Lights Out – Don’t Let Your Memes Stay Dreams

Yesterday, you said you’d play a fun deck tomorrow. So today, just DO IT! Make your dreams come true!

Playing on the ranked ladder can be fun, but sometimes the grind just gets to you. To avoid burning out, I recommend playing a goofy deck to relax and have some fun. Remember why you play games in the first place – for recreation and enjoyment. These are a few of my favorite meme decks.

Come on Eilyn

Come on Eilyn.PNG
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Desert Marshal (Set1 #332)
3 Find the Way (Set1 #513)
3 Lightning Strike (Set1 #197)
3 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
4 Combrei Healer (Set1 #333)
1 Mirror Image (Set1 #217)
4 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
2 Ancient Lore (Set1 #105)
4 The Great Parliament (Set1 #338)
4 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
4 Jotun Hurler (Set1 #227)
3 Minotaur Ambassador (Set1 #346)
1 Strength of the Pack (Set1 #367)
4 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
2 Eilyn, Queen of the Wilds (Set1 #245)
4 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
4 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
5 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
4 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)
4 Seat of Wisdom (Set0 #63)
4 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)

Come on Eilyn is a combo-control deck with an absurdly over-the-top finish. It starts out like a normal TJP control deck, but then it uses Minotaur Ambassador to ramp from 6 to 9 power for the next turn so that you can play Eilyn, Queen of the Wilds plus a snowball from Jotun Hurler to pull a Channel the Tempest or another copy of Eilyn (with Mirror image or Strength of the Pack) from your deck. To accomplish the combo, the only primal spells you can play are Channel and copy effects, so Jotun Hurler gets you cheap primal spells that aren’t spells in the deck and Ancient Lore provides non-primal card draw.

This deck is actually competitive in a slower metagame, as it goes way over the top of midrange and control decks like Big Combrei and Feln control by doing 36+ damage from hand with Eilyn + multiple spells for 3 Channel the Tempests. Eilyn + Mirror Image + Snowball is guaranteed to hit at least 2 Channels, and will hit 3 of them for 30+ damage unless you’re very unlucky. You can usually start going off and continue with spells and power you draw from the Channels. I’ve also won several games with Strength of the Pack on Combrei Healer or Minotaur Ambassador, so always be on the lookout for unorthodox lines to victory.

Clockroaches

Clockroaches.PNG
4 Initiate of the Sands (Set1 #74)
4 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
2 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
4 Second Sight (Set1 #207)
4 Temple Scribe (Set1 #502)
4 Twinning Ritual (Set1 #79)
2 Whispering Wind (Set1 #202)
3 Amber Acolyte (Set1 #93)
4 Clockroach (Set1 #94)
4 Crown of Possibilities (Set1 #355)
2 Polymorph (Set1 #211)
1 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
3 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
4 Nesting Avisaur (Set1 #225)
3 Twinbrood Sauropod (Set1 #113)
2 Thunderstrike Dragon (Set1 #243)
9 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
6 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
4 Elysian Banner (Set1 #421)
4 Seat of Wisdom (Set0 #63)
2 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

The Crown of Possibilities + Echo interaction is a favorite of jank enthusiasts everywhere, and this is my personal take. Dark Return takes some setup and adds clunkiness to an already-clunky deck, so I prefer the clean 2-faction version. Elysian has plenty of Echo units and ways to redraw them, so the extra slots for interaction are welcomed. It’s slow to get going, but once the echo train starts rolling it’s nearly impossible to out-value a Clockroach deck. I have 9 echo units, and I think 8 is really the lowest you can go and still draw one often enough. It’s not like drawing multiples is bad, either. Clockroach is obviously great when you have a bunch, but Twinbrood Sauropod is an underplayed card for how powerful it is. Even the base card without any additional skills does a lot of work in grindy matchups like control and Armory, and can put a fast clock against Xenan Obelisk decks. 10 strength from one card is a lot, even if it does come from 2 bodies over a couple turns. Can you imagine bringing back a Dawnwalker with a Sauropod? It’s a very threatening board, and the opponent knows that if they deal with it you can just do it again. Big echo units like Sauropod and Thunderstrike Dragon can be demoralizing to play against.

