Epic: Constructed – Origins 2016 (Part 2)

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In this second part of my 2-part article on the constructed decks at Origins 2016, I discuss the 3 remaining top 8/top 4 decks from Friday and Sunday.

Combative Humans

Good is strong – Tom’S Epic Gaming

Tom Combative Humans Origins


2nd Place

I took this deck to the finals on Sunday.


Get Ahead, Stay Ahead

Play Style

This deck is the constructed version of my Get Ahead, Stay Ahead play style.

4 Color Control

Derek Arnold

Derek 4 Color Control


1st Place

Derek won the first Epic Constructed tournament with this deck. His record in rounds was 2-0-3. The 2 wins were 1-0 and the final draw was intentional. This was the most interesting deck at Origins.


Win through Attrition (Drinker)

Play Style

Draw cards, play 2 for 1 reestablishing champions, heal, and use off-turn board clears for safety.

Time Walker

Gabe Costa-Gioni

Gabe Time Walker


Top 8

This deck was played in top 8 on Friday.

I neither played against nor watched this deck played, so I’m effectively guessing how it was meant to be played.


Kill with 0’s, Disrupt with 1’s

Play Style

Open with 0’s as offense. Follow up with 1’s as defense. Utilize cards like Time Walker or Temporal Enforcer to return your 0’s to hand to keep them safe while not dealing damage.


These three decks are radically different from the Burn decks that made up the rest of the constructed decks. Not only are they primarily Evil or primarily Good, but the play styles, particularly for 4 Color Control, are different as well.

Once again, if you feel I misrepresented your deck, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

I look forward to seeing what shows up at Gen Con next week. I will be there once again providing updates on my blog. In the mean time, I can usually be found in the Epic Card Game Discord Channel here. Feel free to drop in and ask me questions directly or respond in the comments below.

Duelyst Preview

Duelyst Main ScreenDuelyst is a digital free-to-play collectible-card-game with a grid. You are a general on that grid, and you summon minions, play spells, and equip artifacts to defeat your opponent; in addition, you can replace one card from your hand each turn. This is a fast-paced card game that looks good, is fun to play, doesn’t abuse F2P too hard, and I willingly bought a purely cosmetic item for it.

Duelsyt In Progress

Duelyst Deck Screen

Epic: Constructed – Origins 2016 (Burn)

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In the first part of this 2-part article on the constructed decks at Origins 2016, I focus on providing an overview of the Burn based decks. There were a lot of them.


Closing out games with burn cards (damage that can target a player directly like Flame Strike) was very common both days of constructed. Some decks brought more burn cards than others, but Flame Strike and Lesson Learned were in 6 of the 9 top 8/top 4 decks. Of the decks that tried to finish out the game with burn, there were 2 general types: Control Burn and Aggressive Burn.

Control Burn

Chris Weidinger’s version

Chris Weidinger Control Burn


Top 8, 2nd Place, 1st Place

Control Burn was the most common type of deck at Origins. On Friday, at least 5 people ran similar decks with a top 8 finish (Hayden Brass) and a 2nd place finish (Chris Weidinger). On Sunday, this deck won the tournament (Hampus Eriksson).

I played against this deck twice in rounds on Friday and once in the finals on Sunday. I also watched it in the finals on Friday.


Stall and Kill with Burn


Tempo Win

Play Style

This deck either wins by extending the game to win with burn (against decks without health gain) and/or by getting ahead and staying ahead.

Defensive/Reactive (Favored)

If your opponent has neither health gain nor enough burn to outright win the game, you will eventually win just by preventing your opponent from winning. Due to this, you are able to largely sit back and force your opponent to make the first move.

Tempo (Back Up)

If your opponent has health gain or enough burn to kill you outright, you need to get aggressive. Beat them before they can stabilize or beat you.

Aggressive Burn

The next 4 decks are all variations on an aggressive Burn deck. Each deck has interesting differences, but they all have similar play styles.



2 Top 8 and 4 Top 4

I either played against or saw all of these decks. More detail below.


