Theme Snapshot #1: Bandits

Article edited by Weevil89 & banner made by Decode789.

Introduction

Since you all have to wait for the next Meme Snapshot to be released next season, Bomblin and I have decided to introduce the Theme Snapshot. This is a snapshot that will focus on different themes, such as Ciri: Nova decks, but only 1 deck for each faction with potentially a few Honorable Mentions. Our plan is to release the Theme Snapshots between each Meme Snapshot.

Today we will be focusing on bandit-only decks. We hope you will enjoy these decks during the dry period of no meme decks from us!

Bandits for everyone!

Overview
Since the Bandit archetype usually revolves around armor, we decided to go for an approach that includes some of these cards alongside Living Armor. Especially knowing that Nilfgaard has ways to further improve on this idea, think of Alchemist and Letho: Kinglslayer.

Since Ard Feainn Crossbowman benefits from armor we decided to add the soldier package alongside the main concept of the deck.

Pros
Living Armor + Alchemist combo give you a lot of points in only a few turns.
– Gascon is an easy 11 points 🙂
– It plays bandit cards, which is inherently good.

Cons
– Opponent slaughtering your cows.
– When Gascon stays 1 point (easy target for Slave Infantry, no worries).
– Lack of bandit cards.

Core Cards
As mentioned in the Overview, Living Armor, Letho: Kingslayer, and Alchemist are the backbone of the deck. That’s why we decided to use Tactical Decision and Snowdrop so we make sure to draw our combo pieces. Oneiromancy can also be your friend here.

Written by Babyjosus.

Overview
Who other than Dwarfs could become the new best friends of our beloved Bandits? I mean, look at Gimpy Gerwin, that guy is basically a dwarf! And Carlo Varese is a dwarf, so the synergy is there already. So yeah, it’s a typical dwarf deck with some bandits and a special inclusion in Living Armor.

Pros
– Dwarfs and bandits living in harmony.
– Big Yarpen Zigrin!
– Lots of cards to setup Brouver Hoog.

Cons
– Lack of bandit cards.
– Row punish.
– Heatwave.

Core Cards
Yarpen Zigrin and Brouver Hoog are the big bois that get the work done for you, just make sure that you are as greedy as possible to get the most value out of them.

Written by Babyjosus.

Overview
The deck has 2 strategies to win the game. The first one is to span as many Firesworns or Salamandra Mages on the board with Igor the Hook and Idarran. The second strategy is to “hide” your points with Greater Brothers. Use your coins and his insanity ability to have as much armor as possible. Continue the strategy using heals and Bekker’s Dark Mirror and any coins you earn. Finish with chunky Vlodimir.

Pros
– Can be decent if an opponent has limited removal tools.
– Nice in both long and short rounds.
– Doesn’t play as many bandits as other decks.

Cons
Korathi Heatwave, Amnesty, Philippa can destroy your combo.
– You play with suboptimal cards.
– You lose a lot of value if you miss combo points.

Core Cards
Madame Luiza + Savolla: It is still a decent short round/value combo that can be played quite easy with this leader ability

Blind Eye Apothecary: Great with Greater Brothers, great with Idarran spawns, great with damage, just great overall.

Gascon: Flexible tech choice. Remember to not choose the “remove armor” guy *smirk*.

Written by Bomblin.

Overview
I never understood the Ogroid part of Spontaneous Evolution‘s card ability. I still don’t get it but it is the best thing you can do with bandits in the Monsters faction. The game plan is to use the card on any Ogroid on the board while you hold any high base power card (ideally, Old Speartip). After that, you play into a short round 3 where you play the armored Ogroid. Next, you swap its power using Vlodimir and boost it with Bekker’s Dark Mirror. For last say, you should play Iris: Shade for a juicy finisher.

Pros
– You play ogroids.
– Focus on big units/no engines can win against heavy control match-ups.
– You will never play a mirror game.

Cons
– A potential to be the worst deck in the game.
– The power output is not that big.
– I am sadness.

Core Cards
Pugo Boom-Breaker and organic cards: Pugo synergizes well with your leader ability and all armor you have. Unfortunately, not a single leader ability synergizes with this strategy. AQ gives an option to bamboozle opponents and gives you bonus points from organic cards.

Bekker’s Dark Mirror: It is a combo piece but can be also used in an offensive way against decks like Gord Scoia’tael.

Bleeding Effigy: Can win you games against monsters + it is a good card when your opponent dry passes (you do not need to USE your leader ability when you use it!)

Written by Bomblin.

Overview
Bandits do not synergize with NR cards, however they have a lot of armor and some of them are humans. This means they are perfect for a Draug + Sabrina deck! Try to win round 1 with bandits and Draug or Living armor and Wagenburg. Take the long round 3, develop your archers with leader ability, and try to get the most value out of Sabrina’s Inferno!

Pros
– You play Sabrina’s cards.
– It is hard to remove your cards.
– good against swarm decks.

Cons
– You make 0 points on your side of the board.
– Inconsistent.
– You play Sabrina’s cards.

Core Cards
Wagenburg: can be used as an engine if play next to the Living Armor or as an engine protector -> next to Redanian Archer

Kerack Cutthroat: to my surprise, he is a bandit.

Sabrina’s cards: While Spying Sabrina is not terrible, Inferno is terrible. It is too expensive and too inconsistent. Moreover, it also can trigger only twice.

Written by Bomblin.

Overview
NEWSFLASH! Dracoturtle in SK bandits! This has never been done by anyone before! Well, that’s a lie but at least it has Gedyneith and some Dwimveandra on Armory shenanigans. So that’s that.

Pros
– Strong combos.
– Strong long round.
– It has bandit cards.

Cons
– No bearification.
– Being pushed in round 2.
– Lack of bandit cards.

Core Cards
Dracoturtle, Vlodimir von Everec and Iris: Shade is the key combo to gain victory. Make sure to play all your armor on Dracoturtle  before Vlodimir von Everec so you can get a huge Iris: Shade.

Written by Babyjosus.

Honorable Mentions

Berend, who is an Academy Team player, got inspired by the theme and decided to create some fun decks on his own.

Berend, who is an Academy Team player, got inspired by the theme and decided to create some fun decks on his own.

Conclusion

And that was our first Theme Snapshot, we hope you enjoyed it! We hope that we inspired you to create your own memes or own versions of the decks with this Theme Snapshot. But for now, Bomblin and I will fare thee well, and we’ll see you again in Theme Snapshot #2!

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