Event Primer – There Can Only Be One

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Hello friends! It has been a while since I had the privilege to an honest-to-goodness event primer article! It feels good to be back! As you probably are all aware, the event this weekend has the special rule that you can only play one copy of each non-power card in your deck. This has some…strange implications for deckbuilding. Unlike previous ever primer articles instead of just dropping a bunch of lists, I am going to start by writing out my thoughts on the format to help you build your own decks. From there I will give you a few lists to fork from.

A good place to start off with is identifying the speed of the format. What does this rule do to the macro-archetypes of Eternal? Lets take a look:

Aggro: gets a lot worse. You need a critical mass of high quality 1, 2 and 3 drops in order for an aggro deck to be functional, and if you are limited to 1 copy of your Oni Ronins and Torches most aggro decks become essentially unplayable. Not where I want to be personally.

Control: also gets worse. This is not as impacted as aggro, but control decks really lean on some specific cards to hold the deck together. Wisdom of the Elders and Strategize are extremely important for just hitting all your power drops while having enough interaction. Harsh Rule is extremely important to mop up messy boards. When control is limited to only one copy of these essential cards the entire strategy becomes much more inconsistent.

Combo: totally unplayable. The chances of assembling even a 2-card combo with any consistency is laughable.

You might see where I am going with this. Midrange is going to be very very good. Decks with no important synergies, and are just a pile of efficiently costed units and removal will be by far the best decks this weekend. I would guess that over 80% of the decks in the event will be some version of midrange.

With this in mind, that gives use a few hints as to how our midrange decks should be built. First, we should expect a lot of board stalls, so having cards that are effective at breaking board stalls is a must. Some of the cards I have identified that are particularly potent would be Crystallize and Leave a Witness. Both are obviously very good at turning a grindy midrange mirror into a one-sided slaughter. Striking Snake Formation might also be good, though I haven’t included it in all of my lists. Also, any source of ongoing card advantage is probably a big help. If both players are drawing an assortment of mediocre cards you want to be the one drawing twice as many mediocre cards! Mystic Ascendant, Siraf and Moon Dial are some obvious examples, but I even think Knucklebones and Great Kiln Titan will be solid in this field. Finally card selection effects will probably be quite good. Celestial Omen has never really been a good card, but is sometimes a necessary evil. Here It is probably better then ever since most decks will be packed with utility cards.

Beyond a midrange-saturated meta, let’s take a moment to consider some of the more nitty-gritty deck building implications, specifically related to power. While power cards are not limited by the 1-of rule, Seek Power and Favors are. Eternal players generally cheat on their power count (I am as guilty as anyone of this) but in an event like this Seek Power will not be there to bail you out. Also, there is no 1-of limit on Monuments. I think the Amber, Cobalt and Amethyst Monuments are quite strong in this meta. Between these two factors your should be playing at least 28 power in most of your decks. 25 is just not enough, and you should expect to lose when your midrange opponent is able to curve out better than you. Besides, the last few cards in your deck are probably pretty bad anyway, since you have to go so far down the list to fill things out. And one last note related to power: Crests are extra good in this event. They are obviously great most of the time, but having a card filtering effect that you can actually play as a 4-of is going to feel like cheating. I would strongly bias towards decks that had access to a good number of crests.

With all of that said, my specific recommendations for actual decks are not that exciting. I really don’t know how to build these decks, since it is hard to gauge exactly how slow the meta will be. It is also hard to compare the power level of decks since they are all durdley midrange piles that are going to smoosh themselves against other durdly midrange piles. It is impossible to predict what you will actually play against since your chance of seeing any given card is so low. Time is obviously great, since it so good at being midrangy, but it seems like you can pair that with anything. It is weird to say it, but as long as you keep the my general advice in mind deck building doesn’t…. really…. matter?

Honestly, here is the method I would advocate for in deck building:

  1. Pick your favorite faction combination. I would suggest 3 factions with at least 2 sets of Crests, but you can go 2 faction is you really want.
  2. Go through the deck builder and just pick every playable midrange card that you can find in that faction combination. Make sure there is as little synergy as possible.
  3. Put in 28-30 power.
  4. This is now your deck.