Play Threats, Attack/Distract, Finish with Burn

Play Style

Each of these decks win by playing threats early as offense and distraction. Most of the threats are aggressive with either blitz and/or tribute/loyalty 2 burn. Since the opponent is forced to deal with these threats, the opponent might not be able to field their own threats and/or draw cards.

Once these decks have enough burn to finish off an opponent (due to weakening them with their threats or drawing enough burn), the board is ignored, and the direct damage starts.

Aggro Burn


Auggie Aggro Burn


3 Top 4

Auggie placed top 4 with this on Friday and Saturday. Ben Wienburg also played this on Saturday for a top 4 finish.

On Sunday, I played against Ben in rounds and Auggie in the semi-finals.


Same as above, but with the most aggressive and burn based threats.

Play Style

Get damage through any way possible. Win by killing before you die.

Breakthrough Burn

Kyle Coons

Kyle Coons Breakthrough Burn


Top 8

Kyle placed top 8 on Friday with this deck.

I played against him and possibly this deck on Sunday in rounds. I watched part of a game on Friday.


Soften with breakthrough damage, disrupt, and finish with burn.

Play Style

Get one big hit through (probably with breakthrough) and then finish with burn. While attempting this, disrupt with Sage.

Dinosaur Burn

Dinosaurs!” – Nathaniel Mansfield

Nathaniel Mansfield Dinosaur Burn


Top 4

Nathaniel Mansfield took top 4 with this deck on Friday.

I watched this deck in the semi-finals.


Play dinosaurs. Win.

Play Style

Establish big, damage-removal-resistant champions. Once one hits, finish with burn. Against control, focus on gathering champions before beginning the onslaught.

Health Gain Burn

Corey Henderson

Corey Henderson Health Gain Burn


Top 8

Corey Henderson took top 4 with this deck on Friday.

I watched this deck in the quarter finals.


Gain enough health so you kill with burn before dying.

Play Style

Aggressively burn your opponent down while gaining health simultaneously.


Burn was incredibly popular at Origins 2016. It also did quite well. However, it seems to have a very poor match up against control, Derek Arnold’s Lesson Learned Deck for instance.

In part 2 of this article, I will provide an overview of Derek Arnold’s 4-Color Control deck, Gabe Costa-Gioni’s Time Walker deck, and my Combative Humans deck. I will also discuss individual play examples specifically from matches between 2 top 8 decks.

If you feel I misrepresented your deck above, feel free to correct me in the comments below.

Epic Puzzle First Week Ending

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Tomorrow 7/24/16 is the last day to submit answers for the first week of the challenge found here. 11:59pm CDT is the deadline for a chance at the 1 point per winning solution. After that, all of the solutions will be posted and improvements (and new solutions) may be submitted for a chance at half a point per best solution.


I had actually said 7pm CDT 7/25/16 was the deadline in the original post.

Current Verified Scores (7/23/16 11:10pm CDT)

1) Most Champions on Turn One

Derek, 24

2) Most Offense in Play on Turn One

Derek, 141

3) Most Defense in Play on Turn One

Erwin Bonsma, 96

Current Verified Scores (7/25/16 10:00pm CDT)

1) Most Champions on Turn One

Greylag, 38

2) Most Offense in Play on Turn One

Greylag, 148

3) Most Defense in Play on Turn One

Derek, 137

Epic Puzzle: Turn 1 Champions

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This article is a contest to discover the optimal answers for 3 related Epic questions. The person to score the most points, by providing the best answers the earliest, will win the Sea Hydra playmat pictured below.

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**Updated to include more clarifications**

If you start with

  • 5 cards in hand
  • a deck containing no more than 3 copies of a card
  • an opponent with infinite health
  • promos are legal
  • no cards in play for either player
  • no cards in discard pile for either player
  • do not draw on your turn

what are the best solutions to the questions below. (Essentially you are taking the first turn of a standard constructed game, but your opponent has infinite health.)

1) How many total champions can you get into play, under your control, during your turn?

  • A champion does not need to survive until the end of the turn to be counted. (This is only for this first question.)
  • Token champions count.
  • Your opponent may neither play cards nor put cards into play.

