Going Deep – Eclipse Event Primer

The Witching Hour
This kinda looks like an eclipse, right?

Hello Friends!

As most of you probably know DWD is launching a surprise event today with a special rule where you draw 2 cards a turn and must play 25 Shadow cards! Some of you may be wondering why we had no warning, but I think I have figured it out. DWD wants to catch me off guard. Think they cant drop something like this without me having the time to put together a primer! Well, they have clearly underestimated me this time. HAHA!

With that said, this has been pulled together in great haste, so please excuse me if things are a little rough. I have thrown together some lists that make sense conceptually for a “2 cards a turn and 25 Shadow cards” event, but are obviously untested. Let’s start with the most obvious!

Bandit Queen

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2 Brash Shorthorn (Set2 #137)
2 Combust (Set1 #392)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
4 Knifejack (Set1 #257)
4 Oni Ronin (Set1 #13)
2 Pummel (Set2 #6)
4 Pyroknight (Set1 #16)
2 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Argenport Instigator (Set1 #268)
2 Piercing Shot (Set1 #25)
3 Rakano Outlaw (Set1 #20)
3 Rapid Shot (Set1 #259)
2 Assembly Line (Set1 #29)
4 Champion of Chaos (Set1 #402)
4 Bandit Queen (Set1 #389)
9 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
4 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

This is very much “level 0” for the event. Two cards a turn rewards aggression, and that is what this is in spades. Most conventional Queen decks are a little low on Shadow to make the cut, but this hits the mark.

Stonescar Altar

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4 Combust (Set1 #392)
3 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
4 Slumbering Stone (Set1 #255)
4 Ticking Grenadin (Set1 #12)
2 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
3 Dark Wisp (Set1 #264)
2 Devour (Set1 #261)
2 Obsidian Golem (Set1 #398)
4 Brimstone Altar (Set1 #399)
2 Extract (Set2 #155)
4 Madness (Set1 #267)
4 Shadowlands Guide (Set1 #280)
4 Xenan Cultist (Set1 #516)
4 Memory Dredger (Set2 #159)
4 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
9 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

This deck is a surprisingly potent counter to some of the things going on in the Stonescar aggro lists. Units like Grenadin Drone and Obsidian Golem on defence are really annoying. People usually think of Dredger as a card advantage machine, which is true, but it is also a weird form of ramp since you get to play cards for free. You should be able to gum up the board and lock down the game fairly quickly, despite the prevalence of aggressive decks, and then ride a Dredger and/or Altar to victory!

 

Turbo Tokens

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4 Bloodcall Invocation (Set2 #203)
4 Cult Aspirant (Set2 #35)
4 Sanctuary Priest (Set1 #73)
1 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
4 Water of Life (Set1 #68)
2 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
3 Cabal Cutthroat (Set1 #297)
4 Oasis Seeker (Set2 #41)
2 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
4 Ayan, the Abductor (Set2 #204)
3 Banish (Set2 #207)
4 Disciplined Amanera (Set2 #47)
4 Extract (Set2 #155)
4 Katra, the Devoted (Set2 #208)
1 Beckoning Lumen (Set2 #59)
1 Striking Snake Formation (Set1 #112)
7 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
8 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Mystery (Set0 #61)
4 Xenan Banner (Set2 #201)
3 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

On a recent podcast I went off about how Bloodcall Invocation is probably a little too awkward for the format, but this might be its time to shine! I can imagine some truly disgusting turn 4s where you play something like 2 7/7s and the game just ends. This is aside from the fact that gaining life is fabulous in a format where everyone is aiming burn at one another’s face. Cabal Cutthroat is very much a concession to the event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he should be something else.

Edit #1: Played through one run with this. It did some messed up stuff, and I finished 7-1. Probably needs to shave on Obelisks, but goodness gracious was this deck powerful!

Edit #2: Just played a second run with something very similar to the original list and got 7-2. Updated to a newer list that I like more. This deck is a blast!!!

