Puppet Portalcraft

Deck Overview

Rotation Rating
4 / 5
Difficulty
Medium
Cost
Mid

Rotation Archetype Overview

Puppet Portalcraft, as its name suggests, is an archetype focused on producing many Puppet tokens to control the board. The deck is not all about defense though, as Orchis, Puppet Girl and Vengeful Puppeteer Noah can turn these Puppets into powerful attackers! Silva, Ardent Sniper is also able to produce a lot of damage, either through its Accelerate ability or simply exploiting her Ambush ability to get 6 points of face damage. This deck has a threatening early-, mid-, and late-game, that can keep the opponent on the back foot for the entire game!

Rotation Deck Sample

This is a sample decklist. Feel free to make changes based on your preferences.
Shadowverse Portal Link
Follower
Card Cost Quantity
Bear PuppeteerFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Fanfare: Enhance (4) - Gain +1/+1. Put a Puppet into your hand.
2 1
HamelinFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Fanfare: Choose a follower in your hand (excluding Hamelin) that originally costs 3 play points or less. Put a copy of that follower into your hand.
2 3
Flower DollFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Last Words: If you have at least 4 cards in your hand, put a Puppet into your hand. If you have 3 cards or less in your hand, put a Puppet and a Flower Doll into your hand.
Evolved
Last Words: If you have at least 4 cards in your hand, put a Puppet into your hand. If you have 3 cards or less in your hand, put a Puppet and a Flower Doll into your hand.
2 3
ParacelsusFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Evolved
Evolve: Choose - Put either a Guardform Golem or a Strikeform Golem into your hand.
2 3
Lococo, Little PuppeteerFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Fanfare: Enhance (5) - Transform an enemy follower into a Lococo's Teddy Bear.
2 3
Disciple of DestructionFollower - Omen of the Ten
Unevolved
Fanfare: Destroy another allied Portalcraft follower or Portalcraft amulet without Countdown, and then draw 2 cards.
2 2
Cucouroux, Green GunsmithFollower - Brigade of the Sky - Mini Expansion
Unevolved
Fanfare: Enhance (5) - Summon a Camieux, Gunpowder Gal.
Whenever this follower attacks an enemy follower, deal 2 damage to the follower before it can deal any damage in return.
Evolved
Whenever this follower attacks an enemy follower, deal 2 damage to the follower before it can deal any damage in return.
3 3
Nicholas, Stalwart InventorFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Fanfare: Summon a Go, Go, Robomi!
Fanfare: Enhance (8) - Subtract 3 from that amulet's Countdown.
4 3
Spinaria, Keeper of EnigmasFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Fanfare: Summon a Spinaria's Artifact.
Whenever an allied Artifact follower comes into play, that follower gains, at the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to a random enemy follower.
Evolved
Whenever an allied Artifact follower comes into play, that follower gains, at the end of your turn, deal 1 damage to a random enemy follower.
5 3
Basileus, Outworld InvaderFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Evolved
Evolve: Banish all enemy followers with 3 defense or less.
6 2
Silva, Ardent SniperFollower - Brigade of the Sky
Unevolved
Accelerate (3): Put a follower that originally costs 3 play points or less from your hand into play. Give it Rush. Give your leader the following effect - On each of your turns, deal 1 damage to the enemy leader the first time an allied follower attacks. (This effect lasts for the rest of the match.)
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Ambush.
Evolved
Ambush.
7 3
Orchis, Puppet GirlFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
If you have at least 2 Puppets in your hand and 8 play points, Choose: Play this card as an Orchis, Resolute Puppet or an Orchis, Vengeful Puppet.
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Fanfare: Put 3 Puppets into your hand.
8 3
Vengeful Puppeteer NoahFollower - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Storm.
Fanfare: Put a Puppet into your hand. Give +1/+0 and Storm to all Puppets in your hand.
Evolved
Storm.
10+ 3
Spell
Card Cost Quantity
SubstitutionSpell - Chronogenesis
Unevolved
Banish an enemy follower with 3 defense or less.
Put a Puppet into your hand.
3 2
Heartless BattleSpell - Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Unevolved
Choose: Summon either a Lloyd the Android or a Victoria. Put a Puppet into your hand.
Enhance (7): Give the summoned follower +0/+3 and Bane.
5 3

Rotation Core Cards

Card
Expansion: Brigade of the Sky
Expansion: Omen of the Ten
Expansion: Brigade of the Sky - Mini Expansion
Expansion: Brigade of the Sky
Expansion: Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Expansion: Chronogenesis

Lococo, Little Puppeteer: This follower’s Enhance (5) ability serves a dual purpose: Follower removal (transformation, to be exact) and supplying Puppets. Recently released cards often cannot be ‘destroyed’, so Lococo’s transformation is useful in dealing with these followers.

