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isochroneternal

Meta Monday – ETS World Champion

Congratulations to Tobboo for winning the ETSWC with his Telut variant of Rakano Valkyries. Many good players and innovative decks clashed in the tournament, this article will focus on the top 8. This is Isochron with Team Rankstar, bringing you Meta Monday. As mentioned, Tobboo took down the tournament with a very well built variant of a Set 4 classic. Since the Icaria and Answer the Call nerfs, Valkyries has not been a serious competitive archetype, however, the efforts of

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isochroneternal

Meta Monday – Defiance

Since there were no major ETS tournaments this week, our focus must turn to the Defiance ECQ tournament, which also provides a good snapshot of the best decks in the metagame. The tournament was won by Feln Midrange, which has shown itself to be one of the strongest decks time after time. After people realized that Aegis is more valuable than Vara, and that Champion of Cunning is a better win condition than Caiphus, Feln Midrange has been on a

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TypicalTyrant

Hearthstone Meta Snapshot – December 2018

Here is where our current meta sits in Standard.  With the meta coming to a close, there’s a lot of changes that could be coming with the new expansion, Rastakhan’s Rumble.  However, before these new cards and decks are optimized, be prepared for plenty of players sticking with the tried and true for now.   Tier 1: Deathrattle Hunter For many, Death Rattle Hunter has replaced Druid as the boogeyman of the current format.  As the format continues to slow down,

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday – The Underdog

Hello and welcome to this weeks Meta Monday. This week I, NotoriousGHP, will be reviewing the ETS World Championship Wild card tournament, discuss the upcoming balance patch and what to expect in this weekends ECQ. I would have also covered what a Rotation could start to feel like thanks to The Great Parliament’s Set 1 ban tournament, but The Platypus King already wrote a great article about that including his own experiences. Now, let’s get started! 16 fantastic players eternal

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Warriors7

The Elder Scrolls: Legends November Meta Snapshot

Welcome back to TES:Legends Meta Snapshot! Aside from the FrostySpark expansion, not too much has changed since August. However, this time there will be ratings, both popularity and power level, to back up the tier list. These ratings are determined by top ladder and tournament players. Tier 1: Optimized and adaptable decklists – these decks dominate the high legend ranks and are very popular in high ladder play. Telvanni Conscription   Power Level: 9.3 Popularity: 9 Did you know that

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Tchamber5

Meta Monday-ETS Invitational

Hello everyone and welcome to another meta monday on Team Rankstar! I’m Tim (and Mitch), otherwise known as Tchamber5 (and Magikarp) on ladder! Let’s begin! Thirty-two of eternal’s best players came together this weekend for the ETS Season Four Invitational. There was a good showing from all of the big teams on the Eternal scene, including five members from Team Rankstar. One reason this event is so cool, is because you get to see all the best players bring what

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endozoite

The TRS Classic: Tournament Meta Analysis

Hey everyone, Endo here. Today I’m going to be recapping the development of TESL’s competitive meta over the past couple weeks. Please keep in mind that I will be speaking exclusively about tournament play and that tournament play has many inherent differences from ladder play of all levels. While it was before Frostspark was released, the TRS Preseason Classic, which was played on October 20th, was the highest level TESL event since Quake Con, with a 32 person bracket comprised

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Tchamber5

Meta…err….Tuesday – The Meta Solidifies, A New Challenger Approaches

Hello everyone, and welcome to another installation of Meta Monday from Team Rankstar! I’m Tim, otherwise known as Tchamber5 on ladder. Let’s dive in! We had a double down tournament weekend this week, featuring the Direwolf Digital Envoys Test Tournament as well as the final week of this season of the ETS. The meta may look a little familiar to most of you, though we had some cool new additions and tech decisions. Take, for example, the Victor of the

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Tchamber5

Meta Monday – Shadow Is Good

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Meta Monday on Team Rankstar! I’m Tim, otherwise known as Tchamber5 on ladder!  Let me start by saying that I’m very proud to be on Team Rankstar this week, given that three members of the team qualified for the Envoys Tournament, all of them piloting FJS control (I’ll discuss this later in the article). The deck looked dominant during our testing, and it was a blast to pilot it through the qualifier stages. Unfortunately,

