Lion Crystal Havencraft
Deck Overview
Rotation Rating
5 / 5
Difficulty
Medium
Cost
Low
Rotation Archetype Overview

Lion Crystal Havencraft is a deck archetype that was powered up immensely with the release of Brigade of the Sky expansion. The main focus of the deck is to obtain and cast Holy Lion Crystal multiple times per game, to continuously flood the board with mid-sized followers. Holy Lion Crystal gains more value as you play them, ultimately dishing out a 4/4 follower with Storm! In the past, this deck has struggled to consistently access Holy Lion Crystal, but this is no longer an issue. The current, popular version of the deck has an interesting mana curve, where most builds only run cards that cost 3 or less.

Rotation Deck Skeleton
Follower
Card Cost Quantity
Father PunishmentFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Evolved
Evolve: Destroy an enemy follower or amulet.
1 2
Legendary FighterFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Whenever another follower evolves, gain the ability to attack 2 times per turn.
Whenever you play a spell, gain Bane.
Whenever you play an amulet, gain Rush.
At the start of your turn, gain +8/+8 if this follower has the ability to attack 2 times per turn, Bane, and Rush.
Evolved
(Same as the unevolved form.)
2 3
Naoise, Red Branch KnightFollower - Wonderland Dreams
Unevolved
Fanfare: Until the start of your next turn, your leader cannot receive more than 3 damage at a time.
2 2
Princess Snow WhiteFollower - Wonderland Dreams
Unevolved
Last Words: Summon a Princess Snow White and evolve it. Then that follower loses all of its abilities.
Evolved
Last Words: Summon an unevolved Princess Snow White and evolve it. Then that follower loses all of its abilities.
2 3
Holy Priest LorenaFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Evolved
Evolve: Choose - Put either a Lorena's Holy Water or a Lorena's Iron Fist into your hand.
2 3
PeaceweaverFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Ward.
Fanfare: Put a Holy Lion Crystal into your hand.
Evolved
Ward.
3 3
Spell
Card Cost Quantity
Seraphic BladeSpell - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Destroy an enemy follower or amulet that costs 2 play points or less.
Enhance (6): Destroy any enemy follower or amulet instead.
2 2
Hallowed DogmaSpell - Standard
Unevolved
Subtract 2 from the Countdown of an allied amulet.
Draw a card.
2 1
Blackened ScriptureSpell - Standard
Unevolved
Banish an enemy follower with 3 defense or less.
2 3
Holy Lion CrystalSpell - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Summon a Holy Shield Lion.
If you've played 3 to 5 other Holy Lion Crystals this match, summon a Holy Plate Lion instead. If you've played at least 6 other Holy Lion Crystals, Summon a Holy King Lion instead.
Enhance (5): Put a Holy Lion Crystal into your hand.
2 3
Prism SwingSpell - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Deal 4 damage to an enemy follower.
Put a Holy Lion Crystal into your hand.
3 3
Amulet
Card Cost Quantity
Sealed TomeAmulet - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
If you have at least 2 play points, Choose: Play this card as either a Sacred Teachings or a Forbidden Teachings.
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Countdown (1)
Last Words: Draw a card.
1 3
Globe of the StarwaysAmulet - Starforged Legends
Unevolved
Countdown (3)
Fanfare: Put a random Countdown amulet from your deck into your hand.
Last Words: Draw a card.
1 3
Moriae EncomiumAmulet - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Countdown (2)
Fanfare: Draw a card.
Last Words: Destroy a random enemy follower.
2 3
Temple of the Holy LionAmulet - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Fanfare: Put a Holy Lion Crystal into your hand.
Whenever a Holy Lion Crystal is played, recover 1 play point.
2 3
Rotation Core Cards
Card
Expansion: Wonderland Dreams
Expansion: Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Expansion: Brigade of the Sky
Expansion: Dawnbreak, Nightedge

Key Cards and Reason for Inclusion

Holy Lion Crystal: The  core of the deck. Cast this spell multiple times and aim to finish the game with Holy King Lion!

Temple of the Holy Lion: A powerful support card of the deck that replenishes your PP by one every time Holy Lion Crystal is casted. This card also adds a copy of the spell to your hand.

Prism Swing: A 3-PP destruction spell that also adds Holy Lion Crystal to your hand.

Other Candidates for the Deck

Jeanne, Beacon of Salvation: A 3-cost follower with decent stats (⅔) that can be used as AOE in the mid- to late-game.

Themis’ Purge: An AOE that removes all followers regardless of size. Depending on the popular decks of the meta, this deck definitely has the potential to shine.

Rotation Deck Mulligans
  • Holy Lion Crystal / Temple of the Holy Lion: Definite keep as they are the core of the deck. Temple of the Holy Lion is the most important card in the deck.
  • Princess Snow White: Good follower to keep the opponent followers’ in-check in the early game.
  • Blackened Scripture: Good early follower removal. Generally, only keep if going second, unless the opponent is obviously an aggressive deck.
  • Prism Swing: Good early destruction that also nets you a Holy Lion Crystal
Rotation General Gameplan and Tips/Tricks

Early-game:

Setting up the field: As stated in the mulligan, you want Temple of the Holy Lion as soon as possible. Once you play it, every Holy Lion Crystal you play afterwards is essentially 1-PP cheaper!

Going Aggro: Because Holy Lion Crystal is accessible in so many ways in this deck, do not worry too much about holding on to the spell. If you’re able to get two Temple of the Holy Lion out in turns 2 and 3 AND you have three Holy Lion Crystals in your hand (of which two should have came from Temple), you can play all three for just 3 PP! The result? Two 2/2 and one 4/4 follower on turn 4!!!

Legendary Fighter Combo: Legendary Fighter is a niche card that can reach its full potential in this deck. Low cost spells and amulets (there’s even a 0 cost amulet here) are ample, and you can access early evolution through Princess Snow White. By putting a 1-PP spell in the deck, Legendary Fighter can activate as early as turn 4.

Mid-game:

Manage your Holy Lion Crystals: In the mid-game, it is important to maximize the value of Holy Lion Crystal, so you will be playing it for its Enhance cost (5 PP) many times. Try to line up 4/4 followers every turn but be very careful not to lock your own board. Also, remember that it is very important to play as many Holy Lion Crystals as possible, so if you have excess spells and have a full board, you may want to play it anyway.

Manage your PP: This deck has nothing but low cost cards, so during the mid-game you will have a plethora of options for cards. Careful management of your PP (especially when Temple is up) is key!

Late-game:

Finish with Holy King Lion: Starting from the 7th time you play Holy Lion Crystal, a Holy King Lion will be summoned, which is a 4/4 with Storm. Lining up multiple copies of this follower is your final push. A common play at 10 PP (with at least one Temple) is to play the spell twice at its Enhance cost and once as a 2-PP spell, to get three 4/4 with Storm on the board for 12 damage.

Tournament Decks
Deck Date Sort ascending Views Cost
MotW BOTS #1 - Top 8: Raindrop/Lion Havencraft Updated
07-13
Posted 07-13
577 28,350
MotW BOTS #1 - Top 8: HSK Akamarured/Lion Havencraft Updated
07-13
Posted 07-13
196 28,950
MotW BOTS #1 - Top 4: Rev Kuru/Lion Havencraft Updated
07-13
Posted 07-13
246 31,050
BotS Release Event 1st Place: HSK Lucete - Crystal Havencraft Updated
07-06
Posted 07-05
4,295 19,450