I have a few decklists to share, but these should be viewed more as examples of this method rather than lists I am actively advocating for. You can use them of course, but it is probably better to customize to your personal preference. I could give you explanation as to why all of these cards are in here, but there is just too much that needs to be said, and almost none of it matters since each individual card will come up so infrequently.

FTP

1 Family Charter (Set3 #280)
1 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Talir’s Intervention (Set3 #58)
1 Torch (Set1 #8)
1 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
1 Equivocate (Set1003 #21)
1 Find the Way (Set1 #513)
1 Kaleb’s Choice (Set2 #188)
1 Power Stone (Set1002 #4)
1 Purify (Set2 #176)
1 Strategize (Set3 #165)
1 Temple Scribe (Set1 #502)
1 Whispering Wind (Set1 #202)
1 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
1 Ageless Mentor (Set1 #90)
1 Amber Acolyte (Set1 #93)
1 Eye of Winter (Set1 #210)
1 Lunar Magus (Set3 #69)
1 Moondial (Set3 #70)
1 Nocturnal Observer (Set3 #173)
1 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
1 Seasoned Spelunker (Set3 #72)
1 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Ancient Lore (Set1 #105)
1 Archive Curator (Set2 #50)
1 Devoted Theurge (Set1002 #6)
1 Sandstorm Titan (Set1 #99)
1 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
1 Cirso, the Great Glutton (Set1 #362)
1 Crystallize (Set1 #232)
1 Jotun Feast-Caller (Set3 #187)
1 Lumen Defender (Set1 #115)
1 Obliterate (Set1 #48)
1 Shatterglass Mage (Set2 #181)
1 Striking Snake Formation (Set1 #112)
1 Twinbrood Sauropod (Set1 #113)
1 Waystone Infuser (Set2 #63)
1 Worldbearer Behemoth (Set3 #87)
1 Heart of the Vault (Set2 #183)
1 Mystic Ascendant (Set1 #116)
1 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
1 Scouting Party (Set1 #488)
1 Knucklebones (Set2 #197)
1 Great-Kiln Titan (Set3 #49)
1 Molot & Nakova (Set2 #199)
2 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
2 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
3 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
2 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
2 Cobalt Monument (Set1 #418)
4 Crest of Impulse (Set3 #251)
3 Seat of Impulse (Set0 #54)
4 Crest of Wisdom (Set3 #261)
1 Seat of Wisdom (Set0 #63)
4 Crest of Fury (Set3 #266)
2 Seat of Fury (Set0 #53)

This is a deck featuring cards of the Fire, Time and Primal factions. You can see that it is a grindy midrange deck with no coherent plan other than playing the cards that they draw and hoping that those cards are better than their opponent’s cards.

TJP

1 Family Charter (Set3 #280)
1 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
1 Safe Return (Set1 #330)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Bring Down (Set2 #217)
1 Desert Marshal (Set1 #332)
1 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
1 Equivocate (Set1003 #21)
1 Find the Way (Set1 #513)
1 Kothon, the Far-Watcher (Set2 #218)
1 Power Stone (Set1002 #4)
1 Strategize (Set3 #165)
1 Temple Scribe (Set1 #502)
1 Trail Maker (Set3 #65)
1 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
1 Whispering Wind (Set1 #202)
1 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
1 Ageless Mentor (Set1 #90)
1 Amber Acolyte (Set1 #93)
1 Combrei Healer (Set1 #333)
1 Eilyn’s Choice (Set2 #220)
1 Eye of Winter (Set1 #210)
1 Knight-Chancellor Siraf (Set1 #335)
1 Moondial (Set3 #70)
1 Privilege of Rank (Set1 #157)
1 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
1 Stand Together (Set1 #334)
1 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Archive Curator (Set2 #50)
1 Copperhall Elite (Set1 #340)
1 Devoted Theurge (Set1002 #6)
1 Sandstorm Titan (Set1 #99)
1 The Great Parliament (Set1 #338)
1 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
1 Cirso, the Great Glutton (Set1 #362)
1 Crystallize (Set1 #232)
1 Marshal Ironthorn (Set1 #174)
1 Striking Snake Formation (Set1 #112)
1 Waystone Infuser (Set2 #63)
1 Worldbearer Behemoth (Set3 #87)
1 Kosul Brigade (Set2 #254)
1 Mystic Ascendant (Set1 #116)
1 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
1 Scouting Party (Set1 #488)
1 Eilyn, Clan Mother (Set3 #263)
1 Leave a Witness (Set2 #100)
3 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
3 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
3 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
3 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
2 Cobalt Monument (Set1 #418)
4 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)
4 Crest of Wisdom (Set3 #261)
4 Seat of Wisdom (Set0 #63)
3 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)

