Category: Deck Tech

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The Mantid Man

Justa Buncha Rascals

Skycrag Yetis in-depth Deck Tech A guest article from Alison of TQG It’s no secret that Yetis have fallen out of favor recently. The recent dominance of Saber-Tooth Prideleader decks has given x/1 aggro decks a headache. While aggro was still very much a viable strategy, it tended towards overstatted units and combat tricks (eg. Combrei Aggro) rather than going extremely fast and flooding the board, because that strategy was just really bad against Prideleader. But that was all changed

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Calebovitsch

Deck Check – Heart of the Strangers (THRONE)

With the re-emergence of Strangers in Echoes of Eternity, it is only fitting that Calebovitsch takes a look at the new goodies we have received. Is it possible to go below four or even below three colors with a Strangers deck? Well, yes, and this video is going to prove it!

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Calebovitsch

Deck Check – Look! I Am Your Fodder! (EXPEDITION)

Echoes of Eternity are upon us! That means Calebovitsch goes back to brewing decks! This time he ventures into the brand new Expedition format and creates a Destruction deck (FTS) that is all about sacrificing your own units … for fun and profit!

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Calebovitsch

Deck Check – Herald of Bad News (THRONE)

’tis the week before the new Eternal set arrives, and Calebovitsch reminisces about a one-turn-kill deck of olde. One he played a year ago. Now, armed with new tools and after some card changes, he revisits … Herald of Bad News!

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The Mantid Man

EPIC: Launch Meta

This is a Guest Article by Ben Sullivan for Team Rankstar. Ben is a former MtG grinder who has since converted solely to the EPIC Card Game. In the 2019 Origins Tournament, Ben was a top 8 finalist. If you would like to see more EPIC content, let us know! For information on how to play the EPIC Card Game, check out our first guide HERE. With the announcement of full app release in February, it’s time to take stock

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Calebovitsch

Deck Check – The Horse Travelers (THRONE)

Hello and welcome to another episode of Deck Check! In this one Calebovitsch will be going over the newest promo card – Traver’s Farm – and building not one, but two (and a half) decks around it – and the tribe it supports.

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doc28ecg

Once Upon a Time: Overrunning Portland with Modern Elves

On the Friday of MagicFest Portland, I watched my teammate Devon (@arbitraryarmor) take down the Standard PTQ with Jund Sacrifice. At some point that afternoon, I jokingly told him that I’d make it back-to-back Team Rankstar wins the next day in the Modern PTQ. My expectations for the weekend were relatively low given how busy I was leading up to the event; with final exams looming over the month, I decided to trust in my experience and sleeve up Elves,

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LightsOutAce

Lights Out: Invoke the Chair

I hope everyone had/has/will have a wonderful holiday! It’s the season for fun and relaxation, and I can think of no better way to relax and have fun than to play really long games of Eternal. Today’s deck may not take you to the top of ladder, but I’ve had a blast gunning down everything with Blitrok + Vara’s Sanctum: 4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)2 Eremot’s Designs (Set1007 #9)4 Fenris Nightshade (Set4 #204)4 Lightning Strike (Set1 #197)4 Vara’s Favor (Set0

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LightsOutAce

Lights Out – Shadows Over Expedition

Welcome to Lights Out, my old article series revitalized and newly hosted by Team Rankstar! I wrote weekly or biweekly articles throughout 2017 and most of 2018, but website changes and life events kept me out of the article-writing game for most of 2019. Now I’m back, though – expect to see plenty more of me in 2020! If you are not familiar with my work, you can check submission history on reddit or my youtube channel. I’m most known for Xenan decks, Scrappy Hour and various other grindy midrange and control decks.

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noverb

Examining FJS Eclipse

Hello, everyone! Once again, I am Nathan “noverb” Overbay. Today I want to showcase the deck that most of Team Rankstar brought to the November 2019 ECQ: Promises by Firelight. The deck performed rather well for a lot of us and I wanted to walk you through the build step by step.