2) How much total offense can you have in play at once on your turn?

  • Offense is the sword stat on a champion.
  • Champions must be in play to be counted, but they may be expended and/or deploying.
  • Token champions count.
  • Buffed champions count: Dark Leader expended would give 4 offense from Dark Leader and 2 offense from the human token he created.
  • Your opponent may neither play cards nor put cards into play.

3) How much total defense can you have in play at once on your turn?

  • Defense is the shield stat on a champion.
  • Champions must be in play to be counted, but they may be expended and/or deploying.
  • Token champions count.
  • Buffed champions count: a wolf token after Battle Cry is played would give 5 defense.
  • Your opponent may neither play cards nor put cards into play.

Additional Rules

  1. Each solution may, and probably will, be different.
  2. To Enter, post a comment below with just the numbers (example below). Then, send me the solution through the contact field at the bottom of this post. I will respond to the comment within 24 hours to verify if it is valid. If it is not valid, I will respond to the email address provided why it is invalid.
    1. When posting a new submission, create a new comment, do not reply to your original comment.
    2. Feel free to post general questions, cheer on participants, etc.
  3. After a week, on 7/25/16 at 7pm CDT, 1 point will be awarded for the first, highest verified solution for each question. I will also reply to each submission in the comments with their solutions at that time.
  4. New submissions (with just the numbers) may still be posted until 8/1/16 at 7pm (sending me the solution through the contact field). On 8/1/16 at 7pm CDT, .5 points will be awarded to the new highest verified solution for each question (if any).
  5. The person with the highest point total will win the playmat.
  6. In the unlikely situation of a tie, the person with the most winning solutions on 8/1/16 will win the tie. For example, Anne submits winning solutions for questions 1 and 2 by 7/25/16. Bob submits a winning solution for question 3 by 7/25/16. Anne has 2 points and Bob has 1 point. Then, Bob improves Anne’s answers for questions 1 and 2 by 8/1/16, and Carl improves Bob’s answers for question 3 by 8/1/16. Anne has 2 points, Bob has 2 points, Carl has .5 points, and Bob wins the tiebreak.
  7. Playmat will either be delivered in person at Gen Con or shipped. This can be worked out once the winner is determined.
  8. Anyone that enters is welcome to send me a picture to post on the blog, or to take a picture with me at Gen Con and have it posted to the blog.

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Epic Puzzle Announcement

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The first Epic Puzzle (Epic Puzzle: Turn 1 Drinker) was a success, congratulations to Greylag (2 winning submissions), Ydnad (1 winning solution), and everyone else who entered (Vjjft and Josiah Fiscus). All of the answers submitted were significantly higher than I was expecting.

Due to the success and reception of the puzzle, I will be posting a 2nd puzzle on Monday 7/18 at 7pm CDT (starting time open to adjustment). There will be a few changes to the format that I will discuss at that time. (For example, sending me the solution privately when the numbers are posted so I can verify.)

The overall winner of that puzzle will receive the Sea Hydra play mat pictured below. Feel free to comment below with a time change request and/or questions. I will try to accommodate the most people possible for the start time.

Sea Hydra Play Mat

Origins Friday Constructed Analysis

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In this article I discuss my thoughts on constructed going into the first Epic Constructed Qualifier. I discuss my deck, my matches, and my deck revisions afterwards. I went 3-2-0 for a 10th place finish.

Opening Constructed Thoughts

Constructed and Limited/draft/etc. are very different beasts.