Disciple of Destruction: If there was one thing missing in this deck, it was draw power. Disciple of Destruction is a better fit for this deck than cards such as Purehearted Singer, as it has good synergy with Puppets. This additional draw power should help significantly in drawing Orchis and Noah in time.

Cucourox, Green Gunsmith: A great follower that can be used as a 3-cost, as well as for its Enhance cost of 5. Combined with Silva, this single follower can easily control the board by herself in the early-game.

Silva, Ardent Sniper: Silva is a great card in this deck, whether she is used for her Accelerate ability or simply playing it in the late-game for an almost-guaranteed 6 points of damage by her Ambush ability. Her Accelerate ability deals damage when an allied follower attacks, meaning that damage naturally racks up while Puppets control the board.

Orchis, Puppet Girl: Orchis has three different forms, all of which are extremely useful in this deck. When the hand is short on Puppets, Orchis can be used to replenish three Puppets. When going on the offensive, Orchis, Vengeful Puppet is the choice, transforming Puppets into powerful attackers. Last, but not least, Orchis, Resolute Puppet transforms a Puppet into a Lloyd, which offers great defensive options for the deck.

Vengeful Puppeteer Noah: Noah, unlike Silva or Orchis, is a relatively easy card to understand. It supplied one Puppet and gives all Puppets a +1 attack boost and Storm. Sometimes, these Puppets can be held on for an additional turn so that another Noah can be played, creating an army of 3/1 Storm Puppets.

Rotation Alternative Options

Card
Expansion: Dawnbreak, Nightedge
Expansion: Chronogenesis
Expansion: Chronogenesis
Expansion: Brigade of the Sky

Junk: Although it has poor stats for its cost, this single card provides up to two Puppets.

Automaton Knight: Great offensive follower that adds a Puppet to the hand when it is destroyed.

Puppet Room: If Puppet shortage is a concern, this single amulet can solve that problem as it produces up to four Puppets.

Enkidu: This card can produce Gilgamesh when Resonance is active, providing an alternate win condition.

Rotation Budget Options

The sample deck is made up of four different legendary cards, which puts this deck in the ‘mid’-range, in terms of cost. Orchis and Silva are necessary for the deck concept, while Lococo is ‘almost’ required to deal with powerful followers that Puppets cannot get rid of. Spinaria is a luxury in the deck, and can be replaced by other cards, such as those noted above.

Rotation Deck Mulligans

Bear Puppeteer / Flower Doll / Paracelsus / Lococo, Little Puppeteer: Having at least one of these cards for the 2nd turn is important. Paracelsus is high priority when going second.

Cucourox, Green Gunsmith: This is a great card to keep in combination with Silva, but simply playing this card by herself on the 3rd turn is a good play as well.

Silva, Ardent Sniper: A card to keep in combination with other 2- or 3-PP followers. Her Accelerate ability combos perfectly with Cucourox.

Substitution: May be worth keeping against aggressive decks.

Rotation General Gameplan and Tips/Tricks

  • This deck requires foresight, and one should constantly ponder what the potential damage is with the available cards in the hand. For reference, here are some damage outputs using Noah:

    • Noah + 1 Puppet = 5 damage

      • +1 Silva (Accelerate) = 6 damage

      • + Evolution = 7 damage

      • Both = 8 damage
         

    • Noah + 2 Puppets = 7 damage

      • +1 Silva (Accelerate) = 8 damage

      • + Evolution = 9 damage

      • Both = 10 damage

    • Noah + 3 Puppets = 9 damage

      • +1 Silva (Accelerate) = 10 damage

      • + Evolution = 11 damage

      • Both = 12 damage

    • Noah + 4 Puppets = 11 damage

      • +1 Silva (Accelerate) = 12 damage

      • + Evolution = 13 damage

      • Both = 14 damage

  • To reiterate from the previous point, always keep in mind that Orchis has three distinct uses! It is a common myth that Orchis should only be used in her ‘Vengeful’ form. For example, using her normally to replenish Puppets is a great way to connect it to a Noah lethal play.

  • With many options for follower removal, saving evolution points for damage instead of board control should always be taken into consideration.

  • Cocourox + Silva (Accelerate) can single-handedly dominate the early-game; be sure to keep them in the initial mulligan (depends on the opposing deck type, of course)!