I'm starting to think about Destro decks now that March of the Damned is out. The control style Destro decks get a whole lot out of March - Wight Lord, Slave Pens and Lord of Change are all really good.
The big problem (as usual) is that while I reckon you can make several different archetypes that will have good game against Dwarves (although Judgement Empire will be more challenging, I suspect), they will by default practically auto-concede to Thrower. It seems like your only tools against it in all of Destruction, in order of damage done, are:
Maybe Orc control (Vomits, Easy Pickin's, Crew, Wight Lord) that builds to Grimgor? I guess that may have a chance against the Dwarf version (maybe?), although I suspect the dupotd-style Empire version will be very problematic. I don't see Chaos with Lord of Change having a realistic chance, although I'd love to be proved wrong.
Yeah, I got March yesterday and built a Chaos corruption deck today (proxying the new hero from Silent Forge)...This deck's got game now. Even with sub-optimal resource engine (I have lots of decks and hate proxying) I had 8 or 9 resources, 4 cards a turn, and 12 damage swinging on turn 3. It's shaping up....
Alright, here's my first shot. I only played one game with this version (against our version of the Empire thrower deck) so far, so it may not work at all. The aim here is to beat Dwarves and Thrower and still have something resembling a game against random other decks.
3 Spider Riders
3 Clan Moulder's Elite
3 Lobber Crew
3 Wight Lord
2 Countess Iseara
3 Grimgor Ironhide
3 Warpstone Excavation
3 Contested Village
3 Chaos/Orc Alliance
3 Squig Pen
3 Contested Stronghold
3 Rip Dere 'Eads Off!
1 Raise Dead
3 Troll Vomit
Squig Pen was surprisingly good. First turn Warpstone to Kingdom, Pen to Quest is one of the better Destro openers.
Clam, can you explain why Lord of Change is good? I'm not seeing what's so great about his power? Must I always be this myopic?? SIGH!! :(
Imagine a destruction deck with the thrower deck's resource base.
Now imagine starting your turn with Lord of Change in play.
Now imagine playing 25-30+ resources worth of cards off the top of your deck.
Now imagine losing after you do that... (yeah, I can't either. :p)
The point is, if destruction gets a support base comprable to order, Lord of Change will be an extremely powerful card advantage engine, letting you literally draw as many cards as you can cast, every turn. Its like reap-what's-sown-ing for exactly as many cards as you can play, every turn, for free. (You can even develop off the top of your deck!). I do not think destruction has a support base that will allow for this deck, yet. But when it does... watch out.
With Necromancy, you can get much more mileage out of the cards that have reoccurring costs to sacrifice cards. Slave Pens and Rock Lobbers are the two support cards that come to mind, and with the Great Unclean One, you can get an infinite indirect damage combo. Even though they rarely work, I love putting together infinite combos. With an Absolute Perfect start, you can even pull this off on your second turn with the initial 7 cards you get.
The 5 cards required for this Combo is Urguk, the Great Unclean One, Followers of Mork, a Warpstone Excavation, and Countess Iseara.
The perfect start requires these 5 plus two Rip Dere 'Eads Off. The setup goes as follows.
1. Play Warpstone Excavation into the Kingdom zone.
2. Play Followers of Mork into the Kingdom zone, corrupting them.
3. Develop Countess Iseara
At this point there is one resource remaining.
1. During phase 0, spend the one resource left to use Rip Dere 'Eads Off on the Countess.
2. After the Kingdom phase begins, opt to leave the Followers of Mork corrupted. You will have 8 resources with the Countess.
3. During the Capitol phase, play Urguck into either battlefield or quest zone. This leaves 4 resources.
4. Develop the Great Unclean One into the Battlefield, then use Rip Dere 'Eads Off on him. This leaves 3 resources.
5. Use the Great Unclean One's ability to sacrifice the Followers, giving him a hammer.
6. Spend one resource to give the Followers of Mork Necromancy until the end of the turn. This leaves you with two resources.
