Budget decks made by very experienced and consistent S-rank players v.1.96 

 

Budget decks made by very experienced and consistent S-rank players v.1.96

by Boronian

Hi all,

Some time ago I had the idea to ask some of the most consistent s-rankers to make a budget deck for their main faction. With the latest patch reverting rotations it was the perfect time to execute the plan.

For that I looked for players who hit s-rank at least 10-12 times and that pretty consistently. They also should have played Duelyst this and last month and have a very high number of ribbons in at least one faction (the faction I asked them to make budget decks for). I also tried to get some of the less known players involved.

The list of good candidates is pretty long as you can imagine so I only contacted a small number (this time). I asked them to make a 1k spirit and a 2k spirit deck and add some possible upgrades. Some gave me fully upgraded decks, some wrote a longer guide about how the decks should function. I edited these comments and added them to the decks. That’s also the reason the tone of the descriptions is pretty inconsistent because every player has their own voice.

I love how different all these decks look and how everybody has their own preferences and presented them! I am very proud of how big it got. Right now there are 30 decks in that imgur album and it is even growing more because there are more decks coming but I wanted to make it public now so people can already use it.

And here are the decks 66.

These decks can be found on the Duelyst wiki of course too, here 8 and there 5.

Many thanks for all their work and efforts go to AlphaCentury, Kieran, Rhacker, ImprobableBlob, Niklaren, Hsuku, TM87, BlacKnight, Sibon, BuffsEverywhere, Briguy and all the others I contacted!