In limited, you have to put together a deck of 30(+) cards (usually all different). So, you try to include the best overall cards, add as much synergy as possible, and then play against opponents who could have a wide range of potential cards.

insurgencyIn constructed, each player is able to spend an unlimited amount of time beforehand selecting and testing the best possible combination of cards. Some cards that can be frequently weak in draft, like Insurgency, can be powerhouses because the deck is designed to utilize that card well (otherwise it wouldn’t be in the deck). Other cards, like Lightning Storm, aren’t as devastatingly powerful in constructed because the variability and reusability aren’t necessarily as important. In addition, being able to run 3 of a card (for example 3 Flame Strikes and 3 Lesson Learneds) is a huge deal, but since it is a 60-card deck with no resources (like Magic Lands), the variability in each game can be quite large.


hands_from_belowIn constructed cards like Hands from Below or Lightning Strike have varying effectiveness. If no one is running 4 or 5 health champions, they are pretty bad. But, if everyone is running cards like Temporal Enforcer, both of these cards could be superstars. This idea is known as the Meta, or Meta-game. The ‘Meta’ generally refers to which cards/decks people currently think are the strongest and hence are the most played. So, if the meta says Thought Plucker and Muse are incredible, people could counter by playing cards like Wolf’s Bite, Helion the Dominator, Raxxa Demon Tyrant, etc.

secret_legionUnderstanding the Meta can be incredibly beneficial. For example, Human Token Swarm decks have the potential to consistently win on turn 1, but, they are fairly weak if the opponent has cards like Flash Fire, Wither, Blind Faith etc. So, if most of the decks run these anti-Human Token Swarm cards, the Meta would dictate that the Human Token Swarm deck is a lot worse, currently.

flash_fireThis in turn could discourage people from playing that deck. Then, if few or no people are playing that deck, other people might stop playing anti-Human Token Swarm cards and there would be a Meta-shift. In this situation, if someone then plays a Human Token Swarm deck, it would be stronger, relatively speaking, because opponents don’t have the answers they need to deal with it.

sea_titanThe Meta usually refers to tournament play, but a Local-meta would describe what you play against on a regular basis. If you and all of your friends think Sea Titan is the best card and include it in all of your decks, you might be more likely to see cards like Lying in Wait specifically to deal with that card. One of your friends constantly plays a burn deck, you can counter that by including cards like Inner Peace, Second Wind, and/or Drain Essence, etc.

My Deck

This was one of five decks that I was thinking about running: Untargetable Tempo. I did not post this beforehand. The other potential decks were: Human Token Swarm, Burn (my defensive variant), Avenging Angel Control, and Combative Humans (I ran this on Sunday).

Untargetable Tempo

Evil (0)

Good (9)

Slow (0)

Fast (6)

3x Banishment
3x Resurrection

0-Cost (3)
3x Blind Faith

Sage (42)

Slow (13)
2x Djinn of the Sands
3x Juggernaut
2x Mist Guide Herald
3x Sea Titan
3x Steel Golem

Fast (18)
1x Deadly Raid
3x Erase
3x Helion, the Dominator
3x Ice Drake
2x Lesson Learned
3x Memory Spirit
3x Temporal Shift

0-Cost (11)
3x Arcane Research
3x Forcemage Apprentice
3x Fumble
2x Vanishing

Wild (9)

Slow (0)

Fast (3)
3x Draka’s Fire
3x Hurricane

0-Cost (3)
3x Flash Fire

Deck Explanation


My main goal with this deck was to put big untargetable champions into play and disrupt any possible defense against them. Steel Golem was the critical card because it was a 13/13 untargetable blitz body that can be quite difficult to deal with for an opponent.

juggernautSea Titan was the other big untargetable body included. Juggernaut was a major offensive superstar because, while not untargetable, blitz, breakthrough, unbreakable, loyalty 2-> draw a card was incredible. Djinn of the Sands was included because it was an 8/8 airborne blitz champion. However, since it was neither untargetable nor unbreakable, I only wanted to play it after my opponent spent their gold on my turn.

helion_the_dominatorHelion, the Dominator and Ice Drake were included for fast offensive disruption. Helion is incredible for a plethora of reason: Steal an ambushed in blocker and then attack with it, steal an opponent’s champion and use it to block an opponent’s attacker, fast reusable small burn (direct damage) on an 8/8 body, and it can even be an 8/8 blitzing attacker, preferably after your opponent’s gold is spent.

ice_drakeIce Drake was nice in theory because it can be a fast expend-all-ambushed-in-blockers champion on your turn, or it can be a 6/8 airborne ambush champion (not bad already) that can expend all attackers on your opponent’s turn while also leaving that opening for your turn. (If a champion is already attacking when you play this, it would be unaffected since it is already expended.)