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: December Week 2

The following people made this article possible: t3544GrandarPapaCapricornBlessioQuitschiSusuexpMancio1982bA1anceLightsoutAce As always, if you’d like to contribute data and have your name featured in the article, make sure to submit your games to both the Throne Ladder and Expedition Ladder forms. If your opponent was on an off-meta deck, please just write a little bit of information about it to make my job a little easier. If you have a large data set, you can DM them to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord, or

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The Mantid Man

That Cultist Life

This guest piece was submitted Ninjela. Hey folks! Did you enjoy the recent ECQ? Are you feeling like you didn’t see quite enough Cultists to satisfy? Want to know how you can get in on that Xenan action for this weekend’s Melee event? Well, you’re in luck! Those cultists carried me to a record of 24-4 in Stage 1 of the ECQ, locking in the #2 spot in the top 64, and I’m here to tell you all about them:

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: November Week 4

Introduction The following people made this article possible: ChriseayLightsOutAceGrandarPapaCapricornSusuexpMancio1982QuitschiBlessiodrAlvioSunsFurybA1anceInjulanderAberosh1819 As always, if you’d like to contribute data and have your name featured in the article, make sure to submit your games to both the Throne Ladder and Expedition Ladder forms. If your opponent was on an off-meta deck, please just write a little bit of information about it to make my job a little easier. If you have a large data set, you can DM them to /u/NotoriousGHP on Reddit, [TRS] NotoriousGHP#6765 on discord,

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Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 11/8/2019

Here is a quick recap of the first week of November, including our first article on “Legends of Runetarra”! Eternal Hearthstone Legends of Runeterra Magic: The Gathering Mythgard The Elder Scrolls: Legends Want to support our content? There’s many ways, best of which is directly at our new Patreon, which helps us support our content creators: https://www.patreon.com/rankstar Not your speed? Check out our sponsors here: https://linktr.ee/teamrankstar Don’t forget, you can play your games with your style with Inkedgaming.com. Use code TRS12 at checkout for 12%

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Weissenberg

Weekly Stream Recap: The Empire of Greed

Hello and welcome to the Weekly Stream Recap with Weissenberg! In this segment your humble servant and the loyal subject to the Nilfgaardian Emperor provides a written testimony of his adventures in the realm of Gwent. Each week we will try our luck with a creative and non-competitive deck and each week we will try to achieve the peak of Gwent memery. The Empire of Greed My dear friends, it’s that time of the month again. No, I’m not talking

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iowatheboat

October 2019 Grand Prix 9 Deck Lists by iowa

Hey guys, it’s iowa. Today I have 9 deck lists for each hero in the game that you can take to the Grand Prix on October 18th. Not sure what Grand Prix is? Go check out my detailed explanation here. The information available on the website is intended to be a general information resource regarding the games covered. You should not construe this as fact or professional advice. The content on Team Rankstar is designed to support and develop the

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: Ø

“But I have patience and experience. A man can do anything if he has those.” – Helmut Zemo, Captain America and the Winter Soldier Hello and welcome back to TheBoxer’s Corner! Unless you speak a Nordic language or study mathematics you probably aren’t familiar with the character Ø. In math it is the symbol used to represent the Empty Set. The Empty Set is the most important set (if you adhere to the ZFC formulation of Axiomatic Set Theory). In

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Weissenberg

Weekly Stream Recap: Viva Vivienne

Hello and welcome to the Weekly Stream Recap with Weissenberg! In this segment your humble servant and the loyal subject to the Nilfgaardian Emperor provides a written testimony of his adventures in the realm of Gwent. Each week we will try our luck with a creative and non-competitive deck and each week we will try to design a set of rules we have to follow throughout the broadcasts. Viva Vivienne With the season slowly coming to an end and the

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noahc92

Budget Decks for Mythgard – October 2019

October! What a fun month…. trick-or-treaters, spoopy memes, budget decks…. October truly has it all. Let’s sit down to enjoy some candy and talk about what this article is. Previously, the idea behind these decks was to present options for new players looking to jump into ladder play and bypass the “finding out what cards to use to start winning hard early” phase of learning the game. Personally, I’m not a free-to-play player, nor am I anywhere near it. I

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Weissenberg

Weekly Stream Recap: Swarm Like Never Before

Hello and welcome to the Weekly Stream Recap with Weissenberg! In this segment, your humble servant and the loyal subject to the Nilfgaardian Emperor provides a written testimony of his adventures in the realm of Gwent. Each week we will try our luck with a creative deck and non-competitive and each week we will design a set of rules we have to follow throughout the broadcasts. Swarm Like Never Before While Gwent has drifted towards the tournament meta and the

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ThePlatypusKing

Even Armory (Dragon’s Shadow Event) | Video

 Tired of Combo killing your opponents out? Don’t want to Scream Units you shouldn’t be able to? Want to grind durdle and Slay your opponents to death with Weapons and Minotaurs? Then this is the deck for you!

