Aggro Forestcraft
Deck Overview
Rotation Rating
4 / 5
Difficulty
Medium
Cost
Low
Rotation Archetype Overview

Aggro Forestcraft is a deck archetype that has been around for as long as anyone can remember. It utilizes many low-PP followers, such as Fairies, to quickly rush the opponent. This deck is quite unique for an aggro deck, as it also has the potential to control the field using cards such as Wood of Brambles and Insect Lord. Therefore, piloting the deck initially may not be as intuitive as other aggro decks and you really need to have a plan to deal 20 points of damage while managing your withering resources. This deck may be difficult to manage, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a threat to any other archetypes in the format!

Rotation Deck Skeleton
Follower
Card Cost Quantity
GoblinFollower - Standard 1 3
Water FairyFollower - Standard
Unevolved
Last Words: Put a Fairy into your hand.
Evolved
Last Words: Put a Fairy into your hand.
1 3
Fairy WhispererFollower - Standard
Unevolved
Fanfare: Put two Fairies into your hand.
2 3
Leaf ManFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Fanfare: Enhance (5) - Give all allied followers +1/+0. Those followers can't be damaged by spells and effects. These effects last until the end of your opponent's turn.
2 3
Rayne, Elf SmithFollower - Chronogenesis
Evolved
Evolve: If you've played at least 3 cards this turn, give another allied follower +1/+0 and Rush. That follower can't be damaged until the end of the turn.
2 3
Insect LordFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Fanfare: Deal X damage to a random enemy follower. X equals the number of cards played this turn, including this card.
2 3
Storied FalconerFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Fanfare: Put a Skystride Raptor into your hand.
Evolved
Evolve: Give Bane to all allied Skystride Raptors in your hand.
2 3
Starry ElfFollower - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Fanfare: Put a random amulet from your deck into your hand.
3 2
Fairy DriverFollower - Wonderland Dreams
Unevolved
Whenever an allied Fairy comes into play, give it +1/+0 and Storm until the end of the turn.
Evolved
Whenever an allied Fairy comes into play, give it +1/+0 and Storm until the end of the turn.
4 3
Ariana, Natural TutorFollower - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Fanfare: Put an Ivy Spellbomb into your hand. Change its cost to 1 if there are at least 3 allied followers in play, including this follower.
4 2
IpiriaFollower - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Fanfare: Gain Ambush until the end of your opponent's turn.
6 3
Spell
Card Cost Quantity
Airbound BarrageSpell - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Return an allied follower or an amulet to your hand. Then deal 3 damage to an enemy follower.
(This card can be played when both a targetable allied card and enemy card are in play.)
1 3
Elf SongSpell - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Put 2 Fairies into your hand.
Give all allied followers +1/+1 if at least 2 other cards were played this turn.
2 3
Amulet
Card Cost Quantity
Wood of BramblesAmulet - Wonderland Dreams
Unevolved
Countdown (2)
Fanfare: Put 2 Fairies into your hand.
Give all allied followers in play and all allied followers that come into play Clash: Deal 1 damage to the enemy follower.
2 3
Rotation Core Cards
Card
Expansion: Base Set
Expansion: Wonderland Dreams
Expansion: Starforged Legends
Expansion: Starforged Legends
Expansion: Wonderland Dreams

Key Cards and Reason for Inclusion

Leaf Man: It’s Enhanced effect gives all of your followers a power-boost and immunity from spell/effect damage for one turn. Line up a few followers and protect them from cards such as Giant Chimera, Force of the Dragonewt, and Tenko’s Shrine!

Wood of Brambles: This single amulet is able to shut down certain matchups and it definitely makes your weenies more difficult to get rid of. This card is searchable via Starry Elf, since this is the only amulet in the deck.

Ariana, Natural Tutor: This card is intended to fill the gap in the deck that was occupied by Beetle Warrior, until recently. It may not have as high of a damage potential than the bug, but Ariana can have far more versatile usage. Generally, high-ranked and professional players like to mix and match this card with Lilac for the final 2-3 spots of the deck.

Ipiria: The value of this card has increased since last format, due to Beetle Warrior rotating out. Against certain matchups, recycling the Ambush ability using Airbound Barrage can win you games.

Other Candidates for the Deck

Magical Fairy, Lilac: This card is spectacular in certain matchups, especially at getting rid of Mars and Wards in Midrange Swordcraft builds.

Rotation Deck Mulligans

Water Fairy / Goblin: As an aggro deck, it is very important to have a turn 1 play. A single copy of this card can easily deal 2-3 damage, making it that much easier to end the game.

Fairy Whisperer: Although it has very low stats, this card is extremely important in generating Fairies that will be used in future turns for board presence and combos.

Other 2-PP followers: All 2-PP followers in this deck have great effects and it would be good to keep them also.

Insect Lord / Elf Song: These cards are generally only kept as a set with other cards, especially Fairy Whisperer. Try not to keep these if you are missing crucial turn 1~3 plays in your opening hand.

Wood of Brambles: This card, along with Starry Elf that searches for it, is high priority against Forestcraft, Shadowcraft, and Portalcraft (or any decks that utilize a bunch of small followers) opponents. Remember that this amulet does not do much unless you have your own followers on the board!

Rotation General Gameplan and Tips/Tricks

Early-game:

Line up followers and set up for mid-game: With this deck, you really want to start playing strong from turn 1. Line up followers every turn, starting with Water Fairy/Goblin turn 1, Fairy Whisperer turn 2, etc. There are generally two strong plays you can achieve with the two Fairies you generated. One, you can play one Fairy and an Insect Lord on turn 3, which not only builds your board, but hinders the opponent from building their own. Two, you can keep the Fairies to play in combination with Elf Song on turn 4. With this, a bunch of weenies suddenly turn into extreme threats!

Control the board with Wood of Brambles: You cannot always make a strong aggressive play, so the alternative strategy is to slowly build up board presence by wiping out opponent followers with the effect from Wood of Brambles. You can recycle Wood of Brambles, through the use of Airbound Barrage.

Mid-game:

Continue balancing aggression/board control: By turn 4 and 5, you are either winning by a lot or going toe-to-toe in board presence against your opponent. In the latter situation, continue getting rid of your opponent’s followers with Wood of Brambles or use Rayne’s evolution ability to wipe out multiple followers in one turn!

Protect your followers with Leaf Man: This strategy is not always relevant, but it is extremely powerful against decks that rely on damage spells/effects. Use Leaf Man’s Enhance ability to simultaneously buff your followers and protect them against these spells/effects.

Put Ipiria down when you can: When you have the opportunity, aggressively set Ipiria on the board. As stated above, Ipiria can only Ambush for one turn so it’s sometimes a good strategy to swing with Ipiria once, return it with Airbound Barrage, and place it again.

Watch your EP: It is a common misconception that you should use EP as fast and aggressively as possible in aggro decks. While this may be half true since the goal of these decks is to end games fast, you want to watch your EP usage in this deck, especially your last one. The reason for this is because in certain situations, your entire plan can be halted by a single medium-sized Ward follower. Therefore, if you know your opponent has powerful Wards in the deck, it may be worthwhile to save that last EP and use it to get past that follower.

Late-game:

Finish with Fairy Driver: Hopefully by now, your opponent has either given up or your only have a few more life points to get rid of. Use Fairy Driver’s ability to give Fairies the Storm ability and power buff to finish them off! Alternatively, making multiple Ipiria plays is another way to go!

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