Erase was included for fast draw 2 + bounce. Temporal Shift was included strictly as a worse Erase, since the banish a card from hand did not synergize with the rest of my deck at all.

deadly_raidDeadly Raid was included as a 1 of to let Steel Golem or Sea Titan get an attack through. Memory Spirits were included because it was an ambush champion that could return Erases, Deadly Raid and some of my other less important events. Lesson Learneds were included for similar reasons.


All of the Wild cards (Hurricane, Draka’s Fire, and Flash Fire) were included to help fight Human Token Swarm type decks and to sweep possible defenders while my Steel Golems and Sea Titans survived.

blind_faithI love Blind Faith and try and shoehorn it into all of my decks. This was probably the worst case of this because Resurrection and Banishment didn’t fit too well into the deck, but the rest of the Good cards appealed to me even less at the time. Resurrection could bring back Steel Golem and Sea Titan. Banishment removes a champion. Giving a card to my opponent didn’t scare me much because I packed a lot of bounce (return to hand) already anyway (so they probably wouldn’t need the card), and drawing a card on my turn could have been nice.


Arcane Research essentially makes the deck 57 cards because it can replace itself for free if needed. Forcemage Apprentice was more offensive burn on a 0-cost card in a heavy Sage deck. Vanishing is an incredible tempo card because it can bounce a champion as a 0-cost card.

fumbleFumble was another one of the defining cards of this deck. It’s a zero that can essentially nullify an enemy attack (Draka Dragon Tyrant, Juggernaut, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Djinn of the Sands, Strafing Dragon etc.), and it recycles. So, if your opponent spends their gold on one of the above champions and attacks, you can Fumble and then follow up with an aggressive ambush champion (Helion, Ice Drake, Memory Spirit). Or, you can spend your gold before your opponent on their turn, if you have a Fumble in hand, and still be relatively safe. Overall, this card is incredible for how I like to play the game, one of my favorites for sure.

 Deck Choice Justification

draka_dragon_tyrantI chose this deck because I was expecting Wild with Airborne blitz champions and Burn to be the most common deck at Origins. In my games leading up to Origins, the decks that I ran had the most trouble dealing with Brachiosaurus/Draka/Strafing Dragon decks that finished out with burn. If these decks hit you once with a champion, you would be in range for a couple burn cards to finish you (while still needing to deal with that champion on your turn too). From my experience, this was fairly strong, it seemed that Wild was a very popular faction in general, and I was guessing people would gravitate towards burn for the first event at least.

strafing_dragonSo, I built this deck to counter that deck. The big untargetable champions can outpace burn and are difficult for these Wild burn decks to remove. Fumble is incredible for completely negating a hard to fully stop attack. Bounce is great offensively, but it can also severely punish people that play blitzing champions without strong Tribute/Loyalty/When Attacks effects. A Fumble followed by Sea Titan on my turn is also quite nice, even though they could replay the champion later. (It is less strong against Strafing Dragon in that deck though.) Helion is also a great play in this matchup because it can negate an attack and leave me with an 8/8 body.

Another large factor in my card choices was a fear of the Human Token Swarm type decks. As mentioned in the previous section, the Wild cards were included to deal with this strategy, but the Ice Drakes and Blind Faiths were also partially included as counters to that deck.

lying_in_waitGoing into this tournament, this was one of my least tested decks because it consistently performed incredibly well, and I didn’t want to reveal it too much. I was also partially afraid of people including Lying in Waits to counter it.


Match 1

temporal_shiftI played an opponent with a Wild Blitzing deck, in other words, the deck I specifically built this to counter. My counter was very effective. I won the match because my deck was able to stop basically everything my opponent’s deck attempted to do, while still getting big champions into play to attack.