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Weissenberg

Weekly Stream Recap: Commanding the Troops

Hello and welcome to the Weekly Stream Recap with Weissenberg! In this segment, your humble servant and the loyal subject to the Nilfgaardian Emperor provides a written testimony of his adventures in the realm of Gwent. Each week we will try our luck with a creative deck and non-competitive and each week we will design a set of rules we have to follow throughout the broadcasts. Commanding the Troops Soldiers Nilfgaard… That one Nilfgaard deck that is always around, but

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noahc92

Deck Tech: Red/Purple Aggro

With the help of Eolis, today I’ll explore the Red/Purple Aggro strategy and present some thoughts on evaluating your gameplay while testing a deck.

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iowatheboat

TEPPEN Season 3 Meta Decks/Tier List

Hello TEPPEN community! Coming at you from Team Rankstar and myself, iowa, is Season 3 meta decks and tier list. This will be the most important article in TEPPEN history. All the information will be vital for all players. Details of the World Championship Qualifying Rounds have been released, the current meta as we know now, is the format for players to study and grind to be qualified for the TEPPEN World Championship 2019 Tournament. The information available on the

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Calebovitsch

Deck Check – Sentinels of the Void

Calebovitsch takes a request from Team Rankstar’s Aphelion to make a more modern FTS Sentinel Reanimator deck. Also included, some games with an increasing difficulty level.

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Team Rankstar

This Week In Team Rankstar 9/13

Mythgard Closed Beta came out this week and Team Rankstar was all over it! We are incredibly honored to be able to participate in the launch to the extent that we did, and have things in store for the Open Beta launch as well! Not to mention, our Arena Rumble event has been going off with a bang, and we are very excited for the finals coming up soon! We have a lot more events being announced in the coming

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: Kennadin

In this video I give a deck tech and then play 5 games with a Kennadin list given to me by LightsOutAce. Kennadin is a deck built around Combustion Cell and Tribute cards. Please note that this video was recorded before Garden of Omens was released. I believe it is likely incorrect to play zero copies of Garden, but I don’t have an updated list to share with you.

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Tchamber5

Stoneforge Unbanned: U/W Mages Rejoice

All I have to say is don’t let your memes be dreams I guess. I’m not sure how many times I tweeted with the hashtag #freeSFM, but it happened at least once a month for a long time.  I mentioned in my two previous articles that  the modern format needed a change, and I assumed that The R&D team would simply ban Hogaak, and let the format go from there. What we got was, well….more than that:  PIC HOGAAK BAN 

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drdenuz

DOUBLE FINISHER FRANCESCA | Deck Showdown

INTRO When I read the patch notes and saw the changes I immediately knew that Francesca is going to be really great in this update. As I woke up the next day I was impatiently waiting for the patch to download. Then I jumped to game and created this deck I have been making in my mind before sleep. So here is my creation which I’m really proud of and have a lot of fun playing! THE DECKGUIDE MULLIGANS In

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bearsman6

Building Better Starters (Part 2): The Savage-est of Beats

Hello godlings, and welcome to the second installment in my Building Better Starters series! If you’re new here, you missed the [RB] Dire Starter primer, so go check that out! To the rest of you, this article is going to be about two more factions – for variety’s sake as much as anything. And because they’re kind of the next two factions we’re introduced to as new players running through the Story. Yep, you guessed it, today we’re going to

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Tenchuu

Yellow-Green Kolobok Ramp

I was trapped in a loop. I wanted to play big powerful minions and I wanted to play Green. The constantly optimizing part inside of me said, “You have to play Necromantic then”. But Disk of Circadia Hopeless Necromantic builds have been explored in many variants to great success, so I felt I wouldn’t be able to break new ground in a so thoroughly charted territory. Clearly I could just wait until turn 8 to play an Indrik Beast from

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