This is a deck featuring cards of the Time, Justice and Primal factions. You can see that it is a grindy midrange deck with no coherent plan other than playing the cards that they draw and hoping that those cards are better than their opponent’s cards.

FTJ

1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Talir’s Intervention (Set3 #58)
1 Torch (Set1 #8)
1 Awakened Student (Set1 #331)
1 Desert Marshal (Set1 #332)
1 Miner’s Musket (Set3 #10)
1 Power Stone (Set1002 #4)
1 Purify (Set2 #176)
1 Rolant’s Favor (Set0 #18)
1 Trail Maker (Set3 #65)
1 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
1 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
1 Ageless Mentor (Set1 #90)
1 Amber Acolyte (Set1 #93)
1 Combrei Healer (Set1 #333)
1 Knight-Chancellor Siraf (Set1 #335)
1 Seasoned Spelunker (Set3 #72)
1 Stand Together (Set1 #334)
1 Sword of Icaria (Set1 #315)
1 Vodakhan’s Staff (Set1 #336)
1 Whirling Duo (Set3 #254)
1 Ancient Lore (Set1 #105)
1 Archive Curator (Set2 #50)
1 Copperhall Elite (Set1 #340)
1 Devoted Theurge (Set1002 #6)
1 Memento Mori (Set1003 #4)
1 Navani, Warsinger (Set1 #323)
1 Rise to the Challenge (Set1 #320)
1 Sandstorm Titan (Set1 #99)
1 The Great Parliament (Set1 #338)
1 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
1 Deepforged Plate (Set1 #317)
1 Marshal Ironthorn (Set1 #174)
1 Reality Warden (Set1 #343)
1 Shatterglass Mage (Set2 #181)
1 Throne Warden (Set1 #514)
1 Waystone Infuser (Set2 #63)
1 Heart of the Vault (Set2 #183)
1 Jekk, the Bounty Hunter (Set1001 #11)
1 Mystic Ascendant (Set1 #116)
1 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
1 Icaria, the Liberator (Set1 #329)
1 Leave a Witness (Set2 #100)
1 Great-Kiln Titan (Set3 #49)
1 Sword of the Sky King (Set1 #186)
3 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
2 Granite Waystone (Set3 #1)
2 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
3 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
2 Amber Waystone (Set3 #51)
4 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
1 Emerald Waystone (Set3 #101)
4 Crest of Impulse (Set3 #251)
3 Seat of Impulse (Set0 #54)
3 Seat of Glory (Set0 #56)
3 Seat of Progress (Set0 #58)

This is a deck featuring cards of the Time, Justice and Primal factions. You can see that it is a grindy midrange deck with no coherent plan other than playing the cards that they draw and hoping that those cards are better than their opponent’s cards.

