Purging The Accursed Dead with Fire

A Warhammer: Invasion Spotlight by Guest Writer Torsten Krämer


Most decks for Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game are built around one or more fundamental ideas, the themes of the deck. “Theme” can describe a general strategy, like “rush” or “control,” or it can describe something more specific. The theme of your Dark Elf control deck might be unit destruction, or it could be unit destruction through hit point reduction. Theme can also refer to the flavor of the deck. A deck might have a Knight theme, while another focuses on Witches and Hexes, and yet another on Goblins.

Most deck themes are based on faction themes, both in terms of flavor and strategy. Each faction is better at certain strategies than the others, but may completely fail to replicate another faction’s strength. Chaos has a strong corruption theme, but can in no way compete with the Dwarfs when it comes to healing damage from your capital. One of the fascinating aspects of Living Card Games is that you can watch each game’s existing themes develop over time, and you can see new themes emerge.

Purged by Flame

Some popular High Elf themes include indirect damage, Spells, and Dragons. Following the release of the most recent Battle Packs, we can see a new theme taking shape – resource token manipulation. With cards like Elven Scout (Karaz-a-Karak, 73) and Eltharion the Grim (Rising Dawn, 2), the High Elves are becoming the absolute masters of manipulating the number of resource tokens on cards, and drawing benefit from this manipulation.

Purged by Flame (The Accursed Dead, 46) adds more fire to this new theme. This inexpensive tactic can allow you to trigger your Dragon's Lair (Chaos Moon, 30) early and often, have your Lothern Sea Master (Rising Dawn, 9) deal more indirect damage, or refill the quiver of your Ilthilmar Arrows (Realm of the Phoenix King, 29). Its ability to interact with any number of other cards can give it purpose in many different kinds of decks, and the more cards you have that benefit from resource tokens, the more flexible and useful it becomes.

Today, we’ll take a look at two deck lists where Purged by Flame is a natural fit.

Burned by the Flames

The first uses a lot of recently released cards and focuses on resource token manipulation, aiming to ultimately overwhelm your opponent with indirect damage.

Units: 3x Envoy from Averlorn 3x Elven Scout 2x Blessed Enchantress 3x Spawn of Itzl 3x Lothern Sea Master 2x Silver Helm Detachment 3x True Mage

Legends: 3x Eltharion the Grim

Tactics: 3x Convocation of Eagles 3x Purged by Flame

Quests: 3x Return to Glory

Supports: 2x Helm of Fortune 3x Warpstone Excavation 3x Contested Village 2x Ilthilmar Arrows 2x Tor Elyr 3x Citadel of Dusk 2x Eataine Warroom 2x Protective Spites

Total Cards: 50

Fighting Fire with Dragons

The second, Dragon-themed deck, has a more focused use for Purged by Flame. It and Elven Scout are meant to speed up Dragon’s Lair, which is protected by Tor Elyr (Fragments of Power, 30). The back-up plans are somewhat riskier, forcing you to find ways to get enough resources to play dragons from your hand.

Units: 3x Envoy from Averlorn 3x Elven Scout 2x Valorous Mage 3x Dreamer of Dragons 2x Forest Dragon 3x Descendant of Indraugnir 3x Moon Dragon 2x Star Dragon (Realm of the Phoenix King, 28)

Tactics: 3x Innovation 3x Convocation of Eagles 2x Shield of Saphery 3x Purged by Flame 2x Fury of Aenarion 2x Perfecting the Spell

Supports: 3x Contested Village 3x Judgement of Loec 3x Tor Elyr 2x Citadel of Dusk 3x Temple of Vaul 3x Dragon's Lair

Total Cards: 52

Thanks, Torsten!

We hope you’ve been able to enjoy the different deck-building options that have begun opening up with the first couple of Battle Packs from The Bloodquest Cycle, and we look forward to seeing what creative uses you might make of Purged by Flame and the other cards from The Accursed Dead.

In fact, we want to see your creativity in action. Next week, we’ll announce a special deck-building contest for Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game, so be sure to check back for details!

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