Reflecting upon a format - Verdict and Choirless Candles Format Format(Rock)

    • Reflecting upon a format - Verdict and Choirless Candles Format Format(Rock)

      Format: Verdict and Choirless Candles Format Format(Rock)

      Following Format: Verdicts, Candles and Deathcries Format

      • Begin: 21 Dec 2017(Choir of Lumos gets banned)
      • End: 10 Jan 2018 (Changes to various champions, but mostly important nerfs to Adoni-Zeddek and Furiko)
      Tier List:

      Main characteristics of the format:

      - B/D Verdict Deck and D/R Candles are the tier 1 decks..

      - Most in-archetype card of the Verdict deck are C/UC only losing Twilight Justice and Zeddek's Judgment.Its main objective was to trigger its namesake mechanic(Verdict) multiple times repetivetely to disrupt the opponent and slowly amass card advantage by using its champion's power(which at that costed 3 charges), powerful contants such as In the Halls of Twilight and Gloaming Edict and actions like Runic Justice. Combining those with troops which benifted from verdict such as Sunrise Specter it could also quickly turn deadly for the opponent. One could also use cards Twilight Eclipse to take advantage of the contants the deck ran and were generated by your verdicts and other spirit troops such as Orchi-Kero and Vesper that had not only synergy for being spirit but interacted with the lifegain(from sunrise and daybreaks) and your contants. It was the top tier 1 deck of the format.

      - The Candles win condiation was to build a board of Candlekin and buff them with illuminate, which is a mechanic that either or buff their candlekin. This was done through a variety of troops and actions such as Wax Dawn, kindlekit, Acolyte of Flame. It had also ascess to a plethora of removal both in archetype such as Flamelick or powerful generic removal like Wrath of Elements, Winter's Grasp and Return to Cinder to name a few. Lastly they could turn all their candleking in giant evasive threat with their constant Wings of Wax. Even though it lost Choir of Lumos making no longer the tier 0 deck of the format, it ramained relevant as a tier 1 deck.

      - In the tier 2 we had 2 deck: B/W Deathcry Takahiro and S/W Arcane Soil Furiko.

      - The deathcry deck used various deathcry troops like Naive Lackey and Blightbush to be sacrficed either for its champion's charge power or other cards in order to generate card advantage like Gruesome Deed or use strong effects like Gruesome Deed as the deathcry troops paid for themselves. With all those troops dying and going to the crypt the deck could use Scrounge effects like Death's Head Rider to generate extra advantage. The deck also used generic blood removal like Strangle and Cheap Shot. Iremaw was also popular choice of removal considering the 2 tier 1 decks. Lastly for the late game one could run either Rotting Chompknight to deal with the Verdicts contand and Wings of way or Cottontail Warcaller for even more card advantage.

      - The Furiko deck based its strategy around Arcane Soil to both generate card advantage while buffing the dreadlings it created to 3/3s with its champion's power(which at time costed 7 charges) to either outright kill the opponent or decimate their field. Its used Webborn Apostate and Palm of Granite to gains charges and being able to use the powerful charge power earlier, witht he latter one also being used to play Arcane Soil 1 turn earlier. To generate more troops to take futher advantage of the charge power Warpsteel Shardsworn was played, sometimes Blightbush has added for even more troops. With the many troops one would be getting Consult the Talon was used to gain further card advantage making arcane soil evenn more powerful. Lastly Sapphire action provided some variability fort he deck as one coud play Sapphire's Favor for the charge power or Heart's Whisper for the card advantage.
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