Match 2

psionic_assaultIn Match 2, I played against a Sage/Wild Disruption/Burn deck posted on Epic Foundry here. I lost the first game because I played terribly, and my opponent successfully exploited my mistakes. I believe I started off fairly strong with an early Steel Golem, but the game went downhill from there. Essentially, I tried to maintain my offensive at the cost of drawing cards. This in turn allowed my opponent to completely deplete my hand with Psionic Assaults and Thought Pluckers.

thought_pluckerMy most egregious mistakes were playing directly into a Psionic Assault and a Thought Plucker that I knew my opponent had in hand. When I had 3 cards in hand, I played a non-draw effect with insufficient impact. This allowed my opponent to safely play his Psionic Assault to deplete me to 0 cards. Later, I made a play that left me with exactly 1 card that I was hoping to use to counter my opponent’s next turn. After I made the play, I remembered he had the Thought Plucker in hand, and on his next turn, he played the Thought Plucker, forced me to discard my last card, and then went on to win the game.

In that game I was put on tilt (I made a mistake that disrupted my analytical composure and caused me to make more mistakes) early, and then I played poorly for the rest of that game. After that game, I took a minute to think about that game and reassess my strategy. I realized that I didn’t spend enough time drawing and played too aggressively. So, in game 2 I adjusted my play and won.

time_benderGame 3 was a decently long game. I did work with Steel Golem, got him low, but couldn’t close out the game. At the end, he had me locked out with a Time Bender that he would play on my turn, bounce my Juggernaut, and then bounce his Time Bender on his turn. Because I did not draw another one of my only 6 total untargetable champions, he was able to hold me off for multiple turns. While doing this, he drew into his Flame Strikes and/or Lesson Learneds. With these, he was able to drop me from around 24 health to 0. Flame Strike on my turn. Flame Strike on his turn. Flame Strike or Lesson Learned on my turn.

I lost the third game because I wasn’t able to put enough consistent and effective pressure onto my opponent throughout the game. Alternatively, I also could have won if I closed out the game with my own burn (if I had any in the deck).

Match 3

flame_strikeMatch 3 was a rematch against the deck from match 2, played by someone else. I do not remember many specifics from these games or the record. I do remember that I was able to keep up my hand size because I didn’t undervalue draw against his discard, I didn’t draw my Steel Golems or enough other threats to put significant pressure on my opponent, and I believe that I eventually died to burn. In addition, I tried to use Sea Titan as an Establishing champion on an empty board multiple times. Unfortunately, Sea Titan was just too slow to be effective in this way.

This match loss cemented the realizations that I did not have enough reliable threats in my deck, which was due to too much ineffective card picks on disruption and other distractions. In addition, burn can function incredibly well in certain deck shells.

raging_t_rex(A deck shell is a common set of cards that define the core or a part of a deck. A big Wild Shell could contain something like 3 Raging T-Rex, 3 Brachiosaurus, 3 Triceratops, 3 Kong, 3 Hurricane, and 3 Surprise Attack. These 18 cards work fairly well together and can be used with a burn strategy like Flame Strike, Strafing Dragon, Lightning Storm, etc. or in a consistent threats strategy with cards like Draka’s Enforcer, Fire Spirit, etc.)

 Match 4

revoltIn match 4 I came across a Human Token Swarm deck that I was constantly worrying and warning about. Because I was so worried about decks like this, I had packed a ton of disruption into my deck to address it. Therefore, I was able to disrupt every potentially game winning combo that was thrown at me. In addition, my big untargetable threats were hard to stop, so I won the match.

The Human Token Swarm type decks are incredibly aggressive and dangerous if your opponent isn’t ready for them, but if the deck goes all in on the combo attacks, it becomes extremely vulnerable when the attack is rebuffed.

Match 5

memory_spiritMatch 5 was against another big Wild champions deck. My bounce paved the way for my aggressive Juggernauts, Steel Golems, etc. In this match, my opponent consistently had more cards in hand than me, but I was able to win the games before that disparity became an issue. Erase is an incredibly strong effect against Wild, even if it lets them replay cards like Raging T-Rex, Triceratops, etc. Erase + Memory Spirit is especially nasty.