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isochroneternal

Meta Monday – Format Shift

Hello everyone and welcome to another installation of Meta Monday! Before I continue with the introduction, I just have to go over the West-Wind Herald in the room. The winning deck of the ETS speaks to my soul. As a brewer at heart, seeing such a niche and previously unplayable deck tuned to its peak is everything I want to see in Eternal. But before we can afford to devote more attention to the best deck, let’s continue with a

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WildCard

The Fuse Fizzled Out on Boomsday: Wild Hearthstone’s Post Nerf Meta

After the nerf to Aviana on October 18th that neutered decks like, Star Aligner, Togwaggle and Malygos Druid, the meta has seen a reshuffle.  So now everyone is removing Dirty Rat from their decks and running decks full of The Boomsday Project cards right?  Well…not exactly.  They are removing Dirty Rat, but the majority of Boomsday cards aren’t seeing competitive play.  Since the nerfs were released, the former top Boomsday card, Juicy Psychmelon dropped from being in 15.3% of decks

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday – Highway to Hell

Welcome to Meta Monday! What an eventful week we’ve had, between 2 Eternal Community League events, the Eternal Tournament Series and the Direwolf Digital Reunion test tournament, we’ve got a lot to cover. First of all. I am proud to say that the deck I’ve been refining and testing for weeks, showed up and dominated this week’s events. Haunted Highway’s accolades this week were as follows: First Place in the Thursday ECL Challenge, piloted by Me. First Place in the

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endozoite

TRS Classic Qualifier Meta Report

This past weekend 8 players clinched the final spots at the TRS Classic Preseason Tournament this coming Saturday. I managed to take down the event *insert kazoo sound byte and handful of confetti* and felt like I had a pretty good understanding of the expected meta game coming in. While there were quite a few unique archetypes represented at the event, certain archetypes were extremely prolific and anybody playing in the Classic should be prepared to face them. Archetypes Used

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday – A Whole New World?

I am going to steal the opening line from last weeks Meta Monday, because it deserves to be used again: “The more things change, the more they stay the same – or something like that.” This week we witnessed more innovation as people journeyed further Into Shadow, and we also got another long awaited balance patch! Let’s start with the “good” stuff, the patch and promo: Caiphus, The Wandering King:  Hail to the King, baby! You should all have your

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maybenextime123

META MONDAY: VARA’S NOT-SO-SIGNIFICANT JOURNEY

    The more things change, the more they stay the same – or something like that. With the new Eternal campaign launching this week hope bloomed amongst the competitive community for a metagame shakeup spurred by sweet new cards and even sweeter new decks. The keen observer of tournament results has realized that this new metagame has not yet arrived and that the perennial contenders of the Fall of Argenport meta once again proved their dominance. Let’s take a

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LZCleric

Shadowverse’s Unlimited Meta Report – September 24rd – October 7th

Shadowlog’s Unlimited Data: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/39/0/ and https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/40/0/ We’re now officially in the Omen of the Ten metagame, and so far it seems that people are still experimenting somewhat, though less than in Rotation. Also after the nerfs to some cards things should have changed in the format, so let’s see what changed! I’ll provide some deck lists, some mine and some from Enchated Library, which may be unoptimized since most of them were from the 1st week. I also apologize for

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endozoite

Competitive Meta Snapshot Going into TRS Classic Open Qualifier

Hi everyone, Endo here. The TRS Classic Open Qualifier is just over a week away! You can learn more about and register for the event here: https://goo.gl/viQZP5 . In order to help everyone get up to speed, whether you are a fan or are looking to participate, I’d like to do a quick review of recent meta trends in competitive play (not ladder). The main focus of this article will be to give sample deck lists from top players that

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TypicalTyrant

Hearthstone Meta Snapshot – September 2018

The meta has shifted plenty, but the dust is finally starting to settle. Team Rankstar’s TypicalTyrant and NotoriousGHP are happy to present TRS’s Hearthstone Standard Tier List for September.  Currently, this is one of the most diverse metas we have had.  Most classes are at least playable, with many classes having multiple archetypes to choose from.  With plenty of decks to go over, let’s dive in. Tier 1 Deathrattle Hunter: Deathrattle Hunter has gone through some innovation since the Boomsday Project

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Aetherllama

Meta Monday: Triple Tournament Special

Welcome to Meta Monday! It’s been an exciting weekend with three big Eternal tournaments: the ECL Invitational, ETS weekly, and Direwolf’s Shadowfall. I will be going over the top decks from each tournament, my opinions on card choices for those decks, and what I think is good in the current metagame. Eternal Community League Invitational The top 16 players over the last month of ECL open tournaments qualified for this week’s invitational. Players each brought 3 decks of different faction

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jdpoole93

Meta Monday – Aggro is a Viable Archetype?