7. Bring the Followers of Mork into play with the last two resources, putting them into the Kingdom, corrupting them, and putting the two indirect damage onto Urguck.
From here own out, the damage on Urguck can be spent as resources, so you cycle sacrificing the Followers to the Great Unclean one, then brining them back into play spending the damage on Urguck , and as a result putting two damage back on Urguck. Assuming there is no Disruption to the Great Unclean One, Urguck, or the Warpstone Excavation, you can generate infinite indirect damage on turn two.
I mentioned this to James at Gencon and he told me to build the deck and see what happens, so I'm going to do that and see how it works. Even without a perfect start, you should be able to get the Combo to go off within 5-6 turns, assuming that there is no disruption to the chain. It probably will not work, but it will be worth it the time or two that it does.
I am not sure that that works. Once you sacrifice the Followers of Mork, I think they will forget about Iseara's ability and you won't be able to bring them back without spending another point. Now, I could be wrong on that. Necromancy may well be an exception to the usual rules about things forgetting their state, since you can play it from the discard.
If I am wrong, Iseara is quite a bit better than I think and I already rate her highly - you'd be able to pay 3 to get back a Lobber Crew and then only 2 each time after that in the same turn.
I wasn't sure whether you could choose not to restore a unit in your Kingdom phase and I looked it up. You are correct, you do not have to if you don't want to.
That is the only concern that I have with this combo, but there is no precedent to a card giving a trait to something in the Discard pile either, so I am not certain how that will work out. Assuming that the card forgets about Necromancy when it dies, the Countess is a notch lower in power, but still a decent card I think (especially with the Lobber crew).
It is not a trait, it is a keyword.
At the moment I would say it stays, it is not an effect remaining somewhere, the unit text is changed.
Did March of the Damned just come out in stores? I looked all over the internet and could only find it for preorder except Amazon.
It was pre-Released at Gencon.
I guess maybe Raise Dead + Grimgor could be the way for a fast support cleanup, you only have to put him into the discard pile somehow. :)
Maybe you could develop and then destroy him or discard him with DE cards, or move him from the top of your deck by a corpse cart, dark abyss or entropy.
Isaeura helps too if you have enough resources... she is almost a god in herself. With Stunty Smasha, Lobber Crew this girl has some nice reusable effects. Or slaves + Slave Pen if nothing else to resurrect. Vanuard of Woe is also like to be resurrected.
Of course, the same works for other CIP/leaves play units.
BTW : i have no Karak Grimaz BP or MotD yet, but I built a big-resource orc deck with 2 Grimgor, 2 Pillage, 3 Snotling saboteur. (note : I have only 2 core set) I think it's not unrealistic to build a control deck.
We could even speed up our resources (Crpyt Ghoul + many things like Lash the Prisoners/You's bigga/Slave Pen) ... the DE ones works nicely with slaves too. I know this is less than the resource level that order has, but at least something.
All in all : I guess maybe a DE+Orc deck could work. The problem is with the Lord of Change that there are no effects to pair with him in chaos (except corruption) to make him playable, while the other 2 destr. faction has more variable tools to work with.
You Rip Grimgor if you need to. He won't do anything when you do that other than have hammers, but then when you Raise Dead he will.
This deck does actually seem to work and at least have some game against Thrower and Dwarves, although it is very vulnerable to having the Strongholds removed. The Wight Lords (and to a lesser extent, Iseara) are pretty key - I don't think you would have had a good chance against the Dwarves previously.
Funny play today: I have 3 devs in kingdom (which is burning) and 10 resources on board via stronghold, armoury and a village. Warpstone and Squig Pen in Quest, with 3 damage - my opponent has near lethal damage on the board.
My play there was to Innovate to 13 resources, Pillage my own Warpstone and Grimgor (paying 10) to Quest, killing the Squig Pen. Cleared out my opponent's quest completely and destroyed the developments, burning his zone. I ended up coming back to win via that play.
I made my own version of this deck with some minor changes (biggest one beng to add Blessing of Tzeench) and it's FUN. Great idea good sir.