FPS

1 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
1 Family Charter (Set3 #280)
1 Permafrost (Set1 #193)
1 Sabotage (Set1 #252)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Torch (Set1 #8)
1 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
1 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
1 Kaleb’s Choice (Set2 #188)
1 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
1 Strategize (Set3 #165)
1 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
1 Whispering Wind (Set1 #202)
1 Devastating Setback (Set3 #226)
1 Extract (Set2 #155)
1 Eye of Winter (Set1 #210)
1 Feln Bloodcaster (Set1 #386)
1 Hailstorm (Set1003 #11)
1 Mirror Image (Set1 #217)
1 Recurring Nightmare (Set1 #382)
1 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Deadly Confrontation (Set3 #225)
1 Deathstrike (Set1 #290)
1 Feeding Time (Set1 #381)
1 In Cold Blood (Set1003 #15)
1 Rindra, the Duskblade (Set3 #277)
1 Statuary Maiden (Set1 #387)
1 Subvert (Set1 #289)
1 Champion of Cunning (Set1 #371)
1 Scraptank (Set1 #391)
1 Staff of Stories (Set1 #234)
1 Swindle (Set2 #129)
1 Black-Sky Harbinger (Set1 #385)
1 Celestial Omen (Set1 #241)
1 Daraka, Queensguard (Set1003 #12)
1 Infernal Tyrant (Set1 #390)
1 Thunderstrike Dragon (Set1 #243)
1 Azindel’s Gift (Set1 #306)
1 Knucklebones (Set2 #197)
1 Voprex, the Great Ruin (Set1 #400)
1 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
1 Molot & Nakova (Set2 #199)
1 Sleepless Night (Set2 #170)
1 Snowcrush Animist (Set1 #384)
1 Vara, Fate-Touched (Set1 #307)
2 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
2 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
2 Cobalt Monument (Set1 #418)
1 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
2 Amethyst Monument (Set1 #426)
4 Crest of Fury (Set3 #266)
3 Seat of Fury (Set0 #53)
4 Crest of Cunning (Set3 #267)
3 Seat of Cunning (Set0 #62)
4 Crest of Chaos (Set3 #268)
3 Seat of Chaos (Set0 #60)

This deck is very different than the other decks. First, it is not a midrange deck. It is a somewhat controlling midrange deck! Next, it does not feature the Time faction. This is probably a mistake. Finally, it plays Knucklebones and Voprex in the same deck. Seems good?

Praxis

1 Excavate (Set1 #71)
1 Initiate of the Sands (Set1 #74)
1 Predator’s Instinct (Set1 #75)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Talir’s Intervention (Set3 #58)
1 Torch (Set1 #8)
1 Twilight Hunt (Set3 #59)
1 Brenn, Chronicler of Ages (Set3 #303)
1 Find the Way (Set1 #513)
1 Friendly Wisp (Set1 #82)
1 Kaleb’s Favor (Set0 #3)
1 Miner’s Musket (Set3 #10)
1 Purify (Set2 #176)
1 Talir’s Favored (Set0 #11)
1 Temple Scribe (Set1 #502)
1 Trail Maker (Set3 #65)
1 Xenan Initiation (Set2 #44)
1 Ageless Mentor (Set1 #90)
1 Dawnwalker (Set1 #86)
1 Lunar Magus (Set3 #69)
1 Reliquary Raider (Set1 #110)
1 Scorpion Wasp (Set1 #96)
1 Beckoning Lumen (Set2 #59)
1 Crimson Firemaw (Set1002 #3)
1 Devoted Theurge (Set1002 #6)
1 Diogo Málaga (Set2 #179)
1 Marisen’s Disciple (Set1 #104)
1 Praxis Displacer (Set1 #100)
1 Sandstorm Titan (Set1 #99)
1 Venom Rider (Set1003 #5)
1 Xenan Obelisk (Set1 #103)
1 Arcanum Monitor (Set1 #520)
1 Jekk, Hunted Fugitive (Set3 #36)
1 Lumen Defender (Set1 #115)
1 Obliterate (Set1 #48)
1 Sandglass Juggernaut (Set1003 #16)
1 Shatterglass Mage (Set2 #181)
1 Striking Snake Formation (Set1 #112)
1 Twinbrood Sauropod (Set1 #113)
1 Waystone Infuser (Set2 #63)
1 Worldbearer Behemoth (Set3 #87)
1 Heart of the Vault (Set2 #183)
1 Mystic Ascendant (Set1 #116)
1 Predatory Carnosaur (Set1 #118)
1 Sky Terror (Set3 #43)
1 Soulfire Drake (Set1 #47)
1 Tesya, Omen Shaper (Set2 #256)
1 Great-Kiln Titan (Set3 #49)
1 Marisen, the Eldest (Set1 #123)
5 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
5 Time Sigil (Set1 #63)
4 Amber Monument (Set1 #420)
4 Crest of Impulse (Set3 #251)
4 Praxis Banner (Set2 #171)
4 Seat of Impulse (Set0 #54)