Greetings, fellow Eternal players! It’s that wonderful time of the week – Meta Monday! We will be going over the top eight decks from this weekend’s ETS and then go over how ladder might be affected by these results. Let’s dive in! In first place, we have Grimfan of Eternal Titans playing ET Combrei Aggro. This deck is all about playing big and efficient creatures above curve, buffing and protecting them with cards like Stand Together and Sword of Unity.

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: Organized Play

Welcome to Meta Monday! This week we finally received the organized play announcement we’ve all been excited for, the ECL conquest event and the ETS Team series play offs. Organised play: The time has finally come, after what seemed like a eternity we suddenly got the organized play announcement, and it did not disappoint! Direwolf Digital announced there first World Championships will be taking place in early 2019, and qualifiers will be starting in November. How’s how you qualify: –

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LZCleric

Shadowverse Unlimited Meta Report: August 27th – September 9th

Shadowlog’s records: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/35/0/ https://shadowlog. com/trend/2018/36/0/ Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially in Spoiler season! Omen of the Ten just got announced with some fresh new original characters, while everyone is discussing the lore, ties to the story, Omen per class and getting mad because we can’t wait for more cards reveals to drop we’re here to discuss the Unlimited format once more, this time I’m changing the format a bit, I think that from now on I’m gonna present the

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday: Justice

Welcome to Meta Monday! This week we had the ECL Highlander special event, also known as the justice showcase. ECL Highlander Let’s talk about this weeks Highlander event. Going into this event, I suspected justice to be by far the most popular color, and I was not wrong. Justice took this event by the horns, putting 6 decks containing the color into the top 8. 17 players participated in this weeks special event, including plenty of experienced and newer players. 

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Aetherllama

Meta Monday: Invitational Revitalizes Classic Decks

Welcome to Meta Monday! There has been a balance patch and an invitational tournament in the past week so we have plenty to cover. Balance Changes First lets take a look at the balance changes. The nerfs were focused on Praxis Tokens and Combrei Alessi. Teacher of Humility’s infiltrate ability now increases the cost of additional drawn cards by 2 instead of 3. I think this is a step in the right direction, but I would have liked to see

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jdpoole93

Meta Monday – In the Shadow of Alessi

Greetings, fellow Eternal players! It’s that time of the week again—Meta Monday here at Team Rankstar! We will be going over the top eight decks of this weekend’s ETS, some thoughts and predictions for ladder, and a link to a brilliant video from ThatResolves with an associated decklist. So to preface this week’s article, there’s a great quote from my fellow Team Rankstar member NotoriousGHP, “I figured out how I should have won the last match. Play more Alessis’.” He

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LZCleric

Shadowverse’s Unlimited Meta Report: August 13th-26th

Shadowlog’s data for these 2 weeks: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/33/0/ and https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/34/0/ SURPRISE! Thought you saw the last of me? Think again! (It’s hard not to curse eugh), But whatever, this will be a bit of a tough one since this is gonna be not 1, but 2 weeks worth of content, s-so, let’s begin, shall we? As always I’ll only take note of decks that have 300 or more records, and for each matchup I’ll take the ones that hover or are

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jdpoole93

Meta Monday – Go Big or Go Home

Greetings, all you fellow Eternal players! This is Meta Monday here at Team Rankstar! We will be going over the top eight decks of this weekend’s ETS, some predictions on what ladder will be looking like, and then finish it off with a link to a video by the amazing ThatResolves and the decklist they are running in the video. The deck standing above the rest at the end of the day was the aptly named Boring Kennadins by Erik9099.

