a wide variety of competitive and fun decks to play.  While I do understand the criticisms many have leveled against it, I’ve been having a lot of fun playing the game regardless of the deck I’m playing

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The New (Cliff) Face of Howling Peak: a History of Eternal’s Most Polarizing Site

A guest article by BrianOrWhatever January 17, 2019: Howling Peak – Now 4 durability and gives +2 health (was 5 durability and gave +3 health). With the shot heard around the world, Eternal was forever changed. Since its first inception a month prior, Howling Peak had been one of Eternal’s most polarizing cards: some loved it for the value it generated by being removal and card advantage all in one, some cited the generated value as being too powerful, and

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Doc’s Laboratory: Maul Is Better Than We Give It Credit For

A guest article by Doc28 of The Shimmerpack I distinctly remember playing in one of the first ETS Weekly tournaments of this season having registered a deck that I felt was incredibly well positioned. Indeed, I was convinced after a week of play-testing, post-balance changes, that Jennev Peaks was, by far, the deck to beat. I felt as though the winner’s metagame of FJS, the mirror and Haunted Highway proved solidly favorable for my build. Furthermore, I felt unduly novel

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Market Theory

An article by CalebovitschCheck out his Stream 1. Historical notes Collectible card games come in all shapes and forms. I have played my fair share of them over the years, both casually and competitively. They all have one thing in common – you have your own deck and play against an opponent’s deck. Either you build yours beforehand or right on the spot in case of the so-called limited events such as drafts, sealed decks, arenas etc. There are restrictions

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Trail Stories: TheRocke

CAN YOU SMEEELLLLLELELELELELEL… WHAT THEROCKE… IS… COOKING?! Sorry, could not resist. Age: 29, turning the big 3 0 next month and officially aging out of competitive gaming Birthplace: Lexington, KY Team Affiliation: The Great Parliament, big shout out to them for picking an ETS rookie who lucked into an invitational Most Notable Achievement: Becoming an ECL admin. Top 8 ECQ Test tournament Playing Since: March 2017 Do you consider yourself a Builder, Tuner, or strictly a Pilot: I’m predominately a

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Doc’s Laboratory: Unconventional Haunting Scream

A guest series by Doc28 of The Shimmerpack As most experienced Eternal players know, Haunting Scream has long been a card of innovation and controversy. Originally a fairly fringe strategy, Scream decks have taken off like wildfire over the past six months or so. From explosive strategies like Feln Berserk and Haunted Highway to combo decks like Almost’s FPS West Wind Herald brew, there are numerous ways to abuse strong units of all kinds with cost four or less. With

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Does Eternal have a Smuggler problem?

A guest article by Mattyocre It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, the market did not exist in Eternal.  The mechanic has essentially become ubiquitous with the constructed format itself. It brings such a level of consistency to every deck that it’s really hard to justify not including at least four of a merchant or smuggler.  In the old days before the market, if you had a bad matchup or something like attachments that you couldn’t naturally

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Shimmering Peaks: ECQ Price of Freedom

An ECQ breakdown from The Shimmer Pack with focus around Jennev PeaksWritten by ZefraLeon and TCGcthulhu Introduction Well, the ECQ: Price of Freedom has come and gone and now it’s time for us to take a look back at what all we learned. Hello, we are ZefraLeon and TCGCthulhu from the team The Shimmer Pack here to give you insight into our ECQ experience. We’ll be taking a look at two different builds of the same deck and letting you

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Karp’s Corner: Episode 2

Welcome to Karp’s corner number two! Last week, we covered a very proactive deck to take advantage of all the card draw and midrange shenanigans going on, Nightmaul. This week, we have decided to join the midrange-fest and talk about a deck that is very near and dear to my heart, Xenan midrange! I have two deck lists for you this week – the first being a copy-paste list of Matt Costa’s top 16 deck from the last worlds qualifier.

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Trail Stories: Pithius

AGE – 26 BIRTHPLACE – Ohrid, Macedonia TEAM AFFILIATION – Friends of Eternal MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT – Finalist at the ETS – 16.02.2019, and Top 100 in both ranked and draft in December 2018. PLAYING SINCE – October 2018 DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT – Pilot and a little bit of a tuner FAVORITE ARCHETYPE – Midrange towards Control FAVORITE CARD – Jotun Feast Caller MOST DISLIKED CARD – Vara, Vengeance Seeker ONE

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Combusting into Madness

A guest article by Doc28 of The Shimmerpack Coming from a competitive Magic the Gathering background, every bone in my body knows that cards like Bone Splinters, Act of Treason and Altar’s Reap are much worse in practice than they look on first glance. Although the base actions of these cards are powerful (killing a creature, stealing a creature, drawing two cards) for their mana costs, the additional costs associated with them prove to hinder their effectiveness. On the surface,

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Karp’s Corner: Play Tested Decklists to Counter this Week’s Metagame

Welcome to my new column! I’m Magikarp for those who don’t know me. I’m former MTG player turned couch potato that loves grinding Eternal on my ipad with no pants on. While I’m not the most mechanically sound player ever, I have adapted to that over the years and compensated by using hard work and lots of experimentation to be able to identify metagames quickly and tune and find decklists that prey on those metagames. I hope that my knowledge

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Trail Stories: GT100

AGE: 27 BIRTHPLACE: Cleveland, OH TEAM AFFILIATION: None MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: First Place in ECQ Price of Freedom PLAYING SINCE: October 2017 DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT: Definitely Pilot first, I usually will pick a list I like off of Eternal Warcry and play it for a while, or I’ll look to a streamer that I watch and try out the deck they are playing if it looks fun. I am a bit

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Trail Stories: JonahVeil

AGE: 32 BIRTHPLACE:  Arizona TEAM AFFILIATION: TEAM RANK STAR BAY BAY MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: #1 Drafter after doing Co-Op Drafts with Amaz PLAYING SINCE: It went into open beta DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A DECK BUILDER, TUNER, OR STRICTLY A PILOT: I am all of the above when I stream. Which probably attributes to why I don’t overly excel at any, but, my favorite aspect of Eternal is building decks. FAVORITE DECK ARCHETYPE: Control FAVORITE CARD: Feln Cauldron MOST

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Trail Stories: Theovermaster

AGE: 33 BIRTHPLACE: I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but was born in Gander, Newfoundland TEAM AFFILIATION: Team Seek Power Gaming MOST NOTABLE ETERNAL ACHIEVEMENT: 2018 Season 3 invitational finalist, 2018 season 4 top 8 Top 4 in 2 of the four test events PLAYING SINCE: August 2016 (around the time that Party Hour was at its peak in power).  I joined around that time and kept getting destroyed on ladder but didn’t quite have the card density to

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4 Reasons to play Aggro (unless you really don’t like it)

Author: Sigaud A lot of people complain when you bring a certain type of aggro deck to the ladder and/or tournament, right? They have their reasons. Actually people really like card games because they want interactions, grindy games, back and forth boards and unexpected swings. I also love this, but, I’m here to show you that you should play aggro for a couple of reasons: Investment Most of aggro decks require cheap cards, because individually they are not so strong

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