Meta Monday – Hooru Control and welcoming y0ttabyte to Team Rankstar!

Super exciting week this past week over here at Team Rankstar! We are so excited to welcome our newest member: y0ttabyte! You can catch them streaming between 8pm – 2am Australian EST (+10 GMT). They are a fairly well known member of the community, based out of Melbourne, Australia and covering a unique timeslot for Eternal fans. If you have not familiarized yourself with them, definitely do stop by or check out this weeks Unexpected Results: The Eternal Podcast for their guest appearance!

In other exciting news, congratulations ThePlatypusKing for taking down this weeks ETS! If you have had a chance to watch it, be sure to check it out here and here! A lot of really great Eternal was played, coupled with the soothing voice of SirRhino. Cannot go wrong!

This late in the set, it was a delight to see eight different archetypes represented in the top 8. Frankly, seeing that at any point in the meta is refreshing, but I, for one, expected at least one or two duplicates. Nope, not this time!

Pupictus gave ThePlatypusKing a run for their money with AP Mid in the finals, but the poetic justice of the (hopefully) last ETS of Dusk Road with Hooru defeating Argenport is immeasurable. Surely, I am a little biased, however I could not have asked for a more thematic conclusion to the set. While we are uncertain of the exact release date of The Fall of Argenport, many of us are hoping for good news this week. Alongside the the release of the cards, the official release of the game and an announcement regarding in client organized play will surely push the game in a really positive direction.

A TRS favorite, ChildRoland, came in 3rd with a Feasty Boi build of Feln Control. The list leans on a fairly established core, adding 4x Jotun Feast-Callers to keep the deck chugging along in the mid to late game, and 1x Yetipult to ping some dorks and gain late game draw as needed. Yetipult, as a singleton, is a really cool idea, as the card is pretty flexible, and can be sided out as needed.

The deck of the weekend for me was madeinmidian’s version of Owl Control. When I got started in Eternal, Jaffa’s builds of Owl Ramp was one of the first decks I fell in love with. Seeing any deck jam 4x Aid of the Hooru in it, and just go the distance, makes my heart sing. The deck is a fairly hefty investment, dust wise, but it is an absolute blast to play. If you have the Aid’s lying around, this version is the most streamlined for our existing tools, so definitely give it a shot.

Another spicy list is Kaelos’ mono-fire Oni Swarm. It is not often at all you see a viable mono colored strategy, especially one that performs well in an ETS. Fire being the most poised to do well, Time probably being the second, its very cool to see someone working within these restrictions. Hellfire Oni, Kyojun and Shogun of the Wastes are cards that most players would have to read, having not seen much of them on ladder. I hope to see the evolution of this archetype as set 4 comes into play.

Jniner’s TJP Midrange, IlyaK’s Xenan Killers and Danibor’s Moment of Creation list are all well established archetypes that will hopefully get some new toys in the next set.

 

2 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
4 Strategize (Set3 #165)
4 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
3 Eilyn’s Choice (Set2 #220)
4 Hailstorm (Set1003 #11)
4 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
4 Auric Runehammer (Set1 #166)
4 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
4 Throne Warden (Set1 #514)
4 Daraka, Queensguard (Set1003 #12)
3 Eilyn, Clan Mother (Set3 #263)
1 Leave a Witness (Set2 #100)
3 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
2 Sword of the Sky King (Set1 #186)
4 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
5 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
4 Cobalt Waystone (Set3 #151)
4 Emerald Waystone (Set3 #101)
4 Hooru Banner (Set2 #216)
4 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)

 

Hello, it’s me, ThatResolves! Back again for another Meta Monday, now Apehlion is back at the wheel I won’t have full reign to gush on my favorite characters but I’m still going to try!

This week we decided to pick up The Platypus King Hooru deck, they said it couldn’t be done, even I said no friend you need some Nostrix Porter… spoiler alert, we were all wrong. Platy went 12-2 in the swiss (undefeated in matches) and 9-0 in the top eight of the first week of the third season of the ETS.  I caught their stream for and the deck really reignited the fire in my belly and I shot up the old OBS studio.
Eilyn is as we discovered last week one of my favorite characters so any opportunity to play with her is a great day in my book. Seems only right that the KING of ALL PLATYPUS would bring the QUEEN of ALL MYRIA back to the forefront of the meta mere days before the release of The Fall of Argenport. How fitting a result that Eilyn’s Hooru defeats Argenport in the final!
I’ve always felt that the Hooru shell has been great and it had a really flexible choice of Win Conditions, you could go for second sight with Thunderstrike Dragon and Jotun Hurler, Nostrix and Porter, Channel the Tempest or Throne Warden and Sword of the Sky King. Hell, some people even splash FFF to stick Icaria or Flamestoker in their Hooru control decks!
I’m hoping the release of the Fall of Argenport only reinforces the Hooru Enclave with the ability to play with Hooru Crest and no longer need to lower ourselves to playing off-faction crests from the lower factions like the Skycrag, the Argenport, and worst of all the Feln.

This week was a great one, I even got a spoiler, and much like myself it’s a decisive figure that is unlikely to do much in constructed – yet it is here to showcase a mechanic, to push discussion and promote some thought.

Though most importantly I should probably give a channel update because there are likely to be some changes with the newly released content. It’s going to take me a few weeks to get together enough cards to put together a lot of constructed content so I’ll probably slow down on the ranked ladder play. However, this gives me time to focus on what I love. I really enjoyed the new player series and I put it on hold during the final days of the Dusk Road so that it stayed current with the recordings I’ll be starting after the new set. It might take a little while for the new player friendly (in regards budget) decks to pop up so it may just be updated versions of existing decks for the first month or two until the dust settles but I am always happy to take submissions from players who have their finger on the pulse.

I’d like to give a few shout outs this week:
First off to the moderation team at the Reddit, it is astounding how clean the Eternal Subreddit is and of course this is in part due to our amazing and very positive community but also in part due to the tireless work the moderation team put in for us all to enjoy a space to talk about a game we love. In particular from the subreddit, I also have a shout out for the raw ball of positive energy that is DiscoPistol, who has definitely helped hype me up when it’s hard to get the fire to keep producing content. Last of all you, yes you, you reading this, sharing this, commenting on this and voting up or down on this on the subreddit. You help us keep the content alive, and I thank you.

Keep being excellent!

-Aphelion and ThatResolves

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