Best,
Boronian

Bond Argeon 2k spirit by AlphaCentury
Argeon 1k spirit by Kieran
Small tiger used to be important in thunderhorn meta, but if you don’t see many 5 health targets any more switch it out for sun wisp for tempo plays You unlock Sworn Sister L’kian by having 6 full sets of Neutral rares (18 cards all in all). That will give you 3 copies of L’Kian for free. Good Neutral rares to have are: Lightbender, Golem Metallurgist, Flameblood Warlock, Celebrant, Owlbeast Sage, Blue Conjurer, EMP, Sojourner, Zyx, Azure Horn Shaman
Tempo Argeon 2k spirit by Kieran
Kieran recommends the Tempo archetype over the Bond one. You unlock Sworn Sister L’kian by having 6 full sets of Neutral rares (18 cards all in all). That will give you 3 copies of L’Kian for free. Good Neutral rares to have are e.g.: Lightbender, Golem Metallurgist, Flameblood Warlock, Celebrant, Owlbeast Sage, Blue Conjurer, EMP, Sojourner, Zyx, Azure Horn Shaman
Bond Argeon 2k spirit by Kieran
You unlock Sworn Sister L’kian by having 6 full sets of Neutral rares (18 cards all in all). That will give you 3 copies of L’Kian for free. Good Neutral rares to have are: Lightbender, Golem Metallurgist, Flameblood Warlock, Celebrant, Owlbeast Sage, Blue Conjurer, EMP, Sojourner, Zyx, Azure Horn Shaman
Heal Zir’An 2k spirit by Kieran
This deck can pretty much handle every midgame threat in the books, it’s more difficult to pilot than a list using 3 Sundrop Elixirs though. If you run Sundrop over Draining Wave, it’s possible to get an awful turn 2. With a 3 drop + Draining Wave as removal you can destroy any minion player 1 puts out while developing a minion of your own.Only time where draining wave is not good is against magmar with Young Silithar / Natural Selection next turn. About playing Sunriser vs. Sunforge Lancer: Different playstyles, you can snowball earlier with the Lancer playstyle as it is possible with skillful enough foresight to have 3 ATK by turn 2 as player 1, completely remove their board and in that scenario it’d be practically gg.
If you have an infinite heal engine like Scintilla for lategame you can use your general’s health as minion removal all of midgame. A general rule of thumb is that Ziran ALWAYS needs two draw engines, no exceptions. People need to realize Blue Conjurer is everything Ziran wants – a body over 5 health to serve as an anchor, a minion above 3 ATK so doesn’t get removed by Plasma Storm, and a draw engine. Blistering Skorn helps to make up for Ziran’s lack of aoe / ping but it’s best synergy is with Sunforge Lancer, I would play this deck very similarly to the 2k Argeon one with the one difference that you turtle your Scintilla / Lancers, setup healing tiles or hoard healing 2 drops / bbs and try to combo off at least 2 healing procs with Skorn in 1 turn.
Protip is always to try to place Skorn on a healing tile, people forget he actually has 5 hp, which usually means he ends up dealing 4 damage and getting another heal proc in before dying.
Argeon 1k spirit by Rhacker
Bond Argeon 2k spirit by Rhacker
Bond Argeon fully upgraded by Rhacker
That’s the final version of the archetype, least for where I’ve got it now, build order from the 2k Bond deck would probably be 3rd Holy Immo -> Dioltas -> Lightbender -> Trinity Oath -> Inquisitor Kron -> Elyx Stormblade -> Aegis Barrier
Kaleos 1k spirit by Niklaren
Reva 2k spirit by Niklaren
Upgrades: -2 Repulsor Beast +2 Onyx Bear Seal +2 Zendo over whatever you feel is underperforming -3 Primus Shieldmaster +3 Dioltas
Kaleos 1k spirit by Reeeeeeeeeeee69
It works very similar to a bond deck – getting minions to stick and then punishing out of hand. Also nice in that it forces new players to learn hand preservation.
Zirix 1k spirit by ImprobableBlob
Zirix 2k spirit by ImprobableBlob
Upgrade routes: -Rae + Cataclysmic Fault is very strong right now and a good option -Rasha’s Curse as a tool against artifacts or for some needed extra damage is a great card -Portal Guardian is a really good 3 drop after its buff to 8 health
Zirix 1k spirit by Ryvirath
Ciphyron 1k spirit with only commons made by Hsuku and played to S-rank on a new F2P account in May 2018 during his From Zero to Hero (FZTH) series Upgrades: 3 Sandswirl Reader
Lilithe 1k spirit by TM87
Lilithe 2k spirit by TM87 Upgrades: 3x Darkfire Crescendo for 2 Shadowdancers and 1 Furor Chakram
Swarm Lilithe 1k spirit by BlacKnight Small Upgrade: +3 Shiro Puppydragon -2 Rock Pulverizer -1 Gloomchaser
Swarm Lilithe 2k spirit by BlacKnight You may want to change those Primus Fist for a couple of Bloodtear Alchemist if you are facing many Ragnora or Reva players.
Big Abyssian (fully upgraded) by BlacKnight
A fully upgraded Swarm Lilithe version by BlacKnight
Vaath 1k spirit by Sibon
Ragnora 2k spirit by Sibon Upgrades: 3x shieldmaster > 3rd warbeast and 2 progenitors
Vaath 1k spirit by BuffsEverywhere
Vaath 1,5k spirit by BuffsEverywhere Upgrades: -3 Dancing Blades +3 Makantor Warbeast -3 Primus Shieldmaster +3 Lavaslasher
Faie aggro 2k spirit by Briguy77
Generally you go face, using Hailstone Prison/Chromatic Cold to answer threats and Concealing Shroud in the last turn to buy you a bit more time (+combo with artifact and Flameblood Warlock is sometimes really nice)
Kaboom Faie 2k spirit by Sticks Blistering Skorn + Luminous Charge is your wincon.
Vespyr Kara 2k spirit by Sticks
Arcanyst Kara 2k spirit by Sticks
Faie aggro 1k spirit by Briguy77
Generally you go face, using Hailstone Prison/Chromatic Cold to answer threats and Concealing Shroud in the last turn to buy you a bit more time (+combo with artifact and Flameblood Warlock is sometimes really nice)
Faie aggro 2k spirit by Briguy77
Faie aggro fully upgraded by Briguy77
Generally you go face, using Hailstone Prison/Chromatic Cold to answer threats and Concealing Shroud in the last turn to buy you a bit more time (+combo with artifact and Flameblood Warlock is sometimes really nice)
Neutral Wanderer 3k spirit (including 1200 for Wanderer) by Briguy77
This is more expensive than the other budget lists but it includes only neutral cards, so the general is absolutely interchangeable. You could cut the rare cards for good faction cards (whatever you’re playing) and bam, fantastic budget deck for 2k spirit. Also you get the 1200 spirit back (if you are very unlucky with your 61th Trial of Mythron orb but otherwise earlier), so you could see it as long term investment, which lets you build many good budget Wanderer decks for every faction because they all share a lot of neutral cards (Dancing Blades, Fizzling Mystic, Bloodtear Alchemist, etc.). In general Wanderer is of great use with many generals in every faction (especially Brome, Reva, Zirix, Lilithe, Ragnora, Kara because of their Bloodbound Spells). The requirement of only 1ofs in the deck makes it also more budget friendly because now you can use your good legendaries and epics where you only have a single copy.
Every player has their own playstyle and preferences and these decks mirror these. We hope these decks help you to climb the ladder or to find some inspiration how to build your own deck after your own preferences. Thanks to all players contributing to this collection! It is also an ongoing process, so it will grow and change over time.
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