 Final Results

At the end of rounds, my record was 3-2-0. With tie breaks I took 10th place and did not qualify for top 8. I did, however, stick around to watch some of top 8, specifically Derek Arnold in top 4 and the finals. I am really looking forward to writing an article about that soon. In the meantime, he wrote an article about his deck that you can find on his blog here.

Post-Matches Analysis

This deck countered the decks it was designed to counter fairly well. However, it wasn’t able to output enough pressure to seriously threaten the disruption/burn deck I lost to twice. In addition, I do not think it could have beaten Derek Arnold’s 4-color control deck for the same reason.

mist_guide_heraldSteel Golem, Juggernaut, and Mist Guide Herald (Forcemage Apprentice to a lesser extent) were my only aggressive Establishing champions, and in the games where I didn’t draw them early, my opponents were able to get far enough ahead that drawing them later didn’t change much. For a deck that was designed to be aggressive my lack of strong aggressive Establishing champions was unacceptable. (Djinn of the Sands can also be an Establishing champion, but it is extremely weak to removal when used in this way.) In order for my deck to more consistently maintain pressure, I need to increase my aggressive Establishing champion count specifically, and my champion count generally. I can’t rely on Steel Golem to win all of my games.

banishmentIn order to accommodate the increased (aggressive) champion count, I need to remove the less synergistic and less aggressive cards from the deck. Resurrection and Banishment were consistently worthless, but Blind Faith made big plays.

drakas_fireIce Drake was fairly weak and so were the Wild cards. These cards were included to help clear blockers in the path of my untargetable champions, but at 1-cost they weren’t reliably effective. Improving my 0-cost disruption would probably be wise.

Post-Origins Deck List

Untargetable Tempo 2.0

Evil (0)

Good (6)

Slow (0)

Fast (4)
3x Ceasefire
1x Resurrection

0-Cost (2)
2x Blind Faith

Sage (39)

Slow (15)
3x Djinn of the Sands
3x Juggernaut
3x Mist Guide Herald
3x Sea Titan
3x Steel Golem

Fast (11)
3x Crystal Golem
3x Helion, the Dominator
3x Memory Spirit
2x Temporal Enforcer

0-Cost (13)
1x Amnesia
2x Arcane Research
2x Fumble
2x Hasty Retreat
3x Shadow Imp
3x Vanishing

Wild (15)

Slow (3)
3x Triceratops

Fast (7)
3x Flame Strike
1x Lurking Giant
3x Surprise Attack

0-Cost (5)
3x Lightning Strike
2x Wolf’s Bite

Post-Origins Deck Explanation

I am currently experimenting with this deck as a hyper aggressive tempo deck. There are no board clears and the only 1-cost removal is bounce, Helion, and technically Flame Strike.

In order to up the aggression, I stripped out a lot of the events, upped Mist Guide Herald and Djinn of the Sands to 3x, added 3 Triceratops, 3 Crystal Golem, 2 Temporal Enforcer, 3 Shadow Imp, included burn, and 0-cost small removal.

shadow_impThe Mist Guide Heralds, Triceratops, and Shadow Imp are additional Establishing champions to help me start the aggression. Temporal Enforcer, Crystal Golem, and the singleton Lurking Giant help keep the pressure up off-turn if my opponent is forced to spend their gold on their turn for removal.

djinn_of_the_sandsDjinn of the Sands remains as a way to punish people for using their gold on my turn before I do, but it has also been quite nice for the card draw. After playing with Djinn a lot more, I have realized that I dramatically underestimated it. For example, in one game I played it after my opponent spent their gold, and I was able to attack for 8. On my opponent’s turn, he played Drain Essence on it. I used my singleton Resurrection to bring it back and immediately draw. Then, at the start of my next turn I immediately drew with it again. After that, it stayed around as a 6/6 airborne champion (just out of reach of my opponent’s Angelic Protectors) and added a lot of pressure. I am now a fan of Djinn even though I used to severely dislike it.

hasty_retreatFor defense, I added 2 Hasty Retreats, but I did decrease my Fumble count to 2 to allow me to bring 2 Arcane Researches. In addition, the Lightning Strikes and Wolf’s Bites can occasionally help on defense as well. Memory Spirits are excellent for this deck because I have such strong 0-cost cards I can return and then immediately play. It also works pretty well with Flame Strike.

