Tired of unitless Scoia’tael and double Madoc Nilfgaard? You are constantly losing games against Lippy or warriors? It’s time to beat cancer with another cancer! I present you with the ultimate Skelige Madoc deck.
You may ask: Why Chris, Why?! And I will tell you. A week ago, I was sitting by my bed thinking about all the bombs I have seen on the ladder. I have seen or tested Madoc in every faction. There is obvious ST, BJ made a hyperthin NG and I even encountered commando Madoc. BUT! The SK was nowhere to be found. At the same time, I did not want to go with an obvious choice of control warriors. I browse the deck collection and I found my dear old friend: Dagur. Everything came together.
The idea of the decks is quite simple. You want to thin deck in round 1, while you overwhelm your opponent with powerful bronzes. In round 3, you want the last say to protect your final combo (leader + Dagur) from any tall removal.
Mulligan/round 1: The perfect hand consists of all your thinning -> Raiding fleet, Vabjorn, Ermion, at least one bomb. In addition to this, you are looking for more ships, greatswords, and even Yennefer. Remember, that you want to win round 1, so you often use more than the typical 6 cards. Feel free to use Yennefer and an emergency leader. It is almost always incorrect to use Dagur in Round 1! Depending on the match-up, you can also „hard Mulligan” for a specific bomb. For example, Northern Wind is great for Lippy, while moon dust works for NG (Hefty Helge) and NR (Witcher Adepts).
Round 2: If you know what your opponent is playing, you can bleed and even 2-0 opponent. You don’t have a lot of engines and you have a very good short round. Hide your Dagur early for more points from Madoc, alchemy cards, etc. If you don’t expect any tall removal.
Round 3: Be annoying. Remove everything and finish your opponent with Dagur + leader. It is worth noting, that it is sometimes better to use your leader’s ability a bit earlier to remove threats like double engines. Remember, however, that Dagur then will need some support to grow.
Greatswords and Dagur are amazing with Madoc because the cataclysm he spawns triggers their abilities 3 times. This means that greatsword + cataclysm from Madoc makes GS instantly a 7 power unit which is hard to remove.
Yennefer – she amazing against some match-ups but lacks power in others. Look for her against AQ, elves, and lippy. She can carry you these games, especially in round 1.
Bombs: as written before, look for a good bomb for each match-up. Bonus: if you banish a unit, its deathwish doesn’t trigger, so Northern wind can be extra useful.
An Craite Longship: keep this in your hand against lockdown and play just before Kolgrim to ruin your opponent’s day.
Morkvarg -> any Geralt, Tyrgvi or even Hjalmar.
Yennefer -> Sigfrida’s Rite, Dire Beast or Roach.
Whole deck -> Hyperthin NG
I managed to climb with this deck from rank 3 to rank 1 with a total score 17-10. It might be not the strongest deck but it is still quite powerful. The surprise factor for sure works on your favor and a strong finisher can guarantee a lot of wins. If you are looking for something different than regular meta snapshot decks and you are not yet tired of Madoc, you should definitely try this deck. Let me know, if you enjoy it and see you next time!