Whispering Wind is another really good and underplayed card, and here it’s especially good here to dig for echo units once you have a crown. If you toss a 3 cost card you are guaranteed to get a large echo unit or a Nesting Aviasaur to duplicate one you already have, and if you toss an Aviasaur you are guaranteed an echo dinosaur or dragon.

The hardest part of playing Clockroaches is knowing when to give up on waiting for an echo unit and Twinning Ritual or Second Sight to get something so you don’t die. Twinning a Temple Scribe feels bad, but it digs an extra card deeper and even becomes a relevant body if it gets Deadly or Echo from the Crown of Possibilities. Discovering what skills your units gain with each new draw step is invigorating and one of the most exciting things you can do in Eternal.

Deadly Rod

Deadly Rod.PNG
4 Direfang Spider (Set1 #256)
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
2 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
3 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
4 Quarry (Set1001 #15)
4 Champion of Chaos (Set1 #402)
4 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
4 Statuary Maiden (Set1 #387)
4 Steward of the Past (Set1 #287)
2 Ashara, the Deadshot (Set1 #295)
3 Lumen Defender (Set1 #115)
4 Divining Rod (Set1 #109)
2 Vara, Fate-Touched (Set1 #307)
5 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
4 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
6 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)
4 Seat of Mystery (Set0 #61)

 

This is a spicy one I got from Thundershot while messing around Azindel-Divining Rod decks. While I mostly played it so that I could put a picture of Akko from Little Witch Academia (solid show btw) up on my stream and call it Shiny Rod, the deck has some legs when you draw the good cards. The good cards, of course, being Champion of Chaos, Statuary Maiden, and Steward of the Past – adding the Diving Rod package takes the deck from a solid-if-unexciting Stonescar midrange deck into a magical Christmasland meme-fest, but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.

Hitting with Divining Rod feels amazing, especially when you’re dead next turn but rip the crucial double Lumen Defender. Often the card is 6 power do-nothing, and the inconsistent influence doesn’t help. Ashara was surprisingly good when she wasn’t immediately Torched, so maybe the card is playable in a sideboard against Elysian or Feln somewhere. She’s like a bad Jekk, the Bounty Hunter, and would probably be playable with 4 health. It’s not like she’s ever dying to getting blocked, anyways.

Skycrag Control

Skycrag Control.PNG
1 Charchain Flail (Set1 #3)
4 Flame Blast (Set1 #2)
4 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
2 Backlash (Set1 #200)
4 Borderlands Waykeeper (Set1 #517)
3 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
4 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
4 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
3 Alpine Tracker (Set1 #522)
1 Rebel Illuminator (Set1 #43)
4 Obliterate (Set1 #48)
3 Staff of Stories (Set1 #234)
1 Claw of the First Dragon (Set1 #59)
4 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
7 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
7 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
4 Seat of Fury (Set0 #53)
4 Skycrag Banner (Set0 #65)
3 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

 

Lastly, we have a LightsOutAce deck to the core – card draw, removal, and Staff of Stories. Except that the removal all goes face, and you win every game by burning your opponent out from 25.

At it’s heart, this Skycrag control deck is a Staff of Stories deck. Staff of Stories is amazing if you can sit behind it and remove everything your opponent plays, and Obliterate and Flame Blast happen to be decent 1-for-1 removal spells when you’re not burning face. Eventually you bury your opponent in card advantage with Staff and Channel the Tempest, and can send a couple Flame Blasts to face over 2 or 3 turns to close out the game. Any game that takes less than 10 turns was probably not won by this deck. Alpine Tracker replaces Assembly as the early game blocker/sweeper against aggro, and Claw of the First Dragon is there for pure memes. Sometimes it’s amazing (Twilight Raptor, Blind Storyteller) and sometimes it’s laughably bad (Cliffside Porter), but it’s always hilarious (Humbug). This one and Come on Eilyn are probably the closest thing to real decks in this article.

Conclusion

Shia LeBeouf was onto something when he made his inspirational video. It feels good to just go for it all, and it feels amazing to finish something you’ve been putting off for so long. In addition to inspiring millions with the memes, Shia inspires me to stop caring about rank and just have some fun once in awhile.

Until, next time, JUST DO IT! Yes you can!

LightsOutAce

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