ceasefireTo allow me to keep my Blind Faiths, I switched up my Good to 3 Ceasefire and only 1 Resurrection. Ceasefire is a great aggressive/defensive card because it allows you to draw 2 on your opponent’s turn before they spend their gold and not risk getting attacked by a big blitzer. Resurrection is fine as a 1-of especially since I ramped up the champion count in the deck. I did have 2 Inner Peaces for a little while to get me to a 3rd Blind Faith, but I’m testing this more aggressive version. Urgent Messengers are another possibility.


Vanishing, Lightning Strike, and Wolf’s Bite have been working fairly well for me for opening up paths for my champions. Against the decks I have tested against, there have consistently been worthwhile targets. Wolf’s Bite on a Muse is incredibly satisfying.

crystal_golemCrystal Golem was included as another untargetable champion. The fact that I can ambush it in makes it significantly stronger. I was initially hesitant to include Crystal Golem because I feared cards like Hands from Below, Draka’s Fire, and unlikely Spike Traps. Now, I’ve decided to throw them in because they work great against control decks that are forced to board clear to kill them, and they can always just be used to draw 2 if my opponent has counters for them ready. (It is also quite satisfying to Blind Faith an opponent’s Crystal Golem and then block and break it.)

Overall the deck has been working fairly well, but I do want to test it a lot more before I potentially take another run with it at a tournament.


I have become a significantly better constructed player after Origins, but it is still my weaker format. My next article is going to go into more detail about constructed in general, my perception of the Meta, and I’ll touch on the top 8 decks. Eventually I’ll go into significantly more detail on some of the top decks.

Since constructed is still my weaker format, I openly welcome any comments, challenges, or questions on the format in the comments below. (I always welcome these comments, but I am even more interested in what others have to say about constructed.)

Blog Focus Shift (Epic Card Game)

The more I play the Epic Card Game, the more I love it. It also seems that most of my readers love the Epic Card Game as well, since my Epic articles are consistently the most popular articles on this blog. Further, I have a lot of planned articles I want to write for Epic, and I haven’t forgotten about the Epic Puzzles.

Therefore, I am shifting this blog’s focus to the Epic Card Game (at least until I get through my backlog of Epic articles). In addition, I also have a lot of non-written ideas I would like to pursue to grow the Epic community.

I will still review the occasional board game, but not at the same rate of 1 per week.

Hero Realms Kickstarter


White Wizard Games has their newest game, Hero Realms, on Kickstarter until Wed, Jul 13 2016 8:00 PM CDT (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1172937197/hero-realms-a-deckbuilding-adventure-card-game). This is a 2+ player deckbuilding game based on the Star Realms engine. (Star Realms was their first wildly successful game.)

I have been enjoying Star Realms more the more I play it, and this looks like it is taking the engine in a different and interesting direction. For example, an increased pace, more bases/champions, cooperative gameplay with character decks that can level up over multiple sessions etc. I have not played Hero Realms, but from what I’ve seen so far, I’m comfortable encouraging people to check it out. I am backing it.

By backing on Kickstarter at at least the No Frills tier, you would get the game before it is available for retail. If you back at at least the Gamer Tier, you would get the promo cards that have already been unlocked in the stretch goals. Higher tiers offer more expansions. It will be available for retail, after Kickstarter backers receive their copies.

WWG has stated that they are still supporting and creating content for Star Realms.

This game has nothing to do with Epic (except both have a fantasy theme and both use cards). Hero Realms is not a TCG/CCG/LCG-like game. WWG has stated that they are still supporting and creating content for Epic.

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website. It allows people/companies to present an idea/project/game/item in various stages of completion to anyone with an internet connection and a credit card. If any of those people want to provide funding in return for the product and/or other rewards, they can. If that campaign reaches a funding goal set by the creator, everything should hopefully go forward. If the funding goal is not met, none of the backers pay anything.

All Hero Realms images are owned by White Wizard Games, Copyright 2016.