This deck was actually made by RNG. As you can see, it is a midrange deck featuring the Time and Fire factions. I don’t think there is enough power in this deck. I would add power to it before you take this into the event.

Feln

1 Dark Return (Set1 #250)
1 Sabotage (Set1 #252)
1 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
1 Stonescar Sneak (Set3 #205)
1 Suffocate (Set1 #251)
1 Annihilate (Set1 #269)
1 Argenport Instigator (Set1 #268)
1 Borderlands Waykeeper (Set1 #517)
1 Eilyn’s Favor (Set0 #24)
1 Lightning Strike (Set1 #197)
1 Ripknife Assassin (Set1003 #13)
1 Strategize (Set3 #165)
1 Unseal (Set3 #167)
1 Vara’s Favor (Set0 #35)
1 Cabal Countess (Set1 #506)
1 Cloudsnake Harrier (Set2 #114)
1 Devastating Setback (Set3 #226)
1 Extract (Set2 #155)
1 Feln Bloodcaster (Set1 #386)
1 Hailstorm (Set1003 #11)
1 Midnight Gale (Set1 #378)
1 Nocturnal Observer (Set3 #173)
1 Wisdom of the Elders (Set1 #218)
1 Deadly Confrontation (Set3 #225)
1 Deathstrike (Set1 #290)
1 Feeding Time (Set1 #381)
1 Impending Doom (Set1 #286)
1 In Cold Blood (Set1003 #15)
1 Rindra, the Duskblade (Set3 #277)
1 Torgov, Icecap Trader (Set2 #126)
1 Champion of Cunning (Set1 #371)
1 Crystallize (Set1 #232)
1 Jotun Feast-Caller (Set3 #187)
1 Pearlescent Drake (Set2 #127)
1 Umbren Reaper (Set1 #299)
1 Withering Witch (Set1 #368)
1 Black-Sky Harbinger (Set1 #385)
1 Daraka, Queensguard (Set1003 #12)
1 Scouting Party (Set1 #488)
1 Thunderstrike Dragon (Set1 #243)
1 Azindel’s Gift (Set1 #306)
1 Mistveil Drake (Set1 #242)
1 Nightmaw, Sight Unseen (Set1 #383)
1 Rimescale Draconus (Set1 #246)
1 Channel the Tempest (Set1 #244)
1 Sleepless Night (Set2 #170)
1 Snowcrush Animist (Set1 #384)
5 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
1 Cobalt Monument (Set1 #418)
3 Cobalt Waystone (Set3 #151)
7 Shadow Sigil (Set1 #249)
4 Crest of Cunning (Set3 #267)
4 Feln Banner (Set1 #417)
4 Seat of Cunning (Set0 #62)

This is another deck made by RNG. It is a midrange deck featuring Primal cards, Shadow Cards and probably not enough power. I would add some power cards before heading into the event. Also, it has Nightmaw, which is sweet.


While I think the event is quite neat, you can probably understand my difficulty in actually making decks. There are just so many possibilities, and I can’t figure out which is best. This is a really good chance to exercise your own deckbuilding since there is just a lot more room for error. As long as you are playing cards that do something, and are preparing for a midrangy grind-fest than I don’t think you can go that wrong. With that said, that will be the primer for this Event! Hope you found it interesting and/or useful. Be sure to check out the Reddit thread to share your thoughts or your own lists. I look forward to see you all in the queue!

Love,

Neon