Feln Control

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4 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
4 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
4 Borderlands Waykeeper (Set1 #517)
4 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
4 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
4 Extract (Set2 #155)
4 Feln Bloodcaster (Set1 #386)
2 Plague (Set1 #274)
4 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Deathstrike (Set1 #290)
1 Feeding Time (Set1 #381)
4 Steward of the Past (Set1 #287)
4 Torgov, Icecap Trader (Set2 #126)
2 Jotun Hurler (Set1 #227)
4 Black-Sky Harbinger (Set1 #385)
8 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
9 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Feln Banner (Set1 #417)
4 Seat of Cunning (Set0 #62)

Isn’t there always a Feln control deck? Well, here, we have a few tools to bias against the heavy aggro field. 4 Lightning Storm seems amazing, and Black Sky Harbinger probably wins 75% of the games that he is played. Compared to other decks this is very much bias towards getting on board fast and using cheap spells. I has still included 4 Wisdom of the Elders, but that might just be a mistake in this format, since the easiest way to die is take a turn off, and you will have enough card flow anyway.

Edit: SirRhino and rekenner played a lot of Feln in the event, and sent me the list they were using to good effect. It looks a lot like a normal Feln Control list, though it is slanted to more units and more cheap removal, so you can dump your hand more efficiently, while cutting Wisdom. As of this writing rekenner is still in the top 20 playing this deck in all of his runs, and he isn’t even very good! (Kappa)

4 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
3 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
4 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
3 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
2 Backlash (Set1 #200)
4 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
4 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
4 Feln Bloodcaster (Set1 #386)
1 Xenan Cultist (Set1 #516)
1 Deathstrike (Set1 #290)
2 Feeding Time (Set1 #381)
4 Steward of the Past (Set1 #287)
4 Champion of Cunning (Set1 #371)
3 Withering Witch (Set1 #368)
4 Black-Sky Harbinger (Set1 #385)
3 Vara, Fate-Touched (Set1 #307)
8 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
9 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Feln Banner (Set1 #417)
4 Seat of Cunning (Set0 #62)

Scrappy Hour

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4 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Direfang Spider (Set1 #256)
2 Fallen Oni (Set2 #138)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
4 Knifejack (Set1 #257)
4 Slumbering Stone (Set1 #255)
3 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
3 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
4 Dark Wisp (Set1 #264)
4 Assembly Line (Set1 #29)
4 Shadowlands Guide (Set1 #280)
4 Torrent of Spiders (Set1 #272)
2 Scraptank (Set1 #391)
4 The Witching Hour (Set1 #310)
5 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
12 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)

Someone on Reddit pointed out that I really should have a The Witching Hour deck, given that the lead picture is The Witching Hour. I really am a slave to the fans! Anything that makes multiple units in the event is great, so having Torrent, Assembly Line, Shadowlands Guide and Scrap Tank means you are going wider than anyone else.

Edit: A reader (LeftHandedHero) took inspiration from this deck and built a sick Kalis/Witching Hour deck that he was able to 7-1 with. This certainly looks powerful, so check it out if you want to get really funky!

4 Combust (Set1 #392)
4 Grenadin Drone (Set1 #5)
4 Slumbering Stone (Set1 #255)
4 Torch (Set1 #8)
4 Dark Wisp (Set1 #264)
4 Devour (Set1 #261)
4 Quarry (Set1001 #15)
4 Assembly Line (Set1 #29)
4 Bloodrite Kalis (Set1 #397)
4 Madness (Set1 #267)
4 Torrent of Spiders (Set1 #272)
2 Smuggler’s Stash (Set1 #396)
4 The Witching Hour (Set1 #310)
5 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
12 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)
4 Stonescar Banner (Set1 #419)

