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LightsOutAce

Lights Out – ECQ Champion

Spoilers if you haven’t watched the VOD of ECQ: Strange Lands yet, but I won the tournament! It’s always great to win an event, but this time I didn’t do it alone. I had help from my new team, Team Rankstar, and we performed excellently as a whole with two members in the top 4, three in the top 8, and seven in the top 64. But first let’s go back to the beginning. The Deck I’ve been a huge

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Weissenberg

Honest Deck Guide: No Fun Allowed

This guide was written by Weissenberg and edited by Sevenzh. Hello and welcome to the Honest Deck Guide 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 time we will present you a creative and off-meta deck to kill time with and each time we will try to also convey their flaws and shortcomings. No Fun Allowed Upon hearing the

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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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The Mantid Man

How Not To Tech Against Endra

This is a guest article from Alison. If you would like to write guest pieces to be published on Team Rankstar’s site, just reach out to Mantid on Discord or Twitter. Endra, Champion of Shavka, has been dominating the Throne format lately. The decks that run her go by a variety of affectionate nicknames: “Edna Storm”, “Haunted Harpway”, “Hurricane Endra”. All of them are based around the same basic concept – to recur Endra as many times as possible with

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theboxermathematics

TheBoxer’s Corner: Burn for Free

Hello and welcome back to TheBoxer’s Corner! Today I am going to give my opinion on how the Torch nerf has felt so far. If you interacted with me on the day of the Torch nerf I would have given you the answer that this is an unequivocally bad decision. After a couple weeks I have warmed up to the nerf but I’m still not sure Torch was the best card to nerf. I believe that Eternal should have a

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noverb

Promises by Firelight Set Review

Hello everyone! My name is Nathan “noverb” Overbay. Today I will be walking you through all the new cards from the new campaign Promises by Firelight.

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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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drdenuz

Who doesn’t love Elves, right? | Deck Showdown

This deckguide was written by DrDenuz and edited by Sevenzh. Prologue When I opened the game after the recent patch – Merchants of Ofir – I was delighted to see that I can put together a really sweet deck out of Elves, a thing I have been trying to do for a while now. After some tweaking and an inspiration from my friend GwentyWeevil, who has recently started doing deck guides as well, I was able to make the deck

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noverb

ECQ Preparation

Hello everyone! Nathan “noverb” Overbay here back again to talk strategy with you. With the World’s Qualifier season underway, what better thing to talk about than how to prepare for an Eternal Championship Qualifier (ECQ)? What are my qualifications to talk about this, you may ask? While I may not have the most Top 64’s of all the competitors in Eternal, I do have a Top 64, two Top 32’s, and a Finals placing in previous ECQs. In this article

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Weissenberg

Honest Deck Guide: Noble Poisoning

Hello and welcome to the Honest Deck Guide 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 time we will present you with a creative and off-meta deck to kill time with and each time we will be completely honest about its flaws and shortcomings. Noble Poisoning With the Ofiri trade offensive taking everyone by surprise we woke up to

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noahc92

I Made Mythril… Now What?

We’re joined today by koolkat to talk about the climb to Mythril and where to go next. How do you improve and how do you identify what needs improvement?

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CaptainTeembro

Meta Monday: December Week 1

With NotoriousGHP away for the week to focus on his exams, CaptainTeembro has found an opportunity for a hostile takeover of Meta Monday.

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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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Brandon Parker

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent – Part 5

Welcome to the fifth and last part of our Beginner’s Guide series! We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the rest of the guide! 8) ADVANCED GAMEPLAY ADVICE, RANKED PLAY AND PROGRESSION Advanced gameplay advice This section details out more advanced gameplay advice to help teach newcomers the finer aspects of Gwent. This kind of stuff can get complicated so buckle up! Topics include: mulligans, round progression, general player plans, etc. The importance of mulligans / redraws A mulligan in card

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sevenzh

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent – Part 4

Welcome to the fourth part of our Beginner’s Guide series! We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the rest of the guide! 7) WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FACTIONS? While each Faction doesn’t limit general deck archetypes (ex. Nothing is stopping you from playing cards based around buffs, no matter what faction, for example), some Faction specific cards and Leaders go better with some strategies than others. In addition, each Faction has general trends and keywords that feel ‘exclusive’ to

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drdenuz

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent – Part 3

Welcome to the third part of our Beginner’s Guide series! We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the rest of the guide! 5) I’VE GOT A BUNCH OF NEW CARDS. WHAT SHOULD I DO? ALSO WHAT CARDS SHOULD I CRAFT FIRST? I highly recommend making small tweaks to the starter decks as soon as possible, as you likely don’t have enough resources to make a completely different deck. You can either edit the starter decks directly, or create a new deck

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drdenuz

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent – Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our Beginner’s Guide series! We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the rest of the guide! 3) OKAY, SO I’VE PLAYED SOME MATCHES. HOW DO RESOURCES WORK, AND HOW DO THEY ALLOW ME TO BUILD A DECK? Game currency / Resources The types of game currencies The reward system in Gwent is a little more larger in scope than most games. There are a few different resources you can see at the top right of

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drdenuz

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent – Part 1

Welcome to the first part of our Beginner’s Guide series! We hope you’ll enjoy reading through the guide! So you want to play Gwent? Then you’ve come to the right place! The purpose of this guide is to act as a useful beginner’s guide to the poorly explained aspects of Gwent, some of which are quite important to game. It will also hopefully clear up any common hesitation / anxiety about the first steps of playing Gwent. If you have

