|Deck Cost: 17,800|
When I say I am surprised at how brutal this deck can be, I am being sincere. I never play Shadowcraft, but made this deck to complete a quest and have been tearing through rank. I don't think I will go back to my Haven Tenko deck for a while. It has a better winrate than my tenko, puppet, and chimera metas.
Essentially, this deck works as a constant follower factory, causing the opponent to be on the defensive and allowing you to hit them in the face repeatedly until they die. Your goal is spam 2 point followers that have helpful effects then use Prince of Catacombs to make skeletons spawn upon their death. You should be on the offensive, and your opponent will be spending time dealing with your mass of followers. You should always try to keep your boards a full as possible and have the Prince of Catacombs on your followers, even in the face of aoe spells it is important in case Demonlord Eachtar can be played and suddenly you have a board full of 3+ attackers to hit your opponent in the face.
In the first 4 turns ideally in your hand you will have:
- A 2 point follower, the best are 2 attack followers that have helpful effects for when they are respawned by skull ring like Belenus, Bonebug, or Spectre. Try to save Usher of Styx for late game.
- Skull Ring
- Prince of Catacombs
- Zombie Party
Turn 2 - Play your 2 point follower
Turn 3 - Play Skull ring
Turn 4- Play Prince of Catacombs
If your follower is destroyed by a spell or rush follower before turn 3 then likewise use zombie party to destroy their follower. Save your other Zombie Party spells for turn 7 or later.
Early game you should actually be using your followers to hit them in the face as much as possible, avoid killing your followers by trading your own unless they have more than 2 followers or obviously ward. Even skeletons should be destroyed with caution, as 4 - 1 attack skeletons is still 4 hit points to your opponent's face.
Little Soulsquasher, Troth's curse, Dark Bladefiend, Ceres of the night, and Zombie Party will control your opponents tougher followers, and control midgame.
Turn 7 to 10 you should hopefully have one of the following Mighty Arm Skeleton, Aisha, or Demonlord. Zombie Party can be used to fill your board and take out opponent followers. Mighty Arm skeleton can be played once you have 8 play points and used to deal 3 damage to the opponent's face. Demonlord is especially best played when you have a full board or at least 2 followers on the board, because you will suddenly get two 4/2 followers with rush and then your other followers will get +2 attack. When I play Fickle Resurrector it is usually when I go second, and if I need to overtake an opponent's strong midgame, it's effect needs 6 shadows so that will really hinder your Aisha. Try not to play Aisha until you have 10 play points and shadows.
Usher of Styx should be used with desecration as it takes six shadows which can hurt Aisha later, but can be used to bring back mid and late game followers and help you win. So try to use Usher of Styx only after you have played Demonlord Eachtar, Aisha, Mighty arm Skeleton, or if needed midgame Dark Bladefiend.
You will also have a lot of people concede early on so some of your games are really short. This deck has gone up against all current popular metas and had no problem winning. There have been a few close calls with Forest Bramble and Portal Puppet decks. However, early board control against forest in the first 5 turns will make sure you are fine. Ceres, Mass Extinction, Dark Bladefiend, and Odile Black Swan are very helpful when against those metas and will carry you through midgame. On the positive side you will also a mass more shadows for your necromancy going against those metas. Your biggest competition is an early game aggro bloodcraft because of their wards and storm.
Here's the deck against a Hinterland Ghoul:
Gameplay versus Tenko meta:
This is a cheap deck for people wanting to rise in rank and complete quests.
For reference I am currently at AA0 Rank and started playing this game a month and half ago.
I hope you have as much fun playing this deck as I do!
|SpectreFollower - Standard||2||x 2|
|Little SoulsquasherFollower - Tempest of the Gods||2||x 2|
|Usher of StyxFollower - Wonderland Dreams||2||x 2|
|BelenusFollower - Starforged Legends||2||x 3|
|AndrealphusFollower - Starforged Legends||2||x 2|
|Bone BugFollower - Chronogenesis||2||x 2|
|Orator of the BonesFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge||2||x 2|
|Purehearted SingerFollower - Starforged Legends||3||x 1|
|Prince CatacombFollower - Tempest of the Gods||4||x 3|
|Ceres of the NightFollower - Starforged Legends||4||x 2|
|Mighty Arm SkeletonFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge||4||x 2|
|Dark BladefiendFollower - Starforged Legends||5||x 3|
|Underworld Ruler AishaFollower - Chronogenesis||5||x 1|
|Odile, Black SwanFollower - Wonderland Dreams||6||x 2|
|Demonlord EachtarFollower - Tempest of the Gods||7||x 1|
|Fickle ResurrectorFollower - Dawnbreak, Nightedge||7||x 1|
|Zombie PartySpell - Tempest of the Gods||2||x 3|
|Troth's CurseSpell - Starforged Legends||3||x 2|
|Mist of ExtinctionSpell - Starforged Legends||7||x 1|
|Skull RingAmulet - Chronogenesis||3||x 3|