Guide – Trial of the Grasses

This article is part of a Bandit Gang series covering the many different seasonal modes with brief descriptions of each, as well as some strategies and deck ideas. Not every deck will be up to date, given the weekly rotation. Instead, we will display each deck based on its date of creation, so that you can retrace what may have changed in the game since then. Feel free to adjust the decks with new cards or old cards that you like better and, as always, have fun! – MAIN PAGE

Whenever a unit appears on the board, damage it by 2 then boost it by 4. If it’s a Witcher, the damage is not dealt.

This mode from the Season of the Wolf is all about the witcher theme. When it first appeared, there was quite a different meta revolving about units with shields or armor before the game had many witcher cards, but that changed at the latest with the Way of the Witcher expansion. Now we have entire witcher archetypes within several factions that perform very well in this mode.

The best performance probably comes from Skellige due to the raw point output that its bronze cards can slam down. Bear Witcher Quartermasters and Armor Up just bring crazy value for their provision cost, and the contribution to the swarm archetype pays off with cards like Vesemir: Mentor or Leo. There are several leaders to pick from, with Blaze of Glory offering some targeted removal and Patricidal Fury just offering 13 points when you need it. I personally like the interaction between Ursine Ritual and Dire Bear, which is shown below. Combos with Arnaghad and Sukrus could also be included.

Northern Realms probably offers the second best performance with their witcher archetype, which is well known. It’s slightly different in this mode, though, with Griffin Witcher Adepts playing no role and a greater emphasis being placed on point alignment and strong finishing plays. Even Coën can be included here, which doesn’t happen too often. Then we also have Scoia’tael with the Cat Witcher movement archetype, which has some nice engine value and movement abilities to align Geralt: Igni or Geralt: Yrden. The drawback is that it also supports rowstacking for you, which makes you rather vulnerable to the same cards. Nilfgaard has a witcher archetype as well, but it’s more focused on deck manipulation. Since that doesn’t offer enough points for you, a viable deck probably relies on copying the strong cards from other factions, while bringing a nice bit of control to the table. Monsters and Syndicate are falling behind here, because they have no witcher core and other cards are apparently not enough to compensate for that. But I’ve been playing Syndicate successfully in this mode before the Way of the Witcher expansion, so it’s not impossible that there might be a comeback in the future. Who knows?

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