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Warriors7

July Meta Snapshot

The primary purpose of this meta snapshot is to capture the most popular and powerful decks on ladder. It will offer insights to the deck’s strategy, matchups and decklists. The decks have been organized into four tiers by top ladder player finishers Karakondzhul and Warriors7. Welcome to the July Meta Snapshot, where we look at how the nerfs have affected the meta. The ladder has quite a lot of diversity, as no deck currently dominates the ladder as opposed to

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Mitch Gross

Meta Monday – Diversity Part II

Welcome to Meta Monday!  We’ve seen a HUGE influx of players to the game this last weekend, mostly due to the ever popular “Twitch Drops”.  So many viewers were able to tune into the best Eternal tournament series out there, the ETS, and we got to watch one of the best Eternal players in the game take it down – BruisedByGod.  So if you’re new, welcome to MetaMonday. Team Rankstar has been putting out this article for quite awhile now,

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LZCleric

Shadowverse Unlimited Meta Report: August 12th

Shadowlog Unlimited data: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/32/0/ Greetings, this is the 2nd time I write the meta report for Team Rankstar! (Here’s the 1st one I made for here if anyone is curious), we’ll see what Shadowlog has stored around this time! With the mini-expansion casting it’s shadow upon us (and with Blood probably still being super underwhelming in Rotation even after it, seriously, what’s the deal with that legendary card??), this time there seem to be…quite some weird developments in the meta,

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LZCleric

Shadowverse. Unlimited Meta Report: August

Shadowlog’s Unlimited data: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/31/0/ Hello everyone, I’m Cleric, I’ve usually written the Shadowverse’s Meta Reports for the Unlimited format in r/Shadowverse for more than a month now, but I’ve been given the chance to write them for Team Rankstar from now on! I hope I can be useful to you and help you get a better understanding on the meta trends in the format. This is my first time writing here, so here’s the deal: I take Shadowlog’s meta trend

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Aphelion

Shadowverse: Unlimited Meta Report – September

Shadowlog Unlimited data: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/32/0/ Shadowlog’s records: https://shadowlog.com/trend/2018/35/0/ Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially in Spoiler season! Omen of the Ten just got announced with some fresh new original characters, while everyone is discussing the lore, ties to the story, Omen per class and getting mad because we can’t wait for more cards reveals to drop we’re here to discuss the Unlimited format once more, this time I’m changing the format a bit, I think that from now on I’m gonna

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notoriousghp

Meta Monday – Diversity

On last week’s Meta Monday, we analyzed what appeared to be an Alessi driven metagame, and the ramifications of the balance patch. Fast forward to this week, and 0 copies of Alessi broke into this week’s ETS top 8. Today, I’ll be breaking down this weeks top 8, trends and what to expect in the upcoming metagame. One of the game’s very best, Childroland, took down these week’s ETS with a interesting take on Elysian Midrange. This list features many

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Aphelion

Meta Monday – Post Balance Patch

Last week, we received the first balance patch since the release of The Fall of Argenport, and it definitely shook things up in the fourth ETS of season 3. Although there were similar themes among decks, 8 different approaches to archetypes made up our top 8 this week. This top 8 was made up of 2 Icaria control decks, Praxis tokens, Charge rod, the apparently not dead TJP Berserk, Xenan midrange and 2 different Alessi Control decks. Mouche took down

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Aetherllama

Meta Monday – Wide Open

The third week of the ETS season 3 was on Saturday, the top 8 deck lists can be found here. There was a lot of diversity in the top 8 and a wide variety of decks seem to be viable. Over 20 different types of decks appeared in the tournament, TJP was the most popular with 11 copies of TJP Alessi and 5 copies of TJP Fliers. Tobboo won with his Big Rakano Valkyries deck featuring Amilli, Rizahn, and Icaria. Rakano

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Aphelion

Meta Monday – ETS Changes in FoA

With the new Market mechanic in full swing, the ETS has announced some changes to its format. This means sideboards are out, and markets are in! The community voiced a wide array of opinions regarding this announcement, but it is the clear future for the game, so time to get excited! This weekend was the second week of the ETS’ season 3! Mouche’s TJP Alessi took the event down, proving Alessi to be one of the most powerful cards in