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YurdleTheTurtle

Beginner’s Guide to Gwent

This guide was originally created by YurdleTheTurtle, and has been updated by DrDenuz, Gulox2 and Sevenzh. So you want to play Gwent? Then you’ve come to the right place! The purpose of this guide is to act as a useful beginner’s guide to the poorly explained aspects of Gwent, some of which are quite important to game. It will also hopefully clear up any common hesitation / anxiety about the first steps of playing Gwent. If you have questions, for

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doc28ecg

Doc’s Laboratory: The Hooru Guru

Greetings friends, and welcome back to a surprise edition of Doc’s Laboratory! Over the past weekend, two of my teammates and I took an innovative Hooru deck to the top 64 of this season’s first ECQ. In preparation for the event, we tested a bunch of different variants of Hooru in Expedition and settled on a build featuring the often underestimated Horde Plunderer. There are a lot of different ways to approach this faction combo, ranging anywhere from super low-to-the-ground

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Weissenberg

Honest Deck Guide: Tactical Recruitment

Hello and welcome to the Honest Deck Guide 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 time we will present you with a creative and off-meta deck to kill time with and each time we will be completely honest about its flaws and shortcomings. Tactical Recruitment As we all know Enslave has been a fairly popular leader ability for

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Calebovitsch

Eternal Drafting Guide

Created by Calebovitsch 1. Foreword and forward! Eternal Card Game is currently one of the biggest digital card games out there and is widely known as one of the best free-to-play ones. The amount of free content the developers are throwing at players is just enormous. One of the best ways of building your card collection in Eternal is just playing the game – usually either in ranked mode or draft mode. Given my long history with playing limited formats in

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: October Week 3

Welcome to Meta Monday, presented by NotoriousGHP.The following people made this article possible: ThePlatypusKing VNodosaurus Susuexp truxcer TheScot Isochron Doobs Kekswal t3544 Sabnitron EdenGardenz Mancio1982 bA1ance Crafty Muso drAlvio Reynard_Fox SasquatchBrah Sspifffyman Deedub Sakarnen gothunicorn Distrbed10k I_Am_Monstrum LordPerth Noverb LightsoutaceKingAndrewChriseay 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

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Calebovitsch

Drafting with the Stars #31 – Regrets?

Sometimes, while drafting, you come across a decision point where you can choose between a couple of options, each of them rated similarly. At the end of the day are you results oriented at what cards did come your way, or are you assessing it all with a cool and calculating mind? The first way can come with some regrets…

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iowatheboat

What is Grand Prix TEPPEN by iowa

What’s up TEPPEN community. It’s iowa. Today I will be breaking down Grand Prix, the every other month format. This write up will help you be prepared for what’s to come! Note that you must be in D Rank or above to enter. Information on the TEPPEN website can be found 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.

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: October Week 2

Welcome to Meta Monday, presented by NotoriousGHP.The following people made this article possible: CometMancio1982NotABotTruxcerJosecarlos2121SusuexpKingAndrew DeedubKorenthilSunsfuryNoverb 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

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noverb

The Flame of Xulta Set Review

Hello everyone, my name is Nathan “noverb” Overbay. Today I bring to you my set review for the new Eternal Card Game set The Flame of Xulta. This review is targeted at was once called the Ranked ladder meta, but is now dubbed Throne. These judgments are based on my initial thoughts on the cards. If you would like to hear my constantly evolving thought processes on cards you can join me on my stream. Without further ado, I bring

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Calebovitsch

Drafting with the Stars #30 – Seventh Draft of the Seventh Format

Hello and welcome to a new installment of Drafting with the Stars! A new format is upon us, along the new and much improved teamrankstar.com website! This is a story of the seventh draft of the seventh set format. After playing in the so-called pre-release draft format we all got a taste of things to come … Is the new reality what we were hoping for? Let us dive in and start picking and choosing and analyzing and … Pack

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Deck Tech
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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Tenchuu

Follow the Purple Rabbit

Limitation breeds creativity. How to build a deck with a fractured or minimal collection? Let´s explore that with Green-Purple Ramp!

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noahc92

Mythgard New Player Guide

Mythgard launches into open beta on September 19, 2019.. Here’s a comprehensive guide for new players, brought to you by Tune Star, Erobert, and NoahC92.

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drdenuz

GWENT NEWS ft. Weissenberg & Babyjosus | Pawel Burza on Merchants of Novigrad Podcast?!

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece from DrDenuz and doesn’t necessarily reflect the beliefs of Team Rankstar! INTRO Hello guys & gals and welcome to the fifth part of GWENT NEWS! This is where I bring you all the important stuff from Gwent in one place! In this weeks episode we pay a lot of attention to the recent challenger, some stats, memes, & more! GUESTS With great pleasure I welcome two great guys and my very good friends Weissenberg and Babyjosus!

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Deck Tech
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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Flake

Fran-tic Pace: Hitting Pro Rank

There is a certain satisfaction that comes with taking the hard road to success. Blazing your own trail towards achieving your goals, rather than taking the path frequently traveled. This is not entirely that kind of discussion. This is more of an article that follows the first two steps of the instruction booklet, and soldiers on from there. This is about how you, too, can get to Pro Rank with Francesca. I’ve taken the hard road to Pro Rank before,

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