Going Deep – Brewer’s Challenge


Hello Friends! I have a short article today, as I have been very busy with some IRL stuff. I wanted to drop something anyway since I love you all so much! Although the meta has been very diverse, allowing strong players to pilot almost any deck archetype they like, I will admit that I am a little bored without new cards to play with. As a result, I wanted to create a deck building challenge for myself! There have been a few brews I have been toying around with in my head, but I will admit that I have not done enough work on any of them since I would rather just climb ranked with better tuned decks. To push myself I have created a challenge, and you the audience will hold me accountable. Here is the challenge!

Below is a list of 10 cards that I am interested in brewing with. You can find the straw poll to select one of these cards here.

  • I will attempt to make Master playing a deck that features the chosen card. It does not need to be a 4-of in the deck, it simply needs to be a core feature of what the deck does (not just a 1-of that I hope to never draw).
  • I will write an article about my brewing challenge for next week.
  • If the chosen card seems impossible, I will switch to the next most popular card on the list. To stop myself from “cheating” and just sliding down the list without punishment, I will still need to write about my failed decks of the #1 choice, in addition to the #2 choice.

Here are the cards:

Fevered Scout – She has seen a little play in mono-Fire burn or together with Hooru Envoy, but has yet to make a real splash. This little lady packs a punch if she gets to take a clear shot, but that seems so rare. Maybe there isn’t actually much potential here, but I want to give her another chance.

Talir, Who Sees Beyond – Although it is somewhat dangerous to include her in a Vodacombo style deck, I think there is something there that I want to look into. For example, playing Rise to the Challenge for Vodakhan with Talir in play probably just wins right? Only one way to find out….

Hero of the People – In looking for a mono-justice card to include, this was the only one that even vaguely interested me. Justice is a distinctly “fair” faction. Hero has been used in a number of decks I have seen already, but perhaps there is more work that can be done? Maybe there is a TJP Heros deck waiting to be cracked?

North Wind Herald – Once upon a time he was a ranked staple, but his time was brief. He still seems kinda busted if the right shell can be built, but I can’t figure out what that is supposed to be. Ageless Mentor + clone effects? Unstable Form Feln? So many possibilities!

Whispers of the Void – This is another card that has received some attention by deckbuilders, but I feel like there is more potential. Steward of the past is not at its peak in the current meta, so maybe it is time to experiment with a Whispers deck? Stonescar Burn will obviously be a hard match up for any Whispers deck, but there must be some way to address this. I am thinking Xenan, Feln, or Stonescar are all possibilities.

Jekk, Bounty Hunter – It doesn’t matter how many times LSV talks about him on stream, people still don’t respect this guy. Jekk is good, and I think I can prove it. He does show up a non-zero amount now-a-days, but I feel like there could be more of a spotlight on Jekk. I’m thinking of something like Rakano Midrange or Combrano.

Avisaur Patriarch – Ah, Dino Dad. Never quite made it. I still feel there is a dino deck waiting to be found, but it is hard to know how deep to go in on the dinos. He sure is no Sandstorm Titan, but maybe there is space for another kind of Elysian midrange deck to develop.

Rilgon, Hooru Operative – This ninja shaman warrior has been on my mind since he was promoted, but I have never really had a chance to brew with him. I have seen him do some crazy stuff when left unchecked, but he is certainly fragile. Maybe he just needs a little love?

Spymaster – I have heard some people talking about this card more recently. With the combination of SirRhino’s MSM Feln aggro deck and ManuS’s championing of the Feln Tempo archetype, people have been revisiting the Feln card pool with a new eye. This could go into an infiltrate heavy Feln Tempo/Aggro list, or possibly something more exotic.

Stonescar Leviathan – in my article where I previewed Bait I talked about a Brimstone Altar deck that used some cards like Stonescar Leviathan and Venomspine Hydra. I have not actually seen anyone built such a deck yet and actually be successful. Its worth a try!

As I said above, please vote in the straw poll. I also just wanted to share my decklist that I used to climb to top 100 Master last season. Not exactly a stellar performance by my usual standards, but I will admit that I didn’t put as much effort into the grind this month. It is powerful aggro deck that combines many of the features of Rakito with a deck my teammate Sarius shared with me. If you are looking to climb to master as quickly as possible, this is worth a try. I will admit that there is some additional tuning required (there is no universe in which 1 Seek Power is correct), but it is certainly functional!

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4 District Infantry (Set1 #134)
4 Fearless Nomad (Set1 #311)
3 Finest Hour (Set1 #130)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
4 Oni Ronin (Set1 #13)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Champion of Glory (Set1 #314)
4 Rakano Outlaw (Set1 #20)
2 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
3 Assembly Line (Set1 #29)
3 Rally (Set1 #33)
3 Shogun’s Scepter (Set1 #26)
4 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
2 Deepforged Plate (Set1 #317)
7 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
5 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
2 Emerald Monument (Set1 #422)
4 Rakano Banner (Set1 #427)
4 Seat of Glory (Set0 #56)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)