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Aphelion

Eternal Meta Snapshot – November

Hello everyone, and welcome to another installment of Team Rankstar’s Tier list! This month, we start to see this swirling maelstrom of a meta-game start to solidify into several strong decks. Shadow is truly a tier one faction and has made it’s mark on the format after the release of the Into Shadow Campaign, which contained several very strong cards.   An explanation of the Tiers: Tier one: The creme de la creme of the format. To be successful in

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sifudanny

Meta Monday – FJS Mid Range

What can I say about my favorite  FJS mid range deck in eternal, that’s not been said before? I guess if I had to give you a Rizahn,  it would be that these colors just keep on getting better. While I don’t think Icaria armory is the way to go with it any more, the deck still has a ton of tools to pull you through most games. Let’s start with the list that got me to masters this month

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dunkelwerk23

Meta Monday – Mono Time and Trying Something New

Here we are: Set 4, Fall of Argenport, is live and we just had our first competitive event with Markets. Congratulations to Aetherllama for taking it down with a  sweet new Rakano Midrange deck featuring plenty of nifty new Set 4 cards! Ladder is flush with new strategies and old stand-bys updated with sweet new tech. Almost every deck has the new Merchant/Market mechanic and no one knows which decks will rise to the top. What a time to be

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Aphelion

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

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Aphelion

Meta Monday ThatResolves Edition

Our fearless leader Aphelion is away on holiday at the minute so I’m taking the wheel for this one! Well buckle in and lets get it started. This week we got a sweet new version of the client and though it had some teething problems it quickly improved and I really like the new look of the deck overview as it makes it a lot easier to show people a deck. We also got a pretty sweet promo with Lieutenant

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Aphelion

The Elder Scrolls: Legends Meta Snapshot – August

The primary purpose of this meta snapshot is to capture the most popular and powerful decks on ladder. It will offer insights to the deck’s strategy, matchups and decklists. The decks have been organized into four tiers by top ladder player finishers Karakondzhul and Warriors7. Welcome to the July Meta Snapshot, where we look at how the nerfs have affected the meta. The ladder has quite a lot of diversity, as no deck currently dominates the ladder as opposed to

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Eternal Meta Snapshot – June 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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Aphelion

Meta Monday – FPS Scream

With the season two invitational behind us, the hype is building in a big way for Set 4: “The Fall of Argenport”. The coming of Set 4 represents more than just a new collection of cards for us to enjoy. “The Fall of Argenport” marks the official release of the game from beta. For those who do not know, the game has been in open beta for some time now, waiting on a few details to be finalized, and bugs

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Warriors7

May Meta Snapshot

The primary purpose of this meta snapshot is to capture the most popular and powerful decks on ladder. It will offer insights to the decklists and its matchups. The decks have been organized into four tiers by top ladder player finishers Warriors7 and Karakondzhul. It is by no means the perfect tier list, but it will depict the ladder at the legend ranks. There will be a video at the end of the article for a quick review and a

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Aphelion

Meta Monday – Praxis Mid

What an exciting past week it has been! Two weekends ago, we had an ETS and an LCQ, so it was a back tournament weekend leading into this past weekends invitational, which provided two days of the highest caliber Eternal competition. These are the tournaments that everyone should take a look at, if they can, as they feature many of the most prominent competitors in the tournament scene. Congratulations Paradox for taking it down! It was super exciting to watch

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Aphelion

Meta Monday – Xenan Killers

Even though we do not have a crest for the faction yet, Xenan has been getting a lot of attention lately, so we wanted to keep showcasing it’s potential. I have seen some players dismiss the faction because of the lack of crest, but it has been popping up as a force on the ETS and ladder over and over again. SooNo took down the ETS with this list, and BruisedByGod top 4’d in the Last Chance Qualifier with a

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Aphelion

Meta Monday – Xenan Brushstalker

Hello and welcome to another Meta Monday, the first video we have for you today isn’t quite a force in the meta but it is an iteration on Alarmadillos Xenan Killers list. 4 Dark Return (Set1 #250) 4 Seek Power (Set1 #408) 3 Twilight Hunt (Set3 #59) 4 Ripknife Assassin (Set1003 #13) 3 Vara’s Choice (Set2 #206) 2 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35) 4 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44) 4 Auric Interrogator (Set1002 #13) 4 Ayan, the Abductor (Set2 #204) 4 Dawnwalker

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