Argenport Aggro/Revenge

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4 District Infantry (Set1 #134)
4 Finest Hour (Set1 #130)
2 Jack’s Knife (Set2 #139)
4 Knifejack (Set1 #257)
3 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
4 Argenport Instigator (Set1 #268)
2 Auric Vigilante (Set2 #233)
2 Piercing Grief (Set2 #143)
2 Rapid Shot (Set1 #259)
2 Tranquil Scholar (Set2 #76)
2 Bloodletter (Set2 #235)
1 Copperhall Bailiff (Set1001 #5)
4 Hero of the People (Set1 #156)
1 Plague (Set1 #274)
3 Silverwing Familiar (Set1 #152)
4 Slay (Set2 #236)
2 Spirit Guide (Set2 #83)
2 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
2 Stonepowder Alchemist (Set2 #239)
7 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
6 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Argenport Banner (Set2 #231)
4 Seat of Vengeance (Set0 #55)
4 Diplomatic Seal (Set1 #425)

I got a request for a Revenge deck. I am somewhat skeptical about the idea, since it feels a little too slow for the event, but maybe I am wrong. I have faced a couple Argenport decks in the event already, and they were all highly medium in my opinion. I am also generally lukewarm about Argentport as a whole, so that may be a cause of bias. One way or another, this deck has cards in it that do things, so I guess you can try and play them. Both Bart and Makto look kinda slow to me, but you can pretty easily tilt the deck to either style of play if that is what you are looking for. If someone has an Argenport Revenge list they get 7 wins with, let me know, so that I can post that as a substitute.

TJS Revenge-Greed

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3 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
4 Protect (Set1 #132)
2 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
2 Blistersting Wasp (Set2 #202)
4 Piercing Grief (Set2 #143)
4 Tranquil Scholar (Set2 #76)
3 Banish (Set2 #207)
4 Hero of the People (Set1 #156)
4 Slay (Set2 #236)
4 Steward of the Past (Set1 #287)
4 Stonepowder Alchemist (Set2 #239)
4 Elysian Pathfinder (Set1 #108)
4 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
4 Inquisitor Makto (Set2 #242)
3 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
5 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
4 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)
1 Argenport Banner (Set2 #231)
4 Seat of Vengeance (Set0 #55)
4 Seat of Mystery (Set0 #61)

I was watching TonyGeeeee stream, and he was playing a sweet TJS revenge deck, that had a lot of sweet stuff that was going on. His record with the list looked great, after getting 7-wins in his first two runs. I asked to post it here for anyone asking for revenge decks, since it looks better than the pile I have directly above. Apparently Minnifer was the original deckbuilder, and Tony had merely tuned the list. Regardless, both of them put together a deck that seems incredibly powerful if you can get to the mid game, and it has a lot of life gain to survive long enough to do stuff like Hero + Grief. Certainly an interesting approach to try!

Edit: Minnifer commented to say that the original version of the deck was actually built by PhazedOut, which TonyGeeeee tuned for the event. Credit where credit is due! Still a very fun list.


Given that this article is insanely last minute due to the nature of the event, I expect to be updating it a lot over the course of the week, so keep your eyes peeled for more decks! Also please share innovative lists in the Reddit thread, and I may update them here! Happy hunting folks!

Love,

Neon

7 thoughts on “Going Deep – Eclipse Event Primer

  1. Hi there! I’m twitch user Minnifer and I wanted to make sure that you knew that I had NOTHING to do with TonyGeeeee’s deck. I was simply watching his stream, he asked for a cool deck to try, and I thought some Hero of the People brew would be decent in the event so I quickly looked up the first one I found and showed this to him: https://eternalwarcry.com/decks/details/5ozlpw2qzHY/heros-revenge-revenge
    The original creator of the deck is PhazedOut, and TonyGeeeee made some changes based on the event format, since you need way less fixing while drawing two cards per turn. I just wanted to make sure you knew and that this didn’t get misconstrued. I’m but a simple viewer 🙂 Thanks for the primer, it’s a good read!

  2. Went 7 wins twice with deck above; seen an awesome variant this morning that trades Bart out for Copperhall Baliffs and the Warhammers for Plagues (I’m guessing based on the decks I’ve faced). Seems to handle Aegis popping a bit better and perhaps better vs Jito/Burn Queen?