Rotation Archetype Overview
Midrange Shadowcraft is a deck focused on utilizing many low-cost followers with great Last Words effects to maintain constant board presence and pressure. The deck has been out of the loop for a little while as Demonlord Eachtar left the Rotation scene, but with the release of a new Neutral follower, Gilnelise, Omen of Craving, the deck has regained the ability to push for game. Also, the addition of Cerberus, Hound of Hades and Charon, Stygian Ferrywoman filled the gap between the early-game and late-game and now the deck is able to apply constant pressure to the opponent.
Rotation Deck Sample
|GremoryFollower - Brigade of the Sky - Mini Expansion||1||3|
|Mischievous SpiritFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge||1||3|
|Happy PigFollower - Chronogenesis||2||3|
|AndrealphusFollower - Starforged Legends||2||2|
|Lady Grey, DeathweaverFollower - Brigade of the Sky||2||3|
|Lyria, Azure MaidenFollower - Brigade of the Sky||2||3|
|Fran, Monster GirlFollower - Brigade of the Sky||3||3|
|Purehearted SingerFollower - Starforged Legends||3||3|
|Ceres of the NightFollower - Starforged Legends||4||2|
|Orthrus, Junior HellhoundFollower - Omen of the Ten||4||3|
|Cerberus, Hound of HadesFollower - Omen of the Ten||5||3|
|Gilnelise, Omen of CravingFollower - Omen of the Ten||7||3|
|Arcus, Ghostly ManagerFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge||7||1|
|Soul ConversionSpell - Standard||1||3|
|Skull RingAmulet - Chronogenesis||4||3|
Rotation Core Cards
Gremory: In a deck where followers are constantly remaining on the board, Gremory’s enhance ability is a perfect way to push damage while providing draw power.
Lady Grey, Deathweaver: An extremely strong silver-rare card that can help build board presence and heal leader defense at the same time! This card can easily stop aggro decks in its track by herself.
Cerberus, Hound of Hades: This card has great value, becoming three separate followers upon play. In addition, Cerberus’ evolution ability gives all allied followers the Last Words ability to deal 1 damage to a random enemy follower. This feels like just the card Shadowcraft needed for mid-game board control.
- Very Important Note: Against Galmieux, Omen of Disdain, Cerberus's evolve effect on your followers can trigger her ability multiple times. Be VERY careful and mindful of this interaction.
Rotation Alternative Options
Rotation Deck Mulligans
2-PP followers: All 2-PP follower in this deck is a good mulligan target, with a few being high priority:
Belenus: Probably the best 2-PP follower to keep in the mulligan.
Ceres of the Night: Against opponents that are aggressive, keeping Ceres for its defensive capabilities is recommended, especially when going second.
Rotation General Gameplan and Tips/Tricks
Although this is a midrange deck, it is important to know when and where you can trade with your opponents followers. Most of shadow's early game followers have very poor stat so playing multiple followers in a turn can help offset this weakness in the mid game turns (turns 4-5)
To that end, Lady Grey Deathweaver is an excellent way of both keeping yourself alive and building a board against your opponent.
In the mid game, it is most important to try to stick a board as much as possible. Cards like skullring and Cerberus Hound of Hades and Lady Grey can help you accomplish this task.
Once you have built a board against your opponent, playing cards such as Gremory and Gilnelise can certainly help you withclosing out the game.
Shadow is capable of drawing a lot of cards. With this in mind, try to take as many opportunities to draw cards so can dig to your end game.
Unlimited Archetype Overview
Midrange Shadowcraft is a deck that relies on making wide and incredibly sticky boards that are difficult for your opponent to deal with. Through the use of cards such as Bone Chimera and Prince Catacomb, you can make boards that not only produce a lot of value but also generate a ton of shadows to help feed your necromancy abilities!
Unlimited Deck Sample
|Skull BeastFollower - Standard||1||x 3|
|GremoryFollower - Brigade of the Sky - Mini Expansion||1||x 1|
|Lurching CorpseFollower - Rise of Bahamut||2||x 3|
|BelenusFollower - Starforged Legends||2||x 3|
|Demon EaterFollower - Wonderland Dreams||2||x 3|
|Lady Grey, DeathweaverFollower - Brigade of the Sky||2||x 3|
|Fran, Monster GirlFollower - Brigade of the Sky||3||x 3|
|Ceres of the NightFollower - Starforged Legends||4||x 1|
|Prince CatacombFollower - Tempest of the Gods||4||x 3|
|Cerberus, Hound of HadesFollower - Omen of the Ten||5||x 3|
|Demonlord EachtarFollower - Tempest of the Gods||7||x 3|
|Soul ConversionSpell - Standard||1||x 3|
|Zombie PartySpell - Tempest of the Gods||2||x 2|
|Death's BreathSpell - Standard||6||x 2|
|Skull RingAmulet - Chronogenesis||4||x 3|
Unlimited Core Cards
Demonlord Eachtar: As mentioned earlier, this is the big man on campus. For the low low price of 3 necromancy, this dude creates a zombie. This repeats until your board is full and then he gives all of your other followers in play +2/+0 and rush! If that wasn't enough, he can pump your already existing followers in play which can make him a very effective win condition!
Lady Grey Deathweaver: Lady Grey is a very interesting card. She gives you the ability to heal yourself and on top of that, she can reanimate a follower that died earlier in the game! Her being a 1/3 can make it pretty difficult for people to kill her in the early game making her a very good play starting out!
Death's Breath: Death's Breath is a card that can be used both offensively and defensively. Considering you generate a lot of shadows, this deck will generally not have a hard time activating its necromancy ability to pump your zombies and give them ward. It is also important to mention that this will pump zombies that are in play that you control period! So if you happen to already have zombies in play, it will affect them as well!
Unlimited Alternative Options
Unlimited Deck Mulligans
- Any 1 PP Follower
- Any 2 PP Followers
- Belenus is one of if not the best 2 PP follower you have access too.
- Lady Grey is also a very strong option as a 2 PP follower
- Zombie Party (Only if you are going second)
- Prince Catacomb / Ceres of the Night
- Prince Catacomb is better going first
- Ceres is good going first or second.
Unlimited General Gameplan and Tips/Tricks
- Your followers don't have a lot of stats, but you can win wars of attrition through superior numbers with cards such as Lady Grey and Prince Catacombs. Both cards help with keeping followers on your board at all times which can make it difficult for your opponent to clear them.
- Be very mindful of your board when you are playing prince catacomb. You can actually end up boardlocking yourself if you aren't careful!
- If your opponent does somehow manage to clear the bulk of the followers that you manage to put up, they will be building a lot of shadows for you. This is essential to your decks overall gameplan because many of your key cards use necromancy.
- Demonlord Eachtar is the big boss mac daddy of this deck! Although he is, he can still be used as a powerful defensive option and board clear if you are unable to win the turn you play him.
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