Although this deck did not see much play in the last few patches, with the recent provision buff to Kaedweni Revenant’s this deck is back in buisness with a little bit of spice to offer as well as lots and lots of control.
Mulligan: Try to get John Natalis or Amphibious Assault to play Ban Ard Student on turn 1 so we can start gaining patience value quickly. In an ideal situation, we also need to draw Queen Adalia with Reinforced Ballistas to gain control in the round. Lastly, try to search for Falibor which can be our round 1 win condition in most cases.
Round 1: First and foremost, you need to play Ban Ard Students to enable the patience and then we can play Queen Adalia with Reinforced Ballista’s which will enable you to get full value from Falibor. Try to win round 1 if you can, especially against decks like Monsters and Scoia’tael, so we can bleed out their win conditions in round 2.
Round 2: As mentioned, our goal here is to bleed out the win conditions of Monsters and Scoia’tael, while maintaining card advantage. You can approach this round in various ways, but the best way is to go all out from the beginning by playing Lyrian Arbalest and then using leader on it. You can then use Reinforcement to copy another Arbalest and hopefully snowball from there. Afterwards, you can play Shani to bring back your Ban Ard Student and play our Kaedweni Revenants, Draug and Sabrina Glevissig as finishers.
Round 3: In an ideal situation in round 2, we have bled our opponent to their last card with engines and can play stuff like Sile de Tansarville and Amphibious Assault to win the game. But in case you were not against Monsters or Scoia’tael, we can dry pass round 2 and commit to a long round 3 with our engines.
Pros and Cons
- Lots and lots of Control
- Good on blue coin
- Lack of point slam potential can leave you behind against greedy decks
- Struggles a lot against no unit decks
One of the main changes you can make is to get King Foltest and Dun Banners to make up for the lack of pointslam and in this case you can remove Heatwave to replace it with Bloody Baron so we can achieve Devotion. You can also use Siege Ladder because of its synergy with Kaedweni Revenants. If you are looking for a Devotion version, you can replace Maxii Van Dekkar with another Boiling Oil or Winch, as appropriate.
Maxii Van Dekkar allows you to look your deck in order and shuffle it again. In most cases, you will use this deck to see or fix the draws you will get in round 2 and 3.
Pellar, while on the surface may look unnecessary, is useful to purify any unit whether that’s your opponent’s defender or one of your own poisoned units or a unit with bounty.
Hubert Rejk gives you thinning and 5 points of carryover which can be achieved very easily.
Heatwave is pretty self explanatory. You use this to banish anything unwanted, such as pesky scenarios or tall units.
Lyrian Arbalest, while not so popular lately, is a very interesting card as it gains a charge every time you play a unit with order (which in this case is almost your entire deck).
A very fun and simple deck to kick off the season with which offers you a lot of control and fun interactions. Very strong against Monsters and Scoia’tael in particular, both of which appear frequently on the ladder. However, the deck is quite weak against no units which are also lurking on the ladder nowadays.
Thanks for reading, and happy Gwenting!